In the quiet corner, alone,
Far from voices, in the still,
I seek you, Lord, to understand,
To know your ways, to do your will.
From emptiness to fullest blessing,
From tears of grief to joy’s increase,
From hard estrangement to love expressing:
In you I find unceasing peace.
The Lord of worlds and Launcher of suns
Inserted himself in human space;
No house or home to pillow his head,
He restored to man the holy place.
There’s nothing in the world for me:
No tenderness, no pleasure free
Of pain and death, no love that’s pure,
No higher reason, no good secure.
In Christ are all the gifts of God,
No giving of his is fleeting or flawed;
In him my every need is filled,
And life itself where the Lord was killed.
The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.
Prov 10.8 NIV
Jesus came to earth in order to do the Father’s will, Heb 10.7. He learned obedience, Heb 5.8. As the obedient Son, “he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” Heb 5.9.
At heart, the self-named progressives rebel at obedience. They are self-willed and rebellious against the will of God. They are ruthless in removing from the faith the necessity to submit to God’s rule, all the while mouthing nonsense about love, tolerance, and acceptance. Continue reading
Of all the powers now manifest,
Each one proclaims itself the best,
To prosper man and bring him peace,
To make his knowledge and wealth increase. Continue reading
1. I was blessed last Friday: I was directly under the light bulb in my office bathroom when it exploded and sent pieces of glass flying. Not a single one landed on me.
2. The bulb explosion apparently burned the electrical switch, so it will have to be replaced. After the holidays are over. Continue reading
Our God is great and good, eternally!
Receiving praise through battle and victory hymn,
The Lord sits reigning on his glorious throne
Among four creatures, angels, and cherubim,
In splendor and might; above the heaven’s dome,
He guides the affairs of man, and blesses him
Who wavers not against the enemy.
King Ahab let his pagan wife Jezebel do all the dirty work. She conspired to get Naboth’s vineyard for him, as he pouted on his bed, face turned to the wall. The Lord sent his servant the prophet Elijah to confront him, at the very moment he was taking possession of the vineyard.
Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, 1 Kings 21.20 NIV.
Contrast what Elijah said about Ahab, selling himself to do evil, with what the Lord Jesus Christ did: Continue reading
Just as in the entire world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, so it has also been bearing fruit and growing among you from the first day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, Col 1.6.
The gospel speaks of Jesus. It is content and communication, the power of God for salvation, “the message of truth” v. 5. As communication, the Good News must be heard and understood. Anyone can communicate it. The Colossians learned it from Epaphras, v. 7. One need not be an apostle to transmit it.
On the lips of many disciples, the Good News bears fruit and grows. It is not limited in its extent nor in its location. It does not depend upon huge financial resources nor upon eloquent preachers. It does depend upon everyone speaking and many hearing. Continue reading