Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Be Still

The wind is blowing,
rocks are crashing,
yet the Lord is not there.

The earth is quaking,
boulders are shaking,
yet the Lord is not there.

The fire is raging,
smoke is billowing,
yet the Lord is not there.

Out of the turmoil
after the conflict
quietly comes the voice of the Lord.

"I am still God.
I still control the earth;
I still control the nations.

Even through the storms,
even through the wars,
I am still God.

"Be still. Know Me.
I am with you.
I know you. I still have use for you.

"Be still. Follow Me.
I, the Lord over all,
Am working out My perfect plan."

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grace

by Carolyn Hamlin

Lord, as I seek your guidance for the day,
I find my thoughts unyielding: confusion clouds my way,
But, then when I bow to you, the challenges you guide me through,
Your promises are ever new: I claim them for today.

Your will cannot lead me where your grace cannot keep me.
Your hand will protect me: I rest in your care.
Your eyes will watch over me: Your love will forgive me.
And when I am faltering, I still will find you there.

Each new day’s design is guided by your hand,
And graciously revealed as I seek your Master plan.
Keep my footsteps faithful when from you I go.
Return me to the joy that your blessings can bestow.

Your will cannot lead me where your grace cannot keep me.
Your hand will protect me: I rest in your care.
Your eyes will watch over me: Your love will forgive me.
And when I am faltering, I still will find you there.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Prose of Romance

"Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one's life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one's side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps… perhaps… love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath."

Anne of Avonlea, Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Kepler and His Planetary Motion Laws

"A mathematical model of the solar system doesn’t invoke God, yet Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), when he discovered the mathematical laws of planetary motion, is said to have cried out, ‘O God, I am thinking your thoughts after you!’ There is no symbol representing God in Kepler’s equations but that didn’t stop him ascribing the laws themselves to the divine mind."

Who Made God? (Kindle Locations 1003-1007), Edgar Andrews

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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Superabounding Grace

"Grace upon grace" ... I have long been fascinated by this phrase.

It sums up the Christian's experience. Each morning, we are overwhelmed again by His grace. Every moment, we can rejoice because of His grace. It flows into our lives. It renews our hope. We find strength because of His grace.

It superabounds. No sin is so heinous that it cannot be covered. No is sin is so common that it cannot be covered. We stand before God because of grace. We press on in the Christian life because of grace.

No hardship we face is too great. No sadness is too overwhelming. No grief is too debilitating. In all of these, His grace is more than sufficient.

Though you are weary. Though you are discouraged. Though nothing seems to be working out. Hope. Trust. For He pours out His grace on you.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Success in the Christian Life

What does it mean to be successful in the Christian life?

Micah 6:8
- do justice
- love kindness (or mercy)
- walk humbly with God

Colossians 1:10
- walk in a manner worthy of the Lord
- bear fruit in every good work
- increase in the knowledge of God

Ephesians 2:10
- we are created for good works (which God prepared beforehand)

1 Thessalonians 4:11
- aspire to live quietly
- mind your own affairs
- work with your hands

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