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    I love Jesus with all my heart, I have 3 brothers and a sister, and lab german shepherd dog, and I love sports
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    Indiana
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    Playing and Watching Sports
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    Methodist Christian
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  1. PittsburghJake

    Who loves NFL?

    My avatar was a Steelers Jesus for a LONG time! GO STEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLEEEEEEEERRRRRRRSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Nothing like the Black and Gold!
  2. PittsburghJake

    Women Pastors

    From my old youth leader (female). She is now going into seminary. As to your question about female leadership, that is a great question and one I'm passionate about. Reading scripture is an art, and the way people read falls somewhere on a spectrum. On one end is the idea that every word in the Bible is written (and translated) exactly as God intended. It is simple and clear and we only need to follow exactly what it says. This is a convenient belief, but the problem is that often times things in the Bible contradict themselves. There are ways to explain those contradictions, but they often require a leap of faith or logic that people find unacceptable. The other way of viewing scripture is in context. In other words, the stories and instructions in scripture need to be understood in their original context. For example, Genesis is a story that was passed down orally for centuries before it was written, and the version we have now has been translated several times over several more centuries. 1st and 2nd Timothy were letters written to a specific person serving in a specific city at a specific time. The idea is that God inspired the people who wrote the books of the Bible, but God was not directly controlling every word to then be applied to every person in every time. Okay - lets get to specifics. 1 Timothy 2:11-12. In verse 11, the word for silence is probably better translated as "peace and calm". The same adjective is used in 1 Tim 2:2. The idea of women learning in submission here probably applies to leaders and teachers. Remember that until 40 years ago, women had not been allowed to worship in the temple. They had no idea how to behave, much less teach. I see it as similar to an instruction that students should sit quietly in ESL (English as a second language) classes rather than trying to talk in their own language or teach other students broken English. It's important to notice that Paul affirms the right of women to learn. Women should be learning about their religion; almost unthinkable in Jewish culture at the time. 1 Corinthians 14:34-35. If you read through all of chapter 14, you see that it gives general instruction for Christian worship, as opposed to the rituals of Greek cults and god/goddess worship. In particular, worship of Dionysis involved playing instruments while multiple women shout, moan, or make other unintelligible sounds. The chapter is giving instruction for orderly, calm worship. It explains that people must speak one at a time, and no one should speak in tongues without an interpreter, as that would not be beneficial to the people. Verses 34-35 single out women to a)remind Jewish women that these instructions apply to them too, they are now part of worship, and b)remind Greek women that they are no longer to moan or shout during worship. It would make sense for women to ask questions of their husband at home, he would have more experience in worship, and it would be rude to talk over others during worship. To be honest, this understanding of 1 Corinthians 14.34-35 doesn't sit well with me. The language indicates a history and culture of women being subordinate. That would be consistent with a Jewish audience, but I'm still not quite easy with it. Here is how I reconcile that with my own beliefs regarding women in leadership. First, I read scripture as a whole story, rather than proof-texting (that is, pulling a verse or two out of context and using them to say something that wasn't necessarily intended). I see a story of God's deep love for all humanity, and there are several examples of women in the new testament being given new rights, responsibilities, and privileges that were virtually unthinkable. There were several female church leaders. (Acts 18.24-26, Romans 16.1, Acts 21.9, Philippians 4.2-3, Judges 4 OT) Jesus held women in the highest esteem, and I believe Paul did as well. (As for the treatment of women in the Old Testament, and how Jesus changed that, that is a whole new message, but one I'm happy to write about if you want to read it!) Here are a few scriptures that I find meaningful. Galatians 3.28 "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus." Colossians 3.11 "In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!" But don't take my word for it, open up your Bible and read the verses in context! I think often personal experience informs our beliefs more than any academic research. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, felt that women belong in leadership in large part because he had a strong, faithful, intelligent mother who shaped his faith and life. I feel a strong and clear call to pastoral leadership, and no one beside God's holy spirit will convince me otherwise.
  3. PittsburghJake

    Sexual Sins (In Desperate Need of Help!)

    I was saying in general with the addiction part. There are TONS of people with sexual addictions. For me, if I did what you did, I would not be putting God as the source to help me stop my evil ways. Only God can do it, and I would be putting a crazy fantasy above him.
  4. PittsburghJake

    Bible Study/Notes

    No your fine. I believe in Penal Substitution if that's what you are asking.
  5. PittsburghJake

    Sexual Sins (In Desperate Need of Help!)

    I worry that God isn't the center of stopping your addiction if that's how you resist temptation.
  6. PittsburghJake

    Bible Study/Notes

    Post the verses or chapter you are commenting on, then post your notes! ---------- Post added at 10:05 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:03 PM ---------- My Levitucs Notes : Overview and Chapters 1-3 Book Overview Chapters 1-7: Law of offering 8-10: Law of priesthood 11-16: Law of purity 17-25: Law of holiness Uses of these words in Leviticus Sacrifice 300 Holiness 87 Blood 87 Atonement 49 What does this tell you? This is a book about sacrifice and the forgiveness of sins. The book of Leviticus is the 3rd book in the Torah, or books of Law. The three books are alot like our walk to Christ Genesis- The Beginning Exodus- Redemption Leviticus- Life of worship The book of Leviticus pertains to sacrifice alot, animal and grain and what not. We need to look at it not as an animal sacrifice, but sacrificing our lives. You must be willing to pay the price! Leviticus tells us that because we are pure, holiness will be a part of our lives. The first 3 offerings (Burnt, Grain, Fellowship) are sweet, about our love for Christ The next 2 are about sin. They are ugly. Atonement Leviticus 1 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) The Burnt Offering 1 Then the LORD summoned Moses and spoke to him from the tent of meeting: 2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When any of you brings an offering to the LORD from the livestock, you[a] may bring your offering from the herd or the flock. 3 “If his gift is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to bring an unblemished male. He must bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting so that he may be accepted by the LORD. 4 He is to lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering so it can be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him. 5 He is to slaughter the bull before the LORD; Aaron’s sons the priests are to present the blood and sprinkle it on all sides of the altar that is at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 6 Then he must skin the burnt offering and cut it into pieces.[c] 7 The sons of Aaron the priest will prepare a fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8 Aaron’s sons the priests are to arrange the pieces, the head, and the suet on top of the burning wood on the altar. 9 The offerer must wash its entrails and shanks with water. Then the priest will burn all of it on the altar as a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 10 “But if his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from sheep or goats, he is to present an unblemished male. 11 He will slaughter it on the north side of the altar before the LORD. Aaron’s sons the priests will sprinkle its blood against the altar on all sides. 12 He will cut the animal into pieces[d] with its head and its suet, and the priest will arrange them on top of the burning wood on the altar. 13 But he is to wash the entrails and shanks with water. The priest will then present all of it and burn it on the altar; it is a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the LORD. 14 “If his gift to the LORD is a burnt offering of birds, he is to present his offering from the turtledoves or young pigeons.[e] 15 Then the priest must bring it to the altar, and must twist off its head and burn it on the altar; its blood should be drained at the side of the altar. 16 He will remove its digestive tract,[f] cutting off the tail feathers, and throw it on the east side of the altar at the place for ashes. 17 He will tear it open by its wings without dividing the bird. Then the priest is to burn it on the altar on top of the burning wood. It is a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the LORD. My Chapter 1 Notes Verse 3 3 “If his gift is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to bring an unblemished male. He must bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting so that he may be accepted by the LORD. Note where it says UNBLEMISHED male. The word unblemished is key here. I think that it tells us that when we sacrifice our lives, we better make it our best. Give God an unblemished life, give him the best worship and praise that we can as we go throughout our worship and every day lives Verse 7 7 The sons of Aaron the priest will prepare a fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. Another word I want to key in on is arrange. The sons of Aaron the priest had to prepare a fire on the altar for the sacrifice, but it had to be arranged in a certain way. So before we sacrifice, we need to be arranged. We need to arrange our lives. That means getting ready to be at church to worship on time, that means to set aside time to study the scripture and to pray, and to arrange your lives so that this is the priority, and you make sure you always find time for God. Don't let it be a, " Oh man, I ran out of time today" type of thing. Verse 9 9 The offerer must wash its entrails and shanks with water. Then the priest will burn all of it on the altar as a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the LORD IN THIS VERSE, GOD IS TELLING THE PEOPLE HOW TO SACRIFICE THE BULL PROPERLY. THE VERSE TELLS US THAT WHEN WE CUT OUT THE ENTRAILS AND SHANKS, WE CAN'T JUST BURN IT. WE HAVE TO CLEAN IT FIRST. THIS BASICALLY TO ME MEANS THAT YOU CAN'T SACRIFICE YOUR LIFE TO GOD IF YOU HAVE UNCLEAN PARTS. ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS, THEN GIVE YOUR LIFE, OR SACRIFICE. VERSE 14-17 14 “If his gift to the LORD is a burnt offering of birds, he is to present his offering from the turtledoves or young pigeons.[e] 15 Then the priest must bring it to the altar, and must twist off its head and burn it on the altar; its blood should be drained at the side of the altar. 16 He will remove its digestive tract,[f] cutting off the tail feathers, and throw it on the east side of the altar at the place for ashes. 17 He will tear it open by its wings without dividing the bird. Then the priest is to burn it on the altar on top of the burning wood. It is a burnt offering, a fire offering of a pleasing aroma to the LORD. These verses speak of a pigeon and how gruesome the sacrifice of this pigeon is. Does that remind you of something? Because it does me. It reminds me of Jesus Christ. He was the ultimate sacrifice. He was beaten and broken just like the pigeon, but he sacrificed his life to atone for our sins. That is what this entire chapter dealt with. This is all for now, maybe I’ll do my chapter 2 notes tomorrow.
  7. PittsburghJake

    Sexual Sins (In Desperate Need of Help!)

    Arousal is OK, but it's when you take it too far that it becomes sin. He is masturbating to these pictures of girls, so therefore he is lusting and sinning. For Jesus said " But I tell you that anyone who looks at a women lustfully has already commited adultery with her in your heart" Matthew 5:28 These sins can be terrible. I have a sexual addiction to porn and masturbation that I am overcoming. Actually, I'm not overcoming it, God is. I go through alot of the same things you are, so if you want to PM me and talk, go right ahead! I would love to have conversations with you about this and we can help each other.
  8. PittsburghJake

    Sexual Sins (In Desperate Need of Help!)

    Even though I study scripture at night, I find that some times, I run out of time or what not, so this sounds like a great idea! I just set my alarm back 30 minutes. Not thrilled about getting up at 5:15, but if it makes me closer to the Lord, then of course it won't be bad! God is Good All the time, and all the time, God is good!
  9. PittsburghJake

    Racism

    OK, so can we have a Miss America White Pageant? That would only be fair.
  10. PittsburghJake

    Lent 2013!

    That's so wierd Soli! I'm going water only. That includes no flavored water or anything. I am not Catholic, nor is anyone in my family, but as Methodist's we celebrate it, we just don't do the fasting stuff.
  11. PittsburghJake

    Hockey

    We play the Senators at home tomorrow night.
  12. PittsburghJake

    Who will be saved?

    Yeah, this is how I think.
  13. PittsburghJake

    Who will be saved?

    Well I would have to have more time to look for something on Sheol-Hades, but the rest is easily proven. Hell is eternal, Jesus descended into Hades... ect ect
  14. PittsburghJake

    Who will be saved?

    That is a valid point, though it does not decrease my curiosity, which I think is OK. It's OK to want to know, to want knowledge of things. But you are right. My salvation is all that matters, and as long as I repent and love God, then I have nothing to worry about.
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