I have heard it said that

Posted March 14, 2015 by JD
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there are seven billion people
on this earth
a hundred billion more
have died
there are four hundred
billion galaxies
(hubble has guestified)
that’s three point seven galaxies
for each one
who has ever been
each having billions
of suns and stars
planets and moons within
and when I look up
all of the stars that I see
are those that dwell
in just one
galaxy
thousands of
light years across
and here I stand
on this earthly
ball
in awe
of the God
who made it all!

~JD Collier

O LORD, our Lord, the majesty of your name fills the earth!  Your glory is higher than the heavens. . . .When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers — the moon and the stars you have set in place — what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us?    For you made us only a little lower than God, and you crowned us with glory and honor.  Psalms 8:1, 3-5
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Source:  “We now know that our galaxy is one of more than 400 billion galaxies in the observable universe.”  Scientific American, The End of Cosmology, March, 2008.

The Name

Posted February 18, 2015 by JD
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The Father,
Creator,
All Sovereign,
Supreme,
Transcendent,
Exalted,
All Wise–
Holy,
Almighty,
His Excellency,
In Him all Divinity lies.

The Son,
The Christ,
Immanuel,
The Truth,
The Lamb that was Slain–
The Word,
The Life,
The Light of Men,
The King who forever will reign.

The Spirit,
The Promise,
The Paraclete,
The Oil of Gladness and Grace–
The Comforter,
Spirit of Counsel and Might,
The Dove of Heaven’s embrace.

The Father,
The Son,
The Holy Ghost,
The fountain,
The spring,
The flow–
Choosing,
Redeeming,
Atonement for man,
The seal of the heart and the soul.

One God
Incomprehensible,
Our loftiest
Adoration–
Only in reverence
Speak The Name,
And joy in the God of Salvation.

~JD Collier

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8:9

Holy and awesome is his name. Ps 111:9

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.  Ps 29:2

Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.  Ps 148:13

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Prov 18:10

He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth — the LORD God Almighty is his name.  Amos 4:13

The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.  Zech 14:9

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  Mal 4:1-2

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” Matt 6:9

Praise

Posted October 26, 2014 by JD
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the olive crop fails
no grapes on the vine
no fig trees with buds
the skins have no wine
no cattle in stalls
the coop has no hen
the fields make no grain
no sheep in the pen
when bread is adversity
the water affliction
when day is calamity
the night no exemption . . .

stand firm in the faith
for deep in your soul
the Lord is your strength
to Him you can go
though grieving will come
there’s hope in the pain
for faith is your shield
and God will sustain
when everything fails
and reaping is nil
offer Him praise . . .
for He remains still
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Hab 3:17-19

~JD Collier

Today in Church

Posted September 13, 2014 by JD
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Today in church,
the preacher asked me
if I would mind sharing
my testimony.
I strode to the front
to do my part
and told how the Lord
had changed my heart.

“First, let me read
a verse or two
from a parable by Jesus–
’bout what we should do.”

“Two men went to pray
at the temple,” you see.
“A tax collector
and a Pharisee—
The Pharisee thanked
his God that he
was not like the tax man
and never would be.
He tithed,
he fasted—
twice a week;
was unlike the tax man
who preyed on the weak.
But the tax man,
the sinner,
looked only down,
‘O God have mercy,’
as he bowed to the ground.”

“I tell you the truth—
of what Jesus taught:
one man was justified,
the other was not.
The humbled,
exalted,
the exalted,
brought low.
The sinners confession
had saved his soul.”

I looked up from reading–
looked straight in their face.
I spoke to them boldly
of mercy and grace.
“I too am a sinner.
I too beat my breast”,
told all of my sins,
from the worst to the best.
I laid it all out
in explicit detail,
how I, like the tax man
was bound for hell.

Then looking to heaven,
those present could see
me thanking the Lord
for setting me free.
“Thank you,” I said,
“for working in me—
so I am not like
that damned Pharisee!!”

~JD Collier

*from Luke 18:9-14

 

Ponderings

Posted July 2, 2014 by JD
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Ponder-To weigh in the mind; to view with deliberation; to examine carefully; to consider attentively. (Webster)

“so heavenly minded of no earthly good”
I have heard it said before
but the truth of the matter
if understood
God’s heaven
make earthlings
care more

“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,  because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints—the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you.”  Col 1:3-6  NIV
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do not play
the arrogant fool
and think what you see is real
it soon will pass
it will not last
but that which you don’t see
will

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. . . We live by faith, not by sight. . . ”  2 Cor. 4:8, 5:1,7
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