New Websites!

Hello everyone,

I briefly mentioned the news in my Children’s Hour post, but I wanted to dedicate a blog post to it as well. I am launching new websites, but don’t worry! I’m keeping up with the old as well. I’m beginning other sites for focusing more specifically with certain topics. For instances, one of the two other sites I have completed is a blog dedicated entirely to writing about The Williams House. I am making new scenes for it! The other site I have completed is a site that complies all of my professional online business activities; so it’s more of a rebroadcasting and summarizing site. This site (Conservative Cornerstones) is currently the parent site, though I may make that the parent site over time. I am also created a website specially for Treasure on the Southern Moor, and additional websites to handle more of my writings. So please check out the links below, and I hope you enjoy them!

(1) Site for The Williams House: https://thewilliamshouse.wordpress.com/

(2) My summary website: https://joshuareynoldssite.wordpress.com/

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Children’s Hour

The reason why I am late again at posting my weekend Children’s Hour post is because I have begun to launch other websites in addition to this one. I am still considering this website to be the parent website for now (because it is the most established), yet that may change in time. I will definitely keep you all up to date with my other websites! So far, the only two that are completed are these two; please check them out!

My rebroadcasting and summarizing site: https://joshuareynoldssite.wordpress.com/

My site specially for The Williams House: https://thewilliamshouse.wordpress.com/

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A Very Odd Fish

Granny and I with dear Dadu,
Went rambling on the shore;
With pebbles smooth and cockleshells
We filled his pinafore.

Beneath the stones and in the pool
We found, to our delight,
Shrimps, periwinkles, and a most
Voracious appetite.
~D’arcy Wentworth Thompson

A Friend in the Garden

He is not John the gardener,
And yet the whole day long
Employs himself most usefully,
The flower beds among.

He is not Tom the pussy cat,
And yet the other day,
With stealthy stride and glistening eye,
He crept upon his prey.

He is not Dash the dear old dog,
And yet, perhaps, if you
Took pains with him and petted him,
You’d come to love him too.

He’s not a blackbird, though he chirps,
And though he once was black;
And now he wears a loose grey coat,
All wrinkled on the back.

He’s got a very dirty face,
And very shining eyes;
He sometimes comes and sits indoors;
He looks – and p’r’aps is – wise.

But in a sunny flower bed
He has a fixed abode;
He eats the things that eat my plants-
He is a friendly TOAD.
~Juliana Horatia Ewing

A Crown of Wildflowers

‘Twist me a crown of wildflowers
That I may fly away
To hear the singers at their song,
And players at their play.’

‘Put on your crown of wildflowers;
But whither would you go?’
‘Beyond the surging of the sea
And the storms that blow.’

‘Alas! your crown of wildflowers
Can never make you fly;
I twist them in a crown today,
And tonight they die.’
~Christina Rossetti

A Followup from Yesterday – God’s Eternal Decree

Westminster Shorter Catechism Q. 20. Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?
A. God, having out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.

I thought I would do a followup post from yesterday on the special grace of God extended to humanity through the plan of salvation. After the first Adam fell, plunging all of mankind into an estate of sin and misery, only the Divine could rescue them from that estate whereinto they fell. Jesus Christ is called the “Second Adam” because he reversed the effects of the “First Adam” by doing what the first Adam failed to do, namely, keeping the law of God perfectly and without error. Yet, keeping the law of God was not the only requirement. A mere angel could not atone for sin because as the Scriptures say, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7). Only God has the power to impute righteousness in place of sin.

This is that plan of salvation spoken of in the WSC question above, that God came down and dwelt with man and gave His life a ransom for many. The true atonement came at Christ’s time on the cross, for there He suffered the eternal wrath of the Father, to the point of crying out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46. It is no wonder that there was darkness over the course of that time, for the Eternal Word, Who upheld (and is upholding) the universal in His hands every moment was at that moment suffering damnation in our place. Yet, it was only for a time.

How do we know that the sacrifice amounted to anything? How do we know that the Father thought it to be enough? How do we know that the sacrifice was accepted? He is risen! The Father rose His Son from the dead, and as such, Jesus Christ has become the firstfruits of our own resurrection to come. May we take hope and comfort in that, which leads us into eternal glory. As 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

R.C. Sproul on Man’s Sin and God’s Grace

I came across the below video today and realized that I think I had watched that entire panel on the Ligonier Ministries YouTube channel. Contrary to how this video is labeled, I think Rev. Dr. Sproul answered the question very well and accurately. To think that God has been severely harsh with mankind is not only ignorant but arrogant. He has dealt with us with exceeding grace, and our response should be one of thankfulness.

“This creature from the dirt defied the everlasting, holy God.” ~R.C. Sproul. The fact that God in His mere good pleasure decreed a plan of salvation is gracious beyond what humankind can fathom. Even the angels marvel at this plan of redemption.

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Field Grass Nature Sound Video

Here is another nature video I have compiled for listening/viewing. I took this out in a little alcove in an overgrown field behind my house. I hope you enjoy!

Minor Book Update: My authored book Treasure on the Southern Moor has been shipped and is on its way to me. I will be giving a video showcasing the work once I have the book in my hands!

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!

Children’s Hour – past deadline!

Hello everyone! I’m sorry that I am just now getting around to my Children’s Hour post. It has been a crazy weekend!

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The Rooks

The rooks are building on the trees;
They build there every spring:
‘Caw, caw,’ is all they say,
For none of them can sing.

They’re up before the break of day,
And up till late at night;
For they must labour busily
As long as it is light.

And many a crooked stick they bring,
And many a slender twig,
And many a tuft of moss, until
Their nests are round and big.

‘Caw, caw.’ Oh, what a noise
They make in rainy weather!
Good children always speak by turns,
But rooks all talk together.
~Aunt Effie (Jane Euphemia Browne)

Pleasant Changes

Summer’s sun is warm and bright,
Winter’s snow is cold and white,
Autumn brings the sheaves of grain,
Spring will scatter flowers again;
Pleasant changes
God arranges
All throughout the year!

First there’s darkness then there’s light,
First we’ve day and then we’ve night,
First we’re hot and then we’re cold,
First we’re young and then we’re old;
Are we knowing
Where we’re going,
What we’re doing here?
~Aunt Effie (Jane Euphemia Browne)

[As to that last poem, if you don’t know where you’re going, read the below poem and put your faith in Jesus.]

Above the Bright Blue Sky

There’s a Friend for little children
Above the bright blue sky,
A Friend who never changes,
Whose love will never die;
Our earthly friends may fail us,
And change with changing years,
This Friend is always worthy
Of that dear name [H]e bears

There’s a home for little children
Above the bright blue sky,
Where Jesus reigns in glory,
A home of peace and joy;
No home on earth is like it,
Nor can with it compare;
And everyone is happy,
Nor could be happier there.
~Albert Midlane

Walking Song

We waited for an omnibus,
In which there was no room for us,
But Right foot first, then Left, his brother,
Tried which could overtake the other;
And that’s the way,
With nought to pay,
To do without an omnibus,
In which there is no room for us.
~William E. Hickson

Joshua Reynolds on Conservative Cornerstones – Author of Children’s Books / Family Stories – Finding Conservative Thought in Olde Books. Check out my Authoring Conservatism Post. Look up my two books, The Williams House and Treasure on the Southern Moor in my bookstore!