Thursday, September 22, 2016

Work


Honest work done well
For the Lord (not self)
Offers the sweetest reward.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24 ESV)

I saw these gloves where a workman had left them. Maybe he was having lunch.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Prayer of Confession for the Church


Father, there are secret sins
Corroding us within,
Eating holes beneath our holiness--
Gnawing termites
Hidden by the shell
Of our respectability.

It's a mercy when you lay them bare
So they can be killed.

Slash them, pierce them with the sword
Hidden in your word.
Burn them with the light of truth.
Burn them in fires of repentance.

They may leave some fearsome holes.
We may hardly know
How we'll live without them--
Who we are without them.
Fill those holes with yourself.
Flood us with your Holy Spirit.

Cancel the devil's plans.
Do your work today
In us, your church,
Through us, your church,
By your own power
And for your own glory.

In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen.

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 1:9-10 ESV)

Sunday, September 04, 2016

God Our Joy


God of pleasure, depths of joy
All surround your glorious throne;
Flow forever to your own.

There's no thing--no earthly toy
That can meet our hearts' desire.
Toys all perish in your fire.

May we turn to you for joy--
Humble hearts, submitted, still,
Eager now to do your will.

You make known to me the path of life; 
   in your presence there is fullness of joy;
   at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
       (Psalm 16:11 ESV)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Another World


I'm waiting for another world--
A world renewed, remade,
Among the stars unfurled
With brightness, never shade.

The Lord will be the light!
No sin, no guilt, no shame,
No wrong, but only right--
Pure joy in Jesus' name.

No longer will you have the sun for light by day, 
Nor for brightness will the moon give you light; 
But you will have the LORD for an everlasting light, 
And your God for your glory. (Isaiah 60:19 NASB)

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Christian Relationships - Connected in Christ


Broken people,
    Depths of grace...
Hurts wiped out, we're
    Face to face.

Bound together
    All our days,
Washed and filled, we're
    One in praise.


The glory that you have given me I have given to them, 
that they may be one even as we are one, 
I in them and you in me, 
that they may become perfectly one, 
so that the world may know that you sent me 
and loved them even as you loved me.

--Jesus in John 17:22-23

Do you view your relationships as a way to glorify the Lord? Do you treasure and protect the unity that there is in Christ? 

If you'd like to work on that, try working through the book Change and Your Relationships A Mess Worth Making, by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. It's a study guide with leader's notes. The book is fairly costly, but is quite good. You'd want the paper-and-ink book, since it's a workbook. We've been studying it at church.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Communion


Eat this bit of bread.
Drink this cup of wine.
Blood of the divine--
Jesus dying, dead.

Mysteries are these,
Yet this much is known:
Christ makes us his own.
Comprehension flees.

All our debt is paid.
Holy sacrifice
Won't be needed twice:
Sins on him are laid.

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 ESV)

Jesus is not continuing to be sacrificed every time we eat the bread and drink the wine or juice. See Hebrews 10:14. Yet he meets us in these simple items that speak of his death.

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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.