Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MY EXPERIENCE OBSERVING THE PASSOVER

This year I decided to celebrate Passover. I had tried to celebrate it last year but wasn't very successful.
Saturday night when I went to my mother's house for dinner we had lambchops. She gave me one for lunch the next day. I saved it and ate it Sunday night along with a clove of garlic for the bitter herb. I also took communion, Jesus being our Passover lamb.
I took Monday off from doing what I normally do and spent some time thinking about Jesus sacrificing himself for our sins. I listened to a song about that and read the accounts of Christ's death in Matthew and John.
I am also making an effert to celebrate the feast of unleavened bread. I went down to the grocery store this morning and bought some tortilla shells. I have been eating them today at lunch and dinner in place of regular bread. I didn't at first think I could eat any unleavened bread this year but then God opened up to me the idea of buying the tortilla shells.
Also, I have been trying to think about getting sin out of my life and the nature of how we grow in Christ along with the physical part of this feast.
I will be covertly celebrating the Day of the Firstfruits Sunday at my local church while everyone around me is celebrating Easter.
In the future, I hope to find other people with whom I can celebrate God's feasts.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FORGIVING THE UNTHINKABLE

  Shock And Confusion

We all remember where we were when some of the world's most major tragedies occurred.  My dad can tell you that he was working up in the mines in Sudbury when American president Kenidy was killed.  I have a vague memory of when the Challenger exploded.  We all can pin point that tiny place we inhabited when the towers fell.  How did that make us feel?  I have never asked my dad, and I was on the young side in 1986, but I remember being confused, angry, and sad in 2001.

After that life plotted its course, and the calendar almost made 12 trips around the years.  It was one year ago today that the world stood still yet again as news of bombings at the famed Boston Marithon had occurred.

  Personal Anger

I sat in that fog of shock and disbelief for a couple of days following the tragedy, as the news reports floated around me in ominous heavy sheets.  My shock and disbelief turned in to anger when I found out that one of the fatalities was an eight-year-old boy.  Anger for the fact that he would never drive a car, ask a girl out, get married, hold his children, or realize his God given potential.  I spoke of this anger to a friend of mine, but that brought little comfort.  I just couldn't erase from my head the could have beens, now never wills.

  An Unusual Prayer Request

The Saturday after I went to my church as usual, but still the heavy ball of anger remained.  I sang along with the hymns, went forth at the altar call to pray.  When the pastor did opening prayer he asked for us to pray not only for the victims, but for the salvation of the bombers.  At first I was confused, but then I remembered that Jesus died for us, and that we should extend that Christlike hand even when it seems unforgivable.

Ms. Gillie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

THIS SUNDAY @ THE BLACK DOG! EVEN MORE AMAZING MUSIC...

This Sunday afternoon, 2 pm until 5....
 
At The
Black Dog, 227 West Front St. in Stirling.
 
 
 
The ‘Amazing Jam’! Even more amazing music...
 
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This will be the Amazing Jam’s third Sunday afternoon playing music at The Black Dog in Stirling.
The space works: drinks and food are good and prices seem reasonable. We play music there for about 3 hours. We are welcomed by both staff and the patrons in the lounge and restaurant. Our music is greatly appreciated; people always ask to know when we would return!
 
 
Once a month through April May and into June on Sunday afternoons. This Sunday afternoon (April 13th) then May 18th and June 8th. Time is from 2 pm until 5.DSCF1670s
 
 
The format is a ‘song circle’ with the lead changing from person to person among the DSCF1717sgroup. When their turn comes around, everyone has the option to offer a tune or pass the privilege to their neighbour. Depending on the music, the mood, choice of instruments, etc. some will choose to support whoever is leading a song, others may prefer to sit out and listen. 
 
 
In its previous incarnations the Amazing Jam had a thoroughly amazing character. A very large part of this was due to the fabulous core group of musicians (amazing characters, all of us....) who turned out time and again to bring it all together. A number of us have committed to this DSCF1647s‘revival’: people you’ll remember from the Amazing Jam in Madoc and in Marmora. We invite you to come out and join us, making music with old friends; for sure, there’ll be some new faces too.
 
 
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Remember....
 
 
“Bring your instruments, your voices and your music. It’s
a
ll unplugged
and it’s all good! Guitar, bass,
harmonica, banjo,
mandolin, ukulele,
fiddle, accordion,
flute, celtic harp – the list goes on.
“There may be only 4 or 5 o
f
us or maybe a whole room full of
musicians. A place for
‘first-timers’ and experienced players alike.
A
good bunch of pe
ople playin
g all kinds of music together.
People in
their teens all the way through proto-geezers. Maybe even an incipient-geriat or DSCF1831stwo....
 
 
“The blues does not rule. Any acoustic music from
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punk to polka!”
 
 
Hope to see you Sunday afternoon in Stirling.
 
 
James


    Friday, April 11, 2014

    KIND WORDS

    Recently I have dealt with some health issues, and never would have made it through with out Jesus, family, and friends.  The Bible says kind words are like honey, and with what has been going on in my world of late it has been an amazing blessing to have an abundant river of it.

    Friends I want you to know that I am continuing to fight with kidney issues, heart stuff, and other things.  I am, however trusting more and more in the one who died for me.  I am also relying and keeping as a constant in my life my favorite scripture Phillipians 4-13.

    I will update you on things as they come about, and other things that are going on.

    God bless and keep all of you.

    Ms. Gillie

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

    DX LOG 03/29

    With the slightly warmer weather comes once again the ability to pick up distant FM radio signals.

    88.5 WRUR Rochester (?) with classic rock tunes.

    91.5 WSEN Syracuse with "The Great American Songbook."

    91.9 CKLY Lindsey with Billy Joel.

    93.1 WNTQ Syracuse with top 40 songs.

    96.5 WCMF Rochester with ad looking for station sales rep.

    98.1 CHFI Toronto with John Legend and female anncr.

    98.5 WKSE Buffalo with ID and top 40 songs.

    99.5 WDCX Buffalo with financial show.

    102.9 CKLH Hamilton with anncr talking about contest.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    RADIO-RELATED STUFF

    Great to hear Johnny Lightning on Area 51 Sunday night.

    World Harvest Radio appears to have a lot of holes in it's schedule.

    I've really been enjoying the new program on WRMI "Revelation Ready." I just wish Dan Duvall would get a website.

    Was hearing a weather beacon while listening to WRMI tonight.

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

    MEDIA-RELATED STUFF

    Was listening to WBCQ 7490 Sunday night till sign-off at midnight with violin-heavy instrumental version of Daftpunk "Get Lucky." Signal excellent.

    Signal fair to good on WBCQ 5110 Sunday night listening to Plastic Magic.

    I see by WWCR's latest schedule that Gene Scott and his widow are no longer on that station 24 hours a day: just 21 hours Monday-Friday, 22 hours Saturday and all day Sunday. Also Brother Stair is on Transmitter Four less than in his heyday in the nineties.

    So George is going to host "Hockey Night in Canada" even though he doesn't know anything about sports. Also, he and Don Cherry are probably polar opposites on most issues.

    Ben Swan seems like a fairly good talk show host from the half hour or so I listened to him today.