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Disaster relief leads to salvation. Let’s start off with some good news, that ought to be a welcome change of pace. Natural disasters often bring destruction of property and sometimes loss of life but they present opportunities for the church to step up and act like God’s children. Disaster relief is a real world application of putting others’ needs before our own and doing things for the least of these, expecting nothing in return. Click here to read the Christian Index story shown above.

How’s that again? We’ll link the actually story and let you read it but most people will not click any links to anything, so here’s a summary. A man walked into a Pennsylvania convenience store that was advertising 20 oz. bottles of Mt. Dew 2 for $3. Figuring that meant they were a buck and half each he picked up one drink, dropped $2 on the counter, and walked out. But a single bottle would have been rung up at the regular price of $2.29 plus tax. The store clerk called the police – called the police – and reported that a man later identified as Joseph Sloboski had underpaid for his retail purchase by 43 cents. I think the 911 dispatcher should have said “I’m sorry to hear about that” and hung up but they didn’t ask me what I think. Sloboski was found and arrested – arrested – over the matter of 43 cents and because of Pennsylvania’s three strikes policy was charged with a felony. His previous offenses were driving off without paying for gas and taking a $39 pair of shoes from K-Mart. These things are crimes, I will not argue with that. But to now go to jail with a $50,000 cash only bond and face seven years in prison for a theft valued at less than 50 cents… And again, the advertised price was 2/$3. Sloboski thought he overpaid and was leaving without his change. It’s good to know we have invested our resources in getting these criminals off the street. (That last sentence was sarcasm, just in cast that slipped by anyone.)

Matt Amodio has passed the $1 million mark after 28 consecutive wins on Jeopardy. He has seen four or five different hosts since his winning streak began at the end of July. Jeopardy James lost after 32 wins in a row, a record now in striking distance for Matt. Ken Jennings’s record is not in jeopardy yet (see what I did there?). He amassed over $3 million in winnings during his 74 day streak back in 2004.

One trillion seconds is over 31,000 years. So when they say things on the news like “3 1/2 trillion dollar spending bill” if one dollar equals one second of time, we are looking at over 100 centuries. Which is how long it would take America to get out of debt if we started paying it off tomorrow.

No, you are not a burger. You are 200 lbs. of ground beef or the equivalent of 800 1/4 lb. hamburger patties plus another 220 lbs. of steaks, roasts, ribs, tenderloin and brisket.

We are a quarter of the way through college football season and at the same time the regular MLB season is wrapping up. The Alabama Crimson Tide just barely managed to handle the 11 ranked Florida Gators last week so I would argue that Georgia, with three wins against teams with previous winning records, is currently the best team in college football. Most of the MLB playoffs are fairly decided but the Braves and Phillies are in a close battle to the very end in the National League Eastern Division. While the Braves hold a narrow game and a half lead based on their season record, they have evenly split their last 10 games with 5 wins and 5 lossed while the Phillies are surging 8 – 2. They will play each other three times next week with only a handful of games left in the regular season.

You are entitled to your opinion, this article expresses mine pretty well.

Well I’ve got a busy day ahead. Starting with a men’s group prayer breakfast, then I’ll catch as much of the GA Bulldogs game as I can this afternoon with a local BBQ competition and festival taking place in my hometown. The Braves play tonight at 7:05, I might need a late afternoon nap.

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Today is Holy Saturday also known as Black Saturday. The Sabbath was a day of rest, a legal and moral obligation for the Jews. Some Christians believe Jesus was other places doing other things during that period of time; I will not get into whether or not he literally descended into hell and preached to the condemned. Tomorrow is Resurrection Day, Easter Sunday to many although not everyone agrees on that title. If you are in the Calhoun, GA area the Gordon County Christian Ministerial Alliance is having a Sunrise Service at BB&T Park in downtown that begins at 7 AM. We will have prayer, two or three songs everybody knows and a 15 or 20 minute sermon. At 36 degrees I will remind our speaker the shorter the better. Hopefully 2020 taught us not to take so many things for granted, including worshiping together and visiting family.

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There’s something you don’t see every day. We had a visitor at church Sunday morning. This girl stayed for the whole service. As a matter of fact she was still wandering around the front yard Monday evening. Back in the day it was not uncommon to give the preacher a chicken but I would not have expected it to still be alive.

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It’s gettin’ to be that time. Let me clarify my position on fall. I’m not just an old grouch that complains about everything and I do not hate fall. There are things I like about fall when it actually gets here but if you start talking about hoodies and pumpkin spice in the middle of July I will grouch a little because summer is my favorite. Maybe spring, then summer then fall in that order. Spring and fall are transition seasons. During the springtime the days get longer, the grass and trees come back to life, we start getting ready for baseball, grilling out and opening the pool. In the fall I enjoy hot cocoa, smores, bonfires, sunsets and colorful leaves as much as the next guy. Many of the most popular fall activities are centered around keeping warm. I don’t love hoodies as much as I don’t like being cold. Fall is the transition season from summer, which is the best, into winter. That season doesn’t make my list of top 3 favorites. I would rather mow grass than shovel snow, and wear shorts and sandals than sweaters and parkas. I do all of the autumn things and enjoy it while it lasts; big sucker for a hayride, seriously. But it saddens me to know what’s coming, which is basically an end of all things. At least until April.

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Screenshot_20190922-110200_GalleryIt’s fall y’all! Monday was the first day of autumn so I will now officially quit complaining about pumpkin spice, falling leaves and s’mores posts on Facebook and Twitter. My wife finished crocheting my Dr Who scarf just in time. (Tom Baker, the fourth Doctor, Google it.) It’s still in the 90’s here so it’s more fashion statement that useful right now. Btw, the best thing about fall is candy corn. Shout out to the haters! Continue reading

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Mac & Cheese is a permanent addition to the Chick-fil-A menu. I think it’s very similar to KFC and Captain D’s if you are familiar with those. It reminds me of baked in the oven at home and is nothing like Kraft Dinner. It is the side I didn’t know I was missing. Continue reading

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Satur-deja Vu is not just a review. It also gives me a chance to drop in some things I couldn’t find a place for, and perhaps mention a topic that will not be getting its own post for whatever reason. It lets us take inventory. I used to call My Other Blog “the bottom file cabinet draw of the blogosphere.” Saturday is when we organize the file cabinet.

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Back-to-School affects people differently.

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