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.



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



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
delusional liar
and thief
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…
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


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

God Bless

Unspoken Art

Letting it go
The impulses gone
Watching it drift on by now
Just beyond reach
No further compulsions
to grasp at anything anymore
No pictures kept and safely stored
No scenery left to attempt to recreate
The visuals constantly changing
The narrative irrelevant, obsolescent
The Artisan now at rest
Has given his best
The greatest gift now manifests…
In patience and restraint
The eye restless without purpose
Rebellious and inquisitive (R.E.M)
Searching dreamscapes
Sprawling vistas expanding
Too rapidly for the brush in hand
To capture
Try as he might
Never manage to take it all in
In awe
The palette slips out of his hand
And colors splatter, upon colors, upon colors…
Some stand out in sharp contrast
Some blend in
Someone is painting these words into being
as morning mists dissipate
and the warmth of the sun soaks in
this is where clarity begins
While someone
Is at a loss
in a desperate search
for the very same


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

God Bless

Invisible To The Naked ‘I’

In retrospect now…

Can it be seen?

The increase hidden

Within the dwindle?

So obvious from a new perspective
Footprints in trompe-l’oeil

spanning great distances

and decadent decades
Illusion of a walk
One true step in the right direction

Is a leap…

See it now?
the expanse between this plane of existence and truth?
All that once was

Strewn about…

Stripped and shredded…
desolation in battlefields abandoned
Gathered by gusts into clusters

Tumbling through deserts of deserted pasts?

Gaining momentum…
One step leading to another

Doesn’t it shake,

The very foundations

Of all we once believed

To be progress?


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

God Bless


No force required
let it steep
let it sieve
be the essence of waiting
not the leaf
nor the bean
let the cup fill
drip by drip
live in the process
not in the matter
and see…
what precious fruits
patience brings
From a cup o’ “Now”


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

God Bless

The Restoration Of Nascence (aviators)- O.E.W.

Inertia, friction, momentum, flight
Show em’ your heart
Let em’ see
What can they possibly do,
Kill the body?
They can’t touch eternity


Don’t be afraid,
But who wouldn’t be?
Of shadows in the dark mid-swing
Wielding machetes
Anxiety, fear, tears of blood
Shed at Gethsemane


A better cup HE offers
Than that which HE was Given
To suffer and die
Arise from the grave
And Gift the breath of Holy Spirit livin’


Wonderfully and fearfully created
To walk in obedience to You was Your plan
Free will to spurn Your commands
In the world to be loathed and hated
Slow of speech…but without hesitation
Beautiful tongues speaking worldly wisdoms draw the widest attention
But to the “seeing” belie  spiritual procrastinations


You can’t come between us
There is no room to spare
You and your seven more
Desperate drowning rats searching for cracks under any door


Day or night
Light or dark
They that still walk in despair
Dragging precious loads behind them
Through a desert near to collapsing
“JESUS are You there?!”
Do you care?


And He is saying to us:


I’ve taken your burdens upon my own shoulders
Many times my child.
But everytime you’ve gone and retrieved it from the wild.
Is it not plain to see, what you adore?
Yes, indeed…even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from My table and if you will trust in Me fully
You will see that My Grace is more than able.
Why then do you shun the table I’ve prepared before you
And turn back to regurgitations?”


Lord of Lords
King of Kings
Please forgive us
For we could not see these things


So clear…
So near…
Yet so far beyond the reach,
Dream little aviator…dream.