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What Things?

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):   LUKE 24:14-20 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 him. 17 He asked them,

A Mercy Balm

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.  


Ragamuffin_John in Songs & Hymns

The Fulness of Love

(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, for He

Currents of Life

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 mountain...?" 7 For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face. & Isaiah 40:31 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 faint. The eagle


Ragamuffin_John in Poetry

End to End

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    

For Ever and Ever

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

Harmless Lamb of God

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

The Way

(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. Our sons


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. Peace rejuvenates.

A Trusting Obedience

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

A Confession of Our God-given Integrity

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 men's hear

What Is Given Up

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

Wider Shores

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 every ey

Openness to God

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

Cosmic Tilt

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.   One Bod


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

God Cares

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 their suffering. 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

I--and Not Another

The song below was written after I read... Job 19:25-27 25 I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth. 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

Hope for the Still Soul

(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.    ,

So Blessed

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

Now We Really Live

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? Each testimon

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
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