39 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-18-17

  1. Good morning everyone.
    I see that Winnie the Poo is banned in China.
    So Ellie Harris has to come to Florida to get a Poo Bear.
    We’ll see that she gets one.

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  2. Why? is always an appropriate question.
    It often doesn’t have an answer we understand.

    This isn’t a theological answer because I have searched the scripture for support for this belief and never found it. But I firmly believe that someday we will understand those things that are beyond us now.

    Paul says somewhere, “We shall know even as we are known>” But that doesn’t really explain it.

    There’s a country song that goes “We’ll understand it all by and by.” The Bible doesn’t say that. But I believe it.

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  3. Some answers I want are not Bible related.
    But one Bible related question is “What provision was made for those who never had the opportunity to hear the gospel? i.e. The American Indian before 1492?
    I had a SS teacher years ago who said, in effect, “Too bad for them. Every man who doesn’t trust Jesus is lost.”

    I’ll have to ponder for the other two.

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  4. Passion flowers! We had a passion vine on a trellis in front of the kitchen window (the kitchen was in the front of the house) when I was growing up. We had a trellis at each side of the little breezeway to the front door, and if I recall correctly the original idea was to train the vine up one trellis and then down the other, and after a couple of years we gave up on the “training it down” and bought a different passion vine for the second trellis. I always thought the flowers really pretty.

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  5. You’ll do fine Kim.
    I used to give briefings and lectures on my job.
    I learned that it’s always good to be a little nervous before each presentation.
    A lack of nervousness means a lack of concern and that you don’t really care about the people or the subject.
    For decades, I experienced the same thing about lessons for my SS class. I had done it a thousand times, but always a little concerned that I might be missing something.

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  6. There are exceptions to my 9:07. Sometimes you give the same spiel to different people. Like PeterL probably goes through every day. I used to give a briefing on our Lunar mapping display. I gave it to students and general officers. Same spiel. Sometimes the officers would ask questions. I always enjoyed those briefings.

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  7. Chas @ 7:54- I don’t know if this is the answer you are looking for, but Romans 2:14-16 has an answer to your question:

    For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (ESV)

    In other words, God puts something in each person’s heart to desire God. That is why there are so many religions in the world, because everybody has a need to worship some superior being, and does whatever he can to please that superior being. I don’t think this passage says that everyone who is good is going to heaven, but that is a person is able to do what God requires without actually knowing whom he is pleasing, then there may be a possibility that he will be accepted into heaven at the judgment.

    Most of my thoughts here are from a sermon 30 years ago when our pastor at the time was teaching through the Epistle to the Romans, so they may have gotten muddled.

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  8. Chas @ 9:24 – You are correct. At school, I teach basically the same thing every year/semester, but never the exact same way twice. And at the cave, I never give the same tour every time. the basic info is there, but the telling changes with the audience. The tour I gave Jo a few weeks ago is not the same one I give everyone else. We who teach are not robots, programmed to say the same thing every time. I don’t enjoy going to lectures or tours where it sounds like the person speaking never varies what is said.

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  9. We took four girls, ages 5 and 6, to tour Pennsbury Manor (William Penn’s restored home) a few weeks ago. A school group of children slightly older than that joined us. The guide gave her canned speech, which was geared to adults, and never once deviated to explain things the way an audience of children would understand. We tried to fill in, but it was quite disappointing.

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  10. Linda, I have a brother who is a volunteer diver at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. He doesn’t get to do it very often (he isn’t on the regular rotation), but he loves it. SCUBA divers go down a couple of times a day to feed the fish that eat from the bottom and those that need special care.

    He loves it when children are part of the audience. If he has a toddler up next to the glass, he will put his hand up on the glass from the inside and encourage the child to put her hand on the outside, and then he will move his hand around and play with her. Or he’ll blow bubbles, or catch a fish that likes to be held and take it up to the glass, or whatever. He got into serious trouble once, almost got his diving permission suspended, when he took a rubber ducky down with him and amused the children with it. Someone complained that some fish might swallow it, and he was like really? it was in a zippered pocket, and then I had it in my hand with no fish around for a few seconds. He was very willing not to use it again when requested not to, but he didn’t see the harm in having something funny and unexpected for the children.

    It’s really so easy–and more fun for everyone–to have something at the children’s level.

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  11. Dogs self fed yesterday, as a chicken went into their pen in our absence and fifteen year old forgot to check when she returned them. Same fate as poor old Charlie.

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  12. I told the vet there was a reason the dogs and cats were overweight and it is not due to overfeeding. Can’t they get into trouble for cultural appropriation? Obesity is an American human trait.

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  13. Good afternoon. The passion flowers are a little late this year. I think all the rain and less sun must have caused that.

    Not sure I will have questions for God, but maybe why smart people do or think dumb things. Is that for His divine sense of humor?

    Why some who are unfit parents have a boatload of children while those who would be wonderful parents are infertile?

    Why the Holy Spirit takes so long to draw some people to know Jesus as Lord and Savior?


  14. Crossway book that may be of interest:

    Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia: “Experiencing Dementia–Honoring God” Paperback – July 31, 2017
    by John, MD Dunlop (Author)

    A diagnosis of dementia in a loved one can be both frightening and frustrating. Only a biblical foundation fuels a Christian response that both honors the patient and glorifies God. Drawing on years of professional experience working with Alzheimer’s patients, Dr. John Dunlop wants to transform the way we think about dementia. Rooting his vision of care in the inherent dignity that stems from the fact that all people are made in the image of God, he explains biblical principles, describes the experience of dementia, and answers common questions about the condition. With a plan for how to care for patients with compassion and respect, this book helps caregivers, family members, and anyone else affected by dementia honor God as they improve the quality of care to patients.

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  15. Yep, Mumsee, my husband guessed that is what the goat was doing, but he thought it was pretty funny, and he showed it to me. I asked him to send me the link so I could post it on here.

    My husband said he’s sure glad female cardinals aren’t that big. This spring our resident female cardinal threw herself at our kitchen window repeatedly, and I also saw her at three other windows (front door and two on the garage), and for all I know she may have been attacking car mirrors and other windows too.


  16. I am on here a lot today. I am inside and this is my reward for staying in. Supposedly, I am getting the school stuff in order for the coming year. Unfortunately, that is a summer time task as spring is too busy and winter is too early and fall is too late.

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  17. Donna, I bought the book. Mostly out of curiosity. I don’t know that it will explain something I don’t already know. But it might give a different perspective.
    While on the site, I considered buying David Limbaugh’s “The True Jesus” just to see what he says about it. I keep getting advertisements for study courses. One of the courses offered is by the professor of religion at U of NC. His course title is “How Jesus became God”.” I am curious about what he says, but not enough to send him any money.
    I don’t recall I his name and I threw the material away. I think it is Earthmen, or some such.



  18. It’s interesting to see a bird attack what he thinks is an intruder.
    It must be terribly frustrating. The intruder never goes away until you do. Then flys back to attack just as you do.


  19. Re: Aj’s QoD
    I would ask, “What was before you created heaven and earth?”
    I’m afraid I wouldn’t understand the answer.

    Sometimes, when I am just thinking. ….I do that a lot now…….I wander what was before anything. i.e. what does “eternity” mean?
    Boggles my mind to think about it.

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  20. I have been trying to think of what I would like to know. Perhaps I don’t know enough to know what to ask. But I would like to see the development of creation as it played out. I was reading Genesis the other day and thinking that. I would like to see how it was in the Garden.

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  21. Nice pictures.

    I cannot imagine being anything but awestruck in heaven. I would love to see some threads of how many different events all came together for good. I am not sure how that can be done without seeing the sad. It will all glorify God, though, I know.

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  22. I have accounts of several events that came together for good.
    But they are so involved that it’s hard to put into this space.
    One of them was concerning Elvera and me getting together.
    I have already explained that.

    I didn’t get a job at the paper mill when I graduated from high school. I was very disappointed but I’m happy that I didn’t.

    I tried for a year and a half to find a ministry when I graduated from Seminary. But some smart pulpit committees never called me.

    Chuck already knows that he was an accident. Not an accident, really, a blunder. 😉

    There are others.

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  23. Paul’s words in I Corinthians 13, “Now I know in part, but then shall I know as also I am known,” have always been a reassurance to me of the understanding that will come in the Resurrection. I have never liked that idea that our memories would be wiped clean, nor do I think it is Biblical. Hebrews talks about how Christ was made perfect by suffering (Hebrews 2:10). Pastor A explained that seemingly odd statement about the perfect Son of God by pointing out that the Incarnation, and the resulting suffering was an essential part of our salvation as Christ had to live and die as a man not only because only flesh and blood could be offered as a sacrifice for sins, but he also had to demonstrate to us how to live in the world as humans indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Both his life and his death enabled him to claim victory in his resurrection and ascension. Christians are to live as Christ lived and through our struggles and suffering, grow into that same perfect maturity in him (Ephesians 4:13). For us, we will not see the final maturity until we see Christ, for when we see him, we shall be like him (I John 3:2); but everything in our lives, if we are truly children of God, is making us grow toward that maturity (II Peter 1:2-8). If all that happens in our lives helps to mature us, then losing the remembrance of those lessons would not contribute to maturity. The Resurrection will be a rest, but it will also be a completion.

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  24. Class went well today. I got good feedback and we had great conversations. I also learned that I won’t teach it again as a one day class. There is just too much information and material and if you have any type of discussion…. Well by 4pm today I covered all of what I was supposed to cover before we broke for lunch.
    Some of that can be helped by remember classroom management techniques and one time two agents started a discussion on commissions. I told them I could not have that conversation, it was a broker to broker conversation and I was not their broker. They kept at it until finally a couple of other agents jumped in and asked if it could be discussed at another time.
    There at 7 sections to cover and I will do it as a class a week over 7 weeks next time.

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  25. Got to work from home the last part of the day which meant there was time for a quick dog park visit. But I got slimed by a 1-year-old boxer named Cash. I hate getting slimed by drool 😦 and this was especially thick & voluminous slime. Yuck. Jeans tossed into the washing machine as soon as I got home. Collie dogs aren’t slimers or droolers, thankfully.

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  26. I haven’t really thought about questions I need answered. However, I have young son who is full of them. .”mom, why did God invent flies? ” “Mom, did Jesus lose his teeth ,too?” “Mom, was God, a baby and grew up, or was he always old?” And, that’s just a few of his questions today.

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