16 November 2018

This 'n' That

Last night, I watched my Green Bay Packers lose against the Seattle Seahawks. Then, about 30 minutes later, I lost my power. And not just with a quick flicker of the lights. No, there were three (I think) sky-illuminating booms that caused the lights to flicker, flash, and die. I never did figure out the reason or source of those flashes and booms. No, it wasn't lightning.

The night before and all yesterday morning, the clouds that have lingered all week finally dropped lots of ice on us. That was followed by rain, and then a really lovely snowfall (snow!). There wasn't much accumulation, but it was enough to help justify the fact that I'm already listening to Christmas music. As it turns out, earlier in the day, many people in the area had lost power due to the ice. We had been fortunate. Until, apparently, late at night. After the power went poof I checked the outage map on the power company's website. Latest restoration: 11:59 pm on 17 November. Excuse me? I knew that they were calling for people to go without power into the weekend, but that was those people. This was affecting me.

November 17, that's Saturday. This was Thursday night. I immediately thought of all the problems this would cause: my cell phone has been struggling to live for months and can't hold a charge, so, um, no contact with the outside world; no shower until Saturday, a reality that nobody should have to experience; no way to cook anything; no way to work on Friday (okay, maybe that one wasn't so bad); and oh yeah, no heat with freezing temperatures. An adventure for sure.

I fell asleep some time after midnight and awoke again when, blessedly, the power came back on. I have no idea how or why our power was restored so quickly, but I am very thankful. (I'm also a little paranoid, waiting for it turn off again!) When things like this happen, I first consider how spoiled we are here in America, and then I consider how much exponentially worse conditions will be during the time of the Tribulation. I considered the same thing many times over the past week, seeing so many horrifying videos of the fires in California. Those are nothing compared to the destruction described in the book of Revelation. It all makes me very thankful for God's promise to collect His Church before that time (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17), and makes me all the more zealous to proclaim the saving gospel of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Well, if I hadn't had power this morning, you wouldn't be reading this right now, so settle in an enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • What a wonderfully and profoundly encouraging article this was, as it looked at the importance of the Scriptures in the lives of several Puritan women.
  • Apparently the whole "Muslims are seeing Jesus in their dreams and getting converted" thing is still a thing. I feel like this should not be a thing anymore.
  • This is true; however, I think that there is more to blame than just electronics for the fact that children today can't carry on a conversation. But if I shared any further thoughts on that, I'd probably be tarred and feathered so I'll just stay mum.
  • ETS meetings usually sound more interesting to me than the vast majority of evangelical conferences, where the same speakers deliver the same sermons they always do when traveling the conference circuit. (Oops, did I just say that out loud?)
  • Here is your weekly dose of adorable.
  • No one is too old or too far beyond the reach of God's grace, mercy, and forgiveness.
  • This is not okay.
  • Set your DVR, and don't bother me on December 14!
  • I haven't read this yet, but it looks like an interesting article.
  • Now that's loyalty and faithfulness. I hope they found his owner!
  • Aw, this should give you a warm fuzzy!
  • How do you update the kilogram?
  • Creepy add, scarier mission (HT to Samantha, who posted this on Facebook).
  • Mrs. Oleson was always one of my favorite Little House characters.
  • Interesting, just ignore the "million years" mumbo jumbo.
Science, philosophy, culture, all human thought has no hope for the bereaved. But the apostle’s [Paul's] message is a message that comforts and sustains and edifies and quickens and further has moral effect of the life of a Christian. Wherefore, comfort one another with these words. May God help us to not only have a curiosity about Scripture concerning the future, but may these great passages of Scripture inform our lives in such a way that a serenity and a submission and surrender to the will of God becomes our experience. —S. Lewis Johnson

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