22 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-7-20

  1. I see on TV where a man lost weight to join the Army.
    Did I tell you tis before? I had to gain weight. I failed my first physical because I was underweight.
    More later. I’m busy now.
    Chas

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  2. I love the flowers. Spring—I can’t wait for you to show up.
    Chas, now people don’t walk anywhere. They eat junk, watch tv, are on their phones playing games, and are in general slugs.

    As I have told you before, my dad was the second of twelve. He said he was never “full” until he joined the Navy and could have all he wanted to eat. He loved to eat. That was the irony of him having esophogeal cancer. The last couple of months of his life he couldn’t eat. That was the tip off that sent him to the doctor.

    Which reminds me, #3 of 12 is either graciously or kicking and screaming her way around and in lung cancer. She recently told me that she was thinking of telling everyone exactly what she thought of them and blaming it on the narcotics. I am happy that she has become a great grandmother before she dies. It was…I guess bittersweet is the word…to see her holding her great-grandson at Christmas. It was also funny seeing my formerly wild as a he-haint cousin being the proud grandpa.

    It seems that Little Miss is coming into her own as an almost two year old. They are having disciplinary problem with her at home. She hit her mother in the face over the weekend and her daddy had to swat her behind. It hurt her feelings…good.
    Mr. P was of the opinion that Mommy should have disciplined her and I was of the opinion that “No, her daddy needed to see that he would not allow her to hurt Mommy”.
    There was a time I was a little sad that Mr. P and I had not raised children together. Now? Ummm not so much.

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  3. These are a dozen of the wildflowers I photographed last year; I took many more, but these are all favorites. The purple one at upper left is a shabby, frail little plant and I only saw it one day–I looked in the same spot several times the next week, and it was only there one day. But the one photo I got is one of the best wildflower photos I got all year, just by chance.

    Next to it is a wild iris. They bloomed in profusion next to the pond on the trail, but were hard to photograph because I had to stand on slopy ground next to a pond that’s even lower. This day they had raindrops on them and were even lovelier than usual. Next to it is a flower I labeled “to wizards.” They are larkspur flowers, which I’d never seen before and which are crazy hard to photograph (what angle? what part do you get in focus), but I ended up really liking this shot. They remind me very much of flowers girls in my class used to make out of crepe paper–those crepey wizard hats they’re wearing. At the far right of the top is a paw paw–again something I’d never seen. The fruit of them is the largest fruit native to North America; I never did see the fruit, though I took additional trips to the trail for more photos of the flowers.

    Right below the paw paw is a flower whose identity I don’t know–there are lots of similar yellow wildflowers. But I love the mini “stars” that form its center, and over the years I have tried several times to get good photos of them, but most of them don’t have perfect centers; and this one had an unusual quantity of the stars, but remarkably my photo came out perfect. (I’m not a good enough flower photographer for guaranteed results.) Bottom right is actually an aggressive invasive flower, garlic mustard, but this flower is perfectly lovely.

    A few of the flowers aren’t well centered because the collage maker uses only square photos and most of these were rectangles. So I didn’t get to choose where they landed in the frames, but overall I think the effect is nice.

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  4. As before. I may have told you this.
    I have failed two physicals in my life, where it mattered.
    I failed the physical to join the AF because I was underweight. They told me to go home, eat bananas, don’t go to the toilet and come back.
    I did, and passed.
    I was a radio operator in the AACS station at Kelly AFB in San Antonio. I had a chance to become an aircraft radio operator and tried for it.
    I failed the physical. Underweight. Same solution. I passed.
    I have always been scrawny but healthy. Only when I was working I had to have my suits tailored. Not for status, but to get something that would fit appropriately.
    I started putting on weight around the middle when I was about 70, but I am now back down to 124 and DIL worries about me.
    I attribute the reason I was so healthy is that I avoided doctors and medicine.
    i now have to put up with both.
    Not for long, I hope.
    But I need to take care of her. That’s the main thing.

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  5. Morning all. I think I see some blue sky out there. Today I will walk across the parking lot to join the women’s Bible study at our church. It will be good to see old friends. Hoping to find someone to walk with.
    Chas, you still need to put on weight.

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  6. Chas, go eat something.

    Looks like the Methodists will be parting ways next. Of course, the real issue is the authority of Scripture; same sex marriage is the symptom, not the true cause.

    From Veith:

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2020/01/methodists-will-send-their-conservative-congregations-away/
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    … I marvel that the issue that is taking the “united” out of the “United Methodist Church” is homosexuality. Not many years ago, there was wide consensus–among liberals as well as conservatives–that same-sex sex is wrong. Today, in many circles, the goodness and rightness of homosexuality is one of the clearest and most authoritative of moral convictions. This must be one of the quickest and most thorough-going moral revolutions in history.

    And yet, I also marvel that homosexuality is where so many Protestant mainliners draw the line. They have tolerated watering down the authority of Scripture; they have come to support women’s ordination; they have allowed pastors, seminary professors, and bishops to reject the deity of Christ, the Atonement, and the Resurrection. They won’t leave the denomination over issues like that. But homosexuality–that’s another story …

    … In the meantime, every Methodist congregation throughout the nation–and there are lots of them, even in virtually every small town here in rural Oklahoma–will have a decision to make.
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  7. DJ, my husband said the same thing about the Boy Scouts. They claimed some namby-pamby faux-spiritual moral authority other than Jesus Christ and yet they were welcomed to meet in many churches until they started accepting homosexuality. (It isn’t that he thought they should be explicitly Christian, but that they should stay away from being Christianity Lite and just be an organization that had boys get together and learn, and don’t try to be “spiritual,” too. That wasn’t their place; that’s the role of the church and the home.)

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  8. Cheryl: … welcomed to meet in many churches until they started accepting homosexuality …

    ‘they’ being the churches or Scouts? I don’t keep up with the Boy Scouts much, though realize the organization has been quite battered in recent years from a number of sides and issues, including some problems of their own making. They seem caught in the maelstrom of a rapidly changing culture and are quite without an anchor, as it turns out? At least that’s my take from afar.

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  9. I have been encouraged by the increasing focus I see among some Christians on Christ rather than the culture. Being reminded by the hostility of the world of our transient status is helping those who truly believe that Christ is the answer learn to focus more on him, instead of on the winds and waves of the cultural storm around us. It is also becoming increasingly apparent, of course, who is focused on the world – as James reminds us in James 4, friendship with the world is enmity with God and conflict arises because of a worldy focus.

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  10. Good post, roscuro.

    We’ve been ‘spoiled’ in the West, lulled into thinking and believing that we live amid a friendly — or at least benign — secular culture.

    We don’t (and never really did).

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  11. Had a coffee meet up with my neighbor and as we walked into the shoppe there sat two other neighbors having coffee and a bagel. Fun running into neighbors in the winter as most stay hunkered inside for the most part.
    Small group tonight and I need caffeine to stay awake until 9. I think the plan is to eat breakfast for dinner together then pray for one another….you know when the eyes go closed sometimes there just is no recovery… 😜

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  12. My “in the cloud” backup protection–which is downloading my entire old computer onto my new–is 36% done after 3 days of constant downloading.

    296 GB of data.

    Mr. IT estimates it will take 10 days to get all my information onto the new computer.

    Meanwhile, the Internet is as slow as molasses in the winter and I’m going out of my mind.

    So, I’m taking a walk.

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  13. DJ, at least in the South, many Boy Scout troops met on church property and since the Boy Scouts were for “God and country” they were seen as being almost Christian. But there is no such thing as being almost Christian, and “religion” without Jesus Christ is worse than useless. AA has the same issue–relying on God or a higher power, whoever or whatever that higher power is to you. We’d never treat math or even recipes that casually.

    I’ve just reread Little Women, first time in a good number of years though I’ve read it a few times. (My copy was given to me by a friend in 1996, and I’m not sure whether I’ve read this particular one.) I remembered that it isn’t Christian, but had forgotten how much it “tries” to be. I remembered the infusion of Pilgrim’s Progress as one of its thematic elements. And Marmee puts a little book with lovely principles under each pillow the first Christmas, and I kept thinking it was supposed to be a Bible but it never made sense, and finally I realized it was a New Testament. But Beth is sure to reach heaven because she is so good, Christ is never mentioned at all, and church forms no real part of anything (their father is a chaplain and at the end it is hinted he has been given a church, but there still is no mention of Jesus or church). Of course Alcott’s father was off into strange doctrines that weren’t Christianity, but the fashion of the time was to see God and prayer and church as good things, so they are lightly sprinkled in the book but they don’t mean anything.

    Without Jesus Christ, God is not our Friend.

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  14. Cheryl, as F. J. A. Hort said in his series of lectures The Way, the Truth, the Life, “Belief in Christ is not a supplement to belief God, but the only sure foundation of it [belief in God].” Hort* faced, in his era, a Victorian ‘Christian’ morality that threatened to suffocate the truth of Christ in a facade of nice behaviour and good works done for the sake of appearing good, and he emphasized the necessity of believing in and following Jesus Christ in his lecture.

    *Hort is the second of a duo of Victorian era theological scholars, known as Westcott and Hort, which has been grossly slandered by the KJV-only crowd, who accuse these two compilers of a critical text Greek New Testament manuscript of everything from Satanism to pedophilia (I am not exaggerating about those accusation, I have actually seen them and more besides – there is even a Chick tract portraying them as agents of the devil) because their critical text, which is not actually used in any current Bible translation, had some differences to the Textus Receptus (a critical text compiled by Erasmus) that was used to translate the King James Version. I grew up hearing Westcott and Hort vilified, even by Pastor A, who, although not a radical KJV, believed it was the other reliable translation. Yet, it is apparent from Hort’s other works that he was a committed Christian, and his lectures, from what I have read from them, say much the same thing my Pastor A said when he preached through the same passages in John 14. I think of Westcott and Hort whenever someone expresses incredulity that Christians could possibly be deceived by conspiracy theories.

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  15. Roscuro, I have seen the Westcott and Hort conspiracy nonsense in a vile, preposterous book by G. A, Ripley. One of my brothers once read a bunch of passages aloud out of her book, taking it seriously, so I bought a (used) copy so I could analyze it. A ridiculous book on multiple levels.

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  16. Cheryl, one of the couples in the family church lent out a video of Gail Riplinger pointing out all the Satanist symbols in the newer English translations – she claimed, for example, that the Trinity symbol on the NIV cover was a Masonic (and thus by Chick tract extension, Satanist) symbol that was in reality a sneaky version of, you guessed it, 666. The irony was for us in Ontario, we all that same symbol on our license plates because Ontario’s provincial flower and government logo is the Trillium: https://nationvalleynews.com/2019/04/06/ford-govt-switch-trillium-logo-pull-plug-three-men-hot-tub-design-cbc-reports/. So I guess we Ontarians, according to Riplinger, are all under the thrall of Satanists and are submitting to the Mark of the Beast.

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