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The Good Book – Final Survey

07_Creation_JPEG_1024This will be my final post for the Good Book. I will finish with my favorite piece of classical music and scripture. Eight weeks ago we began this program with a piece of music called sunrise. It seems fitting to close with moonlight.  The Suite Bergamasque is one of the most famous piano suites by Claude Debussy. The third and most famous movement of Suite bergamasque is “Clair de lune,” the French term for “moonlight”.

Esta será mi publicación final para el Buen Libro. Terminaré con mi pieza favorita de música clásica y escritura. Hace ocho semanas comenzamos este programa con una pieza musical llamada Sunrise. Parece apropiado cerrar con luz de luna. La Suite Bergamasque es una de las suites para piano más famosas de Claude Debussy. El tercer y más famoso movimiento de Suite bergamasque es “Clair de lune”, el término francés para “luz de luna”.

Source: John 13:34-35   Juan 13:34-35 (Español) 

John 13:34-35

34-35 “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

Become Your True Self (1 John 3)

03_Peter_John_Arrested_JPEG_1024The Symphony No. 88 in G major (Hoboken 1/88) was written by Joseph Haydn. It is occasionally referred to as The Letter V referring to an older method of cataloguing Haydn’s symphonic output. The symphony was completed in 1787. It is one of Haydn’s best-known works.

La Sinfonía n.º 88 en sol mayor ( Hoboken 1/88 ) fue escrito por Joseph Haydn . Se refiere a veces como la letra V se refiere a un método más antiguo de catalogación de la producción sinfónica de Haydn . La sinfonía fue terminado en 1787. Es una de las obras más conocidas de Haydn .

Source: 1 john 3  1 Juan 3 (Español)  

1 John 3

We Are God’s Children

The Father has loved us so much! This shows how much he loved us: We are called children of God. And we really are his children. But the people in the world don’t understand that we are God’s children, because they have not known him.Dear friends, now we are children of God. We have not yet been shown what we will be in the future. But we know that when Christ comes again, we will be like him. We will see him just as he is. He is pure, and everyone who has this hope in him keeps themselves pure like Christ.

Anyone who sins breaks God’s law. Yes, sinning is the same as living against God’s law. You know that Christ came to take away people’s sins. There is no sin in Christ. So whoever lives in Christ does not continue to sin. If they continue to sin, they have never really understood Christ and have never known him.

Dear children, don’t let anyone lead you into the wrong way. Christ always did what was right. So to be good like Christ, you must do what is right. The devil has been sinning since the beginning. Anyone who continues to sin belongs to the devil. The Son of God came for this: to destroy the devil’s work.

Those who are God’s children do not continue to sin, because the new life God gave them[a] stays in them. They cannot keep sinning, because they have become children of God. 10 So we can see who God’s children are and who the devil’s children are. These are the ones who are not God’s children: those who don’t do what is right and those who do not love their brothers and sisters in God’s family.

We Must Love One Another

11 This is the teaching you have heard from the beginning: We must love each other. 12 Don’t be like Cain. He belonged to the Evil One. Cain killed his brother. But why did he kill him? Because what Cain did was evil, and what his brother did was good.

13 Brothers and sisters, don’t be surprised when the people of this world hate you.14 We know that we have left death and have come into life. We know this because we love each other as brothers and sisters. Anyone who does not love is still in death. 15 Anyone who hates a fellow believer is a murderer.[b] And you know that no murderer has eternal life.

16 This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for each other as brothers and sisters. 17 Suppose a believer who is rich enough to have all the necessities of life sees a fellow believer who is poor and does not have even basic needs. What if the rich believer does not help the poor one? Then it is clear that God’s love is not in that person’s heart. 18 My children, our love should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do. 

19-20 That’s how we know we belong to the way of truth. And when our hearts make us feel guilty, we can still have peace before God, because God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything.

21 My dear friends, if we don’t feel that we are doing wrong, we can be without fear when we come to God. 22 And God gives us what we ask for. We receive it because we obey God’s commands and do what pleases him. 23 This is what God commands: that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and that we love each other as he commanded. 24 All who obey God’s commands live in God. And God lives in them. How do we know that God lives in us? We know because of the Spirit he gave us.

Straight Talk (James 1)

14_Paul_Jerusalem_Return_1024The Bachianas Brasileiras are a series of nine suites by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. They were written for various combinations of instruments and voices between 1930 and 1945. The suites represent both a fusion of Brazilian folk and popular music on the one hand, and the style of Johann Sebastian Bach on the other. They attempt to adapt a number of Baroque harmonic and contrapuntal procedures to Brazilian music.

Le Bachianas Brasileiras sono una serie di nove suite del compositore brasiliano Heitor Villa-Lobos /. Furono scritti per varie combinazioni di strumenti e voci tra il 1930 e il 1945. Le suite rappresentano sia una fusione di folk brasiliano e musica popolare da un lato, e lo stile di Johann Sebastian Bach dall’altro. Cercano di adattare una serie di procedure barocche armoniche e contrappuntistiche alla musica brasiliana.

Source: James 1  Santiago 1 (Español)

James 1

Greetings from James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

To God’s people[a] who are scattered all over the world.

Faith and Wisdom

My brothers and sisters, you will have many kinds of trouble. But this gives you a reason to be very happy. You know that when your faith is tested, you learn to be patient in suffering. If you let that patience work in you, the end result will be good. You will be mature and complete. You will be all that God wants you to be.

Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom. But when you ask God, you must believe. Don’t doubt him. Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is blown up and down by the wind. 7-8 People like that are thinking two different things at the same time. They can never decide what to do. So they should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.

True Riches

Believers who are poor should be glad that God considers them so important.10 Believers who are rich should be glad when bad things happen that humble them. Their riches won’t keep them from disappearing as quickly as wildflowers.11 As the sun rises and gets hotter, its heat dries up the plants, and the flowers fall off. The flowers that were so beautiful are now dead. That’s how it is with the rich. While they are still making plans for their business, they will die.

Temptation Does Not Come From God

12 Great blessings belong to those who are tempted and remain faithful! After they have proved their faith, God will give them the reward[b] of eternal life. God promised this to all people who love him. 13 Whenever you feel tempted to do something bad, you should not say, “God is tempting me.” Evil cannot tempt God, and God himself does not tempt anyone. 14 You are tempted by the evil things you want. Your own desire leads you away and traps you. 15 Your desire grows inside you until it results in sin. Then the sin grows bigger and bigger and finally ends in death.

16 My dear brothers and sisters, don’t be fooled about this. 17 Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same. 18 God decided to give us life through the true message he sent to us. He wanted us to be the most important of all that he created.

Listening and Obeying

19 My dear brothers and sisters, always be more willing to listen than to speak. Keep control of your anger. 20 Anger does not help you live the way God wants.21 So get rid of everything evil in your lives—every kind of wrong you do. Be humble and accept God’s teaching that is planted in your hearts. This teaching can save you.

22 Do what God’s teaching says; don’t just listen and do nothing. When you only sit and listen, you are fooling yourselves. 23 Hearing God’s teaching and doing nothing is like looking at your face in the mirror 24 and doing nothing about what you saw. You go away and immediately forget how bad you looked. 25 But when you look into God’s perfect law that sets people free, pay attention to it. If you do what it says, you will have God’s blessing. Never just listen to his teaching and forget what you heard.

The True Way to Worship God

26 You might think you are a very religious person. But if your tongue is out of control, you are fooling yourself. Your careless talk makes your offerings to God worthless. 27 The worship that God wants is this: caring for orphans or widows who need help and keeping yourself free from the world’s evil influence. This is the kind of worship that God accepts as pure and good.