Things I Think…The Moderator Version

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  1. Xenia says:

    1. Today is my husband’s birthday. I think I am the luckiest woman in the world!

    2. I think the lesser of two evils is still evil.

    3. I think my husband and I made right choice when we decided to attend the neighborhood Russian church. We have been made to feel very welcome.

    4. I think I am delighted to read about Reuben’s new-found love of liturgy.

    5. I think I might have too many animals but I couldn’t part with any of them.

    6. I think abortion will end when promiscuity ends and it doesn’t matter that much who is President. Every TV show I’ve seen lately assumes unmarried people will be sleeping together and that homosex is ok. Our children are saturated with this godless philosophy. We live in a country that does not value chastity, even among most Christians, yet blame the government for the abortion rate.

    7. Same thing with prayer in school, the banning of which many people see as the benchmark for the beginning of America’s downward spiral. Yet when the “no prayer in public school” ruling came down, how many families got up 15 minutes earlier each day for prayer? So much easier to blame the government than to take personal responsibility. So much easier to say “the liberals are ruining our country” than to look into the mirror.

    8. I hope Michael is able to get some serious rest and to recover completely and that this episode marks the beginning of a better season of life for our Beloved Blogster.

    9. In the book Ladder of Divine Ascent, the author, St. John of the Ladder, talks about how some thieves he knew didn’t burgle a particular house because of the presence of watch dogs. How curious, St. John thought, that the thieves were scared of dogs but not scared of God. How often I fall into gossipy conversation which bother my conscience. I fear offending my friends more than I fear offending God.

    10. Last weekend we went up to Ft. Ross, California, to participate in the 200 th anniversary of Russians in America. There was a big outdoors liturgy with numerous bishops from many jurisdictions plus some VIPs from the church in Moscow. The service featured two GLORIOUS choirs and like St. Vladimir’s emissaries I could not tell if I was in heaven or on earth.

    After the Liturgy, we looked around the historical exhibits. Ft. Ross was established as a southern outpost for the purpose of growing food crops to feed the Russian settlements up in Alaska, which had previously been receiving food shipments from Siberia. So the Ft. Ross Russians tried to plant grain and other crops but were unsuccessful and eventually left California. Why? GOPHERS. Yes, gophers ate up all their crops. There were other reasons too but from what I read, it all boiled down to GOPHERS. The Gophers chased the Russians out of California.

  2. Reuben says:

    Yay for things nomans thinks!

  3. Reuben says:

    Yay for Xenia’s #6!

  4. n o m a n s says:

    Roobs! You finally got me to participate! =D
    Love Xenias “things”.

  5. sarahkwolfe says:

    Whew! Just finished our ‘schoolin’ for the day!! Glad to read Noman’s thoughts, and glad we don’t have to come up with this every week!!!

    Xenia…you’re thoughts on your community always inspire.

  6. sarahkwolfe says:

    I love Noman’s #8.

  7. Paige says:

    Thank you friends for these things you think….. thought provoking….. as always… and so true #2 about our blogster Michael…..
    Sarah, how touching about your mom and the cards…..life is short & frail.
    Xenia, I so agree with your comments about the visible blaming of politics & society while private holiness is so lacking….. and so under emphasized in many church circles….

    One of the women at MOBC said to us on Sunday , you can’t lose your salvation….but work at not losing your sanctification…amen

  8. Em says:

    for the most part, i’m just thinking what all of you folks here are thinking …

    prayer for Michael continues

  9. BrianD says:

    9 and 10 updated.

  10. 1. Advertising has affected my sons. They were delighted that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood was on today. They’ve been looking forward to today for the last month. I think they were slightly let down. We rarely let them watch regular television, so watching their reaction to advertising is a little disconcerting.

    2. Medicinal marijuana bothers me. Too many pot heads get their cards and very few that I can see actually need it. I’ve had a lot of people recently in my life with their cards. One is marrying my sister.

    3. I’m glad to hear that Michael is recovering well. I know many have prayed for him, including myself.

    4. This website makes me want to go to Disneyland again. http://gallery.toursdepartingdaily.com/ . I’ve been there over 15 times and am looking forward to bringing my sons to Disneyland. I think we are a few years away.

    5. Homemade salsa is one of God’s gifts to man. I’m pretty certain it will be at the last supper.

    6. Sometimes God surprises me. I ran into a gal I knew from 10 years ago. She was modeling and had some pretty good offers that required her to move to LA or New York. Needless to say she was very beautiful. She also had the personality you’d imagine a model to have, superficial, narcissistic and more. From Facebook, I knew she married a European man and was living in Sri Lanka. I assumed her husband worked with the government. I found out today, they had been missionaries for the last 3 years. She and her husband are stateside so she can have her first child and he can get his permanent residency.

    7. I’ve only been working 40 hours a week and having an extra day off, I feel like my life is a vacation.

    8. Churches are funny beasts. Most pastors think their way is the only right way. It’s even more interesting being from the outside seeing this happen.

    9. Opportunities to minister are everywhere. If you have a heart to minister to people, there’s a place for you somewhere.

    10. My wife thinks it would be super sexy for me to get a quarter sleeve tattoo. At 30, I feel too old and in my current line of work I know that I’d have to keep it covered to maintain a professional look.

  11. Ixtlan says:

    re #9. it’s all about cooperating and graduating, and its not limited to the Reformed crowd.

  12. Apple of His Eye says:

    1. I think that Enoch is under-rated.

    2. I think there’s more to Abel than what we hear about as well.

    3. I think someone should invent a sign that people can hold up to thank considerate drivers.

    4. I think the best ice cream is the Thrifty brand, only available at Rite-Aid.

    5. I think it’s God’s mercy and wisdom to include how it is David knew when to grab his harp and run from the enemy, and when to face him, Goliath.

    6. I think women everywhere should discover the treasures found in thrift stores.

    7. I think I am so very blessed to get to keep knowing God through His word and working in my life.

    8. I think we are going to get a new president.

    9. I think someone should invent a way to measure out noodles so one doesn’t cook too many when making spaghetti for four.

    10. I think ‘ten’ isn’t a long enough list to include everything I think…:)

  13. 1.) I think if the Republicans don’t come up with something concrete, I will end up by voting for Obama. Better the devil I know, that the devil I don’t know.

    2.) The first week of college football was a real bore.

    3.) I have seen 2 posts suggesting better ways to figure out how to serve God and minister to people. Why don’t people realize that we do this daily through our normal lives and vocations… or do people not count that?

    4.) My daughter over the past 3 years has used a big chunk of government services to support her family and get through nursing school. I have decided to vote for Jerry Brown’s tax increase on the Nov ballot… as my way to help pay back.

    5.) After talking to some Baptist friends, I am again concerned about those who will not baptize infants. I am convinced that they do not think that God does the work in salvation. My friends may not agree.

    6.) There are not and could never be enough commandments that would ever change our hearts.

    7.) I don’t think people should text while driving – but I don’t get it, In college I would hold a burrito in one hand, have a coke between my legs, a cigarette in the ash tray, driving my stick shift VW. Perhaps they teach driving differently today – sissy style.

    8.) I need a vacation. My wife and I went on vacation in 1002 and 2002 – I thought 2012 would be the years, but as the Brooklyn fans used to say “wait until next year.”

    9.) The Dodgers are undefeated in Sept – making the run.

    10.) In respect to Michael, I have no #10. Only he can do this right.

  14. My wife and I went on vacation in 1002 and 2002 – should read 1992 and 2002.

    I should turn on the light while I type. 🙂

  15. Babylon's Dread says:

    1. I think Newsroom is the reason I watch TV… and Breaking Bad was but it has fallen into the abyss with every other foul thing.

    2. The church… OK my church… is keeping me young and making me want to live to be very old and very durable.

    3. Alabama has made the college season irrelevant just watch your high school team because the rest is easy to follow.

    4. The next three weeks will determine my next 10 years… and I won’t even be in the country …

    5. Peyton Manning will be three games into his new team’s season before I see him play and his SUCKcessor will probably have a better record because of a LUCKy draw on the schedule. And the fact that he is freaking amazing…Peyton will work for a Stanford QB and be replaced by a Stanford QB … those guys are smart.

    6. An amazing convergence of events is going to result in a new movement of students extending the kingdom of God in surprising ways… It won’t be Jesus People II because these guys will KNOW what is happening not just be swept into it.

    7. It is irrelevant who gets elected president… because Goldman Sachs doesn’t care, whoever gets elected will let them do as they please

    8. Despite my last claim people who believe in conspiracy theories are as dumb as Bigfoot riding Nessie

    9. Isaac gave the Mississippi a stay of execution- OK that is over dramatic but the big ditch needed a drink.

    10. I miss good movies and would give twenty dollars a shot to someone who could actually tell a story rather than wow me with effects….

  16. Xenia says:

    One more thing I think- I think this is wonderful!

    http://www.svots.edu/headlines/seminarian-jesse-brandow-gives-first-hand-account-explosion-orthodox-christianity-guatemal

    Now, percentage-wise, Guatamala might be (or will soon be) the most Orthodox country in the western hemisphere.

  17. BrianD says:

    Looking back seven years, i had no idea how much closer to the truth that Hemant Mehta was….

    And I’m still sick of the Truly Reformed and their winsome “babble”…which hasn’t gotten any less winsome nor less babble in the seven years since this post went up. I will say that going through all of the TR-related links way back when helped me decide to give up Linkathon, and Eric has done a great job of taking the concept forward and making it his own.

    5. Not only should you go to a baseball game, you should go to a soccer game, whether it’s your local pro club if you’re outside the US, or the nearest MLS, USL, NPSL or NISA club if you’re inside the US. It’s truly a unique and enjoyable experience, with the right club and right atmosphere.

    6. Social media is a tool. A certain person can, and has, used it to redefine the Presidency. I’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s for better or worse.

    7. I like dogs. At times I like them much better than people. They in fact may be better people than most humans. 🙂

    9-10. I should’ve gone out and smelled the roses, or watched a movie, gone to an art gallery, or something that got me away from the screen and into the real world. At the time, I worked a sh**ty job I hated, with people I hated, and was fighting to hang on to my faith, and if the world smelled like sh*t it was because the world kept shoving sh*t underneath my nostrils. I’m half-amazed I made it through.

  18. Em says:

    BrianD, glad you made it through… but are you ….. through? 🙂

    IMX, we walk in a lot of doodoo till we leave these bodies and they shovel it over our remains … LOL

    Some say Christians are so heavenly minded that they’re no earthly good, sadly it is the earthly minded ones that make the Faith look shakey… I had very heavenly minded grandparents and they made life look good even when living here on this planet wasn’t so good… So? So, I’ll take the heavenly minded ones … dunno, though do I?

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