God’s throne

August 9, 2015

Revelation 4 (NIV)

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”

Rainbow colors glittering,
Awe-filled elders seated ’round.
Lightning splits the atmosphere;
Rushing air completes the sound.

And the sea lies undisturbed.

Seeing creatures magnify—
Three-fold Holy! round the throne.
Overcome by glory’s weight,
Elders sing their praises prone.

Glory, honor, power, and worth
Is Yours, Creator, God of might.
By Your will we have our life.
By your word, we have this sight.

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For He has clothed me

April 5, 2015

Genesis 37:3 (ESV)
Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors

Exodus 28:15-20 (ESV)
“You shall make a breastpiece of judgment, in skilled work. In the style of the ephod you shall make it—of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen shall you make it. It shall be square and doubled, a span its length and a span its breadth. You shall set in it four rows of stones. A row of sardius, topaz, and carbuncle shall be the first row; and the second row an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper. They shall be set in gold filigree.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD,
To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! (Psalm 123:1)
my soul shall be joyful in my God;
My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. (1 Samuel 2:1)
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. (Revelation 22:14)
as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)

Our Father in heaven,

By the death, resurrection, and ascension of Your Son Jesus Christ, seated at Your right hand in heaven, we have been brought into Your covenant and have become a crown of beauty, a royal diadem in the hand of the Lord.  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!  Hallelujah!

Isaiah 62:3

Rejoice, ye Christians! Rejoice!


“We give glory to You, Lord, who raised up Your cross to span the jaws of death” – St. Ephrem of Edessa

April 4, 2015

originally posted by Fr. Al Kimel at Pontifications in April 2005

“We give glory to You, Lord, who raised up Your cross to span the jaws of death” – St. Ephrem of Edessa

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Death trampled our Lord underfoot, but He in His turn treated death as a highroad for His own feet. He submitted to it, enduring it willingly, because by this means He would be able to destroy death in spite of itself. Death had its own way when our Lord went out from Jerusalem carrying His cross; but when by a loud cry from that cross He summoned the dead from the underworld, death was powerless to prevent it.

Death slew Him by means of the body which He had assumed, but that same body proved to be the weapon with which He conquered death. Concealed beneath the cloak of His manhood, His godhead engaged death in combat; but in slaying our Lord, death itself was slain. It was able to kill natural human life, but was itself killed by the life that is above the nature of man.

Death could not devour our Lord unless He possessed a body, neither could hell swallow Him up unless He bore our flesh; and so He came in search of a chariot in which to ride to the underworld. This chariot was the body which He received from the Virgin; in it He invaded death’s fortress, broke open its strong-room and scattered all its treasure.

At length He came upon Eve, the mother of all the living. She was that vineyard whose enclosure her own hands had enabled death to violate, so that she could taste its fruit; thus the mother of all the living became the source of death for every living creature. But in her stead Mary grew up, a new vine in place of the old. Christ, the new life, dwelt within her. When death, with its customary impudence, came foraging for her mortal fruit, it encountered its own destruction in the hidden life that fruit contained. All unsuspecting, it swallowed Him up, and in so doing released life itself and set free a multitude of men.

He who was also the carpenter’s glorious son set up His cross above death’s all-consuming jaws, and led the human race into the dwelling place of life. Since a tree had brought about the downfall of mankind, it was upon a tree that mankind crossed over to the realm of life. Bitter was the branch that had once been grafted upon that ancient tree, but sweet the young shoot that has now been grafted in, the shoot in which we are meant to recognise the Lord whom no creature can resist.

We give glory to You, Lord, who raised up Your cross to span the jaws of death like a bridge by which souls might pass from the region of the dead to the land of the living. We give glory to You who put on the body of a single mortal man and made it the source of life for every other mortal man. You are incontestably alive. Your murderers sowed Your living body in the earth as farmers sow grain, but it sprang up and yielded an abundant harvest of men raised from the dead.

Come then, my brothers and sisters, let us offer our Lord the great and all-embracing sacrifice of our love, pouring out our treasury of hymns and prayers before Him who offered His cross in sacrifice to God for the enrichment of us all.

St Ephrem of Edessa


Music for Good Friday- John Michael Talbot- Prayer Before the Cross

April 3, 2015

One of my favorite worship songs – a musical prayer – just played in my Good Friday playlist.  I’m spending the evening listening to music focused on the Cross.  I thought I’d share this here since it’s from an older album that may not be so widely known or played these days.
Troubador

(John Michael Talbot,  from Troubadour of the Great King, 1981.  iTunes link)

We adore You, most holy Lord
Jesus Christ, Lord Jesus Christ
As we gather together in this place
And throughout all the world

We worship You, Lord
We adore you, Oh Lord
And we bless Your holy name
For by Your cross
You have redeemed us
You have redeemed all the world


Hubble Ultra-Deep Field

March 23, 2015

The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field is an image of a small region of space with a low density of bright stars in the near-field, allowing much better viewing of dimmer, more distant objects. The image contains an estimated 10,000 galaxies.

1 Corinthians 15:41 (AMP)
The sun is glorious in one way, the moon is glorious in another way, and the stars are glorious in their own [distinctive] way; for one star differs from and surpasses another in its beauty and brilliance.

Dear Heavenly Father,
The heavens keep telling the wonders of God, and the skies declare what You have done. The host of heaven cannot be numbered. It is too vast for our understanding. Holy is Your name.
We thank You for the billions of galaxies, each one distinctive. With joyful hearts, we thank You for the superabundance of blessings in the heavens above and the earth below. Holy is Your name.
The heavens declare Your righteousness, and all the peoples see Your glory. Amen.
Jeremiah 33:22, Psalm 19:1,97:6


California revival

February 13, 2015

California has birthed many movements in its 160 year history among which are: the Black Panthers, the Satanic church, the Hell’s Angels, the hippie movement, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the music of the counterculture during the “Summer of Love.” California served as the epicenter of the American eugenics movement.
California also birthed many Christian Movements including the Azusa Street Revival, 1906-1915; Aimee Semple McPherson founded the Foursquare Church in 1927; Billy Graham scheduled a series of revival meetings in Los Angeles in 1949; Campus Crusade for Christ was founded in 1951 at the University California, Los Angeles; Kathryn Kuhlman’s healing ministry has influenced many worldwide healing ministries; the Jesus Movement was birthed in Santa Ana in the late 1960’s and early 70’s; the Charismatic Movement was ignited by Dennis Bennett in Van Nuys in 1960, the Catholic Renewal launched under Francis McNutt in Los Angeles in the early 1970’s, Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Saddleback Valley, and Bill Johnson leads Bethel Church in Redding.

Although not a complete list, California is a seedbed for future revival.  Therefore, it was with great interest that I read of revival breaking out in Los Angeles and Orange County high schools. 

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Electromagnetic jubilation

December 24, 2014

2 Corinthians 4:6 (CJB)
For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.

Rejoice, stationary charges and moving charges!
He is loved in the manger and loved before the foundation of the world.
He is loved and He is Love.

Rejoice, waves and quanta!
There is no mean eclipse, no shadow of turning in God-turned-man.
The Bright Morning Star makes day dawn upon us!

Rejoice, static fields and oscillations!
Behold the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God, the descendant of David and the Son of God.

Rejoice, electromagnetic field–continuous, yet discrete!
Rejoice in the good and perfect gift from above. Rejoice in Jesus.

Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests. Amen.

Luke 2:13-14, Ephesians 5:14, James 1:17


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