Fishers of Men

I came across this beautiful painting, then added the proper verse:
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Matthew 4:19
(King James Version)
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
(NIV)
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
(English Standard Version)
And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

How’s This For A Road Sign?

How would you like to be driving along and see this road sign?
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Verse of the Day & Weekly Wisdom

I’ve added a section to the right side of the blog.
The first part of the section is called the ‘Verse of the Day’ and will display a different bible verse every day. I chose the New American Study Bible translation although I had several translation options.
The second part of the section is called ‘Weekly Wisdom’.
They are both feeds provided by Christ Notes and are updated automatically. These feeds can easily be added to any webpage.

Religious Drawing By High School Student

I can’t draw a straight line even using a ruler. I’m color blind and have a terrible problem with different shades under various light sources. Drawing isn’t one of the talents God gave me. I marvel at anyone with artistic ability whether it be drawing or painting.
Below is a drawing I recently came across by a high school student. I’m sorry that I don’t have a better version of it; however I believe the student has some talent.
I’m just curious as to what grade you might give for the drawing. I’d have to say about an 85. What say you?
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Charlton Heston

CharltonHeston.jpgAmerica has lost one of its finest actors and leading conservatives.
Charlton Heston was fantastic is such roles as Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments.
He was a true believer and held conservative values.
Click the following link to read his 1999 speech as NRA President to the Harvard Law School Forum on February 16, 1999.
Click here for the document.

Ripping Thru Today

I really wanted to get quite a few things accomplished this weekend. Nora leaves on Thursday night to head to West Virginia for a week. My mother and I will join her on Friday night.
I have been able to collect various items that I needed to take on vacation. While the WV home is almost fully stocked with everything, on every vacation there’s always a special project I want to work on.
This vacation I want to spend quite a bit of time studying my Liberty Home Bible Institute course and working on the website and blog.
I had a headcold that has really slowed me down to a crawl. I really started feeling bad on Friday afternoon and it has stayed with me for the last three days. I stayed in all day yesterday and will stay in today. Today is the first Sunday in over two months that I’ve missed church.
I’m struggling getting into setting up a study pattern for the Liberty Home Bible Institute, although I’ve received some good study hints from Clarence Ratliff. I do intend to really start concentrating on the course this week (before vacation).
When I purchased the course I had the option of getting the lectures on cassettes, CDs, or pre-loaded onto an mp3 player. Already having an mp3 player, I didn’t need another. Cassettes are outdated. Therefore CDs seemed the logical choice. However, having the lectures on mp3s is a fantastic way to go, as I enjoy listening to my mp3 player. The solution is to take all 120 CDs and rip every track into a mp3 format.
This is not a quick process. It takes quite a bit of time to rip each CD. Additionally, there are a few things that slows down the process. Disks 1 – 6 (OT) contains the lectures for the Creation Stage. However Disk 6 also begins the lessons for the Patriarchal Stage. This wouldn’t present much of a problem if each track on the CD was properly labeled such as 01Creation.mp3, 01 Creation.mp3, etc. No, that would be too easy. Rather they are just track1.mp3, etc.
That means after ripping to the computer I must go in and relabel each track properly. This is further compounded by the fact that sometimes study sections change midstream during an individual mp3.
I must therefore check each CD carefully where lesson sections change. From there I must make sure I have them properly divided into appropriately named folders on the hard drive. From there I must copy to my mp3 player, then create playlists. This takes a tremendous amount of time. I’ve been working at ripping everything for about 5 hours now and still only have done about 25% of the entire course. A few weeks ago I was able to rip through the first few course sections of the Old Testament.
I’ll be hard pressed to get everything ripped to the hard drive, then transferred to the mp3 player before the end of the week; however, I’m determined to do so. So for the rest of the day, I’ll be ripping thru today.

Clarence Ratliff – LHBI Graduate

Recently I’ve corresponded with Clarence Ratliff who just completed the Liberty Home Bible Institute course. He did it in about 2 1/2 years.
I asked him for his study methods and the following is his reply:
As for study methods, I usually started by listening to the lectures, then reading from the books. I’d look up scripture as they were referenced. Usually I would start on the workbook questions after I’d finish the lectures. The workbook is the key to doing well on the tests. The overwhelming majority of the test questions are directly from the study material in the workbook, although they may be in slightly different form. The more time you spend in the workbooks reviewing the study questions, the better you’ll do on the final exams.
I’ve just sent a few CDs to him containing the eSword software.

Bible Books Listing – Updated

With the recent addition of several books to my bible library, I’ve updated my online excel spreadsheet.
You can go here for the spreadsheet: http://www.rebnora.com/BibleBooks.xls
You must either have Microsoft Excel or the Excel viewer on your local computer to view the document.
I’ve recently added The Complete Sermons of Martin Luther (7 Volumes), Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (4 Volumes), The Westminster Pulpit (5 Volumes) and Spurgeon’s Sermons (5 Volumes).
Can you believe that these 21 hardback books only cost $128, plus about $12 shipping? Even counting shipping the average cost per book was under $7.00.
You just can’t beat the prices at ChristianBook.com.
I’ve been wanting to get the Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, 4 Volumes by J.C. Ryle for some time, so it was nice to add to my collection.
That will probably be the last ‘commentary’ purchased for a little bit. Having the Preacher’s Outline and Study Bible (both in print and electronic form), plus having several other printed commentaries, and many more electronic commentaries within E-Sword, I pretty much have a wide gambit of commentaries.
If you notice, the other three collections that I purchased were sermons and writings by well known ministers. I wanted to get some of the sermons from the ‘classic’ preachers in history.
Certainly everyone has heard of Martin Luther.
Charles H. Spurgeon was one of the best known preachers of his time (June 19, 1834 – January 31, 1892) was a British Reformed Baptist preacher who remains highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations.
The Westminster Pulpit sermons of G. Campbell Morgan (1863 – 1945). Ordained a minister of the Congregational Church in 1889, the young man became the leading preacher in England, holding several pastorates. Later he became widely known in the United States and Canada as a Bible conference speaker, lecturer, pastor and teacher before returning to England in 1935 to become the pastor of Westminster Congregational Church in London.

The Ten Commandents

Our politically correct, liberal society needs to learn this:
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Snow in Watertown, New York

It’s been a mild winter in Maryland. It’s almost mid-March and there hasn’t been any snow to speak of. However, in Waterton, New York, they’ve gotten more than anticipated. See photos below:
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