2017-06-28

beginning, middle, & ...

So I am bold & confident of this,
that He who has BEGUN his work (sufficed
to say) CONTINUING what is his biz-
ness, will COMPLETE it 'til the day of Christ.
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I am confident of this, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Phillipians 1:6 (PM Version)

2017-06-27

pow'r of my own pow'r

We'll don't you know who made it - everything(!)?
And ha'en't you heard of him? For he's the Boss!
And he does not need feeding or wat'ring -
God lives forever, made Time, & the lot.

Created everything on earth, he did,
and won't become all tired, or get worn out.
His understanding will always be hid-
den from us, we don't get what he's about!

For like those small electrons in their shells
-as soon as you know "where" it is, it's not!
And when we understand the sights and smells
of what God's doing, that's 'cause he's worked lots

to help us understand & gain insight, 
he will not be controlling - God is love!
God gives imaginations to set right
& help us think more truer - from above.

For no-one ever got more strength from food
& rest (just like Elijah did), without
it coming from the God who made all good,
all ecosystems, energies about.

When weak folk get more pow'r - from where's it come?
Creator of all earth & sky & seas -
he never grows weak, weary, and his un-
derstanding none can fathom for just he's

the Lord who is the everlasting one!
Who trusts in him are strengthened to their peak:
they'll fly as high as eagles in the sun,
they'll run and not tire, walk and not grow weak.

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The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Isaiah 40:28-29. (PM Version)

Don't you know who made everything? Haven't you heard about him? The Lord is the God who lives forever. He created everything on earth. He won't become worn out or get tired. No one will ever know how great his understanding is. He gives strength to those who are tired. He gives power to those who are weak. Even young people become worn out and get tired. Even the best of them trip and fall. But those who trust in the Lord will receive new strength. They will fly as high as eagles. They will run and not get tired. They will walk and not grow weak.
Isaiah 40:28‭-‬31 NIRV


2017-06-26

God takes our mis-takes. The first "take" with God, pips the 100th without him!

Well God's command was decimate, destroy! -
all of those people in the country where
they were to go, to the last girl and boy,
but he makes ways to include those who care,

who still persist when everything is stopped.
He seems to love the faith that this then shows.
He'll change his mind, & open options cropped
out of the picture till then. Sure, he knows!

- (but doesn't give a damn that he looks bad
to literalistic people who look on),
he loves those folk as though he was their Dad,
he'll glory over them in dance & song!

I'm thinking of that Caananite, Rahab,
who then became the "G-Grand-Mother" of Christ,
or else that other Caananite who had
the little girl, whose love was not enticed

to give up, when he said it was not right.
Then too there were those Gibeonite folk,
who tried to trick, & didn't want to die
today, & yet would serve as slaves - no joke!

And somehow as they tried, they did succeed.
Then God worked with them, & protected them.
It seems he wants to grow faith like a seed...
And then that time when Mary said to men

& women servants "Just do what he says",
that's after he said "My time is not yet":
The times had changed, or God's mind - for he cares.
And if Love did exist, that's what you'd get!

2017-06-25

full-fill-meant

The Lord is on about relationship
- a growing, breathing, living, kind of thing -
not mechanistic, his relations pip
the static kind, for his have life that sings.

Well God's relations are his own children
(and not the maths relations "A+B"),
and they are understood through history when
their interchanges are told in stor-y!

So when you wandered desert-side for years
while looking for a good place where you'd live,
half-starved and parched with thirst, on brink of tears,
your lives exhausted, not quite exhaust-ive!

Then, in your desperation you relate
to God, & he gets to you just in time; 
he puts your feet on roads that take you straight
to a good place to live. You call God "Mine",

"My Father and my God", & now you thank 
this God - his marvelous love, and provision
are better than when you trust in a bank:
his mercy gives both hearing and vision.

He pours great draughts of water down parched throats; 
the starved and hungry get more than enough.
I'll tell you where we got these jumpers, coats..
and stories of his help when things were rough.. .

Of course we felt quite hungry & thirsty -
that's not a problem, s'far as I can tell,
& other times were dark, our skins bursting...
What an adventure! - He does all things well!

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The Lord satisfies the thirsty, and fills the hungry soul with good things. Psalm 107:9 (PM Version)

Some of you wandered for years in the desert, looking but not finding a good place to live, Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion. Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God . He got you out in the nick of time; He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.  Psalm 107:4‭-‬9 MSG

Jesus responded, “Who do you think are my mother and brothers?” Looking around, taking in everyone seated around him, he said, “Right here, right in front of you—my mother and my brothers. Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
Mark 3:33‭-‬35 MSG  http://bible.com/97/mrk.3.33-35.MSG




2017-06-24

.. & bodies full-filled

Give thanks in every situation, for
the plan for you is to grow up like God
who is your Father (& Mother, what's more)
and he conceived this Way that you'll have trod,

when you have grown, so that you'll be like him
who took what he then had & looked to hea'en;
his thanking seemed to let the food flood in,
his faith the conduit through which it was gi'en.

God's will for you in Christ: to be that kind
of person, with the kindness of Jesus - 
who'd want to feed the people (not just find
a way to get rid of them to ease us),

to be a person glad of what they've got
from God's good hand, expectant of good things,
& joining with his "magic" in a shot;
this stepping forward starts with thanksgivings.

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Give thanks in every situation, for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus. Thessalonians 5:18 (PM Version)

When Jesus came ashore, he saw a large crowd. He felt deep concern for them. He healed their sick people. When it was almost evening, the disciples came to him. "There is nothing here," they said. "It's already getting late. Send the crowds away. They can go and buy some food in the villages." Jesus replied, "They don't need to go away. You give them something to eat." "We have only five loaves of bread and two fish," they answered. "Bring them here to me," he said. Then Jesus directed the people to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up to heaven and gave thanks. He broke the loaves into pieces. Then he gave them to the disciples. And the disciples gave them to the people. All of them ate and were satisfied. The disciples picked up 12 baskets of leftover pieces. The number of men who ate was about 5,000. Women and children also ate. Matthew 14:14‭-‬21 NIRV 


2017-06-23

destinies full-filled..

As he walked along he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus. Levi was sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," Jesus told him. Levi got up and followed him. Some teachers of the law who were Pharisees were there. They saw Jesus eating with "sinners" and tax collectors. So they asked his disciples, "Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" Jesus heard that. So he said to them, "Those who are healthy don't need a doctor. Sick people do. I have not come to callt those who think they are right with God to follow me. I have come to call sinners to follow me." Mark 2:14‭, ‬16‭-‬17 NIRV etc  http://bible.com/110/mrk.2.14-17.NIRV

A Levite set apart by God to lead
God's people in responses to his care,
had been recruited by Romans who'd feed
his fam'ly (with no land to have a share).

But then one day a Rabbi who knew God
walked past him, & then said "Come follow me";
& Levi saw his chance, so off he trod
for this fulfilled his fam'ly destiny

as well as what he longed for but could not
have in the present structure 'cause he'd "sinned"
each time he broke their fake rules and would not
go to the "sinner-gog" 'cause he was "binned".

When teachers of the law (some Pharisees)
saw Jesus eating with this Levi's mates -
all tax collectors, "sinners" if you please!
[This seems to go against what Psalm One states - 

which by the way is not all bad you know*,
there's just some other stuff to learn - as well;
but they would not be taught by one so low
& younger than them (- rather go to hell)! ]

So Jesus said to them, "Those who have health
don't think they need a doctor; sick folk do!
And I have not come for those who have weath
of spirit, but who are like sick (as you?).

Then when that "Levi" followed what Christ did,
(as well as where he went), one day Christ says
(as looked he at Levi and mates), "Here hid-
den IN who does Godʼs will, are my brothers"


* “Do not be misled:'Bad company corrupts good character.' " 1Cor 15:33
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Jesus responded, “Who do you think are my mother and brothers?” Looking around, taking in everyone seated around him, he said, “Right here, right in front of you—my mother and my brothers. Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:33‭-‬35 MSG etc


2017-06-22

new babe

We just heard from young Carmel Follent that
your fam'ly has just had a baby girl!
We hope that both are well, & even fat,
with energy that shows love to the world.

P & K Walker