07 June 2014

Confirmed to Be




One night to Shepherds low
A Babe was born to show
Angels announced with Peace
God with us confirmed was He

In Cana’s joyful marriage hall
The guests were filled with instant awe
As water turned to wine, did see
A miracle confirmed to be

When fishing boat of men did sail
And stormy sea on it prevailed
Then spoke He who from Galilee
Tempest stilled, all confirmed to see

By waters well, in heat of day
Christ with Samaritan did say
“Drink of me Living Water free”
Then none need be confirmed thirsty

As thunder rent the skies of dark
The rocks did break on hillside stark
Raised on that rugged tree was He
Died Christ for all confirmed to see

Then Angels on the tombstone stood
Gone was the cross of nail and wood
Nothing of earth’s mere frailty
Held back His rising confirmed free

Now on through all the ages past
This Truth endures in hearts to last
Jesus of Nazareth, Christ to be
Lord and Saviour, confirmed to me

 




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04 May 2014

God and Gay Christians

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04 March 2014

On the Night I was Shunned



                                      
Surprised to hear from muffled voice
Tonight! the Church would see
Me, for who and what really is
Gay man, and deemed sinner fiend
By those who came to cast their vote
With righteous law me to demean

I dressed my Sunday meeting best
sitting front row center
The Elders benched before me sat
Beards stroking and unflinched
My name they called with charges forth
For now was I surely tainted!

They read of my un-to-ward deed
Of being WITH a Man!
And how God’s wrath would surely come
On such as dared to stand
In sins dread path of wickedness
with actions all, to hell be damned

So stood I all alone midst them
Defeated by their will
Cast from the hand and kiss of friend
Partaker of derisions chill
Apart to be, and shunned by all
Eldest to least, all fealty killed

Weeks would be of silent staring
Alone against the throng
Days and nights spent a wondering
To whom and what would I belong?
Was God really so harsh and cruel,
to cut off from me all living?

Tears and heartache, painful and sighs
Hopeless love was ending
Doubtful with fears and sharpened spears
Long rainy walks, tears and cryings
Downcast, downtrod  amidst their leers
Shame feeling, their Way decrying

Into the dark alone I went
corn fields rustled briskly
now clouded skies of grey-filled night
hung o’er my lowered head and life
OUT from their chosen faithfulness
My life they judged unfit, dismissed

 





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24 February 2014

Meditation on St. Mark 10:51



“What Would You Have Jesus Do?”
During the earthly ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, some followed him to see what he would do.  Those with ailments of the body called upon Jesus to do miracles of healing, so that they might be made physically whole. The self-righteous wanted him to do things to contradict their perception of the Law of God, and even the Devil tempted Jesus to act contrary to God’s plan for his life. 
In St. Mark chapter 10:51, we hear Jesus ask a simple question of the blind man who sat by the road: ‘What wilt thou that I should do unto thee?’ Bartimaeus had previously heard of Jesus, who he was, and of what he was capable.  He embraced the truth that Jesus Christ could grant his petition, he laid aside his garment (i.e. the thing covering up who he really was) and cried out making his petition known.  His resolve, and the humility of his position, was recognized by the Creator, and restoration was made, giving blind Bartimaeus his sight.
Oh that we would make our petitions known in faith, humbly recognizing our dependence upon a prayer-answering God, believing he can grant our petitions before we even ask.



Almighty Father and Creator of our eyes, bless us now as those who have not seen Thee, and yet believe; help us to lay aside any sin or pretense covering what we truly are, and grant us spiritual sight through thy healing touch, that we may glorify you in this life through Jesus Christ, and the life that is to come.            Amen
 










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16 February 2014

Being A Means of Grace




There is a saying used by some that says, “the End, justifies the Means”.
I do not know what all is meant by that statement, especially as it is used in various situations, but if the End you desire is- imparted grace towards another human being, then you being the ‘means’, by which that grace is imparted, seems very justifiable.

Jesus Christ, was sent by God the Father of all Creation, into this world to be The Means of Grace to all who are lost in sin and departed from the fellowship of God.  When he lay down his life sacrificially for all who believe in Him, Jesus clearly passed on his work to those who followed after. “Go out into all the world” was his disciples first commission, and ever since, recipients of his grace, have been busy sharing that grace with others.

You might say, “well, what is grace?” Simply put, it is unmerited favor.
Before you or I ever existed on this planet, God humbled himself by putting on the bodily form of a human being, and as His Son, Jesus Christ, walked and talked among us, living and dying for the redemption of our sinful souls.
I think it would be a challenge for most of us to be willing to die for someone we loved and knew.  To be asked to die for someone we’ve never seen or met, that would take a lot of ‘grace’.

Jesus Christ, through his word and his spirit is challenging each of us every day to be the ‘vehicle’ by which ‘unmerited favor’ or ‘grace’ is bestowed to others.  Sometimes, you might not even know who you are bestowing grace upon.  There may be lives you touch on a daily basis or just once, that experience the love of Christ and his favor, through your being the Means to that End.

So many are caught up with the sins of hate, bigotry and prejudice towards people unlike themselves in some way or another, that these individuals miss out on the true mission of Christianity in being that means of God’s grace to others.  I do not merit favor from you or anyone, but I am thankful that God in his supreme love and mercy has seen fit to grant His unmerited favor to each and every one of his creations on this planet. 

·        It is my hope and prayer that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ and who appreciates his sacrificial death for them, can learn to live by being a means of grace to others.  It may be smiling at that other person you pass on the sidewalk,
·        It may be visiting the sick or weak
·        It may be sitting by that lonely person on the church pew by themselves,
·        It may be sending an email or message to encourage someone weighed down by the struggles of this life.
·        It may be reaching out to befriend someone different than yourself
·        It may be actively participating in a group effort for a good cause, even if it wasn’t designed or organized quite the way you wanted it to be
·        It may be humbly submitting your ideas in order to help another’s succeed

Let all those who claim the name of Jesus Christ, actively seek to show his grace towards others.
 







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