Today is Sunday September 15

The 259th day of 2019

There are 106 days left in the year. 

We are 71% through 2019.

This is the 37th week of the year. 

We are in the first month of autumn.

Verse of the Day

Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

James 3:13 MSG

Today is expected to be 6º warmer than yesterday.

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Tuesday's Bible Reading

God Provides for the People Psalm 106:1–12, 48 (MSG)

1-3 Hallelujah!

Thank God! And why?

    Because he’s good, because his love lasts.

But who on earth can do it—

    declaim God’s mighty acts, broadcast all his praises?

You’re one happy man when you do what’s right,

    one happy woman when you form the habit of justice.

4-5 Remember me, God, when you enjoy your people;

    include me when you save them;

I want to see your chosen succeed,

    celebrate with your celebrating nation,

    join the Hallelujahs of your pride and joy!

6-12 We’ve sinned a lot, both we and our parents;

    We’ve fallen short, hurt a lot of people.

After our parents left Egypt,

    they took your wonders for granted,

    forgot your great and wonderful love.

They were barely beyond the Red Sea

    when they defied the High God

    —the very place he saved them!

    —the place he revealed his amazing power!

He rebuked the Red Sea so that it dried up on the spot

    —he paraded them right through!

    —no one so much as got wet feet!

He saved them from a life of oppression,

    pried them loose from the grip of the enemy.

Then the waters flowed back on their oppressors;

    there wasn’t a single survivor.

Then they believed his words were true

    and broke out in songs of praise.

Blessed be God, Israel’s God!

Bless now, bless always!

Oh! Let everyone say Amen!



The Past Few Days

Sunday September 15, 2019


When the month of September began, it was more than clear that the Pirates were one of the two worst teams in the National League. Therefore, it should have been their goal to get ready for next year by finishing strong, giving them hope that a decent 2020 is possible. Well forget that! They went into Chicago and lost all three games.They scored 15 runs in the three games, enough to win most series. The problem is, they gave up 47 runs over the course of the weekend. At this point in time there is little optimism for the future. I cannot remember a worse Pittsburgh team since the 1950s (though their record will not be as bad as some in the past 30 years).

Twila and I went over Jared and Missy’s for supper. Jared made a spiral ham, corn bread, mac & cheese and baked beans.

Saturday September 14, 2019


I went out to Strattanville to watch the parade this afternoon. So did Gary, Karen, Ky, and Ash. The parade was short but much better than last year. It was good to see Babe and Tracy before they journeyed back to Chambersburg. Babe watched the parade with BeeDee.

Friday September 13, 2019


Strattanville had their fireworks tonight. Fran, Ron, Babe, Tracy, Dood, Beck, Tari, Lue, and I watched them around a fire that Lue and Tari had built. The fireworks were good and the laughs were even better. And, we all agreed that we favored anti-bowling policies.

Thursday September 12, 2019


I took BeeDee to see Dr. Smith because she is still having a lot of trouble with her foot. He confirmed it is not broken and gave her a brace to wear. She needs to see him again in three weeks.

Wednesday September 11, 2019


Today was the 18th anniversary of the 911 attacks


For a minute, when I came out of the Y this afternoon, I thought it was the middle of July; and rightly so. Today was the hottest of the past 44 days. The high of 87° was the highest temperature here since July 21. We got over ½ inch of rain and we needed it. We have been dry this month, however, for the past year, we have received an excess of 9 inches of precipitation. 

Tuesday September 10, 2019


I got my mac back from the shop. They installed a new solid state hard drive. The computer is almost 7 years old but now it is so fast.

1 Year Ago Today

We toured Seattle today. In the morning we took the hop off hop on tour bus. We stopped again at Pike's Market. There we ate their homemade mac and cheese then went over to the fish market to watch them throw fish. We went up the Sky View Observatory at the Columbia Center where we got a fantastic view of not only the city but the Puget Sound and mountains off in the distance. We finished the day by taking a city bus to the Ballard Locks. They had a fish ladder for the salmon to climb over the locks. We saw a few salmon but we didn't see them jump up the ladder.

5 years ago today

I learned that Bob Bickerstaff died. He was the one who hired me in 1985 at the Career Center. He was my director for the first 8 years that I taught there. When he retired, he became Chaplain Bob and had the I-80 ministry. I had heard about a year and a half ago that he had cancer. Bob and I had many spiritual talks and he had lent me many tapes and books containing good teaching and preaching.

10 years ago today

Rob & Jess brought Taylor home today. Perhaps, for the first time in many weeks, they can all have a “normal’ day.

Today's Devotion

Much Beloved

At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision.      Daniel 9:23

“For you are beloved.” Could there be any words from God more welcome than these? Daniel was in exile in Babylon as a result of his nation’s utter defeat by the Babylonians. He desperately wanted to make sense of his circumstances. So he did what he had done so many times before: he prayed. God immediately dispatched the angel Gabriel. Gabriel revealed that God had sent him to Daniel at the beginning of his supplications. God did not even wait for Daniel to finish his prayer. Why? Because God loved Daniel greatly. What a marvelous testimony! There had been times when Daniel’s love for God had been put to the test. Now, when Daniel was in need, God was quick to respond in love to him.

God wants to answer the prayers of those whose hearts are completely His (2 Chron. 16:9). God can accurately orient you to the events of your day. Media, public opinion, and political leaders cannot tell you the truth of your circumstances. Only God can. God loves you and will speak to you in His time. His answer may come immediately as it did in Daniel’s case, or it may be delayed, but it will come (Dan. 10:13). If it seems as though everything is crumbling around you, and you wonder why you do not see God’s activity, take comfort in knowing that you are loved in heaven. If you are genuinely seeking God’s answers, you can go to your Father confidently with your questions. He will respond to you in love (Luke 11:5-13).



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Next rain one Sunday afternoon, nice all week.

Hourly Forecast

Daylight Today: 13 hr 23 min


So far, September has been slightly warmer and slightly drier than normal.


Yesterday: hazy, 2° above normal, the coolest of the past 6 days.


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Most Probable Playoff Scenario

  • WC: A's over the Rays
  • WC: Cubs over the Nationals
  • NLDS: Dodgers over the Cubs
  • NLDS: Braves over the Cardinals
  • ALDS: Astros over the A's
  • ALDS: Yankees over the Twins
  • NLCS: Dodgers over the Braves
  • ALCS: Astros over the Yankees
  • World Series: Astros over the Dodgers

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Without considering steroids, the top five ought to be a sure thing for the Hall of Fame. They have a WAR over 70 and for a 20 year period, they are the best in the game.


Top pitchers last 20 years by WAR

Without considering steroids, the top five ought to be a sure thing for the Hall of Fame. They have a WAR over 60 and, for a 20 year period, they are the best in the game. Of course, Halladay and Johnson are already in.


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