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Marble’s Monday Menagerie 03/19/2012

An odd collection this week-

An interesting progression of guitar riffs in rock and roll for 60′s and 70′s rockers.

An idea from Tom Rainer about why the big keep getting bigger and the small disappear.

I love to see satire used to make a point.  This one is great about judgmental hearts. I am certain no one reading this will have one.

The side of sexual addictions which gets little airplay, the wife and how she is to deal with her husband.

Men can never have enough weapons in their arsenal on how to deal with temptation.

A really good reminder that we can’t always see what is happening behind the scenes in the spiritual world.

Loved this- I have always said that life is kind of like boxing, that we have to learn how to take punches as well as give them.  Enjoy this one on how to receive criticism.

Debt can do funny things to folks. Hopefully these tips can help you deal with it appropriately.

Marble’s Monday Menagerie 03.12.2012

It is hard to narrow down my list every week.

Sometimes busyness can keep us from seeing simple things.

The Jewish holiday Purim was recently celebrated.  The current Israeli Prime Minister doesn’t want anyone to forget the Persians (read Iranians) nearly wiped them all out once in history and doesn’t it to happen again.

A great article on scriptural support for the celebration of Christian Calendar year.

Tom Rainer is such a rich resource for pastoral encouragement.

Is there enough awareness of Joseph Kony.

Do we have our facts straight on Joseph Kony.

The compact world of crowded city life of the Japanese.

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate”

St. Patrick was newly arrived in Ireland in the year 433 when the eve of Easter Sunday coincided with the pagan feast of Beltaine. On the hill of Slane, visible across the valley from the High King’s seat on the Hill of Tara, he and his followers kindled the paschal flame in defiance of the royal edict that no fire be lit on that night except the bonfire of the Druids. “If that fire is not put out this night,” warned the Druids, “it will never be extinguished in the whole of Ireland.” During that night Patrick and his followers chanted the Faed Fiada or “Deer’s Cry” for protection, so named because the soldiers of King Laoghaire, sent to arrest the violators of the edict and put out the fire, saw only a mother doe and her fawns. The prayer also known as the Lorica or “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”. The Paschal fire was not extinguished that night and the next day, Easter Sunday, Patrick obtained permission from Laoghaire to preach Christianity in Ireland. The rest, as they say, is history. St. Patrick, ora pro nobis.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of witches, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

The Solitariness of God

The Solitariness of God

“In the beginning, God” (Gen 1:1).  There was a time, if “time” it could be called, when God, in the unity of His nature (though subsisting equally in three Divine Persons), dwelt all alone.  “In the beginning, God.”  There was no heaven, where His glory is not particularly manifested.  There was no earth to engage His attention.  There were no angels to hymn His praises; no universe to be upheld by the world of His power.  There was nothing, no one, but God; and that, not for a day, a year, or an age, but “from everlasting.”  During a past eternity, God was alone; self-contained, self sufficient, self-satisfied; in need of nothing.  Had a universe, had angels, had human beings been necessary to Him any way, there also had been called into existence from all eternity.  The creating of them when He did, added nothing to God essentially.  He changes not (Mal. 3:6), therefore His essential glory can be neither augmented nor diminished.

God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create.  That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part, caused by nothing outside Himself, determined by nothing but His own mere good pleasure; for He “worketh all things after the counsel of His own will” (Eph. 1:11).  That He did create was simply for His manifestative glory.  Do some of our readers imagine that we have gone beyond what Scripture warrants?  Then our appeal shall be to the Law and the Testimony; “Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever; and blessed be Thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise (Neh. 9:5).  God is no gainer even from our worship.  His was in no need of that external glory of His grace which arises from His redeemed, for He is glorious enough in Himself without that.  What was it that moved Him to predestinate His elect to the praise of the Glory of His grace?  It was, as Eph. 1:5 tells us, “according to the good pleasure of His will.”

(Pink, The Attributes of God, p. 9-10)

Marble’s Monday Menagerie 04.04.12

My seminary friend writes blogs of a more erudite nature.  This one is on the Biblical veracity of church membership.

For all you math geeks and lovers who find Fibonacci sequence proof of the existence of an intelligent creator God.

I will walk or take the train while in Poland.

There is nothing worse than talking to people who don’t know how to talk to people.

Even Richard Dawkins has to reconcile the fact the universe is something rather than nothing.

Pastors, be available for your church.

I wonder if the Iranian regime will listen.

Chase Kingdom things.