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  1. Em says:

    “The falling leaves drift by my window…..”. Oh lord there’s going to be a lot of raking to do.
    we have the TV on most of the day – amaz ing how many exercise gimmicks are hawked… $ $ $
    Just get out and do some chores – the way God intended you to use your body…. 🙆
    Sorry ‘ bout the rant, but…..

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Received my Pfizer booster shot this morning, walked two miles, spent 45 minutes lifting weights.
    Thankful for the vaccine and the courteous, kind and dedicated health workers…

  3. Michael says:

    Em,

    I think you’re right…

  4. Michael says:

    Duane,

    I’m glad you’re covered.
    At some point today I’m going to try to get a flu shot again…

  5. Michael says:

    I’m having insanely fast internet installed today for less than I’m paying now…this is my excitement for the month.

  6. Xenia says:

    I recommend throwing your TVs into the garage, and if they break into pieces during the transit, all the better.

  7. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    Then I’d have to watch the Vikings in the garage…and I don’t have a garage.

    TV is a tool…depends on how one uses it.

  8. Pineapple Head says:

    Had a person in our church ask me for a religious exemption for the vax. They couldn’t get one medically, so the church was there next shot. She’s a nurse who has had some bad reactions to vaccines, but her doctor passed on providing the exemption.

  9. Em says:

    Pastor Pineapple, my daughter just resigned from the dialysis company she works for because of the vaccine mandate…
    Aside from the medical riskss, they ARE real, she sees this mandate as opening the door for increased government control of our lives …
    Too many signals of something goin on…. parents expecting schools to stick to the 3 “Rs?” Are designated terrorists? Say what? ? ?

  10. josh hamrick says:

    Good grief.

  11. Michael says:

    I have no idea what grounds they are for a religious exemption.

    I also have no idea why a doctor wouldn’t exempt someone who had previous bad reactions to vaccines…

  12. Michael says:

    One of my reasons for being disturbed by the mandates is the medical exemption clause.

    There really isn’t one.

    The CDC has systematically closed every loophole…even those most would find reasonable.

    Even if you’ve previously experienced anaphylaxis, the CDC says just to have someone ready with an epi pen.

  13. Em says:

    Interesting times we are moving into…. “My kingdom is not of this world or my followers would fight…”
    Is that our “marching orders” today? There is a difference between standing and rolling over, is there not?

  14. Michael says:

    Em,

    When I hear Christians talk about “standing” they are really talking about standing for American constitutional rights.
    That’s fine…but has nothing to do with the kingdom of God.

  15. Em says:

    Well, Michael, no matter the twisting from those with a shallow understanding of our Faith, we have Ephesians 6:13

  16. Linn says:

    Michael,
    Speaking of “standing”-random thought of the day (going back to the exercise theme at the beginning of the strand). My vertigo is much better, and I am very thankful. My walking (even with my walker) is quite messed up. So, I am doing PT now. The therapist gave me such a good workout last night that i needed to hold a friend’s hand walking into school this morning. I will get this figured out yet! (I am thankful to work at a great school where they make sure I get to and from my car to classroom. It has been a huge help).

  17. Michael says:

    Linn,

    Praying for a swift recovery!

  18. Michael says:

    I now have ridiculously fast internet…

  19. LInn says:

    Michael,

    I had to beef up my internet to teach from home. Since I’ve added ESL classes to Japan, I’m glad I did. It’s pretty neat! I felt like I did when my family first bought a color TV. My sister and I couldn’t get over how real everything looked! And, thanks for the prayers. I’m a lot better than September, and I’ve learned some good lessons in the school of dependence (like, it’s very humbling for me to ask for help, and the teachers on my campus have been so helpful).

  20. Michael says:

    Linn,

    I’m hoping it helps my Zoom meetings…

  21. Linn says:

    Michael,

    If it’s anything like what my improved internet did, you’ll love the difference!

  22. Em says:

    We’re hooking up to starlink – will let you know, but folks up the road love it
    Me? I’m old, tired and pretty sure the “good old days” were – we read books back ten. 🙆

  23. Pineapple Head says:

    Michael,

    I’m with you. I can’t think of a real reason for a religious exemption for a vaccine. From what I’ve read, for it to work a church of which a person is a member has to have an across the board, nailed down position on the matter. That’s not our church. Our leadership team doesn’t all agree on COVID stuff, but we respectfully and graciously disagree. We do have a church in town that is all about having hardcore positions and putting exemption forms on their website.

  24. Pineapple Head says:

    As far as any opinion of medical exemptions, that’s not my area of expertise, so as they say on Shark Tank, “I’m out.”

  25. Michael says:

    PH

    It’s a political statement at this point…and pointless.

  26. Pineapple Head says:

    Yes, the church of which I wrote is very political. They’ll jump on anything just to be a thorn in the flesh of government or anything perceived as an authority. My leadership approach is waaaaaaaay more gospel and kingdom focused. Being in North Idaho, that bothers some in our church who like the political noise, and we’ve lost people who don’t feel I’m vocal enough on politics/COVID/Etc.

  27. Michael says:

    The noise puts butts in the seats and coin in the coffers…and I’d rather be broke and alone…

  28. Pineapple Head says:

    Me too. My conscience just won’t allow me to manipulate people. Crazy that many people seem to want to be manipulated!

  29. Muff Potter says:

    Michael wrote:
    “TV is a tool…depends on how one uses it.”

    That’s the true true Michael.
    I like to stream Timeline (historical vids on youtube) to my TV.

  30. Xenia says:

    TV* is certainly a tool, and it is the enemy of our souls who wields it.

    *Along with the rest of the output of what I call, in a general way, “Hollywood.”

  31. Linn says:

    Pineapple Head, I didn’t think it would ever happen, but my church is basically not responding to politics at all. Our senior pastor is all over right-wing social media (like Parler), but i think the elders told him to stuff it. Sermons are better, staff is more unified, and people who were threatening to leave are still there. Added bonus- a number of new people have come to us from other churches who were sated with the politics in their former congregations, as well as some non-believing neighbors. We have been encouraged as a congregation to respond to each others’ differences on politics and vaccines in Christian love and fellowship. It has been helpful. I went back last April after quarantine and zooming services for six months greatly encouraged. I pray it continues. I don’t mind being reminded to vote along scriptural guidelines (i.e. abortion or LGBTQ), but I don’t want certain politic parties and personalities to be the theme of every sermon. They certainly weren’t the theme of every epistle penned in the New Testament.

  32. Michael says:

    Xenia,

    The internet is a far more deadly place …but I’m on it daily.
    It’s not the fault of the tools what the one who uses them does.

  33. Pineapple Head says:

    Linn,

    Sounds like your church is trying to be the church. Not a lobbyist group or campaign headquarters. I always say I’ll deal with politics like Jesus, Peter and Paul did. Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

  34. Ruth says:

    I hope what I am seeing with 2 of my nieces is random. They both used to be normal kids, parents, grandparents, deeply involved in “full time” or “part time “ ministry.
    Both now are suddenly not only anti vax Covid, but full on anti vax anything. They have babies they won’t get any vaccinations for.
    I’m trying not to be narrow in my thinking, but this seems like a bad road.

  35. Michael says:

    Ruth,

    It is…

  36. CM says:

    Ruth,

    That is the next step from going anti-vaxx for COVID….God help them if their kids get tetanus, measles, or polio. All of older folks I am sure heard stories or had neighbors or relatives who had kids who died of tetanus by stepping on a rusty nail or something. My mother’s sister died of tetanus in the 1950s when she was 6.

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tetanus/symptoms-causes/syc-20351625

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