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FReeper Canteen ~ Sunday Chapel ~ DON'T BLAME CHANGING TIMES ~ 11 November 2018
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew

Posted on 11/10/2018 5:09:54 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska


 


 

 

 

DON'T BLAME CHANGING TIMES


Most of us have learned to cope with, if not exactly embrace, the technological revolution that has completely restructured our world over the past two decades. Words like "Internet", "e-mail" and even "distance learning" may not be in your dictionary yet, but they soon will be. And that dictionary probably won't be paper like the ones most of us learned to use; instead, it will be part of the "spellchecker" on a computer hard drive, or perhaps on a single "CD-ROM" that contains thousands of pages of information.

Despite my RELATIVE comfort with all these newfangled innovations, I have to admit that I was a bit surprised last week by the latest innovation -- "confessional software". Apparently, this package has already made its debut in Poland, and Catholics can now plot graphs of their sins with a new program that helps them confess! The program "poses 104 searching questions to help users track their fight against sin and archive the result". At the end, you can even check a box which says "I sincerely repent".

As Dr. Harold Sala commented last week, however, this software probably won't be wildly popular. And his prediction has nothing to do with the fact that our society is less "religious" today. "The real reason", he says, "is not that we fear someone might bypass the file protection..., but that they might get beneath our exterior and see some of the darkness within". Even that fear is probably not so much motivated by a sense of shame as by a fear of what the revelation might do to our public image.

There are those, of course, who say that times and people are getting worse. That no one cares about character any more, and that our society is no longer even interested in the pursuit of truth. Well, they may be right, and I suspect that each of us has plenty to confess. But that's nothing new. Human nature has always been so. The prophet Jeremiah said centuries ago, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 17:9) Maybe we're just less willing to exercise the discipline that keeps our worse impulses in check.

Despite what some might think, technology isn't the culprit, just the medium. It offers promise as well as danger. It can make truth more accessible, or our relationships more superficial. The real danger, you see, is that we memorize the story line, but miss the meaning. That we know all about the "what", but never seek to know "why". That we become like the old definition of a cynic -- one who knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing. It's all in the choices we make.

If we're wise, we'll recognize our all too human tendencies...and take steps to deal with them. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling". (I Corinthians 2:3) His wasn't a fear of rejection or of prosecution, but a fear of falling short...of failing those who had counted on him. And THAT kind of fear can be helpful...if it leads us to repentance, discipline, and a closer walk with God. "Thanks be to God", he later proclaimed, "who GIVES me the victory...."

But that victory begins with an honest self-assessment. As the ancient Psalmist discovered, "When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. I acknowledged my sin to you... and you forgave the iniquity of my sin". (Psalm 32:3,5) A basic need. An ancient remedy. Even in the "Information Age" some things don't change.

May we each rediscover the "old" truths that lead to meaning and peace.

CAPT J. David Atwater, CHC, USN



 

 



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1 posted on 11/10/2018 5:09:54 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Elgar: Quintet for Piano and Strings in A minor, Op. 84, second movement

This adagio movement in E Major from his Piano Quintet of 1919 is an elegy for England’s war dead in the Great War. It is one of Edward Elgar’s most profound pieces, a monument of 20th Century composition. It was played at his funeral in 1934.

2 posted on 11/10/2018 5:11:17 PM PST by Publius
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Good Evening Everybody!

(((HUGS)))


3 posted on 11/10/2018 5:15:03 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Thanks Kathy!

Son's over hanging out tonight, see ya later!

4 posted on 11/10/2018 5:19:24 PM PST by PROCON ('Progressive' is a Euphemism for Totalitarian)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

“The times they are a changing.” Bob Dylan I think

I miss the past. I remember buddies all around the world 50 years ago. Some things are not worth remembering tough.

Remember the Veterans and the old timers also.


5 posted on 11/10/2018 5:20:37 PM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
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6 posted on 11/10/2018 5:34:20 PM PST by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~ Eat Sleep Fly Repeat ~)
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To: Publius

Good evening, Publius, and thank you for the link...so fitting.

A Blessed Lord’s Day to you and yours.


7 posted on 11/10/2018 5:39:38 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: xzins; bethelgrad; lightman; LiteKeeper; MoJo2001; 007; 1 FELLOW FREEPER; 11B3; 1FreeAmerican; ...
Please join us for Sunday Chapel ~ DON'T BLAME CHANGING TIMES, and Liberty

Lt. Charles F. Suver, CHC, USN, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division
"Mass at Iwo Jima"


Please stop in and say a prayer of protection for the military.
Prayers from all denominations are needed.





Sunday Liberty starts after the Guest Military Chaplain's Service!


8 posted on 11/10/2018 5:45:09 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Publius

9 posted on 11/10/2018 5:48:37 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

The Brits took a bigger pounding than we did in the Great War. The hit to their gene pool hampered them in the runup to World War II. The waves of the tsunami of 1914-18 still circle the globe today. One look at the UK’s modern problems shows what something like that can do to a nation and its people.


10 posted on 11/10/2018 5:54:12 PM PST by Publius
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To: left that other site

Good evening, ML...((HUGS))...any better weather today?

My deck and driveway are covered in little white balls of freezing rain.

A Blessed Lord’s Day and Shavua Tov to you and yours.


11 posted on 11/10/2018 5:56:53 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: All


Dear God:
I ask that no Airman, Coast Guardsman,
Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Reservist, National Guardsman, or Merchant Marine
feel alone or forgotten.

O Israel, hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is loving kindness,
And with Him is abundant redemption.
And He will redeem Israel
From all his iniquities.

Psalm 130:7 & 8


12 posted on 11/10/2018 6:14:17 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: Kathy in Alaska; 2LT Radix jr; acad1228; AirForceMom; Colonel_Flagg; AliVeritas; aomagrat; ...


St. Olaf Choir~When Peace Like A River

Aron Wright~Surrender

Providence~Sweet Beulah Land

Casting Crowns~Thrive

Glen Campbell~Amazing Grace [Live & Playing Bagpipes]

Passion~In Christ Alone

Newsboys~We Believe

God Bless You All....

14 posted on 11/10/2018 6:17:01 PM PST by LUV W (The bravery and dedication of our troops in keeping us safe & free make me proud to be an American!)
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To: Kathy in Alaska


Good Evening, Kathy!

***HUGS***



A Blessed Lord's Day to you and yours! Thank you very much for this evening's Sunday Chapel thread.

This is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad!


15 posted on 11/10/2018 6:25:24 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (FMF Corpsman - Lima 3/5 RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: ConorMacNessa


YORKIE'S VETERANS' DAY TRIBUTE TO HER LATE HUSBAND

I Wrote the following tribute to my late husband, seven years ago, and wanted to share it with you, again, as I have on previous Veteran's Days.



GySgt. Lawrence A. Lang, USMC (NC)
Company B, Second Marine Raider Battalion

This Veterans Day, I still feel your presence.
I remember the stories you
told me of that day from hell.
I felt like I was beside you, as the
bullets shot by.
I could hear them, even feel the air they left behind.

When you were hit,
I wish I could have been there
to help you until the medics arrived.
I am so glad your unit was there for you,
to reduce the blood loss.
I know it hurt.

But, I know you wouldn't have ever let anyone know.
After all, you were a proud man.
I would have been at that hospital every day,
if I had known you then.
I would have brought you everything you loved.
I would have sat by your bed
and told you stories to make you smile.

Thankfully, your wounds healed,
and your service to our country continued
for twenty more years.
The two Purple Hearts and the Navy Cross you received
have been framed, and are displayed respectfully.
You honored your family, your friends, your loved ones.

But most of all,
you honored your Country.
You believed in the Constitution.
You could recite the Bill of Rights.
You wept every time you heard the Star-Spangled Banner.

You were a proud Marine,
and, as I hold this folded flag,
close to my heart this Veterans Day,
I want you to know this: Your country honors you,
thanks you and misses you.
And, I miss you, too.
Semper Fi!


16 posted on 11/10/2018 6:36:38 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (FMF Corpsman - Lima 3/5 RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: PROCON
You are most welcome...enjoy your time with your son.

A Blessed Lord's Day to you and yours.


17 posted on 11/10/2018 6:43:20 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: mountainlion
Good evening, mountainlion, and a Blessed Lord's Day to you and yours.


18 posted on 11/10/2018 7:04:35 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: SkyDancer

Good for you...have fun tomorrow, too, Janey. ((HUGS))

Shavua Tov and a Blessed Lord’s Day to you and yours.


19 posted on 11/10/2018 7:06:16 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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To: MoochPooch; left that other site; SkyDancer; onedoug; BTerclinger; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; ...

Shavua Tov.
Wishing all our Jewish troops, veterans, families, allies, friends, and Canteeners
a peaceful and prosperous week.


20 posted on 11/10/2018 7:08:04 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska ((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~))
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