Sunday, April 22, 2012

Internet Daily Chapel - Christian, Universalist, Pragmatist, Progressive - For Week Of April 22, 2012 - Featuring - Stewardship Of The Earth: "Mankind Has The Responsibility To Manage The Earth Properly For God"

Internet Daily Chapel - Christian, Universalist, Pragmatist, Progressive -
For Week Of April 22, 2012
Featuring - Stewardship Of The Earth: "Mankind Has The Responsibility To
Manage The Earth Properly For God"

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"Dear Lord: Please put the right thoughts in my mind, words in my
mouth, and actions
in my hands and feet, that I might please You best today. In Jesus'
name I pray, Amen."

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Worship Service, Featuring "Mankind Has The Responsibility To Manage The
Earth Properly For God"

Welcome to the online worship service at Internet Church Of Christ. Here
is a good place to worship our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. You are
invited and are welcome at any time. Blessings to you in Him.
Opening Hymn
"Christ, Whose Glory Fills The Skies"

Words by Charles Wesley, Public Domain. Original hymn tune OMNIA GLORIA by
Bill McGinnis. Original music, arrangement, and MIDI sequence by Bill
McGinnis, Public Domain.

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CHRIST, WHOSE GLORY FILLS THE SKIES - by Charles Wesley , 1707-1788
Public Domain

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
Christ, the true, the only Light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise,
Triumph o'er the shades of night;
Day-spring from on high, be near;
Day-star, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn
Unaccompanied by thee;
Joyless is the day's return,
Till thy mercy's beams I see;
Till they inward light impart,
Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine,
Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
Fill me, Radiancy Divine,
Scatter all my unbelief;
More and more thyself display,
Shining to the perfect day.

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The Lord's Prayer
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The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Source: Book Of Common Prayer, based on
Matthew 6:9-13

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Declaration Of Faith
The Apostles' Creed
This historic affirmation of faith comes to us from the early centuries of
the Christian church.
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I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit;
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven
And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
The holy catholic church; *
The communion of saints;
The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting.


* Note: "catholic church" here means the entire body of
believers in Christ, not just one particular church.

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord,

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Scriptures And Teachings
Stewardship Of The Earth:
Mankind Has the Responsibility To
Manage The Earth Properly For God

God Is Sole Creator And Rightful Owner Of The Earth And Everything In It
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
(Genesis 1:1 KJV)
"All things were made by him; and without him was not
anything made that was made." (John 1:3 KJV)

"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that
are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created
by him, and for him:" (Colossians 1:16 KJV)

"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power:
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are
and were created." (Revelation 4:11 KJV)
"And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it
was very good." (Genesis 1:31a KJV)
"The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the
world, and they that dwell therein." (Psalms 24:1 KJV)
"I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and
create evil: I the Lord do all these things." (Isaiah 45:7
" . . . whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine."
(Job 41:11 KJV)
" . . . for all the earth is mine." (Exodus 9:15 KJV)
"For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon
a thousand hills." (Psalms 50:10 KJV)
" . . . for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof."
(Psalms 50:12 KJV)

God Gave Man The Power And Authority To Rule Over All The Earth
Genesis 1:26-31 (RSV)
[26] Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the
air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping
thing that creeps upon the earth."
[27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created
him; male and female he created them.

[28] And God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and
multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the
fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing
that moves upon the earth."

[29] And God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed
which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its
fruit; you shall have them for food.

[30] And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to
everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of
life, I have given every green plant for food." And it was so.

[31] And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very
good. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

We Are Accountable To God For Our Management Of
Everything He Has Entrusted To Us Here On Earth
The More He Gives To Us, The More He Requires From Us

MATTHEW 25:14-30 (KJV) "The Parable Of The Talents"
NOTE: A "talent" was a sum of money
equal to about two years wages.

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into
a far country, who called his own servants, and
delivered unto them his goods.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two,
and to another one; to every man according to his
several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and
traded with the same, and made them other five
And likewise he that had received two, he also gained
other two.
But he that had received one went and digged in the
earth, and hid his lord's money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh,
and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and
brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou
deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have
gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and
faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said,
Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I
have gained two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful
servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I
will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou
into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and
said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man,
reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where
thou hast not strawed:
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the
earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and
slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I
sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the
exchangers, and then at my coming I should have
received mine own with usury.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto
him which hath ten talents.
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he
shall have abundance: but from him that hath not
shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer
darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of

"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him
shall be much required:" (Luke 12:48b KJV)

Poem - With MP3 Reading
"When Malindy Sings" - by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Original Poem in Dialect, by Paul Laurence Dunbar, converted into
Near-Standard English and read by Rev. Bill McGinnis
BACKGROUND - from the press release

The website has released a new version of Paul
Laurence Dunbar's classic dialect poem, "When Malindy Sings," written in
Near-Standard English, by Rev. Bill McGinnis, a student and admirer of
Dunbar and owner of the website.
"This beautiful poem of Dunbar's was originally written in slavery
dialect," said McGinnis. "It is perhaps his most famous and best loved
poem, even though the use of Dialect has been criticized by many, as
demeaning to African-Americans."

Dunbar himself greatly preferred to write in Standard English, and he
complained in vain that his publishers at the time would reject his
Standard English poems -- no matter how good they were -- and ask him to
please submit poems in Dialect, which they would then publish eagerly.

"But it seems to me that Dunbar deliberately wrote many of his Dialect
poems in such a way that they could easily be converted into Near-Standard
English at a future date, when the country was ready for them," said
McGinnis. "A hundred and one years have now gone past since Paul Laurence
Dunbar died," said McGinnis. "And I think the country is now ready for his
Dialect poems to be converted into Standard English, or something almost
like Standard English. I think this is what he hoped we would do when he
wrote the Dialect poems."

By Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

Written In Dialect by Paul Laurence Dunbar and converted into
Near-Standard English by Rev. Bill McGinnis

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MP3 Reading (near-standard English) by Rev. Bill McGinnis at


Near-Standard English
Go way and quit that noise, Miss Lucy--
Put that music book away;
What's the use to keep on trying?
If you practice till you're gray,
You can't start those notes a-flying
Like the ones that rant and ring
From the kitchen to the big woods
When Malindy sings.

You don't have the natural organs
For to make the sound come right,
You don't have the turns and twistings
For to make it sweet and light.
Tell you one thing now, Miss Lucy,
And I'm telling you for true,
When it comes to real right singing,
It's no easy thing to do.

Easy enough for folks to holler,
Looking at the lines and dots,
When there is no one can sense it,
And the tune comes in, in spots;
But for real melodious music,
That just strikes your heart and clings,
Just you stand and listen with me
When Malindy sings.

Have you never heard Malindy?
Blessed soul, take up the cross!
Look here, aren't you joking, honey?
Well, you don't know what you lost.
You should hear that girl a-warbling,
Robins, larks and all those things,
Hush their mouths and hide their faces
When Malindy sings.

Fiddling man just stops his fiddling,
Lays his fiddle on the shelf;
Mocking bird quits trying to whistle,
Cause he's just so shamed himself.
Folks a-playing on the banjo
Drop their fingers on the strings--
Bless your soul--forget to move them,
When Malindy sings.

She just spreads her mouth and hollers,
"Come to Jesus," till you hear
Sinners, trembling steps, and voices,
Timid-like a-drawing near;
Then she turns to "Rock of Ages,"
Simply to the cross she clings,
And you find your tears are dropping
When Malindy sings.

Who can say that humble praises
With the Master never count?
Hush your mouth, I hear that music,
As it rises up and mounts--
Floating by the hills and valleys,
Way above this burying sod,
As it makes its way in glory
To the very gates of God!

Oh, it's sweeter than the music
Of an educated band;
And it's dearer than the battle's
Song of triumph in the land.
It seems holier than evening
When the solemn church bell rings,
As I sit and calmly listen
While Malindy sings.

Towser, stop that barking, hear me!
Mandy, make that child keep still;
Don't you hear the echoes calling
From the valley to the hill?
Let me listen, I can hear it,
Through the brush of angel's wings,
Soft and sweet, "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,"
As Malindy sings.

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Follow The Lord, As He Leads.
This is from a letter I wrote in reply to a question.
Follow the Lord As He Leads!
Hello xxx,

Thank you for the honor of asking my advice! I really don't know much
about xxxxx, but I do know that the Lord will lead you STEP-BY- STEP to
where He wants you to go. The secret is you must obey Him in the little
things, and then He will give you more and more. Sometimes (usually) it
doesn't make sense to you, what He is doing. You won't see the picture
until all the pieces are complete. THEN you will say, "Oh! Now I
understand why He did THAT!"

So how do you obey Him? How does He communicate to you? Sometimes He does
NOT communicate directly to you. In this case, do the best you can to obey
His will as you find it expressed in the Bible. At the very least, obey
the ten commandments plus the "Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart
and love thy neighbor as thyself" commandment. Then try to cultive the
"Fruits of the Spirit." Try to be gentle, humble, slow to anger, quick to
forgive, patient, meek, grateful. Ask Him to be with you, tell Him you
love Him, tell Him that His love is more important to you than anything
else. Pretty soon, He will make Himself known to you personally.

Be sensitive to that, listen for His distinctive voice. Then, do whatever
He tells you to do, whether you understand "why" or not. Now, imposters
(the evil one, you know) will try to confuse you with false messages. So
recognize that the Lord will never tell you to do something that is
contrary to scripture. So the Bible is your safeguard in this matter.
Also, an imposter spirit will choke on his own tongue before he can utter
the words "I know and declare that Jesus Christ is the risen Son of God
and Saviour of the world." So if the voice that is speaking to you refuses
to declare Jesus as Son of God, then do not listen to it.

One more word. Let HIM lead you, not yourself. Make yourself available to
Him in any way He wants, then let Him tell you what to do.

Each of us must submit to something, even if it is only death. So why not
go as high as you can go? Give yourself TOTALLY to the Lord, and let Him
use you any way He wants. Don't question Him at all, once you are sure it
is Him speaking. He is quite loving and reasonable, and He usually treats
you better than you could have thought up for yourself!

May God bless you in your walk with Him.

Yours in Christ, Bill McGinnis

Prayer For You
"Go Ahead And Give Yourself To Christ"
NOTE: When you read this prayer, try to imagine hearing my voice as I
speak it to you. In this way, the prayer is reactivated, and it
the same as if I were actually praying for you at that moment.
(Just like television prayers are reactivated when you watch
them, although the videotape may have been shot years before.)

Perhaps you are a Christian even now,
You go to church and try to do your best,
You try to put His teachings in your life,
But still you do not feel that He is yours.
You do not feel the closeness that you crave.
If this is you, then say this prayer with me:
* * *
O Lord, I want you closer in my life,
I want you more to be a part of me.
I want the best relationship with you,
That anyone on earth could ever have.
I know that, "as we give, we shall receive,"
And so I now do give myself to you,
In full completeness, holding nothing back.
I'm yours, so you may use me as you will,
And take whatever things you want from me.
And now that I did give myself to you,
I pray that you will give yourself to me,
As bridegroom gives himself to his new bride.
In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.

by William McGinnis
Public Domain

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rev. Bill McGinnis, Director -

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O Lord, I had You with me, and I strayed.
I turned my back on You and went away.
But now I see the error of my ways,
And now I want to turn again to you.

* * *

I pray that You will come into my life,
As Lord and Saviour, ruling over me.
I know that You are truly Son of God,
I know that You have risen from the dead,
I know that only You can save my soul.
I need Your guidance, and I need Your love;
I want to follow everywhere You lead.
I truly do repent of all my sins;
I feel remorse for evil I have done;
I know that only You can make me clean.
I turn my back on sin and look to You.
I am forgiving all who did me harm,
As You are now forgiving all my sins.
And now as I commit myself to You,
I pray that You commit Yourself to me.
I pray that You will take me as I am,
And draw me, step-by-step, into Your arms.
In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.

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I pray the Lord that He will lead your path
Away from the temptations all around.
I pray that when temptation lingers near,
The Lord will lead you not into its reach.
But if temptation grabs you as you pass,
I pray the Lord that you will struggle free.
In Jesus' holy name I pray, Amen.

Blessings to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.
This chapel service is now complete.

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