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Hulyo 30, 2009

We make hundreds of choices every day. Just like Abraham. God ask him to sacrifice his one and only son. It was a very difficult decision for Abraham. Let’s take a look at the Passage in Genesis 22 and see what happened.

Abraham Tested

1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram [a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring [b] all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in

In our daily walk in our life here on earth there are two things that we need to choose from. This is to obey or to disobey God. We been saved when we chose to received the undeserved grace that God gave us. However it is not the end of jour journey. We need to decide whether we choose to obey God and received his blessings or to disobey God and receive his curse. Jesus Christ himself chose to obey God. He came to this world and died for our sins. The question here is what does it mean to obey God?



I. To OBEY God means that we CHOOSE to FEAR Him

When we say that we must fear God this doesn’t mean that we fear him because he is a bad God and he will punish us for what we have done. The fear that I am referring here is not the “Phobia” kind of fear. To fear God means that we give him Honor. We give Him reverence. We give Him the highest form of respect. David said in Psalm 111:10

10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

Solomon agreed with David by what he said in Proverbs 1:7

7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,

but fools despise wisdom and discipline

Without the wisdom and knowledge that came from the Lord it is impossible for us to obey Him. Because Abraham fears the Lord he obeyed God. He went to the place where God told him to go to sacrifice his only son.

II. To OBEY God means that we CHOOSE to be HUMBLE

The Bible says on Romans 16:27 that God is wise. Therefore we must submit to his wisdom, power and Authority. God knows what he is doing. In the story of Abraham we can see that he knows what God is doing. He has an a assurance that God will do something for him. Let’s take a look at his conversation with servants and his son.

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

Abraham told his servants that both of them will come back and he told his son that God will provide the sacrifice. Isn’t Abraham crazy? When we say that God wants him to sacrifice his son that means that he need to kill his own son. But because Abraham submit to the Lord God gave him the wisdom and He has the assurance that he and his son will go back home together. Proverbs 3:34 says that the Lord humbles the proud and give grace to the humble

34 He mocks proud mockers

but gives grace to the humble.

Abraham humbled to the Lord that’s why God bless him and give him his grace.

III. To OBEY God means that we LOVE Him

Matthew 6:24 says

24“No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

We need to choose to love God for us to obey Him. As the verse says we cannot serve two masters. God is a jealous God and he wants our complete attention. Let’s see what Matthew 10:37 says

37“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me;

If we value our possession more than God we cannot obey Him. If we value our positions more than God we cannot obey Him. If you value your study, family or anything that you have you cannot obey Him. I’m not saying that you need to stop working, or stop studying or do not love you children or your parents. That’s not what the Bible is telling us. The bible tells us that we must NOT LOVE Them MORE the Lord, More than JESUS CHRIST. Abraham sacrificed his son not because he did not love him. He is willing to sacrifice his son because he loves him and love GOD more than him. Let us follow the obedience that Abraham has.

He Choose to obey God by fearing him

He Choose to obey God by being humble

He Choose to obey God by loving God more than anything else in this world

If we do that, we will received his blessing just like Abraham.

Melvin Jerome “Mel” Blanc was born on May 30, 1908 at San Francisco, California, U.S. He is an American voice actor and comedian. However he is best known for his work with Warner Bros. He is known with his nickname “The Man of a Thousand Voices”.Hi is the voice behind the voice of such well-known characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Beaky Buzzard, Tweety Bird, Foghorn Leghorn, Yosemite Sam, Wile E. Coyote, Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, and hundreds of others. Among the many lines he repeatedly uttered that rguably rival those of Shakespeare in terms of familiarity, if not intellectual depth: “Eh . . . what’s up, Doc?” through the lips of the wiseacre hare, Bugs Bunny; “I tawt I taw a putty tat,” from the tart-tongued canary Tweety, and “SSSSSsssuffering SSSSSuccotash,” courtesy of Sylvester the sloppy cat. Not to mention Woody Woodpecker’s signature laugh (“Hee, hee, heh, hah, ho. Hee, hee, heh, hah, ho”); both the laconic train conductor (“Anaheim, Azusa and Cuc-a-monga”) and sputtering Maxwell auto of Jack Benny radio and TV show fame, and, of course, the stutter-strewn meanderings of Porky the wistful pig.
He was 81 and had been hospitalized since May 19 suffering from heart disease and related medical problems, said hospital spokesman Ron Wise. With Blanc when he died at 2:30 p.m. were his wife Estelle and son Noel, who now does most of his father’s voices.
Blanc died on July 10, 1989 at the age of 81. This is the year when I was born. Just imagine if he did not leave I will be able to enjoy the Amazing Warner Bros. Characters.

Here are the List of characters and year he first voiced them

  1. Porky Pig (1937, assumed from Joe Dougherty)
  2. Daffy Duck (1938)
  3. Bugs Bunny (1940)
  4. Woody Woodpecker (1940)
  5. Tweety Bird (1942)
  6. The Hep Cat (1942)
  7. Private Snafu, numerous World War II related cartoons (1943)
  8. Yosemite Sam (1945) (“Hare Trigger “)
  9. Pepe Le Pew (1945)
  10. Sylvester the cat (1946) aka Thomas (1947) in some films
  11. Foghorn Leghorn (1946)
  12. Henery Hawk (1946)
  13. Charlie Dog (1947)
  14. Wile E. Coyote (1948)
  15. K-9 (1948) (sidekick to Marvin the Martian)
  16. Marvin the Martian (1948)
  17. Road Runner (1948)
  18. The Tasmanian Devil (1954)
  19. Speedy Gonzales (1955)
  20. Elmer Fudd (1959, assumed from Arthur Q Bryan)
  21. Barney Rubble (1960)
  22. Dino (1960) (Fred Flintstone’s pet.)
  23. Cosmo G. Spacely (1962)
  24. Secret Squirrel (1964-1965)
  25. Hardy Harr Harr (1965-1966)
  26. Bubba McCoy from “Where’s Huddles?”
  27. Captain Caveman
  28. Chug-a-Boom /the Ant Hill Mob /the Bully Brothers from “The Perils of Penelope Pitstop”
  29. Twiki from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
  30. Heathcliff (1981 / appeared in syndication from 1986-1988)

Great deal!

Hulyo 25, 2009

I’m very happy and thankful for the life of this guy. He is Kevin. He really made an effort to help the Tambourine dancers like me. This is a sample of the video that he created. He upload dance patters though videos on Youtube. This is a really great help for worshipers and servants like me. Though this I know that he can fullfill him goal to encourage more worshipers and dedicate their lives and talents to the LORD.

Please take some time to read this. This is the content of the “about me” part of his Youtuve acoount.

About Me: This account is dedicated to our Father whom we only praise and worship..
most of the videos here are patterns or steps using different worship tools which can be used to praise God. Some of the patterns in this account are derivations from Aunty Margrate Yap’s tambourine manuals. Most patterns here are from God and we are just the instruments used to praise Him.

Worship Him in Dance!

Hulyo 25, 2009

What is a Tambourine?

A tambourine is a small hand drum made by stretching a thin animal skin or parchment over a wooden ring. The frame has several pairs of metal discs set loosely in it so that when shaken, the disks clash together like cymbals, making a pleasant jingling noise. Striking the drumhead with your knuckles will give you both the sound of the drum and the jingle of the disks. Rubbing your hand briskly across the drumhead will produce a whisking noise.

The tambourine’s origins are lost in antiquity; it is mentioned often in the Old Testament as an instrument of celebration, as here: “Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.” (Exodus 15:20)

THE HISTORY OF TAMBOURINE

The tambourine can be traced back to most ancient civilizations such as India, Greece, China, Egypt, and Rome. It is also the instrument on which Miriam played after the Israelites escaped from Egypt in Exodus 15:20. It was often associated with joy, dancing, rejoicing, victory, and times of happiness and gladness.

The tambourine began to take a prominent place in the music world during the eighteenth century when composers used it in their operas, however, it wasn’t until the nineteenth century that the tambourine became more popular, appearing in Igor Stravinsky’s balled ‘Petrushka’, as well as in works by composers such as Berlioz.

Although the tambourine is accepted as a percussion instrument in the orchestra, it wasn’t until the Salvation Army began to use it at the end of the nineteenth century did it begin to one again take its rightful place as an instrument of praise, worship, and warfare in the church. The Salvation Army were also the first to form timbrel brigades, often of young people, devoted to learning and playing the timbrel, especially during outreaches.

The technique of playing the tambourine called ‘Timbrel Praise’ was developed in Hong Kong during the 1980s by Dodie V. Sarchet-Waller and has since then
emerged into what it is today.

The tambourine is now accepted as an acoustic, untuned instrument belonging to the percussion section of the orchestra. It has an indefinite pitch and
is used to maintain rhythm and contribute generally.

A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO TAMBOURINE DANCE

“Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.” Psalm 150:4

Dance is a praise and worship offering to the Lord and a response to being in the presence of the Almighty. Dance is demonstrated by motioning the body, hands, and/or feet rhythmically, using prescribed or spontaneous steps and gestures. Every movement is to be expressed in a manner that gives glory to God rather than to one’s self. Dance is creative and reflects our Master Creator from whom creativity originates. Playing the round tambourine drum as a percussion instrument and combining dance movements constitutes a powerful and unique expression which reflects upon the end-time celebration in heaven. Each series of movements and tapping of beats of a particular routine or choreography called a “pattern.” All patterns are given a title, a key scripture verse, and an explanation along with a choreography diagram and detailed instructions. A specific Biblical principle is assigned to each pattern much like a word is correlated to a hand motion in sign language. When we play our tambourines and dance we are declaring God’s Word in our lives and in the earth. Ephesians 6:17 states that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Thus, our tambourines and dancing with them becomes a visible prophetic sign of wielding, as a sword, God’s truth.
The tambourine or timbrel is the Jewish symbol of victory and jubilee. Miriam, the sister of Moses, picked up the tambourine and led the women in triumphant dancing after crossing the Red Sea. God freed Israel from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. He then prepared and led them to the Promised Land where they could freely worship. As we pick up our tambourines and dance, we join in the freedom found in the Exodus story. The joy of our salvation is kindled afresh each time we play our timbrels and we are reminded of the joy that is to come when Jesus Christ (Yeshua The Messiah) returns.
Jehova-Nissi means, “The Lord is my banner,” Exodus 17:15. In Song of Solomon 2:4b, the banner of the Lord over us is love. The ribbons placed on our timbrels represent God’s banner over us and a testimony of what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. Just as a timbrel dance pattern has specific Biblical meaning, so does each ribbon pattern. Each color and number of ribbons signifies a particular Biblical standard. Psalm 20:5a shouts, “We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners.”
Romans 12:1-2 reminds us that it is our reasonable service of worship to present ourselves as living and holy sacrifices acceptable to Him. Anyone who is willing to study and explore new expressions of offering love and gratitude to God will gain insight and spiritual fruitfulness. The tambourine and dance ministry can increase intimacy with God in worship. What an exciting opportunity for any individual regardless of age and skill to enhance their praise and worship experience! Everyone can learn to expand and extend themselves, whether privately or corporately, to deeper dimensions of worship.