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Matthew 6:33

Take note...those who sow hatred and division will reap nothing but sorrow.

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All Mueller all the time.
coalburned comments on Jun 1, 2019:
Mueller is a calculating weasel. The collusion case was so contrived that the only way he could relieve himself of his contempt for Trump was to play to the Left's penchant for fabricating their own version of the truth. He knows they'll harrass Trump from now until he wins in 2020.
What does " Uncle Tom" expression represent?
coalburned comments on Jun 1, 2019:
It's a derogatory label, which to me represents the lowest form of human expression. Unfortunately that wasn't one of your options, so I didn't vote. 😁
The New Colossus "The New Colossus" is a sonnet that American poet Emma ...
coalburned comments on May 31, 2019:
In context, the words still apply. We don't need to mess with our monuments.
Biden pledges to defeat National Rifle Association... [bearingarms.com] If Biden is able to ...
coalburned comments on May 30, 2019:
And what does defeating the NRA accomplish? Oh, I hope this guy gets the nomination.
Why a free society cannot transform wishes into rights... [thelibertarianrepublic.com]
coalburned comments on May 30, 2019:
That's a good article. Sheds an interesting light on the perilous side of human nature. I hope others take time to read it.
Lib progressives who learned about white privilege became less sympathetic to poor whites... ...
coalburned comments on May 30, 2019:
Try talking white privilege to small-town, rural America. It'll be a short conversation.
How could anyone say with any certainty or accuracy that another person DID not commit a crime? ...
coalburned comments on May 29, 2019:
Mueller's choice of words was interesting to say the least. My gut tells me they were a cowardly, calculated device to make sure Trump remains embroiled in this nonsense as long as possible.
I’m curious about something. How many of you have cut off friends or family over political ...
coalburned comments on May 29, 2019:
I've never cut off friends or family over politics because that runs completely counter to what it means to be a friend. I have, however, stopped following people on FB for posting hateful rants that show a serious lack of intellectual honesty. I'm fine with violent differences of opinion. But keep it respectful, and show that you actually think about things rather than regurgitating a bunch of check boxes I've heard a dozen times.
Another question - how many of you feel you were born in the wrong country or even the wrong ...
coalburned comments on May 29, 2019:
I think most people experience that. It reveals something about your personality, your world view. Probably pretty healthy as long as you don't mourn your reality.
Kirsten Gillibrand says she wouldn't detain illegal immigrants at border, would free them into US......
coalburned comments on May 28, 2019:
Anyone want to guess what her take would be if those immigrants represented Republican votes?
As technology makes things easier and easier for people, will people inevitably become weaker ...
coalburned comments on May 28, 2019:
Not sure about cognitively, but I believe it has already happened, sometimes to a large degree, where physical and emotional health are concerned. People love the time saving advantages and significant efficiencies technology affords, but we don't seem to have a good explanation for why we're more socially detached and less physically active, even though we theoretically should have more time for those activities.
Dem 2020 platform
coalburned comments on May 28, 2019:
Pretty much captures it, although that name tag could also read MSM. There are many on the right when don't like Trump personally, but our economy is doing very well, which is the key to winning the presidency.
Democrats in multiple states still pushing to abolish the Electoral College... ...
coalburned comments on May 28, 2019:
What angers me about this movement is the fact that it's so contrived. Anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty knows that this issue would never have been raised if Hillary was in the White House. And we all know with 100% certainty that this issue wouldn't see the light of day if CA, NY, and IL voted majority Republican.
This environmentalist says only nuclear power can save us now... [reason.com] Nothing about ...
coalburned comments on May 25, 2019:
I agree fully with both of you. Our power requirements are massive and will only continue to grow if we shift from fossil fuels. Nuclear is the safest, cleanest, and best bang for the buck.
Medicare for all would eliminate American's choices in health coverage... ...
coalburned comments on May 25, 2019:
Unless I'm missing something, Sanders' plan isn't Medicare. It's government control of your health.
Do you think there should be a place for "silence" within "freedom of speech"? Do you think we ...
coalburned comments on May 24, 2019:
Without context, I don't understand how freedom to keep my mouth shut isn't a given.
Climate change quotes not often heard in media [standard.net] "We've got to ride this global ...
coalburned comments on May 23, 2019:
Yep...climate change hysteria has been carefully manufactured to make a case for global economic control. I'm not a climate change denier. But I'm not gullible enough to think the world will come to an end if we don't take drastic measures. The Earth has warmed before, and it has cooled before. Time for folks to chill...pun intended.
Candace Owens resigns from Turning Point USA. The reasons are not quite clear yet - apparently, ...
coalburned comments on May 16, 2019:
If TPUSA pressured her to resign because of these comments, she should be happy to leave. Could be any number of reasons, though. She's a smart woman. If she has too many irons in the fire, this is a good move.
Because I get told at least once a week I MUST be a socialist if I am a Christian or I am a fake ...
coalburned comments on May 14, 2019:
Those who claim that Christianity and socialism go hand in glove are grasping for straws. Acts 4 records acts of charity that could be considered socialist, but the voluntary sharing of everything you own is a far cry from forced redistribuion of wealth. Sharing wealth in order to further the kingdom of God is light-years removed from government control of how our wealth is to be used.
UK gov’t begins taking kids away from parents who won’t go along with gender ‘transitions’ ...
coalburned comments on May 13, 2019:
Government overreach doesn't get much worse.
Alyssa Milano Calls For ‘Sex Strike’ Until Women Have ‘Legal Control’ Of Their Bodies | The ...
coalburned comments on May 13, 2019:
This is a bit off topic, but if it wasn't for her rants going public, I would have no idea who Allysa Milano is. I know she's an actress, but I couldn't tell you one thing she's done.
I like Lindsey Graham more and more as time goes by. [youtube.com]
coalburned comments on May 13, 2019:
Because I've always associated him with the swamp, I haven't given him much credence in the past. As time goes by, especially in these toxic times, I find him to be a voice of sanity and reason.
Listening to the youth of American denigrate Free Speech is very concerning. One of our most basic ...
coalburned comments on Apr 30, 2019:
My question is, are they the norm, or are they simply the current news darlings? A loud minority as @MickeyRat put it. If they are or are becoming the norm, that is concerning indeed. My hope is that the ones we hear about are simply yearning for attention or are impressionable and just following suit.
I have been asked lately to prove from the Bible Jesus is God. This is why it is important to have ...
coalburned comments on Apr 26, 2019:
It sounds like you're dealing with a skeptic. Most of them I've encountered don't want to do any heavy lifting, but would rather put the burden of proof on you, then poke holes in your arguments. The simplest reference is John 1:1-4, which says clearly that the Word (Jesus) is God. I don't know if that constitutes "proof". I suppose it depends on whether or not you consider the Bible to be authoritative.
Do you know the exact date you came to faith? I often hear Christians discuss the moment that they ...
coalburned comments on Apr 26, 2019:
No, I don't. I know some people can, but I suspect most of us don't. I used to feel like something was wrong because I couldn't pinpoint a date. I remember when I was baptized, which is actually more meaningful to me. Your salvation experience is totally unique because God's plan for your life is totally unique. Your experiences, upbringing, temperament, family dynamic, education, how you heard the gospel and how you responded to it are unquestionably one of a kind. Consider, too, that hearing the gospel and believing it don't equal salvation. I don't remember a time when I didn't believe Jesus is who he says he is and that he died so we might have eternal life. But I can assure you I spent many years unsaved. It wasn't until I changed my view of sin that everything changed. Don't compare yourself and your testimony to anyone else's. The only thing people need to hear is how your life was without Christ, and how is it now.
Is suicide ever okay?
coalburned comments on Apr 26, 2019:
I'm not sure what you mean by ok. Do you mean is it moral? Sensible? Responsible? It would be easy for me to say it's never ok, that there is always hope, that help is near, and better days are ahead. I believe all those things. But I've never been utterly hopeless, helpless, or so depressed that ending my life seemed like a better option.
New study finds GND would have no impact on environment, would dismantle industry [dlvr.it]
coalburned comments on Apr 26, 2019:
I'm not sure anyone takes the GND seriously. Not even those who crafted it (no, I don't think AOC came up with it). Which begs the question, what is the real purpose? This article alludes to a couple of possibilities. I can't help but wonder if they're leading with the ridiculous, knowing it'll never fly, hoping to settle for something far less that would still amount to full-fledged socialism.
Hey guys, it's been cool to see our group grow by more than one hundred members in just a month!...
coalburned comments on Apr 25, 2019:
Good luck and be safe!
The Federalist had a good article about the IDW movement. Stop assuming the Intellectual Dark Web is...
coalburned comments on Apr 24, 2019:
Dear Lord, I hope no one views IDW as a political movement. That perception would guarantee we'd be infested by the very people we're trying to escape. Let's hope the diversity we see here makes it clear that it's a community of individuals who simply want to exchange ideas and intelligent dialog without the idiocy we see in virtually every other social platform.
This message on the Gospel is a good example of traditional Evangelical preaching in contrast to ...
coalburned comments on Apr 22, 2019:
I used to listen to Paul Washer and John McArthur quite a bit. I also relied quite a bit on desiringgod.com when searching for answers to perplexing questions. However, I've almost completely rejected Calvinism. Oddly, I often find value in the messages of Piper, McArthur, Washer, et al...I just don't rely on them for my theology.
So after reading Ben Shapiro's new book: Shapiro makes a strong case that true libertarianism can't ...
coalburned comments on Apr 20, 2019:
If by true libertarianism you mean the only role of government is to establish and enforce laws that protect the citizenry, he's right. The difference between limited authority and no authority has a definite moral component. The problem then is who gets to make the rule? Whose moral code?That's a scary proposition. Which explains why you don't find many 100% true libertarians.
I believe in absolute free speech but I also believe America was better off when we agreed to a ...
coalburned comments on Apr 20, 2019:
I understand exactly what you're saying. The problem is, who decides what is morally acceptable, and when do we cross the line into censorship? I'm afraid the answer, which is increasingly difficult to maintain today, is a strong family unit. The gradual collapse of the family over the past couple of generations is, IMO, the reason we see the garbage we do. The best you can do is model the kind of behavior you want your kids to exhibit. Other than feed them, educate them, and keep them safe, that's our only jobs as parents.
Can't believe there are actually videos on YouTube trying to claim that Ted Lieu did NOT try to ...
coalburned comments on Apr 20, 2019:
This is something we will see from now on, thanks to technology. Instant news, the ability to send out edited and misleading information, and the thin line between censorship and properly vetting information that is spread online...these things are here to stay. It's more important than ever to exercise extreme caution when digesting the news. Lieu and Nadler are both despicable. Like so many others, they have no moral boundaries when it come to consolidating power, which they do by pushing the ethical envelop as far as possible in order to gain mindshare, which translates to votes. And in this country, votes=power.
Are we at spiritual warfare?
coalburned comments on Apr 20, 2019:
We've been engaged in spiritual warfare for thousands of years. My question is, are we in a period of judgement, seeing the effects of steady moral decline?
Converting to Islam
coalburned comments on Apr 18, 2019:
Convert? No. Absolutely not. If I didn't have any particular set of beliefs and was forced to choose, I suppose I'd have to find out what I was getting into first. But it's easy to say that now. If I was in my teens, 20s, or 30s, might be a different story.
Let me set the tone here: I voted Libertarian, for Gary Johnson, in 2016 because I wasn't too fond ...
coalburned comments on Apr 18, 2019:
I'm inclined to agree for the most part. I've read several first-person accounts that describe a much kinder, relatively low-key individual. Certainly more modest. The problem I have is that the public sees the public Trump. Maybe he's crazy like a fox, but I wish he would tone down the antics, especially the Twitter grandstanding. Maybe it's just because I'm an old fart.
Some "conservatives" are now attacking Jordan Peterson for not being "manly" enough, for wearing his...
coalburned comments on Apr 12, 2019:
Calls to mind a book I read many years ago titled "The Hidden Value of a Man." In it they talk about the two "swords" every man wields. The silver sword: protector, provider, competitor, etc. The gold sword: compassion, caring, empathy, kindness.... Sadly, many men leave their gold sword in it's sheath most of the time. Sounds to me like Jordan has a good grasp of when and how those swords are to be used.
[youtu.be] Jordan rightly opposing "islamaphobia"
coalburned comments on Apr 12, 2019:
Finally, someone who can articulate the grotesque misuse of the term "phobia". People, especially on the left, love to append it to whatever cause they're defending in an effort to shame and/or marginalize the opposition. Jordan correctly calls it manipulative, and like him, I immediately raise a red flag when I hear it. I also like his take on becoming familiar with what you're criticizing. I'm guilty of ascribing certain behaviors to religious predisposition, and I'm probably wrong half the time. Sometimes evil is just....evil. I'll be the first one to admit I need to learn more about Islam.
I was a radical feminist until I faced the truth that modern feminist motivations were not based on ...
coalburned comments on Apr 12, 2019:
Well said. Politics aside, I'd love to hear your full testimony. I believe God uses people like you to great effect.
Democrats sucking in them voters...
coalburned comments on Apr 12, 2019:
Open borders, lowering the voting age, reparations, minimum wage increase, and I'm surely missing some...are all shameless attempts to grab votes. My hope is that those who are tempted to shout their approval for these proposals will think things through and realize that the Democratic party, overall, is far more interested in gaining power and maintaining control over our lives than they are about our personal freedom and well being.
Holy moly! Everybody and their mother needs to see this! [youtu.be]
coalburned comments on Apr 11, 2019:
BTW... Candace's opening statement at the hearing was a masterpiece. That was the best summation of racial manipulation I've ever heard. I'm so impressed by this woman....
Holy moly! Everybody and their mother needs to see this! [youtu.be]
coalburned comments on Apr 11, 2019:
Ted Lieu is a despicable human being. And Nadler should be ashamed of himself for not paying attention to Candace's response, which was damn near perfect.
Trying hard not to 'gush' but I am so damned proud of you for the way you pushed back at the ...
coalburned comments on Apr 11, 2019:
I'm glad she stood up to him, but I expect that from Candace. What I appreciated is that her statements were 100% on the mark.
How do all of you view the 12 Apostles before the resurrection of Christ.
coalburned comments on Apr 10, 2019:
The apostles undoubtedly knew he was extraordinary and sent by God, but we see in Luke 24:45 that it wasn't until after the resurrection that Jesus opened their minds so they could fully understand who he was. They believed Christ's teachings and were chosen to carry the gospel forward, but they didn't have the necessary gifts to do that until Pentecost.
Let's create a top-ten list for Christian music. I invite everyone to post a song below. The top ...
coalburned comments on Apr 7, 2019:
Revelation Song. Guy Penrod's version is my favorite. https://youtu.be/A3IUqz10ARE
[instagram.com] Old Hitler aye.. high as a kite on his own stash.
coalburned comments on Apr 6, 2019:
Just when you thought he wasn't disturbed enough. Pretty crazy...
In the jungles of South America a hunter puts a box with a small hole in the forest, a hole big ...
coalburned comments on Apr 5, 2019:
It's obvious you're well educated, but all you've really conveyed is that you don't like Jordan Peterson. Interesting opinion, but it would carry more weight if your claims were substantiated.
Giving teens the right to vote is another devious ploy by Democrats- [thefederalist.com] A new ...
coalburned comments on Apr 5, 2019:
There's no question the proposal to lower the voting age is all about grabbing votes. Dems know full well young people are driven more by emotion than rational thought, are susceptible to messaging from media sites that is overwhelmingly liberal, and have a tendency to follow what they perceive to be the popular trends. Does anyone really believe this proposal would have seen the light of day if teens tended to embrace conservative ideals?
(John 6:29 KJV) Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him ...
coalburned comments on Apr 3, 2019:
Works are meaningless in terms of their ability to save you, but so is simple mental assent that Jesus is Lord, died for our sins, and rose from the dead thus proving his divinity. Any lazy, carnal person can believe Jesus is who he said he is. But if your faith in him doesn't produce a change in your relationship to sin, what good is your faith? Christ didn't die for our sins so we could keep in sinning.
Does it not follow that restricted speech leads to compelled speech, leads to no speech, leads to ...
coalburned comments on Mar 30, 2019:
Lol... I'm not sure about your flow chart there, but your beginning and end are right on the money.
All I can say is that I'm glad to be a fan of Mr. Shapiro, as I'd hate to be on the receiving end of...
coalburned comments on Mar 30, 2019:
Whenever I watch one of Ben's videos I find myself wondering how his mind works. It's like his brain is wired to run 100x faster than the rest of us poor schmucks, and contains 10x the knowledge. He's definitely gifted. Thank God there's no one like him on the Left.
Do you see the propagation of young earth creationism as the only biblical view of creation as ...
coalburned comments on Mar 28, 2019:
I have no problem with the idea of a young earth, but I don't think it's the only view that should be put forward. I'm open to the possibility that Genesis 1 was designed to be an account that could be easily passed down from generation to generation verbally, and as such is only concerned with what God did and not how long it took him. The problem I have with the old-earth accounts I've read is that I haven't seen one yet that seriously considers the ramifications of a catastrophic global flood. So that leaves me on the fence, which is fine by me because I find origins debates to be divisive. I'm more concerned with where we're all going than how long we've been around.
The Electoral College still makes sense because we're not a democracy- [thefederalist.com]
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
The EC has always made sense given the size and diversity of our country. I think it's telling that talk of abolishing the EC really ramped up after Trump's win. Does anyone believe that we'd be having this discussion if Trump had won the popular vote, but Hillary was sitting in the oval office?
Should 16 year olds be allowed to vote?. You know, those adolescents of an age to seriously consider...
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
That's a definite NO. I think everyone understands why lowering the voting age is bad idea. I think most people also see this proposal for what it is...a blatant attempt by the left to harvest more votes.
[youtu.be] In case you didn’t get a chance to watch Candace at the CPAC
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
Just watched this. Outstanding speech.
I believe this smart young woman could be the first black female president.....amazing woman
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
I thought the same about Condoleeza Rice. Both women are incredibly smart....smart enough to know where they can serve best. Who knows what lies ahead, but I think it's important for Candace to continue making a cultural impact, and show that skin color doesn't dictate politics.
This is teetering on the edge of “old news,” but the New Zealand shooter allegedly said Candace ...
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
I'm sure there a number of Candace Owens in NZ. Obviously not the one we know and love.
The left has systematically oppressed the black population by addicting them to hand outs, ...
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
Since I was a teenager, some 40 years ago, I've believed the Democratic party has been on a mission to control the African American vote in this country. I don't understand why this is so hard for people to figure out. It's all about votes, folks.
Perhaps the reason why we should have few possessions is because they give the illusion that we ...
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
I think there's a lot of truth in that. I also believe that our broken human nature makes us prone to pursuing possessions, which of course is idolatry. I've always been fascinated by the spiritual richness of poor people. There's a lesson to be learned there.
What is your view of the Gospel restoration movement as contrasted to the "prosperity Gospel"? A ...
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
I'll be honest. I thought the prosperity gospel had been debunked. Apparently not. The gospel isn't about health and wealth. It's about sin and salvation. I guess there will never be a shortage of con men who know how to take advantage of people's emotions
Ex-military intelligence analyst Tom Quiggin if The Quiggin Teport has been suspended by twitter for...
coalburned comments on Mar 27, 2019:
This is why I quit Twitter earlier this month.
How necessary do you think a college education is? Should we push more kids towards trades?
coalburned comments on Mar 25, 2019:
It depends on the field. For many science-related jobs, it's a big deal. What I can't stand, though, is what seems to be the popular view that kids are second rate if they don't have a degree. What a crock. I worked 30 years for a large company that, since the late 80s, wouldn't consider hiring you without a degree. What I learned is that, for the vast majority of positions, a degree was meaningless. A degree tells me (assuming you applied yourself and got good grades) that you stuck it out for 4 years, and more importantly, you know how to learn. BUT...the same can be said of someone with 2 years of trade school or military experience, AND that person will most likely have an applicable skill that can be put to use immediately. I'm a huge believer in learning a skilled trade because you never know what life is going to throw at you, and it's always good to have a skill you can fall back on. Let's face it, the world will ALWAYS need plumbers, electricians, HVAC techs, welders, auto mechanics, etc.
So I have a statement to make, and I want to get people’s thoughtful comments. I think it is ...
coalburned comments on Mar 25, 2019:
I agree that there are many questionable actions surrounding this entire sham. I tried to find a link to Lindsey Graham's press conference, but couldn't find the one that nets out his concerns about possible illegal activities by the FBI and others. He seems determined to launch an investigation and get some answers. This should never have happened, and we need to make sure it never happens again.
Because we're just that good... [www-dispatchlive-co-za.cdn.ampproject.org]
coalburned comments on Mar 25, 2019:
This sounds like something babylonbee would put out. Crazy...
I wonder if this his how Pelosi feels? I know WE sure do!
coalburned comments on Mar 25, 2019:
On my way to work this morning I was thinking about how much more civilized things felt before these 3 were elected. As divided as we were, these 3 have taken us to a whole new level of insanity. And perhaps most insane is the fact that the media is obsessed with them.
Reparations for slavery
coalburned comments on Mar 24, 2019:
Absolutely not. Hasn't the Democratic party done enough to keep blacks dependent on them? Just like immigration policy, health care, and lowering the voting age....it's all about votes.
Is Joe Rogan just a really cool guy with a galaxy brain that is in the pursuit of knowledge? Or ...
coalburned comments on Mar 24, 2019:
I think Joe likes balanced, respectful, intelligent dialog. I'm sure everyone in his line of work cares about clicks, but I don't think he's a slave to them.
I actually believe, rightly or wrongly, that Socialism is their peculiar and deadly way of enacting ...
coalburned comments on Mar 24, 2019:
I agree, but I don't think you went far enough. Socialism, when implemented by governments, is about control, period.
I wonder if Mueller will vindicated anything in the dossier that Hillary and the DNC paid for and ...
coalburned comments on Mar 23, 2019:
Once Trump is cleared of any collusion, I wouldn't be surprised if the DoJ directs the FBI to investigate the key players who tried to take him down.
JK Rowling retroactively making Dumbledore gay. Should we be celebrating or do you think she is ...
coalburned comments on Mar 23, 2019:
Disingenuous. If she's not outright pandering, she should be taken to task for cowardly avoiding controversy when she created the character.
What is your opinions I know what my is!
coalburned comments on Mar 21, 2019:
I'll not crazy about some of the opinions held by certain FOX contributors (ok, some of them drive me up the wall), but I applaud FOX for giving them a voice and presenting contrasting viewpoints. I wouldn't want FOX to be the conservative equivalent of MSNBC/CNN/NBC.

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