50 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-29-18

  1. πŸ˜†

    Elvera and I got into an argument this morning. I told her that she was the sweetest one. She said she already knew that. I said, “You didn’t know that ’till I told you.” She said she just knew it. Real marital threat here.
    Thin, I turned on the TV and saw, “FOX NEWS ALERT” Trump supporter faces Bernie Sanders supporter Arizona election.
    Seems the entire world is in crisis this morning.

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  2. Happy Anniversary, Nancy & Paul (I think I remember his name correctly)!

    Nice pic of a monarch. We don’t see as many of those as we used to.


  3. Morning! Paul greeted me this morning with… β€œHappy Anniversary….can ya believe it?”!!! Yes…43 years and we still make each other laugh. Chas that conversation you had with TSWITW could have easily been heard in our house… 😊 ❀️
    AJ you keep good records….I was surprised seeing that remembrance of our anniversary up there! 😊 and Happy Anniversary fellow wanderers…thanks for herding us together AJ!!

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  4. I almost passed by the 6th anniversary of WV
    H big THANX to Aj for keeping this family together.
    I imagine it’s a lot of work keeping track of the goings on of this bunch and making it possible for us to chatter back and forth.

    When World dropped us, I thought, for a while, that we were gone.
    We did lose several in the process.

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  5. Happy anniversary, NancyJill!

    And fellow wanderers! Six years, huh? I was heading out of town in something like three days after World was shutting down, and wouldn’t really have internet access, and I thought I got that close to missing the sendoff. You all would have simply been gone when I came back if we left a week later (though, of course, a bunch of you have my e-mail address). But I was glad I didn’t have to miss those days, and glad “we” are still here.

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  6. Happy 43rd Anniversary, NancyJill and Paul! (Hubby and I often said that the humor between the two of us, our laughing together over so many things, was such an important part of our marriage.)


    Happy 6th Anniversary, Fellow Wanderers! (Btw, on Facebook, I have my friends broken into Friends Lists. The one with my Facebook friends from this blog is called Fellow Wanderers.)

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  7. Forty-three years!!! Congratulations.
    I am so thankful every day that AJ kept us all together. Quick thinking on your part AJ! I was devastated when World said they were shutting us down. I was a single mother who worked from home at the time. I had started dating Mr. P and was looking to make a career change. You all got me through so much since 2005 and the thought of losing all of you left me emotionally reeling.
    I am at a different place today and while I think I could survive losing this group—I sure don’t want to put it to a test.

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  8. In my comment above, I forgot to say that I, too, am very grateful for this blog (thank you, AJ!), and for all of you.

    A while back we were discussing how accurate the genealogies in the Bible are, specifically in trying to ascertain the number of years throughout the generations.

    I am currently reading the Reformation Study Bible that Hubby had bought and was reading some in. One of the earlier study notes did mention that the genealogies are not precise, but were written for particular purposes. For instance, “father of” could mean “ancestor of”.

    This morning, in reading the genealogy of Shem through Abraham in Genesis 11, I read this note:

    “As is common in ancient genealogies, it is apparent that this genealogy contains gaps. If it were precisely sequential, the events of chapters 9-11 would cover less than three centuries, all of Abraham’s ancestors would have been still living when he was born, and Shem would outlive Abraham by fourteen years. The purpose of this genealogy is to record the advances of the messianic line.”

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  9. Happy anniversary, Nancy and Paul!!! 43 years – that’s wonderful!

    We’ll be celebrating our 34th on Saturday. Last night we were celebrating our friends’ 35th anniversary and almost everyone there had their anniversary within two weeks, one way or the other.

    We’re going to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm today and then doing some exploratory shopping to see what’s out there for handles for our kitchen cabinets (among a few other errands to stores we don’t have in our nearest city)

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  10. AJ, thank you so much for keeping us together. Although we lost some of our members, I think we have become much closer and shared more together than we would have on the magazine blog.

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  11. Happy Anniversary, NancyJill and hubby! Blessings to you both this day and year. πŸ™‚

    And a Happy Anniversary to my fellow WV wanderers. Thank you, AJ.

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  12. Happy Anniversary NancyJill and Wanderers. πŸ™‚ And thank you AJ!!

    I remember when the Reformation Study Bible came out some years ago now, everyone (in my church / theological circle) was very excited.

    I have a phone interview at 9 with a former POW who was imprisoned with McCain — this man, John, was a local resident and our little port town threw a parade for him when he returned in 1973; we still have some old news clips in some file cabinets and I was able to find the stories about it yesterday, which was fun.

    I’ve talked to him a bit through the years as he ran for LA city council a couple times — he is a very devout Catholic, was the principal of a Catholic high school for many years, and often speaks of how his imprisonment wound up being a God-ordained blessing to him in forming his character and his Christian faith.

    Anyway, he’s since moved to Maryland, which I hadn’t known until I tried to track him down this week. A mutual local resident, Tony, got in touch with him for me and then relayed his # to me telling me the best time for me to call (Tony did make me listen to a few of his old high school football tales first, he’s kind of famous for telling those to everyone he talks to πŸ™‚ He told me he went the extra mile for me in connecting with John because “you don’t write BS”).

    Anyway, John has been on CBS evening news and CNN already in recent days as everyone hunts down McCain’s former cell mates in the wake of his death, so I’m late to the story. But it should still be good and definitely of local interest for us. I’m pretty sure he’ll be attending the services also.

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  13. I am missing the big LA Fleet Week news conference at the port this morning in order to do the phone interview — but a photographer is going so that should be enough for us. US Marine helicopter will land next to (or on?) the USS Iowa, which will be the main ‘visual’; LA Mayor Garcetti will be there along with all the other mucky-mucks and Navy brass. So kind of the usual show put on mostly for the TV crews.


  14. Jumping in to share this with 6 Arrows. (I’ll catch up with y’all later.) :

    A friend shared a Family Circus comic on Facebook that shows one of the little boys coming home from music class, with some sheet music in his hand. He is saying, “My music teacher is very religious. She kept closing her eyes and saying, ‘Good Lord!’ “

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  15. Kizzie, I don’t think “ancestor of” as a possibility changes things very much, simply because if you look at the early ones, they all have names and years.

    For instance, from Genesis 5 (KJV):
    And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: And Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: And Enos lived ninety years, and begat Cainan: And Enos lived after he begat Cainan eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat sons and daughters: And Cainan lived seventy years and begat Mahalaleel: And Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters: And Mahalaleel lived sixty and five years, and begat Jared: And Mahalaleel lived after he begat Jared eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters . . .

    Nothing in there suggests any of these were grandfathers, but even if they were, we have an unbroken chain of ages. In other words, let’s say we have a genealogy in which my husband is listed as begetting our granddaughter. If it gives his age at her birth, that is still an accurate record in terms of years. By the time the record stops giving ages at birth, we’re into more recent history and can judge dates in other ways.

    I don’t think we can use these ages to say with certainty when the earth was created (e.g., someone who is said to be 57 might have been 57 and 10 months, and so totals will be imprecise), but we can with confidence say that humans go back only a few thousand years.

    And I don’t understand why it is a problem if, say, Shem’s lifespan overlapped Abraham’s according to the records–does anything in Scripture say it didn’t? Never having imagined that a given two people were alive at the same time is no proof they were not.


  16. Painter just asked for phone # of screen guy, he’s thinking he ought to talk to him before he rips out any more of his work from yesterday. Ya think?

    Good day for me to run away to the office. That might not be pretty – and if there are extra charges incurred, painter is paying.

    My neighbor’s theory is it all quickly gets very territorial when it comes to men and their handiwork jobs.

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  17. Oh Dj just your saying β€œrip out” caused me to gasp! Perhaps he needs to think this thing through a tad bit before acting upon his first inclination! Screen guy may be a bit annoyed….yep…escape to work would be my advise! πŸ™ƒ


  18. Nancyjill, right?

    I want to be no where near all of that. Screen guy will probably explode.

    As I was leaving, the sidekick had already shown up and started in again on the weird theology, telling me to look out for “the (Armageddon) chip” as it was now in Wisconsin and headed our way.

    I really will have to write a book about this house project some day.

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  19. Oh, well here we go:



    The apocalyptic “mark of the beast” prophecy in the Bible makes some wary of a Wisconsin company’s recent decision to embed microchips into the hands of willing employees.

    The end times account in the New Testament’s Book of Revelation warns believers about being marked on the right hand and the forehead by the Antichrist.

    But inserting rice-sized microchips under the skin of Three Square Market employees does not fulfill the prophecy, said Chris Vlachos, a New Testament professor at Wheaton College in Chicago.

    “I think that this is more of a fulfillment of end times novels and movies than the Book of Revelation itself,” Vlachos said. …


  20. Donna, Re: Mark of the beast. I have posted this before. This is a paste of the previous comment.

    Walid Shoebat, in God’s War On Terror, has an interesting theory on the mark of the beast, we call 666. I have already pointed out that he makes a very convincing argument that the Antichrist is the Mahdi.

    In his book, p. 369f, he postulates that what John likely saw in his vision was the Greek letters Chi Xi Sigma. Which all translators called β€œsix hundred, three score and six”. I looked it up in my Greek lexicon and concordance and it makes sense.
    So, what about Chi Xi Sigma? In Arabic, the letters are read right to left. And in Arabic, they are the Bismalah, the most common creed of Islam. The Bismalah says, β€œIn the name of Allah” and is usually followed by the crossed swords.

    Interesting theory. But if you disagree, check with Shoebat, I’m not going to argue it. I’m just sharing with you. But it makes sense to me.


  21. Winter is gone, summer is back.

    I am not a mega church fan, but even there, there are believers and we should pray for them. May God be glorified.


  22. πŸŽ†πŸŽ† Happy 6 Years of Wandering! πŸŽ†πŸŽ†

    And just so you know, the first PPPPP is in AJ’s inbox. That is, if I used the correct email address.

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  23. Early Happy Anniversary wishes to you, Kare. (I won’t be on here the day of to tell you.) Your anniversary is the same day as my sister’s.

    Have a good one. πŸ™‚

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  24. I was sitting in New York City’s Natural History Museum near the dinosaurs, when I opened my phone to check on things.

    That’s when I learned World Mag Blog was shutting down–like the next day.

    Thanks for springing into action, AJ!

    It’s certainly been interesting . . . .

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  25. After all the talk of dentists earlier in the week, I chipped a tooth today. The dentist was able to fix it, maybe better than new, with a smooth resin filling.

    Technology has really improved since my last filling–29 years ago?

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  26. Painters continuing to rack up a score. Cowboy got out again, I got a text from a neighbor just as I was almost home — painters realized it and were driving around and got him before I did.


  27. But yes, my last tiny filling that was done last week was a piece of cake, new laser tool fixed it very quickly and with no Novocaine.

    Dentist said the adults are still really wary of it all, but the kids are taking to it and will maybe not be so traumatized as we were growing up πŸ™‚


  28. Thank you, 6. We had a fun day. Tomorrow we will try to head up to the Saskatchewan portion of the Canadian Shield. It’s supposed to be beautiful, so we will give it a shot. Maybe I’ll get some good pictures that I can share with you.

    Keva’s wound is doing really well. The vet said we did the right thing in helping it along and flushing it every day. She did some more cleaning of it and gave a round of antibiotics for him. He’s much happier today.

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  29. It’s Thursday. Thursday is the day Aj sleeps in.
    And Jo is already in bed.
    And Elvera just got up. She wants breakfast.
    But my e-mail says that there are rich women in Hendersonville and Asheville who want to meet me.
    Now they tell me!

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