Month: May 2019

Jesus take the wheel*

dual personalities

Well, I got some hard news last month. I have cancer and will have surgery tomorrow. We have been through this in my family quite recently with the boy and now it is my turn. I hope I can handle it all with as much grace and confidence as he did.

This article from the desiringGod.org website

was very helpful to me and Piper/Powlison even refer to a favorite prayer of mine–what we call in the Episcopal Church, Saint Patrick’s breastplate:

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

In the meantime my DP will continue with the blog while I recover, ably supported by…

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Oh My, How All Things Are Tied Together!

Spirit Moments

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As I start my day in silence and prayer, I am moved by the Psalm of the day:

O LORD, our Lord,
how awesome is your name through all the earth!
I will sing of your majesty above the heavens
with the mouths of babes and infants.
When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars that you set in place—
What is man that you are mindful of him,
and a son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him little less than a god,
crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
put all things at his feet:
All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
O LORD

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In My Heart, I Know My Savior Lives

Spirit Moments

As a little boy, I used to pray for God to make me Superboy. I remember praying for this fervently every night when I said my prayers before going to bed. And I believed God would do it for me. Of course, I never got to fly; although I have recurring dreams of flying. I never acquired any of Superboy’s powers. But several years later, sometime during my career with a pharma company, I had just finished making a presentation and facilitating the discussions that followed. During the break, I overheard a colleague who did not particularly like me say to the others: “Superboy is at it again.”  She said it of course reeking with sarcasm but I had to smile because the remark had me remembering my prayer as a child. God did deliver, although in a totally different manner. I had a smug feeling that the monicker my…

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May 16 Temptation

Truth2Freedom's Blog

scripture reading:Matthew 4:1–11
key verse:Matthew 4:10

Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

If temptation does not come from God, what is its source? Temptation is a tool of Satan. He enticed Eve in the Garden of Eden and continues his incessant seduction.

Satan is your adversary. He desires to disable your spiritual service, distract your spiritual attention, and disrupt your spiritual relationship with the Father. Since he cannot affect your eternal destiny, he seeks to disable you emotionally, short–circuiting your joy and testimony.

The world system is also a source of temptation. The world system is the prevailing philosophy of the age, devoid of God’s wisdom. A quick look at the arts, entertainment, and education reveals an underlying value system ruled by ungodly appetites and reasoning, not God. The…

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Surgery For Healing

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“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up” Hosea 6:1

It is the Lord’s way to tear before He heals. This is the honest love of His heart, and the sure surgery of His hand. He also bruises before He binds up, or else it would be uncertain work. The law comes before the gospel; the sense of need before the supply of it. Is the reader now under the convincing, crushing hand of the Spirit? Has he received the spirit of bondage again to fear? This is a salutary preliminary to real gospel healing and binding up.

Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all thy jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s…

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