Inside

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 bought half price

and fixed up

open house

 

There is evidence that wrens have moved in.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV

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Weakness

image how to explain

the empty donut box

aliens?

 

Donuts are not my only weakness.

 

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 NJKV

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Open Doors and Adversaries

“But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.
For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” 1 Corinthians 16:8-9

Beginning to see how open doors and adversaries go hand-in-hand.

Lord, please show us how to stand and not be afraid of the attacks and the tactics that come against us this day. And here is a simple poem . . .

Woe Is Not Me

Beginning to see more and more
just what’s going on
and I’m not about to crumble
into some sad sob song.

Woe, woe is not me
no, I’m not giving in
ready to fight today
standing strong in Him.

“I Am What I Am”

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10

I am one of those in whom the grace of God has had to work more abundantly.

Oh Lord, I pray Your grace has its way in me more and more. And here’s a simple poem . . .

The Grace Miracle

I am what I am
by the grace of Thee
and what I once was
is disappearing
though I don’t deserve it
You keep blessing me
pouring out Your love
working miraculously.

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Tongue Utterings

“For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for battle?” 1 Corinthians 14:8
“So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? For you will be speaking into the air.” 1 Corinthians 14:9

When my youngest gets upset, she makes up words or puts words together in ways that don’t make sense. I have to wait for her to calm down in order to understand her.

Lord, please help me share You today with others in a way they understand. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Words That Edify

Whatever is on my mind
I can speak into the air

and though it feels good to me
there’s no use for it there

so I’ll submit to You, Lord
and ask for the words on my tongue

to be ones that edify
Your work being done.

Love Suffers

“Love suffers long and is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

Love . . .suffers.

Thank You, Lord, for showing me what love is and what it does. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Love Shows

The ad shows diamonds
beaches, beds
muscles, curves, skin
long lingering looks
excitement
while

a rejected cornerstone
Golgotha, nails
stripped, torn flesh, blood
hanging long hours
shows
love.

Schism Chasms

“But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” 1 Corinthians 12:24-25

The word schism reminds me of chasm, of falling deep and not being able to get back out.

Lord, help us to remember that there should be no divisions. . .no cracks that could cause someone to fall. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Composed

When the body
has schisms
it’s divided
by wide gaps
but when it’s members
care for each other
no one risks falling
through the cracks.

When I Come

“But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come.” 1 Corinthians 11:34

J of Jerusalem, who shares here most Sundays, told me something that stuck with me. When she first accepted Jesus, she wondered about the difference in what congregations would tell her she should do. Then Jesus told her one of the churches may be correct, but their hearts weren’t. . . that He’d come back and set all things right.

Oh Lord, let us not concentrate on who is right, but on Who is all righteousness and truth. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Who’s Right

I’m coming to set
all things in order

there will be no mistaking
about who is right

you won’t be consumed
by thoughts of each other

but overtaken
by Eternal Light.

One Bread and One Body

“”. . .all ate the same spiritual food
and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:3-4

“The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
For we, being many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

We might call ourselves by different names, but there is only one Christ from which we came.

Oh Lord, we desire to function as one body, as a whole, under Your leadership. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Communion

There’s only one Spirit
whose food we eat

and only one Rock
from which we drink

only one mind
of Christ in us

only His body
can fill us up.

Partaking

“I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:22
“Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.” 1 Corinthians 9:23

When we baked apple pies for dad to take to a party, there was one with a small piece removed. My daughter couldn’t resist partaking of the goodies she’d share.

Lord, thank You for the privilege of not only getting to share Your gospel, but partake of it too! And here is a simple poem . . .

Relating

As we share the gospel
it infuses us

and we are overtaken
with the life of Jesus

and by His sacrifice
we identify

with each soul
for whom He’s crucified.

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