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Father George Maddock – a role model who will be missed

With all the talk about the current state of the Catholic church, we forget the many who do great work for the Lord. People like Father George. He was my theology teacher at Father Duenas Memorial School at Mangilao, Guam. He taught me one of the greatest lessons I learned. He taught me how to love Christ in the real world.

This was a man that was after the heart of Christ. I’m not an emotional person by any means but this one got to me. Father George was a molder of men and we are all better sons, husbands, brothers, cousins, uncles, Etc. because of this man. He is the reason why I know the books of the Bible (Ror Cor Gal Eph Philly Col…) and even prepared me for my move to Tampa by sharing what the world outside of Guam was like. Rest easy Father George. I thank you for being an example to many of what love for Christ really looks like. Till next time in heaven. FORTES IS FIDE.

Christian Christmas Music Day 7

***Until Christmas Day, I will be highlighting one song that defines Christmas for me and my family. Hopefully, some of these songs will be an inspiration to you and your family as well.

Day 7 – Nat King Cole – The “unforgetable” voice

The Christmas Album  Song – Joy to the world

Nat King Cole Christmas

I first heard about Nat King Cole when I saw his daughter Natalie Cole do a duet with her father using old photos and singing with him.  I remember having chills just thinking about what Natalie was going thru singing a song like that.  Since then, I have been a fan of Nat King Cole and all that he has done for for music thru Jazz.

This morning i saw my daugthers walking to class and i thought, “…wow they are growing up so fast”.  That moment with my daughter along with the picture above and the singing of Natalie Cole with her father makes me very blessed this morning.  Thank you lord for allowing me to take care of these kids while they are here and thank you for the moment Natalie got to sing with her father.   Merry Christmas!  =)  -PJSLB

Christmas at Tattnall Square Academy 2016

First of all, I need to apologize to the more than 1300 followers in over 100 countries for this entry but this is an entry I HAD to write about.  As i said in the past, a big reason for making the move back to Georgia was for my daughters to be able to go to school at Tattnall Square Academy. One my my favorite events at Tattnall is the last week before Christmas break.  It is just a festive atmosphere where you really feel the love that the school has for one another.  Today was a day that showed the heart that Tattnall has for its community. For the last 30 years, TSA has been leading the charge in helping Kids Yul  Love give toys to the less fortunate.

The cast of the nativity play.  I love being at a school where EVERYONE is free to express their love for Christ.

Had to add this picture.  While everyone is doing a fantastic job, my daughter is the angel in the middle with her hands up in the air all relaxed. 

Santa coming into the Athletic Complex with the gifts the students brought for Kids Yul Love.

Some of the gifts the students at Tattnall brought.

The opening of the Polar Express play.

The TSA band of gold always brings it. 

For our readers outside of the USA, I pray that this is a good representation of how a Christian school here fosters the next generation of Christian leaders. If you have some pictures as well, please share! We would love to see them

PJSLB

 

Lauren Daigle – “How can it be” is an album that the Holy Spirit uses to inspire

(Authors note – this isn’t a review of the album from a music perspective. This is my personal experience listening to the album and what it has does for me as a Christian.)

What a beautiful voice. I am a imaginative person. I love getting into a zone where my minds just wanders and all of life’s infinite possibilities are possible. That is the way I am when I pray or reflect about Christ. I just let my imagination go. Lauren Daigle’s – How Can It Be (2015) is one album that allows me to just let my imagination run wild about Christ and all that he is and all that he will be. From the song “First” to a song that will drop you to your knees and praise God – “trust in you“, this is an album that will be on repeat at my office for the foreseeable future.

In May, my daughter who was 9 at the time experienced a life changing event.  I know that sounds weird to hear for a 9 year old, BUT we all remember our first encounter with Christ. In the midst of all the sorry, tears, and confusion in that very moment; the song Trust In You started playing.  I took her in my arms and prayed as she was crying.  Her tears were gone soon enough and in time the memory of that event is one of the song and how it got her thru something that was a very big deal for her.  Thank You @Lauren_Daigle for this song!


The last track on the album “Once and for All” is a song that strips everything that keeps us away from Christ. For any Christian, the lyrics is one that will give you goose bumps and tears.

 

God I give You all I can today
These scattered ashes that I hid away
I lay them all at Your feet
From the corners of my deepest shame
The empty places where I’ve worn Your name
Show me the love I say I believe
Oh Help me to lay it down
Oh Lord I lay it down
Oh let this be where I die
My lord with thee crucified
Be lifted high as my Kingdom’s fall
Once and for all, once and for all
There is victory in my Saviors loss
And In the crimson flowing from the cross
Pour over me, pour over me yes
Oh let this be where I die
My lord with thee crucified
Be lifted high as my Kingdom’s fall
Once and

The lonesome piano playing in “Once and for All” along with the somber lyrics makes How Can It Be an album that is perfect for your time of reflection with Christ.
The album has been out for awhile but i am sure that any Christian would be thrilled to receive this on this holiday season.    You can find out more on Lauren on her website. Have a good one folks…God Bless
Don’t forget to check out my reviews on Ryan Stevenson and The Afters