Below are some of the flittery paragraphs, plus a few, that didn’t make the cut for today’s Forthright Magazine article, “Monday editorial flitter.”
¶ At the editorial link above, you’ve been given a Monarch butterfly to enjoy. Around here, though, the common butterfly is solid yellow, a smiling burst of joy that flutters the heart. Can’t miss them.
¶ Jesus is called the Word because he expresses the mind of God. “As a word is an exact image of an idea, so is ‘The Word’ an exact image of the invisible God” (A. Campbell).
God stands steadfast when man turns his back. Jesus does not abandon his mission when disciples walk away. The faithfulness of the Lord in the face of man’s rebellion, his patience with human stubbornness, his unfailing love toward all, incite us to praise and honor him. To God be the glory!
It is my belief that passions as strong as his are more likely to be countered by the unexpected force of poetry, which can ambush the human heart at any time.
via The Unexpected Force of Poetry
This is not why I write poetry. I write it because I must. I always have, since a child.
But Steven Lloyd’s point is valid, that the form of poetry and the content of Scripture as Story may gain a better hearing today. Poetry may be that sneaky approach that surprises and captures the reader.
I pray my poetry might have that capacity and that effect.
… people want very much to hear from God until they actually do. In other words, if God said right now, “Andy, I need you in the slums of Detroit by the morning.” and I saw the fire leaving my home and headed towards Detroit, would I follow? Is certainty really preferred to ambiguity? Are we comfortable in our ignorance? How crazy would it be if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt where you were supposed to go?
—Andy Burns, #58/366 – Numbers 8-10 – Thinking on These Things.
I shared the first line also on QBT.
This thought is significant for several reasons. Continue reading
READ: “Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names stand written in heaven” Lk 10.20.
THINK: The saint rejoices in eternal salvation and in his participation in the sufferings of Christ, Mt 5.10-12; Acts 5.41; Heb 10.34; 1 Pet 4.13. Joy overrides circumstances. Trials are reason for joy, Jas 1.2-4. It is contagious, Rom 12.15. With so many reminders in the Bible, it seems that we easily forget our joy. Heavenly joy over repentance ought to be our joy also, Lk 15. Continue reading
Praise God who blesses his people richly, in every way, for every good work and purpose, who saves eternally, who strengthens daily, who shows his goodness constantly. Blessed be the Lord, the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.
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Give glory to God that his word produces faith, if not in all, in many who will believe and become faithful followers of Christ! Praise to him who uses men and women to speak his word, who are encouraged to see the Lord work powerfully through the Good News!
On this site I’ve changed the permalink structure to remove the date numbers. Then I did a URL redirect in the .htaccess file. So if you find that links posted before today aren’t getting you to the posts, please let me know. It seems to be working for me, but that’s no guarantee.
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¶ The cookout Saturday night was great, good meat, loved that grilled cheese, good to eat rice and beans again, but the body sure needs some light, vitamin-filled nourishment. Almondshakes in the morning are helping, but heavy meals slow a feller down. Continue reading
In his book No Nut Like a Brazil Nut, Glover Shipp recorded the early days of the first Belo Horizonte mission team. For each year he covered, he assigned a descriptive title, “The Year of …” Continue reading