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  1. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    He does indeed, BlackEagle!

    And today is yet another recognized day.

    On October 9th of 1825, the ship Restauration docked in New York harbor. Aboard this ship was the first organized group if immigrants from Norway to the United States. For that reason, when Lief Erikson Day was proclaimed in 1964, this date was chosen to celebrate it.

    Lief Erikson day is the day set aside to honor the first non-American to establish a colony in the new world. While there is some evidence that there might have been visits here prior to Erikson's, there is little doubt that Lief Erikson was the first to establish a colony here. He arrived here in 1002, a full 490 years before Columbus. This is recorded in Nordic sagas and other accounts, and physical evidence has come from archaeological discoveries in Newfoundland.

    But the colony had a lot of difficulties. They were in constant battles with the Native Americans, or Skraelings as these Vikings called them. Although the Vikings had steel weapons which were superior to those of the native population and gave them a military advantage, the natives superior numbers, in just a few years, helped to force the colony to wither and die.

    The other factor that caused its demise was the cooling climate. When Lief arrived, he named it Vinland because of the wild grapes growing there. But the climate cooled, and increasing arctic ice made it more and more difficult to maintain trade lines. Greenland was also so named because of the greenery growing there when the Scandinavians arrived.
    Luckily, back in those days we had no climatologists to tell everyone that the climate change was being caused by man, so no draconian laws were put in place to reduce the use of cook fires, which surely caused a pollutant that reflected the suns heat away from the earth, causing the cooling. The lack of cooking would have led to various diseases which would probably have caused the human race to join the Dinosaur and Dodo bird in extinction.

    And with that thought, the Bible verses for today:
    Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV);
    The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

    Romans 1:22 (KJV);
    Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    May God bless each and every one of you!
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    That Romans 1:22 really summarises a lot of today's so-called wisdom. I think our grandchildren will either laugh at us for being so gullible over climate change, or curse us for believing man is responsible for climate change and imposing draconian laws on the world population...if they haven't been brainwashed. By "us" I mean people in general. "us" definitely does not include me in this case.

    Ever notice how God controls the physical world? Starting with climate change in Genesis, post flood; making the earth (or sun) stand still in Exodus; making the shadow go back a few degrees for one of the Kings; drought in the time of Elijah and Joseph; and the list goes on.

    Those who claim man is responsible for climate change are arrogant fools educated far beyond their intelligence.

    Thanks again, Terry.
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    Lief Erikson has been removed from the history books as his documented travels puts global warming theory at risk as when he discovered Vinland it was covered in vines and green growth

    now its all snowy and cold

    cant blame that on trucks and cars eh ??

    so they wroten him out of your school books

    and the islamics have been writing their islamic discoverers of america, in to your history books watch next year as to what they OK as history

    i been watching the debates and meetings memo's

    if obozo gets back in your gonna have to forget columbus day and start al wassari day even though al wassari is only a legend stolen from the eqyptians

    He discovered america and if you dont agree your a racist and islamaphobe according to the new push
  4. ampaterry

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    Revisionist history, guys, is alive and well and living on planet Earth.

    For today:

    Pride has been considered one of the seven deadly sins. It is a horrible thing to battle, in that it can grow stronger as we grow in other virtues, and work toward perfection. Of all the virtues we strive as Christians to attain, it is the single most allusive. As we work hard at chasing this goal, just when we think “I HAVE it!”, we have lost it.

    Spurgeon, the greatest evangelist this side of Paul, said:
    “Success exposes a man to the pressure of people and thus tempts him to hold on to his gains by means of fleshly methods and practices, and to let himself be ruled wholly by the dictatorial demands of incessant expansion. Success can go to my head, and will unless I remember that it is God who accomplishes the work, that He can continue to do so without my help, and that He will be able to make out with other means whenever He cuts me down to size.”

    2 Samuel 7:18 (KJV);
    “Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?”

    Even King David was a humble man when he stood before the Lord; no matter how high we attain, if we would be perfect, we will not think we are perfect.

    Proverbs 16:18-19 (NIV);
    “Pride goes before destruction,
    a haughty spirit before a fall.
    Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed
    than to share plunder with the proud.”

    Solomon knew that Pride was to be avoided at all costs. In the final analysis, it is the meek that shall inherit the earth.

    May God bless each one of you -
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    I'm a humble person. I've worked hard over many years to become so humble, and now I can say, I'm very proud of how humble I have become. :eek:

    History and literature are littered with the corpses of proud people. I wonder if that's partly why the recent presidential debate went the way it did?
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    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    LOL Blackeagle!
    And probably correct in re the debate!

    For today, a story from my life.

    Many years ago, I was in an Illinois winter blizzard, trying to get home from work. I finally got behind a snow-plow, and followed it to within about a mile of our house. I turned off onto our road, and within a hundred yards, I could go no further because of the snow drifts. I got out of the car, and started walking. Within a few dozen steps, my legs were going numb, and I knew I could not walk that far in the bitter wind and cold, so I returned to the car. I figured I would drive back to town and spend the night there with my folks. When I got to the intersection where I had been following the snowplow, the roads in all directions were drifted shut. I had about ¼ tank of gas. Below zero temp's, bitter wind, blinding snow - this situation was VERY bad.
    I leaned my head on the steering wheel, and prayed to God for guidance and help in how to get out of this situation. Suddenly, I knew what to do. Jerking my head back up, I turned right, aimed for the first snowdrift and accelerated the little car.
    Driving an Opal into a four foot deep drift was a total leap of faith.
    Blind faith.
    I hit the drift, and it came up over the hood and washed across the windshield. Barely making it through the other side, I looked in amazement at bare pavement! I drove a mile to the next intersection which would bring me toward my house by the back way. Blinding snow, coming completely horizontal, and even the BELOW GRADE sections of the road were completely clear! When I reached the intersection, I turned right – onto clear pavement once again! After another mile, I came to the road I lived on, and turned right yet again – this time onto completely clear gravel! Arriving at our house, I saw the driveway was also clear, as was the place beside the house where I always parked! I drove in, parked the car, and turned off the engine. I sat there and watched the road I had just driven in on drift shut behind me. Tears streamed down my face as I contemplated the love of God for – me!

    Psalm 121:7-8 (KJV);
    “The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”

    2 Thessalonians 3:3 (KJV);
    “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.”

    I will talk to you again tomorrow - and may God RICHLY bless you.
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    Great story, Terry. God had long-term plans for you that didn't involving perishing in a snowdrift. Doesn't it put chills down your back when you experience such strong divine intervention? There are times when I feel He's not listening, but truly He's probably saying "no" or "just wait...." Then there have been times when His presence is right there and undeniable. Clear roads in a blizzard just for you - now what does >that< tell you? :)
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    I've had a few experiences similar Terry.
    My wife was TERRIFIED of storms for many years. One time in particular things were very bad. Lightning, high winds & tremendous thunder were really scaring my wife.

    We were watching radar as these storms were going crazy and I prayed that they would break up & go around. Within seconds the thunder & lightning stopped. The wind and heavy rain ceased immediately & the clouds parted directly over our property. On radar we could literally see the storm break into as it passed over our property; then close back after it went by.

    It truly was an amazing miracle. I have seen God do this on at least 6 occasions. Every time it happens, it's just as awesome as the first.

    But, I have to ask myself, should we really be amazed when God performs a miracle for us?

    Or-

    Should we take a lesson from Jesus when he spoke to the storm, the fig tree, to the sick & even the dead; and truly EXPECT that God will perform a miracle on our behalf?

    (I honestly think the lessons Jesus was trying to teach us when HE quieted the storm, healed the sick & raised the dead was to TRUST God & "expect" HIM to move on our behalf.)

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    Seeing God answer prayer is a wonderful thing. He had done that for Dad and Mom, and for us as a family on a number of occasions. Those are exciting testimonies to read and hear. The message of a life reaches and teaches another life.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Psalm 121 is our family traveling Psalm. We would sing a metrical version of it to the tune of Abbeyville. The tune always reminds me of a car working its way up through the gears.
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  10. ampaterry

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    I am never amazed that God CAN perform miracles.
    I am always amazed that he WANTS to perform them for US.
    No matter how we judge a being, God is further above us than we are above a hill of ants in the yard.
    How far would we go to help out an ant?
    Who among us would send their son to DIE for a hill of ants?
    I absolutely cannot fathom God's love for us.
    I am eternaly GRATEFUL for it, but I will never understand it.

    For today:

    In a psychological study when a random sample of male adults were asked to rank themselves on the ability to get along with others, all subjects, 100 percent, put themselves in the top half of the population. Sixty percent rated themselves in the top 10 percent of the population, and a full 25 percent ever so humbly thought they were in the top 1 percent of the population.

    In a parallel finding, 70 percent rated themselves in the top one quarter in leadership; only 2 percent felt they were below average as leaders.

    Finally, in an area in which self-deception should be hard for most males, at least, 60 percent said they were in the top quarter of athletic ability; only 6 percent said they were below average.

    We all think we're tops. We're exuberantly, wildly irrational about ourselves.
    I knew a girl who felt that she should do something that had more meaning than her normal day to day routine. I directed her into several charitable outreaches, and she seemed to be a bit reluctant to enter into any of them. She ended up a big sister to a troubled teen, and after a brief period the relationship seemed to dissolve. After several more suggestions, it became apparent what the problem was; she wanted to sit behind a desk and run something, not actually go out and work for something!

    Galatians 6:3-4 (KJV);
    “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

    James 4:6-10 (KJV);
    “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

    May God grant each one of us the ability to walk in the narrow path that is both self confident and humble.
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    At one time J. Wilbur Chapman experienced a great sorrow that nearly shook his faith. In addition, his finances were almost depleted just when it was necessary for him to take a long trip to the western United States. One of the elders of his church who was a wealthy banker came to his home to offer a word of comfort and encouragement. As he left, he slipped a piece of paper into the pastor's hand. Chapman looked at it and was surprised to find that it was a check made out to him and signed by this rich friend. But the figures to indicate the amount of the gift were missing. "Did you really mean to give me a signed blank check?" he asked. "Yes," said the man. "I didn't know how much you'd need, and I wanted to be sure you would have enough." Later Chapman commented, "While I never had to use that check, it gave me a secure feeling to know that thousands of dollars were literally at my disposal."

    God has given us a signed check:

    Philippians 4:19 (KJV);
    “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

    Romans 11:33 (GWT);
    “God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways.”

    Ephesians 3:16-17 (GWT);
    “I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.”

    Now – after reading and considering those verses – who is it, exactly, that has the greatest riches at their disposal? It is God’s children – it is the Christians – it is US – it is YOU and it is ME! WE are walking around with a signed blank check in our pocket, and everything is ours for the asking!

    May God bless each one of you -
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    Thanks again, Terry;
    Yesterday's: Makes me think of what Jesus said about he who is faithful in little will be faithful in much. God gives us small tasks to test, prepare, us for larger more important tasks. If we do well at small tasks He will trust us with larger tasks.

    Today: Romans 8:32 comes to mind.
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    Thank you!

    For today, something I adapted from Sermon Central:

    Several years ago a submarine surfaced which had been submerged for many hours. At first radio contact, the captain was asked, "How did the terrible storm last night affect you?" The officer was surprised and exclaimed, "Storm? We didn't even know there was one!" The sub had been so far beneath the surface that it had reached an area of complete calm. Although the ocean may be whipped into huge waves by high winds, the waters below are never stirred.

    We often see the same thing on a commercial airliner; it will be cloudy, blustery, raining, and a generally miserable day at the airport; then the plane will angle up, and soon breaks through the clouds and into the brilliant sunlight, and proceeds to it’s destination in perfect peace, far above the turbulent storm.

    The Christian's mind will be protected against the hammering waves of worry and blustry winds of turmoil if it is resting completely in faith in God. There, sheltered by His grace and fed by His Holy Spirit, the believer can find the perfect tranquility that only Christ can provide, far removed from the storms of trouble.

    Matt 8:24-27 (KJV);
    “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!”

    Philippians 4:6,7 (KJV);
    “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    May God bless each one of you -
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    Psalm 46 is another chapter...It was an anchor for Martin Luther. Sung to the tune Ein Feste Burg.

    Phil. 4:6-7 has been one of my companions many years.

    Thanks, Terry. And Amen.
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    Thank you!

    Today is another recognized day. Almost a century ago, George Bonham of the Lions Club International, watched a blind man try to cross the street in Peoria, IL using a dark cane common at that time. The problem was obvious; the cane blended in with the pavement, and the motorists did not see it, not recognizing that this man was blind. Bonham came up with the idea that if the cane was white, drivers could see it more easily. The Lions Club painted this cane white, and immediately started promoting the use of white canes by the visually impaired.
    The first ordinance giving the right-of-way to people using a white cane was passed in Peoria IL in December of 1930.
    The United States Congress, on October 6th of 1964, passed legislation recognizing October 15th as White Cane Safety day.
    The white cane, with the red painted tip or stripe, has become such a universally recognized symbol that virtually no one fails to realize that the person using it is visually impaired and should be granted the right-of-way. These tools are a great asset to the visually impaired, as they give them a degree of mobility that was simply not available to them prior to the universal recognition they afford.
    I was born and raised in Pekin, IL, just a few minutes South of Peoria, and I did not hear a thing about that area being the one that saw the origination of the white cane as such a wonderful tool. The official recognition of this day should serve to ensure that everyone is aware of the meaning of the white cane, and cause them to ensure that these members of our society are given every chance to lead as normal a life as possible.

    There will come a time when these tools are no longer needed, though.

    Psalm 146:5-8 (KJV);
    Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever: Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The LORD looseth the prisoners: The LORD openeth the eyes of the blind: the LORD raiseth them that are bowed down: the LORD loveth the righteous:

    May God bless each one of you -
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    ...unfortunately there is no white cane for the sprirtual blindness Jesus talks about in John 9:39-41.

    But I am impressed with how the physically blind are remarkably sensitive to the messages their white canes communicate.
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    That reminds me of a story you will have to get Sam to tell some time -

    Today is another recognized day.

    Patricia Bays Haroski was an employee of State Farm Insurance in Deerfield, IL in 1958, when I was a Sophomore in High School in Pekin, IL. Patricia felt that younger employees in particular did not understand the challenges that supervisors face in the daily operation of a business, so she set out to do something about it. She petitioned the Chamber of Commerce of the US to designate October 16th, today, as National Boss Day. She chose this day because it was her fathers birthday. It was her hope through this recognition to improve relationships between employees and supervisors.

    I did not celebrate Boss day that year, because before I had my drivers license, I only worked for myself at a variety of ventures. Dad gave me the use of one rather isolated field and his equipment to raise a corn crop that year, on the provision that I would pay for the seed and the gas I used. I planted it with a one row corn planter, weeded it with a two row cultivator, and picked it by hand, shucking each ear with a husking hook and tossing it into a trailer attached to the tractor. I had done all this before, but this was the first time it was MINE. We attached that trailer to dad's car, and he drove it to town and sold the crop at the grain elevator.

    Now, in retrospect, I see that Dad was actually my boss; it was his equipment, his land, his stipulations. And the way he set this up, he was a GREAT boss. He taught me a lot about the rewards of hard work and the effect that uncontrollable elements in farming like weather can have on income. Over the rest of my life, I have never earned so little for so much labor, but I have also found few incomes more satisfying than that one was in the summer of 1958.

    Thanks, Dad – you were a great boss.

    Thank your boss today, or the nearest work-day to today.

    This scripture speaks of slaves, but look at it in the context of Wage slaves, which is what we always spoke of ourselves as being:

    1 Timothy 6:1 (MSG);
    Whoever is a slave must make the best of it, giving respect to his master so that outsiders don't blame God and our teaching for his behavior.

    May God bless each one of you -
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    Thanks, Terry;
    I'll have to remember this when I get to work tomorrow.

    Bosses are part of the way God works in our lives, and we can be thankful to Him if we have good bosses.
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    And we can be thankful to Him if we have a bad one, too.
    There must be SOMETHING we need to learn - -

    For today, I am telling a story from my past, somewhat over three decades ago. I have told this before, but I think it is very powerful and worth repeating.

    Many years ago, we attended a ‘home mission’ church, which means a very small one, just starting. We had just bought a side of beef, and found that it would not all fit in our freezer, so we decided to take some of it to our pastor, a great man with a very large family and very little income. On the way, we spotted a truck parked in a vacant lot with a big sign selling potatoes by the 100# bag for a very reasonable price. We stopped and bought a bag, and my wife said we should get one for the pastor too, so we did. We delivered the grocery bags of meat and the huge bag of potatoes to him, and he of course thanked us very graciously. Several months later, he read this verse as his text on Sunday:

    Matthew 6:31-33 (KJV);
    Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

    Then he followed this passage with an illustration. He said that the preceding months had been especially hard for his family, and there came a time when they were completely broke, and there was not one bite of food in the house. In faith, they had set the table with empty plates and table service, and had given thanks to God for the food they knew he would bless them with. Right after ‘amen’, there was a knock on the door, and when they answered it they found ‘one of our church family’ there – with grocery bags of meat, and a 100# sack of potatoes. My wife and I sat there with tears in our eyes – we had no idea he had been in such dire need, but had been used of God to bring him relief!

    This story would be more dramatic, perhaps, if I could say that God had told us to take food to the pastor, but that is not what happened. What DID happen is that God blessed us with more meat than we could use, and with a bargain on potatoes sufficient that we would buy extra for someone else, for no particular reason that we could discern.

    God does work in mysterious ways – but his wonders always get performed.
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    Note the above quote is not VERBATUM from the KJV.
    There should be a full colon following the paranthetical inclusion, right after "seek".
    The software of this group took that colin and the closed paranthesis and turned them into a smilie, so I deleted the colon!!
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