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    Any Bluegrass music fans 'round here?

    It's one of those genre's that you either love or think of the movie Deliverance. :)  I was lucky enough to see Earl Scruggs before he passed away back '12.  He had to sit down to play, but boy did he make that banjo SING!  I've also seen Steve Martin (the comedian) play in person.  I knew he...
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    Racists in the Eastern Orthodox Church

    I've just learned that a certain admin on the FB group "Eastern Orthodox Church" has been removed due to belonging to some racist group and is also affiliated with Matthew Heimbach.  Maybe it's just naivete on my part, but the fact that some people could twist and warp the Church's teachings...
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    Being neighborly in uncertain times

    Hey y'all, There was a story that came out a few days ago about a man who tried to help some people who had a flat tire.  Before it was all said and done, they shot him dead.  It got me thinking about trying to fulfill Christ's admonishments to us to give to all who ask and go the extra mile...
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    Greece's Disappearing Whistled Language

    www.bbc.com/travel/story/20170731-greeces-disappearing-whistled-language I can't whistle to save my life, but being a shepherd to a small herd of Nubian dairy goats is a life-long dream.  This whistling language reminded me of the women herders of Sweden called kulning.  It, too, is dying out.
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    History of Pentecostalism

    Hey y'all, Can any one recommend a book on the history of Pentecostalism?  I've got a few earmarked on Amazon, but was hoping someone had already read one or two they can recommend. I grew up Assemblies of God and want to do some research on the roots of them.
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    Any fellow grape growers here?

    I've been growing two Concord grape vines for nearly four years now and I'm still learning the ways of pruning.  Last year I had 15 bunches of grapes, but this year I've only got 5 or 6.  Other than those dang Japanese beetles, I don't have any other problems like rot or mold.  But... when...
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    New forum punitive measures

    I looks as though OC dot net has adopted some new punitive measures for naughty folks.  Example: "Watched".  What is this?  Also, I saw where a member was issued a "25%" warning.  What is that all about?  What are the different punitive measures and their meanings/uses?
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    Body Weight Exercises

    Hey y'all, Within the last three months I've lost quite a bit of weight.  I don't have a scale so I'm not sure of exactly how much but I'm down two pant sizes.  I've modified my diet and cut out almost all added sugar, pop, bread, pasta, and rice.  My carbs are only veggies and fruits. ...
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    How do you share your faith?

    Mods- I'm not very good at figuring out where to post these things.  Howdy y'all, Just wanted to ask how you share your faith with folks?  For me, sometimes the best way is just by example, but we're told in Scripture to always be ready to give an answer for the hope we have.  So besides...
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    Ethnic themed festivals

    Mods: I wasn't sure where to post this, but 'Convert Issues' seemed relevant because it poses a lot of concern and questions to those who are, or have recently, converted.  To begin, I kindly ask that y'all read the entire post and accompanying article before commenting.  Let me say from...
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    Trying to get in touch with Admiral Nick

    Hey y'all, If anyone personally knows the user Admiral Nick, I'm trying to get in touch with him.  Could you please either let him know I've sent him a PM or PM his email address? Thanks, Gabriel
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    Landmark Forum, est

    Hey y'all, My wife signed us up for Netflix last week and I've been glued to the Documentary section.  One of the docu's I watched was on Werner Erhard and his "est" training.  He later skipped the country, selling est before he left and out of his teachings grew the Landmark Forum.  From what...
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    Lectionary questions

    Happy Nativity, y'all, So do any of you read the daily lectionary in your daily devotions?  I've recently started doing so, although I still read other parts of Scripture (I've recently started in Romans). 
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    Casting Lots and Prayer

    Hey Y'all, In the book of Acts 1:26 (I believe), we read where the Apostles needed to choose a replacement for Judas.  The first thing they did is what most of us would do, which is to pray.  The second thing they did is sort of puzzling to me, as they cast lots for their answers.  I have...
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    Books on Quantum Mechanics?

    Hey y'all, I'm calling on the smart folks here to recommend a book or two on Quantum Mechanics that can be understood without mathematics (in other words, for dummy's).
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    Oriental Malankara Icons in and EO church- permissible?

    Howdy!   Just curious about this.  Anyone know?
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    A Prayer request for wisdom and guidance

    Hey y'all, My nephew has been sentenced to 2 years prison for repeat meth problems.  He's recently written my mom, his grandma, and requested that I write him and maybe send him some reading material.  He writes that's he's re-dedicated his life to Christ and has vowed to 'rise above his...
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    For my wife

    Brothers ans Sisters, On my wife's behalf, I humbly ask for your prayers.  She will be having a biopsy on her liver soon and the doc believes she has some type of auto-immune disease and or lupus and or Hep C or B.  Thank you so much!!
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    The Five Skandhas of Buddhism and the Eastern Orthodox Church

    Howdy y'all! Many of you have read and enjoyed the book, "Christ: The Eternal Tao" by Fr. Seraphim Rose and Hieromonk Damascene.  Sort of in that same vein, I'd like to see someone in the EOC (either the Desert Fathers or a modern day author) deal with the five skandhas found in Buddhism.  For...
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    Another question about judging.

    Hey y'all, I was reading 1 Corinthians yesterday and came across this verse in chapter 5,  "9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would...
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