Paul’s Palindrome: Philippians 1:1-2, 3:7-8
May24

Paul’s Palindrome: Philippians 1:1-2, 3:7-8

Grace and peace unto you, for pleasure and joy came – each and every kindness of gifts. Favor’s harmonies head your trails. considered it all as nothing just to know you more. more, you know.  To just … nothing.  As all it considered trails your head – harmony’s favors. Gifts of kindness, every and each came – joy and pleasure for you unto peace, and...

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My Worth is Not My Own
May18

My Worth is Not My Own

One of the greatest struggles we each face is the search for significance. Our 21st-century sense of identity is grounded in individualism, self-entitlement, and narcissism. From whom we marry to what career choice we make to what church we attend to what we think of church music, every choice is geared around what these things do for us. This attitude of consumerism is one of the most prevalent idols in Western culture and has become...

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John 1:1-14
May16

John 1:1-14

The Word. The Word’s how it all began. The Word was. The Word is. The Word will come, for the Word is what he is. He was God & with God before it began.   All of it was made through him. Everything. Nothing, seen or unseen, came about without him, for in the Word was life.    Deep within him life sourced forth to radiate into the world as glorious light. This thickened, brightened light exposed darkness And Darkness cannot...

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Artistic Expression in World Evangelization
May11

Artistic Expression in World Evangelization

When an entire village of Bolivian Indian ranch workers came to the Lord awhile ago, some missionary friends of mine were faced with very big questions. What do we do with this entire village of people that now know the Lord as Savior?  In what ways do they worship?  How do we teach them to study the Bible when most of them don’t read? And when they have no Bible-base music in their own heart-expressions, what do we suggest they...

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Diamonds and Coal

Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful King, descending upon the world with great political force—one of great sadness and tragedy, at that.  Not only did he use his power to besiege God’s city of Jerusalem(1)–bringing back its treasures and people to be dedicated to his “gods,”(2) even as God granted him favor and power amidst his arrogance(3)— Nebuchadnezzar still tried to seek prosperity and prowess apart from the Lord’s...

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Psalm 19

-A Psalm of David for the Director of all music. Stars. They spin and wink, Dazzling caretakers White and blue & light, poised in heaven Marking seasons, days, yearns They and galaxies after them Broadcast God’s gravity. Open skies, broken clouds Sunsets, sunrises Voice His handiwork Sunset, sunrise, sunset and awakens Exhibit His knowledge No dialect resides or hides from that voice The white noise of God. A sound seeping...

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The babble of Shinar (Genesis 10-11:9)
Apr27

The babble of Shinar (Genesis 10-11:9)

The 3 sons of the righteous one became many peoples, populating and filling the earth under the blessing they had received. Commonality was found by the one language and speech which unified the people through the mutuality of culture. The people made the move east and settled in the plains of Shinar, thus far being obedient by fruitfully expanding in accordance with the ordinance of God. But using bricks for stone and tar for mortar,...

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Psalm 7

[an Evasion of David from Cush to the Lord] O despot, harborage I dock in you Stall them, aid my break-out of this pursuit For if they catch me, who can salvage me? They will surely ribbon out my flesh. Dear God!  If I have painted evil’s hue, These hands of mine stained red, in vain pollute. If war’s now waged ‘tween peaceful friends and me Or I have now unjustly robbed my foe Then let each one soon snatch me, stamp...

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How Jesus Uses Art
Apr20

How Jesus Uses Art

Have you ever thought of Jesus as an artist?  Think about the rhythm of the Creation account at the beginning of Genesis.  The God of the entire universe bent down over the dust of the earth (raw material), scooped it up as a potter takes clay, and began to form and shape it.  He then breathed his message of truth, life, and the way into the lungs of Adam, and God’s very own masterpiece came to life.  Not only is humanity a work of...

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Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create
Apr12

Seven Evangelism Environments Artists Create

Given the objective Truth of the Gospel never changes, the PROCESS of evangelism is much more about helping people encounter Christ than it is explaining Christ—and ARTISTS are some of the most powerful God-designed servants God uses to create the environments wherein people experience the God-desired fruit of evangelism—people reconciled to God through the work of Christ. In fact when we emphasize explaining over encountering God’s...

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Psalm 6
Apr11

Psalm 6

High King, I know you’re pissed, but PLEASE don’t yell… Don’t punish me wrathfully, they already did! HAVE MERCY!  I’m fainting, I’m fading my Lord; My bones are broken!  Heal, or I’ll die! My soul groans in agony, “How long, O Lord?” Turn back for me, King, to deliver me clean Rescue my life by your conquering Love I can’t remember you, if I should die How will anyone bring...

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Psalm 5
Apr04

Psalm 5

A painter once gave his ear to his love give Yours to my words O Lord. Grant me the chance to sigh Listen for my helpless calling, crying “My King! My God!” To You I speak this eve pre-noon, I wake, I see the sun Lord, You overhear me, my first sound I stir. My voice unveils my needs To You. And there I linger, eager, serene expecting… You really don’t enjoy evil, do you? Wicked live nowhere near you,...

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Listening
Mar30

Listening

One of the most valuable (yet most difficult to practice) skills I have developed as a writer is to listen. The act of listening is hard. It takes a lot of self-control. It means squelching the arguments and justifications that jump readily to mind when someone is dissecting or critiquing my work. This is because listening requires  the most strenuous of all virtues: humility. Humility says, “This thing I have created is very dear to...

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Pride (Genesis 3)
Mar28

Pride (Genesis 3)

The carers of the garden, entrusted guardians there were two, Adam and Eve. Able to eat the fruit of any tree except one, for if they ate of this fruit they would know things that only God knew and they would no longer be free. But this tree caught their eye and they believed the lie of the crafty snake, ‘Did God really say?’ They believed there was another way, besides the one they walked with in the cool of the day. See...

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Effective Evangelism Needs Artistic Expression

Evangelism that works is more than just spewing ‘correct’ biblical information; correct?  (Things like John 3:16, Romans 10:9 & 10, 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8.)  Certainly, the objective realities of these revealed truths must be present.  But their presence does not guarantee that the one(s) being evangelized will come to faith. Effective evangelism needs artistic expression:  the imaginative rearrangement of human metaphors, symbols...

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Dangerous Spirituality
Mar09

Dangerous Spirituality

We have inherited a Western idea of spirituality that has trickled down into our worship.  “The spirituality we inherited, for all the richness and holiness it bred, is essentially for the individual. This spirituality puts the full responsibility for the search for God and for holiness on the person, though he or she is expected to need direction, and probably the structure of a life specifically designed to support spiritual search....

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