53 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-24-21

  1. Good morning AJ, et al.
    I just finished my breakfast. Drinking coffee and texxting you now. Off to devotions and prayertime for now.
    I’ll mention some of you to the Lord.

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  2. It’s going to be a hot one today. The Dog Days of summer. Maybe the banner should feature one of the blog dogs. Of course, I heard or read that the name “dog days” comes from the constellation that is most prominent this time of year. But I’m no astronomer, so all I can pick out arre the two dippers.

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  3. Morning! Handsome cardinal up there and I never realized the beak was red as well!
    We have a crazy squirrel visiting us lately. He knocked one hummingbird feeder down yesterday, breaking it. He pulled all the outside mousetraps away from the foundation and they were laying out in the yard. And it sounds like he is trying to make a nest or something on the roof! Time to set the trap!
    It will be cooler here today with much anticipated thunderstorms this afternoon. 😊

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  4. Good morning. It feels like nobody remembered to open the windows last night so may be a cooker inside as well. I am off to do chores, tend the gardens, water the yard and shrubs, and otherwise welcome the day with our God and King.

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  5. Good morning! I hear more tree work, a chain saw buzzing, in the neighborhood. Now the train is passing by which started the dog next door to barking. That was a very quick train. Not sure what to think about that.

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  6. A couple times or so, I have mentioned a Facebook friend who had been Hubby’s friend. This man, Bill, although a serious Christian, is so partisan (on the far-right) that he often shares things that are not true and actually are bearing false witness against certain people. It seems that his contempt (which borders on hate) for those on the left make him want to believe the worst of them. I would share with him articles debunking his posts, but he never replied nor deleted his posts. In fact, he at least once accused me of being “politically correct” for pointing out that a particular post was false.

    Anyway. . .It had been a while since I had bothered commenting on one of his false posts (and they seemed to have simmered down), but yesterday he shared something that besmirched a woman’s reputation by twisting her accidental or thoughtless action into something intended and hateful. Looking into it, I found that even Fox News reported it as not an intentional thing.

    For pointing that out, he accused me of being “woke”, defending “sick people”, and insinuated that I must hate our country. There were a couple comments between us, with me trying to be polite and reasonable and him being reactive and rude. One thing I wrote that especially incensed him was that those kinds of posts are bearing false witness. I had never come out and said that on his previous posts, but felt that it was finally time to “speak up” about that. He accused me of calling him a hypocrite.

    And then he unfriended me.

    That is just as well, I guess, but I will miss keeping up with what is going on with his young daughters. It just saddens me to see anyone, but especially a fellow believer, be so strongly partisan that they want to believe the worst of their political opponents.

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  7. Throughout the OT, Jerusalem’s kings are admonished to tear down the high places.

    I used to think they were sites of pagan worship, but lately in reading the OT, I realized they actually were altars and shrines the people set up to worship the One True God so they could worship Him in a more convenient place and manner for themselves.

    They weren’t taking their sacrifices and offerings to the temple, as God said to do.

    In that manner, they were not participating in the corporate body of their church, and thus “robbing” the tools the Body needed to function effectively.

    Do you think that’s a fair reading?

    Sitting here just now, it occurred to me that this may be the same attitude many hold about “not needing a church, just Jesus and me,” or, those who claim they can best worship God in nature or on the golf course.

    What do you think?

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  8. It is a sign of the times, Kizzie. People are very easily offended when people do not think like they do. Yes, it is sad, and I feel sad for your loss. He probably felt that you were badgering or nagging him when he has no intention to change. It is a no win situation. Maybe check to see if he posts on Instagram or somewhere else with less politics involved.

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  9. Michelle, without much research, I tend to agree with you. As well, worshiping by yourself so often leads to creating your own ‘vision’ of God and then slowing creating that vision into an idol itself.

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  10. Interesting to consider, Michelle. I am listening to the Audible book, War Room, now, and although not the same as your subject, setting up a prayer closet/room in one’s home does not negate the need and reasons for corporate prayer.

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  11. It’s Saturday, which is good in my world, but it’s also the last weekend before I return to work which I’m not so much looking forward to doing.

    For now, I’m off to the SF Valley again, twice in one week, to retrieve my prescription sunglasses which I left at the restaurant my friend and I had dinner at on Tuesday. Saturday could also mean more traffic coming and going as folks love to head out to the mountains or other places just to get out of the city.

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  12. Chas, that “seagull incident” occurred in Wildwood, New Jersey, where we were vacationing this week. The granddaughters rode that ride.

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  13. I don’t recall mentioning tthe “seagull incident”. but it seems to have worked out well.

    Jesus came to establish the Church. Not A church, but THE church. That is: A fellowship of believers.

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  14. I see on TV where the left is trying to urge Justice Breyer to retire.

    I don’t know their reasoning, but If I were in Justice Breyer’s situation, they would carry my dead body out before I left.

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  15. I learned yesterday that while nineteen was having her rampage before Mike getting home, she had gone into the storage shed and removed the camping fuel and was trying to start fires around the place. Unsuccessfully. Hopefully, she has no idea how to open the fuel and no idea how to start a fire. The firemen are rather busy right now.

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  16. Linda–I tried to pull it up (we don’t have cable or subscription TV) and was not able to do so, however, given what I know about P, G, &E from an “insider,” I think greed is an accurate description–however, it’s in part because they’re in league with the governor’s office and the PUC is rubber stamping, rather than really doing their job well.

    There is, however, a new head of the PUC (Public Utilities Corporation), who is starting to question some of the irregularities and fiefdom building–so there is a little hope.

    At the moment, however, it looks like they plan to spend $250Billion dollars of the rate payer’s money to bury all the lines (and so to not cause fires). For a fraction of that cost, they could do what the San Diego Gas & Electric have methodically been doing for the last ten years–replacing 1850s-era wire telegraph lines with insulated lines.

    Why not one ever asks the question–why don’t they?–is beyond me.

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  17. Friend in Colorado has a chinook dog.

    Chas, they want Breyer to resign because if a Republican is elected president in 2024 (which isn’t an unlikely scenario) we could get another more conservative justice. This way, if he retires while Biden is still in office, it will be another more liberal justice.

    It’s all quite exhausting, isn’t it?

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  18. I retrieved my sunglasses and spent another couple hours at my girlfriend’s enjoying a Subway sandwich lunch and catching up with her one brother who lives with them. He works at Ross and was saying how horribly behaved people are right now, refusing to wear masks, being rude to the help.

    They’re redoing their very small kitchen with demolition set to start on Monday. Better her than me, I’m thinking. lol Been there, done that (in other rooms). As much as I’d like some improvements in the kitchen, I’m almost glad I don’t have the money to do that!

    It’s all working and looks good enough.

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  19. Michelle, I was mostly surprised by the fact that many of the California fires were caused by tree branches not trimmed up against those uninsullated wires. We never heard about that on the news – it is always blamed on “global warming.”

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  20. Morning! We have a lovely start to the day although a tad bit humid for our area.
    I think I shall go prepare my oats with berries now…good article Janice…and it ‘s good to know I am on the right track in eating healthy. And recently I read an article that stated eating chocolate for a cough is more beneficial and effective than codeine! 😊

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  21. I will Facebook Live our church service today. I think it is our last of the series of Reset/Question and Answer services before our Relaunch. Sadly, it has seemed more like a heading for a train wreck series. I think we are jumping off the track. I need to remain more steady and positive minded.

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  22. We are suppose to get up around 100° by later in the week. It is hot and humid here today. The weather guy said earlier that when you step outside you will wear the weather.

    Last night another weather alert blasted on the television about overnight Flash Flooding. An adjoining county received over 5 inches.

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  23. Whoa that’s a lot of rain! There has been some flash flooding in CO but not up here in our forest. We have missed the rain clouds for the more recent predictions…it all went west and south! A couple of sprinkles for us yesterday and 10 miles south my neighbor said the outdoor memorial service she attended had a downpour…they all had to scramble indoors!
    Church was once again so good. We are still in Deuteronomy and our young Pastor’s handling of scripture is solid and steady. I went alone as husband is still in the mountains with his friend. They return tomorrow afternoon….if anyone needs me I’ll be in my sewing room stitching!! 😊

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  24. The amazing thing about the Phillip Yancy book is all the little details about being a child growing up in Atlanta. Of course there are differences, one being that he grew up on the south side and I grew up on the north side, but so much is the same. He grew up in the area near where the Henry Blackaby family lived although he has not mentioned them and may not.

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  25. At least today was the last of the “reset” services which seemed a lot like rehashing what has been discussed or told to us before. It should have been handled in a business meeting instead of a worship setvice.We do usually have good solid preaching but not much for the last three Sundays. The music has been good with more focus on hymns set to a praise band sound.

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  26. Today I learned that J’s dementia is due to a certain type of Parkinson’s Disease, but it does not include the tremors. It is so sad to see him so confused. But it is neat to see him stand and raise his arms in worship, even before the actual time for singing starts. (He does that because he hears the pre-service music that is playing and I guess he thinks it’s time to worship. But of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with worshipping at the “wrong” time, as there is no “wrong” time to worship.)

    After service, when JoAnn saw him go to speak to the visiting preacher, she asked her daughter to quietly let the preacher know about J’s dementia, in case he said something confusing.

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  27. I finished Colors of Truth. Not being a romance reader, I did not want a few of the allusions, but overall, enjoyed the book very much. Very eye opening as to things that went on that people might not think about. Thanks for the suggestion, Janice and Kim (I think).

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  28. Wasn’t that the book that was not going to be published? I see it available on Amazon and elsewhere. Maybe I have it confused with another book that wasn’t published? Or maybe that’s the one, but it was published anyway?

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  29. We have had heavy rain through the night and it is sprinkling now. My yard man and haus meri walk from two hours away, so thinking of them trudging through the mud.

    Well school break is over. This morning is our teacher’s meeting with both schools together, then a staff meeting with just the primary school. Then they have a meet the teacher time from 3 to 4. Busy day.

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  30. Thanks, Chas.

    Wow, it is really raining hard now. Not sure if anyone will be here today. But if they started two hours ago, they should arrive. I told my haus meri if she is late to come to the school for keys to my house.

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  31. Kizzie, we had quite an attrition since Covid hit. We had only started up this church three years ago. The pastor felt the need to do a relaunch so he has taken three Sundays to discuss what we are about (making disciples), where we are in our goals, and where we are going with the restart. We have learned from mistakes and will do some things differently. For those who have been there from the breakdown of the old church to the start of this one, we have heard most of this info a number of times before. The music was really good today, but that was my best takeaway. On the prayer call the others had a positive takeaway so I did not insert my negativity. I am the only one with a business/accounting background so I see things from a different angle than others. We will keep praying.

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  32. The use of the words reset or restart is what threw me. So pretty much the church is changing some of their policies and/or practices? Is that right? Or am I still confused? 🙂

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  33. oh, so tired. Meetings all morning and then lots to do. Then from 3 to 4 it was an hour to meet the teachers or for kids and parents to see their room. Such energy in those that came. But then a sweet family came just to see me. With little Noah who rode the helicopter with me. Noah found a book in my library corner on things that go. There was a helicopter on the first page. He was so excited that I gave him the book. It was one that I had purchased and was so fun to give to this sweet three year old.

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  34. wow, I was at school all day and there were only two posts? Someone I think that you all are on a different time zone.
    Oh, just a little problem. The fellow who has our lawn mowed wants his money. I think it has only been mowed three times, he says five. Also, I don’t pay him, he has an agreement with the gal who left, who will pay him when she returns. I will probably be gone when he comes in the morning. We will see.

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  35. I don’t know what this is about, but I see on TV where kids were suppposed to tae a survey and not tell their parents.
    You got to be kidding me!!

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