40x. Cold bore is still here, but it is consistent. Windy tonight. Had to wait for the target to quit blowing a few times.
Romans 16:17-18 says, "Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple."
This is an interesting verse and is often misread. This verse is not telling to note those who cause divisions and offenses...but rather note those who cause divisions and offenses contrary to doctrine. It is often the case that standing for the truth of doctrine will lead to divisions and people being offended. Many times there are those who don't want to hear the truth or don't want to obey. Those who don't want to obey doctrine will quickly point fingers at those who stand for truth. They will tell them that they are not supposed to cause trouble, divisions, and that they are offending people. Yet many times truth is offensive.
These people who teach contrary to doctrine are described here as not serving Christ, but rather serving their own bellies. These people use smooth words and flattering speech to deceive people into following their lies.
We are responsible individually to know and follow doctrine. We can't depend on anyone else to teach us truth without first comparing that doctrine to the word God has given us. It is easy to be deceived and much if not most of the religious leaders out there are deceiving people and serving their own bellies. We are to note those people and avoid them so that we can find truth, know truth, and live it!
Romans 14:19 says, “Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.”
Peace is a wonderful thing. It is not always possible, but it is something that we should pursue.
He also says that we should pursue the things that edify (strengthen) one another. This means that we continually seek to live at peace with people AND to help each other be stronger and better. If everyone had these two attitudes the world would be a wonderful place!
Thanks for the response. I’m probably going to just let it go. I am very frustrated with the lady for sitting on the package for over a month....and then calling the police instead of just putting it back in the box with a “wrong address” note.
I do still contend that the postal inspector lied. I realize that it was delivered to the wrong address by mistake, but I was told that they had the gps coordinates of where the package was marked delivered and that it was the correct address. If he really had the coordinates then he would have known it was the wrong address and where the package had been delivered.
So, well over a month ago at this point I was sent a box of 223 brass to process for a guy. I boxed it up to return it and asked if he wanted any insurance (over the standard $50) and he declined. About 3 days later the package showed “delivered” according to tracking info. The guy however said that the brass never got there.
I called USPS multiple times trying to get the $50 insurance from them, but I was finally told that they would not pay out because the package was marked “delivered”. They even claimed that they had the gps coordinates at the guys house where it was delivered. I wrote it off and assumed that it was stolen off of his porch.
Yesterday the brass was finally delivered...by the police!!!
Apparently the brass was delivered to 38th street instead of 28th street...10 blocks away. The older lady that received it proceeded to open it...and then just let it sit there for over a month. When she saw the news of the school shootings she called the police who came and collected the brass and package from the woman. Then, after preforming a thorough background check on the guy (and probably me too), the police delivered the package.
Question 1– did the postal delivery person scan the package as “delivered” at his address and then proceed to take the package 10 blocks over to the wrong address to deliver it...or did the postal inspector lie to me?
Question 2– why were the police not at all concerned with the woman violating federal law in opening someone else’s mail?
Question 3– what “probable cause” did the police have in order to run a background check?
Question 4– what gave them the right to “search and seize” the package to determine if it was “dangerous” or not?
In the end I am glad that he finally got his brass...but I am very angry at how it was handled by everyone involved.
The level is natural when your left eye is open. It is much easier to see than the other Hawkins rings I have. With both eyes open the bubble appears in the top third of the scope when concentrating on it and seems to disappear when concentrating on the reticle.
There are two types of religion. The first type of religion is the most popular and that which most “Christians” have. The fist type of religion is “Faith” in name only. 2 Timothy 3:5 describes this type of faith. It says, “having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” People with this type of faith will claim to be Christians. They will attend worship and will appear to be great religious people. People with this type of faith love to be seen of men and will rarely work for the Lord unless it will gain them some sort of recognition from other Christians. People with this type of faith pray to be seen of men (Matthew 6:5). When they help others, their only motivation is to be seen of men (Matthew 6:1-2). People with this type of faith will often live like the world when they are around the world...and then appear Godly on Sundays. People with this type of faith often know the truth, speak the truth, and demand that the truth be taught, but they refuse to actually live what they teach. People with this type of faith have fooled themselves in to believing that they have given up so much for God….yet they have completely missed the point of Christianity.
The second type of faith is a life changing faith. This type of faith is a true commitment to Christ. People with this type of faith will strive to do that which is right whether they are being watched or not. People with this type of faith will often do good that no one else knows about...and they wouldn't’ ever tell about it either. People with this type of faith strive to continually become better, to learn more, to be stronger Christians. People with this type of faith will never feel as if they have “arrived”, but rather will feel that they continually struggle to be the Christian that God desires. People with this type of faith realize that they are a forgiven sinner and are continually thankful for the grace that God offers. People with this type of faith will reach out to the lost...not in condemning judgment, but rather with truth hoping to save their souls. People with this type of faith are meek, humble, loving, and continually trusting in God instead of themselves.
Christianity often gets a bad name due to those with the first type of “faith”. This hypocritical faith will cause many to refuse truth and to be lost as a result. The irony is that many of those who are viewed by the world as the “most religious” fit into this category. Many who are hailed as very righteous people are the ones who are Christians in name only and only a Christian to be seen of men.
As we live the Christian life, let us strive to have a true, pure faith. Let us in meekness realize who we are, that we are sinners who are lost without Christ. Let us have the humility to serve Him without desiring recognition for the good that we do. Let us completely submit to His will and refuse to be a Christian in name only. Let us have a truly life-changing faith that will lead us to change our lives to do His will. Let us love Him, serve Him, put Him first...and realizing that there is more to Christianity than most Christians ever realize.