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Monday
Aug252014

Linked Together: Wildlife

Bear Up
Did you know that grizzlies can use tools? Or maybe the headline should say one grizzly can use a stool? (CBC News)

Shooting Salmon
Here in my town, we use a fish ladder to get the returning salmon up and over the dam.

But some dams are too big to be scaled with a ladder, so they’ve invented a salmon cannon that can propel salmon 100 feet into the air and (hopefully) over the dam

(Update on the Whitehorse Rapids Fish Ladder: This year 1555 Chinook salmon have passed through. The run is winding down, so there won’t be many more. Thankfully, that’s a few hundred fish more than last year and the year before. Hopefully, it’s the start of an upward trend.)

Monday
Aug252014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 50. Why is it added [in the Apostles’ Creed] “and sits at the right hand of God”?

Answer: Because Christ ascended into heaven for this purpose: to might show himself there as head of his church, (a) by whom the Father governs all things. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Saturday
Aug232014

Sunday's Hymn: Whate'er My God Ordains Is Right

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Holy his will abideth;
I will be still whate’er he doth;
And follow where he guideth:
He is my God: though dark my road,
He holds me that I shall not fall:
Wherefore to him I leave it all.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He never will deceive me;
He leads me by the proper path;
I know he will not leave me:
I take, content, what he hath sent;
His hand can turn my griefs away,
And patiently I wait his day.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Though now this cup, in drinking,
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it, all unshrinking:
My God is true; each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,
And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Here shall my stand be taken;
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet am I not forsaken;
My Father’s care is round me there;
He holds me that I shall not fall:
And so to him I leave it all.

—Samuel Rodigast translated by Catherine Winkworth

Updated tune with Catherine Winkworth translation

 

 The Lutheran tune and translation

 

Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.

Friday
Aug222014

We Are Raised With Him

Without the resurrection of Jesus, there would be no Christianity at all. While Jesus’s death lies at the heart of his saving work, his death wouldn’t be effective without his subsequent work of resurrection.

Read the rest of Jesus Is Risen, my post at Out of the Ordinary today.

Here are the previous posts in this series on truths every Christian woman should know:

  1. God Has Spoken (posted at the True Woman Blog)
  2. God Is Three and God Is One
  3. God Is Who He Is
  4. God Had a Plan
  5. God Created the Universe
  6. We Are Made in God’s Image
  7. We Are All Sinners
  8. God Saves
  9. The Son Came
  10. The Son Lived and Died
Thursday
Aug212014

Thankful Thursday

Join me in thanksgiving to God for this week’s blessings.

Today I’m thankful 

  • for work done previously that made it possible for me to meet my obligations during this especially busy week.
  • for my step-grandson’s two week visit to his Yukon family. I’m thankful that he’s now old enough to explain more about his home life.  I’m thankful that despite his difficult family circumstances, he remains a loving child who can enjoy life. I’m thankful for his dad’s new resolve to fight to make things better for him. I’m thankful that God can be trusted to care for him after he leaves. 
  • for today’s pond walk and playground trip with all four grandchildren.
  • for berries ripening in the yard and woods—cranberries, mossberries, rosehips, saskatoon berries, strawberries and raspberries. We—the grandchildren and I—snacked on them all today.
  • for a decent weather forecast.
  • for the resurrection of Jesus and the good gifts that come from it.

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.