John's Charge

Told me to care for your Mother A sad will and testament this And she holding up like a champion No soft words, no counsel, no kiss. And I standing stunned like a youngster And you hanging naked and shamed And priests letting out foulest venom They blaspheme, they mock and defame. How could Gospel challenge evoke this? You spoke simple comfort and rest You healed all the sick and the lonely Your stories of Heaven the best. But something now strangely speaks victory And mercy for those with no light Yes Lord I will cherish your Mother God grant that I comfort her right. And memories we’ll share of the good times When you were the balm of the crowd When we held you forth as Messiah And missions of help made us proud.

(At this point John still did not know that the greatest legacy they would share would be resurrection. He is risen...He is risen indeed. No cause for grieving then.)

To Be Holy

To Be Holy

The old hymn says Take Time to Be Holy. That's the first part. Allowing the passage of time and the flow of encounters and reactions. God has willed you to be where you are, not where you are not. Your path to separation from the world's clutches will be unique because the Lord loves you uniquely. He also wants to use you to woo others.
There are places for the cloistered life of prayer, petition and meditation. They are spiritual dynamos occupied by peculiar and largely isolated saints. They bear fruit in the quieter moments and operations coming upon a busy, covetous, colliding world system that will not slow down to think deeply, to feel selflessly. Remember the beautiful fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians chapter five (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance).
But the monastery and the convent will not be for many. God wills that His ambassadors usually go out there to rub shoulders with a confused, hurried, question…

Nothing Amiss

This was said of Jesus by one of the thieves beside Him at Calvary. What must it have meant to the unsung hero of gentleness, healing and promise?
Hypocritical religion and mob mentality all around cursing, mocking and slandering.
But one man, and he a condemned felon, had responded perhaps unwittingly to the messages of salvation offered by John the Baptist and Jesus and His disciples. 'Repent. Believe the Gospel. Do works meet for repentance. Recognize that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.'
Nothing amiss. It was as if the thief had performed the seasonal priestly role of examining and declaring that the sacrificial Lamb had no blemishes, fractures, defects or irregularities. Indeed this One was the Candidate suitable for propitiation of sin once and for all (Hebrews 9).
Nothing amiss. The thief had been purged of wrongdoings and wrong thoughts by faith and a good confession. Paradise was in the wings. Jesus had said “This day you shall be with me in Paradise”. This puts the lie…

Let's Understand This

The Lord was having dinner His departure close at hand And the format echoed Moses’ Tortured trek to Promised Land And the blood that worked Passover Now was in a cup Christ raised His a Life of selfless giving Coming ages thanked and praised. And a promise now so strangely To dear friends who scarcely knew That the Spirit’s help was coming More than meet to see life through. His a power of conviction Touching both the good and grim Citing sin and righteous victory Filling judgment to the brim. Yes to judge the Prince of Darkness Who has held sway o’er this place Jesus came and Jesus conquered Though it seemed all sad disgrace. Wicked men would raise Him cross-wise And would jeer at all He said But an empty tomb endorsed Life And brought ceaseless joy instead. Can you hear this? Prince of Darkness. And you thought this World was kind But it blinks at so much suffering That Love’s Gospel brings to mind. John 16: 8-11

Under Sovereign Skies

A New Blog:

Have you noticed a casualness in worship in this country? Oh yes people enjoy a sense of family in their gatherings. They long for relationship. Dress codes have loosened. A smile and a handshake are always waiting.

But the approach to God is too familiar. We come up with other names, comfortable names for Majesty and Sovereignty. Sermons attempt point-by-point to describe the indescribable One. The listener gets the impression that His always being on-call reduces Him to some sort of messenger boy or courier. Hold on folks!

We are talking about the All Mighty One, the Everlasting, the Un-created One, the Omnipotent and Omniscient One. He appreciates it if our approach is unvarnished, but not if overly casual/ disrespectful.

Sovereignty of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit creates a proper balance. This is addressed in our new blog "Under Sovereign Skies".

Under Sovereign Skies

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The ages old debate over the Good News of Jesus. An ebook:

Only Just Now

Til now talk Has only been casual A neighbourhood Item or two. You chat and you go And scarcely you know The tunnels That he has come through. But today offered Something quite different. No work and The both of us home. A sickness come up Some dregs in the cup And hardship that Neither had known. Turns out that Each father knows Jesus And thrives In a faithful wife's love And put kids Through Home School And feeds on God's Word And takes time To launch hopes above. Took long enough Here for the Shepherd To urge two dear Sheep face to face. Might lawn chairs And coffee now offer Rich sharing of Goodness and grace? A change has been felt Spite our blindness And family ties Faith will see glow. And two men Transparent Or so they will try That God's kind of Love might show.

(Best wishes to my friend/brother a couple of doors away.)