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    Our Audiences

    I won't mention the European country ("X") or provide names, as you'll see why. The embarrassment for me started the day after a speaking engagement that I had helped to arrange at X's version of West Point. Angela, my U.S. military office's community relations advisor and a local national, hit me with precision-guided salvos the next morning, as soon as she saw me walk nonchalantly past her office door. But Captain, the Prince thought that you were mad at him! Angela, what do you mean? I didn't even interact with the cadet--him! After all, I was just an escort for the American officer. So, when Captain Jones gave his speech to the eager-to-learn-English cadets, Jones and I were guided to a reception room for he and the Prince to meet, have some coffee and pastry and converse. Being an escort, it wasn't about me, so I just stood in a corner, glad that I was witnessing the rapport between a future King and--oh no! Oh, yes. The Academy commander just called to relay that the prince thought that you were aloof with him or something, and he couldn't figure out why you didn't want to talk with him. Well, how in the world am I going to live this down? You know that, every month, we send a junior military officer to talk about his or her experience. Now it will be "Captain Stuck-up" and his guest speaker--unless I get an audience with his future highness to deliver my own speech, a mea culpa. You will just have to be the escort yourself, from now on! I often look back on this international snafu with a chuckle, sometimes with regret. It has served as a reminder that minding one's station should be coupled with an open eye to serve and gain rapport. I do recall how the now-King looked at me with an inquiring glance from the corner of an eye. If I'd only had my antennas up. I can share this with my grandchildren before they reach the, "Oh come on!" stage. Innocence doesn't read social demands into things. Paul said, "We all err in many ways." We need to be ready to excuse others--perhaps even ourselves. I've done the latter to myself many a time. This ability keeps us from being harsh, while still leaving it open to politely expect better from ourselves and others. Room to rebound. I wonder what would happen if I wrote an open letter to the King. Would an anonymous letter make it past his correspondence gatekeepers? I'd like to just say, "Hey remember when ... ? I just hope you and the Queen are doing well." No, I'll leave it alone. Who knows. Maybe the King remembers that position can intimidate or unintentionally inhibit. One thing I do know. From what what I've seen on TV and other media, he is kind to those around him.
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    Gracious Love

    It is within Your gracious love that Your words are kept,* not within the mere doing but action born from Awesomeness.** Beyond feeling and emotion divided by the Spirit's edge,^ is a new world of devotion our hearts grasp and move within.^^ ____________ * Psalms 119:88 ** Ephesians 2:8 ^ Hebrews 4:12 ^^ 2 Corinthians 5:17 (feel free to reply with a link to song that you think of after reading the above)
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    God's Gaze

    Narrow is the way; Once inside it is wide.* If sparrows gain His gaze, more so all creatures in earth and sky** _________ * Psalm 119:32 and Matthew 7:13-14 ** Luke 12:4-7
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    Judean Hearts

    . . . about the shepherds who "watched their flocks by night", the day Messiah Jesus was born . . . Quick! Your gnarled hands grasp your staffs, Poke, fast, the road to Bethlehem, Stack them, leaned against the wall, Kneel, join Heaven’s madrigal. Sing the earthly shepherd’s way, Spirit touch flesh in what you say. Many have walked past your pastures, Yet, this One comes with Heaven’s cure. Hint of Nazareth on mother's tongue, Strange parentage for unique Son. First Judean hearts to praise, Scent of sheep and sweetest Grace.
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    The Music of Christmas: Heaven Meets Earth in Holy Sign

    A real blessing to read this, Mark. Thank you for sharing. The last 12 lines of "Hymn for a Holy Child" soar in their praise.
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    Receiving Grace

    Grace is not something we earn by coaxing God to reward.* And If to position oneself could justify such, it would only be because we sit at the feet of Jesus.** At His feet, in our hearts, then, by doing the same to others whom the Savior loves. Grace is to be with Messiah, by trust while on this earth, and until Heaven, despising denial. Grace is what we receive, when our distance from God has been squeezed to an arms-length, and we receive what is brought, the beautiful promises, as if before getting there, we’ve been born from above.*** ____________ * Romans 4:7-8 ** Matthew 11:25-30 *** John 3:3
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    And THAT is amazing!
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    Hello From Croatia

    Welcome, Nikola, to CW.
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    Psalm 119:71 (KJV): It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes Lamentation's sun rises this morning Eclipsed by the moon of my own moaning Darkness for a moment fits the truth, Enables my soul's shaking, within vicissitudes Regret cuts like slices before eclipse But at the climax of my sorrow, Holy Spirit, The gleaming from your scimitar awakes 'Til your brightness graces over my mistakes
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    Sad To Say A Former Member Has Passed Away

    May God comfort her family.
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    How Are You Treating God?

    A great question for going into 2019. The One who has given us the Rx of grace? The Physician who has come to treat sinners? May our lips and lives move beyond thanks to thanks-giving, the giving of heart, mind, soul and strength.
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    Who Is This Lamb?

    The cup still tips The crumbs congregate Resembling the motley Joyfully passing the plate The wine is a river The bread is an ark Which by the Spirit Flows through Christ’s heart Who is this Lamb Who tells us, “Remember”?* He is I Am Who, being with us, is Savior! This crust is the bow Christ’s love is the anchor Faith in Him our sail That captures hope’s breeze, forever ___________ * 1 Corinthians 11:25
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    Christmas with the Persecuted

    I am glad to share our common joy in the Lord, jonjovi. A blessed new year in the Lord to you and yours.
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    Christmas with the Persecuted

    Though men may slander, You talk about us to the Father,* Even if they shout and curse, Love still flows from your infinite purse. Should the Gospel and goodness be reviled, The truth in your Face is a confident smile. Let them make seasons to block how You shine! Jesus, your light remains for all time. You tell us the Father so talked about us, He sent us His Son, to a Bethlehem hut, Who from a virgin brang newness with balm For diseases of mind, body and soul--His calm. If this is to be happy in a world so skewed and torn, Then let weeping reduce to rejoice**, He is born! ________ * Hebrews 7:25 ** Romans 12:15
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    (Please first read Acts 1:1-11 and Acts 2). What jumped out at me was Acts 1:8 “Earth”, the last word His disciplines heard from Jesus, here. As He left, not bereft, they gathered in Jerusalem. There they received the promise of God, the Holy Spirit, come to live in--among us. Lift up His Name, fill the streets, the language of love, increase. When their hearts, touched by the spark of hope the Good News imparts, ask of you, “What should we do?”, teach them the sinner’s prayer—go!

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