Gotta Play for My Brain

Psalm 150

150 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary! Praise God in his fortress, the sky! Praise God in his mighty acts! Praise God as suits his incredible greatness! Praise God with the blast of the ram’s horn! Praise God with lute and lyre! Praise God with drum and dance! Praise God with strings and pipe! Praise God with loud cymbals! Praise God with clashing cymbals! Let every living thing praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Psalm 150:1-6)

It is no secret, I love playing the guitar. Though almost all I play and write is Christian in nature, my guitar, at least in some ways, it is my diversion from my work as a pastor. I love my work. It is not easy work. I never expected that it would be. For most of us, our jobs are hard and we need a diversion, something that at least gives our minds a change of pace. For me, that is my guitars, and a few other things.

I read an article earlier from Inc. magazine written by John Rampton. Rampton talks about how playing a musical instrument does things like relieve stress. Rampton argues that playing a musical instrument actually increases gray matter. These benefits seem to benefit most the younger one starts but these benefits are beneficial for anyone. I never knew I was growing my brain when I picked up one of my guitars.

Here are some of the ways Rampton says playing a musical instrument does for your brain:

  • Strengthens bonds with others.
  • Strengthens memory and reading skills.
  • Playing music makes you happy.
  • Musicians can process multiple things at once.
  • Music increases blood flow in your brain.
  • Music helps the brain recover.
  • Music reduces stress and depression.
  • Musical training strengthens the brain’s executive function.

When I read Scriptures like Psalm 150 tells me God loves music at least as much as most of us. Rampton says in the article that these things become evident when looking at brain scans. So God gave us a way to increase our mental abilities and at the same time bring God joy.

I am not about to say my guitar playing has really increased my cognitive abilities but I know I am created in the image and likeness of God. God, at least it seems to me, loves music and so do I. Even if my gray matter doesn’t grow at all, I will find enjoyment from my music. It is even more of a blessing to know, what I do might bring a bit of joy to my God and King.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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Prayer Beads & Ropes (Pt 2) The Anglican Rosary

Anglican Rosary

This was the first Rosary I learned to make. I was attending an event called “The Gathering.” My Texas Annual Conference preacher friends know what I am talking about. It is what we call our annual pastor’s retreat. When I first started in ministry in the early 1990s, it seems like we started on Monday afternoon and finished on Thursday morning. Today it starts sometime on Monday and ends on Tuesday and we don’t play golf anymore. I don’t play golf these days anyway.

I don’t remember for sure but I think it was in 2010, when it was, but one day during the workshops (it isn’t all golf, fishing, and 42-I do still play 42 and I go fishing occasionally) I went to a workshop on making beads and using them in prayer time. My friend Alan van Hooser led the workshop. If Alan told us this was called an Anglican Prayer Rosary (or rope or beads) I never heard him.

Alan gave us instructions on how to make these. Sticking with the beads, it is pretty straight forward. I guess you can do this one pretty well any way you want. I have mostly used pony beads but you can go with any kind of bead you want as long as the string will pass through it. I also use sail twine. It is waxed and quite strong. Rather than breaking, the bigger problem is it coming untied. I remember using it in the Navy on flags that required strength to withstand high winds. The knot can slide on the wax and come untied if you are not careful.

If you want to keep up with where you are on this loop you need the four green beads above (whatever color you want but those are green) to either be a different size, different shape, of from a different materiel (i.e. wood and plastic, wood and rock, etc.). You will need four beads of one type and 28 beads of another. Some people use crosses at this point, others use a charm you can get at Hobby Lobby, it is really up to you. The example pic above has an extra, smaller bead on it. I have no idea what the person who made this one was trying to do. These were leftovers from an adult vacation Bible school a few years ago.

Made by Ryan Wakefield.

The picture above is another example of an Anglican Rosary. This one was made by my friend Ryan Wakefield. Ryan is a young man with some challenges. I am glad I was able to use his Rosary for this post.

With this style Rosary put seven of the main bead on the string, followed by an accent bead, seven more main beads, 1 accent bead, 7 main, 1 accent, 7 main, 1 accent followed up with your charm or cross. Finish it by tying it off. I usually do several square knots tied on top of each other, pull it tight and then trim the ends. You are ready to go.

Anglican Rosary Rope with Snake Knots

I am not going to try to explain how to tie these here. I will attempt to make videos on how to tie these in the next week or two. Trying to explain it here I don’t think is too practicle.

This is the first time I have done an Anglican Rosary Rope. Like yesterday’s Rosary, you can tie this with barrel knots (a 2-twist for the main knots and a 3 or 4 twist for the accent knots). With the snake knots I tied 7 single knots followed by two knots back to back.

To use the Anglican Rosary, of course you can do whatever works for you as again, there is no wrong way to use it. Don’t let anyone tell you you aren’t doing it right unless it is in how you put it together. In using it, there is no wrong way.

There is a way to use the Anglican Rosary like a traditional Catholic Rosary. Unfortunatley, I don’t know how to use it and couldn’t find it on the web.

Alan taught that workshop to use a prayer form called A.C.T.S. For the longest time that is what I called the Rosary.

  • Prayer that God to guide you through this time of prayer
  • Begin with the accent bead closest to your cross/charm
  • This is the letter A for Adoration
  • Pray telling God 7 things (one for each bead) you love about God
  • At the end of these 7 take the next accent bead
  • This is the letter C for Confession
  • Pray telling God 7 things you need to confess to God
  • At the end of these 7 beads, take the third accent bead
  • This is the letter T for Thanksgiving
  • Pray telling God 7 things for which you are thankful
  • At the end of these 7 beads, take the final accent bead
  • This bead is the letter S for Supplication
  • Humbly pray asking God meet 7 needs others or you

Once you are around the circle you can close your prayer in a manner comfortable to you, or you can make your way around the circle again. When building your Anglican Rosary you can more or less main beads if you consistently pray more or less in any area of the Rosary.

I don’t do many beads these days. You can buy beads in all kinds of places, hobby stores, big box stores etc. The charms I have only found in craft stores for a low price but there are others in many places.

If you are interested in a rope I do some for other people. Send me a message on Facebook and we can talk about it.

Have a blessed evening. Tomorrow we will finish the Rosaries with the Orthodox Prayer Rope.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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He Wants Me

I am getting to the point that I love Saturdays more now than ever. When I started My Song Saturday, it was a way to share some of my music. It also keeps me writing. I know Saturday is coming and I need to have something ready. In that way, it is just like Sunday.

I really don’t remember if Love Lifted Me was on that list of hymns that fell out of a book, and I was ready to get on the road. The sooner we left the sooner we would get there.

Though this song did not have the history for lack of a better word, as “Standing on the Promises,” “Showers of Blessing,” and “O For a Thousand Tongues to sing, but I love the old hymn I used as the basis for this song. The song, one of my favorites, “Love Lifted Me.” The title of the song I wrote., “He Wants Me.”

He Wants Me

[Verse 1]
I was sitting in my pew, waiting for church to start.
Thinking ‘bout a bowl of stew, my wife’s work of art.
When through the door, came Pastor Shore, looking I knew the score.
He said, “Go and, serve the world, and give God more.”

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

[Verse 2]
I was thinking; that’s a job, I want no work to do.
Someone else can do the work and give the offering too.
I thought, “I’ll go find a new church where nothing else is due.
I heard a voice say, “Jonah’s choice, but grace for you.”

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

[Verse 3]
My life is full with kids and work, daily I need more time.
To work my hours and then go home, that is a dream of mine.
I’ve looked and staff is cut to the bone, looking to save a dime
He said, there’s still work to do, make your prayer prime.

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

[Verse 4]
Today I went and walked the dog, and thought on my tithes to church Church budget looks bleak and finances weak ministry is hard on the purse But God gave us all, a stewardship call, be joyful, give tithes, not a curse. My budget’s a mess, it causes me stress, I give, I’m blest..

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

[Verse 5]
I always thought that others should give, I needn’t do my part
Remember to pray, be present and give, living the vows is an art
We share out of faith, we share our gifts, it puts us on a great start
What we give shows love for God, its not Walmart.

[Chorus]
He wanted me as a worker bee.
I wanted for me to be me and not be seen.
He wanted me to forget green fees
He said, “go and be a trustee, and give God more.”

What is your mission? What are you most passionate about? How can you use your passion to build the Kingdom of God? It is up to you.

Blessings to you this Saturday.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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Experiencing Sunrise (Psalm 13)

Man walking through a glowing field of crops at sunset

Psalm 13

For the music leader. A song of David.

13 How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I be left to my own wits,
    agony filling my heart? Daily?
How long will my enemy keep defeating me?

Look at me!
    Answer me, Lord my God!
Restore sight to my eyes!
    Otherwise, I’ll sleep the sleep of death,
        and my enemy will say, “I won!”
        My foes will rejoice over my downfall.

But I have trusted in your faithful love.
    My heart will rejoice in your salvation.
Yes, I will sing to the Lord
    because he has been good to me. (Psalm 13:1-6, Common English Bible)

I feel pretty certain you have heard the phrase, “Life is hard, but God is good.” Those words are true. That was something David (the psalmist) clearly understood.

It is easy for us to read our way through 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel and see all the ways God had touched and blessed David’s life, often despite all David was doing, right or wrong.

What if David had lost to Goliath? To start with, Goliath and the Philistine army would have partied like it was 1050 B.C.E. I think it is also safe to say, the odds of us ever hearing about David would be dramatically reduced.

When David unexpectedly won, against all odds, people expressed their love for him in ways anyone, including Saul could see. It all left Saul insanely jealous. He wanted, no better, needed to be the center of everything.

Later, David’s son Absalom wanted his father’s throne. He didn’t want to wait for his father’s death. He didn’t want to wait for his time to come. He wanted instant gratification. Absalom would have killed his father or to use whatever means were necessary to get what he wanted.

These are but two instances in David’s life when someone close to him wanted him dead. We could add to that list, leaders of other countries and dissidents within his own country who would not have shed a tear at the demise of Israel’s king, God’s chosen king, or not.

No wonder David felt like everyone was out to get him through much of his life. They actually were out to get him. Constantly looking over your shoulder can make you tired and paranoid, and with good reason for both.

As I was studying for this post, the thought occurred to me, this is the eighth psalm of lament we have seen in the first 13 chapters. In each, by the end, the psalmist was showing love and praise for God. People are literally trying to kill these servants of God. The psalmists write of their great fear of living alone. They are afraid the bad guys will come in and at best haul them away to exile. At worse??? Still, somehow, in the end they are praising God. How could that be?

Paul reminds us, “Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:18). When times in life are difficult, I find it hard to even do the simplest of tasks. Singing praises to God, who, at the very least seems to be a bit of pie-in-the-sky attitude.

On a head level we may understand the idea of allowing God control, even in the times when God seems to be far-away. We know God is omnipresent. We understand that God is always with us and would never leave us. We give praise, trusting in that promise.

On a heart level, we want to believe the idea of omnipresence, but the real truth is, our heart understanding doesn’t always align itself with our head knowledge. We want God to do something and we want it done now and that is our heart giving push-back to our head.

That feeling of having lost God and God wandering away from us at the time we have the greatest need for God to be with us can feel like a crushing weight. In Psalm 13, the psalmist wants God to come back in powerful ways to set everything right again, pushing the enemies causing him so much stress to fall back into proper place.

What I find most interesting, however, as much as the psalmist may feel God has wandered away, in the end, the psalmist is praying and singing in praise of what God has done already and will do in the psalmist’s life.

Last Sunday night I watched the CBS show, God Friended Me. If you don’t know the show you should check it out. In Sunday’s episode, the central human character, Miles, an atheist, is working to help a young woman, Anna, who has an aggressive form of cancer, to restore her faith and seek treatment for her dire condition and prognosis. He is also helping her to check things off of her bucket list as tries to convince her not to give up. As he is doing this, he is also trying to help his sister in her cancer treatments. Miles helps Anna get everything checked off on her bucket list but one thing and he helps her restore her faith, an ironic thing for an atheist to do. But, he is devastated because he is unable to convince Anna to get treatment though as things worked out at the end of the show, Anna died suddenly without seeking treatment. She also seems to fail in completing her bucket list.

At the end of the episode, Miles decides on his own to check off the last item from Anna’s bucket list. With his sister Ali, we next see Miles and Ali sitting on a park bench watching the sunrise over New York City. That simple act was the only thing left on Anna’s bucket list and she was not able to complete it. She had died the preceding night.

Through every episode we see Miles struggle with matters of faith. This one was no exception. It is easy to understand how he might miss the symbolism, had the character been a real person. He takes this last item on the bucket list quite literally. Many real people and not television characters would do the same. That much seems obvious when we see him sitting with Ali on the park bench. But, I think Anna checked that last item from her bucket list.

When Anna died, it was her life’s sunset but in that same instant she also experienced the ultimate sunrise. For Anna, it was a new day and God, who may have seemed far away through so much of her earthly struggle, walked with her into that new day. For me, at least, that is a great reason for praise, praise for that ultimate new day.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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Seven Essential Questions – What Matters Most?

Seven Essential Questions Sermon Series

28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33 and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question. (Mark 12:28-34, New Revised Standard Version).

          In 1996, the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl. Brett Favre was their quarterback and the league most valuable player. Someone hung a banner in the stadium, Lambeau Field. Listen to the words on this banner:

Our Favre who art and Lambeau, hallowed be thy arm. The bowl will come, it will be won, in New Orleans as it is in Lambeau. Give us this Sunday our weekly win. And give us many touchdown passes. Bu do not let others pass against us. Lead us not into frustration but deliver us to Bourbon Street. For Thine is the MVP, the best of the NFL, and the glory of the cheese heads, now and forever. Go get em!”

          Here is a question for you to chew on for a few minutes. When does sports as entertainment become sports as idolatry? Apparently, some fans recognize their team support for what it is to them. It really is worship.

          Don’t get me wrong. I like football. I enjoy a game. The first part of the month, when Kansas City and San Francisco played in the Super Bowl, I was in front of my television for the whole game and even that half time show. If you can’t tell from my tone of voice, I didn’t care for it.

          As I suspected, life as we knew it before the game didn’t change in the slightest with the possible exceptions of Kansas City, San Francisco, and Miami, where the game happened. For the rest of us, after the game was over, or on Monday morning, most everyone went back to work or school or whatever it is that usually occupies their time.

          Watching a game isn’t what bothers me. What does bother me is, a father who sent his son into the fellowship hall (not here) one Sunday Morning as I was about to have prayer with the choir when the young man came in and told me, “Dad says to tell you the Cowboys kick off at noon today. You need to cut it short.” Yes, that really did happen. It was the first time but I assure you, it wasn’t the last.

          My response? “I am going to preach. I am going to preach the message God gave me to preach. I am going to preach it until I get through. If you finish first, go home.” The young man’s dad thought it was funny.

          I have even heard a bit of a different statement. “Preacher, today is the Super Bowl, Don’t keep us over.” My answer for that one is a bit different. Why do I need to finish early, the game doesn’t even start until 5:30. I am sure we will finish well ahead of that.” The rebuttal to that goes something like this: But what about pre-game? I just shake my head and walk away.

          It is just football. I have a book I have a book titled, Muscular Christianity: and the Development of Sports in America. It’s authors, Tony Ladd and James A. Mathison, believe sports is a new American religion with the major sports becoming its major denominations. When our favorite denomination isn’t in season, participants study and worship elsewhere.

          Sport is far from the only religion out there. Another is shopping. Uh-Oh. He quit preachin’ and went to meddlin’. “There’s a special Sunday sale at XYZ. We don’t have that store. I have to go to Tyler and be there at 10:00 when they open. They’ve got door-busters.

Idols can take many shapes. It might be cars or a new kitchen appliance, it might be guitars (ouch, that one hurt) or our television. It might be a collection of green pictures of dead presidents. If I didn’t mention yours, there is a possibility it is out there. We pour ourselves into our false faith. When does the pursuit of entertainment end and a false God begin?

          We begin a new sermon series for Lent, titled “Seven Essential Questions.” We begin by asking the question, “What Matters Most?”

          We know the answer but don’t live it. Our lives are out of balance. In his book Soul Keeper, John Ortberg argues that it isn’t so much our lives are out of balance. Our lives aren’t balanced because our souls aren’t balanced.

          We are wired to be in relationships with God and with other people. Yet, for short-term gain, a win on the field, a bargain at the store, we allow stuff to replace relationships.

          We allow relationships to deteriorate, putting things ahead of worship, ahead of God. Our souls are out of balance. Our lives are out of balance.

          When we are out of balance, we don’t as we might if we were balanced. You’ve probably seen the commercial of the man wearing a wedding dress on top of a subway grate, complaining about someone’s decision. The director then tells, “Miss Monroe eat a Snickers” because she gets cranky when hungry. After one bite she is back to normal.

          We can get cranky when we’re hungry. With the secularization of society recently, closer to the truth is, we get cranky because we are spiritually out of balance. We aren’t doing what matters most.

          Jesus doesn’t say in this lesson, what matters most but close enough. He is grilled by the Pharisees and Sadducees. An expert in law asks, “What is the most important commandment?” In Hebrew law there are 613 commandments. If you thought only 10, think again.

          Most of us would have a problem. Who could keep up? “If I can’t know them all, what is most important? I need help!!!”

          The expectation was for Jesus to say the Ten Commandments. They were wrong. Jesus said, “The most important one is, ‘Our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’” He continues, “The second is this, ‘You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.’”

          Jesus is saying is, the most important commandment is, love God and love neighbor. If loving God and neighbor is most important, I think is clear, what matters most!

          To balance our lives requires focus on what matters most. How do we show love of God? God gave us part of the answer, “…you shall worship the LORD your God (2 Kings 17:39). Worship is vital to live love of God. We live love for God through giving time and treasure.

As Methodists, John Wesley’s “Acts of Piety” are pretty important to our faith. There are six of these Acts. Wesley believed we practiced these acts, as we journey toward Holiness. The Acts of Piety are: Prayer, searching (studying) the Scriptures, Holy Communion, Fasting, Christian Community, and healthy living. We do better at some than others but each of these can lead us on the path toward holiness.

We also show love of God by how we love our neighbor. Our society has forgotten a lot about loving our neighbor.

There is a Wesleyan answer here too. Wesley called them “Acts of Mercy.” Methodist and others, Wesleyan, or not, should recognize what Wesley’s “Acts.” They are, feeding the hungry, giving water to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned, and burying the dead. Wesley didn’t make these up. When you get home, look up Matthew 25:31-46.

Society has forgotten about loving our neighbor. As I worked on this message, I had YouTube music playing on TV. An old Statler Brothers video came on. Listen as I share the lyrics with you…

Let me be a little kinder
Let me be a little blinder
To the faults of those around me
Let me praise a little more
Let me be when I am weary
Just a little bit more cheery
Think a little more of others
And a little less of me

Let me be a little braver
When temptation bids me waver
Let me strive a little harder
To be all that I should be
And let me be a little meeker
With a brother that is weaker
Let me think more of my neighbor
And a little less of me

Let me be when I am weary
Just a little bit more cheery
Let me serve a little better
Those that I am striving for
And let me be a little meeker
With a brother that is weaker
Think a little more of others
And a little less of me

To live by faith means to live in balance. To live in balance means we focus on what matters most. What matters most is, loving God and loving neighbor.

Let me leave you with one final thought. It is an anonymous quote. “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” As spiritual beings we seek to live in balance and strive always to remember and focus on what matters most, loving God and loving neighbor. If we can do that, we will do what matters most.

If you were not in church March 1, please either go to my Facebook page and comment under the video for this service or you can leave a comment right here for this post on WordPress. Even if you are not a member of our congregation I would appreciate if you gave me an answer to this question: What image comes to your mind when you think of God. This is for a very unscientific survey that I am going to use in next week’s service. So please, take just a moment and give a little help.

Thanks in advance for your help and I pray God blesses your day.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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Sitting on the Premises

Welcome to another “My Song Saturdays.” I have a lot of fun with these posts. For now, on Saturday mornings I am sharing some of the lyrics I have written. When I run out of songs (if I run out) I may share some of the lyrics that have touched my heart or some of the poetry I’ve written that hasn’t worked into a song.

The past couple of weeks I have shared with you a story from several years ago, when, by complete accident, I found a news paper clipping. On it were ten songs and then something closer to us today but done in a way to bring humor. They are things like last week’s song, “We sing ‘O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,’ but we won’t praise God with the one we have.”

I took the quote, one of the four from the clipping I can remember, and because I don’t want to lose it and the quotes be gone forever, I put them into song lyrics. That one became, “I Love to Hear it in My Ears.” Two weeks ago the quoted song was “Let There be Showers of Blessing.” The quote was, “We sing let there be showers of blessing but we won’t go to church when it rains.” That turned into “So From the Showers We Flee.” I have one or two more like this I will share with you.

This week the hymn is “Standing on the Promises.” The quote was, “We sing ‘Standing on the Promises’ when we are really just sitting on the premises.” I hope you enjoy it.

Sitting on the Premises

Sitting on the premises, it’s my first time
When they stared at me, I thought I’d done a crime
I was in their seat, they thought of me as slime
Sitting on the premises at Church

Sitting, Sitting, sitting on the premises, and just do nothing,
Sitting, Sitting, I’m sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting on the premises its Holy Ground
The preacher tells us we should let our love abound
I show up on Sunday, more would just astound
Sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting, Sitting, sitting on the premises, and just do nothing,
Sitting, Sitting, I’m sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting on the premises of Christ’s own Church
For today’s lesson I will not go search
When it’s read aloud my lips will form a smirch
Sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting, Sitting, sitting on the premises, and just do nothing,
Sitting, Sitting, I’m sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting on the premises I know there’s more
Maybe what the preacher said can tell the score
I don’t want to live my life just like before,
Sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting, Sitting, sitting on the premises, and just do nothing,
Sitting, Sitting, I’m sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting on the premises grace comes to me
It’s a gift that God gives us all you see.
The gift is so that we can have eternity,
Sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting, Sitting, sitting on the premises, and just do nothing,
Sitting, Sitting, I’m sitting on the premises at Church.

Sitting on the premises from sin I’m free
Through the blood of Jesus, I have victory
AI tell all the world what God has done for me and
I’m standing on the promises of God.

Standing, Standing, standing on the promises, of Christ my savior
Standing, Standing, I’m standing on the promises at church.

I pray you have a blessed weekend – AT CHURCH!

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

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Hear My Cry Lord (Psalm 11)

Psalm 11

For the director of music. Of David.

In the Lord I take refuge.
    How then can you say to me:
    “Flee like a bird to your mountain.
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
    they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows
    at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed,
    what can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in his holy temple;
    the Lord is on his heavenly throne.
He observes everyone on earth;
    his eyes examine them.
The Lord examines the righteous,
    but the wicked, those who love violence,
    he hates with a passion.
On the wicked he will rain
    fiery coals and burning sulfur;
    a scorching wind will be their lot.

For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face. (Psalm 11:1-7, New International Version)

Here My Cry Lord

A poem based on Psalm 11

The bird finds a sturdy tree and, in its limbs, builds a nest.
Mighty grizzly bears find peace and rest in a cave.
I am tired and weary help me find peace and rest.
O Lord my God, I find rest and comfort in gifts you gave.

Enter the presence of God Most High.
Bow down low before the Holy throne.
Let me speak and pray, as you draw nigh.
Hear my cry Lord, my heart you’ve known.

My bones are tired and weary, Your shelter my soul needs
Send away those who work against you Father.
I am stuck with enemies all around, take the lead.
They wear me out, I survive because I love you.

Enter the presence of God Most High.
Bow down low before the Holy throne.
Let me speak and pray, as you draw nigh.
Hear my cry Lord, my heart you’ve known.

I stand in your loving presence Lord, in you I’m blessed.
My God, you love more than any other, know my heart.
To see your Holy face will give me strength on my quest.
In your strength I will serve you and I will do my part.

Enter the presence of God Most High.
Bow down low before the Holy throne.
Let me speak and pray, as you draw nigh.
Hear my cry Lord, my heart you’ve known.

May God hear the cry of your heart.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Seeking the Genuine,
Keith

Copyright 2020, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved
Permission is given for use in non-commercial purposes

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