Sunday, September 18, 2011

John MacArthur's New Bible - Original King James Version

Today, Sunday September 18th 2011, John MacArthur, the Pastor, was preaching on “Gratitude for a Faithful Church” with a text from 1 Thessalonians 1 and 2, when he was acknowledged for his huge contribution at Grace Community Church and to the world through the “Grace To You” Ministry. He has completed the teaching of the entire New Testament over forty three years and from the same pulpit.

The Elders and church leaders, and Grace To You got together to find a special gift to express their gratitude and to commemorate this unusual milestone in John or any other preacher’s career. We are humbled and chastened to have such a man of God in our midst to be our spiritual leader.

What kind of gift, one might ask, could be suitable for such an occasion and to symbolically represent our grateful thanks. Well today John MacArthur was invited up to that pulpit from where he has preached so long, to receive a rare treasure, a 1611 first edition of the King James Bible, calf bound with its original case. It was one of the “He” bibles where in Ruth 3 :15 “he” is used instead of “she”. In accepting the gift John compared his church, Grace Community Church, to the ancient church at Thessalonica, saying they were faithful and loving. He thanked God for his congregation and expressed thankfulness for their salvation. Thessal 1:2-5. You are our glory and joy Thessal 2:20. says “Because a typo in Ruth 3:15 is corrected to read "she went into the city" instead of "he went into the city", it is often assumed that these 1611 "She Bibles" are actually the SECOND printing of the original 1611 King James Bible, likely done within several weeks of the 1611 "He Bibles". Many scholars now agree that the much more likely explanation is that the "He" and "She" King James Bible First Editions of 1611 were done at approximately the SAME TIME on two different presses.”

“There is no real evidence that one variant is any older than the other. The main reason “He” variants cost more, is simply because there are fewer of them (fewer than 50 known to exist). If you want an ORIGINAL 1611 King James First Edition, you can save a lot of money simply by choosing the "She" printing (of which fewer than 150 are known to exist).”

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The Photograph and video were taken by Melinda Welsh, Jogn MacArthur's daughter, who had the presence of mind to change the phone setting

Scout First Class- Another Pin For Mum

On Friday at the Troup 50 Court of Honor, the flag was saluted and the Pledge of Allegiance reiterated as parents and Scouts assembled to celebrate the achievements of the past months. It is a moving experience to see these young men growing up to love and respect their great country, and to strive to manage their lives so that they may become a useful, valuable part in it.
Another Pin For Mum

The flag ceremony starts the proceedings.

It was moving for Nancy and I to see our son Oliver carry Old Glory and step the colors as the ranks of his peers draw off a smart salute.

It takes a lot of work to advance in rank as a Boy Scout. The whole family not just the son needs to be committed to supporting the process.

It is an accomplishment for the family when advancement occurs.
The rank of Scout First Class is an important milestone on the road to Eagle, the highest rank in Scouting, and it was a proud moment for us to see our son receive his rank insignia and shake hands by the left, and for me to watch him pin his commemorative pin on his mother’s chest before hugging his dad.

Such is the Scouting tradition, a tradition that has produced many fine leaders and even claims the first man to step foot on the moon, and Baden Powell would be pleased to see his dream carried on here in Troupe 50.

God bless Scouting, and God bless America!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Farewell to Othello

Farewell Furry Fellow
My condolences to Rick Baum on his loss of his beloved dog, Othello. We will miss Othello's visits to Le Tip during our morning meetings.

Farewell Othello, furry fellow,
Friend was never loved as thee,
Even in your failing form
The gift of joy flowed fast and free
In all who stroked your coat.
Content you were at foot to lie
While any respondents pet,
Drawing enamored smiles and sighs
From every one you met
Who deigned to rub your throat.

You will not have seen the teary eye
In your tensed master’s face,
Nor heard the faltering in his voice
As he imparts with grace
The loss of his beloved hound.
But we who still have eyes that see,
And empathic hearts that beat,
Will long recall nostalgically
The comfort and the therapy
In your blithe spirit found.

Neil Stewart McLeod - August 19th 2011