After Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, he appeared to two puzzled disciples who were walking toward Emmaus. The Apostle Luke describes the encounter (notice the verses that I bold):
14 They were talking with each other
about everything that had happened.
15 As they talked and discussed these
things with each other, Jesus himself
came up and walked along with them;
16 but they were kept from recognizing
17 He asked them,
Lord, You are greater than our conscience.
You have gifted us Messiah’s mind.
The summing of our fears, guilt, and chanced ifs
are by the Spirit nullified.
Firstly, your forgiveness fashions
‘round our hearts a mercy balm.
Lastly, we cannot merit the ransom
You paid by heart, foot, brow and palm.
When the mangling of accusation
seeks to steal hope of New Life,
we remember that Resurrection
and Ascension give us rights.
(The poem below, after reading 1 John 4:10-21 and 1 John 5:14-16,
with particular focus on the bolded in 1 John 4:17 (KJV) ~ Herein is
our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment:
because as he is, so are we in this world)
Are we as God is?
In this world, do we frame Him
so that all men see?
This is revival,
seen, pure: the Sin-bearer's love,
the perfection of love.
Fearless before God,
The poem below, after musing about these
passages from the Scriptures:
Psalms 11:1, 7
1 In the Lord I take refuge. How then can
you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your
7 For the Lord is righteous, he loves
justice; upright men will see his face.
but those who hope in the Lord will
renew their strength. They will soar on
wings like eagles; they will run and not
grow weary, they will walk and not be
When brooks are so clear,
one sees the stones and surface,
we touch, all, at once.
Likewise your grace, Lord,
frees, end to end, the conscience,*
awe gasps at fullness.
Brooks are far away
yet echo “This is the day!”
Our hearts and minds rest.
Hebrews 9:10; Hebrews 9:14
Among the many Bible phrases in the English language which emphasize God's eternal being, one that stands
out is "for ever and ever". Of course, echoes of these words from "Handel's Messiah" might have subliminally influenced this observation.
I have never questioned God's eternal nature, but in studying the wording of "for ever and ever" I keep musing on
and getting blessed over this: concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead in 1 Corinthians 5:19 (KJV), the A
I wrote the hymn/poem below after reading Hebrews 7:25-27 (KJV):
5 Wherefore he [Messiah Jesus] is able also to save them
to the uttermost that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy,
harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,
and made higher than the heavens;
27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests,
to offer up sacrifice, first for his own s
(after reading Acts of the Apostles 9)
To be in the Way is to call on the Name of Jesus.
Though having not seen, trust binds a dream to reason.
History attests the two covenants are married
to the common thread of love of the Groom in all seasons,
that He Who loved first
would slake the thirst of the lost,
starting with Jacob and spreading abroad Pentecost’s Church.
The Way no longer waits,
Spirit pours in Abba’s Kingdom.
Heaven reels in song
when any sinner repents, *
as joy makes more room.
Angel anthems ring
‘round the elders and the throne.
God’s will comes to earth!
Leaves, for touch to heal,
stretch to shade Mount of Olives,
thousands of cures felt!
“Jeshurun”, whispered, **
crescendos on angels’ lips,
hails love for the bride.
“Behold all things new!” ***
finds fulfillment in the Son.
True faith is "trust-grounded obedience".* The elements of trust
and obedience are real, in-tandem, active:
Spirit-spurred outcropping of our confidence!
We obey I Am, Whom we know,
such knowledge so wonderful, it shows,
this gives us strength and rest
along the road of righteousness,
one not of our own, yet freely giv'n,
this garment of favor from the Lord.
Should mind condemn, trust-grounded obedience
dons Christ's helmet of sal
The Apostle Paul prized a clear conscience and he coveted
this mindset for the Church.
1 Corinthians 4:3-5
3 I care very little if I am judged by you or
by any human court; indeed, I do not
even judge myself.
4 My conscience is clear, but that does
not make me innocent. It is the Lord
who judges me.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the
appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.
He will bring to light what is hidden in
darkness and will expose the motives of
King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I)
When blessing us, some sovereigns
would yield up to half of their reign.*
Yet, we have the right of an Esther beloved
to ask for the fullness of the Kingdom of God.**
King Herod Antipas
When cursing us, some enthroned
would give half of what they own.***
Yet, we have the right of a fervent John
to immerse our hopes beyond martyrdom.****
The Prince of this World (Satan)
When tempting Christ, the Deceiver
would offer up the kingdoms
I was grafted-in,
foreign, wild, outside the pact,
in hopeless tangles.
Mercy without end
said the Son, who died for sin,
for gentiles sojourned.
For a kin God fought,
folded out his hand of grace,
scooped up the fragile.
Abraham's God mine,
it means more to count the stars,
sands make wider shores.
Sovereignty was once as seamless as a breath,
until Adam exhaled his own desire,
as if all that God had said could not fulfill.
Too late then, too late now, caught as liar.
Falsely thinking that God was not enough,
this the seed of wanting something more,
as if the universe had failed to signal hope
that each moment in the infinite is sure.
Jesus, bridge from fallenness to full,
spanning over the chasm between the Call
and our sin which grapples to keep blind
Mysterious, the Holy Trinity;
miraculous, Heaven even hears me.
Spirit, Father, Son—One, Tri-manifestation;
the Body—my requests among a million orations.*
Whence this openness to the One God?
Christ is greater than my conscience!**
Thus, by grace the blessed Root of Jesse
calls me to reverential renderings
…of words, proclaiming God is good,
…of offering up of servanthood,
…of attitude and deeds of dedication,
…of zeal for Ado
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:
for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law
~ Romans 13:8 (KJV)
Owe no one nothing save for to love,
by showing mercy, by being just.
The curse of fathers fall not on us,
under the government of God's own Son.
Our validation, secured by Blood
shed at Calvary on the Lamb's Cross.
While violent men clamored for more,
Heaven fought valiantly with spiritual swords.
Rejoicing within is like a dance.
One urges we give the floor a chance.
Timbrel, harp, cymbals, guitar,
form music unlike ours,
play in the ordinary people,
the people who rejoice.
We will close a like-minded circle,
move in shouldered melody,
clap about God’s grace and inspiration,
shout at each other’s cue with glee.
Rejoicing in the Lord is like a dance,
where gratitude leads happiness.
This warmth some may call a feeli
Background for the poem below:
EXODUS 4:7; EXODUS 4:29-31
7 The Lord said, "I have indeed seen the
misery of my people in Egypt. I have
heard them crying out because of their
slave drivers, and I am concerned about
29 Moses and Aaron brought together all
the elders of the Israelites,
30 and Aaron told them everything the
Lord had said to Moses. He also
performed the signs before the people,
31 and they believed. And when they
heard that the Lord was
The song below was written after I read...
25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and
that in the end he will stand upon the
26 And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh I will see God;
27 I myself will see him with my own
eyes-I, and not another. How my heart
yearns within me!
I will see Him with my eyes,
I--and not another.
Others, with their own sight:
this remnant shall discover
as they shine in marvelous Light
of God's handiwork
(Gleanings from reading 1 CHRONICLES 17:25-27, PSALMS 27:13, and JOHN 14:1-4)
Lord, I have courage,
for You say You will house me
within your Heaven.
I am bold to pray,
for this blessed, eternal good
You will oversee.
I would have crumbled
unless living in your land
then and now had stirred up hope.
What You bless remains,
what You see, is, and is true,
what You bless stays so.
A song, after reading verses 26-56 from Luke 1
Why are we so blessed
that the mother of our Lord said “Yes”,
submitted t’angel Gabriel, sent
to a virgin near Jerusalem?
Why are we so blessed
that every heart within a baptism’s lept
at the mention of the name, “Jesus”,
obeying belief as good, accomplished?
The Gospel is best news
when embraced by those who never knew,
who never saw, touched—returned a coo,
yet to mer
A short hymn, after reading 1 Thessalonians 3. Verses 11-13 are quite striking. There are two more chapters to go, and Brother Paul is so keyed up with joy that he launches into a blessing and prayer for the Thessalonian believers.
In the lyrics below, I picture a congregation singing the words before a service’s benediction.
For now we really live,
when we stand firm in the Lord!
How can we thank our God enough?
(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
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
(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