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SSB Sunday Gathering – August 3, 2014


Spiritual Sounding Board  – This is our place to gather and share in an open format.  Feel free to join in the discussion.



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This is your place to share your church struggles and concerns.
Let’s also use it as a time to encourage one another spiritually.
What have you found spiritually encouraging lately?
Do you have any special Bible verses to share, any YouTube songs that you have found uplifting?



Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Ephesians 1:3-10


216 thoughts on “SSB Sunday Gathering – August 3, 2014”

  1. Ummmm I seem to be having difficulty with posting it using this gosh durn tablet of mine. Ed, would you be so kind?


  2. Nobody put that idea in my head, Ed. It was my own thought. I explained this to you; I did not want to put anything before God and I had to place my hand over my heart and pledge allegiance to the flag AND the republic, not just the republic, and the flag is an object. I was a child who attended church and Sunday School and read the Bible and I wanted to get things right.

    I am sixty-one years old now so for you to be angry all day about what I thought over half a century ago just seems a little odd to me. Don’t you urge people to read the Bible for themselves and try to understand it for themselves? You might try appreciating that I was making that effort as a young child instead of being angry at her.

    I can’t click on your link because it is all messed up on the page (I get HTML instead), at least it is on my cell phone, and in any case I believe I provided the history before your post.

    Why do you think I wasn’t patriotic, then or now? Or that I have no respect for veterans. I have always been very proud of my father’s service in France and Germany during World War II.


  3. Marsha,

    You are only 11 years older than me. Now, you said: “Don’t you urge people to read the Bible for themselves and try to understand it for themselves? ”

    No, I don’t urge a LITTLE CHILD to read the bible for themselves and try to understand it for themselves. NO. NO. NO.

    I urge adults to do that. I urge adults to teach their children the difference between a golden calf and a national flag.



  4. JA and Marsha,

    OK, let me sleep on it, and get over it. But I will say this, Marsha, that many people are actually taught what you thought as a child. Even today. And that worries me. The first people I ever heard that from was about the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They think that my service in the US Navy was demonic, because it is man’s government, not God’s Kingdom. So, I get a bit worked up about this topic. I get emotional on this topic. As a patriot, it breaks my heart that this is what people are taught about America. Even our own president has no respect for our country…in my humble opinion.



  5. Ed,
    I am a former United States Navy member. I was for many years.

    Thank you for your service.



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