April 25, read through the Bible in a year.

Continuing with the Acts of the Apostles and two chapters in 1 Samuel.

April 25: Acts 6, 1 Samuel 14, 1 Samuel 15 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Acts 6. To better serve the needs of widows seven people are chosen, among them Stephen. They will later be called deacons.  Stephen speaks boldly about Jesus in the Spirit and is seized and a trial begins.

In 1 Samuel 14  Jonathan Defeats the Philistines. Saul’s makes an oath that no one is allowed to eat until nightfall. Jonathan didn’t know that, so he ate, and Saul wanted to put Jonathan to death, but his men refused the King’s order, so Jonathan’s life was spared.

1 Samuel 15, the chapter where Saul is rejected as King.

April 24, through the Bible in a year.

Continuing with the Acts of the Apostles and three chapters in 1 Samuel.

April 24: Acts 5, 1 Samuel 11, 1 Samuel 12, 1 Samuel 13 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Acts 5, Ananaias and Sapphira were lying to the Holy Spirit and fell down dead. This lead to great fear and great power in the Church. An Angel of the LORD came during the night and freed the Apostles that had been jailed the previous day. They go back to the Temple courts and get called in to the Sanhedrin again for the crime of preaching about Jesus, but Gamaliel give them good advice, they listen and after flogging the Apostles they let them go.

In 1 Samuel 11 King Saul rescues Jabesh Gilead. Then the people reaffirms Saul as King.

1 Samuel 12 contains Samuel’s speech at Saul’s coronation.

1 Samuel 13, the real trouble begins, Saul gives an unlawful sacrifice, so God will no longer fight for them, Saul’s kingship will be taken away and God will choose a king after his own heart. The weapons for the army are taken away from the Israelites and the Philistines take control the iron trade.

Penn State University; making world class engineers out of students, the Capstone course Showcase April 25.

After retiring twice from a career in analytical chemistry instrumentation and some computer chip manufacturing, an opportunity presented itself to join the Penn State University department of engineering and teach just one course, the Capstone course, the course I always wanted to teach. The task is to take students from different engineering disciplines, make them form a team of 4 or 5 students, and through excellent teamwork produce something of value to a sponsor in 15 short weeks, and in so doing have them be transformed into world class engineers.

This year one of the teams made a short video of their efforts, enjoy!

This is cutting edge practical research and development and prepares the engineers for the challenges of a truly multi-discipline development environment.

They will contribute to a better world!

The exhibit is Thursday April 25 in the Bryce Jordan Center and is open to the public from 1:30 to 3 P.M. It is to my knowledge the largest in the world of this type with nearly 200 exhibits, and it shows today’s engineering students at their best!

April 23, read through the Bible in a year.

Continuing with the Acts of the Apostles and two chapters in 1 Samuel.

April 23: Acts 4, 1 Samuel 9, 1 Samuel 10 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Acts 4, Peter and John gets arrested and hauled before the Sanhedrin, get told not to speak about Jesus anymore. Their response? “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” They were let go and continued telling about Jesus and his resurrection, and a good time was had by all, sharing all things.

1 Samuel 9, Saul  was a tall and handsome man, his father had lost some donkeys, so he sent Saul and his servant to look for them. Not finding them for 3 days they  go to the prophet Samuel, God tells Samuel to meet them, and so they meet up, and thus Saul was chosen to be King.

In 1 Samuel 10, Saul is Anointed King and proclaimed King over all Israel.

 

April 22, through the Bible in a year.

Continuing with the Acts of the Apostles and four chapters in 1 Samuel.

April 22: Acts 3, 1 Samuel 5, 1 Samuel 61 Samuel 7, 1 Samuel 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

In Acts 3 Peter heals a crippled man sitting at the Beautiful Gate with these words:  “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” Then Peter preaches at Solomon’s Portico.

1 Samuel 5, the Ark of the LORD brings nothing but trouble to the Philistines.

So in 1 Samuel 6  the Ark is returned to Israel together with a guilt offering of five gold tumors and five golden rats.The Ark is brought back as far as toto Kirjath Jearim.

1 Samuel 7. Samuel grew up and became Judge over Israel. He subdued the Philistines at Mizpah, and there he raised his Ebenezer (stone of help). He judged Israel all the days of his life.

1 Samuel 8. Samuel’s sons were not following the Lord, so Israel Demanded a King. Samuel complained to the LORD, but He answered : Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king.”

April 21, read through the Bible in a year.

Continuing with the Acts of the Apostles and two chapters in 1 Samuel.

April 21: Acts 2, 1 Samuel 3, 1 Samuel 4  (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Acts 2, at the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit arrived, and that day was at least 15 different tongues spoken. Peter stood up and delivered his first sermon, a powerful one with about 3000 new converts. These were good times and the believers were in good fellowship with each other.

1 Samuel 3 tells of Samuel’s first prophecy, a prophesy against Eli and his sons, for Eli failed to restrain them.

1 Samuel 4, the Philistines capture the Ark of God. Soon after Eli died,  and Phineas died and his wife gave birth to Ichabod, which means “No Glory” for the glory had departed from Israel.

Philadelphia Phillies erase the memory of Kate Smith. A Limerick.

A statue is covered in Philly

of legend Kate Smith. Is it really?

Exit God sing-along

Bless America song.

The Flyers have lost it – so silly.

What is going on?

A great Philadelphia Flyers tradition was that every game started with a recording of Kate Smith belting out God Bless America, and since we all know the words we made it a sing-along, and felt patriotic.

No more, somebody found out that she in 1931 recorded the song : “That’s why darkies were born” so she was obviously a racist.

Another artist recording the same song in 1931 was Paul Robeson.

This is the first time to my knowledge Paul Robeson has been by implication labeled a racist.

Have we gone insane? Why do we try to erase history?

It has been said: “if we forget history, we are bound to repeat it.”

I say “If we try to erase history it will be worse the next time around.”