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Today is Thursday June 20 (longest day of year)

This is the 171st day of 2019

There are 194 days left in the year

This is the 25th week of the year

Verse of the Day

What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

Mark 8:36 NIV

Today is expected to be 2° cooler than yesterday.

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June 20, 2019 at 7:29 am EDT

The Past Few Days

Wednesday June 19, 2019


Today was the warmest day so far in June, however, we have not reached 80° this month. The last time we did was May 28. May had 4 days with highs in the 80s. 


I have a brand new fawn coming into the backyard. It must only be a few days old. 


Brody made the 9-10 year old all star team. The team will be managed by Luke Huwar and will consist of Brody Beggs, Paul Craig, Carter Hindman, Liam Huwar, Billy Kahle, Casey Kemmer, Alex Love, Parker Miller, Eli Nellis, Ethan Rex and Dylan Smail. Their first game is at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Oil City.

Tuesday June 18, 2019


We got over an inch of rain today. That makes over 3 inches in the past 7 days. Today, there was some minor flooding in the area.

Monday June 17, 2019


The rain continues. A flash flood watch continues for the county. The NWS confirmed that a tornado did hit Parker on Sunday.

Sunday June 16, 2019


Sunday June 16, 2019

Today was Father’s Day. I preached for Jason today (Daniel). I got a card and gift from David, Janna, and the girls. Rick, Barb, Twila, and I went over to Jared and Missy’s for dinner. They got me a small wooden crate that you had to work forever to get open. In it were a variety of nuts.  

Lue said they loved their cruise and plan on going on another within six months.

Saturday June 15, 2019


I started painting some trim today, however,  as I look at the weather for the next week, I am wondering when I will be able to finish it. 


Jared took the kids fishing on the other side of Knox, to the Beaver Creek Nature Area. Hannah caught a nice bass.

Frank, Lue, Danny, and Zach got back home today (I think).

Friday June 14, 2019


I had a company come in to give me a price on putting some kind of leaf guards on the roof gutters. The estimate was way more expensive than I would have guessed. What I really need is to find someone who I can hire to go up on the roof once in the spring and once in the fall. 

I ran into Ron at the Y this morning. He was lifting weights. I didn’t see Fran. Ron said she was in a group workout session.

5 years ago today

Frank, Lue, and Danny were scheduled to return this morning from the Caribbean to Baltimore. They were on their cruise for 7 nights.

10 years ago today

Twila, Sherri and I left for home at 5 am.  Overall, the trip was fine though we ran into some rain on the Beltway of D.C.  We made good time and we were home by 2:30 pm.  I realize that getting older means my trips will have to get shorter.  9½ hours in a car is more than enough for me in one day.  Frank and I used to work all day then leave for Florida at 8 PM and drive straight through.  Age changes lots of things.

Sherri and I were in bed by 7 pm.

Tari and Danny brought Gizmo home.  

David, Janna, and Brianna were going to a birthday party at Taube’s.

44 Year Ago Today

On this day in 1975, Jaws, a film directed by Steven Spielberg that made countless viewers afraid to go into the water, opens in theaters. The story of a great white shark that terrorizes a New England resort town became an instant blockbuster and the highest-grossing film in movie history until it was bested by 1977’s Star Wars.

Today's Devotion

When God Says No

Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.      Acts 12:2-3a

Can you accept God’s will when His answer is no? If you are praying in God’s will, He will always answer you when you pray (Jer. 33:3). However, sometimes His answer will be no.

King Herod arrested Peter and prepared to have him executed. During the night, as his church prayed, Peter’s life was spared when an angel freed him. God miraculously answered the prayers of His people that night. Yet not long before, James, too, had been arrested by Herod. James, however, was executed. Surely the church had prayed for James as fervently as they did for Peter, yet that time God’s answer had been no.

Did God love Peter more than James? Of course not. James had been one of Jesus’ closest friends. Yet God allowed James to die while He continued to use Peter in His service. The church in Jerusalem did not become bitter toward God. They accepted His answer because they trusted His love and wisdom.

There are times when God wants us to persist in_our praying until He has completed His work in us (Luke 11:5-8; 18:1-6). However, when God’s answer is no, it is futile to continue pleading for a yes. Some refuse to take no for an answer, insisting that if you pray long enough and hard enough, God will ultimately grant any request you make. It is an affront to your Lord to continue pleading with Him when He has clearly said no. The purpose of prayer is not to conform God to our will but to adjust our will to God. We must learn to trust God so that if He says no, we accept that His will is best.



No upcoming events.

4th of July Picnic on July 6

We will try to get tables by the river on River Road in Cook Forest, somewhere near the playground

Open to Anyone (spread the word)

So far, here is the list of those who said they will be coming:

  • Randy
  • Frank and Lue
  • David, Janna, Brianna, Megan

We will try to get tables by the river on River Road in Cook Forest, somewhere near the playground

Let me know what you are bringing and I will post it here:

  • Randy - hotdogs and buns for everyone
  • Randy - charcoal and grill
  • Randy - potato salad
  • Lue: beans, baked macaroni 

Weather for Clarion

¼" rain today, ½" tonight - very nice weekend on the way

Hourly Forecast

Daylight Today: 16 hr 16 min


So far, June is slightly cooler than normal and it is much wetter than normal.


Pirates 8, Tigers 7

  • The Pirates were down 7-1 after 2½ innings.
  • Reynolds went 3 for 4 and is hitting .362. He is about 30 plate appearances short of qualifying for the batting title
  • Mitch Keller was sent back to the minors.

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