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Greetings on Yom Kippur…

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Taking this moment to share in the celebration of our Great Atonement in Messiah Jesus. For all who know the manifold grace of God through His Son, this day is a day of earnest intercession for all who remain in peril of missing the blessing of His forgiveness…

May all who realize the pure righteousness of Messiah imputed to them by God’s grace, remember, rejoice and walk daily as those whose names are written in Heaven…

May all who know the holiness and pure righteousness of the Lord Jesus declare the Truth with boldness and grace in a world which is on an irrevocable course to discover Him who holds the Books of men’s works and the Book of Life…

Yom Kippur – So Great an Atonement

To LIFE in Jesus!

Pray for Awakening…

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…” –Psalm 122.6

Greetings at the Feast of Trumpets…

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Feast of Trumpets – Year of Our Lord 2020

Taking this special opportunity to share the joy of anticipating the return of Messiah Jesus. For all who realize the holiness of God, this season brings with it expectation and an exquisite mixture of joy and trembling, as we remember what the Lord Jesus’ work will be upon His second coming…

May all who know Him, abandon the shadows and give Him the preeminence in all things this side of glory… not only for this day, but for every day in your life as you wait His return…

May all who know the Lord Jesus declare the Truth with boldness and grace in a world which is on an irrevocable course to meet His holy appearing…

The Autumn Holy Days Introduction

The Feast of Trumpets – Yom Teruah

To LIFE in Jesus!

Pray for Awakening!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…” –Psalm 122.6

 

The Church and the State: A History Lesson

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I have been studying A Survey of Church History with Ligonier Ministries’ online study community. So far, I am halfway through the first segment on the Ancient Church which takes its students through the period between A.D. 100-600.  When I reached the lecture and discussion concerning the emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity, I found the lecture enlightening and encouraging to my soul in times like these. The discussion questions on the content of the lecture made all my little grey cells rally to comprehend the implications of history and try to articulate for contribution to our study community.

In our times, many Christians are confused and troubled about the prospect of living in a world where Christianity is considered a hate crime in some circles, and at least something to be despised and rejected.

There are two parts to the discussion. I hope my observations and contributions will be enlightening and encouraging to those who trust in Christ Jesus as the Head of the Church and the Sovereign King over all things. My answers to the discussion questions are in block quote format.


Part 1: Why do some scholars argue that Constantine’s conversion injured the church? Why do some argue that it helped the church? 

Scholars who observed how Constantine’s conversion injured the church saw that this leader who was unschooled in Scripture and not discipled to understanding what it means to belong to Christ used his position of authority and popular appeal to make decisions in theological matters, binding his decisions to civil law throughout the empire he ruled. Other scholars liked that Constantine used his imperial position with connection to the Church because he favored Christianity throughout the empire. By the end of the fourth century, Christianity under Constantine had changed from being a persecuted people to a favored and protected religion of the empire. Both outcomes of Constantine’s conversion combined with his position as emperor have made the Church in Europe a government supported (and in some places, enforced) institution. Nevertheless, the cathedrals and majestic churches of Europe are now not much more than art galleries, markets and concert venues.

Part 2: Does Scripture provide any clarity on this matter? Why or why not?

I really had to put my “thinking cap” on for this answer. Jesus reminded His disciples that in the world we would have tribulation (John 16.33); that the world hates Him and it hates His own; that His disciples are not of the world, even while in it (John 15.18-19; 17.14); that we are to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what belongs to God (Matthew 22.20-22). The apostles wrote to the churches and reminded them that there is one Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1.21-23; Colossians 1.17-19). So, while it was merciful that for awhile the Christian Church had a breather from being hunted, captured as slaves and used in Roman arenas as blood sport for entertaining the Roman Caesars, and while it was grace that for awhile the Christians were protected under law from Jewish persecutions and pagan discrimination, as a Christian I would be thankful to God but not trust the emperor or the system “as far as I could throw it.” I would be using the period of grace for all it was worth to be in worship, study of the Scriptures, fellowship, prayer and instruction of my children (something America failed to do during its decades of grace).

In the Older Covenant Scriptures God exhorted Israel’s king to be in the Word of God day and night and to have his conscience and thinking informed by it and conformed to it (Deuteronomy 17.18-29). If Constantine did this; if Constantine had godly Christian leaders around him to counsel him and instruct him, then his leadership as a Christian emperor would have been exemplary—perhaps rivaling David’s or Solomon’s. As it is, I do not know enough about Constantine’s personal hunger for the Word of God or his employment of godly Christian men and adherence to the admonitions of the apostle Paul in the matter of his conduct as a Christian and his accountability to others in the Body of Christ. I could be wrong, but I would wager that Constantine neither approached David’s heart toward God nor the apostle Paul’s exhortations in the matter of accountability.

If there is any clarity in Scripture at all about this issue, it is the solid truth that God is able to use all the misguided attempts at a man-made “Kingdom of God” for His purposes. God is sovereign–always, over all things.


Lest there be readers who would use this text to justify all the political and social entities on this planet whose agenda it is to cut all ties between the state and God, you are grossly mistaken. While the state in this fallen world has never been commissioned to be the head of the Body of Christ on earth, the state has no authority apart from God. The state is irrevocably accountable to God for its exercise of the authority granted to it by God. Scriptural history bears out the truth that, The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21.1). And long before Constantine ever was contender to the imperial throne of Rome, Daniel knew and acknowledged:

Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with Him.”

Daniel 2.20-22

I don’t like the new block editor…

It is way too complicated. Give me simplicity every time. I just want to open my draft window and write. Don’t give me a bunch of distractions. I want to be able access my alignments, my formatting, my hyperlinks, my media inserts, my quote blocks and text colors, etc. without some new fangled diversion…

I don’t want to have to go hunting for the classic editor every time I start a new writing entry…

I come from the school of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Just sayin’…

In a world of distancing…

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…drawing near to God

He is only a prayer away…

In 1986, the love for God and for His Word, and the joy of walking and breathing His LIFE in my life, came spilling out on to the pages of a journal recording my Scriptural discoveries about His perfection. Prayer: Living with The Most High is that journal.  Apart from a few refinements and an adaptation of the print copy to accommodate online reading, this edition holds to its virgin origins. My prayer is that He who has known you from eternity past will use this offering to end any trace of “spiritual distancing” between you and The Most High…

Prayer: Living With The Most High

One Blood, One World…

…And other dreams

He [God] has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord…for in Him we live and move and have our being.

Acts 17.26-28

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Global community: is it a good thing or is it something to be avoided? Some on the planet are passionately nationalistic, resisting the unionization of nations under a common government which sells the promise of open borders and open trade with a unifying currency and communal privileges and benefits. Others on the planet are drawn to the concept of a global community and its dream of melting the iron barriers of ethnic and racial and political distinctions under what I described above. 

There is a song entitled, “Nella Fantasia” based on the unforgettable theme of “Gabriel’s Oboe” written by Ennio Morricone for the film “The Mission.” The lyrics set to this hauntingly beautiful melody speak of a dream of a fair world where everybody lives in peace and honesty. Sweet dreams…

I am not opposed to a global community living in shared and cooperative industry and commerce and care. I am opposed to man’s means of contriving it. Do not hear me saying that I believe our technological achievements to bring good things and mercies for humanity on this planet are evil. The way ambitious men use them is another matter. The extent to which they use them as tools to manipulate people and nations is evil. Fallen human history is strewn with the dead bodies and bitter legacies littering the planet in the wake of the big ideas of fallen human intentions to engineer what only God can accomplish perfectly in His way and in His timing…

Seriously. Does anybody remember the Tower of Babel? The outcome of that fallen  human enterprise was the result of egomaniacal human appetite to make a name and a kingdom for itself on this planet in direct opposition to God’s intention for man to make His Name and His Kingdom great upon the earth (Genesis 1.26-31)…

The apostle Paul tells the philosophers in Athens that God has made from one blood every nation to dwell on the face of the earth (Acts 17.26). Before we get all warm and fuzzy about this, let us remember that the common heredity we share on this planet is not only blood but also a radically fallen sin nature. Paul goes on to say that

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God has determined the times and boundaries of nations and dwellings of nations on this planet. God sovereignly scattered humankind at Babel lest every contrivance of their fallen imaginings bring another occasion for another judgment upon mankind (Genesis 6.5-14; 10.1-11.4)…

Then Paul explains the key to open borders on the planet even with boundaries between nations: “So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17.27-28).

Nations are most united in perfect unity when their God is the Lord who made their peoples for Himself and for His goodness and glory, the God whom Paul explains to the Athenian Epicureans and Stoics who worshipped everything but the God who redeems men out of their corrupted condition by One Blood–the blood of His Righteous One, Jesus the Christ: “whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17.31).

SWEET DREAM? A genuine and true reality to come at the return of the Lord Jesus Christ…

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’ Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful’.”

Revelation 21.1-5

The Lord Jesus is the One who will make all wars to cease. The warfare against God ends in every heart which turns to Christ Jesus in full surrender to His sovereignty as the Victor by His blood over all that ends in corruption and decay and death. By contrast, in every heart which persists in rebellion, the warfare against God and humanity as He meant for it to be will be crushed under the weight of His revealed glory. God’s way of recreating the global community is to work in the hearts of nations, tribes and peoples everywhere on this planet. God works for the coming global renewal in hearts of human beings to end the power of sin and corruption: person by person, tribe by tribe, nation by nation; He draws them by His grace to awaken them to the truth that no one but the Lord Jesus Christ–the Second Adam–came in the flesh for all who believe in His blood–One Blood, the pure sacrificial blood atoning for sin once for all time. By faith in His lifeblood and resurrection and sovereign kingship, redemption and deliverance from a dead conscience is the outcome. The iron borders of a hardened heart and hostility toward the God of the entire cosmos are laid waste under the glory of His indwelling grace. The foolishness of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ is the perfect wisdom for all who believe in Him. Faith in Christ Jesus vanquishes the darkened mind and understanding so that all who believe Him may know Him in truth instead of an illusion of man’s contrivance.

For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

Matthew 24.24

The fallen human mission to strategize and manipulate economies and populations for global community and sustainability of the planet and ecological preservation, as well intentioned as it may be, is too small; and it will fail and disappoint and bring global disillusionment. Without a world view which is quickened by the knowledge of God’s will for His created kingdom, the human mission is myopic and insipid. The God who created us for the uninterrupted experience of His glory and saw us rebel against Him has not cast away His heart’s desire. He is at work and His agenda is to draw people from every generation in every age out of every nation, every tribe and every language on this planet, to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ’s sovereign redemptive work; and through that gift of grace, He raises up for His glory multitudes who are new and incorruptible. And He prepares for His new community of redeemed mankind the new heavens and new earth for eternal peace and global community and perfect sustainability and ecological preservation. Under His righteous and glorious government, there are no iron barriers of the heart between people and no geographical borders and no incomprehensible tongues; and the second law of thermodynamics for all creation is cast into the lake of fire forever…

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Then he said to me, ‘These words are faithful and true’.”

Revelation 22.1-6

Until the time of God’s fulfillment of His perfecting work, in an imperfect world, we must remember that we are but men and not gods. In our zeal for one world, in an imperfect world, we must not overstep what is reasonable to work for in cooperation between people and nations. God has been using and will continue to sovereignly use the secondary causes in this fallen world and on this fallen planet to work out His perfect, glorious mission. We who know His Name must trust Him, working and striving at respecting the distinctives among nations without exalting those distinctives above the truth of our shared humanity in all its imperfections and needs for God’s providential grace.

Until the time of God’s fulfillment of His perfecting work, in an imperfect world, we who know His name must trust Him and must allow for the sovereign “pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings” (Acts 17.26-27) ordained by the wisdom of God to protect us from ourselves. Sweet dream… “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19.26).


Lord my God, in You I put my trust…Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds. My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart…

Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your  glory above the heavens!

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas…

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous  works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High…O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; even their memory has perished. But the Lord shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You…

The Lord is known by the judgment He executes; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands...The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. Arise, O Lord, do not let man prevail; let the nations be judged in Your sight. Put them in fear, O Lord, that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah

Psalms 7.1, 9-10; 8.1, 3-8; 9.1-2, 6-10, 16-20

“Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”

Revelation 22.20

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Goodness

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Good morning, everyone. From out of the confinement of covid-19 quarantine, I am sending greetings. Confinement has not been all bad. I have been studying in one of Ligonier Ministries’ volumes entitled “Developing Christian Character,” which is an in-depth exploration of the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. In a world where we see much of the manifested fruit of the fallen human spirit, the Fruit of the Holy Spirit wherever it is manifested is like life-giving sweetness.

One of the manifestations of God’s good gifting to us in this fallen world is Goodness, and Goodness is what breathes in truth and in beauty. Evangelical Christians tend to limit the expression of goodness to that of works of mercy and kindness. This is needed, to be sure, and a fitting offering to God. But Dr. Sproul went on to widen my understanding of Goodness to that element of all that God intended for this earth to yield and produce under our stewardship.  We deny these in many ways, and the world has taken the arts and made them into expressions of corruption rather than the beauty intended to glorify God. Therefore, one of the life applications assigned to his students has been to take time each week to exercise our appreciation for the good, beautiful and true by visiting an art museum, reading a classic novel, listening to some of the classic works of music by Bach and others, taking a walk to enjoy the beauty of nature, etc.

I have been able to find music, a blessing which has lain dormant in my life for a long time. Now, in these months of yearning for some goodness and beauty, God has led me in my pursuit to a young European musician. If you have not already seen and heard this young artist, I am introducing Mr. Stjepan Hauser, cello maestro.

Stjepan Hauser

Stjepan Hauser

June 15 is a Monday, and Mondays can be challenging and disheartening even when we are not in any level of covid-19 quarantine. God has seen fit to bless this world with beauty and goodness in the life of a young musician whose artistry is a winsome blend of excellence and energetic charm. With his versatile expertise and talent, Stjepan Hauser could choose to remain aloof from all the commoners and reserve the blessing for the elite and moneyed classes, denying the rest of us any fruit of the labor he has invested in coming into the excellence of his art. Instead, he has generously and humbly given this world music and shared beauty that God has given him. It’s yours to enjoy while God still blesses us with the mercy of technology.

The link in his post below is the second concert in his series he titled, “ALONE TOGETHER.” Click on that link on Monday, June 15. See the times for the live stream in your time zone.

In the meantime, here is the link to his first concert in that series titled “ALONE TOGETHER,” which was aired in April:

 Among other pieces, it features the music from his first solo classic recording, titled CLASSIC HAUSER.🎶👌

With my spousal caregiving commitment, I can no longer travel; but if I could, I would pay good money to attend one of this young man’s live concerts. If you can travel and if you want to enjoy the blessing of attending a live concert when his tour resumes, here is the link to his website for information on his current schedule and ticket availability: Hauser Official – Tour Schedule 2020

May the goodness and beauty of this gift lift your soul to give thanks to God for His mercies new every morning…

Psalm 39 – Reflections

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Reading the Psalms – McLean Presbyterian Church

Psalm 39

As of Passover/Resurrection this year, I have been living alive in Christ for 39 years this side of glory. Because of the sudden, acute onset of generalized anxiety disorder, for 16 of those years, I have been in the care of a psychiatrist and therapeutic counseling. I only admit that by way of introducing one of the medical components embedded in the care disciplines of these professionals. That component is a questionnaire which every patient must complete on a periodic basis to assess the advance or relief of their condition. One of the questions focuses on the patient’s level of thoughts of death and/or dying, chiefly whether they are thinking they would be better off dead. The questionnaire also probes whether the patient is considering ways to take the matter of dying into his/her own hands.

Long before I was ever assessed for anxiety disorder, there were times in my life as an atheist humanist that I considered how I might end my life; as a humanist, I was not actually wanting to leave a mess behind for someone else to clean up. As a humanist in the moment of realization that I was a total failure at being master of my own destiny and the highest form of life in the universe, all I really wanted to do was to cease to exist—essentially, to have never existed at all. Suicide did not fill the bill for accomplishing that, since it erases nothing and only adds more to the failure.

As I reflect on David’s lament, I realize that God was making me lament my folly to within an inch of my life, as he says in verse 9:  “…Because it was You who did it.”  It is God who opened my eyes to the truth that 5…Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor…Surely every man walks about like a shadow; surely they busy themselves in vain; he heaps up riches, and does not know who will gather them…”

I was loudly and profoundly awakened to the raw truth that human life, in all its attempts at autonomy and achievement, is the most vulnerable on this planet,  as David says in verse 11: “When with rebukes You correct man for iniquity, You make his beauty melt away like a moth…” because God’s holy gaze is directed at humanity.Psalm 11.4 reminds me: “The LORD is in His holy temple; the LORD’s throne is in heaven; His eyes see, His eyelids test the children of man.”

Since my re-birth in Christ Jesus 39 years ago, I have never given thought to ending my life at my own hands. Nevertheless, I confess that I have thoughts of death daily. As a Christian it is hard not to have thoughts of death, since in Christ, we are aware of the corruption of this flesh we inhabit. More days than not, I am keenly aware that I walk under God’s holy gaze, and the “kavod”—the weight of His glory is the closest thing I can think of to being either extinguished, or changed as carbon is pressed into a diamond. It is one of the most extraordinary total physical and spiritual experiences a person could ever know this side of glory; and I can only take so much that I must cry out as David did in verse 13:  “Remove Your gaze from me, that I may regain strength, before I go away and am no more.”

At 72, I am closer to knowing—even if vaguely—the measure of my days.  To be sure I know more keenly how frail I am, and I pray:  “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. Deliver me from all my transgressions; do not make me the reproach of the foolish… according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.” (Psalm 39.7-8; Philippians 1.20-22).

Soli Deo Gloria.

Re-discovering music…

…hath charms.

Music is a giftApril has been a challenging month for many around this world. Waiting is not something we humans do very well; and in the USA, we find waiting and being quiet especially upsetting, disquieting, and even a torment to the soul.

I am no stranger to waiting, but this month has tested whether I will truly discover the Providence of God even in unsettling circumstances. People who know me well know that I am an avid, daily student of the Word of God; many know of my unwavering labors of love in prayer for people whom I know and for fellow humans enduring temptations, testings, and trials this side of glory on a fallen planet. But not many know how much I value music for living well this side glory.

One of the most pleasant of surprises has been becoming re-acquainted with music and how it stirs up joy in my life. I am thanking Spotify for that pleasure; it has enabled me to develop playlists of music my husband and I have enjoyed from early in our life together, but which became eclipsed by the onslaught of much to do, and the demise of the best musical programming on broadcast radio.

We began our joint musical library back in the late 60s with vinyl discs and open reel tapes on high quality stereo equipment. (Although vinyl discs are emerging as a respectable medium for recording and playback, I reckon that only professional musicians nowadays know what open reel tape systems are.)


“Finding old MUSIC you used to love is like

getting back in touch with an old friend.”


As the media transitioned from vinyl discs and open reel to cassette tapes, we transferred favorite albums from our library to the cassette medium, and onward up the tech chain to digital media. We still own our audio stack comprised of stereo amplifier, stereo turntable, dual audio cassette recorder, and dual disc recorder/player, with two speakers which would make modern speakers sound pathetically anemic. However, operating all that equipment has become more like work than pleasure. Spotify to the rescue! Within a matter of a few hours of browsing, voila! Favorites galore in various genres from long ago to more recent artists.  And Spotify streams vibrantly through our laptop wired through our amp and stereo speakers.

Music never diesOne of the many joys of life this side of glory is beautiful music. The world of my mind and my heart is touched deeply by music.  I am moved to sing and to write and to live more deeply by the melodies and rhythms I hear. They must be melodic and lyrical to impress me as beautiful. They must have rhythm and resolution or I am left despondent, agitated and ill of soul.


“Music and Rhythm Find Their Way into the Secret Places of the Soul.” –plato


I am as gladdened by a stirring rhythm as any true music lover; I am known to dance and do a little controlled head banging to the beat of a great piece of rock and pop music performed well. I can groove and praise God at the same time.

There is, however, an entire genre of sounds which are peddled as “music” but which are nothing more than irritating harrassment and vexation to the mind and heart. Any musician who contrives the mischief of pointless cacophony and vain discord punctuating it with an unrelenting, stomping, jack-hammer percussive beating, leaves a harmful imprint on the human soul. Music ought not to be used as a weapon of a wrathful and vulgar spirit, but as the gift from God it is meant to be: good and true and beautiful. 


“Your heartbeat changes with the music you listen to.”


Since music is a fair and glorious gift from God…

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”

Psalm 95.1-2 NIV

This is a time for us who are trusting in the sovereign providence of God over all things to be…

…speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord.”

Ephesians 5.19 NASB

and…

Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Colossians 3.16 NASB


Here is a link to a long ago favorite, newly captured on my Spotify playlist:

“Jalousie” – Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops

Here is a link to a old classic newly discovered and captured on my Spotify playlist:

“Classical Gas” – Mason Williams

Here is a link to a worship piece on one of my playlists:

“Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad” – Paul Wilbur


Note: I am not receiving any compensation from Spotify for my references and links to my playlists. However, you can sign up for a free Spotify account to listen to these shared pieces.  

I was young once…

Yorktown Rose2…and younger everyday

As I write this I am listening to music from my Spotify radio platform, taking me back to decades past when my love and I danced to the delight of Latin rhythms. Facebook has re-emerged in my life as a way to re-connect with friends and family enduring the long weeks of quarantine. With our church being forced to connect online via the benefits of ZOOM technology, I miss the sensory experience of “surround” love, the palpable presence of the Holy Spirit among us, and the exposure to the spectrum of inter-generational affection and interaction.

Ed and Pat at Springfield HiltonAmong the many interests I have pursued during this period of extended confinement with my love, I have found a few new FB “friends” on the planet who are young and beautiful and talented. Some of them have introduced me to their own exploration into what is enduring, and beautiful and excellent. I could be very jealous, allowing my mind to drift into bitterness at my own displacement from the rising generation in which these young virtuosos have distinguished themselves. Instead of dwelling on the loss, I am stirred to think about the decades ago when I and my love were what the world would call “young.”  In his advancing decline in his body, my aging brother-in-law’s heart craved the joy of socializing with us.  He called us “young blood.”

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Now, in this season of my life in a vessel which no longer meets the world’s criteria for youth, where can I find the consolation for a heart that still conceives of youth and beauty, that is thrilled by beauty and vibrancy of what my deceased brother-in-law often called “young blood?” In this season of my journey from glory to glory, my memory abandons me momentarily at times as I chase after a word which has dashed through my gray matter like a jackrabbit, only to disappear through a hole in

my boogie shoes

my boogie shoes

my head. And the realities of the fall have devastated my fashion sensibilities. The second law of thermodynamics, from which no one can escape, has left me no choice but to decide whether I wish to walk on my own two feet in shoes which accommodate arthritic feet and high arches, or to wheel about in a chair, my feet adorned with the fashion to which my vanity and tastes still gravitate. So now I dance to Latin rhythms in my San Antonio Shoes and be glad for it…

Oh. My. God! (No blasphemy intended) All I can do is bow in wonder before God who is at the work of making all things new…

If I only knew then what I know now!  Then, in my much “lovelier youth” I lived in a dream detached from the reality of God’s power in a world broken and defiled by the rebellion of my ancient ancestors who exchanged their reality in the beauty of God’s presence and life for a dream of being the masters of their youth and beauty. Their dream of youth and beauty apart from God unleashed on the entire cosmos the nightmare of the second law of thermodynamics…

July 17 2018While I listen to the lilting rhythms and melodies of Latin music, I remember that in Christ, the second law of thermodynamics will have no hold on me. Ah, you say to me, “But your glory is fading.” I say to you what the Word of God says to those who trust Him alone for “dear life:”

according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4.13-18

While I walk in an aging vessel enlivened by the Spirit of God through faith in Christ Jesus, I no longer walk in a dying dream. In Christ Jesus, I am younger now more than I have ever been in my more lovelier years, because I am,  “with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, [being] changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3.18).

I listen and I notice and I thank God for the beauty and excellence I find He is still cultivating in the “young blood” who still share with others, whether or not they know in their beautiful youth that their giftings are from God. I know; and I write for the glory of God to encourage readers to give glory to God for their youth, beauty and gifting…

Because…

We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”

2 Corinthians 4.7

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