Tempest Brewing

From Psalm 89:8-9:  “Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O LordYour faithfulness surrounds you.  You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.”

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Approaching storms

Burdened with fear

Now darkness forms

Hope’s light unclear


Tempest brewing

Drowning with fright

Life’s undoing

Faith must invite


Our Prince of Peace

Seeing our plight

Renews life’s lease

Turns night to light


Lord’s mighty voice

Storm’s rage resigns

Angels rejoice

Peace rules divine


Heart’s calmness grows

Lord takes control

Dark chaos slows

Christ on patrol

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From Psalm 107:28-29:  “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out from their distress; He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Here is a familiar hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”  While I have used this hymn in the past, this shortened version features the true intensity of the “tempest brewing.”  We can always look to our Father’s strength to help us persevere.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote

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Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate.

From Psalm 133:1:  “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!”

Living in Christ

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

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Living in Christ, never alone

Marked with genuine, lasting love

Walking in daily harmony

Bread of Life, feeding from above


Living in Christ, finding mercy

Filled with thirst for Holy kindness

Quenching faith with living water

Spirit healing sin-filled blindness


Living in Christ, cherished moments

Covered by His forgiving grace

Centering on infinite love

Patience guides, finishing life’s race


Living in Christ, tasting His love

Called to follow in faithful ways

Building new life with righteousness

Heavens singing with blessed praise


Living in Christ, God’s chosen ones

Baptized, newest children of God

Praising Heavenly Father’s love

Comfort received, His staff and rod


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From Colossians 3:14-15:  “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.  And be thankful.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and blood?

From Romans 6:6-8:  “We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For whoever has died is freed from sin.  But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.”

Love Ignites Us

From 1 John 4:6:  “We are from God.  Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”

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Scanning heavens above

Creation’s North Star glows

Lighting vast galaxies

Love ignites us to grow


God’s love shines among us

Brighter than any star

Abiding in each child

Overcoming life’s scars


Father’s love leading us

Peace and justice shall reign

Fearlessly, tirelessly

Healing hearts without pain


Christ sent by His Father

God comes to earth as Man

Spirit walking with grace

Love ignites us, Lord’s plan

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From 1 John 4:18-19:  “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.  We love because He first loved us.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Infectiously joyful believers have no trouble convincing people around them that Christianity is real and that Christ can transform a life.

From Philippians 4:4-5:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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The life we create is useful to God only if it is consistent with Jesus Christ’s foundation.

From 1 Corinthians 3:10-11:  “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it.  Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.”

Monday Memories: Treasured Grace

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Life’s richest treasures, waiting just ahead

Following God’s true light to a new day

Unlike any of man’s earthly treasures

With God’s Spirit, angels leading the way


Our journey defined by something greater

Life can only be measured by God’s wealth

Allowing heart and soul to follow God

Our Father’s treasured Grace, restores our health


Rejoicing, now choosing God’s truthful way

Do you witness and see this path as well?

Join with Jesus, we’ll follow together

Following our Savior, our treasures swell


Courage, faith, and hope carry us along

Fueled by God’s love, we march to Jesus’ song


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Charles Swindoll Quote

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On each occasion when we observe the Lord’s Table . . . we are not simply to feel or to read or to hear or to see, but to take into our very bodies the taste of our Savior’s sacrifice.

From Psalm 34:8:  “O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in Him.”