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Gigantean

GIGANTEAN
(thought for the New Year)

And what profound statement
will you make now?
What statement
that will revolutionise
everyone’s life?

Is it a statement of
Penicilli-a-n
Proportions?

And will it be taken by all?
Will it penetrate their lives
To produce effects of
gigantean multiplicity?

To all – to all
I will say
this statement
is coming your way

But let’s be honest
You won’t all buy
No matter how much I try
The statement will
pass you by

Too many antibiotics
and
Immune you become

Immune to statements of
gigantean import

Unless you break a mind-set
and set your will
to swallow a
health giving pill

Otherwise
Tomorrow you will
continue as you were

For I propose you find it
contrary to your physical eye

My statement to glean?:

Look at the things that are unseen…

(II Corinthians 4/18)

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OPINIONS

OPINIONS

An unsolicited opinion
Comes staccato’d out

Laid-back hearers are not
disturbed from slumber

While a leg is placed parallel
to another
upon the adjacent chair

Some kind of snorted hybrid
of groggy-headed sleep
and grunted acknowledgement
of what has been spoken
adds a full point to the utterance

But nothing else stirs
Deadly silence
The stated opinion fades
making no impact of any kind

Then suddenly another fills the air
It is a response
And is another opinion
antithetical to the one just offered

Again the deadly silence
No snort this time
All six in the room
just leave it there…
let’s leave it like that…
nothing more to say…

no corporate manifesto
to embrace
opinions come and
opinions go…

 

 

The Manufacturer’s Way

THE MANUFACTURER’S WAY

Silk purse from a sow’s ear
Ain’t gonna happen
Water from a stone?
Depends…

Buttermilk when there’s
no butter?

Still life
of a moving target?

Over exuberant TV presenter
with nothing reserved for emphasis

Guarded words from the Magistrate
Ineffective for the closed-off criminal

You advance to engage
Make friends
Show yourself friendly

Friendship
much under-estimated
because of it’s bad press

Still
as purses and sow’s ears
don’t gel

There is always
using them for something else.

Nothing is worthless
Though you may feel that way

Let me encourage you –
Find yourself a new potter
to make you – anew

Using the clay you provide
But you must learn the manufacturer’s way

He strips down and replaces
He washes your feet to show
the alternative way
He offers the towel for you to dry
He puts you through the processes
until you come out – shining bright

And watches to see if blemishes
re-appear
and need removed again

His eternal patience leaves us aghast

How can such as He
Remain with such as me?

Indeed
what is man that you are mindful of him?
The Great Potter – remakes the clay

Find the manufacturer’s way

 

 

The Pile

THE PILE
Things at the top of the pile
Things to the forefront
Things most popular
Most likes – most publicity
Most held views
Most educationists conclude…
Majority lifestyles
Everyday philosophy
Working down the pile now…
Another esteemed trend
Everybody doing it
That’s where they all go
Everybody is at this
The consensus has it…
The polls say…
We have long abandoned that…
The post-modernist view is…
Eclectic religious mix
Entering the last third of the pile…
Redundant – defunct – obsolete
Nothing down here to consider
The relegated view
At the bottom of the pile
Not popular to think that way anymore…
In the minority
We have moved-on now
It’s 2017
And last – and for some – the least…
The gospel of Jesus Christ.

But beyond the pile of popular belief – stands the hidden treasure – the incorruptible – the only true.
John 1/11:  He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.…

 

Friend for a season?

FRIEND FOR A SEASON?
(a Christian’s experience of new friends…)

Somebody took a chance on you
Took a chance that you were real and true

Somebody took a chance on you
That with all your profound talk
You were just ordinary and wouldn’t scoff

Wouldn’t use rough insensitive language
Whilst you gave your spiritual sandwich

They took a chance on you
On your sincerity and
despite your strongly held beliefs

Took a chance that you were warm and
not on a ‘superiority’ trip

They took a chance on you
and liked your friendship
even though their thoughts
went from
embrace to holding at arms length

They took a chance on you
but they haven’t been in touch lately…

I Corinthians 1/23 (Amplified)

Advanced Regression

ADVANCED REGRESSION

Dancing – advancing leaps and bounds
“Comparatively speaking”
I hear no one say

Mankind has embryo’d – and stem celled –
and conjured with his DNA –
and experimented and concluded –
and thinks to have found a way

For with his knowledge increase
He hopes to take away all defeat
And per-fect himself –
when new ways are found

Stoned on his success
He ignores the dismay

Of a world gone further wrong
In a multitude of ways

He thinks –
To Increasingly solve corruption’s claim
But makes the same
mistakes
over and over again

What’s been done –
compared with what has not?

What’s been achieved
pales before the mess
civilisation has got

There’s need for the realisation
That man won’t reach self-perfection
But those puffed up with knowledge
Will rise in reaction
With a self-styled salvation

Rejecting they think
‘pie in the sky’
for ‘meat on the plate’

But God’s handiwork is found
profound – all around

The maker’s hand that made it all
plain to be seen without a doubt

No written guarantee –
for an extra charge
will assuage corruption
Rather:

”Mountains fall on us in our fears”

The day has come for a
A wake up call perhaps too late

As the supersonic – stem-celled world
totters on its wobbly legs of achievement
and the world is folded up like a garment.

Don’t take away from the good it can bring?
Indeed no – but there is always too far to go.

Stop and think it over:
Mental blindness –
Ostrich head in the sand
Achievements seduction

millions annihilated –

while we speak
and still
don’t understand.

The Prayer Life of Christ

The Prayer Life of Christ.

Jesus addressing Peter says:
But I have prayed that your faith will fail not. (Luke 22/31-33)

This is a very interesting revelation we are offered here – we are given special insight into the private prayer life of the Lord Jesus.

He knows what is going to happen in the life of Peter.
He knows beforehand that Peter will deny Him.
This is the foreknowledge of God operating here.
Knowing something will happen before it actually does.
God knows everything that will happen before it does.

We are conscious of a fact of life. Namely, that life consists of the past, the present, the future. But even as I speak we are not in the present anymore.
The present in one sense does not exist. Because time will not stand still.

‘As I…’ (…let’s stop there).

the ‘As I…’ has just passed away.

We are in a different present than the one we were in – a few seconds ago.

But God knows what will happen in a few hours time, everywhere in the world.

God is in eternity. Now is eternity – time without end? Or is eternity a dimension in which there is no time, no past present or future? The eternal now.

Well, the bible tells us – we only know ‘in part’. And there is a day coming for all believers in Christ when we shall no longer know ‘in part’, but know – even as God knows us. (I Corinthians 13/9)

We shall have the total eternal perspective on existence.

Jesus knew the future for Peter – and He tells him so. Tells Peter that he (Peter) will deny Him (Jesus).

Peter has no intention of believing this word. Based on his inner sense of love for Jesus, and his zealous desire to be faithful.

Matthew 26/33 : Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

Jesus knew that Peter would stumble, and deny Him. Knowing he would, Jesus took a certain course of action.

He knew Peter would sin in this way. He knew the ‘disaster’ would happen. He did not prevent Peter from denying Him.

Peter had freedom of choice which was not taken away from him. Nor is it taken from you or I.

There is a day of reckoning (commonly called) – when the goodness of God must put an end to all that is destructive, at which time, on which day, the rebellion of free will – set on – the rebellious violation of goodness and righteousness, must be stopped.

Jesus did not pre-arrange a situation for Peter in order to keep him from that hour of temptation.

Peter had to be there. He was one of the most zealous of the disciples, even though he was perhaps the one most exposed in scripture regarding his personal shortcomings and failings.

Now the disciples already knew the Lord’s prayer. Peter did not (as far as we know) pray that prayer on hearing the prophesy of Jesus. (about his denial and the cock crowing – Mark 14/30)

He didn’t believe The Lord’s prophetic word, because he didn’t want to believe it.

Nobody who is a genuine Christian wants to believe they will fail the Lord.

And it should be our hearts desire every day to walk with Him without failing Him.

But we are still encompassed with the infirmity of our own limited flesh. Referred to in scripture as ‘this body of death’. So unfortunately we shall fail The Lord, and need to return in humility once again. There will be many ‘once again’s’ in the Christian life.

But by the Grace (unmerited favour) of God we do not lose our place of salvation, while we return to our Advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ the Righteous. The one who is the propitiation for our sins. (appeasing God’s righteous indignation and supplying offered forgiveness)

Returning to our initial thought in this post. We are given insight into the prayer life of The Lord Jesus, as He communes with His Father continuously. Leaving us an example to do the same.

‘I have prayed the Father that your faith fail not’. prayed Jesus.

Wow! But surely Peter did fail? Yes he failed and denied the Lord, despite every intention initially, of not doing so.

But thanks to Jesus praying and agreeing with His Father – Peter was not cast off as a failure.

The good news is – he returned!

He went out and wept. And his mistake was an occasion for God to teach him a wonderful lesson, that he would learn more deeply for the rest of his days.

The lesson of how to walk with God in a Christ-dependant manner.

Not only dependant on Christ for salvation and eternal (future) life only.

But a lesson in learning how to walk with Jesus minute by minute, even in His earthly absence, after He (Jesus) had departed to be with the Father.

Walking in other words with The Holy Spirit, as his constant companion.

Peter’s bravado was based on his own ability. Our own ability will fail us when it comes to spiritual matters.

We must learn to live in the Holy Spirit and to walk in the Holy Spirit.
Faith gives us entrance into a relationship with The Lord Jesus Christ.

The outcome of that faith is a spiritual experience whereby we literally encounter God, The Holy Spirit, and having begun in The Spirit – we shall not be perfected in the strength of our own natural ability. (Galatians 3/3)

To encounter Jesus in this way is the most wonderful experience possible, this side of heaven.

To have our guilt removed by the Highest authority in existence. To satisfy God Almighty’s sense of Justice and at the same time to receive His forgiveness and freedom from condemnation and guilt, is or can be, a Time Surpassing any other in your life and mine.

All made possible through the finished work of Christ on the cross, where justice had it’s day and forgiveness was released to those who would ask for it.

Bearing in mind that God is omniscient (all knowing) – we conclude from this episode in Peter’s life that man’s freedom of choice, and God’s freedom of choice, go unhindered.

Whether man decides (volition) or not to satisfy God’s loving commands, there is always a place for returning to God, when, like Peter, we make a mistake.

However there is a sobering scripture addressing a lack of returning to God:

Whoever is stubborn [stiff-necked] after being corrected many times will suddenly be hurt [broken] beyond cure [healing]. (EXB translation – Proverbs 29/1)

Always a place for returning to God.
Unless we choose to die without doing so.

Unpremeditated Rejection

‘UNPREMEDITATED’ REJECTION

(‘Can I give you this to read…?’ one man asked.

The other man responded…)

Sorry I don’t have time to read it.

Can we talk?

No…
…well two minutes max.
All right five – no more.

Sorry can’t go there at this time.
Too much writing on this literature –
here take it back
– I can’t take it in
at a glance… –
…so I’m afraid, you have lost me.

What’s it about anyway?
Just tell me.
Give me the gist.

No, – sorry, can’t relate. Must move on.
No – really I’m already late.
Maybe some other time.
Sorry not at the moment.

‘Life changing?’ – well…
that’s subjective…

Ok send me an email.
I will try to get round to it.
‘Time and tide and all that…’
So adios amigo…

no…

No!
Now you are getting a little obnoxious!

No, I’m not saying that I have
‘already concluded it isn’t for me’
it’s just I can’t read it right now – ok?

Ok?

So look –
nice to have met you –
but I must fly.
Hope you find somebody who has the time…
So long…

…not my cup of tea anyway
by the sound of it.
I don’t do religion.
All right?

All right…have a nice day.

Now hear this!

NOW HEAR THIS.

Now hear this! Now hear this!
All manner of persons go forth
and multiply…

Multiply goodwill towards all men
See to it – pronto

You all know
That’s the way to travel

Willing another’s highest good
But in return
you might get a stomach churn

As man’s inhumanity to man
in churlish action
drops his fellow man to the ground…

…for what might sound a reasoned cause
But becomes a mess of wires crossed

As violent natures all askew
Throw caution to the wind and
unrestraint
casts aside

all but the
cuckoo’s eggs

I only am left?

But there is seven thousand who
have not bowed the knee to Baal

Of sober exchanged character they be
who follow the dove and the lamb
to see

If the time has arrived for departure.

And what’s more they often in rickety
ride are tossed for a time
but
– return, rest, renew, – peace sublime

Finding themselves again
at His feet
What does this mean?

Run out of steam and
they gain a greater strength

Strength to endure
to the end
and
so shall be
– fully set free

The End Once Before

THE END ONCE BEFORE

Nothing left as was…
No ancient time of stuff
still standing

Nothing further to say
No Albatross or
penguin waddle
No one about

No further glimpse
of something new

Just marking time

And when it’s you (Noah)
you give all you’ve got

To help these creatures
find non-extinction

All these in a row
Into the ark they go

As it was in his day
Two by two of every kind

Where you there?
Then you don’t know
If it was otherwise

“But…” says
contradictions voice
You weren’t there either

Exactly Monsieur
So the only proof either way

Is not a man’s theory
of origins
But a reference book
Out permanently on loan
on freedom’s library ticket

Look for yourself –
The story is told
of flood – rain induced
– of deluge overwhelmingly
great – and as it was in those days
– so shall it be
before the next Great phenomena.

As it was in flood’s time
So it shall be in latter day
Giving and taking in marriage
still around
Skeptic unbelief and disdain
for the
Noah man’s message

Man’s heart only evil continually?
Well –
“it’s not ‘dark’ yet but it’s getting there”

The flint strikes the steel
A metaphor
for the glimpses of light
That show the way out
of the dark tunnel of
spiritual darkness

Climb on board two by two
three by three
Whatever it takes

Listen to the trumpeted message
In your own heart
Calling you
to call upon
The name of The Lord.

Stay where you are?

STAY WHERE YOU ARE?

I have been leading prayer meetings. And preaching on a Sunday. And writing blog posts.
Art will soon be ‘SPRING-ing’ up again.
When I sort out my work shed (studio)

Meantime…

I would like the inhabitants of the world to do exactly what I tell them.
But I am not a betting man.
So I won’t bet on it coming to pass.

I was thinking about the many thought processes people engage in. Whether it’s some mathematical equation – or learning of a medical kind, or maybe re-reading your scientific notes on the ‘origin of the species’.

Think of the intellectual horns that are often locked in many different fields, as view opposes view. Opinion versus opinion.

A ruler named Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” (speaking as he was to Paul the apostle).

To the average intellect – it is plain to be seen that this Ruler – was somewhat disturbed from his comfort zone, as Paul the apostle presented a message to his ears, and to those close by.

Festus was in a certain place intellectually – and cemented into his own way of going, his own way of living. Set in his ways, as we say – and feeling uncomfortable – he grasped for a response from his own reference data, filed away under the heading of *’my personal philosophy about life’.

Everybody has one of *those, so it is not hard to conclude that he was no exception.

A file containing the things we have established consciously and unconsciously that determines our lifestyle, goals, aspirations, outlook on a myriad of subjects, and – as we think in our hearts – so we are.

Enter Paul – disturber of our certitudes shaker of our mattress and bedclothes – turning-over our bed and throwing us onto the floor of his gospel.

React, react, react. Only way to handle this intruder – who has come to turn our world upside down. This would demand a change in us (were we to entertain it) – therefore ‘much learning does make him mad’, is the most comfortable response. Warding off his intrusion, and the intrusion of Christ.

‘I will stay where I am thank you very much’ – tucked up in the comfort of a bed of half-truths.

Then King (Herod-) Agrippa II, the other man in authority – responded: “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am…”

Acts 26.

To Just Walk in…

TO JUST WALK IN…?

Is everything all right?
Is everything fine?
How’s your life?
– well that’s for you to know
Who am I – to try to tell you
and intrude
with my bitter pill to swallow?
Or even affirm your chosen path
We haven’t met yet…
So words are words
That can or cannot
help you out
Blogging posts – as in scattering seeds
Some read
and inwardly digest
But many move on to another address
The desire to change you?
Get you on board?
Get you liking – approving –
or patting backs?
What are we after – you and I?
What is it that motivates your try?
I mean – shall we just quit while ahead?
Go walk in the park or rest in bed?
Why blog or post or write or do
The things in life we choose?
After all – we are worlds apart
we have nothing in common
we are strangers – and all the rest
So c’mon there is no bottle to break out
or celebration of companionship or
friendship as we are all away
into our next activity
or next sleep
before the day
Ships passing in the night
The majority say goodbye
Where does your society meet?
Your society of two or three
Lunch, dinner, out at the show
That friend you keep coming back to
They alone will know
what makes you – who you are?
What makes you tick?
A friendship bond you have in common
Few and far between indeed
Still ‘how are you?’ – still seems right
Nothing more to add
It’s still hello and goodbye
Because on this internet
I have never been flabbergasted
With an invite
To come and visit you
As in old pen-pal style.
Flight across the world to your domain
To meet you there in your comfort zone
A stranger like me – to just walk in?
Don’t think so…
Would’n know where to begin
Still – if a whisper of an invite
You did make…?
– my! – that’s taking a chance
Certainly not one I’m about to take
Still – great waters from small rivulets
do grow
So stages of friendship –
acquaintances -introductions – meets –
getting to know – similar tastes –
faith or belief –
All in a day – in the life
Of all us guys ’n gals
I guess this is about possibilities
Never realised
It just makes me smile to write
such as this
And think of the ‘multitudes’
who read our stuff
who will never go further
than a mutual glean
of each others lives
Mr. and Mrs. Post(s)
that’s you – that’s me
Still
Hope everything turns out right.
We all wish distant – passing – persons
a good day
Have one – cause that means you…
‘To be continued…’
or something like that…
will have to do.