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Have a great weekend!


Thank the Lord the Sun is shining in St. Charles, Missouri this morning.

There has been scattered thunderstorms with down pours in our area of for a few days now (off and on). Interstate 70 was flooded in the St. Peters area, just a short drive from us. Other roads and county highways near us have flooded, with 4-5 feet of water flooding out some businesses between us and downtown St. Louis (City). Yesterday, our Senior St. Louis Metro Golf League actually got the scheduled round in. But, in the early afternoon we had another downpour for about 45 minutes. My backyard looked like Lake Arlin. Our backyard slopes a bit left to right. We have a swale (for drainage) in the back portion of the yard, as houses behind us slant toward us. I have seen the swale take in the water, but never like it did yesterday; it was overwhelmed. So a couple of days ago, when we had 11 inches in 6 hours (while we were sleeping) I can only imagine what Lake Arlin looked like then. It was the first time we had water come up through the basement floor via a small 6 foot long hairline crack. Fortunately that dried up quickly. I was concerned the rain we had yesterday (because it was so heavy) would cause another pressure flooding through that same crack. It hasn’t dried up long enough for me to patch. Most hairline cracks are not foundational problems. But this heavy period of rain forced the water under our house (the concrete floor) to go and enter only where it could, a hairline. The walls and even floor around where the floor joins the walls are sound and dry. They have not been compromised and that is a very good thing. Foundation is sound. In the 6 years we have been here, our basement has been bone dry. But, in those 6 years it has never poured down rain like it has now. We are fortunate, our flooding only amounted to a small area (about the size of a large bathroom floor) and was only about 1/4 of an inch deep (3/8 in one slightly low spot). A neighbor, a couple of houses down from us (the direction our swale runs) posted their basement flooded and they have standing water in the yard. Looks like the water flowing through our swale got slightly rerouted (due to the heaviness) causing much of the water to miss the drainage basin (located in my next door neighbor’s yard). Our neighbors two houses down (that posted they had flooding) just moved there in December. They probably think this is a consistent occurring event. I am sure, their problem is similar to ours……….just patch up that hairline crack in the floor. Thing is hairline cracks are common, and normally don’t create an issue; until something abnormal, like this rain, arises.

Anyway, thank the Lord for the sunshine………..and patch up those hairline cracks………it won’t hurt. Better safe than sorry. I learned the hard way. But I am fortunate I am not in 4 feet of water like some folks.

Be safe!

Enjoy your day………..I am! Going golfing……..again.


Explanation of above from BibleRef.com ………..I needed one! Arlin

Jesus declared in the previous verse that He had not come to abolish the Jewish law and the Prophets, but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). Despite claims of His critics (Matthew 12:2), Jesus’ purpose was not to cast aside the words God gave to Israel. Instead, His mission was to complete the exact mission those words were meant to explain (Hebrews 8:6–8). In every way, Jesus accomplished what the law demanded and fulfilled what the prophets predicted by the power of God.

Now Jesus adds forcefully that the law will not pass away, even a little bit, until everything in it is accomplished and until heaven and earth pass away. He has come to earth (Matthew 1:18) with the mission of accomplishing everything in the law. Much of this He will do through His teaching, sacrificial death, and resurrection (Mark 8:31). The rest, He will finally and fully complete in bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth in the end times (Matthew 26:64).

Iota is the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet; modern English continues to use this as a metaphor for the tiniest measure of something. The word “dot” is translated from the Greek term keraia, referring to a tiny stroke of the pen. In Hebrew, similar tiny marks differentiated one letter from another. So, Jesus’ point is that every letter of every word in the law would remain in effect until He accomplished everything in it (Hebrews 9:10–11; 10:1–4). He would do this by perfectly obeying every requirement of the law, dying as the final blood sacrifice for the sins of humanity, defeating death in the resurrection, then by fulfilling every prophecy about the promised Messiah in both His immediate time and in the future.

Context Summary
Matthew 5:17–20 sets up an important point about the nature of sin. To do so, Jesus first declares that heaven’s standard of righteousness is beyond human ability. His purpose is not to discard the law of Moses, but to accomplish the purpose for which the law was given. A cornerstone of Jesus’ teaching is that man cannot earn salvation, since we cannot hope to be good enough. This passage sets the stage for this idea, through exaggeration. In order to earn the kingdom of heaven, a person must be even more righteousness than the scribes and Pharisees—that culture’s ultimate standard for ”good behavior.” In later passages, Christ will expand on how sin involves not only what we do, physically, but our thoughts and motivations.

Have a great day!