Sober and alert, for the days are evil .. God, let us not deceive ourselves!
Originally posted on Chrisicisms:
On Sunday night, as Twitter and Facebook were reporting that 21 Egyptian Christians had been murdered by ISIS, I ignored them and watched the “Saturday Night Live” anniversary special.
On Monday, as the story gained more traction, I dutifully changed my Facebook profile to the number 21 in honor of the dead, and then went about the rest of my day before coming home to write a blog about my great spiritual sacrifice: not using my Smart Phone during Lent.
Tonight, I came home and wrote about the upcoming Oscars, my great contribution to the world being my ability to be witty when discussing what some have called the world’s glitziest employee-of-the-month ceremony. I wrote about “Selma,” “Boyhood” and “Birdman” as if they were cornerstones of our culture, and as if their performance at the Oscars would change the course of our society. Meanwhile, I’m distracting myself from thinking about…
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Tweeted by Franklin Graham the other day: “I’ve learned on my trip human trafficking is not only sex and labor but children are sometimes sold so that their organs can be harvested.” *OMG*
— feeling sick.
Dec. 22 .. Come 2Bethlehem &see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, on bended knee, adore Christ the LORD! the newborn KING! Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Dec. 23 (a) .. What child is this who sleeps on Mary’s lap? Whom angels greet w/sweet songs while shepherds keep watch by nite? ‘Tis God’s promisd SAVIOR!
Dec. 23 (b) .. What child is this? ..Nails, spears shall pierce him thru, a cross he’ll bear 4me 4u. Hail the Word made flesh! this Babe, the Son of Mary!
Dec. 24 .. @PastorTullian: “Christmas sets in motion the Divine pattern of God drawing near to us, not because we’ve done it right, but because we keep doing it wrong.”
Dec. 25 .. CHRISTMAS DAY!!
God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior…
Was born on Christmas Day;
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!
From God our heavenly Father
A blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tiding of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.
“Fear not, then,” said the angel,
“Let nothing you affright;
This day is born a Savior
Of a pure virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in him
From Satan’s power and might.”
Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
this holy tide of Christmas
Doth bring redeeming grace
Dec. 19 (a) .. Mary did u know that ur baby boy will someday walk on water?..he came2save our sons &daughters? Did u know ur baby boy has come 2make u new?
Dec. 19 (b) .. Mary did u know ur baby boy will gv sight 2a blind man?He’s walkd where angels trod!&when ur kiss ur little baby uve kissed the face of God.
Dec. 20 (a) .. Mary did u know ur baby boy is Lord of all creation?&ruler of nations?&heavn’s perfect Lamb! This sleeping child ur holding is the gr8 I AM!
Dec. 20 (b) .. When I was a seeker .. I asked the Lord 2help me &He showed me the way! Go tell it on the mountain &everywhere that Jesus Christ is born!
Dec. 21 .. JOY 2the world, the LORD has come! Let earth receive her KING! Let every heart prepare Him room, &Heaven &nature sing!
Dec. 17 (a) .. Born a King on Bethlehems plain;King 4ever,ceasing never,Ovr us all 2reign. Star of wonder..w/royal beauty brite! Guide us 2ur perfect Lite.
Dec. 17 (b) .. Glorious now behold Him arise,King &God &Sacrifice. Alleluia, alleluia!Sounds thru earth &skies. O star of wonder,Guide us 2ur perfect Lite!
Dec. 18 .. NOEL! Born is the King of Israel! Let us all w/1accord sing praises 2our heavnly Lord who made heavn&earth..&w/his blood mankind has bought!
Dec. 13 .. Be near me Lord Jesus I ask u2stay close by me 4ever &love me I pray. Bless all the dear children in ur care &take us 2heavn 2live w/u there ..
Dec. 14 .. Come they told me.. a new born King 2see.. our finest gifts we bring.. 2lay b4 the king.. so 2honor Him Pa rum pum pum pum.. when we come
Dec. 15 .. Little baby Jesus, I am a poor boy too.. I have no gift 2bring.. That’s fit 2give our King.. Shall I play 4u Pa rum pum pum pum.. On my drum
Dec. 16 .. Sweet little Jesus boy ..We didn’t know who u was Didn’t know u’d come 2save us Lord 2take our sins away Our eyes was blind we couldn’t see
Dec. 9 .. Silent nite Holy nite! shepherds QUAKE @ th sight; GLORIES stream from heavn abov as ANGEL ARMIES sing Hallelujah! CHRIST th Savior is born!
Dec. 10 .. All the years anticipating are surrendered 2a tiny baby’s cry.There’s a dawn 2follow darkness,There’s a face 2fill the title Prince of Peace
Dec. 11 .. These Hands that hold me tightly are th same that set my shackld spirit free.Blessed Jesus meek &lowly, u hv come into my life &made it new!
Dec. 12 (a) .. Hark! angels sing: Hail the heavnborn Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness! Lite&life 2all He brings; Risn w/healing in His wings.
Dec. 12 (b) .. JESUS set His glory by,Born so we no more may die,Born 2raise the ppl of earth &gv us 2nd birth! Herald angels sing GLORY 2the newborn King!
Dec. 5(a) .. Do uc what I c? a Star/a SIGN! Do u hear what I hear? a Song/angels’ ANNOUNCMENT! Do u know what I know? Listen 2what I say! JESUS has come!
Dec. 5(b) .. Silent nite Holy nite, Son of God! Love’s PURE radiant Light BEAMS from ur holy face, w/the dawn of Redeeming GRACE! Jesus, LORD @ ur birth!
Dec. 6 .. Hark! (LISTEN!) The herald (MESSENGER) angels sing “GLORY! To the newborn KING!” CHRIST is ADORED by highest heaven! The everlasting LORD!
Dec. 7 .. [How long must we wait O God?] BEHOLD Him come! Offspring of a virgin’s womb; veiled in flesh, the GODhead! SEE! PRAISE the incarnate Diety!
Dec. 8 .. O come our Lord of might who, 2ur tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient times, gv HOLY LAW in cloud &majesty &awe. REJOICE! ur GRACE indwells!
Dec. 1 .. Hark! (LISTEN!) the Herald (MESSENGER!) Angels Sing! “Glory 2the newborn King (JESUS)! Peace on earth &mercy mild, God &sinners reconciled!”
Dec. 2 .. O come Emmanuel (“GOD W/US”) &ransom captive Israel (UR PPL WAIT EXPECTANTLY!) that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear!
Dec. 3 .. Joyful! All nations rise &join the TRIUMPH of the skies with the angelic host! Proclaim: CHRIST! (the SAVIOR from God) is born in Bethlehem!
Dec. 4 .. O come our Wisdom from on high Who orderd all things: 2us the path of knowldge show &teach us in her ways 2go! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come!
Post a brief conversation with a coworker, today, I asked myself what’s the difference between the idioms “sound the klaxon!” vs. a “clarion call” .. and aside from the difference in types of “horn” referred to in each, I have (for now) concluded that the Klaxon idiom refers to a sending OUT of the sound (and doesn’t necessarily imply action except perhaps as the individual responds to a warning), whereas the Clarion Call – though there IS also a “sending out” of the sound – is actually a gathering IN .. an attached requirement that the people respond and come together for action …