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  1. A song, after reading verses 26-56 from Luke 1 Why are we so blessed that the mother of our Lord said “Yes”, submitted t’angel Gabriel, sent to a virgin near Jerusalem? Why are we so blessed that every heart within a baptism’s lept at the mention of the name, “Jesus”, obeying belief as good, accomplished? The Gospel is best news when embraced by those who never knew, who never saw, touched—returned a coo, yet to mercy said, “Let it be so!” Why are we so loved by the Ruler over House Jacob? ‘T
  2. Great praise to our Great God. Thank you for sharing.
  3. A short hymn, after reading 1 Thessalonians 3. Verses 11-13 are quite striking. There are two more chapters to go, and Brother Paul is so keyed up with joy that he launches into a blessing and prayer for the Thessalonian believers. In the lyrics below, I picture a congregation singing the words before a service’s benediction. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ For now we really live, when we stand firm in the Lord! How can we thank our God enough? Each testimony is joy. The good news of our faith, good news of mutual love: cause to pray
  4. (after reading Acts 2:1-47) How I wish for you the love of the Christ at Pentecost: seeking the Sovereign, Sovereign seeking, saints talking upward, Heaven downward vetting, the Wind round your temples, God's ardor crowning. How I wish for you the throng of many peoples exclaiming, "What!", "What's the reason?", "Why this hour?", "Who sent forth Pentecostal Fire?", "Where, the Spirit's interpreters?" May we again go Upper Room, empowered as God's own Jeshurun?* How I wish for you this hope, Latter Rain longed for, this day, soaked!** __________ * Jeshu
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Hmm, maybe the music teacher would say "a high note that ends a piece of music."
  8. (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
  9. Thank you for the feedback jonjovi.
  10. 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):
  11. (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
  12. Amen! Thank you for posting this Tom. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the Word that is and Who is our lamp.
  13. Corrie ten Boom's The Hiding Place references sufficient horror for one to crave it's counterpoint.
  14. 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
  15. Amen! And per your thought, I added a third stanza to my post.
  16. 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
  17. ...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”.
  18. 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
  19. 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 (?).
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (KJV – 2 Corinthians 5:8). And now? A Better Resurrection is pending. Albino leaves snowflaking the woods, done defying decay, stems’ only hooves, allude to a judgement before we all bow. The green if remembered shall later regrow. Absent of color, once possessed good, now without preservation, unjarred in the woods. How many tomorrows has the albino withstood? The borealis above,* what leaves
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