Monday, September 26, 2011

What I Owe the Lord

From Blog11
What, LORD, do I owe?
Every minute, every second,
Every dollar, every penny,
Every hope and dream
And every waking thought.
LORD, that's what I owe.
You have bought me.
I'm your slave,
And blessed to be your slave.
Do, LORD, what you will.  

For he who is called by the Lord as a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called as a free man is Christ’s slave. --1 Corinthians 7:22 HCSB  

For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a •slave of Christ. --Galatians 1:10 HCSB

This particular poem and photo are public domain. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Not from Here

From Blog11

I'm not from around these parts.
No sir, I'm a citizen of another place...
A place where you've never been,
Where dollars won't do you any good.

You'll understand why I love it,
When I tell you it's a place
Where there's no crime,
No sickness,
No death.

I like it here,
But sometimes I really get home-sick.

...our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ...
--Philippians 3:20

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Rich Men and God's Kingdom

It’s easier to shrink a camel, making it near microscopic,
Than to get a rich man into God’s kingdom.
It’s not that money’s evil,
      Nor that having lots of it is evil.
It’s that loving it—loving any of it—is evil.
It’s not that poverty is good, nor that wealth is bad.
It’s that money can quickly become a god,
      A false god that embezzles the souls of its followers.
The rich who chase money
      In the end are destitute and damned,
            Lockout out of God’s kingdom,
            Eternally lost.
They have made the worst financial bargain possible,
Trading eternal riches
For temporary pleasure.
They are proud of their wealth,
But end up more broke than the beggars they’ve despised.

Who is your god today?
What is your hope today?

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God. --Mark 10:25

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Quote on Forgiveness, and a Poem

From Blog11
The question of forgiveness is not a moral issue. We do not forgive because it is the “correct” thing to do. We forgive because it is the true nature of the life in Christ. --Father Stephen
I'm not sure I fully understand the rest of the blog post from which I've lifted this quote, but these sentences ring true. In a sense, all moral issues aren't really moral issues. They are life-in-Christ issues. Good morals flow from the Holy Spirit who is in those of us who believe in the Savior.

Forgiveness, like a river,
Flows from faith in Christ.
It flows right on forever
From his sacrifice.

And if I try to dam the flow,
Stop the endless love,
I find my thoughts are damned, below,
Not on things above.

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
--Colossians 3:2, ESV

Photo ©2011 James L. Swindle. This particular poem by JLS is public domain.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tennis Shoes by Moonlight

From Blog11
Tennis shoes by moonlight
Tell a hanging tale
Of costly teenage pranks.
Wired, they wait for years
And walk by day and night
Whenever there's a wind.
Perhaps they'll dance tonight.

Does not he see my ways and number all my steps?
--Job 31:4 ESV

Photos and poem ©2011 James L. Swindle

Saturday, September 10, 2011

September 11th: Five Lessons America Missed

1. The attack wasn't the fruit of generic terrorism. It was the fruit of Islamic jihad.
2. Not all sincerely-held beliefs are equal.
3. We face an even bigger threat from the federal government and the military-security complex than from Islamic jihad. Government has the power to destroy more lives.
4. The American people are more interested in feeling safe than in being safe.
5. Our security as a nation is found in the Lord's protection, not in military might nor in freedom from religion.

Psalm 3
A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.
1 O LORD, how many are my foes!
        Many are rising against me;
2 many are saying of my soul,
        there is no salvation for him in God. Selah
3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
        my glory, and the lifter of my head.
4 I cried aloud to the LORD,
        and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
5 I lay down and slept;
        I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
        who have set themselves against me all around.
7 Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God!
        For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
        you break the teeth of the wicked.
8 Salvation belongs to the LORD;
        your blessing be on your people! Selah

O LORD, forgive us for our blindness.
Have mercy on those for whom this day's memories are a horror.
Grant us hearts to turn from sin and to trust in you.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Abandoned Farm

Their roots went deep, they said, into the land...
But not as deep, it seems, as one spring's rut.
The wagon sank;
Their faint hearts sank.
"Say, neighbor, can you lend a hand?"
But still the wagon sat there in the mud.

They left the wagon there that spring.
A few more springs and falls and snow
And they abandoned everything
And left. Where, I don't know.

And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

--Galatians 6:9 KJV

My thanks to Magpie Tales for the photo that prompted this poem. Follow the link to find other people's thoughts on the same image.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Joy of Work

From Blog11
What a joy it is to work
Day by day from sun to sun.
Help me, Lord, so I won't shirk,
But work hard until I'm done.

What a joy it is to rest
Week by week in faith and peace,
Knowing that you, Lord, are best,
And your mercies never cease.

Work and rest in balance lie,
Each a joy if done for you.
So I'll work and rest, then die,
And then rise to rest in you.

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God...
--Hebrews 4:9

Thursday, September 01, 2011


Wicker baskets,
Rubber gaskets,
Auto waxes,
Last year's taxes,
Extra flooring
(Worth the storing?),
Plastic tubing,
Grease for lubing,
Garden shoes,
Lots of screws,
Air compressor,
One old dresser.

Life's detritus
Come to meet us.

And the world is passing away along with its desires,
but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

--1 John 2:17