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  • Richard Mansel 9:23 pm on March 14, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , savannah, st. patrick's day   

    St. Pats, Savannah and Departures 

    Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade and ceremonies are starting this weekend. Savannah will have hundreds of thousands of visitors coming to town for the celebration. This year’s ceremony may be the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in America. There will be almost a million people here. I will be 50 miles away and that will be close enough.

    I know little about St. Patrick’s Day. The entire Mardi Gras, Lent, Easter, etc. puzzle me.  I don’t understand the mishmash of images. Green plastic hats, drinking songs, drunkenness, vomiting and urination in the streets, public nudity, beads, ash on the forehead, green water, hangovers, arrests, fights, giving up things for one day and an early morning church service.

    What does any of this have to do with Scripture? NOTHING. It is the polar opposite of Scripture and is completely nonsensical. I want nothing to do with it. God calls us to righteousness, not debauchery in his name.

    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2)

    One of our young ladies announced that she was moving back home and that was sad news. When you work in a military congregation you say goodbye a lot. But it is never easy. We have lost a lot of folks in the past year and we hope that the Army will bring us some new ones soon.

    In our study tonight, we went from Revelation 19:9 to 20:5. We are enjoying the study immensely. It is sad that it is almost over.

    I want to thank all of you for reading our scribblings and for being a faithful visitor to the Fellowship Room.


    • Ron Thomas 4:42 am on March 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      In addition to this it sounds as if some brethren think it’s OK when a congregation of the Lord’s people observes a man made holiday (or day of significance) – under the banner of Romans 14.

      • J. Randal Matheny 7:21 am on March 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Was recently some discussion of this in an email group. Sad when brethren like to bring in human innovations.

        Enjoying your posts, Richard. Nice photo, too, even considering the event. Can we say parades are OK? :)

        • Richard Mansel 7:25 am on March 15, 2012 Permalink

          Thank you. Sure, parades are wonderful. The courthouse is beautiful. It has a gold dome and overlooks the river. Pretty scene there.

  • Richard Mansel 9:33 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: savannah, weather. climate   


    I think snow is pretty. I enjoy seeing it briefly when I go to the Freed-Hardeman lectures every year in February. However, I DO NOT want to live in a cold climate.

    My wife is from Nebraska, but I would have a very hard time acclimating to that type climate. New Zealand is perfect in that they don’t have extremes in temperature. It doesn’t get really hot or cold. That would be nice.

    I like the weather in the Savannah, Georgia area. It is blazing hot and humid, however, we don’t have snow and ice. We have fewer tornadoes than we did where I grew up and we haven’t had a hurricane in decades.

    Moreover, when it gets too hot, we have the beach and incomparable beauty to distract us.

    Inside, I require it to be cool and comfortable. I get warm quickly and I want to avoid that.

    • John Henson 10:15 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’d love to have the blessing to see Forsyth Park one day!

      • Richard Mansel 10:30 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It is gorgeous. To me, besides the squares in the Historic District, the most beautiful place is out at Thunderbolt on the Savannah River, just before you leave the mainland. It is the Bonaventure Cemetery. It is a stunning place with huge live oaks and tons of moss. It is quiet and shady and the scene is historic and unforgettable.

        • John Henson 2:00 pm on June 22, 2010 Permalink

          Is Bonaventure where Johnny Mercer is buried?

        • Richard Mansel 2:03 pm on June 22, 2010 Permalink

          Yes and a host of other writers and celebrities.

    • Richard Mansel 10:41 am on June 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      The most beautiful cities I have seen in America are (1). Savannah, Georgia (2). St. Augustine, FL (3). Jackson Hole, WY

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