Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Sunday, December 28, 2014

December 23rd Revisited: the decision aired.

As many of you know, last Tuesday the Board of Public Service of the City of St. Louis voted to revoke the hotel permit held for more than 40 years by the New Life Evangelistic Center.

Following is an audio recording of some of the events of that hearing:

Final Board Hearing Audio

I am not certain of the claims being shouted regarding the Federal Sunshine Law. I had thought it was a clear violation, but that was just based on what I heard in the recording, having forgotten that accusation does not equal guilt. i can tell you, with certainty that members of New Life Evangelistic Center, while surely joining in the chanting, did not start the disruption.

New Hymn, "My Sin is Washed Away"

The hymn for today speaks of the grace of salvation.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

New Hymn, "The Power of Jesus' Name!"

The hymn for today is a statement that persecution because of your faith in Jesus Christ does not mean that you have done wrong. No! It means you have done right!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1,000th View!

A few days ago, we experienced our 1,000th view on the blog. Not wanting to give it to any of us here or with Google, the nearest I can figure out, is that, if there was a prize (which there is not, sadly), the winner would be from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Thank you for your patronage. We look forward to many more.

Two New Hymns, Today, "By Grace in My Life", and "Lord, Lead Me Through"

Thinking I was finished journaling for the day, I moved to close my entry in prayer, as I have been trying to do each day (though sometimes I do miss).
I did so do this day, but God (oh, how I love those words: “But God!”), God had another idea, giving me, through my daily prayer, another, possibly grand, hymn to bless the day!
EVENTIDE is the music to which a great hymn of the faith has long been set, that hymn being “Abide With Me”. Abide With Me was written by the pastor of a church in the 19th century in preparation for his final service before his congregation, after he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, and expresses his longing for the comfort of the Lord through his final trial in this life.
This hymn is not from such a thing of finality, but is just as plaintive a cry. It asks for the casting off of pride through asking for the furies and rages of his life to be removed in favor of an outflowing of mercy and grace and peace such that, through him, others would see the glories of God.
Several years ago, the Lord told me that He wanted me to sing, and, with reluctance and trepidation, I told Him to set it up. While it is not a formal part of my duties, here, there is recognition of my abilities, here, and I need to remember from whence they came, for they are not merely of me, but from God in His mercy and grace, so I ask Him to allow me to use them for His peace.
So, today we have two hymns.
I ask that you allow them to bless you, and to make your day a closer walk with Him.

By Grace in My Life: PDF Play the score on MuseScore

Lord, Lead Me Through: PDF Play the score on MuseScore

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

New Hymn, "Come Into the Light!"

 The hymn for today is a call to Life.

Even when temptation roars out its mighty cry
Cling to Jesus’ Truth and stay with Him in the Light!”

What a guide that can be for the struggling Christian—for any Christian! Even in those times when there doesn’t seem to be any escape, there is! There is! Jesus has not forgotten us; we have forgotten Him. Yet He shall never leave us nor forsake us, if we are indeed His, so προσεχετε εαυτοις, prosecute yourselves! See that you are, indeed of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

There is no shadow of turning with Him. He changes not. His compassions, they fail not! Great is His faithfulness to you and me!
I thank Thee for Thy grace
I thank Thee for Thy peace
I pray You bring Your strength
And that my trials cease!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Hymn, "Lift Up Your Voice in Praise!"

The hymn for today is a simple psalm of praise.

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Ten Days Time

Ten days time, and then the ruling comes down from the St. Louis Board of Public Service. Ten days time.
Ten days time until we find out if we take this matter into the Federal Court System. Ten days time.
Ten days time until we see something of the hearts of those members of that Board. Ten days time.
The hymn for today speaks of praise for the coming of our King. During this time of year especially, those who claim Christ are called out by their actions, and they will have to face the judgment of God for what they do. This year, this could be a very difficult time for this Board and for this city.
Will they cause songs of praise to be lifted up, or will there be rioting in the streets? While those who act are responsible for their own choice of actions, so are those whose actions drive those actions of the others who respond, and it is those driving actions that will be the pinion upon which this city will turn.
Deceit. Treachery. Conspiracy. These are the tools of the enemy of God and will not bring about the peace of God. That peace comes only from the one true God and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, and those who truly follow Him will shine the light of God into any situation and will not bow to conspiracy, treachery, or deceit. Neither will they stoop to execute matters of violence, caving in to their baser temptations.
This call must be a call unto the exhibition of the things of God, and not the things of men, not the things of the demons and powers and authorities of this world, but the things of the one true and living God, and I call upon all the children of the King to stand for the things that come from the Spirit of God so that those around them should stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!
Come out! Come out and stand, in ten days time! December 23rd, 2014 at St. Louis City Hall at 1pm. I call upon you all to be there and show the salvation of the Lord!

Lord, Father, Brother, King!
Come down and stand with us! Make us sing!
Make us sing salvation, of the Prophet, Priest and King!
Make us sing salvation!
Make us sing!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Hymn, "In the Vale"

The hymn for today is a prayer that “those who despitefully use you” should show signs of repentance, and therefore true faith, for their own salvation.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

New Hymn, "Sailing, Sailing"

The hymn for today addresses people's tendency to think themselves righteous Christians while not paying close attention to what Christ commands.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

New Hymn, "Ever Unto Thee!"

Antonin Dvořák composed the melody that I used in the hymn for today as the main theme of the Largo in his 9th symphony, “From the New World”. It is a heart-rendingly peaceful theme, and I have used it before. I use it today, with a new arrangement, to, hopefully bring out the heart-rendedness of those who are, in whatever way, persecuted in their faith.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Hymn, "In the Dark of the Night"

The hymn for today is an answer to prayer, having come on the heels of me asking for a slow, sweet, gentle melody; He threw in haunting for free.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Hymn, "King of the World"

The hymn for today is a reminder, an identification if you will, of the source of all righteousness and the bane of all pride, Jesus Christ.

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Attitudes and Consequences

Mike Humphrys and William Maddock speak about Attitudes and Consequences in this Chat that talks about the fact that how you treat people is a symptom that has consequences.

New Hymn, "By Grace of God"

The hymn for today is the song of the Apostle, bringing good news to those who will repent.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

New Hymn, "From the Night I Come"

The hymn for today recounts a turning from sin to life.

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I Have Been

Some mornings interesting things happen to me. This morning, I was struggling with my hopes, wishes and dreams, being argumentative in my spirit; not wanting to offend my Lord, but needing to bare my soul regarding certain things of which He bears full knowledge. During this skirmish I started to become depressed, and began to no longer see the hope for which He came. It was during this bout of depression that the poem you see below came to me, and I thought that I should share it.

I Have Been
for this I have come into the world” John 18:37

To the halls of ostentation
And the palaces of the poor;
I have seen the mighty fortress
Of the sin of those who soar.
I have seen the wicked prideful—
Down their nose their gazes bore;
I have seen the anguished pleading,
Wounded hearts with open sores.

I have felt the nails arrogant—
Through my palms and heels they bore;
I have felt the pain and anguish
Of the generous and pure.
How my heart goes out before them
To the King of all that’s sure,
That He know their awful suff’ring
In a melody so pure!

As they nail me to Mount Calv’ry
I look down and see the shore
Of the river of salvation
Flowing from me, flush and sure!
For this suffering I came here,
Thus to open up the door
To a right and true relation
To the King of all that’s pure!
©2014 William F. Maddock

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Welcome, Doctor Egan!

I am pleased to announce the addition, to our writing and administrative groups, of Dr. Scott Egan. Scott is a 34 year army veteran, including time in Delta Force and Special Ops.

In addition to doing his patriotic duty, he has three Masters Degrees, and a PhD in Clinical Microbiology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Welcome aboard, Scott!

New Hymn, "God Almighty, El Shaddai!"

The hymn for today is a cry for peace.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Hymn, "Speak to Me"

The hymn for today is an expression of the gauntlet being thrown down before Job by God, but updated to the modern, atheistic, delusional pseudoscientist:

Speak to Me of future,
Speak to Me of past,
Speak to Me of everything
That has been made, compassed;
Speak to Me of structures fine
That eyes may never see,
Speak to Me of elegance
And of Divine beauty!

Speak to Me of sunsets,
How they came to be
Messengers to human hearts
That speak to them of Me;
Speak to Me of butterflies
And how they come to be,
Tell Me every detail since
You claim that you can see!

Speak to Me of Saturn,
It's reason to be,
Tell Me of this guardian
Of human history;
With an exclamation point
It reigns within the sky,
Confounding the selfish pride
Of every human eye!

Tell Me of the tinies
No man's eye can see
That bring life and pestilence
To every man from Me;
Tell Me how they motilate
From sea to shining sea,
How no life could e'er survive
If they should never be!

Tell Me how existence
Makes itself for thee,
Tell me how it comes to be
With nary need of Me;
Tell Me what creates all things
That all have come to be,
Tell Me without fantasy
Or anything of Me!

I AM thy Creator,
Sovereign Jesus Christ,
I, the One who covers sin,
Full paying every price;
I, the One who spoke the Word
And all things came to be,
I, the One who gave His life
For thee on Calvary!
©2014 William F. Maddock

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Monday, November 24, 2014

New Hymn, "Take Me to Jesus"

The hymn for today expresses the desire to see and to know Christ.

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An Important Show to Watch!

The Here's Help Show on Channel 24 at 7:30 this morning and Friday at noon is a must see, "The Soul of Ferguson"

Sunday, November 23, 2014

New Hymn, "Aymone Pater!"

The hymn for today is a prayer for forgiveness.

For those wondering about the title, it is Greek that I have spelled phonetically in English characters, as well as reversing the order so that it would rhyme. I also think it makes for a better title. Comments are welcome, as always.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Anniversary!

Just a little shout out to an old friend of mine, whose sweet friendship saved me from thoughts of suicide all those years ago:

Happy Anniversary, Karen Geary!

May all the joy of heaven be yours!

New Hymn, "When I Call Upon You, Lord"

The hymn for today shares times to praise.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Hymn, "Lift Me Up"

The hymn for today is a crying out to God for His faithfulness, His mercy, His kindness, His Love; but if you want to discover the hymn's secret, study the Hebrew Chiasm.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Gadget

To the right, you should notice a new gadget that we have just added.

Right now the map might look woefully sparse, or even empty. Hopefully, though, that will be changing with time.

Currently, we have had over 600 page views from 5 continents and just about a dozen countries. The map just doesn't know that, yet.

So, let's get those dots popping up, folks! Send your brothers and sisters in Christ, and your other friends, as well.

All are welcome, and moderated comments are available, of course.

New Hymn, "On the Cross"

If this hymn does not convict you, you are not paying attention. The hymn for today speaks of Christ's demonstration of God's Love—which we are also to demonstrate—to each of us.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

New Hymn, "Unto Us"

The hymn for today speaks of the service of Jesus Christ, both in the light of, say, a tea service, and in the light of His mission to Calvary.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

New Hymn, "The Wisdom of the Word"

The hymn for today speaks of the pursuit of genuine wisdom, and that wisdom is the Word, and the Word is Jesus Christ.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

New Hymn, "By the Grace of Christ the King"

The hymn for today is a point/counterpoint on the question of how to live a righteous life.

By the Grace of Christ the King

Walking under heaven’s crown
Is a fearful thing,
For the hand of God is found,
Then, in every scene!

Refrain:          By the grace of Christ the King
I have been redeemed!
He has taken all my sin
And brought me to my knees!

How e’er could a person stand,
Knowing they are seen
Every day in every way
By the Living King?

Could a person e’er be right
In Creator’s eyes,
For we live as we devise,
Thinking we are wise?

So, then, shall I look to Him,
Seeking out His way
That I rest my feet in His
Each and every day?

Then I find Him, on the cross,
Hanging there for me!
He has taken up my cost
And has set me free!
©2014 William F. Maddock

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

900!!! New Hymn, "When Heaven Calls!"

That's right! If my estimates are correct, the hymn for today is my 900th hymn!

The hymn for today is a march of praise for the persecuted church.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New Hymn, "Slowly, Sweetly"

Containing, in the second stanza, disguised in a play on words, a literary hint to the orchestrator, the hymn for today pours out the emotion from a soul being saved, and, it strikes me, might well double as a wedding march.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

"Earning" Salvation, or "Deserving a Gift"

A man who lives in out-state New York, asked a question regarding salvation:
Why ask for something not deserved, if you have the will and ability to deserve?
 This is how I replied:
You cannot deserve a gift. If you earn it, it's not a gift, but payment for services rendered, and if it is a gift, then you have not earned it, and don't deserve it.
Ponder the 10 commandments for a bit, because they are examples regarding obedience to God's Law, which is summed up as "You must self-sacrificingly love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and you must self-sacrificingly love your neighbor, even as though they were yourself." So, anytime you do anything (anything at all) purely for yourself, that is a violation of that Law, and, if you take the 10th commandment seriously, then even just wanting to do so is also a violation of God's Law. Any single violation disqualifies you from earning salvation. Everyone who is not God violates God's law all throughout their lives ("for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"). Add to this the fact that God is the provider of salvation and not a recipient, making it clear that, since salvation is already intrinsic to Him, even God does not earn salvation (since He has no need to, already being in possession of it), and it should be clear that no one at all earns salvation.

Salvation is a free gift, given to all who believe Jesus Christ. Paul puts it rather succinctly in his letter to the Romans, "If you profess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved." So, it's not even a matter of asking; if you believe that Jesus is the Lord and Creator of all, and speak that out, you've already got salvation, asked for or not.
 Comments are welcome, of course.

New Hymn, "Though I Suffer"

In those times when you suffer the attacks of the profligate, and even your own conscience berates you, know this: “My Redeemer lives!” and “Your iniquity is taken away and your sin forgiven!” Let these Old Testament truths stand against those who wish sin to be blessed as good and honorable things, as you stand with the Truth of Heaven, Jesus Christ!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

New Hymn, "Movin' On"

Reminiscent of Dvořák, the hymn for today is a rendering of the essence of the closing of Paul's second letter to Timothy, his child in the faith.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

New Hymn, "My Savior Lives!"

The hymn for today is a shout of victory in Jesus Christ.

E’en now, in my trials,
My Savior speaks up in heaven!
He testifies upon the throne
To guard the souls of all His own,
For there He reigns upon the throne!
My Savior Lives! My Savior Lives!

In fountains of glory
And flowing streams of His mercy
My Savior gives His very life
Upon the tree of Calvary
To rescue me eternally!
So, as He gives, My Savior Lives!

For, as the sun rises
It calls to me His victory
Over the grave! He blasted free
From out the tomb of Calvary!
He’s risen free for all to see!
So, now He Lives! My Savior Lives!

So, now, my voice rises
In victory for all to see!
There is no throne but that He owns
And gives to me the victory!
O’er death itself the victory!
My Savior Lives! My Savior Lives!
©2014 William F. Maddock

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sweet history

Pastor Chris Rice from NLEC found this sweet piece of broadcast history in a basement at NLEC and is using it for some spots on our station KNLC DT 24.1. Gotta love it!! would I love to get a hold of it for making podcasts!!

Here's a link to the instruction manual for the Mic...

New Hymn, "Lord of Creation"

The hymn for today marks out the pathway of salvation, which leads to the foot of the cross. If you have not pondered it from that perspective, I beg you to do so now.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

New Hymn, "In the Garden of the King"

The hymn for today is about the sinner, saved by grace, who, fleeing the justice of the King, runs straight into His compassionate arms.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voting Day

It is election day, and, as usual these last years, I am not registered to vote, and I have no plans to register to vote, so long as I am living in the City of St. Louis, because, for me, voting in this city’s elections would be a colossal waste of time.
It has been well said that doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting different results is the very picture of insanity. The people of this city are constantly complaining about their leadership, and yet, unswervingly, unfailingly, and constantly insist upon voting in nothing but Democrats, who espouse a party platform that glorifies sin, perversion, and infanticide, and then the people of this city expect things to changeeven as they absolutely refuse to change the party for which they vote.
If the people want me to vote in this city's elections, then they need to start by first throwing the Democrats here completely out of power. Once that is accomplished, then we can talk.
Not before.

New Hymn, "A Cavern of the Sheep"

The hymn for today is a carol of the King!

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Into a cavern of the sheep
I have seen our salvation sweep!
In a baby wrapped in birth rags
I have seen the King!
Laying within that manger scene
I have seen coming our great King,
With His mercy in salvation,
Come to make us clean!

Come rejoicing before our King
Into this quiet manger scene!
Bring your faith in heaven blessing
Us by our True King!
There, in Jesus, salvation rests,
That His children be heaven blessed!
By the coming of salvation
We are heaven blessed!

Seek, ye, now, heaven's Savior King,
Now I have told you of the scene,
There outside King David's city,
Lowly Bethlehem!
Do you not hear the angels sing
At the coming of our great King
With the Feast of Tabernacles?
Jesus Christ, the King!

"I will tabernacle with you
And My Spirit won't abhor you."
"My King, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
I shall bring through you!"
"Unto us is a baby born!"
"To the virgin a son is born"
With the name, "Yahweh's Salvation!"
Jesus Christ is born!

Lift your voice to the Savior King
And listen to salvation ring!
Bring the angels down from heaven
To announce the King!
Let ye not my appearance fright
On this most glorious of nights
But bring ye to the cavern of
Jesus Christ, the King!
©William F. Maddock

Monday, November 3, 2014

New Hymn, "To the Cross!"

The hymn for today is a prayer for peace in times of wrath.

Hear me, almighty God!
Shower me in Your peace!
Wash me clean from all rebellion!
Grant me your sure release!
Shield me beneath Your wings!
Into my suff'ring sing
Divine grace and all Your mercy;
Shower me in Your peace!

When the unrighteous rail,
Almighty God, be hale!
Let no sting from their afflictions
Turn me unto despair!
Flash that almighty sword
Of the undying Word
Deep into their sore rebellion!
Oh, let my prayer be heard!

Let not my day see dark
Rages within my heart!
Let all sin flee from within me,
Gathered unto Thy cross
Where Jesus paid my cost!
Let not His blood be lost!
But undo me and renew me,
Gathered unto Thy cross!

Praise the almighty King,
Master of everything;
Pain and suff'ring shall not e'er sing
Over me at the cross,
For heaven's sacrifice,
Our Savior, Jesus Christ
Has released me from my sin and
Gathered me to the cross!
©2014 William F. Maddock

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Christian Judgment

At the link below, you will find a paper (in a booklet-like format) that was assigned to me by the then President of International Theological Education Ministries. After turning it in to him, he approved it. I hope that it helps you in your own struggles.

Christian Judgment PDF file

Truth Claims

What follows was written some six or seven months ago. Having come across it today, it is still current, it is still relevant, it is still Scriptural, and it is still true.

This will probably seem obvious to some, but in light of some of what has been written regarding the recently vetoed Arizona bill that would allow people to stand by their faith without fear of government reprisal, I think it needs to be said:

Those who seek, for whatever motives, using whatever means, speaking whatever words, by whatever methods, to silence someone who is speaking truth, are not walking in truth, but standing against it.

In the Hebrew Scriptures certain physical relations were commanded against, and no matter the efforts to which they go, the practitioners of those relations can find no passage anywhere in the Christian Scriptures where Jesus said that those relations were not a violation of the commands of God.

No one who insistently clings to and practices what God has commanded against can fail to be in open rebellion against God.

How, then, is it that some these days claim to be walking in faith with Jesus Christ, God the Son, even as they openly and insistently practice what the commands of God say is deserving of death (in other words, deserving of hell)?

Scripture tells us that we shall know them by the living of their lives, not by the spouting of their lips.

Those people, therefore, cannot be what they claim. They are liars, and no liar shall see the Kingdom of God.

Even though they seek, by whatever means, to shout you down, you must strive to call them to repentance.

New Hymn, "King of Heaven!"

Praise the Lord, King of heaven!
Praise our Lord God on high!
Lift your voices unto Him!
Praise Him with all your might!
Blow the trumpets before Him!
Set the cymbals alight,
Crashing thunder around Him
Who brings day out of night!

Lift your praises to Jesus,
God and Lord of the cross,
Who came, faithful, from heaven
Wretches to free from cost!
Pouring out His precious blood
Over our rebellion,
He has cast our sin from us!
Our redemption is won!

One with Jesus in heaven,
We shall share in His joy;
As in His persecution,
We shall share in His joy!
Ring, ye, out all your praises
To the Lord of your life
Who is faithfully turning
Wretches, we, into Light!

Sound the thundering tymp’ni!
Raise the brass o’er the sky
To His palace in heaven,
Shedding tears from your eye!
Feel the joy of the Savior!
Let it run through your veins,
Coursing you unto heaven
By Christ, the only Way!
©2014 William F. Maddock

In the face of wicked, evil, vicious persecution for your faith in Jesus Christ, the Lord God of all that begins to exist, let this be your military march of joyful praise!