20 November 2018

God's Word for Tuesday, 11/20/18

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.
Psalm 95:1-2 KJV

Come, let’s shout praises to God, raise the roof for the Rock who saved us! Let’s march into his presence singing praises, lifting the rafters with our hymns!
Psalm 95:1-2 MSG

19 November 2018

The Police Blotter is Back, But the Humor is Gone

As long-time readers will know, the Unalaska Police Blotter was a favorite read because of the wry interpretation given it by the Sergeant, now Deputy Chief, who relayed it.

They started publishing it again, earlier this year. But the particular slant is gone.

Here's an example of the old blotter: 
Domestic Disturbance -- Officers responded to another household of dipsomaniacs, wherein one drunken male landlord was upset about the way his inebriated female tenant kept the common areas of the house. The two residents and the woman's guest continued to yell at one another from behind closed doors but indicated that their dispute was no more than verbal.

And here's the current version, for comparison:
Drunk Disturbance--Local worker reported that he was being harassed by an intoxicated coworker.  Complainant stated that he had already reported an incident to his employer but they have not done anything to resolve it.  Officers advised suspect not to have contact with complainant or he could be charged with harassment.

In short, the spin - and the fun - is gone.

But can we find the original spin, if we look hard enough? Well, sort of:
Suspicious Person/Activity — A Patrol Sergeant observed a vehicle with several white exterior lights illuminated.  A security check in the area of the vehicle observed no people, but instead a stealthy rat scampered in the direction of a garbage-filled dumpster.

The rat apparently had no lights, illuminated or otherwise.

Unfortunately, a perusal of the next several months' blotters revealed no further humor. No references to sots, dipsomaniacs, nor humorously confused individuals were found.

It seems that the Blotter, once a source of rich amusement and wry social commentary, is no more. 

18 November 2018

God's Word for Sunday, 11/18/18

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Mark 16:20 KJV

And the disciples went everywhere preaching, the Master working right with them, validating the Message with indisputable evidence.

Mark 16:20 MSG

17 November 2018

God's Word for Saturday, 11/17/18

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105 KJV

By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.

Psalm 119:105 MSG

16 November 2018

Friday, 11/16/18: God's Word, and Social Commentary

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Psalm 119:18 KJV

Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders. ... Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight; I listen to them as to good neighbors!
Psalm 119:18 MSG

Our weather is a thing of beauty today ... not. We've been cool for a number of days, but not frigid. Today, so we're told, a warm moist air mass moves in from the southwest, bringing rain and freezing rain into the area this afternoon and evening. Temps are supposed to be in the mid-30s today, although it's only 21° now. We'd much rather have the white stuff. Oh, well.

If one watches the Anchorage news broadcasts, the stories seem to be dominated by sex crimes, car thefts, bomb threats, murders, hit and run accidents, rampant property theft ... it's appalling to the observer. Those of us living elsewhere can only watch in dismay as the crime wave allowed by a change in Alaska law (see S.B. 91 for details) continues its toll on that city.  There are many factors at play, beyond the scope of my simple observation here. But we are so glad we don't live in the city anymore.

To be honest, it's not as bad as the newscasts make it sound: sensationalism brings ratings and the resultant advertising dollars. "If it bleeds, it leads" and all that. But it's a fact that crime is up in Anchorage, and most blame the permissive change to the sentencing laws (see SB 91, above) which opened the door a bit wider to the criminal element and opiod abusers looking for an easy source of funds. And don't even get me started on the doctors who over-prescribe the opiods in the first place.

The average visitor to Anchorage, and the summer tourists, will likely remain unaffected by the above.

Moving on ...

The winter solstice is only about five weeks away. Today's sunrise is at 9:09 am, and sunset at 4:19 pm. We lose just shy of five minutes of daylight today. And today's total is two-plus hours more daylight than we'll have in another month.

It's the the price we pay for the long summer days when it never gets completely dark in June and July.

And it's worth it. :)

15 November 2018

God's Word for Thursday, 11/15/18

Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
Psalm 119:143 KJV

You are right and you do right, God; your decisions are right on target. You rightly instruct us in how to live ever faithful to you. My rivals nearly did me in, they persistently ignored your commandments. Your promise has been tested through and through, and I, your servant, love it dearly. I’m too young to be important, but I don’t forget what you tell me. Your righteousness is eternally right, your revelation is the only truth. Even though troubles came down on me hard, your commands always gave me delight. The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.
Psalm 119:143 MSG

14 November 2018

God's Word for Wednesday, 11/14/18

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 3:18 KJV

It’s better to suffer for doing good, if that’s what God wants, than to be punished for doing bad. That’s what Christ did definitively: suffered because of others’ sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones. He went through it all—was put to death and then made alive—to bring us to God.
1 Peter 3:18 MSG