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Sunday, September 23, 2018

"New Age for Humankind" Song of Solomon 1-3, Galatians 2

"The faithfulness of the Messiah has already opened relationship with God to all people. Gal 2:16. It is the incredible faithfulness to the ways of God that has opened a whole new age for humankind." Matthew Henry. Our lives hang in the balance between three events:  The Past and what has already happened - a new age with our names written in the Book of the Lamb; The Present Temporal World and what is already set in motion - purchased by the Blood of the Lamb; and the Future Slain Lamb rises in Victory and we live to praise.  Called before the foundations of the world. We live. Appointed. Purchased. Praising. 

"Everything hangs on being in the 3 scenes.
Past:  Appointed.
Present:  Purchased.
Future: Praising." John Piper.  

Saturday, September 22, 2018

"Sow Morning & Evening" Ecclesiastes 10-12

Eccl 10:14 The answer is not holding your tongue but holding to God.
Eccl 11:6 So
Sow your seed in the morning.
Sow your seed in the evening.
You never know!

Words multiply.
People divide.

Friday, September 14, 2018

"Stay, Settle, Steady the Forces of Water" Proverbs 19-21

In the Lord's Hand, the good and bad kings' hearts are like rivers of water that God turns. Proverbs 21:1. 
The kings who hold all the power of our government.
The kings who wield the mightiest knowledge.
The kings who boast supreme importance in our world.
If God can turn their hearts,
God can turn mine and those over me.
He did it for Barrett on the first day of college. Pr 21:1.
He will do it for me on the last days of my career.
All of our hearts are in His Hands. We just don't know it, don't live it.
My God will stay, will settle, will steady the force of water
flooding like Florence out of control in my life.
He is the Great Gardener making the channels of water turn.
Turn, I pray! For Your Glory!
Take the forces of water in my life this day, O God,
and bound those rivers of water to flow great pleasure, great profit,
full of goodness, and grace, and clemency, and kindness.  Amen.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

"Unshaken Like A Mountain Standing by Providence; Like Zion Standing by Promise" I Cor 10:1-18; Psalm 123-125

Psalm 125:1 - If you trust God, it will be well with you. Not solved, always surrounded.  On all of your quirky sides. You will be surrounded by your God.  Just like Mount Zion stands, you will stand strong, not shaken for always.  Like that mountain standing by Providence; like that holy mountain standing by Promise---the people of God. My world doesn't validate my parking ticket to exist. Or even my ticket to stop shaking. My God does. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

“Set Store By Time” Psalm 89-90

oh God! Cause us to come to you for wisdom. That we may allot our time by by what You know. That we may set store by time.” that God would enable us to form such an estimate of life, that we shall be truly wise; that we may be able to act "as if" we saw the whole of life.” 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

"Turned My Dry Sea Into Land" Psalm 66-67, Romans 7

God turned our dry sea into land.

No other.

You let people ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
Psalm 66:12.

Seems to me as I grow older,
one of the hardest things is to see
things riding over our heads
while they aren't there for others.

But, it is not my business.
It's amazing God does anything for me.
Why would I believe in the light
I am headed to abundance
and not believe it in the dark?
Same God.

He turned our dry sea into land.
He turned mine.  

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

"Cast Your Burden" Psalm 54-56, Romans 3

Cast your burden on to the Lord.  In the Hebrew, it means the "lot you were assigned" by God Himself.  Some say it is David's words but the meaning of burden in the Hebrew is "gift."  Even the cup of sorrow is a gift.  Cast it on Him and He will never allow you to be moved more than you can bear.