43 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 11-3-16

  1. Good morning everyone.
    Good evening Jo.
    Good afternoon Tychicus.

    Seems like it got to be Thursday all of a sudden.
    Nothing going on today that I know of.

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  2. Good morning, Chas.
    I’ve already posted on the prayer thread for all you faithful prayer warriors…..
    Becca has a doctor appointment this morning—but not until 10:30–so I get to have a leisurely morning.

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  3. I tried to open the road trip link yesterday and again today. It wouldn’t open all the way for me. But I noticed that there two in NC, Likely Mt. Mitchell and (forgot, first airplane flight) in NC and Fort Sumter in SC.

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  4. Evening or morning all. I hear you all are going to change your clocks again soon. Peter can clarify for me what that will mean, but I believe it means that you won’t begin your blog day until 10 pm my time. Too late for me to post in the evenings.


  5. Someone suggested today at lunch that I should get a staff care award. They mentioned that they just needed chocolate and I said just get out my stash in the frig. Everyone had a few Hershey’s kisses to sweeten their day. Some days are stressful and you just need chocolate. 🙂

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  6. Good Morning all…Jo some of cannot sleep (I’ve been up since 3AM) so even after our time change…there are some of us who will be around! 🙂 I do find chocolate calms me…I am convinced our Lord knew the benefits when He created the cocoa bean…and that was for our good! 🙂 I foresee lots of chocolate for me this month…and coffee….and ibuprofen…

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  7. I have been awake for quite a while. It is going to be a llllooonnnngggg day. Now, of course, I am tired and could go back to sleep. Even after all the coffee I drank.

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  8. Anything happen last night? 🙂

    We “watched” the game on Twitter. Hilarious.

    I’ll be in England 1920s today if you need me. 🙂

    This may be the penultimate read through the manuscript. It’s amazing how stupidly I write some sentences.

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  9. Well, I survived the essay question. How did I do? I won’t know for a couple of weeks yet – there are a lot of essays to be marked; it’s a very large class.
    I’ve been reminded this past week of how very lost and unbelieving both instructors and fellow students are. I could feel intimidated by how very progressive their views are, but I don’t. Neither do I see the need of airing my convictions on certain issues in order to show how wrong they are. Their moral confusion is simply a symptom, and every good healthcare worker knows that treating symptoms does not cure disease. I could also get into a knot about the threat to my own freedom of speech and religious freedom that their strongly held views impose; but I can’t work up that amount of fear and outrage. I want to speak of Christ to these people when opportunities come, not about my rights. So pray that I will be able to do that. Certainly, Christ may not be a very welcome subject, but he is the right subject.

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  10. Good morning, everyone.

    Glad to hear the Cubs won! That must have been quite the exciting final game of the Series!

    My dad was talking last week about the last time the Cubs won. (No, he wasn’t around yet in 1908!) 🙂 In those days, with no radios in homes yet, no one would know who won until the next day’s newspaper came out.

    I’d never thought about that. That really was a long time ago, before radio!

    I looked up some history of the radio and when broadcasting began and found some interesting information at Wikipedia. (Michelle, there are some references to 1920s England in the article you might enjoy, and I think you’ll also like this part about the history of broadcasting in the U.S.):

    In April 1909 Charles David Herrold, an electronics instructor in San Jose, California constructed a broadcasting station. It used spark gap technology, but modulated the carrier frequency with the human voice, and later music. The station “San Jose Calling” (there were no call letters), continued to eventually become today’s KCBS in San Francisco. Herrold, the son of a Santa Clara Valley farmer, coined the terms “narrowcasting” and “broadcasting”, respectively to identify transmissions destined for a single receiver such as that on board a ship, and those transmissions destined for a general audience. (The term “broadcasting” had been used in farming to define the tossing of seed in all directions.) Charles Herrold did not claim to be the first to transmit the human voice, but he claimed to be the first to conduct “broadcasting”. To help the radio signal to spread in all directions, he designed some omnidirectional antennas, which he mounted on the rooftops of various buildings in San Jose. Herrold also claims to be the first broadcaster to accept advertising (he exchanged publicity for a local record store for records to play on his station), though this dubious honour usually is foisted on WEAF (1922).


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  11. Interesting history of radio. Having worked at a radio station back in the 70s makes such info interesting. I worked at the oldest FM station in Tucson, AZ, which was paired with the oldest AM station. It was a fun, but at times, hectic job. Too bad it didn’t pay well or I would still be a broadcaster.


  12. I had a lot of dreams again and slept 20 minutes later than usual (but I got to bed late, around 11:30 last night). Didn’t watch the game, but it sure sounded exciting. I felt a little sorry for Cleveland, though, it’s been a long time since they’ve won, too. When you get so close, it’s harder to lose and have to let it go one more year.

    Next year, the Dodgers. 🙂

    I’m like Chas, how did it get to be Thursday so suddenly? I’m going to try to finish my political story today (it’s already too long). We’re all bracing for next Tuesday night’s marathon.

    And I’m going to order the beadboard today, like the cap rail or not, I’m just worn out and need to get that done and on the way. It’s the final thing to order and I’ll have to adjust my taste to what’s available in this case as I feel less confident about trying to mix and match materials by going to Home Depot or elsewhere — and I’m not about to take up carpentry. It’ll look fine. I think.

    Then I can call the real estate guy and tell him I have everything sitting in my house and/or on the patio — except beadboard and window, but they are now on order and on their way. Maybe then he’ll agree to contact the workers and see if we can at least get a schedule in place for later this month.


  13. I would feel sorry for Cleveland except their win was 40 years more recent (they’d won more recently than the Cubs had played in the World Series). Plus the Indians had two injured starting pitchers, so I’m guessing they knew it was a long shot even to get into the WS and they were just going to do the best they could and if they won it, they won it, but they had to know it was a long shot.

    When they were in game 4, 5, 6, and the commentators were talking about a potential game 7, it was always with the idea that the Indians had an unbeatable combination of pitchers set up and the Cubs would not get past them . . . and I said no, it wasn’t going to work that way. One of their “unhittable” pitchers was going to be starting for the third time in seven games, and he wasn’t going to have the stamina and the Cubs would know how he pitches. Another “unhittable” had played for an inning or so in multiple games, and the Cubs got a home run off him; he wasn’t unhittable anymore, either.

    Well, neither was Chapman unhittable for the Cubs–but then, we’d already seen that to be the case. Many (including me) were surprised when Chapman was brought in in game 6, when he’d already pitched most of three innings in game 5 . . . and they were safely in the lead in game 6, and Chapman might be needed in game 7. And then the Cubs pitcher was doing remarkably well in game 7, and then the umpire called a ball wrong and an Indian was “walked” instead of being struck out. And the manager was over-eager not to have any errors and yanked a strong pitcher who had in fact not even “walked” the guy (it was clearly a strike), and when he changed pitchers I said I hope he didn’t just lose the game. It took two or three innings, but indeed the Indians came back and tied it, so I think that premature pitching change, coupled with having Chapman too worn out by game 7 to effect a “hold,” nearly lost the game.

    And as a different pitcher pitched inning nine and then a necessary inning ten, I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for Chapman, who joined the Cubs in order to pitch that inning–but he got “used up” in game 6, and then brought in too early and already too tired in game 7 to be that closing pitcher; not only did he not “save” the Cubs, but he allowed runs in. Not the way he wanted that game to end . . . except that in the end the Cubs did win, and that was finally what was important, not who was pitching or batting or fielding when they did.


  14. Have you ever been knocked in the head by something you knew along, but never really considered? I have been reading The Coming Prince , by Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918) . Sir Robert says, “Prophesy is not given to enable us to prophesy”. This is true. No conjecture of the future, based on the reading of prophesy, has ever occurred as predicted. All prophesy has been authenticated after the fact. This means that such speculation, as in the “Left Behind” series, is pure conjecture. Nothing else. I knew, in the back of my mind when the “Christ has to return in 1988” conjecture came out. But I never considered it in those words..
    “Prophesy is not given to enable us to prophesy.” Remember that.

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  15. Well, I called the pastor who is supposed to be counseling the fifteen year old, to find out if he is expecting him today, since boy did not show up the past two times. I mentioned boy did not show up at home last night and he just kind of figured that is fifteen year old boys for ya. Well, not the last seven fifteen year old boys I have had.

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  16. Linda, The 6th fleet is just an observation on the condition in the Mediterranean. I observed that the battle described in Zechariah 12 is the only real battle described in the future. It can’t happen as long as the 5th fleet is in the Med. However, the event of the USS Donald Cook may change that.


  17. Chas, thank you for expressing what I never could. I have always figured by saying Christ is return in the year 2000 and every other time it has been predicted we have just wasted our time and caused it not to happen. Christ will return when it is time and not a moment sooner.


  18. Do you ever ask the why of prophecy? Why would God tell us the future, shouldn’t we trust him with it?

    Interesting article, 6 Arrows, I learned a lot!



  19. So, As I have sat here scanning business cards into a program and correcting those that did not scan correctly (currently at 431) I have come to the conclusion that business cards should be on white or ivory stock with black ink in an easy to read print.

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  20. Prophecy …. This.

    Our coming victory

    Cubs Win! A (Small) Foretaste of Glory Divine



    So this is what it looks like when the Chicago Cubs finally win the World Series, when baseball’s most notorious losers complete the transformation into indelible winners: Grown men, exhausted, tearful, and lost for words after surviving a crazy Game 7 that was, as one of the commentators put it, a battle of attrition. Every pitch from the middle innings on seemed like slow torture. Exemplary Christ-follower Ben Zobrist delivered the go-ahead hit in extra innings and was named series MVP.

    Contrary to what’s expected of them, the lovable losers endured to the end. …

    And so shall we, amen?

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  21. Chas, I’ve said sort of the same thing. Namely, when Christ came the first time, He came in perfect fulfillment of prophecy, but in a way no one expected. As far as I know, no one expected the Messiah to actually be God! And yet it was clearly prophesied, or so we see in retrospect. Likewise, the prophecies of the endtimes will make perfect sense as we see how they come together, but predicting how they will come together is impossible. Prophecy simply isn’t about whether America is still a nation, or which nations will go to war in the future, or how many years something will take.

    Ultimately I don’t think any “system” for endtimes is going to be perfectly accurate. Dispensationalism just seems downright silly, but any precise systems are going to have lots and lots of things that someday are seen to be far off the reality of how God works it all out.

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  22. Well said Cheryl.

    I ordered the beadboard, it’ll take a while to deliver, hoping it arrives before Thanksgiving, but????

    But at least that’s the final piece and it’s DONE.

    I’m mentally exhausted by it all.

    Who knew recreating a 1923 bathroom was all so complex? I may have to rope it off with velvet when it’s done.

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  23. Coyotes in Chicago



    … Coyotes (Canis latrans) may seem out of place in a busy metropolitan area, but in reality this is their home turf, explains Chris Anchor, senior wildlife biologist with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC). In the 1700s, coyotes expanded their territory eastward from the western United States and settled throughout the midwest. By the 1930s they had all but vanished, he says, due to habitat alteration and human persecution of predatory animals. In the 1970s, coyotes repopulated Illinois and the Great Lakes Basin on their own, settling in both rural and developed urban areas.

    “There is nowhere you can live in the Chicago area and not have coyotes in your neighborhood,” says Mr. Anchor. …

    … Urban coyotes make their homes in parks, golf courses, cemeteries, and other green spaces where trees and shrubbery keep them hidden. …

    Mr. Anchor describes coyotes as “incredible opportunists” who will adapt their diets to whatever is available, whether it is roadkill, mice, meadow voles, or other small rodents, Canada goose eggs, a seasonal abundance of fruits such as apples or grapes, or even a surplus of periodic cicadas. …

    *(and pets, of course)*

    “That’s part of the formula of their success,” he says. “They can exploit. They’re not competing directly with other animals, and there’s so much food here.”


  24. The last piece of the puzzle is in place for 1st Arrow as he prepares to move, and start his new job on the 14th:

    Today he was approved to move into a nice apartment complex only about 15-20 minutes from his new job. Passed the background check required to live there, two apartments available to choose from, signs the lease on Monday, and will move next week.

    Rent is relatively reasonable (and a lot less than if he’d rent closer to his workplace, which is considered to be in part of one of the Midwest metro areas), and the apartments are in no sense “dumps” like some of the places he saw elsewhere when he was looking. 🙂 (And the dumpy places were only about $100 less per month than the nice one he’ll be moving to, so he found a good deal for not a lot of money. A real blessing.)

    God is good.

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  25. There are a lot of sports teams named Coyotes — I have a google alert set up for coyote (the animal kind) stories and most of the links are to game results. 🙂

    This one’s for Cheryl:

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  26. The development where my home is is overrun by turkeys and deer. Must not be any coyotes there as I assume they would take care of all the turkeys. I have to have a gate on my deck to keep those critters off. They eat the plants, but are not threatening like coyotes.


  27. Jo, we have lots and lots of turkeys and a few coyotes. I suspect you can have smallish numbers of any predators and have it just keep populations in check a bit without killing them all off. (We also have way too many geese. Turkeys may be there in a few years–they’re multiplying fast–but not yet, probably. Geese are “there.”)


  28. One good thing about the Daylight Saving Time ending a week later than it used to- I can get the hour of sleep back that I lost last night watching the World Series.

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  29. Thanks, DJ, for the “exemplary Christ follower” scoop on Ben Zobrist. I didn’t know that about him (I haven’t been following the Cubs until last night).

    I was already wanting to like him just because he shares his unusal name with a younger man I know in California, the son of some old friends, and also an exemplary Christ-follower.


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