August, 2016, New Testament Story My Daddy Told Me

August, 2016

New Testament Stories My Daddy Told Me

MALTA (Acts 28:1-10)

By Wayne S. Walker

     After the ship on which Paul was travelling as a prisoner to Rome had been tossed to and fro on the Mediterranean Sea for some fourteen days during a terrible storm, it ran aground on some rocks off an island and began breaking up.  When all the passengers had escaped by either swimming or floating ashore, they learned that the island was called Melita or Malta.  The natives, considered barbarians by the Romans, treated the shipwrecked people with great kindness, kindling a fire because of the rain and cold, and made them feel welcome.

Paul helped them by gathering a bundle of sticks, but when he laid them on the fire, the heat drove out a viper, or poisonous snake, which sunk its fangs into Paul’s hand and held on.  The superstitious islanders assumed that Paul must have been a murderer who had escaped the judgment of the sea but would now die because of the viper.  However, Paul just shook it off into the fire and suffered no harm.  This reminds us that when Jesus sent His apostles out to preach the gospel to the whole world one of the signs that would follow to confirm their word was that “they would take up serpents, and…it will by no means hurt them” (Mark 16:15-20).

The Maltese, who were obviously pagans, were expecting that Paul would soon swell up and fall over dead.  But after waiting and looking at him for a long time, they saw that he was all right.  So they changed their minds and decided that he was a god.  This was not the first time that people called Paul a god (see Acts 14:8-13).  We would assume that Paul told the folks on Malta the same kind of thing that he said to the people of Lystra (Acts 14:14-18).

Near where the escapees from the ship came ashore was the estate of the leading citizen or magistrate named Publius, who invited them in and entertained them courteously for three days.  It just so happened that the father of Publius was very sick with a fever and dysentery, so Paul prayed for him, laid hands on him, and healed him.  Then the rest of the islanders who had illnesses came and were healed.  They also honored Paul and his companions in many ways and gave them provisions for their needs.


  1. On what island were Paul and the others shipwrecked?
  2. How did the natives treat the escapees from the ship?
  3. How did Paul help in what the natives were doing?
  4. What kind of animal attacked Paul?
  5. What did Paul do to this animal?
  6. What did the natives expect would happen to Paul?
  7. What did happen to Paul?
  8. What did the natives think that Paul was after this event?
  9. Who was the leading citizen or magistrate of the island?
  10. What did Paul do for this man’s father?


Clothier School, Moore (Oklahoma City), OK

Clothier School, Moore (Oklahoma City), OK


My friend, Scott Esk sent an e-mail to me saying, “If you’re looking for more historically significant schools, we have 1 in OKC called Clothier School, located near SW 149th & either Sunnylane or Sooner (mile apart) in SE OKC.  I ride bike by it often, but have never stopped to check it out.”  Clothier School was built circa 1902.  Education was one of the primary issues for the early settlers of the emerging community of Moore.  The government required Oklahoma Territory to provide education for all children.  In settling the territory, school lands were established on a grid with a location every three miles so that no child would have to walk more than one and a half miles to school.  Perry School was at S.E. 19th and Eastern.  Clothier School was three miles to the east of that; Robinson School was three miles further, etc.  There were 70 sites of school land in Cleveland County.  Two of these one-room schoolhouses, teaching Grades 1 through 8, were in use until 1949.   Through the years, the Clothier School has played several roles in northern Cleveland County.  After being closed as a school, the schoolhouse was used as a polling place and a church.  Bought and renovated by Roy Thein, the rickety building was in such bad shape that the window frames were rotted, and as for the walls, you could have thrown a cat through the cracks.  Today, the Clothier one-room school is the meeting place for the 18-member Cleveland County Clothier Extension Club.


Louis-Philippe Laurendeau (1861 – February 13. 1916) was a Canadian composer, bandmaster, and arranger who also held an editorial position with Carl Fischer, the New York music publishers.  Born at St-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, in 1861, Laurendeau produced mostly compositions and arrangements for concert or military band, such as the Stampede Galop for wind ensemble, which were published primarily by Fischer and Cundy-Bettoney. He also composed works of specific Canadian interest, such as Shores of the St Lawrence, a medley for band, and Land of the Maple, Opus 235, a march. He wrote, as well, on music pedagogy, including volumes on band instruction and arranging for band, the best known of which was The Practical Band Arranger: a systematic guide for thorough self-instruction, in 1911. He occasionally wrote under the pseudonym, Paul Laurent.

Laurendeau is most familiar to audiences throughout the world through his band arrangement of Czech composer Julius Fučík’s 1897 military march, Entrance of the Gladiators (originally entitled Grande Marche Chromatique, op. 68). Laurendeau arranged the march for American wind bands, and Carl Fischer published this version in 1901 under the title “Thunder and Blazes.” It was during this period that the song gained lasting popularity as a screamer march for circuses, often used to introduce clowns.  The work is the best-known circus march in the world and has become a musical icon for that form of entertainment.  Laurendeau’s version was also transcribed for fairground organs.  Laurendeau died at Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on February 13, 1916.

My collection includes the following work by Louis-Philippe Laurendeau:

Thunder and Blazes (same as Entry of the Gladiators by Fucik).

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

August, 2016, Monthly Meditation

August, 2016

Monthly Meditation


By Wayne S. Walker

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.  Praise the LORD!” (Psalm 150:6).  The Hebrew name for the book of Psalms is “Tehellim” which means “Praises.”  Not every Psalm is specifically a Psalm of praise, but many of them are, and Psalm 150 certainly is.  Based upon this Psalm, Henry F. Lyte, author of the beloved “Abide With Me,” wrote another hymn which, when set to the majestic Welsh tune Gwalchmai, begins, “Praise the Lord, His glories show, Alleluia!  Saints within His courts below, Alleluia!  Angels round His courts above, Alleluia!  All who know and share His love, Alleluia!”

We should praise the Lord God because of who He is and what He has done.  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  Joachim Neander wrote a hymn which I love; it has not been in many of our older hymnbooks but is thankfully finding its way into some of our newer ones.  As translated into English by Catherine Winkworth, the first stanza reads, “Praise ye the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation; O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation.  All ye who hear, Now to His temple draw near; Join me in glad adoration.”  Of course, whenever we praise God, we are praising the Father, just as Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9).

However, when we praise God, we are also praising Jesus Christ because of what He has done for us.  “…For you have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:9-10).  Fanny Crosby wrote, “Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer; For our sins He suffered and bled and died.  He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation, Hail Him! Hail Him! Jesus the crucified.  Sound His praises, Jesus who bore our sorrows; Love unbounded, wonderful, deep, and strong.  Praise Him! Praise Him! Tell of His excellent glory; Praise Him! Praise Him! Ever in joyful song.”  Jesus deserves our praise because of who He is.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

Also, when we praise God, we are praising the Holy Spirit as well because He is the one whom Christ sent to guide the apostles into all truth and through whom they revealed the will of God to mankind (John 16:13, Ephesians 3:3-5).  Brethren have debated through the years whether it is scriptural to sing songs addressed to the Holy Spirit, but how often have we all sung the well known doxology by Thomas Ken, “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all creatures here below.  Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”?  The Holy Spirit is equally worthy of our praise because He too is God, divine in nature (Acts 5:3-4).  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all fit objects of our praise.  Therefore, when we sing, when we pray, and when we live our daily lives, “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD”!


Harding Schoolhouse, Howick Township, Ontario, Canada


Harding Schoolhouse

Howick Township

Ontario, Canada

The school was built in 1875 as a board-and-batten structure with wood plank walls.  In 1929, it was raised, a first floor was added, and the wood siding  was bricked over.  Electricity was not available until 1948.  An average of forty students attended the school which went through grade 8.  It closed in 1963 and was sold with all its furnishings.  Later, it was purchased and restored by David Medeiros and Barb Anderson, owners of Tobermory Bicycle Rentals in Tobermory, Ontario, Canada.

A “Jump Start” to a Joyful School Year

A “Jump Start” to a Joyful School Year

Vicki Bentley, HSLDA Early Years Coordinator

Many public schools are getting ready to start about now.  The August 17, 2011, issue of the Homeschool Update contained an article that began:

As a new school year approaches, wouldn’t it be great if homeschooling could feel
less overwhelming and more joyful? issue of the Homeschool Update contained an article that began:

As a fellow homeschool mom, I know that it can be overwhelming when that big box of curriculum arrives and you suddenly aren’t sure that you are up to the task. It can be overwhelming when you can’t seem to find the right key to unlock learning in your child. It can be overwhelming when life broadsides your homeschool. Even as my homeschooling experience climbed into the double digits, I still always felt more confident and equipped for a new year when I read through the organized back-to-school checklists—so I’m including a few helpful links for you at the end of this month’s newsletter; I hope these will help you feel less overwhelmed as you begin.

Here are six steps to “jump start” your joy as you begin this new school year:

Read more at:

East Hickory Hill School, Jefferson County Historical Society, Mt Vernon, IL

East Hickory Hill School

Jefferson County Historical Society

1411 N 27th St.

Mt Vernon, IL  62864


The complex, with a Historical Village, Museum, and Nature Trail, is conveniently located near downtown Mount Vernon, IL.  The Museum and the Village with its buildings and their contents, reflect life in Jefferson County from the mid 19th century to more recent years. The village contains both original buildings and restorations primarily from the late 1800’s through the early 1900’s.  Among the furnished buildings one finds homes of the 19th century, a one-room school, a log church and log jail, operating blacksmith and print shops, merchandise in the general store, and a variety of medical equipment from a foot-treadle dentist’s drill to a Civil War amputation kit in the Medical Building.  The 1919 East Hickory Hill School, originally located west of Bluford, was moved to the Village intact.  The Schweinfurth Museum and Interpretative Center, constructed in 1995 with funds donated by Carl Lincoln Schweinfurth, houses the Historical Society’s collections and memorabilia.  The Museum currently includes exhibits of the history of cameras, clocks, musical instruments, and quilts. Bridal dresses are on display well as many other items.