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It's a huge waste of money.   I don't mind if Trump keeps his promise and makes Mexico pay for it.   But now, he's decided that we need to pay for it.   

No one with any sense thinks it's even feasible in many areas, and it won't do what he hope it will.

And Americans living near the border aren't so happy with it, either:

Poll: 61 percent of Texans oppose border wall to stop illegal immigration

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/poll-61-percent-of-texans-oppose-border-wall-to-stop-illegal-immigration/432161126


He does not want to make us pay for it, he wants Mexico but that is not going to happen.

But he wants to keep a campaign promise, which is one of the reasons I voted for him.... So he has said for us to pay for it until Mexico does.

Wil Mexico cut a check, ever. NO but there are ways to get the money from them that would amount to the same thing... only take longer.

Those people living along the border that do not want it... Howmany of them are Mexican or Hispanic I wonder?

Of course... those along the border are getting some work done for free.... that is a sweet deal for them as the illegals work off the privilege of having some place to enter the country.

Why is Mexico building a southern wall?

That is not right. They should not stop anyone coming to their country at all, if they are not willing to keep their own people home.



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Devotionals / Temptation
« Last post by Reginald Lee on Today at 10:31:25 AM »
       Temptation is define as test or trial in which truth is revealed. For example, trouble is a test of character. If you have run out of money you will find out who your true friends are; our trials come to make us and reveal the truth about our so call friends. No matter what Satan has set before us God is working all things out for our good. God will bring good out of evil, light out of darkness, life out of death, joy out of pain.
       Whatever you are facing someone has been there before. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that “God is faithful” isn’t it good to know that he has promised never to leave us along because God is a deliver. No matter what you are facing God can bring you out. He knows just how much you can bear. He knows your ability, he knows your weakness. God knows you better than you know yourself.
       The key to every temptation is having a made up mind to go through. It is never a sin to be tempted but it is a sin to yield to temptation. Temptation represents something in your life that must be overcome. God has allowed temptation that you may truly know the truth about yourself and your relationship with God. The way of escape is in the grace that God gives to overcome your trial. We can rejoice in the midst of our trials because God has given each of us power to bare the things we suffer. Not only power to bare temptation, but God gives power to overcome temptation. It’s good to know that we are kept by the power of God. If your mind is truly made up to go through God will keep you by his power.
       The trial is a test of faith; true faith will trust God through manifold temptations, 1 Peter 1:6. The trying of your faith produces patience. The fruit of tribulation is patience. God can do a perfect work in our lives through the power of the virtue patience. “Let patience have perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing,” James 1:4. Patience is a trust in the love of God to take care of whatever touches one’s life. Knowing that it may not be clear what God is doing or even how God is going to work out a given situation. All I know is that I can trust his love, because his love will bring me safely through any trial.
       Temptation has a way of revealing the inner make up of a person. What happens to a person during a trial is important; what happens on the inside of a person is of greater concern because the inside of a person determines how that person will respond during a crisis. We cannot control what happens around us but we can control what happens within us. “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a City,” Proverbs 16:32. 
       In Christian growth temptation is unavoidable. Temptation comes that we my truly commit ourselves to the will of God and enter into the righteousness of his guidance. Through the trial God is working within me power to overcome. Temptation will try the commitment to the call that God has placed upon one’s life. Matthew 4:1, Jesus is led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. This trial is to try our Lord’s commitment to the call that was placed upon his life by God the Father. It is important to note that Jesus is led by the power of the Spirit into the Desert. The same power that led Jesus would also enable him to overcome the temptations of the Devil. Jesus would rely completely upon the power of the Spirit of the Word of God in everything.
       After fasting forty days in the wilderness, Jesus was very hungry. Satan would now tempt Jesus in his weakest hour, with the pain of hunger pressing down upon him; Satan would suggest the ideal of turning stones into bread. Jesus had been led into the wilderness to fast. Just has he had trusted the word of God to feed him spiritually; He would trust God to satisfy his physical need. Jesus would not seek to satisfy himself, he would seek the will of God above everything. Jesus would trust the word of God to lead him and not the passions or dictates of the flesh. “Man shall not live by bread along but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4.
      Satan saw that Jesus was determine to follow the word of God no matter what; so, he would use a passage of scripture to try to draw Jesus into acting contrary to the will of God. “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at anytime thy dash thy foot against a stone” Matthew 4:6. Satan is trying to use the word of God to suit his own satanic purpose. This is why he misquoted the scripture. “For he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways” Psalm 91:11. Satan was trying to get Jesus to go a different way, for he knew the way of Jesus to be the will of God. Jesus understood the devil’s plot as a way to tempt God into proving that he was the Son of God. Jesus would not consent to tempt God in any way.
       The Devil would offer Jesus all of the Kingdoms of the world. Satan wanted Jesus to think that it was in his power to give him the world. If Jesus would commit himself over to the devil in worshiping him, Satan would give him the world. Jesus than commanded the devil to leave from his presence. Satan could not give Jesus the world, for Jesus is the creator of heaven and earth and the fullness thereof; it is not possible for Satan to give Jesus anything. 
       If we rely upon the word of God to lead us by the spirit of truth, we will discover power to overcome temptation. “Walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” Galatians 5:16. The Spirit fill life is a life that feeds upon the word of God with a desire to perform it. It is a hunger to be used by God for his glory. “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit” Romans 8:5. If we sat our thoughts upon Jesus he will keep us and carry us through all the trials we face.
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Artists/Writers Corner / Re: Time to go
« Last post by mommydi on Today at 10:07:21 AM »
+1
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Artists/Writers Corner / Re: Ellis County Courthouse
« Last post by mommydi on Today at 10:06:01 AM »
Beautiful. I'm going to the Hill Country this summer. Maybe I'll make a swing through Waxahachie on the way down so I can see this in person.
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General Discussion Forum / Re: My shampoo and body wash
« Last post by mommydi on Today at 09:47:02 AM »
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Thought Black Irish was a thing.

When the Spanish Armada was destroyed by the English, a good number of Spanish ships made it as far as Ireland and were run aground there.   The Spanish were welcomed and hidden by the Irish people, and a good number stayed.   That's the story told about black Irish.

As Mommydi says, there doesn't seem to be any genetic data supporting that idea.   However, there is abundant evidence for sea trade and cultural connections between the Iberian penninsula and Ireland, some of them older than Egyptian civilization.   So who really knows?

Barbarian, have you ever had your DNA tested for ancestry? I did, along with my parents.  I'm 10% Irish (Ireland, Wales, Scotland) and 78% Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales) and 7% western Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands,Switzerland). This wasn't a surprise. I had already spent years of research discovering my ancestors were largely from Ireland, Scotland, and Germany, so the DNA just confirmed what I knew. The remainder of my DNA was trace amounts of various groups - Eastern Europe, Iberian Peninsula, European Jewish, and others.

It was interesting to compare my DNA results with my parents. My DNA results matched up more with my dad than with my mom, and that didn't surprise me much. I look more like my dad's side of the family and share more health issues with my dad's side.

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Theology Forum / Re: Branding Our Brothers
« Last post by Pkbrother on Today at 09:41:02 AM »
true it is every ones responsibility to spread the gospel....
but the lost are everywhere...on the streets in the jails   ,  schools,  and yes churches

John if you are called to the streets and jails...God bless you...that is a great calling....I have done both in the past ...great ministry!!!!!
But dont stand in pride and look down on others who dont have that calling!!!
If some are called to go to the Churches bless them and dont criticize.....

I am a school teacher in Public schools and now Christian Schools...i have been able to be the light of Christ in both places
although public schools is more difficult...i was able to minister to kids and parents on occasions....
doesnt mean everyone is called to do what God has called me to do

paul went to gentiles..Peter went to Jews.....

Paul went everywhere God called him without bondage,  streets, jail, athens philosophy school,  shool of tyranus in Epohesus,
but He always went to a synagoue first to find Jews who knew the OT and would try to convenrt them to Christ

Trust me in this there are plenty of church people who do not know Jesus fully and are searching.....
We are called to encourage one another on this journey and not argue over buildings or names of churches or assemblies or whatever.......
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Artists/Writers Corner / Ellis County Courthouse
« Last post by The Barbarian on Today at 09:31:32 AM »
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Theology Forum / Re: Has the Law of Moses Been Abolished?
« Last post by Pkbrother on Today at 09:27:51 AM »
The Law of Moses in its specific written form was given as a tutor to bring us to Christ........

Galatians 3:24-25
Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster
The Law of Moses was given 1400 bc  because they forgot the oral teachings of Abraham as they were in Egyption bondage

galations 3:19
 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made;
Jesus restored the Law to its orignal purpose and rightly divided it.......
greatest commandment - One God and to love him with all your heart
also in the NT...sabbaths  feast days , tithes ....were not abolished but took a lesser importance as Christ fulllfilled these
hebrews 4.....sabbath revealed in Christ
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.  9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.  10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

animal sacrifices were anulled as Christ brought in a new priesthood that was not in Moses covenant.....as Jesus did not come from Aaraon but  line of Judah.......
hebrews 8:13
 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Just because the covenant of Moses was annulled does not mean that it did not have shadows and meaning for us today......

It is like giving your children strict rules when they are kids,  tv  friends  curfew.....then adjusting those as they grow older
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Texas Conservative said it elsewhere.   Our government was made to make it hard to get anything done; if there's not broad consensus on something, it makes it difficult to do it.

And that's how it should be.
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