Peace on Earth

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,

good will toward men.”  Luke 2:14

Our family here in Virginia had a lovely Christmas season, enjoying a nice warm weather and wonderful time with family and friends. What a blessing it is to be able to celebrate the true reason for the season – Jesus Christ born as a humble baby to bring the peace to this world and demonstrate God’s good will toward men!

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However, as we enjoyed the festive Christmas service, the holiday meal, and the warmth of fire in the wood stove, we couldn’t help but think and pray of Christians in the Middle East, in North Korea, in Africa who face persecution and death daily, of all the countries torn by unrest and war, of our motherland Ukraine under attack, of our wonderful new homeland America scarred  by unrest in Ferguson. Our world is drowning in violence and pain, and peace seems to be a mirage. Our thoughts and feelings are nothing new. Over a hundred years ago Henry Wadsworth Longfellow expressed pretty much the same but more poetically in his ‘Christmas Bells’:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

….

And in despair I bowed my head;
‘There is no peace on earth,’ I said;
‘For hate is strong,
And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!’

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
‘God is not dead; nor doth he sleep!
The Wrong shall fail,
The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men!’

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Today, just like ever before, this world needs peace; today this world still desperately needs a Savior. This world needs Jesus. We as His people, His followers, are given the mission to carry on the song sang by angels so many years ago: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”. Our God is not dead, and He is coming back for His Church! While there is still time, we will shine His light and carry His Word to the world in need.

May this new year be a year when we re-commit to  our Lord and Savior, draw closer to Him, and spread the good news of His salvation to all the nations! And may God’s peace rule in our hearts and minds!

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When “errors” are not errors.

Amazon’s email to OSNOVA:

 

Hello,

We’re writing to let you know that at least one of your readers has reported some problems within your book [the KJV Bible], and we have confirmed the issue. … There are some words in your book that our spell check dictionary could not identify. … Here are the words and their locations

For example “cieling of wood; ” should be “ceiling of wood; “(loc:48522),”burglers” should be “burglars” (loc:48385),”sodering” should be “soldering”(loc:27757),

 

OSNOVA’s Email to Amazon:

Dear Amazon,
As always, we have carefully reviewed your report.  Given that we are dealing with the text of the KJV translation of the Bible, we have to faithfully reproduce all the spellings of its authoritative editions.  Neither you nor I are qualified to update the spelling of the KJV Bible to the modern standards or decide that the original text contained errors or misspellings.

In this particular instance, all of the reported “errors” cannot and should not be corrected even though they look strange to the modern eye because the original text had “cieling of wood,” “burglers” and “sodering.”  Please see the attached reproductions of the text of the KJV that served as the basis for our electronic edition.

I would appreciate if you would pass this information to the customer who reported these “errors.”

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OSNOVA’s Very Special Thanksgiving Offer

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John Calvin on Prayer and Thanksgiving

By prayer and supplication we pour out our desires before God, asking as well those things which tend to promote his glory and display his name, as the benefits which contribute to our advantage. By thanksgiving we duly celebrate his kindnesses toward us, ascribing to his liberality every blessing which enters into our lot. . . . The sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving can never be interrupted without guilt, since God never ceases to load us with favor upon favor, so as to force us to gratitude, however slow and sluggish we may be. In short, so great and widely diffused are the riches of his liberality towards us, so marvelous and wondrous the miracles which we behold on every side, that we never want a subject and materials for praise and thanksgiving.

— John Calvin,
INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION,
Book Third, Chapter XX, Translated by Henry Beveridge, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989, page 176 in Volume II. ISBN 0802881661

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Thanksgiving and Prayer

by Charles H. Spurgeon

 

“Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.” — Psalm 65:11

All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake, his mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave off shining, but our God will never cease to cheer his children with his love. Like a river his lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fullness inexhaustible as his own nature, which is its source. Like the atmosphere which always surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their element they live, and move, and have their being. Yet as the sun on summer days appears to gladden us with beams more warm and bright than at other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen with the rain, and as the atmosphere itself on occasions is fraught with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than heretofore, so is it with the mercy of God: it hath its golden hours, its days of overflow, when the Lord magnifieth his grace and lifteth high his love before the sons of men. Continue reading

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