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Greater than Sparrows

After reading Matthew 10, I thought more about the attitude that Jesus wants us, His disciples, to have (Perhaps might also be useful for using in my imaginary musical about St. Francis of Assisi):   Jesus said never disparage another, Nor call “scatter-brained” any in the image of the Father, For their worth is far greater than all of the sparrows Who seem so haphazard in ascending as fellows. They chirp in many directions the moods of the Gospel, Love, coming

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About That Bacon

Matthew 8:28-34 The verses: 28 When he arrived at the other side, in the region of the Gergesenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him there. They were very dangerous, so that nobody could pass that way. 29 Suddenly they cried out, “What do we have to do with you, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 There was a large herd of pigs feeding some distance away from them. 31 The demons begged him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.”

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True Life at 3:16

My Mom passed on to Glory this December 13th, after a protracted illness.  I am thankful for the witness to Christ that she gave and that full salvation of body and soul is hers, through and with Jesus...   Mom, you said so many times “Time waits for no man” But God conspired to break that chime Today, at 3:16 p.m. to be precise When your last breath whispered the plan That Ángels explained at God’s command While your ten children, with jealous-holy cries

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Scar of Love

My joy cannot be broken Or become a faded token Of my deliverance But will by earnest prayer on knees proverbial or ones You make sturdy feel the ground of trust in any circumstance Can you tell by my gait I was wounded by angels* When I surrendered to Adonai’s summons? It has not been in vain (that spiritual battle) It’s more real than flesh, the good scar of Love This Love is the healing, no exertion to wear It is the high honor that softens the stare Scars won’t acce

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A Gift Prepared

(After reading Mark 10 My soul, always remember this which God has revealed: Jesus the Son gives what the Father has prepared. The restoration of blind Bartemaeus is an example: Ben-David is here, calls you, He gives what Abba in Heaven prepares. All good, all light, all new.* So new, by it, no man swears.** Tell Teacher, “Yes, I would see!” Expect that the Spirit says, “Come!”+ We feel Messiah decree++ (To all who shed selves), “God is love!”^ __________ * 1 John 1:5

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Collateral Restoration

After reading Mark 5:25-34, about how Jesus healed the woman who had hemorrhaged for 12 years: On His way to touch another Jesus' power healed me Collateral restoration But I felt I was His target In His heart, primary So much so I got my healing Before Talitha would even know We were both damaged goods Whom the Anointed would make whole "Collateral restoration" Cause the eyes of this world think they know what God wants "Faith in this way", "Just so!" But the Almig

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Happy Incarnation

Happy Incarnation of the Son of Man, Yeshua HaMashiach, born in Bethlehem!* Worshipped outside the Temple, where there was no veil, Prophecy fulfilled Is our Emanuel! Rejoicing and Salvation, Davidic temple life** Experienced by the Three Kings on that manger-night. Like lilies of the valley: straw, mortar, wood eclipsed All Solomonic beauty before this Perfect Gift.*** __________ * Yeshua HaMashiach, Hebrew for Messiah Jesus ** Psalms 118:15 (KJV): The voice of rejoicing an

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Greater Things

After reading about the evidences of God’s love among us in 1 Corinthians 12:4-8 and about the Lord’s astounding assertion in John 14:12-14 (KJV – bold is mine):    12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I

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Jesus Took My Bread

After reading  John 6:1-14 (GNT) Jesus took my bread, The barley-kind—oh, and two fish. Crust, like dry souls, then. Fish, like our credulity, dead. Yes, I was young, the sky limitless. But even I wondered aloud, “What is this?” But He bade, “Sit down!” We sat down, curiosity cubits-tall.* Then, my bread He blessed. The more he did, the more it spread. Trust, we’d barely chewed, When we hailed Him as from another world. “Surely this must be”, said the full. Jesus

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Other Side of Mystery

From the other side of Mystery, Sovereign speaks so freely. Veil is torn in Temple-time, Access given, Grace trims Away every hesitance, Faced with love Adoption gives. From this side, flow mortal strains Abetted by Spirit's foretaste. Christ has broken every rule thought we death had over our souls! Overflow when He was not spared, Then, "God with us"; now, Life He shares! __________ * Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale Ho

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Stepping Out on Works

It is an audacious thing to be stepping out on works, works motivated by love for God and trust in Him. In doing so, we join Him in His creative processes. And, the results are found where stewardship and sovereignty meet. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? ~ Micah 6:8 (KJV) At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. ~ John 14:20 (KJV) I

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Choose Which Wind

Behold, they [idols] are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion ~ Isaiah 41:29 from the KJV (bold is mine) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance ~ Acts of the

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Business

I was minding my own business When Heaven showed up. A friend said “urgent” was marked On a message from God, That I had soul And a spirit quite dead Until and if I would Live in where He led, Instead of the residence Of my edifice, Exchange for Resurrection The small wad of my fist.   My own, only business Had made noise to block out Heaven’s agenda, Till I heard the Divine shout.   Years have gone by,

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Ragamuffin_John

 

The Protocols of Heaven

Are there specific genres of music in Heaven that the saints will experience that have nothing to do with earthly styles?    Maybe, but when it comes to the beyond, we are bound by our imaginations to think of music in that realm as matching our current tastes, with hopefully a good dash of the best of the past.   We cannot help doing this.   God meets us and fellowships with us, as we are, where we are.      Perhaps the "corporate" praise of Heaven will involve a sort o

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Ragamuffin_John

 

Spanning Forever

(Romans:1:16)   My soul, God’s blessing and mercies come through living trust in Him   (Psalms 115:9-11) Who shall trust Almighty God? Whom shall the Sovereign bless? In Whom shall they have confidence Which spans forever? Let Israel (seed of Abraham), The remnant of Priest Aaron, The worshipping, whosoever-sands  Trust now in His help-shield!   (Psalms 115:12-15) Whom shall the Adonai bless? Whom shall He make their God? On whom shall living b

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Ragamuffin_John

 

Water & Blood

After reading John 19:25-37   Water & Blood flowed from the Cross commingled agents, our dead spirits’ balm One for God’s mercy, one showing heart Ache for humanity, ache for the Sentenced Water and Blood, for our repentance To set us apart, both joined to conceive Birth in one’s spirit, faith’s breadth without end Belief that He loves, Is, Belief in Christ’s birth and ministry That the Son died, rose and ascended Because of Water &

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Ragamuffin_John

 

Finish Line

After reading, this morning, Hebrews 12:1   Clouds have come, letting the Light shine through Witnesses of an ancient forecast, Faith unfurled Permanent front holding Heaven’s Dew Fulfilling former rain, new Shekinah in lieu Let us run!   The clouds will not leave! These are all the saints whose reward is complete We drop the weights of the worldly kind For a companion yoke of Christ, to the finish line

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Dream of Faith

I rarely dream, I really don't envision dream as antidote. It's usually rest when I'm awake that cracks the door of Heaven's gate to get a glimpse of God inside these kingdom bones, where He abides. The cataclysm of the flesh when crucified, put to the test, and then the flash of Risen feet up to Your Face brings me relief. The trust You give, upon your Word, is oath enough for us to serve* and from deep within the wells of hope scale ladder steps Jacob's eye felt**

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Ragamuffin_John

 

Prodigal Son

imagining the events in Luke 15:11-32 ... Remember the robes of the prodigal son, Bedraggled beggar, every seam smudged, Wanting to wash away bad dreams of life? So damaged inside, he could not find a "like". When he woke up with pods in his mouth, He spat out the bitterness, knew his heart had gone south. Son who recalled Father fawning over His child; Could this acceptance ever be born in this wild?* Then, the son remembered the older one's qualms, Confidently taking fro

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Works of Thy Hand

After reading Psalm 8*   What sign, oh Lord, have You given to show us our place under Heaven? Better than fleece with dawn's dew, Slightly sub-angel crowns grace works, our fruit.   We struggle on this earth, with its curse, No such appellation to us if we thirst To have dominion over self and Your art, Under the excellence of Your Name's worth. __________ * (KJV) 1 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who

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Ingathering

They are having a time, Gentiles tied to the root of the truth. Jesse fathered sons who took care of sheep, Jesus gave sheep to be ruled by His own children like prophets, apostles, and teachers and interpreters, servants all with a commissioned call and a prayer for re-grafting of Jews. Already one new man, why all this grafting? It's because sons of Abraham wait for an abundant ingathering around Galilee, from among the twelve tribes of YHVH.

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Ragamuffin_John

 

Shaken Steady

From Revelation 1:17-19 (CEB): When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. But he put his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, but look! Now I’m alive forever and always. I have the keys of Death and the Grave. So write down what you have seen, both the scene now before you and the things that are about to unfold after this. Impressions: have you ever been so nervous or upset about something that your pen or pencil qu

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The Hoped For

(After thinking about Genesis 1:1-8.    It took years for me to bow to the reality that God's revelation trumps man's theology) So the waters are separated from the waters? Then, even if I flew like an eagle, I’d still need a cosmic, greater than Wholly Other* to help me ascend beyond earth’s last layer. So, as I fly, trusting in my Father, by grace though skies, where mercy tops legal, the apostolic air will meet another and trust give way to what is hoped for. __________

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Trinity

...written after considering Colossians 2:9-12 The renewed Spirit of the follower of Christ comes to intuitively understand the teaching of the Trinity by the threefold way in which God functions in the universe and also toward the believer. Intellectually, another story. It is a plain teaching and yet a full mystery--God to be glorified, even though not fully grasped. He has nevertheless given light to the Church to know a mystery hidden from ages past. Abba, fullness of the G

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Peter Joins Jesus

After reading about Jesus calling Peter (Simon) from the nets, to follow him, Mark 1:14-18   I just threw down the net in a celebratory way, like when the fishing season is over. I doubt I’ll regret, “catching men” has full sway, the net shifting toward something much bolder. Men have to be caught, I believe it, I catch them swindling and lying and cheating. Does this mean life is for naught, without promise? Off with the Greek stoic, I am traveling! This rabb

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