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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.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Lone Bird


A lone bird
Sings a glorious, haunting song.
Just how or where it learned it
Is as unknown as the song,
But the beauty lifts a sagging soul
And hints of things
Above.

Praise the LORD...
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
​Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!

(Psalm 148:7-10 ESV)

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The Church Prays


Called and chosen
Fresh, not frozen
Best and least
Royal priests

Temple stones
Not alone
Inter-mesh
Deeply bless

You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
--1 Peter 2:5, WEB

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light...
--1 Peter 2:9 WEB

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Hunger

Give me a hunger, my Lord, for your word,
A hunger for doing your will.
Give me a hunger for truth and for life
That lasts, though my body is killed.

Give me a hunger for lost, broken souls,
A hunger to see them restored.
Give me a hunger for seeing your face--
To know you! Amazing reward!


Blessed are those 
who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
for they shall be satisfied.