Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

New Hymn, Lord, "Look on the Journey"

The hymn for today is a prayer for being the leader that God wants you to be.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

New Hymn, "The Cry of the Wounded Soul"

Last night I found myself, once again, pining away, and it brought a question into my soul. When Person A has been shown, by God, that Person B is for them, with Person A wholly and completely trusting God in what He has shown them, if Person B refuses, what sin is that on the part of Person A? Is it not B that is refusing to see? What remedy, therefore, but that A continue to pray for B to see, and then, humbly, turn themselves to be what God has shown them to be? In the meantime, though, what salve for the heart of A but to bask in the heart of God? It is not the will of God, for God has shown A B. B, though, is playing Jonah and refusing to go to A. Will they make Tarshish, or will they drown in the depths of the sea? A, therefore, must pray.
Thus we have the hymn for today.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Hymn, "The Sustenance of Grace"

The hymn for today exhorts the sinner, saved by grace, to not give up the chase.

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

New Hymn, "By His Mercy, Free!"

The hymn for today exposits the reasoning by which the sinner genuinely saved by grace may be discerned from the pretender to that throne of grace.

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

There have been several ponderings of late, and on the whole they are convicting: that I should be learning to actually enjoy the celibate life, discovering that I do not actually need a wifebut I don’t feel it. I feel the curses of my sinful weakness, and I feel the bitterness of my loneliness, and, for a time, joy escapes me. I am told of “family” and, certainly I have friends here, some of whom, even on television, are referring to me as their brother.
But “family” is not “spouse”; “family” is not the intimate intermingling intertwining of two complementary souls, man and womanwith Godinto the only portrait of our triune God that mankind could ever have the slightest hope of scratching the surface of having an understanding of. “Family” is not “wife”; “family” is not “spouse”; “family” is not “marriage”and never can be.
I consider my relationship with God, and no matter how fine it is, no matter how sweet it is, no matter how fulfilling it ought to be (in the eyes of other, sinful, menwho have wives, by the way, and are therefore not qualified to sympathize with, understand, or counsel me in, my lack and need and should therefore shut up and keep their mouths shut and get and stay out of God’s way), it gives me no understanding of the nature of God in His triunity, when the “triunity” in my life is forever missing a major part.
In short, where is my wife? How am I to understand these things when the materials necessary to that understanding are forever withheld from me? Why am I to forever be made to suffer loneliness and weakness and sinfulness and darkness and despair and unwanted solitude from the very gender that could complete my understandingand I am never allowed to understand? What is the point of this? Why is it that those who try to set me up are forever trying to set me up with fat, old, ugly hags instead of someone to whom I would ever have some hope of being attracted? Why? Why am I the honored target? Why do You forever pick on me and make my hopes, wishes and dreams impossible to achieve, never giving me the slightest hope of their fulfilling? Why this inanely convoluted chain of characteristics if no one is ever going to fulfill it and come?
Am I protesting? Yes! Most vociferously am I protesting! Why? Why do You forever keep me chained in this accursed state, never once explaining Yourself? If You do truly Love me, then at least make me to understand the point of it all.
You have told me to “wait for her.” Am I to wait until I am dead? And what of all those women who claim Your name, yet slander me to cover up their own wanton profligacy, but are never driven to come to their victim in repentant Love?
What of them? Why are they forever allowed to float freely in their profligacy with nary a criticism, confrontation or sharp word as they float freely around in their filth while claiming Your namewhile Your son, who is called by Your name, is accused of making excuses for his own sin?
Why am I tortured and not them? Why am I forever in Your mortar and pistil and never them? Give me relief and crush them for once. If not for a Love of me, then act for Your name’s sake, because Satan is laughing at You.
Look around at what claims to be Your Church, and see. Act for Your name’s sake!
You have told me to pray for the impossible. Well my situation certainly seems to be impossible, so if this qualifies as a prayer, then so be it! Act for Your name’s sake!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

New Hymn, "Within the Heart"

The hymn for today speaks of the content of the character of the sinner saved by grace.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

New Hymn, "In the Deep of Morning"

The hymn for today is the prayer of the persecuted saint for the souls of those who hate, and lie, and slander, and threaten, and murder, and persecute the living lamb of God.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

New Hymn, "The Forgiving Tree"

The hymn for today is the delivered sinner's celebration for being set free from sinning.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

New Hymn, "Worship Song"

The hymn for today is a doxology of praise for salvation, defending the doctrine of the Trinity.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

New Hymn, "Beautiful the Word"

The hymn for today is a celebration of the beauty of salvation.

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St. Louis Amigan 12th Anniversary Issue, “Nature’s Witness”

The 12th Anniversary Issue of the St. Louis Amigan, “Nature’s Witness”, including an original article by Dr. Scott Egan (PhD in Medicine; Masters in Microbiology; Masters in Clinical Microbiology; Masters in Public Health) is now available for download.

Find it here.

Cover art based on the photography of Harald Albrigtsen

“Nothing is that is not fed and others does not feed” by William F. Maddock

“Broken hearts can be healed to this work” by Dr. Scott Egan

Plus three hymns of the faith

May all be found in this issue.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Someone, Some Gift, Some God!

Someone has been on my mind this day, and I find myself near to tears, in longing, in knowing I do not deserve, in a surprising willingness to wait. Regrading them, I now have no excuse. I must simply wait, and pray both for myself and, as an intercessor, for her. No longer can I cry out that no one has ever fit the mold formed by the pieces of information God has given me over the years regarding the one whom He would give me as my wife. As unexpected, and unthinkable, and unfathomable as it is, there is, now, one female who fits every part of that mold.
There is one.
I must not look for another. I must not seek for another. I must not accept another (except she also fit that same mold, which I severely doubt will ever again happen, anyway, genuine women of faith being so very few and far between).
There is one.
When God told me, “She is in your liferight now.” I had already been in the same place with her and her family on at least one occasion and, I suspect, many more. When I was, at that same time, given the impression that she would not stay but would leave my life to return later, that also fits, because I left the churches wherein I had been in their presence, until later, when we both converged on the same congregation and became friends.
There is one.
The mark that God told me He had placed on me that would do me great harm will never be removed from me, except that it be removed from the heart of one special lady who would return to me in repentant Love. When I placed that gift back on that altar, knowing it was her, yet not understanding, she began to lose her faith, but, months later, returned to me to repent (knowing nothing of this), and found herself loved.
There is only one woman who has EVER displayed repentance to me whom I could have even mistake as being eligible by the moldand it was so stunning when I awakened to the realization of it. It was so unexpected, so unthinkable, and so unfathomable, that I could never have come up with it myself. I do remember a time, years ago, when we took a ride together in my van, after dark. I had to go somewhere to get something and return to where I was, and she decided to ask to come with meand I was so disturbed by the energy that I felt in that van that I pressed up against the driver door and actually avoided her for quite some time.
She is no longer a child, but a young adult who has my love and respect. I must respect her freedom, so I must wait, and hope, and pray, that, in her freedom in Christ, she will choose me. If not, I have no loss, for I have Christ.
Oh! Convince me, Lord! Convince my wailing heart! I feel as if I have lost so many friends; as if everything is being shorn away! But I will trust in Thee! Amen!
I do not normally take so much space for one journal entry. If you have been faithful to read, even after our schism, then you know this to be true.
I, you see, have been battling this all daywhether or not to publish this entry as a blog post. It is so exposing! Reactions could be so severe. I do not so much fear consequences to me. I have Christ, and nothing can tear that away from me. But what of others? What of the consequences to themto those I hold so dear? What right have I to expose them?
Let me, at least reiterate the particulars of this situation, and at least make an effort to put them in proper order.
I had been a Christian for a short time. It was in the warm months that I found myself in a park near the church where I was attending, praying for a wife. Wanting to place my prayers “on the altar”, so to speak, I was devastated when God told me, “Lay it aside!” not allowing me to do as I had wanted to do.
As a Christian, I have always been a single man, wanting to be married. It has been a long, solo, sojourn.
Later, I was working at my job, paying attention only to my duties when, out of the blue, “She is in your life, right now!” was accompanied by the impression, very clear, that she would not stay in my life, but would leave, to return later. It was later revealed to me that a mark had been placed on me that would cause me great harm, causing women to fear me, and slander me and commit all manner of wickedness against meall because of that markbut that the mark would be removed from the heart of one special lady, who would return to me in repentant love. Mark that well: She would leave to return later, and would be returning to me in repentant love.
My ensuing attentiveness left me so frustrated and embittered against womenall women who had done me such wickedness and evil, all while claiming to be Christianthat at times I would rail against the very thought of it. The wickedness and evil of their unrepentant hearts was being exposed at my expense, and I wanted no more of it.
And the hatred fostered by my wounded heart boiled within.
Then one day, quite unexpectedly and exceedingly undeservedly, a nine year old girl befriended me, and I began to heal. We have not ceased to be friends (I hope), but we have not seen each other regularly in quite some long time, and, so far as I know, she has never had reason to repent, at least as far as coming to me, that is, and I would hold nothing against her if she did.
Within the last, oh, year and a half, I guess, though, her younger sister (the van rider) and I picked back up our old friendship and began to correspond.
It was then in October 2014 that I was pointedly asked, in the spirit, “Will you accept or reject My gift?” Needless to say, I was quite thrown by that, and it left me in an utter state of confusion, so I began to pray and to ponder and to meditate, and the nature of the gift being referred to began to become less muddy. It became clear that the gift was not a what, but a who, and I began, then, and finally formalizing it at the turn of the year, picturing myself once more before that altar where I had been rejected all those years ago.
This time, though, I was holding a magnificent gift in my hands, and facing the altar. Over the months of seeking truth, I had come to a conclusion as to what the safest course would be; one that would not offend my Lord, and would not leave me running down errant rabbit trails of loneliness-induced desires.
I placed that gift on the altar, and, my entire being (body, soul, spirit, and mind) shaking more severely than a fully loosed San Andreas, backed away, fervently desiring to be given the gift back.
It was some months later that I discovered, my own struggles being completely unknown to her, that as I placed that gift back on that altar, the subject of the gift began to lose her faith.
She, then, did something remarkable and, to my experience, completely and totally unique: she turned to me to confess her faith struggles, and I was granted the grace to be able to counsel her back into her faith. Then, after that, on April 6th, I, still in my own struggles, took a step of faith and wrote a hymn thanking my God for the gift that I have not yet received.
On June 26th, in an email from someone blindly trying to counsel me, three words were spiritually echoed: “Wait for her!” which command still reigns supreme.
So great has been my struggle that at one point, while I was raging in my spirit against the confusion that still rose within, thinking that I was waiting for someone who needs (and STILL needs) to come to me in repentance over what she had done to me, my Lord and Savior spoke into my spirit, these words, which started a river wide torrent of tears from within me, begging forgiveness for my stupidity and blindness, “I never said that she would harm you, but that the mark would harm you,” the blind counselor remaking at its convenience, having never accepted the fact that this was nothing that I had sought or conceived, much less desired.
Then, still knowing nothing at all of my struggles, nine months following the question, “Will you accept or reject my gift?”, on the seventh day of the seventh month of the fourteenth year of my solo sojourn, I opened an email to discover a recording of the subject of the gift singing her own music and arrangementwith powerful, strident emotionof the very hymn that I had written to God, thanking Him for the gift which I have not yet received.
Since then, my world has blown up in my face, but I hold to God, for Satan cannot defeat this, except by driving wicked, evil, unrepentant women to return to me in repentant love. Ponder that. And ponder this:
For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.
Amen! May it ever be!

New Hymn, "Gracious Lord of Abraham"

The hymn for today is an open and honest prayer for cleansing, for redemption, for, yes, mercy, and grace, and peace. Let no one ever honestly say that I call myself a paragon of anything, other than the need for salvation.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

New Hymn, "For All to See"

The hymn for today is an open testimony of the salvation of Jesus Christ.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

New Hymn, "The Martyr’s Song"

The hymn for today is an anthem for our time. When those who would besmirch us and befoul our name spew out such vile filth, openly displaying such hatred and villainy, their source is surely Satanic, in purity, but our source shall be the Trinity.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New Hymn, "Walking with The Father"

The hymn for today speaks of finding the signature of God in His Creation.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

New Hymn, "Walking with The Sovereign One"

The hymn for today takes up the argument of compassion expounded upon by Dr. Scott Egan in the September 2015 Anniversary Issue of the St. Louis Amigan—and makes its argument Scripturally.

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Monday, September 7, 2015

New Hymn, "The Witness of The King!"

The hymn for today argues further of the tapestry of creation that points directly to God.

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

New Hymn, "Heaven Rest!"

The hymn for today tells of the tapestry of creation that points directly to God.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015