Always Knowing

From 2 Timothy 13-14:  “Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Guard the good deposit entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.”

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Grateful to Father

Clear conscience worships free

Prayers seek encouragement

Always knowing thee

 

Heart filling with joy

Trust growing, day by day

God’s Word leading each journey

Molding us like clay

 

Surrounded by truth

Self-discipline stands fast

Spirit of resolve and love

Lord’s grace built to last

 

Saved by Christ’s mercy

Hallowed be His power

Called to always follow Him

With each passing hour

 

Light conquers darkness

Faith in Christ, living free

Guided by Holy Spirit

Always knowing thee

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Words from American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The Bible is our protection against deception.”

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Our Good Shepherd faithfully accepts His tasks, seeking the lost.  Our Savior comes to save.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated November 30)

Origen of Alexandria Quote

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Now the true soldiers of Christ must always be prepared to do battle for the truth, and must never, so far as lies with them, allow false convictions to creep in.

From Ephesians 6:13-15:  “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm.  Stand, therefore, and belt your waist with truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness and lace up your sandals in preparation for the gospel of peace.”

Origen of Alexandria (c. 185 – c. 253) was also known as Origen Adamantius.  He was a Christian scholar and theologian who spent the first half of his life in Alexandria (Egypt).

Monday Memories: God’s Masterpiece

From Isaiah 65:17: “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.”

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From the beginning of time

God’s creation changes each day

 

This eternal blueprint conveys mastery

His design takes center stage

 

His earthly canvas presents wonder

Artistic palette of colors astonish

 

His imaginative mind never ceases

Earth’s treasures continue to impress

 

Traveling around this awesome planet

Breathtaking venues await our call

 

Majestic mountains loom high above

Immense beauty reaches the clouds

 

Rolling plains shine with beauty

Grasslands thick with green tapestry

 

Swift rivers travel for months

Mountain-fed water reaches blue seas

 

Dense forests blanket the terrain

Trees of every description stand

 

Endless oceans bombard distant shores

Continuous tides frolic with beaches

 

Wide canyons stretch above rivers

Featuring amazing sculptures and hue

 

Desert sands infinitely scatter themselves

Continually sifting from God-inspired winds

 

Days launch with illuminating sunrises

Nights commence when the moon rises

 

God continues molding and shaping

Praise His incredible creation forevermore

 

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Originally published May, 2019.

Desmond Tutu Quote

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Anger may be justified, but “getting even” won’t make you feel better.

From Ephesians 4:26-27:  “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.”

Desmond Tutu (1931-2021) was a South African Anglican bishop and Christian theologian.  He was perhaps best known for his efforts as a human rights activist in dismantling his nation’s system of apartheid.  

Hope’s Homecoming (First Sunday of Advent)

From Isaiah 9:2:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.”

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Awaiting salvation

Praying for His coming

Lord, Savior, Prince of Peace

Crowning hope’s homecoming

 

Seeking mercy’s refuge

Praying for faith to speak

Rock built with God’s goodness

Boosting hope, small and weak

 

Sharing God’s depth of love

Praying for grace-filled news

His assurance sows trust

Walking in hope’s new shoes

 

Inviting our wonder

Praying hearts, blessed with praise

Darkness fades, peace arrives

Lighting hope’s steadfast blaze

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One of Advent’s most enduring hymns is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.  The original text was composed in Latin during the 12th century.  In 1861, English priest and scholar John Mason Neale translated the lyrics into what many Christian recognize and sing today.

Hallowed Connections (Elfchen Series #128)

Thankfulness

Praising

Heavenly Father

Quenching our thirst

Thoughts filled with gratitude

Thanksgiving

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Devotion

Feeling

Every blessing

Receiving God’s Word

With songs of praise

Worship

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Confidence

 Trusting

Christ filling

Love’s grateful hearts

With His lasting hope

Grace

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

John Wesley Quote

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Sour godliness is the devil’s religion.

From Matthew 4:8-10:  “Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, and he said to Him, ‘All these I will give You, if You will fall down and worship me.’  Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan!  For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.””