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  1. Ragamuffin_John

    Poetry
    Riding on these high plains
    I begin to understand
    Why it took One gentle-tough stepson of a
    Carpenter man
    To command my respect and devotion
    And bring me to God’s will.
    Cause the mind of man’s a wild thing
    But God’s is stronger still.
     
    I’m a cowboy with love for His Savior,
    Cause He has strode the long prairies of this life.
    Yippee Ki Yay!  I know I’d be nothing
    But trail dust in His hand,
    If He hadn’t had the nail prints
    And taken the law into His own hands.
     
    Bridling up the horses
    Gives me a happy feel
    I can tear off in a gallop,
    Know your reins make your reign real.
    Underneath this Stetson
    Is a mind You changed by grace.
    You stop me to do some fence posts;
    I don’t mind work at your pace.
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    After reading John 1:1-34
     
    Look, the Lamb, look!
    He is like none other.
    A speck of His light
    Heals the eye, blinds accusers.
    Lift up your heads
    For the remnants of Heaven
    Prepare in wonder
    A coming New Jerusalem.
     
    Unlimited Unction
    Fell on the Lamb,
    Replaced royal robes
    That Glory gave back
    Once Jesus went up,
    Teth’ring God’s heart to man,
    When the Son left a chalice
    Of grace in our hands.
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    Isaiah 51:3 (NIV)
    “The Lord will surely comfort Zion
    and will look with compassion on all her ruins he will make her deserts like Eden,
    her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
    Joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the sound of singing.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    God's healing for His children is as all-encompassing as salvation itself.   This healing is for the whole remnant of believing Israel, the Church, the believer.   This can have a life-long, calming effect on the believer, for every life has had ruins.   Many lives experience ruins.   Some are headed to ruin, unless they fall back on the grace of God for mercy and protection.   In the Lord, all ruins can be removed, rebuilt, or left as monuments to a greater grace.   The latter being an endowment of blessed vision.+   Whichever way, newness endures.   New structure for "new creations"*
     
    The most improbable candidates for restoration (wastelands) find their renovation in our Compassionate God.
     
    When one happily sings, the vibrations of celebration affect the whole body.   This is a healing effect.  The joy of the Lord is meant to be like that.   It is our strength.**   Let the people rejoice.***  All her ruins come under the gaze and grace of God's loving care.
    ________
    + Hebrews 11:1
    * 2 Corinthians 5:17
    ** Nehemiah 8:10
    *** Psalm 68:3
     
    The opening Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
  4. Ragamuffin_John
    (after reading Luke 23:44-56* and Matthew 27:19**)
     
    Sabbath was coming,
    Christ’s work was done.
    An Arimathean
    Bore witness, placed the Witness in rock.
     
    His secret devotion
    Was unmasked in a vote,
    He would say “No”
    Before Pilate’s “Yes” groaned.
     
    The Roman’s wife
    Had warned how a dream
    About Yeshua
    Upset her world scheme.
     
    But the world would view
    A washing of hands,
    A giving way
    To a coup in Graceland.
     
    The Galilee ladies
    Went home to rest
    In obedience to the Father
    Whose Son lay wrapped in death.
     
    Little did they know
    (Though the prophets said much)
    A new day would usher
    In Life after the hush.
    __________
    * https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+23%3A44-56&version=EHV
    ** https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+27%3A19&version=EHV
  5. Ragamuffin_John
    Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Carefully consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:7-8 ~ EHV - bold is mine)

    There are many revealing and truth-stamped Scriptures for us to learn from and follow. Verses which follow each other consecutively are particularly cementing in their emphases. Concerning the Scripture passage above, the bolded part is by far and away the most well-known, embraced, and practiced portion. The bolded can certainly stand alone for edification and teaching about the power and nature of God. It is that powerful. Yet and still, there is so much more about verse 8 to consider when it is read in its full context, that is, looked at in relation to the previous verse 7.

    The early Church placed a lot of emphasis on the importance of local church members modelling their lifestyles and piety based on the example set by their leaders. Clearly, this has to do with considering the lives and ministry of pastors, elders, deacons, and so on. Now, we need to ask ourselves, "How is this done?" Certainly, no modelling can be accomplished unless the object, the person of our scrutiny, is in our midst. And so, the importance of fellowship--in the church building and outside of it. Leaders need our support, and this is most highly accomplished when we surround them with our company, our attention, when we apply the principles that they teach us from the Word of God, and through our sincere adaptation of the Godly virtues displayed by our leaders.

    The primary blessing that followers get from imitating leaders, who themselves are obedient servants of Christ, is that the witness of leaders proves the faithfulness of God: it has in the past (yesterday), it will prove God's faithfulness now (today), and this God-given tool will always be true, just as true as God is eternal (forever).

    We need to daily pray for our leaders. We should get to know them so that their faith in Christ and reflection of His goodness can be imitated as well. Getting to know them is probably easier in cultures where respect for elders has been maintained as a cultural norm. Nevertheless, the Church itself is a new society that was created at Pentecost.* The mandate in the NT to respect church leaders, along with the energizing power of the Holy Spirit, gives the Church actual and enticing possibilities for living out the Faith.

    Following our leaders is not an abandonment or diluting of our focus on the one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). Spirit-led imitation of the faith demonstrated by our leaders is a failsafe in itself, for as the Apostle Paul wrote, Be imitators of me, just as I am of Christ (EHV ~ 1 Corinthians 11:1)
    __________
    * But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, the people who are God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (EHV ~ 1 Peter 2:9)
    Scripture quotations marked EHV are from the Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version® (EHV®) © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
  6. Ragamuffin_John
    (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
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    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
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    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
     
     
  9. Ragamuffin_John
    Confidence in Christ
     
    Sorry, my eyes are bothering me a bit.  Above, I share a link to a poem I wrote in another website, under the alias of “Quasiblogo”.  Feel free to look at other stuff I’ve written there.
     
    John
     
     
  10. Ragamuffin_John
    Would you visually dash outside your house
    Engage a leper from your couch?
    Or, put your money to where mouth is
    Donate to charities amidst this COVID?
    Defy the "stay" to build the herd
    Or, self impose while the essential learn?
    And when the Church opens its gates
    Will we in heart and mind embrace
    The kiss of peace so long restrained?
    Will we know God has kept His pace
    And been, by Spirit, hither and yon
    To fellowship, coax us along?
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    Honesty And trust in God during the scourge of the COVID-19 virus.   I am reminded of Romans 5:10 (KJV):   “We shall be saved by his life”
     
    Numbers are shadows;
    People are real.
    Front lines tell sorrow;
    My walls don’t feel.
    We cannot burst,
    There is no balloon to blow up.
    We are faced with a living
    That doesn’t celebrate us.
    Prayer, like an eagle,
    Soar far above
    To a caring Father
    Who gave us his Son.
    We hear your “I know!”
    We see empty Tomb’s stare.
    In hope, we shall walk out
    in Heaven, on earth.
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    Lord, You had nowhere to lay Your head?
    These days, we covet those open-air beds,
    Where You relied on the softness of Abba
    And His peace as a pillow to drift off on.
     
    Lord, You sometimes had to flee elbows pushing on You.
    These days, we long for the unmasked skin, too,
    For when greetings once embraced life,
    And we shared the same air without worry or strife.
     
    Spirit of God, continue to blow where You will.
    We invite You for knowledge, and now more than ever for feel.
    These days, confined by Caesar,
    We're more constrained to squeeze each moment for where You are.
     
     
     
     
     
  13. Ragamuffin_John
    My soul, what do the words "Messiah Jesus" mean to you?

    Meant to be the healing Instrument
    Meant to show Divine Love, how it's spent
    Meant to be a Friend to us when we were less
    Meant to give us will to worship Him

    Meant to gladden the Father by blind suffrage
    Meant to vote for Joy, invite us in
    Meant to take the grand of Good and grace Commands
    Meant to be Way whereon sinners win.

    "Messiah" means New Covenant
    The Path of cobbled promises
    Fulfilled to lighten loads
    A "Not-Guilty" run-on sentence by His Blood
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    Concerning Luke 8:1-3 (EHV - bold is mine):

    Soon afterward Jesus was traveling from one town and village to another, preaching
    and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him and
    also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and diseases: Mary, called Magdalene,
    from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, the wife of Cuza, Herod’s household manager;
    Susanna; and many others who provided support for them out of their own possessions.

    (Below, I imagine Cuza advising his wife to join Jesus' sojourning ministry. The terrors and intrigue in the palace household must have worn on him)

    Go out, get away Joanna, run
    Get the mind of Jesus
    There is nothing that I, Cuza
    Understand anymore

    Gather, take our savings, saddle up
    Spend it on Messiah
    On everything that Immerser John
    Bellowed, yes begged we should explore

    How God gave it to the Herods on a platter
    The Child of Bethlehem, wild John, and all we've learned
    I'm of no account, but that's no matter
    Let's sell our souls to a better Kingdom's Lord

    Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version® (EHV®) © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc.
    All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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    Matthew 8:28-34

    The verses:
    28 When he arrived at the other side, in the region of the Gergesenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him there. They were very dangerous, so that nobody could pass that way. 29 Suddenly they cried out, “What do we have to do with you, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” 30 There was a large herd of pigs feeding some distance away from them. 31 The demons begged him, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” 32 He told them, “Go!” So the demons came out of the men and went into the pigs. Immediately the whole herd of pigs rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the water. 33 Those who were feeding the pigs fled and went into the town. They reported everything, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. 34 Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus. When they saw him, they begged him to leave their region.

    A musing about these verses--imagining the retrospective point of view of the Gergesenes, "pig-headed" as it was:

    Jesus could have saved our bacon,
    But instead it went o’er a cliff.
    Pigs could now be going to market
    Since the two slobs were made fit.
    But no, he had to take the herd
    and strangely oblige the spirit fleet,
    let the twain converge in a run,
    dashing into one downward stampede.
    Why’d we also sprint to the coast
    Just to ask Him to depart?
    I think deep down we also feared
    He’d rearrange our hearts.

    Scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version® (EHV®) © 2019 Wartburg Project, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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    After reading Matthew 10, I thought more about the attitude that Jesus wants us, His disciples, to have (Perhaps might also be useful for using in my imaginary musical about St. Francis of Assisi):
     
    Jesus said never disparage another,
    Nor call “scatter-brained” any in the image of the Father,
    For their worth is far greater than all of the sparrows
    Who seem so haphazard in ascending as fellows.
    They chirp in many directions the moods of the Gospel,
    Love, coming judgement, true rest amidst toil and trial.
    One Body, bearing fruit which at first may seem foreign
    Domesticates souls, looking pell-mell until they start soaring.
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    My Mom passed on to Glory this December 13th, after a protracted illness.  I am thankful for the witness to Christ that she gave and that full salvation of body and soul is hers, through and with Jesus...
     
    Mom, you said so many times
    “Time waits for no man”
    But God conspired to break that chime
    Today, at 3:16 p.m. to be precise
    When your last breath whispered the plan
    That Ángels explained at God’s command
    While your ten children, with jealous-holy cries
    Begrudged Him not, your healing complete
    So evident in our relief
    That we said, “Thank You, Father’s will be done”
    To what is hard when Mercy’s soft
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    My joy cannot be broken
    Or become a faded token
    Of my deliverance
    But will by earnest prayer on knees
    proverbial or ones You make sturdy
    feel the ground of trust in any circumstance

    Can you tell by my gait I was wounded by angels*
    When I surrendered to Adonai’s summons?
    It has not been in vain (that spiritual battle)
    It’s more real than flesh, the good scar of Love

    This Love is the healing, no exertion to wear
    It is the high honor that softens the stare
    Scars won’t accept tattoos of wondering will
    This set apart** surface reflecting Light’s thrill

    Soul, yesterday you hid from the understood scar
    Adonai, as with Adam, asked where you are
    You came back with the covering of I Am’s own Son+
    And felt Spirit’s breeze, unconditional Love
    ___________
    * Genesis 32:22-32
    **Holiness explained: https://www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-terms/what-is-holiness-what-can-be-holy.html 
    + Genesis 3:6-7; Genesis 3:21; Jesus, our covering, explained: https://odb.org/2016/12/17/our-covering/
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    (After reading Mark 10

    My soul, always remember this which God has revealed: Jesus the Son gives what the Father has prepared. The restoration of blind Bartemaeus is an example:

    Ben-David is here, calls you,
    He gives what Abba in Heaven prepares.
    All good, all light, all new.*
    So new, by it, no man swears.**

    Tell Teacher, “Yes, I would see!”
    Expect that the Spirit says, “Come!”+
    We feel Messiah decree++
    (To all who shed selves), “God is love!”^
    __________
    * 1 John 1:5
    ** Matthew 5:34
    + Revelation 22:17
    ++ Romans 8:16 ; 1 John 4:7-21
    ^ Matthew 11:27-28; 1 John 2:23; 1 John 5:12; John 5:22-29
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    After reading Mark 5:25-34, about how Jesus healed the woman who had hemorrhaged for 12 years:

    On His way to touch another
    Jesus' power healed me
    Collateral restoration
    But I felt I was His target
    In His heart, primary
    So much so I got my healing
    Before Talitha would even know
    We were both damaged goods
    Whom the Anointed would make whole

    "Collateral restoration"
    Cause the eyes of this world
    think they know what God wants
    "Faith in this way", "Just so!"
    But the Almighty has an order
    Sovereign gracing and commands
    That His children should sense favor
    Within the desperate
    Reach for One Who heals en masse
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    Happy Incarnation of the Son of Man,
    Yeshua HaMashiach, born in Bethlehem!*
    Worshipped outside the Temple, where there was no veil,
    Prophecy fulfilled Is our Emanuel!

    Rejoicing and Salvation, Davidic temple life**
    Experienced by the Three Kings on that manger-night.
    Like lilies of the valley: straw, mortar, wood eclipsed
    All Solomonic beauty before this Perfect Gift.***
    __________
    * Yeshua HaMashiach, Hebrew for Messiah Jesus
    ** Psalms 118:15 (KJV): The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly.
    *** Matthew 6:28-29
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    After reading about the evidences of God’s love among us in 1 Corinthians 12:4-8 and about the Lord’s astounding assertion in John 14:12-14 (KJV – bold is mine): 
     
    12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
    13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
     
    Below, another addition to my imaginary musical, “Saint Frank” (about the life of St. Francis of Assisi).   Here, Frank sings as he is walking along his way to Rome to explain the vision he received to “Renew My Church”
     
    These, the greater things,
    The weight of them
    Make the Burden-bearer mightier,
    Spirit-laden fruit
    Healing nations’ hurts
    From the serpent’s wiles
    Unto greater things reserved.
     
    These, the greater things,
    Love is all of them,
    Dejure for Christians
    Brimming with good health,
    Attracting many hungry
    For salvation’s way,
    And they, finding greater things. 
     
    Greater things build the Church,
    Together, assured of greater things:
    Apostolic-sharing,
    Hearts continually empt’ing,
    Worshipful works, by faith refilling.
    The weight of all of them
    Is light and lights the world.  
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    From the other side of Mystery,
    Sovereign speaks so freely.
    Veil is torn in Temple-time,
    Access given, Grace trims
    Away every hesitance,
    Faced with love Adoption gives.
    From this side, flow mortal strains
    Abetted by Spirit's foretaste.

    Christ has broken every rule
    thought we death had over our souls!
    Overflow when He was not spared,
    Then, "God with us"; now, Life He shares!
    __________
    * Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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    After reading  John 6:1-14 (GNT)

    Jesus took my bread,
    The barley-kind—oh, and two fish.
    Crust, like dry souls, then.
    Fish, like our credulity, dead.

    Yes, I was young, the sky limitless.
    But even I wondered aloud, “What is this?”
    But He bade, “Sit down!”
    We sat down, curiosity cubits-tall.*

    Then, my bread He blessed.
    The more he did, the more it spread.
    Trust, we’d barely chewed,
    When we hailed Him as from another world.

    “Surely this must be”, said the full.
    Jesus left before an inauguration ensued.
    He would have rather that we had blessed
    Abba, His likeness, for His kindnesses.

    Jesus left my bread,
    My neighbors ate the rest in wonderment.
    ___________
    * Bible Weights and Measurements
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    It is an audacious thing to be stepping out on works, works motivated by love for God and trust in Him. In doing so, we join Him in His creative processes. And, the results are found where stewardship and sovereignty meet.

    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? ~ Micah 6:8 (KJV)

    At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. ~ John 14:20 (KJV)

    I "do" because You require it, Love's justice manifesting,
    itself the good fruit of Your Mercy implanting.
    Help humbles my countenance, for You are my God,
    I Am Who says "You, in me, I, you" ... Selah.*
    Light flows from communion, such might that we "do",
    the clear acts of our minds obeying the Truth.
    __________
    *  Selah ~ It's meaning
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