Monday, May 31, 2010

Got Fruit?

How are you stocked with the fruit of the Spirit?

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Skinny on Worship

The Skit Guys shed some uncomfortable light on our misconceptions about worship.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Skinny on Fasting

The Skit Guys are back with some of the misconceptions about fasting.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Cute Clip

Here's one for the kid in all of us. Plus, it's a great reminder.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Taking a Break

I'm taking a break for a bit from the daily updates. Feel free, though, to browse the archives for posts you may have missed or want to read again.


Friday, May 14, 2010

Humble Home

The Temple of the Soul

Thus saith the high and lofty One,
Inhabiting eternity;
Earth is My footstool, Heaven My throne,
What temple will ye build for Me?
Restore Me now Mine own.

Behold the temple of My choice;
My dwelling is the humble soul;
To make the broken heart rejoice,
The wounded spirit to make whole;
Then hearken to My voice.

Here, O Thou high and lofty One,
Bow down Thine heavens to dwell with me;
Here plant Thy footstool, raise Thy throne,
Rebuild Thy fallen sanctuary;
I yield Thee back Thine own.

Behold the temple of Thy choice,
Eternity within my soul;
Now make the broken heart rejoice,
The wounded spirit now make whole;
Lord! I have heard Thy voice.

..from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery

Thursday, May 13, 2010

What Price A Soul?

The Soul

What is the thing of greatest price,
The whole creation round?
That, which was lost in Paradise,
That, which in Christ is found.

The soul of man,--Jehovah's breath!
That keeps two worlds at strife;
Hell moves beneath to work its death,
Heaven stoops to give it life.

God, to reclaim it, did not spare
His well-beloved Son;
Jesus, to save it, deign'd to bear
The Sins of all in One.

The Holy Spirit sealed the plan,
And pledged the blood divine,
To ransom every soul of man;
That price was paid for mine.

And is this treasure borne below
In earthly vessels frail;
Can none its utmost value know,
Till flesh and spirit fail?

Then let us gather round the Cross,
This knowledge to obtain,
Not by the soul's eternal loss,
But everlasting gain.

..from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Heavenly Unity

The Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace

The glorious universe around,
The heavens with all their train,
Sun, moon, and stars, are firmly bound,
In one mysterious chain.

The earth, the ocean, and the sky,
To form one world agree,
Where all that walk, or swim, or fly,
Compose one family.

God in creation thus displays
His wisdom and His might,
While all His works with all His ways
Harmoniously unite.

In one fraternal bond of love,
One fellowship of mind,
The saints below, and saints above,
Their bliss and glory find.

Here, in their house of pilgrimage,
Thy statutes are their song;
There, through one bright eternal age,
Thy praises they prolong.

Lord, may our union form a part
Of that thrice happy whole,
Derive its pulse from Thee the Heart,
Its life from Thee the Soul.

--from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery


Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The Guilt and Folly of Denying God

"There is a God," all Nature cries,
All Knowledge proves "there is a God:"
"There is no God," the Fool replies,
Whose heart is duller than the clod.

The grateful clod, refresh'd with rains,
Pours flowers along its Maker's path;
But the Fool's heart a Fool's remains,
Untouch'd by love, unmoved by wrath.

And yet the wretch himself deceives;
While fiends believe, and trembling fly,
He trembles though he disbelieves;
And conscience gives his life the lie.

Can guilt, can madness further go?
Yes, his who God in works denies,
Whose creed saith "Yes," whose life says "No:"
Am I more holy, just, and wise?

My soul, sink down in shame and grief;
So fair without, so foul within;
Thy faith is specious unbelief,
Thy righteousness, self-righteous sin.

O God! Thou art, Thou surely art,
And those who truly seek Thee find;
Put Thou Thy laws into my heart,
In mercy write them on my mind.

Light in Thy light I long to see,
Thy glory in Thy goodness trace;
Ah! then reveal Thy Son in me,
Through faith may I be saved by grace.

..from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery

Monday, May 10, 2010

God All In All

God All In All

Hail, all hail, the King of kings!
On His throne of sovereignty,
By whose will, whose word, all things
Are, and were, and yet shall be.

Hail Him, all that move and breathe,
On His throne of Providence;
To His family beneath,
Life and health diffusing thence.

Hail Him on His throne of grace,
God our Father reconciled,
Changing, from our fallen race,
Many a foe into a child.

Hail Him on His throne of light,
O'er His family above,
From the beatific sight,
Sending peace, and joy, and love.

Hail, all hail, the King of kings,
When on earth He deigns to dwell,
Heaven into the soul He brings,
God with us, Immanuel.

Come, O come! and for Thy throne,
King of kings, each heart prepare;
Reign triumphant, reign alone,
Lord of lords, for ever there.

..from Sacred Poems and Hymns by James Montgomery


Friday, May 7, 2010

As You Sail Your Craft...

Photo credit: D@rthl@nd

As you sail your craft
On life's choppy seas
May it always be God's
Hand on the rudder.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Seeker

Photo credit: D@rthl@nd

Start your day
By seeking His face
To direct your steps
And fulfill His plans.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Worn-Out Witness?

Photo credit: D@rthl@nd

Don't let rustiness and disuse
Be the defining qualities
Of your Christian life.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tiny Messages

Even the tiniest things
Are often messages of love
From God's heart to ours.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Find a Quiet Place...

Photo credit: bree rockbrand

Find a quiet place
And let your heart
Seek His face today.

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