Mar 31, 2011

Studies in Joshua-3:1-17

At thy voice of thunder so fearful they be,
         That in their great raging they haste soon away. 

Joshua 3:1-17 To cross over the Jordan.  The symbol of all the mighty rivers we must cross.   Lets love each other as an army of believers who all have Jordans to cross.

According to Charles Drew in his Sermon Study of Joshua the Jordan represents-

  1. a huge obstacle, one that we can not conquer on our own.
  2. Obstacles in our lives that are more than annoying. 

  • Up stream should not make you fear, for the LORD has already made the truth occur, he has a plan, he has a will, and his will is always done to the Glory of his name. 
  • The arc goes before us in all that we do, even in brushing our hair.  
  • He bears the hard rain himself so the flood dissipates.

Golf and Water Hazards

  If you look at the Water Hazard the ball is a magnet to the water.   I was afraid of hitting trees when I played junior golf.   One day, I wanted to impress my golf mates, so I took out my driver; swung hard, and hit a tree;  the ball came back onto us, and we all ducked and covered.   I saw the tree as an active Ent that would step in the way of the ball and throw the ball back to me.   I gave the tree way too much power, a power that day that made us duck.  I did not look towards Christ's loving grace as already gone before I even started the swing of the club....And then I felt embarrassed and continued to play lousy, for I gave all my fears way too much power.   If you allow the Devil to hang around, he will make your life Hell.

Mar 24, 2011

Christian Verse

"Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day"

Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day

Didst make thy triumph over death and sin,

And having harrowed hell, didst bring away

Captivity thence captive, us to win:

This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin,

And grant that we, for whom thou diddest die,

Being with thy dear blood clean washed from sin,

May live forever in felicity:

And that thy love we weighing worthily,

May likewise love thee for the same again;

And for thy sake, that all like dear didst buy,

May love with one another entertain.

So let us love, dear love, like as we ought,

Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

Mar 23, 2011

Wm. Kethe

I really like the sound here and the images they present.   It is an awesome verse   by Wm. Kethe, authored in c. 1560.
5  He groundeth the earth so firmly and fast,
That it once to move none shall have such pow'r
         The deep a fair cov'ring for it made thou hast,
         Which by its own nature the hills would devour. 
   6  But at thy rebuke the waters do flee,
      And so give due place thy word to obey:
         At thy voice of thunder so fearful they be,
         That in their great raging they haste soon away. 

Wm Kethe

Mar 6, 2011

Classic Worship Songs: Naked Pentecostals in a Pontiac

No, this isn't a joke. You'll find a wonderful pome about a police chase to start us off and then you'll find three newspaper articles covering naked Pentecostals -- who aren't just naked, they're naked for Jesus!

Twenty Naked Pentacostals in a Pontiac
Author: Chris Stuart, 1994
Album: Lonesome Town
Artist: Cornerstone
1995 Folk Era Productions

I was thumbin' my way down to Baton Rouge,
Standin' on the side of the road,
When a car pulled over and a voice cried out,
"We'll take you where you want to go."
I jumped inside, but to my surprise,
They were naked as a poor man's toes.
It was a tight situation when the whole congregation
Said the devil was in my clothes.

Twenty naked Pentacostals in a Pontiac,
   Brothers and sisters shoutin' in the back,
   Elders in the front, choir in the trunk,
   Twenty naked Pentacostals in a Pontiac.

The sermon that morning was on Adam and Eve
And the ways of the dreadful snake,
Everybody was clappin' when the preacher pointed at me,
My body began to shake.
I threw off my shirt, and my shoes and my socks,
My jeans and my BVDs.
We were all in the nude, shoutin' "halleloo!"
And singing "Sombody Touched Me."


We had the cruise control set to fifty-five,
When a Smokey got on our tail,
He pulled up beside, his eyes got wide,
And the siren began to wail.
We ran off the road toward the tree of life,
Lord, the future was looking bleak,
We hung on and prayed, everybody was saved,
'Cause we all knew how to turn the other cheek.


Mar 3, 2011

Deli World Faith

The daisy and selfishness

Illustration by Ken Crane
This was from Paulo Coehlo one of my favorite authors.  I did not write this... though I wish I had 
Wowzer this so speaks to me... and my felt need to be self loathing.  I am just a Deli Clerk among Deli Clerks.... hmmmm!  At least there is a need for Deli Clerks.  

“I am a daisy in a field of daisies,” thought the flower. “Amidst others, it is impossible to notice my beauty.”
An angel heard what she was thinking and commented:
- But you are so pretty!
- I want to be the only one!
In order not to hear any complaints, the angel carried her off to a city square.
Some days later, the mayor went there with a gardener to make some changes to the square.
- There is nothing of interest here. Dig up the earth and plant geraniums.
- Hold on a minute! – cried out the daisy. – You’ll kill me if you do that!
- If there were some others like you, we could make some nice decoration – answered the mayor. – But there are no daisies to be found around here, and you on your own do not make a garden.
Then he tore the flower from the ground.

Mar 2, 2011

Classic Worship Songs: Redemption Song (Bob Marley)

Classic Worship Songs: Rebel Jesus

The Rebel Jesus (jackson browne)

All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants' windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
As the sky darkens and freezes
They'll be gathering around the hearths and tales
Giving thanks for all god's graces
And the birth of the rebel jesus

Well they call him by the prince of peace
And they call him by the savior
And they pray to him upon the seas
And in every bold endeavor
As they fill his churches with their pride and gold
And their faith in him increases
But they've turned the nature that I worshipped in
From a temple to a robber's den
In the words of the rebel jesus

We guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why they are poor
They get the same as the rebel jesus

But please forgive me if I seem
To take the tone of judgement
For I've no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In this life of hardship and of earthly toil
We have need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel jesus.

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