55 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 5-4-21

  1. Good morning so far, but more bad weather is on its way. It may be an in and out of the closet day like yesterday. Glad you are not expecting an in the closet day, Chas.

    I am really tired. The hours Art is working is too much. I see him from 11 p.m. to midnight when I have a little food prepared for him to comfort him. Then we are up around 7:30 when I make his eggs and then he is on his way again. Last night I did not get to sleep until sometime after 2 a.m. so that is why I feel so tired.


  2. Knowing a friend is praying is the best, Chas. Janice, may you find rest in the midst of the storm. I am going to get some sleep now. I believe that I will skip market in the morning.

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  3. Good morning.

    Still reading in Exodus. Yesterday’s discussion on law and such touched on this. I found it interesting in relation to our current political climate:
    “Whoever steals a man and sells him, and anyone found in possession of him, shall be put to death.”
    Since it is in the Reader’s Bible, it does not have chapter or verse but it is page 177 if that helps.

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  4. I am down to have words again for whatever reason. 😦

    Each line disappears when I make a new paragraph.

    Prayers, Janice, for you and our daughter etc. in bad weather today.

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  5. Can y’all install the WordPress Reader’s App and see if that helps? You don’t get the graphics, but you can always get out of the app and view it the other way to see the headers.


  6. The main garbage pickup did not happen yesterday. I hate leaving my can out again in the weather. I once lost a can that got blown or washed away down the hill never to be recovered. Yesterday they picked up the yard waste and the recycling, but the third truck never came. Maybe the truck is in for repair? Maybe I should get my can back to the carport before the storms rage? Decisions, decisions . . . and the stinky garbage grows stinkier.


  7. A curiosity to me: how did the Thessalonians grow in the Lord? I know they had the Spirit to instruct them, which is enough. But what else? As I recall, God, through Paul, established the church and then three weeks later, Paul and his group had to move on. But everything would indicate they continued to grow and thrive according to the reports. Did they have some of the letters being shared between churches by then? Were the gospels set down yet? Was it all old testament and their eyes could now see?

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  8. Michelle, but getting about between churches was not as easy as today. Where was the nearest to them fellowship of believers? Are you suggesting other itinerant preachers?

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  9. Ah, I see from my M Study Bible that Thessaloniki was rather a hub of activity. Lots of people lived there and many more passed through so that is quite likely.

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  10. Mumsee, Paul went to Berea and then on to Athens after he fled from Thessalonica. In his first epistle, he says while he was in Athens he sent Timothy to establish them in the faith (I Thessalonians 3:1) and by the salutation Paul writes and his mention of Timothy returning with a good report (3:6-13), Paul probably wrote his first letter to the Thessalonians after Timothy rejoined him in Corinth (Acts 18:5). So he did not leave them long without a teacher.

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  11. I pulled the garbage bin off the street so it won’t float away but left it by the curb. A lawn guy hastily pulled up to park on the street and quickly mow a nearby lawn. He is in a race with time and the storms. He can earn a lot mowing a front yard quickly in this neighborhood. But his mower seems to keep cutting out on him. Poor guy. I need to pray for him. I hear distant thunder, or is it just jets?

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  12. Thoughtful questions for reflection, Mumsee. We have the written word for our nourishing daily bread to aid our spiritual growth. God is the great Provider and Providence so He had His ways. Even nature gives lessons about Him, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, Three-In-One God.


  13. And now another crew pulled their truck up and they have several blowers going across the street. It sounds like I am living in a beehive today!🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝


  14. Considering our state was once “Ground Zero” for the coronavirus, this continues to amaze us:



    California coronavirus cases plummet despite surges in Oregon, Washington

    Even as Oregon and Washington face new COVID-19 surges, there is growing optimism that California remains in recovery mode as coronavirus cases continued to fall dramatically along with related deaths.

    California has continued to do better than any state, with the lowest per capita coronavirus case rate in the nation over the last week. Texas has double California’s rate; New York, quadruple; and Florida has nearly five times California’s case rate. Michigan still has the nation’s highest rate, 252 cases per 100,000 residents — nearly eight times California’s rate of 33 cases per 100,000 residents (the national figure is 102 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week).

    “In California, we’ve done much better,” UC San Francisco epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford said. “We’re truly No. 1 here again: So we have a 37% decline in cases overall, and a 5% decline in hospitalizations, and almost a 50% drop, over the last two weeks, in terms of mortality.”

    The coronavirus positivity rate “has fallen like a rock,” he added, hovering around 1%. …

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  15. Our snow is melting. We are said to have real Spring weather for the next four days…then winter wants to come back and bring his friend snow with him..I’m ok with it as long as he leaves his friend Jack Frost at home…… ⛄️ 🥶

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  16. I’d say it’s a combination of the vaccine (taken early and by a good percentage of those who qualified here) + those who already have had the virus (estimated at fairly high numbers now) which are getting us closer to that ‘herd immunity’ magic mark?

    Not sure, and things can always change, but for now we are grateful. Compared to where we were just in November/December, it’s a big (and positive) change.

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  17. Thanx Mumsee: I have indeed been blessed to have her for 64 years. And the separation happened the best way. She would not be able to stay here alone, as I am doing. It worked out the best way.
    Though, you understand I’m sure. I miss her every day. I don’t have much to say, even talking to myself these days. Everyone is so busy with life. And I can’t blame them.
    I know there is no marriage in Heaven, (I think I’ve said this before) but I hope we know each other. She was a prearranged blessing to me.

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  18. I got an odd phone call yesterday.

    Me: “Hello?”

    Young Man: “Hello?”
    Me: “Hello.”
    YM: “Hi. I was in a car crash last night, the air bag deployed, and my nose is broken.”
    Me: “I’m sorry to hear that. Who is this?”
    YM: “Your oldest grandson.”
    Me: “That’s very strange, because I have no grandson. You are either scamming me or you have the wrong number.”

    And I hung up.

    By saying “or you have the wrong number” I was giving him the benefit of the doubt that he might actually be in that situation. But it’s very unlikely. The pause at the beginning made it sound like the call was made by a robodialer, and it’s also strange that he didn’t say his name.

    I’ve heard that people use this ploy to scam money out of older people. They must have to make a whole lot of phone calls to get one person to fall for it. So sad that anyone would do that.

    I was also very careful never to say “Yes”, like in response to his “Hello?”. I’ve heard that some scammers will record your “Yes” and then doctor it to make it sound like you agreed to something.

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  19. The subject of the death penalty came up yesterday. I remembered an essay from Marvin Olasky in World from several years ago in which he argued that life in prison can be a worse punishment than the thought of death, and is actually less expensive than the process of capital punishment. He also mentioned the fact that as it is now, the sentence of death is not handed out fairly – wealthy people very rarely get the death penalty.

    In searching for that piece, I came upon this one, also from Olasky:

    “Old Testament judicial law is no longer required, for two reasons. First, the letter of the judicial law is no longer binding, due to Christ’s sacrifice. As the 370-year-old Westminster Confession of Faith states, God “gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the [Israelite] State of that people; not obliging any other now, further than the general equity thereof may require.” Second, the Mosaic law functioned within the boundaries of Israel but not outside it: Ancient Israel was a holiness theme park and other countries were not, so Israelites did not try to enforce those laws in Babylon, Persia, Greece, or Rome. (I’ve written about this extensively.)

    But the general equity—the principle of the law, that murder requires a severe reckoning—still stands. It seems to me that we should avoid declaring capital punishment either a cornerstone or a heresy. And maybe the difficulty of prosecuting murder cases along biblical lines (two or more eyewitnesses, severe penalties for false witness, witnesses casting the first stone) is telling in itself: Could God be saying that we cannot have the sureness of His standards of justice? Is He teaching us to admit that all of us sin, and all of us desperately need Christ?”


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  20. We just had a giant thunderboomer that made Miss Bosley shoot straight up and out of my lap. She dug into my thigh to manage her escape to “safety.” Now my hurt leg is further wounded. I have on new whitish sweat pants. Not a good combo with sharp cat claws. She is back now and meowed at me before she plopped down. Not a true, “I’m sorry, ” but I will give her grace anyways.

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  21. Chas, this weather is not the typical bands of storms. It is more of random outbursts all along, very unpredictable. Many neighbors ran out to finally get their garbage cans off the street when the rain let up. The garbage truck came during the rain storm but after the worst of it. The flowers, plants, and trees look so beaten down by all this weird weather. I was able to wash and dry two more loads of laundry. Still whittling down my mountains.


  22. Janice – Your earlier comment about being concerned about the trash cans blowing away reminded me of the time I left an umbrella outside by my front door. I couldn’t get it closed, so I left it there where it would supposedly be safe under the little entry roof-thingy we have.

    Not sure what to call that. We do not have a covered porch, but there is the space in front of the door has a small covered area with a peaked “roof” with a couple pillars holding it up.

    Anyways. . .I had forgotten all about the umbrella, and a few days later, my neighbor told me that she saw it floating down the brook in back, handle up, of course. The wind had caused it to blow from the front of the house to the back, across the backyard, and over a short fence to get to the brook. 😀

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  23. Kizzie, the death penalty predates Israel, and thus it is not simply part of Israelite law done away with by Christ, as Olasky suggests. I have heard that Romans didn’t use “the sword” to execute and therefore New Testament references to the sword aren’t relevant to the death penalty question; I don’t find the argument compelling, since clearly it is metaphorical. (If we speak of “an armed policeman,” we don’t mean that the main function of his job is to shoot people.)

    The death penalty was given to Noah, and may well have been in effect earlier (since Cain feared having his life taken). It seems to me that the death penalty for a life taken is simple justice–you have deliberately killed a human made in God’s image, and you forfeit your own life. (We also kill an animal that kills a human being unless it is something unusual, such as a zoo animal getting loose.)

    I do think there needs to be a high burden of proof, and not every killing needs to be a death-penalty case. But I lean toward saying that countries and states should have the death penalty for clear, well proven cases of murder. Not that it’s OK if they do, but that it is proper justice–the fitting punishment. Even if a government rarely uses it, it needs to be an available tool.

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  24. michelle, I agree — and have said before that I’m still holding my breath. But the outlook does seem positive (and that bodes well all the way around eventually — we now have weapons that can better fight this particular virus).

    It’s one of the few signs of actual hope in the past year.

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  25. Got the knee shot and am set up for an MRI next week to see if there’s something they’ve missed — this has been going on for close to a year now and while it’s way better than it was, it still isn’t “there” yet.

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  26. Cheryl – I agree that it should be available, mostly for the most egregious cases. But it does bother me that most people who have been sentenced to death were not well-off enough to afford a good lawyer.


  27. One postitive about having the death penalty is that it can sometimes be used to push a murderer to reveal where the body/bodies of his victim/s are.

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  28. That Exodus verse should have put an end to slavery before it became so common. (I know, it was only for the Israelites)


  29. Mumsee, laws against “manstealing” (kidnaping a person and selling him into slavery) are not part of the civil or ceremonial law; they are included in the moral law. The penalties enacted might be part of the civil law, but I don’t think anyone argues the prohibition itself is unique to Israel, any more than laws against murder are.


  30. I see on TV “Push to reopen America’s classrooms”
    They should never have been closed.
    QoD. What benefit would be gained by closing the classes?
    Kids will get together anyhow. That’s what kids do.


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