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Bible Specials and Documentaries
Posted by Dr Ley on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 3:59:17 AM

Is it me or does it seem impossible for any movie about the Bible to ccurate?  I have watched many of the latest efforts and even the so called documentaries ar filled with errors and just ridiculous statements.

In one Jesus was on a cross at the end of several that were crucified.  In another it was explained that Jesus walked on water because it was an unusually low tide and a rift in the Sea of Galilee was almost completely exposed. This enabled Jesus, according to the Bible scholar and expert, to walk along this rift and Peter also - of course until he reached a deep spot in the rift.  Really, a Bible scholar and expert on the New Testament?

Another, (and this is one of my favorites), professed that Jesus did not actually do any miracles until after John the Baptist was dead because he didn't want to steal John's thunder.  Really, where do these experts come up with this stuff?

Lastly, but there are many more, it was stated that Jesus could not read and write but gained his knowledge of scripture by attending the weekly reading at the Temple and some at-home teachings from his folks.  By the way, the scripture scholar and acclaimed minister who said this also added that it was probable that one of Jesus's older brothers also help tutor him.  One of his older brothers?  Now come on...

Does this bother anyone else?  I thought so, so what can you share on this subject?

 

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Interests
Tools, old cars, woodworking, sports (except golf and bowling), writing, researching, and traveling - and more stuff

Favorite Music
I enjoy classic rock the most and then would be classical, gospel, and some country all very close to the top favorite. I also like some of the modern music

Favorite Movies
Ben Hur, While You Were Sleeping, The Alamo, most Vampire movies, and well made Bible Movies. I also enjoy movies like Jumanji, Ghost Busters,and other light humor movies. My favorite all-time movie is Batman.

Favorite Books
Schaeffer's Theology, The Old Man and The Sea, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, To know a Fly, Journey to Xthalon, Electrical Wiring Made Easy, Plumbing Made Easy, Carpentry for Beginners, 150 Projects in Woodworking, Using Stone to Build. Making your own Smoker, Bobby Fisher Teaches Chess, books by Issac Asimov, A.W. Pink, Eckhard J Schnabel, Billy Graham, and so many more.

Favorite Quotations
"No!" - my father "Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way" - unknown "I regret That I have but one Life to Give to My Lord" - me "I alone am weak but we together are mighty in Christ" - me "Let the chips fall where they may" - unknown "Know ye that the Lord he is God, it is he that has made us and not we ourselves" - David "The Lord giveth and the government taketh away." - unknown "I have a B.A.,an M.A. and a Ph.D., now all I need is a J.O.B" - unknown

General About Me
I was born in Belhaven, NC into a family of very diverse livelihoods. Those included farming, logging, furniture making, moonshine making, racing, and military service. The family, seven brothers, came to this country from Scotland and settled a big part of Eastern NC. Most of the marriages were to Irish women, so it really made for some very interesting stories that I always loved to hear. I have been attending Colleges and Universities since 1977 across the United States and in several countries around the world. One of the most rewarding for me was the time I spent at the University of Cairo, and the six months of exploring and studying much that the country had to offer including some world class museums and burning hot sites throughout the countryside. I consider Appalachian State University as the foundation that determined my academic career. Dr Arthur Skibbe and some others there greatly influenced that naive farm kid from North Carolina. I am proud to be a Christian, student, and teacher of God's word; to be a grandfather, father, husband, and many other family roles. It suits me v ery well and enriches my life daily; to be a disabled veteran with a Spinal Cord Injury and member of such great organizations such as The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Mickey's Club House. I don't think of myself as disabled, rather I think of my new life as an opportunity to slow down, enjoy what God has made and provided for me, my family, and have learned to love and be loved on levels I never dreamed of. It has also given me the great opportunity to befriend and associate with some of the great men and women who made sacrifices for the principles and foundational belief that founded this country. I'm also very honored to be part of this group of weirdos, my friends and family in Christ!!

Did I Say That Out Loud ?!
Bible Specials and Documentaries
Posted by Dr Ley on Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 3:59:17 AM

Is it me or does it seem impossible for any movie about the Bible to ccurate?  I have watched many of the latest efforts and even the so called documentaries ar filled with errors and just ridiculous statements.

In one Jesus was on a cross at the end of several that were crucified.  In another it was explained that Jesus walked on water because it was an unusually low tide and a rift in the Sea of Galilee was almost completely exposed. This enabled Jesus, according to the Bible scholar and expert, to walk along this rift and Peter also - of course until he reached a deep spot in the rift.  Really, a Bible scholar and expert on the New Testament?

Another, (and this is one of my favorites), professed that Jesus did not actually do any miracles until after John the Baptist was dead because he didn't want to steal John's thunder.  Really, where do these experts come up with this stuff?

Lastly, but there are many more, it was stated that Jesus could not read and write but gained his knowledge of scripture by attending the weekly reading at the Temple and some at-home teachings from his folks.  By the way, the scripture scholar and acclaimed minister who said this also added that it was probable that one of Jesus's older brothers also help tutor him.  One of his older brothers?  Now come on...

Does this bother anyone else?  I thought so, so what can you share on this subject?

 

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Yes it happened that way
Posted by Dr Ley on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 1:28:11 AM

I have received several requests wanting to know what happened to me. First let me say that is was nothing close to Leo's near-death experience.

Here is the way I remember it...

I was riding a hand cycle that was being adjusted to my size and everything. We had made the last adjustment and I was giving it a run. (This was my first time on a hand-cycle). My right foot came out of the stirrup and as soon as my foot hit the asphalt it rolled and twisted my foot, ankle, and leg like a wet washcloth. All bones in the foot were broken except the big toe, the ankle was just shattered, the small leg bone was broken close to the knee, and the big bone in the leg was broken a few inches above the ankle.

It happened so fast i'm still remembering some things.

I was asked how fast I was going...I said about 20 mph, but that is probably not accurate at all. I honestly don't know. Sitting six inches off the ground can make even slow speeds seem fast. It was, after all, fast enough, but not too fast. It could have been much worse - believe it or not.

 

I remember a feeling or maybe a little voice warning me, but I ignored it. It was more like a foreboding feeling or just a bad feeling I suppose. To honest I don't know what it was, but I feel it was a warning from an angel or a groaning within the spirit that I should have recognized immediately – but didn't.   

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Leo is Home
Posted by Dr Ley on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 1:25:04 AM

Leo, again, was in a very bad accident and again is at home - bruised and shaken, but otherwise appears to be fine.  It took about 10 minutes or less, after posting my prayer requests, to receive the measge that Leo was checked of the Emergency Room ( I thought ICU, my mistake) and rode home with Eileen. Folks the car was tossed (by a log truck) and flipped numerous times - the car is destroyed. God's protection is complete and absolute!!

 

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Idolatry was real and still is
Posted by Dr Ley on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 3:16:42 PM

The more I study biblical archeology and the related areas it paints a all too vibrant picture of idolatry and how widespred and alarming its influence was.  We read of it in several places in the Old Testament, such as the discussion about Israel making their children go through the fire, and of course the golden calf.  It never really sunk in what the scriptures were revealing until I got to read about the subject from several perspectives.  I often thought "yea, yea, idolatry, and then what". But it was serious and is still serious today.  

Idolatry or false worship is a growing terror for the Christian today and shows no signs of getting any better. It is almost inconcieveable that the Israelites could get off the path so easily. It makes one wonder if they ever understood that the One who brought them out of Egypt, that fed them, and provided for their safeth and other needs, was the "real deal" and not the product of man's imagination.  Was it so important to be able to look at some physical object before faith or belief could be applied?  Is it that they only wanted to believe in what they could see?  Obviously not because they had seen the wondrous works of God and still fell back into Idolatry in almost the blink of an eye.  But what made the worship of so many false gogs and goddesses so appealing and perveasive?  I believe that that is a simple matter of wishing to do everything their carnal natures prompted without feeling guilty.  It was about just each person doing whatever they wanted and finding support for this through commonality and mutual support found within this dark shadow of sin. 

But then, it could also be that they believed that all of the gods were real and were even equl to God in sme respects.  Some believed, like the Hindus, in household gods, and basically gods that allowed them to be as vile as their imagination could produce.  It could be that these gods were merely excuses to do anything they desired or objects of some perverted ststus among the other lot souls across the spectrum of carnal lifestyles.  In other word they did this because theu were allowed to have fun and indulge themselves as often and perversely as they wished.  It also implies, to me, that they did not believe in a life after death or in the judgment that all will face. It suggests tht even with the signs and miracles they experienced first hand  that they still did not think God was any better that the thousands of false gods that permeated every culture.  Or maybe, they just didn't think at all... 

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Tests, wishes, and regrets
Posted by Dr Ley on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5:15:51 PM

It goes without saying that working on automobiles is at the top of my all time favorite ways to see how much I can take before I explode. Yea, I had to replace the water pump on my daughters Hyaundi car – the one with front wheel drive and a sideways motor. I don’t do as much mechanical work as I did a few years ago and this car is one reason that is the case. I think the people that built that car must have hands smaller than my newborn Grandson. I’m sure they could get into spots I couldn’t even get my thumbs into. There were some spots that it was impossible to use any of my new fangled tools. I had to resort to some “old school” tools that didn’t ratchet, blink, or use electricity. Sockets were not even an option.
Anyway, as you probably can guess, I had to remove everything but the spare tire to get to that water pump. Of course after I do I remembered that the engine had to be jacked up to make access easier. Yea, I already had to motor mount off when it came back to me. Oh, this isn’t the first time I had to do this, but it is the first time I did it in freezing weather, in my front yard, completely in the open. I worked on that thing for three days and two times into the darkness.
I had to stop after the third day and give my bod time to either completely quit or force me to go trough medieval torture type pain for several days. It only took two days, spread over a week, to put the thing back together. The whole time I was afraid I would end up with extra parts, bolts, or something. I did forget how the motor mount connected, then my son, remembered that a bracket went behind the motor mount before bolting it to the motor. Oh, yea, lots of thrills. But after frost nip, blood, and many choice phrases I got it back together and didn’t have but two very small machine screws left. I still don’t know where they go….
My son drove the car to Hattiesburg, MS – about 30 miles away to test it and I finished off my last two fingernails before he got back.
So yes, it took two weeks to change the water pump, and truly tested my temperament as well as my fading memory. Yes, it was a real test and during the affair I made many wishes. I also expressed numerous regrets that I don’t remember now. And, yes, by the time another water pump goes I will have forgotten the ordeal of this one. Anyone know how to put a new pump gasket on a 7 liter, power stroke, diesel? What about ball joints? Never mind, I’ll fumble through it no matter how long it takes – well my limit is about two weeks…

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To Differentiate
Posted by Dr Ley on Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at 9:45:27 PM

What is the difference between folklore, legend, myth, and superstition?

Many times the terms have been used interchangeably, but the differences far outweigh the similarities. 

Folklore tends to be localized to a small region or settlement.  It generally both fictional and factual.

Legend is a term that is defined as a story (written or oral) that commemorates an event, person, nation, or fictional entity that occurred sometime in the distant past, but could also include regaling something more recent.

Myth is most generally a term used t indicate a belief system that can be localized, cultural, or widespread.  This belief system can include areas such as witchcraft, religion, national origins, explanations for historical and recent events, and the worldview of one or more people groups.  It is usually more extensive and detailed than folklore or legend and often serves as a defining characteristic of a national belief system, political venue, or the heritage of a specific people group. 

Superstition is a word that describes the often imaginative explanation of unexplained events or experience coupled with an application to the conduct of a person or diverse groups of people.  It differs from the previous three terms mainly in that

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The new me
Posted by Dr Ley on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 4:25:36 PM

My dear friends and family,

bit it's still me.  I'm home for a while and want to catch up if I can.  Missed everyone...

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Happy Independence Day!
Posted by Dr Ley on Thursday, July 04, 2013 at 7:28:50 PM

My dearest family in Christ,

this day is a time of reflection for many people. For me it is a time to remember my father, a WWII veteran, his outlook on life, and the man he was to me. I never fully appreciated his sacrifice and service until serving in the military myself. I used to listen as he regaled me with his personal witness and accounts of the tragedies and triumphs he experienced and those historical moments he recalled. The events that unfolded in each narrative often chilled and puncture my very being. It was those bittersweet moments with his fellow soldiers and the circumstances that surrounded them that always gained the focus of each story - especially the very personal interactions and unifying beliefs they shared. They were truly reflective of an event and the people involved that shook the world and forever changed the course of history on an immense scale.  It is to him, his memory, and the many just like him who gave their all, that I dedicate this particular day.  From our very foundation as a nation, it has always been the people who made change possible and it is the veteran who, to me, embodies the true benchmark of American ideology and purpose. I stand in awe of their achievements and the legacy of freedom they carved out for our posterity.  God bless them, their heritage, and the country conceived and dedicated through them.  Their selfless dedication and honor gave the world a nation unlike any before, and one that is still a shining light for the downtrodden and huddled masses.  God bless our nation and the providential accomplishments that were, and still are, guided by God.

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A Simple Message of knowing thy neighbor
Posted by Dr Ley on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 4:02:08 AM

My dear family in Christ,
for some time now i have been sharing what i consider a simple message: Know Thy Neighbor. However, as tragedies and unspeakable events continue to unfold, I feel an even greater need than ever before to share this simple message again. I am challenged by Christ’s own words to love my neighbor as myself. How can I truly say i love my neighbors if i don’t know them? How will I stand before Christ and claim to have loved my neighbor if I truly never even speak to them, know them even the least tiny bit, or make a true effort. It has become painfully obvious that this simple message could be one of the biggest problems facing the church today. And what affects the church effects our neighbors, or communities, and ultimately our nation. I don’t wish to sound like an alarmist. Indeed, my purpose is anything but. I want to truly encourage the full body of Christ to help me in sharing this simple – but I believe – very important and timeless message of love, sharing, understanding, and (also important) the knowledge of our neighbors. When I was younger, much younger, visiting folks was the norm – even folks we never visited before. We got to know our neighbors, stayed in touch, and became neighbors in deed – not just in word. There are many excuses for not following this small and simple premise of Christ’s love, but there are no true reasons that I can think of. If you agree, please help me to spread the simple message of knowing thy neighbor – not as a cliche’, or catchy saying, but in spirit and in truth as members of the body of Christ, ministers of the gospel, and the kind of neighbor Christ envisioned.

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How can you take away sometinmg you yet possess?
Posted by Dr Ley on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 8:37:27 PM

From the writing of Marcus Antoninus: "even if you are going to live three thousand years and as many tens of thousands, remember nevertheless that no one loses a life other than the one that he lives, or lives one other than the one that he loses. Thus the longest is made equal to the shortest. For the present moment is equal for all, and that which is being destroyed [i.e. that which is temporal] is not equal. And that which is being discarded thus seems momentary [literally: as a hair's breadth]. For one loses neither the past nor the future. For how could anyone take away from a man what he does not possess?"

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