Happy 235th Birthday to the Marines

November 10, 2010 at 6:14 am | Posted in Veterans | Leave a comment
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If you would like to learn more about the Marines the following sites will help you.





Thank you to all the Marines for serving our country. Your service and sacrifice are greatly appreciated. God bless you and your families.

Much GRACE and peace to you,


Romans 15:13; Psalm 18:1-50, 144:1-2

God Seals Christ’s Atonement For Sin

November 9, 2010 at 11:52 am | Posted in William Gurnall | Leave a comment
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Wisdom from William Gurnall

Christ is the One “whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood” (Romans 3:25). He is the One the Father has sealed and singled out from all others and set forth as the Person chosen to make atonement for sinners, as the lamb was taken out of the flock and set apart for the Passover.

Therefore when Satan lines up the believer’s sins against him and confronts him with their severity, faith runs under the shelter of this Rock. “Surely,” says faith, “my Savior is infinitely greater than my greatest sins. I would be rejecting the wisdom of God’s choice to doubt.” God knew what a heavy burden He had to lay upon Christ’s shoulders but He was fully persuaded of His Son’s strength to carry it. A weak faith may save but a weak Savior cannot. Faith has Christ to plead for it but Christ had none to plead for Him. Faith leans on Christ’s arm, but Christ stood alone. If the burden of our sins had prevailed against Him, no one in heaven or on earth could have helped Him stand.

God’s mercy declares his righteousness. Everyone believes God is merciful to forgive; but it is harder to believe how He can be righteous in forgiving sinners. “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). God was saying, “I know why it seems so incredible that I should pardon all your iniquities. You think because I am a righteous God that I would rather damn a thousand worlds of sinners than bring My name under the least suspicion of unrighteousness. I would indeed damn them over and over again, rather than stain the honor of My justice – which is Myself. But I command you and the greatest sinners on earth to believe it: I can be just and yet the justifier of those sinners who believe in Jesus.”– taken from The Christian in Complete Armour, November 7; edited by James S. Bell, Jr. Moody Publishers Edition, 1994.

Just a Great Commercial

November 8, 2010 at 10:32 am | Posted in men, Veterans | Leave a comment
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My oldest son first told me about this commercial. He saw it before I did and he liked it and thought I would like it also. The question is; “Does a former drill sergeant make a terrible therapist?” The answer is; “Heck no!” We enjoy watching it when we see it. I am posting a link to it this week in honor of the Marines 235th birthday and Veterans Day. I hope you enjoy the commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhlWddAXSRA.

Bill (a fellow laborer)

Romans 15:13

The Marines’ Hymn

November 7, 2010 at 8:44 am | Posted in hymns | Leave a comment
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The Marines’ Hymn

In 1929 the Commandant of the Marine Corps authorized the following verses of The Marines’ Hymn as the official version:

“From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country’s battles
On the land as on the sea;*
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine.

Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev’ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines

Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.” 

*Nov. 21, 1942, the Commandant of the Marine Corps approved a change in the words of the fourth line of the first verse to read, “In air, on land, and sea.”

 –         Taken from www.marineband.usmc.mil “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. You can listen to the hymn at this site by the following tabs: Learning Tools > Library And Archives > Resources And References : The Marines’ Hymn

 The Marine’s 235th birthday is this coming Wednesday November 10, 2010. I want to personally thank every Marine past, present and future for serving their country. I appreciate your service and sacrifice. God bless all of you and your families. 

Much GRACE and peace to you,


Romans 15:13

Atheism and the Fallen Nature

November 2, 2010 at 9:26 am | Posted in William Gurnall | Leave a comment
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Atheism and the Fallen Nature

Wisdom from William Gurnall

Our human nature is so blind that we have deformed thoughts of God until with the eye of faith we see His face in the mirror of the Word. With the exception of Jesus, all men are atheist by nature because at the same time as they acknowledge a God they deny His power, presence, and justice. They allow Him to be only what pleases them: “Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself” (Psalm 50:21).

Even if reason could demonstrate all that God is, it would be dangerous to dispute it with Satan. He has sharper reasoning than you. There is more difference between you and Satan than between the weakest idiot and the greatest theologian in the world. But in the Word there is a strong divine authority that builds a throne even in the conscience of the devil himself.

Although Christ was able to baffle the devil by reason, He chose to overthrow him in the way that we ourselves must use in skirmishes with Satan. He repelled him simply by lifting up the shield of the Word: “It is written,” said Christ (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10). It is undeniable that Christ’s quoted word had power to stun Satan; the shrewd enemy had no reply to Scripture but was stilled at the very mention of the Word.

If only Eve had stood by her first answer – “God hath said” (Genesis 3:3) – she too could have silenced Satan. Thus the Christian must stand in the heat of temptation and place God’s own Word between himself and Satan’s blows: “I believe that God is, though I cannot understand His nature; I believe the Word.” When this happens, Satan may trouble him but he cannot hurt him – and he probably cannot even bother him for very long. The devil hates the Word so much that he does not want to hear it. But if you throw down the shield of the Word and try to cut through the temptation by the force of reason, you may soon be surrounded by your subtle enemy. – Taken from The Christian in Complete Armour, November 2; edited by James S. Bell, Jr. Moody Publishers Edition, 1994.

Coffee Review: Cafe Volio Costa Rican

November 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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While on vacation recently Kim and I went to the West Side Market in Cleveland Ohio. We had a very good time. If you like farmers markets you would love this place. There are a lot of vendors and a lot of good food to try. Even if you are not familiar with Cleveland or urban driving the market is easy to get to. It is well worth a side trip.

One of the vendors we found tucked in among the produce was Volio Coffee (www.cafevolio.com). This spot is a hidden gem and is the only coffee among the produce vendors. They only roast and sell Costa Rican coffee. You can purchase whole bean or ground. While you talk with their representative you can enjoy a free cup of fresh made coffee too! We will be brewing and reviewing that style of coffee later, but let me tell you it was………

When we got home Kim wanted to try their light roast coffee first. It is 100% Costa Rican Arabica Coffee. The aroma coming from the auto-drip was good.  It spread throughout the kitchen and nearby rooms. The coffee had a bright, tart, citrus like taste. It was a little acidic but smooth with a light body. This coffee gets your attention in a good way.

Next up was the Chemex coffee maker and here the tartness was evened out. The citrus undertones are more pronounced and we thought it could almost make you pucker. The aftertaste lingers toward the back of the roof of the mouth. I made a little extra to try when it cooled down because we wanted to taste the flavor profile. Both of us thought this Costa Rican light roast would make an excellent cold or iced coffee.

Finally we used the French Press and the body seems fuller here. There is a natural sweetness and a good roast flavor. There is a touch of citrus and slight tartness. Kim thought this brew tasted good with both lemon curd and almonds. I don’t normally drink light roasts, but I was glad we tried this one. It has a good flavor and is one we would drink again.

If you like light roasts or want to try one for the first time we suggest you give this one a try. We don’t think you will be disappointed. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversations.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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