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The Things Men Do – Rod McKuen

The Things Men Do

Rod McKuenFrom the album “Sold Out – Rod McKuen Live at Carnegie Hall”, 1969

(I still have this original record – it is one of my favorites)

It makes me cry to see the things
Some men do to one another
Makes me cry to see the things some men do.
Every street’s a battlefield and every door’s a jail
And never the sword and not the shield
Can stay the widow’s wail.
I cannot understand, I will not understand
Why freedom stumbles in our land
And it makes me cry to see the things
Some men do to one another
Makes me cry to see the things some men do.

Every road’s a bitter road and songs are only songs
And when in church children kneel
They cannot right the wrongs
I cannot understand, I will not understand
Why terror rumbles in our land
And it makes me cry to see the things
Some men do to one another
Makes me cry to see the things some men do.

Every night’s a lonesome night that lasts a lonesome year
And torches all the brighter burn
To burn away the fear
I cannot understand, I will not understand
Why freedom staggers in our land.
And it makes me cry to see the things
Some men do to one another
Makes me cry to see the things some men do.

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St John Presbyterian – Tampa FL

St John Presbyterian – Tampa FL

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This is the church I grew up in many, many, many, many (is that enough?) years ago.

A small church but with a congregation that worked tirelessly to serve the community.    Besides the church building on their property they have a Walk In Clinic for those that can’t afford health care,  a group home for developmentally disabled adults and a learning center.

Anyone looking for a church home would do well to give St John a try and if I were to still live in Tampa it would still be my choice.  With that said the folks who were the backbone of the church (Mike and Olga Casanueva, Manual and Hortense Beito, and my mom and dad Charlotte and Henry Knight); of course there are others but right now these come to mind first.

Here is a link to their new website,  please give it a browse and consider them for your new church home.

St John Presbyterian – Tampa FL

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Church Tomorrow

Since I am the greeter at church tomorrow I will be going no matter what.  But with this super cold weather we are having part of me will want to stay home with a hot cup of coffee and a sweater or something on.    I know there are times I fall into the trap of not going to church for one reason or another and I regret it later on.

Browsing Christian websites that I have bookmarked and reading posts by the Christian folks I have as friends on Facebook, Twitter etc. is just not enough.  I know it but I stil fall into that trap once in a while.

If anyone actually reads this I apologize for boring you with it but it has been on my mind lately.

 

 

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Ken Davis and Super Sheep

 

I have loved Ken Davis since I first heard him on Focus on the Family with Dr Dobson.    I have since bought a number of CD’s so I could listen to him in my car and he is always worth a listen.   I hope you enjoy  these as much as I have – each of these videos are about 7 or 8 minutes long I hope you take time to enjoy them.

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Christmas Song by Pentatonix

I have watched a lot of videos by these young folks and love them all.   They are an acapella  group and they all have wonderful voices.   I taped and watched their TV special also this year and enjoyed every second of it.   Here is a video I just found in an E-Mail I get from various blogs. . . . I know you will enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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Thoughts on Church

Made it to church last Sunday;  actually I had to go because it was my turn to be the Greeter.  Even at my age that is something I can do;  smile say Good Morning and hand them a bulletin.   I am not be nature an outgoing person so this is a good way for me to meet the folks at the church.

I am one of those folks who tend to sit in the same place all of the time.   If someone else is sitting there I try to find an empty row somewhere near there.

Despite the fact that I don’t know the new songs the worship team sings every week I try to sing along as best I can.  I realize that singing the old hymns that I grew up with was not bringing in new people / young people so I have been slowly adjusting to the contemporary music and the guitars and drums – I just wish that they would throw in an old song once in a while.   I think I know why they don’t,  they are afraid that if they play an  old hymn that I would belt out the music louder and with my voice it might scare people away.

I wish I was a strong enough person to be a real disciple and help spread the word to everyone.

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It’s Sunday and I am Skipping Church

I just didn’t feel like moving much this morning so I am going to stay here and not move for a while (ok a long while).    I guess I am a bit depressed.   And I am testing a new program to post to my blogs (Windows Live Writer).