On Vacation


Not actually rather my mundane job require me to work longer than expected and so until after the first of the new year the blog is on hiatus. 

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Good News of Great Joy


In those days  a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to  the city of David, which is called  Bethlehem,  because he was of the house and lineage of David,  to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,  who was with child.  And  while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and  wrapped him in swaddling cloths and  laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and  the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For a unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Earworm Wednesday: Handel’s Messiah ~ King’s College Cambridge Choir


Based upon a libretto composed by Charles Jennens which using passages from the Old Testament and Revelation the libretto dealt with prophecy of Christ’s coming, his birth, death, resurrection and victory over sin and Christ’s second coming Handel made it into an oratorio.  The speed in which he composed this is legendary and in composing the famous Hallelujah Chorus he said that he saw the heavens open and beheld the face of God.  It was first performed on Easter, since then it has been a Christmas favorite although mainly the highlights of the oratorio not the entire work.

This is the King’s College Cambridge Choir doing this classical work.

Catechism


Q. 75 How does baptism remind you and assure you that Christ’s one sacrifice on the cross is for you personally?

A.  In this way: Christ instituted this outward washing and with it gave the promise that, as surely as water washes away the dirt from the body, so certainly his blood and his Spirit wash away my soul’s impurity, in other words, all my sins.

Acts 2:38

Matt. 3:11; Rom. 6:3-10; 1 Pet. 3:21

Q. 76 What does it mean to be washed with Christ’s blood and Spirit?

A.  To be washed with Christ’s blood means that God, by grace, has forgiven my sins because of Christ’s blood poured out for me in his sacrifice on the cross. To be washed with Christ’s Spirit means that the Holy Spirit has renewed me and set me apart to be a member of Christ so that more and more I become dead to sin and increasingly live a holy and blameless life.

Zech. 13:1; Eph. 1:7-8; Heb. 12:24; 1 Pet. 1:2; Rev. 1:5

Ezek. 36:25-27; John 3:5-8; Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 6:11; Col. 2:11-12

Q. 77 Where does Christ promise that we are washed with his blood and Spirit as surely as we are washed with the water of baptism?

A.  In the institution of baptism where he says:  “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”  “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”  This promise is repeated when Scripture calls baptism the washing of rebirth3 and the washing away of sins.

1Matt. 28:19

2Mark 16:16

3Tit. 3:5

4Acts 22:16

Frenetic Friday Night


And now coming to you live from the secret cave underneath Superman’s fortress of solitude in the Arctic it is the Frenetic Friday show!  Accept no substitute, void where prohibited by law.

A Charlie Brown’s Winter Holiday.

It seems as we get closer to Christmas the grinchier the secularists become.  Case in point:  In Johnson County, Kentucky the school district has censored a stage production of a Charlie Brown’s Christmas.  Seems the portion where Linus steps out on the stage and quotes the second chapter of Luke is verboten.  In other schools in the district they were told to remove any “religious” content from their Christmas productions.  Silent Night became Whip/Nae Nae.  But I have a question, what will they have Charlie Brown say at that critical juncture?  Will it be “Can anyone tell me the true meaning of Winter Holiday?”<source>

Going from Kentucky to the land of Israel.  Archaeologists have found a 1500 year old marble slab that has Hebrew on it saying “Remembered for good” where the slab was found is the city of Kursi, where they believe the Gadarene demoniac was healed by having the demons cast from him into swine.  A church was built on the site around 500 A.D. but destroyed in 614 A.D. by the Persians and lost until 1970’s.   Because Christians tended to build churches where important events in the life of Christ occurred the church found there is another indication that it is where the miracle occurred.   <source>

Now on to England where a hospitalized convert to Christianity illustrates what it means to count the cost.

Nissar Hussain a convert from Islam to Christianity was beaten by his Muslim neighbors because they consider him an apostate, but this is just one incident in fifteen years of being persecuted for his faith.

n the UK, three weeks ago, Nissar was beaten to within an inch of his life by Muslim neighbours to revile him as an apostate and a blasphemer. “They split my kneecap,” he told Breitbart London. “The doctor told me that’s the hardest bone in your body, it takes a lot of force to break it. But when they were beating me I kept my arms around my head and kept moving. One blow like that to my head and I would have been a gonner.”

“I never thought in my wildest imagination this would happen” he said. “When I first converted I knew I knew I’d be shunned. I’d get a few name calls, maybe angry reactions through confrontation here and there, but I never thought it would come to this – years of physical, verbal, criminal abuse and then suddenly almost my life being snuffed out. All because of their taking offense to me being a convert.”

Read more of his inspiring story here:  Hospitalized Christian Convert

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Recognize that?  It is the first amendment of the United States Constitution.  Now watch this:

Think about that.  Makes you wonder how many other rights they would petition away.

Men every so often we are confronted by the need to do something special for our special someone on the holidays.  Being men sometimes we need some instructions to get it right so with that in mind here is a PSA from the Art of Manliness.

Grab those hammers!

And that is it for Frenetic Friday Night!  There will not be a Frenetic Friday Night next week because it is Christmas.

Good night!

 

 

A list of my favorite Christmas Films


I have a short list films that I like to watch come December some are well known as Christmas movies and some maybe new to you.  So without further ado  lets get to the list. 

Animation:

Charlie Brown’s Christmas
This recently celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its first airing on television. I will not get into the President of the United States interpretation of what the story is teaching, other than to say he got it wrong, but rather point out that this cartoon took a radical step by having the character of Linus recite the passage from Luke and in doing so point to the real reason for Christmas, Jesus.

The Grinch that stole Christmas.
Somebody mention that Jim Carrey/Ron Howard monstrosity and things are going to get ugly. No I am talking about the Boris Karloff narrated cartoon. Which by the way he did in one sitting or take according to his daughter.

A Claymation Christmas Special
Made by Wil Vinton this has two dinosaurs that introduce various Christmas carols with various amusing and wonderful animation. I particularly like the rendition of Joy to the World.

Movies:

1951 A Christmas Carol (B&W) featuring Alistair Sim it is sometimes listed as Scrooge. I have seen many, some say too many, versions of the Christmas Carol and this is my very favorite. I think it gets closer to Dickens story than any other.

1947 The Bishop’s Wife. (B&W) Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young. Cary Grant as an angel come to help the Bishop, David Niven, of a local parish remember what really is important at Christmas time and what he’s neglected. This is one of those warm beverage , cold winter day movies.

1946 It’s a Wonderful Life. (B&W) James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Henry Travers. Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey a good man who in a moment of desperation wishes an awful wish and gets to see what the consequences would have been. One of Frank Capra’s best movies.

1942 Holiday Inn. (B&W) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale. First of two musicals on this list. This romantic comedy is where the song White Christmas was first done on film. In my personal opinion it is better than the movie White Christmas as he was younger and in better voice. Having said that.

1954 White Christmas. (Color). Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen. Danny Kaye’s antics really makes this movie for me. The story owes much to the film Holiday Inn and just about every song that was in Holiday Inn is in White Christmas. Of course the dance numbers are more elaborate than the ones in Holiday Inn.

2006 Hog Father. ( Color) David Jason, Marc Warren, Michelle Dockery, David Warner. Disc World’s version of winter holidays. Santa Claus is the Hog Father, a tusked man dressed in fur in a rough log sled pulled by four wild boars. Only a group of ethereal accountants want him dead, even though it is hard to kill mythological individuals. But not to fear Death takes a hand(?) and steps in for the Hog Father until all can be put to right. Not for everyone on Christmas.

So here is my list of Christmas movies.

Catechism


Q. 69 What is Baptism?

A. Immersion or dipping of the Person in Water in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, by such who are duly qualified by Christ.

Mat. 3.16. John 3.23. Acts 8.38, 39. Rom. 6.4.

Q. 70 Who are the proper Subjects of this Ordinance?

A. Those who do actually profess Repentance towards God, Faith in, and Obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 2.38. Acts 8.36, 37.

Q. 71 Should infants, too, be baptized?

A. No, for we have neither Precept nor Example for that Practice in all the Book of God.

Q. 72 Does the Scriptures forbid the Baptism of Infants?

A. It is sufficient that the Divine Oracles commands the baptizing of Believers, unless we will make ourselves wiser than what is written. Nadab and Abihu were not forbidden to offer strange Fire, yet for doing so they incurred God’s Wrath, because they were commanded to take Fire from the Altar.

Mat. 28.18, 19. Mark 16.16. Lev 9.24. 10.16.

Q. 73 May not the infant children of believers under the Gospel be baptized since  the infant descendants of Abraham were circumcised under the Law?

A. No. Abraham had a command from God to circumcise his infant descendants, but believers have no command to baptize their infant children under the Gospel.

Gen. 17.9, 10, 11, 12.

Q. 74 If the infant children of believers are in the Covenant of Grace with their parents, as some say, why may they not  be baptized under the Gospel, as well as Abraham’s infant descendants were circumcised under the Law?

A. By the infant children of Believers being in the Covenant of Grace, it must either be meant of the Covenant of Grace absolutely considered, and if so, then there can be no total and final falling away of any infant children of believers from the Covenant, but all must be saved.

Jer. 32.38, 39, 40. Joh. 10.28.

2. Or, they must mean conditionally, on consideration that when they come to an age of maturity, they by true faith, love, and holiness of life, taking hold of God’s Covenant of Grace, shall have the privileges of it. This being their sense, I then ask what real spiritual privilege the infant children of believers have more than the infant children of unbelievers, if they live also to years of maturity, and by true faith and love take hold God’s Covenant? I further demand, whether the Seal of the Covenant does not belong as much to the children of unbelievers as to the children of believers? and more too, since some infant children of unbelievers   take hold of God’s Covenant, and some infant children of believers do not; as this often occurs to the sorrow of many godly parents.

Isa. 56.3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Acts 10.34, 35. John 3.16.

3. Suppose all the infant children of believers are absolutely in the Covenant of Grace; believers under the Gospel should not baptize their infant children any more than Lot had warrant to circumcise himself or his infant children, although he was closely related to Abraham, a believer, and in the Covenant of Grace too: since circumcision was limited to Abraham and to his family. Also by the same rule we should bring infants to the Lord’s Table, since the same qualifications are required for the proper administration of Baptism as for the Lord’s Supper.

Acts 2.41, 42.

4. We must know the covenant made with Abraham had two parts: first, a spiritual, which consisted in God’s promising to be a God to Abraham, and all his spiritual descendants in a particular manner, whether they were circumcised or uncircumcised, who believed as Abraham the Father of the Faithful did. This was signified by God’s accepting them as his people who were not descended from Abraham, but through Jesus Christ, the Gentiles, the uncircumcised who  believed, should have their faith counted for Righteousness, as Abraham’s was before he was circumcised.

Gen. 17.19, 21. Gen. 21.10. Gal. 4.30.
Acts 2.39. Rom. 9.7, 8, &c.
Gal. 3.16, 28, 29.
Rom. 4.9-14.

5. This promise consisted of temporal good: so God promised Abraham’s Seed should enjoy the land of Canaan, and have plenty of outward blessings, and sealed this promise by circumcision. It was also a distinguishing character of the Jews being God’s people from all the Nations of the Gentiles, who were not yet the spiritual descendants of Abraham: but when the Gentiles came to believe, and by faith became the people of God as well as the Jews, then Circumcision, that distinguishing mark, ceased. The character of being the children of God now is faith in Christ and circumcision of the Heart. Whatever reason may be given for the Infants of Believers to be Baptized first, as their being the children of believers; or secondly, their being in the Covenant; or thirdly, that the infant descendants of Abraham a believer, were circumcised; all this you see avails nothing: for circumcision was limited to the family of Abraham and all others, though believers, were excluded. It was also limited to a particular day, the eighth day, and what ever reason might be given, it was not to be done before or after. It was limited to male and did not include female; if Baptism came in the place of circumcision, and is the seal of the Covenant under the Gospel as circumcision was under the Law, none but the males must be baptized, because none but the Males were Circumcised. But as the Law regulated circumcision, now the Gospel regulates Baptism, and it depends purely upon the will of the Law-giver, at what periods of time, upon what Persons and terms Baptism is to be administered. We will do well, then, to heed what is declared in Scripture, especially Acts 3.22.

Gen. 15.18. Gen. 17.8, 9, 10, 11. Gen. 12.6, 7. Gen. 13.15, 16, 17. Gen. 15.16.
John 1.12. Rom. 2.28, 29. Phil. 3.3. Gal. 3.26, 27, 28.

Frenetic Friday Night


And now coming to you live from the secret cave underneath Superman’s fortress of solitude in the Arctic it is the Frenetic Friday show!  Accept no substitute, void where prohibited by law.

So, the Pope, has issued a document about salvation and the Jews ( see here ) in the document it lays out two different covenants one saves the believers in Christ, the other saves the Jews not by believing in Christ rather by keeping their old covenant. Theology matters (@ James White AOMIN.org) and what the Pope has done goes against everything the Bible teaches concerning the Gospel and who is to hear it. (Romans 1:16). Take a look at what Dr. White had to say regarding this:

And now from the serious to the seriously stupid, you might want to sit down for this, in Colorado a new Bible study group has emerged they smoke marijuana and study the Bible. I’ll wait until you pick yourself off the floor I did warn you.  Stoner Jesus Bible Study combines marijuana use and scripture reading.  One of the newest members, JeTaun Brown, says “reading the Bible stoned enables people to relax and focus. She says, I think you have a deeper thought process which makes you better understand.” Mark Button, a member of the group, who has always been a devout Christian, says he has heard the word of God “over and over and it never clicked (and now) it clicks.”  So much for the Spirit of God opening up the scriptures to the believer.  (1 Cor. 2:12-14; 1 John 2:20,27) (BTW notice what 1 Cor. 2:14 says about people who don’t understand what scripture teaches).

They study various sections of the Bible which they say have a direct link to smoking out. They say pot smokers are open-minded people and God’s word is also for open-minded people. For example, Pastor Greg says the Beatitudes teach the group “to be kind and loving and have mercy on other people; not to be judgmental and that’s why we like the 4/20 crowd because we are open minded.”  <source>

Seems to me a lot of smoke and mirrors.

And now in Robotic Over Lord news:

Corpus Christi is no place to commit crime especially now since the newest weapon in the police department is a drone.  Police used it to track down some suspects that they suspected were carrying guns near a school yard.  Because of the low noise level of the drone it makes finding the suspects easier as opposed to a helicopter whose blades make more noise.  And while the drone isn’t actually credited with capturing the suspects the police did say it made it easier to get through potentially dangerous back yards as they were apprehending the suspects.  <source>

Herzogenaurach, Germany, Adidas is opening up a new factory that will make 500 shoes via robots.  With the rising cost of Asian wages Adidas is looking to trim its costs by using robots instead of humans.  The factory will have about ten human workers initially but Adidas intends to go fully automated in the future.  Ultimately they want to develop machines that can create custom designed shoes for customers. <source>

And good night.