Rub Your Eyes (Rondel Grande)

“The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alonebecause always do what pleases Him” (John 8:29 HCSB).

For I do not understand what I am doingbecause I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate (Romans 7:15 HCSB).

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I do what I don’t want to do,
Even when I want to obey;
Sin wars with what I know is true
Its empty horror draws away.
I can’t believe my eyes.

The One sent from Heaven above–
From God the Father’s blessed side–
Always obeys in perfect love
Though, like me, tempted and tried.
I can’t believe my eyes.

1-19-2016

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Watery Eyes (Kloang)

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Even the tax men could see,
Eyes now watery; “Repent!”
The Baptist’s decree obeyed.
On mission he went to make the way.
 
Law men, Pharisees, refused
Themselves to lose and be
Kingdom-great; through still-dry
Eyes, they could not see and thus had died.
 
Hear the Baptist’s call, believe,
And wet your eyes; see now all
Of His righteous deeds reckoned
To you, each and all by Him beckoned.

1-5-2016

When the Living God Looks at Us

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The whole Christian gospel could be summed up in this point: that when the living God looks at us, at every baptized and believing Christian, He says to us what He said to Jesus on that day [of His baptism]. He sees us, not as we are in ourselves, but as we are in Jesus Christ. It sometimes seems impossible, especially to people who have never had this kind of support from their earthly parents, but it’s true: God looks at us, and says, ‘You are my dear, dear child; I’m delighted in you.’ Try reading that sentence slowly, with your own name at the start, and reflect quietly on God saying that to you, both at your baptism and every day since.

— N.T. Wright, Mark for Everyone, 4.

Roll of the Dice (Tennyson)

With the trek to Joppa, the dice were cast
And I thought I saw sevens when I found
A lucky freighter: it was Tarshish-bound!
The rolling dice said bad fortune was past:
The lot was mine.

The dice were cast with a nap in the hold
Of the storm-rocked crib where I took a nap
Until the pit boss woke me with a slap:
“Call out to your god for rescue, be bold!”
The lot was mine.

The fearful sailors met to cast the dice,
The troublemaker to identify,
To ply him with questions, to find out why
Their ship was assailed by a storm this size:
The lot was mine.

Then the Sovereign whose loaded dice I threw
Resolutely, calmly crossed His own sea
Spent three days and nights beneath
Then rose again to proclaim the Good News:
“The lot was mine.”

4-9-2015

Joshua (Sevenelle)

I stand before the Holy Room,
And condemnation o’er me looms.
For Satan, standing at my right,
Points out the obvious in sight:
The filthy robes which are my plight.
And Jesus says, “Pay him no mind;
I take your robes and give you Mine.”

“I choose Jerusalem for Me;
I gladly make My people free.
I shield you from his flaming darts;
My righteousness now guards your hearts.
He will at last from you depart.”
And Jesus says, “Pay him no mind;
I take your robes and give you Mine.”

“The temple veil has now been torn:
With raised right hand, an oath I swore
As priest, for you to intercede;
Sufficient is My blood to plead,
And Satan’s lies no longer heed.”
And Jesus says, “Pay him no mind;
I take your robes and give you Mine.”

12-3-2014

Wall of Fire

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Zechariah 2-3

Shout for joy and be glad, O Zion
Lift up your shame-heavy face
I will come in My power and glory
Let all the earth be amazed,
Stand silent and be amazed.

I will be a wall of fire around you
I will be the glory within
Walls can’t contain all of My blessings
When I come and enter in
When I come and enter in

Satan’s accusations are over
All your filthy clothes are gone
I have clothed you in splendid garments
And welcomed you into My home
And welcomed you into My home

I will be a wall of fire around you
I will be the glory within
Walls can’t contain all of My blessings
When I come and enter in
When I come and enter in

Shout for joy and be glad, O Zion (I will be a wall of  fire around you)
All your filthy clothes are gone (I will be the glory within)
I will come in My power and glory (Walls can’t contain all of My blessing)
And welcome you into My home (When I come and enter in)
Let all the earth be amazed. (When I come and enter in)

Hello, my name is…

The remembrance of the righteous is a blessing,
but the name of the wicked will rot. Proverbs 10:7 HCSB

A good name is to be chosen over great wealth;
favor is better than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1 HCSB

I remember having a wooden plaque painted like a baseball hanging in my room as a kid. It had my name in big letters and Proverbs 22:1 written out underneath. I think it may have even had “crowned one” underneath my name (stephanos is the Greek name for Stephen/Steven and means “crowned one,” or so it claimed).

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