Written in 1994…decades before consciously knowing of being saved or even what it meant or even asking to be.

I breathe not
less you breathe within me
I see beyond seeing
for my sight belongs to Thee
I feel without touching
that which is more than i may grasp
I walk in circles…
I walk in darkness…
Without Your love
To light my path
(makes me wonder if one can be saved w/o knowing they’ve been saved? All things are possible with a sovereign God. Why else would anyone even write such a thing while still oblivious to truth and mystery…jus’ sayin’?)
Being such as i was at the time i wrote this it made absolutely no sense at the time, just a lovely thought? A homage to someone i did not truly believe even existed. But yet i thought…”how beautiful?, Maybe i should share this?” and i was forced to ask myself “why the tears, why the pain, what was i feeling?”
I know now…but it’s been a very long journey:)
One thing i did learn for certain was: One does not necessarily need to understand everything read or written immediately…but like tea, the longer it steeps the more potent the flavor. I would often get frustrated with reading my Bible and put it down because i could not understand it. One day i resolved to read whether i understood or not and grew in faith and belief as a result of that decision. The understanding was not in my time but in His perfect time, much became clearer:)

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dove
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
– Thomas Aquinas

“Dear God, please save us from half the people who think they’re doing God’s work

God Bless

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Being Led To Belief

Washing feet
tracing steps forensically
nothing in the eyes
worth seeing

In hearts smitten
a new slang being written
in defensive stances
what are the chances
to know of His romances?

He doesn’t pull any punches
nothing of coincidences
or hunches
sure footed
well rooted
that is His Hope for us

Fear dissipates in His presence
He teaches us how
to breathe in His essence
Even when sirens wail
bells toll
and the world screams
inside of our heads

Couldn’t get away from Him now
if we tried…who would want to?
how can you run from someone
living inside of you?

He will take us
where He needs us to be
even when it seems
somewhere least likely

The reservations have already been made
all that’s left to do
is to refrain from grazing
among miser’s pampas grasses
and pick up…
our boarding passes

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dove

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
– Thomas Aquinas

God Bless

Of No Worth

Useless till broken…
Bucking wild broncos can’t be ridden
Useless till broken…
Words without wisdom spoken
Useless till broken…
Busted on charges of illegal distribution
Useless till broken…
A life given…undedicated
Useless till broken…
Vows of man in lieu of a Promise Divine
Useless till broken…
Anything of man held in hands
Useless till broken…
Know nothing worth knowing till then
Speak nothing of worth till broken
Do nothing worth doing
Without first “being”
ABSOLUTELY…
Useless till broken…
The Potter’s wheel is turning
Clay is being shapened by hands
 and water
and friction
and pressure
and love
Creating…
A useful VESSEL
Custom fit…
FOR SERVICE.
Jeremiah 18:1-11New International Version (NIV)

At the Potter’s House

18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.

11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’

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dove

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
– Thomas Aquinas

God Bless

Confidant

You hear me

Straight up

Eyes full on

Expression hopeful

Perhaps I think naive

But then our code

Best possible spin on facts

No judgment

Therefore little reticence

Story out on the table

Doubts warts and all

Soothing breath of release

And brothers’ project begins

You enter the pain

Listen big time

Pause…before offering a thing

Often you don’t have to

I feel the yokefellow

I feel the joint reach

To the heavenlies

All seems hallowed prayer

And unmatched conversation

Answers, relief and strength

Are coming

Thanks Bro.

The summit can be reached.

(Doug)

Courtesy Of…?

Straining Out Gnats and Swallowing Camels
Matthew 23:23,24

“Woe to you teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel” (Matthew 23:23,24)

Given my druthers, I wouldn’t swallow a gnat or a camel, but if forced to choose between the two I’d quickly be heading out the door with my gnat trap. The Pharisees, on the other hand, seemed to have a more ambitious appetite. Even though they painstakingly avoided swallowing a tiny gnat, they did seem to enjoy stuffing huge, gangly camels into their mouths.

Actually the Pharisees did well to avoid eating gnats as they were unclean (albeit the most minute of the unclean animals). The Pharisees would obey the law to the extent of literally straining their wine or drinking water through a cloth in order to avoid the possibility of swallowing an unclean insect. But they would then turn around and engage in religious activity that was grossly unlawful, immoral and ungodly, not thinking anything about it. And this disorderly activity Jesus likens to the eating of a camel.

The ungodliness of the Pharisees is also illustrated in reference to their tithing. One tenth of the harvest was to be given to God (usually going to the priests and Levites – Nu 18:20-24; Dt 14:24-29). The Pharisees would go so far as to pay tithes on a mint, dill, and cummin (three tiny garden herbs grown for seasoning and flavoring their food). To pay tithes on these crops was to be scrupulously obedient. For the tithe was scarcely worth the trouble of removing it from the garden. Jesus did not condemn this tithing, but he did condemn leaving undone the more important matters; an omission of which the Pharisees were guilty.

The Pharisees dismissed as needing no attention at all the more important spiritual parts of the law such as justice (the act of righteously judging our fellow man), mercy (forbearance toward the guilty and compassion for the suffering), and faithfulness (manifesting belief in our lives).

Could it be that we too are guilty of the same legalistic attitude which prompted such a stern Messianic rebuke? Is it possible that in our enlightened spiritual environment we could be replacing more important matters of the Lord’s work with the less important details? It would be the height of religious arrogance to assume that it could not happen to us.

When it comes to justice, we are judging the worth of others based upon the details of clothing, financial status and social position rather than on the eternal value of their soul? Are we more concerned about community gossip and the standards of other religious groups in judging people than we are of the standard of God? Are we reflecting the justice of God when we become upset over the orderliness of worship but not upset over the lost souls of those who may be disorderly?

When it comes to mercy, we must follow the example of Jesus who often attended to physical needs such as hunger and sickness, but was primarily concerned with man’s spiritual needs. To show mercy by helping a needy person with a handout is certainly commendable, but to assist that same person in obtaining a saving knowledge of the Word of God is even more important.

As far as faithfulness is concerned, we all realize the importance of attending worship services and avoiding any public display of ungodliness. But what about when our actions are hidden from the public? How do we treat our spouse and our children in the privacy of our home? What about our thoughts, our true desires? Are we as spiritual inwardly as we appear to be?

The message of Jesus in Matthew 23:23,24 is not that we neglect the details of obedience, but that we also remember the more important matters. Giving perfectionistic attention to the details while neglecting true service to God and our fellow man will only result in our condemnation as one who strains out the gnats and swallows the camel.

By Ed Barnes
From Expository Files 6.11; November 1999

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dove

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
– Thomas Aquinas

God Bless

The King Decides

Two parties contend for a property
That truly belongs to neither
One child dead
One child living
One mother a Lover
One mother a bitter
begrieved…
delusional liar
and thief
CLEAVE THE CHILD IN TWO!
First judgment of a newly crowned King.
Love releases it ‘s claim…
For Love’s sake,
pulls up it’s stake
sets free in faith
Pleads for Life regardless of name.
The liar wants it’s pound of flesh…
the bloody half to claim.
Love conquers…
THE “LIAR” BOUND IN CHAINS!
SUCH IS
“CONTENTION”
without just cause
it cannot hold water in a “just” court
A heart of compassion
sees only a mother
driven to desperation
and made “mad” by grief
Temporary insanity made concrete
by hands once imprinted upon long ago
in wet cement
having set
All this…
While the “abortion rate”
ironically enough
in present day
steadily rises
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dove

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
– Thomas Aquinas

God Bless