Saturday, March 29, 2008

No More Sharp Knives In the Kitchen

What will be next? Forks? You know, spoons + eyes are dangerous, too . . . Are people really this dumb!!? Knife Ban?!

Obama? The messiah? You've got to be Kidding . . .

Great satire. Click here. Are you kidding me. And you think that one man can't brainwash thousands of people. Wrong. Hitler did, Obama can too. And with his pastor being anti-Jewish, I'm not sure Obama is very safe. No, he's not as bad as Hitler. But people still lack enough brains today that they believe anything they are told. I just love that photo at the top of the blog. It's like this big joke. But, no--it's real. (or at least they defend it as real).

Monday, March 24, 2008

Resurrection Sunday Music at Its Best!

[Warning. This was written when I was in a slightly music-high state of mind. Excuse the enthusiasm. =P]

St. Thomas Church on 5th Ave in NYC is well known for its music. In fact, it may contain the world's best choir today. Although the theology is iffy, the music is wonderful. I DARE you to listen to this. You won't regret it. These are some of the highlights of the service. If you don't have time to listen to all of these, I suggest at least listening to the stared ones. I've rated my favorites by the number of stars.

The audio "file" from the morning service:
http://downloads.buystreaming.edgesuite.ne.../20080323-1.asx

Printed Program:
http://www.saintthomaschurch.org/leaflet.html

Preludes:
**0:00 Fantasy on ‘O Sons and Daughters’

8:25 Poème Héroïque, Op. 33; it gets very spirited shortly after 15:00 (about)

16:45 Four Bach Choral Preludes Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 626
Erstanden ist der heil'ge Christ, BWV 628
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, BWV 629
I've played some of them before--the old Easter German chorals are actually quite nice. (*Cough*--why aren't they used more widely today?!)

***31:35 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!

36:37 The Day of Resurrection!

*~40:20 Choir (Gloria In Excelsis Deo)

48:30 Choir (Psalm 118:14-17, 22-24 Confitemini Domino)

~50:00 Come, Ye Faithful, raise the Strain

**58:45 (Christus Vincit)

1:21:10 Choir (Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously.)--Edward C. Bairstow

***1:33:00 (Choir) (SHORT segment) Talk about hitting a high note. They do it in tune ALL the time--the opposite of most choirs.

*1:58:35 He Is Risen, He Is Risen!

**Postlude: Grand Choer Dialogué---Eugene Gigout
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Evening service:
http://downloads.buystreaming.edgesuite.ne.../20080323-3.asx

***33:08 The strife is o’er, the battle done

***1:18:20 Choir (“The Song of Moses”--George Frideric Handel)

***1:26:30 Christ the Lord Is Risen Today! Possibly even better than the morning service.(Organ only . . . this timing mark is where he throws on the big trumpet for a moment and nears the end. Go back a little and you'll find the start.)

******Immediately following is a WONDERFUL and TOTALLY joyous postlude. Totally!! Just TRIMUMPHAT!! 100%! (But the "slightly-musically-challenged-people?" started clapping too soon at the end . . .*cough*)

Ok, I need to calm down. Yes, I get that excited over that music.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

HE IS RISEN!!! Alleluia!!!

Luke 24:5 "And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?"

Matthew 28:5 "And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."

1 Corinthians 15:55 "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?"

Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today (all 10 verses)
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!
Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!
Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!
Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!
Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!

King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!
Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!
Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!
Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!

But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

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Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands,
For our offenses given;
But now at God’s right hand He stands,
And brings us life from Heaven.
Wherefore let us joyful be,
And sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of Alleluia! Alleluia!

No son of man could conquer Death,
Such mischief sin had wrought us,
For innocence dwelt not on earth,
And therefore Death had brought us
Into thralldom from of old
And ever grew more strong and bold
And kept us in his bondage. Alleluia!

But Jesus Christ, God’s only Son,
To our low state descended,
The cause of Death He has undone,
His power forever ended,
Ruined all his right and claim
And left him nothing but the name,
His sting is lost forever. Alleluia!

It was a strange and dreadful strife
When life and death contended;
The victory remained with life;
The reign of death was ended.
Stripped of power, no more it reigns,
An empty form alone remains
Death’s sting is lost forever! Alleluia!

Here the true Paschal Lamb we see,
Whom God so freely gave us;
He died on the accursed tree—
So strong His love!—to save us.
See, His blood doth mark our door;
Faith points to it, Death passes over,
And Satan cannot harm us. Alleluia!

So let us keep the festival
Where to the Lord invites us;
Christ is Himself the joy of all,
The Sun that warms and lights us.
By His grace He doth impart
Eternal sunshine to the heart;
The night of sin is ended! Alleluia!

Then let us feast this Easter day
On the true Bread of Heaven;
The Word of grace hath purged away
The old and wicked leaven.
Christ alone our souls will feed;
He is our Meat and Drink indeed;
Faith lives upon no other! Alleluia!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Extended On a Cursèd Tree

Extended on a cursèd tree,
Besmeared with dust, and sweat, and blood,
See there, the King of Glory see!
Sinks and expires the Son of God.

Who, who, my Savior, this hath done?
Who could Thy sacred body wound?
No guilt Thy spotless heart hath known,
No guile hath in Thy lips been found.

I, I alone, have done the deed!
’Tis I Thy sacred flesh have torn;
My sins have caused Thee, Lord, to bleed,
Pointed the nail, and fixed the thorn.

The burden, for me to sustain
Too great, on Thee, my Lord, was laid;
To heal me, Thou hast borne my pain;
To bless me, Thou a curse wast made.

In the devouring lion’s teeth,
Torn, and forsook of all, I lay;
Thou sprang’st into the jaws of death,
From death to save the helpless prey.

Savior, how shall I proclaim?
How pay the mighty debt I owe?
Let all I have, and all I am,
Ceaseless to all Thy glory show.

Too much to Thee I cannot give;
Too much I cannot do for Thee;
Let all Thy love, and all Thy grief,
Graven on my heart for ever be!

The meek, the still, the lowly mind,
O may I learn from Thee, my God,
And love, with softest pity joined,
For those that trample on Thy blood!

Still let Thy tears, Thy groans, Thy sighs,
O’erflow my eyes, and heave my breast,
Till loose from flesh and earth I rise,
And ever in Thy bosom rest.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Ah, Holy Jesus

Ah, holy Jesus, how hast Thou offended,
That man to judge Thee hath in hate pretended?
By foes derided, by Thine own rejected,
O most afflicted.

Who was the guilty? Who brought this upon Thee?
Alas, my treason, Jesus, hath undone Thee.
’Twas I, Lord, Jesus, I it was denied Thee!
I crucified Thee.

Lo, the Good Shepherd for the sheep is offered;
The slave hath sinned, and the Son hath suffered;
For man’s atonement, while he nothing heedeth,
God intercedeth.

For me, kind Jesus, was Thy incarnation,
Thy mortal sorrow, and Thy life’s oblation;
Thy death of anguish and Thy bitter passion,
For my salvation.

Therefore, kind Jesus, since I cannot pay Thee,
I do adore Thee, and will ever pray Thee,
Think on Thy pity and Thy love unswerving,
Not my deserving.

Obama's Speech . . . Dissected

Click on the title to read about it . . . this is much better than I can do.

“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community.” -- Sen. Barack Obama, on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Disclaimer: I don't agree with everything this man writes and says. But he gets it on this issue.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Jesus and the Man with Excuses

OK, I seriously need to stop telling you all what I am going to post about because later on, I have no desire to do such. Anyway, notice I've added quite a few links to the sidebar, including "sermon notes." That leads to an archive of my notes on my pastor's sermons. (Or whoever was preaching). And, to tell the truth, it's not quite an archive yet.

Today's main feature is the story of Jesus and the man who made excuses.

John Chapter 5
1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case , he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. [Are you kidding!! He has been here 38 years and still doesn't understand the process that happens every year?! It seems that he should know enough to be at the water's edge and plan ahead if no-one is available to help him. Can't you just hear him whining?!]
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. [Again, an excuse. "Somebody made me do it!"]
12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. [Notice the man was not a believer, for he did not know who Jesus even was.]
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. [So what does this man do? He goes and sins some more. He tattles to the Jews about who the guy that had broken the law was. He was probably whining the whole time.]
16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

So, a person does not have to be a believer to have God heal him. It may seem unfair when God heals an unbeliever, but lets one of His best servants lie in bed with an incurable disease. But God can do whatever He wants to. Maybe that unbeliever will come to know Christ as their saviour as a result of being healed. Maybe they won't, and will be an example to others of what not to do, such as the man in John's gospel. (At least, the Bible never seems to say he believed. Maybe he did later on.) Maybe that Christian needs to be a testimony in the hospital or an example of strong faith to fellow believers. Although slightly out of context, I think this verse still applies. Romans 9:20 "Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?" Be content with how God has made you.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Muslims, Obama, Bible

I’m going to put up some links soon to sites to help refute Islam and help us witness to Muslims. ---An undercover survey of more than 100 mosques and Islamic schools in America has exposed widespread radicalism, including the alarming finding that 3 in 4 Islamic centers are hotbeds of anti-Western extremism, WND has learned.The Mapping Sharia in America Project, sponsored by the Washington-based Center for Security Policy, has trained former counterintelligence and counterterrorism agents from the FBI, CIA and U.S. military, who are skilled in Arabic and Urdu, to conduct undercover reconnaissance at some 2,300 mosques and Islamic centers and schools across the country."So far of 100 mapped, 75 should be on a watchlist," an official familiar with the project said.---
Also, I am going to mention about Obama, because people are starting to have blind faith in him—people are almost, if not, worshiping him and putting their complete trust in him. This has been in several editorials, as well as having been confirmed by a woman I know who is a liberal Christian democrat. (She realizes this fact, she does not worship him herself.)
Finally, I think a passage in Mark as well as another pastor post will pop up soon. Anyway, I’m traveling right now, but these should be up soon. Maybe I can get a lot of writing done in the car. :)