More Hurricane Readiness tips


Okay, let’s look at it in a logical, calm way.

If you live where a category 5 hurricane is headed directly at… you need to leave yesterday. If not, be sure to take a black permanent marker and write your social security number on your forearm. That way the police can identify you, and notify next of kin.

Category 5 hurricanes are total devastation. Yeah, we’ve seen buildings survive, but… what if the one you’re in starts coming apart? Debris being flung at 185 miles an hour is like running across the field during an archery match.

Okay, here’s what to expect. Wind. Rain. Power will go out. Do you have candles, flashlights? A big box of Shabbes candles will last you a few days. Remember to leave SAFE DISTANCE between the candle and anything around it.  A neighbor of mine learned the hard way that a candle will set a glass windowpane on fire. She lost everything she owned in the fire – after passing through a hurricane unscathed.

you need to have water prepared and ready. Fill every sealable container with water. Keep them in the fridge for now. Hours before the hurricane hits, TURN YOUR FRIDGE UP AS HIGH AS IT WILL GO!

And yes, if you have any frozen unbreaded fish in the freezer, you can cook it with lemon juice. No heat required. Just dump the thawing fish into a sauce pan, pour lemon juice on it, cover, sit. In 6 hours it will be fully cooked.

If the roof comes off the house, do not go into a basement (if you have one) to avoid the storm! Flash floods mean death, long before you can reach safety. Flash floods means that if you see an inch of rainwater in the driveway, the water will be high enough to choke out your car by the time you back out of the driveway.

Imagine being in a basement with GALLONS of water rushing down steps!

Safety, Safety, Safety!!!!

If you have doubt… then there’s no doubt. If you live in Florida, and you’re reading this tonight, turn off the computer, get in the car, and leave right now. Finish this tomorrow night somewhere in Tennessee!

UPDATE 9/8/17 – It seems the storm is making a beeline for Tennessee… run somewhere else!

Florida is in bad shape to evacuate from… there’s only two major highways out of the state. You almost could make better time getting in a boat tonight and motoring it out of the harbor tonight!

I’m working on my surviving the tribulation web site right now… remember to print out pages right now so you know what to stock up on, what to buy. Why are people buying bottled water at vast sums of money, when you can buy soda bottles, wash them, fill them with tap water, and store them?

Don’t forget, if you have a bathtub… fill it with water before the hurricane gets there. That’s going to be flush water.

Update 9/8/17 – fill plastic sandwich bags with ice cubes, and keep doing it. Saves you money on buying bags of ice, and keeps your freezer stuff chilled.

And pray for everyone in the storm’s path.

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The Results!


The Results are in!
A couple of you have spoken, and the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

I’m going to go back to my old rambly style of posting, because people said they liked it better.

Plus, it takes FAR less time to write than does the kind that gets blog hits.

So, here’s what I’m going to ask of you… Since I’m going to abandon the style that gets people in and spreads the message, here’s what I’m asking…
…you all invite friends and enemies to join! I really do this out of a desire to serve the Lord and share what I’m learning or driven to write… but it gets heartbreaking to write so many blog articles and get so few likes and so few reads!

If on the other hand, you’re one of the people that joined with the new style and you don’t want it to go away, speak up now!

If nobody speaks up for the new manner, then… it’s the old Philip again!

19 Ways to Learn How to Love One Another


“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9–21, KJV)

  1. “Let love be without dissimulation.” Show the same care for every Christian the same.
  2. “Abhor that which is evil;” That’s not too hard to figure out, you’d think… apparently, it is. So I’m reminding everyone.
  3. “cleave to that which is good.” You should associate with like-minded Christians!
  4. “ Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” This one I shouldn’t have to explain. Let the other person get the glory, not you. Let someone else go first most of the time. Learn to serve, not to be served.
  5. “Not slothful in business;” Work hard for your employer! Trust me! What you do for your employer is what you do for God!
  6. “fervent in spirit;” How is this loving one another? By being a good role model Christian, you will help boost the spirits and morale of those Christians around you. Be the exception, not the rule!
  7. “serving the Lord;” no kidding, I shouldn’t have to explain this!
  8. “Rejoicing in hope;” Remember to thank God when things go good. They just might start going good for you a lot more often!
  9. “patient in tribulation;” Instead of whining or complaining!
  10. “continuing instant in prayer;” You knew I’d bring prayer into this, right?
  11. “Distributing to the necessity of saints;” The church benevolence fund is a good place to start. Get a pushke for your home, start dropping spare change and bills in there for the less fortunate!
  12. “given to hospitality.” This isn’t an American trait, but it sure is a Jewish one. Learn to accept guests into your home, if your home is big enough.
  13. “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” I didn’t say this would be easy!
  14. “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” This is one of the most single best ways in this list to show brotherly love!
  15. “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.” I’m tired of seeing the more well-to-do in the church catered to. It’s not Biblical. STOP IT.
  16. “Be not wise in your own conceits.” Oh, wow! A verse for Philip Dean!
  17. “Recompense to no man evil for evil.” That’s tough. But see the last one, and rejoice.
  18. “Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” I never said this list would be easy!
  19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9–21, KJV)

Print this out, put it some place you can see every day. You should be good at items #1-5 by the time the Lord Returns!

How to Configure your Bible Software


I’ve realized over the years that Bible Software is written with possibilities in mind. Wordsearch, as I’ve commented before, has a lot of useful tools, as does just about all of them.
I’ll give the big shout out and say, I think Logos was written by people who USE it, and ran into “Wouldn’t this be nice” features! And then they worked them in.
I get the feeling that the people who write Quickverse from edition 5 until 2010 didn’t use Bible software. Or if they did, they were using something else.

Like Logos.

What can your Bible software do?
  • Notes. A primary feature of Bible software MUST BE to make notes on what you study. This is your first and PRIMARY function of Bible software. Utilize it! I’ve written some VERY wordy articles (2,500 + word articles) on how to do this, what to look for, what to notate. 2017 was supposed to be the year of doing notes on your Bible, if you weren’t playing along! Next year, we’re going to do this again, because unless you’re devoting 2 hours a day to Bible study (wow, that sounds like a DREAM!) you had time to make perhaps 3 notes a day on Bible study. That’s less than a thousand verses, and for realities’ sake, I’m going to cut that number in half and say you managed to get only 450 notes. Logos makes note files that are separate. Quickverse and Wordsearch do annotations in a special file that opens beneath the Bible text. At least, that’s the idea… I can’t find a way to get the annotations in Quickverse 2010 to work! Apparently, it only worked in Windows 95. By the time Wondows ME, XP, and Vista came along… it was broken, and Findex never bothered to fix it.
  • Clippings/Notecards. Logos and Wordsearch have the ability to copy things right from what you’re reading into files. I’ve found you can’t just have one major file on your computer unless you get super processors and 64 gigs of ram. Better to split up your work into multiple Clippings! I was going to make 2018 the year of the Clippings, but we’re going to leave this as year of the notes part 2 instead. What you SHOULD be doing, is as your reading things in the add on libraries, you should be sending things you consider important to a clippings file. This way, you’re not forgetting that important quote! Two days ago, I did an article entirely from notestack clippings I’d made in Wordsearch. Quickverse and Accordance cannot do clippings.
  • Highlighting. The two Bible programs with the best highlights are Logos and Accordance, hands down. Both Wordsearch and Quickverse feature usable highlighting. The Quickverse ones tend to completely obscure what you’re highlighting. You only can use about 6 of the colors. Wordsearch is about the same. Logos you can actually make your own highlighter colors and patterns. Like notes, Highlighting your bible program can take about 2 years to get it where you like it.
  • Personal Books/Journal: This is a habit I wrote about recently, and it got zero likes. Trust me, I was dumbfounded to go through my ministry journals in Wordsearch and Quickverse and see what the Lord has been doing in my life. I’ve come to the conclusion long ago that like the Apostle Paul, the Lord does not LEAD me, He DRIVES me. Personal books can be done in Logos, but it’s not as user friendly. It requires you to write it in Microsoft word, then tag it, and import it. I personally would write it in Scrivener, compile it, open in Word and tag it, THEN import it! Quickverse takes one step longer to do it than Wordsearch, but actually my 8 year old Bible program does it far better than others, because I can add Greek and Hebrew if I need to in my Journal! In addition, Wordsearch and Quickverse allow you to make dictionaries and commentaries that feel a little more like, well, the real thing!
Conclusion

Buying and installing your Bible software is only the beginning. Believe it or not, you won’t even begin to get the maximum benefit out of them until you’ve used them for at least 3 years! Start doing the above, and you’ll start getting the maximum benefit from your Bible software in 3 years!

Why the New Blogging Format?


I’m sure long time readers are going to wonder… why the new blogging format?
It boils down to a simple fact – I’m writing a lot of hard hitting content, and getting only a few readers. That means I’m not really reaching anyone for Jesus Christ.
I’ve noticed other people don’t seem to work at it at all, and have hundreds of readers.

So, Ive researched this, and found it’s a change in format.

I’m not talking about going to Starbucks every day. I’m doing apologetics. Bible commentary and teaching. Insights into how to be a productive Christian.
What I’m writing about is important.

Have I changed my message?

Nope. I’m still King James Only, Narrow is the way, local church only Fundamentalist Baptist.
I still maintain that 93% of the people in this world are unSaved, and hell bound.
I still believe 100% in a literal understanding of an inerrant, inspired, preserved Bible.

But if a slight change in format makes it easier for unSaved people to get saved, I’m for it.
If a slight change in format causes Evangelical Christians to abandon their ecumenical churches for a Fundamentalist church and lifestyle, I’m all for it.
If I can rescue people from error, I’m all for it.

I’m opening Comments again on this article. What are your thoughts? Honestly? Do you miss the old rambling Philip Dean, or the new, shorter post style?

4 Reasons to own a Bible


You should still own a hard cover Bible for several reasons. When I say hard cover, of course I mean it can be leather bound. But you need at least one that is not electronic.

Why?

  1. You cannot bring an iPad to church. You CAN, but… there’s OTHER things on the iPad. Yes, it’s great if you have your Logos account on your iPad… but can you stay off email, the internet, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest? If you CAN, then you can. But I’ll wager that if you’re tempted to look something up once, you’ll do it more regularly. Then soon, you’re not paying attention to the sermon.
  2. You cannot read your Ipad in bed. Well, sure you can… but you’ve got the same problem as above. I seriously encourage Bible study, but you need at least a FEW minutes of family devotional time, and it teaches the kids something VALUABLE to see Dad open a leatherbound Bible and read to the family.
  3. You can’t break your Bible. You can break your iPad. your phone can be dropped. You can have computer crashes. But the worst you have to worry about with your Bible is that pages fall out. You can get it rebound! Or buy some glue.
  4. Nobody can edit your Bible. As users of the ESV found recently, you don’t have any choice when a software company decides to edit your Bible within your software. And there’s so many agendas AGAINST the KIng James that we run a steady risk of them doing it to us, without our noticing. Am I paranoid? Logos updated the New King James recently on my computer. I wonder what was changed? They don’t just update a Bible for no reason. That’s another reason I still own Quickverse, long since abandoned by its owners. There’s nobody to update or change any Bibles in it!

Four very good reasons to own a bound Bible!

James 26


“Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.” (James 5:11–12, KJV)

As James’s epistle grows to a close, he begins to deal with many issues at once – oath taking, gossip, slander, etc. In this case, he finishes the final verses on affliction and persecution, exhorting us to hold on, to show the patience of the prophets (a theme built upon in Hebrews 11), and he mentions Job as well, who endured far more than most of us will ever endure in a lifetime before he finally snapped.

James then gives us an exhortation against empty oaths (“I swear upon a stack of bibles…”). this is not a verse AGAINST oaths, this is a verse enjoining us to integrity. If your word is good, then people will not require oaths.

“Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5:13–15, KJV)

David Cloud reports that he has never seen this fail!

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” (James 5:16–20, KJV)

I don’t think I need to add anything!

Wandering ones need to be brought back to the fold. James referred here not to evangelism but to restoration. Revival, not redemption, is in view. The rescue action is of great significance. A lost sheep is saved from destruction and his sins (the sins of the restored one, not the restorer) are covered as if a veil were thrown over them (cf. 1 Peter 4:8). He can move ahead again on the path toward spiritual maturity.

James has given clear instructions about how to achieve practical holiness and spiritual maturity. His pointed exhortations were designed to stab the consciences and stir the souls of his beloved Jewish brothers. Stand with confidence, serve with compassion, speak with care, submit with contrition, and share with concern. A believer should be what God wants him to be, do what God wants him to do, say what God wants him to say, sense what God wants him to sense, and share what God wants him to share. Spiritual maturity involves every aspect of life.

J. Ronald Blue, “James,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 835.