Thursday, September 29, 2022

JESUS

 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Matthew 11:28-30




Sunday, September 25, 2022

In the Garden



I come to the garden alone,

While the dew is still on the roses;

And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.


And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.


He speaks, and the sound of His voice

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing.


I'd stay in the garden with Him

Tho' the night around me be falling;

But He bids me go; thro' the voice of woe,

His voice to me is calling.


C. Austin Miles

1912



Sunday, September 18, 2022

My People Israel


“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea 

in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men 

from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, 


“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? 

For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 


When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 

and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, 

he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 

They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:


 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

 are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

 for from you shall come a ruler “who will shepherd my people Israel.’”


Matthew 2:1-6




Friday, September 16, 2022

Would you be free?


Would you be free from the burden of sin? 

There's power in the blood 

Power in the blood 

Would you o'er evil a victory win? 

There's wonderful power in the blood 

There is power, power, wonder working power 

In the blood of the Lamb 

There is power, power, wonder working power 

In the precious blood of the Lamb 

Would you be free from your passion and pride? 

There's power in the blood 

Power in the blood 

Come for a cleansing to Calvary's tide 

There's wonderful power in the blood 

There is power, power, wonder working power 

In the blood of the Lamb 

There is power, power, wonder working power 

In the precious blood of the Lamb


There is power, power, wonder working power 

In the blood of the Lamb 

There is power, power, wonder working power 

In the precious blood of the Lamb 

There is power, power, wonder working power 

In the blood of the Lamb 

There is power, power, wonder working power 

In the precious blood of the Lamb





Sunday, September 11, 2022

Psalm 121:1-2




I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.




Monday, September 5, 2022

Do you think Pilate was a Believer?

 

“Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. 

It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 


Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered,  “What I have written I have written.” John 19:19-22


He wrote that himself. He took the time to sit and write a sign. 

This man was like a king, yet he did this. 



Sunday, September 4, 2022

John 18:19-21

 


The high priest then questioned Jesus 

about his disciples and his teaching. 


Jesus answered him, 


“I have spoken openly to the world. I have always taught in 

synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together. 


I have said nothing in secret. 


Why do you ask me? 

Ask those who have heard me what I said to them; 

they know what I said.”






Monday, August 29, 2022

For You

 





Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. 

Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, 

but will have the light of life." John 8:12





Peace like a river.

For you and for me.


For everyone who reads this,

And those who disregard it,


May the blessings of God pursue and overtake you.


Come closer.

Come to the table.

Peace like a river,

I pray for you to have this river too.





Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Sabbatical


I am going on an Away Mission. You fellow Trekkies out there know what that means. I wanted to let you know why I am not stopping by your blogs and commenting. I am turning off the world. I will be on my balcony.


In the meantime, a promise from Isaiah 60:


I will make your overseers peace and your taskmasters righteousness. 

Violence shall no more be heard in your land, 

devastation or destruction within your borders; 

you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.





Thursday, July 21, 2022

Rest for Your Soul

 

A still, small voice crying in the desert. 


You will find rest for your soul.




Sit here with me on the rickety balcony of my college apartment. 

I lived on Grace Street. I lived on Grace. I still live on Grace, but 

faraway now. I spent a lot of time alone then, well, alone with God. 


It was good for me. 


Quiet times on this simple balcony rearranged me, my soul, my heart. 

After all these years, my days still bear fruit and I rest in His presence. 


I pray for you, friends I haven't met yet, to know this love. 





Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 


Matthew 11:28


Sunday, July 17, 2022

Do you see it?

 




Do you see the rainbow?

A quiet whisper reminding us of God's promise.



Saturday, July 16, 2022

Good Day


Sit here with me in the quiet for a moment.

For you,

a prayer 

that you will have peace

because you understand

and because you know

and see.




Matthew 1:1

“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, 

the son of David, the son of Abraham.”


Do you see?



Friday, July 8, 2022

See





Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19


Thursday, June 23, 2022

What does this mean?

 

These are verses about John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus. He was the baby in Elizabeth's womb who jumped when Mary, the Mother of Jesus, spoke to Elizabeth. As an adult John began preaching that the Messiah was coming. 



Matthew 11:10-11


“This is he of whom it is written,


   “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, 

           who will prepare your way before you.’ 


Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”



What does THAT mean, the least of you is greater in the kingdom of heaven than he? How and why can we be (I assuming we are the least) greater than John the Baptist?


Thoughts?



Monday, June 13, 2022

The Good Shepherd


Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

Matthew 11:29


Saturday, June 11, 2022

The Meaning of Life

 

So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. 

Yet he is actually not far from each one of us...


Acts 17:22-27




Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Us Too

 

And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul 

as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them 

among the Gentiles. After they finished speaking, James replied, 


“Brothers, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, 

to take from them a people for his name. And with this the words of 

the prophets agree, just as it is written,


“‘After this I will return,

and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen;

I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it,

that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord,

and all the Gentiles who are called by my name,"

says the Lord, who makes these things known from of old.'"


Acts 15:12-17

Amos 9:11-12



Saturday, June 4, 2022

Did you know?


Jesus was the Passover Lamb. 

He died during Passover and was resurrected 3 days later.


At the close of Passover the Jews begin to count the Omer which is 50 days. 

Do you know what that leads up to?


The 50th day after Passover is Shavuot, a biblical observance that marks 

the harvest and the revelation of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai.


Did you know Pentecost occurs on Shavuot? 

That's what Jesus' disciples were gathered for in the 

upper room when the Holy Spirit was given to them. 

The word pentecost means 50th.


Sometimes in our Christian churches we kick the Jews out. But we are 

grafted into the Vine. God has not forgotten the Jews or replaced them with us.


Happy Pentecost, Everyone, and a joyous Shavuot!


When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 

And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, 

and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Acts 2:1-2 ESV


In the TLV version, it reads:

When the day of Shavuot had come, they were all together in one place.

Suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, 

and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.



Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Hard Words



Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 


This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, 

“Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, 

for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 


Jesus answered him, 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again 

he cannot see the kingdom of God."


Nicodemus said to him, 

“How can a man be born when he is old? 

Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 


Jesus answered, 

“Truly, truly, I say to you, 

unless one is born of water and the Spirit, 

he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” 


John 3:1-5






Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Nations


Here we are, shoulder to shoulder or far away in distant lands. 

Millions, billions of us, here, there, and everywhere. 

How many of us are there? Here are just a few of the nations. 


Are these population numbers what you would have guessed? 

I was particularly surprised by Japan. It's so small, 

but like a tiny seed man grows and fills God's green Earth.




China   1,412,600,000


India   1,352,642,280


EU   447,007,596


USA   331,893,745


Russia   145,824,556


Japan   125,502,000


Israel   9,506,100




For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations. Isaiah 61:11