Slave

Below are lyrics to a song the Lord gave me a few years ago.  You can listen to it here. *** I declare I love my Master, and I don’t want to go free (Exodus 21:5). He has shared His life with me, and I don’t want to be apart from Him (Exodus 21:6).  …

That which Flows

Sketch by Patrick Murphy: http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ That which flows forever from the extremities and from the guts of the wounded cosmos sustains That which flows forever from the memory and from the friction of the nail against the flesh of love remains That which flowed with the anguished cries and with the salty sweat of a man…

Another Scary Verse from Hebrews

http://vimeo.com/9654814 “For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries” (Heb. 10:26-27). This is one of those passages that most of us would like to wish away.  Until…

What Poppins Preached to Her Parrot

Mary Poppins, Disney 1964 Something I wrote in my journal in November 2010: At the end of Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins watches from the front step of the Banks family home as they walk down the street to fly kites together.  During her time with them, Mary has wrought an amazing transformation in the family, and especially…

Revelation of the Lamb

Musings from my notes on the book of Revelation: “When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb” (Rev. 5:8). At the center of all things—worshiped by countless angels, the elders, the living creatures, by all the great dignitaries of heaven—is a slaughtered lamb.  ALL fall…

Triptych: A Tree in Three Seasons

Photo by Carrie McKamey I. Atop a hill there is a weathered oak whose listless limbs spread so wide it seems to hang by them and not to stand.  It’s bark is scarred by whips of wind, by scratching beasts, by birds that pierce its trunk with beaks.  When fall arrives, a crimson stain spreads…

The Camp of Co-heirs (Tabernacles Part 2)

After leaving Egypt, God commanded that Israel’s tabernacles be arranged in a particular way (Num. 2).  The Lord’s Tabernacle was in the center of the camp.  Three tribes of Israel camped to the east of the Tent of Meeting (the most populous); three to the west (the least populous); three to the north and south…

True Fasting (The Day of Atonement Part 4)

Drawing by Patrick Murphy http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ As mentioned, people were to practice self-denial or fast throughout the Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:32).  This appointed fast is discussed in Isaiah 58.  Through Isaiah, God communicates the spirit of the fast on the Day of Atonement:  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the…

Do This in Memory of Me

Memorial Day is a time each year when Americans remember those who have died while serving their country in the military.  It is a time of reflecting on the ultimate sacrifice some have made to ensure the prosperity and safety of others.  Since Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May, it results…