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About if4es

I am a member of the International Fellowship for Everyday Saints and am announcing immediate forgiveness for extreme sinners. It is Good News! "Because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of most will freeze to death, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. This good news of the Kingdom will be announced in the entire inhabited world as a testimony to all nations ... and then the end will come" - Jesus. This is the goal I aim for.

Confessions of a Selfish Person & Prayer of a Person Desiring to Love

I am a very selfish person.

I smirk, when I should serve.

I gather when I should scatter.

I hold on to things when I should let go.

I beg when I should offer.

I consume when I should produce.

I pollute when I should come clean.

I become better when I should help things get better.

Let me not clatter meaning like a gong, but speak simply encourage.

Let me not be proud of my knowledge but use it conscientiously.

Let me not give merely of my time, nor my things, nor offer my body without offering my heart.

I long to be kind to both kin and kings and commoners and cursors of men.

Lord, let me love you and let me love my neighbor,

But do, Lord, simply let me love.

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Patience

Waiting to get there.
Waiting for a friend to come back.
Waiting for grandma to get in the car.
Waiting for eternity.
Waiting for now. …

Not everything happens at once.
Not everything is fast.
Not everyone has the courage.
Not everyone is in a hurry.
Not all dreams come true quickly.
Not all days pass in a flash.

… still waiting
will be waiting still when the end of all things come.
And so I won’t pass by the roses,
their thorns or fragrances,
eternity won’t pass me by
for it is in my life today,
for my heart has found the way.

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Non-Fiction

How in the world can I be sure?

How can I forever be secure?

I take refuge in the truth

that the Messiah came from Ruth

and David, Abraham, and Isaac and Jacob

Judah and yet his still had taken

a throne but still poured out His Life

for His own. He obtained a bride

by serving the least, preparing a feast,

called insane when fasting and choosing to eat

with sinners from the south and seekers from Greece

and making the poor rich and the weak

he made strong. He trough us to do right

and not to get worried or all uptight

but to rest in the hands of the King

His Joy descends on those who seek him and sing!

Hallelujah!!

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Sand or Rock

(I read this parable this week from Matthew, but the writing is from about 4-5 years ago)
House of brick & mortar built on sand:
requiring constant maintenance,
in the desert,
distant, deceptive father of lies.
The father of this house mocks and abuses his children.
Castle carved out of mountainous rock:
Receiving a constant flow of refugees,
amid gardens,
Father of Truth & Love is the Host.
The Father loves to see His name in His many children.
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Wacky Weed

From Rocky Mountain High,
to back alley lows
now in a pseudo-pharmacy
raised by pharmo-farmers,
sold by semi-pros,
smoked and swallowed by licensed sufferers,
deals with doctors:
gateway drug,
now welcomed in the gates,
sold civilly in cities.
Chemical inspiration: no more pain;
lack of motivation: no more gain.

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Prayer in the Name of the Word Made Flesh

Lord Jesus,
Grant each of us
seeking eyes to see Your face,
listening ears to hear Your voice,
outstretched hands to serve the poor,
a loving heart to embrace the stranger,
an honest tongue to bring justice in the earth,
and moving feet to go where peace is not yet found.
In the Name of the Word-made-flesh,
because You dwell among us.
Amen.

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Healing the Land

In the spring of 2000, in South Bend, Indiana, there was a drought.

Through some bargain book sale, I had purchased a copy of the book Healing the Land: A Supernatural View of Ecology by Winkie Pratney. After reading the book, I concluded 2 things: God can heal the land, literally, and one way He does this is as we fast and pray and humble ourselves. As the LORD says in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

God made a promise, so I wanted to take Him up on that pledge. Many times in my life I had fasted in a half-hearted manner. To focus in, I decided to fast for 1 whole day. After taking my medicine one evening and having a light snack, I started fasting. By late afternoon & early evening of the fast I was thirsty and hungry … so I drank a little water and ate a small snack.

I felt horrible. I had failed.

Ok, if I failed the first day, I will try again. So I again took my medicine, ate a small snack and drank some water and went to bed.

The next day was the middle of the week. I went to work in the morning and studied in the afternoon. I was a little tired, but determined to fast. It was going to rain, I just knew it. When I walked out of the house that evening to go to the midweek Bible study and prayer meeting, I overheard the news.

“It looks like it isn’t going to rain again,” the weatherman said.

“What does he know!” I thought.

Then I went outside and realized, Oh, it doesn’t look like it is going to rain.

I drove to church in a somber mood. I listened to a devotional on the resurrection and spending time with the Lord. Then we spent time in prayer. In the group of 3 that I was in, I got to pray first.

My pride had to be confessed. I had to admit my stubbornness and my impatience and a number of other sins. They are too numerous to list in this short testimony. Basically, pride was the big one. We prayed intensely for the various needs mentioned in the Bible study common time and for the needs we each had.

When we lifted our heads and talked, we were the last group to stop praying. The newest member of the prayer group said, “Now that was some prayer!” I was still saddened by the realization about how arrogant I had been.

After the service dismissed, we walked outside and headed home. As I walked to the car, something was different. The air smelled different. There seemed to be a fresh air, but I wasn’t sure quite what it was. As I drove along the familiar way back to the house, I noticed that the streets were wet. It had rained!

My heart was joyful. Few times in my life have I been as flooded with pure joy. God had heard the cries of His people!!

I realized that my life, however small and insignificant, really does make a difference in the earth. As the season continued, the rains continued.

Since then and following the talk about the threat of global warming, I wonder, “What if God’s people around the world would humble themselves and pray and seek God’s face? Could it be that there would indeed be a true healing of the whole earth? The most important thing that we can do for the environment is surely to repent and return to the Lord and rest in Him.”

 

 

 

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God in Tears (John 11:35)

Broken dreams

shattered darkness

burst hot air balloons

and in the midst

of sorrow and mockery

tears break the eye

God weeps

over life lost

over paradise lost

over love lost

in a moment it is over

for a death is over

for now

we see

amazing

Grace.

 

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9 Ways to Pray for Unreached Peoples

Pray for doors of relationship to open up to share the good news among unreached peoples.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to prepare hearts of the unreached to hear and embrace the gospel.

Pray for persons of peace to emerge who will create a bridge to unreached peoples.

Pray for opportunities to meet physical, educational, social and spiritual needs.

Pray for translation of Scripture and gospel presentations into their language.

Pray that God will demonstrate his power over evil spirits that enslave the people.

Pray for God to show himself supernaturally through dreams, visions, miracles.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide workers to those he has prepared.

Pray “to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

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A Dialogue Between Love & Beloved

Love, why are you so hard to find?
Beloved, why do you look so hard for me when I am with you?
Love, if you are with me, why must I cry out to you before you do anything?
Beloved, have you ever asked me to do something, that I did not do?
Love, if you will help me, why do you take so long to come?
Beloved, remember what happened has happened when I came before?
Love, but you didn’t do what I expected you to!
Beloved, nor did you honor me as Love.
If you are Love, why did you not defend me?
Did you listen to what I had said?
I submitted to you already, Love, and you did nothing to save me from harm!
Did I not suffer with you?
But why must I suffer?
Why do you make me suffer?
Love, I hate you!
Beloved, you are my only beloved.
I will abandon you!
I hate divorce.
I curse you, Love!
And so Love was rejected. The life of Love was spilled out and spread through all the earth, so great was the life of Love. After many years, Love invited the Beloved home, and kept her chaste in his Castle. At last, she will cry out, in the midst of her enemies:
Love, I need you I cannot live another Day without You!
And Love will meet her. What a rapturous moment that will be, when Love and Beloved shall meet and all the earth shall come together to celebrate their love forever. Words cannot describe such joy, so I will leave you to dream with me of such glory.
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