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TRUTH OR TRADITION?  – ABOUT THE BIBLE-INTRODUCTION #108

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ABOUT THE BIBLE
INTRODUCTION

A Tribute.
“We search the world for truth;  we cull The good,  the pure,  the beautiful From graven stone and written scroll,  From all old flower fields of the soul;  And,  weary seekers of the best,  We come back laden from our quest,  To find that all the sages said Is in The Book our mothers read.”  John Greenleaf Whittier.


Its Theme.
The theme of The Bible is the redemption of man.  Man is separated from God because of sin.  The Bible is the story of God reconciling man unto Himself.  It has been said that the theme of the Old Testament is:  “Somebody is coming.”  The theme of the gospels is:  “Somebody has come.”  The theme of Acts through The Revelation is:  “Somebody is coming again.”


Its Message.
The Bible is NOT a history of the human race, yet it contains much historical truth.  It is NOT geography of the world, but within its pages we find many geographical truths.  It is NOT a textbook of science, yet it reveals many scientific principles, many revealed long before scientists learned them.  It is not a study of philosophy, but it is the most thorough study of human behavior.  The Bible is a library of related, selected books, yet it is One Book.  It is the Book of Life,  the Manuel of Civilization, the Book of the Spirit of God.


History Covered.
The Bible covers the period of history from the creation to The Revelation, a period of approximately 4,100 years,  as near as we can determine.  About 40 penmen had a part in writing the various books that make up The Bible.  These men came from various backgrounds:  kings, priests, shepherds, statesman, farmers, fishermen, tax collectors, soldiers, religious leaders, lawyers, doctors, etc.  Moses, who lived approximately 1500 years before Christ, wrote the first books, and the Apostle John wrote the last book, The Revelation, near 100 AD.  Thus The Bible was written over a period of about 1600 years.  Yet when all these books by these various writers,  who lived at various times, are put together,  we see a beautiful harmony.


The Old Testament.
A total of 39 books make up the Old Testament.  These books are arranged, not in chronological order, but according to their general content.  The first five (Genesis – Deuteronomy) are called books of Law, although they contain much history, some poetry, and some prophecy.  There follows twelve books we call books of History (Joshua – Esther), but they contain some poetry and prophecy.  There are five books of Poetry (Job – Song of Solomon).  There are five Major Prophets (Isaiah – Daniel), and twelve Minor Prophets (Hosea – Malachi).


The New Testament.
There are 27 books that make up the New Testament. The first four (Matthew – John), are called Gospels, or biographies of Christ.  There follows one book of History (Acts of the Apostles).  Then there are twenty one Epistles or letters (Romans – Jude), and one book of Prophecy (The Revelation).  Again we see they are arranged by topic or subject matter.  A marvelous book…..The Bible.  Time spent with it will never be regretted.


Steer Creek Church of Christ,  3466 Rosedale Road,  Stumptown WV 25267
Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
Phone:  304.462.0384     E-Mail:  “ghmiller@rtol.net”  Web Site:  steercreekchurchofchrist.org

Robert Allen Haynes

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Robert Allen Haynes
Age 81 of Clarksburg, formerly of Ritchie County, passed away February 04, 2010 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport.

He was born June 17, 1929 in Parkersburg, a son of the late Raymond Haynes and Dollie M. (Elder) Haynes.

Mr. Haynes retired with 12 years of service from the Harrison Power Station and had previously worked for the Elmer G. Brake Inc. in Clarksburg for 18 years. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving is a son Thomas A. Haynes of Clarksburg, sister Nellie Robinson of Belmont and two granddaughters, Martha and Marilla Haynes of Clarksburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Oleta V. (Bond) Haynes, daughter-in-law Patricia R. Haynes and two sisters: Pauline McDonald and Flora B. Hickman.

Funeral services will be Sunday 3:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Reverend Terry McDonald officiating.

Visitation will be Sunday 1:00 - 3:00 PM.

Interment will be at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery Monday 11:00 AM.

Kae Tenney

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Kae Tenney
Age 63, of French Creek, died Friday, February 04, 2011, in St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington.

She was born July 12, 1947, at Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Henry Newton and Martha Jane Hanline Bennett.

She was united in marriage, on March 29, 1969, to Roger Tenney, who survives.

Mrs. Tenney is survived by three daughters, Angela Bridwell of Cottageville, Shawna Tenney of French Creek and Amanda Tenney of Parkersburg; and one son, Dale and wife, Caprice Tenney, of French Creek. In addition to her children, three grandchildren, Christopher James Tenney of Parkersburg and Katherine Tenney and Ryan Tenney of French Creek, also survive. Two sisters, Ellen Lynn Johnson of French Creek and Cynthia Barton of Doddridge County survive.

Mrs. Tenney was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received Sunday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.

The funeral will be conducted Monday, February 07, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Pine Grove United Methodist Church with Pastor Jim Morgan officiating.

Interment will follow in Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Tenney.

Dennis Edwin McClure

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Dennis Edwin McClure
Age 79, of Helvetia, died Sunday, January 23, 2011, at his home in Helvetia.

He was born October 01, 1931, at Hemlock, a son of the late Coy and Iris Scott McClure.

On June 30, 1954, he married Mary A. Simmons, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Ed McClure and wife, Linda, of Tallmansville and Tim McClure of Hemlock; three daughters, Shirley Zickefoose and husband, Kyle, of Tallmansville, Donna Goodwin and husband, Don, of Buckhannon and Susan Lane and husband, Randy, of Buckhannon; six grandsons, Marvin Zickefoose and wife, Heather, of Buckhannon, Steve Zickefoose of Tallmansville, Coty McClure of Burlington, North Carolina, Eric and Brandon McClure, both of Hemlock, and Connor Lane of Buckhannon; two stepgrandsons, John Snyder and wife, Amy, of Weston and Brandon Lane and wife, Bobbi Jean, of Erwin, Pennsylvania; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Chyanne Lane of Erwin, Pennsylvania, and Allyson Sutton of Fairmont; four brothers, Arden McClure and wife, Norma, of Twinsburg, Ohio, Franklin McClure and wife, May, of Cleveland, Ohio, Christie McClure and wife, Chrisandra, of Helvetia and Charles McClure and wife, Margaret, of Hemlock; one sister, Kathern Medlin of Peninsula, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, David Wayne McClure, and infant twin daughters, Mary Beth and Ann Marie McClure.

Mr. McClure was a member of the Tallmansville Baptist Church. He knew no strangers, loved to hunt and fish and loved his dog “Oddie.“ He worked on the Beech Mountain Railroad and in the sawmill and timber business.

Friends were received January 25, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted 11:00 AM Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Tim Lewis and the Rev. Bradley Tenney officiating.

Burial followed in Mt. Olive Church Cemetery at Hemlock.

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Gifford Dana Hartness

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Gifford Dana Hartness
Age 46 of Parkersburg, formerly of Cairo, passed away February 01, 2011 at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, a son of the late George and Flo (Layfield) Hartness.

Gifford was previously employed by Almeda Inc. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and loved NASCAR.

Surviving is his son Matthew D. Hartness of Parkersburg, now serving in Afghanistan, four brothers: Greg Hartness of Parkersburg, George Hartness of Alabama, Gary Hartness of Virginia Beach, VA and Geff Hartness of Parkersburg and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Monday 1:00 PM at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo with Pastor John Rexroad officiating.

Interment will follow at the Layfield Cemetery on Elm Run, Cairo. Visitation will be Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 PM.

02.06.11

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Today - February 06, yyyy

Today is Sunday, Feb. 06, the 37th day of 2011. There are 328 days left in the year.

Thought for Today: “Life is just one grand sweet song, so start the music.“ - President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004).

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On Feb. 06, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, was born in Tampico, Ill.

On this date:

In 1778, the United States won official recognition from France with the signing of a Treaty of Alliance in Paris.

In 1788, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

In 1899, a peace treaty between the United States and Spain was ratified by the U.S. Senate.

In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the so-called “lame duck” amendment, was proclaimed in effect by Secretary of State Henry Stimson.

In 1952, Britain’s King George VI died; he was succeeded by his daughter, Elizabeth II.

In 1959, the United States successfully test-fired for the first time a Titan intercontinental ballistic missile from Cape Canaveral.

In 1978, Muriel Humphrey took the oath of office as a United States senator from Minnesota, filling the seat of her late husband, former Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

In 1991, comedian and television performer Danny Thomas died in Los Angeles at age 79.

In 1992, 16 people were killed when a C-130 military transport plane crashed in Evansville, Ind.

In 1996, a Turkish-owned Boeing ( BA - news - people ) 757 jetliner crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after takeoff from the Dominican Repubic, killing 189 people, mostly German tourists.

Ten years ago:
•  Ariel Sharon (ah-ree-EL’ shah-ROHN’) was elected Israeli prime minister in a landslide win over Ehud Barak (EH’-hud bah-RAHK’).

Five years ago:
•  President George W. Bush submitted a $2.77 trillion budget blueprint for fiscal 2007.
•  Attorney General Alberto Gonzales defended the Bush administration’s eavesdropping program before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
•  Terrorist conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE’-uhs moo-SOW’-ee) disrupted the opening of his sentencing trial in Alexandria, Va., and was tossed out of court.
•  Hundreds of protesters hurled stones and fire bombs at the Danish Embassy in Tehran to denounce published caricatures of the prophet Muhammad.
•  Stephen Harper was sworn in as Canada’s 22nd prime minister.
•  Isabelle Dinoire, the Frenchwoman who’d received the world’s first partial face transplant, showed off her new features at a news conference.

One year ago:
•  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, delivering the keynote address at the first national tea party convention in Nashville, Tenn., declared, “America is ready for another revolution.“
•  American missionary Robert Park headed home after North Korea released him from six weeks’ detention for crossing its border Dec. 25 to protest religious suppression in the totalitarian regime.
•  Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith led a class of seven new members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor is 94
Actor Patrick Macnee is 89
Actor Rip Torn is 80
Actress Mamie Van Doren is 80
Actor Mike Farrell is 72
Former NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw is 71
Singer Fabian is 68
Actress Gayle Hunnicutt is 68
Actor Michael Tucker is 67
Producer-director-writer Jim Sheridan is 62
Singer Natalie Cole is 61
Actor Jon Walmsley is 55
Actress Kathy Najimy is 54
Rock musician Simon Phillips (Toto) is 54
Actor-director Robert Townsend is 54
Actor Barry Miller is 53
Actress Megan Gallagher is 51
Rock singer Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) is 49
Country singer Richie McDonald is 49
Singer Rick Astley is 45
Rock musician Tim Brown (Boo Radleys) is 42
Actor Brandon Hammond is 27

WV Lottery - 02.05.11

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Vodafone: Egypt Forced Us To Send Text Messages

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Vodafone admits that Egyptian Gov’t forced it to send text messages to organize pro-Mubarak thugs» How is that even possible? What kind of spineless exec allowed that to happen?

Egyptian authorities forced Vodafone to broadcast pro-government text messages during the protests that have rocked the country, the U.K.-based mobile company said Thursday.

Micro-blogging site Twitter has been buzzing with screen grabs from Vodafone’s Egyptian customers showing text messages sent over the course of the demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-old regime.

A text message received Sunday by an Associated Press reporter in Egypt appealed to the country’s “honest and loyal men to confront the traitors and criminals and protect our people and honor.“ Another urged Egyptians to attend a pro-Mubarak rally in Cairo on Wednesday. The first was marked as coming from “Vodafone.“ The other was signed: “Egypt Lovers.“

In a statement, Vodafone Group PLC said that the messages had been drafted by Egyptian authorities and that it had no power to change them.

“Vodafone Group has protested to the authorities that the current situation regarding these messages is unacceptable,“ the statement said. “We have made clear that all messages should be transparent and clearly attributable to the originator.“

The company also said its competitors — including Egypt’s Mobinil and the United Arab Emirates’ Etisalat — were doing the same. Etisalat, known formally as Emirates Telecommunications Corp., declined comment.

Vodafone said the texts had been sent “since the start of the protests,“ which kicked off more than a week ago. Vodafone did not immediately return an e-mail asking why the company waited nearly 10 days to complain publicly. Its statement was released only after repeated inquiries by the AP.

The company declined to reveal how many such messages it had sent, or whether it was still pumping them out.

Vodafone has already come under fire for its role in the Internet blackout that cut Egypt off from the online world for several days. The company said the order to pull the plug on its Egyptian customers could not be ignored as it was legal under local law.

Vodafone was able to restore its data services on Wednesday — five days after it suspended all services in the country, according to company spokesman Bobby Leach.

The company, however, was still unable to provide mobile phone text message services as of Thursday evening, he said.

Manchin’s Message from the Hill to the Mountains - 02.04.11

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My fellow West Virginians, I am so honored to represent you and our great state in the United States Senate. I’ve been fortunate on my “Call for Common Sense” tour and at my “Coffee and Common Sense” breakfasts to hear your concerns, priorities and ideas for Washington, and I want to continue our conversation.

This is the first column in a series of weekly columns to update you about what’s happening in Washington. I hope to hear back from you, both in person when I visit your area, or through my office at 304.342.5855. You can also email me at “common_sense@manchin.senate.gov”.

This week I delivered my maiden speech as U.S. Senator, and I outlined my 4-point commonsense agenda to create jobs, restore fiscal responsibility, develop a balanced energy policy that establishes energy independence within this generation, and keep our promises to seniors and veterans. In addition, I introduced my first piece of legislation, the bipartisan “EPA Fair Play Act,” which would prevent the agency from changing its rules on businesses after permits have already been granted – as the agency did to our own Spruce Mine in Logan County.

To read the full speech, visit my Web site.

Excerpts of the speech are included below:

West Virginia may be a small state, but our impact on our nation’s history and its future is far greater than the size of our geography or our population.

But this great responsibility to serve as a United States Senator for West Virginia would never have come about had our state not lost a true giant - our beloved Senator Robert C. Byrd.

I have seen our state endure its most devastating challenges – tragic mining accidents and natural disasters – and I’ve seen our state in the best of times. But at all times, the spirit of West Virginia has never been broken. It is this spirit of working together and finding commonsense solutions to any challenge that inspires me.

This is what I learned growing up: in West Virginia when things are tough, we don’t back down. When we’re having trouble paying our bills, we don’t think of new things to buy; when we face difficult times, we work together to make things better. When faced with a problem, we don’t avoid what needs to be done, we try and solve it.  This is what West Virginians would call commonsense.

West Virginians don’t want a handout; we want a work permit. I believe to create a thriving economy and jobs we must lessen the burdens of unnecessary rules and regulations. Bureaucrats should not be able to regulate what has not been legislated. We need to make government work smarter, and its agencies operate more efficiently and effectively. We’re not asking government to be our provider; we want government to be our partner.

We are all Americans. We all share a love for this nation, for our families, for our children, and it is this bond which will unite us in these difficult times and which gives me the hope and optimism that once again we will rise above any challenge we face.

TYLER MOORE BENEFIT - 02.27.11

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WV Lawmakers Get Info on Gas Drilling & Roads

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The Marcellus shale natural gas boom has brought damage to West Virginia country roads along with millions of dollars of investments.

State lawmakers heard both sides of this part of the Marcellus debate Friday, during a hearing in the House of Delegates chamber.

Highway officials say some rural roads have been crushed in the rush to tap this vast natural gas reserve.

Drillers must truck in heavy equipment and pipes. The hydraulic fracturing process requires a constant supply of sand, water and chemical slush.

The Department of Transportation has developed a bonding program in response to the strain on roads.

But lawmakers also learned that Chesapeake Energy and other companies have take steps on their own to improve road conditions and safety.

CGCC: GED Schedule Change‏

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GED classes are available in both Gilmer and Calhoun Counties.

Calhoun County classes will be held at the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center on Tuesday and Wednesday from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM and on Thursday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Gilmer county classes will be held at St. Marks Church on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM and on Thursday from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. (St. Marks is located one mile from Glenville; across the street from the new fire station.)

Due to changes in the GED program, the GED test is now free. However, candidates must first pass a OPT Practice Test prior to taking the full-length GED test.

If you cannot attend a GED class to do this, please call 354-6151 and we will schedule a time for you to take the practice test.

GED classes are also available on-line if you have a high speed internet connection.

Call 304.354.6151 and leave a call-back number. An instructor will get in touch with you and set you up with an account.

Seton Hill (14-5, 10-5) at Glenville State (14-7, 11-4) – 5:30 PM - Today

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Glenville State has won back-to-back games and has won six of its last seven outings.

The team is coming off a 97-91 win at Davis & Elkins.

In the game, six players scored in double figures for the nation’s top-scoring team.

Sixty of the 97 points came from players off the bench.

The team shot just 38.6% from the floor, but hit 17 three-point shots in the game.

GSC is scoring at a 96.7 points per game pace and is winning by nearly 14 points a night.

The squad is dishing out 19 assists a night and is forcing 8.7 more turnovers than it commits each day.

Tenisha Wilson leads the team with 17.6 points per night and 55 steals.

GSC will try to improve to 8-0 at home and carry the same home WVIAC mark with a win. 

Seton Hill has won three straight games and is coming off an 86-60 win over Wheeling Jesuit at home Wednesday.

SHU was led by Ryenn Micaletti’s 18 points while Jill Emberg chipped in 13.

Jordan Burkes dished out five assists and had five steals.

SHU shot 63% from the floor while sinking eight-of-13 from deep.

SHU is winning by 12.5 a game and is holding its opponents to 58.4 points a night.

The team is also canning 8.2 three-point shots each outing.

Burkes leads the team with her 17 points per night.

She also has a team-high 81 assists and 42 steals.

Joya Whittington is pulling down a team-best 6.4 rebounds a game.

SHU will look to improve to 6-3 on the road and 5-3 in road league games.

Gilmer County Recreation Center Meeting - 02.07.11

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The meeting of the Gilmer County Recreation Center is schedules for February 07, 2011 at 6:00 PM.

At this meeting the new director will be announced.

All public welcomed.

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