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  1. (After thinking about Genesis 1:1-8. It took years for me to bow to the reality that God's revelation trumps man's theology) So the waters are separated from the waters? Then, even if I flew like an eagle, I’d still need a cosmic, greater than Wholly Other* to help me ascend beyond earth’s last layer. So, as I fly, trusting in my Father, by grace though skies, where mercy tops legal, the apostolic air will meet another and trust give way to what is hoped for. __________ * Karl Barth's "Wholly Other"
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    ...written after considering Colossians 2:9-12 The renewed Spirit of the follower of Christ comes to intuitively understand the teaching of the Trinity by the threefold way in which God functions in the universe and also toward the believer. Intellectually, another story. It is a plain teaching and yet a full mystery--God to be glorified, even though not fully grasped. He has nevertheless given light to the Church to know a mystery hidden from ages past. Abba, fullness of the Godhead in Fatherly form, Spirit, Baptizing Presence, continually reforms, Jesus, Our then-now-forever Lamb, bodily born. One God, Elohim be adored! Within, fully submitted,* Outward, seamlessly Lord! _________ * Philippians 2:5-11
  3. After reading about Jesus calling Peter (Simon) from the nets, to follow him, Mark 1:14-18 I just threw down the net in a celebratory way, like when the fishing season is over. I doubt I’ll regret, “catching men” has full sway, the net shifting toward something much bolder. Men have to be caught, I believe it, I catch them swindling and lying and cheating. Does this mean life is for naught, without promise? Off with the Greek stoic, I am traveling! This rabbi is different, no doubt, the weight of his person is like the Torah given birth. I feel royal air as this Nazarene shouts, though we have light purses. Is Heaven moving? He is so like and unlike earth.
  4. I have used AVG for several years, suppressing the Windows Defender. AVG has improved a lot over the years, and the annual update process is a snap
  5. ...and anvils falling from the sky.
  6. Well said, Nicholas. I've been reading in I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist about Kant's hollow claim that reality can't be proven, which leads to the further erroneous claim that absolutes must fall. It seems that the only close argument Kantians have is that Kant is right because "Kant can't" might be a double negative.
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    I am trusting in the Almighty, though having been so many times, a prodigal, trying to make music a madrigal to cover over the pain of estrangement from my earthly father, whom I barely knew, my confused arms stretching toward him from an adult cradle, without knowing I wanted to be blessed in my mental crib. One day I walked away from the furniture, and I wondered if Dad would be at the next corner. Hardly all his fault, hardly none of my own, fallen nature's conscience came to a crawl, till one day the Scriptures pulled and called holy living "Acceptable".* Me acceptable to my Father above, in the daily, living in His love? If I take salvation given, turn to Him each day, in holy living? This is the affirmation an older man needed to overtake the young man running, pride of an eagle in my breast,** knowing our Father cares, by the Spirit, in Heaven. ___________ * Romans 12:1 ** Isaiah 40:31
  8. The branches do not sway so much as my gratitude which flutters, the glistening brooks as much eclipsed by love’s silver lining from my Father. The cooling summer nights bow low to refreshing Spirit’s shower; clouds gathering against August heat show faith shielding from the Darter.* The winding road up mountains tells hearts to value steps; though compass points direction, devotion hikes ahead. Rain which slows such travel slackens not to make amends, but time is our companion through which God commends. Prairies bedevil armies’ boot arches, the Lord’s straight paths make jump; snow’s mute mattress may unnerve, Heaven’s silence breaks for balm’s rub. Valleys volley echoes beyond, the deeper deeps shout to the Almighty; ballasting whales blow Creation’s song, our praises to God loudest sacrificing. Oases cluster in wandering hearts, the Sirocco of Pentecost gusts,** dusting the Herculean Pillars,+ the Heavens in power lift us, dust.++ ___________ * Bible Gateway passage: Ephesians 6:16 - New International Reader's Version ** Sirocco - Wikipedia + Pillars of Hercules - Wikipedia ++ Bible Gateway passage: Genesis 3:19 - New International Reader's Version and Bible Gateway passage: 2 Corinthians 4:14 - New International Reader's Version and Bible Gateway passage: 1 Corinthians 6:14 - New International Reader's Version
  9. Am I the only one? I wish I could use words in my writings like "queer" and "gay" without the imagery of social activism popping up. They used to evoke such unique, powerful meanings in their traditional usage. Maybe it's time to take the Admiral Farragut "damn the torpedoes" approach and use these words again--to denote perceptions of really odd and deep happiness. One cannot be naive. But then again, the reader just might appreciate the touch, with a grin. There must be other such spin-off words that might be ripe for taking out of mothballs and floating up the river.
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    Lord, keep my stray words away from the rudder, when these pile on a storm, cause me to stutter, falter, better yet go mute. Capture my mouth, add me to Ananias’s crew.+ Wrong words are like doubt looking for some other builder to sanction bad bricks to build up an altar of self-declaration apart from good’s grace. Why should we bother to speak, when it’s only gravel shoveled into creative space? Lord, I believe that You are and are Patient Rewarder,++ when our words look for the gold of your love for another. I’m not worthy to untie your sandals, but You give me new feet to carry good news. Help me, I don’t want to trip on my sandals, fall off the boat, over an untamed tongue loosed. Power of life and death in the tongue,* wish this were Eden, when all said grew love. So, Second Adam, it's your heart we choose from which to speak, this mind from You. ** __________ + https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1%3A8-23&version=NIVUK and https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1%3A57-66&version=NIVUK ++ https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+11%3A6&version=NIVUK and http://www.christianmuse.com/waystation/a-heis.shtml * https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+18%3A21&version=KJV ** https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+12%3A2&version=NIVUK and https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+2%3A16&version=NIVUK and https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Philippians+2%3A1-8&version=NIVUK
  11. Sometimes I can’t seem to get beyond the abrasive things that I feel, when the living in my life come with their pain, and instead of a bandage I offer them shame. Soul, leave your fortress you have God’s armor to suffer. Before battle commences get to your knees and admit you, too, have pain and need consolation, so confess then get up and breathe out Christ’s righteousness. This true religion of God in our needs, does not end at the altar of faith but only intensifies where we walk the trust walk, get traction to talk and cause no one sorrow who listens to us. Verses to meditate on: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+4%3A9-10&version=CEB https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+1%3A27&version=KJV https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+corinthians+1%3A3-4&version=KJV https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+6%3A12&version=CEB https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+18%3A21-35&version=CEB https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+18%3A21&version=CEB https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=CEB
  12. Of Thine own heart, we partake Of what You shed and said and gave,* Blood for our sin, life b'yond grave, Holy is the Lamb once slain! Of Thy riches, poorer we of ourselves, yet wealthier be by Jesus' justice, joy and peace,** Such Inheritance is He! How glorious?, worlds might well ask, Is the hope on which we rest? Christ, the full measure thereof, Infinitely glorious! __________ * See 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 and John 6:25-59 ** Romans 14:17 (KJV) reads, For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost
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