10 December 2018

God's Word for Monday, 12/10/18

[Moses said] The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Deuteronomy 18:15 KJV

God, your God, is going to raise up a prophet for you. God will raise him up from among your kinsmen, a prophet like me. Listen obediently to him. This is what you asked God, your God, for at Horeb on the day you were all gathered at the mountain and said, “We can’t hear any more from God, our God; we can’t stand seeing any more fire. We’ll die!”
Deuteronomy 18:15 MSG

09 December 2018

Earthquake Day +9

At Day 6, the highway and the other major routes were repaired.

On Day 8, Vine Road in Wasilla was reopened. The Briggs Bridge in Eagle River, which was closed due to foundation issues from the quake, reopened as well.

In our house, we've cleaned up the damage from the big shaker, but continue to find glass shards in the floor, in drawers and cabinets and ...

I continue to find more cracked drywall; some of the cracks are significant. But there's no structural damage at all, which is frankly astounding.

All around us are homes with cracked foundations, collapsed ceilings, and a large number of businesses in the downtown area are closed indefinitely. Some may never reopen.

People are still stressed and anxious. But signs of mental and emotional recovery are everywhere: strangers meet and talk about their experiences. People are friendlier and more open.

We will recover. But it's going to take awhile.

God's Word for Sunday, 12/9/18

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
John 15:5,8 KJV

I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples."
John 15:5,8 MSG

08 December 2018

God's Word for Saturday, 12/8/18

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 KJV

Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!
John 14:6 MSG

07 December 2018

God's Word for Friday, 12/7/18

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
John 11:25 KJV

I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all. Do you believe this?
John 11:25 MSG

06 December 2018

2,788 and Counting

Or, Continuous Aftershocks Continue to Continue

2,788 and counting: When do tremors stop 

being aftershocks and start being new 


  •  Author: Madeline McGee
  •  Updated: 4 hours ago
  •  Published 6 hours ago
Aftershocks recorded after the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. (Screengrab from Alaska Earthquake Center website)
Aftershocks recorded after the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake. (Screengrab from Alaska Earthquake Center website)
Most of the thousands of aftershocks that continue to rattle Anchorage and Mat-Su after Friday morning’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake have been too small to feel. Others have sent rocks cascading onto parts of the Seward Highway, and some shook Southcentral Alaska residents awake, like the 4.7 aftershock that struck 9 miles northwest of Anchorage around 3:49 a.m. Wednesday.

These lingering tremors have become an annoyance for many residents. As of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, 2,788 aftershocks had been recorded, of which 181 measured at least 3.0, 20 were at 4.0 or greater and five measured at least 5.0, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

That’s left some people wondering: Are the shakes that continue to jolt us several days after the initial earthquake truly aftershocks anymore — or are they brand-new earthquakes?

Natalia Ruppert of the Alaska Earthquake Center, based at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, says they are indeed aftershocks.

Earthquakes come in clusters, and seismologists refer to the largest one in a sequence as the “mainshock." The earthquakes that occur in the aftermath of a mainshock continue to be called “aftershocks” until the seismic activity in the region returns back to the level it was at before the mainshock, Ruppert said.

“For an earthquake of this size, we expect the aftershocks to continue for a few months," Ruppert said. "The rate of the aftershocks, however, will be going down with time.”

Aftershock updates as of 7:30 am Thursday:
5+: 5
4+: 21
3+: 183
2+: 952
1+: 1,627
Total: 2,788
(Note: We've had several more since this morning, including a 4.8 at
12:45, followed by a 4.1 a minute later. - Paul)

God's Word for Thursday, 12/6/18

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
John 10:14-15 KJV

I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own sheep and my own sheep know me. In the same way, the Father knows me and I know the Father. I put the sheep before myself, sacrificing myself if necessary.
John 10:14-15 MSG