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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.  

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

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

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
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