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
(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.*
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
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
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.
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?
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!”
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
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
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.
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,
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.”
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
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
(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
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
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
Cause the eyes of this world
think they know what God wants
"Faith in this way", "Just so!"
But the Almig
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
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
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.
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)
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
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
Till I heard the Divine shout.
Years have gone by,
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
My soul, God’s blessing and mercies come through living trust in Him
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!
Whom shall the Adonai bless?
Whom shall He make their God?
On whom shall living b