As many of you know I have been in surgery and I am on forced rest. So besides going stir crazy I went searching for some gems on YouTube. And I found this. She does a wonderful cover of Eiffel 65’s hit Blue. Enjoy.
Bow Down; Be Lifted Up
“Humble yourselves therefore order the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).
This is tantamount to a promise: if we will bow down, the LORD will lift us up. Humility leads to honor; submission is the way to exaltation. That same hand of God which presses us down is waiting to raise us up when we are prepared to bear the blessing. We stoop to conquer. Many cringe before men and yet miss the patronage they crave; but he that humbles himself under the hand of God shall not fail to be enriched, uplifted, sustained, and comforted by the ever-gracious One. It is a habit of Jehovah to cast down the proud and lift up the lowly.
Yet there is a time for the LORD’s working. We ought now to humble ourselves, even at this present moment; and we are bound to keep on doing so whether the LORD lays His afflicting hand upon us or not. When the LORD smites, it is our special duty to accept the chastisement with profound submission. But as for the LORD’s exaltation of us, that can only come “in due time,” and God is the best judge of that day and hour. Do we cry out impatiently for the blessing? Would we wish for untimely honor? What are we at? Surely we are not truly humbled, or we should wait with quiet submission. So let us do.
Taking the classic Spencer Davis Group song and giving it a Motown flair Human Nature puts their own spin on this classic.
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” (Daniel 12:3)
Here is something to wake me up. This is worth living for. To be wise is a noble thing in itself: in this place it refers to a divine wisdom which only the Lord Himself can bestow. Oh, to know myself, my God, my Savior! May I be so divinely taught that l may carry into practice heavenly truth and live in the light of it! Is my life a wise one? Am I seeking that which I ought to seek? Am I living as I shall wish I had lived when I come to die? Only such wisdom can secure for me eternal brightness as of yonder sunlit skies.
To be a winner of souls is a glorious attainment. I had need to be wise if I am to turn even one to righteousness; much more if I am to turn many, Oh, for the knowledge of God, of men, of the Word, and of Christ, which will enable me to convert my fellowmen and to convert large numbers of them! I would give myself to this, and never rest till I accomplish it. This will be better than winning stars at court. This will make me a star, a shining star, a star shining forever and ever; yea, more, it will make roe shine as many stars. My soul, arouse thyself. Lord, quicken me!
My sinuses are killing me today and nothing but the sound of me sneezing has been echoing in my head. So come back next week.
So I tried to watch this new version of IT and I got maybe forty-five minutes into the movie when I decided to eject it from my Blu Ray player. Why do you ask? Because, unlike the original treatment of this Stephen King story this movie isn’t scary and in fact boring. Not to mention that the actor playing Pennywise, his voice far from being that dreadful laugh that Tim Curry produced just leaves me saying “meh”.
In my opinion watch the 1990 mini-series.
Burdens Cast on Him
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
It is a heavy burden; roll it on Omnipotence. It is thy burden now, and it crushes thee; but when the LORD takes it, He will make nothing of it. If thou art called still to bear, “he will sustain thee.” It will be on Him and not on thee. Thou wilt be so upheld under it that the burden will be a blessing. Bring the LORD into the matter, and thou wilt stand upright under that which in itself would bow thee down.
Our worst fear is lest our trial should drive us from the path of duty; but this the LORD will never suffer. If we are righteous before Him, He will not endure that our affliction should move us from our standing. In Jesus He accepts us as righteous, and in Jesus He will keep us so.
What about the present moment? Art thou going forth to this day’s trial alone? Are thy poor shoulders again to be galled with the oppressive load? Be not so foolish. Tell the LORD all about thy grief and leave it with Him. Don’t cast your burden down and then take it up again; but roll it on the LORD and leave it there. Then shalt thou walk at large, a joyful and unburdened believer, singing the praises of thy great Burden-bearer.
So for some reason the Dandy Warhols have been in my head. And this cover of their first hit by Alert the Medics calms the voices in my head.
Director: Jon Watts
Producers: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
Writers: Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers
Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Cobie Smulders, Jon Favreau, J. B. Smoove, Jacob Batalon, Martin Starr, Marisa Tomei, and Jake Gyllenhaal
All right in case, you haven’t watched the trailer, this takes place after Avengers End Game so if you haven’t seen Avengers End Game by watching Spiderman far from home you are going to get some spoilers.
And on to the movie. This movie takes place five years after Infinity Wars, All the people that had disappeared with a snap of a finger have been returned at the same age. Which has caused a few hang-ups with little brothers suddenly being the same age as their big brothers. Not only that but in an effort to resolve the issue all the people who came back have been unanimously declared to be the same age as when they left. So Peter Parker is still in high school even though he should be past that age. And because of that his class is scheduled for a trip to Europe. Hence the title far from home.
But that isn’t all Peter Parker is showing some stress with his stint as an Avenger. He is wanting to get away from the world-saving business and back to being the friendly neighborhood Spiderman. Well, unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen as mysterious creatures have been popping up around the globe with an equally mysterious hero that appears to be fighting them,
Who is this man where is he from what has this to do with Spiderman?
Go watch the movie.
All in all, this is an enjoyable movie, and if you aren’t burned out on superhero movies you’ll enjoy this one. I am giving this five stars out of five.
A Mountain Choir
“Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted” (Isaiah 49:13).
So sweet are the comforts of the LORD, that not only the saints themselves may sing of them, but even the heavens and the earth may take up the song. It takes something to make a mountain sing; and yet the prophet summons quite a choir of them. Lebanon, and Sirion, and the high hills of Bashan and Moab, He would set them all singing because of Jehovah’s grace to His own Zion. May we not also make mountains of difficulty, and trial, and mystery, and labor become occasions for praise unto our God? “Break forth into singing, O mountains!”
This word of promise, that our God will have mercy upon His afflicted, has a whole peal of bells connected with it. Hear their music — “Sing!” “Be joyful!” “Break forth into singing.” The LORD would have His people happy because of His unfailing love. He would not have us sad and doubtful; He claims horn us the worship of believing hearts. He cannot fail us: why should we sigh or sulk as if He would do so? Oh, for a well-tuned harp! Oh, for voices like those of the cherubim before the throne!