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Satan comes to steal and destroy
He has so many faces
What today will be his ploy
And where will be his places?

 Will he look like a friend,
   a sister or brother
Will he be your spouse
Or will he be another?

The face he takes you may not know
But the good news is
No matter how below
    you’ve sunk in regression
Jesus has taken all your transgression.

So do not fear
For you are beloved
Let Jesus steer
And daily accept the dove.

 

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Stray Dogs

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I saw him by the side of the road, in a gas station/truck stop parking lot.  I hadn’t planned on stopping, but he pulled at my heartstrings.  I turned the car in and tried to get him to come to me, but he wouldn’t.  For every step I took toward him, he took two back.

A minute away from giving up, I struck up a conversation with a fellow traveler about the stray she picked up one day.  She said if I would keep trying, she would go in and get something for me to feed him.  She came back with a chicken nugget plate.  The dog would eat good today.

He had gotten out of my sight, so I hunted up the long haired black lab-looking dog, and threw a couple of pieces of chicken towards him.  I sauntered back to my car. The black dog followed, and brought a friend with him, a brown mutt- looking dog.

While tearing the chicken into pieces and tossing it to them, I soothingly spoke about how they could come home with me and I would find them somewhere to call home.  They could have someone to love them, play with them; they could have a safe yard, and maybe a couch to lie on.

All to no avail.  They approached me as close as the chicken lay, but they always retreated.  Once the chicken was gone, they were too.

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Sitting in church the next day, I realized that people are like stray dogs.  Some of us see Jesus as a different species, one to be wary of.  We look at him with skepticism, perhaps thinking he may be laying a trap for us.  Not letting ourselves believe the great mercy that awaits, we turn aside before he can capture us with a sly move.

My heart wants to say, come, where you will be loved.  Where you will have peace, comfort and a place to call home.  There is no trick, no gimmick.  Just a sincere unfailing love waiting for you to accept it,  accept him.

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I can never escape from your spirit!

  I can never get away from your presence!

If I go up to heaven, you are there;

  if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there.

If I ride the wings of the morning,

  if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

even there your hand will  guide me.

  and your strength will support me.

                     New Living Bible, Psalm 139: 7 – 10

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The Door

The pastor portrayed a lovely word picture yesterday.  Here is the scripture:

Look!  Here I stand at the door and knock.  If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends.  I will invite everyone who is victorious to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.  Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches.     Revelation 3: 20 – 22.
 

The preface to this scripture was about being neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm.  Sometimes when we are lukewarm, we can ignore Jesus, maybe ask him to leave the house.

What this scripture says is that even when we treat Jesus mean, he doesn’t just leave the house and walk away.  Doesn’t give up on US.  He patiently turns around, stands at the door, and knocks.

Beautiful picture of unconditional love.  One that is difficult to find on this earth.

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Riders on the storm 
Riders on the storm 
Into this house we’re born 
Into this world we’re thrown 
Like a dog without a bone 
An actor out alone 
Riders on the storm 

Jim Morrison.  American Idol.  Handsome.  Creative.  Successful.  Alcoholic.   Betrayer.

Almost 50 now, I look back at this time, wonder why we would idolize him.

Although Morrison’s mind was messed up , his words struck a chord.  “Riders on the storm”.  Now, through my Christian filter, I see a  promise of God.  We were trying to fill a void in our souls, Jim and me.

I made it out.  He didn’t.

In Genesis 15:13- 14, God promises Abram’s descendants (us) four things.  First, that we will be strangers in a foreign land. Second, that we will be oppressed.  “Riders on the Storm“.   We are God-souls stuck in sin-bodies.  Oppressed by Satan, we are surely in a foreign land on earth.

Here’s the good part of the promises:

Third, God will punish our oppressors.  Fourth, we will come away with great wealth.

Some get stuck on the first part of the promise, lose hope.  There is hope for the hopeless – the second part of the promise.

Some make it out.  Some don’t.

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