Archive for April, 2007

Singing of God’s Blessings on the Family

Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Following is the Scottish metrical version (the arrangement for singing) of Psalm 128:

1 Bless’d is each one that fears the Lord,

And walketh in his ways;

2 For of thy labour thou shalt eat,

And happy be always.

3 Thy wife shall as a fruitful vine

By thy house’ sides be found:

Thy children like to olive-plants about thy table round.

4 Behold, the man that fears the Lord, thus blessed shall he be.

5 The Lord shall out of Sion give His blessing unto thee:

Thou shalt Jerus’lem’s good behold whilst thou on earth dost dwell.

6 Thou shalt thy children’s children see, and peace on Israel.

Some Old Photos of Cadet and Lyd :D

Sunday, April 8th, 2007
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Rebecca (Cadet), who is much better at remembering ages and dates than I am, informs me that she is most likely 13 in this picture.

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Thirteen again. The kitty, Dusty, thinks he is a miniature creature, and submits to kitties much smaller than himself. In Rebecca’s arms, however, he is safe and content. See the kitty smile?

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Twelve and ten. The sweeties, Cadet and Lyd.

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Lydia (Biddo), eleven.

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Lydia, ten. 😀

I thank the Lord for each and every one of the children whom the Lord has placed in our family. This little post is especially about Rebecca and Lydia, though, so I’m taking this moment to specially thank the Lord for them.

My son [or daughter – my insertion], if thine heart be wise, my heart shall rejoice, even mine. Yea, my reins shall rejoice, when thy lips speak right things.– Proverbs 23:15,16

The father [and the mother – my insertion] of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.– Proverbs 23:24,25

For Fun :D

Saturday, April 7th, 2007
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Most Noble Lady Joyce the Sublunary of Bampton Underhoop
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Here’s another one that came up for me (I like the sheepish bit.):

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Marchioness Joyce the Sheepish of Fritterton on the Marshes
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

And, for my husband:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
His Highness Rick the Ingenious of Fiddlers Green
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

It’s fun how appropriate this aristocratic title is for Rick, since he is indeed, ingenious. Rick can fix almost anything with almost anything. His repertoire is much broader than duct tape, too. Also, he greatly enjoys fiddling, especially as in Celtic-type music. I suppose you could say he’s ingenious in his musical ability as well, since Rick can pick up almost any instrument, figure out how to play a scale on it, and then proceed to play that instrument passably-well, by ear.

Grampa Taron Shows His Grandson a Thing or Two About Model Shipbuilding

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Last summer Grampa Taron introduced Seth to the wonders of model shipbuilding. Grampa is a pro, not only at building the delicate models, but also at refurbishing real boats. He has rebuilt tugboats, canoes, catamarans, dinghies, and rowboats (that I have heard about), and built a miniature tugboat from beginning to end.

Grampa was excited to find that his 10-year old grandson was interested in how to do that model shipbuilding. Maybe this summer Grampa will give Seth some more lessons.

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That’s Daddy peeking in.

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This is just the beginning of the model, but Seth was excited he had a hand in it.

Thanks to Gramma Taron for the fun pictures. 😀 We’ll have to take a picture of the finished model when we come to visit, so I can post that, too.

Am I fretting, am I fretting? Maybe so . . .

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare; – Luke 21:34 (Revised Standard Version © 1947, 1952.)

According to Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, one meaning of the verb dissipate is To be extravagant or dissolute in the pursuit of pleasure; especially, to drink to excess. That segues into drunkenness, of course,and that sin is common in our society. As a Christian, I would immediately be alarmed if either of those sins cropped up in my life. But . . . I think one of my besetting sins is that of becoming discouraged when the cares of this life multiply.

It’s so easy to see those cares:

    An aging parent is requiring some creative thinking on my part and needs more of my time.
    Said parent is sometimes demanding and stubborn (What goes around comes around, eh, former teenager?).
    I’m sick with a bad cough; just feel like laying low, but want to do the usual work, all the same.
    My busy family still needs me to do my work, drive them to activities, etc.
    Enough complaining, already. You get the idea. 😛

What does God’s Word say that I should do to avoid this snare to my soul? Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down. The first step is to notice and pay attention to the fact that I am doing something dangerous here, something that the Lord forbids. OK. Done. I noticed. Now what?

I need to admit to the Lord that I actually did something wrong. I sinned. I need to confess that to Him, 1 John 1:9:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Now I need to actually do the righteous, godly thing:

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.- 1 Peter 5:7 (Revised Standard Version © 1947, 1952.)

I need to commit these concerns to the Lord, relying upon Him for the wisdom and strength to do the duties which He has placed before me. It is true that Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground; Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.– Job 5:6,7. Yes, Brother, yes, Sister, we do have troubles. We all have troubles. But . . . The soul-ensnaring trouble comes when we focus on our troubles.

That’s the way it goes with besetting sins. You sure do have to watch out for them. You think you’re well aware of them, and then they sneak up on you again. Once again, for help in this spiritual war I turn to some of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:4-8, seeking once again, by God’s grace, to lay them up in my heart, meditate upon them and obey them.

Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

By God’s grace, I have noticed my sin, confessed it to the Lord, have cast the cares upon Him and am focusing on the positive. OK, Lord. Things aren’t looking so bad now.

How to Get Relief from a Nighttime Cough

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

I received the following health tip from my friend Nicole, who received it from her mom Helen, who received it from . . . But, hey, I tried it last night (I have a hearty cough at present.), and it was indeed soothing and effectual. So, check it out if you so desire. It’s not TOO odd, nor does it involve strong chemicals or nasty side effects. 😀

Subject: Coughing

This works 100% of the time although the scientists at the Canada Research council (who discovered it) aren’t sure why.

To stop nighttime coughing in a child (or adult as we found out personally), put Vicks Vaporub generously on the bottom of the feet at bedtime, then cover with socks.

Even persistent, heavy, deep coughing will stop in about 5 minutes and stay stopped for many, many hours of relief.

Works 100% of the time and is more effective in children than even very strong prescription cough medicines. In addition it is extremely soothing and comforting and they will sleep soundly.

I heard the head of the Canada Research Council describe these findings on the part of their scientists when they were investigating the effectiveness and usage of prescription cough medicines in children as compared to alternative therapies like acupressure. Just happened to tune in A.M. Radio and picked up this guy talking about why cough medicines in kids often do more harm than good due to the chemical makeup of these strong drugs so, I listened.

It was a surprising finding and found to be more effective than prescribed medicines for children at bedtime, and in addition, to have a soothing and calming effect on sick children who then went on to sleep soundly.

Lolly tried it on herself when she had a very deep constant and persistent cough a few weeks ago and it worked 100%! She said that it felt like a warm blanket had enveloped her, coughing stopped in a few minutes and believe me, this was a deep, ( incredibly annoying!) every few seconds uncontrollable cough, and she slept cough free for hours every night that she used it.

So, if you have Grandchildren, pass it on, if you end up sick, try it yourself and you will be absolutely amazed by the effect.

T. F. Bazemore

Something a Little Lighter and Brighter :)

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

I’ve been so serious, people. Here’s something a bit silly to offset that:

Your Psyche is Yellow

You have a ton of energy – both physical and mental endurance.
You are rational and logical, and you can help almost anyone think clearly.
Optimistic and bright, you also have a secret side that’s a little darker.

When you are too yellow: You will do anything to get your way, and no one will be the wiser

When you don’t have enough yellow: you lack confidence, drive, and humor

What Color Is Your Psyche?
You Follow Your Head

You’re rational, collected, and logical.
Generally, it takes you quite a while to fall in love.
In fact, you’ve even been accused of being very picky.
While you’re cool, you’re not ice cold.
You just know what you want, and don’t mind waiting to get it.
Do You Follow Your Head or Your Heart?

I would say that is true of my husband as well. When we were introduced by mutual friends (Rick and I were both about 26 or 27 at the time), Rick said something along the lines of, “I’m meeting you to see if it might be the Lord’s will for us to get married.” Matter-of-fact. Honest. I was a bit shocked, but appreciated his forthrightness. Something came of it, eventually. We married when we were 29. 😀

You Are a Realist

You don’t see the glass as half empty or half full. You see what’s exactly in the glass.
You never try to make a bad situation seem better than it is…
But you also never sabotage any good things you have going on.
You are brutally honest in your assessments of situations – and this always seems to help you cope.
Are You An Optimist or Pessimist?

I agree! How right-on is that?

Beware of Micro-Denominations

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Just one more helpful quote from Gus Gianello:

1. Be suspicious of ANYONE who claims to have all the answers and can’t work with ANYONE who doesn’t agree with everything.
2. Be suspicious of ANY church/session/presbytery/synod/general assembly that is dominated by one or two men. No matter how competent or how strong our personalities the temptation is very great to just take over.
3. Be suspicious of ANY micro-denomination that can not practice even loosest form of Reformed ecumenism.
4. Be suspicious of ANY micro-denomination built around a unique “insight” on the Westminster Standards. Whether its “all presbyterian churches are unconstitutional but ours—so leave them”, or whether its “refusal to incorporate is the 4th mark of the church” avoid them like the plague.
5. Have NOTHING to do with a denomination that mouths the Standards but whose leaderships’ behaviour is BLATANTLY contrary to it. For instance: minister watching pornography during a GA; ministers standing up in the middle of an official meeting and rebuking everyone for some insignificant slight committed by a few; ministers who can not conduct GAs or Presbyteries with any semblance of decency or order, Sessions that are willing to conduct potentially embarrassing meetings while not in direct session, or secret session/presbytery meetings.

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This image is from The Spirit Watch: Myths About Cults, and seems applicable to the subject at hand.

Another Gem From Gus Gianello

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Gus posted the following on the Covenanted Reformation Club discussion group:

Dear Brother,
Of that I am certain—that is, that the structure of your sentence is unacceptable, and that it is an insult to other Covenanters to call the RPNA (GM) Covenanters. I therefore suggest a modification, that we call the RPNA (GM) the

Reformed Presbyterian North America We Are the Only Ones Right and Can Excommunicate Any One We Prefer to (General Assembly of a Few)

or the RPNAWAOORCEAOWP (GAF). This is how ridiculous it gets.

Gus Gianello

Concerning the Ongoing Excommunication Purges in the RPNA(GM)

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

In a bit I will quote what I consider to be amazingly astute and observant comments by Gus Gianello on the Covenanted Reformation Club discussion board. His comments are in response to a member-in-good-standing of the RPNA(GM) – Reformed Presbytery of North America (General Meeting) – who has no problem whatsoever with the on-going excommunication purges being conducted by three men who style themselves the only faithful elders in North America: Teaching Elder Greg Price, Ruling Elder Greg Barrow and Ruling Elder Lyndon Dohms.

My husband and I were “excommunicated from the Visible Church” and “delivered to Satan for the destruction of the flesh” on May 21, 2006, for disagreeing with their doctrine of “No Occasional Hearing” and for maintaining that the Solemn League and Covenant could only be binding on those to whom it can apply in the plain and common sense of the words. This is what we think we were excommunicated for, since the elders would never tell us specifically what our heinous sin was. Also, we have heard nothing at all from these men since they “excommunicated” us, though we communicated to them our willingness to continue dialogging with them. So much for reclaiming the erring brother. Perhaps, though, their excommunication is so effectual that it will work in our lives without any further effort on their parts.

Since the time that we were “excommunicated” over 30 more communicant members were also “excommunicated” by these men, who claim to be a Greater Presbytery, with the same authority as a national General Assembly. Since these are extraordinary times, extraordinary things can be done, don’t you know.

Here, finally, is a portion of Gus Gianello’s post:

You seem to have mislaid any comments about the voluntary nature of the Church. The church is a voluntary society of like-believing people, who organize together ostensibly to present Christ to the world. A “cultish” church tries to compel. Roman catholicism is a cult of implicit faith in the Pope as infallible (ex cathedra), representative of the magisterium. MANY ostensibly Protestant churches are cults of implicit faith in either the leaders, in science, etc. Therefore they feel justified in compelling or coercing association by threats and ostensibly judicial actions.

ONLY in Scripture can we have implicit faith. In all the back-and-forth that I have seen nobody has asked the obvious question:

What evidence of obduracy deserving being cast into the outer darkness and being declared an apostate is given as reason for excommunicating people? Were they fornicators? Were they adulterers? It is very strange indeed that all this overblown hyperbole and swelling words of dependence on “Presbyterian polity” NEVER quotes the example of the apostle Paul who in letter after letter after letter, shows that he deals with obstinacy in this extreme manner ONLY after every other recourse has failed and only when there is clear evidence and legitimate procedure to compel excommunication. Christian love DICTATES that we be compelled to excommunicate by evidence unsullied, trial unmarred, appeals unheeded, and when circumstance and incidentals deny the possibility for remedy; and always for the salvation of the erring parties and for their ultimate reconciliation. I see NOTHING in the NT that says “excommunicate the moment somebody disagrees, refuses to take an oath or has a problem with what you are doing.” THAT is worthy of a cult. And a cult YOU ARE, and a cultist you yourself are, if you can justify these extremes.

Where is the proof of their heresy?

Where is the proof of their blasphemy?

Where is the proof of their scandalous sin, deserving of immediate excommunication, without process? What they were doing was it equal or surpassing in rebellion to God, that they need to be treated as partners in incest? (1 Cor. 5)

Why did not your elders do what the wise apostle did when he disagreed with Barnabas? Separate, go their separate ways, without recrimination or censure? Are you now telling me that “Covenanter” Reformed Presbyterian principles mean that if I become convinced the pastor/elder/session is wrong then I must repent or be excommunicated? Is that my ONLY choice. Can we not go our separate ways? THAT is a cult.