The church is not a product

To buyNor a show to attendNor a business to invest in-It is a body to belong to.Those that sit in her pewsAre not audience membersSeeking entertainment,They are members of a symphony,Participants in a dance a dance of graceWhere sinners get their day ofReckoning with mercy,Where the imperfectMeet PerfectionWhere crooked motivesAre made whole,Where the work ofSelf-deternination […]

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The Claims of God

There is One who Claims to have simply spoken All of existence Into existence. Who asks you To trust Him with your very life, Daily. Who claims to be the One that keeps your Heart beating And neurones firing And mitochondria cycling ATP. The One who says ‘Trust Me’ With your future happiness With your […]

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I’ve been looking for You

I get cravings throughout the day To glance at my phone: Hoping for a notification, Checking for messages; For reassurance that someone loves me For a reminder that my contributions matter For something to distract me. But when I think deeply enough I realize I am looking for something deeper, Something I have perceived from […]

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Gethsemane

The harrowing prayer of Christ in that garden Did not change His circumstance. Indeed it was His last few moments Before going up to be crucified, A crucifixion He spoke of repeatedly. The contents of the prayer Reveal a level of vulnerability That is most unsettling. Christ accepts His crushing fate While expressing His desire […]

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Proof

My dear brothers and sisters, what good is it if someone claims to have faith but demonstrates no good works to prove it? How could this kind of faith save anyone? For example, if a brother or sister in the faith is poorly clothed and hungry and you leave them saying, “Good-bye. I hope you […]

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Whole

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1-2 The joy of Christian hope allows us to not only receive but also rejoice in gifts we did not deserve; Strength we did not acquire. Resources we […]

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Safe

The Name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. ~Proverbs 18:10 There is a Place where men can go To find refuge for their souls, Where we can shed the need to defend The cloth on which we have laid our lives, The land from which we […]

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Inconvenience is temporary

Inconveniences, ultimately, remain that way in part because we treat them as things taking us out of our way. As things we would rather be without It’s inconvenient to have to take the long way around to work But if you had a good enough reason to take the longer route It becomes a part […]

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Apron

If God had an apron It would be soiled. With blood and sweat and tears. The blood of His own Son, The sweat of His brow from the work he has done And the tears He sheds for us. A holy God, He could have chosen to stay far removed from the Messy details of […]

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