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General Discussion Forum / Re: Practicing for the Spelling Bee
« Last post by mommydi on Today at 19:28:16 »
What a sweet relationship you have with your son.
It's so nice that you take an interest in his education and life lessons. Too many parents don't.

General Discussion Forum / Re: Practicing for the Spelling Bee
« Last post by yogi bear on Today at 18:06:45 »
That is a good story proud of your son for enduring the difficult practice to achieve the just reward.

Yes they can get distracted very easily. Glad you persisted to get him to this point. I know it can be difficult on both the helper and the one being helped to the point that a lot of people just give up.

Congratulations to your son and also you for helping him get there.
Theology Forum / Re: Mark 16:17-20
« Last post by Rella on Today at 17:29:03 »
Well, You all gave me more clarity in these verses .

14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified through her believing husband; for otherwise your children are unclean, but now they are holy.

This is clear... We all know that Sanctified does not mean saved..... But may, in this case put one in line to get to that point?

16 is what was confusing... and even though Paul said it was he not God who said these things I could not make it fit.

 16 For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?

How do you knw whether you will save. Of course the spouse does not save, but the spouse can be the one that could get
his/her spouse in the position of wanting to be saved.

Excellent post.

Do you mind if I borrow it, in your name, and post it on another forum?
My son's teacher announced that their class would be having a spelling bee, and sent a list of words home with him.  The words were ordered from easiest to most difficult. 

That night, we started practicing the words.  In true spelling-bee fashion, I forced him to state each word before spelling it, and then again when he was done.  Whenever he stumbled over a letter, I would make him re-start it, including stating the word at the beginning again.  Whenever he forgot to recite the word again at the end, I would remain quiet, letting the silence stretch uncomfortably until he remembered.

"Why do I have to say them over and over?" he complained.

"When you're at the actual spelling bee," I explained, "this is how they will want you to say the words."

"Can we just skip that part right now?" he asked.

"No, son.  When you practice, you should practice doing it the way you will eventually do it.  Otherwise, you're practicing to do it wrong."

Satisfied for the moment, we moved quickly through the words at the beginning of the list, with the lad getting all the easy words correct.  He began to fidget, bored with the lack of challenge.  Clearly feeling that we were wasting time, my son said,

"I'm a good speller.  Do you think I'm a good speller?"

I paused a moment.  I knew the words were going to get harder.  Should I give him positive feedback?  Warn him of what was coming?

"Son,"  I asked him, "do you know what you're going to be good at in life?"

"What?" he asked, suddenly very interested.

"Everything you practice," I told him.  "And do you know what you aren't going to be very good at?"

His smile faltered a little.  "What?"

"Everything you don't practice.  Now, let's get to work on these words.  They get harder, and you will need to practice some of them."

As the words grew harder, the stumbling increased, and the words were repeated... 3, 4, 5 times.  He became increasingly frustrated and discouraged, slumping in his chair, and looking around for distractions.

"Maybe I'm not so good at spelling," he said dejectedly.

"What are you going to be good at in life?" I challenged him.

"Whatever I practice?" he dutifully recited. 

"That's right.  Let's take a break, and tomorrow we can practice some more."

Over the next week, my son came to me every night asking for help practicing the words.  We struggled through the hard words, stopping when one of us became too frustrated with the other to continue.  The day of the spelling bee came.  I dropped off a nervous little boy at school that morning.  When I returned that afternoon to pick him up, he was wearing an enormous grin.

"I WON!" he shouted, running towards me.

As I wrapped him up in a hug, congratulating him, I thought to myself... that while I was happy that he won, I was more happy that he learned something about life.

It's nice when the kids listen.

She ain’t caucusing with the GOP, so no news story here. The numerical margin is unchanged. The Dems still bave the same xmfuncfional majority as to commitee chairmanships etc.
DaveW & Alan:

Your remarks are enlightening. Thank you a big bushel.

Theology Forum / Re: Mark 16:17-20
« Last post by Wycliffes_Shillelagh on Today at 13:17:56 »
I am not sure how that would work.  I could imagine the Christian spouse could be a good example for and teach the nonbelieving spouse. From there it is up to the spouse to choose to believe or not and then to proceed on the basis of that belief.  If that is what you mean, then I certainly agree with that as well.
Well, I reckon married couples want to live their lives together

So, if the unbelieving spouse in this hypothetical example is living out their life beside someone who is living in obedience to God... then they will be doing the right things, even if it's not exactly because they believe. 

Now, I believe that what is good and evil becomes clearer the more one does the right thing (and less clear as one does wrong).  So then, what's the natural consequence of continually doing right for our hypothetical husband or wife?  They will come to the knowledge of the truth.  It's an eventuality.

The only way something else will happen, is if they choose NOT to go together with their believing spouse.  Or, as Paul says... if they wanna go, let 'em go.

Abraham's posterity need not occupy every square foot of his God-given real estate.
Well, Abraham's posterity did occupy it.  It just wasn't part of Judah; it was part of Israel.  They aren't the same thing.
When Trump was Prez elect, a Jewish lady friend of ours was in Florida and coming out of a restaurant, was asked by a woman if she was Jewish. She said Yes, to which the woman said she was glad Trump got elected, and "as soon as he takes office he is going to drive your kind out of the country. "

Yeah, I didn't believe that the first time you told it. Not saying you're lying, but this friend of yours? This is right up there with Jussie Smollett and MAGA COUNTRY BABY!

You know, this narrative implies the woman who supposedly said that to a complete stranger was a Trump supporter. Trump supporters, even back then, knew Trump's son-in-law was Jewish, that Ivanka had converted to Judaism, and their children were Jewish. That was common knowledge among Trump supporters. So it's just difficult to believe a Trump supporter would be thrilled about the prospect and running around telling Jews that Trump was going to run them out of the country. Like I said - smacks of Jussie Smollett.
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