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Friday, July 03, 2015

The Rock

The Rock, July 1, 2015. Common meter.

1. Our Rock is not like other rocks, 
He is the Living Lord;
He lives and reigns in heav'n above,
For thus says God's true word.

2. That Rock that followed Israel
Through all the wilderness
Was Christ from whence the water flowed,
Who by his hand them fed.

3. Upon this Rock he built his church
For glory and for praise;
The gates of hell shall not prevail
In all her length of days.

4. He is our Rock, our Living Lamb,
The one foundation stone.
He knows his own and all of them
Are lodged secure thereon.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

President

It might be a shorter list if those who are not running for President of the United States would announce!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Pray for Ernest Hendrix and other links

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Arthur Wyeth painting and other arts links

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Marching to Glory

The hymn “Marching to Glory” below is from The Minstrel of Zion (by Hunter and Wakefield), p. 55, originally with sixteen stanzas.

Our kindred dear to heaven have gone: We’ll meet our friends in glory.
They landed safe—we’ll follow on: to meet our friends in glory.

Chorus:
We’re marching to glory! (We’re marching to glory)
We’re marching to glory! To meet our friends in glory!
We’re on our way to paradise, to meet our friends in glory.

Like us they had their cares and fears: We’ll meet our friends in glory.
Like us they shed affliction’s tears: We’ll meet our friends in glory.

Safe housed in their eternal home: We’ll meet our friends in glory.
They wait till we with songs shall come: We’ll meet our friends in glory.

How happy they, from sorrow free: We’ll meet our friends in glory.
And such our happiness shall be: We’ll meet our friends in glory.

What harps of gold they all employ: We’ll meet our friends in glory.
Such harps our hands shall strike with joy: We’ll meet our friends in glory.

What notes divine are on their tongues: We’ll meet our friends in glory.
And raise with them our rapturous songs: We’ll meet our friends in glory.

Though rough the way ‘twill soon be past: We’ll meet our friends in glory.
And share their blissful home at last: We’ll meet our friends in glory.

Go figure

Today I saw a sign that said:

  "There's probably no god. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

I want a lot more assurance than probably to be comfortable enough to "stop worrying"!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Cracked voices and monotonous tunes

Some wag in Commerce in 1903 really didn't like our style of music, or else he thought he was being really cute and funny.
The “old-timers” held a singing convention on the 31st of May at Aberfoyle, and antiquated ‘Sacred Harp’ was terribly mutilated. Poor old-timers with their cracked voices and monotonous tunes made a horrible discord, but it gives them pleasure to hold fast to their precious errors, even in this enlightened age. “Such is life.” They may not be up-to-date in music, but the old sisters of Aberfoyle are [actually well up] in the culinary art. An immense table was spread and fairly groaned beneath the load of old-time hams, baked chickens, fried pies, pound cakes, etc., and the old-time singers and constituents did the dinner full justice. W. J. Leavens and Hon. Tom Yarbrough represented this section and in pitching his tune Mr. Leaven (who, by the way, is a fine singer of that kind,) was pitched on by an old sister, who said he pitched too high and sung too fast and so on. Had he been a [timid] stranger he might have been upset, but being from the Sand Mountain we suppose he had plenty of “grit in his gizzard.” 
“General News from N.E. Corner,” Commerce Journal (Commerce, Texas) June 12, 1903, p. 6

I tried, but was unable to identify Mr. Leaven/Leavens and Tom Yarbrough.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Two purposes of marriage, and other quotes

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"What happened on the cross is itself testimony to the fact that God is often most highly glorified in the midst of chaos, confusion, deep depravity, and anger." -- Joel Rainey

"Every theological vagabond and peddler may drive here his bungling trade, without passport or license, and sell his false ware at pleasure." -- Philip Schaff (On the state of Christianity in America, 1845) 

"The more churches empower consumerism, the more they lose power to it." -- Joel J. Miller

“These are the two purposes for which marriage was instituted: to make us chaste, and to make us parents. Of these two the reason of chastity takes precedence.” -- Sermon on Marriage, Chrysostom

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost." -- Arthur Ashe

“A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.” -- – Milton Berle

"You can prepare the mind to lose a loved one; but you can never prepare the heart..." -- Unknown

"We don't love our families because they are the most righteous people, but because they are ours." -- W. James Antle III

"You can change the label on an empty bottle all you want and it’s still just as empty." -- Vance Havner (paraphrased)

Supreme Court Victory, and other links

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