53 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 8-27-20

  1. LindaS finds the ugliest picture of me to post. That’s me getting a driver’s license for a year.
    Unless they change their minds.
    Unfortunately, there are no good looking pictures of me.
    Just skip the heading and pretend it’s a rock of some sort.

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  2. Chas,

    I used my pic editing software for like only the third or fourth time. I blurred the license a bit so your details aren’t readable. 🙂

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  3. I was, many years ago, chief of the Astrotopraghy Branch at the Defense Mapping Agency. I had a secretary named Judy. We liked each other. There was nothing between us, but could have been.
    Once,on break, we were drinking coffee and talking. She was defending me, not teasing, when she said: His nose is not too big, his face is too small.”

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  4. Morning! Well Chas that photo is bringing lots of joy to us this morning!! Thankful!! 💕 🚗
    And that is so fun Kim…little Miss seems to be enjoying the surprise…now you will have to do that same thing for her on her birthday!! She’ll be a sayin’….“Where’s mine?”!! 😂
    We got rain last night!! The first moisture in about a month and it even rained over the fire areas in the mountains…so thankful to our Lord for opening up those rain clouds for just a bit of moisture…

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  5. Michelle, I thought the same thing about the mask. How stylishly hipster, slung over one ear so we see that sly smile. That blue jean guy’s up to something.

    Everyone’s family, acquaintances OK in hurricane territory?

    It was another warm night last night, same kind of day today that we’ve had for a couple weeks running now, 80-something with high humidity in the 60% range.

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  6. Actually, that is an expression of “Wow! What a cool gentleman I just got to help! He says he is Charles but I am quite certain I have seen him in movies. I think it is Burt Lancaster!”

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  7. We were fine here. We got the upper, outer bands Monday and Tuesday. Rain and wind. The rain was falling on the neighbor’s roof and the wind was blowing it back up and off the peak of the roof. It was weird to see. Thankfully they didn’t get the storm surge they thought they were getting. Of course, you know how I feel about the weather people. I trust Alan Seals on one of our local stations. He became quite the internet sensation a year or so ago.

    Last week, I asked you to pray for “Coach”, her name is Denise. I thought she would never leave the hospital. She is HOME. Her doctors are amazedat how well she is doing and things are moving along to get her on the transplant list.

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  8. Liberty U’s board also taken to task by Ministry Watch, which argues he should have been fired and not allowed to resign with more than $10 million. Good point, I think.



    The Falwell Fiasco: Where Was The Board?
    Warren Cole Smith Warren Cole Smith August 26, 2020

    Jerry Falwell, Jr., has behaved in ways that would have gotten him fired from leadership in most Christian organizations, and many non-Christian organizations.

    Despite that, the Board of Trustees of Liberty University allowed him to resign and walk away with a reported $10.5-million in severance and retirement pay.

    Students and their parents, who pay Liberty University tens of thousands of dollars a year for tuition, room, and board, have expressed outrage. Before Falwell’s resignation, alumni signed statements saying Falwell had tarnished the reputation of the school and the value of their own diplomas. Add to that the reaction of a secular, skeptical, and cynical world, shaking their heads once again at the latest episode of the tragicomedy known as Stupid Evangelical Tricks.

    To make matters worse (if that’s possible), some of the problems with Falwell have been reported about for years, and have been largely ignored by Liberty’s board.

    Examples: I wrote a tough profile of him in 2013 (and got a scathing letter from Falwell for my troubles). Mark DeMoss, son of one of Liberty’s earliest and most generous donors, resigned from the school’s board back in 2016 over concern about Falwell’s leadership. Even the relationship Falwell and his wife Becki had with a “pool boy,” a relationship that was the proximate cause of Falwell’s downfall, has been previously reported, by Rolling Stone in 2019, and BuzzFeed in 2018.

    Despite all of this, Liberty University’s Board of Trustees remained resolutely clueless that they had a problem with their president. …

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  9. Maybe God is allowing these things with Jerry Falwell, Jr and his ilk to happen to separate the wheat from the chaff.
    I don’t know. I do know that I wouldn’t want everything I have ever done in my past to be held against me. I also know that there is redemption and forgiveness.

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  10. We need to pray for conviction in Mr. F’s heart. What a low view of God he has that he thinks he did nothing wrong except fall on the wrong side of social media. It’s his wife’s fault, right?

    God will not be mocked. He and others like him frustrate me and make me feel so very sad. All that corruption when all it really takes is a milestone.

    I know the fingers are pointing back at me. 😦

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  11. I ran errands today and shopped at the larger Publix at nearby Toco Hills. There were inventory takers all over that store just as there were in Sprouts the other day. I don’t think I have seen that before and now twice in a week? Hmmm . . . the gears are turning in my head.

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  12. One of my errands was to return all my library books. The outside drop that goes to the inside of the building is now open. When I opened the box, I could smell the library! What a happy fragrance (almost like bread baking). I was not expecting that.

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  13. But it does call into question why the board of directors at the school seemingly looked the other way a few too many times? They have the responsibility of stewardship for the university. I feel for the students and faculty amid the bad publicity.

    According to Ministry Watch’s article, there were earlier signs that should not have been ignored by the board.

    And allowing this to end with a high-paid (to put it mildly) ‘resignation’ alone seems like another misstep that only compounds the embarrassment.

    As for Falwell, I haven’t seen much in the way of public repentance (even if ‘pool boy’ story is wrong — and I’d take whatever he says with a grain of salt, frankly — there were decisions made that put Falwell and his wife in a really awkward and years-running situation, not to mention the self-inflicted social media unveiling of some of it along the way). But that doesn’t he and his wife are not going through the process of dealing with this spiritually, and hopefully they are.

    I wonder if being handed $10.5 million to walk away in peace doesn’t make that more unlikely, however? Again, the board …

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  14. I attended Thomas Road Baptist Church when I was in Lynchburg for a wedding two years ago. I went with skepticism, but Jonathan Falwell preached an excellent and impressive sermon.

    I have now erased the rest of my comment. I’m angry on behalf of Christendom.

    OTOH, I was listening to 2 Kings last night describing the ark of the Covenant being placed in the temple when King Solomon dedicated it. The ark only had the Ten Commandments in it, the other items (manna, for example) were gone. Guzik said part of the reason for that was God did not want the Temple to be worshipped. Worship belongs to God alone.

    And I thought about how God is not a respecter of people, nor of the ark. He left strict rules on how the ark was to be handled, but He didn’t do anything when it fell into the Philistine’s hands during David’s reign. Other than have all the false idols bow down to it, then be broken by it.

    But, there’s no accounting the Philistines handled the ark properly.

    The ark wasn’t to be worshiped. God is.

    None of us are too big to fail. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Too many of us, however, think we sin and no one is affected but ourselves.

    But that’s not true.

    The body of Christ, and as a result other believers and their “witness” are damaged when someone with a low view of who the Creator of the Universe is believes that money and power are more important than God’s honor. It’s a travesty.

    I’m sick of it. All this posturing across the country and standing on rights and whatever. It’s wrong.

    God will not be mocked and behavior like this is just as much mocking as what the “liberal” media dishes out.

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  15. Kim, my accounting brain is wondering if Sprouts and Publix are both doing this inventory related to the Sept 15 corporate tax deadline that Art is facing now on a much smaller scale with his small business clients. It was also interesting and appropriate that the inventory takers seemed to have a way to connect with the register at Sprouts to record my purchases so I assume they can take what was purchased away from those things they had already included in the inventory. I think to do inventory while people are shopping is different than how it use to be done at night.

    When in college and studying cost accounting we learned about FIFO and LIFO. It has to do with accounting for inventory either First In First Out or Last In First Out. It affects the bottom line because usually the newer items cost more for the store to buy to sell. So if you use the cost of the newer items as what was sold from inventory then your revenue would be less than by using the First In First Out Method. I never worked an accounting position that used that information. I have no idea if it is still in use. But the gears still turn wondering about things.


  16. A couple of wonderful photos on today’s thread.

    Glad Kim didn’t get slammed with the hurricane.

    Sad when I remember all the people who really gave more than they could afford probably to start that school and to keep it going. That kind of stuff happened to Jesus’ disciple group, too. Judas claimed to want to help the poor, but he was pilfering from the community bag. Yet, that was the least of his problems. Maybe same here. 😦

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  17. The fact that Falwell is being given such an outlandishly large resignation package makes me assume that they are gouging their students with high tuition costs.

    Jerry Falwell, Sr. would sometimes appear on the show that Bill Maher used to have on ABC at night, Politically Incorrect, in the 90s and early 2000s. The show would have two liberal guests and two conservative guests, often Christians. I would record the show and watch it when I read that someone I was familiar with would be on.

    Falwell surprised and impressed me by how gentlemanly, calm, and even humorous he was in response to the liberals, who could be pretty vehement in their discourse. Maher appeared to respect him for this. I’m glad he is not around to see what has happened with his namesake.

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  18. In my youth, Pastor A preached through II Peter and Jude, verse by verse. The Apostle and the Lord’s brother did not mince words about those who profited from Christianity while being rank hypocrites:

    “Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

    It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage…” (Jude)

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  19. “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7:15-20)

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  20. Long day today, wrote a story and then it was off to physical therapy, which was moved up an hour early by them. The therapist is off next week and when he comes back he’ll be working mornings (ugh) so that means probably 7:30 a.m. appts from then on. Up and at ’em.

    Today’s session was a little different, he’s also teaching a USC intern as we go, so she gets to do stuff to me, too. They were pulling and tugging on my legs, measuring them (one, for a while, was a tad shorter but they were equal after some stretching exercises), poking at my hip. Could be because I favored this left leg so much with the knee injury, so new stretching exercises to do (including one that uses a broom in between my knees, which I totally don’t get and can’t really do well).

    Honestly, it’ll be kind of nice to have a week off from the appointments, to be honest. And my knee continues to improve, he and the intern were especially impressed by how fast and smoothly I was walking as I was leaving to get out of there today haha

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  21. And I had a lot of watering to catch up on when I got home, both front and back, I’d slipped on that chore in the past two days so everything was thirsty. And then I loaded up the trash bins and rolled those down to the curb.

    It’s really such a relief not to be in constant knee pain, I feel like I’m about 80% back now. It’s still stiff and sometimes a little sore, but what a major improvement in the past few weeks.

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  22. And the little, solo pink flowers that sprouted at the bottom of my front porch?

    They now each have 2 more flowers (each) joining them for 2 little random ‘clusters.’ Too sweet.

    Chas, that’s the best photo, I smile every time I look at it.

    You totally look like you have a secret you can’t spill, not yet … Or like you’ve just ‘pulled one over’ on the powers that be … wink.

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