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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    I thought of something but forgot

  2. Em says:

    Hebrews 1:3 … been thinking about how Jesus didn’t reflect God’s glory, but was the express image and He radiated God’s glory out from His very being…
    praying that i can grow in reflecting and reflecting

    Trump for President, Cruz or Carson for Vice President and Fiorina for Scretary of State… i figure that Trump will make someone so mad that he’ll get assassinated or something and then we’d have an honest, intelligent VP to step in (makes me sad that neither Cruz nor Carson are electable …

    got a little bet with myself here this a.m.

    God keep

  3. The Dude says:

    Busy week… Going have a quiet weekend. Church tomorrow morning… Mom is taking the weekend off from us also.I guess she deserves a break too.

  4. London says:

    Trump is a fool and a bully. I can not believe people are even thinking of him to represent the great country to the rest of the world.
    No different than those who sit in the pee and give their support to a celebrity pastor. Different job, same foolish mindset.

  5. Michael says:

    I’m thinking of putting myself on a moratorium on political comments here or on Facebook.
    I have avoided commenting thus far…I’m not sure I should fire the division that we already have.
    People like Trump make me angry…and I’m not sure we need one more angry person being angry online.

  6. London says:

    Ok then

  7. Michael says:


    I’m ok with others commenting…I was just speaking personally.

  8. Em says:

    i was just betting that, if anyone read my post this am, the comment would be on the political, not the glory 🙂

    that said, i think that a blanket moratorium here on politics wouldn’t be a bad idea… even though this looks to be an interesting year and a half… not to mention what will follow that election

    i’m hoping to find a good, qualified Christian observer on the looming world course of events, tho

    one thing that i think on is the fact that a good part of Iran’s population has to be made of the descendants of the Jews who stayed put after the Babylonian captivity ended… God has some intriguing ways of housecleaning

  9. Em says:

    Michael, didn’t you say that you were gone for the weekend? guess we’ll have to behave here on your website after all

  10. Michael says:


    There was some behind the scenes drama I had to attend to….but all is well.

    I’m just not sure that as a pastor I should be getting into the political rages.

    I’m teaching through the minor prophets and God doesn’t sound like any of these candidates when discussing what condemns a nation…

  11. Michael says:

    “Christian” candidates have no real ability to follow God in terms of political actions.
    Where God leans left we should too…where He leans right, the same.
    All “Christian” candidates lean hard right and that simply doesn’t fit the text I’m in authority to.

  12. London says:

    Em, I took the bait.
    It honestly scares the crap out of me that people are taking Trump seriously.
    That will be my final post on the matter.

  13. Michael says:


    You’re free to comment.
    I’m just processing what my own calling is…

  14. Anne says:

    As a firm believer in separation of church and state, I think you are wise to not get too distracted from your mission here at PP – to build up & encourage believers while calling out the wolves, theives and liars in their midst. In all your spare time you could of course lend your insights, hopes and voice to the political process elsewhere 😉 You have my utmost respect for all the work you continue to do!! Love to you & yours!!

  15. Michael says:

    Blessings and much love to you as well, Anne.

    I’m off to pick up T…which is my main calling…. 🙂

  16. Guys like Trump and Bernie Sanders are fun for the political scene but neither could carry out a single idea they put forth. No one in the legislatures or courts think like them so everything would stay as a nice White House idea.

    The way I learned to stay out of the political fray is to remember “if voting mattered, they wouldn’t let us do it.” 🙂

  17. Lurkie Loo says:

    This may have gotten caught in the filter yesterday or I am just a tech fail, but I had asked a certain person if he could share the timeframe for when the trial might be. I’m glad to hear there are plans even if one party drops out.

  18. Michael says:


    Next July.

  19. Lurkie Loo says:

    Thank you. Have a special moment today.

  20. No but really... says:

    I like Trump and hope he wins!

  21. Linnea says:

    My husband got out of the hospital today after being in all week, and for that I am so grateful to God.

  22. Jim says:

    I miss Ron Paul. 17 declared GOP candidates, and I don’t agree with any of them.

    Donald is a true pig.

  23. The Dude says:

    I’m not happy with either of the parties… None of them care about the little guy .

  24. AA says:

    I appreciate what Michael does here & learn from the many different points of view. I abstain from the political because I don’t want to stir the pot & get myself or others upset.

  25. Em says:

    so glad to hear an update from Linnea this evening… still praying

    and FWIW
    Trump is right about one thing, the Mexican government is smart and evil… but that’s cuz it takes one to know one

    right now my daughter -the dialysis nurse- is about half way thru a shift that began at 7 and won’t finish until maybe 2 a.m. in the morning tomorrow… 19 hours? two emergencies came in this afternoon who are here illegally from Mexico – when our government says that these immigrants don’t get Medicaid that is very misleading… what they are forced to do is come across the border and WAIT until they are critically ill and THEN we treat them… their alternative is to stay in their own country and die because Mexico won’t treat them at all unless they can pay and, of course they can’t…

    i’ve spent the day trying to visualize how Trump’s wall could be built… notice he hasn’t said how he’ll do that… after some consideration, i think it could be done, but why? can’t go over it, gotta go around it – or under it

  26. Em says:

    post script to my #25… to be clear, i was puzzling over the logistics of construction of such a wall – NOT hoping he’ll get the chance to do it

  27. Michael says:

    I hate opening this can of worms.
    I will only say that the wall won’t work, will be an environmental disaster in some places, and it’s only function is as a multi billion dollar symbol to people who prefer expensive symbols to painful solutions.

    If someone wants the research on this, it’s available.

  28. Michael says:

    I just watched Fran Tarkenton walk his teammate and dear friend into the Hall of Fame.

    Mick couldn’t speak for himself, but Fran’s tears spoke for both of them.
    I’m utterly undone.

  29. Em says:

    Michael, just because i’ve been thinking about whether or not it could be built (physically and financially) doesn’t mean i’m for it … i just think we need to beware of the Donald, just because he talks like a tough doesn’t mean that he’d have any clout when he got to Washington… he gets things done in his business because he writes their paychecks IMHO and he is truly ruthless, no matter what he says at the table

  30. Em says:

    do we have any sports heroes with that much character anymore? people up here are so disillusioned with Russell Wilson and not expecting a good year for the Hawks

  31. Michael says:

    Mick Tinglehoff was Tarkentons center for 17 years.
    Never missed a game or a practice.
    He waited 37 years to get to the Hall of Fame

    He is sufffering from early Alzheimers so Fran walked him through it all and spoke for him.

    When Tarkenton lost it in his little speech, I did too…and I haven’t regained myself quite yet.

    It may have been the sweetest moment I’ve ever seen in football.

  32. Em says:

    Hebrews 1:10-
    “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands;
    11 they will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment,
    12 like a robe you will roll them up,
    like a garment they will be changed.

    instead of pondering on the great wall of trump, i think i will think about whether or not this is saying that the universe will “perish” and be rolled up

  33. Michael says:

    The key there…”they will be changed”… can’t wait.

  34. Em says:

    “He waited 37 years to get to the Hall of Fame”… do many linemen make it to the Hall of Fame? … plenty have made it possible for the pretty boys to get there, i think

  35. Michael says:


    Not many of the older linemen have made it in.

    The great Vikings teams kind of get penalized because we lost 4 Super Bowls…but they were consistently great and had many great players.

    I was just so happy for Tinglehoff and it meant the world to Tarkenton…who is still sharp as a razor and doing very well.

  36. Em says:

    “can’t wait” … why don’t we concentrate on the blessed hope that is promised, the resolution promised to all who believe on Jesus’ name? what is His name, for that matter?

    somewhere i heard someone talk about the properties of light or electricity, not sure – where’s a physicist when you need one? 🙂 and, if i understood correctly, light has polar properties and when properly aligned it makes music and this person was speculating about how someday there’ll be heavenly music permeating everywhere … dunno, but i like the idea (might have Missler … lol)

  37. Em says:

    i’ll quit taking up space here tonight

    God keep

  38. Solomon Rodriguez says:

    I went to a Seventh Day Adventist Reformed Church for Sabbath. It was a blessing, they broke off from the General Conference over military service, killing and working on the Sabbath during or after World War 1. They are also against any form of abortion which the mainline SDA hospitals perform. The mainline SDA Church allows a couple of exceptions for abortion I think. The reformed SDA also believe in the Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit but they don’t call themselves Trinitarian, they are not a three in one Godhead Church which is fine with me since I am not Trinitarian.

  39. Michael says:

    Then you are a heretic.

  40. Surfer51 says:

    Jim @#22

    “I miss Ron Paul.”

    Here is something from that might interest you:

    Longtime Rand Paul aide charged in campaign-payment coverup.

  41. LookieLoo says:

    First time caller, long time listener…

    What percentage of Bible believing churches would fire (or encourage them to resign etc) a minister with their church/denomination for fornication?

    This could actually help someone I know.

    I’m assuming it’s close to 100%.

  42. Michael says:


    Depends on the circumstances.
    If it was adultery, most would.
    If it was other than adultery…depends on the circumstance.

  43. Michael says:


    You really don’t know anything about either church history or theology so your “Hee Haw does the Trinity” post will remain in moderation and so will you.

    Reading a real book with real pages by real historians and scholars would help you immensely…right now you are believing and promoting heresy and it will not be allowed here.


  44. Surfer51 says:

    Trump did not amass his fortune by being stupid.

    Having said that…he really is not interested in being president.

    He knows bad publicity is better than no publicity. It keeps him in the public eye, which his ego desires above all other motives on his list.

    He is just polishing his brand in a cheap way OPM.

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