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Re: What's on your mind? Chat Thread
« Reply #195 on: October 12, 2020, 09:09:45 pm »
I'm trying to figure out how to post an image. I know I've done that before but can't remember how I did it.
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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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Re: What's on your mind? Chat Thread
« Reply #196 on: October 12, 2020, 09:15:04 pm »
I'm trying to figure out how to post an image. I know I've done that before but can't remember how I did it.

TJ, look below your topic box (ATTACH) from this it is as your will remember.

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1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

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Re: What's on your mind? Chat Thread
« Reply #197 on: October 12, 2020, 09:19:27 pm »
Today was a sober day at our house. My uncle, my mom's brother Timothy Angelo Thornton passed away 10 years ago today on 10/10/10. He was 58 and a veteran with a Purple Heart, Navy in Vietnam. We love you and miss you buddy and we will see you soon along with Joelle, Clarence, Gretchen and Alice. 💗🤍💗

It is good you remember for so many do not...Some one once said that we are only remembered from four generations down...Have you been told about your great=great grandfather (5 generations)? 

I thank your uncle for serving this country and will be looking forward to meeting him in Heaven.

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1 Cor 15:3-4.."For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

Acts 17:11.."These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

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Re: What's on your mind? Chat Thread
« Reply #198 on: October 24, 2020, 02:03:02 pm »
Second stimulus check update: why is there no agreement?
Amid an impasse in negotiations over a coronavirus relief package in the US, Americans' wait for a second stimulus check continues

Americans' wait for a second stimulus check goes on, amid an impasse in negotiations between White House leaders and Democratic congressional chiefs over the United States' next coronavirus relief bill.

No stimulus package expected before September

After two weeks of talks, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows proved unable to agree an outline stimulus package with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) by their self-imposed deadline of 7 August.

Lawmakers in both the House and the Senate have now gone on recess and, as things stand, a bill does not look like being pushed through before September, despite initial suggestions that discussions could be revived earlier this week.

There are a number of issues behind the failure of the negotiations, but stimulus checks don’t appear to be one of them. Republicans and Democrats agree that another direct payment is needed, and have both proposed a second round of checks that would see those who earn under $99,000 a year given up to $1,200.

Why hasn't a stimulus package been agreed?
Among the notable stumbling blocks that led talks to stall were enhanced unemployment insurance - Democrats wanted to extend a $600 weekly benefits boost until January, but Republicans proposed significantly lowering this figure - and financial aid for state and local governments. Pelosi and Schumer sought $915bn, a sum Mnuchin and Meadows were not prepared to countenance.

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Trump blames Democrats for stimulus package delay
Stimulus check: how quickly could I get my payment?
Stimulus check: how to track missing $500 for dependents
USPS emerges as point of huge conflict
Another major source of conflict that has emerged from the negotiations is the United States Postal Service. Ahead of a presidential election in which an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots are expected as Americans avoid in-person voting due to the pandemic, Democrats sought $25bn in funding to help the USPS deal with this likely inundation of postal votes.

However, Trump, who has repeatedly stated his opposition to mail-in votes, claiming they lead to increased electoral fraud, this week indicated to Fox Business that he was against agreeing a package that would facilitate nationwide postal voting. "If we don't make the deal, that means they can't have the money, that means they can't have universal mail-in voting,” he said.

Trump accused of "all-out assault" on the USPS
Trump later sought to soften his remarks, saying he would not veto a relief bill if it included support for the USPS - but Democrats nevertheless accuse the president of trying to disrupt November’s vote by financially strangling the postal service.

Indeed, the new postmaster general, Trump donor Louis DeJoy, has overseen a raft of cut-backs to the USPS since his June appointment, leaving its ability to cope with the election rush in doubt. For example, NPR notes that DeJoy has moved to reduce postal workers' hours, take high-speed mail-sorting machines out of service and remove mailboxes.

In a statement on Friday, Pelosi and Schumer said: "The president, his cronies and Republicans in Congress continue to wage their all-out assault on the Postal Service and its role in ensuring the integrity of the 2020 election."

Pelosi weighs up recalling House over USPS
In the face of the growing USPS crisis, Politico says that Pelosi is considering recalling the House from its summer recess to tackle the issue, in a report confirmed to Reuters by a Democratic congressional aide.

Democratic Representative Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) this week introduced legislation seeking to preserve the USPS' January 2020 level of service until after the Covid-19 pandemic is over, and Reuters has been told by the congressional aide that the House could vote on such a measure.

According to Politico’s report, some Democrats have also suggested an early return from recess could be used to deal with other issues such as unemployment benefits, but have been told that addressing the USPS crisis must be the immediate priority.

I heard that the Democrats are asking not only for coronavirus relief but for additional funding or payment to repair damages made in cities during the riots and I think Trump has a problem with paying for those damages because the riots were allowed to happen by mayors and governors who now expect Trump to approve funding to cover the cost of the damages from riots and it's a very large amount so they're trying to come to an agreement on that but I think that's what is holding it up.
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Re: What's on your mind? Chat Thread
« Reply #201 on: November 26, 2020, 06:12:25 pm »

https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2020/november/thanksgiving-like-none-other.html








A Thanksgiving Like None Other




The world may look different, but there is still plenty to be grateful for.


Thanksgiving looks a bit different this year. Whether you’re celebrating alone, with a few close family members, over Zoom, or maybe a combination of all three, I’m sure things don’t feel quite the same. I grieve this loss alongside you, and with millions of others. You are not alone.

In my family, and I assume in many of yours, at some point during usual Thanksgiving celebrations, every family member or friend present is invited to share what they are most grateful for on this special holiday. As LifeWay Research recently reported, Americans are most thankful to and for their family, even in this unique year. Of course, I want to assure readers that I too am thankful to and for my family. In this year, I am adding a new item to that standard list. And, this new addition begins with a descent.

What do I mean by descent? Well, if you’re like me, your version of descent might be a lost job, a lost relationship, or a lost graduation. It may be a lost loved one, or the death of a dream, like a small business. This year, we all had plenty to lose. Descent might not just mean the loss itself—it may be sleepless nights, or anxiety-ridden days. It might be a nose-dive straight into self-pity. Descent might be your mental state as a result of these losses.

I am not mature enough in my faith to say plainly and honestly that I am thankful for these losses, or the many sleepless nights that followed. I would love to report that I was a perfect imitation of Job this year, and that I faithfully turned to God after each loss, as Job does, saying:

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Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:20-21).

To be completely honest, I did nothing of the sort, though that is a dream I hope to someday realize. As I’ve been preparing my heart for Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday season, I’m starting to see things in a new light.

I firmly believe that this could be the year that changes everything for you, and for me. And for that opportunity, I am determined to be grateful. In my everyday life as it was, back in The Before Times when I could go to the grocery store without a second thought or visit a friend without a mask, it wasn’t hard to tap into spirituality. When I am being blessed abundantly and obviously, praise simply pours out of me. However, when I am confused, isolated, and feeling lost in the world, I have to flex spiritual muscles that I don’t usually like to think about. This is part of what theologian Ron Rolheiser calls the “Spirituality of Descent.” It is the part of our faith that allows us to reckon with the complexity, the losses, and the uncomfortable reality of a world that eagerly awaits the return of Jesus.

In a world of social distancing, unprecedented political division, and a rich harvest to be grateful for. 2020 has forced us to see our failures, as individuals, as communities, and as a society in all kinds of ways. I’ve realized just how easy it is to get wrapped up in what’s going on in my own life, so much that I forget what is happening in the lives of those around me. As a society, this year has forced us to address the racial issues in our country. I would say both of these examples are incredibly good things that have come out of some very, very dark places. As I’ve continued to cling onto God during this present darkness, I’ve been sowing qualities of obedience, patience, empathy, and more. I eagerly await the day of harvest.

If we don’t grapple with the darkness in ourselves, and in the world around us, how can we ever expect to grow? Spiritual maturity doesn’t just happen. It is carefully forged through trials and faithful obedience. In 2020, we’ve all experienced the challenges of a lifetime. In a time where it feels like our opportunities are limited, we do have the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God as we reckon with the complexities of the world around us, and ourselves. As followers of Christ, we need not be afraid of the dark, because we already follow the Light of the World.

I look forward to one day sharing the story of the year that changed everything for me—the year 2020. In a year where so many doors have been closed, I urge you to accept an open invitation into a deeper relationship with Christ.

This year, just as in every other year, God remains faithful. Even more, God is present in our disappointment and failure. He does not shy away from our fear or doubt, but his perfect love does cast out fear. In dry and barren land, he is living water. How are we supposed to believe this testimony if we don’t experience the desert? Let us join in the Communion of the Saints in our trials and on this Thanksgiving as we express our gratefulness to God. We are not the first generation to go through hardships, whether that be political division or a global pandemic. God was faithful then, and he is faithful now. The Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving were likely a subset of Puritanism and possibly prayed a prayer like this one from The Valley of Vision, which I encourage you to pray as well:

O My God, Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects, my heart admires, adores, loves thee, for my little vessel is as full as it can be, and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up, ten thousand sources of pleasure are unsealed, ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart, crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created, for adorning it, for sanctifying it, though it is fixed in barren soil;

for the body thou hast given me, for preserving its strength and vigour, for providing senses to enjoy delights, for the ease and freedom of my limbs, for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding;

for thy royal bounty providing my daily support, for a full table and overflowing cup, for appetite, taste, sweetness, for social joys of relatives and friends, for ability to serve others, for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities, for a mind to care for my fellow-men, for opportunities of spreading happiness around, for loved ones in the joys of heaven, for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.

I love thee above the powers of language to express, for what thou art to thy creatures. Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.








Sitara Roden is a recent addition to The Exchange and serves as Managing Editor. Roden also serves as Promotions Strategist at the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center.
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