Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Everyday Implications of the Golden Rule May 1922

"I am sure we will all agree that these
laws of ours should be as wise and as
few as possible.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Some small boys went into my neighbor's yard this spring
and with sling-shots killed the wild birds that were nesting there.
Only the other day I read in my daily paper of several
murders committed by a nineteen year old boy.

At once there was formed a connection in my mind
between the two crimes, for both were crimes of the same kind,
though perhaps in differing degree-the breaking of laws
and the taking of life cruelly.

For the cruel child to become a hard-hearted boy
and then a brutal man is only stepping along the
road on which he has started. A child allowed to
disobey without punishment is not likely to have much
respect for the law as he grows older.
Not that every child who kills birds becomes
a murderer nor that everyone who is not
taught to obey goes to prison.

The Bible says, if we "train up a child in the
way he should go: and when he is old, he will not
depart from it." The opposite is also true, and if
a child is started in the way he should not go,
he will go at least some way along that
road as he grows older. It will always be
more difficult for him to travel the
right way even though he finds it.

The first laws with which children come in
contact are the commands of their parents.
Few fathers and mothers are wise in giving these,
for we are all so busy and thoughtless.
But I am sure we will all agree that 
these laws of ours should be as wise
and as few as possible, and once given,
children should be made to obey or shown
that to disobey brings punishment.
Thus they will learn the lesson every
good citizen and every good man and woman
learns sooner or later- that breaking a
law brings suffering.

If we break a law of nature, we are 
punished physically; when we disobey God's law
we suffer spiritually, mentally, and usually in our bodies also.
Man's laws, founded on the Ten Commandments, are
really mankind's poor attempt at interpreting the
laws of God, and for disobeying them there is a penalty.
The commands we give our children should be 
our translation of these laws of God and man,
founded on justice and the law of love,
which is the Golden Rule.

And these things enter into such small deeds.
Even insisting that children pick up and put away
their playthings is teaching them order, the
law of the universe, and helpfulness, the
expression of love.
The responsibility for starting children in
the right way is the parents'-it cannot be
delegated to the schools or the state,
for the little feet start on life's journey
from the home.

Did you Think To Pray
Jon McNaughton

"Everyday Implications of the Golden Rule"
(May 1922)
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
From the book, Little House In The Ozarks
A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler
The Rediscovered Writings
Edited by Stephen W. Hines
1991 Guideposts Edition

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Shavuot/Pentecost 5th of Sivan, 5777 - Tuesday 30 May, 2017

Shavuot in the Hebrew language
 means, "Weeks".
Pentekoste, "Pentecost" 
translated from Greek means,
 "50 Days"
marking the passage of time
 from Pesach, "Passover".

Spring flowers blooming in Jerusalem

"Pentecost, coming in late May or early June,
was likely a very beautiful day.
It doesn't rain much in Jerusalem and
indeed it's hard to find even a stray
cloud in the blue sky.

The Festival of Weeks, or Pentecost,
celebrated the early harvest of the spring,
and the major one of the fall to come.
It was a joyous occasion which drew
the Jewish people from all over Israel
and many foreign lands."
"The Spirit of Pentecost"
-Zola Levitt

A Shavuot Love Story

"And Ruth said, Urge me not to leave you
or to turn back from following you;
for where you go I will go,
and where you lodge I will lodge.
Your people shall be my people
and your God my God."
Ruth 1:16

Boaz and Ruth
 By Scottish artist James Faed

A young widow, and a woman of Moab,
 Ruth refused to return to the
idolatrous land of her birth after the
death of her husband. 

She chooses instead to accompany
her virtuous mother-in-law,
the widowed Jewess Naomi, 
who returns to Israel, arriving in Bethlehem
at the beginning of the barley harvest.

Ruth finds protection from a
kinsman of Naomi's late husband,
 a man named Boaz, who allows her to
 safely glean in his fields so that she
and her mother-in-law have
 enough food to eat. 

Ruth's tender love and devotion to her
widowed mother-in-law and to the
God of Israel wins over Boaz's heart 
 and he later takes Ruth as his wife.

Their son, Obed, was the
father of Jesse, who became the
father of David, an ancestor of
the forthcoming Messiah.

The story of Ruth is a 
beautiful illustration of how the
Kingdom of God would eventually pierce
the darkness of the heathen world
with the Light of the World,
Yeshua Ha'Mashiach.

"And I will ask the Father, and He will
give you another Comforter, that
He may remain with you forever."
John 14:16

The Miracle of Pentecost

El Greco

"And when the day of Pentecost had fully come,
they were all assembled together in one place,
When suddenly there came a sound from heaven
like the rushing of a violent tempest blast,
and it filled the whole house in which they were sitting.
And there appeared to them tongues resembling fire,
which were separated and distributed and which
settled on each one of them.
And they were all filled, diffused throughout their souls,
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other
different, foreign languages (tongues) as the
Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression
in each tongue the appropriate words.
Now there were then residing in Jerusalem Jews,
devout and God-fearing men in every country under heaven.
And when this sound was heard, the multitude came
together and they were astonished and bewildered
because each one heard them, the apostles,
speaking in his own particular dialect."
Acts 2:1-6

The miracle at Pentecost arrived on a Jewish holiday,
a time of God's holy convocation, when His
chosen people witnessed amazing signs and wonders
of His presence among them.

What began at the Temple of God in the
holy city of Jerusalem, and was designated for
the lost sheep of the house of Israel,
 would one day sweep away the
mighty and idolatrous Roman Empire
 into the dustbin of history.

"And I have other sheep besides these
that are not of this fold. I must bring and
impel those also; and they will listen
to My voice and heed My call,
and so there will be one flock
under one Shepherd."
John 10:16

The early followers of "The Way"
  were all Jewish believers in Yeshua whom
 often faced terrible persecution and death 
in order to witness about Him in the Near East
   and later, across the continent which would
one day become the nations of Europe,
eventually reaching the New World of America
and later across the Pacific Ocean to the lands of Asia.

Today, thanks to the super technology of
the 21st century, the Good News of the
 Gospel of Jesus Christ has reached even
those who, in the words of the psalmist,
 dwell in "the uttermost parts of the earth".
Acts 1:8

Monday, May 29, 2017

Centennial Birthday

May 29, 1917   -   May 29, 2017

100th Birthday of
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Portrait of John F. Kennedy
Jamie Wyeth

Sunset and evening star, 
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound or foam,
When that which drew out from the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark;

For, though from out our bourne of time and place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

Crossing The Bar
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Our Country

This post is dedicated to the people
of  America and the world.

"Wait and listen, everyone who is thirsty!
Come to the waters; and they who have no money,
come, buy, and eat!
Yes, come, buy priceless spiritual wine and milk
without money and without price,
simply for the self-surrender that
accepts the blessing."
Isaiah 55:1

"But whoever takes a drink of the water
that I will give them shall never, no never,
be thirsty anymore.
But the water that I will give them
shall become a spring of water
welling up, flowing, bubbling,
continually within them
unto eternal life."
John 4:14

Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well
Francesco Trevisani

"The Holy Spirit and the bride,
the church and the true Christians say,
Come! And let they who are listening
say, Come! And let everyone come
who is thirsty, who is painfully
conscious of their need of those
things by which the soul is
refreshed, supported, and strengthened;
and whoever earnestly desires to do it,
let them come, take, appropriate
and drink the water of Life
without cost."
Revelation 22:17

Lord! while for all mankind we pray,
Of every clime and coast,
O hear us for our native land,
The land we love the most.

O guard our shores from every foe;
With peace our borders bless;
With prosperous times our cities crown,
Our fields with plenteousness.

Unite us in the sacred love
O knowledge, truth, and Thee;
And let our hills and valleys shout
The songs of liberty.

Lord of the nations!
Thus to Thee our country we commend;
Be Thou her Refuge and her Trust,
Her everlasting Friend.

"Our Country"
 Lyrics by R. Nathaniel Dett

R. Nathaniel Dett
Canadian Composer/Conductor

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

Sword of the Lord

Dear Father in Heaven,
Like Your anointed warriors, Gideon and David
before him, please be our our President's Strength 
and impenetrable Shield, that he
may be used as an instrument for Your glory,
 in delivering our lawless and wicked nation from
the wrath of Your forthcoming judgment.
In Yeshua's mighty name
Amen and Amen

"Listen to Me, you who know rightness
and justice and right standing with God,
the people in whose heart is My law
and My instruction: fear not the
reproach of men, neither be
afraid or dismayed at
their revilings."
Isaiah 51:7

President Trump placing a wreath at the
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during
Memorial Day services at 
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy pow'rful hand;

Bread of heaven, Feed me
till I want no more;
Bread of heaven, Feed me
till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing waters flow;
Let the fiery cloudy pillar 
Lead me all my journey through;

Strong Deliverer, Be Thou
still my Strength and Shield;
Strong Deliverer, Be Thou
 still my Strength and Shield.

Thomas Hastings

Sunday, May 28, 2017

My Times Are In Your Hands

A Psalm of David

In You, O Lord, do I put my trust
and seek refuge; let me never be put to shame
or have my hope in You disappointed;
deliver me in Your righteousness.

Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily!
Be my Rock of refuge, 
a strong Fortress to save me!

Yes, You are my Rock and my Fortress;
therefore for Your name's sake lead me and guide me.

Draw me out of the net they have laid secretly for me,
for You are my Strength and my Stronghold.
Into Your hands I commit my spirit;
You have redeemed me, O Lord,
the God of truth and faithfulness.

You and I abhor those who pay regard to vain idols;
but I trust in, rely on, and confidently lean on the Lord.
I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy and steadfast love,
because You have seen my affliction, You have
taken note of my life's distresses,
and You have not given me into the
hands of the enemy; You have set my feet
in a broad place.

Have mercy and be gracious unto me, O Lord,
for I am in trouble; with grief my eye is weakened,
also my inner self and my body.
For my life is spent with sorrow and
my years with sighing; my strength has
failed because of my iniquity, and 
even my bones have wasted away.

To all my enemies I have become a reproach,
but especially to my neighbors and a dread to
my acquaintances, who flee from me on the street.
I am forgotten like a dead man, and out of mind,
like a broken vessel am I.

For I have heard the slander of many;
terror is on every side!  
While they schemed together
against me, they plotted to take my life.
But I trusted in, relied on, and was
 confident in You, O Lord;
I said, You are my God.
My times are in Your hands;
deliver me from the hands of my foes and those
who purse me and persecute me.
Let Your face shine on Your servant;
save me for Your mercy's sake and
in Your loving-kindness.

Let me not be put to shame, O Lord,
or disappointed, for I am calling upon You;
let the wicked be put to shame,
let them be silent in Sheol
(the place of the dead).

Let lying lips be silenced, which speak insolently
against the consistently righteous with
pride and contempt.
Oh, how great is Your goodness,
which You have laid up for those who
fear, revere, and worship You,
goodness which You have wrought for those
who trust and take refuge in You
before the sons of men!

In the secret place of Your presence
You hide them from the plots of men;
You keep them secretly in Your pavilion
from the strife of tongues.

Blessed be the Lord!
For He has shown me His marvelous loving favor
when I was beset as in a besieged city.

As for me, I said in my haste and alarm,
I am cut off from before Your eyes.
But You heard the voice of my supplications
when I cried to to You for aid.

O love the Lord, all you His saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful,
and plentifully pays back him who deals haughtily. 

Be strong and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for and hope for
and expect the Lord!

Psalm 31

Jerusalem From The Mount Of Olives
Frederic Edwin Church