21 April 2017

Signing Off

Thanks to Blogger's interference, my readership has been reduced by 90 percent. As many of you already know, I've been struggling with keeping the blog going for awhile. That was all the remaining 'push' that I needed.

Everything has a natural season, and comes to an end. And so it is with this blog. Thank you for your comments and questions over the years. It's been nice to "know" you.

Farewell, my friends. As the Navy says, I wish you fair winds and a following sea. May God bless you all.

God's Word for Friday, 4/21

Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”

John 10:28-30 MSG

20 April 2017

State files lawsuit against feds over Knik River ownership dispute

The State of Alaska has filed a lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Land Management over an ownership dispute for a section of the Knik River.

The controversy surrounds who ultimately has authority over the submerged land between Friday Creek and the Knik Glacier. The state argues it’s been theirs since statehood, but the federal government argues, since it’s not a navigable passageway, it’s under BLM control.

When the State of Alaska was conveyed its land after statehood was granted, it was given ownership of navigable waterways within state boundaries.

“I would have preferred to avoid litigation, but the federal government refused to recognize the State’s rights to these lands and waters,” Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth wrote in a press release.
The area has been debated for decades, but since the BLM decided to convey that portion of the Knik River to the Eklutna Inc. native corporation as part of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the state is suing, saying the u-s government can't transfer ownership of what they believe to be state land.

Read the rest at the link.

God's Word for Thursday, 4/20

But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ. Thank God!

1 Corinthians 15:55-57 MSG

19 April 2017

Well On The Way to Summer Solstice

Around the end of May, we enter a six-week stretch when it doesn't ever get dark, with 22+ hour days.

Springtime milestone: Anchorage hits 15 hours of sunlight

Sunny skies, calm winds and long days are back, prompting more summer-oriented residents to return to parks and trails across Anchorage.
On Tuesday, Southcentral Alaska witnessed the first day of the spring season with more than 15 hours of daylight. The last date the area saw that much light was Aug. 23. 
... The light is returning to Alaska at a rate of about five minutes per day. The sun now rises before 6:30 a.m., and on Tuesday, it set at 9:30 p.m, giving residents plenty of time to get off work and enjoy the sunlight.

In June, we get about 90 minutes of dusky weather, but it never gets dark. The sun merely dips below the horizon for a few minutes, and pops right back up.

There are those who can't sleep when it's light outside, but room-darkening shades or curtains go a long way. Some even put aluminum foil or black plastic trash bags on their bedroom windows. We're grateful we never had to do that. 

It's glorious to have daylight whenever you want it. :)

God's Word for Wednesday, 4/19

If corpses can’t be raised, then Christ wasn’t, because he was indeed dead. And if Christ weren’t raised, then all you’re doing is wandering about in the dark, as lost as ever. It’s even worse for those who died hoping in Christ and resurrection, because they’re already in their graves. If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we’re a pretty sorry lot. But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries. There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man. Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ.

But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming, the grand consummation when, after crushing the opposition, he hands over his kingdom to God the Father. He won’t let up until the last enemy is down—and the very last enemy is death! As the psalmist said, “He laid them low, one and all; he walked all over them.” When Scripture says that “he walked all over them,” it’s obvious that he couldn’t at the same time be walked on. When everything and everyone is finally under God’s rule, the Son will step down, taking his place with everyone else, showing that God’s rule is absolutely comprehensive—a perfect ending!

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 MSG

You May Never See This

but the old domain expired. Since neither Blogger nor enom.com would allow me to make payment - despite taking pains to keep info up to date ... sigh.

But it's mooseintheyard.blogspot.com again. Same old, same old, but now with a longer name!

Double sigh ...