Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Batter my heart, three-person'd God

Batter my heart, three-person'd God, for you
As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend;
That I may rise and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend
Your force to break, blow, burn, and make me new.
I, like an usurp'd town to another due,
Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end;
Reason, your viceroy in me, me should defend,
But is captiv'd, and proves weak or untrue.
Yet dearly I love you, and would be lov'd fain,
But am betroth'd unto your enemy;
Divorce me, untie or break that knot again,
Take me to you, imprison me, for I,
Except you enthrall me, never shall be free,
Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.

[John Donne]

without anger or quarreling

"I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling." 1 Timothy 2:8

At home, at work, in Congress...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

what's it worth

"The sunlight claps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea: what are all these kissings worth, if thou kiss not me?"

[Percy Bysshe Shelley]

a lump in the throat

"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."

[Robert Frost]

a thousand times

"I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once."

[Thomas Wolfe]

July 9, 1937: On this day, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a letter to Thomas Wolfe, advising his fellow author to write shorter novels. Wolfe responded with a letter eight times as long as Fitzgerald's.

in search of a bird

"I am a cage in search of a bird."

[Franz Kafka]

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


This week, the world is spinning.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

He will hurt deeply

"Whom God would use greatly, He will hurt deeply." 

[A. W. Tozer]

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Jesus wasn't omni-liked

"When we crave being liked by all, we desire something God doesn’t even possess. Jesus certainly wasn’t omni-liked. In fact, omni-acceptance goes against the grain of the provocative message of Jesus." - Rusty McKie

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

a good bit of psychology

"... The real cure for most of our subjective ills is ultimately to be so enraptured by the beauty and the glory of Christ that we will forget ourselves and will not have time to think about ourselves at all. Now that is a good bit of psychology. The trouble with our generation, and let us not be too hard on ourselves, is that we are living in a very difficult age. We have had to face problems which mankind has scarcely ever had to face in such an acute form, and such an age always tends to produce morbidity, a concern about oneself. We are living such a ridiculous type of life that our nerves are tired and frayed, and as a result, we are all of us concerned about self, and the great problem is how to get away from it. The high road to that is to be so absorbed by someone else, something outside oneself, which is so glorious and wonderful that, without knowing it, we forget all about ourselves."

[Martin Lloyd-Jones in The Assurance of Salvation: Exploring the Depth of Jesus' Prayer for His Own; Sermon "The Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory"]

Sunday, February 19, 2017

perpetual conflict

“We cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety. . . . Believers are in perpetual conflict with their own unbelief." [John Calvin]

Monday, February 13, 2017


Frances (age 6): "My favorite color is green...and turquoise and magenta."
Madeline (age 4): "My favorite colors are all the colors of the rainbow."

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Sermon Notes | Colossians 1:1-8 | Your location is in Christ.

"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit."

[Colossians 1:1-8]

* faith, hope, love = trifecta of the gospel

Colossians cuts through the noise and tells us what everything's really all about.

The phrase "in Christ" is used 38 times in Colossians.

What are you centering your life on? Jesus is the only worthwhile one we should orbit around.

The truest thing about you is that you're in Christ. This changes everything.

How much can others see that the gospel is changing you? Are you a hopeful person? Do you find yourself distrusting Jesus and others? The gospel frees us to hope, to love, to trust, to have faith.

Jesus might call you to give up certain comforts.
Hospitality means you might give up your comfort to make others feel more comfortable.

The good life is a Person.
Your location is in Christ.

Monday, January 30, 2017

my strength of soul

"On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased."

[Psalm 138:3]

Thursday, January 05, 2017

the truth shall make you mad

"You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad."

[Aldous Huxley]