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Friday, April 18, 2014

Conquering My Sin


Lord, I'll never conquer
Even one slight sin--
Not in my own power,
Not in my own pride.

But, Lord, you have conquered
All my ugly sin--
And I, too, will conquer
If I'm at your side.

Lord, you are my goodness--
Holiness within--
By your mercy flowing,
Cleansing me inside.

For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:14 ESV)

Written while with a group of guys studying chapter 7 of John Owen's Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Palm Sunday

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The King of the Jews
Rides into town.
No galloping steed;
No golden crown.

He sits on a colt,
A donkey's foal--
An odd way to reach
His kingly goal.

No army attends
This head of state.
How soon will he kill
All those we hate?

The children adore--
They sing his praise.
The leaders deplore
Such bold displays.

They'll see that he's dead
Within a week.
It shouldn't be hard--
They've heard he's meek.

They'll lie and they'll kill--
His death their prize--
But little they know...
This king will rise!

His hour's not yet
But soon, the news:
He's Lord over all;
And King of Jews.

Jesus Enters Jerusalem:
They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them, and he sat on them.
A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those following kept shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (Matthew 21:7-9 NET)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Mechanical


Monstrous mechanical men
Stride across the landscape
Like other-worldly robots.

They haven't noticed me yet,
And I want to keep it that way.

I hear no buzz,
But wonder about escaping electrons
And whether steel men sleep.


The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

--Proverbs 18:10 ESV

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spirit-changed


There's a word heard by outward ear that speaks sharp truth.
There's a word heard by inward ear that calls with power--
    irresistible power.
The one Spirit speaks through both--
Outwardly, inwardly--
Until faith wakes
And faith takes
The gift that lifts
The dead to life.
Awake, alive, reborn--
Soul's fresh morn--
The same one Spirit's
Living, flowing, blowing
Always now from down inside
The word-washed heart.

The Spirit wakes us,
Remakes us,
Reshapes us
Until, like him,
We're holy,
All for the glory
Of God the Father
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit..." (John 3:5-6 ESV)


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Buy Back the Time


Buy back the time.
Buy back the time.
The devil owns it if you let it go.

Time slips away
Day after day
Unless you buy it back. Don't let it go.

Buy back the time.
Buy every time.
The Lord will use it in his glorious plan.

Buy back the time.
Buy back the time.
Until Christ Jesus comes, keep buying time.

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16 NKJV)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Testing


Temptation tantalizes
And tells as many lies as
There are weaknesses in me.

But Jesus energizes
And holiness arises.
By his power, I am free.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. (James 1:2-3 ESV)

Like every week, this one has had its trials for me: normal temptations on every side, a concussion, and a fellow who hates Jesus threatening me online that "we'll kill all of you." Through it all, the Lord is abundantly faithful, abundantly worth knowing and following.
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Sunday, March 09, 2014

How Can It Be



How can it be that Christ would give
His very life, a sacrifice,
That rebels might be saved and life--
Redeemed at such a dreadful price?

How can it be that God would die
For those whose sin was blood-stained-red--
That He would lift them up on high--
Alive and clean instead of dead?

I can't explain this massive grace
That flows from Christ unceasingly.
I only know that in his face
Is holy love that rescues me.

Written March 9, 2014; Founders Baptist Church, Spring, Texas.

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 ESV)