Much Can He Do

The Lord called Twelve—a precious few—
Much can he do with one or two;
I pray, obey, and bow the knee
In hopes he’ll do something with me.

JRMatheny

#few #one #poetry

In turn: Matthew 14.19 VOTD

“Then he instructed the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and two fish, and looking up to heaven he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.”

Matthew 14.19

Even during his earthly ministry, Jesus often used his disciples to mediate his blessings to people, as he did during the feeding of the five thousand.

How does the Lord observe this principle today, of using his people to bless others?

#ministry #VOTD #mediation

A wonderful feeling to have

On my new microblog, a link to today’s memory verse, Heb 13.18. This verse reminds me of a number of truths:

  • Pray for us: Equality and reciprocity are a part of God’s body. We all need to ask for prayer.
  • We are sure: Certainty, based on God’s word, is a wonderful feeling to have.
  • We have a clear conscience: To be greatly valued. No matter what our past was like, God changes all.
  • Desire: What do we really want? Right desire focuses us toward right action.
  • Conduct ourselves rightly: To do right before God brings great blessing from above.
  • In every respect: Integrity and simplicity unite all under God’s direction, with no area left untouched.

#bible-commentary, #hebrews, #memorization

What’s Needed

The world is full of long complaints—
Disciples, too, make loud lament
Against half-hearted, lukewarm saints—
What’s needed is that I repent.

#poetry #quatrain #repentance

Lord, Just Say the Word

Lord, just say the word, and healing
will come—all earthly things obey you—
Your faithful promise, not mere feeling,
drives us to plead—let mercy sway you.


More quatrains can be found here, at my new microblog (think private Twitter), and here, on my website.

#faith, #poetry, #prayer

Starts with attitude

Life rarely lines up to our liking; our ducks all in a row, the planets in perfect alignment, our t’s all crossed and i’s all dotted, fair and equitable treatment in all our associations and encounters.  Something is always amiss, out of kilter, or just messed up.  We feel irritated, provoked, and mistreated.  That is life.Then why isn’t everyone beat down?  Why aren’t all people a toxic dump of negative emotions? Why isn’t everyone mean-spirited, defeated and in despair? —It All Starts with Attitude

A good read today from an OK brother.

#attitude, #quotes

The home of the brave

Read the entire article about these American military veterans who received the Medal of Honor. Their stories are inspiring, even though one may not be a militarist or fan of war.

Such stories recall the courage needed by the inducted soldiers in the Kingdom of God. “Stay alert, stand firm in the faith, show courage, be strong” 1 Cor 16.13. You may know some spiritual warriors who show these traits. Under the fire of the enemy, they are not ashamed of their Lord, Lk 9.26.

The author of the article cited above claims that brave soldiers have become strangers in our midst. No doubt, such estrangement is true as well of the church, which ought to be called the home of the brave. Many, also, look upon Christ’s workers who sacrifice themselves in the trenches as victims rather than heroic warriors.

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#service, #spiritual-warfare