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I have been studying the following Psalm for one of my classes.
It has been amazing to learn more about the Psalms.
Psalms has the full range of human emotion and it was meant for us as a prayer book.
I don’t know how to use it like that yet, but it has been a great exercise to dwell in one Psalm for the semester.
Here it is:

Psalm 2

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

Psalm 2

The Reign of the LORD’s Anointed

1Why do the nations rage[a]
and the peoples plot in vain?
2The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his anointed, saying,
3″Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

4He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6″As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”

7I will tell of the decree:
The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9You shall break[b] them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.


Psalm 2:1 Or nations noisily assemble
Psalm 2:9 Revocalization yields (compare Septuagint) You shall rule

Salmos 2 (Nueva Versión Internacional)

Copyright © 1999 by International Bible Society.

Salmos 2

1 ¿Por qué se sublevan las naciones,

y en vano conspiran los pueblos?

2 Los reyes de la tierra se rebelan;

los gobernantes se confabulan contra el Señor

y contra su *ungido.

3 Y dicen: «¡Hagamos pedazos sus cadenas!

¡Librémonos de su yugo!»

4 El rey de los cielos se ríe;

el Señor se burla de ellos.

5 En su enojo los reprende,

en su furor los intimida y dice:

6 «He establecido a mi rey

sobre *Sión, mi santo monte.»

7 Yo proclamaré el decreto del Señor:

«Tú eres mi hijo», me ha dicho;

«hoy mismo te he engendrado.

8 Pídeme,

y como herencia te entregaré las naciones;

¡tuyos serán los confines de la tierra!

9 Las gobernarás con puño[a] de hierro;

las harás pedazos como a vasijas de barro.»

10 Ustedes, los reyes, sean prudentes;

déjense enseñar, gobernantes de la tierra.

11 Sirvan al Señor con temor;

con temblor ríndanle alabanza.

12 Bésenle los pies,[b] no sea que se enoje

y sean ustedes destruidos en el camino,

pues su ira se inflama de repente.

¡*Dichosos los que en él buscan refugio!


Salmos 2:9 2:9 puño. Lit. cetro.
Salmos 2:12 2:12 Bésenle los pies. Texto de difícil traducción.

You got to see the Nacho Libre, Jack Black’s new movie podcasat.
It is so funny.

What good news:

Harmeet Singh Sooden, Jim Loney and Norman Kember are free!!

Doug Pritchard and Carol Rose co-directors of Christian Peacemaker Teams

Throughout these difficult months, we have been heartened by messages of concern for our four colleagues from all over the world. We have been especially moved by the gracious outpouring of support from Muslim brothers and sisters in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. That support continues to come to us day after day. We pray that Christians throughout the world will, in the same spirit, call for justice and for respect for the human rights of the thousands of Iraqis who are being detained illegally by the U.S. and British forces occupying Iraq.

I say Amen to that.

This weekend Lisa and I went to David and Suzannah’s wedding.
It was very beautiful.
My favorite line was from Pastor Dickau: “This marriage reminds me of the movie Beauty and the _______ Bolivian.”

Lisa and I had a fun time hanging. We saw the movie Water. It was an excellent film. It was sad, but the acting was incredible. The little girl in the movie should have won an Oscar.

Then we saw Gospel to cheer us up because Water was sad. I would say that the music was okay. I was expecting more. The story line needed lots of help and the character development was not so good. The movie ended very well. I lilked the prodigal son like story at the end. There was a scene where the guy was praying at his father’s grave that I thought was the best part of the movie. It seemed like the guy was really praying.

Well back to the books. I got a paper due tomorrow and a hebrew exam. Yikes!

It seems like there is a resurgence of interest in MS 13.
I am sad that Salvadorians are getting so much negative mediat attention.
national geogprahics explorer had a special named The World’s Most Dangerous Gang. I haven’t seen the doc. I would like to see it. Anybody seen it?

i wounder why NG is taking an interest in this gang. Anybody know?

From what I heard when I was in El Salvador it seems like things in the country are getting worse and the gap b/t the poor and rich is widening. I hope that one day this little country will have an easier way of life. Life seems so tough for the poor there.

I was very surprised how interesting it has been to study this book. I wish I had more time to work on my sermon which I will be giving tomorrow night on Zephaniah 2 – 3:8. It is tough to pick out the passage, if I had more time I think I would like to do the whole book. It is a tough book to prepare, but I am privildged to study this book. My initial thought is that God was the first gangsta rapper.

On Saturday Lisa and i saw David Chapell’s Block Party.
I would like to see the iTunes interview with him, but I haven’t bought it yet.
The music is great. It was fun seeing David interact with people from his hometown. It was great that the documentary chartered a bus and helped kids and adults from Ohio go to NYC for the first time. I loved the music on it, there were two things that dissapointed me. First, Common or Cody Chessnut were not give a spot on the documentary. Second, I was dissapointed in the comedy bit with Mos Def and David. I was expecting more since David said how funny Mos was. I felt like that did not live up to my expectations.

If it is possible this should happen every year. In my opinion, it went off without a hitch. I was very excited to see this documentary and I would be excited to see what the outcome of this would be. Oh yeah, I loved the music. Dead Prez was my favorite act.

I just bought Ben Harper’s album Diamonds On the Inside because of his song I Am Blessed to Be a Witness.
Here are the lyrics:
*Corcovado parted the sky
And through the darkness
On us he shined
Crucified in stone
Still his blood is my own
Glory behold all my eyes have seen
I am blessed to be a witness

Some have flown away
And can’t be with us here today
Like the hills of my home
Some have crumbled and now are gone
Gather around for today won’t come again

I am blessed to be a witness

So much sorrow and pain
Still I will not live in vain
Like good questions never asked
Is wisdom wasted on the past
Only by the grace of God go i

I am blessed to be a witness

Corcovado, meaning “hunchback” in Portuguese, is a mountain in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 710-meter peak is located in the Tijuca Forest, a national park. Corcovado mountain lies west of the city center but wholly within city limits and visible from great distances. It is known worldwide for the 30-meter statue of Jesus that graces its peak. The statue is called Christ the Redeemer, but is locally known as Cristo.

Originally uploaded by charsuede.

Recently I have returned to an interest in architecture that I have not explored before. Santiago Calatrava is one architect that I would like to learn more about. His buildings and bridges are full of motion and life unique to him. One time I read he likes to get inspiration from nature and the wings of birds. You can totally see that in his buildings and bridges.

Originally uploaded by Christine&John.

Unbelievable, I am thirty now. I am in the fourth decade in my life. To the tweenies, “It is not as bad as it seems.”