Not an Orphan

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Accepting my adoption

With intended inheritance

The grace and love and compassion revealed

Life is a journey of small surrenders

As I follow, faith ignited,

From you living water flows.

 

From you, blessing overflows.

I’m branded by your adoption.

This blaze does not consume, but ignited

New Jerusalem my inheritance

This day I choose surrender

Unexplained peace is revealed

 

Each day your word is revealed

You give eyes to see, meaning flows,

Allow Spirit to teach in surrender,

Maturity grows within adoption,

Mirror clears with inheritance,

Face to face love ignited

 

A new view you ignited;

The way, the truth, the life revealed,

No laws but love is our inheritance,

From your center concentric circles flow

As we love we show adoption

Transformation, surrender.

 

Open hands in surrender,

Heart, mind and passion ignited

Cast out fear and embrace my adoption,

Grace and unconditional love revealed,

Through me your spirit and truth flows;

This is my inheritance.

 

You in me: inheritance.

To this I gladly surrender.

Alive, Immanuel, your Spirit flows

As your abiding Spirit’s ignited

Living word’s mysterious revealed

This branch from roots adoption.

 

My inheritance, my heart’s ignited;

All I surrender, my soul is revealed

With you my blood flows, holy adoption.

Love it or Leave it

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when i was a hippie

in the ‘60s

and i protested the vietnam war

with other hippies

you said, “loveitorleaveit”

 

when i was a hippie

in the ‘60s

and i marched for civil rights

with hippies and other like-minded folks

you said, “loveitorleaveit”

 

when i mourned the deaths

in between 1964 and 1970

of james chaney, andrew goodman, michael schwerner, martin luther king jr, robert kennedy and the students at kent state

with other people who were seeing the dream shattered

you said, “loveitorleaveit”

 

when i went to work

in the 70s

and recognized I was paid 60% of what my male counterpart was paid, and put up with smarmy comments from male coworkers and my male boss and was told there was nothing i could do about it if i wanted to keep my job

you said, “loveitorleaveit”

 

this week the u.s. supreme court

said gay marriage is legal

and you are grieved and offended

and are certain satan has taken over the country

should i say, “loveitorleaveit”

The True Story of Today in America (The SCOTUS and Marriage Equality)

Susan Irene Fox:

John, I could not have written this any better myself. Yes, this needs to be said, and said with compassion and love to all our Christian brothers and sisters. Thank you.

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:

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We all have stories we like to tell ourselves; narratives we create to frame the world around us.

Those stories often help cushion the blows and soften the impact when things around us are too frightening, too disorienting, too difficult for our minds to deal with.

These stories are often largely well-crafted fiction, born out of fear and desperation, and the sense of something slipping quickly through fingers: control.

Many scared Christians were telling stories today.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Marriage Equality, the spin began simultaneously. As explosive, jubilant waves of long-delayed celebration broke out across the country and the world, the storytellers went to work hastily drafting sensational, concise headlines that might reconcile the unthinkable in front of them:

The Devil is celebrating the death of Marriage.
Christianity is fully under attack.
Gay people have tainted our Christian Nation.
God is preparing His wrath for America.

These stories are a…

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Here Come da Judge

Last week I posted lots of Scripture to remind us of Jesus’ commands to love. On the heels of that, and in spite of what some might posit, I want to remind us what else Jesus commanded us: he told us pointedly not to judge.

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Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. (Matthew 7:1-2)

Unfortunately, unless we follow his commands to love, we will find ourselves judging – and gossiping, belittling, ridiculing, criticizing, blaming, dehumanizing, attacking, condemning and damning.

Unlike the clichéd slippery slope, it’s a low and unnoticeable decline from the narrow path to the wide one. We are ignorant of the descent and heedless of the steps, one after the other, until we’ve lost our way and we’re in the valley looking up.

…we do not believe the statements of the Bible. For instance, do we really believe the statement that says we criticize in others the very things we are guilty of ourselves? Oswald Chambers

Chambers refers to Romans 2:1 – Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.

We must make ourselves aware of our passing thoughts, the words about to come out of our mouths and the remarks we’re tempted to write on social media.

I know from where I speak; I am guilty, too. Spoken too harshly; written before thinking. Asked for and received mercy and forgiveness. God continues to transform my heart. And I believe Romans 2:1.

Oh, I may not believe it at the time the thought enters my mind to judge; but I pray the Holy Spirit helps me store that thought away for a time I’m ready to confront my own weakness. I pray God pursues me and reaches into my heart until I refuse to deny my own logs.

Why do you see the speck in our brother’s eye, but do not notice the log in our own eye? How dare you say to your brother, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye; then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)

This Scriptureis recorded in Matthew and Luke from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. During any Bible study, you learn when a speaker or writer repeats ideas or commands, it means they are highly important. Obviously, Jesus repeats his command to love many times. He also repeats his command to abstain from judging.

In fact, Jesus tells us he does not even judge. And we need to follow his example.

If anyone hears My words and does not keep them, I do not judge them; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. (John 12:47)

The “new” New Covenant

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Dear Jesus, you’ve been our best friend

But truly let’s no more pretend.

Like tables turned and anger just,

We’re called to judge – in fact, we must; love is a trend.

 

Oh, Lord, how can we turn away?

To do so is naiveté.

Too much transgression to distill,

There’s too much sin, too much free will in place today.

 

As your disciples, we’ll ensure

To judge and keep all people pure

With guns in homes and prayer in schools.

Through laws to bind and tighter rules, we’ll bring the cure.

 

This world has problems, that’s quite clear.

To poor and homeless: “Get careers!”

We won’t divert with ‘ozone’ lies;

We’re righteous ‘cause we legalize and save through fear.

 

So Jesus, glad we had this meet,

But love has got to take backseat.

The intervention’s overdue;

We love you, Lord, but in our view, you’re obsolete.

 

 

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” George Orwell, Animal Farm

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” The Apostle Paul, Galatians 3:28

By This We Know Love

Talk is easy.

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“I love the sunshine.”

“I love waffles.”

“I love that new i-phone.”

“I love the way this dress fits.”

“I love this new car.”

“I love my new job.”

“I love money.”

“I love you, baby.”

“I love my family.”

“I love all people.”

“I love Jesus.”

Does our life reflect our words? Do we walk the talk? Are we yoked to Him?

For thirty-three years Jesus laid down His life to do the will of His Father. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Yet it is contrary to our human nature to do so. Oswald Chambers.

Laying down our lives does not mean dying. It means living.

Jesus lived those thirty three years doing the will of our Father. Are we ready to live doing the will of Jesus?

I’ve written these verses so many times, you might have them memorized by now.

Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Matthew 22:37,39 And he said to him, “[the greatest commandment is] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. The second is like it. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Luke 6:32, 35 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. But love your enemies, and do good and lend to them expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for He is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

John 14:23-24 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home in him. Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. And the word that you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”

John 15:9-10 “As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.”

John 15:12-13 “This is my commandment: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Remember the old, “What Would Jesus Do (WWJD)” bracelets? People wore those in a time of innocence, without really understanding the deeper meaning.

Jesus would follow his Father’s will. He would put love and compassion first. He would look into someone’s eyes and see God’s masterpiece. He would invite and embrace. He would welcome people into the kingdom of God.

Are you walking with Jesus. Are you laying down your life for your Friend?

I AM

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I AM true mercy, makes no sense

Unending love pours to dispense.

This gift of love is free and clear;

In My pure love exists no fear.

 

I AM new grace at dawn’s commence;

In Me you can have confidence.

I heal, provide, am ever near,

In My pure love exists no fear.

 

I AM, though you may take offense

And turn away from evidence,

From starry nights to one small tear;

In My pure love exists no fear.

 

I AM complex, beyond immense

And knowing me and all contents

Will take a willing ear to hear

In My pure love exists no fear.

 

I AM, come to Me, no pretense,

As burdens lift and peace ascends

Beloved, I am always here

In My pure love exists no fear.

 

This poem also posted on Bible Stories From the Heart