R's Commonplace Book

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  1. So people are too tired or too busy or too something to seek the Lord? Truth be told: too wrapped up in self.

  2. Verse of the week, for this 17th week of the year, is Mt 16.18. You got it memorized?

  3. I see it time and time again: People get close to a commitment and the evil one puts obstacles in the way. Such as work schedule changing to keep them away Sundays.

  4. Douglas spoke tonight, following up on his message two weeks ago. Then, on Philip and the Ethiopian; tonight, on Ananias and Saul. Great job both times.

  5. Y.T. is not much of a song leader, not much of a voice to sing with. But the Brazilian saying is, in the land of the blind, he who has one eye is king.

  6. An original verse: What good is toilet paper on a roll / When squashed?! From me the space the seller stole!

  7. A Bible verse: “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s hand shortened? Now you will see whether my word to you will come true or not!'” Nm 11.23.

  1. Wrote two poems/lyrics in Portuguese in recent days. Unusual for me. English is usually my go-to artistic language.

  2. Gutters went up this morning in two strategic spots on the house where we’ve had leakage problems.

  3. Douglas preaches tomorrow, so I’m leading singing.

  4. Some of the alternative social media have been acting up lately, makes it hard to recommend.

  5. Getting toward the end of my #BulletJournal begun Jan 2018. Got a Moleskine in the wings waiting.

  6. An original, er, verse: A simple line break / Does not a poem make.

  7. A Bible verse: “Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Get up and go south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ (This is a desert road.)” Acts 8.26.

On Reddit my posts are rarely noted, often ignored. Recently, two posts got downvoted. Titles?

  • Jesus is the way

  • The glory of the church

Not surprised. One, absolute truth is not acceptable today in most circles. Two, egotism is today’s standard.

To several sites such as believingprayer.com and deusconosco.com I’ve been adding images of late. This against my best judgment.

  1. It takes more time, which I don’t really have.
  2. The gospel is not visual, but auditory. We hear. We read. It’s about words, not images or video.
  3. I’m a cantankerous fool who knows that his opinion is right. If the Lord had wanted us to see images, he would have given us Bible manuscripts with them.

You’ll never see images here. This is my space. I don’t care who reads. Never. …

Gary Hampton quotes Hugo McCord on the phrase “the Lord’s day” in Rev. 1:

McCord says, “It so happens that the word “Lord’s” (Kuriakes, pertaining to the Lord) appears only twice in the New Testament, once in referring to the Lord”s supper (1 Corinthians 11:20), and once in referring to the Lord”s day (Revelation 1:10). Apparently these two, the supper and the day, belong together.”

  1. Forgot to tell people, when writing down their email addresses for me, that they should print. Needed: a secret decoder ring for cursive handwriting.

  2. Some people’s printing or block letters can also be a challenge. Mine has never been great. Now it’s even worse, out of practice as I am.

  3. Of course, left-handers have a ready excuse, living in a right-handed world. Except in Israel, with Hebrew going from right to left. Was I born in the wrong language?

  4. A US magazine with a date of January arrived in the mail today. Not called snail mail for nothing.

  5. Had books and boxes in the containers in the carport sprayed for bugs again, before I begin the real work of moving them into the office. Time to ramp it up.

  6. An original verse: A look aside to sweep the truth away / Will never keep its consequences at bay.

  7. A Bible verse: “The Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines for forty years” Judges 13.1.

Good comments by Gary Hampton on Rev 1.1-3, among them, these:

This vision was delivered by heavenly messenger to John, who simply identifies himself as the Lord”s slave. Once, he had wanted more for himself (Mark 10:35-40), but now he had seen the Lord submit and serve others (Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 20:20-28) and was following his lead.

I’m blessed to count Gary as a friend.

Charles Box on Rev 1.1-3:

John said, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3) He said, “Blessed is he that readeth.” It is a blessing to be permitted to read the Revelation of God. This may be a reference to public reading because the next statement has to do with those “that hear the words of this prophecy.” We learn God”s will by reading, hearing, studying and meditation. Those who have the opportunity to become acquainted with God”s revelation are highly favored. The readers and hearers must also “keep those things which are written therein.” None can be right with God who does not obey those things that are their duty. The psalmist said of God”s commandments, “Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” (Psalms 19:11) Our heavenly hope is in knowing and doing the will of God.

We just don’t realize how blessed we are to have many good versions and tools to understand the Word of God. People don’t take advantage of them. And still it comes down to knowing and doing. Knowledge alone is nothing.

  1. Good group tonight. Ricardo and Marilia, with son Mateus, dropped in. I invited him to preach, and he brought a fine lesson from Rom 11.

  2. Out of 18, five were visitors (some now very regular) with no commitment yet to be followers of Christ according to the Bible.

  3. My sons, who grew up flying between continents, like airports. Me, not so much. But I’d like to visit this one.

  4. Don’t see nowadays people quoting the ISBE (2nd ed.). But it often has material I don’t find elsewhere. Great resource.

  5. The word “egg” is used in the New Testament one time; in the Old, six.

  6. An original verse: The people of God together meet to worship / And find in Christ their fullest hope and purpose.

  7. A Bible verse: “Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right” Pro 23.16 NLT.

(Note: This wasn’t actually meant for here, I was sending an email and the email-post address accidentally got included. But that’s OK, too. Maybe one of my two subscribers to this site will follow up.)

TL;DR: Go here. Register. Follow me.

I like alternative social-media options. Thought to recommend a couple to some friends. As I waded into my extensive list, I can count on one hand, almost, the number who might by some stretch of the imagination be interested. You are one of the lucky ones. Don’t know what to make of this small number. Maybe it’s my small faith in my friends. You’ll tell me it’s because I’m the weird one. Probably right.

Mastodon is not my favorite software for open-source social media. But it is one of the easiest for users. It’s not one central site. People can install it themselves and run their own sites. I found one “dedicated to followers of Jesus Christ:” theres.life. The owner is some stripe of Protestant, I think. There are few people on it, but you can connect with anybody else on another instance of Mastodon, Pleroma, or other ActivityPub software. My account is here. The avatar photo is Max, my youngest grandchild.

I much prefer the Pleroma software, but you’ll find all sorts of garbage in it (more in Mastodon, actually). But that is social media in general, is it not? One must choose carefully who to follow, or connect with. The Pleroma instance freespeech.host is probably one of the best, few people on it, two or three, but again, you must reach out and find those accounts that most interest you. My account on this one is here.

And, of course, there are other offerings: Aggos, Hubzilla/Zap, Seenthis.net, etc. But I’ll spare you any more options.

So come be weird with me. (Sounds like a poem, doesn’t it?)


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