I’ve been re-reading a science novel fiction, by Mary Shelley, called Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, an 1818 text. A powerful novel and a cautionary tale about the egoistic ambitions of human beings who seek to play God. Not to be confused with the Frankenstein movies of the 1930s, this is a very serious and profound work. It is deep and goes to show the human psyche in tremendous stretch. Get the novel; you’ll love it. It’s an important work that has shaped our world.

Has anyone of you heard of the book, or perhaps read it?

I am bringing my Righteousness near

Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low;
    their idols are borne by beasts of burden.
The images that are carried about are burdensome,
    a burden for the weary.
 They stoop and bow down together;
    unable to rescue the burden,
    they themselves go off into captivity.

 “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
    all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
    and have carried since you were born.
 Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
    To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
 Some pour out gold from their bags
    and weigh out silver on the scales;
they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god,
    and they bow down and worship it.
 They lift it to their shoulders and carry it;
    they set it up in its place, and there it stands.
    From that spot it cannot move.
Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;
    it cannot save them from their troubles.

 “Remember this, keep it in mind,
    take it to heart, you rebels.
 Remember the former things, those of long ago;
    I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me.
 I make known the end from the beginning,
    from ancient times, what is still to come.

I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
    and I will do all that I please.’
 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
    from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
    what I have planned, that I will do.
 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,
    you who are now far from my righteousness.
 I am bringing my righteousness near,
    it is not far away;
    and my salvation will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,
    my splendor to Israel.

Forgotten God in Worship Music

“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

– Psalm 150.

I believe hymnals are the best of songs to sing in seasons of praise, sorrow, & grief. Hymns, especially those that are drawn from the Well of Life, the Bible, that is: or, are indirectly informed by the message of the whole Bible, are to be chiefly considered and encouraged for our memorization in congregational singing. Hymns are biblically rich. But alas, a lot of today’s Christian music is full of pomp and less of worship; full of repute and less of God; full of repetition and less of retention; full of man and less of Christ; full of wind and less of the Spirit of God!

We have become musicians in the place of true worship. Will God honor such, or even meet His people when we sing amiss? Certainly not! If we will meet God, we must come to God in His own terms, not ours. And what are the terms? To sing songs that clearly and honestly reveal the character of the One of Whom we’re raising our voice of worship: in truth and spirit.

Dear beloved, God takes serious care about what we sing in His name. We must take heed ‘that in the church nothing be sung without choice, but only those things which are contained in the Holy Scriptures, or which are by just reason & serious contemplation’ gathered out of them, and do exactly and consistently agree with the Word of God.

As our prayers should be informed by God’s Word, so also our worship should be informed by the Word of God. We must follow God’s Word wherever it leads, and no further.

Ardent Curiosity

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I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man. These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death, and to induce me to commence this laborious voyage with the joy of a child feels when he embarks in a little boat with his holiday mates, on an expedition of discovery up his native river.

Personal Meditation on Gossip & Slander (Part 4)

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Gossip is leprosy of the tongue. 
A slandering tongue is like a weapon: (1) A razor; (2) A sword; and (3) An arrow. A razor: the tongue cuts. A sword: the tongue pierces and wounds. An arrow: the tongue takes away the credit of man and destroys their reputation before other brethren. 
The tongue can undo a whole generation, for good or evil. 
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A censuring Christian is a senseless Christian. Beware of spending too much of your time censuring other fellows. Censuring is the daughter of gossip. Examine your way of life. 
Christian gossip is the evilness of the gossiper. What, Christian! Claim Christ and thereby entertain gossip? We must not! To gossip against your neighbour is not only ucomely, but unloving.
Gossip the gospel, not people. 
Gossip destroys confidence. 

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You know an individual best from how they talk about their absent friend. 
"Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you." 
"No one can have a gossiping tongue unless he has gossiping ears." 
"How may I pray for you?" In other words, please tell me something [about yourself] that I may go and gossip it with others. "Did you know so-and-so is going through..." Mark you, prayer requests are kind and exhorted, but we must be careful with those that use the good for their own agenda. In short, know your friends! 
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The first gossip is good till the second one be heard. 
Keep away from malice. Keep away from gossip and useless talk. Love your neighbor. 
When you're tempted to gossip about someone, gossip for them a prayer. Pray against your itch for gossip. 
As the world keeps on talking, go to God who is always listening. 
Gossip and slander is able to kill a man while still living. 
Why do we gossip? Because we think we're more important and worthy than the fellow we're gossiping about. 
Abandon your life of fool gossip for a life full of grace. 
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I'm afraid many marriage-beds have turned out to be the altar and sanctuary of gossip, malice, & slander. 
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When we stop gossiping the gospel to each other, we become busybodies, gossiping people. 
A gossiping tongue is always pregnant. You're wise and know how to apply. 
In life we need genuine friends, even the one. 
Avoid talking too much. Talk less. Be meaningful in your conversations, not wasteful. 
I'm opposed to all form of negative gossip. 
I'm convinced heaven is a world of love, not slander. 
The cure of gossip is not to gossip. 
Anyone who spreads gossip is a fool. 
Gossip is so tasty — how we love to swallow it! 
Gossip is a 'kind of divinity.' It never dies. 
If men come to you with some gossip, turn them away, humbly. 
Gossip, after pride, is the greatest evil. It is evilness in evil itself. 
Observe. Listen keenly to men talk and you'll conclude we feed best on gossip. Alas! 
The Devil's Dictionary: Confidant, confidante: One entrusted by A with secrets of B confided to himself by C. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Unless God in Christ through His Spirit intervene, we're forever undone! 
Perhaps we feel threatened by the grace of another and feel justified to slander them! 
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What keeps us from enjoying each other's company, without any gossip? 
There is such a thing as body gossiping. 
A man who hides his hatred is a liar. Anyone who spreads gossip is a fool. 
Gossip is 'mischievous, light and easy to raise, but grievous to bear and hard to get rid of. No gossip ever dies entirely.' 
Without wood, a fire goes out; without gossip, quarrelling stops. 
Whoever or whomsoever slanders my friend in my presence will have to do with me. Even if what they say about my friend is true, it is my responsibilty to protect them. I trust my friend would do the same for me. 
Will Rogers said it succinctly well: "The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them." 
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Hypocrisy is fairest at farthest. 
'A hypocrite is like the Sicilian Etna, flaming at the mouth when it hath snow at the foot: their mouths talk hotly, but their feet walk coldly.' 
Feigned friendship is double iniquity. 
No slanderer of men is to be trusted. 
A hypocrite hides his hate behind flattering words. 
If you slander you're a bad fellow indeed; and if you're slandered, it is a very bad thing indeed. 
Imagine being married or marrying a slanderer! Stop imagining, please! 
Watch men's tongue when they've succeeded, but be more watchful when they've failed. 

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying my Personal Meditation Series? God bless and thank you for reading! – Thompson.

Personal Meditation on Writers & Writing (Part 5)

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Reading and writing are conjoined twins. 
A writer can sharpen another writer. It ought to be that way, I believe; just like C.S. Lewis did with J.R.R. Tolkien. 
In this modern age of Netflix and all other -fix', a writer should strive to be circumspectly disciplined. There is no consistency where there is no discipline. 
Writers keep 'civilization from destroying itself.' 
Writing is hard. Period. We must push through this hardness. 
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Good writing is clear thinking. 
I do not need to use my mouth to vent out my frustrations. I simply write. Writing helps put my scattered thoughts into reason and perspective. When I'm sad, I write; when I'm happy, I write. 
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I'm not a strong fan of text messages. Most of them are written as a reactionery to something, often not thought through deeply. I'll keep writing real letters to real people. 
To know my "why" in writing and to help the "who" in my reading, is my objective when I write. 
Only a writer has the capacity to take you all over the world without a visa. Sit back, relax and enjoy. I'm a writer and, therefore, automatically your free tour guide. 
A writer must be humble. Strive for humility. The humility that admits we do not know everything. Lack of humility in writing is just but writing a choir chorus for Satan and his demons. One day you'll wake up and think yourself a lunatic in search of what to write. Be humble.
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All readers are not writers, but all writers ought to be readers. 
If you're a writer, your work will be criticized; and be content with them being critiqued. Well, unless you opt not to share them in public. But once you hit that publish button, welcome whatever comes as a true writer. Take the good, leave the bad. 
A writer can easily become an enemy of the state. Literally. 
It is imperative for us writers to write against tyranny when we see or suspect one. 
What will people say about my writing? Write first, the rest will follow. 
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There's some wisdom in writing, but there's a great deal of folly with many writers. You're wise and know how to apply. 
Writers are always pregnant with words. We are parents to our words. 
Writers block is just a gracious time to sought out and gather thoughts. Its duration varies with different personalities. It's not the end of your career. Do not panic. 
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The chief end of writing is tend for the glory of God, not man. 

A writer is someone who has trained their butt to sit down.
Nice to meet you, too! Yes, I'm a writer! "Wow!" Yes, it's a "WOW" experience, indeed! 
When do you write? When the world is quiet and totally dead asleep. 
Whatever stage you're in your writing endeavours, by all means, do not stop. Persistence and practise makes a writer, a writer. We do not aim at perfection, because we can't; we aim to improve daily & become good in our God-given vocation. So, dear writer, sharpen those skills and keep on keeping on writing and we'll keep on keeping on reading! 
A writer's life is an alone life but never lonely. 
Till this day I cannot forget the first time I held a pencil in my hand to write my first ever words. Well, they were the alphabet; you know, ABC.
Everything can be turned into a story if we just spoke less and listened more, yea, observe intently! 
Musicians, songwriters, and writers, listen to music by differing degrees, but one thing makes them one, they allow music to do its work. You're wise and know how to apply. 
If no one understands you, write. 
If pride clings to you in your writing and become proud as a writer, my dear friend, you'll be doomed and forever forgotten. 
Everything God wanted men to know, and need men to know, was put in writing! "Then the LORD replied: “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it." Yes, write down! 
Without writers the world would be silent and boring. 
Books have a higher mortality rate than men. 
I must practise what I write; I must act on what I read. Without these, all is lost. I don't care if they are good, but I need God to help me minute by minute and the hours will take care of themselves. 
If you can write and think, you instantly become an enemy of an ignorant fellow and a tyrannical state. Big Brother is watching you, they tell us! 
I do not have many friends, but I do write to some worthwhile friends. 
I've never stopped writing once I discovered the alphabet. 
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A pen is a sword; it cuts with directed words, for the better. 
Writing is a dangerous thing but a necessary need. 
If you can write and think, you can make a case for yourself. Yes, even the 'most powerful man in the world' will listen to you, not necessarily agree with you. 
All writers have potential to improve their work. No one is exempt. There is no arrival in writing. 
Teach your children, whether at home or in the classroom, how to read, write, and think for themselves. 
Every passing day I loose faith with our learning institutions, especially universities; they have become a brainwashing machine. Students just don't want to think anymore! The 'spirit of the age,' remarked, Albert Schweitzer, 'is filled with disdain for thinking.' 
Writing is penetrating the soul without neglecting the body. 
In a sense, writers live to say things for others. You're wise and know how to apply. 
A teacher's work, I strongly believe, is teaching and training students to think; help students arrive to a solution coherently. 
A bad writer is still a writer. You cannot take that from them; that is, being a writer. 
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Writing is clearing of the head. 
You've too risk being offensive by being precise with words, especially as a writer. 
What's the need of folks wanting to have a conversation if people are put off by being blunt and direct? 
I do not believe in flattery; any form of flattery is dishonest. 
Never waste any alphabet if you can precisely and concisely make your needs known, whether written or spoken. 
A writer must know the difference between intentional words and a massaged alphabet. 
Thank God for period (.) marks. They save the day. 
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A writer, I think, is someone who has mastered the art of describing the world and its inhabitants concisely and precisely. 
Sometimes I stare at my computer FOR HOURS waiting for those 'magic' words to come. A writer must be patient with himself; in fact, to be a writer, one needs to be patient. 
If you really long to have men know what you mean and write, you must be willing to tell a great deal of disagreeable truth. A writer cannot afford to be a flatterer of men. Flattery is dishonesty. 
Good writers are those that 'know' they are not good writers. 
Being a silent writer is a great thing indeed. 
If I can't reach there physically, my written words can. 
To fall in love with a writer is to fall in love with a lot of unwritten stories. 

Hello, everyone and fellow writers! I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through my Personal Meditation on Writers and Writing? Have a wonderful day! – Thompson.