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thinking >

Friday, April 17th, 2015
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Don’t shut up any avenue of your nature, let God come into every avenue, every relationship, and you will find the nightmare curse of “secular and sacred” will go.

With regard to other men’s minds, take all you can get, whether those minds are in flesh-and-blood editions or in books, but remember, the best you get from another mind is not the mind’s verdict, but its standpoint. Note the writers that provoke you to do the best mentally.

We have no business to limit God’s revelations to the bias of the human mind.

Truth is discerned by moral obedience. There are points in our thinking which remain obscure until a crisis arises in personal life where we ought to obey, immediately we obey the intellectual difficulty alters. Whenever we have to obey it is always in something immensely practical.

The first thing to go when you begin to think is your theology. If you stick too long to a theological point of view you become stagnant, without vitality.

Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong, it may be a sign he is thinking.

A logical position is satisfying to the intellect, but it can never be true to life. Logic is simply the method man’s intellect follows in making things definable to himself, but you can’t define what is greater than yourself.

Don’t run away with the idea that everything that runs contrary to your complacent scheme of things is of the devil.

Obedience is the basis of Christian thinking. Never be surprised if there are whole areas of thinking that are not clear, they never will be until you obey.

It takes a long time to get rid of atheism in thinking.

OC

thoughts on study >

Friday, April 10th, 2015
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Study to begin with can never be easy; the determination to form systematic mental habits is the only secret. Don’t begin anything with reluctance.

Beware of any cleverness that keeps you from working. No one is born a worker; men are born poets and artists, but we have to make ourselves “laborers”.

The discipline of our mind is the one domain God has put in our keeping. It is impossible to be of any use to God if we are lazy. God won’t cure laziness, we have to cure it.

More danger arises from physical laziness than almost any other thing.

Inspiration won’t come irrespective of study, but only because of it. Don’t trust to inspiration, use your own “axe” (Psalm 74:5). Work! Think! Don’t luxuriate on the mount!

The demand for inspiration is the measure of our laziness. Do the things that don’t come by inspiration.

It is difficult to get yourself under control to do work you are not used to, the time spent seems wasted at first, but get at it again. The thing that hinders control is impulse.

Your mind can never be under your control unless you bring it there; there is no gift for control. You may pray till Doomsday but your brain will never concentrate if you don’t make it concentrate.

In the most superficial matters put yourself under control, your own control. Be as scrupulously punctual in your private habits as you would be in Government office.

Don’t insult God by telling Him He forgot to give you any brains when you were born. We all have brains, what we need is work.

OC

Jan Van Eyck Crucifixion and Last Judgement

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
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The two panels may have been the wings of a triptych, but there is no certainty about that. In the 19th century the paintings were transferred from panel to canvas.

Three parts can be distinguished in the Crucifixion. The foreground shows weeping women. Under the crosses Van Eyck created a vivid scene with soldiers and others. In the top part the three crucified men are shown, with Jesus Christ in the center.

Perhaps the most remarkable part of the Crucifixion is the astonishing depth of the landscape behind the crosses. Van Eyck applied a splendid spatial perspective.

A vertical axis is the key to the composition of the Last Judgment: Christ as judge at the top, and archangel Michael controlling the underworld.

Next to Jesus are the virgin Mary and John the Baptist. They seem to float above the chosen, the dead that were allowed into Heaven.

No daylight enters the underworld where the doomed dwell for ever. It looks as if the dead enter Hell through the skeleton of Death. (copyright Art & Bible)

note: As we celebrate Christs triumph over death, I find the underworld reminder a somber reality often overlooked, but edifying nonetheless. Please click on the image to enlarge
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thoughts on psalm 23

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
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[A Psalm of David.]

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

“Millions of people have memorized this psalm, even those who have learned few other Scripture portions. Ministers have used it to comfort people who are going through severe personal trials, suffering illness, or dying. For some, the words of this psalm have been the last they have ever uttered in life.” (Boice) (more…)

The Gospel to me is simply irresistible.

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
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Being the man I am, being full of lust and pride and envy and malice and hatred and false good, and all accumulated and exaggerated misery – to me the Gospel of the grace of God, and the Redemption of Christ, and the regeneration and sanctification of the Holy Ghost, that Gospel is to me simply irresistible, and I cannot understand why it is not equally irresistible to every mortal man born of woman.

 

Pascal

Work, for the Day is coming!

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
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Made for the saints of light;
Off with the garments dreary,
On with the armor bright:
Soon will the strife be ended,
Soon all our toils below;
Not to the dark we’re tending,
But to the Day we go.

Work, then, the Day is coming!
No time for the sighing now!
Harps for the hands once drooping,
Wreaths for the victor’s brow,
Now morning Light is breaking,
Soon will the Day appear;
Night shades appal no longer,
Jesus, or Lord, is near!

There’s not a craving in the mind

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
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Thou dost not meet and still;
There’s not a wish the heart can have
Which Thou dost not fulfill.

All things that have been, all that are,
All things that can be dreamed,
All possible creations made,
Kept faithful, or redeemed;-

All these may draw upon Thy power,
Thy mercy may command,
And still outflows Thy silent sea
Immutable and grand

O little heart of mine shall pain
Or sorrow make thee moan,
When all this God is all for thee,
A Father all thine own?

Faber

thoughts on Psalm 2 > the Lord laughs in derision

Saturday, November 1st, 2014
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behold the political midterms…potentially historic? Not important? Saving America? Six of one, half a dozen of another? I personally do follow politics and I do not ascribe to the “big government lots o’ free goodies to buy votes” approach to nation management. It is a true travesty that so many Americans would rather live off of the dole than work – especially if the difference between the welfare and the work dollar amount is negligable. I am aware that we need safety nets for those that cannot make it on their own, but that is not what I am talking about here. Our food stamp and various living subsidy programs are being scammed by people that do not need them, and are happy to steal from taxpayers. Additionally, we have a power run wild government assisting a perversion, forcing homosexuality (and abortion) on Americans at the expense of religious freedom. Churches and folks of the faith must subsidize abortions under Obamacare…and Christian business owners are being sued and threatened with jail time for not wanting to participate in gay marriage ceremonies. As far as political sides are concerned there is waste and fraud on all sides of the political spectrum…sometimes it seems a prerequisite to political leadership is a corrupt heart. This world is sick. (more…)

new music > everyday

Monday, October 27th, 2014
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contrary to what you see here on the site I have been writing quite a bit… it seems I have started so many different things, but not finished nearly as many. As I have mentioned before, the quote from Ecclesiates; “It is better to finish something than to start it” still applies…so, part of the reason is my studios upgrades in the last 2 months…some of my new software upgrades required a new Operating System…but I could not yet let go of my old, because some of my software only works over there… so that meant a new computer (now 2 in studio, not counting laptop and ipad)… It is working ok with 3 screens, one large and 2 standard panel…I also upgraded a couple of programs, and got some very cool hardware as well…all of this translates into learning curves galore! I decided yesterday just to finish one of the many different tunes…a kind of sketch called “everyday”. I was messing with some sounds; Rhodes, big bangin drums, oozing – percolating bass, layers o’ percussions – and here we are… (more…)

The enemy still hath many things in me;

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
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Yea, many an evil nest with open hole
Gapes out to him, at which he enters free.
But, like the impact of a burning coal,
His presence mere straight rouses the garrison,
And all are up in arms, and down on knee,
Fighting and praying till the foe is gone.

GM