1 John 3:10-15
Jul18

1 John 3:10-15

Don’t do right? Don’t be of God. More than ever If wronging your brother Who does right? Told from all-start To another Love, love, love Don’t be Cain of Evil One, Killing brother– To what point and purpose? Why Abel? Why kill brothers? Cain lived, ill works (Right Abel’s right) Don’t startle When Cains hate you. (We know we’ve bypassed Death unto living) We love brothers– (That’s...

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1 John 3:7-10

Little kids, be artless, be not naive Listen not to the scoffer’s deceiving tongue. Only right-doers are right, For he who is righteous never does wrong See only wrong-doers are wrong For he known as devil can’t sing our new song From the get-go he sinned, and ever will sin For this God’s Son was unmasked in God’s Play Destroying the works of the devilish one. Those begotten of God never “will sin”...

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Art in Christian Missions
Jun29

Art in Christian Missions

Jesus Makes… In Matthew 4:19 Jesus called his disciples to follow and promised them that He would “make them fishers of men.” The Greek word for make, poieō, has some interesting implications. This word can refer to authorship, production, construction, formation, fashion, commerce, and even performance. In the same way that John the Baptist “prepared”—poieō the way for the Lord, so was Jesus planning to prepare these seemingly earthy...

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1 John 3:3

All who hope in this All who trust in this Truth All faithful in faith In Him, in him, within Purifying, as He is pure Purified,...

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Winston Churchill on Creativity
Jun01

Winston Churchill on Creativity

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, a writer (as Winston S. Churchill), and an artist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and was the first person to be made an honorary citizen of the United States.¹ Amongst his numerous writings and teachings can...

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Evangelism, Imagination, and Artists
May25

Evangelism, Imagination, and Artists

No one can believe anything they can’t imagine!!  That reality intimately makes artists and evangelism go together. But what about the importance of the content of evangelism, one might ask?  Most of you reading this blog agree with me about the content of evangelism:  it IS—the objective, existing reality of GOD, the loving work of Christ through which we access the Gospel, and the energizing of His Spirit empowering the Gospel.  ...

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Four Window Wonders  (Proverbs 30:18-19)
May09

Four Window Wonders (Proverbs 30:18-19)

Other than two Aspirin, last night murdered me I awoke, grabbed some tea   Stepped into the study, ready to write Sitting, I teared up, glancing out   About our backyard, about the fields Then it all whisked away   Washed away my ribboned eyes from blue to white    from night to light In that wash of purity   In that veil of tears I lost grip of my desk   My pen fell from my hand I left   Though I didn’t mean to leave I left...

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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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Washed Clean (Genesis 6:13-9:29)
Apr18

Washed Clean (Genesis 6:13-9:29)

The Lord lamented the corruption so present widespread across the earth, He was determined to have people set apart pursuing righteousness a people after His own heart, there was only one, Noah. Instructed to build an ark a container to contain the mighty power of the Lord and the waters which would baptise the earth cleansing from its surface the stains of a people bent on wickedness, for a second time creation paid the price for...

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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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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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Psalm 4

Respond… Respond to me when I send for you,    You, my right god Release the pressure, ease the stress   Grant mercy to this, my prayer.   When, men, will you cease forming honor into shame?    How long to love lies and know other lovers?   Know the Lord saves the godly for him   His ears tune into my voice.   In your anger, don’t you sin;    While on your bed, when lights are dimmed    See you heart’s...

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