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Friday, August 26, 2016

Joseph's bones, reprise

Genesis 50:25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

In his valedictory speech Joseph desired his final remains to depart from Egypt to the promised land. It was not a vain wish. He identified himself with God's people rather than the people of Egypt. He prophesied of Israel's future departure from Egypt. He signified his faith in God's promise. Joseph strengthened the faith of his kin by demonstrating his resolve in this matter.  

Exodus 13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.
Joshua 24:32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Be thou my vision

1. Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart,
be all else but naught to me, save that thou art;
be thou my best thought in the day and the night,
both waking and sleeping, thy presence my light.

2. Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word,
be thou ever with me, and I with thee Lord;
be thou my great Father, and I thy true son;
be thou in me dwelling, and I with thee one.

3. Be thou my breastplate, my sword for the fight;
be thou my whole armor, be thou my true might;
be thou my soul's shelter, be thou my strong tower:
O raise thou me heavenward, great Power of my power.

4. Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise:
be thou mine inheritance now and always;
be thou and thou only the first in my heart;
O Sovereign of heaven, my treasure thou art.

5. High King of heaven, thou heaven's bright sun,
O grant me its joys after victory is won;
great Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
still be thou my vision, O Ruler of all.

An ancient Irish hymn, translated by Mary Byrne in 1905, and turned to verse by Eleanor Hull in 1912

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"One of the best known singers in this section"

McWhorter, Billy Owen (March 28, 1885January 20, 1929) was born in Alabama, the son of Millard Fillmore McWhorter and Martha Jane Hays. M. F. McWhorter may have helped on J. L. White’s Fifth Edition Sacred Harp before working on the 1911 James Edition, since his name appears in that Revision Committee. Three of his songs – Denson, Green and Davidson – are found on pages 167 and 168, respectively (back section). Green is basically the same tune as Jackson, and White’s book may have been its first appearance in print (according to whether Union Harp or J. L. White's book was available first). Jackson was in the Union Harp in 1909 and Original Sacred Harp in 1911, and was continued in the Denson Revision of the Original Sacred Harp. It was added to the B. F. White Sacred Harp (Cooper Book) in 1992. Billy married first Elsie Bertie Jones in 1905, and after her death Vera Roberts in 1919. According to J. S. James, B. O. McWhorter was living in Atlanta circa 1909, but he was back in Cleburne County, Alabama by the time of the 1910 U.S. Census, and had moved to Oxford in Calhoun County by 1920. Eternal are Thy Mercies Lord is found in both the Union Harp (composition dated 1908) and The Sacred Harp, Fifth Edition (composition not dated), but was not included in either White’s Fourth Edition with Supplement or the James Edition Sacred Harps in 1911. The parts are arranged differently in the The Sacred Harp, Fifth Edition and the Union Harp, and may reflect the part-writing opinions of J. L. White on the one hand, and S. M. Denson on the other. B. O. McWhorter would have been in his early twenties when this song was written. He died at Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama and is buried in the Mount Paran Baptist Church Cemetery at Piney Woods, Cleburne County, Alabama. A 1918 death notice of Elsie in The Anniston Star described her husband as “one of the best known singers in this section.”

            215       Eternal are Thy Mercies Lord (1909 5th Edition)

Though the Sacred Harp books list this person as B. O. McWhorter, Find-A-Grave and his World War I draft registration give his name as William Owen McWhorter, with “Billy” as his nickname. Some sources spell this as “Billie”.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Saul of Tarsus and His Seven Ships

"Saul of Tarsus and His Seven Ships," by Christmas Evans

Saul of Tarsus was once thriving merchant and an extensive shipowner. He had seven vessels of his own; the names of which were - ‘Circumcised the eighth day’; ‘Of the stock of Israel’; ‘Of the tribe of Benjamin’; ‘An Hebrew of the Hebrews’; ‘As touching the law, a Pharisee’; ‘Concerning zeal, persecuting the church’; ‘Touching the righteousness which is of the law, blameless,’ The sixth was a man-of-war with which he set out one day from the port or Jerusalem, well supplied with ammunition from the arsenal of the chief priest, with a view to destroy a small fort at Damascus.

He was wonderfully confident, and breathed out threatenings and slaughter, But he had not gone far from port before the gospel ship with Jesus Christ Himself as Commander on board, hove in sight, and threw such a shell among the merchant’s fleet that all his ships were instantly on fire. The commotion was tremendous; and there was such a volume of smoke that Saul couldn't see the sun at noon

While the ships were fast sinking the Gospel Commander mercifully gave orders that the perishing merchant should be taken on board. ‘Saul, Saul, what have become of thy ships?’ ‘They are all on fire?’‘What wilt thou do now? ‘O that I may be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith."

As printed in The Baptist Waymark, Vol. IV, No. 1, Jan-Feb 1996, p. 2

Monday, August 22, 2016

29+ Actionable Content Writing Tips, and other links

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Seven Beatitudes of the Revelation

The word "beatitude" means supreme blessedness, exalted happiness, or utmost bliss. Most often we use "The Beatitudes" to refer to Jesus's nine declarations of blessedness (beginning "blessed are") in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-11). There are also seven statements of blessedness in the Book of Revelation.

Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Revelation 14:13 Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Revelation 16:15 Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Revelation 19:9 Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 22:7 Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

* I first noticed "The Seven Beatitudes of Revelation" in an article of the same title by Jerry H. Wilson (Gospel Light, July 1978). 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kind Words by Manly

Words are things of greatest worth,
Though often lightly spoken;
Thoughtless, fleeting words of mirth,
May wound the heart that’s broken;
Or words that pass forgotten by,
May prompt to deeds that cannot die.

Kind words quell the angry soul,
But bitter railings never;
Love can soothe with sweet control,
And kindle love for ever.
Watch well your words,
Both old and young,
For life and death hang on the tongue.

Basil Manly, Jr., Kind Words, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1866

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Nudeness and Clothing

"Christians in all ages wore modest apparel — becoming and suitable. Nowhere were they described otherwise except by force of a brutish mob. Every Bible scene of just people, where details are mentioned, portrays them properly manued. And every Bible picture scene of nudeness shows a people gone wild as in Exodus 32:15-28. & Acts 22:22.23; or else possessed, as in I Samuel 19:1-24, & Luke 8:26-39. In all the Bible reflected heavenly views, whether presented on earth’s arena or heaven’s rostrum, they are garbed in white raiment as in Acts 1:9,10, Rev. 15:6, and Daniel 7:9. Clothing is man’s best sign of prosperity, honor, and decency, and has the sanction of God’s approval. Genesis 3:21."
Ira Copeland in The Baptist Progress, August 19, 1937