18 December 2018

Snow at the Ol' Homestead

We've finally gotten some of the overdue snowfall. This was taken around 3 pm Tuesday afternoon, just before sunset. Note that we've cleared the snow off of the balcony a couple of times.

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God's Word for Tuesday, 12/18/18

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began:
Luke 1:68-70 KJV

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he came and set his people free. He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives, and in the very house of David his servant, Just as he promised long ago through the preaching of his holy prophets: Deliverance from our enemies and every hateful hand; Mercy to our fathers, as he remembers to do what he said he’d do, What he swore to our father Abraham— a clean rescue from the enemy camp, So we can worship him without a care in the world, made holy before him as long as we live.

17 December 2018

Hit or Miss

The Nat'l Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for last night, after a weekend's worth of dire predictions about a mini-snowpocalypse. (Hint: eight inches of snow is widely considered a dusting, here.)

So they warned us all that "heavy snow" would play havoc with this morning's commute.

We got an inch and a half.

The storm slowed down, they say. It'll be here tomorrow, they say. Be ready, they say.

God's Word for Monday, 12/17/18

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1:20-21 KJV

While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—‘God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term: Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).
Matthew 1:20-21 MSG

16 December 2018

"Freezin' for a Reason"

Jumpers brave the cold to raise funds for Special Olympics Alaska

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The 10th Annual Special Olympics Alaska Polar Plunge drew thousands to Goose Lake in Anchorage Saturday as jumpers hopped into icy waters in the name of supporting SOA.
The endeavor is to help support the group's training and competitions throughout the year. This time around, there was the usual entertainment and other activities, along with a big goal: Raise $400,000 for Special Olympics athletes and their training and competitions.
By mid-day, hundreds of jumpers had already raised more than half the goal. More than 700 Alaskans braved cold waters throughout the day, "Freezin' for a Reason," including Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and Sen. Dan Sullivan.
Watch the full story from Channel 2 photojournalist Mike Nederbrock below.

God's Word for Sunday, 12/16/18

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
Luke 1:46-47, 49 KJV

And Mary said, I’m bursting with God-news; I’m dancing the song of my Savior God. God took one good look at me, and look what happened— I’m the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten, the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others. His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him. He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts. He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud. The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold. He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high. It’s exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now.
Luke 1:46-47, 49 MSG

15 December 2018

God's Word for 12/15/18

Since the announcement that we were 19+" below normal on snow the other day, we've received a foot of snow. Please, complain some more: we can use the ground cover. :)

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Luke 1:30-33 KJV

She was thoroughly shaken, wondering what was behind a greeting like that. But the angel assured her, “Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. He will be great, be called ‘Son of the Highest.’ The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David; He will rule Jacob’s house forever— no end, ever, to his kingdom.”
Luke 1:30-33 MSG