A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
‹Socrates›
Atlantis: the domain of the Stingray
25Dec
2011
Sun
15:13
author: Stingray
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Nativity of Our Lord

John 1:1-18

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Sing lullaby! Lullaby baby, now reclining, sing lullaby!
Hush, do not wake the infant King.
Angels are watching, stars are shining
Over the place where He is lying:
Sing lullaby!
24Dec
2011
Sat
23:57
author: Stingray
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Eve of the Nativity of Our Lord

Luke 2:1-20

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Love caused Thy incarnation, love brought Thee down to me; / Thy thirst for my salvation procured my liberty. / O love beyond all telling, that led Thee to embrace / In love all love excelling our lost and fallen race.
O LORD, HOW SHALL I MEET THEE
23:46
author: Stingray
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Kids Sing "Away in a Manger"

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21Dec
2011
Wed
23:25
author: Stingray
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Mid-week Advent IV

Luke 1:57-80

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

What’s in a name? It’s an interesting question, isn’t it?

14Dec
2011
Wed
23:29
author: Stingray
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Mid-week Advent III

Luke 1:39-56

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We have, this evening, a text which on the outset seems insignificant, Mary travels to visit Elizabeth, greets her, and the baby in Elizabeth’s womb moves at Mary’s greeting—seemingly insignificant...until we get to Mary’s song, the Magnificat.

Last week, we heard of the Annunciation, when Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear the Savior of the world, and we heard in that text the very conception of the Son of God in the flesh—we heard, right before our ears, Mary becoming the Mother of God. We heard the significance last week: Jesus is Lord and Savior, even from the moment He was conceived.

This week, however, our text immediately follows last weeks. Gabriel leaves Mary, who has just spoken that marvelous sentence of faith, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Now, she has packed up, and she makes her way out of Nazareth to a city of Judah. She enters the house of her relative, Elizabeth, whose husband had six months previously been visited by the same angel with similar news: “[Y]our wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” (Luke 1:13)

8Dec
2011
Thu
13:24
author: Stingray
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A Christmas Hymn to Ponder

Sing lullaby! Lullaby baby, now reclining, sing lullaby!
Hush, do not wake the infant King.
Angels are watching, stars are shining
Over the place where He is lying:
Sing lullaby!

Sing lullaby! Lullaby baby, now a-sleeping, sing lullaby!
Hush, do not wake the infant King.
Soon will come sorrow with the morning,
Soon will come bitter grief and weeping:
Sing lullaby!

Sing lullaby! Lullaby baby, now a-dozing, sing lullaby!
Hush, do not wake the infant King.
Soon comes the cross, the nails, the piercing,
Then in the grave at last reposing;
Sing lullaby!

Sing lullaby! Lullaby! Is the babe awaking? Sing lullaby!
Hush, do not stir the infant King.
Soon will come Easter, gladsome morning.
Conquering death, its bondage breaking:
Sing lullaby!
"Sing Lullaby," a basque carol paraphrased by Sabine Baring-Gould, also known as "The Infant King."

That's what it's all about. Not the oooh-ing and ahhh-ing at a little baby in trough. He's come as infant, yes, but He's come to die and rise again for you. That's the reason for the season (which, by the way, isn't here yet).

7Dec
2011
Wed
23:09
author: Stingray
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Mid-week Advent II

Luke 1:26-38

In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

There’s something else we could call The Annunciation, and that would be The Incarnation of Our Lord. It happened right before our ears; did you hear it? Hear it again: “[Gabriel said,] ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women! And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS.’” Here is Gabriel announcing a very real, physical fact. When he says, “The Lord is with you,” this is not some simple acknowledgment of the omnipresence and omniscience of God. This time, he is telling Mary, “YHWH is right here, right now, with you, and because of this, you will conceive in your womb the Son of God. You will name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from theirs sins.” (cf. Matthew 1:21)

08:40
author: Stingray
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Are You Remembering?

It's December 7...

3Dec
2011
Sat
10:10
author: Stingray
category: My Ramblings
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Strange Happenings

So, I am unable to reach any of my sites via my home ISP, but I’m having no issues racing anything with my phone.  Guess there is something going on with the internet-at-large.

02:36
author: Stingray
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It's Getting Late

I'm tired

Ευχαριστώ σοι, ο ουράνιος Πατέρας μου, μέσω του Ιησού Χριστού, αγαπητέ Υιού Σου, που εσύ προστατεύεται ευγενικά μου εκείνη την ημέρα, και προσεύχομαι ότι θέλεις να με συγχωρέσει όλες τις αμαρτίες μου, όπου έχω κάνει λάθος, και ευγενικά να με κρατήσει αυτό το βράδυ. Για τον εαυτό μου επαινέσω, το σώμα και την ψυχή μου, και όλα στα χέρια σας. Σου άγιο άγγελο να είναι μαζί μου ότι το κακό εχθρό μπορεί να έχει καμία εξουσία πάνω μου. Αμήν.

1Dec
2011
Thu
12:30
author: Stingray
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The Places My Mind Goes

Flight Tracker App

So, I'm looking at flight tracking apps for my phone. I'm reading the "What's New" section for FlightAware Flight Tracker, and there's a line there that reads, "Please report crashes if they occur." Now, I know they are referring to the app, if the app crashes, but I couldn't help but think that maybe, just maybe, they are referring to a flight being tracked.