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‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God’ (with bells!)

 

Now this is a way to start the day! A Mighty Fortress is Our God–with choir, trumpet, organ.., and handbells. It must take hours and hours of rehearsing, to get it right.

If this hymn doesn’t stir your soul, you’d better check to make sure you can still fog a mirror.

Performed by the choir at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor, Ohio.


The Joy of Paper Bags (if you’re a cat)

It was famously reported that Thrasywhatsit asked Socrates, “So, Socrates–which do cats love more, cardboard boxes or paper bags?” Unable to reach a conclusion, Socrates fell down with pink foam bubbling from his ears and had to take a long weekend off.

The cats in this video leave no doubt as to the entertainment value of paper bags.

Too bad they don’t make them big enough for us humans.


‘Humanizing Christianity’

Secularists love to pat themselves on the back for “humanizing Christianity.” Excuse me for a moment: this deserves an appropriate response.

What do they mean, they “humanize Christianity”? I think it means they invent a new-improved model–with Christ taken out of it and replaced by man-made idols, the State and Science, and humanist pseudo-sacraments: abortion, combating “Man-Made Climate Change,” same-sex “marriage,” sex change operations, hate speech trials, and every conceivable variety of fornication. They take away the judgment, take away accountability to God, and set up their political masters and scientific oracles as gods.

How does a secularist even know what’s right or wrong? Mostly they’re content to keep some of the moral law handed down to the human race by God, to the Jews first, and then the Gentiles. But no secularist can actually explain why it’s wrong to commit a murder. We can, but they can’t. For convenience’s sake they retain much of the law and tradition amassed over the centuries by Jews and Christians, who received it from a righteous and infallible God who is a person, who made them in His image, and who loves them.

Yeah, they made Christianity nicer. That’s why more people were murdered by their own governments in the 20th century alone–Red China, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and a host of others–secularist governments all–than were killed off by all the religions of the world put together in all the other centuries put together. This century is only 18 years old: give it time to come up with new and exciting deviltries all its own.

It is true that God endows all people, even atheists, with common grace, which is an inborn attraction to what is right and good. And so it was always possible for people who had never heard of God’s laws to keep those laws regardless. Common grace is the law written on our hearts. Humanity wouldn’t have survived for two hours without it.

The words of Jesus Christ and His apostles don’t need “humanizing,” and never did.

God defend us from being conformed to this fallen world.


‘For the Beauty of the Earth’

Yes, I know I’ve posted this before–but it’s still beautiful, right? For the Beauty of the Earth, a classic hymn from 1864, sung by Michelle Swift.

It’s the very beauty of God’s created earth that speaks to us, if we but listen, and assures us, “God is nigh.”


‘Domesticated’ Doesn’t Rule Out ‘Wacky’

What I really want to know is, how did the squirrel get inside the bird feeder, and how he expected to get out again.

The grey-and-white cat playing fetch reminded me of my own grey-and-white cat, Missy, who didn’t always like to wait for me to get out of bed in the morning before hopping onto my chest with a pipe cleaner and demanding that I throw it somewhere: a true devotee of the game.


‘How Firm a Foundation’ (Norton Hall Band)

If there’s a hymn with more inspiring lyrics than How Firm a Foundation, I don’t know what it is. This performance is by the Norton Hall Band, at Southern Seminary. Relax and get into it.

Hello to new viewers out there! We like to start every day around here with a hymn, and we love to take your hymn requests. Just “Leave a Comment,” stating whatever hymn you’d like to see posted here, and we’ll do the rest.


Meaningful Dialogues with Cats

Our cat Henry used to sit up on the table with me when I played Strat-O-Matic Baseball. Not because he wanted to see how the 1927 American League season turned out, but because he wanted to grab the little plastic pegs that served for baserunners.  He waited till I had to get up for something. Once I came to realize what he was waiting for, I would tell him, very sternly, “You leave those little plastic men alone!” And he would argue with me–quite emphatically, in fact. He wanted to snatch them up in his mouth and run off with them, and lose them. It’s the cat idea of a good time. He even looked cross when he argued. “Yaaah! Myaaah!” And so forth.


Bonus Video: Elephant Calf Plays in the Snow

Well, we’ve got our first snowfall here in New Jersey today–it’s really coming down. The forecast called for flurries. Wrong!

Anyhow, here’s something we don’t often get to see–an elephant calf (at the Toledo Zoo) playing in the snow and genuinely digging it.

What do you want to bet he’s making believe he’s a mammoth?


Mr. Nature: Wolf Spider and Her Babies

Kreeg-ah, mangani, Mr. Nature here! We usually think of parental care as something mammals and birds do: but there are bugs and fish that provide it, too.

The mother wolf spider first carries her egg-case with her wherever she goes, and then the babies–dozens of them. The babies in this video look like they’re just about ready to head out on their own. But until they are, the mother will carry them: and if one happens to fall off, she will find it and retrieve it. You would have seen her do that in this video, if only the human would get out of the way.

God’s stuff–He has thought of everything.


‘Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah’

This traditional Welsh melody, “Cwm Rhondda,” has found its way into many hymns world-wide. Here it powers Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah, sung to beat the band at the Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church.


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