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  1. Michael says:

    Thank you and bless you, my friend.

    I’ll be offline for the duration of this weekend…prayers appreciated.

  2. Paige says:

    Praying for you Michael…..

    Love the thought of enjoying the lush green pastures rather than the ‘fences’ of division. Amen.

    love you

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael…prayers continued from me my friend!

    Blessings and comfort of God to you!

  4. AA says:

    Very nice Duane, prayers for you Michael.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    The lush green pastures may be great to frolic in, but a good shepherd (and I will say The Good Shepherd) still put his sheep within the fences for protection.
    No boundaries within Christianity can be quite dangerous for the Christian — at least that is my application.

  6. Erunner says:

    God bless you Michael and I pray things go well for you during this difficult time.

  7. Duane Arnold says:

    #5 MLD

    Keep working on the fences… I’ll keep working on the pasture.

  8. Josh the Baptist says:

    And I’ll provide the fertilizer 🙂

  9. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Duane, I will … in Jesus style. It was Jesus who spoke of the sheep fold (fences around the sheep) and the enemies of the church who would try to breach those fences.
    Jesus was very concerned about the open range and the Joyce Meyers, Benny Hinns and Todd Bentleys who wander the pasture. — so am I.

    But hey,as I have learned of late we are all allowed our theological opinion and they are to be accepted equally.

  10. Duane Arnold says:

    #9 MLD

    As Michael said, “the fences others put up”… I think we are quite content with the sheepfold that Christ (and not others) provides…

  11. Descended says:

    There is a gate because there are fences. Fences are necessary to keep wolves from having free reign. Careful out there, my good man.

    That is a precious friendship it sounds like you have. God bless.

  12. Descended says:

    Should say There is a (G)ate…

  13. Duane Arnold says:

    #11 Descended

    Indeed, because the shepherd tends to the fences and makes himself the Gate we can devote our attention to the pasture.

  14. Descended says:

    Then what are the hirelings for, if not to mind fences and wolves?

  15. Duane Arnold says:


    Ah, they’re not the Shepherd… it’s why they run away!

  16. Descended says:

    ‘Zactly, and the wolves get in the fences!

  17. Descended says:

    Two in the fence is worth one in the meadow

  18. Descended says:

    Well, have a nice day guys and gals.

  19. dusty says:

    Praying here too for Michael, sending my love as well

  20. John 20:29 says:

    “Two in[side] the fence is worth one in the meadow” that’s how i feel about my daughter’s two horses, but i feel so sorry for them as they watch the deer meander in and out and drink their water and enjoy their salt block and then go on their way up into the hills… or out onto the road to cause an accident… those faithful horses must feel much like we do as we watch the godless prosper, while we endeavor to obey the Master and stay within His boundaries

  21. Duane Arnold says:

    For anyone on this thread, I would ask you to pray for our brother Michael. Additionally, consider some measure of active support for what he does, day by day and week by week, for the upbuilding of the Kingdom. It is simply important.

  22. Descended says:

    John 20:29

    And as the deer bounds from the meadow down the cliff to drink from the abundant springs of life she lands in front of the grill of my 4×4 as I’m late for the wedding rehearsal. Some trucks aren’t meant fur bein’ fenced in… 😉

  23. Descended says:


    I will pray for him. God bless

  24. John 20:29 says:

    Duane, will hit the donate button up there in the left corner…. hoping others can spare a dime or two now also… prayer continues… Lord, please move that medical system into action on Michael’s behalf down there in Oregon

  25. John 20:29 says:

    #22 – i think that all who come here are blessed by the posts and the comments – the shepherding of this site that i’ve watched Michael keep for quite a few years now… we, most of us, are uncomfortable with seeing the supernatural in the world around us… too many opportunists and henny pennies color our view and rightly so, but….
    that said, we must not discount that this thread of rational and reasonable Christianity has an enemy that wants it gone
    anyone not praying for Michael should be ashamed of themselves (this is your granny speaking) and…
    a pox rests on those who want the Phoenix Preacher gone… 🙂

  26. Michael says:

    Thank you all for the kind words and prayers.

    I just got word that my surgery has been scheduled for the 25th of this month…that’s a huge answer to prayer.

    My meds just caught up with the pain and I’m resting comfortably.

    Blessings on you all.

  27. Duane Arnold says:

    #27 Michael

    Do let us know if there is any way in which we can be of help and support to you…

  28. John 20:29 says:

    is Michael the victim of the eclipse? such a long wait for someone as sick as he is…
    i heard on the local news that Oregon’s hospitals are laying in supplies and making plans, gearing up for the influx of eclipse viewers… for some reason they’re expecting casualties?
    say what?
    Dr. Duane, amen to your #28 and keep us posted

  29. Michael says:

    I’m ok….better this morning.
    My doctor is going to make sure I have pain meds until they cut it out…which is another miracle.
    They don’t like prescribing this stuff for that long.

    Hopefully, we’ll miss the brunt of the eclipse crowd down here…it’s going to be one hell of a mess up north.

  30. John 20:29 says:

    i don’t know how you’re doing it, Michael… they were ready to cut my gall bladder out right away, but i had to wait until family could break free to help me… i was lying low, literally in a recliner, for just one week and that was enough… as some here express it, God have mercy – indeed

  31. Michael says:

    Getting upset about it will just make it worse…so we’ll go one day at a time.

    I just have to remember not to eat anything I like…my food list is now oatmeal and watermelon. 🙂

  32. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Do you need to travel to see the eclipse? Don’t you just look up wherever you are? If you are on the daylite side of the earth.

  33. Paul A. Lytton says:


    All of the daylight side of the Earth sees the light radiation coming from the Sun due primarily to the fact that light travels in multiple directions. However, an eclipse is a one directional event. It is a specific straight alignment that can only be fully viewed from one end of the straight alignment to it’s opposite end. Naturally a portion of the eclipse can be viewed from various angles but the climax event of the eclipse can only be viewed by those that are directly aligned themselves with the alignment of the eclipse.

  34. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Paul, thanks. It’s just that the comments made it sound like Oregon was ground zero. I know it can be viewed here in AZ.

  35. Paul A. Lytton says:


    I am unaware of where the ‘Ground Zero’ will be, but it is my understanding that the ground zero location here on Earth at the time of an eclipse is the only spot that will observe the diamond ring effect.

  36. Paul A. Lytton says:

    I could be and probably am wrong about my #36.

  37. Paul A. Lytton says:

    Also, what I said about the diamond ring effect is only during a “Total” eclipse.Total or partial makes no difference, during either one there are many stupid people who try to observe the eclipse by looking at it directing with their naked eye, which can and does cause eye damage. It is my belief that the reason why Oregon hospitals are preparing for the eclipse is preparing for eye damage and not for “casualties” as questioned by John 20:29 #29.

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