Sunday, May 27, 2012

Thanking Those Who Keep Us Free

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I will always thank the Lord; 
      I will never stop praising him.

Psalm 34:1

Good News Translation (GNT)

            In the United States  Memorial Day is a day when we give honor to those who have helped keep our nation free and to preserve our way of life.  Many have died and made tremendous sacrifices fighting for the ideals upon which this great country was founded.  

           This week-end we give thanks to all the men and women who died for our freedom.  We should also remember to thank the founding fathers who set the course for our nation.   Thanks could also be offered for the inventors and creators who made our country an innovator that contributed to the betterment of our lives and made the U.S. an economic leader.    And let us not forget the teachers, medical personnel, clergy, and all of those in the public and private sector who make our country run smoothly and provide for a safe, secure, and comfortable living environment.

          Then we should remember all of the responsible and dedicated parents, grandparents, family members, and neighbors who give us support and sense of community.  Perhaps we need to thank everyone in this great country for what good they have done or what they are capable of doing one day.

          Have I forgotten to thank anyone?   Who do you think deserves a deep expression of gratitude?

 Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

New International Version (NIV)

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Good Things

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Praise the Lord, 
who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Psalm 103:5

New International Version (NIV)

         Maybe I pray for some of the wrong things.  But then again God knows what is best for me.  I know that sometimes my prayers are misdirected.  What I desire may not be what is best for me.  It may not be what I need.

                A kid may wish to be let loose in the candy store.  If left on his own the kid in the candy store may eat all that he can until he becomes full and sick to his stomach, senses deadened, uncomfortably ill.  The kid probably knows what is best for him, but that lustful desire unleashes a maddening greed and an uncontrollable frenzy of feeding the sensual craving within.  

              I am the kid at the doorway of the candy store.  I ask God to let me go in--it is my desire.  God listens and he satisfies my desire with good things--perhaps not what I thought I wanted, but what I needed.  God does answer my prayers in unexpected ways.   But his ways are always the best for me.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Appreciating the Zealotry of the #atozchallenge

 I found a blogfest over at Denise Covey's L'Aussie blog where she's asking us to repost our favorite blog post from the A to Z Challenge. Go to her site to find the Linky list to read more blogs or sign up with your own.  This was kind of difficult to say one was the favorite, but here's one that I liked.


           Though not considered a Christian music artist, in 1970 Turley Richards came onto the popular music scene with an incredible version of the hymn "I Heard the Voice of Jesus".   I found it on a Warner Brothers sampler album that came out at the time and listened to the song in amazement.  Turley's vocal range is astounding.  The emotion with which the song is presented stirs the soul.

          "I Heard the Voice of Jesus" at least made it to the U.S. pop charts, but didn't rank very high.  However the song is somewhat of a cult hit and has attained a respectable fan base in Latin American countries.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Christ for All

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Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns. 
    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; 
    he will judge the peoples with equity.

Psalm 96:10

New International Version (NIV)

         Who have you told?  Do you ever tell other people about Jesus Christ?  Have you ever been a defender of your Christian faith?   Are you thankful for the freedoms you enjoy to worship as you please?

         We in the United States and most other Western nations have been fortunate in the relative freedom we have to believe what we want to believe with virtually no persecution.  Sure, we might deal with some verbal barbs that might get thrown our way, but we can still go to church, listen to religious radio or television programs, read our Bibles, and freely discuss among ourselves our faith without fear of imprisonment, torture, or even death.  The day will come, but fortunately we are not there yet.

      This thought crossed my mind this past week.  As I was visiting some of the blog posts that I had missed during the April A to Z Challenge I ran across a post by Philips Verghese Ariel which moved me.  This man's defense of my faith was so wholehearted and sincere that it gave me pause to think.

      I hope you will stop by to say hello to PV Ariel and thank him for his post.

So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.

2 Timothy 1:8

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

#atozchallenge Reflections Post: Meet My Most Neglected Blog

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My lips will shout for joy 
    when I sing praise to you—
    I whom you have delivered.

Psalm 71:23

New International Version (NIV)

       Music can be used in many ways and my mission during the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge of 2012 was to show some of the ways contemporary music has been used to sing to God and about God and the Christian faith.   I think I met my mission with success and I hope those of you who read my entries and listened to the songs I provided as examples enjoyed what I presented and perhaps were even inspired in some way.

       Sharing favorite music has always been something I've enjoyed doing.  The beauty of doing it on a blog is your choice to listen or not.  When I've done music sharing with car companions or visitors to my house I don't know that it's always been appreciated and may have even been an imposition.  If you chose to stay and listen to the music I thank you.  

         If this is your first visit here or if you missed any or all of my April offerings, I invite you to check some of them out.  I'd like to get your thoughts on any of the musical selections or any of my commentary.  For the sake of proper disclosure, I will say that music is not the norm on this blog.  Typically at A Few Words you will only find Sunday posts that reflect upon some passage from Psalms and then offer some similarly themed passage from another part of the Bible.  I try to keep the posts short and presented in a few words.

         If you are not a follower of this blog and might like to return, please click on the "Join This Site" button in the sidebar.  This poor neglected blog had very few followers prior to the A to Z Challenge and increased the following by over 75 of you wonderful people during the course of April.  Of course it didn't hurt that I asked for followers.  Thank you and I hope you will continue to visit now and then.

If you are interested in visiting any of my A to Z posts they are as follows:

Here's one last song:

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