Bleak Daybook.

I was waiting for my querolous papist brother to comment on the fire at Notre Dame. Mundabor is trenchant, and he does not disappoint. The visual signs of degeneration led to horror, to Frenchman singing hymns to the Virgin in the streets. But the rot was there. Our enemy deliberately set it.

However, to me the fire had a different meaning, one that has been resonating for almost two days now: this fire truly epitomizes the burning of Catholicism in France – where attacks on churches become more frequent – and elsewhere. In a way, it is as if Heaven had decided to send us a very visual warning: this is what will happen to your churches in only one or two generations, unless you react now.
The time is running out, and this generation might be the last one free from an extremely bloody civil war, or from the destiny deserved by cowards: dhimmitude. It might be two, or three generations instead of one, but you get my drift.
Meanwhile, a Country who has elected as his President a man clearly sexually attracted, at some level or other, to his mother, keeps neglecting not only its Catholic heritage, but the threat to its own liberties that is taking shape more and more clearly as years go by. A threat that will, likely, never explode in some coup d’ etat of sort, but rather boil the French democracy very slowly, like a frog. Those who love and understand history can clearly see a movement spanning several generations and lethal for both Western Civilisation and its matrix, Christianity. Those who don’t love or understand history will keep lulling themselves in their dream of pacific coexistence of incompatible systems of values, preparing the bloodbath that is, at some point, going to be the only alternative to surrender.
Forget Notre Dame. Catholicism itself is burning. Not by accident, but by design.

Mundabor.

As Israel Folau fights to keep his job (Australia clearly neither has, or ignores, the equivelant of Section 14 of the NZ Bill of RIghts) Adam Piggot makes some trenchant comments.

There is no freedom of religion if you can get fired from your job and hounded out of your profession simply for espousing your religious views, but at least they stopped short of feeding him to the lions.

Adam Piggot, Pushing RUbber downhill.

Adam again, when asked about nations, sums up my position fairly well. As a Kiwi who spends a fair amount of time in Oz, I can confidently say to that Aussie that I’m not Australian.

We are indeed in opposition to God, and I will publish an article tomorrow with an excellent and depressing example of this. But to clarify, nations are not bound by common worship. After spending two years living in Uganda I can confidently declare that I have nothing in common with Ugandans nor their culture. And yet the vast majority of them are Christians. Can I then move to Uganda and declare myself Ugandan? Of course not, no more than a Ugandan can move to Australia and declare himself to be of my patronage. Which is why the bastardized concept of hyphenated nationalities was created; our imaginary Ugandan friend would have to be a Ugandan-Australian. Which is like declaring yourself to be a woman-man, a concept not unknown in this traumatic age.
I write to expose the lies and to seek the truth, a dangerous business at the best of times as nobody appreciates a truth teller and I do not possess a court jester costume.

Adam Piggot, Pushing RUbber downhill.

I cannot say this enough. When we reject God, he won’t be mocked. Even the Greeks, pagans, corrupt, and venal, knew that whom the gods would destroy they would first make mad. I can only advise what Vox Day noted today. Seek Excellence. This world does not.

Lectionary Thursday 18th April.

Today is the last day for work in NZ, as both Good Friday and Easter Sunday are public holidays. The secular state has not removed them, yet. My church has posters up around town encourating people to an evangelical service on Sunday.

So today, I’m using two passages: one from the gospel and one from the letter of Corinthians. We should not recall this at Easter alone: but every service, every liturgy.

As we should be known by our love.


31 Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus *said, “Now [a]is the Son of Man glorified, and God [b]is glorified in Him; 32 [c]if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately. 33 Little children, I am with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

John 13:31-35; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, NASB

The love we are to show is to one another. It is those who are believers, then others. For there is hatred and virtue signalling among other movements, as people show that they are more pure than the others. There are political fights for status. The world expects us to be like this, and they use these filters when reporting the things in the church.

But the church is God’s. The things of God should not be as the things of fallen men. We are called to love. And to love we cannot be like them.

Lectionary 17th April 2019

It looks like the wormtounges are being found out, while those who are of faith are standing taller. The buildings older generations worshiped in may be sold, or destroyed, but the challenge remains.

Leave our sin to one side. Shuck off the burdens of our society and their expectations, and run the course set before us. For our goal is not to be as the world. It is to be as Christ.

Post fire, Notre Dame, via Vox Popoli.



12 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 [a]fixing our eyes on Jesus, the [b]author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary [c]and lose heart.



Hebrews 12:1-3 , NASB

Lectionary on the burning of Notre Dame.

Today one of the French national treasures and the Cathedral of Paris, Notre Dame, has burned out of control. There are promises to rebuild. The great and the good are horrified.

A firefighter battling a massive blaze which has ripped through Notre-Dame Cathedral has been seriously injured, but authorities say the structure has been saved from “total destruction”. Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old Paris cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof. A French firefighting official said one fireman was seriously injured battling the blaze. “We now believe that the two towers of Notre-Dame have been saved,” Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters at the scene. “We now consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved.” There was still a risk that some of the interior structures could collapse, and firefighters would work overnight to cool them down, he said. President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral would be rebuilt and an international fundraising campaign would be launched. “We will rebuild because it is what French people expect, it is what our history deserves.” He said the whole nation was distressed. “Like all our compatriots, I am sad this evening to see this part of all of us burn,” he tweeted

Otago daily times.

The good news is that the church is not the buildings, but the people. Buildings burn, particularly if neglected, and institutions fall because of rot, often deliberately engendered by the enemies of the gospel. But the church survives because the gospel survives. Christ is not with us, but his work remains. And that matters more than any cathedral.

 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him. 30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up[a] from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 34 The crowd spoke up, “We have heard from the Law that the Messiah will remain forever, so how can you say, ‘The Son of Man mu

st be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?” 35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.

John 12:20-36

It is not the church we need to fear, but that we will be in the darkness, without the light of the gospel to guide us. Let us always look there. Notre Dame has burned, and this is a loss of a place of art and worship. But the work of Christ continues.

Daybook

It appears that the Skeptics are at it again. The high church of Atheism reports, correctly, that that transhuman project is as doomed as cryogenics. But they have no understanding of the spiritual.


Of persistent attempts to freeze human bodies for potential later long-term reanimation, Dr Shermer said “I’m not recommending it – it doesn’t work”.
A currently more popular view was that of “mind-uploaders”, who believed all of a person’s vital data, including memories and perhaps genetic information, could eventually be “uploaded to the cloud” and stored forever.
Dr Shermer said the “really scary large” amount of information required was impossible to be gathered and stored.
Other limitations also meant the unique features of each person could not be captured in this way.
He took a more practical view of immortality, and favoured living well for a good lifespan.
“Don’t worry about 500 years, just get to 100 with a healthy life,” he said.
During a vibrant question and answer session, he took issue with reported sightings of ghosts in English castles, and said “they never go to 7-Eleven” convenience stores.
Old buildings tended to creak and move about a great deal, and imperfections in older generations of video cameras tended to generate some ghost-like images at times, he said.
Dr Shermer founded The Skeptics Society, and is editor-in-chief of its magazine Skeptic.

John Gibb, Otago Daily Times.

Chris Trotter talks about the professional and managerial class (PMC — a good term) trying to tax the tradesmen. The comments suggest that he is hitting a raw nerve: and as a reformed person with credentials I see the stench of secular puritans. Tradesmen do it hard in NZ. The credentials get salaries.


The impressively credentialled members of the PMC, large numbers of whom are employed by the state, turn up for work every day and are paid every fortnight. All the necessary deductions for tax and ACC have been taken care of by their employer. If they’re teachers, nurses, social-workers, or just plain, common-or-garden civil servants, there’s a very high probability they’ll be members of a union. Regular pay-rises and improved working conditions are expected – and delivered.


Life for the small business owner is very different. In addition to plying their trade and/or providing their service, they are saddled with a great many other responsibilities. They have to take care of their own tax payments – as well as the tax payments of any staff they may employ. Then there’s Kiwisaver and ACC payments to sort out. They must conform to the provisions of OSH legislation and deal with the infernal complexities of the RMA. For many, being able to pay their bills depends upon other people paying theirs – and getting some debtors to cough-up can be a nightmare.


So, Guyon is right. Not all income is made the same. Which is why not all income is taxed the same.


Which leaves the PMC with a problem. They are only too aware of the need for increased government spending on health, housing, education and the environment. After all, so many of their jobs are about providing these public goods. On the other hand, they have a lifestyle to maintain; overseas trips to pay for; kids to finance into university and home ownership. Yes, their salaries may be large – but they’re fully extended. They are not keen on paying higher income tax. Not keen at all.


It might not be so bad if all these tradies; these restaurateurs; these independent contractors were caring and responsible citizens. But dammit! What’s with all these monster SUVs? Haven’t they heard of global warming? And the things they say! Honestly, it borders on hate speech. Sexists, racists, homophobes: the whole kit and kaboodle. To call them “deplorables” would be to seriously understate the problem. And then they get to retire with a cool million bucks – tax-free.


No bloody way!

CHRIS Trotter, Bowalley Road.

Not just in NZ. The same idiocy is occuring among the woke everywhere, and everyhere they are ruining everything. There needs to be a party for the workers and tradesmen. it used to be Labour or the Democrats. But that is not radical enough. Instead, image matters more than substance, and the parties ar run by people who make the three stooges look lie Nobel Laureates.

No, these three are artisanal Democrats, designed to appeal only to a select few elitists on college campuses or living in big blue cities on the coasts (By the way, be sure to welcome your new illegal alien arrivals thanks to the Trump administration – remember, these undocumented workers will make your cities stronger, better places n’ stuff!). They are bespoke leftists, perfectly curated to achieve Peak Wokeness.

They are the wave of the future, or at least of the 12 years we have left before the world ends in a climactic climate change catastrophe because selfish monsters like you won’t give up your Jeep Cherokees and Big Macs.
Now, most of the zillion Dems running for the chance to get shellacked by Trump in two years are not particularly bright, but they do have some level of animal cunning and they have got to see that the stupidity that gets the goatee gang slapping their paws in Brooklyn is going to play poorly in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the parts of Minnesota that aren’t Mogadishu. But the candidates have a problem, because they don’t dare go against the real party leadership. Cross one of them and you’ll draw down the shrill, up-talking wrath of Rep. Shemp or Congresswoman Curley.

Kurt Schlicthler

The woke will destroy: from Disney, where they ruined Star Wars and Marvel moies, to politics, to the academic fields. They need to be avoided, shunned, and not encouraged. For the people do vote: with their money, attention and ballots. May that suffice.

There are other alternatives, and they are too bloody to contemplate.

Lectionary Mon 15th April

It is the Monday before Easter. Six sleeps to Easter Sunday: A prayer for today from the Orthodox Church (who probably say we’ve got the dates wrong).

Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling allthings, treasury of good things and giver oflife: come; take Your abode in us; cleanse us ofevery stain, and save our souls, O Good one.

Seraphem Dedes, BrideGroom Service Monday Evening.

In this week, there will be much error proclaimed in the media. Most media is not worth your attention: it no longer reports the news — even the business press, whose entire reason for existence is to give firm intelligence for investors — and instead reports emotions and error.

Instead we shoud focus on Christ. Let social media not be a vector into our lives, but a means by which we influence others for good. The Mainsteram media deserve nothing.

For they no longer know their high priest.



11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here,[a] he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining[b] eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially uncl Theean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God!
15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

Hebrews 9:11-15

Sunday Sonnet.

I am repeating this sonnet sequence, in part because it is reformed, in part because it is in English, and in part because it predates Shakespeare, and finally, because Tudor women were tough.

These are the biographical facts of Anne Locke’s life: she was the daughter of Steven Vaughan, who was in Henry VIII’s service shortly before the English Reformation. Vaughan fully supported the Protestant Reformation – probably a bit too enthusiastically, given that the 1530s was a time when overzealous reformers could come to a sticky end as easily as ardent Catholics. His daughter, Anne, was born in around 1530 and inherited her father’s reforming zeal. When Anne grew up she married Henry Locke, who shared the Vaughan family’s passion for Protestant reform. In 1553, the Scottish reformer John Knox stayed with the Lockes, until the accession of Catholic Bloody Mary sent him into self-exile on the Continent. Anne and her husband joined Knox in Switzerland in 1557, taking their two young children with them. Their daughter died four days after they arrived in Geneva. The Lockes didn’t stay long in Switzerland, and following the death of Mary I a year later, they returned to England. But Locke stayed in touch with Knox: Robert Louis Stevenson even argued that Anne Locke was the woman Knox loved more than any other. (We don’t know when Locke died – some time after 1590 is the best guess.)
Although she had not received a formal education – English schools were still all-male affairs – Locke had been taught the essentials, and could read and write well in several languages. This led to her translating some of the sermons of another Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, which were published in 1560.
But what’s particularly interesting is the sequence of 26 sonnets which she included in the book of sermons. Titled A Meditation of a Penitent Sinner: Written in Maner of A Paraphrase upon the 51. Psalme of David, it’s the first sonnet sequence written in English, published over twenty years before Sir Philip Sidney wrote his Astrophil and Stella and over thirty years before Shakespeare began his sonnets.
Locke’s authorship of the sonnets only became widely accepted by scholars recently, and for a long time the general view was that Knox had written them. Locke helped to fan the flames of speculation, claiming in her preface to the sonnets that they were the work of a ‘friend’ and she was merely including them in her volume. But the work appears to have been all Locke’s, although, as the full title of the sequence suggests, the poems are a paraphrase of the sentiments expressed in the 51st Psalm.

The author is correct about the sequence being a paraphrase, and I am attaching a modern translation of the verse for this week’s paraphrase(unlike the Lumnarium edition, which refers to a translation of that time)

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity
And cleanse me from my sin.

Psalm 51;2, NASB

Here is the Sonnet. Read it out loud and the spelling will become clear; this is well before dictionaries and regularization of spelling.

My many sinnes in nomber are encreast,
With weight wherof in sea of depe despeire
My sinking soule is now so sore opprest,
That now in peril and in present fere,


I crye: susteine me, Lord, and Lord I pray,
With endlesse nomber of thy mercies take
The endlesse nomber of my sinnes away.
So by thy mercie, for thy mercies sake,


Rue on me, Lord, releue me with thy grace.
My sinne is cause that I so nede to haue
Thy mercies ayde in my so woefull case:
My synne is cause that scarce I dare to craue


Thy mercie manyfolde, which onely may
Releue my soule, and take my sinnes away.

Anne Locke, Meditations of a Penitent Sinner, Sonnet 2.

Daily Lectionary.

It is Sunday, and so the text today is longer, and I am adding the collect. The lectionary remains the revised common lectionary, which is different from the Anglican one, and the texts there differ.

THE COLLECT
Almighty and everlasting God, in your tender love for us you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon himself our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and come to share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Redeemer Anglican, Annapolis.


When you read the gospels in sequence you realise that Christ knew what he was walking towards. He predicted to his disciples what the rulers would do. He knew that his work of redemption was going to ruin his reputation, damn him, and he would be physically tortured before a painful and slow execution.

Yet he walked to Jerusalem. Despite wanting this cup to pass from him.


The Lord [a]God has given Me the tongue of disciples,
That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not disobedient
Nor did I turn back.
I gave My back to those who strike Me,
And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard;
I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.
For the Lord God helps Me,
Therefore, I am not disgraced;
Therefore, I have set My face like flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.
He who vindicates Me is near;
Who will contend with Me?
Let us stand up to each other;
Who has a case against Me?
Let him draw near to Me.
Behold, the Lord God helps Me;
Who is he who condemns Me?
Behold, they will all wear out like a garment;
The moth will eat them.


28 After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
29 When He approached Bethphage and Bethany, near the [a]mount that is called Olivet, He sent two of the disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village ahead of you; there, as you enter, you will find a colt tied on which no one yet has ever sat; untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of it.’” 32 So those who were sent went away and found it just as He had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its [b]owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 34 They said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 They brought it to Jesus, and they threw their coats on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As He was going, they were spreading their coats on the road. 37 As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God [c]joyfully with a loud voice for all the [d]miracles which they had seen, 38 shouting:
“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord;
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees [e]in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”

Isaiah 50:4-9; Luke 19:28-40 NASB.

If you do not fall to your knees in gratitude to Christ, who did make his face like flint and walked to what he knew would be his death to redeem and undo the evil that we all have done, knowingly or unknowingly, then I pity you.

For at the end all will see the glory of God. And those who did reject God will be cast out. But in this life, they are made stupid.

Sermon Study.

I take fairly extensive notes most Sundays when the sermon is on. The trouble is that if you just look at the sermon, and then don’t go back and analyze it, you are selling yourself short. You should search the scriptures to see if what the preacher said was true.

I attend a Bapticostal church. They have guest speakers, from a tradition where both husband and wife are pastors. The sermon was given by Alex Sweeney, from Melbourne and Nashville.

The sermon text was Philippians 4. I’ve put my comments in [square brackets].

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is [c]near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all [d]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Phillipians 4:4-7.

From my notes:

Satan works through fear and anxiety. We are not to be driven that way. We are not to just say “have more faith”.

Satan comes with thoughts of fear, but God says we are not to have a Spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7 — NASB says a spirit of timidity or cowardliness) but…

Instead we are not to be anxious about anything: bills, sickness, estranged relationships, children who have fallen away from the Lord, but in everything with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving… you cannot be thankful and anxious at the same time.

Give thanks to God then pray and petition, instead of desperation and fear. and then the peace of God will be with you regardless of the storm you find yourself in and you will not fear because God’s peace will transcend your understanding.

But, instead of being different and having this peace, we are just as fearful and anxious as the world. So what to do?

CRY OUT

[Alex says men fear crying. — and I’d say she’s wrong. We don’t fear crying. We are more likely to be wrathful, and in this time we fear the cops being called if we say what we think — and we suppress our emotions — again, in my experience, that is a way to survive in a workplace where a lack of positivity can get you sacked. ]

But we have a heavenly father who wants us to talk about how we feel. The saints of God cried to God. So should we. There will be days that you can only intercede with your tears. Our tears are known to God and recorded, for he sees the heart and the motivation that leads us to weep

And we should weep with those who weep.

APPEAL TO HIS NATURE

Pray first. Don’t whine to your friends, or blog, or use socail media. Make your first reaction to pray. Appeal to the nature of God. Do not let the enemy distract you from this.

Most people are ignorant of God, and fall for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6 — [note that the second half of the verse says that if pastors and priests do not teach the truth, then God will leave them]). Do not believe the lies of this world [and the lies they tell about God.]

When we look at things from God’s position, the lies of this world become clear. God pardons our inquities, saves our lives from the pit, heals our diseases, and crowns us with love and compassion (Psalm 103:2 -8).

REMEMBER

Recall what God has done. Do not recall the bad you have done — the things that God has blotted out of his book, and we need not remember. The world would remind us of these things.

Recall instead the testimonies of people of faith. The words of those written in the Bible. The faithful witness of our brothers. If God did it for them, he can do it for us.

Write down the daily things that he has done for us, for he is good: the quiet blessings. Remember that even the seasons and cycles of day and night are a covenant that was made, and God is faithful in this.

ENLARGE

The more you focus on an issue the bigger it becomes. The more I focus on Christ the less it matters… are we making our circumstances greater than God? Is not God much greater than our context and circumstances? We should not focus on experience and feelings.

We should not focus on ourselves and on how we have been defeated. Such people betray this in their speech — they are negative [black pill] in their conversation.

SING.

Singing is a positive choice to praise God. It is when you sing despite how you are feeling, in depression, anxiety, adversity, fear. This saying to God that you trust him despite what is happening to you (Isaiah 44:1) . It is the sacrifice of praise. it can only be given here: in this life. In the next life we will not suffer depression, anxiety or fear. Our tears will be wiped away.

People are watching your witness, not in times of prosperity, but in times of trial.

Do not waste the time we have to choose to worship. We are not to sit in fear and shame and cowardice. We are the children of God. And it is him whom we should praise.

Sermon notes, (Alex Sweeney)