"Dear Past, thank you for all the lessons... Dear Future, I am ready."
1st Day of Month landed on a THURSDAY!! TBT
1979 Pastor Sam (Left) and Howard Callender (Right)
In the age of Social Media I am sure most of you have heard of Throwback Thursday. In keeping with the times we noticed that a few times this year the first falls on a Thursday. So, it was decided that we could do something fun with those few newsletters and go with the theme Throwback Thursday (TBT). For those of you who have not heard of this allow me to explain. Throwback Thursday in a nutshell is a time to get any old and nostalgic pictures from a different era in your life or in out case the life of many. You can help me by sending old or vintage pictures of oilfield life, your old photos in the oilfield, etc. I am looking to see some great pics from all decades.
By Pastor Calvary Callender
On this throwback Thursday New Year's day, I'm reminded of a story in the Old Testament book of Ezekiel in the Bible (Ezekiel 37.1-14). It's a story about a valley of dry bones. In this story that Ezekiel tells, he has a vision. He says that the LORD took him to a valley of dry bones and asks him to speak to them and tell them to come back to life. It's quite an interesting account.
It reminds me of an old abandoned farmhouse out in the pasture in north Martin County, TX. I love to ride out there and explore that old farmhouse and imagine all that it used to be. Inside this old farmhouse are the skeletal remains of a cow. We found the remains before it was a complete skeleton, but today, after a few years, there's nothing but bones lying where the cow died. The bones have been bleached by the elements and have become brittle. So when I think of the dry bones in this Biblical account, that is what comes to mind.
When we think of throw back Thursday, many of us might have skeletons and dried bones from something in our past...in that farm house we have tucked away somewhere deep inside of us. As in the tale of Ezekiel, they are probably strewn about and numerous. Maybe it's something we are trying to hide or maybe even forget, but from time to time we stumble across them. Wouldn't it be nice to be rid of them?
I think the New Year, 2015, is the perfect time to get rid of those old bones we have hidden in our lives. A new year provides the opportunity for a fresh start, to try something we never have tried, or maybe we have dreams of winning the race that we feel we didn't win last year. Whatever the case, wherever you are, whatever bones are in our past, the New Year is a perfect time for new beginnings...to get rid of those bones. In Ezekiel, the dry bones were moved to life when they heard the Word of God.
If you have bones in your past, start this year by moving those dry bones. The good news is that you don't have to move them yourself. God wants to help. It's a good time to start a new conversation with Him. Maybe He has put someone in your life to help, maybe you hear Him talking to you or moving through you. Will you allow yourself a new beginning in 2015? Now's the time to let go of the past and move forward...but remember that you don't have to do it alone.
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Heat is one of the leading weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. In the disastrous heat wave of 1980, more than 1,250 people died. In the heat wave of 1995 more than 700 deaths in the Chicago area were attributed to heat, making this the deadliest weather event in Chicago history. In August 2003, a record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives.
North American summers are hot; most summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States. East of the Rockies, they tend to combine both high temperatures and high humidity, although some of the worst heat waves have been catastrophically dry.
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Each National Weather Service Forecast Office issues the following heat-related products as conditions warrant:
• Excessive Heat Outlooks: are issued when the potential exists for an excessive heat event in the next 3-7 days. An Outlook provides information to those who need considerable lead-time to prepare for the event, such as public utility staff, emergency managers and public health officials. See the mean heat index and probability forecasts maps.
• Excessive Heat Watches: are issued when conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 24 to 72 hours. A Watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased but its occurrence and timing is still uncertain. A Watch provides enough lead-time so that those who need to prepare can do so, such as cities officials who have excessive heat event mitigation plans.
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1925 gas – 9 cents
1931 wages per year- $1,850/year
1944 new house cost - $3,450
1945 gas – 15 cents
1949 a US worker's yearly wages - $2,950/year
1959 movie ticket - $1.00
1964 income per year in the USA- $6,000/year
1962 gas – 28 cents
1965 gas – 31 cents
1973 new house - $32,500
1979 gas – 86 cents
1981 yearly wages - $21,050/year
1984 movie ticket - $2.50
1985 gas – $1.88
1989 new house cost - $120,000
1995 single US Postage Stamp – 32 cents
2001 gas - $1.46
2008 gas - $3.39
2009 movie ticket - $7.50
2012 gas - $3.91
2013 new house cost - $289,500
2013 movie ticket- $10.25
2014 gas - $2.75
2014 new house cost- $420,000
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