Sunday, March 31, 2019

Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #35

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Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #35

I spent many years in my late teens and early twenties working at Christian Camps.  I even met my husband at a Christian camp.  These wonderful memories of great experiences make Christian camp songs very special to me.

On top of featuring an old hymn each month in what I call "Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing" - I will also be featuring a chorus hymn every month - ENJOY!
Today's featured song is "Morning Has Broken" - by Eleanor Farjeon.

This song reminded me of something that one of the pastors from my childhood church used to say every Sunday:
"This is the day that the Lord has made - Let us rejoice and be glad in it!"

".......but rejoicing comes in the morning."  
Psalm 30:5

"See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
    is heard in our land."  
Song of Songs 2:11-12

I have included a YouTube video of this wonderful song (see below the lyrics)
Morning Has Broken
Words by Eleanor Farjeon                                         Gaelic Melody

1.  Morning has broken Like the first morning, Blackbird has spoken Like the first bird;  Praise for the singing, Praise for the morning, Praise for them springing Fresh from the Word!

2.  Sweet the rain's newfall, Sunlit from heaven, Like the first dewfall On the first grass;  Praise for the sweetness Of the wet garden, Sprung in completeness Where His feet pass.

3.  Mine is the sunlight!  Mine is the morning, Born of the one light Eden saw play;  Praise with elation, Praise every morning, God's recreation Of the new day.

A special thanks to "mdragon1801" for sharing this with us on YouTube

Other Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns:
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Friday, March 29, 2019

Features From The Toledo Museum of Art - FLEMISH#2

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Features From My Visit to: The Toledo Museum of Art - FLEMISH#2

TMA (Toledo Museum of Art) is one of my favorite places in Toledo, Ohio.  I first visited this beautiful museum when I was in high school in Canada.  I grew up in the Windsor area and I was privileged to go to a high school with an advanced art program.  We actually visited the TMA twice throughout my high school career.  I had no idea when I was a teenager that I would actually marry an American and then settle in the Toledo area!  I now visit my favorite museum once a year.

I will be featuring a few pieces from the TMA each month.

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“Landscape with Christ and the Woman of Canaan”
(Oil on canvas)
By Francisque Millet (Franco-Flemish 1642-1679)

I thought it was appropriate to showcase a painting showing something from Jesus' life, since Easter will soon be here.

This artist had an unusual technique of combining classical architecture with stories from the Bible, therefore making the scenery more of the focal point.  Personally, I would prefer this painting if the architecture was not included at all.

The following is copied from the Toledo Museum of Art website:
The story represented in this painting comes from the Book of Matthew in the Bible. A woman from the land of Canaan came up to Jesus while he was traveling with his apostles and asked for mercy for her daughter, who was “grievously vexed with a devil.” When the apostles tried to send the woman away because the Canaanites were not Jewish, Jesus stopped them and said to the woman, “It is not right to take the food of the children [of Israel] and throw it to the dogs.” She replied, “…even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Impressed by her faith, Jesus healed her daughter. .

Quoted from Scripture telling the encounter between Jesus and the woman from Canaan:

"Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment."
Matthew 15:21-28


Other TMA Posts:
Church Stained Glass
"Hazy Day on the Marshes"
"A Dutch Road"
"Rainy Day, Boston"
Tiffany Chandelier
"The Open Air Breakfast"
"The Scottish Highlands"
"The Country Gallants"
"Morning Glory Chandelier"
"Interior of Courtyard, Strandgade30"
"Early Puritans of New England Going To Church"
"White Terrier"
"Winter Landscape With a Bird Trap"
"A Rainbow Like You"

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Worship Wednesdays #13 - ALIVE IN THE RIVER

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Worship Wednesdays #13 - ALIVE IN THE RIVER
This is the thirteenth post in a series called "Worship Wednesdays".  In this series I will focus on one word, thought or lesson and I will feature a modern Christian song that relates to the focus of the day.
Click HERE to read the post from a couple weeks ago: 

Let's begin by defining WORSHIP - the feeling or expression of adoration for a deity.  Adoration, love, devotion, adulation, glorify, exalt, praise.

There are many ways to worship God but in this series it will be through music.

“Seven times a day I praise you.” 

Psalm 119:164
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click HERE to read: "Fruit of the Spirit - JOY"

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click HERE to read: "FORGIVENESS - Basic Questions & Answers"

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click HERE to read: "PARABLE of the Sower - SOWN ON GOOD SOIL"

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click HERE to read: "FREEDOM"

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click HERE to read: "5 Ways To Show HAPPINESS"

A special thanks to "JesusCultureVEVO" for sharing this with us on YouTube

Related posts (click on each title to view the entire post):
Forgiveness - Questions & Answers
Christ-like Imitation
Is Your Faith Dead or Alive?


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #309

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #309!
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We're your hosts & co-hosts 

Mary @ Back to the Basics and Mary's Kitchen
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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "Garden Hose Spring Wreath" by Clover House
2. "How To Paint a Faux Chocolate Bunny" by Fresh Vintage By Lisa S
3. "Mini Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes" by Living On Cloud Nine

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

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The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!

*Pictures should be your own* 

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Monday, March 25, 2019

You're the STAR - Week#5 EXTRA (March 2019)

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WELCOME to the March 2019 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the March "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the February "You're the Star" blog hop)

Waffled Hash Browns by Reviews, Chews & How-Tos

Peach Double Hibiscus by Comfort Spring
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Life Changes In An Instant by Debbie-Dabble Blog

Bunnies Abound by Stone Cottage Adventures

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Responding To An Apology

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Responding To An Apology

Over the past couple months we have been studying how to hold each other accountable for our actions (click HERE to read "Accountability and Admonishment"), we have also been learning the difference between encouraging others and rebuking when they have sinned (click HERE to read "Encouragement vs Admonishment").  A couple weeks ago we talked about Knowing When To Walk Away (click HERE to read) and last week: When You Are The Confronted (click HERE to read).  

Today we will focus on how to respond to an apology.

Nobody ever talks about how to accept an apology.  After all, forgiveness goes both ways: asking for forgiveness and actually forgiving.
The most important thing that we MUST do is FORGIVE (see verses above & below):

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The following are three common mistakes that many of us make when somebody apologizes:

1.  Limiters
This is the kind of person that puts a limit on an offense, even if it's just a mistake and not an intentional sin.  The "three strikes and your out" mentality.  If we are to truly forgive as the Lord has forgiven us then that means there is no limit.  When someone apologizes say: "I forgive you" or "No problem" and then when that exact offense happens again say:  "I forgive you" or "No problem" - say this again and again and again........
"Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?'  Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.' " 
Matthew 18:21 & 22

2.  Grudgers
This type of response to an apology says that they forgive the offense at first but then they remember the wrongdoing and use it in the future.  They use your past offense as ammunition in future situations.  Of course, we are not going to be able to totally forget the past and what has been done to us but NOT using this wrongdoing against the offender in the future is basically the same thing as forgetting the sin.  God has forgotten our sins and we must do the same when we are wronged.
"For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."  Hebrews 8:12

3.  Mockers
This is the type of person that makes fun of you at first.  They might say things like: "are you really that clumsy?" or "What a big baby" or "Just think before doing" (well, as an example, if it's a mistake there is no thinking first - it's not intentional, it's just a mistake and we all make them).  This type of forgiveness is not sincere - it's not from the heart.  God never belittles. 
"......forgive your brother from your heart." 
Matthew 18:35

When responding to an apology: always be sincere, don't keep track of the offenses and never hold the wrongdoing against the offender in the future.

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