Prophecy’s Son

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I wrote this poem this afternoon and am sharing it here today. My One Word for 2016 is Revelation and I could sense the rhythm of the words as they came to me…so, being it is Sunday, and I am Writing Redeemed, it seems appropriate I share this here today.

Originally, I thought I’d share the poem I wrote for my daughter to commemorate her 16th birthday, but I think I will hold off sharing it here for now.

May these words be meaningful to you today…

I also want to thank so many of you who reached out to me through e-mails and messages, telling me you are finding these posts are stirring you and speaking to you in deeper ways…I know this is a God thing, and I am grateful…and I pray that we discover His gift to us through the words He allows me to share here in this series. As always, I am with you on this journey. And He is with us. Thank you for being here.

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Grace Upon Grace (#LentChallenge)

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I have been on a Gospel Journey this Lent season. Forty days of reading through the four Gospels along with a bunch of fellow sojourners with Margaret Feinberg’s #LentChallenge and today I read the first two chapters of John. The Gospel of John happens to be my very favorite of the four. I was weeping at chapter one. Broken, cracked open, spilled by the words on that page this morning. I can’t ever read the words that begin Chapter one without awestruck wonder:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-3

These words send me in this time warp journey back to Genesis, and leave me breathless. It’s as if everything from Genesis to Revelation sits within this passage. It really wrecks me…brings me to my knees. I am caught up in this grace, friends. Caught up in this amazing journey of grace upon grace. I hope you are too. This morning I was inspired to write a little poem. I hope it blesses you BIG.

Because this God I know, He takes no prisoners- but is Freedom and Truth- and I am amazed at His grace anew every morning! Don’t settle for religion. Get to know the One who came to set the captives free.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:9-13

Here is my poetic offering…

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Contemplative Sunday {So Great A Salvation}

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I am feeling contemplative as the day comes to an end. As the weekend closes and Monday is pressing in even now. I do not feel pressured still. Yet, there is much swirling around this little mind here tonight. I am considering the moments…absorbing the lessons I feel God trying so patiently to impress upon me.
I wonder of my slowness to learn. 
My donkey mind. 
And still God used a donkey. 
Today I had to teach a lesson on the building of the Tabernacle 
to my Sunday School children.
I asked God to allow something of this rather monumental lesson 
to be relevant to these little ones. 
My group ranges from ages 5 to 9. 
And then there’s me.  
We have been sojourning with Moses and I am weary with these Israelites…
I found myself a little more frustrated today.
After all it’s been a vacation week for us all. 
Attention spans were at a low. 
My patience also. 
God did supply, yet smack dab in the middle of untied laces, 
hands that were busy playing with anything on the table before them, 
and dropped crayons. 
God got their attention and mine.
For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, 
a Sabbath of rest to the Lord. 
Whoever does any work on it must be put to death.
Exodus 35:2
I check their faces after reading the words.
We are all absorbing the blow of it.
They are shocked but they seem to accept it.
I’m still sitting dumbfounded after they resume their coloring. 
They get the point after all…they are children.
They know God means business.
But really, the Israelites have been slow to get it.
It is I, the adult who needs the reminder.
God takes our obedience seriously.
I know this. I do.
Yet still I feel the resistance within my own self.
Am I also so slow to get it?
The fact is sin is easier to see in others.
I watched it today as the children bantered.
“You interrupted me.”
“It’s my turn, not his.”
“I’m bored.”
“He took my crayon.”
“I ‘m not the one out my seat, he is.”
The lesson loomed large.
We went from the Outer Court, to the Holy Place and Holy of Holies.
We gazed upon the Golden Lampstand, the Table of Bread, The Alter of Incense.
We saw the Ark of the Covenant.
The Mercy Seat.

I have their momentary attention…

Holiness.
Forgiveness.
A costly, bloody combination. 
Daily shedding of innocent blood traded for guilt and sin.
Gentle lambs. 
Hands placed on them, a transfer made in time; 
an act foreshadowing the Lamb
that would end the days of blood stained worship once and for all 
by the tearing of His own flesh, shedding of His own blood.
The Living Tabernacle.
Grace is never late, always right on time.
Finally, the blessing…
The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
 Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the Lord had commanded. 
So Moses blessed them.
Exodus 39:42-43
Obedience.
Grace.
One relies on my will.
My will.
The other is available…if I choose to receive.
He has already supplied all I need.
so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people;
 and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin,
 but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:28


If Israel can turn from grumbling and complaining,
 giving all they had to the point of building the Tabernacle in the middle of nowhere,
what is it for me to yield and obey today?

As my Pastor preached today, 
how then can I neglect so great a salvation?

We ought, therefore, to pay the greatest attention to the truth that we have heard and not allow ourselves to drift away from it. For if the message given through angels proved authentic, so that defiance of it and disobedience to it received appropriate retribution, how shall we escape if we refuse to pay proper attention to the salvation that is offered us today? For this salvation came first through the words of the Lord himself: it was confirmed for our hearing by men who had heard him speak, and God moreover has plainly endorsed their witness by signs and miracles, by all kinds of spiritual power, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, all working to the divine plan.
Hebrews 2:1-4
(J.B. Phillips)

Lord, that I may not be slow to respond to that which you have graciously 
provided and revealed, but have eyes to see, ears to hear and hands,
 feet and heart to do what you will without hesitation. 
That my tongue may be quick to reply,
“Yes, Lord, your will, not mine.”
That I may be found faithful, as you are faithful.

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Under His Umbrella {Faith Life Preservers- Day 17}

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Today, dear friends, cling to this truth: 
You are under the umbrella of His 
all consuming, faithful love.

Our security is not in the things of this world, which are temporary.
Our security is not in the hands of our next leader,
but in the hands of the Creator of every tribe, nation, tongue- 
The One True Living God.
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The One who is and was and is to come.

So today our Faith Life Preserver is found in the power
 of His Word and the promise of His Presence.

For the word of God is alive and active. 
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
 it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit,
 joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 
 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. 
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes
 of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:12

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“This is what the LORD says–Israel’s King and Redeemer, 
the LORD Almighty: 
I am the first and I am the last; 
apart from me there is no God.
Isaiah 44:6

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 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? 
It is God who justifies. 
Who is he that condemns? 
Christ Jesus, who died—
more than that, 
who was raised to life
is at the right hand of God 
and is also interceding for us.
 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? 
Shall trouble 
or hardship 
or persecution 
or famine 
or nakedness 
or danger 
or sword? 
As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No
in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.  
For I am convinced 
that neither death nor life, 
neither angels nor demons, 
neither the present 
nor the future, 
nor any powers, 
neither height nor depth, 
nor anything else in all creation, 
will be able to separate us 
from the love of God 
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:33-39
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 My sheep listen to my voice; 
I know them, and they follow me. 
I give them eternal life, 
and they shall never perish;
 no one can snatch them out of my hand. 
My Father, who has given them to me, 
is greater than all;
 no one can snatch them 
out of my Father’s hand. 
I and the Father are one.
John 10:27-30
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Do not let your hearts be troubled. 
Trust in God; 
trust also in me.
John 14:1

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“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, 
“who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Revelation 1:8
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In peace I will both lie down and sleep; 
for you alone, 
O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8
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Praying you have been enjoying this series 31 Days of Faith Life Preservers.
If you have been encouraged, please share the 
encouragement with your friends and/or loved ones!
God continues to be faithful to 
lead me into the wonders of His love;
I know He is able to do the same for you! 


31 Days of Faith Life Preservers 
October 1-31, 2012
See all other Faith Life Preserver Posts HERE.

Check out all of the other 
31 Day Topics and Bloggers HERE!


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Called To Controversy – The Unlikely Story Of Moishe Rosen And The Founding Of Jews For Jesus : Book Review

Called to Controversy 

The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus

By Ruth Rosen

Published by Thomas Nelson

Called To Controversy – The Unlikely Story of Moishe Rosen and the Founding of Jews for Jesus is an exceptional biography written by the daughter of the controversial, colorful, wonderfully eccentric leader of the Jews for Jesus group. With loving attention to detail, yet objectified perspective throughout, Ruth Rosen manages to bring her father to life in the pages of this book. 
I had always known about the evangelical organization named Jews For Jesus but not much beyond the vague notion of their mission. Having Jewish friends, and a love for the Jewish people in general,  I was curious when I saw this book available. 

This book was one of the most thorough biographies I have ever read. So much personal family history, intimate observation and background insight was available, due to the relation of the writer. Ruth Rosen also worked alongside her father while growing up and during her adult years; she successfully sheds light on him in a way that is honest, forthright and without excuse.
After reading this biography which follows Moshei from his childhood roots in Denver to New York and  ultimately California, I really wish I could have met this servant. He was passionate in both his Jewish heritage and background but also in the truth of Jesus as Messiah. His heart was for the Jewish people to know the truth and to allow them opportunity and exposure to the truth he himself held dear, although it cost him his own parents acceptance initially.
One of his co-laborers described his strength as a leader this way: “To give vision and encourage others to go beyond what they think they can do”.
Many of the anecdotes reveal him a natural salesperson (early on), a lover of people, painfully honest (at times), wisdom, spirit led and quick to hone in on the gifts of others and allow them to serve beyond their own perceived capacity. I think this would be a great read for men and women in leadership because this man was “practically” spiritual. There are excellent examples of servant-leadership, humility and also the honesty of a unique, imperfect man who learned to listen to the Lord. I was inspired by the way he lived his life purposefully and passionately and with dedication to the call he felt in his life. Great read. 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Publishers Description:

What does it mean to be a Jew? What practices are relevant? And is belief in God even necessary?
Answers to these and other questions reflect the amazing diversity within the Jewish community. However, one terrible fact—centuries of persecution in the name of Jesus Christ—has united this diverse community in one belief. Namely, that Jesus Christ is not the Jewish Messiah.
Moishe Rosen was born into this culture. No New Testament. No Christmas. No question. Even nonreligious Jews—including Moishe’s family—would disown anyone traitorous enough to profess faith in Christ. Which means the moment Moishe was called to Christ, he was Called to Controversy.
This stirring account from his daughter describes the rise of a man whose passion for Jesus and passion for his people triumphed over self-preservation and ultimately fueled an international movement that is still changing lives today. Called to Controversy is the inside story of one the most influential evangelists of our times.

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