Religious Talk MINUS the GRACE

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This week I was witness to a grievous situation. Much is expected of those who represent Christ, and whom are vessels of his love. Scripture emphasizes that those in leadership, who teach, are judged more strictly (James 3:1). The every day tasks we share together must never overshadow the value of another man’s soul. Our projects, and dreams must always be tested by God’s Word, lest we get a head of Him, and trample all over His children in the process. Do we know the people we are leading? Have we bothered to take the time to get to know them? Have we heard their stories, or have we settled for warm bodies filling chairs, to make it look like we’re doing something right? Are our words reflecting Christ, or turning people away – for eternity?

My Untitled Song

When did your vision become the goal?

Who put the ‘holy cause’ before the soul?

History reveals that nothing’s changed,

still marching on – using His name.

Pushing agendas that are worldly sound?

Caring for others, but the numbers count?

No mystery here, a classic case,

religious talk minus the grace.

What were your reasons to believe?

What high and mighty dream got up your sleeve?

Today is all some people have

What face did they see looking back?

Adding a rule or two, to up the game?

When did your faith become more about fame?

Tomorrow comes, it’s not enough,

because religion isn’t love.

Words and music by Cindy Palin ©January 27, 2017 All Rights Reserved

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (Proverbs 27:19).

 

Winter’s Gift

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We drove through a frosted postcard, with trees dressed in their choral gowns, and the mountains draped in evergreen. Fresh streams hung frozen from rock faces creating tears of teal glass, and white woolen snow on winter’s breath, swirled and danced around us.

It was the day before Christmas Eve, and we stopped for the night at an Inn. There was room for us. The snow was falling hard, and rather than peer at the magic through our room’s window we bundled up and went in search of wrapping paper. Neither one of us had our winter boots on, and our shoes were disappearing in a foot of snow. When we reached a recently shovelled sidewalk, we slipped and slid as if on skates, from the ice beneath the snow’s crust. But it was peaceful, and dark except for the streetlight’s glow and winter’s gift.

We purchased our paper and trundled off back the way we’d come. Distant hums and whines of snowplows and sanding trucks lulled us to sleep, and thankfully bad dreams of closed road signs were not to be realized.

At morning’s light we drove further, and deeper, and higher into the magic of winter, with anticipation of something far greater than the wonder all around us – the wonder of a child, two in fact.

At times our tires crawled with the crunch of the snow beneath, and at times our engine purred as we descended mountain tops. We reached the Ferry at Horseshoe Bay early Christmas Eve, and quietly ached for a place on board. One by one the cars started rolling forward. We were near the end of the line, and we held our breath.

Moments later we had crossed the Straight of Georgia, and were surrounded by one of God’s most miraculous gifts – our children and grandchildren.

More Bitter Than Sweet

The writer of Ecclesiastes knew that justice would never be fully realized here on earth (Eccl. 2:17).

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“More Bitter Than Sweet”, isn’t a song of hopelessness, but one that takes us into the Father’s presence to hear his heart next to ours.

I just want to crawl on your lap, I know you’re busy, but if there’s anyone who cares, it’s gotta be you. Life as we know it has turned out to be tougher than nails, more bitter than sweet. I appreciate your answers but I just need your love. Wanna hear your heart next to mine.

May I come and sit at your feet, this world’s gone crazy and for everything unfair, you know the truth. Love as we’ve shown it has turned out to be colder than steel, more bitter than sweet. ©Cindy Palin All Rights Reserved

 

 

Who Should We Put Our Faith In?

faith in God?I was speaking to someone today about those who are discouraged with “church” in general, burnt out. She told me that she had heard a quote somewhere that said “if you are churched out, you have been putting your faith in people, and not God”.

What are your thoughts with regards to this quote?

Do you think it is important to go to church, and if so, why?

What are we suppose to do when people disappoint us?

What does scripture have to say on this topic?

What has your experience been?

 

 

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We Do Not Have to Be Afraid.

I am always in the process of learning. Jesus is continually taking me deeper. As I move forward I long to make sense of everything around me. Or maybe I long for heaven and home? However, it is better to get to know Jesus, and understanding will come, (Phil 3:10 ESV).

Without Jesus my natural instinct is to make sense of things by pointing fingers, and elevating my righteous choices over another’s, (Romans 3:23).

And I pause…..If Christ in his mercy has called me, then how do I respond to my brother, (1 Timothy 1:15-16)?

The power of God’s Word, along with a recent discussion with a mentor, is teaching me to analyze how I think, and react to the world around me. Just because I believe in Christ, doesn’t mean I’m incapable of making bad judgement calls.

Why do we alienate those who have made different choices than ourselves? We may tell ourself it is because we want people to do the right thing, according to the scripture. Who does that sound like? Someone more concerned with the right religious act, than the value of one’s soul, (Matthew 23:23,24).

Is it wrong to hang out with those who do not believe, or do not abide by God’s commandments? Who did Jesus hang out with, (Luke 19:1-10)? And once a relationship was established what did he ask for, (John 8:11)?

We alienate others because of fear, (Matthew 10:28)?

Is it possible we are afraid to befriend a specific person because of what others may think? Are we afraid we’re not equipped to explain our faith? Then we need to get equipped, (1 Peter 3:15). And here’s a reality check, are we living in such a way that someone wants to know about our faith?

Are we afraid others may cause us to question our beliefs? Can that not be part of the process of working our faith out daily, (Phil 2:12,13)?

If we are seeking first the Kingdom, and His righteousness, we need not be afraid, (Matthew 6:33).

If we are abiding in Him, He is abiding in us, (John 15:4).

In this atmosphere we are unafraid, and excited about the relationships Jesus will bring into our lives, and the faith conversations we will have about Him, (John 14:6).

We do not have to be afraid (John 16:33).

 

 

 

 

 

Vanishing Whispers

likethelilac-JPG-89Spring came early to a barren, brown world. The sun’s outstretched arms awoke the ground, and set the seeds to sprouting, the roots to wriggle, and the buds to bloom.

Usually the Lilac tree in our backyard explodes into fragrant flowers in the month of June, but it is blossoming now… in May?

Lilacs have always beckoned me to write, because they are a fleeting gift. [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]Like the Lilac, every vanishing whisper from God brings cause to ponder man’s momentary breath.[/clickandtweet]

Then there’s the purple, whether royal or pastel, the colour is rare, as are we. One needs only to look into the eyes, to see the unique hues of each man’s soul.

Thousands of delicate petals sewn together form what look like living lace. We too have many layers.

And the Lilac’s perfume, so deliriously pungent.

Oh to be a fragrant aroma while we are here.

 

 

Your People are My People Sheet Music

Your People-JPG-93Back on April 2nd, I published a post regarding this same title with a promise there would be sheet music to follow.

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Genre: Worship/Contemporary

Theme: Unity in the Family of God, and Praise

Your People are My People sheet music

©Cindy Palin March 31, 2016

 

 

Freedom From the Truth is…

Today I was contemplating how easy it is to say we believe in God, and how hard it is to remember we are called to live by the standards his only Son set for us.  In Matthew 4 Jesus is tempted by his enemy Satan. We are tempted today, and distracted, and dumbed down by the same enemy. We shrug off God’s call for holiness because it seems too unreasonable, or perhaps impossible, and settle instead for a mediocre, grey kind of darkness where we can still make our own choices, and feel free. Free but blind. Freedom from the truth is living in the dark. “What fellowship can light have with darkness?” ( 2 Cor. 6:14b NIV). Believers need to be making hard, difficult, illuminating, holy choices.

“Freedom From the Truth is…”

VS 1: Don’t let him in to bring you down,

to dangle his temporary crowns,

and whisper his sweet and clever sounds of freedom.

He offers the finest wine of lies,

and scoffs at the thought of sacrifice.

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CH: But freedom from the truth is living in the dark

and living in the dark is death. (repeat)

VS 2: Don’t let him in to build you up,

to dazzle you with the prideful cup,

and welcome your screams of “NOT ENOUGH” freedom.

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Indulgency is his King my friend, called freedom?

But [clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””]freedom from the truth is living in the dark[/clickandtweet],

and living in the dark is death. (repeat)

BRIDGE: There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end leads to death,    paraphrased Prov. 14:12