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Faith Filled Friday: The Anvil and the Word of God

by Connie Terpack

The Word of God has been around for centuries. There are some who do not believe in God and then there are those of us who can not imagine a life without Him. The many attempts to destroy Christianity have failed. I am so thankful that I got a chance to hear about Jesus and His saving grace.

“For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.” Psalms 119:89

The Blacksmith’s Anvil
Author unknown

Last eve I paused beside a blacksmiths door
And heard the anvils ring the vesper chime.
Then looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers worn with beating years of time.
“How many anvils have you had?” asked I,
“To wear and batter all those hammers so?”
“Just one,” he said with twinkling eye.
“The anvil wear the hammers out, you know.”
And so, thought I, the anvil of God’s Word –
For ages skeptic blows have beat upon.
Though the noise of falling blows was heard
The anvil is unharmed – the hammer is gone.

(The poem is from a David A. Wood post, and he gave permission in the post to share it with others.)

The Most Dangerous Paper Route in the World

Fascinating look at something as simple as a newspaper. Great blog. Thank you. ~Connie

Pacific Paratrooper

Stars and Stripes, which dates back to the Civil War, has published continuously since World War II. In 2010, the paper won a prestigious George Polk Award for revealing the Defense Department’s use of a public relations firm that profiled reporters and steered them toward favorable coverage of the war in Afghanistan. In 2015, the publication broke the news that NBC anchor Brian Williams had exaggerated a story about his reporting in Iraq. Much of the day-to-day coverage is news of direct concern to service members and their families: pay and benefits, life on base and in the field, the real people behind the global geopolitics.

Central Command Area of Responsibility (Apr. 4, 2003) — Command Sgt. Maj. John Sparks, delivers copies of Stars and Stripes to U.S. Marines from Weapons Platoon, 3-2 India Company. The Marines are part of Task Force Tarawa, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom…

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Faith Filled Friday: Thunder in the Court Room

Some judges have a thunderous voice. When the sentencing gavel hits the pad it probably sounds thunderous to the guilty party. A few months ago (4/20/2020) I did a post about whether God was in the thunder: Faith Filled Friday: Is God in the Thunder?

Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him? Job 40:9

Apparently there are more people who believe God talks in a thunderous voice than I realized. It was easy to picture the scene – the big burly officer, the scary loud crash of thunder followed by immediate darkness. This story just had to be shared for this Faith Filled Friday.

A very large, slow talking Highway Patrol Officer was giving testimony in a Magistrate’s Court. He was sworn in and began delivering his evidence in a loud, clear, but slow voice.
Part way through, there was an incredibly loud BOOM and a flash of lightning. At the same time, all the lights went out and the Court Room was plunged into a murky darkness with thunder reverberating in the distance.
A more timid but still slow voice piped up out of the gloom, “… but I was telling the truth.”

God thundereth marvelously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. Job 37:5

Have a blessed day.

The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook. Psalm 77:18

The New York Times Crossword and WWII

I love doing crosswords, but I still need the easy ones after all these years! ~Connie

Pacific Paratrooper

The WWII home front and this generation have something in common, lock-downs.  This post seemed appropriate for right about now.

There are plenty of crossword puzzles in publications across the country, but when we think of the pinnacle of puzzledom (Not officially a word, but, perhaps, it should be?), the purveyors of the most preeminent puzzles, we bow to The New York Times (NYT).

For more than 75 years, the NYT crossword puzzle has been stumping readers with its clever clues and then sending them soaring when they finally fill in all the squares.

When did the NYT Crossword begin?

When crossword puzzles first came about in the 1920s, the NYT turned up its nose at them. In 1924, the paper ran an opinion column that dubbed them, “a primitive sort of mental exercise”.

So, what absolved the crossword puzzle in the illustrious publication’s mind and made them eat their words? Reportedly, it…

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The obscure word of the week is balter

Since I came up with a sentence for this I thought I would share it. I am terrible on the dance floor.

Matthew Wright

This week’s obscure English word is balter.

It means to dance really badly. Which, I have to say, is a fair description of me every time I try.

Your challenge: write a sentence or two in the comments using this word.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2020

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Covid-19 conspiracy theory isn’t new – think Apollo

I’ve always believed they made a real landing. The lighting and shadows probably would be different because of the difference in the angle of the sun and the earth’s light. I don’t think our planet shines as bright as the moon, but surely there is enough to mess up some shadows. ~Connie

Matthew Wright

These days, as endless conspiracy theories about Covid-19 flow through my social media feed, I keep thinking of their grandparent, the Apollo moon hoax conspiracy. There are some surprising similarities.

Most of the claims today are to do with Covid-19, which (if we are to believe the conspirators) is a fake virus promoted by the Deep State (run by lizard men) to fool everyday people into accepting vaccine-driven mind control. Apparently all we have to do is ‘woke up’ to this and the Truth will become Evident, stopping people being ‘sheeple’. Or something.

In a way I can understand it: the world – and certainly the United States – seems to be entering its end-game. People are worried, frightened, and can’t influence or control their fates. Humans are also hard-wired to see patterns even when none exist; and it’s easier to suppose this scary and chaotic world out there is…

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Faith Filled Friday: Tom’s Poetry

I love Tom’s poetry and thought these two would be a delightful change from the usual fair for Faith Filled Friday. Every one he writes is either intriguing, humorous or thoughtful. Neither one of these were titled so I gave them one for my filing purposes. Tom graciously allowed me to repost these. The one titled I’m not sure… is the newest one and the other A Whispered Voice is a year or two older.
Here’s his link so you can visit his site: Tom Graffagnino

I’m not sure…

I’m not sure more legislation
From the bureaucrats above
Will come up with the solution
We need most…. Truth, Grace, and Love.

I’m not sure at all that Band-Aids
Can address the heart within.
Band-Aids can’t defeat the cancer
We once wisely knew as “sin”.

I’m not sure this killer virus
Can be conquered with vaccines,
Good intentions, wishful thinking,
Or group therapeutic dreams.

I’m not sure we’ll find the answer
In the textbooks in our schools,
Or in Neo-Marxist theory,
Or more mandatory rules.

I’m not sure Big Brother’s game plan
In the end will fix this thing.
After all, we’ve been there, done that…,
Still the carnal mind is king.

I’m not sure more finger-pointing
Is the remedy we need.
Maybe we need full-length mirrors.
And more Gospel-scattered seed.

I’m not sure there is cure, sir,
If we can’t see that we’re lost.
I’m not sure the cure we’re seeking
Can be found without the Cross.

A Whispered Voice

In each Beauty of creation,
There’s a Word…a whispered voice.
There’s a reason there in hiding.
Yes, The Reason to rejoice!
Every subtle law of nature
Points to true Truth higher still.
Each design’s designed to guide us
To God’s pure and holy will.
There is manna…Living Water
For the thirsting, hungry heart.
Bread and Wine both freely offered…
Grace amazing to impart.

Why You Forget What You Were Doing When You Walk Into A Room

I’m so glad to learn there is a reason for the forgetfulness! I simply had to share this. ~Connie

Embrace Serendipity

ByKatie Pratt, Ph.D.

The brain is the least understood organ in the human body: Three pounds of tightly organized and highly specialized cells that guide every thought, action, and heartbeat, of your life. It is where we store memories, how we balance our checkbooks, and where we feel emotions. But every so often our brains let us down.

One particularly infuriating, if not life threatening, example of this is the well-documented phenomenon ofwalking into a room and forgetting why you are there. Why is it that the one organ of our body that can keep us breathing while we are sleeping seems to be unable to remind us of why we stepped into the kitchen?

This is the question that drives Notre Dame scientistGabriel Radvansky, who has spent close to 20 years trying to find the answer. Last year saw the publication of a breakthrough…

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I had not thought about this until reading his article. He makes a good point.

Stevie Turner

Has anybody counted the amount of times the word ‘unprecedented’ is used in the daily  BBC Coronavirus update?  I once counted 10 times in one programme early in April, and it hasn’t much changed as time has gone on.

I am on tenterhooks to find out on Sunday just how Boris plans to take us out of lock-down in these unprecedented times.  He has cleverly left it until the May bank holiday is all over bar the shouting, so that there is not an unprecedented rush to the roads on Thursday night.

Will we need to wear masks outside the house?  Will crime levels rise to unprecedented levels if nobody can now be identified properly on CCTV?

Will it be that children can go back to school?  They have already had an unprecedented amount of time off, and if they go back in June then they’ll only need to work…

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Faith Filled Friday: Great Fathers in the Bible

by Connie Terpack

Fathers have an important role in the family, as the leaders, protectors and providers. Since Fathers Day is this Sunday I thought some fathers from the Bible would be a nice subject for this Faith Filled Friday blog.

Noah was faithful to God and followed his orders to build the ark. He wanted to protect his family.
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and his children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26

Abraham was considered the Father of the Jewish Nation. He had to pass God’s test of offering his son Isaac as a sacrifice. I cannot imagine how hard that was to do. He was not always patient. He had a son by his wife’s maid and called him Ishmael. God had other planes and it was not until he and Sarah were in their old age they had Isaac.
Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Exodus 20:12

Isaac, Abraham’s son, was the father of twin boys named Esau and Jacob. In Genesis 22: 9-11 Abraham puts Isaac on the alter and is ready to slay him for the sacrifice. Through his father, Isaac learned learned an invaluable lesson about obedience and trusting God.
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:22

Jacob was the Father of the 12 Tribes of Israel. He started out on the rough side by stealing his brother Esau’s birthright. He was married to two sisters, Leah and Rachel. Jacob had twelve boys and a girl. His twelve sons became the twelve tribes of Israel. God works with our mistakes and disobedience.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

Moses was the Giver of the Law, the father to Gershom and Eliezer, and a father figure to the Hebrew people. He shows us that we can achieve huge tasks if we stay close to God.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deuteronomy 6:5

David, a lowly shepherd boy, became a great king. He trusted God to help him defeat Goliath. David sinned, repented, and found forgiveness. His son Solomon became one of Israel’s greatest kings.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Joseph, a simple carpenter, became the foster father of Jesus and taught him the carpentry trade. He had a tough decision to make after learning that Mary was pregnant and not by him. An angel appeared and told him it was all right. He learned to trust God.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

Job was very wealthy and always gave God thanks and praise for what he had. Then the devil intervened and Job lost everything – his health, home, family, and wealth. Yet he never cursed God. For his faithfulness, God restored everything to him and then some.
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7

Solomon was the wisest man in history, but he was not always a great dad. His sons turned away from him and God because of his terrible example. Yet Solomon, through God’s inspiration, wrote most of the book of Proverbs.
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children. 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19, 20