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  • Ty for the link. I took a brief look, and s/he seems to be arguing for the retention of the complete Mark 16. One of the sources is F H A Scrivener, who wrote a lot about textual matters and also edited Received Text editions of the Greek NT. Personally I would tend to regard Scrivener as basically sound. (I've not given the article a detailed reading, though.) Blessings.
    Well, exactly. If you keep up with your reading and Bible study, the Lord buids up His people in their knowledge of Him and their walk. Blessings.
    Hi there. This is a bit broader than the topic of KJV Only. First for the issues involved they are significant and worthy of wide reading; it's good to avoid fixations: some people are 'in your face' KJV Only! KJV Only! KJV Only. Then there are other people who are KJV Never! KJV Never! KJV Never! It reminds me of the fixations (from opposite ends) in discussions about tattoos (yes, really). Some people adamantly think: You should get a tattoo! You should get a tattoo! You should get a tattoo! Others say: You must never get a tattoo! You must never get a tattoo! You must never get a tattoo!
    Often rather than just about the issue concerned (whatever it might be), it's also about mindset. And those of a particular mindset can easily - and quickly - swing from one extreme to another.
    PS: And unlike some Christians, the atmosphere in the parlor isn't likely to worry you unduly, seeing as tattoos don't 'bug' you 'in the least'. Now in your third decade, you're surely entitled to have your own sense of aesthetic appreciation, anyway. Blessings.
    Oh your mom was with you, was she, when you passed the parlor? Well I see maybe why you didn't stop.

    Sounds like you'd find a visit inside the parlor to see the designs, without obligation, rather interesting. Like you say, it's a question of learning to appreciate the designs. Blessings.
    Hey, congrats to an adult woman in her third decade now! :)

    Sounds like your mom can now see that there's good at your local church, too. This is progress.

    Think you'll pluck up the initiative to go in the parlor you mentioned and see the design you thought was neat, and others, too, a little more closely? (Parlor folk actually tend to be happy for people to look at their designs, without pressure or obligation, because it would be unprofessional to pressurize visitors.)

    Glad it's going well. It's the activities in the Word that reallt set the tone for fellowship and witness in a local church.

    BTW, a mod re-started the tattoo thread today and already it's run to several pages; you might just be interested to check it out, since (a bit like with Christian rock music) your views may have developed a bit in recent years and months. Blessings.
    Thought it looked new, anyway!
    How's your new(ish) church going, anyway? hope they have good Bible studies that you can profit from these days. Blessings.
    PS: My guess would be that in the future you'll also develop new musical tastes as well, while retaining some or many of the ones you already have; for example, you said you like 'Sweet hour of prayer' and I guess it's because of its associations for you and your own valuing of prayer.
    Hope you had a good morning in church.
    FYi, replied to some of your recent posts:
    Oh interesting, then, it seems like with your own personal musical journey, while you were also entering adulthood, that maybe it was Disciple that more than other bands turned you into a supportive, hard rock woman, then.

    (Like I said before, 'Battle Lines' by Disciple is oustanding hard rock, with clear, Biblical lyrics.) Blessings.
    Mega churches; interesting; I hadn't thought of this. Maybe you're right. I recall the reference in Blood Money's lyrics to dollar signs.

    It seems as if, while, as you said, a year ago you would not have liked something of the style of Blood Money, such tracks that are super hard rock with screaming vocals have grown on you, so that you do indeed now like this style, so that, along with other styles as well, it is among your favorites. Maybe it's because as a young adult now you are discovering what really defines your tastes and what really does something for you.

    My two cents' are that it's the meaning content of the lyrics (whether Christian) that is the most significant; also, conversely, if unprofitable associations in the lyrics can be avoided, this is good, too.

    It will be interesting when eventually Skillet's new pieces are accessible on the Web. Blessings.
    Hi questdriven: Well, I listened to Blood Money (my previous comments relared generally to the other track). It's interesting; the lyrics aren't overtly linked with any hint of occultism, so yes I do prefer it, too. You said 'I like the hard stuff, obviously, but when it's super hard I don't like it as much'. It's definitely obvious, yes, that the hard stuff, hard rock, is what defines your taste as a musical woman; I just wondered if you would define Blood Money as 'hard stuff' or 'super hard'?
    Re. the lyrics of Blood Money, I wondering whether they are really about large US corporations perceived as exploitative in Third World countries; less Christian and more political, anyway.
    As a piece it's quality hard rock, anyway, with a combination of rigorous and stimulating guitar, bass guitar and drums, with lyrics screamed in a throaty roar. (You like this combination, then?)
    Thanks for the link. Appreciate it.

    I listened a bit; and where the lyrics talk about demons and upturned crosses, coupled with the absence of any clear, overriding reference to the person and work of the Lord Jesus, it's not something I would feel like listening to, to be honest.

    As I've suggested in the past, it's the lyrics that count; and these particular lyrics don't seem to be constructive to the faith,

    I do like some hard rock/heavy metal, especially if the lyrics are clearly Christian. I think it's lyrics (in whatever style) that clearly honor the Lord Jesus that we can really usefully allow to grow on us. Thanks again for the link. Blessings.
    PS: I can see that for you the tattoo aspect you mentioned is a side-issue, though.
    I guess you were majoring on the references to legalism in the lyrics, then. Blessings.
    Interesting that you should mention tattoos in connection with Disciple; it seems that for people who don't realize just how widespread tattoos, including faith-based ones, are, it can evoke instinctively hostile thoughts even to the idea of getting a faith based design done, until, that is, they realize just widespread and how effective faith based designs can be in witness situations. (In North America, 59% of parlor clients are women, with 70% women in some areas, apparently.) And obviously one is going to be around people with tattoos - some of them faith based - at Christian rock concerts. If you eventually consider a faith based tattoo, especially to help in witness situations, there is a sense in which you'll be in good company but it really does have to be an individual thing and initiative.
    (Re. WBC, I'm not sure who they represent except themselves.)
    Yes, interesting and it's a well produced piece of hard rock, too.

    I'm not sure what they mean by hate; it's a term that can be used for all sorts of mutually exclusive things. In my experience, such as it is, legalistic church circles are sometimes influenced by a lack of knowledge of other social cultures, etc., but I don't subsrcibe to anyone attributing 'hate' to people who tend to notice others' cultural differences.

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