44 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 11-5-21

  1. In the November 20 issue of World in the first few pages in the mailbag is a commendation for World from Michelle.
    I agree with her as it is encouraging to me to get emails from World everyday

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  2. Very nice to know, Jo, and Michelle!

    I wish I could read more like I once did. Now I read mostly to review books.

    Perhaps I read vicariously through Wesley since he reads enough for the entire family! Last night I spoke to him briefly, and he needed to get to his readings for class prep for today.

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  3. Nov. 20th issue is out already?

    The Daily Bread happens to have a post about finding joy in the mundane things in our life. I sure have found that I am more grateful for mundane things as I age.

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  4. From the online edition, since November 8 arrived two days ago and I only read it last night:

    “The news is so grim and soul-wrenching these days, it’s hard to stomach and not grow cynical. Thank you for your emails that arrive daily with an overview of the news so I do not have to get mired down in misery.”

    I actually asked how the reporters stomached following these tales day after day, without just throwing up your hands and saying, “I give up.”

    (Hi, DJ).

    Mickey McLean contacted me and asked to use an edited version, and where did I live?

    I pointed out last month they ran a comment I’d written on the FB page, but told him the answer.

    He remembered then.

    I then told him I’m still hanging with you guys all these years later.

    Greetings to you all! 🙂

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  5. Beautiful day here. the sun is shining but I cannot see it through the dense fog and heavy clouds. But I know it is there because Christ has not returned.

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  6. I am more and more grateful for World these days, it’s a voice of reason in the middle of our political and cultural storm that has upended so many other sources of “news.” It reminds us to always approach the headlines with a Christian worldview. We live in very strange times, I no longer can stomach, frankly, the present-day political shouting matches and conspiracy theories that have thrown the U.S. into such chaos. I’m sorry to see Christians also sometimes tumbling into that dark abyss.

    But I, too, appreciate the emails from World each day.

    I do have problems signing into the online version frequently, for some reason (my passwords are never recognized), but links from Twitter and emails work fine. And I find I’m reading the print edition more now, so old-school.

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  7. I looked at our weather forecast and it simply said FOG.

    I have an interview with one of our waterfront developers in about 45 minutes and I’ll be writing that story today (following also a long presentation they made at yesterday’s port meeting).

    And if things hold steady, there will be no supply chain stories to do today. Oh joy.’

    I’m hoping Carlos calls, he said he would — to set up a time to stop by today to try to figure out the garage power problem. Neighbor R (retired electrician) wants to be here when he is, too, which is good — but they’re off all morning for his wife’s rehab appointments. I’ll tell Carlos, if he calls this morning, that my work schedule would make the afternoon easier (which also is very true).

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  8. I too enjoy the World print addition. For the past…thirty plus years. I don’t know when we started but I think we started with children’s editions.

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  9. The latest issue of World that I have is from November 6. I think I tend to get mine later some.

    *******
    You know how in books the even page numbers are on the left-side page and the odd page numbers are on the right-side page? And if it is a book that happens to include the name of a chapter throughout the chapter, it will appear at the top of the right-side page, with the title of the book at the top of the left-side page? (Or possibly on the bottom of the pages in some books, but I’m not sure if I’ve actually seen that. I may be imagining seeing it.)

    Well, I was startled as I began to read Lenten Lands (by Douglas Gresham, C.S. Lewis’ step-son) to notice that the opposite was done in this book! So disconcerting!

    I checked the publisher’s info, to see if maybe it was published in a foreign country, but no, it was published here in the U.S. (I’m pretty sure that British publishers do the same as American publishers.)

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  10. I guess it had been around longer than I realized:

    ~ Launched by Joel Belz in 1986 as a replacement for The Presbyterian Journal ~

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  11. Written about the malaria vaccine, but an interesting perspective regarding all medical advances we have been seen in our time:

    ~ How is the development of a vaccine evidence of God’s mercy to people?
    Science is a gift from God, out of his mercy for us. As a scientist, I am doing God’s work, attempting to alleviate human suffering in partnership with God. And other Christians cannot say that we don’t need the scientific part of the body of Christ. The finger cannot say it doesn’t need the nose (1 Cor. 12:12–27). The body functions because of every member.

    Science functions because of discovery, which is finding what God has put out there. Even the act of discovering itself is from God, because he is the source of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). There should be no room for arrogance or pride in science, because you did not give yourself intelligence or ideas. God did.

    Scientific progress has benefits for all of society—it’s like the rain that falls on the just and the unjust (Matt. 5:45). When I see good news like this, I remember the Devil cannot give good news. The Devil is a thief who only comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Sickness and disease come from him. So this vaccine discovery is an act of God’s mercy. ~

    https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/malaria-vaccine/

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  12. Interesting.

    Another thing I love about World — a grounded perspective in what is not a great time for our nation (remembering that things change, fast and always, in US politics — onward):

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    ~ This election (in VA) is proof positive of some of the most timeless political axioms. First, nothing is lasting in American politics. No party is ever dead, despite what the pundits might declare. And no party is forever ascendant, despite the boasts of winning campaign managers. The concerns of voters rise and fall, coalitions shift and change, and what was salient in the last election cycle is often stale by the time voters go back to the polls. Second, while our races are increasingly nationalized in an era of social media and nonstop cable news, well-disciplined candidates still matter and local issues can motivate voters.

    Ultimately, we should care about politics as Christians because we should care about who governs our communities, states, and nation. We’ve been given a stewardship by God in this representative republic and should make the most informed decision we can about every election. And yet, we can hold both victories and losses loosely, knowing that while voter sentiment rises and falls, in triumph and in defeat, our hope is ultimately in the kingdom without end. ~
    _______________________________

    https://wng.org/opinions/darling-on-virginia-1636111627

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  13. The sun is shining brightly and the blue sky has not been cloudy all day…home home on the range!
    We had a drive out on the dirt roads and ended up in Elizabeth. The Carriage Shoppe is having a Christmas open house tomorrow and Sunday. I got to see all the regalia today along with Christmas music playing. I smiled the whole way through and found some extra Christmas goodies for my friends ! 🎄
    We had lunch at the Catalina then moseyed on home…what a sweet relaxing day it has been thus far. (Husband is taking a nap before he heads to the laundry room to see what went wrong with my washer…code F21 flashing and the clothes didn’t get a good wringing out of water after the rinse cycle!)

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  14. Still waiting for Carlos. I called and left a voicemail just to see if he’s still going to be able to stop by today — I may have caught him when he’s got a lot of other work going, so that’s also understandable. But would like to know one way or another if it’s something he’ll be able to do or not.

    If not, it’s back to the drawing board.

    Nancyjill, ah, Christmas, all the sights and sounds and smells. I love this time of year coming up, but it’s also somewhat sad with my craft-fair friend now gone (not sure they’ll even be doing the fair this year, though, it’s jam-packed, thousands turn out for it during the 3-day run, so surely some covid risk issues to navigate for the producers and participants).

    I’ve been noticing all the Christmas-theme commercials now, though. I’ll probably wander over to the Hallmark channel at some point.

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  15. I’ve been subscribing to World since sometime in the 1990s, but not sure exactly when it was in that decade that I started. It was an ad by Chuck Colson that I saw somewhere that captured my interest.

    On the whole, World seems quite fair and balanced. A sign of that – which I think is pretty funny – is that they get letters complaining that they are too liberal, and letters complaining that they are too conservative. 😀

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  16. I have the ipad version of World. We can download that as soon as it is available. I tried subscribing from here once. It came months late, so I quit. Old news is so old. Now on the Ipad I can get it early. But, I get so much news from the emails that I don’t read the regular issue all that much.

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  17. I had WORLD for a few years from 1998 to 2003 or 4 when they switched the distributor. Then I was getting the mag a week after the publication date, which meant the news was 2 weeks old.

    I get an email Christian news service called “The Pour Over” 3 times a week (M-W-F). It’s free or you can pay. Each email has three short stories with a scripture verse and commentary added. Check it out: https://ref.thepourover.org/151ae990 .

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  18. I started getting World because my children had the student’s magazines at school. I am not sure what year that was. I think the mid or late 80’s.

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  19. Peter – As I wrote above, I tend to get my copy on the later side. But many of the articles are in-depth, and worth reading even if “late”. I think about the times in the past, when people didn’t hear or read important news until weeks later.

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  20. We started with God’s World News (like weekly readers) for the homeschool group that met two or three times a week at the church. We eventually graduated to World Magazine and then on to Covenant College which was advertised in World Magazine. It all started with a coupon in a Val Pak mailer for a discount on God’s World News.

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