one tiny soapbox: September 2006
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Tuesday, September 19

Story Time, Boys & Girls...

hilst I recuperate from the countless hours spent revamping this blog, allow me to serve up the following scrumptious fare; an excerpt from one of my most favored works of "fiction"...


The Pilgrim's Progress, In The Similitude Of A Dream

As I walk'd through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a Den, and I laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a Dream. I dreamed, and behold I saw a Man cloathed with Rags, standing in a certain place, with his face from his own house, a Book in his hand, and a great Burden upon his back. I looked, and saw him open the Book, and read therein; and as he read, he wept and trembled; and not being able longer to contain, he brake out with a lamentable cry, saying What shall I do?

In this plight therefore he went home, and refrained himself as long as he could, that his Wife and Children should not perceive his distress, but he could not be silent long, because that his trouble increased: Wherefore at length he brake his mind to his Wife and Children; and thus he began to talk to them: O my dear Wife, said he, and you the Children of my bowels, I your dear friend, am in myself undone by reason of a Burden that lieth hard upon me; moreover, I am for certain informed that this our City will be burned with fire from Heaven; in which fearful overthrow, both myself, with thee my Wife, and you my sweet Babes, shall miserably come to ruin, except (the which yet I see not) some way of escape can be found, whereby we may be delivered. At this his Relations were sore amazed; not for that they believed that what he had said to them was true, but because they thought that some frenzy distemper had got into his head; therefore, it drawing towards night, and they hoping that sleep might settle his brains, with all haste they got him to bed: But the night was as troublesome to him as the day; wherefore, instead of sleeping, he spent it in sighs and tears. So, when the morning was come, they would know-how he did; He told them Worse and worse: he also set to talking to them again, but they began to be hardened: they also thought to drive away his distemper by harsh and surly carriages to him; sometimes they would deride, sometimes they would chide, and sometimes they would quite neglect him: Wherefore he began to retire himself to his chamber, to pray for and pity them, and also to condole his own misery; he would also walk solitarily in the fields, sometimes reading, and sometimes praying: and thus for some days he spent his time.

Now, I saw upon a time, when he was walking in the fields, that he was, as he was wont, reading in his Book, and greatly distressed in his mind; and as he read, he burst out, as he had done before, crying, What shall I do to be saved?

I saw also that he looked this way and that way, as if he would run; yet he stood still, because, as I perceived, he could not tell which way to go. I looked then, and saw a man named Evangelist, coming to him, and asked, Wherefore dost thou cry?

He answered, Sir, I perceive by the Book in my hand, that I am condemned to die, and after that to come to Judgment, and I find that I am not willing to do the first, nor able to do the second.

Christian no sooner leaves the World but meets Evangelist, who lovingly him greets With tidings of another: and doth shew Him how to mount to that from this below.

Then said Evangelist, Why not willing to die, since this life is attended with so many evils? The Man answered, Because I fear that this burden that is upon my back will sink me lower than the Grave, and I shall fall into Tophet. And, Sir, if I be not fit to go to Prison, I am not fit to go to Judgment, and from thence to Execution; and the thoughts of these things make me cry.

Then said Evangelist, If this be thy condition, why standest thou still? He answered, Because I know not whither to go. Then he gave him a Parchment - roll, and there was written within, Fly from the wrath to come.

The Man therefore read it, and looking upon Evangelist very carefully, said, Whither must I fly? Then said Evangelist, pointing with his finger over a very wide field, Do you see yonder Wicket-gate? The Man said, No. Then said the other, Do you see yonder shining Light? He said, I think I do. Then said Evangelist, Keep that Light in your eye, and go up directly thereto: so shalt thou see the Gate; at which, when thou knockest, it shall be told thee what thou shalt do.

So I saw in my Dream that the Man began to run.

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Monday, September 18

'Cause I Just Can't Help Myself!

elcome to the new 'soapbox!' To inaugurate this occasion, here's a little slideshow of assorted pix!

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Saturday, September 16

Re-Vamped Blog Launch Almost Upon Us!

or those of you paying attention, and as the timer above indicates, this blog is very soon to be reborn!

As they say, 'Stay tuned'...(and for those of you who think I've focused a wee bit much on marital things, don't worry, that strand has about run its course, for now).


Thursday, September 7

Let Me Break It Down

y future wife does not regard herself as "the perfect mate," but, her life can be accurately characterized as one of progressive obedience to the Revealed Will of God (namely, The Scriptures).

She is a lover of historic, Biblical Christianity and is convinced of the Doctrines of Grace. She's a student of the Scriptures, absolutely convinced of their inerrancy and their sufficiency for every facet of the Believer's life. She's an anti-fan of "Purpose Driven"-ism, "Wild-at-Heart"-ism, "Prayer-of-Jabez"-ism, "Chicken-Soup"-ism or any other fad of "church-ianity."

She knows God's Word opposes the sinful concepts of self-esteem and self-fulfillment (unlike the message flowing from the pulpits of most modern evangelical churches); instead she majors in the practice of self-denial taught by Christ and His Apostles.

She's eager and striving to conform to the Biblical pattern of true womanhood (ie.: being service-oriented, giving top priority to family and home, being modest in expression, etc., as per Eph. 5; 1 Peter 3; Titus 2, & 1 Tim. 2 & 5 (see also: 'The Excellent Wife' by Martha Peace).

She’s a bit old-fashioned, yet is not married to “nostalgic traditionalism” for its own sake; rather, she’s acutely aware of and grieves over the general state of moral decline in our society and its attendant trappings and consciously seeks to counter them in the routines of her daily activity and dress. She's smart (not necessarily a “Brainiac”), warm, affectionate, genuinely nice, and is a strong proponent of healthy eating and healthy living.

Finally, she expects – yet does not demand – her future husband be like-minded in these things.

Oh, and someone to whom I am physically attracted, bearing in mind that, among other things, physical attraction (which, of course, is relative) is one of the safeguards established in nature by God to help eliminate the temptation of infidelity (though obviously not exclusively).

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