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  1. Evolution Of Worship Music

    David Wesley A cappella medley filled with songs still in use today, but with connections to almost 1500 years of Christian worship. It's all crammed into 7.5 minutes, so strap yourselves in and enjoy the ride! SONG LIST! c. 560 (Original Old Irish poem) – Be Thou My Vision (Dallan Forgaill) 1225 (original poem) All Creatures of Our God and King (St. Francis of Assisi) 1529 – A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Martin Luther) 1668 – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Joachim Neander) 1779 –...
  2. Fr. James’s Funeral

    Fr. James’s funeral All the years that I have been here, we have never had such a crowd for a monk’s funeral. It was a touching, and beautiful, experience for the whole community. Our lives are interesting, we go through our lives meeting others on a daily basis. We interact with one another, yet for the most part, it never occurs to us how we have influenced those around us. We do remember those who have touched us deeply. What we become is made by one choice at a time. There is no...
  3. Oh Happy Day

    Anthony Brown w/ FBCG Combined Choir Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins Oh happy day (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) When Jesus washed (when Jesus washed) He washed my sins away (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day) He taught me how to watch, fight and pray, fight and pray And live rejoicing every, everyday Oh happy day He taught me how Oh happy day (oh happy day) Oh happy day (oh happy day)...
  4. Serving The Kingdom

    As servants of the kingdom of heaven we are called to surrender our lives in this world to include wealth, fame, etc. to serve the will of the Father. There are far too many who make the claim to know Christ and yet in the end He (Christ) will tell, "Depart from Me, I never knew you!"
  5. Receiving Fr. James’s Behrens Body

    Receiving Fr. James’s Behrens body When a member of our community dies, we gather the day before the funeral to receive the body. I guess this is around my 55th time for this, and a very powerful liturgical event. Family, and friends of the Monastery gather for the ‘Vespers’ for the dead. The body is placed in our bier, and 8 men are the pall-bearers. The body leads the procession to the front of the church, where it is placed beneath the Paschal Candle. The candle that is lit at the...
  6. Kingdom Of God (spiritual) Vs Kingdom Of Heaven (physical)

    Kingdom of God (SPIRITUAL) vs Kingdom of Heaven (PHYSICAL) Throughout scripture two kingdoms: physical & spiritual are revealed. Cain physical, Abel spiritual Ishmael physical, Isaac spiritual (See Gal 4:22-31) Esau physical, Jacob spiritual Israel physical, Body of Christ/Church spiritual Adam physical, Christ Spiritual (1 Cor 15:45) 1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Jesus Christ) was made a quickening spirit I...
  7. Water & Blood

    After reading John 19:25-37 Water & Blood flowed from the Cross commingled agents, our dead spirits’ balm One for God’s mercy, one showing heart Ache for humanity, ache for the Sentenced Water and Blood, for our repentance To set us apart, both joined to conceive Birth in one’s spirit, faith’s breadth without end Belief that He loves, Is, Belief in Christ’s birth and ministry That the Son died, rose and ascended Because of Water & Blood from that Tree
  8. Riding The Waves

    Riding the waves Emotions rise and fall, fueled by unruly thoughts, like ocean waves, we learn to ride, knowing that it will pass, and calm restored. There are storms and lightning, we may feel like we are drowning, then it calms and we find peace for a time. There is love and friendship, the waves beautiful and they carry us, over the rough eddies that we must traverse, carrying us into deeper love and trust, learning forgiveness and compassion. In the midst of the whirlwind, we can...
  9. Chapter I: "in The Beginning..."

    Chapter I: "In the beginning..." As he raises a book with his left hand with his face set toward the sea, resting on the beach shore with one leg stretched out in front of him straight and the other a little propped up, he contemplatively smiles at how beautiful and clear the day is. The warm and bright sun is out in a cloudless azure colored sky - its midday and it is perfectly serene. He then turns to the opening pages of the book with quiet eagerness: “In the beginning God created the...
  10. I Saw God Today

    George Strait I Saw God Today Just walked down the street to the coffee shop Had to take a break I've been by her side for eighteen hours straight Saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk Pushing up through the concrete Like it was planted right there for me to see The flashing lights The honking horns All seem to fade away In the shadow of the hospital At 5:08 I saw God today I've been to church I've read the book I know He's here But I don't look Near as often as I...
  11. Our Astonishing God

    If you’re fortunate enough to be a parent, you know that there is no more astonishing moment than the birth of your child. There is absolutely nothing like holding a newborn baby in your arms. All of God’s awesomeness is revealed in that moment. Everything we know about our Creator is validated as true when a new life is formed according to His design. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;...
  12. Like Eating Glass Is The Refusal To Forgive

    Like eating glass is the refusal to forgive I was talking to a guest a few months ago and she asked me what I thought caused the most suffering for people. Not sure the term ‘what causes the most suffering’ can be answered since we are all different in how we respond to life experiences. I do know that what causes a great deal of inner pain is the refusal or the inability to forgive and let go. For me it is like eating glass, which causes spiritual hemorrhaging as well as affecting the...
  13. How Far Can 1 Act Of Kindness Reach?

    Depends on how far we carry it. Evil spreads so fast, it seems; love? Not so much. Pray to be better carriers of good than evil, sharing stories of good acts rather than stories of wickedness. Stop reading news stories about shootings & hatred; that only spreads Satan's sick reign. Share stories of the Saints, share stories of heroism, of love & compassion. When you talk about your day at work, don't complain about your co-workers; laugh about the funny conversation at lunch, commend...
  14. Abrahamic, Mosaic & New Covenants

    Abrahamic Covenant: Based on an Unconditional Promise from & cut by God Himself. Gen 15:8-18 Abram is alseep as God Himself walks between the slain animals & Gen 22:16-18 ""By myself have I sworn"" saith the LORD Ultimately this Covenant is fulfilled by Jesus. Abraham’s Covenant was based entirely on faith/belief placed in God. Gen 15:6 Abraham believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Also see Rom 4:3 & Gal 3:6 Mosaic Covenant: Established 430 years (Gal 3:17)...
  15. Waiting On A Promise

    Act 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. Act 1:13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. Act 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus,...
  16. How We Respond Or React

    How we respond or react We can sit, or stand or lay down, really we don’t have to do anything, time still flies, what to do? Getting through the day can be rough, yet each moment precious, how we respond and interact with those we meet carries more weight than we may ever know. Freedom or free will is a seed that can only grow by the choices we make, small ones are practice for the big ones, when pressure builds, emotions arise in all their force, it is then we are called to step back,...
  17. Christ Is The Beginning = Creator. And The End = Judge.

    KJV Dictionary Definition: JUSTIFICA'TION, n. In theology, remission of sin and absolution from guilt and punishment; or an act of free grace by which God pardons the sinner and accepts him as righteous, on account of the atonement of Christ. KJV Dictionary Definition: REDEMP'TION, n.In theology, the purchase of God's favor by the death and sufferings of Christ; the ransom or deliverance of sinners from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God's violated law by the atonement of Christ....
  18. "why Are You So Negative About Relationships?"

    There are a lot of things in my life that I need to do some healing over. As much as I can ask for help from the Lord, I think too that I have my own work to do to make progress in healing these old wounds. I don't think that I'm going to just wake up one morning with all the pain of the past erased, so I prepare myself for a long and arduous journey. I make no secret of the fact that I am single, child-free, and very happy about my status. Most people don't believe me when I say that,...
  19. Run Devil Run

    Crowder Run Devil Run Run devil, run devil Run devil, run I got somethin' make the devil gonna run He been dancin' till the break of dawn Devil gon' try to take a shot at me He got none, but baby I got three He tryna make a fool outta me Y'all takin' out my sanity He ain't nothin' but a silver tongue I got somethin' make the devil gonna run I got somethin' make the devil gonna run I got somethin' make the devil be gone Run devil, run devil, run devil run You bet your bottom...
  20. How To Outsmart The Devil

    Our mission as Christians is to serve others. Jesus came to serve and we are to follow in his footsteps. However it’s not always easy. Things get in the way. We all want to do more but our time is limited, our resources are limited, our talent and ability are limited. Where do these limits come from? I don’t think God is placing these limits on us. The devil seems to be focused on ways to discourage us from serving others. The devil likes to divide us up into smaller numbers or even...
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