I like DubStep, and i love Scripture, here is both

03 Jan

Found this over on Looking for some Christian Dubstep music. I enjoyed this one.


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The Chocolate Soldier - C.T. Studd (1860-1931)

09 Dec
Who has not been stirred to scorn and mirth at the very thought of a Chocolate Soldier? In peace true soldiers are captive lions, fretting in their cages. War gives them their liberty and sends them, like boys bounding out of school, to obtain their heart's desire or perish in the attempt. Battle is the soldier's vital breath! Peace turns him into a stooping asthmatic. War makes him a whole man again, and gives him the heart, strength, and vigour of a hero.

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Bible Study with different translations

08 Dec

I found this story on a website while i was researching the KJV Only debate.

For enjoyment only!


Picture this:

Elder Dim Whit, "Welcome everybody to the Truth of Truth Ministry´s weekly Bible study. Thanks for being here. I´m stoked. Our passage to study tonight is John 11:35 Jesus wept. Let´s see what we can learn from this passage. Who wants to go first?"

Bob, "Well, my New English Common Vernacular version doesn´t read Jesus wept but that "Jesus groaned."

Mary, "Interesting, you know the Greek word there for wept is "˜awahuu´ "“ I got this from Nestle."

Bill, "Wow, profound!"

Bob, "But my version, The "Newest English Super Common Version" says grunt."

Jack, "You mean Jesus grunted?!?!"

Mike: "My new "Authentic Expository Rendition" matches Vaticanus! And didn´t they find this great manuscript in trash can in the Vatican library?

AVBunyan: "Yes, they did "“ maybe they should have left it there."

Harry, "I have a Greek lexicon from the 4th century Syrian that says the word for wept is really, "˜awahooie´ which makes a major difference in the phrasing! Wow, I get so excited when I use the Greek "“ makes me feel, well, just enlightened like an angel of light!"

Elder Dim Whit, "I can see this is going to be a very uplifting night. Nothing like some real dynamic equivalent renderings using the aros tense of the subjective superlative!"

Bill, "Harry, where did you learn Greek?"

Harry, "I don´t really know Greek I just read it in Zodiates book, "How to Master Greek in 30 Days."

Martha, "Well, I have a Greek lexicon from the 14th Century revision of the Lollard #3 and the word wept can also be translated moaned."

Martha, "You have to understand the trials and tribulations for the times for without this information you can´t enter into the emotional congatative condiveness of the sureality."

AV, "What am I missing here "“ we are only talking about two words."

Harry, "Hush, AV, you´ve got a bad attitude! What about all those poor people before 1611?"

Elder Dim Whit, "Hush, AV you are not exhibiting the sweet spirit of the Christ here. Also, what about all those people in other countries who can´t even speak English?
Now let´s get back to our Bible study. Who has some more nuggets on, Jesus wept?"

Mr. Brilliant, "My new updated "˜Antioch Gratulative Retention Bible´ speaks of the word wept being in the past tense conjegative thus meaning that Jesus was weeping before he ever got there. This really touched my heart."

Mary, "Oh, I feel my life is now completely changed based upon that nugget "“ thanks Mr. Brilliant."

Mr. Brilliant, "By the way my new version is special for the translators of this great work translated it so there are no words with less than 9 letters long so as to bring out the most demonstrative and subjectivelatuative meaning of the words thus enabling me to get all that can be gotten from the most complicated renderings thus making me even more brilliant in the eyes of unenlightened believers."

Harry, "I still think we need to examine the different 3rd century renditions of the Greek word "˜awahooe´ so we can see how other Greek writers used the word so we can determine the most reliable and effective use of the word for the most authentic rendering of the verse thus pulling from it all the vast riches of this profound word "˜awahooe´.

AV, "But how do you decide who is right?"

Mike, "AV, you are so narrow-minded! How can you read a Bible with Easter in it anyway?"

Nancy, "How do we even know John 11:35 was really in the originals?"

Neal, "I found a scholar who read of a professor who talked with his gardener who knew an archeologists who was able to gaze upon the famous fragment P734075439.479 1/2 from the collection over in Dead Sea Visitor´s Center, oh I mean the "˜Dead Sea Museum of Ancient Artifacts´ and he says it is there."

Nancy, "Wow, could the archeologists read Greek?"

Neal, "No, but the janitor could and he told him that P734075439.479 1/2 contained the verse as it stands in many of the modern versions."

Elder Dim Whit, "Well, that is great "“ I think we can call this Bible study a great success. Let´s meet next week so we can have some time to digest these great truths. Then we will be prepared to really dig into John 11:35 verse using all the modern tools and resources available."

Mary, "You are not coming next week are you AV?"

AV, "No, I think I´ll just stay home and watch some Captain Kangaroo reruns, thank you for asking and for being so thoughtful."


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World War 2 Training Normandy

27 Nov

Reading Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias and other contributors Ravi was telling a story about World War II and some problems a platoon leader was having with taking over a small house. Because i enjoy reading about World War II i decided to see if i could find anything out about the story. Well i found on a story that sounds like this is what Ravi was talking about. I am posting it here so if the site goes away i will still have it.

Converted for the Web from "Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army From The Normandy Beaches, To The Bulge, To The Surrender Of Germany" by Stephen E. Ambrose

At dawn, all along the plateau above the bluff at Omaha, GIs shook themselves awake, did their business, ate some rations, smoked a cigarette, got into some kind of formation, and prepared to move out to broaden the beachhead. But in the hedgerows, individuals got lost, squads got lost. German sniper fire came from all directions. The Norman farm homes, made of stone and surrounded by stone walls and a stone barn, made excellent fortresses. Probing attacks brought forth a stream of bullets from the Germans, pretty much discouraging further probes.

Brig. Gen. Norman "Dutch" Cota, assistant division commander of the 29th, came on a group of infantry pinned down by some Germans in a farmhouse. He asked the captain in command why his men were making no effort to take the building.

"Sir, the Germans are in there, shooting at us," the captain replied.

"Well, I'll tell you what, captain," said Cota, unbuckling two grenades from his jacket. "You and your men start shooting at them. I'll take a squad of men and you and your men watch carefully. I'll show you how to take a house with Germans in it."

Cota led his squad around a hedge to get as close as possible to the house. Suddenly, he gave a whoop and raced forward, the squad following, yelling like wild men. As they tossed grenades into the windows, Cota and another man kicked in the front door, tossed a couple of grenades inside, waited for the explosions, then dashed into the house. The surviving Germans inside were streaming out the back door, running for their lives.

Cota returned to the captain. "You've seen how to take a house," said the general, still out of breath. "Do you understand? Do you know how to do it now?"

"Yes, sir."

"Well, I won't be around to do it for you again," Cota said. "I can't do it for everybody."

That little story speaks to the training of the U.S. Army for the Battle of Normandy. At first glance, Cota's bravery stands out, along with his sense of the dramatic and his knowledge of tactics. He could be sure the story would get around the division. A lesson would be learned. His own reputation would go even higher, the men would be even more willing to follow him.

But after that first glance, a question emerges. Where had that captain been the last six months? He had been in training to fight the German army. He had been committed to offensive action, trained to it, inspired to it. But no one had thought to show him how to take an occupied house. He knew all about getting ashore from an LCVP, about beach obstacles, about paths up the bluff, about ravines, about amphibious assault techniques. But no one had shown him how to take a house, because there were no standing houses on Omaha Beach, so that wasn't one of his problems.

Not on June 6. But on June 7, it became his number one problem. The same was true for the 200 or so company commanders already ashore and would be for the hundreds of others waiting to enter the battle. As Cota said, he couldn't be there to teach all of them how to take a house. They were going to have to figure it out for themselves.

Normandy was a soldier's battle. It belonged to the riflemen, machine gunners, mortarmen, tankers, and artillerymen who were on the front lines. There was no room for maneuver. There was no opportunity for subtlety. There was a simplicity to the fighting: for the Germans, to hold; for the Americans, to attack.

Where they would hold or attack required no decision-making: it was always the next village or field. The real decision-making came at the battalion, company, and platoon levels: where to place the mines, the barbed wire, the machine-gun pits, where to dig the foxholes -- or where and how to attack them.


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