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All Her Ruins

Isaiah 51:3 (NIV) “The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ God's healing for His children is as all-encompassing as salvation itself.   This healing is for the whole remnant of believing Israel, the Church, the believer.   This can have a life-long,

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Look, the Lamb, Look!

After reading John 1:1-34   Look, the Lamb, look! He is like none other. A speck of His light Heals the eye, blinds accusers. Lift up your heads For the remnants of Heaven Prepare in wonder A coming New Jerusalem.   Unlimited Unction Fell on the Lamb, Replaced royal robes That Glory gave back Once Jesus went up, Teth’ring God’s heart to man, When the Son left a chalice Of grace in our hands.

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Before Dawn

(after reading Luke 23:44-56* and Matthew 27:19**)   Sabbath was coming, Christ’s work was done. An Arimathean Bore witness, placed the Witness in rock.   His secret devotion Was unmasked in a vote, He would say “No” Before Pilate’s “Yes” groaned.   The Roman’s wife Had warned how a dream About Yeshua Upset her world scheme.   But the world would view A washing of hands, A giving way To a coup in

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Imitating Leaders

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Carefully consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:7-8 ~ EHV - bold is mine) There are many revealing and truth-stamped Scriptures for us to learn from and follow. Verses which follow each other consecutively are particularly cementing in their emphases. Concerning the Scripture passage above, the bolded part is by far and away the most well-k
 

Catch the Wind

(After reading Mark 4:1-34) Do, so you can know; till a good soil to understand. Tend the Word from parables; get plain truth out of Hand. Spurn tricks that make men eager, while Mercy’s unvarnished sayings pass By the heart calling for our response again. Catch the Wind of God blowing night to day. Rise from the fast of feasting on His food in dreams. Invoke the vow to follow, the same as yesterday, Then bridge into promises carved into the forever of His Way.* __________ *
 

The Cross over Time

At the time, I didn't know it was the Cross, At the time, I didn't know it was the Cross, That the Lamb was made a curse, Took our punishment on earth. At the time, I didn't know it was the Cross. Over time, I heard the message of the Cross, Over time, I heart the message of the Cross, From the preaching of the Word Where holy people lived sincere. Over time, I heard the message of the Cross. Then one time, they pled, "The sinner's prayer repeat!" Then one time, they pled
 

Simon the Zealot

At first I didn’t laugh when Bartholomew joked, “Let’s pull a 'zealot'* carry the packs of these blokes!”** I have been in the riots Romans harshly have quelled, I feel remnants of pain In my mind from their steel. But Yeshua HaMashiach*** commands something more, that I should surrender all angst to His power to render, in the end all things to Him to judge, yet tender my heart to forgive all whom He loves. ________
 

Confidence in Christ

Confidence in Christ   Sorry, my eyes are bothering me a bit.  Above, I share a link to a poem I wrote in another website, under the alias of “Quasiblogo”.  Feel free to look at other stuff I’ve written there.   John    
 

Questions for Saint Francis

Would you visually dash outside your house Engage a leper from your couch? Or, put your money to where mouth is Donate to charities amidst this COVID? Defy the "stay" to build the herd Or, self impose while the essential learn? And when the Church opens its gates Will we in heart and mind embrace The kiss of peace so long restrained? Will we know God has kept His pace And been, by Spirit, hither and yon To fellowship, coax us along?
 

By His Life

Honesty And trust in God during the scourge of the COVID-19 virus.   I am reminded of Romans 5:10 (KJV):   “We shall be saved by his life”   Numbers are shadows; People are real. Front lines tell sorrow; My walls don’t feel. We cannot burst, There is no balloon to blow up. We are faced with a living That doesn’t celebrate us. Prayer, like an eagle, Soar far above To a caring Father Who gave us his Son. We hear your “I know!”
 

These Days

Lord, You had nowhere to lay Your head? These days, we covet those open-air beds, Where You relied on the softness of Abba And His peace as a pillow to drift off on.   Lord, You sometimes had to flee elbows pushing on You. These days, we long for the unmasked skin, too, For when greetings once embraced life, And we shared the same air without worry or strife.   Spirit of God, continue to blow where You will. We invite You for knowledge, and
 

Messiah Meant

My soul, what do the words "Messiah Jesus" mean to you? Meant to be the healing Instrument Meant to show Divine Love, how it's spent Meant to be a Friend to us when we were less Meant to give us will to worship Him Meant to gladden the Father by blind suffrage Meant to vote for Joy, invite us in Meant to take the grand of Good and grace Commands Meant to be Way whereon sinners win. "Messiah" means New Covenant The Path of cobbled promises Fulfilled to lighten loads A "
 

Cuza's Account

Concerning Luke 8:1-3 (EHV - bold is mine): Soon afterward Jesus was traveling from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, the wife of Cuza, Herod’s household manager; Susanna; and many others who provided support for them out of their own possessions.
 

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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Ragamuffin_John

 

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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Ragamuffin_John

 

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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