My Indian computer satchel/backpack was beginning its since more advanced deterioration, tearing and falling apart. And cobbler says he can't repair it, so I reverted to an old, tougher, artificial-material backpack.
And then the phone/tablet case broke after 9 months frequent use, so I had to replace it. And the charger port had to be replaced, so I ordered a part.
Then I also got to see Calvin Coolidge’s presidential museum and library. He is an intriguing, fascinating person.
In Vermont, I enjoyed a ministers' gathering on Saturday, met and made new friends. I tremendously enjoy conversational, prayerful, Biblical get-togethers of people devoted to Jesus Christ. It seems apostolic, right in line with Acts 2.42. I also enjoyed the excellent hospitality of my French-descended hosts. Magnifique!
We had excellent Sunday services. In the morning, I talked about Joshua, Jericho and Achan as an illustration of the OT Jews falling away from God's commands. We illustrated this with puppets and I involved a large number of congregation. I’m very happy about what God is doing in people's lives there.
In the evening, I spoke about NT people's lives being transformed by following Jesus Christ and by being filled with God's Spirit, using examples of Peter, Matthew, Simon the Zealot, James and John. 'Till Christ be formed in you'!
On Monday, I visited Ethan Allen Homestead museum. George Washington said Ethan Allen had an original something that caused respect. Benedict Arnold said Ethan Allen was fit to lead his wild people (Vermonters) but knew nothing of military regulations and disciplines (which is rich, coming from him).
Ethan Allen said he told the British commander of Fort Ticonderoga to surrender 'in the name of Jehovah and the Continental Congress'. One of his soldiers said that Ethan Allen actually said, 'Come of from there, you [expletive deleted] dirty rat.'
New York colony claimed Vermont's territory. The British governor of New York sided with New Yorkers—no wonder New York was filled with Loyalists throughout much of the war. Vermont established an independent republic. Ethan Allen died in 1789, and in 1791, Vermont joined the Union as the 14th state.
On Tuesday, I enjoyed being at a house meeting. I love the people.
The next night, I spoke at a prayer meeting/Bible study at Jericho, VT. I taught on receiving the Holy Spirit and having the Holy Spirit move through you.
And then I drove through stunning Vermont autumn foliage the day after and also visited Robert Frost's stone cottage north of Bennington. Frost bought this place after he became a professor at Amherst College. He had already published two volumes of verse in Britain, gained fame, then returned to the USA. His earlier residences had been in New Hampshire; Vermont was a later stage in his life, and he ended his days in Cambridge, part of metro Boston.