68 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-8-21

  1. I’m so sorry about the loss of your mother-in-law, AJ. My condolences to you and your girls and all her loved ones.

    Prayers,
    6 arrows

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  2. Well they found out that the mitsubishi pajero that I have been driving needs a new battery. Great, but they don’t have a battery, but they hope to get it in a week. That is life. So God is insuring that I get my walks in this week. The dentist will have to wait for two weeks until he has an appointment open and there is a vehicle here for us to rent. Good thing that I am not in pain. I visited my classroom where my aide is busily cleaning. We talked and no one told her that the room would be painted. So I went through and talked about what needs to be taken down. Then we went to see the painters so that she could see what was happening. She knew them so they had a good talk. I then told the preschool teachers that they were probably going to have their rooms painted too.

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  3. I’m sure you have heard about the rant of the psychrists by now. The fac that she published such a statement says more about her than the statement.

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  4. Lots of folks are scrambling here to leave. It seems that, at the last minute. Qatar airlines decided to eliminate one of their flights from Singapore to Doha. So eleven folks here had to quickly change flights and be ready to leave sooner. When you think about it, that involved aviation scheduling flights to get them to the capital to catch their first flight. And the clinic needed to get their covid test done. So much to do just to be ready. But, God has got this. Nothing catches Him by surprise.

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  5. Good morning! I see the blog is busy with talk. It’s a talkative day all over. My brother called and woke me and talked to me and then he talked to Art. Then Art told me Miss Bosley had been in wild mode running all around which I knew nothing about because I had slept through the noise. And I heard ‘commotion’ next door with visitors and dogs barking. In the background I hear the birds talking which is what I usually hear at 7 a.m.

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  6. The problem is: Everyone wants to come to America.
    Do you ever stop to be thankful that you live here, and not on theborder trying to get here?

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  7. Good Morning…that is just the sweetest birdie up there ♥️
    I awakened to the sad news that our friend passed away in the wee hours of the morning. His family surrounded him in the hospital as he peacefully entered into the presence of our Lord.

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  8. Good morning. I tried posting last night but Mrs L had already turned off the Wifi. So here I am.

    Behave yourselves, as you usually do.

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  9. Chas- It’s not that the people Jo mentions want to come here as immigrants, but that they are Americans living in PNG mostly as missionaries who want to come home on furlough.

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  10. I was just reading the World article on the numbers of cross border students. Kind of odd in my mind, to send your four year old into another country for school. Of course, it is odd in my mind to send a four year old to school. But I certainly understand their desire for their children to be educated.

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  11. I got the impression many were the children of expats choosing to live in Mexico, but wanted their children 1. better educated and 2. in English.

    But, yes, curious, that.

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  12. I have plenty to whine about this morning but am choosing the high ground and won’t bore you. #Self-righteous

    The major problem, other than photos everywhere in my house, is I really don’t want to return to the real world of busyness.

    Except for the part about traveling.

    Or not. 🙂

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  13. This was interesting from World’s Sift this morning:

    Ransomware attack funds recovered
    The Justice Department recovered most of the multimillion-dollar ransom Colonial Pipeline paid Russian-based hackers last month, officials said. The attack shut down operations at the nation’s largest fuel pipeline and caused gas shortages all along the East Coast.

    How did they do it?

    The recovery operation was a first for the new, specialized ransomware task force created by Biden’s Justice Department to counter the increasing threat of criminal cyber gangs who target U.S. corporations. The task force seized the cryptocurrency paid to the hacker group by identifying a virtual currency wallet used by the group. Colonial Pipeline paid 75 bitcoins—then worth $4.5 million—to regain access to its systems. The Justice Department retrieved 85 percent of the ransom, or 63.7 Bitcoins, which due to the fluctuations in bitcoin value is now only worth $2.3 million.

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  14. Michelle,

    The story from the DoJ once again doesn’t pass the smell test.

    “DOJ Claims It Recovered Millions in Bitcoin Paid to Colonial Pipeline Hackers

    The explanation raises a lot of questions. How did the DOJ get the key to access the Bitcoin? Was the professional hacker group that sloppy?”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/06/doj-claims-it-recovered-millions-in-bitcoin-paid-to-colonial-pipeline-hackers/

    “The Department of Justice announced it recovered millions in Bitcoin that Colonial Pipeline paid DarkSide after a ransomware attack shut down the main pipeline for gas on the East Coast.

    But many crypto experts raised their eyebrows with this announcement.”

    ———

    “What Crypto Experts Say
    I am no crypto expert, but I know enough to know the story from the DOJ is a little…off.

    First off, Colonial Pipeline paid 75 BTC. The DOJ only retrieved 63.7 BTC.

    Where is the rest of the money?

    Second, DarkSide is a professional group. It does not keep a BTC in a wallet accessible only by password.

    The crypto experts secure their BTC. In other words, you can only access their BTC if you have the device that stores the BTC. You can have their password, but you’d only see their balance.

    This leads to the most crucial question: How did the DOJ receive the private key of that final wallet housing the majority of the BTC?

    As I said, DarkSide is professional. It likely does not hold its BTC in a wallet only accessible by a password.

    Crypto experts and others who understand crypto raised important questions and observations on Twitter.”

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  15. Little Brother, he was talking about the psych who said she daydreamed about shooting white people with her revolver.

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  16. Yesterday was crazy busy for me with two big stories that took all day.

    This morning I’m trying to juggle scheduling vet visits (scheduled now for 11:30 a.m. Wed and Fri) for Cowboy’s treatments which are really helping but I’m hoping to talk to the vet about whether we can scale back on these now. Logistically it’s really complicated juggling work and my good and helpful neighbor’s schedule for help in boosting the dog into the car for the ride (which Cowboy thoroughly enjoys once he’s up and in and can watch the world fly by from his back seat window).

    I’m not following much national news these days, so none of that means much to me. It’s actually rather nice, a political personal disconnect and vacation from it all for now. As the world turns, I’m taking a break except for stuff I need to personally cover in my own world. Our union ballots will be opened and counted in a ‘zoom’ meeting at 10 a.m. Friday, but I’ll be on the road going to the vet’s by then. I mailed my ballot this weekend so they should have it today or tomorrow.

    Covid-wise (ducking King Peter I, Prince Charles and Lady-in-Waiting mumsee), it does appear we’re still on schedule in CA to “open up” everything on June 15. Almost hard to grasp that concept. Just in time for the 4th of July and the rest of summer. No more masks soon? We can only hope …

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  17. something ain’t right.
    It wasn’t from the beginning.
    People who want to harm someone do not broadcast it at the beginning.
    The comment was obviously meant to stir up some trouble.
    Who said that? And where are they now?

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  18. It is amazing what a few days of ninety plus temps will do to your system. I am feeling cold in my house and it is sixty two in here!

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  19. No talk of severance pay. No talk of pay at all, actually. No warning. Not even a reprimand. Just one day he wakes up and his job has been moved on to another.

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  20. I mean, really. The guy is what? Ninety one? Where is he going to find such a job again? It is not like he needed the money….But the sense of duty, the accolades for a job well done. They go far in giving life meaning.

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  21. Chas are you talking about the psych? She said her statements would be controversial and would stir things up. She did it deliberately, kind of like yelling fire in a movie theater. She wanted her fifteen minutes of fame, got it. She wanted to stir things up, got it. Was she trying to trigger people to go out and shoot white people?

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  22. i’m afraid that I’m far behind here. But the question has been answered.
    I wa talking about the rand the lady made.

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  23. Interesting piece from Veith on how yesteryear’s James Bond movies play today:

    https://www.patheos.com/blogs/geneveith/2021/06/james-bond-after-50-years/

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    ~ We’ve been watching the Sean Connery James Bond movies (streaming free at Pluto and Tubi), which are now over 50 years old, giving them the status of ‘classics.’

    I know, I know, a guilty pleasure, bad influence of the 1960s, negative elements, etc., etc. I’ll concede all that. But it’s interesting to see how far we’ve come and how low we’ve sunk since those times of my adolescence. … What is shocking is Bond’s political incorrectness …

    … Also evident is another strain in the 1960s that we often forget about. This was not simply the decade of the hippies and the yippies. It was the decade of Kennedy, the space program, the Cold War. The can-do attitude was everywhere, and it was a time of supreme American confidence. All of that ended, I suppose, with the Vietnam War. Today the United States is paralyzed with cynicism, factionalism, self-doubt, and an inability to know if we are good guys or bad guys.

    The James Bond movies, the early ones at least, are a bracing immersion into another more energetic era. And, as movies, they really stand up to the test of time. They are ridiculously entertaining. …

    ________________________

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  24. You’ll have to excuse the typos. My vision is gettting worse. I try to proofread what I post, but that doesn’t even work anymore.

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  25. In those days, Donna, we didn’t put good guys on the street and bad guys into the presidencey.
    I’m talking about the Trump-Biden switch here.

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  26. Chas, I’m not so sure Trump belongs fully in the “good guy” camp. He was a decent president, but a hold-your-nose vote for many who voted for him,

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  27. I believe that Trump wants to govern America, not advance a personal agenda.
    I just do not trust the Bidens.

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  28. I just listened to that lady who hates whites. People like that really have log in the eye syndrome. It’s so weird. That was in my Bible reading this a.m., about the log in the eye. There has to be something really wrong in a brain that thinks that way. She has a sickness.

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  29. I am going to start a six week Precept Bible study this evening about fasting. It should be interesting to do a topical study on a subject I have often wanted to know more about. It will be by Zoom.

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  30. I see on TV where the possibility of an coronavirus leak is possible.
    Now. How a bout a deliberate attempt to penetrate out culture. China could benefit from this .

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  31. Janice, I, also, have been interested in the concept and theory abut fasting. It is an OT practice and has been practiced in NT situations.
    I have tried it a couple of times but only got a headache and no visible spiritual benefit.

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  32. Chas, I have done one day juice fasts a number of times. I did not get headaches, but by the end of the day I felt cold, even in summer, from lack of energy used burning calories. I never felt I was totally “in” the full attitude of fasting. It seemed a good and worthwhile thing to do, but I need to be more intentional to pray while fasting. I was only partially engaged back when I fasted if that makes sense. When I fast while at home there are always things to do. I can understand why the Holy Spirit led Jesus into the desert to fast. In that setting, praying while fasting seems logical since there is nothing to do out there away from everything.

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  33. I will be interested to hear what you learn. I have tried looking into it but all I seem to find is health benefits not spiritual purposes. Though one guy did add that it seemed to make him more spiritually attuned.

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  34. I’m not necessarily recommending that, but seems like one of the more grounded books you might find on the topic for those interested in pursuing it.

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  35. The Precepts study is going to stick closely to Scripture. In the intro it said there are 50 scripture passages on fasting in the Bible. The name of the short study guide is Key Principals of Biblical Fasting by Kay Arthur and Pete De Lacy.

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  36. The book is very simple with Scripture passages (NASB) on one side of the page, with prompts to observe and questions to discuss. A few insights are included regarding what specific words mean in Hebrew. The lady teaching is not in my church, but she taught my Wed. Morning group for one or two sessions.

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  37. Re: Classic James Bond movies – One noticeable difference in the classics with today is that in the old movies, we saw the man and woman heading into the bedroom, then saw them coming out. What went on in the room was left to the imagination. Now, nothing is left there as we see them in the room together doing, well, you know what.

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  38. I keep saying that it is the little things. I could not get refunded for some of my immunizations because I did not have the receipt. So I skyped the health clinic and got no response, so I skyped again. This morning i had two responses both with the needed receipt attached and they apologized as they hadn’t listened to their messages. I thanked them and they both responded again. One even knew me from church. and then they responded again when I did. God is building relationships and providing for our needs.

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  39. You are making me hungry. Time for breakfast.
    I did some fasting last year. I made sure that I did a 24 hour fast not longer. Which means I began with skipping dinner one night and then eating dinner the next night. If you begin with skipping breakfast, you will end up with a 36 hour fast.

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  40. Peter, I think the more recent Bond movies are not too graphic when it comes to romance — but they are more prone to blowing things up and seeing more ca-pow violence. Rated PG13, I think? People like those movies for the nonstop action which usually involves fast cars and guns and chase scenes. Not a lot of romance, really, just maybe a “Bond” girl in a bikini somewhere.

    Sean Connery was probably the classic Bond — I didn’t see a lot of those older versions, though. I like the last/recent guy who reminds me of Steve McQueen. (But I’m blanking on the actor’s name.)

    But can Bond even survive in the ‘me too’ and woke culture? Maybe not. He’s very anti-woke.

    Glad Jo found her receipts. Sounds complicated, having to do everything so long-distance, but glad it worked out. Now you just have to get through that dental work.

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  41. I may be mistaken, but in reading Isaiah 58, it seems to me that it is referring to hypocritical fasting, not the kind that Jesus referred to (or was done in other parts of the New Testament). In that case, God would much prefer a person to “loose the bonds of wickedness,” etc., but that doesn’t necessarily mean, I don’t think, that believers should not fast at appropriate times as long as it is not done in a hypocritical fashion.

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  42. That is what I am trying to figure out. We are told “when you fast” indicating there will be times to fast, but it is expected we know how. Or perhaps there is no how, only that we do.

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  43. Kizzie, you are right. The passage is explaining how people may be fasting in the wrong manner and then it goes into what God finds pleasing in verses 6-8. In discussion I said that if fasting is done properly then there will be recognizable results. I was reminded of the similarity between results from fasting and how if the Holy Spifit is indwelling then the evidence is the Fruit of the Spirit flowing through a person’s life and bearing fruit. Back when I did my juice fasts, I did not really know what to do besides the physical fast and a bit of prayer. One lady has questions about that. Our study will get into all that, but up front we have learned what not to do.

    And after reading the scriptures we did discuss the phrase “when you fast” meaning that it is assumed Christians will have times of fasting.

    It was not in the book but the leader spoke a bit about how fasting is done in other religions. She said that the only required fast for Jews is the fast on the Day of Atonement.

    There were four of the ladies from my church Bible study who joined in tonight with over twenty participating from various areas around the city. We all prayed together at the end. It was sweet.

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  44. Ordered. And I look forward to hearing as you learn, Janice.

    By the way, DJ, for your ears only. The book is by Piper but he had help. Seems not only David Platt but also Francis Chan worked on it but we won’t mention them.

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  45. Janice, I’m not sure I agree that if fasting is done correctly there necessarily will be recognizable results. The sounds a bit like fasting to “accomplish” something. Are there necessarily recognizable results if I pray, if I attend church? Yes, over time–but not necessarily every time.

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  46. i don’t understand none of this.
    But I gather it hs to do with fasting.
    And I just finished breakfast.So?

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