Faded Glory Hero

 

                        But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed.  Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death.  James 1:14-15

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   Faded Glory Hero

      “Love your neighbor”, the words, they mock,

Chiseled on heart as well as rock.

But your neighbor did not love you.

Impatience breeds ugly hues

Of colors dyed on daily life.

A pallet of blue and of gold strife.

Young son freed to be driven, trapped

In frustration’s spidery grasp.

I saw the lies that brought trespass.

He was so crass, devil-harassed!

This angry demon of rebellion

Birthed within this deceived hellion.

I saw you man, small in stature.

I saw you in yesterday’s tour.

I saw that gob upon your greys.

A proud seal of your glory days.

I saw those feelings on your face.

The pain of disrespected grace.

Etched in hard with the devil’s stroke.

Your furrowed leathered feature’s spoke.

I saw you, Oh, Zaccheus man.

I saw you waver in your stand.

I saw you flash indecision.

Final surrender, you envisioned?

I saw it all.  I saw the slap.

You punched the air with palmed clap.

I saw your pain and your struggle.

The falsehoods in your brain juggled.

You once, our country defended.

For you, the fight has not yet ended.

But hearts forged in the fires of war

Shine bright and hot down to the core.

So man, I saw “you”, and I prayed

I prayed your heart would not be swayed.

I prayed for you encouragement,

and perseverance, and content.

For that other, I prayed God’s peace,

And from this frantic world, release.

You don’t see, faded glory man,

That tall in my eyes you do stand.

Amy

(C)

11/5/2018

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility (frustration), not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 24 For in hope we have been saved…Romans 8:18-25

I witnessed an altercation yesterday in a parking lot.  A big heavy duty truck was behind a little tiny car.  The car was waiting for another car to pull out of a parking space.  The little car just happened to be in the way of the big truck.   The big truck kept laying on the horn, but the little car did not move until the parking space was clear.   It was as the big trucked passed me that I saw the angry young glare of a stressed young man.  It was also then that I noticed the car’s sole occupant emerge.  It was a very short man with a military hat perched upon his head.  I am sure that if the young man would have seen who it was he was honking at, he wouldn’t have.

Jesus, forgive us our impatience.  Forgive us because we just don’t know any better.   Bless our military…especially this wee little man who is probably a bigger badass than anyone else I know.  And bless the angry young entitled man, and deliver him from his impatience.  And deliver us, too, Lord, when we become impatient.  Help us to remember that ahead of us might be a faded glory hero who deserves our respect.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TRUTH!

The snake was more clever than all the wild animals the LORD God had made. He asked the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must never eat the fruit of any tree in the garden’?”

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Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.   It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.  2 Corinthians 11:14-15

TRUTH WINS!

The world is weary.

The land it buds,

With blossoms bleary,

Of tears and blood.

The desert ground drenched.

And every seed

Roots in dust entrenched

With the Fall’s bleed.

The wound, it’s as old

As old hour’s youth.

The schism unfolds.

The lie rends Truth.

A fissure godless,

A sorrow sure.

No one can profess

To have the cure.

No antidote heals.

No remedy

Can treat or repeal

Earth’s malady.

For dust returns dust,

A desert dry.

A clay to form crust,

O’er the wind sighs.

Save the Creator!

If not for Him

Evil’d grow greater

And fear would win.

But blood was pearled!

It took one cross

To mend the worn world,

To gain the loss.

A wound in the side

Of God was tore.

A lie to divide

Did soul restore.

And three days nigh’r

He rose again!

He vanquished the Liar

 Hate dies! Truth wins!

Amy 9/25/18

(C)

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Revelation 12:7-17 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Then a war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels had to fight a war with the serpent. The serpent and its angels fought. But it was not strong enough, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge serpent was thrown down. That ancient snake, named Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, was thrown down to earth. Its angels were thrown down with it.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,

“Now the salvation, power, kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Messiah have come.
The one accusing our brothers and sisters,
    the one accusing them day and night in the presence of our God,
        has been thrown out.
11 They won the victory over him because of the blood of the lamb
    and the word of their testimony.
They didn’t love their life so much that they refused to give it up.
12 Be glad for this reason, heavens and those who live in them.
How horrible it is for the earth and the sea
    because the Devil has come down to them with fierce anger, knowing that he has little time left.

13 When the serpent saw that it had been thrown down to earth, it persecuted the woman who had given birth to the boy. 14 The woman was given the two wings of the large eagle in order to fly away from the snake to her place in the wilderness, where she could be taken care of for a time, times, and half a time. 15 The snake’s mouth poured out a river of water behind the woman in order to sweep her away. 16 The earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river which had poured out of the serpent’s mouth. 17 The serpent became angry with the woman. So it went away to fight with her other children, the ones who keep God’s commands and hold on to the testimony of Jesus.

 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6

Lord Jesus, save us from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  Cover us with your feathers,  and hide us under your wing of refuge;  your faithfulness will be our shield and rampart. We will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.  A thousand may fall at our side, ten thousand at our right hand, but it will not come near us.  We will only observe with our eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

Hallelujah!  Thank you, Jesus!  Amen!

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  Jesus as recorded in John 10:10

 
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Created to Belong

God made us. He created us to belong to Christ Jesus. Now we can do good things. Long ago God prepared them for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

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I published this poem a while back…came across it today….tweaked it…and am republishing it.

YOU BELONG TO ME

O Child, who’s beauty shines so bright,
who’s heart is filled with My True Light
who’s mind shines forth like faceted salt,
in whom resides nothing false.
rest awhile under My wing.
My praises let me hear you sing.
For in your soul is My delight,
as on My Son you set your sights.
For He is My Glory, My Son above,
sent to earth, an outpouring of love.
In Him, my promise for all to see,
you are My Child – you belong to Me.
By faith you believe in The Divine.
You are a branch of the Glorious Vine.
I nourish, wash, and carry you,
give you the ability to bear good fruit.
Remain, abide, and rest in Me,
My Child, once blind, but now who sees.

Amy (C)

Father God.  You are my Father.   I am Your Child.   May more and more of Your Children come to life through the power of Your Holy Spirit at work planting seeds in this strange and foolish manner.   In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Sacred Spiderwebs

Even the spider’s web must reflect the glory of God’s rainbow.~God to me this morning

And we know that in all things  (even the spider’s web) God works for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

Rampant Transgression

No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity. They hatch adders’ eggs and weave the spider’s web; He who eats of their eggs dies, And from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth. Their webs will not become clothing, Nor will they cover themselves with their works; Their works are works of iniquity, And an act of violence is in their hands. Isaiah 59:4-6

There is nothing sacred, and no one is safe.
    Vicious sarcasm drips from their lips;
    they bully and threaten to crush their enemies.
 They even mock God as if He were not above;
    their arrogant tongues boast throughout the earth; they feel invincible.

Even God’s people turn and are carried away by them;
    they watch and listen, yet find no fault in them. Psalm 73:8-10

 

PSALM OF THE SACRED

Jesus, I hold you sacred in my heart

As sacred as can be expected

in this day and age

When I am surrounded by

spiderweb snares of

debauchery, licentiousness, immorality, deprivation

corruption…

And that is just my flesh!

The world’s sin

and death

and decay

and fallen state

bombard every day

hacking away

at the fortifications of my heart…

at the temple walls you are building,

Oh, Master Builder!

Spiderwebs in every corner.

This world is the devil’s domain –

This world.

And while in it

He wants no workmanship

To supersede his own.

He is full of rage,

And pregnant with evil.

He hates the sacred things.

He loves chaos.

He steals, kills, destroys,

Divides the sacred.

Oh God, out of the depths

I cry to you!

Nothing is sacred, Lord,

Unless you make it so.

I have such desire

For the sacred

The holy

The pure

The divine.

I try and try and try to achieve it

And continually…

And utterly…

Fall short.

I thank you, Father, for Your Son.

“GIVEN UNTO DEATH”

For me.

Oh sacred head, now wounded

You have become my sacred

You have become my holy

You have become my pure

You have become my divine

You have become my sacred head.

The sacred restored

Ah!  What sweet relief!

I have that which is sacred!

It possesses me!

I am His and He is mine!

Possess me in ever increasing measure!

Oh Lord, do not delay.

Oh, Sacred!

Oh, Holy!

Oh, Pure!

Oh, Divine!

Amen!

Amy (C) 9/3/18

My eyes are always on the LORD. He removes my feet from the snare.   Psalm 25:15

Jesus, as I stood at the communion railing Sunday, Pastor handed me the bread, at the same time saying, “GIVEN UNTO DEATH” 

It was You, Lord, standing there…handing me Your body, “Take, eat…”

I heard you, God, speaking directly to my heart, “This IS my body given for you…”

You touched my heart deeply.

My eyes wept.

Oh, what wonderful mystery!  What blessed immortality!

What forgiveness!

What grace!

Words of thanksgiving are not enough.

But, thank you, Jesus.

My sacred Jesus.

May others know this blessed, eternally sacred truth and reality,

Amen.

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Called Out of Deep Water To Life

For what hope has the godless when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?  Job 27:8

Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:2

I have a fascination with watching videos on Facebook, especially “home” videos filmed in foreign countries.   A couple of videos that haunt the edges of my memory involved someone being swept away within seconds by angry water.

The first one was a video of 3 people sitting on some rocks at the edge of the ocean.  Large waves came in and swept all 3 off the rocks.   2 of the people were pushed to the back of a huge rock and were kept from being sucked out into the roiling waves.   The other person, sadly, was sitting closer to the ocean and the wave sucked him between the rocks and away.

Why, you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:14

The second was of a man who went for a swim in a river.   A man was videotaping him and got distracted with something while his friend slowly drowned.  By the time the man looked up the friend was no where to be found.   All you can hear is the man frantically calling his friend’s name.

For it is clear that wise men die, and the foolish and the senseless both perish...Psalm 49:10

Just like that!   Their life was over.

But God said to him, You fool, this night your soul shall be required of you:   Luke 12:20

Our sermon topic last Sunday was “Repent and believe, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” based on numerous quotations from the Holy Scriptures.

I have been meditating on this verse all week.   I often ask myself why did the Holy Spirit inspire the writers of the Bible to say things the way they did.   I woke up early this morning and had a revelation of one reason why.     In this case, Jesus showed me that the Old Testament prophets, John The Baptist, The Apostles, and even Jesus Himself, spoke those particular words because, in a fallen cursed world full only of death and decay, they knew that we all are just a breath away from…death…and God.  The Kingdom of God is near because death is near!

My Spiritual father told me once that to see Jesus’ Kingdom, all it would take is for God to lift a veil from our eyes, for that is how close heaven is.

But whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.   2 Corinthians 3:16

That is a comfort for those who know where they are going, but a terror for those who do not.  So then, how can one know that when they die they will go to heaven?

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15

Rather than the angry waters of death sweeping your vaporous life away, be washed in the grace-filled waters of baptism.

…having been buried with him (Jesus) in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.  And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.  Colossians 2:12

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Once you repent, believe, and are baptized, no terror of death can sweep you unsuspectingly away.

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Baptism…now saves you…It saves you through Jesus Christ, who came back from death to life.
1 Peter 3:21

Being saved we can approach our Heavenly Father confidently in every thing.

…let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
 Hebrews 10:22

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Jesus, I pray for the salvation of those who do not know you.   Those about whom Psalm 73:19 speaks…How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
May we not be swept away in the curse of death that hangs over all nations.   Deliver us by the power of Your Word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Further reading here and here, too.

 

 

 

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Anchored

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But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea…

ANCHORED

The waves pounded and crashed.

My heart pounded more!

They churned angry and lashed

fury on the shore.

Like thunder they hit wall

and exploded in air.

Muck and mire, enraged called,

“Come near if you dare!”

And deluge clawing found

Access then denied,

And barging o’er the ground

The sea in wrath sighed

To conquer bolt and door

Set by divine grace.

Sovereignty’s hand outpoured

floods upon this place.

And in this pure turmoil

I heard, whispered bold,

Even as sea swamped soil,

Fear not!  Your Anchor holds!

We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives.

Jesus, sweep me away in the flood of your love alone and hold me tightly there.  Amen

 

 

 

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BE STILL AND KNOW…

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”  Exodus 3:14

…THAT I AM

The Bread of Life is offered up, broken by The One broken be.

The Light to shine is set up high, high and lifted for all to see.

The Gate was opened in His side, water and blood, a sanguine deep.

The Good Shepherd calls with passion, “Come follow me my precious sheep!”

The Resurrection, like the Ark, atonement made for Adam’s fall,

And we possess the life He won, when He was given once for all.

The Way to the fountain of youth is narrow as a needle’s eye.

The Truth about eternal life on wind whispered, “You will not die.”

The Life (Real Life) is found in death, death upon the true tree of life.

Binding the dominion of death, bringing an end to earthly strife.

The Vine weaves through baptism’s flood, whether in sprinkle, drench, or dram,

As Ancient of Days speaks this Word,  “Say to them I AM THAT I AM!”

Amy (C)

4/5/2018

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.”

Oh, Great I Am, So many reject you and your clear revelation to us as to who you are.   You are God.  God in flesh.  God in Spirit.  It is by the gift of faith that we can believe this because it is so unbelievable!   Thank you, thank you, thank you, that we can see things that even the angels long to look into!   What majesty! What awesomeness!  What amazing grace!  We praise you and fall down before you!   Oh, Great I Am, we are yours in Jesus’ name, Amen!

Comparing Jesus “I AM” statements with the temple:

John 6:35 and 48: “I am the bread of life” – The Table of Shewbeard (or Showbread, depending on translation). Showbread was a symbol of fellowship between God and man. It was also called “bread of the presence”.   Jesus fellowshiped with man in the flesh.

John 8:12 and 9:5: “I am the light of the world” – The Menorah, or the lampstand. Candles, light, Jesus, light… the correlation is fairly easily drawn. Ironically, the menorah was the ONLY source of light in the holy place in the tabernacle, just as Jesus is the ONLY source of light in the darkened world.

John 10:7: “I am the gate for the sheep” – The tabernacle gate was the ONLY way to enter into the courts just as Jesus is the ONLY way to enter into heaven. Entering the gate was significant to the Israelites because it was viewed as the only way to find forgiveness and fellowship with God.

John 10:11-14: “I am the good shepherd…” – The altar of incense, also called the brazen altar, sat in front of the holy of holies and separated the holy place from the holy of holies. The incense was a symbol of intercession. Christ is our intercessor as he goes on to state after the “I Am” statement, “The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”

John 11:25: “I am the resurrection and the life…” – The ark of the covenant was the ultimate symbol of atonement for the Israelites, just as Jesus is the ultimate and only  source of atonement; through His resurrection, we have life!

John 14:6: “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” – The altar of burnt offerings, or brazen altar of the tabernacle, was situated directly inside the gate and was where the offerings were sacrificed. The offerings were symbolic of the Israelites belief that the first step for a sinful man to approach a holy God was to be cleansed by the blood of an innocent creature. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God who was sacrificed such that we may approach the holy God.

John 15:1,5: “I am the true vine…” – The laver, or basin, was a place for washing. This is the only part that is a bit of a stretch, but there is some correlation. First, the water as a giver of life. Second, it symbolizes the need for daily cleansing of sin, such that we may stay in the Lord, and we may bear fruit, because as Jesus continued to state, “apart from me, you can do nothing.”

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