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Monday, November 24, 2014

Praise to the Lord


All your trouble, all your grief;
All the darkness of your days
Can be turned around to praise
As your Savior gives relief.

It is coming—fast or slow—
While you work or while you weep,
While you fight or while you sleep.
Steady yet, his mercies grow.

He will open some fresh door.
He can raise the broken soul,
Free the slaves and make them whole.
He is good, right to the core.

Ponder, then this God of ours.
Call for him when life is dim.
When you’re rescued, praise. Praise him!
Give him gladly all your hours.


Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
                     (Psalm 107:1-3 ESV)

Here in the USA, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day this week. If you're celebrating, you may want to consider having several family members or guests each read a paragraph of Psalm 107 aloud. Be sure to allow a polite "no thanks" to anyone who'd prefer not to read aloud. If you're reading this blog, you're probably a very good reader. Not everyone is.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Feet

Make our feet beautiful,
     Bringing the good news.
Make our feet beautiful,
     Publishing the peace.
Make our feet beautiful,
     Bringing good and happy news. 
Make our feet beautiful, 
     Publishing that Jesus saves. 
Make our feet beautiful. 
     Listen, Zion! Your God reigns! 

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (Isaiah 52:7 ESV)

Whose feet brought you the good news? 
Can you see the beauty of those feet?
Do you believe the Lord can make your feet beautiful to someone?
Will you take steps with that faith today?

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Trusting


All our ways,
    All our days,
Come from you,
    Flow to you.

May we fear
    Nothing here--
No, we must
    Simply trust
That you've done
    Through your son
Everything
    That will bring
Death to sin,
    Life within.

Hear our call,
    Lord of all,
Each new day
    As we pray.
Thus we'll raise
    Endless praise.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will straighten your paths. 
(Proverbs 3:6, Lexham English Bible)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Mary and Martha


Am I swerving in my serving
From the Savior to myself?
Is my idol my own image
As a super-duper saint?

Am I worried, crabby, hurried?
Over-organizing? Stressed?
There's a time for simply sitting
Still--to listen and be blessed.


Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,
but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:38-40 ESV)



Friday, October 24, 2014

The Light


It's not the moon and not the sun
Nor all the planets that God spun.
It's not the stars that shine at night
That are this whole world's one true Light.

It's Jesus, light of all the world.
Through Him the skies were all unfurled.
His enemies know only night.
Christ Jesus is himself the Light.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

(John 8:12 ESV)

Sunday, October 19, 2014

False Christian Leaders


They look so holy and alive—
    Proclaiming their worth,
    Their godly rebirth,
But there is death deep in their lives.

Their praise may rise with fervent cries.
    They’re looking so clean!
    Their branches, so green…
But all their holiness is lies.

They charm and flatter. How they smile!
    They know how to sound
    All deep and profound,
But down beneath is dirt and guile.

Beware of their ungodly ways.
    They’re headed to doom,
    To darkness and gloom,
Forever night and never day. 

These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever. (Jude 1:12-13 ESV)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

While I'm Breathing


While I'm breathing,
I'm still sinning,
But not sinning as before.

I am waiting
For Christ's coming
When my sin will be no more.


This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  (1 John 1:5-10 ESV)