Provision

For many months Elijah survived on water from the brook. – Slide 9
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Sometimes it’s hard to see what to expect

When we look at our life ahead

Elijah from a brook did drink

And by ravens he was fed

This is no gospel of prosperity

That great wealth will your way slide

But rather that your needs are known

And God is on your side

As long as we have life and breath

Opportunities He will bring

For those who diligently trust in Him

And praises to Him sing


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1 Kings 17

Like An Owl In The Night

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When life around you presses in

Like the falling of the night

When stresses grow along with fear

Feel free to shed a tear

But do not linger on the despair

Do not be overcome by the gloom

For you are not ever alone

Even when by yourself in your room

There are those who pray for you

More than you can ever know

And angels – that your needs provide

Wherever your life may go

Above all – there is one

Who cares for each sparrow’s fall

And He watches over you 

Even in your despair and fright

Seeing all that goes on – like an owl in the night 

 

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Matthew 10: 29-30

 

For Sally

I’ll Be Back (ABP 13)*

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Arnold said it on the silver screen

And Douglas M – too in the Philippines

Whether robot or general – the fact remains

That their returns were anticlimactic in the extreme

But there was another – a long time ago

That made that same promise

Before to heaven He did go

And when He returns in the eastern air

No other event will ever compare

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*Matthew 24

Tomb (ABP 12)

“Where were you? 

Why did you delay?

If you had only been here –

He would have been saved.”*

 

“I have come in the fullness of time.

Lazarus shall not remain in the grave

His tomb only prefigures mine

And by it – more than Lazarus I will save.”

 

From Adam to Abraham, Abraham to David,

From David to Zerubbabel and beyond,**

We too like Lazarus – were dead in our sin

But by Jesus’s grave we have won.

 

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August Bible Poem 12

John 11*

Matthew 1, Luke 3**

 

 

 

 

True Down-pouring

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Troubles and woes

Oft seem to downpour.

Life’s tribulations build up,

Till we can’t stand one more.

We suffer disappointments,

Grief, loss, and pain.

Sometimes feeling,

We’ll never be whole again.

But there are silver linings –

In those clouds of storm.

Moments of calm and peace –

Giving us a respite,

And a chance to release.

Look upwards beyond

Those menacing clouds,

To heaven’s grandeur

Above their dark shroud.

There you will find ready,

The Author of all Blessing.

He will downpour sweet things,

All your soul’s needs caressing.

 

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Weekend Writing Prompt #158 – Downpour in 88 words

 

 

Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid

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Psalm 27: 1—“ The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Just about a year ago I lost my Uncle Woodie, and my wife Dianne was dying of cancer.  I was (as I do) reading through her prayer journal today and noticed that at that time her notes were about prayer for my Cousin Darlene and her family in their bereavement.  She also noted that she looked for opportunities to witness to her hospice nurse.  On the latter front I know that she did indeed testify to her on her visit later that week.  She made clear her lack of fear of death, and her assurance of everlasting life.  Dianne completed her entry with the verse above.

We are in troubled times.  The world has a lot of unsettled things happening.  People are concerned over disease, isolation, and employment issues as things seem to come to a halt.  But the same is true today as it was a year ago,“ The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

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No Need To Fear

Jesus, The Good Shepherd

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John 10: 11 states, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”  In these words Jesus is speaking symbolically of His relationship with His church, and literally in a prophetic tone of what is shortly to come to pass.

Speaking of the sheep under Jesus’ stewardship, the shepherd-king David reveals five promises that the Good Shepherd makes to us.  These are found in Psalm 23.

The first of these promises is found in verse 1 and 2: “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”  The Shepherd promises to provide for our needs.

The second promise is that we will be provided with rest and revival.  Verse three reads, “He restores my soul. . . .”  This leads directly into the third promise: He will guide us and lead the way.  Not only leading the way, but preparing the way.  “He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake (v 3).”

The fourth promise builds on this even further, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,  I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”  He will accompany us in the darkest of times and provide us with emotional comfort.

The fifth promise, “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever,” is one of overcoming.  Enemies and evil have no power over us in the presence of our Shepherd.  He, as in verse one, provides for us – our table prepared.  But there is so much more at this point.  We are anointed, and blessed to the overflowing.  Best of all, when our journey through the valleys of danger and the shadow of death is complete, we will find an even better rest than in verse 2, because “we will dwell in His house forever.”

We His sheep need to follow.  We need to stay close to Him, and maintain our relationship.  John 10 continues, “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father (vs 14-15).  We need to know our Shepherd, and heed his voice.  When we do, we need to have no fears.

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Based on a sermon outline prepared for me by Dianne on 21 February 2018.