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Meandering Christian thoughts and daily encouragement, from a wise Scotsman living on the Sunny Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. "Beautiful one day... perfect the next!"
Everyone needs recognition for his accomplishments, but few people make the need known quite as clearly as the little boy who said to his father: "Let's play darts. I'll throw and you say 'Wonderful!'" -- Bits & Pieces.
One morning I opened the door to get the newspaper and was surprised to see a strange little dog with our paper in his mouth. Delighted with this unexpected "delivery service," I fed him some treats. The following morning I was horrified to see the same dog sitting in front of our door, wagging his tail, surrounded by eight newspapers. I spent the rest of that morning returning the papers to their owners. - Marion Gilbert.
THE mysteriously mute piano virtuoso found wandering on an English beach last month could be a Czech classical musician who once played in a rock band, a drummer in the combo has been quoted as saying.
Klaudius Kryspin said he immediately recognised the man as Thomas Strnad, even though it had been many years since they played together in a tribute band called Ropotamo.
"When I saw the picture in the newspapers, I knew it was Thomas," Mr Kryspin told Britain's Mail on Sunday from Prague.
Officials caring for the so-called "piano man" at Little Brook Hospital in Dartford, Kent, southeast England, said it has informed the Metropolitan Police missing persons bureau about the claim.
The tall blond man, thought to be in his 20s or early 30s, was found on April 7 on the beach at Minster, on the south coast of England. He was soaking wet, but fully dressed in a black suit, with no clue as to his origin.
He has not spoken since and has not responded to written appeals while being kept under observation.
However, he has fascinated social workers, the British media and the general public because of his one means of communication: playing classical piano music.
When given a pencil and paper by hospital staff, the mystery man drew a grand piano - and then, when shown a piano at the hospital chapel, he impressed his carers with a remarkable virtuoso performance.
Mr Kryspin, who has not seen Mr Strnad in nine years, said his old band mate had trained as a classical musician, and that his "first love was always Chopin, Mozart and Liszt".
He added that Mr Strnad did not appear to get along with his family, and three years ago was going around asking for money to buy bread.
He said he immediately recognised Mr Strnad from a photo he saw on the internet, and that "he still looks like the same guy I knew back then".
"The only things that are different are his hair colour and his sad face. He looks like a broken man."
Maltbie D. Babcock attended Syracuse University and Auburn Theological Seminary. Heranked high as a student and participated in both athletic and musical activities. Tall, broadshouldered, and muscular, he was president of the baseball team, an expert pitcher, and agood swimmer. He played several musical instruments, directed the school orchestra, andplayed the organ and composed for it. He was a singer and leader of the glee club. He coulddo impersonations, was clever at drawing, and had a knack with tools. He was also an avidfisherman. He might have become a professional musician had he not chosen the ministry.
After almost 14 years in Baltimore, Babcock was called to the prestigious pastorate of theBrick Presbyterian Church in New York City, to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of HenryVan Dyke. Babcock had been there only 18 months when he made a trip to the Holy Land.While overseas, he died of brucellosis.Though Babcock published nothing during his life, his wife Catherine collected and publishedmany of his writings after his untimely death.
A volume of his poems contained This Is MyFather’s World. Babcock, of course, never heard his famous hymn sung.This hymn is taken from a sixteen-verse poem written by the Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock andpublished in 1901. The first line of each of the sixteen stanzas began with “This is my Father’s world.” However, as one writer has noted, “This hymn is more than a mere outburst of songabout nature, but rather a seasoned appreciation, beautifully worded, of unfailing trust in theways and judgements of God. In the hymn Babcock portrays the message of God’sPresence, God’s Personality, God’s Power, and God’s Purpose.
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought.
This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world: He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass; He speaks to me everywhere.
This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world: why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!God reigns; let the earth be glad!
This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope ‘ my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, “The Lord is in this place.
”This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,Came—a pledge
of deathless love.
This is my Father’s world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is King—let the heavens ring. God reigns—let the earth be glad.
This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.
This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam
Whate’er my lot, it matters not, My heart is still at home.
Poms laugh less, say scientists! For the uninitiated, POM stands for Prisoners Of Mother-England! Also, Britain is often referred to as England by other countries.
BRITAIN is suffering a sense of humour failure, with laughter levels three times lower now than 50 years ago and nearly half of all adults unable to enjoy at least one big guffaw a day, research has revealed.
Money worries, relationship woes and even political concerns were among the reasons given for the collection of grim faces, according to the data, collected for the cruise company Ocean Village. "Laughter is an essential ingredient of a healthy, happy life and is one of the most effective and immediate antidotes to stress and tension - it really is the best medicine," said Amanda Bate from Ocean Village.
"The findings of this study show a worrying trend towards glumness. In the 1950s we laughed for an average of 18 minutes daily but this has dropped to just six minutes per day," she said.
Morning misery is rife, with almost half of Britons - some 45 per cent - admitting they frequently wallowed in gloom until lunchtime.
Around 16 million adults, totalling 40 per cent, said they failed to muster even one proper belly laugh in an average day.
It is not all sulking and moodiness, however, as the research found that single women aged 18 to 24 in the northern city of Manchester were the happiest people in the country.
In addition, Bristol, in western England, was named the most cheerful place for couples aged 25 to 34.
Factors such as weather, time of day and age, were all cited as being able to spark the blues.July and August were the happiest months of the year according to three out of four people quizzed, with January the most miserable.
The study was carried out by ICM Research on behalf of Ocean Village who interviewed a random selection of 1000 adults aged 18 or over.
Explains everything! :)
So much for being dependant on God... Psalm 23. Talk about sliding downhill fast, it can't get any faster than this for the Church of Scotland...
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Adrian Warnock, from the UK, has been given the opportunity of asking 10 questions about the ESV, which he passionately pushes and loves! Adrian had asked for other bloggers to be involved in the interview, by suggesting what questions he should ask. The questions have now been decided and he lists them on his blog. If you are interested in the Bible translations, especially the ESV, then this is a must read! Continue reading...
"Do the Pentecostals look back with shame as they remember when they dwelt across the theological tracks, but with the glory of the Lord in their midst? When they had a normal church life, which meant nights of prayers, followed by signs and wonders, and diverse miracles, and genuine gifts of the Holy Ghost? When they were not clock watchers, and their meetings lasted for hours, saturated with holy power? Have we no tears for these memories, or shame that our children know nothing of such power?" - Leonard Ravenhill.
Paul, in his letter to the Ephesian Church, knew that they were struggling in their walk with Christ, so he sets out ‘seven very effective principles for highly affected people.’ Not to be confused by a book written by a member of a well known cult! Paul is telling us that we need to be careful in our walk with Christ, and to do it wisely, not as those who possess no wisdom. Here is Paul’s antidote for the poison that can seep into our spirit and spoil our walk with Jesus…
Making the most of every opportunity. (v16)
Understand the will of the Lord. (v17)
Be filled with the spirit. (v18)
Do not get not get drunk with wine. (v18)
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. (v19)
Always giving thanks to God the Father for all things. (v20)
Submit to one another. (v21)
Making the most of every opportunity depends on doing the other 6 principles. Don’t waste time on petty things, but get on with the commands of Christ; because the present times are perilous, they are full of difficulties and temptations, and only the alert and hard-working have any reason to anticipate, that they shall keep their walk upright.
Understanding the will of God depends on the sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit, who will guide us into all truth. We are not be foolish by trying to do things in our own strength and getting carried away with every wind of doctrine. It is the will of God that we should be moderate, uncorrupted, holy, and unpolluted by the world. Get a comprehensive understanding of this; familiarize ourselves with God’s will, and bring glory to His name.
Be filled with Spirit! This is in direct contrast to a state of intoxication that comes with drinking to much wine. Remember that our bodies are the temple of God. Get saturated with the Holy Spirit and begin to desire the gifts that He so freely distributes for the extension of God’s Kingdom."Be filled," means, "Be constantly in the process of being filled." Being filled, and never refilled, is like taking a drink of water, we have to keep on drinking. It is a daily process to satisfy the thirst of the spirit. They that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled!
Do not get not get drunk with wine. Drunkards think they have no problems, they don't worry about tomorrow, and they have no burden or cares. These things are only an illusion, their troubles will be back, and multiplied many times over. But the person drunk in the spirit is truly care-free, to go about the purposes of God. The early disciples just kept on being filled, they just kept on drinking! How did they do it?
Verses 19-21 gives us the other three ‘very effective principles for highly affected people,’ and tell us what they are…
"All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them." - Hudson Taylor.
There are a lot of Christians who are doing nothing, but there are no Christians who have nothing to do.
Loving Father, I thank you for your word that tells me to make the most of every opportunity, helps me to understand your will, tells me to be filled with the Holy Spirit, not to get drunk, to speak to my fellow believers with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, always giving thanks to you Father for all things and submitting to one another out of reverence for your dear son and my Lord and Saviour in whose name I pray! Amen!
"The least sin should humble the soul, but certainly the greatest sin should never discourage the soul, much less should it work the soul to despair. Despairing Judas perished, whereas the murderers of Christ, believing on Him, were saved."- Thomas Brooks.
"Why does the Church stay indoors? They have a theology that has dwindled into a philosophy, in which there is no thrill of faith, no terror of doom and no concern for souls. Unbelief has put out the fires of passion, and worldliness garlands the altar of sacrifice with the tawdry glitter of unreality. The Holy Ghost cannot conquer the world with unbelief, nor can He save the world with a worldly Church. He calls for a crusade, a campaign, and an adventure of saving passion. For this enterprise He wants a separated, sanctified and sacrificial people." – Samuel Chadwick.
Boss to retiring employee: "This company can't afford a gold watch, Homer. But here's a phone number that gives the correct time." - Lichty.
Congratulations to our new WARNIE AWARD WINNER! - Mike Russell from Eternal Perspectives. Why don't you drop in and leave a comment! Here is some information on Mike…
A Russian village has been left baffled after its lake disappeared overnight.