The Inbox [Part 9/9] – TURN UP… For God

So I’ve been in the email game for a long time, but it seems that I’ve been in the email hoarding game for an even longer time. Therefore, I’ve decided to share some of the more funny and interesting emails that I’ve received over the years guaranteed to either (1) make you laugh or (2) say “Wow!”. HAPPY SUMMER EVERYBODY!

In an email sent to me on FRI 10/7/2005 from my then girlfriend (who became my wife)…

“SEVEN RULES FROM GOD”

1. WAKE UP! — Decide to have a good day. — “Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24

2. DRESS UP! — The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. — “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart.” -I Samuel 16:7

3. SHUT UP! — Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. — “He who guards his lips guards his soul.” -Proverbs 13:3

4. STAND UP! — For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything. — “Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good…” -Galatians 6:9-10

5. LOOK UP! — To the Lord. — “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13

6. REACH UP! — For something higher. — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

7. LIFT UP! — Your prayers. — “Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.” -Philippians 4:6

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SPECIAL POST: “The Pressure of Preserving Our Legacy” by Cynthia Gordy

Greetings and salutations. Usually I try to stick to my blogging schedule of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but I just HAD to post this article (which I came across by way of my sister). This article is an interview of Dr. Rex Ellis who is the curator of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

(…AND he’s my uncle too–HAHAHA)

Check it out and enjoy!

http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2012/02/african_american_history_museum_curator_rex_ellis_interview.html

For more information on the NMAAHC, please go to: http://www.nmaahc.si.edu/

The Inbox [Part 8/9] – The Museum of Non-Working Inventions

So I’ve been in the email game for a long time, but it seems that I’ve been in the email hoarding game for an even longer time. Therefore, I’ve decided to share some of the more funny and interesting emails that I’ve received over the years guaranteed to either (1) make you laugh or (2) say “Wow!”. HAPPY SUMMER EVERYBODY!

This isn’t an email, but a link to a website. Here’s the back story behind it.

I was researching steam engines after watching the recently cancelled NBC sci-fi show “Revolution” (the most enjoyable show on NBC since “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”). Then that got me to researching perpetual motion machines and THEN that led me to a hyperlink that simply said “The Museum of Non-Working Inventions”. With curiosity piqued, I clicked on it and found man’s failed attempts to improve the human race through technology. While scientifically sound, not practical or (in some cases) functional in real life.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself and be surprised.

http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/impract.htm
Courtesy of Lock Haven University in Lock Haven, PA

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: Today’s clip is a TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL!!! The first clip features the one and only Ahmad Jamal, jazz pianist extraordinaire, performing “Poinciana (Song of the Tree)”. I love this song and played it during my time in college. The version that we know as the jazz standard today was written in 1936 by Nat Simon (music) and Buddy Bernier (lyrics). Check it out:

The song you just heard is based on a Cuban folk tune titled “La canción del árbol” (“The song of the tree”). The second clip features a version of the original as performed by soprano Erika Escribá-Astaburuaga and pianist Carlos Apellániz. Check it out:

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.

The Inbox [Part 7/9] – The Truth Is Steadfast and Unmovable

So I’ve been in the email game for a long time, but it seems that I’ve been in the email hoarding game for an even longer time. Therefore, I’ve decided to share some of the more funny and interesting emails that I’ve received over the years guaranteed to either (1) make you laugh or (2) say “Wow!”. HAPPY SUMMER EVERYBODY!

In an email that I sent to myself on TUE 1/6/2009 (so I wouldn’t forget it) from Crosswalk.com

“Moments Together for Couples” by Dennis and Barbara Rainey: TRUTH DEMANDS A RESPONSE

“Teach me Thy way, O Lord; I will walk in Thy truth.” -Psalm 86:11

One foggy night, the captain of a large ship saw what appeared to be another ship’s lights approaching in the distance. This other ship was on a course that would mean a head-on collision. Quickly, the captain signaled to the approaching ship: “Please change your course 10 degrees west.”

The reply came blinking back through the thick fog: “You change your course 10 degrees east.”

Indignantly, the captain pulled rank and shot a message back to the other ship: “I am a sea captain with 35 years of experience. Change your course 10 degrees west!”

Without hesitation, the signal flashed back: “I am a seaman, fourth class. You change your course 10 degrees east!”

Enraged, the captain realized they were approaching each other quickly and would crash within minutes. So he blazed his final warning: “I am a 50,000-ton freighter. Change your course 10 degrees west!”

A simple message winked back: “I am a lighthouse. You change your course!”

Like the sea captain, we may need to change course when confronted with the truth. That’s what happens when we make it a priority to spend time reading and applying God’s Word. It is eternal truth. It doesn’t change, so we need to adjust our lives to walk in that truth.

So many of us spend our lives avoiding the truth of God’s Word because we don’t want to walk in it. Christ said in John 8:32 that “the truth shall make you free,” but as Herbert Agar wrote in A Time for Greatness, “The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.”

What is the Bible to you? A collection of nice stories? The foundation of a conservative worldview? Or is it God’s Word, “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword?” (Heb. 4:12). Does anything keep you from obeying God’s Word in every area of your life-your business, your marriage, your family? Do you need to adjust the course on which you are heading today?

PRAYER: That God’s Word will be your guide in decision making and your rock in establishing family values and priorities.

DISCUSS: Is there a truth you have been avoiding in your life-an area of your relationship you have been unwilling to confront?

The Inbox [Part 6/9] – Christmas In July?

So I’ve been in the email game for a long time, but it seems that I’ve been in the email hoarding game for an even longer time. Therefore, I’ve decided to share some of the more funny and interesting emails that I’ve received over the years guaranteed to either (1) make you laugh or (2) say “Wow!”. HAPPY SUMMER EVERYBODY!

In an email that I sent to myself on TUE 1/6/2009 (so I wouldn’t forget it) from Crosswalk.com

“American Minute” by Bill Federer

In 567 AD, the Council of Tours ended a dispute. Western Europe celebrated Christmas, December 25, and Eastern Europe celebrated Epiphany, JANUARY 6, recalling the Wise Men’s visit and Jesus’ baptism. The Council of Tours made all 12 days from December 25 to January 6 “holy days” or “holidays,” thus “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” The song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” is thought to have been inspired by a 1625 song “In Those Twelve Days,” which assigned a spiritual meanings to each day:

What are they that are but one? We have one God alone.

What are they which are by two? Two testaments, Old and New.

What are they which are but three? Three persons in the Trinity.

What are they which are but four? Four sweet Evangelists there are.

What are they which are but five? Five senses.

What are they which are but six? Six days to labor.

What are they which are but seven? Seven liberal arts hath God sent down.

What are they which are but eight? Eight Beatitudes.

What are they which are but nine? Nine Muses… with sacred tunes.

What are they which are but ten? Ten statutes God to Moses gave.

What are they which are but eleven? Eleven thousand virgins… suffered death for Jesus’ sake.

What are they which are but twelve? Twelve attending on God’s son.

Time to L.E.A.R.N.!

TODAY’S CLIP: Today’s clip is a special one for me. This is William “Chan” Hall, a former piano student of mine. He is making his way in the smooth jazz piano arena and doing quite well. He sent me this YouTube video of him not too long ago playing his rendition of the jazz standard “Body and Soul” and you owe it to yourself to check it out. If you’re a smooth jazz piano lover, then you will love this.

Like what you heard??? If you want to learn more about Chan OR purchase his CD’s, please visit his website at: http://www.reverbnation.com/willomatic31

As a musician, 90% of what you do is listening. Music is too much of a universal language to get stuck on one dialect. Therefore, today’s blog is dedicated specifically for you to LISTEN (to the clip provided), EXPAND (your thinking on music in a way that you may not have considered before), AND ROCK NOW (with more musical knowledge added to your repertoire)!

DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this song. The video included in this blog is only intended to bring musical awareness to the reader.