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2010.04.30 22:18 hachaliah Church of Christ

This subreddit is dedicated to the Church of Christ. This forum is for current members of the Church to discuss prayer requests, current events, doctrine, Church/churches, and more.
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2012.06.14 22:23 onewatt A Believing Latter-day Saint Community

Welcome to /latterdaysaints, a sub for members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (formerly known as Mormons). This sub is dedicated to faithful discourse on church topics.
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2014.03.20 06:31 zeedevil ex church of Christ

For ex-members of the church of Christ, Church of Christ, Non-institutional Church of Christ, One Cup Church of Christ, International Churches of Christ. Basically any ex-Campbellite
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2023.06.06 14:28 dont_tread_on_dc When did kindness become evil?: When Republicans leave this vale of tears, they will stand before Christ to answer for their time on Earth. When he asks them: “Why didn’t you feed my children? Why didn’t you help the poor?”, what will their answers be?

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2023.06.06 14:26 Duffarum Who should take her to Sunday school?

Alrighty, players are myself and my husband, and our younger child.
Relevant info: I am an atheist. I was raised with a light fundamentalist education and background. Husband is a lapsed Catholic. He still claims to be Catholic but has been to mass perhaps a dozen times in the 20+ years we have known each other.
Before we married, we came to the agreement that any children we had would be baptized and receive their first communion as that was important to him. However, after that any church attendance was fully up to them. Church attendance and Bible stories / knowledge would also fall to him. I would keep my atheism a secret until kids are at least 10…. Won’t lie but won’t confirm. Our eldest is essentially agnostic right now ( she knows I am atheist) and the youngest only recently has heard the word god from friends and is of the age to start first communion classes.
Personally, I felt awful silly sending our kids to first communion class when they had never set foot in a church but whatever. It was the agreement, even if it feels fake and performative.
When our eldest went through these classes my husband was working every weekend. So I dutifully took her to class every Sunday for two years. The church also ( more often than not) holds the parents for a parent sermon while the kids attend their Sunday school. Once again…. I did it and sat through it.
Now my husband has a normal work schedule! He has weekends off. The youngest is about to be registered for these classes. I was talking with hubs the other day about the classes and how he better be ready to sit through all those boring sermons. He looked at me completely shocked. Asked why I wouldn’t take her? Didn’t we agree that she would take these classes? I took the older one….
I explained I took the older child because he worked weekends. Now that he is not, and also because he is the parent of faith, it is HIS job to take the younger. He complained that everyone expects the mom at these things. That the sermons are awful to sit through and weekend is his only time to get larger chores done.
My retort is, his religion, he handles it was our agreement. I merely agreed not to interfere. Plus, he can be there to answer the inevitable barrage of questions from our daughter who is entering a totally foreign world. He says “But you grew up churchy! You know the Bible better than me and answer in a religious way”. My retort. ‘I know answers from fundamentalists. I know fucked up answers I am not willing to give her. I don’t know Catholic answers’ and yes…. This was a minor issue with the elder girl when she took the classes.
He is ticked I refuse to go. I say it is his jam, he needs to feel the weight and annoyance from it. Not forcing me to do his dirty work for something I am actually quite opposed to. Sooooo, he should take her to these classes right?
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2023.06.06 14:17 Nexis4Jersey My vision for South Jersey Rail & Transit V2

Early this year I posted to the PA & NY Subreddits about expansions I had for their planned statewide rail network. I decided to go over all my Northeastern proposals and give them a slight refresh , so here is my refreshed proposal for South Jersey : 2019 post. I cut some of the pure fantasy routes while leaning into the more realistic ideas. Did some more research on the various routes that used to crisscross the region and the named Intercity services that used to link to big cities with gateway destinations. There seems to be increasing traction on the PA & DE side to advance their backlog of rail projects. The feds unleashing a tsunami amount of funding seems to fueling that trend unfortunately NJ has been slow to push any project forward aside from a few NEC projects & the Raritan Bay Bridge replacement. I used the openrailways map to comb through the all the rail lines snaking their way around the region , drawing up a reasonable proposal.
Core Infrastructure Upgrades
New NJT & Amtrak Services
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2023.06.06 14:17 markpkmiller The most hurtful thing

Hi, so I will try to keep this short for y'all. This is the most hurtful thing that has happened to me in a church and is probably one big reason why I shift view points to more of a liberal view. I was in the process of becoming a member of church. The member process boils down to three major things. Read a book on what church should be, be baptized, and have faith in Jesus along with be changed. So I was meeting with one of the pastors and he wanted me to give out my testimony to him. So I told him how my walk into faith was more defined as a process and not a one time conversation experience. This pastor basically told me flat out that since I didn't have a one time conversation experience that I wasn't saved. It really hurt in the moment and really got me to think about how observed that sounds. Don't know why I wanted to post this but I did so, do y'all have anything that's close to this story or story that you got hurt by a past church?
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2023.06.06 14:15 titritmoroccotours Holiday And Best Morocco Tours 2023-2024

Holiday And Best Morocco Tours 2023-2024

https://titritmoroccotours.com/itinerary/the-imperial-cities-and-the-sahara-desert-6-days-tou
Just beneath the high mountain range of the African Atlas is the red city of Morocco known as Marrakech. With a culture that has grown to be so vibrant, free, and pure, who would have known that this imperial city only started as another pit stop for medieval caravans? However, regardless of its humble beginnings, you'll still be bound by its magic spell with the warmth of its people, inspiring history, and colorful tradition. Standing in the middle of the red city walls, you'll know for sure that you're in for a timeless escape with Marrakech travel. But to make the most out of your journey to this spellbinding exotic destination, here are the top eight things you shouldn't dare miss on your Marrakech travel:
  1. Relive the memories of the old city.
The 13th century walls that surround the medina is reminiscent of ancient struggles and battles that took place in Morocco. A tour around the age-old fortresses, gates, and tanneries in your Marrakech travel is a good photo opportunity for tourists. Not only that, you'll also enjoy the inviting spirit of the modern city amidst the well-preserved relics, natural wonders, and architectural pieces of the past. With friendly people and bustling activities around the corner, you'll enjoy every minute of this experience.
  1. Get lost with the crowd at Djemaa el Fna.
Thislarge square that lies at heart of the old city is teeming with too many spectacles and surprises. From bargain shopping to snake charming, you'll never have a dull moment in your Marrakech travel. Open your eyes to a lot of things, which include juggling acts, musical performances, as well as belly dancing. You don't even have to worry about losing your way back to your hotel. As overwhelmingly large as it can be, the square offers a winding escape to interesting sites around the city.
  1. Take a spiritual retreat.
They say that paying a visit to popular trails of mosques, churches, and other places of worship is a wonderful Marrakech travel experience that can be life-altering. However, for those who only wish to satisfy their curiosities, time is well-spent in admiring some of the most exquisite architectural designs in the world. You'll be stunned how Marrakech was able to preserve the intricate details and premedieval style of these structures but much more, how it preserved its solemnity. The famous pilgrimage for the "seven saints" is also found in this city, while the Saadian tombs is highly recommended by most tourist guides.
  1. Shop and explore its very best.
Popular market stands also known as "souks" offer the best treat for bargain shopping. The bazaar is usually filled with exotic finds such as metal works, wood pieces, baskets, and leather sets-- some of which, you'll only find in Morocco. You'll also be advised not to end your Marrakech travel without a belt, jewelry, carpet, or any form of clothing that are found in the souk.
  1. Take a journey to the past.
Marrakech is one of the best places to find age-old ceramics, paintings, mosaic, jewelries, and fabrics. Its museums house prestigious artifacts that date back to more than a thousand years. Manuscripts, contemporary arts, and traditional clothing are among the well-preserved collection. You may also take note in your Marrakech travel experience that museums here are not just brick-and-mortar structures but are also adorned with verdant gardens.
  1. Stay in luxurious Riads in Marrakech.
Your Marrakech travel experience will not be complete without staying in the city's famous Riads. These are residential facilities that top any 5-star hotel in modern cities. With luxurious rooms, overlooking views of the fountain, roof top terraces, and exquisite decorations, Riads are one of the best reasons to stay in Marrakech.
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2023.06.06 14:14 Ok-Reward-6390 21M Brazil/anywhere non uninteresting man looks for half [relationship]

I haven’t even flirted for such a long time, and lately, during those boring lunches where people just talk about heiresses’ dogs’ illnesses (a Pomeranian dog shares all her illnesses with her owner) or gossip about some technocrat who has a limp and who may be cheating on his partner, and while rice with cod is served, I am asked “darling, are you dating yet?”. No, I am not, and here I am, mostly because dating apps are too dull – unfortunately the odds of being flashed by a Jewish 19 year-old from Manchester is smaller on these things, though sometimes you might have some luck and end up being insulted randomly by a Portuguese girl, who is visiting her uncle.
I do have names, and surnames, and I was born in a big city in Brazil. My sister used to describe our childhood address as “a building with cars and trees and buildings”, which is a rather good description of much of the city. For a while I wanted to join the seminary but after having to face the fact that this was an inadequate career choice considering I didn’t believe in God and had always found masses to be awfully boring (though fascinating at times – the priest at my childhood church used to go on long rants about things, of which there are many) often turning my back to see the watch, and so I chose the next best thing: I am studying sociology, which involves, in many ways, taking a vow of poverty. I also work at a small online newspaper so I am well informed on sub celebrities and local occurrences such as babies heroically rescued by policemen after choking on the thing babies eat. And yes, I write poetry sometimes.
I am fascinated fairly often by everything, or many things, at least so you won’t be bored. These last days I ended up reading a lot of things about Egypt after reading about Ottoman chief eunuchs being exiled to Cairo after their tenure. In general, I really enjoy the humanities. I follow politics keenly – in fact, there is some chance I might have some thoughts on your country’s politics – and I’d say I am on the centre-left – pro-choice, in favour of a robust welfare state, LGBTQ+ rights, affirmative action. If you know about Brazilian politics, I voted for Marina and Haddad in 2018 (the voting age here is 16), and Lula last year.
As you can imagine, I also really enjoy reading and writing. Besides poetry, I have often thought about writing a novel, but this seems like too much work – and it seems that it would be arrogant of me to write a novel having lived this little, though it wouldn't be uncommon. I really enjoy learning about other languages and cultures and I know a bit of French, German, Spanish, and Russian, besides English and Portuguese. I’d really like to learn Arabic and/or Mandarin. I am really into genealogy, and I know quite a bit about it. I often cry while watching dumb movies (I cried during Minions!) or listening to beautiful music; my music taste has been described as “fairly gay” and in movies as “slightly gay”.
I guess I am pretty introverted, polite, and timid (well, I am on here after all). I am affectionate and I can be really passionate as well. And I am fairly funny, or rather, I have made a few people laugh over the years. I asked a close friend to describe myself, and that is what he said:
I think you’re very communicative. Shrewd, funny, a good companion. Kind of withdrawn but not necessarily shy. You avoid conflict and unnecessary arguments, but love to participate in good conversations. I think you’re very kind too, besides being polite.
As for what I want to do with my life, I am unsure though I am inclined to go into academia. I have been considering applying to a PhD program in the U.S. after finishing my undergrad here in Brazil. My family does want me to go into their business, which is related to politics. I have also considered going into diplomacy.
Who am I looking for? I’d like someone curious about the world around her, and open-minded.
Some poems I really like:
Some songs I have been listening to:
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2023.06.06 14:14 Ok-Reward-6390 21 [M4F] Brazil -3/anywhere -- not uninteresting man looks for a good thing

I haven’t even flirted for such a long time, and lately, during those boring lunches where people just talk about heiresses’ dogs’ illnesses (a Pomeranian dog shares all her illnesses with her owner) or gossip about some technocrat who has a limp and who may be cheating on his partner, and while rice with cod is served, I am asked “darling, are you dating yet?”. No, I am not, and here I am, mostly because dating apps are too dull – unfortunately the odds of being flashed by a Jewish 19 year-old from Manchester is smaller on these things, though sometimes you might have some luck and end up being insulted randomly by a Portuguese girl, who is visiting her uncle.
I do have names, and surnames, and I was born in a big city in Brazil. My sister used to describe our childhood address as “a building with cars and trees and buildings”, which is a rather good description of much of the city. For a while I wanted to join the seminary but after having to face the fact that this was an inadequate career choice considering I didn’t believe in God and had always found masses to be awfully boring (though fascinating at times – the priest at my childhood church used to go on long rants about things, of which there are many) often turning my back to see the watch, and so I chose the next best thing: I am studying sociology, which involves, in many ways, taking a vow of poverty. I also work at a small online newspaper so I am well informed on sub celebrities and local occurrences such as babies heroically rescued by policemen after choking on the thing babies eat. And yes, I write poetry sometimes.
I am fascinated fairly often by everything, or many things, at least so you won’t be bored. These last days I ended up reading a lot of things about Egypt after reading about Ottoman chief eunuchs being exiled to Cairo after their tenure. In general, I really enjoy the humanities. I follow politics keenly – in fact, there is some chance I might have some thoughts on your country’s politics – and I’d say I am on the centre-left – pro-choice, in favour of a robust welfare state, LGBTQ+ rights, affirmative action. If you know about Brazilian politics, I voted for Marina and Haddad in 2018 (the voting age here is 16), and Lula last year.
As you can imagine, I also really enjoy reading and writing. Besides poetry, I have often thought about writing a novel, but this seems like too much work – and it seems that it would be arrogant of me to write a novel having lived this little, though it wouldn't be uncommon. I really enjoy learning about other languages and cultures and I know a bit of French, German, Spanish, and Russian, besides English and Portuguese. I’d really like to learn Arabic and/or Mandarin. I am really into genealogy, and I know quite a bit about it. I often cry while watching dumb movies (I cried during Minions!) or listening to beautiful music; my music taste has been described as “fairly gay” and in movies as “slightly gay”.
I guess I am pretty introverted, polite, and timid (well, I am on here after all). I am affectionate and I can be really passionate as well. And I am fairly funny, or rather, I have made a few people laugh over the years. I asked a close friend to describe myself, and that is what he said:
I think you’re very communicative. Shrewd, funny, a good companion. Kind of withdrawn but not necessarily shy. You avoid conflict and unnecessary arguments, but love to participate in good conversations. I think you’re very kind too, besides being polite.
As for what I want to do with my life, I am unsure though I am inclined to go into academia. I have been considering applying to a PhD program in the U.S. after finishing my undergrad here in Brazil. My family does want me to go into their business, which is related to politics. I have also considered going into diplomacy.
Who am I looking for? I’d like someone curious about the world around her, and open-minded. The rest? Cultural differences can be interesting and I am open to converting (nominally?) to most world religions.
Some poems I really like:
Some songs I have been listening to:
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2023.06.06 14:08 bronabas Questions about citizenship process

Hey everyone- just wanted some thoughts on a problem I’m having with the citizenship process. I’m applying based on my great-grandparents. I’m taking Hungarian private lessons as well to pass the language portion.
My apologies that this isn’t completely language related, but I’ve seen others post citizenship questions here.
  1. My grandmother’s birth certificate lists her parents as being born in Germany, but I know for a fact this is false. They were born in Hungary and I have the US naturalization paperwork to prove it. My theory is that they identified as ethnic Germans even though they spent their whole lives in Hungary up until they immigrated to the US. How big of a problem will this be for me?
  2. The local government building where my great-grandparents were born and married had a fire in the 1950’s and they have no record of them now. I do have photographs of the church records, but I don’t know if that will be sufficient evidence. Has anyone else overcome a similar hurdle?
Thanks!
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2023.06.06 14:04 WoodsmanStar Abstinence and Relationship

For background both my girlfriend and I grew up in a Christian household and grew up as Christians. I would say that I didn’t truly begin to find Christ until I was around 16 or 17 (we are both 21 for reference). We started dating about 3.5 years ago.
We have regularly had sexual relations since a few months into our relationship (besides when we are apart for college for a few weeks at a time). We were not that strong in faith when we started dating, but we have both grown more in faith since then. We regularly go to church together and talk about Christ. Recently, I have been reading the bible more and since then have done a lot of inner reflection. Last night we talked about how we truly want to make an effort to grow in our faith together, but neither of us really knows what that looks like.
I feel called to become abstinent until we are married. We both plan on getting married sometime after we graduate (2024) and I plan on proposing in the coming months. I want to bring up abstaining, but I am unsure about how she will react.
I am looking for guidance on what the right thing to do is and how to go about having this conversation with her.
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2023.06.06 14:03 UnDead_Ted Standing Strong Through the Storm Day 74

Standing Strong Through the Storm Day 74
06/02/2023

BOLD WITNESS NOT IN VAIN

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58
Lung Singh was a spirit worshipper and opium addict for forty-five years in the little Southeast Asian country of Laos. When he turned to Christ, he became a powerhouse for the Lord. Dr. Jan Pit shares about the day he baptized Lung Singh:
“I’ll never forget how, after coming up out of the waters, he began singing, ‘I have decided to follow Jesus,’ Then he pointed to the ripples spreading out in the water and said, ‘Brother Jan, there goes my old life. All the old things have passed away. It’s gone. Everything now is new.’
“Still soaking wet, he clambered onto the bank on the side of the famous Mekong River and knelt down. ‘Devil,’ he shouted. ‘I’ve been your servant for 45 years. Now I belong to Christ. Now I only serve him.’
“I’ve never met a man so on fire for the Lord. After I left the country in 1973, Lung Singh continued his courageous ministry. He was constantly warned by the Pathet Lao Communists to stop his preaching, but he refused.
“’I cannot do that. Jesus saved me. He did everything for me. I can’t be quiet!’”
Years later he was executed but not before impacting for good the kingdom of heaven.
Sister Wu is a leader in a house church in China. One day her home was suddenly raided by the police. She had Christian literature from abroad and it was confiscated. Sister Wu was arrested and taken to the police station. The police were cruel and abusive towards her. She was questioned overnight not only by the police but also by the head of the Religious Affairs Bureau (RAB) of the city. She bravely responded to their questions.
Just a few days after her release, the chief of the RAB’s brother was severely injured in an automobile accident and taken to the hospital. By the time Sister Wu knew about it, she went to visit this RAB chief’s brother and mother. She led them to the Lord while they were in the hospital.
Later, on another occasion, Sister Wu was holding a Christian training class in a small room of a restaurant. One of the employees decided to report the meeting to the PSB hoping to make some money because it was an illegal meeting. The matter was reported all the way to the top of the RAB, but the chief of the RAB, upon discovering that it was Sister Wu conducting the meeting, said “Oh, don’t bother her. She’s OK.” Sister Wu’s boldness was rewarded.
RESPONSE: Today I will live in the strength of Christ and fearlessly refuse to give in to my enemy, Satan’s attempts to shut down my verbal and outgoing witness.
PRAYER: Pray for boldness for all believers to share the gospel openly.
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2023.06.06 14:02 Vegetable_Wear8016 Short Story - A tale that will give you an adrenaline rush

Hello ladies, this week my fictional story will leave you feeling cautious the next time you eat at a Chinese restaurant :)
The Fortune Cookie
Samuel was exhausted, it was nearly 10 p.m. and he was leaving his office. He was starving, he just wanted to eat and hit the bed. ‘What a terrible day!’ he was muttering to himself as he got into his old beat-up Renault Kwid. He had seen a Chinese restaurant nearby that opened recently and he decided trying it now would be the best option.
It was a small inexpensive-looking restaurant for quick meals. It had simple decor with traditional Chinese paintings and some random symbols of dragons splattered here and there. One bored receptionist cum cashier and only 1 waiter. It was not a place you would come to on a date.
He gave his order and started scrolling through his phone. He saw some updates of his friend travelling to Dubai for work, one of them getting married in a fancy resort in Rajasthan and one of them was working at Google and felt the need to constantly put #googleknowsbest in all his posts.
The real estate business in India was hard, there isn’t any strategy or marketing that can make you successful, it was entirely dependent on your network and getting lucky with the right client at the right time. The respect for agents was abysmal since it was not considered an elite profession and the commissions were shared between multiple parties.
You could hire a celebrity for the promotion of a project to bring in the masses but when it came down to the client writing a cheque for that booking amount, it had nothing to do with the celebrity. Those gimmicks were just enough to get them off their laptops and visit the property.
He had to constantly ensure he was at networking events or getting in touch with the businessmen of the city to source the right inventory to sell. His company was working on a budget villa project which was taking time to sell because of the location being close to a graveyard. Not many families wanted to stay close to a burial ground despite the villa’s appeal.
It was such a beautiful villa, the amenities, the location and the price, every aspect was attractive. ‘Maybe someday when I can afford it’ he thought to himself. He finished his meal and waited for the bill. He was served a fortune cookie with the bill, “Oh it’s been a long time since I have gone to a restaurant that still serves these” he said to the waiter. He opened the cookie and the message read ‘Don’t underestimate your ideas’. ‘That’s funny, I just had an argument with my manager about an idea I had which he didn’t like’ Samuel thought, he shrugged it off and paid the bill.
The next day at work, Samuel was in the cab with his Marketing Head going to a meeting regarding a residential project in the city. They were in the middle of random banter when he decided to casually mention his idea that his boss had rejected. “That’s not a bad idea at all, I think we should bring this up at today’s meeting and ask the client for their opinion,” the Marketing Head said to him. By the end of the day, Samuel was a happy man, the marketing guys for the residential project approved it and his Marketing Head gave Samuel all the credit for it in front of his boss.
A month later, it was a late night again for Samuel, he decided to hit the Chinese restaurant for dinner again. This time he was conversing with his old college friend Meera, he had recently reconnected with her over Instagram. He was about to pay the bill when he realised he had never eaten the cookie. He opened it and it read ‘Confess your love, it’s worth it’, ” Maybe I will” Samuel said aloud.
Later that night, he asked Meera out for a movie half expecting her to say that it was too soon to go on a date. The stars were aligned and she said yes. Their date turned into many dates.
One weekend, he told his best friend about the fortune cookies and that they were lucky for him. “Are you trying to say these cookies can predict your future?” “No, I’m just saying the messages have been right twice and I don’t want to lose out”. Just to humour Samuel, his best friend agreed to dine at the restaurant.
The meal was over and they were ready to open the cookies. Samuel read ‘Something dangerous lies in your path, stay cautious’ and his best friend read ‘Avoid the upcoming journey’. “What’s that supposed to mean?!” his best friend asked him looking annoyed. “I don’t know, maybe there’s some journey you are going to go on and you shouldn’t go?” Samuel responded. “I have journeys every weekend so this doesn’t make any sense!” his best friend exclaimed. His best friend’s parents lived 3 hours from the city and he used to visit them every other weekend. His best friend declared that this was a stupid activity and they agreed to disagree ultimately.
Samuel checked his entire house for any loose wiring, fire hazards, toxic chemicals, gas leaks, etc he couldn’t find anything. He even checked his car and his desk at the office, but nothing! Maybe this was a coincidence and he was taking this too seriously. It was a fortune cookie for God’s sake! It’s supposed to be for fun. He let the incident go and forgot all about it in the next few weeks.
A month later, his Goa trip planning was in full swing. Any Indian would know how the Goa plan works. You plan for months with your friends and right before the trip, the dominoes start to fall. Samuel’s manager declined his request for the leaves due to a promo event that was happening at the same time where they had roped in a huge celebrity to pretend like he loved the villa. “It’s Pratap Kapoor we’re talking about Samuel, this is no small guy,” his boss said. “Pratap has a 20,000 sq ft villa with a bonsai garden imported from Japan, he’s not relatable when it comes to endorsing a budget home” Samuel protested. “That may be true but he has a huge social media following and the fact that he may potentially own one of the villas will give customers the message that the graveyard is not an important factor” his boss stated ending the discussion. Samuel had lost the argument and the Goa trip.
He loaned his friends his car to carry on with their trip. They offered to cancel it but he insisted that they go, he didn’t want to ruin it. Besides, it was a good time to take Meera to one of those Korean restaurants she had been obsessing about.
It was when he was in the middle of eating his Bibimbap that he received the call. His friends had been in an accident on the way back home. A drunk driver rammed into them, fortunately they were not seriously injured but the car took most of the damage. “We were really lucky that the drunk guy had an equally beat-up car as yours” his best friend explained to him, Samuel’s thoughts drifted towards the message his cookie had revealed to him. This is what it was warning him from.
Over the next 5 years, it became a ritual for Samuel. He would eat at the restaurant before any big decision he had to make or if there was any big event coming up. Samuel moved to a different real estate agency which offered him a senior position, with time his commissions became better, he bought a better car, married Meera and he bought the villa near the graveyard.
“I already told you, I am not coming on that trip with your parents Meera,” he told his wife. “Just because the cookie said so?!” she asked. “Yes, the message said to exercise caution on your next endeavour and I went there just after we discussed the trip, I’m sorry but I cannot go, this is my process and you know it,” he said firmly. “You are letting these cryptic messages get the better of your logical self, it was fun in the beginning but it’s been 5 years now and you can start making your own decisions,” Meera told him, unable to believe her husband relied on luck from a cookie. “No, I trust the process and I would like to stick to it,” he said. Their fight escalated and it resulted in him staying home alone.
When Meera was away, he received a call from an unlikely source. The secretary to a local politician, politician wanted to sell his massive farmhouse on the outskirts of the city to settle some debts that occurred from his political rally. The politician had a bad reputation for solving everything with cash or brute force. But, this was a big deal, if he said no to the politician then another agent would do it and profit off it since word travelled fast in his circle.
“You can inform his assistant that we cannot take this up”. “He lost the election and his boys got into a fight as well that the media picked up so I think he’s bad news. Our agency has a certain reputation so we cannot be involved with certain types of individuals” Samuel’s CEO told him. Despite Samuel persuading him with the value of the property, the CEO refused and the matter was dropped.
Samuel decided that it was time to start doing things independently. He took on the sale of the property independently and asked the secretary to keep it discreet. He stood to make a huge commission on this, this could mean quitting his job and starting on his own so why give up the opportunity? Destiny had come knocking on his door, he couldn’t just ask her to leave.
He went to the restaurant to get a feel of his decision. While waiting for the food he called his wife to find out if she reached home safe, “So nothing weird happened during the trip?” he asked. “Nope, your fortune cookie was wrong this time. Everything went smoothly, you should have come. My parents didn’t believe you were sick, they think something’s going on with us” she told him. “Yeah, maybe I should have come,” he said relieved that the message didn’t come true. “Don’t forget to get the Kung Pao chicken and no cookie for me please?” she said ending the call. Samuel mulled over what had happened. Was it that the magic was over? For 5 years the messages had been right but not this time. Meera was back and safe.
At home, when he opened the cookie, it read ‘It’s not too late to back out’. Samuel was annoyed, this was a big deal where he stood a chance to grow his network and quit his stressful job. He went to bed and let the thought stir in his mind.
The commission he was offered was the highest he had ever been offered. Several agencies and agents were working on this property but he had the network of people who would need such a massive area, he could crack it. The decision had been made.
Over the next few months, Samuel intentionally lost a few deals so that he could dedicate extra time to the farmhouse. Fortunately, nobody suspected anything at his firm and he getting close. Finally, after 6 months of effort and negotiation, it was sold to a construction company, they were going to build a resort.
Later that year, Samuel was a richer, happier man. He was out in the world trying to be an entrepreneur when he received a call that ruined everything. The construction firm had filed a case against everyone in the land dealing stating that it was a fraudulent deal. They discovered a body in the premises hidden underground and it just happened that the exact spot was being dug up for a swimming pool. This was bad marketing for the resort. Who would bring their families to a place with a reputation for murder? The construction was stopped when the police intervened to do a complete investigation and the legal proceedings began.
Samuel started losing hair and sleep over the drastic change of events in his life. His entrepreneurship journey was falling apart and Meera and his relationship was on a steady decline. He didn’t know how to control it, he was trying to make things work both professionally and personally. Over the next few months, he tried yoga, went to church more often and travelled but, it was not enough to solve his problems. He realised the cookie had been right all along but he had gone against it. That was when he decided it was time to go back to the restaurant to get some advice. He was desperate.
He finished his meal when the waiter told him the news. “Sir, we’re shutting down this week, they sold the place to a McDonald’s franchise,” the waiter said looking ready to move on. “Sold it?! Why do you need a McDonald’s here when there’s a burger place 2 streets away?!” Samuel questioned reeling from the shock. “Sir, I don't know these things, I’m going to apply for a job when it becomes McDonald's. You have been coming here for a long time so I thought you should know that we’re closing” the waiter said clearing the table.
That was it, his final cookie in this place. He was mentally asking for it to give him some good advice on what to do next. The cookie read ‘Darkness awaits’
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2023.06.06 14:02 FondantParticular643 Largest recent Cryonics poll and religion.

Well the recent Cryonic poll is over and the people have spoke.According to the poll 80.92% of all people who took the poll have no beliefs in any religion.Of the ones who do,according to the pollers,” 11% of cryonists are religious in some form traditional sence of the term”.I guess this is probably why no one follows Starman,or what ever he is calling himself this week,constantly talking about his Cryonic church and religion.There was another poll on the group site that asked about cryonics and religion and it was around the same number 12%.So let’s get off this religion kick and talk about REAL things like science,not fairy tales.
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2023.06.06 14:01 CRich19 We’ve all accepted that it’s okay for churches to blast music in the form of bells.

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2023.06.06 13:58 nanigashinanashi Streak 27: How much does it cost to live in New York City (Part 2)

I wish I could have finished reading this article, but I couldn't. Before going to sleep, I had planned to read the rest of article that I couldn't finish in the morning, but it's already late. My priority is getting at least 7 hours of sleep, and ideally 8 hours. So, I will continue reading the article tomorrow. Today, I managed to read up to the part about Louise's story, which means I have three stories left to read.
Good night.
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2023.06.06 13:48 tumid Shadow Kingdom - a musical offering?

With all the talk of Shadow Kingdom being Bob's final output, I think it's ridiculous.
It's a great album, magnificent reworking of some of his classics, but nowhere near his best works, as much as I love listening to it on repeat. One thing did strike me. As Watching the River Flow turned into It's All Over Now Baby Blue, I felt an odd long-forgotten sensation. It was only after few moments I realised, I feel like I'm in a church.
I am not religious, but was raised Catholic. And the transition between the two songs did feel like the part of Christian mass that I believe in English is called The Dismissal. It is where the priest gives the congregation the final blessing and imposses them to go and spread the word of god. From my experience, It often has this aura of suspension. You know the service is almost over, but you ought to stay for a couple of moments more. Intentionally, or more likely not, Shadow Kingdom arrangement of It's All Over Now.. has a very similiar feel. And the subject of saying goodbye only adds to it.
Listening to Sierra's Theme I cannot help but to feel as I am leaving a church after a service.
A very odd feeling for a person who has not attended a religious service for decades now.
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2023.06.06 13:45 baltimore-aureole Wait . . . what? You have $50 billion in assets, and you pay ZER0 in taxes?

Wait . . . what? You have $50 billion in assets, and you pay ZER0 in taxes?

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Photo above - Take a guess: does this castle belong to Harvard, the Vatican, or the Mormons? Not Shown - the costumed characters and rituals that make those places so amazing.
I know what you're thinking. That this is going to be some rant about the Catholic Church. But actually, nobody is sure how much money THOSE guys are hoarding. If you count real estate and gold horse drawn carriages and looted art in their vault, it's probably much more than $50 billion.
But the $50 billion in my subject line is Harvard. Not including real estate, pension funds, etc. Not including the 30,000 students who may (or may not) be paying $60,000 a year (before books, fees room and board) to attend. Yikes – that's $1.8 billion a year in revenue !!! And zero taxes. In fact, Harvard's $50 billion (with a B) endowment is so high, it throws off enough cash each year that it COULD theoretically pay the entire tuition of every student and give them their education free. Without eating into their endowment principle. If Harvard wanted to do that. But they don't. They don't want to pay taxes either.
Harvard – like most universities - is a sort of magic kingdom. Where you can turn your back on the real world and pretend it doesn't exist. As long as you have the tuition. Or a scholarship. Or a student loan. A four-year visit (or possibly 6 or 7 year, if graduate school is included) to the magic kingdom. And if you have a Harvard degree look how easy it is to score an elite government job!
Harvard should pay taxes. Income tax, real estate tax, capital gains taxes - the whole nine yards.
You and I pay taxes, and we haven't got a prayer of sending a kid to Harvard. Shouldn't government handouts be needs based, instead of showered down on the ultra-wealthy? Tuition at the average (non-Harvard) college is now $41,000 (unless it's your local community college). Who the heck can afford that? You're either praying for a scholarship, or a signing up for a student loan you can never realistically pay back. $160,000 for a bachelors degree in . . . . anything. Accounting. Nursing. Psychology. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance . .. no value judgements here on your chosen major. I'm just saying that most people will never earn enough salary to justify that ridiculous expense.
Okay - NOW let's move on to the Catholic Church. Another magic kingdom where the characters wear amusing historic costumes and have lifelong job tenure, like professors do. Let's agree up front that ordinary priests are probably not getting rich. Well, some of them do. But not THAT many, I'm hoping.
The internet is vague on how many private jets the Vatican owns or leases. This is why god invented shell companies and subsidiaries. But at least SOME churches have jets. Someone with a charitable mindset is using chartered jets to fly migrants from Florida and Texas to even less hospitable spots - like New York and California. THOSE states are hopping mad, and threatening to sue whoever sent the jets. Good luck. If those planes were owned or operated by churches, forget it. You can't sue churches for ANYTHING. Not even pedophilia. Well, okay . . . these days you can take a whack at that one. But almost forever, you couldn't. Try finding a law saying that churches can't fly poor people from one state to another. I dare you.
I don't think the Mormon church is involved in this migrant jet scam. But they do have assets of $100 billion. That's the equivalent of two Harvards. And the same kind of ginormous, awe inspiring castles as Harvard, the Vatican, and Disney's Magic Kingdom. How much does a lifetime pass to the Mormon-land cost? Well . . . it's a LOT. Theoretically 10 percent of your gross income. Before making student loan payments, or food clothing and shelter. But I'm guessing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is something like Harvard . . . there are discounts available if you know how to get them.
Disney. Don't give me that annoyed look. I'm not going to do an impression of Ron DeSantis here. I'd just like to point out that Disney (US divisions only) had revenue of $85+/- Billion last year. This was during the pandemic. And “profits” - after expenses and deductions and exemptions and amortization and deferrals - of around $5 billion. Disney paid less than $2 billion in taxes. Disney of course isn't “tax exempt”. But if I told you there was a way to pull in almost a hundred billion a year tithes – er, I mean ticket sales – and pay less than 2% in taxes, you'd want to know how to get in on that yourself, right? Disney is NOT tax exempt, let me repeat. It's Just sitting on millions of acres of real estate, with billions of dollars of copyrights, licensed characters, exclusive film libraries, cable TV networks, And day passes to Disney theme parks now cost $1,100 for a family of four. Is that part of the government's estimate that inflation is only 8 or 9 percent?
I've always wanted to live in a giant fantasy castle, like Harvard, the Vatican, the Mormons , or Snow White. But the odds of that are less than zero. But why do some of the planet's richest organizations get to do their thing tax free, or almost so? I'm not racist like Harvard - I don't believe in setting caps on student enrollment by race. I don't genuflect to a flying spaghetti monster. I don't believe Prince Charming is about to show up at my door and awaken me from this fitful dream, either.
So why are everyone else's taxes so high, while these guys are living large? The gods must have crazy friends in DC, no?
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2023.06.06 13:44 parseyoursyntax Alarms are going crazy right now

Anybody else where I am currently? I’m in my mid-30s living together with my wife of course. No kids yet. Jesus Christ my senses are killing me.
Is anybody else on the same circumstances as I am where one’s senses are heightened all the time? Makarinig lang ako ng tunog, may maamoy lang ako different from the usual scent of our home, my middle age alarm goes off like crazy. This kinda reminds me of my dad too where he would always peer through the windows of our house when he would hear a car park somewhere, or when the dogs bark, etc.
I need a way to calm myself because it’s like a system that can’t sustain so much activity. I get anxious quite often, so maybe it’s an indication of something more severe than what it appears to be? I get crazy whenever this happens, I lose sleep over the slightest of sounds, and carry that thought with me for weeks on end. Anybody else experiencing the same or am I just loose in the head?
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2023.06.06 13:43 EliJAnderson Pray of Repentance

Father God, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ. I thank You that He died and rose just for me.
Father, I thank You that the blood of Jesus Christ washes me, cleanses me, covers me, and makes me whole. Father, I receive Your Son, Jesus Christ, as my Lord and Savior.
I repent of my sin and I turn to You. Father, I surrender every aspect of my life over to You. Father, I surrender every aspect of my heart over to You. Every habit I cast at Your feet. Every private thought I cast down. Lord, I surrender to You. I am forever Yours.
In private, I belong to You. In public, I belong to You. Father, let the aroma of my life send a sweet-smelling fragrance up to You. Lord, order my steps. Father, I choose to serve You. For there is no other god that can lead me astray from Your love.
Father, there is no addiction, struggle, or stronghold that can keep me away from You. Lord, I surrender my hands to You. Use me, Lord. Father, I surrender my mind to You. Father, I surrender my desires to You. Lord, I crave You, and You alone. Feed me Lord. Teach me Your way.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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2023.06.06 13:39 ourCOG CHURCH OF GOD CAMP MEETINGS. How are they doing in…

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