85 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-10-19

  1. I should say Aj and Chas time, also Kizzie.
    Just got home from a brass concert by Global Music which is a group of four brass players in the doctoral program at USC. Great concert, they even played Semper fidelus.

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  2. Good Morning Everyone. Where are all of you?
    I am up and trying to get everything done. I have made a fruit salad with a honey-lime dressing on it.
    Today is the day we are celebrating what would have been my grandmother’s 100th birthday…at least that is the excuse we are using. It is really a way to have a family party for my Auntie V. She is the one with lung cancer and as hard-headed as the Black Family is, she just might make up her mind to die and do it. I’ve never won an argument with her–not that I’ve tried, mind you.
    My Aunt S will be here at 10 to ride down to the beach with me.
    Little Miss spent the night last night and doesn’t understand why Mimi has been busy this morning.
    The receptionist at work still has her nose out of joint and won’t speak to me. I ignored it for 2 weeks and yesterday decided to act as if it weren’t happening. I said “Good Morning Sunshine” when I entered the office. I made sure she knew where I was going and when I would get back. I am going to kill her with kindness now.

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  3. Good morning from the Central Time Zone.

    Enjoy your celebration today, Kim. Sounds like fun.

    Jo’s 3:29 above: I misread it at first, thinking it said, “so this is the fourth commandment…” (Can you tell we’ve been studying the 10 Commandments at church this summer?) 🙂

    Our pastors have been doing a sermon series on the commandments, and then whichever one preaches also leads the between-services Bible study on the same commandment. I’ve been enjoying these Bible studies — there’s more opportunity to go in-depth on the featured commandment in the 45-minute study than can be done in a 15-minute sermon on same. Lots of good discussion in the Bible study, too.

    Funny story from one week’s study: we meet in our church’s fellowship hall, where various congregants, whether later attending that study or not, gather for coffee, juice and doughnuts between 9:00 and 9:30, before the study begins. So 6th Arrow was in there for a time, before she headed off to her Sunday School room.

    6th is quite observant, and noticed a little glitch on the projector screen that was announcing the commandment to be studied that week. The Fourth Commandment (we’re going in order, and the first three had already been done) was scheduled for that week, but instead of the screen saying, “The 4th Commandment,” it said, gleefully reported by 6th Arrow, “Look, it says the 4rd [pronounced ‘Ford’] Commandment.”

    Thus launched a series of hilarious exchanges between my husband and my best friend’s husband who was sitting nearby. “Thou shalt not have a Ford.” “What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not buy a Ford…”

    Etc. LOL. 🙂

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  4. Roscuro, from yesterday: not that we live by the law of course, but yes, the law of gleanings means something. And most farmers I know live by that. They have no problem with people gleaning from their leftovers. My husband’s family got a lot of their food that way, going out into the fields after harvest to gather potatoes, etc and that is certainly still available. But, as mentioned on here before, not very many people avail themselves of that. It is work and it is out in the weather. It is easier to take other routes. But here, a lot of fruit trees bear for the taking. Apples, pears, cherries and plums are everywhere and anybody who wants is welcome to them. Raspberries and blackberries and huckleberries grow wild and abound. Fishing is available all over the place and farmers allow people to hunt their property upon request. I know of people who follow the crops and I know of people who have never eaten anything from outside the grocery or fast food.

    Jesus said the poor will be with us always. And that is true. But that does not mean people should give up, saying they were born to poverty (or whatever caste). My dad made a comfortable living for our family, though most would probably have thought us poor because he and my mom were quite frugal. They started with nothing when they came to Idaho. It can be done and a lot of it depends on choices.

    I have known quite a few people who have come to this country as the first of the family to come and they have done well. They came because poverty was their only choice back home. Some are happy with steady jobs so they can send money home to bring family over. Others have pursued educational opportunities and have gone on to become lawyers or other such. They come in many colors and from many backgrounds. Because the opportunity was here and not in their homelands. And I welcome all of them.

    As I was walking this morning, thinking of Chas’s comment about not taking in the world, which is true. As I was walking past acres and acres of farm land, with houses miles away, I thought if each person had five acres, and the knowledge of how to grow things, a lot of people could live here. Yes, we have a lot of big farms that feed the world, but, unfortunately, do to politics, a lot of the food is wasted. Either here or in the countries to which it is sent.

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  5. Six @ 9:52
    There was a time in America that there were three automakers. Ford, GM, and Chrysler.
    Men, at that time were loyal to some brand and all the others were a piece of Junk. My dad once decided against buying a Philco TV set because the company was acquired by Ford.

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  6. We have a retired teacher and his wife who have been bringing in some of their vegetable harvest to give away. I am amazed at what they have grown and the size of these crops, since they live quite north of us. He is a great gardener. The place he gives them away is where my husband jams with his fellow musicians and is a senior apartment building. There are mostly seniors who attend. Most have no place to garden and how they enjoy these vegies! Names are put into a basket and drawn. Each can pick from whatever is picked that is left. Such a small gesture brings much joy.

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  7. We get about thirty six chicken eggs a day. We don’t sell them, but we give them away: at church, the store, pregnancy center, friends, friends of friends, etc…Some people offer a bit for the chicken food. It works.

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  8. Chas, my husband has owned a lot of Fords (Tauruses especially), but has also had Chevys. (A Ford or a Chevy pickup would suit him, but he never wanted to have a Dodge pickup. I’m not sure why he had strong feelings against the one, but wasn’t particular about the other two — I don’t know enough about vehicles, so if he ever told me why his opinions are as such, I sure don’t remember!)

    I think we’re down to only one Taurus now — no, wait, maybe two. I know 4th Arrow’s car is, and there might be another. Hubby is big on Volvos now. It’s very possible we might have more Volvos than I’ve got fingers on one hand. I can never keep track of how many vehicles we have, because there are so many, and aren’t all kept on our property because we don’t have room for them all.

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  9. I loved my Volvo station wagon from the ‘80s and mourned when four children required us to buy a VW van. My husband promised I could have one again some day.

    20 years and two vans later, Ford had purchased the company and the back seat was too tight for my feet to fit in, and the seats were uncomfortable.

    We bought a Honda CRV instead and have been very pleased.

    That 2006 went to our machinist son two years ago and really looks like a workman’s car now while I wander around in a too-smart-for-me 2017 version. I’d be happy to buy American if they built the right kind of car for us.

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  10. Volvos are solid and stand up to a lot.

    My first car was a Honda Civic — my parents bought it when I was in high school. I had learned to drive on their Toyota Corolla, though, a couple years before I got the Honda.

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  11. The Honda was my first experience with a manual transmission. Wheee, that was fun learning that! Especially stopping at a stop sign at the top of a hill and attempting to keep from sliding backwards into the car behind when starting out. Never did crash into anyone in the attempt, but probably killed the engine more than a time or two, letting the clutch out too fast.

    I miss driving stick shifts now.

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  12. I had VWs always (2 bugs, 2 Jettas) until the ’07 Jeep which I am still driving and hoping it lasts. My dad, I think, preferred Chevy to Ford, and Chas is right, back then you loved one car make and detested all the rest. I think my dad hated Fords, maybe because one we had broke down going to Iowa (but then our cars frequently broke down).

    I sometimes miss the stick shift VWs I had, but never when I’m stopped at the top of a hill 🙂 The Jeep actually is the first automatic I’ve had and I’m completely spoiled now.

    I had a long day writing and interviewing yesterday, woke up and read for a while in the middle of the night, and then slept until past 10:30. I’m all out of whack now.

    We went through a long series of sermons on the 10 Commandments last year and I loved it.

    Today I’m trying to catch up with things that I never got to when I got sick on my vacation week — painting the patio bench, picking up the print for a small picture framing project I’d already turned in to Joann’s (with some misgivings later as it seemed they didn’t know what they were doing). I still need to reschedule a couple Saturdays with a friend & my cousin that had to get postponed.

    Don’t ever get sick on a vacation, it really is wasted time. 😦

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  13. I have never paid much attention to car brands. My first car was a used ’50 Chevvy, I drove it until I bought a used Nash Rambler. I have owned a Datsun B210. Worst car I ever had. I was stupid enough to drive it on the Washington Beltway. It couldn’t run with the other cars 0-60 in 90 seconds flat. I substituted that for a Pontiac. That car was a dream mechanically. It would run with the best, but it started rusting the first year I had it.’
    I had that car painted twice.
    I kept the 66 Plymouth I had because it was a straight shift and I needed to teach Chuck to drive it. He kept that through school.
    I had four used cars before I could buy a new one.
    Chuck has never owned a used car. Except the Plymouth I gave him.

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  14. I’ve probably mentioned this here before, but one time I was in a used Ford Taurus that we bought through my brother (it had been the car he alone had driven in his pharmaceutical work). Karen and her daughter were out on an adventure with Weslry and me over on the Emory campus. The car died at a red light during rush hour. I created quite a jam. Karen took the children out of the hot car to let them walk around the campus which she knew well since she had been a cardiac nurse at the on campus hospital. As I waited for a tow truck, a gruff voice called out of a passing car, “I should’a known it was a Ford.” I was already feeling embarrassment, but then I think I managed to walk across the street and wait under a shade tree for the tow so I would not be associated with the car. It was actually a good car in the long run, but during that particular time I wondered if we’d bought a lemon.

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  15. I’ve had both new and used in the past but will go with used if I need to get another one anytime soon. It’s much safer to do that now with car-fax reports — and places like Carmax offer more ‘gently used’ cars with low mileage + full car records, saving people thousands of dollars, frankly. which simply makes sense. My Jeep had 6,000 miles on it and cost several thousand dollars less than a new one would have. New cars have just become so expensive. With my long-stagnant salary, I was priced out of getting another VW or most anything “new” anyway.

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  16. Sent you an email, RKessler, with the requested pictures.

    Hard to believe she’s a week old now. Probably looks different already.

    She’s a good baby, and it sounds like they’re all getting settled in well at home together.

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  17. Speaking of vehicle acronyms, that Fix Or Repair Daily sounds familiar, too.

    Never heard the Chevrolet one. Hmmm, maybe that could be a Qod: How would you finish that acronym? In other words, what does the OLET part stand for?

    I’ll try adding on to the part RKessler quoted above at 3:07pm:

    Cheap Hunk Every Valve Rattles Ornery Lemon Everlastingly Tumbledown

    I’ll bet someone else here can top that. (Or put a topper on it.) 😉

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  18. 6 Arrows made mention of a 15-minute sermon earlier. My pastor tends to preach for about 45 minutes. A former pastor usually preached about an hour, sometimes longer.

    QoD – How long are your pastors’ sermons? How long do you think they should be?

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  19. Nightingale learned to drive a stick shift years ago when she got her Honda Civic (which she loved), and came to prefer them. Although she loves that we were able to find a used Honda CRV with fairly low mileage and at a very reasonable price, she wishes it were not an automatic.

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  20. 40 minutes.

    Our pastor returns from his 3-month sabbatical tomorrow, the sermon will be on Ezra (we’re picking up where he left off on our book-by-book survey of the Scriptures and seeing Christ in the larger story). (And I see in his sermon notes, which were sent out in advance though I’ve only glanced at them, that he gets into the Josh Harris issue a bit.)

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  21. In a show I was watching, I spotted a mistake. A boy was taking cups of tea to his parents. He was carrying the cups with the bottoms of the cups on his upturned palms. But he could not have picked up the second cup once the first cup was on his palm.

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  22. DJ – I have to admit that by the time Pastor Billy starts to wrap up his sermon, I am ready for it to be over, even if I have been particularly interested.

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  23. Unless he picked up the second cup with his teeth on the handle and set it down on his open palm.

    Not that I have experience doing that sort of thing. 😉

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  24. Are longer sermons perhaps a thing in churches that don’t have multiple services and Bible studies, one right after the other, right after the other, throughout the morning? (Purposeful repetition there, as that is the case in our church: service/study/service, 8:00/9:30/10:30.) We wouldn’t have time for a much longer service, especially on communion Sundays (twice a month).

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  25. I have a question on business email etiquette.

    I want to notify my piano families about the referral credit I offer, wherein they can receive a discount on their monthly tuition each time they refer a student to my studio, who subsequently enrolls beyond the one-month trial period.

    So I thought I’d use my website’s email template (one of them) to create an email announcing this.

    I’d never done such a thing, so was looking at some of the articles on best practices for email marketing campaigns, and one of the things that was mentioned was to not send a business email to anyone who has not subscribed.

    Well, none of my families are subscribed to my website (I don’t even know how to get something like that set up so that people could subscribe if they wanted to.)

    Is it rude or not business-like or anything else problematic to deliver my message in this way, as they all filled out their email addresses on my piano student information form they got when they first enrolled in my studio?

    I could just tell them all verbally, or type up a plain-Jane information sheet and distribute it when they come to lessons, but I thought sending an email with images and text might be a little more interesting and professional-looking.

    Is there much chance that an email with both images and text would end up in a spam folder, undetected?

    What’s the best way to get this info out? Any thoughts or experiences to share that might help me decide?

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  26. Our sermons vary, depending on what the pastor has to say. Sermons should be long enough to get the point across, but not so long that they drag. We attended a church where the sermons were expected to be an hour long. Usually the pastor kept it flowing such that it didn’t seem like an hour. But once they had a seminarian preach and his sermon should have been a half hour. There was a lot of unnecessary fluff that made the sermon drag. It seemed more like an hour-and-a-half!

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  27. I have no idea how long the sermons are, though I suspect my children do. It would be fine with me if he went on for several hours. Nobody has fallen out the window yet.

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  28. And I see rkessler beat me to it. I have heard a few sermons that it would have been fine to stop after five minutes. We would have learned just as much.

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  29. No pastors here, but different ones give the sermon, usually Bible translators. Some are good, some are not. Since I oversee the offering, I never skip the service. But I have been tempted when I know who will be giving the message.

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  30. I have to get a car to commute to my job (until I do, I will be borrowing my parents’ vehicle). I will be getting a used car, of course. My father drove used Honda Civics all the time for his work. It seemed like he would get one all fixed up and then it would get wrecked (one rear-ended, one t-boned, one rolled), so he would have to start all over again. I will be looking for a Honda or Toyota.

    Sermon length? Pastor A preached two forty-five minute sermons, one for Sunday School and one for the church service, with the service sermon shortened to about a half hour on communion Sundays to make room for the fifteen to twenty minute communion message. Prayer meeting on Wednesdays was another half hour sermon. Pastor A preached, as visitors sometimes complained, like he was teaching seminary, but we didn’t mind. The city church sermons were about half an hour in length. 30 minutes works well for sermons that are lighter in content, while 45 minutes is good when things like word studies and weighty theological terms are being addressed.

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  31. Hey all…I think I am caught up on the posts for the most part. We have been to a lovely wedding in the mountains this day and I must say it was just the sweetest. Our friend’s daughter was just wed at the age of 33. She was a lovely gracious bride and the venue was her new husband’s family ranch. We sat and chatted with new and old friends alike ( and Michelle we spent most of our time chatting with Stephen and Amanda 😊) The rain held back and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Happy beginnings indeed!

    My Dad worked for GM so there would be no car parked in our driveway that was not a GM. My first car was a 62 Chevy Impala. Upon securing my first better paying job my Dad insisted I purchase a 72 Chevy Nova. That car fell apart in 78! We then purchased a Ford Fiesta which is still running albeit owned by someone else. We had given that car to a missionary friend who used it while in the states. She sold it after many years of use. How do I know it still runs? Because I just saw it! Ginger, our friend, had gotten this red car painted a teal blue…but the inside metal remained red….yep…I saw that car pulling out of the parking lot at the grocery! 🚙

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  32. Sounds like a beautiful wedding, NancyJill.

    RKessler, thanks. Those pics were taken by 3rd Arrow shortly after we got to 2nd’s hospital room last Sunday.

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  33. Today was a good day. I promised Auntie V I would get her soon and bring her to my house for the weekend. I promised to make the shrimp dish she likes.
    Friday I did a walk through on a house with a man moving here from Texas. He has 3 Porches. Two are standard transmissions. I asked if I could drive one of them. I explained my experience and that I haven’t driven one since 2008. I am either going to get to drive the 83 or the 96. The 83 doesn’t have power steering. He said it is the most fun to drive.

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  34. I highly recommend that the next time you make a fresh fruit salad you mix the zest of two limes, the lime juice, and 1/4 cup of honey and pour it over the fruit. Let it chill for 4 hours. I got my plate today, ate, and went back upstairs to get some of MY fruit Zal’s and it was all gone. Everyone liked it.

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  35. We had elders preaching for the most part over the past 3 months and all of them were great. I have to say, though, my own elder, whom I really like, started out by stating that he was an engineer so his sermon might take on that quality … Yep. 🙂 Lots of numbered points and not a lot of variation in tone.

    We observe communion weekly and it runs like clockwork for us. I suspect that churches that don’t observe communion weekly aren’t as efficient at it. 🙂 But being efficient doesn’t mean it lacks somber and careful, prayerful attention. I don’t know how we do it, but we do. I’d really miss not having communion every week. Why don’t more churches do that as it seemed to be the pattern of the early church? Some would argue it becomes too routine, but that’s far from the truth as well, in my experience. It’s always a very special and treasured part of our service, coming right after the sermon.

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  36. Our community just lost a (another) family to Texas where the husband/father found a much better job (he’s in aerospace). Wife told me he just wasn’t having any luck here advancing, so off they went. I’ve quoted both of them in stories in the past, they’re socially conservative, Roman Catholic & he was active in politics, their two daughters active in Irish dance and other activities. Let’s see, I think I interviewed her about a topless place that was threatening to open up near the freeway offramp where everyone would see it, and about coyotes (they had them trotting though their backyard one morning). I interviewed him about his first job at a local fast-food joint that was celebrating some big anniversary and about homeless and church issues.

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  37. Oh, and my first interview with him was about the always-contentious fireworks issue; they had a dog and & a baby and the illegal fireworks that are so common when they first moved here that he was on a mission for a few years to get the city to crack down on enforcement. Never happened, of course.

    And the wife was good enough to do a mini-inspection under my house when all my leaks and foundation issues were getting diagnosed about 3 years ago now; she had her own house inspection biz and she refused to take any payment afterward. Very nice of her to do that.

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  38. 6 Arrows, they are not subscribers to your website, but they are paying customers–a higher level of contact–and thus I don’t think that is an issue at all.

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  39. Sermons: I haven’t timed them. My husband said 35-42 minutes. Our last church, some of the elders held our pastor (previous pastor) to a stated length, somewhere around half an hour but we don’t remember exactly. I’d get rid of some of the singing or other stuff in the service before I’d want to see a sermon shorter than 30 minutes.

    My whole time of being Reformed (until this church, two previous churches) I’ve participated in weekly communion, and really appreciated it. That was 15 years of being “spoiled,” not overdoing it. We definitely miss the weekly now.

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  40. I don’t feel as if I have been to church if I don’t have communion.
    You can’t say it now, but many years ago I had a college professor tell me that a paper should be like a lady’s skirt. Long enough to cover everything and short enough to be interesting. That is about how a sermon should be.
    It’s funny. I sometimes get to the Baptist church early enough to hear the sermon on the speakers throughout the church. It is amazing, that sometimes the sermon is exactly what we are studying in our ladies only Sunday school class. His wife is a member of our class. She promises she doesn’t tell him what we discuss. (Remember, the leader of my class is a licensed therapist, so we stick to group therapy confidentiality. It is a “safe place”.

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  41. Morning! Oh Janice that sounds like a miserable weather forecast! Stay indoors in the air conditioning kind of day?! We are to be in the 70’s with thunderstorms all afternoon….stay indoors and stay dry kind of day around here!
    Our sermons generally go for an hour….that is after 45 minutes of singing, announcements, offering and prayer. Sometimes those last 15 minutes are almost my undoing…it tends to become rambling and I start mumbling in my head..okokokokok….I know…bad attitude 😏
    We have communion once a month. When we attended the Reformed church it was every Sunday and that seemed right and good…very centering for us when we gathered together on the Lord’s Day…..

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  42. Good morning from the little house on the prairie. We are told to expect sixty two for a high today. Beautiful day.

    Announcements….yes, I understand, Nancyjill….they are mostly written in the bulletin but they do drag out, depending on who is giving them.

    Things are going very well here.

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  43. Except I just realized I am cranky. Fairly certain others noticed it ahead of me. Noticed the other day that twenty two has stopped putting her phone out at eight. “But I am just charging it. I am usually done with it by eight or eight thirty or nine or so…” To which I reply, our house, our rules. You don’t like it, you are welcome to move out. Yes, she is six months pregnant. People have made such decisions before and handled it one way or another.

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  44. I ache all over this morning, I think I must have slept in a weird position.

    Our weather has been very comfortable, in the 70s and mostly overcast except in the afternoons. So far we’ve escaped the major heat waves this summer.

    I went to a craft store yesterday and they were all decked out for Halloween and fall. 🙂

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  45. Strange, some kids head back to school in August now. They get longer Christmas breaks and get out earlier for summer that way. But it just still seems wrong to me to go back to school before Labor Day.

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  46. Our area children head back in August and have for years. Though they don’t have school during Fair week as many are showing animals. And they have FAA for a week off and various other things. It appears they fit school in where they can in their spare time.

    We, on the other hand, do school mostly year round as we forget too easily what we learned.

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  47. Our pastor preached 35 minutes today. He always does. Six pointed out there are other functions going on that limit the time for most activities.

    A problem with long sermons is attention span. Everything is condensed so that there isn’t patience to hear out long sermons.
    Besides: They aren’t necessary.
    In preaching classes at Southwestern Seminary, they emphasized certain points.
    1. Preaching is for decision. Everything you say should be toward that goal. Which creates another:
    2. Stay on the subject. They have “an arrow”. Straight as an arrow to the goal. (What you want them to decide)
    I mentioned the habit a friend had of “one more thing”. There is nothing else beside your topic.

    Our preacher had preached five minutes before reading the scripture. I used to do that. I Just made this up, so don’t fault it. I haven’t thought it out, just an illustration”

    Sermon on John 3. “Jesus was out in Jerusalem one night when a well dressed man came up. Jesus recognized Nicodemus immediately because he had seen him in the Temple often and he was one of the leaders in the Sanhedrim. They probably talked longer, but John only gives us 21 verses of this conversation.

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  48. My guess is about 40 minutes for the sermon at the early service and perhaps longer at the second service which is a bit more flexible with ending time.

    My small life group is now a prayer group which will spend the hour in prayer for the second service. We started this morning. I am thankful for this new opportunity to serve and see what God will do. At the same time, I am sad that I had finally found the perfect Sunday school group, but it was because we are all well grounded that we were seen as meeting this need.

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  49. It was so good to have our pastor back 🙂

    From the notes (on Ezra):

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    ~ (On returning from his sabbatical to find the church still thriving): “When I hear that churches are decimated with the death, absence or moral failure of their pastor, I must conclude that they were, at some level, building their ministries upon the weak and shifting sands of personality, secondary considerations (e.g. how to be a better husband, wife, worker or overcoming addictions and depressions, as important as these things are) — but something other than the person and work of Christ.

    … The most recently, high-profile example (of a personality or project driven ministry) is found in a young man named Josh Harris. … It is such a move by a well-known person (his leaving his wife and the faith) would be a source of difficulty for those to whom he ministered. Yet, God ordains such events as these (among other things) that our eyes might be retrained to be fixed upon Christ and Christ alone as the author and finisher of our faith and the only true anchor of our souls. (He later express the strong hope that Harris’ move away is not permanent and that he is indeed a believer so God will ensure his return — “I cannot tell you of the heart of Josh Harris, I have a hard enough time understanding my own heart. I can say with certainty, though, that that if God saves a person, God will preserve that person.”)

    … The consequences of (the Israelites’) rebellion was exile — captivity to foreign nations, in this case for a 70-year period. In Ezra we read of the road back. On this side of eternity, there is always a road back. This is true for the religious leaders who have lost their way and those under their misguided shepherding. …

    … More than once I’ve heard chastisements come against those who would seek to transform their culture. “Why are you trying to transform Babylon?” would be an example. The short answer is because Babylon, like every other nation, belongs to Christ. The deeper answer would be because I love the Babylonians and desire to see them blessed with the Law and Gospel of Christ. …
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  50. NancyJill – The way you describe your church service sounds like our old church. Pastor W was a godly, caring, intelligent pastor, but he sure could ramble towards the end of his sermons.

    *******
    This morning, Pastor Billy went longer than usual. He was kind of amazed at that, because he thought at first that he didn’t have enough to fill the time. But he was on fire as he went along, and it filled out. It was a good sermon.

    For the smart-alecks here (which I can be myself), let me assure you that it was a figurative Holy Spirit-inspired “fire” of enthusiasm, not anything that needed a fire extinguisher. 🙂

    *******
    Some people have said something like, “People will spend three hours at a football game or two hours watching a movie in a theater, but complain about an hour-long sermon.”

    Well, I don’t know about you all, but the thought of spending a couple hours or more watching a sporting event does not appeal to me. I very rarely go to a movie in a theater. And when I watch a movie at home, I am often getting up to go to the bathroom or heat up my tea or some such thing.

    But even so, there is a difference between watching an exciting game or a movie that moves along with various scenes, and sitting and listening to one person talk for an hour. When we went to the church with Pastor W, I would take notes to help me focus and not lose interest.

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  51. Good rainy Monday morning to you all. Thankful that I still have the singles van as I am sure that the roads are a muddy mess.
    We had a half hour favorite hymn sing last night. I chose ‘Holy, Holy, Holy.’ Then for an hour they interviewed my friend Joan. She was captivating telling about how things were here over 50 years ago. The person interviewing here was our vice principal and she concluded that all of us were wimps.

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  52. Hey the rain stopped. I can hear a plane revving up its engine to take off. One of my friends is heading to the states today to be there for the birth of her first grandchild.

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  53. I attended the memorial for my tax guy this afternoon (he was only 72 and seems he’d been sick, in the hospital for the last couple months which explains the lack of response to my voicemail & email). With the long history our 2 families had — though we weren’t particularly close, but lived across the street from each other in 1960s; and between my mom and me, we’d had him doing our taxes for probably 50+ years — I felt we should be represented there.

    I knew no one else, they lived in Orange County (Huntington Beach) and the service was held in the Community Methodist Church they raised their 3 children in, very traditional service with prayers, readings and hymns. I didn’t stay for the reception but I left a card and had typed out a page of my thoughts and memories of him, how much I’d appreciated his help and kindness and good counsel through the years. Very sad and I will miss him even though we saw each other only for about 30 minutes every year (but, in my case, for 39 years!).

    I’m not really sure if he was a believer, though he was a church-goer of sorts. Hard to say, but he’d usually remark on my church giving each year as always handy for balancing out the other side of the ledger. 🙂 Someone from the pulpit today said that he was a frequent church attender there when the kids were young but not so much later, he felt closer to God “in nature,” something we’ve all heard a lot, of course. Sounded like maybe his wife, who was a school teacher, still attended, but I’m just not sure. I was never part of the inner circle, just always for many years on the periphery.

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  54. Daughter had an episode at church this morning and is, once again, admitted to the hospital. They are looking for a place that will take her. There are not a lot of open beds. Lots of mental health issues in adolescents.

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  55. His mom and my mom were volunteers in the Reagan for governor campaign in the mid-1960s and would go to GOP meetings for a while (which is when I’d babysit Chris’s younger brother, Chris must have already been off to college by then, I really don’t have much memory of him growing up as he was enough older than we were that we never really crossed paths as fellow students or neighborhood playmates).

    His mom was a hoot, a British gal who was just a lot of fun. She lived into her 90s, she died in pretty recent years, and Chris one year was telling me that she was part of the ‘wayward’ senior crowd at their assisted living facility who would sneak around and finish all the left-over wine in glasses after dinner, which the staff finally clamped down on. 🙂

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