For Scripture Sunday:
Is The Sprit World Real?
"Are we alone in the universe or is the fascination with spirits and witchcraft evidence of reality? You need to know!"
An Amazing Fact: "Every American knows about the infamous day (December 7, 1941) when Pearl Harbor was attacked, but few people know that the Japanese bombed the American mainland 10 months later. It’s true! The bizarre and daring mission involved using a submarine to penetrate U.S. coastal defenses. Attached to the deck of the submarine was a small hangar containing a partially disassembled seaplane. The plane was designed to drop incendiary bombs on the dry Northwest forests with the intention of causing a massive inferno.
So, on September 9, 1942, a Japanese navy pilot, Nobuo Fujita, and his one assistant, Shoji Okuda, surfaced with the Japanese submarine crew off the North American coast near the border of Oregon and California. After the weather to cleared, the tiny seaplane was quickly assembled and secretly catapulted into the skies. Along with the two 160-pound incendiary bombs, Fujita packed a Samurai sword that had been in his family for 400 years. He reasoned if he was forced down, he would use it to end his life rather than be captured by the enemy.
It was a peaceful morning in Brookings, Oregon, when a fisherman heard the sound of a small plane flying overhead. No one dreamed they were in the midst of an air attack. The small plane proceeded east, climbing to 8,000 feet, and dropped its load over a heavily wooded forest, becoming the only foreign enemy to ever bomb the United States mainland. But they didn’t wait around to see what happened. Instead they hurried back to the sanctuary of their sub.
At 4:20 p.m. that day, a forest lookout on Mt. Emily spotted a small blaze involving about seven trees that was easily extinguished. Evidently, the wooded regions in Southern Oregon were still moist because of some unseasonable rains that had fallen a few days before the attack. In 1962, twenty years after the attack, Fujita returned to Brookings and presented the city with his cherished Samurai sword to pledge peace and friendship and to make amends for his attack. The sword was placed in the mayor’s office, where it remains today.
Did you know the Bible speaks of another ancient sword that God has given to mankind? “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword …” (Hebrews 4:12). No earthly sword can protect you like the Bible.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: - Ephesians 6:17
Updates in the Animal World:
The Western Black Rhinoceros No Longer Walks the Earth
"Like the western black rhino, these three subspecies are classified as Critically Endangered, and according to SavetheRhino.org, they are being killed throughout Africa and Asia to meet consumer demand for horns.
In November 2011, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) changed their Red List status of the western black rhinoceros from Critically Endangered to Extinct. The last reported sighting of this rhino was over 10 years ago.
The western black rhino was thriving until the 20th century. By the 1980s, the population had dwindled to a few hundred, and only 10 individuals were sighted throughout the 2000s. The rhinos’ demise is attributed to poaching and lack of an aggressive conservation plan.
The three remaining black rhinoceros subspecies are classified as Critically Endangered. They continue to be slaughtered throughout Africa and Asia for their horns.
Two other rhinoceros subspecies in danger of extinction are the northern white rhino (Near Threatened and Possibly Extinct in the Wild) and the Javan rhino (Critically Endangered and thought to be Extinct).
With better anti-poaching campaigns, conservationists believe these rhinos can be saved just as the southern white rhino was. That subspecies numbered just a few hundred in the late 19th century, but now has a population of over 20,000 thanks to a successful conservation plan."
United States Moves to End Puppy Mill Imports
"As a result of an announcement today from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, other nations will no longer be able to raise tens of thousands of dogs in puppy mills and flood the U.S. market with them. After delaying final action for years, the USDA today made final a federal rule prohibiting the import of puppies into the United States for resale. Together with our supporters, we’ve won a profound and major victory for animals.
Each year, thousands of puppies – all just a few weeks old and barely weaned – endure appalling abuse as they are transported to the United States. They are packed into crowded, filthy plastic tubs with little or no food or water, and often exposed to extreme temperatures during transcontinental plane journeys that would be taxing for even an adult, healthy dog. A large number of the puppies get sick, and then perish. The puppies are too young to have received a full series of vaccinations, so they could carry diseases that infect other dogs or even humans, making their import a significant public health concern as well as an animal." More at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wayne-pacelle/united-states-moves-to-en_b_5681948.html
For the first time since the bypass surgery in January my chest doesn't feel sore where they sawed me open. That is a great improvement.
Jay and I moved the sink unit out of the screen porch and we are installing one which fits in there a lot better. The new cabinet also matches my kitchen cabinets. The old sink unit is now in the storeroom addition. Neither sink is hooked up yet, as I am waiting for a faucet to arrive. With our hard water, I am switching to white faucets as they are easier to keep looking nice.
My 8 month old foster kitten, Giovanni, went to another home to be fostered with option to adopt. I hope everyone will be happy there, and it sticks. My older foster cat, Nala, seems to be glad that he is gone, as he would suddenly ambush her, and they would have a fisticuff fight. I never knew if they were playing or if it was real! But Nala seems a lot more relaxed now.
My foster dog, BabyGirl went to her first Adoption Day, and was so good and well behaved. She loved everyone who went anywhere near her, and their kids. Because she wasn't picked up to go to Adoption Day until 12.15pm, I went to the afternoon Church of God on FM 830. It was good to see the folks there again, but I prefer the morning church on FM 1097.
As I was early, I was able to attend the Bible Study which was 'Believe in The Holy Spirit', based on Romans 8:1-17. The sermon was about the different mountains mentioned in the Bible, and how we should be looking up, like our forefathers, as they looked at the sky to predict the weather. We should not looking down at our keyboards, smart phones, tablets all the time, but look unto the heavens.
The potluck was great, and it was a great day.