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do it again Daddy, ok?


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G. K. Chesterton imagined that…

“A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged.

They always say,

Do it again

and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough

to exult in monotony.

It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon.

It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them.

It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy;

for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we. The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence;

it may be a theatrical encore.”


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the Soli Deo Gloria man meets “the enlightened” man


Gene Veith in his review (Bach’s smackdown) of An Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment shares a interesting collision between self-assertion and beauty for God’s sake:

In 1747, Frederick the Great–the king of Prussia, patron of Enlightenment rationalism, and military strongman–invited Johann Sebastian Bach, now an old man three years from his death, for an audience. Frederick fancied himself a musician and scorned the old-fashioned polyphony that Bach was known for in favor of music with a single pleasant melody. Frederick, who enjoyed humiliatating his guests, had composed a long melody line full of chromatic scales that was impossible to turn into a multi-voiced canon (that is, a “round”: think “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” with different groups starting at different times) and told Bach to turn it into a fugue (an even more complicated “round”). Whereupon Bach, on the spot, sat down at one of the new piano fortes and turned it into a three-part fugue. The flummoxed King said, in effect, OK, turn it into a 6-part fugue. A few days later, Bach sent him a 6-part fugue and more than a fugue, “A Musical Offering” that rebuked Frederick and all of his Enlightenment notions with the Christian faith.


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There is much of God’s beauty…


There is mega much of God’s beauty in the world.  Here is more.  Take a look at these awesome pictures of Vietnam

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands . . . For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also His offspring.” Acts 17:24, 28kjv

 If He can make and  sustain all this, then certainly He is caring for you.

what a great God we have


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God’s sovereignty over singleness and a bunch of other things…


On the subject of singleness these words from Spurgeon are very helpful to remind us that all things are by God’s sovereign design, for our good and for His glory.  Hope this encourages you as it has me.

 

Sunday, August 02, 2009

This Morning’s Meditation by C. H. Spurgeon

“Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.”—Ephesians 1:11.

Belief in God’s wisdom supposes and necessitates that He has a settled purpose and plan in the work of salvation. What would creation have been without His design? Is there a fish in the sea, or a fowl in the air, which was left to chance for its formation? Nay, in every bone, joint, and muscle, sinew, gland, and blood-vessel, you mark the presence of a God working everything according to the design of infinite wisdom. And shall God be present in creation, ruling over all, and not in grace? Shall the new creation have the fickle genius of free will to preside over it when divine counsel rules the old creation? Look at Providence! Who knoweth not that not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Father? Even the hairs of your head are all numbered. God weighs the mountains of our grief in scales, and the hills of our tribulation in balances. And shall there be a God in providence and not in grace? Shall the shell be ordained by wisdom and the kernel be left to blind chance. No; He knows the end from the beginning. He sees in its appointed place, not merely the corner-stone which He has laid in fair colours, in the blood of His dear Son, but He beholds in their ordained position each of the chosen stones taken out of the quarry of nature, and polished by His grace; He sees the whole from corner to cornice, from base to roof, from foundation to pinnacle. He hath in His mind a clear knowledge of every stone which shall be laid in its prepared space, and how vast the edifice shall be, and when the top-stone shall be brought forth with shoutings of “Grace! Grace! unto it.” At the last it shall be clearly seen that in every chosen vessel of mercy, Jehovah did as He willed with His own; and that in every part of the work of grace He accomplished His purpose, and glorified His own name.


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the wonder of rain or how raindrops have kids


The lead author of a recent study on how raindrops form is named Emmanuel Villermaux.  Emmanuel – that means “God with us.”  Even the little raindrop can remind us that God’s all-wise care and provision is with us.

God said through the prophet Isaiah that “as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater so shall My Word [God’s purposes] be which goes forth from My mouth – it shall not return to Me empty without accomplishing what I desire and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:9-11 nasb)

Here is an article and a video that shows how raindrops have kids.  It is a little part of how God makes the cycle of rain to do its thing.

Why raindrops come in many sizes