Monthly Archives: November 2015

C.S. Lewis on Poetry

The Psalms are poems, and poems intended to be sung: not doctrinal treatises, nor even sermons. Their chief formal characteristic, the most obvious element of pattern, is … the practice of saying the same thing twice in different words. A perfect example is … ‘He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light; and thy just dealing as the noonday’ (Psalm 37:6). If we have any taste for poetry we will enjoy this feature of the Psalms. Even those Christians who cannot enjoy it will respect it; for Our Lord, soaked in the poetic tradition of His country, delighted to use it. ‘For with whatever judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you again …’ (Matthew 7:2)

It seems to me appropriate, almost inevitable, that when that great Imagination which in the beginning, for [His] own delight and for the delight of men and angels and (in their proper mode) of beasts, had invented and formed the whole world, submitted to express [Himself] in human speech, that speech should sometimes be poetry. For poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible.

— Reflections on the Psalms.

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Repent: Shuv, do a U-Turn where you are at.

Turn From Wickedness
“Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” 2 Timothy 2:19b
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:25-26
The above Scripture talks of the influence of the devil and of man following in that wickedness. Those who are without Jesus Christ have been taken captive by the devil to do his will. Pray for a greater repentance to come to the Church, a repentance from wickedness and from doing the devil’s will. Pray for a turning away from wickedness and a turning to the Lord. Pray over believers’ repentance that leads to greater knowledge of the truth, this will lead them away from the devil and his traps. Pray for young and old believers in the Arabian Peninsula to turn from all forms of wickedness.
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Zechariah: remember the Lord who remembers you.

The Bible is full of reminders to remember:
  • Remember the Lord (Deuteronomy 8:18);
  • Remember the wonders He has done (1 Chronicles 16:12);
  • Remember the commandments (Numbers 15:39) and the words of the prophets and of Yeshua (2 Peter 3:2);
  • Remember how the Lord delivered us from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 13:3) and led us in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 8:1–2);
  • Remember the prisoners (Hebrews 13:3); and
  • Remember the poor (Galatians 2:10).

From Bibles for Israel.

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