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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.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Variety



Don't let your eyes
Proudly despise
Brothers who eat
Unholy meat,
Brothers who praise
On the wrong days,
Or have a rule
That is not cool,
Or have a law
You think is raw,
Whose actions might
Seem not quite right.

Is this their goal--
With the whole soul,
All of their days
To give Christ praise?
Jesus their Lord
Is their reward,
And they will stand
Just as he planned
On his great Day,
Sins washed away.

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  (Galatians 5:13 ESV)

Friday, May 06, 2016

Fence Posts


They say good fences make good neighbors.
I've had neighbors where no fence was needed,
   neighbors where a fence kept things wonderful,
      and neighbors where a fence or a wall was not enough.

But if there are good fences,
   there must be good fence posts.

A fence post isn't glamorous.
It may have knots and scratches and splinters.
It may have a greenish cast from insecticide.
It's not much to look at, so why do we want it?

A good fence post is straight
   and strong
      and will last through all sorts of weather.

Lord, make me more like a fence post.
Straighten me.
   Strengthen me.
      Give me endurance
All from your Spirit,
   all for your glory.

Let me and let others forget my glory.
All of it is just glimmers of your great glory.

I don't need to be a giant, towering oak or sequoia.
Make me into a good fence post.

Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. 
(Ephesians 6:11 HCSB)


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Creation


Lord, you made the universe
And stretched it out 'til time stood still
And 'til time flew.
You put the waters down below
And put the waters up above
And you were light
And you made light
And shaped the stars
And hung each one.
We can't explain your wisdom's depths,
But know one thing is true:
The universe, the vast expanse--
All hangs, our God, on you.
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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
(Genesis 1:1-8 ESV)

In him we live and move and have our being. (See Acts 17:28)

He [Jesus] is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. 
(Hebrews 1:3a)
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I just finished reading the book Starlight & Time by Russell Humphreys, PhD.  I don't pretend to understand all of the physics and mathematics in the book, but I believe Dr. Humphreys is right about certain basic assumptions which are implicit, not explicit, in his book: 1. The Bible is accurate. 2. Science is useful. 3. When scientific observations and the Bible appear to contradict each other, we should presume that if we understood things fully, there would be no contradiction.