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The Ransomer

(after reading Matthew 20:26-34.  Note how this Scripture narrative describes activity at Jericho)*   The risen Ransomer is with us! How easy to give God his due! Caesar, an outside reminder, Yeshua, Companion we know. **   “Aware of God” is much like saying, “I sense a dad and a mum.” Adoption, as real as creation,*** moves doubt’s mountain-imaginations.^   We’ve yelled, “Son of David, have mercy!”, been trumpets for a Jericho ma

Think on These Things

Lately, the cadence of my daily hikes has become a tempo for lyrics—as between steps, I think about a passage of Scripture. How we love your Word, oh Lord! It truly “…[pierces] even to the dividing soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”^ Such awareness from You is Light for us.^^ We encourage one another “…with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” These, we sing to the Lord with heartfelt music.* Yesterday, thinking about Philipians 4

Taking in John 3:16

(a short hymn I wrote after reading John 3:16-17) For God so cherished the earthbound that He gifted us with His One Son, allowing any who would embrace Him now* forever-life and love. For this, Creator-Christ came, with a mission without jailer cuffs,** to make sabotage of Satan’s reign,^ restoring us in the crush.^^ __________ * John 5:24 ~ I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, he has crossed o

His Mercies Go Before Me

A hymn melody came to me this morning, when I pondered the opening words of Ephesians 2:8, For by grace are you saved through faith.    And, so these words, for a new song (Psalms 96:1; Ephesians 5:18-20) His mercies go before me, his good will to arrange. Just how the steward and sovereignty accomplish, God’s to say. We know our humble part, How faith is seed to make us see the Kingdom of the Christ whose mercy meets our praise. His mercies go before me our trust need neve

Brace, My Soul

Brace, my soul, for landing this is not dream nor lore, for you shall awake on grace fields if not gone to our Lord, where yet there is a harvest, there’s work for your blessed sleep. In trust we repose for sound rest, in confidence we reap.   Believe, with each step passing amongst the wheat and tare, for mercy calls for waiting for God to choose and share. Thus marvel that His coming awaits changing hearts to care, that

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Albino Leaves

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (KJV – 2 Corinthians 5:8). And now?   A Better Resurrection is pending.   Albino leaves snowflaking the woods, done defying decay, stems’ only hooves, allude to a judgement before we all bow. The green if remembered shall later regrow. Absent of color, once possessed good, now without preservation, unjarred in the woods

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Grace that Flows

After reading Hebrews 2:9-10: 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. 10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy ar

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Solitude & Compassion

Matthew 14:13 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.   Why did Jesus seek solitude?   He must have been saddened by the martyrdom of John the Baptist and revulsed by the cruelty of King Herod.   The Messiah should not be portrayed as being so loving that He could not then, and not now hate sin.   God’s holy nature requires that kind of reaction, while his nature is a

Approved & Washed

Messiah Jesus, being the very Word of God, came to fulfill the written Word and be the Word in our midst. The following is an example of how Jesus’ teaching looked back to the Scriptures ("Tanakh"—Old Testament) which the Holy Spirit breathed into the faculties of the writers, for our benefit: Ecclesiastes 9:7 7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. In this verse, we are given a picture of God’s approval—in the

Peace of Christ

In the Scriptures, the Lord commands us to watch how we think.   This must be an active thinking.  Purposeful.  For example (all references are from the KJV):   Phillippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.   Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation...   This "helmet" means we should think about, consider and at times meditate on the salvation that G

Speaking Parables in the Church

From Matthew 13:   Verses 34-35 34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”   Verse 36 Then [Jesus] left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable..."   Verse 51 “Have yo

Someone Rebuked, Someone Loved

When Jesus rebuked the money changers in the Temple, He was continuing the dialogue which He gave the Prophet Jeremiah to rebuke Judah. Through Jeremiah, the Son of God warned: Jeremiah 7:3-4 3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” What prompted Jeremiah’s stern words? The

How Well Unveiled

How well unveiled are Noel’s mercies, unified in untiring carols heard across the towns and cities, tied by chords decorating our world!   A’whirl are hopes, deep aspirations  which the Christchild’s birth embues. ”Gloria en excelsis Deo!” aligns lives to the eternal Good News!

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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-

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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

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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.* __________ *

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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

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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. ________

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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    

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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?

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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!”

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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

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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 "

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