Heather Sheen writes:
During the American Revolution, General George Washington used cockades for a time as an
inexpensive way to denominate rank. On July 23, 1775 he stated:
As the Continental Army has unfortunately no uniforms, and consequently many inconveniences must arise from not being able to distinguish the commissioned officers from the privates, it is desired that some badge of distinction be immediately provided; for instance that the field officers may have red or pink colored cockades in their hats, the captains yellow or buff, and the subalterns green.
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Not Interested in Heaven
Thomas Boston, in a book first published in 1720, wrote that “The unregenerate would find fault with heaven on several accounts.” His “accounts” 5 and 6 read this way:
5. They would never like the employment of heaven, they
care so little for it now. The business of saints there would be an intolerable burden to them, seeing it is not agreeable to their nature. To be taken up in beholding, admiring, and praising Him that sits on the throne, and the Lamb, would be work unsuitable, and therefore unsavory to the unredeemed soul.
6. They would find this fault with it, that the whole is of everlasting continuance. This would be a killing burden in it to them. How as now account the Sabbath day a burden, brook the celebration of an everlasting Sabbath in the heavens!
(Human Nature in Its Fourfold State, p. 247-8.)
What do you think? Would heaven bore you? Overburden you? What is your concept of heaven?
From Bethany Kaczmarek:
I write because I cannot be silent.
And frankly, my voice doesn’t carry far enough.
We mustn’t forget that words have the power to lift our eyes heavenward. To lead our hearts Godward. To move our beautiful feet toward the masses. To trust in One Who will fight for us.
But we’ve all been wounded by thoughtless, heartless, self-serving words before. Words have the ability to knock the wind out of our sails. To burden our backs. To bruise our spirits. To make us want to fight.
I want the words I pen–speak–sing–whisper–shout to be used for good. For God’s glory.
Read more here.
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Welcome. This is intended to be a news and information site, with lots of stops in between. Feel free to barge right in and join – or begin – any conversation. I only ask that you observe the generally practiced niceties which we sometimes call “netiquette.”
- Don’t swear at one another
- Don’t take the Lord’s Name in vain
At Prague Cafe, Kunming China
- Don’t make personal attacks
- Verify when possible.