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Friday, May 29, 2020

LAWN MOWING, BIRTH TUB, VULTURES AND BLACK WIDOWS



I'm never mowing the lawn again, but let me begin with water births. Our last four kids were born at home, underwater. And for the last two, we bought a Rubbermaid stock tank for the birth tub, which has been upside-down in our front yard for years now. For some reason, black widows like living in it. If ever I want a black widow, I could go out and tip the birth tub onto its side and catch one. Finally I got to where I decided it's probably not a good idea to have black widows in our yard, so one day, armed with rubber bands, I went out and flipped the birth tub upright and shot the widows dead.

Last Tuesday we had our septic tank pumped out, and since the birth tub had been upside-down on top of it, I flipped the tub over, killed another black widow that had spun a big web inside of it, and dragged the tub a few feet away so the man could get to the septic tank. Then it rained the next couple days and the rain water filled the bottom of the birth tub. So I tipped it onto its side to dump out most of the water, but not all. So it was still on its side with some raunchy water in it today when I mowed the front lawn.

I'm 71, and mowing the lawn is taking more and more of a toll on me. By the time I was done pushing the mower, I was feeling pretty tired, and now and then would hang onto the mower to keep my balance. I noticed shadows moving around the lawn, and finally looked up to see several black vultures circling overhead! Not encouraging.

Finally I was done (with that section; our yard has three), and was pushing the mower up the hill to put it away for the time being. I stopped when passing the birth tub, with the intention of once again tipping it upside-down over the septic tank, and I don't even know how it happened. I fell. And like an old man, I couldn't catch myself, and my face went right into the tub and into the brown water, and banged against the hard plastic. It was like getting punched in the nose. My glasses came off and were lying in the water, bent. My lip began to swell, but fortunately my mustache hides it. My first thought was for my glasses, but my second thought was black widows! I had fallen right through the spider web and was now sniffing in and spitting out water full of who-knows-what, along with old venom from smashed black widows.

I was sore and drenched and stumbled to a lawn chair to sit a while. No more lawn mowing for me. Heck, vultures circle me!






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Sunday, March 22, 2020

EASY READING PLAN THROUGH THE ENTIRE CHRONOLOGICAL BIBLE IN LESS THAN 22 MONTHS




Day 1 Genesis 1-2
Day 2 Genesis 3-4
Day 3 Genesis 5-6
Day 4 Genesis 7-8
Day 5 Genesis 9-11
Day 6 Job 1-2
Day 7 Job 3-4
Day 8 Job 5-6
Day 9 Job 7-8
Day 10 Job 9-10
Day 11 Job 11-12
Day 12 Job 13-14
Day 13 Job 15-16
Day 14 Job 17-18
Day 15 Job 19-20
Day 16 Job 21-22
Day 17 Job 23-24
Day 18 Job 25-26
Day 19 Job 27-28
Day 20 Job 29-30
Day 21 Job 31-32
Day 22 Job 33-34
Day 23 Job 35-36
Day 24 Job 37-38
Day 25 Job 39-40
Day 26 Job 41-42
Day 27 Genesis 12-13
Day 28 Genesis 14-15
Day 29 Genesis 16-17
Day 30 Genesis 18-19
Day 31 Genesis 20-21
Day 32 Genesis 22-23
Day 33 Genesis 24-25
Day 34 Genesis 26-27
Day 35 Genesis 28-29
Day 36 Genesis 30-31
Day 37 Genesis 32-33
Day 38 Genesis 34-35
Day 39 Genesis 36-37
Day 40 Genesis 38-39
Day 41 Genesis 40-41
Day 42 Genesis 42-43
Day 43 Genesis 44-45
Day 44 Genesis 46-47
Day 45 Genesis 48-50
Day 46 Exodus 1-2
Day 47 Exodus 3-4
Day 48 Exodus 5-6
Day 49 Exodus 7-8
Day 50 Exodus 9-10
Day 51 Exodus 11-12
Day 52 Exodus 13-14
Day 53 Exodus 15-16
Day 54 Exodus 17-18
Day 55 Exodus 19-20
Day 56 Exodus 21-22
Day 57 Exodus 23-24
Day 58 Exodus 25-26
Day 59 Exodus 27-28
Day 60 Exodus 29-30
Day 61 Exodus 31-32
Day 62 Exodus 33-34
Day 63 Exodus 35-36
Day 64 Exodus 37-38
Day 65 Exodus 39-40
Day 66 Leviticus 1-2
Day 67 Leviticus 3-4
Day 68 Leviticus 5-6
Day 69 Leviticus 7-8
Day 70 Leviticus 9-10
Day 71 Leviticus 11-12
Day 72 Leviticus 13-14
Day 73 Leviticus 15-16
Day 74 Leviticus 17-18
Day 75 Leviticus 19-20
Day 76 Leviticus 21-22
Day 77 Leviticus 23-24
Day 78 Leviticus 25-27
Day 79 Numbers 1-2
Day 80 Numbers 3-4
Day 81 Numbers 5-6
Day 82 Numbers 7-8
Day 83 Numbers 9-10
Day 84 Numbers 11-12
Day 85 Numbers 13-14
Day 86 Numbers 15, Ps 90
Day 87 Numbers 16-17
Day 88 Numbers 18-19
Day 89 Numbers 20-21
Day 90 Numbers 22-23
Day 91 Numbers 24-25
Day 92 Numbers 26-27
Day 93 Numbers 28-29
Day 94 Numbers 30-31
Day 95 Numbers 32-33
Day 96 Numbers 34-36
Day 97 Deuteronomy 1-2
Day 98 Deuteronomy 3-4
Day 99 Deuteronomy 5-6
Day 100 Deuteronomy 7-8
Day 101 Deuteronomy 9-10
Day 102 Deuteronomy 11-12
Day 103 Deuteronomy 13-14
Day 104 Deuteronomy 15-16
Day 105 Deuteronomy 17-18
Day 106 Deuteronomy 19-20
Day 107 Deuteronomy 21-22
Day 108 Deuteronomy 23-24
Day 109 Deuteronomy 25-26
Day 110 Deuteronomy 27-28
Day 111 Deuteronomy 29-30
Day 112 Deuteronomy 31-32
Day 113 Deuteronomy 33-34
Day 114 Psalms 91, Joshua 1-2
Day 115 Joshua 3-4
Day 116 Joshua 5-6
Day 117 Joshua 7-8
Day 118 Joshua 9-10
Day 119 Joshua 11-12
Day 120 Joshua 13-14
Day 121 Joshua 15-16
Day 122 Joshua 17-18
Day 123 Joshua 19-20
Day 124 Joshua 21-22
Day 125 Joshua 23-24
Day 126 Judges 1-2
Day 127 Judges 3-4
Day 128 Judges 5-6
Day 129 Judges 7-8
Day 130 Judges 9-10
Day 131 Judges 11-12
Day 132 Judges 13-14
Day 133 Judges 15-16
Day 134 Judges 17-18
Day 135 Judges 19-21
Day 136 Ruth 1-2
Day 137 Ruth 3-4
Day 138 I Samuel 1-2
Day 139 I Samuel 3-4
Day 140 I Samuel 5-6
Day 141 I Samuel 7-8
Day 142 I Samuel 9-10
Day 143 I Samuel 11-12
Day 144 I Samuel 13-14
Day 145 I Samuel 15-16
Day 146 I Samuel 17-18
Day 147 I Samuel 19-20
Day 148 Psalms 11, 59
Day 149 I Samuel 21-22
Day 150 I Samuel 23-24
Day 151 Psalms 7, 27, 31, 34
Day 152 Psalms 52, 56, 120
Day 153 Psalms 140-142
Day 154 I Samuel 25
Day 155 I Samuel 26-27
Day 156 Psalms 17, 35
Day 157 Psalms 54, 63
Day 158 I Samuel 28-29
Day 159 I Samuel 30-31
Day 160 Psalms 18, 121
Day 161 Psalms 123-125
Day 162 Psalms 128-130
Day 163 II Samuel 1-2
Day 164 II Samuel 3-4
Day 165 Psalms 6, 8
Day 166 Psalms 9-10
Day 167 Psalms 14, 16
Day 168 Psalms 19, 21
Day 169 I Chronicles 1-2
Day 170 Psalms 43-45
Day 171 Psalms 49, 84
Day 172 Psalms 85-87
Day 173 I Chronicles 3-4
Day 174 I Chronicles 5, Psalms 73
Day 175 Psalms 77-78, I Chronicles 6
Day 176 Psalms 81, 88
Day 177 Psalms 92-93
Day 178 I Chronicles 7-8
Day 179 I Chronicles 9-10
Day 180 Psalms 102-104
Day 181 II Samuel 5:1-10, I Chronicles 11
Day 182 I Chronicles 12, Psalms 133
Day 183 Psalms 107-107
Day 184 II Samuel 5:11-6:23
Day 185 I Chronicles 13-14
Day 186 I Chronicles 15-16
Day 187 Psalms 1-2, 15
Day 188 Psalms 22-24
Day 189 Psalms 47, 68, 89
Day 190 Psalms 96, 100-101
Day 191 Psalms 105, 132
Day 192 II Samuel 7, I Chronicles 17
Day 193 Psalms 25, 29, 33
Day 194 Psalms 36, 39
Day 195 II Samuel 8-9
Day 196 I Chronicles 18, Ps 50
Day 197 Psalms 53, 60, 75
Day 198 II Samuel 10, I Chronicles 19
Day 199 Psalms 20, 65
Day 200 Psalms 66-67
Day 201 II Samuel 11-12
Day 202 Psalms 51, 69-70
Day 203 I Chronicles 20, Psalms 32
Day 204 Psalms 51, 86, 122
Day 205 II Samuel 13-14
Day 206 II Samuel 15, Psalms 3-4
Day 207 Psalms 12-13
Day 208 Psalms 28, 55
Day 209 II Samuel 16-17
Day 210 II Samuel 18, Psalms 26
Day 211 Psalms 40, 58
Day 212 Psalms 61-62, 64
Day 213 II Samuel 19-20
Day 214 II Samuel 21, Psalms 5, 38
Day 215 Psalms 41-42
Day 216 II Samuel 22-23
Day 217 Psalms 57, 95
Day 218 Psalms 97-99
Day 219 II Samuel 24, I Chronicles 21
Day 220 I Chronicles 22, Psalms 30
Day 221 Psalms 108-110
Day 222 I Chronicles 23-24
Day 223 I Chronicles 25, Psalms 131
Day 224 Psalms 138-139
Day 225 Psalms 143-145
Day 226 I Chronicles 26-27
Day 227 I Chronicles 28-29
Day 228 Psalms 127, 111
Day 229 Psalms 112-113
Day 230 Psalms 114-115
Day 231 Psalms 116-118
Day 232 I Kings 1-2
Day 233 Psalms 37, 71, 94
Day 234 Psalms 119:1-88
Day 235 I Kings 3-4
Day 236 II Chronicles 1, Psalms 72
Day 237 Psalms 119:89-176
Day 238 Song of Solomon 1-2
Day 239 Song of Solomon 3-4
Day 240 Song of Solomon 5-6
Day 241 Song of Solomon 7-8
Day 242 Proverbs 1-2
Day 243 Proverbs 3-4
Day 244 Proverbs 5-6
Day 245 Proverbs 7-8
Day 246 Proverbs 9-10
Day 247 Proverbs 11-12
Day 248 Proverbs 13-14
Day 249 Proverbs 15-16
Day 250 Proverbs 17-18
Day 251 Proverbs 19-20
Day 252 Proverbs 21-22
Day 253 Proverbs 23-24
Day 254 I Kings 5-6
Day 255 II Chronicles 2-3
Day 256 I Kings 7-8
Day 257 II Chronicles 4-5
Day 258 II Chronicles 6-7
Day 259 Psalms 136, 134, 146
Day 260 Psalms 147-148
Day 261 Psalms 149-150
Day 262 I Kings 9, II Chronicles 8
Day 263 Proverbs 25-26
Day 264 Proverbs 27-29
Day 265 Ecclesiastes 1-2
Day 266 Ecclesiastes 3-4
Day 267 Ecclesiastes 5-6
Day 268 Ecclesiastes 7-8
Day 269 Ecclesiastes 9-10
Day 270 Ecclesiastes 11-12
Day 271 I Kings 10-11
Day 272 II Chronicles 9, Proverbs 30
Day 273 Proverbs 31, I Kings 12
Day 274 I Kings 13-14
Day 275 II Chronicles 10-11
Day 276 II Chronicles 12, I Kings 15
Day 277 I Kings 16, II Chronicles 13
Day 278 II Chronicles 14-15
Day 279 II Chronicles 16-17
Day 280 I King 17-18
Day 281 I King 19-20
Day 282 I King 21-22
Day 283 II Chronicles 18-19
Day 284 II Chronicles 20-21
Day 285 II Chronicles 22-23
Day 286 Obadiah
Day 287 Psalms 82-83
Day 288 II Kings 1-2
Day 289 II Kings 3-4
Day 290 II Kings 5-6
Day 291 II Kings 7-8
Day 292 II Kings 9-10
Day 293 II Kings 11-12
Day 294 II Kings 13, II Chronicles 24
Day 295 II Kings 14, II Chronicles 25
Day 296 Jonah
Day 297 II Kings 15, II Chronicles 26
Day 298 Isaiah 1-2
Day 299 Isaiah 3-4
Day 300 Isaiah 5-6
Day 301 Isaiah 7-8
Day 302 Amos 1-2
Day 303 Amos 3-4
Day 304 Amos 5-6
Day 305 Amos 7-8
Day 306 Amos 9, II Chronicles 27
Day 307 Isaiah 9-10
Day 308 Isaiah 11-12
Day 309 Micah 1-2
Day 310 Micah 3-4
Day 311 Micah 5-6
Day 312 Micah 7, II Chronicles 28
Day 313 II Kings 16-17
Day 314 Isaiah 13-14
Day 315 Isaiah 15-16
Day 316 Isaiah 17-18
Day 317 Isaiah 19-20
Day 318 Isaiah 21-22
Day 319 Isaiah 23-24
Day 320 Isaiah 25-26
Day 321 Isaiah 27, II Kings 18:1-8
Day 322 II Chronicles 29-30
Day 323 II Chronicles 31, Psalms 48
Day 324 Hosea 1-2
Day 325 Hosea 3-4
Day 326 Hosea 5-6
Day 327 Hosea 7-8
Day 328 Hosea 9-10
Day 329 Hosea 11-12
Day 330 Hosea 13-14
Day 331 Isaiah 28-29
Day 332 Isaiah 30-31
Day 333 Isaiah 32-33
Day 334 Isaiah 34-35
Day 335 Isaiah 35-36
Day 336 Isaiah 37-38
Day 337 Isaiah 39, Ps 76
Day 338 Isaiah 40-41
Day 339 Isaiah 42-43
Day 340 Isaiah 44-45
Day 341 Isaiah 46-47
Day 342 Isaiah 48, II Kings 18:9-19:37
Day 343 Psalms 46, 80, 135
Day 344 Isaiah 49-50
Day 345 Isaiah 51-52
Day 346 Isaiah 53-54
Day 347 Isaiah 55-56
Day 348 Isaiah 57-58
Day 349 Isaiah 59-60
Day 350 Isaiah 61-62
Day 351 Isaiah 63-64
Day 352 Isaiah 65-66
Day 353 II Kings 20-21
Day 354 II Chronicles 32-33
Day 355 Nahum
Day 356 II Kings 22-23
Day 357 II Chronicles 34-35
Day 358 Zephaniah
Day 359 Jeremiah 1-2
Day 360 Jeremiah 3-4
Day 361 Jeremiah 5-6
Day 362 Jeremiah 7-8
Day 363 Jeremiah 9-10
Day 364 Jeremiah 11-12
Day 365 Jeremiah 13-14
Day 366 Jeremiah 15-16
Day 367 Jeremiah 17-18
Day 368 Jeremiah 19-20
Day 369 Jeremiah 21-22
Day 370 Jeremiah 23-24
Day 371 Jeremiah 25-26
Day 372 Jeremiah 27-28
Day 373 Jeremiah 29-30
Day 374 Jeremiah 31-32
Day 375 Jeremiah 33-34
Day 376 Jeremiah 35-36
Day 377 Jeremiah 37-38
Day 378 Jeremiah 39-40
Day 379 Psalms 74, 79
Day 380 II Kings 24-25
Day 381 II Chronicles 36, Habakkuk 1
Day 382 Habakkuk 2-3
Day 383 Judith 1-2
Day 384 Judith 3-4
Day 385 Judith 5-6
Day 386 Judith 7-8
Day 387 Judith 9-10
Day 388 Judith 11-12
Day 389 Judith 13-14
Day 390 Judith 15-16
Day 391 Jeremiah 41-42
Day 392 Jeremiah 43-44
Day 393 Jeremiah 45-46
Day 394 Jeremiah 47-48
Day 395 Jeremiah 49-50
Day 396 Jeremiah 51-52
Day 397 Lamentations 1-2
Day 398 Lamentations 3-4
Day 399 Lamentations 5, Baruch 1
Day 400 Baruch 2-3
Day 401 Baruch 4-5
Day 402 Baruch 6, Ezekiel 1
Day 403 Ezekiel 2-3
Day 404 Ezekiel 4-5
Day 405 Ezekiel 6-7
Day 406 Ezekiel 8-9
Day 407 Ezekiel 10-11
Day 408 Ezekiel 12-13
Day 409 Ezekiel 14-15
Day 410 Ezekiel 16-17
Day 411 Ezekiel 18-19
Day 412 Ezekiel 20-21
Day 413 Ezekiel 22-23
Day 414 Ezekiel 24-25
Day 415 Ezekiel 26-27
Day 416 Ezekiel 28-29
Day 417 Ezekiel 30-31
Day 418 Ezekiel 32-33
Day 419 Ezekiel 34-35
Day 420 Ezekiel 36-37
Day 421 Ezekiel 38-39
Day 422 Ezekiel 40-41
Day 423 Ezekiel 42-43
Day 424 Ezekiel 44-45
Day 425 Ezekiel 46-47
Day 426 Ezekiel 48, Joel 1
Day 427 Joel 2-3
Day 428 Daniel 1-2
Day 429 Daniel 3-4
Day 430 Daniel 5-6
Day 431 Daniel 7-8
Day 432 Daniel 9-10
Day 433 Daniel 11-12
Day 434 Daniel 13-14
Day 435 Ezra 1-2
Day 436 Ezra 3-4
Day 437 Ezra 5-6
Day 438 Psalms 137, Haggai
Day 439 Zechariah 1-2
Day 440 Zechariah 3-4
Day 441 Zechariah 5-6
Day 442 Zechariah 7-8
Day 443 Zechariah 9-10
Day 444 Zechariah 11-12
Day 445 Zechariah 13-14
Day 446 Esther 1-2
Day 447 Esther 3-4
Day 448 Esther 5-6
Day 449 Esther 7-8
Day 450 Esther 9-10
Day 451 Esther 11-12
Day 452 Esther 13-14
Day 453 Esther 15-16
Day 454 Ezra 7-8
Day 455 Ezra 9-10
Day 456 Nehemiah 1-2
Day 457 Nehemiah 3-4
Day 458 Nehemiah 5-6
Day 459 Nehemiah 7-8
Day 460 Nehemiah 9-10
Day 461 Nehemiah 11-12
Day 462 Nehemiah 13, Psalms 126
Day 463 Tobit 1-2
Day 464 Tobit 3-4
Day 465 Tobit 5-6
Day 466 Tobit 7-8
Day 467 Tobit 9-10
Day 468 Tobit 11-12
Day 469 Tobit 13-14
Day 470 Malachi 1-2
Day 471 Malachi 3-4
Day 472 I Maccabees 1-2
Day 473 I Maccabees 3-4
Day 474 I Maccabees 5-6
Day 475 I Maccabees 7-8
Day 476 I Maccabees 9-10
Day 477 I Maccabees 11-12
Day 478 I Maccabees 13-14
Day 479 I Maccabees 15-16
Day 480 II Maccabees 1-2
Day 481 II Maccabees 3-4
Day 482 II Maccabees 5-6
Day 483 II Maccabees 7-8
Day 484 II Maccabees 9-10
Day 485 II Maccabees 11-12
Day 486 II Maccabees 13-14
Day 487 II Maccabees 15, Sirach 1
Day 488 Sirach 2-3
Day 489 Sirach 4-5
Day 490 Sirach 6-7
Day 491 Sirach 8-9
Day 492 Sirach 10-11
Day 493 Sirach 12-13
Day 494 Sirach 14-15
Day 495 Sirach 16-17
Day 496 Sirach 18-19
Day 497 Sirach 20-21
Day 498 Sirach 22-23
Day 499 Sirach 24-25
Day 500 Sirach 26-27
Day 501 Sirach 28-29
Day 502 Sirach 30-31
Day 503 Sirach 32-33
Day 504 Sirach 34-35
Day 505 Sirach 36-37
Day 506 Sirach 38-39
Day 507 Sirach 40-41
Day 508 Sirach 42-43
Day 509 Sirach 44-45
Day 510 Sirach 46-47
Day 511 Sirach 48-49
Day 512 Sirach 50-51
Day 513 Wisdom 1-2
Day 514 Wisdom 3-4
Day 515 Wisdom 5-6
Day 516 Wisdom 7-8
Day 517 Wisdom 9-10
Day 518 Wisdom 11-12
Day 519 Wisdom 13-14
Day 520 Wisdom 15-16
Day 521 Wisdom 17-19
Day 522 Luke 1
Day 523 John 1:1-14, Matthew 1
Day 524 Luke 2:1-38, Matthew 2
Day 525 Luke 2:39-52, Matthew 3
Day 526 Mark 1, Luke 3
Day 527 Matthew 4, Luke 4
Day 528 Luke 5, John 1:15-51
Day 529 John 2-3
Day 530 John 4, Mark 2
Day 531 John 5, Matthew 12:1-21
Day 532 Mark 3, Luke 6
Day 533 Matthew 5-6
Day 534 Matthew 7, 8:1-13
Day 535 Luke 7, Matthew 11
Day 536 Matthew 12:22-50, 13
Day 537 Luke 8, Matthew 8:14-34
Day 538 Mark 4-5
Day 539 Matthew 9-10
Day 540 Matthew 14, Mark 6
Day 541 Luke 9:1-17, John 6
Day 542 Matthew 15, Mark 7
Day 543 Matthew 16, Mark 8
Day 544 Luke 9:18-27, Matthew 17
Day 545 Mark 9, Luke 9:28-62
Day 546 Matthew 18, John 7
Day 547 John 8-9
Day 548 John 10:1-21, Luke 10
Day 549 Luke 11, John 10:22-42
Day 550 Luke 12-13
Day 551 Luke 14-15
Day 552 Luke 16-17:10
Day 553 John 11, Luke 17:11-18:14
Day 554 Matthew 19, Mark 10
Day 555 Matthew 20-21
Day 556 Luke 18:15-19:48
Day 557 Mark 11, John 12
Day 558 Matthew 22, Mark 12
Day 559 Matthew 23, Luke 20
Day 560 Luke 21, Mark 13
Day 561 Matthew 24-25
Day 562 Matthew 26, Mark 14
Day 563 Luke 22, John 13
Day 564 John 14-15
Day 565 John 16-17
Day 566 Matthew 27, Mark 15
Day 567 Luke 23, John 18
Day 568 John 19, Matthew 28
Day 569 Mark 16, Luke 24
Day 570 John 20-21
Day 571 Acts 1-2
Day 572 Acts 3-4
Day 573 Acts 5-6
Day 574 Acts 7-8
Day 575 Acts 9-10
Day 576 Acts 11-12
Day 577 Acts 13-14
Day 578 James 1-2
Day 579 James 3-4
Day 580 Acts 15-16
Day 581 Galatians 1-2
Day 582 Galatians 3-4
Day 583 Galatians 5-6
Day 584 Acts 17-18:18
Day 585 I Thessalonians 1-2
Day 586 I Thessalonians 3-4
Day 587 I Thessalonians 5, II Thessalonians 1
Day 588 II Thessalonians 2-3
Day 589 Acts 18:19-19:41
Day 590 I Corinthians 1-2
Day 591 I Corinthians 3-4
Day 592 I Corinthians 5-6
Day 593 I Corinthians 7-8
Day 594 I Corinthians 9-10
Day 595 I Corinthians 11-12
Day 596 I Corinthians 13-14
Day 597 I Corinthians 15-16
Day 598 II Corinthians 1-2
Day 599 II Corinthians 3-4
Day 600 II Corinthians 5-6
Day 601 II Corinthians 7-8
Day 602 II Corinthians 9-10
Day 603 II Corinthians 11-12
Day 604 II Corinthians 13, Acts 20:1-3
Day 605 Romans 1-2
Day 606 Romans 3-4
Day 607 Romans 5-6
Day 608 Romans 7-8
Day 609 Romans 9-10
Day 610 Romans 11-12
Day 611 Romans 13-14
Day 612 Romans 15-16
Day 613 Acts 20:4-Acts 21
Day 614 Acts 22-23
Day 615 Acts 24-25
Day 616 Acts 26-27
Day 617 Acts 28, Colossians 1
Day 618 Colossians 2-3
Day 619 Colossians 4, Philemon
Day 620 Ephesians 1-2
Day 621 Ephesians 3-4
Day 622 Ephesians 5-6
Day 623 Philippians 1-2
Day 624 Philippians 3-4
Day 625 I Timothy 1-2
Day 626 I Timothy 3-4
Day 627 I Timothy 5-6
Day 628 Titus
Day 629 I Peter 1-2
Day 630 I Peter 3-4
Day 631 I Peter 5, Hebrews 1
Day 632 Hebrews 2-3
Day 633 Hebrews 4-5
Day 634 Hebrews 6-7
Day 635 Hebrews 8-9
Day 636 Hebrews 10-11
Day 637 Hebrews 12-13
Day 638 II Timothy 1-2
Day 639 II Timothy 3-4
Day 640 II Peter 1-2
Day 641 II Peter 3, Jude
Day 642 I John 1-2
Day 643 I John 3-4
Day 644 I John 5, II John, III John
Day 645 Revelation 1-2
Day 646 Revelation 3-4
Day 647 Revelation 5-6
Day 648 Revelation 7-8
Day 649 Revelation 9-10
Day 650 Revelation 11-12
Day 651 Revelation 13-14
Day 652 Revelation 15-16
Day 653 Revelation 17-18
Day 654 Revelation 19-20
Day 655 Revelation 21-22








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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

WE HAVE A WINNER!


Michael Robertson was my best friend in Bellingham, Washington. He and his wife Robin lived next to us in the Agate Bay Mobil Estates trailer park, and we were all such good friends that for a time we would freely walk into each other's trailer as if we lived together. We attended a weekly Bible study in town together, and Michael and I would regularly meet at lunchtime to play chess. He was a nice fellow, reminding me of a sort of dignified Dustin Hoffman.

I worked as a finance clerk in the Bellingham City Hall, and would share a break room with the police. Michael and I would play our lunch hour games either there or at a coffee house across the street. But when we'd be playing in the City Hall break room and the police would come in, I noticed Michael stiffen up. Eventually he intimated to me that his past wasn't squeaky clean, that he had spent time in prison, and that police made him nervous. Unfortunately this didn't curb his chess skills though. He usually won.

When a carnival came to town, Michael and I went to it and were passing through the section of booths where you pay for a chance to try your luck and win a prize. Carnies called to us as we went by, offering three balls for a dollar to knock down stacked bottles, or darts to pop balloons, etc. etc. with prizes such as giant stuffed animals or other great things that you can't do without. To my surprise, the always-sensible-Michael turned and walked up to one of the booths and paid his dollar for some rings to ring bottles with. I thought Michael was too smart to be a sucker, and stood there quietly upset. But to my astonishment, my friend had no trouble ringing the bottles, and he won a nice price! Of course the carny, although not happy about it, raved loudly about Michael's success in hopes of attracting more customers.

At the next booth, Michael let me hold his prize as he paid another dollar for balls to knock down three stacked bottles. And he did it! I had never seen it done before! His prizes were getting piled in my arms as Michael went from booth to booth, constantly winning! I was amazed and asked him how he did it. "I used to be a carny," he said.

We continued and I was impressed beyond words as he did nothing but win. Finally a big man stepped out in front of us at the end of a row of booths -- a man with a slight grin that didn't look sincere in his friendliness -- and quietly said to Michael, "We know who you are. You better get outa here."

And so we left, with my arms full of prizes, and my mind full of amazement and curiosity about my friend's not-so-squeaky-clean past. Michael died young, of cancer, leaving me with a great emptiness and a lot of unanswered questions, but with a profound appreciation for having been called his friend.





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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

TOUCHING HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S 2020 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS


"Opportunity zones are helping Americans like Army veteran Tony Rankins from Cincinnati, Ohio. After struggling with drug addiction, Tony lost his job, his house and his family. He was homeless. But then Tony found a construction company that invests in opportunity zones. He is now a top tradesman, drug-free, reunited with his family, and he is here tonight. Tony, keep up the great work. Thank you, Tony."


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"We are supporting the hopes of Cubans, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans to restore democracy. The United States is leading a 59-nation diplomatic coalition against the socialist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro. Maduro is an illegitimate ruler, a tyrant who brutalizes his people. But Maduro’s grip on tyranny will be smashed and broken.

"Here this evening is a very brave man who carries with him the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of all Venezuelans. Joining us in the gallery is the true and legitimate president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó. Mr. President, please take this message back to your homeland. Thank you, Mr. President. Great honor. Thank you very much.

"Please take this message back that all Americans are united with the Venezuelan people in their righteous struggle for freedom. Thank you very much, Mr. President. Thank you very much.

"Socialism destroys nations. But always remember: Freedom unifies the soul."


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"In the gallery tonight, we have a young gentleman. And what he wants so badly — 13 years old — Iain Lanphier. He’s an eighth grader from Arizona. Iain, please stand up.

"Iain has always dreamed of going to space. He was the first in his class and among the youngest at an aviation academy. He aspires to go to the Air Force Academy, and then he has his eye on the Space Force. As Iain says, 'Most people look up at space. I want to look down on the world.'"


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"But sitting behind Iain tonight is his greatest hero of them all. Charles McGee was born in Cleveland, Ohio, one century ago. Charles is one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen — the first black fighter pilots — and he also happens to be Iain’s great-grandfather. Incredible story.

"After more than 130 combat missions in World War II, he came back home to a country still struggling for civil rights and went on to serve America in Korea and Vietnam. On Dec. 7th, Charles celebrated his 100th birthday. A few weeks ago, I signed a bill promoting Charles McGee to Brigadier General. And earlier today, I pinned the stars on his shoulders in the Oval Office. General McGee, our nation salutes you. Thank you, sir."


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"The next step forward in building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education and the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Yet, for too long, countless American children have been trapped in failing government schools. To rescue these students, 18 states have created school choice in the form of Opportunity Scholarships. The programs are so popular that tens of thousands of students remain on a waiting list.

"One of those students is Janiyah Davis, a fourth grader from Philadelphia. Janiyah. Janiyah’s mom, Stephanie, is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future. But last year, that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania’s governor vetoed legislation to expand school choice to 50,000 children.

"Janiyah and Stephanie are in the gallery. Stephanie, thank you so much for being here with your beautiful daughter. Thank you very much.

"But, Janiyah, I have some good news for you, because I am pleased to inform you that your long wait is over. I can proudly announce tonight that an Opportunity Scholarship has become available, it’s going to you, and you will soon be heading to the school of your choice.

"Now I call on Congress to give one million American children the same opportunity Janiyah has just received. Pass the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunities Act — because no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing government school."


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"Almost every American family knows the pain when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness. Here tonight is a special man, beloved by millions of Americans who just received a Stage 4 advanced cancer diagnosis. This is not good news, but what is good news is that he is the greatest fighter and winner that you will ever meet. Rush Limbaugh, thank you for your decades of tireless devotion to our country.

"And, Rush, in recognition of all that you have done for our nation, the millions of people a day that you speak to and that you inspire, and all of the incredible work that you have done for charity, I am proud to announce tonight that you will be receiving our country’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

"I will now ask the first lady of the United States to present you with the honor. Please.

"Rush and Kathryn, congratulations. Thank you, Kathryn."


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"As we pray for all who are sick, we know that America is constantly achieving new medical breakthroughs. In 2017, doctors at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City delivered one of the earliest premature babies ever to survive. Born at just 21 weeks and 6 days, and weighing less than a pound, Ellie Schneider was a born fighter. Through the skill of her doctors and the prayers of her parents, little Ellie kept on winning the battle of life. Today, Ellie is a strong, healthy two-year-old girl sitting with her amazing mother Robin in the Gallery. Ellie and Robin, we are glad to have you with us tonight.

"Ellie reminds us that every child is a miracle of life. And thanks to modern medical wonders, 50 percent of very premature babies delivered at the hospital where Ellie was born now survive. It’s an incredible thing. Thank you very much.

"Our goal should be to ensure that every baby has the best chance to thrive and grow just like Ellie. That is why I’m asking Congress to provide an additional $50 million to fund neonatal research for America’s youngest patients.

"That is why I’m also calling upon members of Congress here tonight to pass legislation finally banning the late-term abortion of babies. Whether we are Republican, Democrat, or independent, surely we must all agree that every human life is a sacred gift from God."


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"Tragically, there are many cities in America where radical politicians have chosen to provide sanctuary for these criminal illegal aliens. In sanctuary cities, local officials order police to release dangerous criminal aliens to prey upon the public, instead of handing them over to ICE to be safely removed.

"Just 29 days ago, a criminal alien freed by the sanctuary city of New York was charged with the brutal rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman. The killer had been previously arrested for assault, but under New York’s sanctuary policies, he was set free. If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would still be alive today.

"The state of California passed an outrageous law declaring their whole state to be a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants — a very terrible sanctuary — with catastrophic results.

"Here is just one tragic example. In December 2018, California police detained an illegal alien with five prior arrests, including convictions for robbery and assault. But as required by California’s Sanctuary Law, local authorities released him.

"Days later, the criminal alien went on a gruesome spree of deadly violence. He viciously shot one man going about his daily work. He approached a woman sitting in her car and shot her in the arm and in the chest. He walked into a convenience store and wildly fired his weapon. He hijacked a truck and smashed into vehicles, critically injuring innocent victims. One of the victims is — a terrible, terrible situation; died — 51-year-old American named Rocky Jones.

"Rocky was at a gas station when this vile criminal fired eight bullets at him from close range, murdering him in cold blood. Rocky left behind a devoted family, including his brothers, who loved him more than anything else in the world. One of his grieving brothers is here with us tonight. Jody, would you please stand? Jody, thank you. Jody, our hearts weep for your loss, and we will not rest until you have justice.

"Senator Thom Tillis has introduced legislation to allow Americans like Jody to sue sanctuary cities and states when a loved one is hurt or killed as a result of these deadly practices.

"I ask Congress to pass the Justice for Victims of Sanctuary Cities Act immediately. The United States of America should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans, not criminal aliens."


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"Last year, I traveled to the border in Texas and met Chief Patrol Agent Raul Ortiz. Over the last 24 months, Agent Ortiz and his team have seized more than 200,000 pounds of poisonous narcotics, arrested more than 3,000 human smugglers, and rescued more than 2,000 migrants. Days ago, Agent Ortiz was promoted to Deputy Chief of Border Patrol, and he joins us tonight. Chief Ortiz, please stand. A grateful nation thanks you and all of the heroes of Border Patrol and ICE. Thank you very much. Thank you."


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"Three years ago, the barbarians of ISIS held over 20,000 square miles of territory in Iraq and Syria. Today, the ISIS territorial caliphate has been 100 percent destroyed, and the founder and leader of ISIS — the bloodthirsty killer known as al-Baghdadi — is dead.

"We are joined this evening by Carl and Marsha Mueller. After graduating from college, their beautiful daughter Kayla became a humanitarian aid worker. She once wrote, 'Some people find God in church. Some people find God in nature. Some people find God in love. I find God in suffering. I’ve known for some time what my life’s work is, using my hands as tools to relieve suffering.' In 2013, while caring for suffering civilians in Syria, Kayla was kidnapped, tortured, and enslaved by ISIS, and kept as a prisoner of al-Baghdadi himself. After more than 500 horrifying days of captivity, al-Baghdadi murdered young, beautiful Kayla. She was just 26 years old.

"On the night that U.S. Special Forces Operations ended al-Baghdadi’s miserable life, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, received a call in the Situation Room. He was told that the brave men of the elite Special Forces team that so perfectly carried out the operation had given their mission a name: 'Task Force 8-14.' It was a reference to a special day: Aug. 14 — Kayla’s birthday. Carl and Marsha, America’s warriors never forgot Kayla — and neither will we. Thank you."


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"Every day, America’s men and women in uniform demonstrate the infinite depth of love that dwells in the human heart.

"One of these American heroes was Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Hake. On his second deployment to Iraq in 2008, Sergeant Hake wrote a letter to his 1-year-old son, Gage: 'I will be with you again,' he wrote to Gage. 'I will teach you to ride your first bike, build your first sand box, watch you play sports, and see you have kids also. I love you son. Take care of your mother. I am always with you. Daddy.'

"On Easter Sunday of 2008, Chris was out on patrol in Baghdad when his Bradley Fighting Vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. That night, he made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Sergeant Hake now rests in eternal glory in Arlington, and his wife, Kelli, is in the Gallery tonight, joined by their son, who is now a 13-year-old and doing very, very well. To Kelli and Gage: Chris will live in our hearts forever. He is looking down on you now. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you both very much.

"The terrorist responsible for killing Sergeant Hake was Qassim Suleimani, who provided the deadly roadside bomb that took Chris’s life. Suleimani was the Iranian regime’s most ruthless butcher, a monster who murdered or wounded thousands of American service members in Iraq. As the world’s top terrorist, Suleimani orchestrated the deaths of countless men, women, and children. He directed the December assault and went on to assault U.S. forces in Iraq. Was actively planning new attacks when we hit him very hard. And that’s why, last month, at my direction, the U.S. military executed a flawless precision strike that killed Suleimani and terminated his evil reign of terror forever.

"Our message to the terrorists is clear: You will never escape American justice. If you attack our citizens, you forfeit your life."


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"War places a heavy burden on our nation’s extraordinary military families, especially spouses like Amy Williams from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and her two children — 6-year-old Elliana and 3-year-old Rowan. Amy works full-time and volunteers countless hours helping other military families. For the past seven months, she has done it all while her husband, Sgt. First Class Townsend Williams, is in Afghanistan on his fourth deployment in the Middle East. Amy’s kids haven’t seen their father’s face in many months. Amy, your family’s sacrifice makes it possible for all of our families to live in safety and in peace, and we want to thank you. Thank you, Amy.

"But, Amy, there is one more thing. Tonight, we have a very special surprise. I am thrilled to inform you that your husband is back from deployment. He is here with us tonight, and we couldn’t keep him waiting any longer.

"Welcome home, Sergeant Williams. Thank you very much."




THANK YOU
DONALD  J.  TRUMP,
OUR PRESIDENT.








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