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JONAL ENTRY 1636 | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 2014

Today's Scripture: Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren, not to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you this? And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming. The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

St. Paul's second letter to  the Thessalonians, chapter 2:1-12,
from today's Orthodox lectionary readings.
See the homiletical thought below. 
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Today's diary - life in the Republic of Malta

This "drone" was flying up and down the airway over Republic Street, Malta's main tourist thoroughfare, last Sunday after church. There was a lot going on that day, mainly a "Fun Run" that brought hundreds, maybe thousands, of extra people into the city center on a beautiful Sunday, and earlier there was a real helicopter going back and forth, apparently on behalf of some media crew "covering" the fun run and making more noise than I ever heard in such a setting as that. It periodically drowned out the sermon inside the church, in fact. Everyone was trying to figure this drone out; I wondered if it was big enough to kill someone if it fell from the sky as it very quickly flew up and down the length of several blocks over and over again. It hovered there for quite a while. It turned out to be a toy that could be held in one of its owner's hands, although a very efficient and dependable toy compared with anything mechanical that my boys and I ever played with.

Tuesday was mostly cloudy and last evening there was lots of heat lightning, but no thunder or drizzle that I felt. «

A closer look
Links to news, features, and opinion pieces. See caveats, below.

R. R. Reno in First Things: the marriage pledge is the opposite of retreat

CBN: Iranian converts are bringing new life to East German church

Article lists what food banks need the most, and what they get too much

Syrian activists plan 'revenge' beheading, but refuse to sink to ISIS tactics

Report: Obama's amnesty hurts the 45% of working-age, low-education jobless

Christianity Today: How should evangelicals respond to decision in Ferguson?

Conservatives rally to defend traditional family; will the media notice?

God is not Santa Claus; prayers should not sound like Christmas lists

Fr. Lawrence Farley: 'Ethiopia will quickly stretch out her hands to God' «

Christian worldview - honor vs. respect
(This department alternates with Writing stuff)

Though the general advice is sound, the "payoff" in today's "worldview" meme, promising a reward for doing the right thing, strikes a discordant note. We should do right things because they are right and doing that is our aim in life, not because there's a payoff in our own old age if we do them. And the Ten Commandments are more specific when it comes to "the old," telling those who want to be God's people to honor their parents, not just respect them.

What's the difference? I would say that honoring your parents is what you do whether they're watching or not, even if they have passed away. Without preaching the fifth commandment to us, our parents let my brothers and me know clearly that anything we did when we were out in the world that brought dishonor to them would bring a penalty we didn't even want to know. Respecting "the old" can mean as little as "not giving them any lip" but kicking over the traces as soon as they're out of sight. «

Today's video

Some football humor for your turkeyday

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Chuckle

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Today's quotes

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A man becomes spiritual insofar as he lives a spiritual life. He begins to see God in all things, to see His power and might in every manifestation. Always and everywhere he sees himself abiding in God and dependent on God for all things. But insofar as a man lives a bodily life, so much does he do bodily things; He doesn't see God in anything, even in the most wondrous manifestations of His Divine power. In all things he sees body, material, everywhere and always - "God is not before his eyes," (Ps. 35:2).

— St. John of Kronstadt «

Every real friendship is a sort of secession, even a rebellion. It may be a rebellion of serious thinkers against accepted clap-trap or of faddists against accepted good sense; of real artists against popular ugliness or of charlatans against civilised taste; of good men against the badness of society or of bad men against its goodness.

— C.S. Lewis «

Homiletical thought: Have you ever "friended" someone on Facebook that you know only casually, and then when you start seeing his or her stands on socially moral issues and what's good for us as a people and what's bad, you were amazed at how different his thinking was to yours? It seemed to be wrong on everything! Paul says here that God has given people the delusions they want, and they want them to justify their own compromises with sin. Usually, if such persons are professing believers, it starts in sexual compromise. "Well, it wouldn't be so bad if I had a little fun, too...." Haven't we all made such excuses? One compromise leads to another, until the whole mind is clouded by delusion and seeing wrongs as rights and rights as somehow misguided or "old fashioned." Eventually, Paul cautions, the Son of Perdition (Satan) will have almost everyone thinking this way. Let no one deceive you, Paul warns. And don't deceive yourself, especially.  «

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Caveats on "A closer look"; links to articles on current issues—news, features, and opinion that may signify how the cultural winds are blowing. Note that most 'news reports' are not 'objective' and if some are 'neutral' it's because the writers and editors are disinterested (could care less about the topic). Neither are 'news reports,' in general, highly accurate or unbiased; try to discern the bias of any report's source; always read aware and at your own risk. «

Unless specified otherwise, none of the message memes used in this blog are the creation or property of the author, but are reposted here from the social networks. «

Quotations usually have not been vetted (and thus may be falsely attributed). «

Videos used here are embedded from video websites (most frequently YouTube), and occasionally these are removed from the sites from which they were embedded, or permissions on those sites change, causing them to "disappear" from these pages. This is also likely to happen to links to articles outside this site. This is beyond the control or remedy of this blog. «

Comments: Please leave comments on my Facebook or Google+ page. «

§ I have now uploaded over 3,000 photos and videos, mostly from my recent 19-month visit to Northern Ireland, but also including several hundred photos and videos from my summer in Pennsylvania (2012), some photos of the family, and some new ones from Malta on my Flickr site. Most of these are now organized by sets. Click here for the Flicker site.

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