April 24, 2014 · 13:22
Ascribe to the Lord Glory
A PSALM OF DAVID
Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
 The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD, over many waters.
 The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
the LORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.
 The voice of the LORD flashes forth flames of fire.
 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
the LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
 The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
 The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD sits enthroned as king forever.
 May the LORD give strength to his people!
May the LORD bless his people with peace!
(Psalm 29 ESV)
April 24, 2014 · 11:01
I met with a friend this morning who informed me that today, here in USA is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Who knew?
A church he attended recently sent this out… I thought it worthy of your contemplation so I googled it and found it, thanks to Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac” which is HERE…
It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
“The Real Work” by Wendell Berry, from Standing by Words. © 1983, Used by permission of Counterpoint. (buy now)
I don’t actually have said permission, but I suppose someone up the line does.
April 24, 2014 · 05:58
Barnacles attach themselves to a ship and must be scrapped off. If not the ship will be slowed down as it journeys. As the barnacles grow and are joined by others the ship is not only slowed down but the surface can begin to corrode and lasting damage occurs. The vessel then must go to a dry dock for cleaning, repairing and painting.
Our idols are like barnacles. They lead us from God and into sin. The longer we co-exist with these idols and the sins that so easily beset us, the harder the going through life.
Paul called us earthen vessels, clay pots (chamber pots even?) and that we are cracked at that. We have barnacles that need scraping off.
One reason Paul told Corinth to examine themselves before coming to the Lord’s table is to scrape off barnacles. When your church celebrates communion, the Eucharist, the Lord’s supper, be sure, even if the leader doesn’t remind you, to consider Paul’s words to Corinth. Examine yourselves. Scrape the barnacles.
God told us to have sabbath. As part of your sabbath, be sure you are scraping barnacles. Since you can’t see all your barnacles, be sure you have a fellow disciple that you can be real with and that will point to barnacles that you missed. Perhaps he will even tug at one to help you see it.
In this way, your vessel can sail with less friction.
April 23, 2014 · 21:46
Piper gives some helpful cautions for lots of us, not just the “new Calvinists” …he urges biblical balance… to listen CLICK HERE
April 21, 2014 · 19:39
Last Friday night David Brooks (on PBS NewsHour) emphasized the need to understand Vladimir Putin to understand what will happen next in Ukriane (and beyond?): “The main show is in Vladimir Putin’s brain. It’s sort of striking how it’s just one person who really matters here. And the brain, as it’s revealed it to us, even in speeches this week, is pretty aggressive, pretty assertive, growing increasingly more assertive. And it seems to me, in our response, we really need a psychiatrist more than a foreign policy apparatus. We need to understand what is going to upset him, what is going to disrupt him. And I’m afraid the way that we have done the sanctions has not been well-tailored to sort of a psychological campaign against Vladimir Putin.” (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/shields-brooks-keystone-politics-nevada-land-dispute/)
This weekend there were two articles about Putin, one about Putin and right wing nationalists in Europe from The Economist and the other about Putin and the US. Both are helpful in this broader question how to understand Czar Vladimir.
CLICK HERE for The Economist
CLICK HERE for The Atlantic
April 20, 2014 · 09:39
Isaiah 45:22 ESV
“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.