Shaker

Another thing I love about living here on #Guam: we are on the upper edge of the Asia plate and the Pacific plate goes under it. You might have heard of the Marianas Trench? Anyway, we had a 5.3 earthquake this afternoon but it was miles offshore and 30+ miles deep so no damage.

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake
Affected countries: Guam and Northern Mariana Islands
48 km from Yigo, Guam · 5:50 PM

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Fox’s Book of Martyrs

Fox Book of Martyrs

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Edited by William Byron Forbush This is a book that will never die — one of the great English classics. . . . Reprinted here in its most complete form, it brings to life the days when “a noble army, men and boys, the matron and the maid,” “climbed the steep ascent of heaven, ‘mid peril, toil, and pain.” “After the Bible itself, no book so profoundly influenced early Protestant sentiment as the Book of Martyrs. Even in our time it is still a living force. It is more than a record of persecution. It is an arsenal of controversy, a storehouse of romance, as well as a source of edification.”

Fox’s Book of Martyrs is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.

From the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, to the French Revolution, in 1789
The persecutions occasioned by the revocation of the edict of Nantes took place under Louis XIV. This edict was made by Henry the Great of France in 1598, and secured to the Protestants an equal right in every respect, whether civil or religious, with the other subjects of the realm. All those privileges Louis the XIV confirmed to the Protestants by another statute, called the edict of Nismes, and kept them inviolably to the end of his reign.

Revocation of the edict of Nantes
On the accession of Louis XIV the kingdom was almost ruined by civil wars. At this critical juncture, the Protestants, heedless of our Lord’s admonition, “They that take the sword shall perish with the sword,” took such an active part in favor of the king, that he was constrained to acknowledge himself indebted to their arms for his establishment on the throne. Instead of cherishing and rewarding that party who had fought for him, he reasoned that the same power which had protected could overturn him, and, listening to the popish machinations, he began to issue out proscriptions and restrictions, indicative of his final determination. Rochelle was presently fettered with an incredible number of denunciations. Montauban and Millau were sacked by soldiers. Popish commissioners were appointed to preside over the affairs of the Protestants, and there was no appeal from their ordinance, except to the king’s council. This struck at the root of their civil and religious exercises, and prevented them, being Protestants, from suing a Catholic in any court of law. This was followed by another injunction, to make an inquiry in all parishes into whatever the Protestants had said or done for twenty years past. This filled the prisons with innocent victims and condemned others to the galleys or banishment.
Protestants were expelled from all offices, trades, privileges, and employs; thereby depriving them of the means of getting their bread: and they proceeded to such excess in this brutality, that they would not suffer even the midwives to officiate, but compelled their women to submit themselves in that crisis of nature to their enemies, the brutal Catholics. Their children were taken from them to be educated by the Catholics, and at seven years of age, made to embrace popery. The reformed were prohibited from relieving their own sick or poor, from all private worship, and divine service was to be performed in the presence of a popish priest. To prevent the unfortunate victims from leaving the kingdom, all the passages on the frontiers were strictly guarded; yet, by the good hand of God, about 150,000 escaped their vigilance, and emigrated to different countries to relate the dismal narrative.
All that has been related hitherto were only infringements on their established charter, the edict of Nantes. At length the diabolical revocation of that edict passed on the eighteenth of October, 1685, and was registered the twenty-second, contrary to all form of law. Instantly the dragoons were quartered upon the Protestants throughout the realm, and filled all France with the like news, that the king would no longer suffer any Huguenots in his kingdom, and therefore they must resolve to change their religion. Hereupon the intendants in every parish (which were popish governors and spies set over the Protestants) assembled the reformed inhabitants, and told them they must, without delay, turn Catholics, either freely or by force. The Protestants replied, that they ‘were ready to sacrifice their lives and estates to the king, but their consciences being God’s they could not so dispose of them.’
Instantly the troops seized the gates and avenues of the cities, and placing guards in all the passages, entered with sword in hand, crying, “Die, or be Catholics!” In short, they practiced every wickedness and horror they could devise to force them to change their religion.
They hanged both men and women by their hair or their feet, and smoked them with hay until they were nearly dead; and if they still refused to sign a recantation, they hung them up again and repeated their barbarities, until, wearied out with torments without death, they forced many to yield to them.
Others, they plucked off all the hair of their heads and beards with pincers. Others they threw on great fires, and pulled them out again, repeating it until they extorted a promise to recant.
Some they stripped naked, and after offering them the most infamous insults, they stuck them with pins from head to foot and lanced them with penknives; and sometimes with red-hot pincers, they dragged them by the nose until they promised to turn. Sometimes they tied fathers and husbands, while they ravished their wives and daughters before their eyes. Multitudes they imprisoned in the most noisome dungeons, where they practiced all sorts of torments in secret. They shut up their wives and children in monasteries.
Such as endeavored to escape by flight were pursued in the woods, and hunted in the fields, and shot at like wild beasts; nor did any condition or quality screen them from the ferocity of these infernal dragoons: even the members of parliament and military officers, though on actual service, were ordered to quit their posts, and repair directly to their houses to suffer the like storm. Such as complained to the king were sent to the Bastile, where they drank the same cup. The bishops and the intendants marched at the head of the dragoons, with a troop of missionaries, monks, and other ecclesiastics to animate the soldiers to an execution so agreeable to their Holy Church, and so glorious to their demon god and their tyrant king.
Informing the edict to repeal the edict of Nantes, the council were divided; some would have all the ministers detained and forced into popery as well as the laity; others were for banishing them, because their presence would strengthen the Protestants in perseverance: and if they were forced to turn, they would ever be secret and powerful enemies in the bosom of the Church, by their great knowledge and experience in controversial matters. This reason prevailing, they were sentenced to banishment, and only fifteen days allowed them to depart the kingdom.
On the same day that the edict for revoking the Protestants’ charter was published, they demolished their churches and banished their ministers, whom they allowed but twenty-four hours to leave Paris. The papists would not suffer them to dispose of their effects and threw every obstacle in their way to delay their escape until the limited time was expired which subjected them to condemnation for life to the galleys. The guards were doubled at the seaports, and the prisons were filled with the victims, who endured torments and wants at which human nature must shudder.
The sufferings of the ministers and others, who were sent to the galleys, seemed to exceed all. Chained to the oar, they were exposed to the open air night and day, at all seasons, and in all weathers; and when through weakness of body they fainted under the oar, instead of a cordial to revive them, or viands to refresh them, they received only the lashes of a scourge or the blows of a cane or rope’s end. For the want of sufficient clothing and necessary cleanliness, they were most grievously tormented with vermin and cruelly pinched with the cold, which removed by night the executioners who beat and tormented them by day. Instead of a bed, they were allowed sick or well, only a hard board, eighteen inches broad, to sleep on, without any covering but their wretched apparel; which was a shirt of the coarsest canvas, a little jerkin of red serge, slit on each side up to the armholes, with open sleeves that reached not to the elbow; and once in three years they had a coarse frock, and a little cap to cover their heads, which were always kept close shaved as a mark of their infamy. The allowance of provision was as narrow as the sentiments of those who condemned them to such miseries, and their treatment when sick is too shocking to relate; doomed to die upon the boards of a dark hold, covered with vermin, and without the least convenience for the calls of nature. Nor was it among the least of the horrors they endured, that, as ministers of Christ, and honest men, they were chained side by side to felons and the most execrable villains, whose blasphemous tongues were never idle. If they refused to hear Mass, they were sentenced to the bastinado, of which dreadful punishment the following is a description. Preparatory to it, the chains are taken off, and the victims delivered into the hands of the Turks that preside at the oars, who strip them quite naked, and stretching them upon a great gun, they are held so that they cannot stir; during which there reigns an awful silence throughout the galley. The Turk who is appointed the executioner, and who thinks the sacrifice acceptable to his prophet Mahomet, most cruelly beats the wretched victim with a rough cudgel, or knotty rope’s end, until the skin is flayed off his bones, and he is near the point of expiring; then they apply a most tormenting mixture of vinegar and salt, and consign him to that most intolerable hospital where thousands under their cruelties have expired.

Again, my comment, the atrocities visited on Protestants by Catholics were worse by far than the incursion of Islam then or now.

And it becomes obvious that reliance on man-made government can well result in extreme prejudice.

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Orange Rosemary Chicken Stew

Orange Rosemary Chicken Stew

A nice chicken recipe for 2 people is rare. Thank you.

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Momoe's Cupboard

This is a very aromatic stew and it fills the house with a wonderful orange and rosemary sent while cooking. It doesn’t take long to make. It takes about 10 minutes to prep and about 30 minutes to cook.

I had thawed out a package of chicken breasts to make two meals with. I posted the recipe yesterday of the first meal and this is the second meal. This stew can be made ahead and it taste better the next day. I was not sure how the potatoes would taste cooked with orange citrus added to the stew. This recipe turned out to be a very delicious meal. I heated it up to serve and added a green salad to go with it.

This recipe makes two large servings and very filling.

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131 Christians Everyone Should Know

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Lord Shaftesbury (Antony Ashley Cooper)

Godly English statesman

1801-1885
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“Social reforms, so necessary, so indispensable, require as much of God’s grace as a change of heart.”

When the great English statesman William Wilberforce died in 1833, one of those who attended his funeral was Antony Ashley Cooper, later Lord Shaftesbury. In the words of biographer John Pollock, “Thus the two crusades and the lives of two great social reformers touched briefly and symbolically… an end and a beginning.” If Wilberforce was one of the greatest Christian politicians of his era, Shaftesbury was one of the greatest of his.

Cold home

Unlike Wilberforce, Shaftesbury was a devout Christian when he became a Member of Parliament in 1826. He felt God had called him “to devote whatever advantages he might have bestowed… in the cause of the weak, the helpless, both man and beast, and those who had none to help them.”

He didn’t receive this faith from his parents, though. Born the son of the sixth earl of Shaftesbury, he was raised in a home devoid of parental affection. Virtually all he knew of love he experienced through the kindness of a maid named Maria Millis. It was to her that he later traced the beginning of his evangelical Christianity.

Two years into Parliament, Shaftesbury commenced his efforts to alleviate the injustices caused by the Industrial Revolution, which included acts that prohibited employment of women and children in coal mines, provided care for the insane, established a ten-hour day for factory workers, and outlawed employing young boys as chimney sweeps.

Privately he promoted the building of model tenements (on his own estate) and “ragged schools” for waifs. For years he served as president of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He ardently supported the London City Mission, the Church Missionary Society, and the Young Men’s Christian Association. He was associated with 33 philanthropic organizations in his life.

His commitment to spread the gospel led him to start a movement to hold religious services in theaters and music halls. Controversy ensued, forcing him to defend the movement in the House of Lords against charges that Christianity would be compromised if it were associated with scenes of frivolous entertainment.

His brother’s keeper

The driving force of all this social activity was his faith. Some of the more important guiding principles expressed in his writings include:

  • “By everything true, everything holy, you are your brother’s keeper.”
  • “Creed and color, latitude and longitude, make no difference in the essential nature of man.”
  • “Social reforms, so necessary, so indispensable, require as much of God’s grace as a change of heart.”
  • “What is morally right can never be politically wrong, and what is morally wrong can never be politically right.”
  • “No man… can persist from the beginning of his life to the end of it in a course of generosity, [or] in a course of virtue… unless he is drawing from the fountain of our Lord himself.”

Though he had high ideals, as a legislator, Shaftesbury was a realist. He often agreed to compromises to win ground for his causes. For example, he wanted the Board School curriculum to include Bible teaching: “The teaching of the Bible,” he argued, “should be essential and not an extra.” The problem was how exactly to teach it—by which denomination’s interpretation? Since church groups were unable to agree on a syllabus for religious instruction, a compromise was reached: the Bible would be taught but not according to the formularies of any church. Shaftesbury considered such teaching “a meager, washy, pointless thing,” but it was better than no Bible instruction at all.

Shaftesbury’s lifelong commitment to the welfare of his fellow Brits was once described as “his hopeless pertinacity.” He was pertinacious—but hopeless, no.

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Welcome all countries

Well, yesterday was a little bit quieter.  The USA tops at 76 views, Nigeria second at 16, India third at 8, and Germany a distant fourth at 2 views.

I am trying to encourage participation here by waving your flags, you do understand that right?

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Daily Bible Reading 14 June 2019

Bible Reading Enhances Any Day (BREAD)
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Daily Bible Reading: 2 Kings 21-22, 1 Corinthians 9
 
2 Kings 22:1-2 (BBE) Josiah was eight years old when he became king; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for thirty-one years; his mother’s name was Jedidah, daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, walking in the ways of David his father, without turning to the right hand or to the left.
 
 
1 Corinthians 9:13-14 (NKJV) Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar? Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.

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Today’s Theme Song: Thy Word

AMY GRANT

“Thy Word”
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album: “Straight Ahead” (1984)

[Chorus:]
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path

When I feel afraid, think I’ve lost my way
Still You’re there right beside me
Nothing will I fear as long as you are near
Please be near me to the end

[Chorus]

I will not forget your love for me
And yet my heart forever is wandering
Jesus be my guide, hold me to Your side
And I will love You to the end

[Chorus]

Nothing will I fear as long as you are near
Please be near me to the end

[Chorus]

And a light unto my path
You’re the light unto my path

Writer(s): AMY GRANT, MICHAEL W. SMITH

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Daily Bible Verse

Verse of the Day

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalms 23:1 – 3 ESV

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Good Morning from #Guam

Buenas yan Hafa Adai

Good Morning

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Psalm 143:8 (ESV) Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Psalm 90:14 (ESV) Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalm 57:7-9 (NKJV) My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations.

Psalm 59:16 (NKJV) But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.

A Song for Morning and Evening

It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening. Psalm 92:2

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Good morning coffee

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