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A Little Christmas Cheer

Here’s one of my favourite versions of the Christmas story:

1And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

5And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

6And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

13And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

14And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

15And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

– Revelations 12

Merry Christmas!

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 16, 2010 at 10:05 am, filed under Christianity and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Music You Should Listen to.

I really like music. When talking about music, I say things like, ‘this stuff’s bananas!’, or ‘seriously, you have to listen to this for a minute.’  I listen to all kinds of music, (some more than others) and now I feel I need to share some music with my reading public, to expand your minds.  Here are 4. people/groups you should take some time to get to know.

1. The New Pornographers.

It's the band, man.

Wow.  Just, wow.  Before moving forward, however, the name is misleading.  There is no pornography involved and for the most part the lyrics are quite clean. Essentially, this is a Canadian Supergroup (a group of solo artists/band members who perform together when not on their own tours/recording) that blows my socks off every time I hear it.  You should pick up their album, Challengers – it’s hauntingly beautiful.

2. Buck 65.

Buck + 65 = Awesome.

Buck 65 is a Canadian Hip-hop artist who has gained popularity in the underground scene over the last few years.  Before his newest album, Situation, I’m not sure I quite got where he was coming from, but this album really gels well – it’s a theme album about the 50’s people, the freakin’ 1950s! Be warned, however; there is a bit of language.

3. Sage Francis.

Awesome.

Imagine the most politically active beatnik from the 50s/60s, give him a mean streak and grainy voice, and you have Sage Francis.  When this guy raps, he tears guts out of things (not literally, just a graphic metaphor) and throws it on the table, with the express point of making you deal with it.  Human Death Dance is an album that has stayed in my regular rotation since last May when it came out.  This one, unlike the rest is loaded with cussing, hard questions about God and rough issues.  Not for the faint of heart.  But sooooo good.

4. Listener Project.

Listener Project, featuring my Hero, Dan Smith

Ok, so I have a confession: Dan Smith of the Listener Project is the Manliest, Coolest, Most Awesome individual that I have ever met.  I have serious man-crush on this dude.  I have so far planned 2 different concerts, the main purpose being that I can just spend time with this artist.  Listener Project is leading the way with a new genre of music: Talk Music.  It’s fantastic.  Listen to it.

 

So there you go.  Have a listen.  If you would like specific songs that you should listen to, feel free to ask.

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on April 21, 2008 at 12:37 am, filed under Music and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.