“Forever” | SONG of the week

Artist: The Gray Havens
Year: 2018

So here we go, like mist and water
that's here and gone.
But here we'll stay on forever,
be back someday.

Look, all I know is
I believe it's gonna change at the moment when the trumpets[plural?] blow.
And all I see—
all I see I believe is gonna change inside the walls of eternity.
So here we go.

So when I stand at that station to movin' on,
and I find my step upon the doorway
where the lights come from,
look, all I know, is I'll be changed in a moment
when I take that step, when I'm called back home.
No end I'll know.

Cuz forever is in my soul.
It's in my veins. I think we know
that the future's gonna be so bright.
And when you turn my way,
it's gonna fill my eyes

Forever is in my soul.
It's in my veins, and it won't let go.

"It is the secret signature of each soul, the incommunicable and unappeasable want, the thing we desired before we met our wives or made our friends or chose our work . . . While we are, this …

Paul's letter to the Philippians | LETTER of the week

Paul and Timothy, servants of Jesus Christ;

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and servants: Grace to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God whenever I remember you, always in every request of mine on behalf of you all, making my requests with joy, for your partnership in furtherance of the Good News from the first day until now; being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. It is even right for me to think this way on behalf of all of you, because I have you in my heart, because both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the Good News, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how I long after all of you in the tender mercies of Christ Jesus.

This I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be s…

“O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink” | HYMN of the week

Words: William Hiley Bathurst
Music: Carl Gotthelf Gläser
Singers: Oklahoma Christian University
Recorded: September 23, 2011

O FOR a faith that will not shrink
Though press'd by many a foe ;
That will not tremble on the brink
Of poverty or woe :

That will not murmur nor complain
Beneath the chastening rod ;
But in the hour of grief or pain
Can lean upon its God :

A faith that shines more bright and clear
When tempests rage without ;
That, when in danger, knows no fear ;
In darkness feels no doubt :

That bears unmov'd the world's dread frown,
Nor heeds its scornful smile ;
That sin's wild ocean cannot drown,
Nor its soft arts beguile . . .

Lord, give me such a faith as this,
And then, whate'er may come,
I taste even now the hallow'd bliss
Of an eternal home.

listen here
"the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the …

“He Hears Our Cry” | POEM of the week

by Martha Snell Nicholson
God of the dawn of the ages,
God of all future years,
God of the winds and the waters,
God of the whirling spheres;
God of the storm and the tempest,
God of the starry sky —
God, I am calling to Thee;
How canst Thou hear my cry?
God of the hearth fires rising,
God of the little home,
God of all gardens growing,
God of the fragrant loam;
God of the broken hearted, God,
Who art very nigh, God of repentant sinners,
God, Thou hast heard my cry!

"For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
'I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.'" Isaiah 57:15 ESV

mandarin ducklings jumping | VIDEO of the week

Happy Mother's Day!
This clip from the BBC production Planet Earth: Incredible Families shows mandarin ducklings jumping from a tree to catch up with their mother below. Today, I'm thankful for my mother, who shows us the best ways through her word and example.

"Mighty is the force of motherhood! It transforms . . . by its vital heat . . . timidity into fierce courage, and dreadless defiance into tremulous submission; it turns thoughtlessness into foresight, and yet stills all anxiety into calm content; it makes selfishness become self-denial, and gives even to hard vanity the glance of admiring love" Mary Anne Evans

how to quote someone | HOW-TO of the week

A quotation is a reproduction of someone's exact words. Below are my personal guidelines for quoting others. These rules do not necessarily conform to any established style format such as MLA, APA, or Chicago. This is not meant to be a comprehensive guidebook for the use of quotation marks. It is mainly concerned with how to quote words that others have already stated (not quotations one might make up for their own writings).
1. original
Try to reproduce the person’s words as the person originally wrote, published, or spoke them. It is often preferable to quote from works that were published during the author's lifetime. On the Internet, don't accept all quotes as accurate. Look for reliable websites to check whether the words were quoted correctly and whether the right author was cited.

2. spelling
When quoting, keep original spellings. For example, this famous sonnet should be quoted as, "it is an euer fixed marke / That lookes on tempeſts and is neuer ſhaken." If …

how to upgrade to the new Gmail | HOW-TO of the week

Google has made a new design available for the desktop version of Gmail. Here's how to activate it for your account.

In your web browser, open Gmail and sign in if necessary.

Click on the cog wheel icon in the upper right side of the screen, and select "Try the new Gmail"

Choose your density preference.

Enjoy the new design and features!

And if you want to restore the old look, you can click on the cog wheel and select "Go back to classic Gmail" (I don't know how long this will be an option).
"Gmail’s new look helps you get more done." Google

Cold Turkey Blocker | APP of the week

Cold Turkey Blocker is a program for Windows and macOS that lets you temporarily block websites. Once you've made a list of the sites you want to block, you can start the timer for that list. Under "Statistics," you can learn which apps and websites you use most and about how much time you spend on them.

These features are free, but you can purchase the Pro version of Cold Turkey with a one-time payment of CAD$29. With the Pro version, you can use wildcards, block specific websites, set exceptions, schedule blocks, set a password on your settings, block computer applications, set daily time allowances, set break periods, and even allow the program to freeze you out of your computer for a period of time. There are many possibilities!

Cold Turkey Blocker is a powerful program that can help you save time. Visit the website to learn more or to download the application:

"The greatest surprise in my life is the brevity of life."
Billy Graham

“Which Road” | SONG of the week

Artist: Luke Spehar
Album:The Pilgrim
Year: 2018

The time has come,
and I must choose
where to go now.
Fear, excitement, love, and pain
all mix within me somehow.
From a distance I saw it comin';
it surprises me still.
It's maybe like getting older—
no matter how much we're told,
never seems we will.

I've come to find that I learn slowly
and most of the time the hard way.
I'm meant to move,
but I tend to linger and stay.
Show me now which road I should take today.

A beautiful moment I try to hold
but always slips away
affirms the fact that I am not home,
where those moments are endless days.
And [to?] hold on [would only be?] to distract from what is to come,
but to let go of anything that we know
brings a grief of its own.

Every season has its blessings and burdens.
Winter winds are forgotten when it's warm.
In the end, we can grow from them all.

I've come to find that I learn slowly
and most of the time the hard way.
I'm meant to move,
but I tend to linger and stay.
Show me now whic…

Land Lines | CHROME EXPERIMENT of the week

Land Lines is a Chrome experiment made by Zach Lieberman, Matt Felsen, and the Google Data Arts Team. In "DRAW" mode, you can draw a squiggly line or shape and see an aerial view of somewhere on earth that contains a similar shape. Once a map appears, you are told the general location. In "DRAG" mode, you can drag in different directions and see a line flowing between various locations. It's easier to do it than to explain it, so open the link below and have some fun with Land Lines.

"God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:10

Luke 24 | BIBLE PASSAGE of the week

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: and as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, and returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the ap…

Luke 22:14 - 23:56 | BIBLE PASSAGE of the week

And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: for I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: for I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

But, behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table. And truly the Son of man goeth, as it was determined: but woe unto that man by whom he is betrayed! And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing.

And there was also …

Behold the Lamb of God | CHORUS of the week

Librettist: Charles Jennens
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Composed: 1741

"On the morrow [John] seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world!" John 1:29 ASV

2017 Germany photos | PHOTOS of the week

Here We Go!
Berlin Hauptbahnhof
Autumn in Leipzig
Leipzig Light
Going Places
Leipzig from Above
Serious Perspective
Can I Play It?
Florence, Italy
The Art of Music