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  1. Phillip Sandifer is a multi-talented songwriter who touches on faith and secular themes--and where they intersect, too (he also wrote songs for Disney) A few years, I listened to this song, feeling the vortex of chaos sucking the life out of civility in the society I live. It speaks to me even more now:
  2. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Signed. If she only took stock in the title that the Father has given the Son--and all that it means! "Messiah"
  3. (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.* __________ * Hebrews 13:8
  4. I wrote a short hymn, after reading Mark 1:40-45 from the King James Authorized Version [bold and brackets are mine], an account about Jesus healing a leper, focusing on the last verse: But he [the leper] went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter We blaze Thy Name abroad To every corner fill By Thy sweet grace your holy Name As people flock and yield Yield then they must to Thee, These constrained countenances* Those joyful elect set free Whilst will to His Will meshes. Afterthought: I am generally a plodding reader with the archaic-sounding KJVA. But the writing is so lyrical, the verses are generally easy to memorize--and that for a mediocre memorizer as myself. I tried to create the same effect with the hymn. I confess the final two lines should please both theological Calvinists and Arminians😎 __________ * The constraining Spirit, Who "sets the captive free", is by God's design unleashed to thirsty listeners who in turn enjoy the constraining, gifting and guiding Spirit. More: Constrained by the Spirit and Freeing Captives Verses. Note: for the second link, you need to scroll down a bit to see the Bible references
  5. I am a practicing evangelical, but From my very Irish-American Catholic upbringing, I find the desire to destroy the Jesus-statues to be very disturbing. In this sense: Christians earnestly desire that God speak to the world through all means available. Statues, as reminders, can be a convicting reminder to the soul. People who want to destroy these demonstrate a disdain for the devotion of people who value the helpful art.
  6. I’m thinking of visual arts here, and I suppose the theme has been thoroughly discussed. I’m reminded of C.S. Lewis now, about how the idea of beauty from its many angles is a God-given one. It feels awkward to suggest, but there is even beauty among us during this COVID-19 pandemic. Beauty, because God is real and active. I gave the flowery opening to set up the question: Why is the graphic of a hideous virus cell (or whatever it is) so predominantly used to supplement written and visual discussion about the virus? Why can’t there be images of caring, of convalescence, of research—anything to get beyond the ominous images of a molecular hun that ravages the world and leaves people fearful and despairing? It is as if back room editors are thinking “Puff the Grief”. There need to be visual presentations that install courage, resolve and vision. I’m at the point that when I see any drawing of those impishly spiked red balls, I want to take out a golf club and drive them far off the course. Not out of denial. I just want something constructive so that during the struggle there are images that more readily move me to breathe In hope. Positive propaganda of a sort. Like, change Rosie the Riveter to a nurse.
  7. 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, "The sinner's prayer repeat!" Although it came from simple folk, I saw and heard what God's heart spoke, When one time they pled, "The sinner's prayer repeat!" In Time of times, the Son of Man will make His call, In Time of times, the Son of Man will make His call, 'Cause the trumpet shall announce 'Come up hither!", to the clouds.* In Time of times, the Son of Man will make His call. In these times, can we look back to the Cross? In these times, can we look back to the Cross? I-sai-ah so prophesied** The Son's Sacrifice is life. In these times, can we look back to the Cross? _______ *1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Revelation 11:12 **I wrote this as a folk song and used the British pronunciation for Isaiah ("Eye-zeye-ah"). See Isaiah 53
  8. Unfortunately the Supreme Court Chief Justice sided with the majority in a 5-4 vote to give Gov's the right to allow such a thing. Churches seem unfairly singled out in contrast to other groups. Peaceful civil disobedience may be the only way to go before long.
  9. 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. ___________ * https://www.learnreligions.com/simon-the-zealot-mystery-apostle-701071 **http://storage.cloversites.com/makinglifecountministriesinc/documents/What%20does%20going%20the%20Second% ***https://www.jewishvoice.org/read/blog/yeshua-hamashiach-anointed-save
  10. I look at my old stuff to recall what was that impetus I felt during that writing. When I rediscover it (and there are always converging reasons), I can react in different ways: consider it a matter for looking back in reflection or take some of that impetus and carry it forward. We not only quote others; we start to quote ourselves, if only internally.
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