Picnic Lunch for 5000

You know what?

Five thousand is a lot of people.


28. Jesus Feeds 5,000 People
video for children, 1m:11s
Keeping it simple.


Jesus Feeds the 5000
From 1979 film Jesus 2m:30s
I have a few criticisms about this depiction.
For one thing, I doubt that they
actually had 5000 extras.

Did he do this once? Twice? Depends on your approach to the veracity of scripture.

Feeding the multitude is a term used to refer to two separate miracles of Jesus reported in the Gospels.

The first miracle, “Feeding of the 5,000”, is reported by all four gospels (Matthew 14:13-21Mark 6:31-44Luke 9:12-17John 6:1-14).

The second miracle, the “Feeding of the 4,000”, with seven loaves of bread and fish, is reported by Matthew 15:32-39 and Mark 8:1-9, but not by Luke or John.



Often disregarded in discussion of this miracle is the consequence. A humbled and grateful crowd, willing to listen to and follow Jesus’ teachings? Not exactly.

John 6:

12 When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.”

15 When Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Knowing people, we can pretty much presume Jesus’ refusal to be crowned resulted in a lot of folks disappointed and giving up on Jesus. Miraculously fed? Not good enough!



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VE Day

70th Anniversary of V-E Day – Biography





All over the broad Atlantic, wherever they had been working or lying hid, the U-boats surfaced, confessing the war’s end. A few of them, prompted by determination or struck by guilt, scuttled or destroyed themselves, or ran for shelter, not knowing that there was none; but mostly they did what they had been told to do, mostly they hoisted their black surrender flags, and stayed where they were, and waited for orders.

They rose, dripping and silent, in the Irish Sea, and at the mouth of the Clyde, and off the Lizard in the English Channel, at the top of the Minches where the tides raced; they rose near Iceland, where Compass Rose was sunk and off the north-west tip of Ireland, and close to the Faeroes, and on the Gibraltar run where the sunk ships lay so thick, and near St. Johns and Halifax and in the deep of the Atlantic, with three thousand fathoms of water beneath their keel.

They surfaced in secret places, betraying themselves and their frustrated plans: they rose within sight of land, they rose far away in mortal waters, where on the map of the battle, the crosses that were the sunken ships were etched so many and so close that the ink ran together. They surfaced above their handiwork, in hatred or in fear, sometimes snarling their continued rage, sometimes accepting thankfully a truce they had never offered to other ships, other sailors.

They rose, and lay wherever they were on the battlefield, waiting for the victors to claim their victory.

– Nicolas Monsarrat (“V.E. Day,” from The Cruel Sea)

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Encounters with Mengele

My grandfather, his older sister, and his parents were waiting in line at the gates of Auschwitz for the selection process. Those sent to the left, were sent directly to the gas chamber. Those sent to the right, were sent to work.

While standing in line, a Sonderkommando came up to his mother and told her to get rid of her young child because Dr Mengele would send young children and their mothers to the gas chambers immediately. If she got rid of him, she would have a chance to survive.…

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Tornado Outbreak, May 3, 1999

2018 snaps streak for tornado deaths in Oklahoma

No one was killed in a tornado anywhere in Oklahoma in all of 2018, snapping a deadly streak that stretched back more than a decade, the National Weather Service reports.

Forecasters and emergency management officials attributed last year’s lack of deaths to a combination of good preparation, a relatively light tornado season and a healthy dose of luck.


The 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak was a significant tornado outbreak that affected much of the Central and parts of the Eastern United States, producing the highest record-breaking wind speeds of 301 ± 20 mph (484 ± 32 km/h). During this week-long event, 154 tornadoes touched down (including one in Canada), more than half of them on May 3 and 4 when activity reached its peak over OklahomaKansasNebraskaTexas, and Arkansas.

The most significant tornado first touched down southwest of Chickasha, Oklahoma, and became an F5 before dissipating near Midwest City. The tornado tore through southern and eastern parts of Oklahoma City and its suburbs of Bridge CreekMooreDel CityTinker Air Force Base and Midwest City, killing 36 people, destroying more than 8,000 homes, and causing $1.5 billion in damage. With a total of 72 tornadoes, it was the most prolific tornado outbreak in Oklahoma history, although not the deadliest.



Tornado A9: The May 3, 1999 Bridge Creek-Newcastle-Oklahoma City-Moore F5 Tornado

Storm A produced 14 tornadoes over a period of about 3.5 hours and was eventually responsible for the F5 tornado (A9) that struck Bridge Creek, Oklahoma City, and Moore.




‘Miracle Mud Baby’

“You could hear the windows blow out and the house came apart and it just kind of picked me up and threw me down,” said Crago. “And then I lost her.”

Then 19-year-old Crago is talking about her 10-month-old baby, Aleah; ripped from her arms by mother nature’s monster. Fearing her precious girl was dead, Crago frantically tracked down Deputy Robert Jolley and begged him to find little Aleah while she was rushed to the hospital.

Hours went by. Then a nurse asked Amy, “‘Are you the one missing a 10-month-old baby?”

“And my heart just dropped,” Crago said. She then asked where her baby was.

That 10 month old was alive. Deputy Jolley found her about 100 feet from her leveled Bridge Creek home, face down in the mud.

“I think she survived by the grace of God,” said Crago. “That’s the only way.”