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  1. Almost, when I was six. I was pulling my little red wagon through the housing area of an Air Force base, when a large dog ran at me to, as I perceived, take chunk out of me. Thankfully, the dog couldn’t out distance his chain, and the menace lurched to a halt. I raised a stick at the dog as he continued to bark, and the lady of the house ran out up to confront me, screaming “Don’t you dare hurt that dog!” Dog owners can be too loyal sometimes.
  2. Hello. Nothing fancy here. I just thought the following might interest someone: The following might be a useful tool for a Sunday School class or other group venue: (1) Give an assignment to your people for the next meeting: take the word “Prayer” and ask them to draw up a list of as many words as they can make out of it. (2) For each applicable word, ask them to provide an explanation for how the word ties into “Prayer”, citing a Scripture reference or at least a paraphrase of the reference. The purpose would be to reinforce that a true perspective
  3. Hmm, maybe the music teacher would say "a high note that ends a piece of music."
  4. (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 march. ^^ We’re glad that reliance breaks silence, ^^^ Lord, You tore down our blindness to
  5. Thank you for the feedback jonjovi.
  6. 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 4:8-9 spurred a hymn of sorts that I chicken-scratched after my hike: The Scripture passage (KJV):
  7. (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 over from death to life. ** Romans 8:1 and Romans 8:14-15 ~ Therefore, there is now no condemnatio
  8. Amen! Thank you for posting this Tom. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the Word that is and Who is our lamp.
  9. Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place references sufficient horror for one to crave it's counterpoint.
  10. I haven't written a single chapter, but for my blog posts I have deleted a few in-progress that I thought would resonate but were too ahead of my experience curve. I'm not saying one has to have experienced or intellectually understood everything one imagines, but for these writings, I just felt too presumptuous, like I needed to toss the work permanently to wash away a paradigm and wait for the intuitive impulse to arrive at a different angle. Strangely, too easy-flowing a write can sometimes give me the sensation that "I have arrived", and I don't necessarily trust or want that. I also
  11. Amen! And per your thought, I added a third stanza to my post.
  12. I like to think about the role of the scribes (“amanuenses”) of the New Testament writings. Amanuenses The above references may be debatable at some points, but much can be agreed upon. Book/Story/Play idea for someone: have these amanuenses gather to reminisce about their experiences (and maybe interaction?) and the personages for whom they worked Okay, as for a person for whom a book is named after: Peter. I so appreciate by studying him how the Lord makes salvation a point of wholeness for the entire time we have on this earth—and that how
  13. ...or the creepy name Society of Social Healing, which gives a useful acronym of SOSH, to which a critic might say, “Posh!” I first heard that expression in the movie “Master and Commander”.
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