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How Do You Know?

We learned it, then we forgot about it.

We remembered, and we taught it.

Sometimes we still forget it.

But it’s still true:

Jesus loves me,

this I know,

for the Bible tells me so.

Yup, still true.

Quick Question: in addition to the Bible, what’s another way you know that Christ Jesus loves you?

Hit me up, any of the usual ways, including a Comment just below here.

How do you know that Christ Jesus loves you?

Looking forward to hearing from you, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!

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A Simple Question

“What do you think about the Christ?”

Jesus asks that in Matthew 22:42.

And, so, well?

“What do you think about the Christ?”

Dietrich? Isn’t That a Town Overy By Effingham?

Following up on yesterday’s prayer here, several have asked me, Who’s this Dietrich Bonhoeffer guy?”

For a quick but thorough read, hit this link:

 https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10008205

Wanna know more? Check out one of his books:

Life Together

or jump into the deep end of the pool with one of my personal favorites of Dietrich’s:

The Cost of Discipleship

There you go. I’m very glad you asked, and I look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow!

 

“O God, Early in the Morning”

With great gratitude to friend and colleague Fred Schmidt who points us back to a saint of the previous century for this prayer —

O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you:
I cannot do this alone.

In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;

I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me…
Restore me to liberty,
And enable me to live now
That I may answer before you and before me.

Lord, whatever this day may bring,
Your name be praised.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Some Stories Do

“Once you have seen The Last Detail, Hal Ashby’s great film of 1973, you’ve seen it forever,” is how Anthony Lane opens his review of a new movie in the November 6th issue of The New Yorker magazine.

Three long paragraphs later he concludes his article with, “Some stories need not be told again.”

Ouch.

But some other stories do.

We have a song that reminds you and me of the need and the responsibility we have to tell “some stories” again and again —

 Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear;
things I would ask him to tell me if he were here:
scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea,
stories of Jesus, tell them to me.

 

And as another song says —

I love to tell the story,
for those who know it best
seem hungering and thirsting
to hear it, like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
’twill be the old, old story
that I have loved so long

I love to tell the story;
’twill be my theme in glory
to tell the old, old story
of Jesus and his love.

 

Those stories, Christ’s stories, with their consistent theme of Jesus and his love, do need to be told again.  By us.

And need to be lived. Again. By us.

The Joy of Six

I have much to write to you,

but I do not want to just write. 

Instead, I hope to visit you

and talk with you face to face,

so that our joy may be complete.

2nd John 1:12

Six years ago today, this humble little blog started.

I try to keep things short and simple here.

Your readership is greatly appreciated.

When you share this with your friends, I’m blown away.

You’ve been very kind with your comments, both online and face to face, and I thank you.

Here’s to the next six years together: may they be filled with joy!

And, as was said, long before you and I were reading and writing,

I have much to write to you,

but I do not want to just write. 

Instead, I hope to visit you

and talk with you face to face,

so that our joy may be complete.

2nd John 1:12

 

It Endures Forever

God’s love endures forever, says Psalm 136.

It says that several times.

When the Hebrews wanted to emphasize something in their poetry, they couldn’t slide their cursor up to the large “B” and make it bold. They couldn’t hit that slanted letter “I” and italicize it. They couldn’t just swipe over it and highlight it in yellow.

So they repeated something to emphasize it.

So they repeated something to emphasize it.

So they repeated and yeah you get the idea.

God’s love endures forever, says Psalm 136.

They repeated that phrase 26 times in this one Psalm.

They repeated God’s love endures forever 26 times, as the second line of every verse, in that one Psalm.

And right there you and I just learned literally half of  Psalm 136God’s love endures forever.

I’m still celebrating the constancy of God today, how about you?