The stamp sheet is designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the sheet includes the stamps, brief text about Lennon's legacy, and the image of a bit of a record peeking out the top of the sleeve. A B&W photograph of Lennon seated at his white piano appears on the reverse, along with Lennon's signature and the Music Icons series logo. The original photograph was used to promote Lennon's landmark 1971 solo album, Imagine
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Titus 3:3-9 “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in
malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.”
When I was younger, I played loud rock music for a living and was fortunate to have a fair amount of success with it. These days,
I lean toward playing acoustic guitar and singing at smaller and more quiet places. Recently I performed for a family friendly
Luau-style dinner event. After my first song ended you could have heard a pin drop. Each successive song brought no reaction or
applause, so I started to play songs back-to-back, with no pauses in between. I thought “I’m not the right kind of act for this event,
but I’ll try and make the best of it.” I just wanted to get through it as painlessly as possible for the audience and for myself. At the end
of my set, to my utter surprise, families, moms, and kids, came up to tell me how much they enjoyed my performance! And they
wanted to book me for the same event next year!
Sometimes, all of us act foolishly. Jumping to conclusions is a good example of foolishness. Judging before all the information is in,
we make up our minds. We make decisions based on incomplete information. Disobedience for an active Christian is generally not a
purposeful act. We are too caught up in the event to remember what the Bible, and therefore Jesus, has to say about the situation. Deception follows because the event overshadows the rules we know. We feel passionate about our position, and convinced, because it gives us pleasure, it feels right when we are so convinced. Then malice, envy and hatred rule the day.
Those three don’t always go together, but may be at the root of the resulting hatred. We may hate because we are envious. Unfortunately, human hatred always involves sinful behavior. A cliché that I hear all the time is “Hate the sin, not the sinner.”
To hate a sin, means we have to hate actively, which leads us to sin. When I hate, I sin. “Reject the sin, do not reject the sinner”, makes more sense to me, because it follows the greatest Commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself”. In doing this we reject no one. It is impossible hate while we are loving God with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind and all of our strength.
In today's world, we are faced with a seemingly infinite amount of choices. We can choose to get information, entertainment, satisfaction, or happiness, from a myriad of sources. If we do not actively seek and choose certain sources, we'll be automatically led to whatever is the most "popular" source, or whatever source has gotten the most exposure by platform manipulation. With an endless stream of advertising (whether obviously stated, or subliminally planted), a consumer can easily be fed a diet of particular observations, opinions, and "facts" which are not healthy or helpful to them.
John Lennon Stamp
United States Postal Service
Issue Date: 9/7/2018 - The newest stamps in the Music Icons series honor singer and songwriter John Lennon (1940–1980), a rock and-roll hero successful both as a founding member of the Beatles and as a solo artist. Still beloved around the world, Lennon's music remains an anchor of pop radio and continues to speak for truth and peace.
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They are designed with the sole purpose of causing this person to "consume"- spend money in certain ways- not for the agenda which he or she believes is the case, but solely for monetary gain by a corporation or organization. We are in a constant state of potentially being "duped". And the entities who profit from this do not have any moral or fairness code, only a desire to maximize profit. The control we have is to look for "substance". Instead of the popular song that embraces self-indulgence and profanity (which is the trick of a songwriter who has nothing to say), or the magazine that is dedicated to the latest feud or gossip about a "celebrity" (who has actually done nothing to warrant that title..."the biggest butt", really?), or the event organized to be the "biggest party of the year" which actually is "pay one price for unlimited consumption of" (fill in the blank), today's savvy consumer must look for substance. There are clever movies being produced that are not just explosion after explosion, but have plots, characters, and conclusions that make a point. It might be good to see or hear a differing or challenging point in one's life for enrichment's sake! There are books, magazines, and periodicals which contain stories and explorations done by people who have studied a long time, researched their subjects, and come to informed conclusions. There is music being produced that is thoughtful, clever, and makes you feel something-something that you may be surprised by, that opens up the mind to endless possibilities and new-found happiness. There is substance ladies and gentlemen, there really is. It is worth looking for as the information zooms past us, and it is worth seeking. Humans have spent a lot of time on it, the culmination of years of hard work and research, or simply because they have a gift. And, gifts are only gifts if they are OPENED.
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