Saturday, July 25, 2009
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Yesterday evening was one of those evenings. It was the Monk Club music festival in Terrace gardens in Richmond and it ended up being a joyous affair. At the start of the evening it looked as though rain may well stop play. However, instead of abandoning hope, possibility was birthed as we moved from the rain to the inside of a wonderful cafe and then the singers sang, the musicians played and we, young and old alike, looked on in delight.
The Monk Club, run by Simon Klein and friends, celebrates music, community, creativity and life in this fine city we live in and brings together all sorts of musicians once a year for a festival. Somehow, as I looked on at Simon and his band leading us all in song and all the joy in this tiny cafe I caught the tiniest glimpse of heaven and of grace. There were probably no more than 40 of us but it seemed like a mighty throng in such a small space.
Trevor spoke about Karis Kids and we passed round the plate for them, Patrick and his friend on the Sax did an impromptu set with Patrick's very talented daughter Emily (check out her myspace page) and Tim, Ted, Katie, Andy and Mike on base and Wurlitzer played too. And of course, Beth and Lizzy deserve special mention for their excellent backing vocals sung with Simon's daughter Sarah (which included at one point some excellent doo-wop dance moves).
And here is the good news. We had such fun that the cafe asked us all to do it again in August. Do come (but not too many of you or we won't fit in!)
Buy the way, The Simon Klein Band has an album out called Puppet and you can download Berlin Berlin here.
Friday, July 17, 2009
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Ten-year-old Kennedy Corpus has a rock-solid excuse for missing the last day of school
Her father, John Corpus of Green Bay, stood to ask Obama about health care during the president's town hall-style meeting at Southwest High School on Thursday. He told Obama that his daughter was missing school to attend the event and that he hoped she didn't get in trouble.
"Do you need me to write a note?" Obama asked. The crowd laughed, but the president was serious.
On a piece of paper, he wrote: "To Kennedy's teacher: Please excuse Kennedy's absence. She's with me. Barack Obama." He stepped off the stage to hand-deliver the note — to Kennedy's surprise.
I thought he was joking until he started walking down," Kennedy said after the event, showing off the note in front of a bank of television cameras. "It was like the best thing ever."
1. 4000BC Adam and Eve receive prophecy about Jesus born from a woman. (Genesis 3:15)
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and
hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." (Galatians 4:4) “But when the
time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law...”
2. 2000BC Abraham receives prophecy that Jesus would come from his son Isaac not
Ishmael, Isaac’s son Jacob not Esau, Jacob’s son Judah not any of the eleven brothers.
(Genesis 12:3) “...all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 17:19)
“...your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my
covenant with him as an everlasting covenant...” (Genesis 49:10) “The scepter will not
depart fro Judah...” (Matthew 1:1-2) “A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son
of David, the son of Abraham...”
3. 700BC Isaiah prophesied that Jesus mom would be a virgin. (Isaiah 7:14) “Therefore the
Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a
son...” (Matthew 1:18) “This is how the birth of Jesus came about: His mother Mary was
pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with
child through the Holy Spirit...”
4. 700BC Micah prophecies that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. (Micah 5:2) "But you,
Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will
come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from
ancient times.” (Luke 2:4/7) “So Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to
Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David...and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.”
5. 700BC Isaiah prophecies Jesus would live without sinning. (Isaiah 53:9) “...he had done
no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.” (1 Peter 2:21-22) “To this you were
called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in
his steps. „He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."
6. 700BC Hosea prophecies Jesus’ family would be refugees in Egypt. (Hosea 11:1) “When
Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.” (Matthew 2:13) “...an
angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. „Get up,‟ he said, „take the child and
his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you...”
7. 400BC Malachi prophecies Jesus would enter the temple. This is vital because the temple
was destroyed in 70AD. (Malachi 3:1) “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare
the way. Suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple...”There was an old
sage called Simeon who was looking for the consolation of Israel (Luke 2:27) “Moved by
the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. Then the parents brought in the child Jesus...”
8. 700BC Isaiah prophecies that John would prepare the way for Jesus. (Isaiah 40:3) “A
voice of one calling: „In the desert prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the
desert a highway for our God...” (Matthew 3:1-3) “In those days John the Baptist came,
preaching in the desert of Judea...this is he who was spoken of through the prophet
Isaiah...prepare the way for the Lord...”
9. 700BC Isaiah prophecies Jesus would perform many miracles. (Isaiah 35:5-6) “Then will
the eyes of the blind be opened and the deaf ears unstopped. Then will the lame leap like
a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy...” (Matthew 11:4-5) “Go back and report to
John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have
leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached...”
10. 500BC Zechariah prophecies that Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.
(Zechariah 9:9) “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey...” (Luke 19:35) “They brought it to Jesus, threw their
cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it.”
11. 1000BC David prophecies that Jesus would be betrayed by one of his friends. (Psalm
41:9) “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, who has shared my bread, has lifted up his
heel against me.” (Matthew 26:49-50) “Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, Greetings,
Rabbi‟ and kissed him. Jesus replied, „Friend, do what you came for.”
12. 500BC Zechariah prophecies that Jesus would be sold for 30 pieces of silver and that it
would be thrown on the temple floor. (Zechariah 11:12-13) “I told them, „If you think
best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.‟ So they paid me thirty pieces of silver...so I took
the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord the potter.” (Matthew
26:14-15) “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?‟ So they counted
out for him thirty coins.” (Matthew 27:5-7) “So Judas threw the money into the
temple...they decided to use the money to buy the potter‟s field...”
13. 700BC Isaiah prophecies that Jesus would be beaten and spat on. (Isaiah 50:6) “I offered
my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not
hide my face from mocking and spitting.” (Matthew 26:67) “Then they spit in his face
and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him...”
14. 1000BC David prophesies that they would gamble for his clothes. (Psalm 22:18) “They
divided my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” (John 19:23-24) “When
the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, divided them into four shares, one for
each of them, with the undergarment remaining...‟Let‟s decide by lot who gets it‟...this
happened that the scripture might be fulfilled...”
15. 700BC Isaiah prophesies that Jesus was be hated and rejected. (Isaiah 53:3) “He was
despised and rejected by men...” (Matthew 27:39-44) “Those who passed by hurled
insults at him...the teachers of the law and elders mocked him...heaped insults on him.”
16. 700BC Isaiah prophecies that Jesus would not defend himself. (Isaiah 53:7) “...yet he did
not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter...so he did not open his
mouth.” (Matthew 27:12) “When he was accused by the chief priests and elders he gave
them no answer.”
17. 1000BC David prophecies that Jesus would be crucified. This is vital because crucifixion
was not known yet. (Psalm 22:16) “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men have
encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.” (Luke 23:33) “...there they
18. 700BC Isaiah prophecies that Jesus would be killed with sinners. (Isaiah 53:12) “..was
numbered with the transgressors.” (Matthew 27:38) “Two robbers were crucified with
19. 1400BC Moses prophecies Jesus’ bones would not be broken. (Exodus 12:46) “Do not
break any of his bones.” (Regarding the Passover lamb) 1000BC David prophecies the
same thing. (Psalm34:20) “He protects all of his bones, not one of them will be broken.”
(John 19:33-36) “...they did not break his legs...these things happened so that scripture
would be fulfilled.”
20. 1000BC David prophecies that Jesus would be forsaken by God. (Psalm 22:1) “My God,
my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me...” (Matthew
27:46) “...Jesus cried out in a loud voice, „My God, my God, why have you forsaken
21. 700BC Isaiah prophecies that Jesus would die. (Isaiah 53:8) “For he was cut off from the
land of the living...” (Luke 23:46) “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.‟ When he
had said this, he breathed his last.”
22. 700BC Isaiah prophecies that Jesus would be buried in a borrowed tomb of a rich man.
(Isaiah 53:9) “He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his
death...” (Matthew 27:57-60) “There came a rich man from Arimathea...he asked for
Jesus‟ body...and placed it in his own tomb...”
23. 1000BC David prophecies Jesus would be resurrected. (Psalm 16:10) “...because you
will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.” (Acts 2:24-
27) “But God raised him from the dead...David said about him... „because you will not
abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.”
24. 1000BC David prophecies Jesus would ascend into heaven taking many souls with him.
(Psalm 68:18) “When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train...” (Ephesians
4:7-8) “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why
it says, „When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train...”
25. 1000BC David prophecies that Jesus would sit at the right hand of God. (Psalm 110:1)
“The Lord said to my Lord, „Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool
for your feet.” (Hebrews 1:3) “After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at
the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
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