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https://plus.google.com/100976675829030020514 Criselda Ybarra : I'll be the dream that keeps you awake, I'll be the song on the radio 🎶🎹🎤..Going back in ⏳ to a wonderful...
I'll be the dream that keeps you awake, I'll be the song on the radio 🎶🎹🎤..Going back in ⏳ to a wonderful country classic song with Ronnie Milsap 👍
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https://plus.google.com/101557060476249512472 minhtuyet nhi : Throwback Thursday's Resurrection Jukebox Well the Jukebox archive on my profile got a huge follower...
Throwback Thursday's Resurrection Jukebox

Well the Jukebox archive on my profile got a huge follower boost this week, so before italk about anything, let me just say if you're following the Jukebox over there, thank you!Though after recently checking, idon't hit my one year anniversary until the twelfth of November....oops. Oh well, gotta talk about last night. I hope you guys don't mind another post not so much dedicated to a band. I'll resume that next week, promise. Friends, last night we witnessed history. While not from the Chicago area, I love me some baseball, and I was fully aware of what was going on, regarding the Chicago Cubs. While I didn't follow the series as close as I would have liked, I did listen in on Game 7 of last night's World Series. Both teams, fighting for a championship both teams easily earned, and to break a long drought both teams had when it came to championships. I wish I could have seen this game. It was really good. But I was pulling for Chicago. A team to go over a century without a championship? You bet I'm pulling for them.

Besides, I got a bit of a grudge against Cleveland for what they did to the Mariners in 1995.

I know not a lot of people care about baseball, but to me, there is no better sport. While you'll see me cheering on the Broncos whenever they're playing, my heart always loved the Summer Baseball, and I had a lot of hope this year for the postseason. While my biggest hope that the Mariners would make the playoffs was taken during the last couple games of the season, I had a few teams I lined in the postseason. The Dodgers, who had the legendary broadcaster Vin Scully retiring, and they wanted to win it for him, the Boston Red Sox who gained my respect for what they did to the Yankees in 2004 (and who had their own retiring member with David Ortiz), and the Chicago Cubs, who hadn't seen a Championship since 1908. As the race boggled down, I knew who I had to go for, and I gotta say, I haven't seen a series this good since the Red Sox series against the Yankees in 2004.

The fact that the final game went on into extra innings shows you just exactly how tense this game was, how close it got, and for Chicago, who had a big lead to start the game to lose that, was very tense. I only listened on the radio, but I could feel the emotions of the crowd. But hearing them pull their game together, and hold the line just enough to finally end their championship drought? You can bet I'm proud of the Cubs. I'm not a diehard, and I have other teams I like better, but I do know that this team deserved their win, and I do congratulate them on a well earned victory. Let's see if they can hold onto those victories now.

And that's all I have to say really. Huh. Hope you all don't mind the shorter post. I'll get back to posting actual band facts next week. For now, I hope you don't mind a little Chicago classic.

Let's take a trip back to June, 1980, for a song that was made famous in 1937. Off the Soundtrack album of their movie, this is Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago" as performed by "Joliet" Jake and Elwood Blues; the Blues Brothers. I can think of no better song this week for the Cubs. Feel free to voice your thoughts and opinions on the song down below, and as always, enjoy the listen. 
Watch the video: Blues Brothers - Sweet Home Chicago
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Come on Oh baby don't you wanna go Come on Oh baby don't you wanna go Back to that same old place Sweet home Chicago Come on Baby don't you wanna go Hidehey ...
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https://plus.google.com/108013627259688810902 john chiarello : EAT THE BREAD Micah 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house ...
EAT THE BREAD
Micah 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
Matthew 12:3 But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;
Matthew 12:4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
https://youtu.be/F9phY7iTJms Eat the Bread
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.Views on Revelation [the book]
.The image/voice of ‘the beast’
.Eucharist= Thanksgiving
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.Baptism
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.Pope Francis
.Liberation Theology
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On today’s video [Eat the Bread] I talked off the cuff- quoted from various verses-
In a nutshell- we see Jesus as the victor over the ‘beast’ in the book of Revelation.
No man [on his own] has the power over this beast- and the Devil gives power to him.
Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Yet- in Christ- those who follow the Lamb do have victory over him.
Jesus gives his followers power against the beast because he died- and those who follow him are ‘dead too’ [thru embracing the Cross].
Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, 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.
Paul the apostle tells us that the ‘man of sin’ sits on the throne- and exalts himself above God.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 2nd Thes. 2
Those who ‘worship’ the beast- have chosen to exalt that which goes against God.
Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
The battle we see in scripture is against the sinful nature of man- that nature in man was revealed thru the ministry of Jesus.
If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. Jn. 15:22
The Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin- righteousness and judgment [justice].
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Jn. 16:8
Jesus was the only perfect human- sinless.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2nd Cor. 5:21
Yet- when we read of the hatred that was formed against him- and see his unjust trial before Rome- and his execution.
You see how man’s sinful nature- can convince himself that even a just man- can be seen as someone worthy of death.
Jesus revealed to us the sin that was in us-
The sinful nature- the beast- has a voice- it rails against all that is good and just and right.
Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
It deceives man- it makes man think that to do his own will- to ‘empower the beast’ within- is what life is all about.
John the apostle tells us –
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1st Jn. 2:16
John reveals to us that the sinful nature is not only what we see in the outward manifestations [drugs- alcohol- etc.]
But it is also seen in the pride of man.
When societies can convince themselves that it is a good thing to abort a fully formed baby in the womb- and actually celebrate this act- this too is sin.
If we were to simply look at this aborted child- we would be shocked.
Yet we don’t look- we accuse those who show us one of committing a serious crime [recently a priest did this].
Yet- when we talk about this sinful act- some on the pro-abortion side refer to it as a wonderful act of a woman exercising her rights.
Even though it is deemed a criminal act in many other nations on the planet.
Yet how can we in the West deem something so atrocious- as a right to be exercised- and even celebrated?
People can convince themselves that even a good thing is bad- and a bad thing good.
And once they get this ‘image’ in their mind- they give power to it- and exalt it even above God and what he says.
Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
When Jesus sat with his men at the Last meal- he gave them the broken bread- and told them to eat -this ‘is my Body’ broken for you.
Jesus ate too that day.
When he ate- he showed us how he embraced what was to happen- his meat was to do the will of God.
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Jn. 4:34
And that will for him was to die on the Cross.
When the disciples ate- it was a picture of us having life thru Jesus- his broken Body on the Cross would give us life.
But when Jesus ate- he was showing us how he ‘consumed’ the purpose of the father for him.
He gave thanks that he was about to be broken- that his Blood would be shed.
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Matt. 26
He walked among us as the perfect- holy and just one.
And yet the society of his day- who also gave voice to the ‘beast’- the sinful man-
Managed to convince the highest court on the earth at that time- that he was worthy to die.
But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Lk. 23
That it was a good thing to kill the innocent.
Jesus showed us the end result of the wickedness of man-
He showed us how we can overcome that voice- that beast-
In the book of Revelation he is the Lamb standing on mount Zion- victorious.
Revelation 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
And those who embrace the Cross- they too overcome.
Only the Spirit of God within us can display true righteousness in society.
The unregenerate man- no matter how noble he thinks he is-
Can actually make decisions about things that are unjust- and convince himself- and others- that bad things are actually good things.
And when a priest shows the beautifully body of a fully formed child- that was aborted in the late stage.
Those same people can think the priest did a wicked thing- by simply revealing the sin of man.
And yet view the actual act of killing that child- as a wonderful right of a woman that should be celebrated.
Yes- the beast is very strong indeed- he makes us believe a lie- and we don’t even know it.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2nd Thes. 2:11
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These are my past comments on the Lord’s Supper- which I talked about on today’s video [Eat the Bread]
3-END NOTES
At the end of the video I teach about the doctrine of Transubstantiation [huh?] and the development of the teaching on the Eucharist.
It gets a little into the weeds- and I’ve taught it all before.
Saint Thomas Aquinas of the 13th century- and how he used the writings of Aristotle to interpret the belief [called Aristotelianism].
I’m gracious to Catholic Christians in this debate- believing they too are Christian [while many Protestants do not believe this].
So- I’ll add my past teaching on all of this thru links- for those who want to get more into it- just go to the links.
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Now, as we go thru Acts, I want to stay as close as possible to both the doctrine and practices of the early church as seen in scripture. We are not the first [or last!] study that has attempted to do this. That is attempted to ‘get back to the original design’ as much as possible. Historically you have whole categories of believers who fit into this mindset. They are referred to as ‘Restorationist’ as opposed to Catholic, Protestant or Orthodox. The Church of Christ, The Disciples of Christ, the Anabaptists and others fall into this class. I believe you find true believers in all of these groups.
As you read the history of Christianity as told by the other perspectives, you will find it interesting as to the way the institutional church describes these ‘out of church’ groups. Some are called heretics [Waldensians] others are simply seen as fringe groups. The strong institutional church has branded those who would reject her authority as schismatics and heretics on the grounds of their refusal to submit to the hierarchy of the institutional church.
As we go thru Acts, I want us to read carefully and see the story as told by Luke. We will not find ‘another more true group’ in the sense that I want to start some new denomination. I also don’t want to simply find proof texts to justify doctrine. Many well meaning believers can find the verses they like the most and use them to combat the other points of view. We will see verses emphasizing the importance of water baptism, or various truths on the outworkings of the Spirit. We will see prophets functioning and read texts that clearly teach Gods sovereignty [as many as were ordained unto eternal life believed]. Instead of getting lost on these side trails, I want us to read with an open mind and allow our beliefs to be shaped by ‘the story’.
I will spend time defending my own view of Local church. Not because I believe ‘my view’ is the only thing worth arguing about, but because I believe we see the intent of God for his people to be a living community of believers in this book. Right off the bat we will see giving taught in a radical way. The early church at Jerusalem will ‘continue in the Apostles doctrine and breaking of bread and prayers’. They then sell their goods and distribute to all who had need. Where in the world did they get this idea from? The Apostles doctrine obviously taught the plain teachings from Jesus on sharing what you have with others. So instead of seeing an early tithe concept, you see an early ‘give to those in need idea’ straight from the teachings of Jesus. We will see this early Jerusalem group meet daily, as opposed to seeing ‘Sunday worship’ as some sort of New Testament Sabbath. Of course this group will meet at the Temple [actually an out door courtyard called Solomon’s Porch] and from ‘house to house’. But the simple realty of Christ’s Spirit being poured out on them as a community of people will be the basic understanding of what ‘church’ is.
You will find citizens of many surrounding areas going back to the their home towns after Pentecost. These believers shared the gospel with those in their regions and this is how the early church would spread. Some commentaries will show you how when Paul will eventually show up in Rome there already was an established church there. They obviously heard the gospel from these early Roman Jews who were at Jerusalem during Pentecost. So we will see ‘church planting’ from the paradigm of simple believers going to areas with the message of Christ. Those who would believe in these locations would be described as ‘the church at Corinth’ or ‘the church at Ephesus’ and so on. So we see ‘local church’ as communities of believers living in different localities.
We will see the development of leadership along the lines of ‘appoint elders in every city’. Not a top heavy idea of ‘Bishop’ in the later sense of Catholic belief, but a simple ordaining [recognizing!] of those in the various cities who were stable enough in the basic truths of the gospel, that in Paul’s absence these elders were to be trusted as spiritual guides. Now, many of our brothers can trace the historic office of Bishop as a fairly early development in church history. Polycarp and others were considered direct disciples of the Apostles who would be seen as Bishops and even write of the importance of Bishops for the church ‘Where there is no Bishop there is no church’.
This will cause many well meaning believers to eventually become Catholic/Orthodox as they read the church fathers and see the very early development of Catholic Christianity. In many of the church fathers writings you will also see an early belief in the Eucharist as being the actual Body and Blood of Jesus.
To the consternation of many Protestants you even find Luther condemning fellow Protestants for not taking literally the words of Jesus ‘this IS my Body’. Now, I will not defend transubstantiation, but try to follow the trend lines in Acts as to the lack of this doctrine being a part of the early church. We will find Paul’s letter to the Corinthians addressing the Lords Supper, but for the most part we do not see a strong belief in the transmitting of divine grace to the soul thru the eating of Christ’s literal Body and Blood as they ‘broke bread’. We do see the sharing of the common meal and the ‘Eucharist’ as one meal called the ‘love feast’. Only later on in church history is there a division made between the full fellowship meal and the Eucharist.
So to be frank about it, I will challenge both our Catholic and Orthodox brothers on some very fundamental beliefs. Well I hope this brief introduction sets the proper tone for the rest of this study, God bless you guys and I hope you get something out of it. John.

ACTS 1- Luke, the writer of this book, feels the need to document the ongoing work of Jesus and his revolution. He already wrote a gospel and believes this to be the beginning of the story. In essence, the reality of Jesus and his resurrection are just the start, we have much more to do and become on this journey. Most writers jump to chapter 2. We have churches and music groups called ‘Acts chapter 2’. Why does Luke seem to wait till chapter 2 before getting to ‘the good stuff’? Chapter one records the 40 days of Jesus showing himself alive after his death. Luke feels this singular truth to be important enough to simply stand alone [I do realize the early letters did not have chapter and verse divisions like today]. The real physical fact of Jesus bodily resurrection is without a doubt the foundational truth of the gospel. The outpouring of the Spirit and the whole future of the church depends on the reality of the resurrected Christ. Paul will write the Corinthians and tell them if the resurrection were not true then they are the most miserable of all people. Luke tells us Jesus gave instructions for
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Below are various things I mentioned on Today’s video [Eat the Bread]
HERACLITUS- Ok- lets pick up on my philosophy stuff.
Heraclitus lived in the 6th/5th century BC. - He was from Ephesus and his key thought was Ever Present Change.

That is he saw everything as being in a state of continual flux- one of his famous sayings was ‘No man ever steps into the same river twice’.

He is called the Weeping Philosopher- sort of like the prophet Jeremiah in the bible- also called the Weeping Prophet.

Heraclitus is known for his concept of the Logos- the Word- or thought/reason.

Now- this aspect of his thought plays a role in the development of the Christian understanding of Christ himself- in our New Testaments [written in Greek] Jesus is indeed referred to as the Logos- or Word of God.

The Greek philosophers understanding of the Logos was not the same as the Christian view- mainly expressed thru the writings of John [The gospel- the 3 epistles- and Revelation].
But- some see the Greek view as a precursor to Christ.

In the work of one of the early church fathers- Hippolytus ‘The Refutation of all Heresies’ he attacks Heraclitus view of the Logos as an early form of heresy.

The apologist Justin Martyr is more gracious- he [Like Ulrich Zwingli- the great Swiss reformer of the 16th century] viewed the early Geek thinkers as ‘pre- Christian’ or ‘Christians before Christ’.

Though many reject this view- yet there is some scripture to back it up.
The apostle Paul said in his letter to the Romans that if the Gentiles [non-Jews] do by nature the things contained in the law- then they are justified in God’s sight.

Of course these things are debatable- but I add this to show you that some great Christian thinkers did indeed view the early Greek thinkers- who did live by a moral code- as being right in God’s eyes.

And the bible does teach a theme that we will be judged according to the amount of light [understanding] that we had at the time.

I should note that Plato [one of the 3 titans that arose after Heraclitus- from the city/state of Athens] disagreed with Heraclitus on all things being in a state of constant change.

When [if?] we get to Socrates- Plato and Aristotle- I’ll try and cover the ways they advanced- built upon- the thought of the pre Socratic thinkers.

As a side note- the most famous student of Aristotle- who was the most famous student of Plato- who was the most famous student of Socrates- was Alexander the Great.

This goes to show you how great an influence Greek philosophy had on the ancient world.

A few nuggets from Heraclitus- ‘all things come to pass in accordance with this Logos’ ‘follow the common’ ‘not having their own judgment’.

Recently I covered Acts chapter 2- and we see some of these ideas in the early Christian movement.
The first Christians did ‘follow the common’ they sold their goods- and had ‘all things common’ [communal lifestyle].

The apostle Paul teaches the early church to all ‘speak the same thing- that there be no divisions among you’.
And the New Testament also says the scripture should not be given to Private Interpretation- meaning- ‘not having your own personal judgment’.

All in all- we do indeed see a sort of pre Christian thought in the pre Socratic thinkers- they did indeed speak of the Divine- God- though there understanding of him was not the same as the Christian church.

In a sense- Heraclitus idea that in life- the only ‘constant’ is the fact that there is no constant- that life itself is made up of an ongoing journey- we live day by day- not ever knowing what ‘the next day will bring forth’- Jesus.

Yeah- the man had some good points- the later Stoics would consider Heraclitus as the father of their movement.
And in the study of Philosophy- the Stoics- who had a good run from a few years before the Common Era- were overtaken in the 4th century [as the main influential philosophy of the time] by some new and lasting philosophy- started by a man named Jesus Christ- who his followers claimed rose from the dead.
Yeah- this New Way was called Christianity- and this philosophy has endured now for over 2 thousand years.

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SOCRATES
Socrates was born around 469-470 BCE.
He is famous for introducing a way of learning that engaged the students in a dialogue- the question would be put on the table- and thru rigorous debate-
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[1560] BUT THOU BETHLEHEM, THOUGH THOU BE LITTLE AMONG THE THOUSANDS OF JUDAH- YET OUT OF THEE SHALL HE COME FORTH UNTO ME THAT IS TO BE RULER IN ISRAEL. Micah 5:2. In the gospel of Luke we read the story of Jesus being born in a real place- at a real time. Chapter 2 says that Caesar put out a decree that ‘all the world should be taxed’ that is they did a kind of census where you had to go to your native town and register. It just so happned that Mary, Jesus mother, was living in Nazareth [Galilee] at the time and Joseph- Jesus’ step dad- was from the lineage of Judah [King David’s tribe]. So at this very inconvenient time- at the hour of child birth- they make the trek to Bethlehem of Judea- just in time for the census- and for the baby! Hundreds of years before this event there was this obscure Jewish prophet named Micah- he blurted out one day ‘out of you Bethlehem- the least of all places- shall one come forth- a great ruler of all men’ [my paraphrase]. The Jewish nation was waiting for centuries for this ‘sent one’ this messiah who would come to them in the midst of their oppression- and he would fulfill the promise that God made to father Abraham millennia before ‘we will serve him without fear and in holiness all the days of our lives’. As a matter of fact- jump back to Luke chapter 1 and you can read this promise being uttered from the lips of John the Baptist’s father when he praises God over the pregnancy of his wife Elisabeth- you see John the Baptist was also spoken about centuries before his birth- he would come on the scene as a forerunner- a precursor to the messiah. Yes, John’s father had reason to rejoice. And when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary- he told how that she was chosen for this great task- possibly the greatest task that any human was ever given- she would give birth to this promised messiah. She asks the angel ‘how can this be- I know not a man’ he tells her the Holy Spirit will come upon her and she will conceive a child from God- none before could claim the title ‘the only begotten of God’. Read Mary’s prayer in chapter 1- it too is a cry for social justice ‘the high and mighty will be brought low- the poor will be lifted up’ we call her prayer ‘The Magnificat’. Both Zacharias and Mary spoke/prophesied of social justice- that thru these seemingly strange miracles- God put in place a plan that would bring justice to all those who were being oppressed. So the day came for Mary to bear the child- but he was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem- so God preordained that the great Caesar Augustus would make a decree that ‘all the world would be taxed’. Caesar came from the beginning line of Rome’s great Caesars. Octavian- Rome’s first- would be a devastating military leader who would strike fear into the hearts of Rome’s enemies- the kingdom [Roman Empire] would take her initial form under his rule. Of course most of us our familiar with Julius Caesar- he’s made it into the Hollywood hall of fame- and Augustus- he would be the third in a line of 12 Caesars who would rule Rome. He ruled at a time when Rome was the center of the world- all roads truly did lead to Rome- the great eternal city. Rome had her religious adherents- Rome practiced a type of pluralism- when they conquered an enemy- they would allow the people to continue to have some form of self rule- believe in whatever religion suits you- but you were still under Roman rule. The Pantheon [a sort of pedestal for the various god’s of the day] represented this religious openness of Rome. Yet the Jews had a different type of belief- they held to what we describe as Monotheism- a belief that there was only one true God. Her prophets spoke the words ‘hear O Israel the Lord our God is one’ and they held to their peculiar belief while Rome overlooked it. In the midst of all these developments, Caesar makes the decree ‘everyone go back to your towns for the census’ and Mary and Joseph hit the road. Sure enough the time came for her to deliver the child- he was born in a stable- laid in a manger and the world would receive her king. 2 Thousand years have passed- where are the great Caesars? Have you ever even heard of the name Octavian before today? Yet all over the world- in every nation- on the radio- over the internet- being shouted from the speakers at the mall- yes, all over the world we sing that Jesus Christ is king- the one born in Bethlehem of Judea- the one for whom the whole world was a stage- even the mighty Caesars of the day bowed the knee unto this eternal purpose of God- they would be puppets in the hand of God- used of God to make decrees that would fulfill the obscure prophecy of some Jewish prophet named Micah- yes- the Virgin had it right ‘God brought down the mighty- used them for his purposes- and exalted those who were struggling’. Rejoice- for in this day- 2 thousand years ago- was born a great ruler- a ruler of all men- his hometown is now famous because of this birth.
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Francis [the name he took- from Francis of Assisi- also speaks about his character. St. Francis forsook family wealth to work in Gods field- he believed God called him to help restore the church to her original design].


So- Pope Francis lived the same type of calling.


He’s the first Pope from America [albeit Latin America].


He’s the first from the Jesuit order to hold the office- the Jesuits are my favorite Catholic order.

If you remember my church history section- I covered the Jesuits- and complimented them a lot.


The Jesuits are the intellectuals of the church- now- the Catholic Church as a whole is of course very intellectual.


But the Jesuits were very influential in the development of the scientific method.


As a percentage- there were more Jesuit leaders in science than any other group.


They also were missionary minded.

When I covered them in the past I showed how after the 16th century Protestant Reformation the Jesuits did a sort of Counter Reformation and evangelized Asia- an area where the Protestants fell short.

So- as you can see- I’m a fan of the Jesuits.



Francis- from Buenos Aires Argentina- lived among the poor- he cooked his own meals and rejected the perks that Cardinals/Arch Bishops get.

Yet- he was a ‘conservative’ in doctrine.

Huh?


How could he be a sort of Liberation theologian- and yet hold to conservative views?


Here’s where our modern news shows mess stuff up.


As an avid news watcher- the last few years one of the critiques I gave was the mistake of men like Glenn beck and others- who associated Liberation Theology with heresy.

Now- Beck and others meant well- they just made the mistake of demonizing people they don’t understand [remember the rampage against Van Jones?]

But that’s why we need to get our info from better informed folk.


Anyway- Liberation Theology is a form of Christian teaching that associates the ministry of Jesus to the poor- and seeks to impellent that- sometimes too far- with government programs.

So- in Latin America- you have had Catholic champions of the poor and down trodden- who advocated for the poor- and at the same time believed in the historic positions of the doctrines of the church.


For instance- some ‘liberal’ scholars reject the resurrection of Jesus- and other key teachings of the church.


These men [both Catholic and Protestant] are referred to as Liberal scholars.


Francis is not one of them- he’s ‘conservative’ when it comes to the historic faith.


Yet- in his actions [Orthopraxy] he is ‘liberal’ [that is if you think identifying with the poor is liberal].


So- Francis is a lot like me in my belief [I too am conservative in doctrine] and practice- I have lived with the poor and down and out for years.


So- he just might be my favorite.


Let’s wait and see.
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. For Aristotle- knowledge is more A-Posteriori- that is we obtain knowledge about a thing- from the very thing itself. We see/touch and experience that thing- and by our senses interacting with the substance- we get knowledge- after the fact.

Okay- to Aristotle all substance has both Form and Matter. Then what he called substance- had 2 categories as well. The ‘substance’ [actual thing it is] and the Accidens [not accidents- not a typo].

The Accidens was simply the outward appearance- what we see on the outside. It might not be what the substance really is- or it might.

This teaching would eventually become a major way that our Catholic friends would come to define the doctrine of Transubstantiation- during the 13the century the great thinker Thomas Aquinas would re-discover [and introduce] Aristotle’s teaching back into the church.

In his theological works [Summa Theologica] he would use Aristotelian thought to explain how the Bread and Wine become the actual Flesh and Blood of Christ. Thomas explained that the actual substance of the thing was Flesh and Blood- but the Accidens- what you’re seeing on the outside- looks like Bread and Wine.

Catholic scholars have debated for centuries on whether or not they should stick to the hard line teaching from Thomas on this. They are not challenging the belief in the Real Presence [that Jesus is really there at the Eucharist] they simply wonder whether or not explaining it this way is right.

Finally- after many years of certain Catholic scholars asking this question- in 1965 the Pope [I think it was Paul the 6th?] put out a Papal Encyclical [an official Vatican teaching] and he stated clearly that the way Aquinas taught it is the official doctrine of the church- so that settled that.

Okay- Plato was an Idealist [Dualist] and Aristotle was a Realist. That’s the major difference.

I will note that Aristotle’s most famous student was Alexander the Great. And during the great conquests of Alexander he took with him a whole team of scientists who brought back all types of specimens of things and he gave them to his famous teacher Aristotle- to advance the cause of learning at the Lyceum school.

It has been said that Alexander’s efforts at collecting and bringing these things back after their victories- that this was probably the most expensive scientific endeavor of all time- right up until the modern space Era.
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MY OLD POSTS-
The Iliad and Odyssey [Homer]
I want to cover some of the classics of Western Literature- when I do the philosophy and science stuff- the purpose is to show how God- and ‘religion’ are an inescapable thread that we see all thru out history- and in fact- the rise of what we call ‘intellectualism’ did indeed come from the Judaic/Christian tradition [for instance- the modern day university system did come from the Church].

Ok- lets start with what most believe to be the greatest work from antiquity- outside of the bible.

These are 2 poems by Homer- the Iliad and Odyssey.

These poems were written in the 8th century BCE- and cover the Trojan war- which most believe was a real war- that took place in the 12th-13th century BCE.

In Homers works we read about this epic battle.

The war starts with- once again- a ‘woman’ issue.

Prince Paris of Troy steals Helen of Greece- from her husband King Menelaus [king of Sparta].

The Greeks- led by Achilles- lay siege to Troy.

In Homers telling of the event- the Greeks are actually defending the honor of marriage- and are carrying out a just retribution against an unjust act.
Sort of the same themes we read in scripture- when the sons of Jacob defended the honor of their sister Dinah- when she was treated unjustly by the pagan nation that took her- forcefully- to be the wife of a kings son.

The brothers meted out justice- by tricking these pagans to get circumcised- then- while recovering ‘from surgery’- the sons went in and wiped out the city- to their fathers dismay!

In the story- Achilles is a warrior- who displays extreme violence- and also the human traits of a man who acts out of selfish motives.

At one point in the war- he removes himself from battle- because he feels his honor was betrayed.

The only thing that brings him back is the killing of his close friend Patroclus- by Hector.
Achilles leads the Greeks to victory- and reflects the struggle between living a long life- or dying young- yet dying for a just cause.
One of the more famous quotes form Homer’s Poems- attributed to Achilles- is ‘I carry 2 sorts of destiny to the day of my death. Either, if I stay here and fight beside the city of the Trojans, my return home is gone, but my glory shall be everlasting; but if I return home to the beloved land of my fathers, the excellence of my glory is gone, but there will be a long life- left for me, and my end in death will not come to me quickly.’

There has been some debate over the historicity of the war itself.

Some scholars believe it was Myth [I’ll get to this in a moment].
That is- they believe the war itself was not true- but a sort of Oral Tradition- that encompasses the reality of the human condition- and that Homers Poems are simply mythological ways to reveal the true condition of man.

Yet- much like the debate that took place in the 19th century German universities- over the ‘Myth’ of the bible- later on- the rise of what we now call Archaeology [because of the Industrial revolution- a new field arose- men started digging up the ground- for the primary purpose of extracting materials from the earth- and at this time we also discovered ‘lost worlds’- that is we could actually trace cities and lands that were once deemed fake].

So- as with Homers Troy- and bible lands- these archaeologists did indeed find Cities that matched the stories.

In 1870 the German Archaeologist Schliemann discovered remains that seemed to find the city of Troy- the area is known today as modern day Turkey.

This same thing happened with the bible- we did indeed find historical evidence that seemed to back up the historicity of the stories we find in the bible.

As a matter of fact- a famous doubter of the bible embarked on a search- to prove the bible was ‘myth’ yet- after researching carefully the historical names and places we read about in the book of Acts- he came to believe that the book of Acts- written by both an historian and doctor [Luke] was the most historically accurate writing that came from the first century [Acts has lots of names of political figures- court proceedings- stuff like that- and when doing research like this- it is quite easy to debunk the historical reality of a fake work- but- when these names and places were researched- from actual historical records dating back to the first century- it was amazing how the pieces fit].

The Trojan War is found in many works of Greek literature- and art.

But the most comprehensive account comes from Homer’s 2 poems.

Now- in Homer’s poems there are obvious references to Mythology- Goddesses- Golden apples- the Greek gods intervening in the affairs of men.

So yeah- we see that there are obvious mythological aspects to the work.
Yet- the ancient Geeks did indeed believe the war itself was a real war that took place at around the 12th century BCE.

Some believe that Homer never actually wrote the poems- but that he told the stories- like Oral Tradition- and they were later written down by others.

Sort of like the classic- Paradise Lost- by John Milton. Milton was blind- and told the story to his daughters [oral tradition] and the actual work was penned by those who heard it.

Jesus himself used this method- he never wrote a book- or letter in the New Testament- yet the gospels were compiled by his men after his death.

We read about this when Luke [who I mentioned above] gives the reason for his documenting stuff in the book of Acts [read Acts chapter one].

Luke also wrote his gospel a few years after the death and resurrection of Christ.

So- some believe the same thing happened with Homer- those who heard him tell the story multiple times- simply put it together later on.

Most scholars believe that Homer did indeed write the poems- and that the famous Trojan War was a real historical event.

Last year- when in North Bergen- my atheist friend Daniel said he watched a PBS show- and he said ‘even a priest said the bible was Myth’.

I explained to Daniel that when the more liberal scholars use this term [like in the writings of Bultman] that they do not mean ‘fake’- like Greek Mythology.

But they mean that some of the stories in the gospels might be a compilation of the many Oral teachings of Jesus- and they were put together as one story [some think the Sermon on the Mount was actually multiple teachings Jesus did- and they were compiled into one event].

Now- when I explained this to Daniel- he said ‘see- even you believe it was Myth’.

I told Daniel that no- I do not hold to this theory [not 100%] but that I was simply telling him that even those who use the term Myth- when talking about Theology- they do not mean Myth- as in fake.

So- I find it interesting that both the New testament- and Homers poems- got the same scrutiny.

In these poems we do indeed see the condition of man- which Homer depicts as one of constant war- not peace.

The letter of James in the New Testament says- James 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.


Homers poems are considered by some to be the beginning of the great works of Western literature- of which there are many.

The great writer C.S. Lewis- who rejected Christianity for many years- later became a believer.

He attributed his conversion to the fact that he could not escape the reality of the Church- or Christian themes- found in all the fields of study.

Whether it was the classics- or history- philosophy.

He said every were he read- studied- he could not escape this scarlet thread that ran thru out all the fields of knowledge.

Yeah- in the end- his thirst for knowledge- his intellectual search- led him to the Cross.

Jesus- in a way- was a 1st century Achilles- he battled the forces of darkness- for the honor of a woman- the Bride- the church.

He- Like Achilles- chose a just death- for a just cause.

There’s a prophecy in the Old Testament- it speaks of Christ ‘the zeal of thine house has eaten me up’.

Jesus was a righteous warrior- a prophet, priest and king- and he had a zeal for the church- that far exceeded anything we find in Homers poems.

VERSES-
Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Revelation 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Revelation 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Revelation 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Revelation 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Revelation 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Revelation 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Revelation 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Revelation 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Revelation 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Revelation 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Revelation 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Revelation 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.
27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Matt.
John 4:27 And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
John 4:28 The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men,
John 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?
John 4:30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
John 4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
John 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
John 4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. Matt. 27:34
And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let thiscup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Matt. 26:39
Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2nd Cor. 5:21
47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
John
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 2nd Tim. 2:12
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
1st Peter

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Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
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​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
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Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
So . . . where am I going with this?
 
​Last Sunday, Nan and I went to Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV, to see their Holiday Gala.  We had gone to Shepherd for some jazz programs over this past year . . . and enjoyed all of them.  Their music department is simply wonderful . . . this to a poet who loves music . . . especially jazz and classical.  The theme of the Holiday Gala was Celebrations Around the World . . . so there was Christmas and holiday music presented from around the world . . . along with some explanation as to derivation and time frames composed . . . from the 1400s to present.  The program was beautiful . . . the orchestra . . . the jazz ensemble . . . and the many choruses . . . showed off all of the young talent at the University's music program.
 
​At the end of the Holiday Gala . . . all of the musicians . . . and all members of every chorus . . . gathered . . . the musicians on-stage . . . and the vocalists surrounding the audience . . . maybe 60-80 voices . . . too many for me to count . . . and the entire group began "A Christmas Festival Holiday Gala Sing Along" . . . later . . . we were told that this is traditional at the University.  We sang Joy to the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark the Herald Angels Sing . . . Silent Night . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . with a smattering of Jingle Bells . . . all with full orchestra and choirs . . . the audience sang . . . full volume . . . all 300 or so of us . . . with the choirs surrounding us . . . and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.
 
​At first . . . I thought like maybe I was a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . . . it felt that good . . . than the Spirit took me to another Realm . . . and I was singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . pouring out all of the music that was in me . . . all of the emotion that was in me . . . all of the awe that filled my soul . . . for my Father in Heaven . . . for my Lord and Savior . . . it felt so good . . . to be singing the songs I know . . . with His Heavenly Hosts . . . while standing here on earth . . . with all of those beautiful voices and instruments . . . I simply can't explain . . . how He Hugged my soul . . . how He Nestled me in His Loving Arms . . . how He Made this Christmas so wonderful . . .
 
​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
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Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
So . . . where am I going with this?
 
​Last Sunday, Nan and I went to Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV, to see their Holiday Gala.  We had gone to Shepherd for some jazz programs over this past year . . . and enjoyed all of them.  Their music department is simply wonderful . . . this to a poet who loves music . . . especially jazz and classical.  The theme of the Holiday Gala was Celebrations Around the World . . . so there was Christmas and holiday music presented from around the world . . . along with some explanation as to derivation and time frames composed . . . from the 1400s to present.  The program was beautiful . . . the orchestra . . . the jazz ensemble . . . and the many choruses . . . showed off all of the young talent at the University's music program.
 
​At the end of the Holiday Gala . . . all of the musicians . . . and all members of every chorus . . . gathered . . . the musicians on-stage . . . and the vocalists surrounding the audience . . . maybe 60-80 voices . . . too many for me to count . . . and the entire group began "A Christmas Festival Holiday Gala Sing Along" . . . later . . . we were told that this is traditional at the University.  We sang Joy to the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark the Herald Angels Sing . . . Silent Night . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . with a smattering of Jingle Bells . . . all with full orchestra and choirs . . . the audience sang . . . full volume . . . all 300 or so of us . . . with the choirs surrounding us . . . and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.
 
​At first . . . I thought like maybe I was a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . . . it felt that good . . . than the Spirit took me to another Realm . . . and I was singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . pouring out all of the music that was in me . . . all of the emotion that was in me . . . all of the awe that filled my soul . . . for my Father in Heaven . . . for my Lord and Savior . . . it felt so good . . . to be singing the songs I know . . . with His Heavenly Hosts . . . while standing here on earth . . . with all of those beautiful voices and instruments . . . I simply can't explain . . . how He Hugged my soul . . . how He Nestled me in His Loving Arms . . . how He Made this Christmas so wonderful . . .
 
​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
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Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
So . . . where am I going with this?
 
​Last Sunday, Nan and I went to Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV, to see their Holiday Gala.  We had gone to Shepherd for some jazz programs over this past year . . . and enjoyed all of them.  Their music department is simply wonderful . . . this to a poet who loves music . . . especially jazz and classical.  The theme of the Holiday Gala was Celebrations Around the World . . . so there was Christmas and holiday music presented from around the world . . . along with some explanation as to derivation and time frames composed . . . from the 1400s to present.  The program was beautiful . . . the orchestra . . . the jazz ensemble . . . and the many choruses . . . showed off all of the young talent at the University's music program.
 
​At the end of the Holiday Gala . . . all of the musicians . . . and all members of every chorus . . . gathered . . . the musicians on-stage . . . and the vocalists surrounding the audience . . . maybe 60-80 voices . . . too many for me to count . . . and the entire group began "A Christmas Festival Holiday Gala Sing Along" . . . later . . . we were told that this is traditional at the University.  We sang Joy to the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark the Herald Angels Sing . . . Silent Night . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . with a smattering of Jingle Bells . . . all with full orchestra and choirs . . . the audience sang . . . full volume . . . all 300 or so of us . . . with the choirs surrounding us . . . and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.
 
​At first . . . I thought like maybe I was a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . . . it felt that good . . . than the Spirit took me to another Realm . . . and I was singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . pouring out all of the music that was in me . . . all of the emotion that was in me . . . all of the awe that filled my soul . . . for my Father in Heaven . . . for my Lord and Savior . . . it felt so good . . . to be singing the songs I know . . . with His Heavenly Hosts . . . while standing here on earth . . . with all of those beautiful voices and instruments . . . I simply can't explain . . . how He Hugged my soul . . . how He Nestled me in His Loving Arms . . . how He Made this Christmas so wonderful . . .
 
​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
© 2016 Thomas L. Poteet
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Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
So . . . where am I going with this?
 
​Last Sunday, Nan and I went to Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV, to see their Holiday Gala.  We had gone to Shepherd for some jazz programs over this past year . . . and enjoyed all of them.  Their music department is simply wonderful . . . this to a poet who loves music . . . especially jazz and classical.  The theme of the Holiday Gala was Celebrations Around the World . . . so there was Christmas and holiday music presented from around the world . . . along with some explanation as to derivation and time frames composed . . . from the 1400s to present.  The program was beautiful . . . the orchestra . . . the jazz ensemble . . . and the many choruses . . . showed off all of the young talent at the University's music program.
 
​At the end of the Holiday Gala . . . all of the musicians . . . and all members of every chorus . . . gathered . . . the musicians on-stage . . . and the vocalists surrounding the audience . . . maybe 60-80 voices . . . too many for me to count . . . and the entire group began "A Christmas Festival Holiday Gala Sing Along" . . . later . . . we were told that this is traditional at the University.  We sang Joy to the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark the Herald Angels Sing . . . Silent Night . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . with a smattering of Jingle Bells . . . all with full orchestra and choirs . . . the audience sang . . . full volume . . . all 300 or so of us . . . with the choirs surrounding us . . . and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.
 
​At first . . . I thought like maybe I was a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . . . it felt that good . . . than the Spirit took me to another Realm . . . and I was singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . pouring out all of the music that was in me . . . all of the emotion that was in me . . . all of the awe that filled my soul . . . for my Father in Heaven . . . for my Lord and Savior . . . it felt so good . . . to be singing the songs I know . . . with His Heavenly Hosts . . . while standing here on earth . . . with all of those beautiful voices and instruments . . . I simply can't explain . . . how He Hugged my soul . . . how He Nestled me in His Loving Arms . . . how He Made this Christmas so wonderful . . .
 
​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
© 2016 Thomas L. Poteet
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https://plus.google.com/111239739629551505105 Tom Poteet : Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com: YOUR SON HAS COME Glory be To...
Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
So . . . where am I going with this?
 
​Last Sunday, Nan and I went to Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV, to see their Holiday Gala.  We had gone to Shepherd for some jazz programs over this past year . . . and enjoyed all of them.  Their music department is simply wonderful . . . this to a poet who loves music . . . especially jazz and classical.  The theme of the Holiday Gala was Celebrations Around the World . . . so there was Christmas and holiday music presented from around the world . . . along with some explanation as to derivation and time frames composed . . . from the 1400s to present.  The program was beautiful . . . the orchestra . . . the jazz ensemble . . . and the many choruses . . . showed off all of the young talent at the University's music program.
 
​At the end of the Holiday Gala . . . all of the musicians . . . and all members of every chorus . . . gathered . . . the musicians on-stage . . . and the vocalists surrounding the audience . . . maybe 60-80 voices . . . too many for me to count . . . and the entire group began "A Christmas Festival Holiday Gala Sing Along" . . . later . . . we were told that this is traditional at the University.  We sang Joy to the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark the Herald Angels Sing . . . Silent Night . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . with a smattering of Jingle Bells . . . all with full orchestra and choirs . . . the audience sang . . . full volume . . . all 300 or so of us . . . with the choirs surrounding us . . . and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.
 
​At first . . . I thought like maybe I was a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . . . it felt that good . . . than the Spirit took me to another Realm . . . and I was singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . pouring out all of the music that was in me . . . all of the emotion that was in me . . . all of the awe that filled my soul . . . for my Father in Heaven . . . for my Lord and Savior . . . it felt so good . . . to be singing the songs I know . . . with His Heavenly Hosts . . . while standing here on earth . . . with all of those beautiful voices and instruments . . . I simply can't explain . . . how He Hugged my soul . . . how He Nestled me in His Loving Arms . . . how He Made this Christmas so wonderful . . .
 
​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
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Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
So . . . where am I going with this?
 
​Last Sunday, Nan and I went to Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV, to see their Holiday Gala.  We had gone to Shepherd for some jazz programs over this past year . . . and enjoyed all of them.  Their music department is simply wonderful . . . this to a poet who loves music . . . especially jazz and classical.  The theme of the Holiday Gala was Celebrations Around the World . . . so there was Christmas and holiday music presented from around the world . . . along with some explanation as to derivation and time frames composed . . . from the 1400s to present.  The program was beautiful . . . the orchestra . . . the jazz ensemble . . . and the many choruses . . . showed off all of the young talent at the University's music program.
 
​At the end of the Holiday Gala . . . all of the musicians . . . and all members of every chorus . . . gathered . . . the musicians on-stage . . . and the vocalists surrounding the audience . . . maybe 60-80 voices . . . too many for me to count . . . and the entire group began "A Christmas Festival Holiday Gala Sing Along" . . . later . . . we were told that this is traditional at the University.  We sang Joy to the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark the Herald Angels Sing . . . Silent Night . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . with a smattering of Jingle Bells . . . all with full orchestra and choirs . . . the audience sang . . . full volume . . . all 300 or so of us . . . with the choirs surrounding us . . . and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.
 
​At first . . . I thought like maybe I was a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . . . it felt that good . . . than the Spirit took me to another Realm . . . and I was singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . pouring out all of the music that was in me . . . all of the emotion that was in me . . . all of the awe that filled my soul . . . for my Father in Heaven . . . for my Lord and Savior . . . it felt so good . . . to be singing the songs I know . . . with His Heavenly Hosts . . . while standing here on earth . . . with all of those beautiful voices and instruments . . . I simply can't explain . . . how He Hugged my soul . . . how He Nestled me in His Loving Arms . . . how He Made this Christmas so wonderful . . .
 
​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
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Weekend Poem and Message for December 10:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
So . . . where am I going with this?
 
​Last Sunday, Nan and I went to Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV, to see their Holiday Gala.  We had gone to Shepherd for some jazz programs over this past year . . . and enjoyed all of them.  Their music department is simply wonderful . . . this to a poet who loves music . . . especially jazz and classical.  The theme of the Holiday Gala was Celebrations Around the World . . . so there was Christmas and holiday music presented from around the world . . . along with some explanation as to derivation and time frames composed . . . from the 1400s to present.  The program was beautiful . . . the orchestra . . . the jazz ensemble . . . and the many choruses . . . showed off all of the young talent at the University's music program.
 
​At the end of the Holiday Gala . . . all of the musicians . . . and all members of every chorus . . . gathered . . . the musicians on-stage . . . and the vocalists surrounding the audience . . . maybe 60-80 voices . . . too many for me to count . . . and the entire group began "A Christmas Festival Holiday Gala Sing Along" . . . later . . . we were told that this is traditional at the University.  We sang Joy to the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark the Herald Angels Sing . . . Silent Night . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . with a smattering of Jingle Bells . . . all with full orchestra and choirs . . . the audience sang . . . full volume . . . all 300 or so of us . . . with the choirs surrounding us . . . and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.
 
​At first . . . I thought like maybe I was a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . . . it felt that good . . . than the Spirit took me to another Realm . . . and I was singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . pouring out all of the music that was in me . . . all of the emotion that was in me . . . all of the awe that filled my soul . . . for my Father in Heaven . . . for my Lord and Savior . . . it felt so good . . . to be singing the songs I know . . . with His Heavenly Hosts . . . while standing here on earth . . . with all of those beautiful voices and instruments . . . I simply can't explain . . . how He Hugged my soul . . . how He Nestled me in His Loving Arms . . . how He Made this Christmas so wonderful . . .
 
​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
© 2016 Thomas L. Poteet
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Weekend Poem and Message for December 10 from www.singanewpsalm.com:
 
YOUR SON HAS COME
 
Glory be
To Thee,
O Lord.
 
Let us sing
With one accord:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord.
 
I lift
My eyes
Up to
The skies
And sing
Aloud
With eyes
That cry.
 
The tears
Flow forth
From eyes
That see
All
Of the Love
You’ve Spent
On me.
 
I hear
The Voices
Heaven Sent
With all
The Gifts
This life
You’ve Lent.
 
I feel
Your Love,
Forgiveness too;
I feel
Your Tender Mercies
True.
 
I lift
My voice,
With
Heaven’s Own,
And sing
So loud
In perfect tone:
Glory be
To Thee
O Lord;
Your Son
Has Come;
He Is
The Word.
 
I love the old Christmas songs and carols . . . the ones I grew up with.  I also enjoy most of the new holiday songs that​ are played on the radio and streaming services.  It is just that this time of year brings back memories of growing up in a loving family . . . going to church during Advent . . . singing praises to my Lord with songs with which I was familiar . . . Silent Night, Holy Night . . . Go Tell It On the Mountain . . . Joy To the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark The Herald Angels Sing . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . I could sing with all of my heart . . . and my voice blended with the Congregation . . . which was also singing with all of their hearts . . . I remember . . . and tears still roll down my cheeks . . .
 
​We went to church last Sunday . . . we finally found a church in which we are comfortable . . . after attending several others . . . and it's close to home . . . the congregation is friendly . . . and full of smiles . . . there is a new, young minister . . . who is just beginning her family . . . full of enthusiasm . . . wise in spirit.  It is Advent . . . and so I was expecting to sing some familiar Christmas carols . . . but alas . . . it was not to be.  I had no idea how to sing the hymns chosen to sing . . . and most others didn't either.  I am not complaining . . . really . . . the children . . . growing up with these new hymns . . . will learn to love them . . . as much as I love the old hymns . . . it is just that I love to sing out . . . even better yet . . . I love to sing out and not hear myself . . . it is so much better that way . . .
 
Growing up . . . with my bed in the attic . . . and the Christmas tree downstairs . . . Mom would play Christmas music . . . on Christmas Eve . . . while she was getting everything ready for the next day.  I have no idea exactly when she started putting those boxes of new clothes under the tree . . . suffice it to say I never saw her stacking the boxes.  The music would permeate the house . . . even the attic where I slept.  Christmas Eve was such a wonderful time . . . first church . . . singing many of my favorite hymns . . . then home . . . listening to Christmas carols . . . finally bed . . . listening to Christmas carols and hymns . . . I remember thinking I would never go to sleep . . . but I always did . . . and was up as early as I could wake the rest of the family . . .
 
So . . . where am I going with this?
 
​Last Sunday, Nan and I went to Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, WV, to see their Holiday Gala.  We had gone to Shepherd for some jazz programs over this past year . . . and enjoyed all of them.  Their music department is simply wonderful . . . this to a poet who loves music . . . especially jazz and classical.  The theme of the Holiday Gala was Celebrations Around the World . . . so there was Christmas and holiday music presented from around the world . . . along with some explanation as to derivation and time frames composed . . . from the 1400s to present.  The program was beautiful . . . the orchestra . . . the jazz ensemble . . . and the many choruses . . . showed off all of the young talent at the University's music program.
 
​At the end of the Holiday Gala . . . all of the musicians . . . and all members of every chorus . . . gathered . . . the musicians on-stage . . . and the vocalists surrounding the audience . . . maybe 60-80 voices . . . too many for me to count . . . and the entire group began "A Christmas Festival Holiday Gala Sing Along" . . . later . . . we were told that this is traditional at the University.  We sang Joy to the World . . . God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen . . . Hark the Herald Angels Sing . . . Silent Night . . . O Come All Ye Faithful . . . with a smattering of Jingle Bells . . . all with full orchestra and choirs . . . the audience sang . . . full volume . . . all 300 or so of us . . . with the choirs surrounding us . . . and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.
 
​At first . . . I thought like maybe I was a part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir . . . it felt that good . . . than the Spirit took me to another Realm . . . and I was singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . pouring out all of the music that was in me . . . all of the emotion that was in me . . . all of the awe that filled my soul . . . for my Father in Heaven . . . for my Lord and Savior . . . it felt so good . . . to be singing the songs I know . . . with His Heavenly Hosts . . . while standing here on earth . . . with all of those beautiful voices and instruments . . . I simply can't explain . . . how He Hugged my soul . . . how He Nestled me in His Loving Arms . . . how He Made this Christmas so wonderful . . .
 
​I believe that at least part of my time in Heaven will be like that feeling I had . . . for those minutes of time . . . immersed in the beauty of praising my Lord.  I believe time will be spent singing with the Heavenly Hosts . . . praises . . . to the King of Kings . . . the Lord of Lords . . . I believe millions . . . or billions of voices will be raised . . . and tears will be flowing down each cheek . . . from the power and the glory and the joy of voices raised to the Most High God . . .
 
​I will never forget how it felt . . . I will always love how it feels . . . to sing praises to my Lord . . .
 
Tom
 
© 2016 Thomas L. Poteet
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share your own sexual fantasies with the world. Be what men want you to be, but more importantly, be what women feel comfortable with you being around other men. And finally, do not age. Because to age is a sin. You will be criticized and vilified and definitely not played on the radio." #madonna
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