24 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 3-10-23

  1. Good morning! Missing Chas every morning as he was the main ‘wakeup the blog’ poster from the Eastern side for all those years.

    Love that dear photo of Chas and Elvera, a reminder of their heavenly reunion.

    There is no stormy weather where they are! As for Atlanta, we expect below freezing weather to return as things are in full bloom.

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  2. Morning all! Oh so thankful for Chas’ encouragements in our lives. Sorely missed and deeply loved. That photo does seem to say “look I’m with my bride once again”!! 💖

    Cloudy windy start to our morn but it is already 40 degrees! Once again the wind comes in and doesn’t play nicely!! 💨

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  3. Good morning, everyone. I also miss Chas’ voice here. It’s comforting to have one of the older generation to help put things in perspective. I’m so thankful to have my Dad still with us. No one lives forever, but we need all of our generations to remind us of the entire span of our lives. Left to myself, I have had a tendency to get a little myopic.

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  4. We all miss Chas. I loved how he was so unflappable. Calm, cool, collected. (Well, unless one brought up going back to the moon or anywhere in space, that could get him a little riled.)

    It’s raining here, as expected. It’s supposed to continue through the entire day — but it’ll be a light, moderate rain, they say, not what we’ve most recently had.

    Meanwhile, I need a story. I’ve had such a busy week I’m empty-handed today. I’ll have to go back to my list to see what was hanging and could be maybe pulled together quickly.

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  5. Good morning, all. I was going to drive to town to deliver groceries and meds and laundry quarters to daughter but she never responded and it is snowing so I will wait.

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  6. On church and technology:


    Scroll with Me in Your Bibles? How Bible Apps Are Changing Today’s Christians

    Review: ‘People of the Screen’ by John Dyer


    ~ If you’re an evangelical of a certain age, you’ll know the peculiar noise that rings throughout a church sanctuary after the pastor announces the text for the morning’s sermon: a reverberating ripple, a soft shuffling, the vaguely watery timbre of individual sheets of thin paper being turned. That’s the sound of a congregation opening their Bibles in near unison. The words “I invite you to turn in your Bibles” elicit a papery bruit that feels unique to Christian churches.

    Walk into most evangelical churches today, and it won’t take long to notice that this page-turning hum is quieter than it used to be. In some places, total silence has replaced it. The age of the smartphone has meant the age of the Bible app. Many of us no longer “turn” in our Bibles. We scroll.

    Enter John Dyer’s book People of the Screen: How Evangelicals Created the Digital Bible and How It Shapes Their Reading of Scripture. This scholarly, impressively researched work is both a historical account of the creation of digital Bible technology and a sociological study of what that technology means to the evangelicals who create, distribute, and use it. …

    … As part of his research, Dyer administered a “Bible comprehension assessment” (using the epistle of Jude) to two groups of evangelical readers: one reading from a printed Bible and one reading from a phone’s Bible app. Comprehension was noticeably lower among the digital group. After the reading assignment, 44 percent of the print group reported feeling encouraged and 16 percent reported feeling confused. These stats were very different among the digital group: 36.7 percent felt encouraged, while 30 percent felt confused. Dyer observes that “the screen appears to induce a mood that is more confused [and] less spiritually nourished” than that induced by print Bibles (168). …

    … Reading the Bible is obviously a good thing. But mindless, distracted reading—the kind of reading practically endemic to the digital medium—isn’t commanded and is actually warned against (James 1:23–24). There’s nothing in Scripture that suggests “engaging” the Bible in a passive way is of any benefit. Rather, Christians are exhorted to meditate on God’s Word day and night, much like the roots of a tree constantly drink from a stream of water (Ps. 1). … ~

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  7. I love getting books on kindle.

    But I’ve noticed I prefer reading fiction on a device, but nonfiction in an actual glue-and-paper book format, which might reflect the findings of some of his research regarding light vs more serious reading?

    (One of the books I now have on my kindle, though, is one on cultivating the habits of Christian and biblical meditation.)

    I still use a physical Bible in church.

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  8. Reading this (on kindle) also, which is excellent, convicting, and speaks to our time:


    ~ Reactivity: How the Gospel Transforms Our Actions and Reactions

    By Paul David Tripp

    Bestselling Author Paul David Tripp Helps Christians Communicate Biblically in a Culture of Outrage

    Digital media and technology are altering the way people act—and react—toward each other. Criticism, outrage, and controversy dominate social engagement and unfortunately many Christians have joined in the chaos. It’s a troubling contrast to Jesus’s words in John 13:35: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    Award-winning author Paul David Tripp instructs believers to view digital media and technology through the lens of the gospel and points them toward a biblical framework for communication. Explaining how God wants the church to engage with culture and each other, Tripp encourages Christians to think wisely about their interactions and be a beacon of light in an age of toxicity. ~

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  9. I was heading out to take daughter some groceries and meds and get her started on laundry when my dad asked if he could go along! Shocked me and I welcomed his company.

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  10. DJ, I hope all the rain and snow you guys are getting now will mean less chance of drought conditions and wildfires this summer. Rain and snow bring their own problems and inconvenience, but wildfire is kind of terrifying to me, and so destructive.

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  11. Thanks, Debra — yes, we’ve been hard-pressed to complain for the most part. CNN, citing the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, is reporting that El Nina is officially over and El Nino has begun, expected to run in perhaps a 3-year cycle, which always brings more rain for us here in California. We’ll see.

    Predicting the weather beyond a few weeks can be tricky business. 🙂

    But that could mean our longterm draught may be breaking at last?


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  12. After all our rain–29 inches–we’re only four inches above “normal.”

    Our problem is, we’ve gone so long not being normal, we forgot what a normal winter is like.

    Still thankful!

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  13. Yes we are grateful for this time, praying God is going to bring him into the Kingdom soon. He needs to stay alive if he is not going to bend the knee to the King.

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