May, 2016, New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me

May, 2016

New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me

PAUL AND AGRIPPA (Acts 26:1-32)

By Wayne S. Walker

     After Paul was arrested in Jerusalem and transferred to Caesarea, he was tried before Governor Felix but left in prison for two years until Porcius Festus was appointed governor.   When he had heard Paul’s case, Festus mentioned it to King Agrippa who wanted to hear Paul too.  So the apostle was brought before Agrippa and his wife Bernice.  When the King gave him permission to speak, Paul talked about his past life as a strict Pharisee, saying, “Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth” all around Jerusalem, even to the point of casting his vote to put disciples of Christ to death.  Then Paul recounted his experience on the road to Damascus.  He saw a great light and heard a voice saying in Hebrew, “Why are you persecuting Me?”

So Paul asked who it was, and the voice said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”  The Lord then told him that he was being chosen as a minister of the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles, to open their eyes and enable them to be sanctified by faith in Him.  Paul said that he was not disobedient to the heavenly vision but began to preach, first in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and the region of Judea, and finally to the Gentiles, that Jesus is the Christ or Messiah who fulfilled all the prophecies of the Law. Upon hearing this, Festus cried out with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself!  Much learning is driving you mad!”  But Paul responded that he was speaking words of truth and reason.

Then Paul spoke to Agrippa.  “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets?  I know that you do believe.”  The King replied, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”  Scholars are divided over whether this was a sincere statement or a sarcastic question.  Various versions read differently.  In any event, Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”  At this point, Agrippa and Bernice got up to leave.  Those with them talked among themselves and said that Paul had done nothing worthy of death or even chains.  In fact, Agrippa told Festus that Paul might have been set free if he had not appealed to Caesar.

Questions

  1. What king wanted to hear Paul?
  2. What was the name of the king’s wife?
  3. Of which sect had Paul been a member?
  4. On the road to Damascus, what did Paul see?
  5. What did he hear?
  6. Who was speaking to him?
  7. Where did Paul first begin preaching?
  8. How did Festus react to what Paul said?
  9. What did Paul ask Agrippa?
  10. How did Agrippa respond to Paul’s question?

Fowler Park School, Terre Haute, IN

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Fowler Park

3000 E. Oregon Church Road

Terre Haute, IN  47807

Fowler Park consists of 462.82 acres with total water area of 55.9 acres, including a Wilderness Area, covering 300 acres, with two lakes, four ponds, and over four miles of trails that accommodate fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and picnicking.  The park is located 7.2 miles south of I-70 on U.S. 41 and .8 mile east on Oregon Church Road.  Founded in June of 1967, Fowler Park was the first park acquired by Vigo County Parks and Recreation Board.  The park, obtained from the Peabody Coal Company, received its name in memory of Captain Eugene Fowler, the first man from Vigo County to lose his life in the Vietnam War.  Inside Fowler Park there is a 25.9 acre lake, recently named W. Keith Ruble Lake in honor of retired Superintendent, Keith Ruble, a campground, a beach, picnic shelters, playgrounds, trails, restrooms, a boat launch, and a pioneer village. The Pioneer Village is an 1840’s era village setting that is located on the northeast side of Fowler Park and consists of 18 buildings plus a log barn and a working gristmill.  Open the third Saturday of the month from May-September and also during Pioneer Days, the Pancake Breakfast, and Christmas Walk, the Pioneer Village includes a school.

http://bruceandmarysue.blogspot.com/2012/09/fowler-park-terre-haute-indiana.html

https://www.vigocounty.in.gov/department/division.php?fDD=16-52

May, 2016, Monthly Meditation

May, 2016

Monthly Meditation

DO YOU FEAR GOD?

By Wayne S. Walker

     “The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy” (Psalm 147:11).  The Psalmist tells us that the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him.  One of the reasons that Paul gave for why all people, both Jew and Gentile, are under condemnation by God is, “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).  What does it mean to “fear” God?  The word “fear” is commonly used in two slightly different senses.

Sometimes it is used to mean a sense of terror or being frightened.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).  This is not the kind of fear in which the Lord takes pleasure.  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.  But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:18).  This kind of fear leads to cowardice.  In fact, in Revelation 21:8, the term which in some versions is translated “fearful” in others is rendered “cowardly.”

However, the word “fear” is often used in the sense of a deep reverence and respect for God that leads to obedience.  “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  This is the kind of fear in which the Lord takes pleasure.  “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear” (Hebrews 12:28).  Indeed, Peter reminds us in Acts 10:35 that only those who fear God and work righteousness are acceptable to Him.  Do you fear God?

Lena Road School

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Lena Road School, Town of Pound, Oconto County, WI

The Lena Road School is located near Pound, Wisconsin. Constructed in 1911, Lena Road School is one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in Marinette County.  Local farmers constructed the Lena Road school on land donated by a Belgian settler. Farmers had a personal stake in this school because their tax dollars funded it and the school educated only the children of farmers in the immediate area.

Unlike typical one-room schools built after 1910, which were embellished using popular styles of the time, the Lena Road School is devoid of ornament and equipped with only the essential elements of a schoolhouse. A pyramidal wooden belfry that houses the school bell crowns the metal roof. A single door opens into a vestibule from the center of the short side of the building. Inside the vestibule are two side doors that open to gender-specific cloakrooms, and a door opposite the school entrance, which leads to the classroom. Along the north side of the building, a series of five windows allow only indirect light while providing excellent ventilation, a standard feature of schoolhouse design in this period.  Except for the electrification of the lighting, the interior is almost unchanged. School equipment such as cupboards and the blackboard convey a sense of the activity that had once taken place in the school.  The school grounds feature the original privies and an early hand water pump.

For over fifty years, local farming families sent their children to the Lena Road School where they were taught from grades 1 through 8.  The school was consolidated in 1964 and the building was purchased by the Maedke family who have restored the structure.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 where the site is listed as the Kena Road School House.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lena_Road_School

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Content.aspx?dsNav=N:4294963828-4294963813&dsRecordDetails=R:NR1848

http://wisconsinhistoricalmarkers.blogspot.com/2012/08/marker-477-lena-road-schoolhouse.html

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Addicted to Distraction

Addicted to Distraction

by Ellyn Davis (from the Home School Market Place E-Journal, August 16, 2011)

In the last issue of the newsletter I shared that many researchers are discovering all the good things we’ve believed about multitasking are mostly myths. Isn’t multi-tasking supposed to be the absolute best use of our time? Doesn’t multitasking make us more productive? It turns out the answers are no and no. And not only that, continual multitasking can have some serious side effects.

The most common culprits when it comes to modern-day multitasking are computers, cell phones, and TV.

It turns out that your objections to your kids spending hours and hours on their cell phones and in front of computers and TVs are valid. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have determined that at home, people consume an average of 12 hours of media a day (when an hour spent on two devices at the same time such as watching TV while using the internet counts as two hours. That compares with five hours in 1960. In addition, computer users visit an average of 40 Web sites a day. Computer users at work change windows or check e-mail or other programs nearly 37 times an hour. This means that we are constantly switching our attention from one thing to another which is unnatural for the way our brain is wired and creates “mind muddle.”

Here’s just a short list of what they are discovering about multitasking:

Read more at:

http://www.homeschoolmarketplace.com/e-zines/ejournalaug1611.html

Old South Amana School, Amana, IA

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Old South Amana School

Amana Colonies

622 46th Ave.

Amana, IA 52203

The history of Amana Colonies, a National Historic Landmark and one of America’s longest-lived communal societies, begins in 1714 in the villages of Germany.  Two men, Eberhard Ludwig Gruber and Johann Friedrich Rock, advocated faith renewal through reflection, prayer and Bible study. Their belief was the basis for a religious group that began meeting in 1714 and became known as the Community of True Inspiration. Though the Inspirationists sought to avoid conflict, they were persecuted for their beliefs and began searching for a new home. Led by Christian Metz, they hoped to find religious freedom in America and left Germany in 1843-44, purchasing 5,000 acres near Buffalo, New York.  When more farmland was needed for the growing community, the Inspirationists looked to Iowa where attractively priced land was available.  In 1855 they arrived in Iowa and chose the name Amana from the Song of Solomon 4:8.   Six villages were established, a mile or two apart, across a river valley tract of some 26,000 acres – Amana (or Main Amana), East Amana, West Amana, South Amana, High Amana, and Middle Amana. The village of Homestead was added in 1861, giving the Colony access to the railroad.  In the seven villages, residents received a home, medical care, meals, all household necessities, and schooling for their children. Property and resources were shared.  In 1932, amidst America’s Great Depression, Amana set aside its communal way of life and established the Amana Society, Inc. a profit-sharing corporation to manage the farmland, the mills and the larger enterprises. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, the Amana Colonies, known for their restaurants and craft shops, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors annually all of whom come to see and enjoy a place where the past is cherished and where hospitality is a way of life.

One hundred years ago the schools in the Amana colonies were much like other rural, one-room schools in Iowa at the time. Children studied reading, writing, arithmetic, spelling, geography and history. Classes recited their lessons in unison for the teacher to hear. They took 7th and 8th grade county examinations like all other students in Iowa at the time. Boys wore sturdy overalls and straw hats and girls wore long dresses and bonnets. They played games, chanted rhymes and sang songs before filing inside.  But as other schools changed to keep up with new ideas and modern educational practices, the schools of the Amana colonies didn’t.  Amana children attended school six days a week with no summer vacation. Amana school days started early in the morning and ended late in the day. Long school days provided necessary care and supervision for children whose parents, grandparents, and grown brothers and sisters were busy at their jobs.  Children entered Amana schools at age five, speaking only German. Students learned English as a second language and used English textbooks for many courses. Use of English in daily conversation was discouraged. It was considered “worldly.”   School days were broken into three parts: academic and religious instruction, playtime, and manual skill training. Even the youngest children learned skills they could use for the benefit of the community.

In the winter boys and girls learned to knit.   Boys trained in shops and factories to learn a trade. In the summer children tended gardens and grape arbors in the school yards, taking turns planting, hoeing, watering and cutting. As in much of rural Iowa, regular lessons were often set aside during harvest time so children could help with the extra work.  Religious training in Amana schools included lessons from the Bible, a study of the history, traditions, beliefs and leaders of the Community of True Inspiration.  Occasionally a young man was selected from the graduating class to attend high school outside Amana. He would then go on to college to become a doctor, dentist, pharmacist or teacher.   Amana schools experienced many changes when the United States entered World War I in 1917.   Changes in the Amana communities which led to reorganization in 1932, which the people of the colonies called the event “The Great Change,” also led to major changes in the Amana school system. Saturday school and the extensive religious instruction were stopped.  A high school was built so the children could continue their educations. Today the schools located in the Amana colonies are no different than any other school in Iowa.

Every village had a general store, such as those in High Amana and West Amana, a Kinderschule for children from the ages of two to seven, and a school for children ages 7-14.   The schools in the Amana Colonies were similar to churches and were generally built of brick. Schools were sometimes centrally located or, as the case with this former school in South Amana, on the village fringe. Almost always, schools were located near an orchard which the school children tended. The schoolmaster usually lived in a residence that was part of the school building. Children attended school from the ages of seven to 14. At 14, the girls received a kitchen assignment while the boys were assigned to the farm, a shop, or a mill.  The South Amana School is located at 505 R St., in South Amana. It is now used as an apartment building, and is not open to the public.

http://www.amanacolonies.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amana_Colonies

http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/amana/sas.htm

Galt MacDermot and “Hair”

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Arthur Terence Galt MacDermot (born December 18, 1928) is a Canadian composer, pianist and writer of musical theatre who won a Grammy Award for the song “African Waltz” in 1960 and has also written music for film soundtracks, jazz and funk albums, and classical music. MacDermot was born on December 18, 1928, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the son of a Canadian educator and diplomat.  Growing up in a musically oriented household, he played the recorder and the violin as a child. When he was a teenager his musical interests shifted from classical to American jazz, and he turned to the piano. He enjoyed the intricate swing compositions of bandleader Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, but he also favored other music with a strongly rhythmic orientation, such as the boogie woogie piano of Meade Lux Lewis.  In high school he organized a Trinidadian steel drum band.

Educated at Upper Canada College and Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, he received a bachelor’s degree in history and English. In 1950 MacDermot’s father was given a Canadian diplomatic post in South Africa, and MacDermot accompanied his family there.  He received a Bachelor of Music in composition and organ from Cape Town University, South Africa, and made a study of the traditional music of black South Africans his specialty. A family cook taught him drum rhythms. He heard South African choral singing, and he came under the spell of several musicians who went on to international careers, such as  trumpeter Hugh Masekela, vocalist Miriam Makeba, and the Zulu-language doo-wop group the Manhattan Brothers. He also studied the piano privately with Neil Chotem.

Newly married and back in Montreal in 1954, MacDermot took a job as a church organist in the city’s Westmount neighborhood. His bent toward composition showed itself as he wrote new choral pieces for the church’s choir, slipping them into the Sunday liturgy by claiming that they had been written years before by famous composers. MacDermot moonlighted as a pianist in a jazz trio and as the organizer of a calypso band. Soon he was making contacts in the music industry. After penning music for a play called My Fur Lady in 1955, he was signed to a small Quebec label called Laurentien and released the album Art Gallery Jazz a year later.

MacDermot won his first Grammy Award for the Cannonball Adderley recording of his song “African Waltz,” the title track of the album of the same name, in 1960. MacDermot moved to England for several years in the early 1960s, then moved to New York City in 1964 where, three years later, he wrote the music for the hit pop-rock musical Hair, which he later adapted for the 1979 film. Its Broadway cast album won a Grammy Award in 1969.   The show included several widely recorded popular songs–“Aquarius,” “Good Morning, Star Shine,” and the musical’s title number–that left MacDermot financially set for life.  In 1970, ASCAP announced that “Aquarius” was played more frequently on U.S. radio and television than any other song that year.  MacDermot’s film soundtracks include Cotton Comes to Harlem, a 1970 blaxploitation film starring Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques and Redd Foxx, based on Chester Himes’ novel of the same name.

MacDermot’s next musicals were Isabel’s a Jezebel (1970) and Who the Murderer Was (1970), which featured British progressive rock band Curved Air. MacDermot had another hit with the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona (1971), which won the Tony Award for Best Musical. For that show, MacDermot was nominated for a Tony for best music and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music.  Later musicals include Dude and Via Galactica (both 1973) and The Human Comedy (1984), and later films include Rhinoceros (1974) starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, and directed by original Broadway Hair director Tom O’Horgan; and Mistress (1992).   He writes his own orchestrations and arrangements for his theatre and film scores.

In 1979, MacDermot formed the New Pulse Jazz Band with a membership fluctuating between six and telve members, which performs and records his original music. The band plays as part of the on stage band in the current Broadway revival of Hair. MacDermot’s work also includes ballet scores, chamber music, the Anglican liturgy, orchestral music, poetry, incidental music for plays, band repertory and opera.  He composed the score for the 1983 musical adaptation of the William Saroyan play The Human Comedy which was revived in New York in 2003.  MacDermot was inducted into the 2009 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. He lives on Staten Island. His wife’s name is Marlene.  He has four children, including a son, Vincent MacDermot, who plays the trombone and drums on some albums, and a daughter, Elizabeth MacDermot, who teaches English at Staten Island Technical High School.

MacDermot’s music is popular with collectors of jazz and funk. Working with jazz musicians such as Bernard Purdie, Jimmy Lewis and Idris Muhammad, MacDermot created pieces that prefigured the funk material of James Brown. In recent decades, his work has become popular with hip-hop musicians including Busta Rhymes, who sampled “Space” from MacDermot’s 1969 record Woman Is Sweeter for chart-topper “Woo hah!!”, and Run DMC, who sampled the Hair song “Where Do I Go?” for their Grammy Award-winning “Down with the King.”  Handsome Boy Modelling School (“The Truth”), DJ Vadim, DJ Premier and Oh No have all sampled the same segment from “Coffee Cold”, from Shapes of Rhythm (1966).  As part of his Special Herbs series, rapper MF Doom sampled three MacDermot songs from Woman Is Sweeter: “Cathedral” for his song “Pennyroyal”, “Space” for “Cinqfoil”, and “Princess Gika” for “Hyssop”. In 2006, rapper Oh No released an album produced completely with MacDermot samples, titled Exodus into Unheard Rhythms.

My collection includes the following works by Galt MacDermot:

Hair: American Tribal Love Rock Musical (1969): Medley and Aquarius

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