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Our church has stopped singing hymns. We sing one each week.
And then we sing some praise songs. Terrible ones. Please, no one critisize my use of the word terrible.
The River of Love? Man, it’s just awful.
We used to sing two or three hymns, and then four or so praise. Now we sing all corny praise songs and one hymn.
I enjoy reading music and singing alto, but i can’t if there isn’t any music written down for me to follow! What happened to the things our church has been singing for nearly thirty years? Old songs, good old songs!
The thing that bothers me the most is this.
Someone just changed As The Deer for no good reason. I like that song, and it did NOT need changing.
“As the deer panteth for the water so my soul longeth after you?”
NO. I’ts thee. I have a love of words, so many people will not understand this, and will think only that I am completely missing the point of these songs.
I understand that they are for God’s glory, but would it hurt to keep one tiny “thee” in a song? Just because we don’t speak that way any more doesn’t mean we can’t use the language! It is so frustrating, I admit I have left the room at times. I will probably delete this post later, I sound like an idiot. But it is SO frustrating. I love music! Couldn’t we have some GOOD music for once?
No, don’t comment on this unless you have something good…no, better not comment on this at all.

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Ideas are swimming in my head.
Any more and I’ll be dead.
I’d like to try and write them down.
But what if I sound like a clown?

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I dentify.

“What do you fear, my lady?”
“A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them, and all change of valor has gone behind recall or desire.”

Sometimes I feel like that. As if there is very little I can do with what God has given me. As if carrying out God’s purpose for my life means never doing what I like to do.
…but why would he give us these abilities and joys if we weren’t going to use them?

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Leaf by Niggle.

i just read “Leaf by Niggle.” A short story by Tolkien. I really enjoyed it…
I could tell it was supposed to have a moral, in a sense, something to be learned fromt he story. Sadly, I couldn’t find it. It was strange. I had even read about it somewhere before, and I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe I was tired. Or maybe I am not perceptive.
I don’t want anyone to comment and tell me what it is, I have to figure that out myself!

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New group in town

Anyone ever heard of the Blazing Onions?
Well, you should’ve.
Their debut album will soon come out with two tracks:
We Sound Like Crapp

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Hot topics.

I have been following a thought provoking conversation on Ted’s Blog. I don’t know how to make links, but copy and paste this.

I would like to comment, but I have no authority on this issue. It is something that until now I have almost avoided learning about…
I really have never expressed my opinion on this blog before and am quite unsure as to how I am to go about it.
In any case, God tells us directly that homosexuality is a sin. Despite that, we should not hate homosexuals. This is frustrating. I feel very strongly about “gay ‘marriage’” but don’t know enough to really speak out. I can say one thing, though. Even if “gay ‘marriage’” is legalized, again I know next to nothing about this, it should not be called marriage, because marriage is unity between a man and a woman. But then, calling it something else, that would be just as bad, because it is saying that there is an acceptable alternative to marriage!
I think I need to mull over this and get back to you.

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Swifteye47: I think, in a way, it is easy not to belive when you are that age.
Swifteye47: basically, when you are a teen, you are just discovering your own beliefs, and it can be exciting to realize that now you are really choosing your own path. It’s easy to get caught up in something you don’t really understand, and not see that you don’t know enough to have a true opinion. I say this knowing that the only reason I know enough to have a true opinion is because I know I have chosen the right way. But then, how do I know I have chosen the right way?
Swifteye47: I just realized that I don’t know enough to defend myself.
Swifteye47: Someone might be close to coming to God, and then get away again, because I couldn’t defend myself.
Swifteye47: Better get studying

I just had a conversation, and realized it was mostly with myself. It’s something to work on, I think. I assume that by sheer will power I can convince…well, no, people aren’t like that. They want substance…not just pretty air castles.

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More Message.

Proverbs 1:7-19
“Start with God-the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you have learned at your mother’s knee. Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers. Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, don’t go along with them. If they say-’Let’s go out and raise some hell. Let’s beat up some old man, mug some old woman. Let’s pick them clean and get them ready for their funerals. We’ll load up on top-quality loot, We’ll haul it in by the truckload. Join us for the time of your life!’
Oh friend, don’t give them a second look; don’t listen to them for a minute. They’re racing to a very bad end, hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on. Nobody robs a bank with everyone watching, Yet that’s what these people are doing- they’re doing themselves in. When you grab all you can get, that’s what happens: The more you get, the less you are.”

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The Message.

I love this translation. Actually, it is more of a paraphrase. Read this verse, one many of us know well:
Genesis 1:1
“First this: God created the Heavens and Earth- all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.”
It is more applicable…no, that’s not even why I like it. I don’t know if I can explain this…Ok. King James Version and even New International Version have “big words.” I like big words, and the Message has my kind of “big words.”
That made almost no sense. Oh well, I tried!
Here’s another:
John 3:16
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. Annd this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. “
and I like this so much I am going to continue:
“God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentance without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to belive in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”
Wow. I really like this.
It is The Message, translation by Eugene H. Peterson. I will keep this by the computer, or by my bed. Places where I often am. And I hope to improve my personal relationship with God.

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I want to have more in this site. I thought it was cool that Ted had a web site, and started reading it daily. I decided I wanted one…was to scared to be forthright…my cousin gave me one. I used it some, and now I have slacked off.
What’s the point? Some people use it to give a narration of their everyday lives. Jessie, for instance. Some people use it to give more of a…personal interpretation of the Bible, along with some notes about their day. Personally, I don’t know what I use it for. I want it to have more meaning. Not just something I occasionally type carelessly in, filled with misspellings and abbreviations like “u” “every1″ and “y?”.
Maybe, since I seem to have trouble doing my own devotional each day, I could start reading a few verses and posting about them everyday. Tell me what you think.

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