Sunday, June 26, 2016

Pride and Unity

Our wills go astray.
Each wants his own way.
Each picks his own side.

O Lord, make us one.
May your will be done.
Burn up all our pride.

You,  Lord, make us new,
One people in you--
Draw us to your side.

So your truth will flow
And your praises grow
And spread far and wide.

...eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
(Ephesians 4:3 ESV)

As the rainbow's many colors make one excellent thing, so the varied people in the Lord's church make one body. We must not pursue the false unity that would bind us to every heresy that claims to be Christian, but we must pursue and preserve the true unity that comes from the Lord.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Lone Bird

A lone bird
Sings a glorious, haunting song.
Just how or where it learned it
Is as unknown as the song,
But the beauty lifts a sagging soul
And hints of things

Praise the LORD...
Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!
​Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!

(Psalm 148:7-10 ESV)

Saturday, June 04, 2016

The Church Prays

Called and chosen
Fresh, not frozen
Best and least
Royal priests

Temple stones
Not alone
Deeply bless

You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
--1 Peter 2:5, WEB

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light...
--1 Peter 2:9 WEB