Sunday, March 27, 2016

If Jesus Did Not Die and Rise

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
(1 Corinthians 15:20 ESV)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Confession and Hope

We've done wrong
Decades long...
Clutched at pride
As we died.

Shake our bed.
Wake the dead. 
Clear off mud
By your blood. 

Wash us bright
By your light.
Set our gaze
On your ways.

Be our whole
Aim and goal.
Fix our eyes
On the prize.

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 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 3:12-14 ESV)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

God's Gift

Back before time, when space was not space,
Back before all we see was,
The Father foreknew all those he would grace
Later with faith, all those he would save.

Wondrous his love and glorious his grace,
Perfect his plan for dead man--
So costly--dear-bought--His fathomless grace:
Jesus, slain lamb! Christ Jesus will save.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  (From Ephesians 1:3-4 ESV)

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Seated, Serving

Seated in the skyward realms
I have been redeemed, restored.
Yet I'm here beneath these elms
Sent to serve my living Lord.

Jesus' mind is mine, you see--
Both by Spirit and by word--
And I walk in service free,
Free as any flying bird.

Death's been killed, completely slain.
Life is here--rich, pulsing, strong,
Growing deep and firm and plain,
Flowing with an inward song.

God...made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus...
(Ephesians 2:4-6