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Sir Knight of the Splendid Way by W.E. Cule

    Sir Knight of the Splendid Way is a powerful, old fashioned allegory of the Christian’s life. I picked this up on the way out the door to an out-of-town funeral. I usually don’t like to read and ride, but this book managed to keep my interest for the whole trip. W.E. Cule paints amazing pictures of Biblical truths. These truths managed to toutch my heart very soundly, and it helped me to realize once again that truly, there is no better place to be than in the King’s service!

  

       The main character is a young man named Sir Constant. Serving his lord, an aged and worthy Knight, Sir Fortis, Sir Constant often sees the many knights passing in the Way who are in the King’s Service. Sir Constance held his lord, Sir Fortis, with the highest reverence, and, since he did so, he also held is master’s overlord in great honour. Every day Sir Constance watched the noble knights pass by, and dreamed of someday traveling the King’s Way, which leads to the Splendid City. Although he feels unworthy of the Service, Sir Fortis encourages his young squire to fulfill his desire. After a night of testing, Sir Constance earns his precious armour, bearing the Emblem of the King.

 Ephesians6:10-17(KJV)

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

   Along the Way, Sir Constance falls and is lead astray many MANY times, but eventually he learns to be strong and courageous, for in the King’s Name he can do all things! There is no place in this world where the King’s Name holds little or no power.

   I wish I could write about all of the messages that spoke to me in this book, but that just wouldn’t be fair if you wished to read it yourself. However, there is a portion which really spoke to me. At this time Sir Constance is a little wiser. Being warned of a city called Destruction which is supposed to be on his way, he is put on guard when he spots a city in the distance. Inside the walls there reigns a quiet peace, with the occasional gentle strains of music. Sir Constance is drawn to the solitude, but he has noticed that though many enter, none come out. As he is pondering this, he notices an old man, who, wearing the Emblem of the King, rang a great bell by the entrance. The bell breaks the lull like glass as its clamour reverberated throughout the city. Men raised their hands to their brows, as if trying to remember…but as soon as the clanging stopped, the dozing calm became overlord once more.  Later, Sir Constance learns from the old man that those who entered were taken unawares by a powerful enchantment. This, laid by the cunning black knight, made the unsuspecting travellers forget the present objectives and instead dream of great and noble deeds. The hours fly as the years go by, untill all their time is spent, and they can no longer make their way to the Splendid City. This deadly spell has held the strongest hearts captive. By the King’s desire, the old man rings the bell to rouse the dreamers, and remind them of the mission at stake. But they love their dreams, and they hate the old man, and drive him away in scorn and anger. Some do awake, and joyfully take back up the sword and shield: but, those are few, so deadly is the enchantment.

  Satan is not an idiot. He knows better than to tempt us with chains and shackles. Instead, he provides countless fake worlds in things such as drugs, alcohol, entertainment, and adult fantasy, just to name a few. God is gracious, and provides the faithful bell-ringers to warn us of the danger which WILL lead to our inevitable destruction. The bible says of the wicked woman, “her end is as bitter as wormwood, as sharp as a two-edged sword… her feet go down to death, her steps take hold to hell.”(Prov.5:5,6)”…many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.”(Prov.7:26,27) Typically though, just as the dreamers in the story, we hate those who chasten us, and love our false lifestyles. 

 Romans 13:11-12
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Ephesians 5:14-17
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

  It is a rare blessing to read Christian literature like Sir Knight of the Splendid Way. It is a part of the Rare Lamplighter Collector’s books. I own most of these and have found that none of them has been a waste of my time. So far Sir Knight of the Splendid Way has been one of my favorites. I really do encourage you out there to take the time to read this book. It is rich with Biblical messages which make you just want to stop and cry. I know I did. Maybe this was due partly to the fact that I was at that time going then to a funeral of a loved one who had been fighting the good fight for Christ many years.  No doubt he heard from the Lord he served so well here on earth, ” Well done, my good and faithful servant!”  A Christian’s life is always hard, but the end of which is oh so amazing. Like Sir Constance, sometimes we only see the danger, and forget just how powerful our King is, for by the King’s name we can do everything.

  Here is the lamplighter publishing website.

http://www.lamplighterpublishing.com/

 

May we never grow weary of traveling the Path of the Splendid Way!

In Christ’s Name,

Sami.

Joshua 1:9

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

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October 24, 2009 Posted by | Book, Christian, Inspirational, Review | , , , | 1 Comment

I am my Neighbour’s Bible

 

I am my neighbour’s bible

He reads me when we meet

Today he reads me in my home

Tomorrow on the street.

He may a friend, relative,

or slight aquaintance be;

He may not even know my name,

Yet he is reading me.

 

And pray, who is this neighbour,

Who reads me day by day,

To see if I am living  right,

And walking as I pray?

Oh, he is with me always,

To criticise or blame;

So worldly wise in his own eyes

And “Sinner” is his name.

 

Christian friends and brothers,

If we could only know

How faithfully the world records

Just what we say and do;

Oh, if we could write our record clean,

And come in time to see

Our worldly neighbour won forever to Christ

By reading you and me.

 

Preach the gosple everyday: use words if necessary. Your example might be the only bible your neighbour will ever get to read.

Luke 10:20 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

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October 8, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Poetry | , , | Leave a comment

Basic Singing Helps

This is just a short lesson on some very basic techniques for the beginning singer. 
 
     
O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Psalms 89:1
 
~Lesson 1~
 
 Proper Posture and Breathing
 
1.Your posture
 
How you hold yourself determines the first impression a person will have of you. A slouch gives an impression of carelessness, having no confidence, disrespect and depression, not to mention ill health. As Christian young people we do not want to appear in that way! A Christian young person who walks with their head up and with a straight but relaxed back shows that he/she is happy, content, and confident with the way God made him/her. That gives a strong testimony even before he/she even says a word. It is especially important when singing for church, as it subconsciously tells the listener and onlooker that you really do mean what you are singing.  A good, nicely lined up posture is also essential for correct singing technique.
 
 posture-charts
 
A.  How do I correct my posture?
 
 How you carry your head determines a large degree of your total posture. When you allow your head to sag or droop, your shoulders hunch, you chest caves in, and your waistline expands.
 
 These excercies, part of the “Alexander Technique,” will help you get a better sense of how to position your head correctly so that does not happen.
 
1.Pretend that there is a pencil hanging from each earlobe. It should line up vertically with the centre of your shoulder bone.
  
2.Next, close your eyes and pretend that there is a string attached to the top of your head, gently pulling your entire body straight. Sense your feet, making sure that they are lying flat and planted sturdily on the floor. Above that your knees, hips, shoulders and head should feel in perfect alignment. I would encourage you to do this in front of a mirror.
  
3.Stand with your back against the wall. Walk away and keep the same position.
  
  Most importantly, do not hold yourself too stiffly to feel relaxed and comfortable. The chest and lungs “collapse”, when you are tense.
 
 
2. Breathing
 
 You may have heard people talking about ” breathing through the diaphram,” while singing. This, however, is incorrect. A more accurate way of putting it would be to, ” breathe through the stomach.”
It is simple, though at first it may take a little bit of discipline. You may do this excercise at home.
  
  
A. Lie flat on the floor. Place your hands about the area of your belly button and breathe. Instead of your chest rising, you will feel your stomach rise and fall with each breath. This is how it is supposed to feel when you are standing.
  
  B. While you are down there, you may like to try this breath control excercise. Placing your hands on the same area as they were for the last excercise, breathe in, counting to seven. Hold it, count to three and release. Hold it, count to three and breathe in, again counting to seven. Do this for about 5 times. You can also do it standing up or sitting down. The deep breathing slows down your blood, making you feel calm and very relaxed. It is a great way to cope with nervousness before a test or performance. Concentrating on the counting gets your mind away from the task at hand, and as I already mentioned, the deep breathing slows down your blood.
  
C. This excercise is known as the leaky tire excercise.
Breathe as I have already told you how. Let it out on sssssssss for as long as you can while not pushing yourself too hard. Point your focus on a picture or window across the room and try send it there, all the while keeping the sense of it being , “lifted”, and “floating.”
 
 
                               
 
 With or without, “natural ability”, you can sing well if you have dedication and diligence.
 
                                                       
                                               Questions to think about
  
1. Read 1 Cor. 10:31. According to this verse, how and why should we sing? What attitude should we have while singing in church?
  
  
  
  
  
2. Read Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16. From these verses, what purpose should music have in the believer’s life?
  
 
  
  
3. Ezekiel 28:13 tells us that Satan was a beautiful and musical creature. “…every precious stone was thy covering,…the workmanship of thy taberets and of thy pipes were prepared for thee in the day thou wast created.” Understanding that music was created into his very nature, do you not think that he would use it to lead away and enslave? What Biblical screens should we place on the music that we listen to to be sure that it is all Christ honouring and leads to Godly influences?
 
 
 
Sing unto him a new song: play skillfully with a  loud noise. ~Psalms 33:3~
 

 
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God Bless you,
Samantha.

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Christian, Music, Voice | , | Leave a comment