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  1. Thank you for the feedback jonjovi.
  2. 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):
  3. (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
  4. Amen! Thank you for posting this Tom. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the Word that is and Who is our lamp.
  5. Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place references sufficient horror for one to crave it's counterpoint.
  6. 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
  7. Amen! And per your thought, I added a third stanza to my post.
  8. 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
  9. When truths, God-communicated and self-evident, are skewed by media in consort with other forces, the theater of the absurd hits the road:
  10. ...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”.
  11. Judge not. For a purpose. I have been contributing to suggested Spanish-English translations on one of the top translator service websites on the globe. It's fun, in that people from all sorts of specialties and interests post questions about how to translate such and such a phrase, word, etc. Those submitting suggested translations are called "peers". Peers can make visible critiques of another's input. The moderators of the discussion, clearly experts, assess the inputs and then declare someone's translation as optimal and explain why. The assigned moderator to a que
  12. Another commonality with the "not THE": I attended an elementary school near Minnehaha Falls. I took many a hike to the park there. Side note: an uncle of mine owned a house just outside the centerfield fence of the old Twin's stadium. I understand that land is now under the Mall of the Americas (?).
  13. A hymn melody came to me this morning, when I pondered the opening words of Ephesians 2:8, For by grace are you saved through faith. And, so these words, for a new song (Psalms 96:1; Ephesians 5:18-20) His mercies go before me, his good will to arrange. Just how the steward and sovereignty accomplish, God’s to say. We know our humble part, How faith is seed to make us see the Kingdom of the Christ whose mercy meets our praise. His mercies go before me our trust need never lag, for gift is good as Giver gives and his, a treasure, stays as testament to cleave to
  14. Brace, my soul, for landing this is not dream nor lore, for you shall awake on grace fields if not gone to our Lord, where yet there is a harvest, there’s work for your blessed sleep. In trust we repose for sound rest, in confidence we reap. Believe, with each step passing amongst the wheat and tare, for mercy calls for waiting for God to choose and share. Thus marvel that His coming awaits changing hearts to care, that He within His Sonship would seek out the sinner.
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