82 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-6-17

  1. What a sweet couple. Good morning. We are on our way to follow up with the trauma team, in Odessa. Drove to daughter’s in Hobbs. Makes it not such a long jump all at once. Appointment is at 0900.

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  2. I resemble those people 😃

    Good morning from Atlanta which is soggy and cool.

    I am still recuperating. The WMU meeting will take place without me. That works!

    Art went to Sam’s to get some cases of water. A lot of people stood along with him waiting for the unloading of more water. He was going to fill up the car with gas, but all pumps were empty. Already it is getting weird in Atlanta.

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  3. I’m wondering why the price of gas jumped fifty cents last week. I understand that the refineries shut down, but an impact that quickly and that drastic makes me think we are being taken advantage of. Aren’t there reserves? And aren’t they for this exact purpose?

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  4. The price of gas jumped from a $1.04 per litre to $1.29 per litre up here. It always does that, whether its an oil spill in the gulf of Mexico or a crisis in the Middle East, the oil and thus gas pump prices shoot up immediately. Since my family lives out in the country where we have to drive to get anywhere (we also heat with an oil furnace) and money was never very plentiful, we’ve always been very aware of the pattern of gas price hikes and expect whenever there is some crisis related to oil to see it reflected in the pump price. Of course the oil companies are taking advantage of the problem – that’s what they do.

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  5. My father was talking about it as he drove me to the train station yesterday, wondering out loud about why we sent out oil from Alberta all the way to Houston to be refined instead of doing it here in Canada. We don’t get as many serious weather events as the area around the Gulf of Mexico, so you would think that would make sense. When there was that dispute over the Keystone Pipeline that is supposed to come from the Alberta tar sands to Texas, many people asked the same question, why don’t we build refineries in Canada. The tortuous working of oil companies seem calculated to waste every one else’s time, land, and money for their profit.

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  6. Chas, Idaho does get lots of earthquakes, rarely felt as they are usually in the wilderness areas. I don’t know if there have been more lately. Last I heard was a few weeks ago when a neighbor was woken up by one. Usually not even a three on the scale. But we do have that super volcano at Yellowstone so it is probably inevitable something may happen sometime. If the North Koreans don’t get us first. Prime target, the Idaho wilderness.

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  7. Seems to me individual stores are responsible for strange price fluctuations. Which is why we see higher prices in Lewiston than in some of the local places. Or considerable price differences in a two block radius at times.

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  8. Love the photo

    Chas, reminds me of an interview I read a couple years ago with a famous photographer who was asked what the best camera was these days. “An iPhone,” she replied.

    The camera phones are pretty amazing for all purpose use and even come with zooms and instant editing capacity.

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  9. Remember the maga load dispute going up the scenic highway 12? Those mega loads were carrying refinery parts from the port at Lewiston to Canada through Montana. Must have some refineries up there.

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  10. Some, Mumsee, but not as many as if we were refining all our oil in country. Ocean ports or ports that have waterways going to the ocean seem to be favoured sites for refining, so that it can then be shipped. Alberta has no such waterways, but it produces a large amount of not only oil but also natural gas, so it has to be piped somewhere else to be refined.

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  11. Lovely shot but I really enjoyed the pin up boy yesterday!

    Home after a very long drive, but four really fun stops along the way with rich conversations. My cup is full to overflowing, though carrying a number of challenging prayer requests. Sigh. Why can’t the world function well and everyone be happy?

    Why is there evil in the world? Why is Oregon on fire?

    These sorts of questions kept me entertained as I traveled along. I also listened to a lot of podcasts when the phone and car were speaking to each other.

    Happy to be home, sorry to return to a lot of work. It never seems to end . . .

    But first, I’m going to dance. 🙂

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  12. It’s not uncommon for our pastor to include remarks about major cultural or other national/world events within his sermons, but it’s not the norm for him to preach an entire sermon on an event per se (I can’t remember that happening, though it may have in an extreme situation; I believe 9/11 drew some more specific “current” event sermons at the time). Certainly we all live in a very real and very messy world and it’s a struggle at times for all of us to have a clear vision of what God may be doing in it all. So it’s appropriate for that to be sometimes specifically addressed from a biblical perspective. Our pastor isn’t hesitant to do so.

    And it’s not uncommon for national/world events to be included specifically in our corporate prayer each Sunday.

    (I believe our pastor even made some ‘aside’ comments/references to the election when it was underway, but they were short and rare, I never knew how he felt about Trump or the results of the election.)

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  13. Hi, friends. We are so grateful to have been spared the brunt of Harvey in our ‘burb, northwest of Houston. Thanks to everyone who prayed for our safety. The devastation all around us is overwhelming. But, there has been such a profound outpouring of help–it makes it easier to endure.

    Love today’s photo.

    Lindsey (my oldest) will be eighteen September 12…I’m having a hard time with it–every time I think about her, the old song, “Turn around and she’s a young girl walking out of the door…turn around, turn around…” plays as a soundtrack in my brain…. I know she’ll still be here until next August–but it just doesn’t seem long enough….

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  14. Roscuro,

    You can place part of the blame on the oil industry, but you also need to blame yourselves.

    It’s Canada’s lack of East to West pipelines and refining capacity that are mostly to blame.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/23/canada-oil-refineries_n_1539701.html

    “Since the 1970s, the number of refineries in Canada has plummeted from 40 to 19, taking a big bite out of the direct refinery labour force, which dropped from 27,400 to 17,500 between 1989 and 2009. There hasn’t been a new refinery built in Canada since 1984, or in the U.S. since 1976. (The NWU project is not technically classed as a refinery because it is upgrading bitumen directly to diesel as opposed to producing light crude, but MacGregor and others consider it to be the first major ground-up refining project undertaken in Canada in 25 years.)

    While expansions to existing facilities have enabled Canada’s overall refining capacity to increase, a recent Conference Board of Canada report observed that annual growth output has declined for the last five of six years. At the moment, more oil is refined here than is consumed. But while Canada currently imports 0.7 million barrels of crude oil per day, we only refine about 25 per cent of the oil produced here.”
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    “The refining business is also considered to be more risky than upstream oil production, because profitability is directly impacted by swings in global oil prices and demand for refined products such as gasoline. In recent years, toughening environmental standards and the increasing availability of oil sands bitumen (as opposed to sweet crude, which is no longer as easy to come by), has presented an added challenge, as processing heavier oil is more expensive.

    But that hasn’t stopped companies south of the border, where facilities in several dedicated refining areas have undergone major infrastructure upgrades, a process that is still underway, with multi-billion-dollar projects currently in the works in Michigan and Illinois.

    According to Michal Moore, a professor at the University of Calgary’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, these upgrades have armed U.S. facilities with the necessary processing and pipeline infrastructure to essentially corner the market in North America.”
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    http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Why-Canada-Would-Rather-Export-Oil-Than-Refine-It.html

    “Looking at the North American market for refined products, it seems obvious that the majority of refining capacity would exist in the United States, considering the imbalance in population. The U.S. has 142 refineries. Canada has 19, with most clustered around Edmonton, Sarnia, Ontario, and Montreal. The number of refineries in both countries has declined over the years, due to stricter environmental standards, lower fuel demand, and the decreasing availability of sweet crude, which is cheaper to process than heavy oil, including crude from oil sands.

    Michael Moore, a professor at the University of Calgary’s Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, thinks Canada at one time may have been able to out-muscle the States in the downstream (refining) business, but has likely lost that opportunity for good.

    “The time to make the decision [to build up Canada’s refining industry] was probably 20 years ago, maybe a little before that,” he told the Huffington Post. “When you didn’t make that decision, you lost your ability to compete in that market. You couldn’t catch up.”

    Moreover, said Moore, “Widespread higher quality refining capacity in Canada — except in very specific instances — is not likely to be very successful. We just don’t have the distribution network to support it.”

    Viewing a map of that distribution network, it is instantly apparent that Canadian crude oil moves north-south, not west-east. Lines spinning out from the spider’s web of production centered in northern Alberta, arc in a southeasterly direction toward the most highly concentrated population centers. Large swaths of central and northern Canada are without pipelines.

    Because there are few pipelines running east-west, Canadian oil flows mostly south to the United States, where refineries with the capability of processing heavy oil (the kind Alberta oil sands produce) turn it into gasoline, jet fuel, and other refined products. Even if there were pipelines running from the Alberta oilfields to Eastern Canadian refineries, it is not at all certain the refineries could handle the feedstock.”

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  15. Ann’s back. 🙂

    Kim, forget your hurricane, we have a bell tower to design. Priorities.

    But first, I need to pick up the remaining 3 outdoor lights for the house and garage. Installation on those could begin anytime, I think. Still waiting on foundation, of course, but the guys are on another job nearby so it’s hoped that when that’s wrapped up they’ll find their way to my place … But we’ll see.

    Seriously, though, prayers for those recovering in Texas and for those in the path of the new storm in Florida on Gulf Coast. California disasters tend to be those that you can’t really prepare for in a specific way and in a rushed time frame — earthquakes primarily.

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  16. And yeah, they’ve been sticking it to us with the price of gas. Any reason to raise it sounds good to the gas companies. They’re not gonna let a crisis go to waste when there’s money to be made.

    And now the airlines are gouging people too.

    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/travelers-complain-steep-airfares-try-escape-hurricane-irmas-path-224013499.html

    “On Monday evening, John Lyons, a 53-year-old father from West Hartford, Connecticut, purchased a one-way American Airlines ticket from Miami to Hartford for $159.20 for his daughter to get out of Hurricane Irma’s path as the storm churns through the Caribbean.

    On Tuesday, he was shocked at the spike in airfare prices.

    “I logged in and expected to see $160, and frankly if I had seen $260 I wouldn’t have reacted. And I logged in and saw, $1,020, and I about had a heart attack,” Lyons told Yahoo Finance in a phone interview on Tuesday afternoon.

    Lyons, who describes himself as an “amateur meteorologist,” likes to post weather reports on West Hartford’s Facebook page. Although Hurricane Irma poses no direct threat to where he lives, he has been following the storm’s developments.

    “I’m seeing the direct hit on Florida. My daughter is down at the University of Miami, so I called her and said, ‘I’m going to bring you home. If worst comes to worst, we waste money, and you don’t come home, and this thing misses you, and everything is fine.’ I logged in last night and saw $159.20 to be exact. I said you know what; this ticket is so cheap, I’m just going to buy it.”

    The next day, he went back to look for a ticket for his daughter’s roommate, who is also a close family friend’s daughter. Shocked at the price increase, he said he even made sure that he didn’t click first class by accident and he also verified that the flight had pretty much the same number of seats available compared to when he checked last night.”

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  17. The Real, the average Canadian has no say in where the refineries are developed, so I don’t see why we should blame ourselves. I note that The Huffington post article you linked was written while the Conservatives were in power – the former Conservative Prime Minister was from Alberta, and there is a long standing perception that the oil industry in Alberta influences the government in that province. The article notes that the U.S. owned oil companies are the ones making the decision to pipe the stuff out:

    Most of our oil industry is American-owned, and they decide to build our refining capacity elsewhere, rather than in Canada,” said Fred Wilson, assistant to the president at the Communication, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).
    “When they talk about what’s cost-effective and so on, they’re speaking from the perspective of their company, and not Canada or Canadians or Albertans,” he said.

    There was an interesting quote in the article which shows that there is a commercial interest in getting that oil out of country to be refined and shipped:
    blockquote>At the moment, more oil is refined here than is consumed. But while Canada currently imports 0.7 million barrels of crude oil per day, we only refine about 25 per cent of the oil produced here…
    As Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers spokesman Travis Davies sees it, the excess capacity in east coast refineries and the relatively thin domestic market for oil suggests there is no economic case for more refineries to be built.
    “We refine more than we use in Canada, so that’s not the problem,” he said. “If we were going to refine more we would be refining it for other markets, offshore markets, U.S. markets.”
    Since our relatively tiny population refines enough for its needs, the excess oil we produce from our oil sources, not only in Alberta but also off our Atlantic coast, will be sold to other places. We would see more profits if we refined as well as produced the oil that is exported, but if the companies are mostly U.S. owned, they wouldn’t see it that way. Canadians are too laid back to get all nationalist over who refines our oil, but it is interesting to see the article confirms what we always half suspected.

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  18. The fact that we produce and also refine more oil than we need really underscores how much we are being ripped off by the price raises every time a crisis happens internationally. It doesn’t matter what kind of government we elect, Liberal, NDP, or Conservative, none are interested in stopping the price gouging. We pay sales tax on the gas we buy, after all – the higher the price of gas at the pump, the more tax revenue collected.

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  19. The events of 9/11 were severe enough that all the churches in Chicago that I knew about had special prayer services and the like. I think sometimes you can’t “ignore” it. We were out of town for Charlottesville, interestingly to visit our new church, and by some quotes in that 9:59 link, we should have been judging our new church by what was said in the service. Yet our own understanding of the events of that weekend were based only on what snatches of the news we might have picked up at McDonald’s or the breakfast room in the hotel; we knew something was happening, but not exactly what. For the record, I have no idea whether the events were mentioned at church that day–local people weren’t participating in those events, and there was no reason to see them as of any particular significance in Indiana.

    A pastor is supposed to drop everything, focus on the news, and come to enough of an understanding of the events to formulate intelligent thoughts and maybe a whole new sermon?

    Praying about those hurt by the events, sure, and sometimes even a few thoughts during the sermon. But the whole idea that “if you don’t speak out against racism on this particular Sunday, then you must be a racist yourself” is ludicrous. I really don’t see anything about that particular event compelling enough to force a new sermon. Should we then also have a new sermon for every destructive hurricane, wildfire, airplane or school bus accident? Certainly if there is a shooting at the local high school, it is proper to include that in pastoral prayers. But the idea that it is unsympathetic not to change the church service to reflect every event making national news is silly.

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  20. Roscuro,

    But it is Canadians who elect the people who do have a say. Maybe you folks just keep making the wrong choices. Since Canadians elected them, they’re ultimately responsible. Just like we are for Trump. 🙂

    And who allowed Americans to come in and take over your oil industry? Again, Canadians, by allowing it and not insisting on doing it themselves.

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  21. AJ, it sounds like they refine all the gas they need, plus some . . . so any “problems” with the system might be seen from our end, not the Canadians’.

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  22. I agree with Cheryl on the (current affairs) sermon points. In many African American churches it goes so far as to have politicians and other political figures “preach” from the pulpit on Sunday mornings, something that would send me flying out the door.

    From Veith:

    Half of Protestants Agree with Catholics on Salvation

    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2017/09/half-of-protestants-agree-with-catholics-on-salvation-draft/#qx8etBkMUgc0dwrI.99

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    … while Lutherans, along with Calvinists and others, do hold to sola fide, many Protestants do not and have never believed that way. Many of the different Protestant theologies that have emerged since the Reformation have been concerned to re-introduce some measure of salvation by works. Arminians emphasize the role of the will, with subsequent teachers in that tradition–such as Wesley and the “Holiness” movement–teaching the possibility of leading a sinless life. These traditions, along with the anabaptist communitarians and various Millennialists and Pentecostals, explicitly criticized Luther for downplaying the role of moral behavior in salvation.

    Lutherans have always replied that they are not opposed to good works simply because they insist that we are not saved by them. Good works are the fruit of faith. Good works happen in vocation, where we live out our faith as we love and serve our neighbors in the family, the workplace, the church, and the community.

    But not all Protestants have ever held to sola fide. As for sola Scriptura, the study seems confused about the nature of that teaching as well. Yes, Lutherans would say, church teachings and church traditions are important as long as these are grounded in Scripture. But the church is how Scripture is taught, preached, and carried out. Sola Scriptura, in the original Reformation sense, does not mean that every individual Christian can interpret the Bible however he or she wants, though this is how some later Protestants took it, resulting in still more theologies and in the authority of the individual.

    So, from a Lutheran or “Reformational” point of view, after 500 years, the church as a whole still needs a reformation. Protestant churches no less than Catholics.
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  23. I find it upsetting that the gasoline in the tanks was produced long before the hurricane hit, so there is no reason to raise the price 50¢. Around here it went up 15¢ one day and another 10¢ the next day. Funny how they never find a reason to lower it so much at one time.

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  24. The Real, so the average people of another country should blame themselves for similar problems to those that so many frustrated average people in the U.S. blame on corrupt politicians that don’t listen to their voters and powerful corporations who don’t care about the country?

    Besides, as much as I support the idea of democracy, I know full well that not everyone in a given democratic country is responsible for electing the government of that country. Trump was famously not elected by popular vote, but by the electoral college due to how those votes were distributed. Canadian governments seldom have the popular vote. In any given Canadian Parliament, at least three, sometimes four political parties split the vote between them. Occasionally, that split is reflected in a minority government, where no one party holds more than 50 percent of the seats in Parliament, but usually the riding (similar in concept to an electoral district) distribution allows one party to gain over half the seats. In the last election, for example, the now ruling Liberal party received just over one third (39.5 percent) of the popular vote, but gained 184 seats in parliament. The next closest party was the Conservatives, who with 31.9 percent of the popular vote gained 99 parliamentary seats; then the NDP with 19.7 percent of the popular vote and 44 seats. The Bloq Quebecois holds 10 seats, and only got 4.7 percent of the popular vote: http://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/results-2015/. The cartoonist in our local paper summed the results up with a picture of two people talking; the first person quoted the above statistics, and the second replied, “In other words, most people didn’t vote for the government.”

    In my childhood, I remember the seething frustration from the conservative adults around me, because there were then two conservative political parties in federal elections, the Progressive Conservative (PC) and the Reformed Party of Canada. The PC invariably got the conservative vote from Eastern Canada, while the Reformed Party took the conservative vote in Western Canada, splitting the vote and allowing the Liberals to walk up the middle with the liberal vote. This kept happening for about a decade. Finally, after much negotiation and a couple of false starts, the PC and the Reformed Party amalgamated, and got into power, holding their combined position for the next decade, until their increasing inertia exasperated just enough people to allow the Liberals to get a little over a third of the popular vote and a majority of parliamentary seats. C’est la vie, as they say in Quebec, “That’s life.”

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  25. Peter @1:44, that is exactly what my father says about the prices here. They’re mighty quick to put up the price of gas, but awful slow to lower it again.

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  26. “So, from a Lutheran or “Reformational” point of view, after 500 years, the church as a whole still needs a reformation. Protestant churches no less than Catholics.”
    Sorry . . . but yup.

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  27. roscuro @ 9:17

    “…why we sent out oil from Alberta all the way to Houston to be refined instead of doing it here in Canada…” NIMBY, Government regulations, and Green groups. Now who has more of these things, Canada or California? You would think that there would be enough investors to start a refinery in Alberta, at least for a refinery to cover the Province. Right? NIMBY, Government regulations and Green groups.

    I met a man who used to work in Alaska in the oil business. Eventually he was put in charge of bringing a new natural gas field into production in western Australia. 50 BILLION dollars!! He went down and gave it a year of trying. Prices were so high, labor was so lazy, and he missed his wife so that he quit and came home.

    Oh, and he knew and worked with Sarah Palin. He said she was a good Governor and got things done.

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  28. Bob, as the links The Real shared show, Canada does refine more than enough oil for our needs and that would include Alberta. It is the excess crude oil for export which Alberta produces (according to those links, Canada has the second largest oil reserve after Saudi Arabia) which is being piped to refineries outside our borders. It would create more jobs in Canada to refine the excess oil, but is not within the interests of the companies extracting the oil. Also, since we are such a small country in terms of population (we only are 10 percent the size of the U.S. in population, though we are bigger in terms of land), there may also be an inadequate labour supply, as I know the oil companies bring in a lot of foreign workers. It isn’t as if Canadians aren’t willing to move west to Alberta, as I know quite a few of my peers who have or are working there, and those in my father’s generation did the same thing – we even have a song about it:

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  29. We have a lot of folk who have moved to the east, to North Dakota, for work on the oil fields. I don’t know if they are idiots or not, but are trying to make a fresh start, or just going for the money.

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  30. It is interesting to me that Janine and Al radiate peace, while Chas and Elvera exude joy. Both attributes of the Holy Spirit. Heaven is going to be amazing!

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  31. What is that?
    I don’t recall what was funny, but Elvera is enjoying herself.
    Granted, she will never be on FoxNews, but most of you ladies hope you look that good when you reach 86.
    I still tell her she’s the “prettiest one in Adult IV”

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  32. Chas, Elvera is just as beautiful and lovely as you said. You have done a great job on putting your new home in good working order. I loved your many decorative touches beginning at your entryway.

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  33. In general, I would say that a pastor does not have to include something about every news event that happens.

    As for Charlottesville, it wasn’t merely a case of the guy driving his car into the crowd (as horrible as that was) or of a protest that included Nazis & the KKK, along with Antifa attacking them. To me, it seems that these events all together grabbed the public’s consciousness in a deep way, bringing to the fore the fact that “alt-right”, white nationalists/supremacists, Nazis, etc. are a growing presence, & bringing up the question of how to deal with that. (Yes, we’d heard about these movements before, but this put them front & center in a new way.)

    I’ve seen the liberal Christian attitude that “fighting Nazis” with violence is necessary, in order to avoid another genocide. IOW, it is “loving your (Jewish or other minority) neighbor” to physically attack those who hate them. Some conservative Christians are more angry at the leftist Antifa than at the thought of Nazis & others who hate minorities (& they also pretty much hate true Christianity). And some may be taken in by those white supremacists who put a faux-Christian veneer on their views.

    (Note: I’m not saying that we should give Antifa a pass, but we shouldn’t let our disagreement of their tactics let us forget that there is growing antisemitism as well as growing hate for other minorities, here & in Europe, too, & we need to take a stand against that kind of hate.)

    Because of all that, I do think that pastors need to give some guidance about racism, & hate in general, & the proper Christian way to respond to it all. Whether they did that on the Sunday after the Charlottesville incident or later, it seems like something that needs to be addressed.

    I know of some Christians who would claim that of course they don’t hate anyone, but what they write about Muslims or liberals or others they disagree with certainly seems to negate that.

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  34. (Janice, 4:26) — Yes, as the churches have moved away from the historic beliefs, creeds and confessions, it’s become something of a free-for-all among those who identify themselves as Christians.

    Not a good trend, but many churches still standing firm on the biblical doctrines of grace. 🙂

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  35. All the Southern Baptist I know are still preaching salvation by faith and grace alone and only scripture is authoritative.
    But we do believe that the new birth means a transformed life.
    A life that is untransformed arouses doubt of the salvation experience .

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  36. I’ve just visited with several friends, solid believers, and was surprised to learn how very weak their churches are. I’m also disturbed by the effect of growing up in church culture has had on some of the young women. Not to overstate it, but many groups of believers are in crisis in our country. I’m in a strong church (with a lot of older people, perhaps that’s why?), I had no idea how hard it has become to find a solid Bible teaching church that isn’t weird.

    That sounds terrible.

    The one young woman has not met a “reasonable” Christian guy at her university. They’re all off somehow, not manly. This isn’t looking good, folks. 😦

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  37. Yes, and speaking of cats, someone (Janice, I think) mentioned her pet coming to the cave. Sorry, we only allow service animals in the cave, not pets. Imagine the ruckus if dogs started barking on a tour!

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  38. Linda, you ARE being taken advantage of. Price Gauging. That is why the governors of most of the southern states have declared states of emergency. That triggers the law that punishes price gauging.

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  39. My day started at 5am. It ended about 6pm. I am tired. I have two things that have intrigued me the last week or so. Nothing earth shattering but I am making myself a note to share them with you tomorrow.

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  40. Before our trip to Greensboro we went to Sam’s and I filled up the tank. We were surprised that it was only 2.15/Gallon. When we went into the main store, a sign posted gas at 2.35.. At checkout I found out many of their computer systems were down. I figured that was why I got it for 2.15

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  41. Each of today’s pictures made my day. Jo, thank you for sharing them. AJ, thank you for posting them. Chas, Elvera, Janice, Art, Janine, and Al, thank you for being you. You are all a blessing.

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  42. No kittens yet. Tammy was off to get some before I intervened in her evening. I thought about going with her and getting one or two, but then would have had to haul them home for two more days and couldn’t bear the thought of mewing AND smoke!

    He thinks he’s getting one for his birthday next week. I’ll be surprised with him!

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  43. Love the pictures!

    Youngest daughter turned 30 today. Where did the time go?

    Re:fuel prices. Locally they went from $2.19-2.29 per gallon to $2.59-2.69 per gallon. Having driven through the Permian Basin today, which is filled with oil wells and refineries: I would say that less than 1:50 pumpjacks were even pumping. I can’t blame a business for wanting to get the best price for their product, but that is pure manipulation.

    The Dr is starting Miguel on some physical therapy exercises on his knees.
    He can bend them up to 30 degrees off the bed for 2 weeks and then to 90 degrees for 2 weeks after that. Progress!

    We go to Roswell tomorrow for the ophthalmologist appointment. Hope to get some answers.

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  44. I came on here just to make sure I hadn’t missed any good photos. (I’m been doing sorting the better part of the day, and thus not on the computer.) So glad I got to see that one!!

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