Now, I realize …

“Now, I realize I am nothing but bone made from dust
Someone learning to love like You do
Eternally, always true.
I want to be nothing more than a man wholly Yours
A beloved son, one who You hold close to Your heart
Eternally, never apart”
-from “Made From Dust” by Ivoryline.

Something we should ponder …

By Tom Graffagnino.

“Something we should ponder as we approach Resurrection Sunday ….

At the end of the Passover meal in the upper room, we are told that Jesus and his disciples sang a hymn (see Mark 14:26 and Matthew 26: 30). We know what hymn they sang that evening….the second half of the traditional Hallel Psalms…more specifically Psalm 118.

This would be the Lord’s last meal, of course. By the end of the day that had just begun, Jesus, the unblemished, sacrificial Lamb of God, would be arrested, mocked, humiliated, reviled, tortured, and executed as a criminal on a Roman cross.

Of course, his disciples didn’t know all that at the time, ….but Jesus did.

And so, they sang….

“This is the day the LORD has made;
“Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

His disciples knew the words, of course, but only Jesus knew the score.

* * *

When they sang the Hymn that evening,
Only Jesus knew the score…
Yes, those glad and joyful verses,
Hid the pain that was in store.

Jesus saw the torture coming…
Crown of thorns pressed on his head,
Bloody scourging, cruel mocking,
Even as He broke the Bread.

Yes, He saw The Cross and soldiers;
He knew all the painful signs
That the Prophets had once spoken…
Even as He poured the wine.

He knew well there at The Table,
Of the wicked heart of man….
He saw clearly Calv’ry’s bloodshed,
He saw nails go through His hands.

He saw spit and blood and anger…
And He saw his punctured side…;
He knew death by crucifixion,
Was the way He had to die.

Yes, The Stone to be rejected,
Saw the writing on the wall.
He knew soon that He would suffer…
To obey The Father’s Call.
But Christ saw beyond the torture,
Past the insult and the pain…
Past the taunts and past the jeering…,
Wicked hearts of men insane.

So, He sang this Hymn with gladness…
Soon the ransom would be paid!
God’s Unleavened Bread provided…
On this day the LORD had made!

Yes, The Covenant long promised…
Hope of Blessing long foretold…
Would be “cut” in bloody crimson,
Now, at last…., it would unfold!

And so Death would now Passover
Those whose Faith lies in The Lamb.
Ancient Promise made to Abram…
Would destroy the Devil’s Scam.

So the Gate to Life and Glory
Would swing open now for all…
And through Faith all men might enter
God the Father’s Banquet Hall!

Christ knew death could never keep Him…
Though He knew it lay ahead.
Resurrection frees the captives;
Taste this Wine and Broken Bread.

Friend, please come now to His Table…
On this Day the Lord has made!
Sing Hosannah in the highest!
For the debt we owe…He paid!”

He’s the Reason for the season …

“He’s the Reason for the season,
He’s the Reason for them all…
He’s the Truth, the Living Water,
Spring of Hope beyond The Fall.

He’s the Reason there’s a harvest,
He’s the Firstfruit, He’s the Seed,
He’s the Word the Father’s sowing
Through the Bride…the Bread we need

He’s the Light of dawn we long for,
Justice truly…and the Scale.
He’s the Shepherd by still water,
He’s the Truth beyond the veil.

He’s the Reason there is reason,
And the Reason there is Good,
He’s the Reason why you ought not,
And the Reason why you should.

He’s the Reason for amazement,
He’s the Reason why there’s awe….
He’s the Reason why we trembled
At the sunset that we saw.

He’s the Reason that now Heaven
Is a place that we may be…
And the reason, friend, is simple:
It’s a place called Calvary”

– Tom Graffagnino

In our eagerness to make converts …

“In our eagerness to make converts I am afraid we have lately been guilty of using the technique of modern salesmanship, which is of course to present only the desirable qualities in a product and ignore the rest. We go to men and offer them a cozy home on the sunny side of the brae. If they will but accept Christ He will give them peace of mind, solve their problems, prosper their business, protect their families and keep them happy all day long.

They believe us and come, and the first cold wind sends them shivering to some counselor to find out what has gone wrong; and that is the last we hear of many of them. The teachings of Christ reveal Him to be a realist in the finest meaning of that word. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find anything visionary or overoptimistic. He told His hearers the whole truth and let them make up their minds. He might grieve over the retreating form of an inquirer who could not face up to the truth, but He never ran after him to try to win him with rosy promises.

He would have men follow Him, knowing the cost, or He would let them go their ways. All this is but to say that Christ is honest. We can trust Him. He knows that He will never be popular among the sons of Adam and He knows that His followers need not expect to be. The wind that blows in His face will be felt by all who travel with Him, and we are not intellectually honest when we try to hide that fact from them.”

– A.W. Tozer

Lyrics to song “Father’s Song” by artist Jonah33.

Lyrics to song “Father’s Song” by artist Jonah33.

Trying to catch this phenomenon
Is like trying to capture a flame
Everyone wants to save the world
But no one will take the blame
And when will we learn
The end result of our negligence
Something’s wrong; it’s not quite right
We have misplaced common sense

Excuse me
But has anyone seen everyone’s dad?

‘Cause a boy is the only thing
That God can use to make a man
And a boy is the only thing
That God can use to make a man

Point the finger at education
And we curse the silver screen
The prison system regurgitates
And we wonder what does this mean
And boys will be boys
But not without a man called dad
Something’s wrong; the boy moves on
To try to live a life that he’s never had
To try to live a life that he’ll never have

Look around the family is a dying breed
And broken homes become majority
And the future is always born from example
So where are the men that God gave the responsibility to lead?