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October 14 at 7:49 am EDT
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15 and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.
Today was the coolest of the past 152 days (May 14). And, our low of 29° was the lowest thermometer reading since April 29. I slept in the afternoon so I could stay up and watch the Astros play the Yankees. I was glad I did because the game went into extra innings and was 4 hr. and 49 min. long. The Astros won and the series is tied 1-1. Lue brought in some apple crisp on her way to bingo and I ate it instead of standing for the 7th inning stretch.
I was going to work on leaves today but my leaf blower wouldn’t start. So, I was forced to watch about 7 hours of baseball. If tonight was any indication of which is the best team, then the Yankees are going to win it all.
When I got back from the Y in the morning, Jason came by with his trailer. We took my snow blower over to Tom’s Sales to be serviced and repaired.
What a real nice fall day!
The Astros beat the Rays to advance to the League Championship Series. Gerrit Cole was great again, winning his 2nd game of the five-game series. After this year, Cole will be a free agent and will most certainly make a lot of money somewhere. That is why the Pirates traded him last year. The Pirates knew they would not be able to keep him so they traded him at a time when the Astros were willing to give up a lot. And, they did. The Pirates got 4 players in the deal, Michael Feliz, Jason Martin, Colin Moran and Joe Musgrove.
What a surprise! The Nationals were down 3-0, playing on the Dodgers’ home field, and came back to beat the team that was favored to represent the National League in the World Series. It will be the Nats vs the Cards. I will be rooting for the Washington Nationals.
Leaf season is now well underway. I started mulching the leaves and acorns this afternoon. Several squirrels were helping out. It will take an hour or two almost every day from now until Thanksgiving.
I was surprised that the Rays beat the Astros for a second straight game. Is this going to be a major upset? We will find out Thursday evening. On Wednesday, both of the National League series will come down to a winner-take-all game 5.
I left around 7:30 am and drove to Cranberry Township where I met Rick & Laura at their church. After the worship service, I went on down to Houston to watch Brianna and Megan cheer. They both did really well. it turned out to be a pretty nice day. Janna's mother was there too. When it was over, we went to Eat n Park to eat dinner before I drove back home.
It really looks like fall. And with the strong winds that came yesterday, I bet I have many, many bushels of leaves on the ground. At times I had had a leaf-out in the backyard.
The Royals are one win away from playing in the World Series this year.
The night before, when we were out to dinner with the Clarks, Karen had told us about a homeless man that lived down by where she works (below the interstate). So today, Sherri and couple of friends (Becky & Nicole) went to visit the man. They took him an umbrella, sleeping bag, water, socks and other things. Other than the lunch they bought him, he refused everything else. He said that God would provide for him.
The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. . . . The LORD will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. Deuteronomy 28:7, 25
As the Israelites were preparing to enter the Promised Land, God set before them a choice: Heed His voice, obey His commandments, and experience continued victory. Or turn from God, disobey His word, and experience repeated and resounding defeat. It was a simple choice. The choice they made would be evident by the results on the battlefield.
The assurance of victory did not mean that the Israelites would not have to strap on their armor and go to battle. It did not assure them of effortless victory. At times their enemies fought fiercely, and the battles raged back and forth. Nevertheless, as the Israelites walked closely with God, they knew that their efforts would always result in victory.
God gives us the same choice He gave the Israelites. If we walk with Him, obedient to His word, He will stand with us and ensure victory over our challenges. We must face the battle, but God promises us victory if we remain in His will. However, if we choose to disassociate from God, we surely will be overtaken by difficulties. As with the Israelites, our decision will be evident by the outcome. If you are continually being defeated by everything you face, your heart has departed from God.
If you have been experiencing defeat in the challenges you face, examine your heart. When you are buffeted by the crises of life, your heart may have shifted away from God. Choose to listen to God. Then obey what He tells you, no matter what you face, and you will experience victory.
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