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Jonathan Edwards…

“There in heaven this fountain of love, this eternal three in one, is set open without any obstacle to hinder access to it.  There this glorious God is manifested and shines forth in full glory, in beams of love; there the fountain overflows in streams and rivers of love and delight, enough for all to drink at, and to swim in, yea, so as to overflow the world as it were with a deluge of love.”

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A Happy Little Boy

Haddon’s expression after a full and fun morning at Gull Meadow Farms. Haddon turns 4 on Monday.

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Raising Pharisees

I’ve been chewing on this article for a few weeks.  It’s a stellar thinking-out about the danger of not addressing our kids with spiritual hearts–not reaching their hearts with our hearts.  We are too often pleased with the fact that they are performing well and doing “just fine.”

Raising Pharisees

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Braille TattooA German student has invented braille tattoos. Until now, those without sight haven’t been able to appreciate the skilled artwork behind body inking, but Klara Jirkova wants to change that.

The University of the Arts Berlin student created the raised tattoos resembling braille bumps. Now you can modify your body to let the blind feel your statement through their sense of touch.

The raised bumps consist of implants under the skin, and could include individual beads or a small tablet of embossed text. The beads can be relatively small, but not as small as standard braille text as the body’s muscles would absorb and they would be lost to touch.

The embossed tattoos come made in surgical stainless steel, 316L, titanium or a specially formulated plastic.

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Quote of the Day

Bob Jones Sr….

“Measured by the highest standards of pedagogy, Jesus was the greatest teacher the world ever knew. He knew His subject; He knew His pupil; He lived what He taught.”

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Quote of the Day

James Smetham…

“I think I can trace every scrap of sorrow in my life to simple unbelief.  How could I be anything but quite happy if I believed that always that all the past is forgiven, and all the present furnished with power, and all the future bright with hope because of the same abiding facts which do not change my my mood, do not stumble because I totter and stagger the promise through unbelief, bust stand firm and clear with their peaks of pearl cleaving the air of Eternity, and the bases of their hills rooted unfathomably in the Rock of God. Mont Blanc does not become a phantom or a mist because a climber grows dizzy on its side.”

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From John Dickenson’s Letters from a Country Farmer

“Small things grow great by concord.”

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Go for the gusto

I’m not sure why I’ve always callled this my favorite C&H strip ever, but I Corinthians 9:24 and Colossians 3:23 come to mind as good biblical backing for the premise of the second frame.

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I’ve been checking every day since the series ended to see if anyone has posted this stirring song that played at the end of at least a couple of the installments of The War.  It was put on a few hours ago.

 “All we’ve been given, by those who came before,
The dream of a nation, where freedom would endure.
The work and prayers of centuries, have brought us to this day.
What shall be our legacy, what will our children say?
Let them say of me, I was one who believed in sharing the blessings, I received.
Let me know in my heart, when my days are through,
America, America, I gave my best to you.

“Each generation from the plains to distant shores.
With the gifts they were given, were determined to leave more.
Battles fought together, acts of conscience fought alone.
These are the seeds, from which America has grown.
Let them say of me, I was one who believed in sharing the blessings, I received.
Let me know in my heart, when my days are through.
America, America, I gave my best to you.

“For those who think they have nothing to share,
Who feel in their hearts there is no hero there,
Know each quiet act of dignity is that which fortifies,
The soul of a nation, that will never die.
Let them say of me, I was one who believed in sharing the blessings, I received.
Let me know in my heart, when my days are through,
America, America, I gave my best to you.
America, America, I gave my best to you.”

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John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence, would pooh-pooh the church/state separation war…

“To promote true religion is the best and most effectual way of making a virtuous and regular people. Love to God and love to man is the subtance of religion; when these prevail, civil laws will have little to do.   The magistrate (or ruling part of any society) ought to encourage piety … [and] make it an object of public esteem. Those who are vested with civil authority ought…to promote religion and good morals among all their government.”

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1. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up and you will find a blessing.

2. Sing lustily, and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of it being heard, then when you sing the songs of Satan.

3. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, as to be heard above, or distinct from, the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy the harmony; but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.John Wesley

4. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung, be sure to keep with it. Do not run before, not stay behind it; but attend closely to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can. And take care you sing not too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from among us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.

5. Above all, sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this, attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve of here, and reward when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.

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Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) was born 304 years ago today.  I am currently reading his new biography.  Here is a little info about him and the Jonathan Edwards Center.  Also, if you’re available, today is a good day to read/reread his most famous sermon.

“There is nothing that keeps wicked men, at any moment, out of hell, but the mere pleasure of God… This that you have heard is the case of every one of you that are out of Christ. That world of misery, that lake of burning brimstone is extended abroad under you. There is the dreadful pit of the glowing flames of the wrath of God; there is hell’s wide gaping mouth open; and you have nothing to stand upon, nor anything to take hold of: there is nothing between you and hell but the air; ‘tis only the power and mere pleasure of God that holds you up.

You probably are not sensible of this; you find you are kept out of hell, but don’t see the hand of God in it, but look at other things, as the good state of your bodily constitution, your care of your own life, and the means you use for your own preservation.

But indeed these things are nothing; if God should withdraw his hand, they would avail no more to keep you from falling, than the thin air to hold up a person that is suspended in it.

Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downwards with great weight and pressure towards hell; and if God should let you go, you would immediately sink and swiftly descend and plunge into the bottomless gulf, and your healthy constitution, and your own care and prudence, and best contrivance, and all your righteousness, would have no more influence to uphold you and keep you out of hell, than a spider’s web would have to stop a falling rock. Were it not that so is the sovereign pleasure of God, the earth would not bear you one moment; for you are a burden to it; the creation groans with you; the creature is made subject to the bondage of your corruption, not willingly; the sun don’t willingly shine upon you to give you light to serve sin and Satan; the earth don’t willingly yield her increase to satisfy your lusts; nor is it willingly a stage for your wickedness to be acted upon; the air don’t willingly serve you for breath to maintain the flame of life in your vitals, while you spend your life in the service of God’s enemies. God’s creatures are good, and were made for men to serve God with, and don’t willingly subserve to any other purpose, and groan when they are abused to purposes so directly contrary to their nature and end. And the world would spew you out, were it not for the sovereign hand of him who hath subjected it in hope.

There are the black clouds of God’s wrath now hanging directly over your heads, full of the dreadful storm, and big with thunder; and were it not for the restraining hand of God it would immediately burst forth upon you. The sovereign pleasure of God for the present stays his rough wind; otherwise it would come with fury, and your destruction would come like a whirlwind, and you would be like the chaff of the summer threshing floor.

The wrath of God is like great waters that are dammed for the present…”

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Fyodor Dostoyevski in The Brothers Karamazov

“Beauty is the battlefield where God and the devil war for the soul of man.”

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If you missed Ken Burns’ documentary THE WAR, you missed much.  The initial run of the series on PBS ended tonight, but will be running again over the coming weeks.  It’s also available at Amazon.

Chrissy and I solemnly watched a good portion (60% or so) of the seven part series last week and this week.  Aside from the factual history lesson (which was the best we had had on the subject), it was a great lesson on the enormous sacrifice that the whole generation endured–it’s often called “the greatest generation.”  One thousand veterans of that war are dying every day.  Thank one of them for their part.

The series chronicles the bravery, valor, fear and honor that drove America’s boys to do what can barely be understood.  They fought a war of ideals and more than 400,000 of them gave their lives to continue our nation’s freedom. 

Many years earlier, President John Q. Adams wrote this admonition to us, “Posterity, you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom.  I hope you will make good use of it.”

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Wow!  Have you seen what Mrs. Clinton is saying?  This is the fast track to destruction.

Here are her comments.  Read the first few paragraphs.

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We are going to be voting for our next President in about 400 days.  Make a love connection with a candidate today!

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