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--Ina Murray

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 Time and again, people try to predict when the world will come to an end. (As if they can.)

When we read about it in the Bible, it states that many things will happen first: wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, wild seas, etc., etc., but that is just the beginning of sorrows, it says. In the book of Matthew, Jesus says: “Therefore when you see the “abomination of desolation” spoken by Daniel the prophet, “standing in the holy place” where it ought not. And in parenthesis it says (“Let the reader understand”) and then will be the beginning of the end.

But I read it and never understood what the “abomination of desolation” means.

I have always wondered just what that means. Haven’t you? Or does everyone know that?

Today, as I read news online, I wondered if this new thing that is coming about could be what that means. It is sad and very disturbing. The headline reads Atheist Churches spring up in the United States, Australia and Great Britain. It was begun by people who have fallen away from faith, but still missed the “community” of church. They loved the singing and camaraderie of the church, but don’t want God in it. Amazing.

There are groups touring the United States and Australia, drumming up donations to help launch Sunday Assemblies. Their motto is “Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More.” It states that they don’t bash believers, but do not want God in their assemblies.

Wow, that surely sounds like the “abomination of desolation” standing where it ought not.

But we can’t obsess and get all worried about it. Just Trust God. All will be well.

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Looking back over the Ellsworth Historical Calendar, I found so many interesting things. How times have changed.

Proch’s Ballroom, originally called the Ellsworth Pavilion, was built in 1919. An amusing item tells that, in 1944 (the year I graduated from SV High School), a dress code was adopted stating that the Ellsworth Pavilion cannot have slouchy dresses; women or men with blue jean slacks or shorts will not be allowed in the building. Wow!

In today’s world, blue jeans and shorts are worn everywhere, even in church! (Although I bet our grandparents are turning over in their graves about that one.)

While in my high school years, I spent many Friday nights at that ballroom with friends. I don’t think any of us wore blue jeans then, probably not even slacks very often, and never shorts. In 1964, the name was changed to Proch’s Ballroom.

We did dance to a variety of bands. Whoopee John, Six Fat Dutchmen, Guy DeLeo. It even mentions Lawrence Welk! We distinguished the bands as “old time” and “new time.”

I can remember, at one time, food was served in the lower level and one of their specialties was hot beef sandwiches.  I wonder who had charge of that department?

Another item of interest was that the initial publication of the Pierce County Herald was printed in 1868! One hundred forty-five years ago!

It is fun to look back once in a while.

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Happy Birthday to Maggi in Prescott and Sally in St. Paul!

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