In The Image

We are in the image of God above

Body, mind, and spirit – made thereof

In our nature united – three-in-one

Not just Christians, but everyone

There is a mission set by Him above

That our actions be driven by

Faith, hope, and love

And as we let this guide us – we will grow

And our godly image – to the world will show


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Thank you Pastor Vince for a thought provoking message

When Things Seem Dark

There are many – who embark

On a downward journey into the dark

Letting fears and doubts lead to despair

Thinking there’s no comfort anywhere

But there is a light that a new way can show

Where hope eclipses the feelings low

For love and compassion are quite real

No matter what at the moment you feel

For God offered you His ultimate gift

Because He loves you

And He desires above all – you to uplift


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A Path Lit

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

Yesterday I posted a poem reflecting on the Word of God as the point of our focus and how it opens truths to us. Psalm 119 gives us another perspective as well. God’s law enlightens us. A lamp to our feet and a light to our path. What an interesting idea. I really don’t give much thought to making my way around my own bedroom at night. It is familiar, but I still prefer some illumination if I am going to go downstairs. A light for our feet is a great encouragement as it removes fear. A light to our path is also something to reflect on. Despite knowing my bedroom well, and having confidence in my way around it, it doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally stub my toe or stumble over an object I forgot had been recently put there. A light for even the familiar path is a blessing.

How much more do we need such lamps and lights as we go through the unfamiliar and chaotic world around us? There are stumbling blocks and pitfalls ever before us. But God’s guidance is provided by His word.

You might venture out into the world at night without a light source, trusting in external illumination. But if there is a blackout do you go out with the same lack of concern? Now, what if you were put in the pitch black depths of a coal mine? Would you step carefreely?

None of us knows what today, much less tomorrow holds. Perhaps its best to be prepared and have a torch at the ready.


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The Real Truths Beyond


I open my eyes and I daily see

A world of temptations calling to me

Be it riches or celebrity

Beckoning – “Come seek after me.”

But for all their glitz and glammor

They are but noise and clamour

Meant to lead me onto paths unstable

And into sinking sands with their fables

But there is a source on which to focus

Offering true riches and treasures for us

For wonderful things are in His instruction

Leading us away from paths of destruction

Taking us to waters still and pastures green

And a home more beautiful than we’ve ever seen


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Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18

Tower

When devouring hearts evil intend

When all our efforts fail to defend

There is still a place of sanctuary

Prepared to accept all and any

Who call on His name – the fortress strong

For God will protect those which to Him belong


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The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

When Troubles Abound

There is a misconception that if one is in a relationship with God that their lives will be all rainbows, butterflies, and banquets. We only need to read the accounts of the righteous man Job, the trials of the patriarch Joseph, or about the suffering servant which is our Lord to know that this is not the case. While I am not going to spend time here exploring Irenaeus’ arguments as to why suffering and hardship might befall us, it is still relevant that God (as the Lynn Anderson song puts it): “never promised you a rose garden.”

You see God gave us a garden once, and made the rules of tenancy really simple: “Don’t eat from that one tree.” What did we (as humanity) do? We ate from it of course. Since then we have paid the natural and logical consequences of disobedience.

“But that is so unfair,” people protest. Fairness is in reality about justice. Justice says that we should be treated according to a consistent standard of rules or law. We did the crime, now we are paying the fine. Yes, there are others that seem to be even less worthy than ourselves (a human perspective – as all have sinned) that seem to prosper. Just chalk that one up to the “unfairness” of the world we have created from our original disobedience.

The Psalmist was under no delusion of “the Gospel of Prosperity.” Serving God does not give us a promise of those aforementioned butterflies and banquets. It does however give us a promise of God’s care, concern, and provision of our needs.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

The Lord is my shepherd, I will have what I need (not what I greed). He may not give me an earthly mansion, but He will give me safe places to reside, and refresh me when I am feeling the burdens of the world. Even in those dark lonely places – He is with me. And my enemies and tormenters will know He is with me because those needs are being met. He loves me, no matter if it is in the belly of Jonah’s fish, or in Joseph’s prison cell. But best of all – there awaits a place me which humbles any garden (rose or otherwise), for it is in the dwelling place of the Lord and it is forever.


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Some musings on trials and struggles.

Head of His Class


There are those, the favoured sons

Who are admired by everyone

Like Tarsus’ Saul meant for things great

Who the Rabbi Gamaliel did educate

Saul entrusted with the Council’s mission

After being granted the High Priest’s permission

This man of many talents – that seemed to have all

Need just one more thing – Salvation’s call

And so the man ‘head of his class’

Learned the lesson that the first should be last

And his life was in a moment reshaped – converted

When Jesus – His lordship over Paul was asserted


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Based on today’s sermon

Trepidation

Is trepidation really a thing;

The fear of things, as yet unseen?

Do we let these worries haunt us;

And control or minds until they’ve got us?

Are we of hope so unsure;

That we concede defeat rather than endure?

There is an anchor in which we can trust

Who promises good things to us

And if we in Him we put our trust

All our fears He shall bust


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Thank you Brother James for your message of overcoming doubt and fear today.

All Things


Preordained and foreknown

And claimed as His own

Before the beginning of all creation.

The First Cause of causes

The Designer of all

Was for you a plan – already making.

While your path may seem rough

And you’ve had enough

Rest assured all things are working for the good.

And, If bad things you have done

Be not discouraged – trust in the One

Who from His own blood –

Gives justification its very definition:

“Just as if I’d” never sinned

And given in to the devil’s lies and flirtation


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Inspired by Pastor Vince’s message on Romans 8