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England’s quest for a Northwest route
When Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in 1558, she aggressively sought a Northwest route to India and China. It was thought such a route would lie via the Artic. Many tried and failed.
Then in 1609, The Dutch hired Englishman Henry Hudson to try. Hudson traveled up the bay and river which carry his name today. However, no route existed. He then attempted the Artic route. But he disappeared when his crew mutinied during a harsh winter.
Queen Elizabeth, wanting to establishing colonies in the New World, sent Sire Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake in 1585. A year later one was founded on Roanoke a small island off the coast of North Carolina. Delays by bad weather, piracy, and the time attacking Spanish ships led to not returning to the settlement until 1590. All the people had seemingly disappeared.
The mystery surrounding the settler’s disappearance lingers today. The only clue was the word Croatoan, carved into the trunk of a tree.
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Faith Week 1 of 4
Memory verse Matthew 6:24 “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow ill worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” NIV
It is natural to worry about the future. But, when we do that, we are robbing ourselves of God’s blessing.
In psychology, there is a practice called mindfulness. It is used with those of us that deal with depression. It basically says to keep our minds on the here and now, not the past or future.
In applying this to believers, you could replace mindfulness with the word faith.
By concentrating on today, we can enjoy the blessings God has showered us with. We are healthy (in most cases), we have a roof over our heads (when so many do not), we have enough food (while others are starving), and the list can go on.
As a practice, list all the blessings you have today.
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Romans Bible Study Week 1
Romans is one of my favorite books. Paul wrote to those Christians who moved/lived in Roman.
Paul states in verse 1 that he was called to be an apostle. Jesus sought out Paul, and not the other way around. In like manner, we are all called by God to be followers as alluded to in verse 6 “And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.”
He reports how he lifts them up in prayer.in verse 9-10a “God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the Gospel of his Son, is my witness how I constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times. . . “ We should also be prating for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Also, I may be in error in this, but, I believe there needed to be at least two witnesses for a matter to be considered true. Here it is God and Paul.
Verse 16 is one of my favorite verses. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes, first the Jew then the Gentile. V17 “For in it the gospel of righteousness of God is revealed – a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’.”
Belief in faith brings salvation. We can also see the order is Jew first then Gentile. The Jews are still God’s chosen. The gospel (or good news) of God’s offer of righteousness is shown. I once hear the righteousness is right living.
Paul then quotes Habakkuk 2:4 “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright-but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness.”
Next week Romans 1:18-32
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A book I just read (short story-85 pages) is called Ouija. It is about a highschooler who gets an Ouija Board as a birthday present. The boy is a loner who pines for a girl. He turns to the Ouija for help. Help comes but at a price.
Ouija by James Melzer.
I beleve no horror movie list can be complete without The Exorcist. I first saw this film when it came out in 1973. I was at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi Mississippi. A friend took me to see it. When I walked into the theater, I had no idea what the name of the movie was let alone what genre. When it started, I remember thinking, oh a desert movie – boy was I wrong.
Since then I have rewatched it numerous times. I mean who wouldn’t want to see Lina Blairs demon made-up face?
I have a question for everybody.
Are you a reader, writer, or both of Horror?
And if you do write – what kind of horror and what drew you to this genre?
If you are a reader, who are some of your favorite authors? And why?
Last question, about this blog, what do you want from it, how can I make it better?
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The next page in American history came in the 1500’s. What Columbus achieved spread throughout Europe, igniting many to imitate him. One such man was Amerigo Vespucci whose first name inspired our name.
Spain funded the Conquistadors (Conquerors), led by Hernan Cortez and Francisco Pizarro. These violent men sweep through Central and South America, as well as Cuba, Mexico, and Florida. They murdered, enslaved, and worked to death all who they encountered.
In 1562 a small colony of French settled in Florida. Spain ordered their annihilation.
During the 17th Century, Spain’s control weakened due to The Thirty Years War. Settlers. Finding themselves free from Spain’s cultural influences, a new identity surfaced; the Creole. The eighteenth century saw Spanish settlements in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Next time we will turn our attentions to the British.
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Sunday January 21, 2018
James First Lesson (James 1:1-12)
I am using James Guidelines for a Happy Christian Life, by John MacAcArther, Thomas Nelson (publisher), 2007
As a reminder, I use the NIV Bible.
The author of this Book is James the half brother of Jesus. It was written to the Jews who had fled because of the persecutions inflected on them.
A bodybuilder knows that to achieve the shape he wants he must push his body beyond what is comfortable. A writer knows in order to get better you must fail. Rejections come much more frequently than acceptance.
James tells the scattered people that in their trials they will become stronger in their faith. But, he also warns that if we ask for something (strength) and we are not confident our prayer will be answered, it will not.
In today’s world, it is difficult to live a life wholly dedicated to God. There is so many distractions that tend to slowly drive a wedge in our faith. Pretty soon you are glancing at your watch during your prayer time, or at church – after all the Super Bowl is on. We are not giving God the 100% He is due. We literally owe our lives to Him.
Valeen Schnurr, a victim of the Columbine massacre and a Christian, professed her believe in God before being shot. How many of us, in that situation would do the same? Or the Christians in the Middle East being beheaded for their faith? These are, of course extremes. We may never have our faith tested to that degree, but we are tested daily. Just take a moment of situations in your day when you had the opportunity witness or to care for someone as Christ would have done – did you?
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“What is truth?” Pilate uttered these words. (John 18:38).
Over the next blogs, I am going to examine this topic. We will look at the truth about God, Jesus, Creation, and others.
I will be using a book my oldest son gave me some time ago, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, by Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek – Crossway 2004.
When Pilate asked his question, he didn’t wait for Jesus to answer. Why? He either didn’t want to know or was afraid to know. Are we much different today? Do we seek the truth?
One characteristic held of truth is it is the same for everyone. In other words, truth is truth. For example 2 + 2 = 4 is a true statement. But is that a true statement? After all, doesn’t an evolutionist’s view of the truth about how we got here different than a creationist’s?
The answer is of course yes. But has the truth changed or just a belief? In Return of the Jedi, Luke discovers that Darth Vader is his father. This after being told by Obi-Wan that his father was dead. When Luke questions him about it, Obi-Wan says, “Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.”
The two had differing understandings, or beliefs. For Obi-Wan, death meant the good, and for Luke, it was physical death.
Some “truths” are presented using self-defeating logic where the conclusion is used to try and explain the truth. An example is seen in Star Trek I, Mudd to destroy the android Norman.
KIRK: "Everything Harry tells you is a lie. Remember that! Everything Harry tells you is a lie!"
MUDD: "Now listen to this carefully, Norman: I AM LYING!"
NORMAN: "You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie, but... you lie, you tell the truth, but you cannot for you l... Illogical! Illogical! Please explain! You are Human! Only Humans can explain their behavior! Please explain!"
We see this in evolutionist’s logic about how we got here. We came from ooze. That begs the question, well where did that ooze come from? This self-defeating logic can be traced back even to The Big Bang.
One of my favorite quotes from the movie, God’s Not Dead is "If there is no God, everything is permitted." The Apostle Paul, writing to the Romans said, “Indeed, I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, ‘Do Not Covet’) Romans 7:7).
We know by nature that murder is wrong, without being taught. Paul again writes, “For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but those who obey the law who will be declared righteous. (Indeed, when gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts. . . ) (Romans 2:13-15).
To be continued
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I am jumping out of my planned schedule. Monday is Martin Luther King JR day.
Dr. Martin Luther Kink, JR was born on January 15, 1929, as Micheal Luther King. He legally changed his name to Martin. His grandfather started the family calling as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Martin was a man of high intellect, earning his doctorate in 1953 from Boston University.
It was while at Boston he met and married Coretta Scott, artistic and intelligent women.
In 1954, he became pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. It was here he rose as an executive member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In 1955, he organized and led the first non-violent boycott of African-Americans ever. At this time, blacks and white rode busses segregated. The boycott lasted 382 days until The Supreme Court ruled the practice as unconstitutional.
Then in 1957, he was elected president of the South Christian Leadership Conference, organized to lead the civil rights movement, which was growing. He established the organization on Christian ideals and its non-violent practices from Gandhi, the leader in India. During his tenure as president, he traveled over six million miles and spoke more than twenty-five hundred times.
The most massive civil rights event occurred in Birmingham, Alabama. The non-violent protest was to allow blacks the right to vote. He led a march on Washington, D.C. On his way, he was arrested. And like the Apostles of old, wrote a letter from jail, the famous Letter from a Birmingham Jail. In Washington, he gave his I Have A Dream Speech.
Time magazine named him Man of the Year, in 1963. He was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He donated the award money ($54,123), to the civil rights cause.
Tragically, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, as he stood on a balcony in Memphis, Tennessee.
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It is time for another Horror blog post.
This week I’d like to highlight another short story. This one is called The Haunting of Seafield House (The Spirit Guide Book 1) by Caroline Clark, published by Spooky Night Books, March 30, 2017.
Although this story had a few errors which I believe, because being a short story of 208 pages should have been caught in editing, they were not enough to put me off of the story. This is another ghost story – as you can tell, I’m in my ghost story phase.
The teaser found on Amazon states (errors and all), “Gail Parker never believed in ghosts and yet she knows her boyfriend does. Jesse saw ghosts as a child and has spent the last decade trying to reconnect with spirits. Every haunted house he has investigate has been a hoax or he has found a logical explanation for the phenomenon. That was until he found Seafield House.”
This one is again .99 on Amazon for Kindle, $8.99 paperback. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XY9BW98/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o03_?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Many times sequels are let-downs of the first story. Thankfully, in my opinion, this is not the case for The Conjuring series. Conjuring 2, I felt was better than the first. It involves the creepy nun again. It encompasses many situations found in many horror stories; Ouija boards, ghosts, demons, and possession.
Again we see Patrick Wilson as Ed Warren and Vera Farmiga as his wife, Lorraine.
“Renowned demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.”
As always, I invite you to share your own favorites.
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Welcome to this first post on my Horror blog.
In this first post, I thought I would talk about a short story I read and one of my favorite horror movies.
The House Next Door: A Ghost Story, by Darcy Coates, is a 282 page eBook published by Amazon Digital Services, LLC I loaded on my Kindle. This is the first time I have read this author, but will not be the last.
This book captured my interest and didn't let me go until the end. The characters were relatable. The pace was spot on with dramatic scenes presented at a slower pace. At first, I thought, oh great another broken down haunted house, but Darcy was able to twist the tale uniquely.
The book was well worth the .99.
Have you read a horror story you’d like to share?
My favorite movie. This is a hard one because I have so many.
But, to start, I’d have to say The Conjuring directed by James Wan and starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga. The film was released by Warner Brothers on July 19, 2013, and has made 319.5 Million.
In the movie, we are introduced to Ed and Lorraine Warren real-life paranormal investigators. There is one scene, of many, that I felt was especially effective for a horror. The mother is locked just inside the door leading to the cellar. Something happens that I thought brilliant. I won’t say what it is in case you have not seen the movie.