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David Kowalski
Worked at -- I have worked as a Bible College Professor (Global University, Pastor (Two Assemblies of God Churches), Associate Pastor (two Assemblies of God Churches), High School administrator (ACE), English teacher (Abeka), In school suspension teacher (public schools)
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Lived in New Orleans, LA
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Come to My Yard Sale

There are far too many items to list in this ad so I will not tell you what I have to sell exactly. For me to do so would require too many words. As a result, I would have to spend too much time typing and you would have to spend too much time reading. Let me just say that I have lots of miscellaneous! Not just a little miscellaneous, mind you, but lots of it! Don't complain, though, when you get here that you think I have only a moderate amount of miscellaneous. Who made you the judge of how much miscellaneous it takes to qualify for the adjective "lots?" Anyway, I would have told you what I'm selling but I did not want to be overly verbose and take too much of your time. Just come to my mystery, yard sale to find out what's here and exactly how much of it I have to sell! No early birds!
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Thanks David. I was attempting to be facetious.
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They're just so cute I can't keep from posting another photo of my new, twin grandchildren Gideon and Grace.
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yes they are :) :)
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The Significance of People's Names in the Bible?

Dr. William Griffin is a professor of Hebrew and perhaps the most frighteningly intelligent person I have ever known. Recently he posted the following on Facebook about the meaning of people's names in the Bible, and I agree wholeheartedly with his sentiments. We must not be too hasty to make some teaching or preaching point from the meaning of someone's name in Scripture!
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"Sometimes--probably usually--there is NOTHING of literary significance about names in the Bible. Yes, their names did actually mean something, but why certain names show up in particular passages is because THOSE WHERE THEIR NAMES! It might tell us something about their parents, but rarely much about the people themselves.

Shamgar the son of Anat--probably a pagan name, but he was a good guy.

Caleb: it just means "dog", and dogs were scavengers, not faithful pets in ancient Israel. However, he was also a good guy.

Jehoiakim: May Yahweh arise. This guy was evil.

Zechariah: one of the most common names. Means Yahweh Remembers. Applied to good and evil men.

Micah/Michaiah: Means Who is Like Yahweh? Applied to good and evil people.

Malachi: The Italian prophet (before you get all politically correct on me, I'm 1/32 Italian).

Abimelek: Means "My father is king". Gideon's son--you know, Gideon, the guy who said he would not be king. This name is significant b/c he gave it to his son. However, it does not show up merely as a literary device in Judges. If Gideon had named his son Ralph, and Ralph did the same things Abimelek did, then Ralph would still have shown up in Judges.

Zedekiah: Yahweh is righteous. A really evil king had this name.

Hananiah: good and bad people (Yahweh is gracious).

Etc." -- William Griffin
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we should be most cautious in using the meaning of names didactically/homiletically

No argument at all.
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I think my biggest question here is why the wheelchair ramp leading back to the sidewalk ends in steps.
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No doubt designed by someone who was sleeping in design class while in architecture school (I speak with experience).
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haha yep, because once it's in the sink - that's it, either no sandwich or have to get a new knife!
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Philip Yancey is yet another individual in the church who has apparently caved to the spirit of the age with regard to the sin of homosexual conduct as he expresses himself in this article -- http://philipyancey.com/q-and-a-topics/homosexuality. Yancey characterizes all "conservative" (Evangelical) Christians who voice their differences with his soft view on homosexuality as expressing "hate" and "venom." This echos part of the gay agenda, which is to label any speech that does not affirm homosexual conduct as hateful. He then obfuscates in a manner that would make Brian Mclaren proud. He says he will "not take sides" but speaks of "articulate gay Christians" who are "wonderful, committed Christians" "whose fervency and commitment would put most evangelical churches to shame," while he says of "conservative Christians" (from whom he clearly distances himself) they "often have little understanding of the issue."

One of the theological postures Yancey falls back on is the error that all sin is supposedly the same to God, saying,  "I've stepped back from ranking other people’s sins" and "we must not single out one sin above others." I address this error rather extensively (and I believe definitively) in the article linked to at the bottom of this post. 

Yancey repeatedly speaks of starting from the only thing he is sure of, which is that he is supposed to love people. I agree that we should love all people, but love involves wanting the very best for them both in their present relationship with God and in their eternal destiny. If Yancey is "not sure of" what the Bible says about homosexuality he.displays, in my opinion, a lack of intellectual integrity. In the two articles linked immediately below, David Malick very clearly expounds on the two, main NT passages about homosexuality, thoroughly refuting pro-gay misinterpretations of them:

 http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/romans_malick.pdf

http://www.biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/homosexuality_corinthians6.pdf

The posturing of Yancey and others is very disconcerting, and it becomes wearisome to have to keep addressing this, particular matter in this era of moral relativism and Antinomianism. Nevertheless, we must stand for truth and righteousness. 

“If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.” —Martin Luther
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My thanks to +David Choiniere for calling my attention to the article in which Yancey expresses his views. 
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It is far easier to cave in than to take a stand. The world wants to make it seem that we are being bigots for taking a stand against homosexuality. The danger is that if we don't take a stand we are condoning sin.   
The homosexual tries to justify his lifestyle saying he was born that way, yet no serious study has ever proven a a genetic basis for homosexual inclinations. The so-called studies claiming a gay gene were flawed and biased to try to get a positive result. Why people choose to live a homosexual life is a complex matter. There seem to be many factors. What we can say is that many people have repented of it and gotten out of it. It is not something you are stuck with till the end of your life. The Lord can change the homosexual
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+Steven Streight That's only true because we live in a land where justice is seldom meted out in court. No one is held responsible for their own poor decisions.
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William Griffin and Wave Nunnally Comment on the Blood Moon Teaching

Both William Griffin and Wave Nunnally are very competent scholars whom I respect, and whose opinion I share with regard to the blood moon teaching. The link is a very quick read with only a one page commentary from each man.
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I don't get too hung up on the 'last days'. Yes, we may be in the last days but there is a sense in which the whole New Testament period is the Last Days. Things are getting and it seems that if we let them get worse we will have to apologize to Sodom and theGomorrah. On one hand the end could come any time. on the other hand Christians have been saying for the past umpteen years second they they expect to see Jesus in the clouds  Yet the reality is that we change our charts of the end times as events change. Something is wrong when we are always revising our charts. Furthermore people make fun of us for having made our charts to begin with and then getting egg on our face.
So, I'm not saying that Jesus can't come back at any minute, he can. I am saying that if the Lord should tarry we need not fear, he is coming back
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My Two, Best Picks For Used, Speaker Deals  

By far, speakers make the biggest difference in any home audio system. Money spent on them will give the biggest returns in quality. If one cannot afford new, hi-end speakers, used speakers are often a good option for the budget conscious, especially since speakers tend to last a very long time. 

Ebay is a safer place to buy than Craigslist since the purchases are guaranteed, but competition from other buyers usually makes it hard to find anything better than a fair deal there. Nevertheless, there are two speakers that are frequently sold on eBay that I think are almost always exceptional bargains.

The first would be the NHT Super One bookshelf speaker (6 1/2" woofer, 1" tweeter). With the use of one or more subwoofers these speakers sound absolutely amazing. In every way that speakers can be evaluated these are true, audiophile quality speakers in the same class as speakers that cost much, much more. There is, however, a good bit of competition among those who are selling these speakers on eBay (and they can almost always be found for sale there). Thus, prices tend to stay low, and one can get a pair of Super Ones for under $150 with shipping included (a small price for such great sound).

A good, budget-friendly choice in stands for these speakers would be these from Parts Express -- http://www.parts-express.com/sanus-bf24b-foundations-24-speaker-stand-pair--240-766.

My other recommendation is for a smaller speaker (4" woofer, 1/2" tweeter) -- The Atlantic Technology Model 151 -- which can be bought for very little on eBay, provided the seller offers them in a no-reserve auction. Owners tend to value there 151's and when they sell them with a "Buy it Now" price or a reserve, the cost is generally a little high. Nevertheless, in an eBay auction (even one without a reserve) other buyers tend to shy away from them, which keeps the bidding low. I suspect this is because the speakers are fairly old -- made back in the 90's -- and also because Atlantic Technology is a brand with which only audiophiles are familiar.

These are serious little speakers, though, that are well-made (see the crossover network pictured) and which will surprise almost anyone with their big, smooth, sweet sound (with the help of subwoofers). In a no-reserve auction these speakers can sell for as little as $25 per pair with shipping factored in. 

My only caveat with the recommendation of the Model 151's is that I do not recommend the matching, rear speakers -- the Model 154's. These were engineered for maximum performance in Dolby Pro-Logic, which did not send very high frequencies to the rear, the way Dolby Digital does, and the 154's roll off at about 15 kHz instead of having the 20 kHz response one should now be looking for.

Due to their diminutive footprint, a good, economy choice in stands for the 151's would be these from Monoprice -- http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10828&cs_id=1082819&p_id=7534&seq=1&format=2.

Though both speakers are rated to go lower I recommend setting the low frequency cut-off at 70 -- 80 Hz for the Super Ones and 90 -- 100 Hz for the 151's.

Matching center and rear speakers are easy to find for these two choices.

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"It is the best and truest friend who honestly tells us the truth about ourselves even when he knows we shall not like it. False friends are the ones who hide such truth from us and do so in order to remain in our favor." -- R.C.H. Lenski
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"Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy." -- Proverbs 27:6 NASB
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In this video Planned Parenthood workers at various locations are caught on tape agreeing to help child sex-traffickers with providing abortions for thirteen and fourteen year old girls of any nationality.

Planned Parenthood's own literature states that 45% of its income in 2013 came from taxpayer's money (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/7413/9620/1089/AR-FY13_111213_vF_rev3_ISSUU.pdf). Though the Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of government funds specifically to pay for abortions, this only makes for a technical distinction in the allocation of money that still facilitates (in effect, pays for) abortions with our tax dollars. This on-paper distinction extended to Planned Parenthood would be similar to the government paying the rent and utilities at crack houses while insisting none of those funds paid for drug trafficking. The effect, of course, would be that the money that would have been spent on rent and utilities would then be spent on crack to sell to addicts. Any kind of monetary support of Planned Parenthood frees up funds to pay for abortions -- including the kind of abortions we see though the video below that they are willing to perform.  
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a +1 does not mean you agree with the argument. It means you are glad that this is being posted so it can be commented on
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Welcome! I am on Google+ primarily for the purpose of sharing biblical thoughts with others, but also for sharing other posts that I find interesting, enjoyable, or funny. It has delighted me to make some friends in the process. My philosophy of proper conduct on Google+ can be found at this post -- https://plus.google.com/115849606049187132320/posts/5wzwoxysxxH. I also endorse the principles discussed by Google+ veteran Guy Kawasaki in his post about Google+ comments -- http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130620123128-2484700-the-art-of-google-comments

Anyone who does not believe they can abide within the boundaries of etiquette and civility described in these two posts should probably consider not adding me to their circles. I welcome differing opinions and discussion within those boundaries (and I understand that we all sometimes stray from them!) but I try to keep my account a generally pleasant environment for all who visit with kind intentions. 

I appreciate comments that are logical and civil. Uncivil and/or obscene comments are usually deleted and their sources often blocked (unless the source is an established friend). Still, those who differ with me or others need not be timid in saying so if they focus on the substance of matters discussed without name-calling, ridicule, or personal attacks on others in the thread. 

I have learned from experience that protracted debate (or whatever name one wants to call it) beyond two or three rounds usually leads to incivility and it is therefore generally not practiced any longer in my threads. On rare occasions I have disabled further comments.Those who are seeking for any kind of protracted disputation should look for it elsewhere. My health problems may sometimes delay my ability to respond to your comments and I appreciate your patience with me when this is the case. Otherwise, I look forward to your input and to becoming friends.

"To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit." 1 Peter 3:8 NASB
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