Pillars

Paralipomenon

The Adulterous woman, and also

The Syrophoenician woman, and also

The sinful woman (a prostitute), and also

The woman (also sinful) at the well,

They cry

Out in pain, longing and pleading.

Their names? They have none. Stripped even

Of this dignity, naked before God

And the crowds, they are nothing but

Their sin. Titles, given forgiveness, recklessly

Abundantly, without reservation, they

Stand at kingdom gates to usher other

Nameless sinners, the Pillars of Life.

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When your heart is a city without a wall

A Call To The Remnant

Jesus was a man acquainted with sorrows. It is not something that we like to dwell on too often but there it is. When we are physically attacked, at the very least, we throw up our hands to protect ourselves. Yet when our heart is open, as it must be to walk with and serve the Lord, then it is utterly vulnerable to attack. It is like a city without a wall. It is so tempting to allow our hearts to begin to close down, to construct a moat around our hearts and make it difficult for people to ” come in.” I have cried out to the Lord many times to fill my heart with love even when I had not the slightest desire to. This is the Word of God doing it’s work, when our own love fails, when we come to the end of our emotions, when…

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Elitist Jerkface

Along the Way

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Gentle Reader,

The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge, but the mouth of fools feeds on folly.

– Proverbs 15:14 (NASB)

Kesiyl: fool, stupid fellow, dullard, simpleton, arrogant one

Biyn: to discern, understand, consider; to perceive; to understand, know; to observe, mark, give heed to, distinguish, consider; to have discernment, insight, understanding; intelligent

Which do you want to be?

No knee-jerk answers. Really think about it.

I spent 19 years of my life in a single-wide trailer. Just before I turned 22, I moved, with my new husband, into a 450-square foot apartment. (It came with bright orange counter tops and harvest gold appliances. Classy). Eleven years later, there are still times when we celebrate that we get to keep our house for one more month. My father’s roots run deep in the soil, in farming. My mother likes to joke that her family used to be “nothing but horse…

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When God Breaks His Silence

Bible Prayer Fellowship

freely-34295Abram, that great man of faith, experienced 13 years when God was silent. They were bitter years of rivalry between Sarah and her maid, Hagar, who had given birth to a son of Abram named Ishmael. Sarah herself had urged her husband to beget a son by Hagar. It was the custom of the day for childless wives to give their maid to their husbands for this need. She and Abram had waited 11 years for God to fulfill His promise of a son. Finally, when old age made it impossible for Sarah to have a son, she urged Abram to beget a son by Hagar. So he did. The consequences of his unbelief were 13 years of envy, jealousy, rivalry and pride that kept the fires of bitter strife boiling in his household.

During those 13 years there was no encouraging word from the Lord. At the fork in…

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Speak Lord: God of Judgement, Father of Mercy

Living Eucharist

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You will not be expecting us to write anything to you, brothers, about ‘times and seasons’, since you know very well that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. It is when people are saying, ‘How quiet and peaceful it is’ that the worst suddenly happens, as suddenly as labour pains come on a pregnant woman; and there will be no way for anybody to evade it.

But it is not as if you live in the dark, my brothers, for that Day to overtake you like a thief. No, you are all sons of light and sons of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness, so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober.

There is no place where God is not, no moment where we do not…

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Trusting in God’s Purpose

Everything that happens to us is for a certain reason. In this devotional from Exodus 26, we will discuss how even though we may not understand why things happen they they did, we can still hold on to faith God has His reasons for it.

Let God do the work

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I like prayer requests. I take them seriously. I have a prayer wall in my loft and I add prayers to it. Prayer is sort of a hobby for me. I love quiet time and I love meditative time. They fit very well with my personality. One thing I used to struggle with when it came to prayer was thinking that it was on me if people received the answer they were waiting for. I would spend time in prayer for them and expect that they would get what they needed if I had prayed well enough or long enough. Little did I I know that prayer requests are presented to God for Him to do His job and not for me to worry about any of it. If we go into prayer with worry on our mind, we go into prayer with a block. We start the prayer journey…

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Tamed

Bruised Reed

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I look unto myself..
How could I have become so tamed..
Where did all the rage go?
How could I lose my sense of anger so abruptly..
Whilst enduring unimaginable torments of sudden, unexplained abandonment..

Why is it so?
That I choose to hide behind calculated words..
An enforced silence that reflects not the roaring ocean that is in my soul..
All the “I’m fines” and “All goods” that I uttered..
How far from reality does my mirror equivalent have to go through..
Waking up, acting as if everything’s fine, talking with family and colleagues as if nothing is happening behind the scenes of my frail existence..

I look unto you, my Sweetness..
Everyday my questions fade into the gap that you’ve chosen to bring about between us..
Teary eyed, I’m perplexed but can’t bring this into adequate words..
I want to run away from…

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trusting God

Jesus community

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

There is nothing more basic to life than simply trusting God. Trusting God and trusting in God. We really can’t get and do enough of that in this life, because questions and problems can come at us from so many angles.

In the end it’s a simple question of do we trust God, or do we not? And the trust for us amounts to accepting the witness of God’s word in the gospel, and all of God’s promises which come from or are related to that.

A big part of trusting is focus. We try to study and make the best decisions in life, praying through all of that, and then we settle into leaving it in God’s…

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Forgiving Others

Softly, Spoke the River

“But I tell you: Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you”
(Matthew 5:44)

 Reflection:
Jesus instruction for us to love our enemies is a great challenge. Our normal reaction is to do anything but that. However, His words and life leave us in no doubt.

There are three very good reasons for us to hear what Christ teaches us. Firstly, we were once ourselves “God’s enemies” and He reached out to us in forgiveness and love, so that we could be reconciled to Him and enjoy the blessings of His eternal love. Secondly, God loves the people who might fall into the category of enemy to us and would want us to love them for His sake and out of our love for Him – even if we are offended by their actions.  And thirdly, for as long as we do not forgive the anger and…

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