Today is Friday January 24

The 24th day of 2020

There are 342 days left in the year. 

We are 7% through 2020.

This is the 4th week of the year. 

We are in the second month of winter.

Verse of the Day

Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted.

Galatians 6:1 CSB

172 years ago today:

A millwright named James Marshall discovers gold along the banks of Sutter’s Creek in California, forever changing the course of history in the American West.

Today is expected to be 8° warmer than yesterday.

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The Past Few Days

Thursday January 23, 2020


The sky was very colorful on my way to the church this morning. 


Hannah had missed school all last week. She went back on Tuesday but now she has missed yesterday and today. 


Jim Weisel was admitted to the DuBois hospital. It seems the doctors believe he has a hole somewhere but they don’t know where. He needs exploratory surgery to find it but they don’t think he would survive the surgery; and I understand the plan is to make him as comfortable as possible. 


In the evening, I went to Joe’s Gym to watch Brody’s game with Karns City. Brody is really improving. He makes his layups and now he is seeing the court very well and is making some really nice passes that are leading to scores.

Wednesday January 22, 2020


This morning we had the lowest temperature in Clarion since March 8. It was 9.7°.

Tuesday January 21, 2020


The Senate trial began today to decide whether or not Trump will be removed from office under the two articles of impeachment sent to them from the House. 


This evening was the Hall of Fame announcement. Derek Jeter was a sure thing. The other player to be named was Larry Walker, who was in his 10th and final year to be on the ballot. 

Monday January 20, 2020


There was no school today since it was MLK Day. Actually, it was an inservice day. 


Since Jim Weisel is still in the hospital so I didn’t take him, as usual, to the Cancer Center. I stopped down at the hospital before noon. They said they were planning on discharging him. The plan is for him to go to Laurelbrooke Landing in Brookville. Today Jim turned 85 years old. 


Missy went to the ER with a lot of pain. She has a UTI.

Sunday January 19, 2020


I watched some of both football games. It will be the Kansas City Chiefs versus the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in two weeks. 


I saw where Don Rhoades died. He was one of the best basketball players in C-L history and he led the Lions to the 1961 championship.  

Saturday January 18, 2020


We didn’t get the snow accumulation that was forecasted. Instead, it rained for much of the day. It did get icy. A truck wrecked and shutdown I-80 and another truck was stopped coming up 5th Avenue at the intersection of South Street. We ended up with rain, freezing rain, a wintry mix and snow.

1 Year Ago Today

The Kane girls beat North Clarion 44-39 for their 8th straight win. Kane is 13-3 with one of those loses coming against North Clarion earlier in the season. Kane is 6-0 in their division (AML North). For Dave Kiehl, it was his 200th win since taking over at Kane. Before going to Kane, Dave was the head coast at East Forest. 


Philippians 4:8 reminds us that we choose what we think about. One secret of how to thrive while living the Christian life is to think about things that are good, pure, admirable, and to spend less time thinking about negative things. And remember, God is in control of everything. I pray that God will help me practice thinking about lovely and admirable things today. And along those lines, on Friday, I will let many of my thoughts drift off to remember a remarkable encourager that we will miss at First Baptist (Ray Karns).

5 years ago today

I painted the trim in two bathrooms today. They are coming Tuesday to put the flooring down, so I wanted to paint the baseboard before they got here. Frank, Lue, and Danny came in the evening. Danny showed me his report card and all his certificates for making the principal's list and for perfect attendance. 

10 years ago today

After church, Dude went with me to the Y and gave me a thorough tour.

Today's Devotion

Come and See

They said to Him, “Rabbi” (which is to say, when translated, Teacher), “where are You staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day.       John 1:38b-39

There comes a time for each of us when merely talking about the Christian pilgrimage is not sufficient. We must actually set out on the journey! We can spend many hours debating and discussing issues related to the Christian life, but this means little if we never actually step out and follow Christ!

For generations, the coming of the Messiah had been pondered and predicted by the nation of Israel. Perhaps no topic garnered more discussion among Jews than the nature and work of the Messiah. Andrew had listened to John the Baptist and had heard of the coming Messiah. Now, suddenly, he was face to face with the One he had yearned to see! Andrew’s mind was filled with questions he longed to ask. Instead of entering into a theological dialogue with Andrew, however, Jesus turned and began to walk. Andrew’s questions would not be answered by discussion alone, but by walking with Him.

Christianity is not a set of teachings to understand. It is a Person to follow. As he walked with Jesus, Andrew watched Jesus heal the sick, teach God’s wisdom, and demonstrate God’s power. Andrew not only learned about God; he actually experienced Him!

Moments will come when you stand at a crossroads with your Lord. You will have a hundred questions for Him. Rather than answering the questions one by one, Jesus may say, “Put on your shoes, step out onto the road, and follow Me.” As you walk daily with Him, Jesus will answer your questions, and you will discover far more than you even knew to ask.


Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to God. Am I looking to God?

Oswald Chambers

Today's Bible Reading

Temple Dedicated

2 Chronicles 7:1–6   (CSB)

7 When Solomon finished praying, fire descended from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 The priests were not able to enter the Lord’s temple because the glory of the Lord filled the temple of the Lord. 3 All the Israelites were watching when the fire descended and the glory of the Lord came on the temple. They bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground. They worshiped and praised the Lord:

For he is good,

for his faithful love endures forever.

4 The king and all the people were offering sacrifices in the Lord’s presence. 5 King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand cattle and one hundred twenty thousand sheep and goats. In this manner the king and all the people dedicated God’s temple. 6 The priests and the Levites were standing at their stations. The Levites had the musical instruments of the Lord, which King David had made to give thanks to the Lord—“for his faithful love endures forever”—when he offered praise with them. Across from the Levites, the priests were blowing trumpets, and all the people were standing.


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Weather for Clarion

We may get over an inch of rain tonight. The next 10 days will all be above normal temperature.


So far, January is much warmer than normal and slightly drier than the average January.




Yesterday: sunny, 2° below normal, the warmest of the past 5 days.


Colorful Sky Thursday Morning