Thursday, August 12, 2010

Simple Gospel

Here's the simple gospel according to the saltshaker.

Herein is Love.
Jesus, shake me up, and pour me out...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Almost Home

Isaiah 66
Victory! At long last...

A fitting finish for the “Old Testament Gospel.” 
The last page closes on a people that shall remain as long as God’s name does... Because His name is written on their hearts and in their foreheads. There is no more death, no more war, no more anguish... 
“For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream... As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
But before you throw down your sword, let me gently remind you that our final chapter has not yet come. We are almost home, but as yet our work is still war and anguish. Our duty is still the laying down of our lives. 
There can be no victory where there is no fight...
Eternal Weight of Glory, 
                           make us strong.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Isaiah 65
Once again the click of black dress shoes on the floor breaks the silence in my office just before midnight. 
Once again the bag goes on the floor, the Blackberry on the desk, and the boarding passes folded in my coat pocket go in the wire trash can in the corner. All is well... 
And once again I first drift off to sleep, and then wake up again, exceedingly happy... 
Because I have seen salvation come... 
I have watched cheeks first pale, then glow. 
I have watched empty eyes fill with tears of hope. 
I have watched faces turn to the sun like flowers on a spring morning.

Ahh yes, this is happiness.
And the fact that it is my happiness, is a gift of grace undeserved...
"Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart..." Isaiah 65:14
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil... [Jn. 17]

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