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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Another World


I'm waiting for another world--
A world renewed, remade,
Among the stars unfurled
With brightness, never shade.

The Lord will be the light!
No sin, no guilt, no shame,
No wrong, but only right--
Pure joy in Jesus' name.

No longer will you have the sun for light by day, 
Nor for brightness will the moon give you light; 
But you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, 
And your God for your glory. (Isaiah 60:19 NASB)

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Christian Relationships - Connected in Christ


Broken people,
    Depths of grace...
Hurts wiped out, we're
    Face to face.

Bound together
    All our days,
Washed and filled, we're
    One in praise.


The glory that you have given me I have given to them, 
that they may be one even as we are one, 
I in them and you in me, 
that they may become perfectly one, 
so that the world may know that you sent me 
and loved them even as you loved me.

--Jesus in John 17:22-23

Do you view your relationships as a way to glorify the Lord? Do you treasure and protect the unity that there is in Christ? 

If you'd like to work on that, try working through the book Change and Your Relationships A Mess Worth Making, by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. It's a study guide with leader's notes. The book is fairly costly, but is quite good. You'd want the paper-and-ink book, since it's a workbook. We've been studying it at church.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Communion


Eat this bit of bread.
Drink this cup of wine.
Blood of the divine--
Jesus dying, dead.

Mysteries are these,
Yet this much is known:
Christ makes us his own.
Comprehension flees.

All our debt is paid.
Holy sacrifice
Won't be needed twice:
Sins on him are laid.

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ESV)

Jesus is not continuing to be sacrificed every time we eat the bread and drink the wine or juice. See Hebrews 10:14. Yet he meets us in these simple items that speak of his death.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

When I'm Disrespected


Lord, remind me…you are king,
And you’re worth my everything.
All my money, all my gold,
Counts for naught once all is told.
All my honors, all my fame,
ALL should go to Jesus’ name.
Like him, may I now forgive
EVERYONE, then truly live,
Since my savior died for me
And then rose—now I am free.

..If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
(Matthew 5:39 ESV)

Read Matthew 5:39-42 at the link and remember that Jesus gave up his reputation, his possessions, and his right to control his own destiny, all for sinners like you..and like me.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

All My Goodness


All my goodness flows from you.
    You have made me new.
All my gifts have come from you--
     Strength for all I do.
All my hope is fixed on you--
     All my striving, too.
Mighty Jesus, you are Lord,
     And I live for you.

I have been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live,
but Christ who lives in me.
And the life I now live in the flesh
I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 ESV)

Monday, July 04, 2016

A Solid Wall

A solid wall
No way around
No way through
You're blocked

But you see a handle there
And realize
That someone else has found a way
A hidden door
And you go through
____________

(See John 10:9 and 14:6.)

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pride and Unity


Our wills go astray.
Each wants his own way.
Each picks his own side.

O Lord, make us one.
May your will be done.
Burn up all our pride.

You,  Lord, make us new,
One people in you--
Draw us to your side.

So your truth will flow
And your praises grow
And spread far and wide.

...eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(Ephesians 4:3 ESV)

As the rainbow's many colors make one excellent thing, so the varied people in the Lord's church make one body. We must not pursue the false unity that would bind us to every heresy that claims to be Christian, but we must pursue and preserve the true unity that comes from the Lord.