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Palm Sunday’s Ride

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate and has been saved, humble and riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his followers thought that the kingdom of God was going … Continue reading

Christmas Sonnet 2015

For a child has been born to us, a son has been given to us. He shoulders responsibility and is called: Extraordinary Strategist, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His dominion will be vast and he will bring immeasurable prosperity. He will rule on David’s throne and over David’s kingdom, establishing it and strengthening … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Prayer 2015 — Gratitude for Goodness

In preparation for this year’s Thanksgiving prayer sonnet, I thought some more about the last verse of last year’s text: 1 Chronicles 16:34 — “O give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good; for his extravagant kindness is everlasting.” Here are some of those thoughts and the prayer which followed. The term “good” indicates that some … Continue reading

Partners In Service

The night before Jesus was crucified, he met with his disciples for one last, extremely important lesson. He began this time together by washing the disciples’ feet and then pointing out to them the implications of what he was doing. Here is a Q & A session to help you consider this significant moment in the … Continue reading

Trials #8 – Unashamed Praise

Both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from One; for which reason he is not ashamed to call them brethren. Hebrews 2:11 To me one of the most wondrous aspects of the incarnation is that when Jesus lived among us, he was not ashamed to be one of us. He shared … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Prayer 2014 — The Grateful Gaze

Oh give thanks to Yahweh; call out in his name; make known his deeds among the people … Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good; for his extravagant kindness is forever. 1 Chronicles 16:8, 34 Today we gaze into the past at all The kindnesses extended by your grace; The history of charity recall … Continue reading

Christmas Sonnet 2013

Here’s this year’s Christmas sonnet/prayer. It comes from thinking about the two sentences below (from Paul’s letter to the Christians at Ephesus), and from an objection to the typical rhyming pattern found in Christmas carols: child – mild, as in “meek & mild;” meek, yes; but mild? I never perceive Jesus as “mild;” rather he … Continue reading

2013 Thanksgiving Sonnet

Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving. 1 Timothy 4:4 I will praise the name of God with song and magnify him with thanksgiving, and it will please Yahweh. Psalm 69:30-31 The grace of God magnificently shows Us how completely satisfied his heart Must … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Sonnet 2012

To help us express the joy of our gratitude for the joy of God’s grace, this year’s sonnetic prayer restates the praises of Psalm 136 To you, O God, we lift a grateful voice; For floods of goodness pour forth from your throne, Immersing us in reasons to rejoice, In words and deeds that point … Continue reading

9/11 Memories

In the midst of memories of a seemingly contingent catastrophe, I think it would be wise to remember other 9/11s; ones that remind us of the gracious certainties of our sovereign Creator. Genesis 9/11  God said, “I establish my covenant with you: never again shall all flesh be cut off by the water of the … Continue reading