DOES THE CONTRAST HELP YOU?

March 13, 2006 First of all, thank you Lori, Celeste, Chuck and Janice for your supportive comments. Today’s new post includes a poem I wrote following an intensive time of trying to make sure I concentrated on partaking of the Lord’s Supper in a meaningful manner. After you read it, would you please respond to this question: How do you make sure that you keep the right focus during communion? Do you have to do what I show I had to do in the following section? If you’d like, ask a couple of friends you regard as spiritual people if this kind of mental exercise would be helpful to them. I’d love to hear from friends, as well as some people who don’t know me yet but would be willing to give some input. A jar of wine vinegar was...

Incite Thought for March 10, 2007

. . They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).–Mark 15:22 They called that placeThe SkullAnd how true–Here love is strippedOf all its softness, allIts warmth:Skinned alive,And reduced toA grinning death’s head(c) 2000 Latayne C. Scott Many people in times of crisis speak of how they were able to see things with crystal clarity: to understand a situation, to see a solution, to move unhesitatingly toward action. The death of Jesus gives us that clarity, too. We would never gild a crucifix or paint rosy cheeks on the dying Savior pictured there if we understood what that cross really meant. It meant that at least for a little while, sin and death and Satan had won a victory. Golgotha, after all, is not the...

Rugged Incite

Here’s a thought for the weekend: Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the barren women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ Then they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” For if men do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”–Luke 23:28-31 They are singing, all around me,Blithely ofA cross that is old and rugged.I am speechless, songless,Stunned by a thought I can hardly bear:What if the wood were new,And His blood mingled withThe sap of that treeWhich itself was alive the day...

New incite

Thank you so much dear friends Keith and Lynsey for the compliments on the Web site and the poem. And Carlos — I have lived in Las Vegas NM twice in my life. I really appreciate your response to my poem. Since we are in the Lenten season, I’ll be posting some items to incite your thinking about the suffering and death of our Savior. Here is the first in this series: When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.”–John 18:10 The Conduit In the temple now they are killing the lambs. ThereTwo hundred and seventy thousand will die. The airOf Jerusalem has been filled with their bleatingAll day, as red-sleeved priests...

What do I want to "incite"?

When Jesus told the parables, He used a word picture to “throw alongside” (the literal meaning of “parable”) a principle. The insights that He thus “incited” were created by the friction and contrast between the two elements. Let me provide a similar service for you, dear reader. I’ll give you something intended to incite your mind and spirit to creativity and deeper understandings. If any sparks fly for you, let me hear from you. Here’s a poem to incite you today: Polyfacet Just as He is GodWho is served by A SpiritWho is the faces ofOx eagle lion man Who is a wheelWithin a wheelCovered by eyesAll around I lean nowUpon His breastBecoming with the churchMillions of earsThat lie just under His clavicleStraining to...