September 19, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the fifth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy and two chapters of Jeremiah

September 19: 1 Timothy 5, Jeremiah 13, Jeremiah 14 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

1 Timothy 5 outlines the proper treatment of church members, honor the widows and honor the elders. Then Paul urged Timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach’s sake.

Jeremiah 13. Jeremiah bought a linen belt, it got ruined. Then God told about wineskins. Both were object lessons for what was to befall Jerusalem, for pride precedes captivity.

Jeremiah 14. There as to be drought, sword, famine and pestilence, the people pleaded for mercy.

Climate change and droughts and wildfires.

History shows us there has always been climate change, from ice age to the Minoan temperature optimum to the Roman warm period to the dark ages to the medieval warm period to the little ice age to now. The question is, where does the climate go from here, how much will it warm from here, or will it start cooling again? One question is; will wildfires contribute to global warming, or will the smoke act as a cooling agent? The only way to give an answer as a scientist is to look at what the wildfire trends are. Wildfires have decreased 25% worldwide in the last 15 years!  This is according to NASA:the full article is in https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/145421/building-a-long-term-record-of-fire

and has this very interesting time lapse video of the wild fires of the world:

The question is then: Why are wildfires decreasing?

One possible exclamation, droughts are decreasing. Let us check:

No, there is no discernible trend in droughts.

Since the beginning of industrialization CO2 has risen about 50%. CO2 is the feed-stock for all plants and indeed the earth is getting greener!

Yes, most areas are getting greener. There are a few areas that are getting less green, such as the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, the South American Gran Chaco, the American South West and the edges of the Gobi desert. The global environmental challenges are still enormous, but thanks to the overall increased vegetation the earth can now feed an additional 2 billion people, not to mention provide livable habitat for many more animals.

What increased CO2 does to global temperatures will come in future installments.

September 18, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the fourth chapter of the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy and two chapters of Jeremiah

September 18: 1 Timothy 4, Jeremiah 11, Jeremiah 12 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

1 Timothy 4. The Apostle Paul gave advice to Timothy and prophesied the coming  great apostasy, but as a  good servant of Jesus Christ he should not give in to it but be devoted to the ministry and let no man despise him for his youth.

Jeremiah 11. The covenant God made with the Israelis was conditional; God promised to be with them as long as they obeyed the commands, but they did not, so the covenant was broken. The chapter also describes a plot against Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 12, Jeremiah poured out his complaint. The LORD gave His answer.

September 17, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the third chapter of the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy and two chapters of Jeremiah

September 17: 1 Timothy 3, Jeremiah 9, Jeremiah 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

1 Timothy 3. The Apostle Paul defined the qualifications of overseers and deacons, then he “waxed eloquent” about the great mystery of godliness. It is still a great mystery, but I like it and accept it by faith.

Jeremiah 9. “The weeping prophet” Jeremiah mourned for the people and the people mourned as they received judgment.

Jeremiah 10. The fight is spiritual: God versus idols. Yet, Jeremiah prophesied about the coming captivity of Judah, which led to Jeremiah’s prayer.

September 16, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the second chapter of the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy and two chapters of Jeremiah.

September 16: 1 Timothy 2, Jeremiah 7, Jeremiah 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

1 Timothy 2. Paul reminded the believers to pray for all, including the people of authority. Then he explained the roles for men and women in the Church.

Jeremiah 7. The prophet reminded the reader that false religion is worthless, and proclaimed judgment on perverted religion.

Jeremiah 8 tells of the valley of slaughter, of sin and punishment and ends up with the question : “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?

Climate change and wildfires. The problem is more due to forest management.

The natural life cycle of forests in the dry part of western United States is rejuvenation and growth, interrupted by forest fires. In fact, the lodgepole pine requires a fire to release the seeds in the cones. Without the fire they will not  germinate. Forest fires every generation is the normal occurrence for the dry, western forests. Then in the 1930’s, to stop the wild fires they started forest management in earnest, dead trees removed and underbrush cleared, and wildfires were cut by over 90%. They also harvested a lot of good, mature trees, but that is a different story. The chart below tell the facts:

Forest fires were very few from the late 50’s to late 90’s. But with forest management comes a price. Nature can no longer support as many birds and animals as before, and some species were already vulnerable and close to extinction. So, partly due to the power of the Sierra Club and other organizations it was decided to return nature to its original state as much as possible. That would be fine except we no longer live in the 19’th century, when California had less than a million inhabitants. It now has 40 million inhabitants and use up all the water that rains on it and more. People have to live somewhere, so they make beautiful settlements in tinder dry forests. This is the problem out west. You can not have settlements in an unmanaged forest and get away with it, the fire will get you sooner or later. The solution is to set aside some forest lands for natural growth, but only where nobody lives and manage all other forests. Climate change has very little to do with western forest fires, there has always been years of droughts, interrupted by torrential rains. As it was in biblical times in Israel and Egypt, so it is in the American west.

September 15, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

Today we read the first chapter of the Apostle Paul’s first letter to Timothy and two chapters of Jeremiah

September 15: 1 Timothy 1, Jeremiah 5, Jeremiah 6 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

1 Timothy 1 is a personal letter from the Apostle Paul to Timothy and it starts out with a personal greeting of encouragement and a warning about false teachers for there is no other doctrine. He encourages Timothy to remember to give glory to God for His grace and fight the good fight. An interesting fact in this letter: No slave trader will inherit the Kingdom of God.

Jeremiah 5. Good men were hard to find when not one was upright.  God’s judgement was coming.

Jeremiah 6. Bad news. Jerusalem will be under siege.

September 14, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

In between the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians and his first letter to Timothy we read two Psalms.

September 14: Psalm 104, Psalm 105 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Psalm 104. God is Lord of all creation. He is worthy of all praise. Let us count the ways.

Psalm 105. God is faithful to His Covenant people, and retells the account of what He did for the Hebrews from Abraham to the wanderings in the wilderness.

September 13, read through the Holy Bible in a year in Power-point, with comments.

In between the Apostle Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians and his first letter to Timothy we read one chapter of Proverbs and two chapters if Jeremiah.

September 13: Proverbs 15, Jeremiah 3, Jeremiah 4 (click on the chapter to begin reading).

Proverbs 15, Proverbs of Solomon. Solomon speaks of the value of following the LORD and the pursuit of righteousness and virtue as opposed to folly, pride and wickedness, all of which God hates.

Jeremiah 3. Israel was shamelessly unfaithful, yet God was merciful and called Israel to repent and return to the LORD.

Jeremiah 4. God made one final call for Israel to repent, but, and this is the prophecy, there would be an imminent invasion and the nation was to be  doomed.

On this September 11, let us remember the cross at Calvary, the cross ar Ground Zero, and the cross standing in Notre Dame cathedral. Two Limericks

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1)

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The original location where the iron cross was found.

For Muslims, atheists and humanists the cross is an offense since it is to them the stench of death. But to us who believe it is the symbol of redemption and new and eternal life in Christ. If they were not pricked in their hearts when they see the cross they would not be offended.

He died  on the cross at Ground Zero.

We have only one risen hero.

But the fools reject grace,

stay condemned, cannot face

The truth in The Cross at Ground Zero.

 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (St. John 3:16-17)

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An intermediate location for the cross

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The final place for the Iron cross near the 9/11 museum.

These were the final words of Governor Sarah Palin after a successful week anchoring “On Point” with the One America News.

Governor Palin is a true servant. Her parents, Chuck and Sally Heath, worked at the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, New York in January and February 2002 as part of a federal Department of Agriculture program.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Heath said he and his wife had worked to keep sea gulls and rats from scavenging the human remains in the debris. Mr. Heath, then 70, a retired science teacher, and Mrs. Heath, then 68, a retired secretary, had worked for the Agriculture Department for 15 years. They travel around the world dealing with “nuisance” animals like rats and bears.

“A lot of people just didn’t like the job, it was kind of a morbid thing,” he said of the work at the landfill. “But I thought it was part of history.”

This is the attitude of a servant.

On April 16 2019 at the church of Notre Dame in Paris there was a fire. Much was lost.

“Art and architecture have a unique ability to help us connect across our differences and bring people together in important ways,” posted U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar. “Thinking of the people of Paris and praying for every first responder trying to save this wonder.”

No, Ms Omar, it is much more than that, rather

What nearly destroyed Notre Dame;

historical artworks for some.

Not the fall of the steeple,

God’s church is the people

the Cross stands for all who will come.

Yes, the fire was spectacular.

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Yes, the cross still stands as it did when, as U.S. Rep Ilhan Omar so famously quoted “Somebody did something at 9/11”

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 53:1)