Daily Service: Sing to the Lord

Daily Service: Sing to the Lord

 Okay maybe for some of you I am restating the obvious. But did you know that Psalms are both poetry and songs. If you read some of the prefaces on some of the Psalms they have specific direction as to how they are to be orchestrate.

Most Christian music is based in scripture and a lot of it comes directly from Psalms

 Psalm 95:1-3 (NKJV) Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms. For the LORD is the great God, And the great King above all gods.

O Come let us sing

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Foxe’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.

Persecutions Under the Arian Heretics

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The author of the Arian heresy was Arius, a native of Lybia, and a priest of Alexandria, who, in A.D. 318, began to publish his errors. He was condemned by a council of Lybian and Egyptian bishops, and that sentence was confirmed by the Council of Nice, A.D. 325. After the death of Constantine the Great, the Arians found means to ingratiate themselves into the favor of the emperor Constantinus, his son and successor in the east; and hence a persecution was raised against the orthodox bishops and clergy. The celebrated Athanasius, and other bishops, were banished, and their sees filled with Arians.
In Egypt and Lybia, thirty bishops were martyred, and many other Christians cruelly tormented; and, A.D. 386, George, the Arian bishop of Alexandria, under the authority of the emperor, began a persecution in that city and its environs, and carried it on with the most infernal severity. He was assisted in his diabolical malice by Catophonius, governor of Egypt; Sebastian, general of the Egyptian forces; Faustinus, the treasurer; and Heraclius, a Roman officer.
The persecutions now raged in such a manner that the clergy were driven from Alexandria, their churches were shut, and the severities practiced by the Arian heretics were as great as those that had been practiced by the pagan idolaters. If a man, accused of being a Christian, made his escape, then his whole family were massacred, and his effects confiscated.

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Today’s Theme Song: El Shaddai

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“El Shaddai”

Amy Grant El Shaddai

[Chorus:]
El-Shaddai, El-Shaddai [means “God Almighty, God Almighty”]
El-Elyon na Adonai [means “God in the highest, Oh, Lord”]
Age to age, You’re still the same
By the power of the name
El-Shaddai, El-Shaddai
Erkamka na Adonai [means “We will love You, Oh, Lord”]
We will praise and lift You high
El-ShaddaiThrough Your love
And through the ram
You saved the son
Of Abraham
Through the power
Of Your hand
Turned the sea
Into dry land
To the outcast
On her knees
You were the God
Who really sees
And by Your might
You set Your children free

[Chorus]

Through the years
You made it clear
That the time of Christ
Was near
Though the people
Couldn’t see
What Messiah ought to be
Though Your Word
Contained the plan
They just could not understand
Your most awesome work was done
Through the frailty of Your son

[Chorus]

Writer(s): CARD MICHAEL J, THOMPSON JOHN

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Positive Environmental news from 2018

With a good dose of Anti-Trump rhetoric on the side, this is taken from

Science.howstuffworks.com

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If you read or watch the news these days, it sometimes feels like the Earth is one big dumpster fire. There’s certainly cause for concern and even outright alarm. One study suggests we’re in the middle of the sixth mass extinction of animals, a “biological annihilation at the hands of humans;” multiple studies suggest climate change is spiraling out of control; the U.S., led by President Donald Trump, still plans to withdraw in 2020 from the Paris Agreement to stem greenhouse gases; and Sudan, the last male Northern white rhino on the planet, died.

If all of that’s not enough to make your head spin, a study published in the June 2018, issue of Astrobiology argued that if we do manage to kill ourselves off, we won’t even be original: Alien civilizations likely died that way, too.

However, it’s not all dreadful news. We actually dug up some good environmental stories from 2018 that just might — dare we say it — give us a little hope for the future of Earth and everything on it. Here are our top five “good news” stories about the environment from 2018.

5. The Ozone Is Healing

It wasn’t too long ago — the mid-1980s, to be exact — that scientists made a deeply troubling discovery: The ozone layer of Earth, which shields us from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays, each spring opened a massive hole over Antarctica. Even worse, the ozone layer all around the world was also being steadily thinned. This supported assertions of ozone depletion going back to the 1970s.

The chief culprit was chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that were used at the time in common items like hairspray and refrigerants. Skin cancer, cataracts, severe harm to plants and animals — studies that followed the discovery painted a dire picture of future human existence, if we didn’t do something quick to stop it.

That something was the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which banned the production of CFCs and other ozone-depleting chemicals. And while the news turned slowly better for the ozone (and us) over the past two decades, the latest check-up from 2018 is an undeniable win: A United Nations report says the ozone, including the gaping hole over Antarctica, will be fully healed by the 2060s.

4. Second Largest Coral Reef No Longer Endangered

Along with news of polar bears starving to death or drowning, coral reefs (and the marine ecosystem that is symbiotic to them) have become a poster child for the disturbing effects of climate change. The Great Barrier Reef — the world’s largest — is experiencing a “widespread die-off,” according to a 2018 report.

But off the coast of Central America’s Belize, a section of the world’s second-largest coral reef has been removed from UNESCO’s endangered list. The 200-mile-long (321-kilometer) Belize Barrier Reef System, which measures about a third of the MesoAmerican Reef System, was placed on the list in 2009 due to threats like coastal development and oil drilling. The U.N. agency cited a “transitional shift” by the Belize government as part of the rationale for the removal from the list. However, “the primary threats are all still there,” one researcher cautions.

3. Bans on Plastic

Plastic is a problem that is not going away; just look at the ever-growing garbage vortex in the Pacific. And despite the obvious need for sensible alternatives to plastic, the banning of it — including straws — by cities, countries and international corporations has transformed, as it often does these days, into a goofy meme.

But seriously, Starbucks banned plastic straws from its 28,000 stores around the globe, becoming “the largest food and beverage retailer to make such a global commitment.” That’s just the tip of the anti-plastic iceberg — even Queen Elizabeth II forbid plastic at royal estates and associated premises.

Meantime, reports from Kenya, which instituted the world’s toughest moratorium on plastic bags in 2017, suggest the ban is having positive effects: The decrease in so-called “flying toilets” is just one anecdotal piece of evidence. Several other East African nations are considering plastic bans, too.  Despite some criticism faced by the movement’s activists, more bans are likely.

2. Swiss Businessman Donates $1 Billion to Protect the Planet

It’s reminiscent of media mogul Ted Turner’s donation of $1 billion to the United Nations in 1997. In October of 2018, businessman, philanthropist and conservationist Hansjörg Wyss announced that he would donate $1 billion of his fortune over the next decade to “help accelerate land and ocean conservation efforts around the world, with the goal of protecting 30 percent of the planet’s surface by 2030.” He plans for his money to support local conservation efforts around the world, push for land and ocean protection, raise public awareness about the importance of conservation and to fund scientific studies to identify the best strategies to reach his target.

In an op-ed he penned in The New York Times, Wyss said he was inspired to donate the money by the National Parks Service in the U.S., which has helped preserve 15 percent of the Earth’s lands and 7 percent of its oceans since Yellowstone was named the world’s first national park.

1. China Is Winning War on Pollution

It wasn’t long ago that China, the most populous country in the world, was making news for apocalyptic pollution days that browned out the sun. Now, just four years after Chinese premier Li Keqiang declared war on pollution, the country has seen astounding success.

Recent studies show China’s cities and rural areas “have cut concentrations of fine particulates in the air by 32 percent on average.” That beats the reduction in U.S. air pollution following 1970’s Clean Air Act, which cut pollution by 20 percent on average. China’s quick and effective work is leading to projections of longer lifespans, not to mention the corollary: improved health for citizens.

By the way, even though the U.S. “officially” has removed itself from the Paris Agreement on climate change, a coalition in the U.S., led by mayors, governors and business leaders, vow to keep alive U.S. commitments in the Paris accord.

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Daily Bible Reading 3 June 2019

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Daily Bible Reading: 1 Kings 20-21, Psalm 47-48
 
1 Kings 20:28 (NKJV) Then a man of God came and spoke to the king of Israel, and said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The LORD is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys,” therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.
 
Psalm 47:1-2 (NKJV) Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
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Psalm 47:5-6 (NKJV) God has gone up with a shout, The LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

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131 Christians Everyone Should Know

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Thomas á Kempis

Author of the most popular devotional classic

1380-1471

Thomas A Kempis

“We must imitate Christ’s life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do.”

Sir Thomas More, England’s famous lord chancellor under Henry VIII (and subject of the film A Man for All Seasons) said it was one of the three books everybody ought to own. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, read a chapter a day from it and regularly gave away copies as gifts. Methodist founder John Wesley said it was the best summary of the Christian life he had ever read.

They were talking about Thomas á Kempis’s The Imitation of Christ, the devotional classic that has been translated into over 50 languages, in editions too numerous for scholars to keep track of (by 1779 there were already 1,800 editions).

Little is known of Thomas himself, and he is known for little else—although this one contribution to history seems to be enough.

Humility first

Called the “calamitous century,” the fourteenth century into which Thomas Hemerken was born felt the shadow of the apocalypse. Constant wars and repeated bouts of the Black Plague drove population down. The Great Schism tore the church apart, seating one pope in Rome and another in Avignon. In rural areas, roving marauders knew no restraints, and peasant revolts kept urban centers reeling with confusion.

Early on Thomas gave himself to a Dutch Augustinian monastery associated with a group called The Brethren of the Common Life. There he became the prior’s assistant, charged with instructing novices in the spiritual life. In that capacity, he wrote four booklets between 1420 and 1427; they were collected and named after the title of the first booklet: The Imitation of Christ.

In The Imitation, Thomas combines a painfully accurate analysis of the soul with a clear vision of the fullness of the divine life. He does not describe the spiritual life in a linear way, as if one step precedes another, but instead repeats and embellishes themes, like a symphonic composer.

In the first treatise, “Useful reminders for the spiritual life,” Thomas lays out the primary requirement for the spiritually serious: “We must imitate Christ’s life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do, then, to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ.”

The highest virtue, from which all other virtues stem, is humility. Thomas bids all to let go of the illusion of superiority. “If you want to learn something that will really help you, learn to see yourself as God sees you and not as you see yourself in the distorted mirror of your own self-importance,” he writes. “This is the greatest and most useful lesson we can learn: to know ourselves for what we truly are, to admit freely our weaknesses and failings, and to hold a humble opinion of ourselves because of them.”

Furthermore, humility leads us to embrace the path of suffering: “Plan as you like and arrange everything as best you can, yet you will always encounter some suffering whether you want to or not. Go wherever you will, you will always find the cross…. God wants you to learn to endure troubles without comfort, to submit yourself totally to him, and to become more humble through adversity.”

Trust not yourself

Thomas goes on to tell his novices how to handle criticism, failures, sensual desires, and the difficulties of obedience—always with an eye to the paradoxes of the deeper Christian life. For example, in chapter 20 of the first book, he writes, “If you aim at a fervent spiritual life, then you too must turn your back on the crowds as Jesus did. The only man who can safely appear in public is the one who wishes he were at home. He alone can safely speak who prefers to be silent. Only he can safely govern who prefers to live in submission, and only he can safely command who prefers to obey.”

The first two treatises are written as sermons or reflections. In the third treatise, “Of Inner Comfort,” Jesus and the Disciple talk together about the spiritual life, and in the fourth treatise, “The Book on the Sacrament,” Thomas discusses how the Eucharist can help the faithful draw nearer to Christ.

Throughout the book, Thomas’s advice is consistent: Do not trust yourself, do not indulge yourself, do not put yourself forward; instead put your full trust in God and, out of love for God’s will, yield to all the circumstances of life into which God places you.

The Imitation was published in Latin, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and English by the end of the fifteenth century, and it remains one of the most popular devotional guides to this day.

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Daily Bible Verse

Verse of the Day

Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

John 14:11 ESV

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#PrayerFocus: I Believe

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Good Morning from #Guam

It is about 6 AM, 80 Degrees. Taking the red sky at morning idea, looks like a possible wet day here on Guam.

I’d like to start the day as usual with a cup of #Coffee and some #Good Morning Psalms and songs

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Good Morning

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.

#PrayerFocus: Bless the people around you with a smile.

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Good night from #Guam

Well the computer is acting stupid again so I’m shutting it down.

But thank you all for another good day on my blogs.

May God bless you all.

Good Night

May your sleep be undisturbed as you rest in the arms of the One who made you.

Psalm 4:8 (ESV) In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 3:5 (ESV)  I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.

Shalom

Good night puppy

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