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The FReeper Foxhole Kids Study Texas History - April 11th, 2006
11APR06 | My Daddy, OLD SALT

Posted on 04/10/2006 8:17:15 PM PDT by bittygirl



Lord,

Keep our Troops forever in Your care

Give them victory over the enemy...

Grant them a safe and swift return...

Bless those who mourn the lost.
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FReepers from the Foxhole join in prayer
for all those serving their country at this time.



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Welcome Aboard the Battleship TEXAS

In 1948, the Battleship TEXAS became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas Independence, the Texas was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In 1983, the TEXAS was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship TEXAS. These sites are located within minutes of downtown Houston and a short distance to the beaches of Galveston Island. Millions of visitors come to this area each year to enjoy the mild coastal climate and cultural and sports activities. Students and visitors alike are most fortunate to be able to experience history first hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship TEXAS.

Construction History

Photo courtesy of Battleship TEXAS Archives
1914 picture of the Battleship TEXAS
1914 Picture of Battleship TEXAS in it's original configuration.

The TEXAS is the last of the battleships, patterned after HMS Dreadnought, that participated in World War (WW) I and II. She was launched on May 18, 1912 from Newport News, Virginia. When the USS TEXAS was commissioned on March 12,1914, she was the most powerful weapon in the world, the most complex product of an industrial nation just beginning to become a force in global events.

In 1916, TEXAS became the first U.S. battleship to mount antiaircraft guns and the first to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers, analog forerunners of today's computers. In 1919, TEXAS became the first U.S. battleship to launch an aircraft.

In 1925, the TEXAS underwent major modifications. She was converted to oil-fired boilers, tripod masts and a single stack were added to the main deck, and the 5" guns that bristled from her sides were reduced in number and moved to the main deck to minimize problems with heavy weather and high seas. Blisters were also added as protection against torpedo attack.

The TEXAS received the first commercial radar in the US Navy in 1939. New antiaircraft batteries, fire control and communication equipment allowed the ship to remain an aging but powerful unit in the US naval fleet. In 1940, Texas was designated flagship of US Atlantic Fleet. The First Marine Division was founded aboard the TEXAS early in 1941. April 21, 1948 the Texas was decommissioned.

The TEXAS holds the distinguished designation of a National Historic Landmark and a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark.

Naval History

After being commissioned the TEXAS proceeded almost immediately to Mexican waters where she joined the Special Service Squadron following the "Vera Cruz Incident." She returned to the Atlantic Fleet operations in the fall of 1914, after the Mexican crisis was resolved.

After the US entered WW I, she spent the year 1917 training gun crews for merchant ships that were often attacked by gunfire from surfaced submarines. TEXAS joined the 6th Battle Squadron of the British Grand Fleet early in 1918. Operating out of Scapa Flow and the Firth of Forth, TEXAS protected forces laying a North Sea mine barrage, responded to German High Seas Fleet sorties, fired at submarine periscopes observed by multiple ships and helped prevent enemy naval forces from interrupting the supply of Allied forces in Europe. Late in 1918 she escorted the German Fleet en route to its surrender anchorage and escorted President Wilson to peace talks in France.

In 1919, she served as a plane guard and navigational reference for the first transatlantic flight by the seaplane NC-4, after which she transferred to the Pacific Fleet. Among other notables, she embarked President Coolidge for a trip to Cuba in 1928.

In 1941 while on "Neutrality Patrol" in the Atlantic, TEXAS was stalked unsuccessfully by the German submarine U-203. TEXAS escorted Atlantic convoys against potential attack by German warships after America entered into WW II in December, 1941. In 1942, TEXAS transmitted General Eisenhower's first "Voice of Freedom" broadcast, asking the French not to oppose Allied landings on North Africa. The appeal went unheeded and the TEXAS provided gunfire support for the amphibious assault on Morocco, putting Walter Cronkite ashore to begin his career as a war correspondent. After further convoy duty, the TEXAS fired on Nazi defenses at Normandy on "D-Day," June 6, 1944. Shortly afterwards, she was hit twice in a duel with German coastal defense artillery near Cherbourg, suffering one fatality and 13 wounded. Quickly repaired, she shelled Nazi positions in Southern France before transferring to the Pacific where she lent gunfire support and antiaircraft fire to the landings on Iwo Jima and Okinawa.


General Ship Data

Class - New York Class Battleship
Length - 573 feet
Beam - 106 feet
Normal Draft - 28 feet 6 inches
Displacement - 34,000 tons
Speed - 21 knots
Crew - 1,820

Armament

  • Main Battery:
    Year 1944 - 10 - 14"/45 caliber guns in 5 turrets
    Range - 12 miles
    Projectiles - Armor Piercing - 1500 lbs
    Projectiles - High Explosive - 1275 lbs
    Full Broadside - Armor Piercing - 15,000 lbs
    Rate of Fire - 1.5 rounds per minute
    Turret Crew - 70 men
  • Secondary Battery:
    Year 1914 - 21 - 5"/51-caliber guns
    Year 1945 - 6 - 5"/51-caliber guns
    Torpedo Tubes:
    Year 1914 - 21" TT
    Year 1945 - 10 - 3"/50-caliber guns; 10 - 40 mm quad mounted guns; 44 - 20 mm guns


Restoration of the TEXAS

Photo courtesy of Margaret Hooper
The Battleship TEXAS

Through the private donations and efforts of the people and businesses of the State of Texas, in addition to State funds, the ship underwent dry dock overhaul in 1988-90 and systematic restoration was begun. Instead of peacetime gray, the TEXAS was painted Measure 21 blue camouflage, which she wore during service in the Pacific in 1945. Nearly 350,000 pounds of steel plating were replaced that were previously removed by the Navy and structural repairs were made to the masts and superstructure of the ship. Following the removal of the non-historic layer of concrete on the main deck, work began on the installation of a new wooden decking.

The work of saving the TEXAS in late 1980s has been a great source of pride throughout the state. The restoration would not have been possible if it had not been for the efforts of thousands of people including many school age children who "gave their pennies to save the TEXAS." While the ship officially reopened to the public on September 8, 1990, her restoration is not complete. During the last 10 years, many compartments and work areas on the ship have been carefully refurnished to portray life on a warship in 1945; however, plans have already begun for the next renovation of the TEXAS for the fall of 2005. While the search goes on for a suitable dry dock facility that will handle the weight and configuration of the battleship, the Texas legislature has already budgeted $12.5 million in funding for this renovation.


Battleship Texas Foundation

The Battleship Texas Foundation (battleshiptexas.org) was created to assist ongoing preservation and educational efforts aboard this historic ship. Your membership in the Foundation helps ensure that the "Mighty T" continues to tell the story of those who fought for freedom on both sides of the globe. The Foundation engages in fundraising efforts to assist the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with education, restoration, and maintenance efforts aboard the Battleship TEXAS. They also operate a Youth Education Program (Y.E.P.) to give youth group participants an opportunity to spend the night aboard ship and learn about Navy life in general.






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To: E.G.C.

Happy birthday youngin'.


51 posted on 04/13/2006 5:23:24 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it

Thanks.((HUGS))


52 posted on 04/13/2006 5:36:04 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Wneighbor; Peanut Gallery; bentfeather; snippy_about_it

GRRR we have internetus interruptus again.


53 posted on 04/13/2006 7:10:27 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (I have seen the choo choo train of death!)
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To: E.G.C.

Happy Birthday EGC!! *HUGS*


54 posted on 04/13/2006 7:26:25 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: Professional Engineer

Is there a cure for this??


55 posted on 04/13/2006 7:26:58 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: snippy_about_it

Howdy Snippy!


56 posted on 04/13/2006 7:27:30 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: E.G.C.

Happy birthday!


57 posted on 04/13/2006 7:30:27 AM PDT by Peanut Gallery
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To: Professional Engineer

ruh roh


58 posted on 04/13/2006 7:31:09 AM PDT by Peanut Gallery
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To: bentfeather; Peanut Gallery

((HUGS))Thanks!!!!!!!


59 posted on 04/13/2006 7:40:22 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: Peanut Gallery; snippy_about_it; bentfeather; Samwise; Wneighbor; Valin; alfa6; Iris7; SAMWolf; ...
Good morning ladies and gents. Flag-o-Gram.


60 posted on 04/13/2006 10:23:06 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (I have seen the choo choo train of death!)
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To: bentfeather
Is there a cure for this??

Ma Bell (in the original form).

61 posted on 04/13/2006 10:24:05 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (I have seen the choo choo train of death!)
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To: vox_PL

Interesting weapons you guys have.


63 posted on 04/13/2006 5:40:59 PM PDT by Professional Engineer (I have seen the choo choo train of death!)
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To: vox_PL

LOL. We see you!


65 posted on 04/13/2006 8:01:22 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Professional Engineer; The Mayor; bentfeather; w_over_w; Wneighbor; ...
Greetings from Kansas City, the following cartoon pretty much sums up our weather for the next few days.

Belated Best Birthday wishes to you E.G.C :-)

snippy/SAM did ya finally get the rest of your goodies from the Eviiil Moooving Co.

Well I have to get going as I am playing dirt mover at the oldest daughters house today. Got three flower boxes to till up and 17 yards of topsoil-compost mix to fill the flower boxes with as well as try to grade out part of the yard and alley.

And the hits just keep on coming.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

66 posted on 04/14/2006 4:30:56 AM PDT by alfa6
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To: alfa6
((HUGS))Thanks for the birthday wishes, alfa6.

It's hot here too. Forecast high low 90's.

67 posted on 04/14/2006 4:41:52 AM PDT by E.G.C.
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; bentfeather; Professional Engineer; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor; ..

April 14, 2006

House Of Symbols

Read:
Hebrews 9:11-28

According to the law, almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission. —Hebrews 9:22

Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel 25-26; Luke 12:32-59

coverOur neighbor was startled when two young men walked into her home uninvited. She screamed, and they ran out. Yet no one would accuse her of failing to be hospitable. If you enter someone's house, you come in on that person's terms.

We sometimes forget that the same principle applies to our entering into the presence of God. This was made clear in the Old Testament "house of symbols" known as the tabernacle (Exodus 25-27). Its construction and the arrangement of the objects within it teach us that we come into God's presence only on His conditions.

Consider, for example, the bronze altar of sacrifice (27:1-8). Bronze in Scripture stands for divine judgment of sin. The slaughtering of sheep and goats on the altar symbolized the results of sin. An unmerciful death for innocent animals pointed forward to a coming substitute, the sinless "Lamb of God." When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, His sacrifice was more than adequate to atone for the sin of all people (John 1:29). The only way to approach God is on His terms. We must receive the forgiveness He offers to us through Christ.

Have you accepted Jesus, the Lamb of God, as your Savior from sin? —Mart De Haan

Saved by the blood of the Crucified One!
Now ransomed from sin and a new work begun,
Sing praise to the Father and praise to the Son—
Saved by the blood of the Crucified One! —Henderson

Christ will receive you if you will believe Him.

FOR FURTHER STUDY
Accepted By God

68 posted on 04/14/2006 4:51:23 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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Good morning ladies and gents. Flag-o-Gram.

Bonnie Blue

On September 11, 1810 a troop of West Florida dragoons set out for the provincial capitol at Baton Rouge under this flag. They were joined by other republican forces and captured Baton Rouge. On September 23, 1810 they raised their Bonnie Blue flag over the Fort of Baton Rouge.

69 posted on 04/14/2006 5:59:24 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (I have seen the choo choo train of death!)
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To: Professional Engineer

We are a band of brothers
And native to the soil
Fighting for our liberty
With treasure blood, and toil
And when our rights were threatened,
The cry rose near and far
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star!

Refrain:
Hurrah!
Hurrah!
For Southern rights, hurrah!
Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star.



As long as the Union
Was faithful to her trust
Like friends and brethren,
Kind were we, and just
But now, when Northern treachery
Attempts our rights to mar
We hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star.

First gallant South Carolina
Nobly made the stand
Then came Alabama
And took her by the hand
Next, quickly Mississippi,
Georgia, and Florida
All raised on high the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star.
Ye men of valor gather
Round the banner of the right
Texas and fair Louisiana
Join us in the fight
Davis, our loved President,
And Stephens statesmen are
Now rally round the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears a single star.

And here's to brave Virginia
The Old Dominion state
With the young Confederacy
At length has linked her fate
Impelled by her example
Now other states prepare
To hoist on high the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears the single star.

Then here's to our Confederacy
Strong we are and brave
Like patriots of old we'll fight
Our heritage to save
And rather than submit to shame
To die we would prefer
So cheer for the Bonnie Blue Flag
That bears the single star.

Then cheer boys cheer
Raise the joyous shout
For Arkansas and North Carolina
Now have both gone out
And let another rousing cheer
For Tennessee be given
The single star on the Bonnie Blue Flag
Has grown to be eleven.


And to Missouri we
Extend both heart and hand
And welcome her a sister
Of our Confederate band
Tho surrounded by oppression
No one dare deter
Her adding to our Bonnie Blue Flag
Her bright and twelfth star!




70 posted on 04/14/2006 6:56:41 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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Good morning everyone.

71 posted on 04/14/2006 7:44:01 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: bentfeather

Beautiful tulips. Good afternoon miss feather.


72 posted on 04/14/2006 10:02:45 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it; Professional Engineer

A Happy Easter wish to all in the Foxhole who celebrate the day!


73 posted on 04/14/2006 12:39:16 PM PDT by colorado tanker (We need more "chicken-bleep Democrats" in the Senate!)
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To: Professional Engineer; All
Your post reminds me of two things.

The Marine Corps wants major caliber gunfire support for future amphibious assault. When one reads about battleship gunfire support one cannot help but agree. As I recollect Iowa was withdrawn from Viet Nam because the communist government in the north objected to her major caliber gunfire.

Good ol' LBJ. Not all Texans are worthy of the name.

San Jacinto was as well timed a counter attack as I can recollect. (The Bulge counter attack was well timed. Montgomery, by the way.) Even the Wehrmacht would have counter attacked much sooner than Houston did.

Don't forget Houston's retreat to San Jacinto. Withdrawal in the face of the enemy while under pursuit and amongst a horde of civilians and with an undisciplined force, and then to time exactly the counter attack - gives one pleasure to contemplate it.

74 posted on 04/15/2006 2:46:05 AM PDT by Iris7 (Dare to be pigheaded! Stubborn! "Tolerance" is not a virtue!)
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To: All












Puppies shaped from flowers.

75 posted on 04/15/2006 6:01:48 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; bentfeather; Professional Engineer; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor; ..

April 15, 2006

Supreme Motive

Read:
2 Timothy 2:1-13

. . . walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work. —Colossians 1:10

Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 13:1-22

cover A first-grader beamed with satisfaction as he handed me a spelling test on which his teacher had written a large "100%—Good work!" The boy said, "I showed this to Mom and Dad because I knew it would please them." I could just see him riding home on the bus, hardly able to wait for the moment when his parents would express their excitement with how well he had done. His desire to make Mom and Dad happy was obviously a very important motivating factor in his life.

In 2 Timothy 2:3, Paul used the image of a soldier who serves with single-minded devotion to please his commanding officer. He wanted Timothy to know the supreme reason for serving God, even when the going gets tough. Wholehearted devotion, marked by hard work and careful attention to God's rules, brings the greatest glory to the Lord when it comes from a yielded and loving heart.

In His humanity, our Savior desired that the prospect of a cruel death and of becoming the sin-offering for mankind would pass from Him. Nevertheless He prayed, "Not My will, but Yours, be done" (Luke 22:42). Jesus' supreme motive was a desire to please His Father. That should be our incentive too. —Herb Vander Lugt

In all I think and say and do,
I long, O God, to honor You;
But may my highest motive be
To love the Christ who died for me. —D. De Haan

Others see what we do, but God sees why we do it.

FOR FURTHER STUDY
How Do You Live The Christian Life?

76 posted on 04/15/2006 7:24:53 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: bentfeather

Oh my goodness, those are adorable!


77 posted on 04/15/2006 7:34:42 AM PDT by Peanut Gallery
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To: The Mayor

Morning. We are about to go off to the church to deliver food for a needy family, and then... The Egg Hunt. Woohoo!

It is a beutiful day for an egg hunt. We'll take the camera, see if maybe there are some wildflowers worth capturing. Well, and also take pictures of the hunt.


78 posted on 04/15/2006 7:37:03 AM PDT by Peanut Gallery
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To: Peanut Gallery

Good morning! I thought most folks would like to see them.


79 posted on 04/15/2006 7:40:02 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: Peanut Gallery

What an excellent way to spend the day!

Have fun.


80 posted on 04/15/2006 7:42:40 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: Iris7
LBJ < spit > Not all Texans are worthy of the name.

He certainly wasn't.

Houston's retreat to San Jacinto...and then to time exactly the counter attack - gives one pleasure to contemplate it.

Wonderful move on Houston's part. Waiting and searching for just the right moment.

Good to see you Iris7.

81 posted on 04/15/2006 5:53:41 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: colorado tanker

Happy Easter ct.


82 posted on 04/15/2006 5:54:00 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: bentfeather

Puppies shaped from flowers, how adorable!


83 posted on 04/15/2006 5:54:36 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Peanut Gallery

Yeah, an Easter egg hunt. Waiting patiently for the pictures.


84 posted on 04/15/2006 5:56:12 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: All


85 posted on 04/15/2006 7:56:32 PM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: bentfeather; snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Professional Engineer; Peanut Gallery; All

A Happy Easter for all the denizens of the Foxhole.

Will have pictures tomorrow I hope of the big mound of dirt moving project.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}


86 posted on 04/16/2006 5:30:52 AM PDT by alfa6
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To: All
Good morning all Foxhole dwellers and visitors. Have a wonderful Easter Day and remember to pray for our troops.

Easter Sunrise Service 194th Engineer Brigade (Theater Army)

87 posted on 04/16/2006 5:56:58 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; bentfeather; Professional Engineer; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor; ..

April 16, 2006

The Great Overcomer

Read:
Hebrews 12:1-16

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? —Romans 7:24

Bible In One Year: 1 Samuel 30-31; Luke 13:23-35

cover Who is not inspired by the competitor who makes a comeback after being down and seemingly out of the running! The runner who stumbles while coming off the starting blocks but moves gradually into the lead stirs the imagination of us all. The team that can come from behind in the last moments to win excites us even more than the team that constantly wins by scoring big in the first part of the game.

Jesus made the most amazing comeback the world has ever seen. After being humiliated, insulted, spit upon, whipped, beaten, and nailed to a cross, His executioners claimed victory and declared Him dead. A military guard secured His tomb. How could anyone be more down and out than that?

Yet the struggle was not over; it was only the beginning. Three days later, He rose from the grave and reappeared as the victor over sin, death, and hell—a comeback like no other in all of history.

Are you feeling out of the running today? Have you stumbled badly? Think about Jesus' suffering. Ponder His resurrection. Ask Him to give you the victory. Just imagine what He has to offer you, no matter how far down you are now!

No one has overcome like our Lord. —Mart De Haan

The great example is our Lord
Of overcoming power;
The strength that brought Him from the grave
Gives hope in life's dark hour. —Branon

Jesus died to save us and lives to keep us.

FOR FURTHER STUDY
Did Christ Really Rise From The Dead?

88 posted on 04/16/2006 5:59:33 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: Iris7; snippy_about_it; bentfeather; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor; Valin; alfa6; SAMWolf; ...
Good morning ladies and gents. Flag-o-Gram.


89 posted on 04/16/2006 6:54:42 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (I have seen the choo choo train of death!)
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To: Professional Engineer; snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; bentfeather; The Mayor; Valin; All
Well it has been a busy weekend, Spemt Friday running the array of Mitey Earth Moving Equipment my daughter had rented. I was able to use the Bobcat to excavate most of the flower boxes and also was able to use it to get the 17 yards of dirt into the flower boxes.

Saturday was spent getting the equipment back, picking up the parts for the new fence and beginning to get the fence installed. Then after dinner Sat night Mrs alfa 6 and I are watching the tube when about 8:30 she asks me, "Are those the tornado siren going off?" Quick change the channel and yep them are the tornadee sirens. Fortunately for us the storm went well the wqest and north of us. From what we've heard they weren't as bad as the ones that rolled through about a month ago.

Being Easter Sunday we took the morning off and finsihed getting the fence installed this afternoon.

Here is a pic of the Flower boxes with the 17 yards of dirt in the background.

A picture of the Mitey Earth Moving Equipment, that tiller was no fun in the flower boxes!!! Did I mention that we had to salvage the old fence as well :-)

Here I am getting the Bobcat on the trailer Saturday morning so we can get it back to the rental yard.

I took a couple of pics of the completed work but they did not work out, I will try to get a pic or two in the next day or so.

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

90 posted on 04/16/2006 6:25:52 PM PDT by alfa6
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To: alfa6

Hi alfa!

Wow those are some flower beds. They are gonna be lovely when filled with blooming flowers.

Thanks for the pics.


91 posted on 04/16/2006 6:31:15 PM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: bentfeather; snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; Professional Engineer; The Mayor; Valin; All
And the hits just keep on comin' Bump for the Monday Freeper Foxhole.

I got woke up this AM about 5:30 by a chopper overhead in slow flight. After laying there for a few minutes I went down stairs and turned on the TV. It seems that the little store a few blocks over from me was the victim of a smash and grab robbery this AM. The vehicle of choice for entry was a backhoe!!!.

Here is a pic of what's left of the store...

Here is the backhoe going up on the tow truck...

If you look closely you can see the crime scene tape in the background of the backhoe pick. The perp had drove the backhoe back into a small wooded area where it got stuck. He then jumped off the back hoe and ran across the Santa Fe RR yard and jumped in the Kansas River where he proceeded to attempt to drown. A couple of KC,KS finest jumped in and saved his sorry butt.

The cops are okay and so is the perp, dang it.

Well the week is off to a flying start :-) Y'all have a great week!!!

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

92 posted on 04/17/2006 5:38:51 AM PDT by alfa6
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To: alfa6

Interesting way to start the week...


93 posted on 04/17/2006 6:00:50 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: snippy_about_it; SAMWolf; bentfeather; Professional Engineer; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor; ..

April 17, 2006

Two Gardens

Read:
John 18:1-11

The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. —Genesis 2:8

Bible In One Year: 2 Samuel 1-2; Luke 14:1-24

cover Two gardens are mentioned prominently in the Bible: the garden of Eden and the garden of Gethsemane. God placed the first man, Adam, in the garden of Eden; Jesus went into Gethsemane to restore what the first man had lost.

The first Adam sinned in the garden; the last Adam took this sin upon Himself. The garden of Eden had the tree of life, which man could have enjoyed forever had he not broken fellowship with God. The garden of Gethsemane was a step toward the tree of death (Acts 5:30; 1 Peter 2:24). By Adam's transgression, he forfeited his right to the tree of life and brought death to all mankind. He who hung on the tree of Calvary conquered death and by His glorious resurrection restored the tree of life to all who believe.

The garden where Adam fell is gone from the earth, but there is a glad day coming when He who suffered alone in Gethsemane will restore all things. The curse will be lifted from the earth, the animals will again be docile (Isaiah 11:6-8), the deserts will disappear (Isaiah 35:6), the earth will yield her increase abundantly (Amos 9:13), and Jesus will be here personally to bless His people (Revelation 21:3).

What Adam lost, Jesus will restore. —M. R. De Haan, M.D.

Adam was God's first man in creation—
He through sin brought death to all mankind;
Jesus came to earth to bring salvation:
Trusting Him, eternal life we'll find. —Hess

God formed us; sin deformed us; Christ transforms us.

FOR FURTHER STUDY
Is There Life After Death?

94 posted on 04/17/2006 6:01:18 AM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: alfa6

You'd think he could have just busted a window out, would have been easier. lol.


95 posted on 04/17/2006 6:07:50 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: bittygirl; alfa6; Professional Engineer; The Mayor; Peanut Gallery; SAMWolf; snippy_about_it; ...

Good morning everyone!
Transparent butterflies.

96 posted on 04/17/2006 6:17:51 AM PDT by Soaring Feather (Protect Your Neck-- Fly With Dragonfly Airlines & Sparkle ALot Pilots)
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To: alfa6

I swear, you make me tired just looking at all your pictures of the never ending projects you do. The raised beds look great.

Our new yard being wooded has been overrun by high grass, weeds and unidentifiable ground cover.

As you know we have no yard tools so we've just been watching it grow the past few weeks. We did go out and buy a thatch rake to at least get started pulling out some of the junk in the wooded backyard. It's been in the upper 80's and just a little work wore me out!

The truck will finally arrive in about a half hour. I told him he could recognize our house by being the one with the grass knee high!

Luckily it is cooling down to the 70's the next few days so we should get lots of yard work done and finally look like civilized folks!


97 posted on 04/17/2006 6:18:01 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: bentfeather

Wow. Those are neat.


98 posted on 04/17/2006 6:18:29 AM PDT by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: The Mayor; snippy_about_it; bentfeather; Samwise; Peanut Gallery; Wneighbor; Valin; alfa6; Iris7; ..
Good morning ladies and gents. Flag-o-Gram.


99 posted on 04/17/2006 6:18:33 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (I have seen the choo choo train of death!)
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To: snippy_about_it
Maybe ya need one of thesae for the back 40...

He He

Regards

alfa6 ;>}

100 posted on 04/17/2006 10:20:33 AM PDT by alfa6
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