For "Scripture Sunday":
"Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
The Law, the Prophets and the Psalms designate the three sections of the Hebrew Scriptures we call the Old Testament.
The Holy Bible, Old and New Testaments, make up a seamless, unified whole. Jesus Christ inspired hundreds of Old Testament prophecies that He later fulfilled through His birth, life and death. And there are many more prophecies that will be fulfilled in His second coming. The Old Testament actually revealed Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ then revealed the Father in the New Testament (Luke 10:22; John 14:6-11).
After His resurrection, Jesus “opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). Though much of the Bible is accessible and helpful on many levels, without God’s help we can’t fully comprehend the Scriptures. But with the help of God’s Spirit we can understand “the things of God” that are “spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:11, 14).
For more about how God opens our understanding of the Bible, see our article “How Do You Know You Have the Holy Spirit?”"
An Amazing Fact: "A 29-year-old engineer for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, was on a business trip in Hiroshima, Japan, when the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb. On the morning of August 6, 1945, Yamaguchi was stepping off a streetcar when the atomic device, nicknamed “Little Boy,” detonated above Hiroshima. Yamaguchi said he was less than two miles away from ground zero when he saw the blinding flash of light. Then his eardrums ruptured and his upper torso was burned by the blast that followed. The explosion destroyed most of the city’s buildings and killed 80,000 people. Yamaguchi spent a painful night in a bomb shelter and the following day returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, 200 miles away.
By August 9, Yamaguchi made his way to his Nagasaki office, where he told his boss about the terrible Hiroshima blast. This was precisely when the second bomb, known as “Fat Man,” was dropped on Nagasaki, killing 70,000 people there. Yamaguchi said, “Suddenly the same white light filled the room. I thought the mushroom cloud had followed me from Hiroshima. I could have easily died on either of those days.” Yamaguchi became the only official survivor of both atomic blasts to hit Japan in World War II.
Six days after the Nagasaki attack, Japan surrendered. Yamaguchi recovered from his wounds, went to work for the American occupation forces, became a teacher, and eventually returned to work at Mitsubishi. He was in good health for most of his life, said his daughter; despite the double radiation exposure, he lived to be 93 years old.
The Bible talks about other cities that were wiped out by fire from heaven, but the witnesses were not so fortunate. The people of Sodom and Gomorrah, having “given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh” (Jude 1:7), were completely destroyed. Sadly, they turned away from the only Source of life.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS:- And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
- 2 Peter 2:6-9
You Wouldn’t Eat This, So Are You Feeding It To Your Pets?!
"There has been a great deal of discussion over the contents of pet foods in the news, mostly due to the lawsuit between Nestle Purina and Blue Buffalo. Blue Buffalo prides itself on being a “natural” food, free of any by-products. However, Purina discovered that Blue Buffalo’s claims are not exactly what they say.
Here is a run-down of what you might be feeding your pet, and why it may be time to change your food.
You could potentially find a whole smorgasbord of ingredients in animal by-products, from the whacky to the plain disgusting, including
- Road kill
- Dead animals donated by zoos
- Undeveloped eggs
- Livestock that died from disease
- Euthanized pets or shelter animals
Basically, then, animal by-products are what’s left of a slaughtered animal after the edible parts have been removed. And they can also include other…um…colorful ingredients.
Why does it matter? Well, chances are good that you wouldn’t want to eat food that could contain euthanized shelter animals. So why would you take a chance when feeding your pet?
“How do I avoid giving waste to my pet?”
Not all foods tacked with the label “by-product” are bad, and there’s an easy way to identify which ones are.
Carefully read the packaging of your pet’s food. Does it have any of these vague terms?
- “Meat meal”
- “Meat and bone meal”
- “Meat by-product meal”
- “Animal by-product meal”
If your pet’s food label doesn’t identify the type of meat it came from, stay away! As your mother may have told you when you were a kid, “You don’t know where that’s been!”
Alternatively, labels that identify the type of meat used (e.g. “chicken by-product meal” or “beef by-product meal”) are better options for your pet, although you should try to avoid any by-product in your pet’s food. The price is a bit higher, but the benefits are monumental.
By-products aren’t the only danger in pet food either. Over the past year we have seen numerous recalls due to illness and death in animals from contaminated food. Both of these practices can be stopped if enough voices are raised."
★ Help Support Stronger Pet Food Regulations! ★
"Pet food has long been a source of worry for pet owners and health officials. Reports of salmonella contamination are frequent, and threaten not only animals eating the food but also the owners handling it. Nutritional deficiencies and toxins have been found in pet foods as well — including melamine, which caused a tragic loss of life in 2007. The FDA’s new proposal includes safety requirements similar to those in place for manufacturers of human food, ensuring that manufacturers are proactive in their efforts to keep pet food safe.
Help protect our pets from toxic food!!"
Delayed Update because I had so many interruptions on Sunday:
Well, on Monday 17th because I made it to 80 years old my daughter surprised me with a visit. She brought one of her dogs with her, the little one, Foxy, a very laid back and quiet MinPin. That's very unusual for a MinPin! Her other dog, Shep is 135 lb!
There is also a marina there and the Texas Children's Hospital has set up a fish feeding area. You get one of the cups, put a quarter in the machine and a handful of fish food comes out. There is a circular fenced place open to the water in the middle of the pier, and these great big fish come to be fed. Lots of them as you can see. Several species, but mostly carp. They are not trapped in that circle, they just know to watch for people on the pier.
Tuesday, I went to the doctor for a follow-up from my hospital stay and her only prescription was "Drink More Water".
Still working on the guest house floor. James has been showing up most mornings. He is doing the leveling and making sure that the floor joists are all in good shape. He has also been insulating the water lines that are under the house as the new floor is not battened down yet.
For a couple of days I couldn't use Jay, he was too hung over, but then he straightened up again and turned into a good worker. We took out the bathroom shelf units and the floor is rotten there too. Ray really let things leak around there. So we also removed the vanity and toilet. We will probably have to take down the walls and pull the shower so that we can put a continuous new plywood floor everywhere. Then rebuild the walls on top of it. This patching the floor here and there is just not logical. I hope that I can see this finished soon, as I need to get back to selling stuff and getting my house ready to sell.
Jay wasn't well enough to go to church, but I took two dishes for the potluck, a tuna noodle casserole au gratin, and braised celery and onions.
The Bible readings were Deut. 11:26-16:17, Isa 54:11-55:5, 1 John 4:1-6. The Teaching was about the approaching God's Holy Days in the 7th month (September) Tishrei is the first month of the Jewish civil year, but the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year.
Tuesday, Sept. 14th is the Feast of Trumpets. Day of Atonement is Thursday Sept. 24th. Then the biggie, the Feast of Tabernacles starts Tuesday 29th (it will be a High Day Sabbath) to Tuesday October 6th, (also a High Day Sabbath) Then the Eighth Day.
So there will be several Holy Day Sabbaths in the middle of the week, just like there was one during that fateful Passover (some call it Easter) on the Thursday. This was the first annual Sabbath or high-day - the first day of Unleavened Bread, the day after Jesus died on the Wednesday, then there was the regular Sabbath on the Saturday and He was resurrected on the Sunday. This was to fulfill "three days and three nights".
Please also see timeline here: http://www.centuryone.com/crucifixion.html
The pastor's wife gave me the chicken carcass from the potluck, so I made bone broth and it will be used in several recipes during the next few days.