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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

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Jan Van Eyck Crucifixion and Last Judgement

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

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thoughts on psalm 23

[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

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The Gospel to me is simply irresistible.

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

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Work, for the Day is coming!

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

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There’s not a craving in the mind

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

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thoughts on Psalm 2 > the Lord laughs in derision

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

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new music > everyday

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

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The enemy still hath many things in me;

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

The Book of Revelation / The Apocalypse > !

I have been steeped in studying Revelation the last several weeks. Right now I am on chapter 13. I have actually read through and studied this book a few other times, and it amazes me how something like this remains fresh, and gets deeper and more moving each time through. I try to vary my

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New Song! hear the drum