Saturday, February 02, 2008

Winter 2007-2008 is over! The ground hog can't see his shadow, stays out

Our groundhog wouldn't pose, but Adi sure would.
(Note the time, two minutes after sunrise)

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Do you believe me now? See, Adi sure doesn't see her shadow. So she's looking for something else.

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Don't you agree that our Texas winter is over?

Montgomery, Texas, Weather

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

January 31, 2008 -- I'll have to change out my calendar!

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I had gotten to like January, this nice calendar helped.

My first, I only had two in my whole life, new car was a 1956 Ford Sunliner like this. Where this one is red, mine was a pale green. It was the first '56 Ford Sunliner in Lincoln, Nebraska, and I just had to have it.

Then I had to sell it when I got drafted into the Army. My car payments were higher than my total Army pay!

I was too cheap to spend $500 more for a ThunderBird. Now, though, really nice Sunliners like this one are worth $10 or $20 thousand more than a '56 T-bird.

Here is a nicer view of my favorite car. I cut off the calendar part and trimmed the work shelf out so you could see it better.

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I think the car is the prettier one here.

Our local NAPA dealer stocks these calendars every year. I have every year except the first and on into the late 1990s. Then I quit getting them for a little while.

Oh well, February 2 is Groundhog Day. That will make next month a little exciting.

[A list (click) of all the cars that I have owned (unless I forgot one or two)]

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

June Bug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . No, it's January, 2008, Bug -- Shell Art by Jim (+ a quiz about it)

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Does this Shell Art bug have a name?

What media did Jim use?

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Now you know,
or think you know.

Would you please leave a comment,

Click The June Bug Collection to see the other June Bugs!

Do you think maybe Adi ate it?

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Peter's Sermon

Mr. Peter -- Fisherman who left his nets and followed Jesus everywhere He went while on earth [Bible, Books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John]
Rev. Peter -- Preacher of God's Message [Bible, Books of Acts and 1 and 2 Peter]
St. Peter -- Keeper of the Pearly Gates [
Matthew 16:18-20]

I first heard this sermon idea in a little church in Warrenton, Oregon, preached by a Methodist preacher there. We were visiting my Grandmother Corkill in the summer of 1984. Our visiting party consisted of Mom and Dad, Mrs. Jim, Karen, and me.

I don't remember that preacher's name. He started with the ordinary cantankerous fisherman, Peter, who was Jesus while he was alive here on earth everywhere he went.

Then after Jesus died and went to Heaven, Peter became the leader of the early church as recorded in the Bible book of Acts.

Peter's second sermon, after the healing of the cripple at the Beautiful Gate (Acts 3:1-10), included these elements of God's plan of salvation for the early church people and for all of us in Acts 3:13-26: (see The Cross Proclaimed)

- of humanity's guilt (3:13-15, 19, 26),
- God's wrath (3:23),
- the death of Christ (3:15),
- the prediction of His sufferings by the prophets (3:18, 24),
- His resurrection (3:15, 26),
- the necessity of repentance for salvation (3:19),
- and the fact that the forgiveness of sins was now being offered through Christ (3:19).

Some would include baptism which contained in Peter's first sermon
Acts 2:14-41) but is not included in his second sermon (Acts 2:38).

The greatest promise of all is made by the Heavenly Father: “For whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (
Rom. 10:13).

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