THE PROMISES OF GOD,,Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 1:4 - Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Corinthians 1:20 - For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Titus 1:2 - In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Psalms 84:11 - For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
John 14:18 - I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
2 Corinthians 7:1 - Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Acts 2:38-39 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
John 6:55-59 - For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
John 6:50-71 - This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
1 Corinthians 11:1-2 - Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ.
Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
John 4:24 - God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.
John 6:67-71 - Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
John 20:19-23 - Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.
Matthew 9:6-8 - But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. (Read More...)
1 Kings 8:56 - Blessed [be] the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
1 John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

THE PROMISES OF GOD,,Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 1:4 - Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Corinthians 1:20 - For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Titus 1:2 - In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Psalms 84:11 - For the LORD God [is] a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good [thing] will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
John 14:18 - I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
2 Corinthians 7:1 - Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Acts 2:38-39 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
John 6:55-59 - For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
John 6:50-71 - This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
1 Corinthians 11:1-2 - Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ.
Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
John 4:24 - God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.
John 6:67-71 - Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
John 20:19-23 - Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.
Matthew 9:6-8 - But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. (Read More...)
1 Kings 8:56 - Blessed [be] the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
1 John 5:3 - For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

To build on the rock means to build on Christ and with Christ, who is the rock. In the First Letter to the Corinthians, Saint Paul, speaking of the journey of the chosen people through the desert, explains that all “drank from the supernatural rock, which followed them, and the rock was Christ” (1 Cor 10:4). The fathers of the Chosen People certainly did not know that the rock was Christ. They were not aware of being accompanied by him who in the fulness of time would become incarnate and take on a human body. They did not need to understand that their thirst would be satiated by the very Source of life, capable of offering the living water which quenches every heart.uJesu uthi ophuza lawa manzi wobuya ome kodwa ophuza amanzi engiyakumnika wona akasayi koma naphakade.
Nonetheless, they drank from this spiritual rock that is Christ, because they yearned for this living water, and needed it. On the road of life we may sometimes not be aware of Jesus’ presence. However, it is really this presence, living and true, in the work of creation, in the Word of God and in the Eucharist, in the community of believers and in every man redeemed by the precious Blood of Christ, which is the inexhaustible source of human strength. Jesus of Nazareth, God made Man, is beside us during the good times and the bad times and he thirsts for this relationship, which is, in reality, the foundation of authentic humanity. We read in the book of Revelation these important words:u Jesu uthi echazela umfazi we Samaria ngalawamanzi uthi "ngabe wazile ngabe uwacele kimi ,lawamazi eniwaphuzayo nobuya nome njalo kodwa ophuza lamanzi engiyakumnika wona kasayi koma naphakade “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20

I was reading this story and l thoighy of sharing it ......its long but lovely. .. In the last couple of years, our children have discovered the amazing talent of the Beach Boys. Keep in mind that nobody in our family is a casual listener of music. Since both my wife, Kari, and I are musicians and we make a living by singing and playing instruments, the development of our three children’s musical talent became a natural process.
All three boys, who are now 22, 20 and 16, have developed their natural talent for music and have expanded it with some formal training too. Each one of them, just like their parents, has an eclectic musical taste yet they gravitate toward specific styles, songwriters and performers. All of us have different opinions and preferences and even on some occasions, poke fun at the other for not liking what we like or for liking what we don’t comprehend.
Coming back to the idea of the Beach Boys. Not only the vocal arrangements are fantastic, but the whole concept of imagining Brian Wilson create these melodies and arrange them and teach them to his brothers and cousins and record them is a source of fascination for us. We all agree that genetics add to the beautiful, crisp sound that the Beach Boys offer the listener.
This morning, I saw a Facebook post from my oldest son Daniel. It was the three boys plus myself singing the song Surfer Girl which they had either arranged or found on the internet. We sang it mainly for fun and on the second take, Daniel caught it with his iPhone and posted it.
Listening to the take on Facebook gave me joy and also proof of all those things we have discussed about genetics. Our sound blends so beautifully because we are blood related, and because we have experience singing together and even reading scores, which in a Beach Boy arrangement certainly helps.
This also made me think of how many years Kari and I have been music ministers for the Catholic Church and how our lives revolved around music and our journey of faith. Kari and I have served together in the Church as musicians for 30 years now; this is not counting several years we served before we met. It was only natural that our children, who have spent every Sunday in Church since they were born, would join the ministry as they became capable. These days, we serve at the 4 PM Mass on Sunday afternoons along with other young people from Holy Cross Church in Mesa, AZ.
We are lucky that our boys go to college locally and that fortunately they still remember the value of bringing forth and sharing their gift with the Church community. For the most part, all five of us have kept doing music ministry in our parish every Sunday afternoon. This is quite a remarkable gift and one that is unique. We always delight in getting an arrangement just right with our instruments and we love the sound of the harmonies. We also love the sound of our congregation joining in song since we are aware of the importance of the whole assembly entering the song in full, conscious and active participation, and we love going to dinner after Mass and discuss the preaching of the day and how the music was successful or not in helping amplify the Word of God.
This always reminds me that the family that sings together in Church, stays together. It also reminds me how music can be such a barrier breaker. Through music ministry we have made so many friends and we have brought prayer, joy, peace, comfort, support and praise to so many people. Music has become a vehicle for unity and a glue that holds our family together. The gift of music is one of the most beautiful gifts God has given humanity, and in the case of our family, it is one of the most beautiful common threads we possess.

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