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
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, 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,
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.
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
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
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
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:
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
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):
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And take the helmet of salvation...
This "helmet" means we should think about, consider and at times meditate on the salvation that G
From Matthew 13:
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.”
Then [Jesus] left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable..."
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:
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 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!
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-
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.
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.
(after reading Luke 23:44-56* and Matthew 27:19**)
Sabbath was coming,
Christ’s work was done.
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
Upset her world scheme.
But the world would view
A washing of hands,
A giving way
To a coup in
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!”