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Bismarck. At night - a man after my own (un-redeemed) heart

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In his history “Dreadnought”, Robert K. Massie writes the following of (Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von) Bismarck (1 April 1815 – 30 July 1898)

“At night, he slept poorly or not at all. Often, he lay awake until seven a.m., then slept until two p.m.

Lying in bed he mulled over grievances. “I have spent the whole night hating” he said once.

When no immediate object of hatred was available, he ransacked his memory to dredge up wrongs done to him years before”



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Lord above, and to my shame, I have been there too. (jmp)



President Barack H. Obama. What "they" say, and what I think

"THEY" SAY


That he is a fascist

That he is a socialist

That he wishes to kill our aged grandparents

That he will (like H-tler) indoctrinate our children

That he is not an American citizen

That he is the "anti-Christ"

That he is secretly a Muslim

They have

Pictured him with a H-tler moustache

Made posters of him with a hammer and sickle

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Iforgotto mention that he is an African-American

(Do you suppose that they know this?)

Irespect and admire our President

Ithink that they are deluded, un-patriotic, and dangerous



Flip-flops and thieves.

We had a full house at the Resurrection House prayer service last Wednesday. “Full house” means ten people crammed into a very small chapel.

Having heard “never-ending” testimonies I often run a tight ship at these prayer services. The testimonies have often got quite preachy, and “preaching” is last on the list of needs for homeless people.

Nevertheless I try to be open to the zeitgeist, so last Wednesday we took time to listen to a homeless sister and a homeless brother.

She was probably in her sixties. Her face was worn and sad. Her expression was earnest. She talked about flip-flops.

She told us that many years ago she had a house in which to live, but she had very little money. Her only foot-wear was a pair of flip-flops. Lord, how she hated those inadequate flip-flops.

She went on to tell us of her amazement that in these days “everyone” wears flip-flops. Why, she wondered, would folks choose to wear the foot-wear which to her was a sign and reminder of poverty?

She added that “e…

Second entry for today "Why I despise the religious right". Why I am no longer an Evangelical Christian

This is the kind of crap which come from the Religious (!?) Right.

Why do these so-called Evangelicals tell so many lies?

Why do they insult and disrespect their brother in Christ Obama?


PSALM 2009 - 2012


FIRST BOOK OF DEMOCRATS

OBAMA IS A SHEPHERD,
I SHALL NOT WANT.


HE LEADETH ME BESIDE STILL FACTORIES.

HE RESTORETH MY FAITH IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.

HE GUIDETH ME IN THE PATH OF UNEMPLOYMENT.

YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE BREAD LINE,
I SHALL NOT GO HUNGRY.

OBAMA HAS ANOINTED MY INCOME WITH TAXES,


MY EXPENSES RUNNETH OVER MY INCOME,

SURELY, POVERTY AND HARD LIVING WILL FOLLOW ME
ALL THE DAYS OF MY LIFE.

AND I WILL LIVE FOREVER
IN A RENTED HOME.


BUT I AM GLAD I AM AN AMERICAN,
I AM GLAD THAT I AM FREE.
I ONLY WISH I WAS A DOG
AND OBAMA WAS A TREE.

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Nothing today

Nothing today

Second entry for today: "Watch your language"

When did "majority" supplant "most" (especially from the voices of radio and T.V. reporters) as in "the majority of cars are imported" rather than "most cars are imported"?

Why do many reporters write or say "three troops were killed" rather than "three troopers were killed"?

( A troop is made up of a number of troopers.

" [the] troops" is a collective noun.)

First entry today: "Watch your language"

At the second Socialist International in Amsterdam,Holland in 1889 (?) the American Socialist Daniel DeLeon was scathing in his comments regarding various other delegates.

He described Frenchman Jean Allemane as "a flannel mouthed blatherskite"

Oh for the return of such rich language in our political discourse!

J. Michael Povey: Sermon for August 30th 2009

Sermon for August 30th 2009
The Revd. J. Michael Povey at All Angels by the Sea, Longboat Key, FL
Songs of Songs 2:8-13; James 1:17-27; Mark 7:1-23


“The time for singing has come”.


I have a passion for good hymns.

The reformation message of the Church under Martin Luther was spread by song. Luther knew what I know - that we learn our faith by what we sing.


Sometimes, however, we do not know the meaning of what we sing. For example, we joyfully “belt out” Luther’s “A mighty fortress is our God” - and we sing tghe verse that says “The Prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him”, believing that we are singing about the Devil. Wrong! “The Prince of darkness” in Luther’s hymn was the Pope.

The Methodist revival in England under John and Charles Wesley was a singing revival. Charles wrote over 6,000 hymns to spread the message of scriptural holiness which his brother John preached.

Amongst the 6,000 were more than a few clunkers. But the best survived and we often sing his “Chri…