Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Art at home

I have two artists living in house. They produce many works. This is a small sampling of what they can do and how it is to watch them at "work". So thankful for the constant interest they bring to my every day.


Artists who live in my home from Angie Kroeker on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Psalm 2

I thought that I might take a stab at interpreting this psalm. It is so full of meaning (as are all the psalms) that I didn't want to miss what it has to say. But When I read this introduction by Spurgeon I realized he did a much better job than I ever could. I then thought maybe I could paraphrase it but that too became something I did not want to do. So here is a direct quote from his "Treasury of David, Volume I"




Why do the nations rage, why do the people plot in vain?
The Kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
"Let us break their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us."


He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in His wrath; and terrify them in his furry, saying,
"As for me I have set my king on Zion, my Holy hill."



I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, "You are my son; today I have begotten you.
Ask of me and I shall make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them to pieces like a potters vessel."


Now, therefore, O kings, be wise, be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you parish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.



Friday, January 23, 2015

tea time

I got to have tea with this one a few weeks back.


Oh, You didn't know that doesn't happen every day? Oh....well it doesn't


You see, often when a little one lives in the same house as you and is always present in your life, day and night with you and needing you, things like sitting down to a cup of tea aren't common.


She is such a hoot. She has been fun to have around her whole life. She has made me laugh for years. But.


She's getting really good at it. She is actually getting a bit of a skill at telling jokes. To make them up. Her sense of humor is really starting to show.


She still tells some groaners but, frankly, so do I. What hope is there for her if she is learning from me. I find the jokes that make me laugh the hardest are when they are more like her dads.


I so look forward to spending time with this one. On watching her grow through the years to come.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.



But his delight is in the law of the Lord and on His law he meditates both day and night.


He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields it's fruit in it's season and it's leaf does not wither, all that he does shall prosper.


Not so the wicked, they are like chaff which the wind drives away.


Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement nor the sinner in the congregation of the righteous.


For the Lord knows the way of the righteous but the way of the wicked shall perish.



Though I might like to think that this psalm can be talking of me and how I might be the blessed one mentioned in verse one it cannot be so. For have I avoided the ways of the wicked or the stance of the sinner or the seat of the scoffer? No!! I have taken all these roads and been fully wicked and sinful and scoffing from my very conception. "Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." Psalm 51:5
 Psalm 1 can be talking only of the Lord, Jesus, for he did not sin. He is like the tree planted. All that he does has prospered. It is His work alone that yields fruit, true fruit.
No indeed, I am the wicked. I am like the chaff that the wind should drive away. We are the chaff. We cannot stand in the judgment before a Holy God. A righteous God. We cannot stand in the congregation of this God. Christ alone can and does stand at the right Hand of the most Holy God. It is Christ alone who is the Holy God. Who made himself low that He might take on flesh and die the death that was and is meant for the wicked. It is by calling on His name alone that WE might be saved.

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans" 3:23, "For the wadges of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23, "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Psalm 19

Psalm 19

 "The heavens declare the glory of God, the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
 Day to day pours forth speech and night to night reveals knowledge.



 "There is no speech nor are there words who's voice is not heard.
 Their voice goes out to the ends of all the earth and their words to the end of the world."


 
 "In them He has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
 And like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
 It's rising is from the end of the heavens and it's circuit to the end of them, nothing is hidden from it's heat."



 "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
 The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple."



 "The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.
 The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.
 The rules of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."




 "More to be desired than gold, even much fine gold;
 Sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."



 "Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
 In keeping them there is great reward."



 "Who can discern his errors?
 Declare me innocent from hidden faults."



 "Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
 Let them not have dominion over me!"



 "Then I shall be blameless,
 And innocent of great transgression."



"Let the words of my mouth
 And the meditations of my heart
 Be acceptable in your sight,
 O Lord, my rock and my redeemer."

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Psalm 145

Psalm 145
1 I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
    and praise your name forever and ever.

 


Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
    and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.



On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.




They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.



The Lord is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10 All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,
    and all your saints shall bless you!



11 They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
12 to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.




13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.]
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.



15 The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
16 You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.




17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways
    and kind in all his works.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.




19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.




21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.





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