Sinking My Anchor

Life is a raging sea,
waves rolling and crashing,
on the side of this vessel,
violently smashing.
Currents fighting to pull,
to pull in their direction,
a direction I need not go.
I need protection.
So I sink my anchor,
sinking it deep.
Sinking it deep into Jesus,
for my soul He will keep,
safe from the violent waves,
waves rolling and crashing.
He’ll keep my soul,
as those waves keep smashing.
Protecting me from the currents.
Through Him I resist their direction.
In Him I find rest.
He is my protection.

~Matthew Wynne~

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Born Again

Unending thanks is due the Father above,
for the grace which He has given
in sending His Spirit that Holy Dove
to call us to redemption.
Yes, He calls us to a holy love,
by fixing our eyes on heaven.
Overcoming the flesh that causes strife,
against this Spirit who bears new life.

For when first we are born
we are born to sin.
And, in this state we deserve God’s scorn.
Yet through the Spirit, we are born again,
transformed to a life that has new form.
A life that seeks to solely please Him,
with eyes fixed on eternity,
an eternity spent in His majesty.

~Matthew Wynne~

Merry Christmas!

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,”Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” – Luke 2:11-14 (ESV)

The Majesty of Jesus

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During the Christmas season we spend a lot of time reflecting on the birth of Jesus.  However, this Christmas season I’ve been thinking a lot about His majesty.  I make a distinction between the two because essentially His birth as a human was an emptying of His majesty.  I make a distinction because I fear that in focusing on the birth we sometimes forget about His majesty.  You see, what makes His birth the most magnificent is the fact that He temporarily forfeited His majesty.  Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped. but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men – Philippians 2:6-7.  In other words, we have to see the humility and the majesty simultaneously to fully appreciate the former.  Below are a few verses that have initiated my thoughts on this subject.  I now offer them to you for your own reflection this Christmas.  I would also encourage you to share the verses that have affected you most this Christmas season.  (As iron sharpens iron… right :-))  Merry Christmas!

Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. – Luke 1:30-33 (ESV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:1-5 (ESV)

Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. – Revelation 1:12-16 (ESV)

Gratitude for the Gospel

May we all think of the Gospel in such a manner!

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“Bless’d be the day that I began
A pilgrim for to be;
And blessed also be that man
That thereto moved me.
‘Tis true, ‘twas long ere I began
To seek to live for ever:
But now I run fast as I can;
‘Tis better late than never.
Our tears to joy, our fears to faith,
Are turned, as we see;
Thus our beginning (as one saith)
Shows what our end will be.”

~John Bunyan~
The Pilgrim’s Progress