After reading Revelation 2 . . .
If the First and the Last were dead
there would be no more,
But the First-Last bond is strong,
that Is why He arose.
Two of the Trinity bore witness of the Son,
Who, alive, ascended high above Calvary,
for God is One,
And He cannot tear himself apart
from what He is and owns.
And He cannot move himself away
from the ones He loves,
chosen and called and justified
by His Blood.
Thinking about Romans 7 . . . Open up the gates of your heart to liberty,
hear the words that Jesus spoke and, yes, still speaks,
and the promise of life in the now and, then, beyond
will resound in your soul, cause your heart to nod
a “Yes and Amen!” when you see the fight
between your renewed self and the lesser angelic side,
and you will happily shout, “Oh, who can deliver me?”,
knowing the answer will come back, “Christ the King!”
1 Timothy 1:12-14 (KJV) are such mind-blowing verses. And I am grateful for them: 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Ignorance of the New Law is an excuse;
Paul pulled the
Favor means You reign supreme;
it's like manna when times are lean.
Now, may the taste of human food
not dull the senses, where the spirit man rules.
Yet, the former savor so permeates
where I live, I long for its plate
that one day will be a full course
for one Body, with the Lord.
Oh God, your favor is something
that comes silently and unannounced
with the halls of obedience,
between trusting strides, over the sweat of one's brow.
Grace is predestined for all,
yet few respond to its call.
Fewer still remember to live within the seed
well-planted and watered, until fruit starts appearing.
So, the sweet fruit of favor is not well-recognized,
because it blooms within the ordinary,
although its recipient is staggered at how mercy
is abundantly out of pro
. . . after reading James 1:2-12
We have rightly asked wisdom of God, when we enter trials with patience and are patient in our exit from them, because we have the joyous knowing that we have endured in, with and through the One who created us and saves us. Thus we glorify the Son, whose Spirit indwells.
So, when we ask in prayer, we are telling God that we want his answer to further wrap us in the completeness of patience, a virtue that shines outside of and when goin
From reading John 6:37-40
Of the infinite the Father has given the Son,
an equally everlasting, loving reaction
is that the Anointed will raise it all up.
He has already started, before eternity’s origin,
when the decision was made to let Jesus descend
into His own body, formed in a Virgin,
now seated at the Father’s right hand, glorified,
this completed the Son, not yet His Bride.
Still, Abba’s will is that whomever He makes to thirst,
as part of His promise, shall not be l
A reflection on the Grace of God vs. the Law of Sin and Death
Now that I know
effect and toll,
the cause and the gift
of grace conquers sin.
I felt in my bones
obligations and rules,
like sands seeping 'tween fingers,
where joy, not for long, lingered.
But then, I saw the Cross,
heard how much it cost
for Jesus to bear
sin's penalty there.
Such a cause and gift
offered through resurrection,
ascension to heaven,
where at the Right Hand He sits!
(after reading Acts 9:1-31)
He came to Damascus,
to Straight Street to ask us,
"Do you follow the Christ?"
Thus Paul became an apostle,
appointed to jostle
us further from a slumber of lies.
Truth is we did not
consider grace so strong
that Messiah could speak to such kind.
But as we, too, were pursued
with wills which God slew,
scales still fall, grace touches our eyes.
The Church sees harassment down to this day,
1 John 4:7-10
"Society of the God-loved" is what the breathing-Church should be called,
because He first loved us, that is our witness, after all.
Faith, being a relation rather than position,
works intertwined, recoiling from religion.
Whether High Church or Low, the Mighty One dwarfs our presentations,
a giant relief and release from pretension.
Believe in the Son-come as man, mesh like He
did with the worshipers and unbelieving.
Called-out-ones shall be recogni
. . . thinking about:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also ~ Matthew 6:21 (KJV)
And the "Parable of the Talents" - Matthew 25:14-30
Where is your treasure,
where is your hope,
the currency of faith
the Lord Jesus bestowed?
Is it tied to ultimate things?
Did you fall for the
"Heavenly-minded is hardly living"?
See, fruit of the Spirit
is the swagger of Heaven
reaching down, enriching
all that we own.
Once the momentum
(see 2 Thessalonians 3:5)
Sometimes, Lord Jesus, when it is quiet,
I ask, "When lately have You called out to me?"
But then I hear You when beholding the Cross,
and scold myself, "What was I ever musing?"
It's so easy to forget, though You shook history
by dying for sins, everyone a foe
of your good grace until grand mercy
stares us in the face and our knees begin to buckle.
If I think of your mercy without what You suffered,
what do the nail prints in your hands mean now?
When I recently read the verse that I bold below, I immediately took stock of a primary motivation in my life,
which is to find, exhort to and commune within mutual devotion to our Lord and God, Messiah Jesus. There is nothing
so freeing as living "in Spirit and in Truth" (John 4:24)
It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord - 1 Thessalonians 3:8 (NLT)
I thrilled at the pride of my mamma and papa,
when they said without words, "He i
Craft a quiet song soul,
one that can be sung in solitude,
so you can cull
from reliance grace
because without props
you consecrate space
which Spirit and Truth fill up;
let your mouth open lips,
chant a psalm like the first time
you sang an alma mater at school,
enjoy the belonging mystery
of Christ’s love in you.
After reading Psalms 81, Psalms 88, and Psalms 92 . . . with a focus on Psalms 81:6-7 (NKJV):
I removed his shoulder from the burden;
His hands were freed from the baskets.
You called in trouble, and I delivered you;
I answered you in the secret place of thunder;
I tested you at the waters of Meribah.
How do I know
there is no God but You?
You took my shoulder
from the burden slavery knows.
You took my hands away
from impossible works,
This my anguish,
these are my fears,
but Lord, I remember
your right hand across years,
in many of which
people said I was gone,
but man's "Impossible"
is a done deal with God.*
Lord, what is it
that You want from me?
A voice that reflects
a soul on its knees,
asking for your goodness,
recalling your ways,
saying You have not forgotten,
while riding provision's waves.
God struck the rock,**
Jesus, and such
was the outpouring
the Bread o
. . . after reading 1 Chronicles 1-3 today
I read the begats in the Bible today,
and it struck me that the reading of every name
set up a moment that put it to humanity's care
to mark what obedience to Jehovah would bear,
salvation for those whose hearts did not stray
away from the covenant shown by Abraham's faith,
or curse at the core of one's bitter fruit
from tasting forbidden things, nameless pursuits.
Some names seemed odd, some odder even,
but each syllable o
They say, "Take the Christ from the Cross",
Paul embraced the beams; Moses lifted it up. 
Resurrection gave the willing the right 
to look at the Cross, say, "It is alright!"
Cause holes in His hands and His feet and His side
keep the message from slipping, widens our lives.
Be glad Thomas pressed the issue so far,
Christ did not earn praise,
He simply has it.
In having, He reveals Himself,
our praise bursts forth, up-rachets.
We could not earn grace,
so God gladly gave it.
We could not desire grace,
Jesus worked it to us. We did not wake up
feeling the bed of faith;
we were adopted
brought home, to Abba's way.
The world cannot purchase
the right to debate.
The Maker thus sends us
to pick up pieces, engage,
telling the world,
"It has been everyone's bad,
"but here is Good
After reading Romans 4:20-21 (KJV):
20 He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Every day, some fault wagers against my mind
that I am going to stagger, for a moment be blind.
Abraham, how did you do it,
believing so many years,
to the extent that your hope
gave you an edge to assure?
This thing called "trust"
Barren forests act like Oz,
full of air, the curtains pulled.
Not so daunting for pilgrims now,
forced by birth to walk through, barefoot.
But, this is still a gift of life,
this winter advantage should make us pick up pace
before snows drift, suddenly waist-deep.
See, there are select times of relief!
Silhouettes of prison bars
from small, skinny trees show on our shirts
when we dart amidst bushes which mock leaves,
claiming for themselves more coverage we yet barely see.
The reason why
is the reason You ask me to think
about your ways,
of my trust in You,
more mental than some spiritual gaze
From point to point,
Lord, You say if I have a fairness
toward You and all the oppressed,*
there is a rightful division,
and sin will be cleansed
within right living of the repentant.
Jesus, I like to think
that your thinking is grace
with an invite.
Savior, if it pleases You
How does the Spirit see skin,
a covering for hearts?
A curtain covering to sin,
paper over virtue's art?
A camouflage for hiding
from the culture of God?
A thin excuse for autonomy
or group on sod?
I will tell my Father frankly that skin
reveals many lives in need of Him,
And I am so glad for the Body, the Head--His Face,
for the one new man covered by grace.
All colors converge in the anointing, tied by the Blood
revealing a messianic
At the time of this offering,
Jesus, You reign,
Incarnate King Who died and rose again.
Troublemaker Jacob had tricks,
but You pulled the red wool
of undying love over us,
shown at the cross,
freeing us from satan for good.
At the moment you came
back to Heaven from earth,
You began to give Father our prayers.
Petitions uttered in your ever-right-minded will are heard by our Abba,
as welcome family appeals.
In the times when we pause,
and we stand