March, 2016, New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me

March, 2016

New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me

PAUL AND FELIX (Acts 24:1-27)

By Wayne S. Walker

     Having been arrested in Jerusalem and then sent for trial before the Roman Governor Felix, Paul was imprisoned in Caesarea.  Five days later, Ananias the High Priest, the elders, and a certain orator named Tertullus came to testify against Paul.  Tertullus began by praising Felix and then accused Paul of being a plague, a creator of dissension, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.  Paul was charged with trying to profane the temple before being seized by the commander Lysias.  The other Jews all corroborated Tertullus’s allegations.

Paul then made his defense.  He first said that it had been only twelve days since he came to Jerusalem and during that time he was never found disputing with anyone in the temple or inciting the crowd in the city.  In fact, he affirmed that the Jews simply could not prove the things of which they were accusing him.  However, he did confess that according to the way which they called a sect, he worshipped the God of his fathers, believing all things which were written in the Law and the Prophets.  After reviewing the events in Jerusalem, he concluded that the reason why he was being tried was because he had cried out before the council, “Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.”

When Felix heard these things, he adjourned the proceedings until Lysias could come and give his testimony.  So Paul was kept in prison but given liberty to have his friends come to visit him.  Felix was apparently interested in religion, so he and his wife Drusilla sent for Paul and listened to him preach about faith in Christ.  As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control, and judgment to come, it made Felix afraid and caused him to tremble, but he did nothing about it.  Hoping that Paul would give him money to be released, he continued hearing him, but wanting to show the Jews a favor, he kept Paul bound until he was replaced as governor two years later.


  1. Where was Paul imprisoned awaiting trial before the Roman Governor?
  2. What was the Governor’s name?
  3. Who was the High Priest who came to accuse Paul?
  4. How is Tertullus described?
  5. How many days had Paul been in Jerusalem before being arrested?
  6. Why did Paul say that he was on trial?
  7. Why did the Governor adjourn the proceedings?
  8. What was the Governor’s reaction to Paul’s preaching?
  9. Why did the Governor keep listening to Paul even though he did nothing about it?
  10. Why did the Governor keep Paul in prison?
  11. How long was Paul in prison?

Center School, Ft. Wayne, Allen County, IN


Center School, Ft. Wayne, Allen County, IN

Center School, a one-room schoolhouse in the Southwest Allen County School District, Fort Wayne, IN, was originally built in 1893 on the corner of what is now Aboite Center Road and Homestead Road as the first public school in the district.  This was the center of Aboite Township, hence its name.  In 1946 consolidation of small schools in Indiana was on the rise. This was the year Center School was retired from the township school system but reopened as a site for history classes in 1969. In June of 1993, the schoolhouse was carefully moved 3/10th of a mile east on Aboite Center Road. The Old Center School was then restored in the summer of 1995. This restoration won an Archie Award from the Arch Foundation that year.  The schoolhouse is constructed of local brick. The slate roof and copper ridge caps were once the base to the old school bell. Inside, the original flooring, oak woodwork, and arches have been restored to its original condition in the late 1800s. Today, students still attend the one-room schoolhouse to reflect on the past and learn about Fort Wayne, Indiana, and world history. The Southwest community, an area rich in the tradition of education and learning, has taken great pains to preserve the Old Center School. This one-room schoolhouse was the foundation of public education in Southwest Allen County.


Reginald De Koven and Robin Hood


Henry Louis Reginald De Koven (April 3, 1859 – January 16, 1920) was an American music critic, conductor, and prolific composer, particularly of comic operas. who helped establish the style of American light opera.  De Koven was born in Middletown, CT, on April 3, 1859. In 1870, when Reginald was eleven, the family moved to England, where he received the majority of his education. He graduated from St John’s College of Oxford University in England in 1879 and undertook various musical studies at Stuttgart, Germany, with Speidel and with Lebert and Pruckner. He studied composition at Frankfurt, Germany with Dr. Hauff, and after staying there for six months moved on to Florence, Italy, where he studied singing with Vanuccini. Study in operatic composition followed, first with Richard Genée, in Vienna, Austria, and then with Léo Delibes, in Paris, France.

De Koven returned to the U.S. in 1882 to live in Chicago, IL, where he worked in a brokerage firm until his marriage to Anna Farwell, and later lived in New York City, NY.   In 1883, De Koven started a dry-goods business that became very successful. With the steady income, he was able to return to music.  He was able to find scope for his wide musical knowledge as a critic with Chicago’s Evening Post, Harper’s Weekly, and the New York World. Between 1887 and 1913, De Koven composed twenty light operas, beginning with The Begum in1887 (libretto by Harry B. Smith), in addition to hundreds of songs (over 450), orchestral works, two piano sonatas, and ballets. The following year he again teamed with Smith to compose the opera Don Quixote.  While Victor Herbert’s operettas were heavily influenced by those of continental operetta composers, De Koven’s works were patterned after Gilbert and Sullivan.

From 1902 to 1904, De Koven conducted the Washington, D.C. symphony, which he helped organize. His wife, Anna de Koven, was a well-known socialite, novelist and amateur historian who published her works under the name “Mrs. Reginald de Koven.”  De Koven’s greatest success was Robin Hood, also with libretto by Harry B. Smith, which premiered in Chicago in 1890 but was performed all across the country and received more than 3,000 performances. It played in New York at the Knickerbocker Theatre and in London, in 1891, and at New York’s Garden Theatre in 1892, and it continued to be revived for many years. Many of his songs became popular, especially “Oh Promise Me” from Robin Hood, with words by Clement Scott, which was one of the biggest song successes of its time and remains a wedding standard.

De Koven’s other operettas included The Fencing Master (1892, Casino Theatre, New York); Rob Roy, first produced in Detroit, MI, 1894; The Highwayman (1897, Herald Square Theatre, New York); Maid Marian (1901); The Little Duchess (1901, Casino Theatre, New York); and The Beauty Spot (1909, Herald Square Theatre).  The music press doubted that De Koven could compose serious operas. His opera The Canterbury Pilgrims, with a libretto by poet and dramatist Percy MacKaye, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1917. He composed a second opera, Rip Van Winkle, also with a libretto by MacKaye, but died on Jan. 16, 1920, in Chicago, IL, before it was performed in 1920 in Chicago. Important though he was as a composer of music for the American theatre, DeKoven’s work was subsequently overshadowed by his successors who wrote in a new style. Few of his operas and operettas have been revived and his reputation rests on the considerable success he enjoyed in his lifetime.

My collection  includes the following work by Reginald De Koven:

Robin Hood: Complete Opera

—material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources

March, 2016, Monthly Meditation

March, 2016

Monthly Meditation


By Wayne S. Walker

     “I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever” (Psalm 145:1).  The word “extol” means “To praise in the highest terms; exalt; laud.”  The Psalm expresses several reasons to praise, exalt, laud, and bless God in the highest terms.  Based on the first eleven verses of this Psalm, Richard Mant wrote a majestic hymn, which is usually set to a lovely melody attributed to Christian F. Witt.  It should be in every hymnbook published by brethren, but, alas, it is not (except three stanzas in Hymns for Worship Revised, set to a woefully mismatched tune).

Take the poem and put your Bible open to Psalm 145 beside it so that as you read the words you can compare the hymn to the Psalm.

  1. (vs. 1-2)

God, my King, Thy might confessing,

Ever will I bless Thy name;

Day to day Thy throne addressing,

Still will I Thy praise proclaim.

  1. (vs. 3-4)

Honor great our God befitteth.

Who His majesties can reach?

Age to age His works transmitteth;

Age to age His power shall teach.

  1. (vs. 5-6)

They shall talk of all Thy glory,

On Thy might and greatness dwell,

Sing of Thy dread acts the story,

And Thy deeds of wonder tell.

  1. (v. 7)

Nor shall fail from memory’s treasure

Deeds of love and mercy wrought:

Deeds of love surpassing measure,

Deeds of mercy passing thought.

  1. (vs. 8-9)

Full of pity and compassion,

Slow to anger, vast in love,

God is good to all creation,

And His works His goodness prove.

  1. (vs. 10-11)

All Thy works, O Lord, shall bless Thee;

Thee shall all Thy saints adore.

King supreme shall they confess Thee,

And proclaim Thy sovereign power.”

There now.  How is that for really offering up “the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name” (Hebrews 13:15)?  In my estimation, it surely beats a lot of the currently faddish pop-culture “praise songs” which simply talk about how “I feel” about the Lord.  We could certainly use a lot more hymns in our books like this one!

Currie, Nevada, New School


New Currie, Nevada, School

Currie. NV, is an unincorporated community in Elko County, Nevada, United States. It is often considered a ghost town, and its population is around 20.  The town is named after Joseph Currie, who started a ranch there in 1885. Discovery of copper in the neighboring town of Ely prompted the building of a railroad from Ely to the Southern Pacific main-line, at Cobre, NV. Currie is the midpoint between the two towns. On March 22, 1906, the first passenger train from Cobre to Currie was operated. Between 1906 and 1941, approximately 4.6 million passengers passed through Currie on rail.  Eventually, a new school was built to replace the old one.  The Ely copper smelters were closed on June 20, 1983 and the railroad closed one day later. The major portion of the town consists of Goshute Mercantile, the bar, adjoining house, cabins, RV park, garage, historic buildings, and corrals. There are also the Northern Nevada Railroad, Elko County School District Currie Elementary school, Lear Ranch, and the Nevada Highway Department.  The new Currie school with the blue roof closed in 2001.  The last teacher was Jackie Nordling, who had previously taught at the Ruby Valley school.  The trailer behind the new school was the teacher’s residence.,_Nevada






Do We Have to Give Up Our Dreams?

Michelle Painter is a wife and best friend to Bobby, a mother to four amazing sons, and a former public school teacher called by God to home school. She considers home schooling a challenge, a privilege, and an undreamt of blessing. She prays that others may glean encouragement, empowerment, and blessings from what she writes. She would love to hear from you at her blog,

Do We Have to Give Up Our Dreams?
by Michelle Painter, Contributing Writer (Aug. 8, 2011)

Several months ago, I heard a surprising comment that indicated that home educating meant that we, as mothers and fathers, had to sacrifice our own dreams to provide the home schooling opportunity to our children. Since that time, I have pondered the question, “Does home schooling really mean we have to give up our dreams?” So, in examining this issue, I sought answers from the Bible. Though studying, I’ve been blessed with four important revelations that encouraged my own spirit regarding any former dreams of my own. I pray that they encourage you as well.

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Old School, Currie, NV


Old Currie, Nevada, School

Currie, NV, in southern Elko County, named for Joseph H. Currie who began a ranch here in 1885, was a stage and freight stop.  Discovery of copper ore bodies in Ely prompted the construction of a railroad from Ely, White Pine County, to the Southern Pacific main-line about 20 miles south of Montello. The newly created town at the main-line was named Cobre, Spanish for copper.  The mid-way station was at Currie.  The first passenger train from Cobre to Currie operated on May 22, 1906.  On March 30, 1908, Earl Reynolds with his newlywed wife Leona began a new telegraph office and railroad agency station at Currie.  In the article “Memories of Currie, Nevada” by Anna Leona Reynolds is the following description of the school:  “My husband wrote to Carson City and was told that 11 children were enough to have a school … The state sent men to build a school not far from the Phalan place.  We could not, by hook or crook, get but nine children, so we imported an Indian, his wife and two children.  That made the 11 needed…The new building turned out to be our civic center for all dances, parties and election boards.  When we had any of these events we just moved the desks out.  It was lovely – a nice building and furnishings for those days.”,_Nevada

Home School Book Review news, 3/2016

Home School Book Review Blog ( ) has over 3,200 book reviews, primarily of children’s and youth literature, from a Biblical worldview.

Books reviewed in February of 2012 include:

February 29, 2016–Fifteen Miles from Heaven: One Hundred Vignettes Relating to the Restoration Movement

February 24, 2016–A Treasury of the World’s Best Loved Poems

February 23, 2016–The Warrior from Rock Creek: Life, Times, and Thoughts of F.B. Srygley, 1859-1940

February 22, 2016–Poems: Arlington Edition (Whittier)

February 21, 2016–Josiah for President: A Novel

February 20, 2016–The Day of the Triffids

February 19, 2016–Selected Works: Volume One, Poetry (S. V. Benet)

February 18, 2016–Library of World Poetry

February 17, 2016–The Complete Poetical Works (Burns)

February 16, 2016–The Poetical Works (Tennyson)

February 15, 2016–The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged (Robert Frost)

February 12, 2016–Brothers of the Wild North Sea

February 11, 2016–The Adventures of Matthew and Andy: Genesis

February 9, 2016–Snow-Bound: A Winter Idyl

February 5, 2016–The Best of Kin Hubbard: Abe Martin’s Sayings and Wisecracks, Abe’s Neighbors, His Almanack, Comic Drawings

February 4, 2016–Leaves of Grass

February 1, 2016–Celebrations of a Nation: Early American Holidays

The winner of our Book of the Month Award is:


The Adventures of Matthew and Andy: Genesis by Steve E. Upchurch.

Books that we are currently reading and will review in the near future are:

Dorothy’s Double by G. A. Henty

The Soldier’s Cross by Abigail J. Hartman

Dune by Frank Herbert

Idylls of the Field by Francis Arnold Knight

The Book of Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr.

Garden Park School, Cañon City, Fremont County, CO


Garden Park School, Cañon City, Fremont County, CO

Fremont County took its name from famed western explorer Captain John C. Fremont, “The Pathfinder,” who, along with his scout Kit Carson, mapped the territory in 1843; later, he was the first Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1856. Fremont County is nestled along the Arkansas River valley in south central Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. It encompasses an area of 1,533 square miles and has a population of 47,426. Mild weather and beautiful landscapes make Fremont County a tourist attraction in all seasons. Towns such as Cañon City, Florence, Penrose, and Cotopaxi are located within the County.  Historical renovation work continues on the historic Garden Park School building along Garden Park Road north of Cañon City, and crews completed installation of a new roof recently. The 1895 school building qualified for historical grant funding after being listed on the Colorado Register of Historic Properties. Grant funds have also been received through the Gold Belt Scenic and Historic Byway. The Fremont County Board of Commissioners helped by waiving the county’s building permit fee for the new roof.

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach and the Suite in gm


Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (November 22, 1710–July 1, 1784), the second child and eldest, and by common repute the most gifted, son of Johann Sebastian Bach and Maria Barbara Bach, was a German composer and performer who, despite his acknowledged genius as an organist, improviser, and composer, was unstable and died in poverty.  Wilhelm Friedemann was born on November 22, 1710, in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany, where his father was employed as organist and chamber musician to the Duke of Saxe-Weimar. In July 1720, when Friedemann was nine, his mother Maria Barbara Bach died suddenly; Johann Sebastian Bach remarried in December of 1721. J. S. Bach supervised Friedemann’s musical education and career with great attention. The graded course of keyboard studies and composition that J. S. Bach provided is documented in the Clavier-Büchlein vor Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, with entries by both father and son. This education also included the French Suites, Two-Part Inventions, Three-Part Sinfonias (popularly known as “Inventions”), the first volume of The Well-Tempered Clavier, and the six Trio Sonatas for organ. At the age of sixteen Friedemann went to Merseburg to learn the violin with his teacher Johann Gottlieb Graun.

In addition to his musical training, Friedemann received formal schooling beginning in Weimar. When J.S. Bach took the post of Cantor of the St. Thomas Church at Leipzig in 1723, he enrolled Friedemann in the associated Thomasschule.   On graduating in 1729, Friedemann enrolled as a law student in Leipzig University, a renowned institution at the time, but later moved on to study law and mathematics at the University of Halle. After graduation he worked as a musical assistant for his father. He maintained a lifelong interest in mathematics, and continued to study it privately during his first job in Dresden, where he was appointed in 1733 to the position of organist of the St. Sophia’s Church. This was a part-time position, allowing him time for more math studies, and composition of operas and ballets for the local Court.  Among his many pupils in Dresden was Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, the keyboardist whose name is enshrined in J. S. Bach’s 1742 publication, “The Goldberg Variations.”

In 1746 Friedemann became organist of the Liebfrauenkirche at Halle.  In 1751, he married Dorothea Elisabeth Georgi (1721–1791), who was 11 years his junior and who outlived him by seven years. The couple produced two sons and a daughter, Friederica Sophia (born in 1757), who was the only one of their offspring to live past infancy.  With his father’s death in 1750, the stabilizing influence in Friedemann’s life seems to have disappeared, and Friedemann was deeply unhappy in Halle almost from the beginning of his tenure. In 1749 he was involved in a conflict with the Cantor of the Liebfrauenkirche.  In 1753 he made his first documented attempt to find another post, and thereafter made several others. All these attempts failed. Friedemann had at least two pupils during this time, Friedrich Wilhelm Rust and Johann Samuel Petri.

In 1762, he negotiated for the post of Kapellmeister to the court of Darmstadt, but for some reason he did not accept the position and was appointed Hofkapellmeister of Hessen-Darmstadt, a title he used in the dedication of his Harpsichord Concerto in E minor.  In June 1764, Friedemann left the job in Halle without any employment secured elsewhere.   His financial situation deteriorated so much that in 1768 he re-applied for his old job in Halle, without success. He thereafter supported himself by teaching. After leaving Halle in 1770, he lived for several years (1771–1774) in Braunschweig where he applied in vain for the post of an organist at the St. Catherine’s church. Then in 1774 he moved to Berlin, where he initially was welcomed by the princess Anna Amalia, the sister of Frederick the Great. Later, no longer in favor at court, he gave harpsichord lessons to Sarah Itzig Levy, the daughter of a prominent Jewish family in Berlin and an avid collector of Bach and other early 18th centiury music, who was also a “patron” of Friedemann’s brother C. P. E. Bach.  After that, he lived meagerly by giving recitals and teaching.

Friedemann died on July 1, 1784 in Berlin, Germany, aged 74, from a pulmonary disease.  He was renowned for his improvisatory skills, and his compositions, very few of which were printed, include many church cantatas and instrumental works, of which the most notable are the fugues, polonaises, and fantasias for clavier, the duets for two flutes, and an interesting sextet for strings, clarinet and horns.. Several of his manuscripts are preserved in the Royal Library at Berlin; and a complete list of his works, so far as they are known, may be found in Eitner’s Quellen Lexikon. A commonly-used numbering system is that of Martin Falck, who published a catalog of Friedemann’s music in 1913. For example, F. 12 stands for the celebrated “Twelve Polonaises” that were completed by 1765; he also composed several symphonies and chamber works and an opera.

His music fell generally into the transitional period between Baroque and Classical styles, but it was distinctive and personal.  He incorporated more elements of the contrapuntal style learned from his father than any of his three composer brothers, and his use of the style has an individualistic and improvisatory edge which endeared his work to musicians of the late 19th century, when there was something of a revival of his reputation.  Friedemann is known occasionally to have claimed credit for music written by his father (such as the Organ Concerto, BWV 596; because Friedemann wrote his own name on J.S. Bach’s autograph score, it was mistakenly attributed to Friedemann when it was first published in the 19th century), but this was in keeping with common musical practices in the era.  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is not to be confused with Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach, his nephew, also a composer.

The following work by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is contained in my collection:

Suite/Overture No. 5 in gm, BWV 1070 (formerly attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach).

—material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources