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a crown of thorns

They twisted together a crown of thorns
And set it on His head.
Matthew 27:28-29
 
 
 
Once I heard a song of sweetness,
As it filled the morning air,
Sounding in its blest completeness,
Like a tender, pleading prayer;
And I fought to find the singer,
Where the wondrous song was borne;
And I found a bird quite wounded,
Pinned down by a cruel thorn.
 
I have seen a soul sadness,
While its wings with pain were furled,
Giving hope, and cheer and gladness
That should bless a weeping world
And I knew that life of sweetness,
Was of pain and sorrow borne,
And a stricken soul was singing,
With its heart against a thorn.
 
You are told of One who loved you,
Of a Savior crucified,
You are told of nails that held Him,
And a spear that pierced His side;
You are told of cruel scourging,
Of a Savior bearing scorn,
And He died for your salvation,
With His brow against a thorn.
 
You “are not above the Master.”
Will you breathe a sweet refrain?
And His grace will be sufficient,
When your heart is pierced with pain.
Will you live to bless His loved ones,
Though your life be bruised and torn,
Like the bird that sang so sweetly,
With its heart against thorn?
 
 L.B. Cowman

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart,
Since as members of one body
 You were called to peace.
And be thankful.
Colossians 3:15
 
 
My three-year old son Sterling is very affectionate.  He gives my husband and me kisses and hugs for no other reason but to show his love.  It is nice to be appreciated for who you are and not just for the things that you do.  In the same way, I believe God likes to be noticed and appreciated just for who He is.  Our praises and thankfulness are our way of giving God “hugs and kisses”. 
 
I have a long history with the book, My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.  In 1996, I first highlighted his July 12th devotional.  It has continued to be one of the most challenging and inspiring devotionals that I have read.  
           
 My Utmost for His Highest — July 12
We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy a quiet retreat. We are here to have the full realization of Jesus Christ, for the purpose of building up his body.
 
Am I building up the body of Christ, or am I only concerned about my own personal development?  The essential thing is my personal relationship with Jesus Christ — “… that I may know Him.” (Philippians 3:10).  To fulfill God’s perfect design for me requires my total surrender–complete abandonment of myself to Him.  Whenever I only want things for myself, the relationship is distorted.  And I will suffer great humiliation once I come to acknowledge and understand that I have not really been concerned about realizing Jesus Christ Himself, but only concerned with knowing what He has done for me.
 
My goal is God Himself, not joy and peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.
From Him the whole body … grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:16
 

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Place me like a seal
over your heart.
Song of Songs 8:6
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Place me like a seal over your heart….for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.  It burns like blazing fire like a mighty flame.  Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away (Song of Songs 8:6-7).
 
 
The Holy Spirit’s love burns like a
Blazing Fire
Nothing can quench
Love
 
  
Having believed, you were marked in Him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13

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My heart and my flesh
Cry out for the Living God.
  
Psalm 84:2
  
  
 
The Spirit brings tenderness to our…heart by caressing us with His tender touch and arousing us to love and good deeds.  The Spirit woos us with the words of a lover, inviting us to a union with God that is intimate, passionate, and fruit bearing.  We are not alone, nor will we be left without a voice.  Dan B. Allender, Ph.D.
 
If you have a favorite Dan B. Allender, Ph.D. quote, you are invited to share it in the comment section.
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~Righteousness and peace kiss each other.  Psalms 85:10 
 

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I want to know Christ…
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Philippians 3:10
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“How do you know Christ?”  While I was in college, I asked this question to Dianne Carroll and Louine Woodroof.  These two women passionately love the Lord and are a part of my heritage of faith.  Their response was that you get to know Christ the same way as any other person: by spending time together developing a relationship.

Since then, following their advice, I have pursued Jesus’ heart.  Recently, my family visited Northstar Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The Pastor, Scott Cagle, connected the verse “I want to know Christ” with the verses in Matthew 7:21-23.  Jesus says that He will tell many people, “I never knew you.”  I want to know Christ so He will say He knows me!  I want him to say, “I have found Sara Ross, a woman after My own heart; she will do everything I want her to do.”  (Based on Acts 13:22)  Someday, we will all see Jesus face to face.  What do you want Him to say about you?

Scott Cagle’s message: All authority 4/26/09

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