121 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 9-26-20

  1. Good Morning. I am off to show property this morning. This is the man I had you pray for several weeks ago who had his bladder removed due to cancer. Trust me. I have TOO MUCH INFORMATION from him on this situation. His daughter is going with us this week. This will be my 3rd or 4th Saturday with him. It’s time to pull the trigger.
    I will put the details on the prayer thread by Baby Niece is in the hospital. There is a garden mentioned in the Bible that she is named after (it is her father’s middle name from some ancestor).
    It has been an exhausting week. Buyers and Sellers and real estate agents have ALL lost their ever-loving minds. Pure craziness. I get to deal with all of it. Egos are just too LARGE.

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  2. Good morning. My niece is getting married today, and because 2nd Arrow and Son-in-law are in the wedding party, Dear Granddaughter is going to be spending a bunch of time with us today. Yay!

    Grandpa, along with 16-year-old Uncle and 13-year-old Aunt, are off to pick up DG at the motel this morning. They’ll come back here and we’ll all have a good time until it’s time for an 11:00 nap for somebody. She’ll go for a ride in the car and sleep a good sleep (we are hoping!) until she wakes up fresh and ready to be dropped off at the wedding venue, all perky and ready to toddle down the aisle with her flowers in hand. 😉

    She’s 13 months old and has this wedding business down now. At 11 months, she was a flower girl in her other grandpa’s wedding, so her bona fides are well-established. 🙂

    Enjoy your day, everyone! We are looking forward to ours!

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  3. Wooly worms. Around here old timers predict the winter by their color. I’ve heard what the black and red signify (but forget what they predict), but I’ve never heard of nor seen a white one. What do those predict? Lots of snow?

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  4. If you think Real Estate agents have big egos, try musicians. You ain’t seen nothing yet. 🙂 That is why bands have such a difficult time keeping together.

    Come to think of it, lots of scripture written by Paul refers to a similar issue in the church. 😦 So glad we have the Holy Spirit to help us.

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  5. I can attest to the egotism of musicians. It is what put me off pursuing a professional career in music – the playing politics was too exhausting. Loved my music too much to ruin it – my dear friend and relative did pursue a career in music, and by the time she got her degree, she was cynical about it and no longer played just for fun. Too high a price to pay for me.

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  6. Cute woolies.

    Ok, I have to say I’m looking forward to this election being over.

    This was posted by Olasky on the World Magazine site recently, quotes from a now out-of-print about revolution in Spain. How familiar the quotes ring in the U.S. today. 😦

    He ends with this: ~ That was Spain. This is the United States. Matthew 5:9 teaches, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” ~

    May we remember who (and whose) we really are amid this secular chaos and time of upheaval.

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    https://world.wng.org/2020/09/the_path_to_civil_war

    The path to civil war
    Blessed are the peacemakers

    Page 189: “There was a disagreeable side to the propaganda of the Rightist parties: all they did was attack the opposition. … They were in no way concerned with the real problems of the lower classes.”

    Page 279: “It seemed to him a mystery that things should be as they were, that five or six men could gather around a stove and a few days later wreck a print shop.”

    Page 311: “Organizations were distributing arms to all their members. ‘Yes, Cesar. There is talk of revolution.’”

    … Page 572: “Every citizen read a single newspaper, which chiseled his mind into given form as though it were stone. Each newspaper’s advertising space was bought by certain individuals, and the readers knew that those who advertised in other papers were their enemies.”

    Page 578: “They spent their time filling the city with signs. ‘Down with this one, Down with that one.’ Streets and squares bristled with threats … with a skull underneath.”

    Page 625: “Major tactics in the campaign: the buildup of the leader … the systematic insulting of the opposition. … If even so they lose … they’ll destroy the ballot boxes.” …
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  7. *book, I left out the word book. Sigh.

    Saturday at last, though. I’m still stiff from the accident Tuesday night. No word on my car and I’m OK with that, I’d like to continue just to decompress before launching into the next chapter that (likely) may involve trying to find a “new” used car.
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    I worked all day yesterday on a long advance story for the bridge opening up next weekend. Interviewed at least 5 people by phone, all port and city officials who talked about the project and how it all began more than a decade ago with planning, all the challenges it faced as it was constructed, a process that took 7 years (was “only” supposed to take 5 years). Costs, of course, skyrocketed in that time.

    Another reporter sent me some additional copy from an interview she’d had with the former mayor. Altogether, we had some good quotes. But it took all day, I filed it at 5:30 p.m., so I’m afraid my editor is having to tackle it today (he already works many Saturdays).

    Now, I have some picking up to do around this house today. I have an early Monday morning PT session (I cancelled Thursday’s after the car accident); I’ll let him know what happened so it may be an easy session, especially if I’m still feeling a bit sore.

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  8. The caterpillars are two different species, not both wooly worms (aka wooly bears). I don’t know what the pale one is, but several caterpillars come with hairs. I saw the wooly worm first and as I set up to take a photo, I noticed it was traveling across the bridge right toward the white one. They were on the same plane for a while, and so they stopped when they met, and then they went their separate ways.

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  9. There is a Black Lives Matter march here in my little ole town today. As they marched up one side of Main St., there was a counter protest on the other side, with a bunch of bikers revving their motorcycle engines over and over again to drown them out, with many of the bikers giving “the finger” to the other side. Real classy. 😦

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  10. Can’t remember where I heard it or read it, but at some time yesterday, I read or heard a mention of someone starting their “second act” (new life after a very major change). That had me wondering if I have started my own second act yet, or if this is it.

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    Now I am laughing. As I was re-reading what I had just typed, a song is playing on the 70s station I have on. The beginning of the chorus of the song, which is also the title, was being sung just as I read the last three words. The song title? “This Is It”.

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  11. I think I have that song on my homemade CD that I sometimes play in the car.

    Or used to play in the car 😦

    The worry about the street violence and activism is that, yes, it will generate a counter movement (and, not to get into this issue again, but our president has a habit of riling everyone up).

    I’ve seen and heard mention of gun and ammunition sales going up and I personally know someone who is stockpiling more practical supplies (he’s like me and not a fan of either political side or their presidential picks; but either way, he sees a ‘bad moon on the rise’ nationally — now that we’re quoting songs).

    Janice, I watched a movie last night on Amazon video, “The Trial,” (2010) that was based in Georgia. The town and courthouses etc. were beautiful. Kind of startling, too, that the 10 Commandments was displayed in the courtroom. I have no idea what town it was, though.

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  12. I see my hometown of Moscow has been in the news again, for the only thing it is ever in the news for. Christ Church held a hymn sing out in the walkabout area and were neither social distancing nor mask wearing sufficiently. Five were arrested on Wednesday but nobody was on Friday, still processing the arrests from the other day. Sad world where you can have a peaceful protest of burning down your neighbor’s business, or looting it, or just vandalizing, but you can’t have a peaceful protest of hymn singing.

    The counter protesters were playing drums to drown out the voices. One guy from the counter protesters said they were teaching the Christians how to love their neighbor.

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  13. Much was made by many that Judge Ginsberg died on the eve of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and therefore____________(fill in your own blank).

    Today is the eve of Yom Kippur (Day of Repentance).

    It’s probably more fitting that people are gathering with prayers of repentance.

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  14. They are keeping Baby Niece another night in the hospital. I have the buyer between two houses one is a higher price point with a higher commission rate and the other is 50K less with a lower commission. At least we are down to two. It’s the difference of 2K to me. Of course it was a referral so this isn’t business I had to go out and find.

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  15. I wonder if Olasky posted that after the vitriol World recieved for – ‘gasp’ – posting two opposing viewpoints on the upcoming US election. The level of vitriol from apparent Christians for one of the viewpoints, was staggering. Typically, their posted article links on FB generate one or two comments. The offensive viewpoint article? Over a hundred, the majority along the lines of ‘how dare you’. The editors left their own comment stating that there was another article with the opposite viewpoint, but commenters replied to that saying it was still unacceptable. I do not always agree with World’s political and economic biases, but it is a sad day when differing opinion pieces cannot be understood as such. As one of the few moderate commenters on the World article noted, the reaction was as unhinged as liberals responding to a NYT opinion piece that portrays conservatives favorably.

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  16. It is confusing, DJ. Now I need to look at a map. I think small town NC could look quite similar to small town GA though. There has been so much filming in and near Atlanta. Monroe, GA is an hour from downtown and the airport.

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  17. DJ, to get to Monroe, NC from Atlanta, one must travel through Greenville, SC so that would be the closest state line. Monroe, NC is about 4 hours from Atlanta, and I think Greenville is about 3 hours from here.

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  18. Atlanta specifically was mentioned at some point, sounded like it was supposed to be a small town right around the city. Faked us westerners out anyway! 🙂 And I did get the sense it was made by a Christian company but it wasn’t heavy handed; dialogue mentions of God and a Bible verse or two, however, were treated respectfully. It’s odd to see that now in a film.

    I like the Kia rental, but I’m seriously a little bit paranoid driving now, especially in an unfamiliar car. 😦 Had to make a run to the UPS store, ATM and Sprouts, so all local, but I was so nervous.

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  19. DJ, a few years back the Baptist women’s mission national group (WMU) had a focus on PTSD. I had always associated it with men and wartime, but if I recall correctly it may have been higher numbers of women and accidents. I feel myself to be more nervous now driving because of my vision and fear I won’t see an obstacle until I am on it.

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  20. DJ, that was the hardest thing about my accident, that it made me a (more) nervous driver afterward. I was glad I was no longer driving in Chicago, and today I wouldn’t want to drive in Chicago.

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  21. DJ – Often films are filmed in one place, but “take place” in another. (But, of course, you know that, so maybe I am misunderstanding your questioning where the movie takes place.)

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  22. Mumsee – I’m confused. (Nothing new there.) You mentioned the church having an outdoor hymn sing, but then mentioned counter protesters. Was the church protesting something, or was it merely a gathering for worship and praise?

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  23. Kizzie, yeah, it was just so specific about “Georgia” that it’s odd they didn’t actually film in GA. Otherwise, maybe they should have said they were in N.C., although maybe the author of the book the film was based on had a say in it. Just seemed odd.

    Wherever it was, it was a very pretty and quaint town, loved all the old buildings.

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  24. Kizzie, I understand they have been having regular weekly sings, they just decided to go public with them and open the debate on whether or not the city had authority to tell the people to wear masks. So, it was a protest, and perhaps not as worshipful as political. I don’t know.

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  25. A police officer was shot in the harbor lapd station here, bullet grazed his head and he’s expected to survive; looks like the search for the suspect is still on.

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  26. Not a prayer request, “So? I’ll put it on this thread.
    A passage of scripture has always puzzled me:
    Luke 9:27
    “But I tell l you the truth. there be some here who shall not taste death until they see the kingdom of God”
    I was reading that today when I thought of John’s vision in Revelation.
    I’m convinced that this is what it’s about.
    I still don’t understand the plural.

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  27. And while we are at it?
    I wonder if Franklin Graham or the pastor of my church are blood descendants of prophet Janadab?
    Jeremiah 35:19
    He has to be somewhere.

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  28. Chas- I asked that question of an elder once and he pointed out that the quote comes just before the transfiguration. He said that Peter, James and John were the “some who would not taste death” since they saw his glorified body on the mountain.

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  29. Luke 9:27 A study Bible explanation says:
    “This difficult verse has been interpreted as referring to:
    1) the second coming of Christ; 2) the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70; 3) the resurrection of Jesus; and 4) the transfiguration which follows in 9:28-36. The last possibility is the most likely.” NLT Illustrated Study Bible

    It made me think of Melchizedek. I suppose that’s because I am studying in Hebrews and recently studied about Jesus being in the line or order of Melchizedek. Could there be unnamed others in that same line?

    The context makes it seem like it is about the transfiguration.

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  30. Also, for those who die suddenly, if they immediately go to be with God without suffering leading up to death, could it refer to them? Jesus would have known the how and when of death for each of those with Him.

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  31. Janice, Jesus isn’t a descendant of Melchizedek. He is “like” Melchizedek in not being from the priestly tribe and yet being a priest, but Melchizedek wasn’t even a Hebrew (Jewish) and Jesus was.

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  32. Thank you, Cheryl. I guess my wording was misleading. I know that Jesus is not a descendant of Melchizedek and did not mean to imply that. The genealogy of Jesus is the first thing given in the first part of the New Testament.

    I still have much to learn about the Bible, about writing, and about people. God is blessing me each day as I study His word and gain knowledge I did not have before. He is ever so good!

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  33. Hebrews compares Melchizedek to Christ, because Melchizedek was a priest-king who appears out of nowhere into the Biblical narrative, with no explanation of how he came there, no line of ancestors or descent, no recorded birth or death, so that his presence in the Biblical narrative neither begins or ends, but just is (Hebrew 7:1-3). Jesus had an Incarnational humanity, had an ancestral line, but because he is God, like Melchizedek’s role in the story of Abraham, he simply is (John 8:58).

    There is actually more information to be gained, indirectly, about Melchizedek. It says he was king of Salem, and there is one city, close enough tothe location of Sodom and Gomorrah, that has borne the name of Salem for millennia, Jerusalem. The Canaanite tribe of the Jebusites held it, even after Israel conquered the land, until David wrested it from them (II Samuel 5:6-9). Even after David’s conquest, the Jebusites king still held the land where the temple would be built until David bought it from him in order to sacrifice and stop the plague he had incurred (II Samuel 24:18-23). So, it seems likely Melchizedek was a Jebusite king in Canaan, but how or why he came to be, as a Canaanite, who were already notorious for their idolatry, to be serving God, is something that is never explained, and something God clearly never intended to explain, but his presence serves as a reminder that God’s Spirit goes where he wills (John 3:8).

    It is interesting to note that Araunah, the last king of the Jebusites, seems, in his brief interaction with David, to understand something of the God whom David serves. I have been reading the minor prophets, and occasionally, something will jump out of the prophecies that I have not noticed before and I will have to go back and read it again. There was a mention of the Jebusites in Zechariah 9:5-7, in a prophecy that both fortells the downfall of the Philistines and also of their eventual salvation:

    “Ashkelon will see it and be afraid;
    Gaza too, and will writhe in great pain,
    as will Ekron, for her hope will fail.
    There will cease to be a king in Gaza,
    and Ashkelon will become uninhabited.
    A mongrel people will live in Ashdod,
    and I will destroy the pride of the Philistines.
    I will remove the blood from their mouths
    and the detestable things
    from between their teeth.
    Then they too will become a remnant for our God;
    they will become like a clan in Judah
    and Ekron like the Jebusites.”

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  34. Roscuro – Some folks used to say (maybe they still do) that the Palestinians of today are the descendants of the Philistines. Do you think that could be true, or is it just a myth?

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  35. DJ – What is kinda funny about the movie-taking-place-in-Georgia-but-filmed-in-South-Carolina is that I’ve read that Georgia is kind of the new Hollywood. My (Facebook) friend Neill is a professional “extra” who lives in Georgia and seems to work pretty regularly. (He and MakeItMan used to attend the same church.)

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  36. One of my agent’s day job is as an insurance adjuster. He came to look at my house today. I have more damage that I thought. There are water marks in the front bedroom and he got on the roof. There are shingles missing that weren’t visible from the from the ground. He told me to call my insurance company in the morning and let them send their adjuster.
    Here I was thinking I was lucky. I still am. He reported the attic is dry and no visible mold.

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  37. Kizzie, that’s true. Seems like filming it in the actual location of the story line wouldn’t have been that problematic, but who knows; film was made in 2010, maybe that would be easier now that back then.

    The update on our LAPD police station last night:

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    Officer assaulted at LAPD station in San Pedro; suspect took officer’s gun and opened fire — no one struck in exchange of shots

    Gunfire broke out in the lobby of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Harbor Station in San Pedro on Saturday night after a man came in, got into a fight with a desk officer and gained control of his gun. Police said the man then opened fire and a supervisor returned fire, but no one was struck by the shots. The desk officer was being treated for an assault, possibly a pistol-whipping, and a 29-year-old suspect was later arrested. ,..

    Later, LAPD Chief Michel Moore explained during a news conference at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center what had happened:

    It began when the suspect walked into the lobby of the station, which technically would have been closed to the public because of the coronavirus, though the door may have been left cracked open. A desk officer came to see if he needed assistance and there was a discussion that led to an altercation, though officials did not immediately detail what the fight was about. …

    … Garcetti tweeted, “Sending my best wishes for a quick and full recovery to our LAPDHQ officer injured in an incident at the Harbor Station tonight. The officer is in stable condition and we’re closely monitoring the situation.”

    Earlier Saturday, an off-duty officer had his car shot at while driving in Reseda….

    … he shots fired at the officer missed him but hit his car, the LAPD reported. …

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  38. Sorry about the house damage, Kim, but sounds pretty minimal considering?

    My neighbors are off to their other home in the desert for 2 weeks so I’m picking up their mail and feeding the fish in the backyard pond.

    Looks like Biden’s in fighting form this morning. It’s going to be a rough ride for Coney Barrett, naturally.

    Church begins in about 40 minutes, sermon today is on Philippians as we made our way through a full, 66-book survey/overview of the Bible (one book a week).

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  39. On driving, yes, I’m feeling very skittish right now. I drove to Sprouts, just a few miles away, to pick up milk, oj and just a couple other things I was out of; I found myself feeling so nervous behind the wheel. That accident just really spooked me.

    And this rental, which is a newer hybrid, has a backup camera — it should be a help in backing out of my long driveway, but when I tried using it for the first time yesterday I found I had a hard time really trusting it.

    Looks like I’ll probably try to drive as little as possible, at least for now.

    I’m much less traumatized than I was in the day or two after it happened, but it’s clearly sticking with me a little bit.

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  40. Back to the movie filming. Seems I remember that the author of the book writes for the Christian market. Maybe it is difficult to find a Christian producer in Atlanta besides Tyler Perry who may be Christian? The Kendrick brothers are way south of Atlanta. So that is probably what dictated it being made in NC.

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  41. Kizzie, there was a book ‘Philistine’, that Pastor A had that made that claim. I never read it, but Youngest did, and I gather it was if an extremely dispensationalism pro-Israel bent – Pastor A had been trained in dispensationalism tradition, and while he rejected imposing such a framework in his preaching, it was always a clear influence in his interpretation of current events. Second at that time, before her marriage, was very pro-Jewish/Istael, but she thought then that the book went a bit far in arguing that the Palestinians were descendants of the Philistines and therefore were Satanic and needed to be driven out of the land. After all, as the passage in Zechariah indicates, salvation is for all peoples, even the historically inveterate enemies of Israel.

    It is quite probable that the Palestinians people are a mixture of all the surrounding and interlaced tribes in Israel, many of whom were given, in the prophets promises of hope, including Moab and Ammon (God promises to bring again the captivity of both), the nomadic Rechabites (it is quite possible that the Bedouin tribes of Southern Israel, who have been forcibly resettled and suffer the systemic poverty all forcibly settled nomads do, are descendants of the Rechabites. The Gibeonites are no doubt somewhere in the mix too, as they became the Nethinim, temple servants who returned with the Babylonian captives. As Zechariah says, the Philistines would become a mongrel people. The is no straight line if descent to be traced, but genetic studies that compared DNA in ancient Canaanite burial grounds with modern day Lebanese found that modern Lebanese showed descent from the Canaanites, which is not surprising, as Lebanon was the site of Tyre and Sidon, the great Canaanite, also called Phoenician, merchant empire that colonized the Mediterranean, including its most famous colony of Carthage in North Africa. Many modern Palestinians are descended from peasants who worked the land for generations while overlords from Byzantium, the Crusaders, the Ottomans, and the Egyptians came and went, and it is probable, as peasants tied to the land their ancestry p
    extends back to the Roman Empire (of which Byzantium was the Eastern offshoot) and beyond. It was absentee landowners that sold their land out from underneath them to the European Zionist movement in the early 1900s. As the Zionist created collective farms, the peasants found themselves landless and their exasperation grew to the boiling point during the British Protectorate, spilling over into the continual guerilla warfare that has existed in the area since.

    But I am not sure there is great interest in archeological research concerning the origin of the Palestinians by Israeli scholars, to see if they are descendants of the Philistines and the remnants of the Canaanite tribes. If they are, they have been there longer, and the whole nationalist premise of the Jews being the original inhabitants of the land breaks down. But Israel might do well to re-examine the recorded history of the ancient kingsdom, they would find that Israel, at its strongest under David and his line, incorporated those mongrel peoples and thrived for so doing, and that David himself was a mongrel with a Canaanite great grandmother and a Moabite grandmother. After all, it is clear, from the laws of Moses regarding provision for the fatherless, widows, and strangers, that God expected strangers to live among the Israelites.

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  42. Roscuro – Thanks. When I was a young Christian and heard the theory from someone I looked up to, I believed it. But as the years went by, I came to believe it was probably a myth.

    Janice – Yes, I have read that Tyler Perry is a Christian.

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  43. There was a Black Lives Matter march/protest in my little town yesterday. I didn’t go, but I have seen photos and video, and read accounts by people on both sides of the issue. It was a pretty big gathering for our small town.

    I mentioned yesterday that as the people marched up Main St., a group of counter protesters on the other side of the street continually revved their motorcycle engines, and several were giving “the finger” to folks on the other side of the street. The BLM marchers seemed to be pretty calm.

    One man who is against the protest insisted that they were rude, and kept bringing up ONE lady caught on camera saying something rude. Every time he wanted to make his point, he brought up this ONE lady. Meanwhile, a couple of other women who marched in the BLM protest with their children wrote that there were men from the counter-protest side yelling and swearing at them (in front of the children). That was conveniently ignored by the man obsessed by the words of one protester.

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  44. My daughter will have her power turned off today. Our electric company is doing the personal safety power shut offs. They have changed their policy and Grass Valley and Nevada City will have power, but the more rural heavily treed areas will lose power. Preparing for the same wind as Michelle.

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  45. Altogether polite protests (no matter what “side”) are rare (and even if they start out that way they don’t usually stay that way) — simply due to the high emotional atmosphere, intense cause allegiances & the sheer emotion of being in a like-minded, usually fervent crowd ramped up to push a point.

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  46. What a difficult situation for you all, Jo and Michelle!

    DJ, you will get used to the back up camera if you keep working at it. A funny story about rental cars: My daughter rented one when we went to Alaska. It was not one she or I was familiar with and had one of the ignitions where the key did not need to be actually used. It was fine until we got to the hotel and she kept trying to turn the car off. I was trying to find out what was wrong by reading the manual. We did finally figure out that her foot had to be on the brake for the car to shut off!

    We have had our car for a couple of years and I had to refer to the manual to find out why our hazard lights were suddenly on and the horn blowing intermittently. We were in our own yard and my husband had accidently hit the button while turning off the ignition. That was enough excitement for us for awhile. 😉

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  47. I have an uncle who stays in Wisconsin for part of the year and then goes back to California where he lives. He has breathing issues and may need to stay here for a longer season with all the fires there. This was a recent conversation during a call from him to tell my sister that my dad’s sister’s husband just past away. This was not unexpected as he has had health issues, but he was the second uncle here to pass away along with my daughter’s MIL. Her interment ceremony was yesterday with just close family. We are missing many funerals with the Covid situation.

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  48. I am reading through the changes to my Medicare Advantage plan for the next year. Not my favorite reading material but something I need to do. It will be interesting to note any changes to the good Aetna plan since they got bought out by CVS.

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  49. We got our ditch dug. Well, I didn’t. But I did babysit so daughter could dig. Now they are laying down drain pipe and gravel and then will fill it back in. Something like one hundred fifty feet long, starting at about seven feet deep and ending by draining into the creek. Hopefully, our pressure tank vault will no longer fill up with water, corroding the fittings and blowing out the pressure tank and pump. That stuff gets costly.

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  50. Washed the kitchen floor. Fed the neighbor’s fish (do koi fish “hear”? should I be talking to them?)

    I still need to water the plants out front, did the backyard already. But first I may sit on the front porch for a little while and read.

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  51. I hope your reading is more entertaining than my reading, DJ.

    The Medicare plan has many $5-$10 cost increases on a lot of things. The consolation prize is that if I choose to get a colonoscopy this year it costs $275, but if I wait until 2021 the cost will be $0. Maybe they should actually pay us to do that in all fairness. I know I am overdue, but it’s so easily put off.

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  52. DG was the younger flower girl in my niece’s wedding yesterday; the groom’s little sister was the older flower girl. The ceremony was outside, and older flower girl pulled a little red wagon with younger flower girl riding in it. 🙂

    The bride and groom were to be attended by five groomsmen and five bridesmaids, but the maid of honor couldn’t make it to the wedding. The travel ban means she’s stuck in Norway, where she had moved last year. 2nd Arrow stood in as the (matron) of honor, performing the customary duties associated with that position. Which also meant she could walk up to the altar with her husband, who was the best man. (Two of the other groomsmen escorted one of the bridesmaids so that all nine of the attendants could walk up with at least one other person.)

    Beautiful day yesterday. Skies were overcast all day, but it didn’t rain. Temps in the low 70s and a nice breeze blowing felt neither too hot nor too cold. A very nice early-fall day for a wedding.

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  53. By they way, to clarify, husband and children did not dig it all. A guy with a backhoe showed up for the last ninety feet and made short work of the project. He will be back to fill in the remainder this week if all goes according to plan. Husband is off buying gravel to finish around the drain pipe. Nice to get that done before winter sets in.

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  54. That leaves granddaughter and I to play around here. She is busy cruising and practicing balance work. I am focusing on teaching her not to touch the stove.

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  55. I have two new students starting in October. One begins Thursday the 1st, and her sister starts the following Monday. I’m looking forward to meeting and teaching them. The younger is in 3rd grade and the older in 8th. They’ve both had a little informal piano instruction, but nothing approaching regular or formal teaching, but the family wants to pursue that now.

    So this will be 18 students now, and they are at good times in my schedule. I had a few gaps between students on both days, and they will both be in a couple of the in-between times. It will be nice to have those students and not have to be to work earlier or stay later to accommodate them.

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  56. Earlier I mentioned a video of one of the BLM protesters saying something “rude”. It was actually more than rude, but said in that “sounding tough” way that people often do when they are really just blowing off steam. (And she did not do anything violent or threatening.) One of my FB friends in town shared the video of the lady, and a guy commented, “Someone needs to take that b**** out!” I doubt he saw the inconsistency in that.

    Looks like the only bad behavior yesterday came from the “other” side, not the BLM protesters. Some people also said that they were harassed by some of the counter protesters.

    Just goes to show that we always think it’s folks on the other side of an issue who are behaving badly. That goes for other political matters, too. It’s easy to recognize when folks on the “other side” behave badly, but turn a blind eye to folks on “our side” behaving badly.

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  57. I really don’t care for bad behavior from either side. I wish I had the ability to turn a blind eye, but in my case it would be two near blind eyes! I recently saw some posts on Facebook from someone I know through church who had angry sounding posts. I private messaged her to let her know they did not sound like posts from a Christian.

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  58. What?! I tried to bust in with the Kia Soul rental. I guess it was too wimpy. Or maybe it was the driver who was too wimpy.

    I want my Jeep. sniff.

    I remember a Christian mentor of mine years ago saying how concerned she was about believers getting involve in the social justice movement and how gatherings can so easily cause us to forget our calling and fall into rudeness.

    Protests of all kinds should be avoided (I think) or entered into with only the greatest of caution.

    Most unravel quickly and even violently.

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  59. The Kia’s backup camera probably just confused me.

    I’m watching another perfect-ending Hallmark movie, about a recent 30-something widow and widower, both with kids, in the same church, who, of course, find each other. Sweet.

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  60. Thanks, DJ, for the links. This is a “political” comment, but it’s responding to a post on this thread, and this thread is probably about finished for the week.

    I”m not a Trump supporter and haven’t made up my mind about whether I’ll vote for him this time around or sit out the presidential race again this year. (It will be mail-in ballots either way, for those who say they don’t “know” anyone planning to vote by mail.) But in the French anti-Trump column (link posted September 26, 10:36 p.m.), the most insightful of the comments was probably this one:

    “I am surprised to see Mr. French openly back Biden here. That weakens his overall NeverTrump position. In backing Biden, Mr. French is explicitly making the exact same pragmatic choice NeverTrumpers criticized reluctant Trump voters like me for. He is looking at two flawed candidates from the major parties and picking the one he thinks is best for the country. Whether he is picking the right one is well worth debating, but make no mistake, he is not here advocating a third way that seeks only virtuous candidates. That is a considerable change – indeed a complete about face – from what I once believed Mr. French to be advocating. And I would note that we should absolutely seek virtuous candidates and hold them accountable when they fall short; evangelicals like me simply face hard decisions in years like 2016 and 2020 when neither major party is fielding much in the way of virtue.”

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  61. I think the backhoe driver was some guy named Vic, wearing pink flip flops.

    Does that sound about right? 😉

    I missed the bit of conversation yesterday about musician’s egos. It is funny that came up when it did, because just the day before that, I had been pondering to myself whether the root of my problem with performance anxiety in recent years might be a sign of an inflated ego.

    Performing music as a child and young adult never caused me any anxiety. Now, in my fifties, it does. I can’t see any reason for it except that it must be self-centeredness at its root. It’s like, after literally 50 years of playing the piano, I have to prove to whomever listens to my music that I can play like someone who’s been doing it for half a century.

    That’s ego. That’s me concerning myself with me and my image.

    I think.

    Our pastors are currently preaching on Philippians. Part of the sermon text today was 2:3.

    Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

    That first phrase especially spoke to me: selfish ambition, vain conceit. That stuff lurks so easily, especially, IMO, in performance situations. Accolades are heady; more times than you might imagine, I’ve wanted those types of strokes.

    But what to do about that mindset is what I’ve begun to pray for wisdom on. Is my heart right with God? Am I giving Him the glory in all things musical? Have I fooled myself into thinking I am glorifying God when I may actually be making performing “all about me”?

    I need look no further than my own heart to find egotism.

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