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“For the sake of Jacob my servant,
of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
and bestow on you a title of honor,
though you do not acknowledge me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
men may know there is none besides me.
I am the LORD, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the LORD, do all these things.”

Isaiah 45:4-7
 
 
02 June 2006 @ 09:45 pm
Hello, ladies! I am so sorry for my extended absence! I haven't been on the Internet much lately, but I hope to keep up with this journal much more often then I have been of late.

Read Isaiah 45 ~ it is really good. Actually, much of Isaiah is very, very good, and there are so many things in there that aren't often quoted or used, so it seems so fresh. (Although the Psalms always seem so as well, and yet the Psalms are often referred to... I don't know, this is just how it seems to me. You know, I bet is has something to do with the song-quality [or poetry] and rhythm in both of these books.) Plus, it just has a way of saying things. It's very personable and real. If I can remember to do so, I am hoping to post Isaiah 45 bit by bit until most of it is posted, and then maybe at the end I'll post the whole thing as a retrospect. Actually, I think I may want to post many things from Isaiah ~ perhaps we could go through the whole book or something. Any suggestions? You know how they have reading groups here on LJ? Maybe we could all read the book of Isaiah, either in order or by each person choosing a chapter. Or, everybody could post a verse or a few verses that they particularly liked. You wouldn't have to say anything else, just post the verse. Or I could just post verses as I remember.

Anybody have a yay or nay for any of these? Let me know if you do. :)

I'm going to school full-time this summer, and I have just moved too, so my mind is often rather scatterbrained of late. Well, I have pretty much always been scatterbrained, but especially lately, hehe.

Anyway, here are the verses I think I'll post this first time. Listen to each word and what he is saying, it is very good.

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“For this is what the LORD says ~
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited ~
he says:
'I am the LORD,
and there is no other.
I have not spoken in secret,
from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob's descendants,
"Seek me in vain."

I, the LORD, speak the truth;
I declare what is right.”

Isaiah 45:18-19
 
 
“[God] can exact nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He has Himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money to the worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair, and death. When He was a man, He played the man. He was born in poverty and died in disgrace and thought it well worthwhile.” ~Dorothy Sayers


“Make me
Take me
Break me
I am pierced.
Though I am wounded...
And unworthy...
Though I am selfish...
And untrue...
You are holy, You're the healer
You forgave me and made me new
made me new...
Make me
Take me
Break me
I am pierced.
Oh, this love, how can it be
that my God would die for me
for my sins, His wounds did bleed
Jesus, you were pierced for me.
Make me, Lord Jesus,
Take me, Lord Jesus,
Break me, Lord Jesus,
I am pierced.”
~"Pierced" by Audio Adrenaline
 
 
03 May 2006 @ 12:52 pm
“To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be.” ~Dostoevsky

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A quote by Helmur Thielicke:

“When Jesus loved a guilt-laden person and helped him, he saw in him an erring child of God. He saw in him a human being whom his Father loved and grieved over because he was going wrong. He saw him as God originally designed and meant him to be, and therefore he saw through the surface layer of grime and dirt to the real man underneath. Jesus did not identify the person with his sin, but rather saw in this sin something alien, something that really did not belong to him, something that merely chained and mastered him and from which he would free him and bring him back to his real self. Jesus was able to love men because he loved them right through the layer of mud.”
 
 
26 April 2006 @ 08:17 pm
 
“My Savior loves, my Savior lives, my Savior's always there for me. My God he was, my God he is, my God he's always going to be.”


~lyrics from a Christian musician whose name fails me at the moment...
 
 
 
25 April 2006 @ 12:43 pm
 
My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. -Psalms 62:1-2
 
 
24 April 2006 @ 03:00 pm
“Surely he has done great things.
Be not afraid, O land;
be glad and rejoice.
Surely the LORD has done great things.
Be not afraid, O wild animals,
for the open pastures are becoming green.
The trees are bearing their fruit;
the fig tree and the vine yield their riches.
Be glad, O people of Zion,
rejoice in the LORD your God,
for he has given you
the autumn rains in righteousness.
He sends you abundant showers,
both autumn and spring rains, as before.
The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.

I will repay you for the years the locust have eaten ~
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and locust swarm ~
my great army that I sent among you.
You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
and you will praise the name of the LORD your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.

...And everyone who calls
on the name of the LORD will be saved



-Joel 2:21-32
 
 
23 April 2006 @ 02:46 pm
 
“Walk about Zion, go around her,
count her towers,
consider well her ramparts,
view her citadels,
that you may tell of them to the
next generation.
For this God is our God for ever and
ever;
he will be our guide even to the
end.


-Psalm 48:12-14
 
 
11 April 2006 @ 05:17 pm
“Since my youth, O God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, O God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your might to all who are to come.”

~Psalm 71:17-18
 
 
11 April 2006 @ 12:27 pm
 
So I journey with rejoicing
Toward the city of God's light,
While each day my joy is deeper,
And the pathway grows more bright. ~Hoffman