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“My thoughts are not your thoughts.” – God

Sometimes that fact brings relief – when I am harsh with myself for a miscalculation and He reminds me that He has extended mercy. Sometimes it brings frustration because I persist in my assumption that my perspective is correct, and … Continue reading

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The Sepulchres in our Gardens

As is so often the case when I pick up my Granny’s copy of Streams in the Desert, the devotional for the day is a perfect fit for the day. And there was Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, sitting … Continue reading

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National Security and National Solvency~~According to President Eisenhower

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May Day: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair (Michael Beschloss, Harper and Row, 1986) is a review of the international context and disastrous events of the U-2 loss over the Soviet Union just two weeks before a summit meeting scheduled in … Continue reading

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Grandpa Soren died this afternoon: June 13, 1956

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Mom and I were at the regular Ladies Aid meeting at a neighboring farm where they had a phone. I was playing quietly with my friends and then the phone call drew a line through the middle of the afternoon. … Continue reading

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The Humanity of Christ

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In his book, The Incomparable Christ, J. Oswald Sanders sets forth a readable narrative that draws on the Scriptures for deep thoughts served up in bite-sized pieces, pieces which nevertheless may require considerable chewing. In one section he discusses the humanity … Continue reading

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The Korean War: June, 1950–July 1953

The Korean War is not generally characterized as a war of attrition or as a holding action or as a war we weren’t allowed to win, even though apparently that is exactly what it was, some time before the Vietnam War … Continue reading

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Is Sin Necessary in Order To Be Human?

In The Incomparable Christ,  J. Oswald Sanders, has synthesized so many precious things about the person of Jesus Christ in a highly readable narrative. One of the things he addresses in his discussion of the humanity of Christ is the often unchallenged assumption that may burrow into our faith-foundations~~the … Continue reading

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The SR-71 Blackbird

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It’s called “the Sled” by those who flew it.     They’ve published a couple of coffee table books that are good reading if you enjoy the remarkable achievements of remarkable people who did their visionary planning in the 1950’s and production in the early 1960’s. … Continue reading

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Lightning War: Six Days in 1967

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The term “lightning war” refers  to tactics developed by the German Army in World War II.  Their word was blitzkreig.  Blitzkreig strategy was a huge step away from the static battle lines still in evidence in the trench warfare of World War I.  It made use … Continue reading

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Inspected by Inspector No. 1

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In 1986, Sherwood Eliot Wirt edited Spiritual Awakening: Classic Writings of the 18th Century to Inspire the 20th Century Reader.  One chapter excerpted from the writings of Hannah Moore, 1745-1833, includes this thought: “If we ever look into our hearts at all, we … Continue reading

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Death By Black Hole

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There are some generous experts who are willing to befriend the general public~~brilliant professionals who have a gift for bringing the amateur into their world, making the complex understandable and painting such informative word pictures that the visitor into their expertise leaves with a slightly elevated IQ. … Continue reading

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Danes Just Don’t Like Fighting

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Palle Lauring has a two-page discussion in A History of Denmark* in which he analyzes the historical reluctance of Danes to spend material, men or money in the interest of a constant state of military defense. This missing piece in the essential business of self-preservation … Continue reading

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Psalm 36:1

“An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked.  There is no fear of God before his eyes.” In The Burning Tigris,  (Peter Balakian, 2003) describes the astounding evil perpetrated against the Armenians over a period spanning decades, culminating … Continue reading

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