Sunday, December 04, 2016

Saints


We're called to be saints--
   Not made of plaster,
      stone or stained glass;
   Not with bright halos
      shiny and flat.

We're called to be saints--
   Holy in Jesus,
      clean, set apart,
   Serving him only
      with a new heart. 

...To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Prayer in the Gloom



Our God, your glory's just as great
    On the gray and gloomy days
When hope is weak and has to wait
    And we're puzzled by your ways.

We know the waiting's just a test
    That will show our faith in you.
Your ways aren't clear, but they are best.
    In the end, you're always true.

Our troubles burn and press and pierce,
    But we're made for things above.
These clouds so dark and wide and fierce
    Come with linings of your love.


You lift me up on the wind; you make me ride on it,
and you toss me about in the roar of the storm.
(Job 30:22 ESV)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


Is your world buffeted by stormy trials today? If so, I've posted this for you--and for myself when those days come to me. Our hopes and our joy must focus not on our circumstances, but on our faithful Lord. 

Monday, November 07, 2016

The Washing Word


The washing word
When truly heard
Can pierce the heart
Where sin would start
To slay the soul
We thought was whole.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word...

(Ephesians 5:25-26 ESV)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

All the World's Allurements



All the world's allurements,
All the pomp and pride,
All the wealth,
All the health,
By themselves are merely death.

True life flows from Jesus--
Flows from him to him.
Run from sin.
Run to him.
Run! Find life--eternal breath.

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve...
But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

(Joshua 24:15 ESV)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Smith


The smith heats the iron
And beats the iron
Seemingly without mercy
Until it's shaped to serve him well. 

The Lord heats his own
And beats his own
Seemingly without mercy
Until we're shaped to serve him well.

There's reason for heating
And reason for beating.
The one who heats and beats will stop
As soon as the shaping's done.

FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.

--Hebrews 12:6 NASB


The photo was taken at George Ranch Historical Park. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Weed


The brave weed seed
Found a crack of soil--
Not leafy loam,
But dirt blown in
Within an asphalt lot.

And so it grew between the cars,
A little spot of green.

I could have pulled
That stubborn weed.
It's just a weed,
Yet brave.

I left it there,
That little weed,
And it left me
Pondering my lot.


His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord. ... (Jeremiah 17:6)

Sunday, October 02, 2016

One Fear


One fear: The LORD.
His word is law.

    His anger's pure.
    It fierce. It's sure
    To save the meek,
    The kind, the weak.
    He slays the strong,
    Oppressive throng.
    Against his plans
    No man can stand.

One fear: The LORD.
His word is law.

But you, you are to be feared! 
  Who can stand before you 
  when once your anger is roused? 
      (Psalm 76:7 ESV)