28 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-5-22

  1. Wait, it is still lunch recess and you all are coming to my day!!

    I have those exact same flowers right outside my door here and they look just as bright. Janice did you come over here to take that photo??

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  2. Good morning!

    1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth!
    2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.
    3 Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
    5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
    6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
    Psalm 96:1-6 (ESV)

    If those flowers are a shadow of the beauty of heaven, just think of what we’ll see there

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  3. I noticed that too, on Freefall. Never found the right one.

    Good morning all and good night Jo though it is nearly Wednesday morning there. Laundry started here as it is Tuesday.

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  4. I snapped that photo while walking (a few houses from us). We have a lot of azaleas in bloom in our yard right now, too. I may send another photo of ours that I took yesterday. I need to see how they turned out since I took them after sunset.

    Time for Bible study. Our spiritual discipline chapter is on prayer this week.

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  5. Morning. How I miss having Azaleas growing in the yard. They would never survive here and even the ones they sell at the stores are pretty for just a moment it seems. I seem to recall our Chas liked Azaleas……
    Seems the migration of birds of all sorts has begun. Bluebirds, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and those pesky magpies!

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  6. Today is much more pleasant than yesterday. I did not wake up with a headache and have gotten some laundry done and exercise and Bible reading. Now to start school.

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  7. April.

    Fire, wind and taxes.

    (Haven’t gotten my taxes back yet, should come this week — hoping I owe the feds nothing or very little and that I’ll — again — get a modest refund from the state)

    Restless night, had to get up a couple times for Cowboy and the added problem of Tess blocking the way to get to the back door. Being half asleep as I try to play Moses to deaf household animals in the middle of the night doesn’t help.

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  8. Don’t Overlook the Value of Cultural Apologetics
    TREVIN WAX

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    ~ … If apologetics is about making arguments to defend Christian truth, cultural apologetics is about making arguments that showcase the beauty and goodness of Christianity, using cultural touchpoints as an opportunity for gospel witness. It’s a precursor to evangelism. It sets the stage so that the beauty of the gospel can be accentuated. …

    (The author notes there are risks to over-emphasizing cultural apologetics; scripture and the truth of the gospel must be the end goal. — “You can lose sight of the reason you’re engaging in the task in the first place: to foster a missionary encounter with others. And not just an encounter or dialogue, but a gospel-shaped missionary moment where, yes, you find areas of common ground on which to build, but then tackle the areas of conflict, where the offense of the gospel must remain. Another risk in prioritizing cultural apologetics is that you so focus on understanding the people you’re trying to reach that you tailor the presentation of Christianity only to the needs and questions they already have. You try to fit Christianity into another framework of thought, showing how it answers and fulfills the longings people have.”)

    … I’m heartened by the rise of cultural apologetics as a supplement to more traditional methods of making a case for Christianity. Showcasing both the truth of Christian teaching and its goodness helps demonstrate the relevance of our faith in answering universal human longings.

    With eyes open to the strengths and weaknesses of this approach, I pray God raises up a generation who knows how to apply the truth of the gospel to the longings of the human heart.
    _____________________

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  9. It’s crazy rainy here. When it slacked a bit, I thought to pull the car out from the carport for a good washing. It is getting the supreme or ultimate wash but without the wax right now.

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  10. Saw bits of the Southern Cross this morning. Now to get ready for market. The good news is after two years they are changing market to Monday and Friday. Wednesday does not work for me.

    Did I already say that my tax person says I have to take out of my Roth the money that I put in last year. HELP, I do not know how to do this. And must be done now. I am not going to even read the emails on the secure site this morning. I will wait for this evening. One thing at a time.

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  11. Fun to see the Southern Cross.

    Did your tax man say why, Jo. Strange to me since I know a Roth already has the taxes paid.

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  12. I thought the rains had gone so I went out for a nice long walk. As I neared home I noticed the sky had darkened and I felt a bit of mist. Glad I made it home before another downpour.

    I noticed earlier that the fellow across thet street had moved his car out of the carport to wash his car, too.

    My hair feels like beach hair since I went out in all that humidity.

    Those tax law changes are hard to keep up with. That is why Art has to attend update schools. I still don’t know if son ever got his W-2 from TX to Art. I guess with the move it got lost in the mail. Not something one wants floating around in the hinterland.

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  13. Adult son next door has returned, loud rock music has resumed in the garage. But so far no yelling or kicking in doors and breaking things.

    And a guy who was living in his car on our block will be moving, the car (which wasn’t running) got towed today.

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  14. Prayers it will stay nonviolent over there, DJ. Where is the homeless guy going?

    I am planning to give four place settings of my Heartland everyday china to a guy who the church is helping to set up an apartment. I don’t have any cups to match the saucers and am looking for something to go with the china without getting Heartland replacement cups. I think the gentleman may have been homeless or had losses of some sort. So glad I have something to give.

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  15. Not sure, he knows the neighbor 2 doors down — on the other side of the canyon that divides our neighborhood — and it was in front of his house where he’d parked the car several weeks ago.

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