Who’s Name?

Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

ONE NAME

Whose name do you call upon

When the times get hard and rough?

Do you call upon your spouse

Because they’re strong, brave, and tough?

Do you call upon your friend

The one who is always there?

The one you’ve known for ages

And with whom your secrets shared?

Do you call upon the name

Of your doctor when you’re ill?

Do you trust his learn’d answer?

Do you follow what he wills?

Do you call upon the name

Of a lawyer who fights strong?

Do you rely on his skill

 To right you when you’ve been wronged?

Do you call on a brother

Or a sister of your blood

When hardship comes a knocking

And you’re threatened by the flood?

Do you call upon a leader

One with charismatic face?

Is he your great champion

As you run this frantic race?

Whose name do you call upon

When these things start to take place?

On which name do you decide

From the entire human race?

Is it the name of a mortal

Who soon will leave no trace?

Like a flower fading fast

Who’s memory’ll be erased

Like the green grass that withers

Or the blade that shrivels quick

Or the ember of a fire

Or the tail end of a wick

Like a cloud floating above

Evaporates as it sails

Or the mist in the morning

Leaving haunting phantom trails.

Wouldn’t you rather harken

Upon the name of the One

Who with his blood sacrifice

Your freedom and purchase won?

The One who’s face, set like flint,

 Strode with purpose to the cross

Who bore everything wicked

And willingly His life lost?

The name that defeats Satan

The name that gladly bears shame

The name as sweet as it sounds

The Name that for you was named!

Amy (C)

2/20/19

The name Jesus means “Savior.” It is the same name as Joshua in the Old Testament. And it is given to our Lord because “He saves His people from their sins,” (Matthew 1:21).

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name

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Jesus, Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name.  You have promised that you will never leave us nor forsake us.   Hold on when we no longer can, Lord.  Never let us go. In your Great Name,  Amen.

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Two Die For

Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.

 

TO DIE FOR

Though he smite or slay me

or pin me to a cross

or burn me in a fire

or a funeral pyre

I will count it all as loss.

 

Though he send an army

potent in strength and fear

who round me set up camp

and light their threat’ning lamps

my allegiance still I swear.

 

Though I face a giant

towering in the sky

Who jeers and taunts demands

I won’t back down but stand

Even though I may but die.

 

If to a crowd defiant

screams and gnashes their teeth

with mockery so cruel

their own blood thirst they fuel

I bare my heart for their sheath.

 

Why such dedication

To someone few may know

much less in who believe?

Why to Him would I cleave

or to him my fealty owe?

 

Upon His creation

He looked and saw my loss

He took my guilt and blame

In love bore all my shame

When he died upon that cross.

Amy (C)

2/18/2019

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Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ

Lord, grant me faith to believe my own words, Amen.

 

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Who is there to fear?
The Lord is my life’s fortress.
Who is there to be afraid of?

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There’s Only Two

 

 

Which are you?

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Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you are unable to accept My message.  You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out his desires  He was a murderer from the beginning, refusing to uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks his native language, because he is a liar and the father of lies.  But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me!…

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Because the evil one is corrupt and has conceived lies and has given birth to evil…Psalm 7:14

TWO FATHERS

Lies and truth are begetters,

as different as dark and light;

Destroyer and Creator,

As varied as day and night.

A lie whores and seduces.

Truth chastely entreats and woos.

A lie at crux reduces,

But Truth both wounds and renews.

Both words give birth to children.

Lies birth hate, trouble, and sin,

But Truth birthed time and again,

conceives righteousness within.

And, umbilicaled to Truth,

The righteous resist the lies,

Having tested with the tooth.

Like vines of the world and skies,

Producing poison or life,

One instantly lives or dies,

A child of peace or strife.

So child of Truth delight

To know that as your Parent

Truth labors to birth to light

His Child of Truth, inerrant.

Amy (C)

2/15/2019

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew[born again] he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:1-3 RSV)

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Dear children, you belong to God. So you have won the victory over these people, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. These people belong to the world. That’s why they speak the thoughts of the world, and the world listens to them. We belong to God. The person who knows God listens to us. Whoever doesn’t belong to God doesn’t listen to us. That’s how we can tell the Spirit of truth from the spirit of lies. ~1 John 4: 1-6

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Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”And, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

Jesus, thank you that you and the Father are One.  Thank you that you are my Father.  I pray for my readers that they would hear the voice of Truth and that Word would conceive in them good fruit and that we would be siblings in the Lord.  In Your Name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shaped by the Wind

He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow.

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Psithurism – The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves.

The word matsukaze means “wind in the pines” and evokes a feeling of exquisite solitude and melancholy.

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I learned two new words this week, psithurism and matsukazi.  I never knew there were words that explained the sound of wind in the trees.  There are words for everything!

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The sound of the wind in the trees always makes my heart feel weird.  The Japanese explain it as exquisite solitude and melancholy.  For me there is also always an undercurrent of tension and stress.

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The wind…and ice, and snow…have been blowing this whole past week.

Yesterday, after the ice storm, the wind picked up and all evening I could hear, not only the wind blowing in the trees, but the sound of the ice being blown off the branches and landing on the icy ground.

It sounded like glass shattering and tinkling all around.  It was an unusual sound.

What is the way to the place where…the east winds are scattered over the earth?  From whose womb comes the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens?

There was also the eerie sound of branches popping and cracking under the weight of ice and wind, and falling…crashing…to the ground.

Our electricity even went out.  There was a lot of destruction.

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Even as I type this, the wind is blowing through the trees…psithurism.

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It is one sound I have a hard time liking.  I’m not sure why because I usually have a love for all of God’s creation.  This one, though, not so much.

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We all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

We can learn a lot from the wind, and the sound it makes as it blows through the trees.

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.

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SHAPED BY THE WIND

The wind it is a blowing

Through the trees it tears

It blows the leaves

o’er the eaves

And growls like a bear.

It hisses like a cobra.

Like a rattlesnake,

the tip of tail

quivers, “Hail!”

and rattles with a shake.

The wind it’s howling fierce

trav’ling to and fro.

It winds and whirls

all a twirl

as round the earth it goes.

From one end to another,

back it blows again.

You hear its sound

blowing ’round

Amen, amen, amen!

A deep exquisite silence

pressing upon the heart;

Tribulation’s

elation,

A melancholy art.

Like a spinning potter’s wheel

God will use the wind

To strain and scrape

our soul’s shape

Conforming us to Him.

From east to west the wind blows

From north to south, too

A cross, wind makes.

Crosswinds shake

Across the dust anew.

Amy (C)

2/13/19

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Lord Jesus, You will keep in perfect peace he whose mind is stayed on You.  Even when the wind blows, even though the the tempest rages, we are safe in your hands…the Potter’s hand…the hand that controls the wind.  We are yours.  Your body was nailed…conformed…shaped…to that cursed tree for us….for us!  Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Enemy Encountered

WARNING!!!  NOT FOR THE FEARFUL!!!

No fear exists where his love is. Rather, perfect love gets rid of fear, because fear involves punishment. The person who lives in fear doesn’t have perfect love.

One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?

There is a well known legend that Martin Luther often encountered the devil, and once even threw an inkwell at him.  See more here.

When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.

I have shared this before.  My Dad had an encounter when he was young.  He was riding a motorcycle and just before crashing into the back of a bus, he saw the devil appear before him.  I believe that was God trying to call my Dad out of the darkness.

For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.

I once heard a Messianic Rabbi recount an encounter he had with Satan in a dream.  He opened a door and the enemy, standing there, picked him up and threw him against the wall.  This Rabbi made the argument that, as Children of God, we will all encounter the enemy at some time in our life.

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Resist the devil and he will flee.

I had a similar dream long before I heard this Rabbi’s encounter.  It was an affirming moment to hear that I was not alone.   See, we Christians don’t usually talk about these things.

Be firm in the faith and resist him, knowing that other believers throughout the world are going through the same kind of suffering.

I have had many such encounters over the years.   Usually in dreams, but in physical settings as well.

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Many times I have awoke out of a terrifying spiritual warfare dream, drenched in sweat, heart pounding, mouth dry, trying to scream Jesus’ name.

Don’t be afraid, little flock. Your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.

As a Child of God, Jesus does not want us to keep our head in the sand concerning evil.  Is it scary?  Yes.  Is it terrifying?  Yes.  Even the mightiest of prophets and apostles had moments of extreme terror and fright as they fought against forces beyond their strength.  Many fainted or ran.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

Should we go seeking encounters with the devil?  No!  But when they come…

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,

…and they will come.

since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

But remember this verse and treasure it in your heart…

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

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When a Spirit of fear tries to seize me here are some powerful words that deliver us:

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes;  For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.”

“So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

No weapon forged against me shall prevail.

Afraid of what, dear Child?

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

I am shielded by God’s power.

Lord, you surround him with favor like a shield.

And some more powerful verses

And as a Lutheran, we have the added assurance of appealing to our baptism.  We know that baptism is a means of grace, and we know how powerful our baptism is.  It was the power of God that drew us to that baptismal font where we were sealed with His power.  Here are some things I have written in my Bible, and of which I usually remind myself over and over when fear is trying to find a foothold:

Baptism now saves you.

I am baptized into Christ.  I belong to Him.  Nothing can harm me.

“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”

I also picture in my mind these kinds of images:

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I also remind myself of these:

He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”

“They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;”  Isaiah 14:16   In context

Further study here.  

Lord, I know you will deliver us from all evil.  Satan fell to earth when he warred with you in heaven.  I know you will cast him into hell at the appointed hour.  Deliver us from all of his traps.  Deliver those who are even now enduring spiritual warfare in its many forms around the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen

If you have a spiritual warfare encounter to share please do.  Thanks for reading.  God bless and keep you.

 

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PRISONER?

Those who lived in the dark, in death’s shadow
            were prisoners in misery.
                They were held in iron chains
                     because they had rebelled against God’s words
                        and had despised the advice given by the Most High.

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PRISONER

The shackled hate the free.

They know not reason why.

Placed under lock and key

With piercing of the eye

They only can look out.

In judgement, those they see,

While yet in shackled doubt,

Condemn their purity.

For dark their hearts they are

And dark their hearts they be.

Righteousness does not mar

Religiosity.

For pure in hate they stew

Unwilling to taste light.

On lies they love to chew.

On teeth they love to bite.

Accusations they spout.

The mirrors always turned.

Their words must project out

Or consciences will burn.

So if a lesson be

Learned.  The life of the dead

Is  hopeless life indeed

Full of woe and black dread.

Death is weightier than

Any cross asked to bear,

So seek truth while one can

Lest be caught unaware.

Amy (C)

1/25/2019

In their distress they cried out to the Lord.
He saved them from their troubles.
He brought them out of the dark, out of death’s shadow.
He broke apart their chains...

He shattered bronze gates
        and cut iron bars in two.
     Fools suffered because of their disobedience
        and because of their crimes.
     All food was disgusting to them,
        and they came near death’s gates.
 In their distress they cried out to the Lord.
    He saved them from their troubles.
     He sent his message and healed them.
    He rescued them from the grave.

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Lord Jesus, What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul.  It is only because of your sacrifice…your cross…that we don’t.   Let us give thanks to you because of your great mercy.  Amen.

 

 

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Bullied?

Have  you been bullied?

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Were you unjustly accused?

 “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

Were you whipped with a belt or branch or other painful instruments?

and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Maybe it was in front of a group of people?

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him.

Were you mocked?

 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,  and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Perhaps even spit upon or punched or stripped naked?

And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head.  And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.

Were you scorned?

…over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”

Did the accusations of someone’s tongue make you die inside?

And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him.

Were you derided because of your stance on a particular situation?

He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

Were you left to die?

And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Did you know that there is not one person on earth who has never been bullied or has never bullied another human being in one way, shape, or form…even if only in their thoughts?

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

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The solution to bullying or being bullied is this…

Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but enjoy the company of the lowly. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone.

Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord.”

On the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

And this:

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Lord Jesus, bullying hurts.  Help us to understand none of us are innocent.  You were bullied more than anyone.  You know.  And you endured it for us.  Thank you.   Amen.

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