Feels like going home...

...I have not been in PleoLand for over 4 years. evil fb caught my attention and captivated me with it's like button and other fancy trappings. It is a nice place to keep in touch with old, 'of the world' friends but the conversation here in PleoLand does my heart and mind good. I have been looking over some pages/posts and see I am not the only weirdo in The church :) It does feel like coming home, connecting with long lost family...
  • curlie
    by curlie at 03/04/14 4:38PM
  • granny
    Yep, living "out of this world" is a challenge. FB has good in it, depending on our use of it, as with any other media. But I do like the more careful thought found on Pleo.
    by granny at 03/10/14 9:28AM

The First Day of The Week

A day to gather.
A day to edify.
A day to remember.

Heb 10:19-24 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works...
  • 71lespaulcustom
    A day of family.
    A day of rejoicing.
    by 71lespaulcustom at 06/28/09 7:14AM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    by cyber_space_cadet at 06/28/09 1:02PM
  • justg
    ...at the very least 'consider' one another. that's an excellent place to start.
    thank you for those thoughts.
    we had a great service this a.m. a lot of the florida college campers/families were there today. all good.
    by justg at 06/28/09 1:02PM
  • justg
    "Only A Step" was my mom's favorite song...
    by justg at 06/28/09 8:19PM
  • kelly
    PSA... for anyone leaving my mom a private message, please do a cc on my page. thanks, have a good day :o)
    by kelly at 06/28/09 10:37PM
  • tryphena
    Four years!!! That's a long time, especially in PleoLand :-) Are you back to stay, or just checking in? I think of you often, too.
    by tryphena at 03/04/14 4:10PM
  • cruisingmom
    I'm trying to navigate...I use to know how this work and must admit a like button would be nice, maybe. I may try to pop in more regularly. I told Mark that I can feel the warmth of knowing there are like minded, trouble-making, boat rockers out there. Helps me feel less crazy :)
    by cruisingmom at 03/04/14 4:21PM

This IS a Test and The Answer...

Q1: Is the way straight and narrow?
Q2: Where is the answer?
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

You will notice I headed this post as being 'A Test'. That should have been the first tip off.
I answered the same as y'all when presented this question, as though this will make you feel better. Most were half right. Larry did not blow my cover. I sense he knew where this was going...
I based my incorrect answer on what I thought I knew the verse to be and what you hear in society...
'the straight and narrow way'.

Mt 7:14
"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." KJV
"For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few." ESV
"Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it." NKJV

Answer to Q2: Matthew 7:13-14
based on verse 13 the above picture would better represent the way we do not want to go – to destruction.
It is wide, flat, easy to navigate, many can find it...

Answer to Q1: No. The way is not straight. No. The way is not narrow, in our daily use of the word, that would be the gate...
Based on verse 14 the gate is STRAIT, not straight (without a bend, angle, or curve)
Strait – (stenos #4728) - a narrow passage or area / obstructed, confined / fitting tightly; constricted
Like a strait jacket or think navigational, as in “The Strait of Magellan”.
Based on verse 14 the way is narrow/difficult/hard (depending on version)
Narrow – (thlibo #2346) - afflict, narrow, throng, suffer tribulation, trouble / a position of difficulty, distress, or need

This picture would probably better represent The Way we want to be on. It has turns and unseen things ahead but it is where God wants us to be...

All of this to make a point...
I am the first to state I am guilty as charged. 'We' (I and the mouse in my pocket, maybe you too) are often guilty of being sure we know what the scriptures teach. If we approach God's precious Word with this attitude we are bound to miss things. Important things, joyous things, comforting things, instructive things...
We expect those that we are trying to help learn of God to have honest hearts that are open and receptive to God's Word. Why should we not expect the same of ourselves???
I'd be glad for you to point out where I have misapplied Matthew 7:13-14. Study and honest discussion are good things.
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Yes, the WAY is straight and narrow. The question for each of us is, are we ON it?
    by cyber_space_cadet at 06/04/09 5:32PM
  • hastings
    The gate is narrow ...the way is straight. but what is the difference?
    by hastings at 06/04/09 6:05PM
  • dcroush
    Yes, and few there will be who find it...
    by dcroush at 06/04/09 6:08PM
  • 23_bravo_7
    "I took the one less traveled by,..."
    by 23_bravo_7 at 06/04/09 6:42PM
  • 23_bravo_7
    You and an elder where I attend see the same thing. I agree. I only delete messages that contain personal attacks.
    by 23_bravo_7 at 06/05/09 5:18AM
  • justg
    Great post...I totally agree with you. The pictures were a perfect illustration. I'm guilty as charged, seeing the straight/narrow path, in my mind's eye. As I look at your illustration, that visual IS the easier way to navigate.
    Thank you for the lesson. I enjoy a respectful, non-personal attacking discussion. You provided that.
    by justg at 06/05/09 7:07AM
  • dcroush
    Hello, new friend! I guess I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this whole "worship" conversation. If worship is action to show reverence or praise towards God, then wouldn't singing praises to Him, praying to Him, studying about Him, etc. (all things we do when we assemble (by example)) be considered worship to Him? I tried to make the point on Larry's blog that I don't feel worship HAS to be confined to just when we're assembled together, but I feel that worship should be a goal when we do so. I apologize for the lack of scriptures, I am at work. I'll get some to you in a bit! :)
    by dcroush at 06/05/09 8:11AM
  • dcroush
    See his page...I think I clarified what I was trying to get across :)
    by dcroush at 06/05/09 9:46AM
  • dcroush
    The "Big Picture" study is really good. I am sure you'll get a lot out of it. It's not often that we study the whole picture all at once. I hope you find my sermons useful. It was my first time delivering the topic.
    by dcroush at 06/05/09 9:53AM

This May Be A Test

The picture of the pig and wee one still cracks me up. I may have to repost it one of these days, just for the fun of it.

You may want to peruse an interesting and IMPORTANT study/discussion over at Larry's page.

Now on to something new...

What do you know of the strait and narrow?
  • whipsmile
    I know I want to be on it.
    by whipsmile at 06/04/09 9:59AM
  • tommygirl
    Few find it :( Especially the rich.
    by tommygirl at 06/04/09 11:46AM
  • tommyswife
    Me too! btw-I love the word peruse. It makes me happy.
    by tommyswife at 06/04/09 2:57PM
  • 23_bravo_7
    I got hijacked. j/k
    by 23_bravo_7 at 06/04/09 4:19PM

How Do You Contract Swine Flu??

Public Service Announcement...
Wednesday night between 8 pm and midnight, Sonic will be giving away 10 oz. RootBeer Floats!
  • auntjennywren
    Oh my. If I wasn't a germaphobe before, that could just send me over the edge! LOL!
    by auntjennywren at 06/02/09 11:38AM
  • 23_bravo_7
    Isn't that sweet. I'm seeing the bacon and Pat's pork gravey with mashed potatos
    by 23_bravo_7 at 06/02/09 11:43AM
  • cecile
    by cecile at 06/02/09 12:19PM
  • 71lespaulcustom
    Funny thing is that the pig will likely get sick.
    by 71lespaulcustom at 06/02/09 12:51PM
  • mockinbird
    YUK!! hehehehe
    by mockinbird at 06/02/09 1:06PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    That is gross and really funny.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 06/02/09 1:50PM
  • tommyswife
    I almost puked! Totally grossed out here! :) Where is the Purell? Where is my Lysol.
    by tommyswife at 06/02/09 3:42PM
  • kelly
    love it!
    by kelly at 06/02/09 4:44PM
  • justg
    well, i laughed out loud! this is so cute!
    by justg at 06/02/09 4:50PM
  • toad8029
    I cant stop laughing... That has made my day. Thank you
    by toad8029 at 06/03/09 8:32AM
  • sprmom
    good idea, we are trying to plan a hubby & I trip only in July to a beach. Yum, sonic free floats!
    by sprmom at 06/03/09 9:21AM
  • justg
    WooHoo! You go girl!!! On my feet, clapping and shouting BRAVO!
    by justg at 06/03/09 2:16PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    We don't have any Sonic locations nearby. :( Andrew *loves* root beer floats.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 06/03/09 4:24PM
  • leighbee09
    by leighbee09 at 06/03/09 10:55PM
  • flyonthewall
    I don't know whether to laugh or gag! But I can do both! :)
    by flyonthewall at 06/04/09 9:08AM