Hiking The Long Trail Through Vermont

A friend of mine, Roland, hiked the entire 273 mile length of the Long Trail this summer, and was gracious to allow us to share his 18-day journey with you.

The Long Trail runs 273 miles through the entire length of the state of Vermont. It starts at the Massachusetts state line (near Williamstown, Massachusetts), and runs north to the Canada–US border (near North Troy, Vermont). It runs along the main ridge of the Green Mountains, coinciding with the Appalachian Trail for roughly 100 miles in the southern third of the state. Additionally, over 175 miles of side trails complete the Long Trail System.

This is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, constructed between 1910 and 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. The club remains the primary organization responsible for the trail, and is recognized by the state legislature as “the founder, sponsor, defender, and protector” of the Long Trail System.

The Long Trail was conceived in 1909 by James P. Taylor, who was, at the time, the Assistant Headmaster of Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont. Taylor shared his dream to “make the Vermont Mountains play a larger part in the life of the people by protecting and maintaining the Long Trail system and fostering, through education, the stewardship of Vermont’s hiking trails and mountains.”

Keep in mind that, as work began in 1910, this was America’s first long-distance hiking path.
This also means that the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States, and, again, it was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail.

The Long Trail traverses almost all of the Green Mountains’ major summits, including (from south to north), Glastenbury Mountain, Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Mount Abraham, Mount Ellen, Camel’s Hump, Mount Mansfield, and Jay Peak. On its way to Canada, this “footpath in the wilderness” climbs rugged peaks and passes pristine ponds, alpine sedge, hardwood forests, and swift streams.

The Long Trail is maintained primarily by the Green Mountain Club and its volunteers.

This is a beautiful presentation, and seems to grow even more beautiful as Roland progresses northward.

I am reminded of just how beautiful this part of the country is … and, as snow is once again in our forecast here in early November … how much I already miss summer.

Enjoy.
Roland took 18 days to complete the entire 273 miles.

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Sunday, Nov. 4: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Sunday, Nov. 4, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Here is this year’s slide presentation from The Voice of the Martyrs.

You can find out more at their website, https://www.persecution.com/

We went in and added music, and encourage you to:
Pray.
Every Day.

Every Day.
Pray.

NFL (No Flag Loyalty): Why Not Here in America? Why?

Why can’t we broadcast the National Anthem in America, but we can in other Countries?

I guess I really don’t understand.
I mean … I really don’t understand.
I just don’t understand.

When an NFL (No Flag Loyalty) game is played outside of the United States … as long as the game is being played “on foreign soil” (please understand the context) … then, the networks show the singing of the National Anthem. They broadcast it, live, as it happens.

If an NFL (No Flag Loyalty) game is played in America, in the United States, here at home … they refuse to show the Nation Anthem.

I’m not making this up.
I’m really not.

I can’t believe it, either.

I watched the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) game from London, last Sunday morning. It was a 9:30 kick off. The game was broadcast on network television. It was a regular-season game. It took place, “Live from Wembley Stadium” in London, England.

The network broadcast the National Anthem of both England and the United States. Showed it, both, live, as it happened on the field. The National Anthem. Live on broadcast, network TV. They showed it … right here in America.
Our National Anthem.

I don’t understand.
I mean … I really don’t.

The networks refuse … because it has to be a planned decision … to show our National Anthem when the game is played in the United States … yet, when we are in a foreign country … they make a really big deal of broadcasting our National Anthem …

I don’t understand.
I really don’t.

Please note that this is not a complaint of any kind against England, or any other Country. I love the UK, and I really do think it’s a great idea to play the games over there. And, in Mexico. And, anywhere else. I love our readers in these Countries, and, honestly, I think it’s great that we have so many readers in those countries. I have family who came from England. I just heard today from a reader “across the pond.” We love the UK, and our friends there.
Yes, I think it’s a great idea to sing the National Anthems of both Countries. A great sign of honor and respect.
I just don’t understand why we can show/broadcast the National Anthem in other Countries, but not here in America.

I can’t be the only one who doesn’t understand this.
Can I?

Once again, I must write that I love football … I was up, just last night … until Midnight … watching the football game. And, I am looking forward to a couple of games this weekend …
And, of course, on Monday Night.

Why can’t we broadcast the National Anthem in America, but we can in other Countries?

I particularly noticed this during last Sunday Night’s football game: You know how, later in the game, they will show highlights of the game so far? Like the team running out to the field, etc?
One of the highlights was the unfurling of the huge American Flag … it seemed to cover the entire field … Yet … they considered this a “highlight,” but refused to show the singing of our National Anthem. This was Football Night in “America.” Yet …

Don’t worry: I do notice, deftly tucked between beer and car commercials (think about those together) they always have a “Salute to our Troops.” Looks good. In fact, it looks great. Yet … they won’t broadcast our National Anthem?

Unless, of course, we are in another country.

I wonder how much money the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) makes on these games played in another Country?

I wonder … if not broadcasting our National Anthem, in games played in the United States … started to cost them money … would, then the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) suddenly become the most patriotic company on earth … if it started costing them money … I can hear it now …

“You’d better stand for our National Anthem!!!”
They would, suddenly, become proud of our Country … of the men and women who have given their lives for our freedom … for our men and women who still sacrifice today … they would … if the money was right … make a big deal of these heroes … at the right cost … they would suddenly love America enough to take a stand … to “make ‘em stand” …

Don’t they realize the great cost that has already been paid?
The great cost that has already been paid.
Yeah … I’ll stand …

Hey … maybe … if they start losing money … they may even start to broadcast our National Anthem in games played over here???

Last Sunday, I had stepped outside at the beginning of the football game.
I was not expecting to have the National Anthem broadcast.
Why would I?
I didn’t imagine it would be ok to show the singing of the National Anthem, especially since the game wasn’t played in America …

They broadcast the Anthem.

Carol came out “after it was over.” This must have been hard for the NFL (No Flag Loyalty) to take. I mean, they must have been forced to broadcast the Anthem, right? I mean, they don’t do it over here … Must have been a huge cost …

Carol reported that all of the players stood. For both Anthems. These guys … getting millions of dollars to play a game … probably had “all expenses paid” for this trip to London … these guys, all of them, actually stood …

Are you going to tell me there wasn’t an “official edict” that made sure they all stood?
What cost this must have cost.

I was dumbfounded.
I really was.
No, really.
The only thing I could think of was this question to ask Carol:
“Why can’t we broadcast the National Anthem in America, but we can in other Countries?”
Her answer was swift:
“Because of the way it would look.”

Because of the way it would look.
I could only think this thought, in response:
“Don’t they know how it looks to us?”

I watched the first Game of the World Series, from Fenway.
What do I remember most?
The players all lined up … and, the singing of the National Anthem.
James Taylor.

I don’t think Boston had to pay to have the Anthem broadcast.
I think MLB understands the tremendous cost that’s already been paid.

Blessings to you, and your family,
Richard. Vincent. Rose.

“Tortured for Christ:” Watch the Movie Online for Free

What a great opportunity this is!

The Voice of the Martyrs is partnering with Faithlife TV to offer an exclusive online viewing of the Tortured for Christ movie. Just use the link we have below to register with your email address, and you will receive a link to watch the Tortured for Christ movie on Oct. 22-23 for FREE.

This is the same movie that gained national attention last March, showing in over 550 theaters, many sold out.

This is the dramatic presentation of the bestselling book by the same name, featuring the testimony of The Voice of the Martyrs’ founder, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who spent 14 years in Communist prisons because of his work in the underground church. The book and movie tell the story of his stand for Christ and subsequent persecution in communist Romania.

Filmed in Romania, including in the very prison where Pastor Wurmbrand endured torture and solitary confinement, this powerful film uniquely presents the story in a live action format. The dialogue is presented in English, Romanian, and Russian (with English subtitles) to hold to the authenticity of this true story.

Just click on the link below, to register now for this special online event, and view the Tortured for Christ movie for free.

After you register, you will have the opportunity to receive a FREE digital copy of the Tortured for Christ book.

Here’s the link to register:
“Tortured for Christ” Movie

Now, we share the movie trailers.
Here’s the one we originally share with you, prior to the movie theater opening:

Here’s another trailer to share:

Again, here’s the link to watch the movie for free, online:
“Tortured for Christ” Movie for Free Online

 

 

 

 

Gilbert Hovsepian: “I Forgive You”

“My son,
Trust in the Lord at all times, and always be ready to forgive as you have been forgiven.”

Life is full of hard, difficult choices.
One of the most life-changing choices we can make is to forgive someone who has harmed us.
To forgive is a choice.
In this circumstance, when we have been harmed, especially unjustly, it is especially hard, especially difficult, to forgive those who have harmed us.

It’s a choice Jesus made.
It’s a choice we must make, in order to be like Him.
It is something we can choose to do, but we can only make this choice with His help.

There is a tremendous power in forgiveness.
There is tremendous freedom in forgiveness.
To forgive is powerful.
To forgive sets us free.

In January, 1994, Bishop Haik Hovsepian was faithfully serving God in Iran.
He was brutally murdered “for his Christian faith and ministry.”

His son, Gilbert Hovsepian, wrote and recorded this song, “I Forgive You,” which speaks of how Gilbert forgave his father’s murderers. Gilbert now ministers in Iran … the same country, and to the same people, which his father had ministered to …

“I choose to do what Jesus did for me …
I forgive you for all you have done …
I forgive you for all the pain you caused …”

Here’s a link to the Hovsepian family website, where the family of Haik Hovsepian continues his legacy, vision, and passion for the people of Iran:

Hovsepian Ministries

As we continue toward Sunday, Nov. 4, the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, let’s remember our Brothers and Sisters in Christ, serving in Hostile and Restricted Countries around the world.
Every day.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2018

Sunday, Nov. 4, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
Here is this year’s video presentation from The Voice of the Martyrs.
You can find out more at their website, https://www.persecution.com/

“While our country has turned its back on us, God has not … it is not easy … So, please remember to pray for us …”

Point Of Grace: “Dying To Reach You”

We continue our theme of God using “Any Means Necessary” to reach us by featuring the song “Dying to Reach You,” from the group “Point of Grace.”
This is from the album “The Whole Truth,” released in 1995.

Here’s a link to our blog post which used Jeremiah 18:2 to convey a constant theme: That God will use “Any Means Necessary” to reach us:
Jeremiah 18:2: “By Any Means Necessary”

Here are the words to the song:

Point Of Grace
“Dying To Reach You”
Written by Geoff Thurman, Michael Puryear

He looked through temples of time
To see you right where you stand
He emptied all of Himself
So he could reach out His hand
To give hope and meaning
To the wasted away
And you are one of the ones
That He was dying to save

He was dying to reach you
Trying to meet you
Where you need Him most
You’ve been living in search of
The whole truth and real love
Your whole life through
You can open your heart
‘Cause He’s dying to reach you

He’s standing there at the door
You can hear Him call you by name
He simply waits to forgive
All of the guilt and the shame
He gave up his own life
And He still bears the scars
He only wants to receive you
So come as you are

He was dying to reach you
Trying to meet you
Where you need Him most
You’ve been living in search of
The whole truth and real love
Your whole life through
You can open your heart
‘Cause He’s dying to reach you

Oh, He has waited time and time before
You must be still and know that He is Lord