27 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 6-16-18

  1. Enjoying getting to know my bike again. My last one was destroyed about eight years ago by a teenager. She ran it into the side of the school building. Somebody had a little fun and disconnected her brakes while she was lifeguarding.

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  2. 😦 Storms going through when we are supposed to be enjoying an outdoor festival. There is another yearly one near us, that is not going to have a good day, either. Rain is one thing; lightening another.

    πŸ™‚ I get to go to Alaska (God willing) next week. It will be a short trip with my daughter (and grandson on the way up). I haven’t flown since before 9-1-1, so things are very different in that regard. Looking forward to the time with them and seeing an area that I have heard so much about, but never experienced myself.

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  3. You won’t need a flashlight but bring insect repellant! It’s gorgeous up there. If you see Denali, take a picture. We’ve spent 2.5 weeks there on two separate visits and never saw the mountain. πŸ™‚

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  4. 😦
    I just did something I have never done before, in all my life.
    Bob called and asked me to teach tomorrow
    I said, “NO”
    It’s just too late to get up a lesson on 2 Samuel 5:6f
    It’s about David setting up his throne. Nothing there to teach.
    And I don’t want to deal with v. 13 where it tells about his wives and concubines.
    We’ll go into another class.
    But I don’t like this a bit.
    I wish the lesson were in Galatians, I could dig up a lesson on short notice.
    But I can’t handle this.
    I hate it.
    😦

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  5. πŸ™‚ Finally getting to buy paint for the next (and final) 2-phase house project, painting

    πŸ™‚ Much of the exterior paint I ordered will have to be rounded up so I’ll pick that up later (big 40% off sale this weekend at Sherwin Williams so I’m buying everything I think we’ll need). I did picked up sample cans for interior colors (which I still haven’t completely settled on yet) — and 2 different blues for possible front door color

    😦 This was a better week at work (than previous week was), but it has become almost surreal with more staff departures and empty newsrooms. Lots of tension among editors these days, too. Snip-snap

    😦 To add to the tension, *someone* up above tightened our paywall this past week (giving readers only 5 free articles a month) and the locals on FB are outraged, with one person suggesting we are “spam” and should be “reported to FB” to let them “deal with us.” Someone else simply told us to go to H****. So there. I get it, I don’t like paywalls either (and I think 5 free articles is a bit too stingy), but we’re all having to adjust to the changing Internet.

    😦 A string of shootings lately in our town, 2 gang members were arrested yesterday for the latest one, shooting a 51-year-old man (multiple times) while he sat in his car at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Police are saying they’re not related, but most people feel something’s going on for so many incidents to have occurred within the past 2 weeks. Three fatalities, I think, and other shootings that missed or were just more random — one took out a woman’s windshield as she filled up her car at a gas station.

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  6. Yesterday at the dedication it was very rainy. We waited several hours for the last helicopter flight. I had the joy of praying for God to lift the clouds and seeing Him answer as it cleared enough for that last flight which had two of the original translators daughters and a grandson. Then it cleared enough for the three flights out, but the pilot was not wasting any time. This morning it is beautifully clear. So nice for those twenty or so folks who spent the night in the village and are hiking out today.

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  7. πŸ™‚ Younger daughter is on her way for a brief visit.

    πŸ™‚ Finally got our toilets, and got one installed.

    πŸ™‚ Got our microwave cart, oven door (broken by man laying our floor, and repaired by him), and the correct size drip pans for the stove, so I now have more methods of cooking than the toaster oven.

    πŸ™‚ After seven years without a toaster oven, I have one again!!

    πŸ™‚ Got our printer stand, so my office is fully functional again.

    πŸ™‚ We got one and a half rooms painted (in the bathroom, we only painted the walls where the vanity and toilet will go so we don’t have to reach around them, since painting also requires a lot of cleaning in that room and we had another room needing painting).

    πŸ™‚ We’ve had good help from several people from church.

    πŸ™‚ It’s June. What’s not to love about June?

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  8. While I had to make the photo assignment and write the advance copy block, I’m grateful I wasn’t asked to cover the raising of the LGBT flag tonight at the entrance to our community

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  9. Re: my 4:15 It’s amazing how minor miracles seem to work in my life.
    Same, trivial to the world, situation, like the Check Engine” light coming on while I’m pulling into a parking space.
    I was all agitated because I turned down a chance to prepare and teach the SS
    class this morning. So? I went not prepared to teach.
    No need.
    Only two of us there. Me and another guy.
    I didn’t say anything but, “Let’s go into Walter’s class”..

    Counting us, Walter had seven. We talked about David taking Michael from her husband and his dancing naked at the return of the Ark to Jerusalem.
    David doesn’t look good to me in all this. But it seems that God was pleased, and that’s what matters.

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  10. Interesting take on one of David’s best characteristics:

    What Made David Great?
    by Kevin DeYoung

    https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/what-made-david-great/

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    Everyone who knows the Bible knows that King David was a great man. And yet everyone familiar with the Bible also recognizes that David did a lot of not-so-great things. Of course, there was the sin with Bathsheba, the murder of her husband Uriah, and the subsequent cover-up. That was not exactly delighting in the law of the Lord (Ps. 1:2). But there was also the ill-advised census motivated by David’s pride, not to mention a series of lessons in how not to manage your household well. For being a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), David managed to follow his own heart quite a bit.

    So with all these flaws, what made David great? One could easily mention David’s courage, his loyalty, his faith, and his success as a leader, musician, and warrior. But he was great in other, lesser-known ways as well. In particular, David was a great man because he was willing to overlook others’ sins but unwilling to overlook his own.

    David was a gracious man, bearing with the failings of others, eager to give his enemies a second chance. …

    … More than anyone prior to Jesus, David loved his enemies. Like no other Old Testament king, David was willing to welcome rebels back to the fold and overlook the sins of those who had opposed him.

    But amazingly, David’s kindhearted attitude toward his enemies did not translate into a soft attitude toward his own sins. Usually, people who are soft with others are soft with themselves, and those hardest on themselves are even harder on others. But David was different. He was gracious with others and honest with himself. I believe David’s greatness was simply this: as much as he sinned, he never failed to own up to his sin. …

    … David was a man after God’s own heart because he hated sin but loved to forgive it. What better example of God could there be? …
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  11. The reason for the gathering & flag-raising was actually one I supported — a call to show kindness and decency to all people. It was sparked, mainly, by a recent case of a gay man in our community who said his neighbors were taunting him because he was gay and it wound up being covered by one of the local TV news stations.

    Among supporters of the flag-raising event were a lesbian couple who own one of our more popular, independent diners in town and have been an active and positive force in community affairs for some time now, serving on numerous committees, active volunteers. They’ve been a real asset and we all know and respect them for what they do. And they have, I know personally, taken some discriminatory abuse through the years. I recall writing a story some years ago about how they’d found some of the old Red Car trolley tracks around their old home, it was a fun story, but some of the “comments” on the online version shocked me, they were viscous and aimed solely at their personal lives; I pleaded with the editors to take the comments down and shut off any new comments, which they did. It was awful and I was embarrassed & felt bad that my story had led to that kind of public display that surely was hard for them to see (we eventually went to a less anonymous form of commenting and now people comment primarily on our stories via social media posts which require a lot more accountability).

    Anyway, somehow the flag-raising event morphed into more of a celebration of the movement itself, from the sounds of it, which is why I said I was grateful to not have to cover it. We only shot photos and I provided the caption material in advance and I was fine with doing that. (Seriously, too, staffing just doesn’t allow us to send reporters out on Saturday nights like that anymore anyway unless it’s a really big story and someone volunteers to do it on the basis of no OT which we generally don’t offer these days.)

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  12. Chas, David was wearing a linen ephod and a robe of fine linen, so he cannot have been naked (II Samuel 6:14, I Chronicles 15:27). What Michel was complaining about, in saying that David had uncovered himself, was that she thought it was beneath his royal dignity to be dancing in public. Entertainers and dancers in traditional societies are considered the lowest of the low. In the caste system that still partially exists in West Africa, the entertainer caste, called the gewal (gay-wall) or griots, were the second lowest caste (with the lowest being the slave caste). In historical Europe, both Jews and Gypsies were despised and could practice few professions, but one profession they were allowed to practice was the entertainment profession, playing and dancing for the celebrations of the Europeans around them. Entertainers, including musicians and dancers, have historically been looked at askance by respectable people – the current era where entertainers are celebrities is a historical anomaly. It was beneath the dignity of a king to dance in celebration, and Michel, as daughter of a king herself, was shocked and appalled at the break with custom. She despised David for his lack of dignity and mocked him for his public display of devotion to his God.

    It is interesting to reflect that David raised the dignity of the despised entertainer by appointing a professional class of musicians from the Levites, who were the priestly tribe, to accompany the worship in the temple. Every time I encounter a Christian who thinks we should sing only unaccompanied Psalms in our worship services because instruments are worldly, I wonder if they have actually read the Psalms, which contain instructions on the type of instrumentation they are to be accompanied by – e.g. Neginoth signified a stringed instrument – or indeed, the rest of the Bible, since the prophets sang songs that are not in the Psalms, as did the people of the New Testament, e.g. Mary’s Magnificat, Zechariah’s song, & Simeon’s song are not found in the Psalms, while the book of Habbakuk is entirely in song and even contains an instruction to be sung with stringed instruments at the end. The four and twenty elders, who are said by commentators to represent the people of God, in Revelation, are described as holding musical instruments. I would hazard a guess that in the New Creation, we will still be making and playing musical instruments to praise our Lord.

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  13. I miss my Dad, he was a great guy.
    I just want to say tho that Father’s Day is difficult for me since the father in my family left us. It was especially hard to see what my children had to go through.

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