Our Daily Thread 2-7-19

Good Morning!

And Happy Birthday Jo!….. at some point today and tomorrow…… 🙂

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Today’s pics are from Cheryl.

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Anyone have a QoD?

42 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 2-7-19

  1. Morning all. No middle of the night comments, I see. Aj posted in the middle of my afternoon. That means you all are getting a good sleep.
    Got lots of work done today. Realized that besides all the school work, I also needed to pick up my classroom for all those middle school girls. I can actually see the top of my table, amazing.

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  2. Morning! And Happiest of Birthdays to you Jo!!
    That is a pretty robin up there. A friend who lives in town saw a robin in her yard the other day…Spring certainly must be just around the corner!! Although this morning it is -5 degrees in this forest!! Brrrrrr

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  3. Donna from yesterday.
    It is fruitless to talk to non-Christians about right and wrong. Evil has, in many cases, been redefined as “choice”. And any objection to it is either “racist” or some sort of “phobe”.
    That’s why I say that America doesn’t need a revival, like Billy Graham’s, we need a prophet, like Elijah.
    This philosophy has been engrained in most of our young people so that they don’t understand that some things are wrong because God has declared it.
    I fear for our country. I lokely won’t se it, but a nation can’t survive the redefinition of evil. And diversity. This diversity they celebrate will be part of the downfall. The electionjof Trump probably postponed this, but the white dresses assure me that it will happen.

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  4. You’re right, Chas. We don’t need a “revival” like Billy Graham. No offense to any here, but those were not revivals in the biblical sense. They were large meetings using psychological influences to get people emotional. The thing needed is a revival in the church through prayer and repentance of those of us who claim Christ as Lord and Savior.

    A true revival means the people’s lives change drastically. Here is a description of one such revival in the Scottish Hebrides Islands in the 1940s: https://www.born-again-christian.info/scottish.hebrides.revival.duncan.campbell.htm

    I’ve heard an old recording of Duncan Campbell describing this revival. We need one like this here.

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  5. Written before I saw Peter’s 8:11

    There used to be an evangelist, R. G. Letourneau, I believe, who had a sermon he called ”Payday Someday”. It was about queen Jezebel, an evil woman whom King Ahab married. She made an evil man more so.
    She tried to kill prophet Elijah. She lived a prosperous life, making it rugh for Elijah and God’s people. But In II Kings 9:33 she became dog food. A tugh ending to the story.
    But: The gist of the sermon is everlasting. There will be payday.
    Someone once sid, “God doesn’t balance his books every day. But he does balance them.”
    The USA was –still is- unique in the world. There is no document anywhere to match the US Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution. No one admits to being enemy of either, but they aare working against both.
    Choice and diversity.
    “Sexist, racist, homophobe and diversity” are the drivers in this. When you see those words, you know that what follows is working against your liberty.

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  6. Chas, the purpose of the Law is to show people their need of Christ. So there is a type of conversation with an unbeliever about sin that is fruitless, and another kind that God may well use to convict them of sin and draw them to Christ. There isn’t much point in arguing with the culture at large that homosexuality is wrong because the Bible says it is, but there is a place for pointing out (to individuals, not necessarily in comments pages) that God is the One who made us, and He has authority over us, and our inclination to follow our own way and disregard both our own consciences and His stated law is sin.

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  7. Actually, I was awake/drowsing most of the night. I’m giving up on trying to stretch out the pain in my hip after 10 weeks and will call the doc this morning.

    Since I was not sleeping, I prayed for all of you. I even tried to calculate what Jo was up to in PNG at 3 am my time. 🙂

    I hope you were celebrating your birthday! 🙂

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  8. American robins: The get their names because of a much different bird in England of roughly the same colors that is a friendly little bird. The English robin hangs out near gardeners because it finds food as they turn over the soil. The American robin reminded settlers of it a bit.

    Growing up in Phoenix, robins appeared in the fall and not the spring. One day a substitute teacher used a poem about robins being a sign of spring, which amused me. (I already knew from my mom that some regions saw them as such, but we didn’t.) The reality, though, is that not all robins migrate south. If there is enough food for them locally (generally meaning enough fruit that they can eat until spring), they don’t leave. So in the Midwest you’ll see robins in flocks all winter long, just not as many birds as spring, and you may not be looking for them in January and may not even realize the birds you see are robins. I’d occasionally see them in winter flocks in northern Indiana, too, though I saw them in far greater numbers in summer.

    This shot is from the parking lot of a small shopping center near my home. Fruiting trees have been bringing the robins in fairly large numbers. Robins are one of the less shy bird species; they are very much “backyard birds,” used to coming to bird baths and lawns, and they usually outright ignore people unless the people get too close to their nests–they are quite willing to tell of their displeasure then, and even to attack. I was standing quite close to one tree that had five or six birds in it, but there wasn’t a good place for birds to be on the outside of the tree, so I moved close to a second tree that also had birds, but had open areas on the outside like this one, offering a good photo. Now, nearly all bird species will leave a tree in that situation, if a human walks to within a few yards of it. If they continue to feed at all, it will be on the far side of the tree and within the branches as much as possible. A cedar waxwing would never let me get this shot unless I was a long way away, and ideally if I was standing behind another tree. But this robin was at the top of the tree, out in the open, and I got several photos of her. Birds were in three or four trees, and eventually one bird somewhere gave an alarm call and all the birds flew away–but I wasn’t the one it was warning about. (Maybe it saw a hawk in the distance, I don’t know.)

    I didn’t think to send them to AJ, but I got photos a few weeks ago of robins down in the creek near my house. There were about a dozen in the flock on a day that was just around freezing. They were flying between the creek and a couple of trees near it. Six or eight might be in the creek at any given time, drinking and maybe also getting something to eat, then two might fly into a tree, and another two leave the creek, and then three fly down into the creek. I got some pictures focusing on one or two, and other photos that might have six or seven of them in the shot. But it was a cold winter day with robins, because they don’t all fly south.

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  9. Trump just made a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast.
    A good speech.
    FoxNews carried it. CNN and ESPN didn’t . I checked.
    I’m beginning to like Trump as a person. Those of you who visit the politics thread know that I like the President, but not the man.
    That’s beginning to change.

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  10. Happy Birthday, Jo. You get to celebrate from the beginning of your day to the end of ours.

    I am beginning to feel better. Not because the medicine is working so quickly, I only began taking it yesterday, but because I know there is hope of feeling like I should and feeling better.
    I slept so well last night. THAT makes a big difference. I had some really good dreams. One of them was of my friend Leslie that died a year ago this month. Her eyes were sparkling and she was whispering something to me that made us both laugh. She had the ability to be everyone’s best friend, but woe unto those who made her especially mad. There is a high ranking officer in the United States Navy that got a piece of her mind once and everyone laughs about it.

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  11. This is from the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America
    http://anglicanchurch.net/?/main/page/1786
    A Statement from Archbishop Foley Beach on New York’s Recent Legislation

    Last week, politicians in the State of New York passed legislation enabling the killing of unborn babies throughout all nine months of pregnancy, right up until the moment before birth. A full-term baby can now be killed. This legislation is a disastrous development for all of us. One of the foundational responsibilities of the State is to provide physical security to the vulnerable, and none are more vulnerable than babies. I am profoundly saddened by the blatant disregard for the value of life exhibited by the politicians who have done this and by the evident celebration exhibited in the New York City skyline. They have not only abdicated their responsibility to protect the vulnerable but have facilitated their destruction and murder. Pray for them, that God by His goodness will lead them to repentance (Romans 2:4)……

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  12. When I was a young girl, my mother shared with me some pictures of nature she had saved, perhaps ones she’d pulled from calendars. One was very similar to the header. I think that was the beginning of my love for such things. Great photo, Cheryl.

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  13. We need revival in the churches and a great awakening among those outside the church.

    Evil never stands still. It will keep moving to places more and more people cannot go. It will touch more and more lives. Those brought up with one world view, (Judeo Christian) who allow changes here and there. will realize that the next generations no longer have much, if anything, of that world view. Hopefully, we will wake up before too many lives and souls are destroyed.

    In the meantime we have the same purpose as we always have–sharing the gospel. being light and salt. holding fast to the truth; helping one another to mature in the faith etc.

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  14. Re the discussion on blackface (from yesterday’s political thread) as to how recently it was acceptable: look at p. 258 in Little Town on the Prairie. If you have a copy of the book, go ahead and look it up. I’ll wait. 🙂 Look at the picture, and read the text from 257-59.

    The text is copyright 1941, Garth Williams illustrations copyright 1953. So as recently as the 1950s this was acceptable for an illustration in a children’s book, and most of us who grew up more recently than that were still reading it.

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  15. Cheryl, the thing is that most of us have done something in our youth that we wouldn’t do today. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t want to be held accountable for something I said or did 25 years ago. I also know that one Halloween my aunt dressed me up as a Mammy with a kerchief on my head, giant hoop earrings, and dark make-up on my face. Lucky for me there are no pictures. I know that growing up in the South I have heard and used the N-i-double grr word. Should I be punished for EVER having used it or do I get grace because I no longer use it? If I can’t use it then NO ONE should use it and it dang sure shouldn’t be the lyrics to a song that my blonde-haired, green-eyed, child was singing. THEN, I had to explain to her why SHE couldn’t say it.

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  16. One of the more recent comments on that thread I saw was something like “Please, let’s leave God out of this.” That, essentially, says it all. (And the comments often say things like “my god doesn’t judge, loves everyone, etc.”) Everyone now has their “own” god (which leads, of course, to everyone doing what is right in their own eyes).

    We’re no different than other societies that have gone before us, sin has been around for an awfully long time.

    My article that started it all was simply a preview story for the gay pride festival coming up in June. I was a little surprised the comments took off in the direction they sometimes did, but not really I suppose. I post the links and leave without leaving my own comment, of course, it’s an informational article pertinent to the local community, so it’s interesting after that — as a bystander — to watch the conversation from there.

    The organizer I interviewed also was a very nice guy (from Georgia). I definitely don’t like it when people get personal and run down or rudely ridicule others personally in their remarks, but I didn’t see that happening there, which was good.

    Today it’s back to typhus, a story I’ve now been beat on by nearly all the local TV news stations, Channel 2 had it on the 11 p.m. news last night. I interviewed the subject yesterday but didn’t have time to write it up, so today I’ll have to find some kind of new angle to move the story forward and make it fresh somehow.

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  17. I mentioned son’s continuing challenge last night. He went over and pulled some things on the truck so it won’t start for the guy. Hopefully, he will now give it back. But people who do that do not think in the same way as the rest of us.

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  18. Mumsee, is the guy on probation? If he is, he should have an incentive to return the vehicle lest he be reported to his probation officer.

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  19. Kim, no, I get that most people have something from their youth–and everyone has something that would look “really bad” to a person willing to strip it from context. In this case, it wasn’t exactly from his “youth” but from medical school days, and we’re not talking about something back in the 1950s, either. Assuming it was him, and especially if he gave it for use on his yearbook page, it was in pretty poor taste.

    But the rush to judge everyone by the most stupid thing he has ever said, done, or laughed at–everything of which anyone has even been accused–is indeed a troubling one. The double standard is also troubling. Women can say anything, and so can black people, but white males get in trouble just for standing still and smiling or for something they might possibly have said 30 years ago. We need some common sense.

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  20. DJ, I’m not sure how relevant an apology is in some of these situations. An apology is to the offended party (I cannot “forgive” something that wasn’t done against me) and it surely isn’t enough to take care of a major offense. A big part of the reason I didn’t vote for Trump in 2016 was the credible evidence of the way he has treated women over his lifetime. Even though OJ was acquitted of the major crime for which he was tried, the evidence was credible enough that I would not hire him or vote for him–he deserved to die for his crimes. Justice wasn’t done, and an apology wouldn’t be enough. Shunning is the only weapon we have left, and it was made for much smaller infractions, like the boy who lied about your sister no longer being your friend. It isn’t supposed to carry the weight of a serious crime, nor to be lifelong.

    In cases like Justic Kavanaugh, if he were guilty of what he was charged with, he should have been charged with a crime, tried, and found guilty. An apology is quite simply irrelevant. “Trying” someone with the evidence of eyewitness testimony of one person decades after the fact is irrelevant. Once a person has been tried and found guilty and punished, it is up to society as a whole as to whether the punishment has been sufficient–but overall, the move never to “forgive” a convicted felon is really a troubling one. Even a former criminal needs to be able to work to feed his family, and should not be forced into a life of further crime as his only option. But should he be accepted into positions of honor–for example, a man guilty of wealth-producing criminal activity into his forties serving two years behind bars and then writing a best-selling book and entering the speaking circuit for high sums of money? (I’m not thinking of anyone specifically when I give that example.) Or should he become a senator or other government official?

    I personally think there is value–within limits–of social stigmas. Perhaps part of the recent crisis is the stigmatization of stigmas, if that makes sense. It used to be the case that certain behaviors brought some social shame and some distance from your peers. That was always a dangerous weapon, and it was often badly used–for example, a rape victim could be stigmatized for being pregnant, or a child born out of marriage be seen as “lesser.” A social stigma must bring a possibility of forgiveness. So, for instance, the other children avoid Johnny because he gets mad and hits other children randomly; teachers and parents teach Johnny not to strike out in anger, and teach his classmates to accept him back as a valued class member. Well, we have made the very idea of “shame” be shameful, with very narrow exceptions. So now those small few exceptions have to carry the whole weight of cultural displeasure. You cannot show even a tiny hint of “that’s weird” if your uncle turns into your aunt, but you can remember that your neighbor told a racist joke when he was ten. So the trivial joke has the baggage of a whole culture against it. And with video evidence to prove the case, “he won’t get away with it this time!”

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  21. Happy 2-day birthday!

    Michelle, tell me what your doctor says, I’ve had what feels like an ongoing muscle strain in my upper and back left leg now for a few weeks. Seems to loosen up as I walk, but after walking the dogs last night it started bothering me more again. The soreness sort of hits the hip area, but it’s more in the leg itself and it definitely feels like it’s a muscle strain of some kind.

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  22. Where has this week gone? It seems to me if has been one big blur! Actually, today my eye finally is seeming better and I am more aware of losing my up close vision. I do not know yet how well I will see in the distance since I have been staying inside. Now I am wondering about if I should have the other eye done right away as planned because it does still help my vision of things close in although the center field is gone so I can’t read with that eye.

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  23. Art and I watched two good movies this past week. First we saw Quartet about an assisted living facility for musicians. Anyone who likes music would appreciate the movie. The other movie, Growing Up Smith, was very entertaining. It was about an Indian family in the seventies trying to fit into our. Ulyure yet still live in many ways as they had back in India. It is a fun movie that uses music and things we all knew and did back then. It is so clever, funny, and poignant. Highly recommended. There is some language used when the Indian dad is angry about things but it is minimal.

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  24. Well, cleared up some info on the car situation with son. Seems the car is not locked but son cannot find the owner and we cannot find the spare so he will have to take out the ignition deal to get a key made. It is too old for the dealership to help.

    And it was not the car door, it was the house door of the guy. Sounds like either the police came visiting and broke down the door and the guy will not be available for some time, or the guy’s “friends came visiting and hopefully the guy is okay somewhere. It sounds like he was trying to do the right thing, contacting son twice a week as requested, when he suddenly fell off the radar.

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  25. Vision is a good thing and living in the day when they can help like that is amazing.

    The guy is, in fact, in prison. Now, to get the key. It was probably on him so probably the police have it so son should be able to get it.

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