Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Magic Movie Moments

These are a few of my favorite scenes
from some of the greatest movies of all time...

Whistle While You Work
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Ashley's Homecoming
Gone With The Wind

Somewhere Over The Rainbow
The Wizard Of Oz

"I'll Never Be Hungry Again"
Gone With The Wind

Song Of The South

"What A Wonderful Thing It Is To Be A Woman"
A Man Called Peter

"Behold His Mighty Hand!"
The Ten Commandments

Cary Grant and the Crop Duster
North By Northwest

"Love At First Sight"
West Side Story

Buying Groceries
"A Patch Of Blue"

Willy Wonka's Grand Entrance
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory


"The Man Of My Dreams"
Somewhere In Time

"If I Were The Devil..."

"You were the anointed cherub that covers
with overshadowing wings and I set you so...
You were blameless in your ways from
the day you were created until iniquity
and guilt were found in you."
Ezekiel 28:14,15

The Fallen Angel
Gustave Dore

"If I Were The Devil" is a timeless social commentary
 written by the legendary radio host, Paul Harvey.
 An essay in the form of social criticism, it's message
is as relevant for today's distracted and debased culture
 as it was when first aired on his national radio
program over fifty years ago...


If I were the Prince of Darkness
 I would want to engulf 
the whole earth in darkness.
I'd have a third of its real estate
 and four-fifths of its population,
but I would not be happy
 until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree.
So I should set about however necessary,
to take over the United States.

I would begin with a campaign of whispers.

With the wisdom of a serpent,
 I would whisper to you as I
whispered to Eve, "Do as you please."

To the young I would whisper,
 "The Bible is a myth."
  I would convince them that,
 "man created God" 
instead of the other way around.
I would confide that,
"what is bad is good and
  what is good is square."

In the ears of the young married
 I would whisper that work is debasing,
that cocktail parties are good for you.

 I would caution them not to
be "extreme" in religion,
 in patriotism, in moral conduct.

And the old I would teach to pray
-to say after me-
 "Our father which are in Washington."

Then I'd get organized.

I'd educate authors how to make lurid literature exciting
so that anything else would appear dull, uninteresting.

I'd threaten TV with dirtier movies, and vice-versa.

I'd infiltrate unions and urge more loafing, less work.

Idle hands usually work for me.

I'd peddle narcotics to whom I could, I'd sell alcohol to ladies
and gentlemen of distinction, I'd tranquilize the rest with pills.

If I were the Devil, I would encourage schools to refine
young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions;
 let those run wild.
I'd designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts 
and I'd get preachers to say, "She's right."

With flattery and promises of power I would get the
courts to vote against God and in favor of pornography.

Thus I would evict God from the courthouse, then from the
schoolhouse, then from the Houses of Congress.

Then in his own churches I'd substitute
 psychology for religion
and deify science.

If I were Satan I'd make the symbol of Easter an egg.
And the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the Devil I'd take from those who have and give to those
who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. 

Then my police state would force everybody back to work.

Then I would separate families, putting children in uniform,
women in coal mines, and objectors in slave-labor camps.

If I were Satan, I'd just keep doing what I'm doing
and the whole world go to hell as sure as the Devil."

Paul Harvey
American Radio Pioneer 
September 4, 1918-February 28, 2009

Monday, June 26, 2017

Even This Shall Pass Away

Persian Lion's Head
Signet Ring

Once in Persia reigned a king,
Who upon his signet ring
Graved a maxim true and wise,
Which, if held before his eyes,
Gave him counsel at a glance
Fit for every change and chance.
Solemn words, and these are they;
"Even this shall pass away."

Trains of camels through the sand
Brought him gems from Samarcand;
Fleets of galleys through the seas
Brought him pearls to match with these;
But he counted not his grain
treasures of the mine or main;
"What is wealth?" the king would say;
"Even this shall pass away"

'Mid the revels of his court,
At the zenith of his sport,
When the palms of all his guests
Burned with clapping at his jests,
He, amid his figs and wine,
Cried, "O loving friends of mine;
Pleasures come, but not to stay;
"Even this shall pass away."

Tiffany Dupont as Queen Esther and
Luke Goss as King Xerxes in the movie,
"One Night With The King"

Lady, fairest ever seen,
Was the bride he crowned his queen.
Pillowed on his marriage bed,
Softly to his soul he said:
"Though no bridegroom ever pressed
Fairer bosom to his breast,
Mortal flesh must come to clay-
"Even this shall pass away."

Fighting on a furious field,
Once a javelin pierced his shield;
Soldiers, with a loud lament,
Bore him bleeding to his tent.
Groaning from his tortured side,
"Pain is hard to bear," he cried;
"But with patience, day by day,
"Even this shall pass away."

Towering in the public square,
Twenty cubits in the air,
Rose his statue, carved in stone.
Then the king, disguised, unknown,
Stood before his sculptured name,
Musing meekly: "What is frame?
Fame is but a slow decay;
"Even this shall pass away."

Column capital in the form of a bull-man from
the Tripylon Persepolis, Achaemenid Period,
Reign of Xerxes BCE
The Oriental Institute
University of Chicago


Struck with palsy, sore and old,
Waiting at the Gates of Gold,
Said he with his dying breath,
"Life is done, but what is Death?"
Then, in answer to the king,
Fell a sunbeam on his ring,
Showing by a heavenly ray,
"Even this shall pass away."

Theodore Tilton

Like Silver Refined

"The words and promises
of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in an earthen furnace,
purified seven times over."
Psalm 12:6

"The words of the Lord"
those are the words that are
brought to us in Scripture.

They're flawless, they're without error.
They are absolutely and totally reliable.
Do you perhaps wonder how that could be
Since they were brought to us by human agents,
by men who were often weak and fallible
and made mistakes?

How can it be that the message
that comes to us through such men
is absolutely infallible, authoritative?

The psalmist uses a beautiful picture.
He says it's like silver refined
in a furnace of clay, purified seven times.
You see, the silver is the message of God.
The furnace of clay represents
the human instrument, the human messenger.

     There's a fire in that furnace

which is the fire of the Holy Spirit,
infinitely pure, infinitely purified, 
and as the message comes through the fire,
even though it's in a furnace of clay,
the fire purifies the message
and makes it absolutely pure
and absolutely reliable.

That's why you can put your faith without question
in the absolute accuracy and authority
of God's Word, the Scripture.

The words of the Lord are flawless.

They've been purified seven times

(that speaks of the Holy Spirit)in a furnace of clay,
 and they come forth as pure as refined silver.

"Refined In A Furnace"
Derek Prince

The Word of God is like a fire,
It kindles in our hearts desire
To see its Author face to face
And to know all the fullness of His grace.
Haldor Lillenas

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Envoy To The Toiling Of Felix

The legend of Felix is ended,
 the toiling of Felix is done;
The Master has paid him his wages, 
the goal of his journey is won;
He rests, but he never is idle; 
a thousand years pass like a day,
In the glad surprise of Paradise 
where work is sweeter than play.

Yet often the King of that country
comes out from his tireless host,
And walks in this world of the weary 
as if He loved it the most;
For here in the dusty confusion, 
with eyes that are heavy and dim,
He meets again the labouring men
 who are looking and longing for Him.

He cancels the curse of Eden, 
and brings them a blessing instead:
Blessed are they that labour,
 for Jesus partakes of their bread.
He puts His hand to their burdens,
 He enters their homes at night:
Who does his best shall have as guest
 the Master of life and light.

And courage will come with His presence, 
and patience return at His touch,
And manifold sins be forgiven
 to those who love Him much;
The cries of envy and anger
 will change to the songs of cheer,
The toiling age will forget its rage 
when the Prince of Peace draws near.

This is the gospel of labour,
 ring it, ye bells of the kirk!
The Lord of Love 
came down from above,
 to live with the men who work.
This is the rose that He planted,
 here in the thorn-crust soil:
Heaven is blest with perfect rest,
 but the blessing of Earth is toil.

Henry Van Dyke

 Saint Felix of Valois

 Saint Felix of Valois (1126-1212) was a member of 
France's royal family and the grandson of  King Henry I.
A gallant crusader, Felix traded the possibility of wearing
the French crown for Christ's call on his life  He, and
Saint John of Matha, founded the Order of the Holy Trinity,
for the redemption of Christians being held as
slaves in Muslim lands. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Wisdom of Sarah

"Remember: don't fight back, keep on stepping and
let God fight your battles, and win them."
Sarah Carter Perry Brown

Sarah Carter Perry Brown

She was born Sarah Frances,
the second daughter of the Reverend Thomas Carter
and his wife, Channie, and named after her
maternal grandmother, Sarah Frances Hand,
on December 10, 1903 in Jeffersonville, Georgia.

The Carters were a close knit family. 
Sarah's father was a farmer who raised pigs
and chickens, as well as crops like
collard greens, string beans, corn,
peanuts, tomatoes, and grew peach trees.

Sarah, who attended a local school until
the third grade, when she had to quit to work on her
father's farm, remembered, "It was a different
time, but God was surely protecting us and leading us."

However, Sarah was born in the time of the segregated South,
where the harassment and murders of black Americans
 by members of the notorious Ku Klux Klan
 happened on a regular basis.

One Sunday morning while walking home from church,
young Sarah was chased by members of the Klan.
Fortunately, her brother, Thomas Hezekiah, heard
his sister's cries for help and came to her rescue.

With growing concerned for their safety, 
 Reverend Carter eventually left the South, taking his
 family from rural Georgia to Pennsylvania to live in
 the city of Philadelphia.  Although the move was a
hard one for Sarah and her family, they knew
God was with them on the journey.

Even after the Great Depression took all of
Reverend Carter's savings out of the bank, he
still managed to have enough money to eventually
move his family to southern New Jersey, and
the sleepy little community of Monroeville,
where he built a new home and started 
another farm, not too far from where 
his oldest daughter, Maud, lived with her husband.

Meanwhile, Sarah, who was married to her 
first husband at the time, lived for awhile
in Philadelphia, and later in Passaic, in northern New Jersey,
before she eventually moved to South Jersey.

"We didn't have a whole lot, but we had the Lord,"
Sarah remembered, We had faith. We had spirit.
Our family prayed together, worked together,
and stayed together. We were taught to put God
first in everything."

I first learned about this remarkable woman's story 
after reading the book written about her  
 by her grand-niece, Caryl R. Lucas, entitled, 
"Aunt Sarah's Recipes For A Long And
Spirit-Filled Life. Wisdom and Soulful
Lessons From A 105-Year-Old Matriarch".

Throughout her long life, Sarah relied heavily
on her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the infallible
wisdom found in the Word of God to see her and her family
through life's struggles and storms.

Despite her busy daily schedule cooking for
  her large family and working on the farm, 
 Sarah firmly believed in starting each day
 giving praise and glory
to God for all His blessings in her life.

As the oldest member of Emmanuel Baptist Church
 located in my hometown of Glassboro, New Jersey,
Sarah rarely missed Sunday services.
According to her niece, Caryl, heads would turn to
see her aunt walking into church wearing her beautiful suits
and elegant hats. Her unique sense of style 
 not only lit up the sanctuary, but, her 
unshakable faith in God was an inspiration,
both to her pastor and many of her
 fellow church members alike.

 Sarah believed in allowing the light of
Christ to shine through her for His glory.
It was not always easy, however, especially when dealing 
 with difficult people, or racial prejudice, or even
jealous and gossipy members of her church.

I am sure this godly woman had to bite her tongue
more than once after a rude or unkind remark was said to
or about her, but Sarah remained steadfast to her cause
 for Jesus, which is, that it is far better to sow good seeds 
 in your words or deeds, because eventually a good seed,
 planted at the right moment, will in turn  
 produce an abundant spiritual harvest for
the glory of the kingdom of God.

Sarah was a fabulous cook, known for her
delicious, down home recipes for southern fried chicken, 
potato salad, collard greens, and flaky biscuits, not to
 mention delightful desserts like sweet potato pie and
peach cobbler.

Her niece's book records some of Sarah's own recipes
that I definitely want to try out now that I have found
this wonderful book again after finding 
the right box of books it was stored in
after moving to my present home.

But far more importantly, the love and wisdom portrayed
within this ordinary woman's extraordinary spirit-filled life
remains a deep inspiration and encouragement
to me in my own daily walk of faith.

"We walk by faith, not by sight."
2 Corinthians 5:7

"I've kept my mind on Jesus. God has sure
been good to me. If I had a thousand tongues,
I couldn't thank Him enough."
Sarah Carter Brown

Above quotes by Sarah Carter Brown were taken
from the book, "Aunt Sarah's Recipes For A Long And Spirit-Filled Life
Wisdom And Soulful Lessons From A 105-Year-Old Matriarch"
Copyright 2009 by Caryl R. Lucas