Take Up Your Cross

A Blogger's Route To a Saner World

Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.

St. Matthew 16:24-25

Some may ask why? Why should I take up my Cross? The answer is to gain eternal life in heaven rather than hell and this advice follows immediately in 16:26 of The Gospel of Saint Matthew:

For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?

Others may then ask how? How can I do this? What must I do? Each must look to his own weakness and sin. What is it that keeps me from following Jesus…

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Sept 19 “This is the way…”

Daily Bible Prayer

road-sign-64059_1280Father, You have described those who do not follow You and those who do. And unfortunately, I sometimes display the characteristics of both. You say “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” And yet there are times when I do not remain quiet and trusting. “Yet”, You tell me “the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion.” What an amazing God You are! Even when I am not faithful, You are patient and merciful to me!

Father, You have promised, “As soon as You hear, You will answer me.” And have said that “my ears will hear a voice behind me saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.’” I could ask for nothing more.  Even now, as I call out to You, I know that You can hear my voice and will…

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His Glory Revealed

Walk with God

GloriousIsaiah 53:1-3
New Living Translation (NLT)

53 Who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?
2 My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot,
like a root in dry ground.
There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
nothing to attract us to him.
3 He was despised and rejected—
a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
He was despised, and we did not care.

Glorious – having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration

What Makes Him So Glorious

Suffered for our crimes
Not a word in His defense
Glorious Savior!

©2017 by William Pierce


The day is coming when His glory will be revealed. When all of creation will fall down in awe and wonder at His beauty, but…

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Psalms 102-104; Titus 3

Tom's Sometimes Wacky Desert Journey

Titus 3:1-3 Remind them to be under the control of magistrates and authorities, to be obedient, to be open to every good enterprise. They are to slander no one, to be peaceable, considerate, exercising all graciousness toward everyone. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, deluded, slaves to various desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful ourselves and hating one another.

Once again Paul lays out a template of virtuous Christian behavior, that the evening news quickly reveals is poorly followed by many if not most today.  As G. K. Chesterton wrote, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.” (Chapter 5, What’s Wrong With the World, 1910)

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The Difference Between Wisdom And Knowledge

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There’s nothing wrong with knowledge. We all need knowledge. But knowledge is learned; wisdom is given. Knowledge comes by looking around; wisdom comes by looking up. Knowledge comes from study; wisdom comes from meditation.

Wisdom is the way to apply your knowledge. You see, a man can have knowledge, but he needs understanding—he needs wisdom.

Did you know you could get knowledge apart from the Holy Spirit? But you cannot get true wisdom apart from Him. Colossians 2:3 says, “In [Jesus Christ] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Jesus is the secret of the universe. Jesus is the glue of the galaxies. Jesus is the secret of it all.

The only way a man can know is not by books, but by knowing the Lord Jesus Christ. There are some things you cannot learn from experience.

Daniel said, “Blessed be the name of God for ever and…

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There are things within me,

That I’m so ashamed to think about,

They make me feel scared to the,

Point of utter madness, because,

I know that if I did what I did then,

Today, I would be condemned by these,

Quick-to-judge eyes of those around me,

And I know, it was bad of me to do that,

But now I’m better than I was,

And I intend no harm to hurt to any other,

Soul around me, and instead plead for grace.

Why is it that these ghosts within my mind,

Torment me so, tearing away my soul,

I’m ready to give up my life. For,

Living in this life, waking up without any hope,

Is the greatest burden I’ve borne,

But I have to see a light in this room of darkness,

Even when those around me break me more and more.

Sometimes it takes more than me,

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Just my understanding of God's word

Revelations 16:11
yet they cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and did not turn from their sinful deeds.
Some people just don’t get it. This includes me. I have cursed and cried and pouted when bad things happen to me and true some of them are out of my control, but the majority are from my own bad decisions and rebellion to God’s Word. And many many times when I am down there in the bottom of that pit or swirling around in that storm I cry out to God angry and cursing that he would do such a thing to me, when in truth I was being rewarded for my own bad decisions. Oh God forgive me for being so hard hearted that I didn’t see Your guiding hand trying to turn me from my own selfish foolishness before now. Lord keep goading…

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