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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Prayer for the Church's Preaching

May the word be heard today...
Not just what some men would say,
But the word that comes from you,
Slicing hearts to make men new.

May the vacant ground be plowed
Through the preaching to the crowd
So that in each hearing heart
What was weak is set apart.

May that freshly hallowed ground
Se seeds grow, mature, abound
Till the victory is bright
And we shine with holy light.

No more seeking selfish sin.
Now's the day. Let life begin
As we kill the sinful past
And walk in your ways at last.

For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching. (I Corinthians 1:21 NET)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Resisting Temptation


That old devil wants you dead--
Wants your heart and wants your head,
Wants to break whatever's whole
Till he rots your entire soul.
In the hot temptation hour,
You can't win by your own power.
Here's the deal, the truth I've heard:
He's defeated by God's word.
Use God's word, your shining sword.
You'll stay pure to serve your Lord.

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God... (Ephesians 6:16-17 ESV)

...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  (James 4:7 ESV)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Distant Train


A distant train,
A passing plane,
A rosy dawn,
A frozen lawn...
And all is well
(If I can tell).
This day's begun
Before the sun,
And I am glad.
Joy's to be had
Within each task.
O Lord, I ask
That your peace stays
And I bring praise
To honor you
In all I do.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
(1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Press On


Lay aside
All your pride.
Be on guard.
Follow hard.
Press to know
And to grow
In the Lord,
The one Lord.




Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 3:13-14 ESV)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

World Affairs

Photo credit: Peace Corps

Kingdoms rise and kingdoms fall...
    Times of sickness, times of health,
    Times of poverty and wealth,
But the LORD is over all.

He will keep his chosen few...
    All who seek not wealth, not fame;
    All who live in Jesus' name.
Though they die, they'll be made new.

It may seem sins just increase.
    Do not fret though evil sways
    Multitudes to sing its praise,
Rest in Jesus. Be at peace.

...the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.  (Daniel 4:17 ESV)

See also 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Psalm 37.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

The Preacher and The Devil's Dance


Millions, millions, dancing gaily down to hell—
    Some with ancient blasphemies,
    Some with pseudo pieties…
Dancing, dancing, millions under Satan’s spell!

See them, see them, trees all filled with toxic fruit
    Rotten to the very core—
    Seeking sin and finding more—
Dead men, dead men squabbling over stolen loot!

Warn them! Warn them! Tell them all they must repent,
    Turn from self and lust and pride
    Turn to Jesus, then abide
Fruitful, Fruitful in the Savior whom God sent.

Urgent, urgent is the message that we preach!
    Some may yet be saved today.
    Others hear and walk away
Listen! Listen! Are you one soul God will reach?

...He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.
(Matthew 3:12 ESV) Read all of Matthew 3:1-12 at the link. 

Like you, I prefer not to think about the Lord's judgment. However, the Bible makes clear that a judgment is coming. Be prepared. Turn from your sin. Turn to Jesus. Don't wait another hour.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lord and Shepherd


Jesus, ruler of each ransomed heart,
Be our ruler, Lord and king.
Set our souls, our entire lives apart…
Clean to serve in each new thing.

   Gracious ruler, faithful shepherd,
   You are more than life to us.
   Gracious ruler, faithful shepherd,
   You are more than life to us. 

Jesus, shepherd of each re-born soul,
Shepherd us in pastures green.
You can keep us safe, secure and whole
So your glory may be seen.

   Gracious ruler, faithful shepherd,
   You are more than life to us.
   Gracious ruler, faithful shepherd,
   You are more than life to us.

This could be sung to the tune usually used for "Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us."

Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me...." (John 10:14 ESV)