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  1. Nonnie says:

    I shared this on my FB page as I was so touched by this film. It is gritty, powerful, and beautiful. A story of people at their worse and others at their best. Then I found more about some of the epilogue to the story that wasn’t gone into in detail. See the wiki link. Anyway, if you want to see a good film, see Broken Trail.

    Just watched the most beautiful western called, Broken Trail, with Robert Duvall. It is a true story, and beautifully done. If you haven’t seen it, you must. It’s excellent! I was so moved by the story, I looked up to see what happened to the young Chinese women who had been sold into prostitution and then rescued. I discovered this about a woman God used to rescue over 3000 Chinese women from sex trafficking. I never heard of her. Wow!

  2. Jean says:

    Something for reflection:

    “The more God is banished from life the more forlorn and worthless man becomes, the more he becomes merely a game beast to be hunted and killed. And I venture further to ask: Where in the world does man have any higher dignity than here – where the Son of God discovers human nobility deep beneath the surface of depravity and vice, finds it even in the possessed, the insane, the tainted and infected, and gives his life for them?”

    – Helmut Thielicke, Our Heavenly Father: Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer

  3. Em ... again says:

    #3 – sadly… yes, without God (there’s only one true God), man is dead and dying and blind to it

    FWIW – banning politics from the Phoenix Preacher was the wisest thing Michael has done… it’s getting disgusting out there – on all sides

  4. Xenia says:


    People have been urging me to choose the lesser of two evils.

    I now agree with them.

    I have decided to vote for Hillary.

  5. JTK says:

    Michael banned politics here?

  6. Michael says:

    Pretty much.

    The division among us is too great and the emotions too strong for there to be a good outcome with political discussions.

    I have some very strong opinions on some matters, but the last thing we need here is what I see on Facebook.

  7. Let’s all vote for the pot guy. At least we will realize a benefit.

  8. Michael says:

    We already have pot… 🙂

  9. Dan from Georgia says:

    Xenia, considering the last few days, I think I am heading in that direction to!

  10. dusty says:


    Sounds like an awesome story! I will have to look up that movie

  11. dusty says:

    Michael “we already have pot”
    I know it is true but it struck me as funny.

  12. Em ... again says:

    even the discussions on our political situation makes one feel that they’re at the Mad Hatter’s tea party… but
    as Believers, if we choose to vote Dem over Rep on the basis of the playing of a recorded exposure to today’s prevalent unregenerate male’s mind/locker room/barracks brag … ? … well, there just might be a tinge of hypocrisy or denial at work in our heads…

    there are some good men (& women) out there who would do us proud in the Presidency, but sadly, doesn’t it seem an impossibility to get such a person even nominated? dunno

    i’m asking myself which our Lord would come down harder on… trash talk of the grossest kind or manipulative lying? are they equal? i lean towards the latter as being the more egregious – dunno – just a ponder …
    i guess only the R.C.s have established degrees of trespass

  13. Em ... again says:

    speaking as the mother of 3 beautiful daughters (and even if they weren’t), i know there were and are men who, out of hearing, speak disrespectfully of such women, but, if they cross that line where their words or their actions assault? God forgive them… as i’m not sure of my own grace toward them

    however and sadly, we’re living in a very compromised society, are we not?

  14. dusty says:

    Our world seems upside down and inside out most of the time. It is hard to stay PC when things change so fast. As Christians are we suppose to be PC? I get so confused 🙁

  15. Owen says:


    More and more, I find myself having to be politically incorrect, rather than compromise what we know to be true…..another result of living in exile, I suppose….

  16. dusty says:

    Owen, thanks that is where i try to stay….where you are. Not safe but Safe. No compromise!

  17. Em ... again says:

    hmmm… maybe PC could stand for Polite Christians? …or… in order to be polite, would we have to be dishonest? does polite equate with political? … political Christian? ugh – hope not

    have to think on this a bit… how do we stand, steadfast, unmoving, but polite? hmm…

    “excuse me, but i deeply regret to inform you that your line of reasoning is lining you up with hell?” sigh… thinking… thinking…

  18. Dan from Georgia says:

    Too bad politics is banned…I had such good material on those moral relativists James Dobson, Jerry Falwell Jr., Ralph Reed, Franklin Graham…ooops…

  19. Owen says:


    Let me say again that I always enjoy reading your comments!

    I’m sure that when the time comes to speak up, our words will not be our own. So whether or not they end up being polite will not be up to us.

    “regret to inform you….” you’re funny! 😉

  20. Michael says:

    A word to the wise…as I’ve now had the same thing happen twice.

    I spent most of Friday afternoon in the local emergency room…thought I might have fractured my hip.

    My X-rays came back negative, so I went home to ice it down and rest.

    Tonight I got the notice that my chart was available online.
    I checked it out out of habit…and found that the X-ray showed that I have another problem that I was never told about that I certainly should have been made aware of.

    Always read your charts!
    They get you in and out…and you could be going out with a bigger problem than you went in with without being told.

  21. CostcoCal says:

    Lol….if you ever wanna know how all this ER stuff and medical diagnosis works, just call this dude!

  22. Owen says:


    Oh good grief!

    Hope your pain subsides, and really hope the other problem isn’t very serious….. sorry to hear it all. I am keeping you in prayer.

    I can also relate somewhat. I’ve had an ER doc miss the aortic aneurysm on my x-ray, and then a week post-op, I had an ER doc miss a collapsed lung on the x-ray (how in the h*** do you miss that?). I have had to learn to be very, very proactive with my own care.

    They do get you in and out. And unfortunately up here, we don’t have online access to our charts – we have to see the doc to have them pulled up.

  23. JTK says:

    I have a relative that has spent her life working in medical malpractice. Her main piece of advice: OWN your own care, your doctors won’t.

  24. Em ... again says:

    in defense of doctors… Obama’s plan, in principle is a godsend, but the bureaucratic implementation of it has made it a nightmare of rushed quotas and paperwork (doctors and nurses literally spend more time on paperwork for the patient than they do on care and diagnoses)
    your caregivers are stressed to the breaking point, if our fairly large hospital is typical… i’ve heard stories of doctors in tears because they don’t think they’re really practicing quality medicine anymore

    in defense of ER care… it was the ER doctor who caught my late husband’s leukemia when he was rushed in in the middle of the night for his heart condition

    that said, prayer continues for Michael and others who are in poor health and caught up in this chaos now … and prayer for those who are trying to be good nurses and doctors thru this, too

  25. Owen says:

    Question for anyone…

    Been trying to change my avatar for posting here – I’ve made an account and uploaded a pic, but can’t figure out how to get it on here. Anyone help, please?

  26. Michael says:

    Upload it to Gravatar and I think it’s automatic.

  27. Owen says:

    Thanks Michael, I’m working on it…

  28. dusty says:

    Oh no! Praying for you big brother.

  29. Michael says:

    Thanks, Dusty…I’m ok…

  30. Em ... again says:

    #26 – yes, use gravatar and use the same email to sign in to gravatar that you use here and it should work … does down here anyway…

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