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Sunday, May 27, 2018

My Commonplace Book... Memorial Day: In Flanders Fields

This weekend we remember the people have given their lives that we can live in a free world. In WWI almost 20 million people died. In Flanders Field was written about those dead.

The World’s Most Famous WAR MEMORIAL POEM
By Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

Composed at the battlefront on May 3, 1915
during the second battle of Ypres, Belgium

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead: Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved: and now we lie
In Flanders fields!

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch: be yours to hold it high

If ye break faith with us who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields

Friday, May 11, 2018

My Commonplace Book... I Hold Him Up

While attending the Law Enforcement Coordinators' Symposium in Albuquerque, NM, I read the following poem:

I Hold Him Up

By: Michelle Federowicz

Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Commonplace Book... How and Why to Keep a Commonplace Book

I have been reading an article written by Ryan Holiday. The article is about keeping a Commonplace Book. As this is something I am interested in, I thought I would record some highlights. :)

"-Wisdom, not facts. We’re not just looking random pieces of information. What’s the point of that? Your commonplace book, over a lifetime (or even just several years), can accumulate a mass of true wisdom–that you can turn to in times of crisis, opportunity, depression or job."
The Commonplace Book is a collection of wisdom, not just facts. They help you to bring to mind years past and can help you in the future. But what is a Commonplace Book?
 "A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do."

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My Commonplace Book... God's Smuggler

I am currently reading God's Smuggler by Brother Andrew. I came upon the following passage and thought it showed America to a T. Brother Andrew was behind the Iron Curtain in Yugoslavia. Just as they tried to stamp out Christ and Christianity there, America is trying the same!

"I became aware of the slow wearing-down process the government was exerting on Christians. The effort seemed to be centered on the children. Leave the old folks alone, but wean the young people away from the church.

One of the first churches Nikola and I visited was a Roman Catholic one in a small village not far from Zagreb. I noticed that there was not a single person under twenty in the entire congregation, and I asked Nikola about it. In answer he introduced me to a peasant woman who had a ten-year-old son.

"Tell Brother Andrew why Josif is not here," said Nikola.

"Why is my Josif not with me? she asked. Her voice was bitter. "Because I am a peasant woman with no education. The teacher tells my son there is no God. The government tells my son there is no God. They say to my Josif, 'Maybe your Mama tells you differently, but we know better, don't we? You must remember that Mama has no education. We will humor her.' So? My Josif is not with me. I am being humored."

A few days later in another town, we were visiting a Christian family when I saw a little girl playing in the dust outside the house in the middle of the day.

"Why isn't she in school?" I asked Nikola.

From the mother he learned the story. Marta was accostomed to saying grace before meals at home. When it came time for the school lunch, Marta had given thanks aloud as she always did, without even thinking about it. The teacher had been angry. Who had supplied this food, God or the people through their own good government? "That was a wicked thing to say, Marta. You will fill the other children's minds with nonsense."

But the next day, so deeply was the habit ingrained, that Marta did it again, and for this she had been expelled."

Sunday, March 13, 2016

My Commonplace Book... I Serve a Risen Savior or He Lives

I am going to post favorite Hymns and a little bit about them every Sunday or so.  My first one I posted was "The Old Rugged Cross". Today's song is: "I Serve a Risen Savior or He Lives" by  Alfred Henry Ackley

"Alfred Ackley (1887-1960) showed musical promise at a very young age. His father gave him the benefit of his musical wisdom, and then later sent him to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He played the piano and cello and showed great promise as a composer. After his training in music, Ackley went on to graduate from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland, and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. He served as pastor in several states of the United States, and worked for a few years with evangelist Billy Sunday and the Rodeheaver Music Company. Ackley's musical endeavors were so appreciated that he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree by John Brown University in Arkansas."
Pictures can be found at
1.     I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
        I know that He is living whatever men may say;
        I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
        And just the time I need Him, He’s always near.
                   He lives, He lives,
                   Christ Jesus lives today!
                   He walks with me and talks with me
                   Along life’s narrow way.
                   He lives, He lives,
                   Salvation to impart!
                   You ask me how I know He lives?
                   He lives within my heart. 
2.     In all the world around me I see His loving care,
        And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;
        I know that He is leading thro’ all the stormy blast,
        The day of His appearing will come at last.
3.     Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
        Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
        The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
        None other is so loving, so good and kind.

 "I Serve a Risen Savior or He Lives" by  Alfred Henry Ackley

Here is the link for a video for this song:

and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has [a]risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, ~ Luke 24:5-6 NASB


  1. Luke 24:6 Or been raised

Sunday, January 31, 2016

My Commonplace Book... My favorite Hymn: The Old Rugged Cross

When I was a child, about 3-5 yrs. old, I would go around singing the refrain from "The Old Rugged Cross".  I sang just the refrain, because that was all I knew. lol.  It got to bugging my parents and they told me that if I was going to sing a song, I needed to learn the entire song.  So, they taught me "The Old Rugged Cross". 

When perusing the web today, I came upon the following picture:

This made me want to save my favorite song to my commonplace book.
  1. On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
    The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
    And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
    For a world of lost sinners was slain.
    So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
    Till my trophies at last I lay down;
    I will cling to the old rugged cross,
    And exchange it someday for a crown.
  2. Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
    Has a wondrous attraction for me;
    For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
    To bear it to dark Calvary.
  3. In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
    A wondrous beauty I see,
    For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
    To pardon and sanctify me.
  4. To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
    Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
    Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
    Where His glory forever I’ll share.
The Old Rugged Cross | George Bennard

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “[a]Cursed is everyone who hangs on a [b]tree”— Galatians 3:13 NASB

[a] Deuteronomy 21:23
[b] Or cross; lit wood

This and more Hymns can be found here.

Here is a youtube video of it being sung by one of my favorite groups from that same childhood.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Many people become upset at Christmas. They say it wasn't the real date of Christ's birth (it isn't) or they get upset because someone says Happy Holidays! I think that they all are forgetting what it means to be a "Christian".  I celebrate Christmas. I say "Merry Christmas!" but I also say "Happy Holidays", especially before Thanksgiving to signify I am wishing them Happy Holidays (as in Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years).  (Did you know that Happy Holidays is also like saying "Happy Holy Days"?) What is so wrong with that?  Can you really justify all this conflict to JESUS?  Is it being like Jesus when you put someone down?  Not everyone celebrates Christmas. There are the Jewish people who celebrate Chanukah (a holiday that Jesus also celebrated).  There are also groups that don't celebrate any holidays. Paul, in the Bible, had this to say in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NASB:

19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under [a]the Law, as under [b]the Law though not being myself under [c]the Law, so that I might win those who are under [d]the Law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it. (emphasis mine)
 This, I feel, also applies to holidays.  When you put someone down for celebrating Christmas or wishing someone Happy Holidays, you are NOT winning people to Christ.  You are actually making a spectacle of yourself and running people away from Him.

Remember what you are really celebrating on Christmas.  It isn't words but a Savior come to Earth!

So I want to wish all:  Merry Christmas!, Happy Holidays! Happy Chanukah! and Merry MESSIAHmas! to one and all!!!!!!!!!!

One person considers some days
more holy than others, 
while someone else regards them
as being all alike.
What is important is for each
to be fully convinced in his own mind.
He who observes a day as special
does so to honor the Lord.
Also he who eats anything,
eats to honor the Lord,
since he gives thanks to God;
likewise the abstainer abstains
to honor the Lord, and he too
gives thanks to God.

~ Romans 14.5-6 (CJB)