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Sunday, May 17, 2015

How Great Thou Art

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Gunner’s Mate First Class (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 26-27, 1898, on board the U.S.S. Marblehead. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Marblehead at the approaches to Caimanera, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 26 and 27 July 1898. Displaying heroism, Spicer took part in the perilous work of sweeping for and disabling 27 contact mines during this period.

Private Timothy Spillane (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 5-7, 1865, at Hatchers Run, Virginia. His citation reads:

Gallantry and good conduct in action; bravery in a charge and reluctance to leave the field after being twice wounded.

Corporal Benona Sprague (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 22, 1863, at Vicksburg, Mississippi. His citation reads:

Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party."

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The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week

How Great Thou Art

This hymn is commonly ranked as the #2 hymn (behind Amazing Grace). It is based on a Swedish traditional melody and poem written in 1885 by Carl Gustav Boberg. It was translated into German and then Russian until it was finally translated into English by Stuart K. Hine (who added two original verses of his own). Like many of the hymns I have on here, it was popularized by George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows during the Billy Graham crusades. Read more about this hymn here. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Great_Thou_Art)

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:


And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:


When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art!


The I'm just sayin… Countdown May List of the Day

Top 17 NBA Team Nicknames of All-Time

17   Grizzlies  

16   Pistons  

15   Jazz   I admit, this nickname and the next one on the list are pretty cool. If the teams using these names were still located in their original locations, I'd have them much higher on the list. As it stands, these nicknames are more ironic than appropriate. Utah Jazz? Really? Utah is probably the last place I'd go for jazz.

14   Lakers   LA… The land of a thousand lakes? 

13   Heat  

12   Knicks  

11   Bulls  

10   Magic   Now THIS is a great nickname for a team located in Mickey's hometown.

9   Hawks  

8   Rockets  

7   Warriors  

6   Celtics  

5   Bucks  

4   Timberwolves   Scooby likes to think he's a timberwolf sometimes.

3   Hornets  

2   Thunder   I would like to know how many teams heard this nickname and thought, "DANG IT! Why did WE think of this name?!" My guess is a lot of them did…

1   Mavericks   The perfect team nickname!

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