A Good End


John Wesley Sang this great hymn by Isaac Watts in his death bed. I am remembering the hymn as I prepare for the 6th Chapter of our Revival Sunday School Class this week. This version is presented with lyrics from the United Methodist Hymnal.

I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath,
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers;
my days of praise shall ne’er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

 

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I’ll Praise My Maker


John Wesley Sang this great hymn by Isaac Watts in his death bed.  I am remembering the hymn as I prepare for the 6th Chapter of our Revival Sunday School Class this week.   This version is with the John Milns Chorale conducted by Mr. Jabez Janagraj.

I’ll praise my Maker while I’ve breath,
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers;
my days of praise shall ne’er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.

 

 

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Freedom in the Word


Another older piece on freedom, from On Word, Law and Life:

Commanded, Living Free

Commanded to live, keep me free, alive, awash in Your Word, cleansed in Your Word,
Cleansed, clinging to Commandments, relationships freed, miracles clearly seen.
Clinging, clawing my way through this strange New World, keep me, hold me in Your Word.
My soul clamors, longing for Your Word, even when I jerk to deny, clamoring for Your Word.
Condemned, firm in the center, encircled in me, we, greedy ones, circle around, condemned, away from Your Word.
Aware, and back, and in Your Command,
Contempt burns me, and faltering I come back.
Contempt around me, I seize the Word,
alive and aware, alive in Your Word.
Clearly these Words guide me, alive, with joy,
At peace, mes amis, alive in Your Word. Amen.
Condemned, away from the Word, was Esau hated, or away–simply away–away from the Word?

Elevated, Enlightened

Enough! Again enough! Educated in your laws, I obey them to the end. Endless.
Enlighten me each day; fill my mind gently, and I will hold your heavenly edicts in my heart.
Encircling this earthly tabernacle on this rolling path, I am giddy now; keep me joyful, heavenly one.
Enjoying the rich, enriching edicts of your word, ground me, keep me here,
Ensnared not by these get-rich-quick schemes so frequent here.
Joy in the Word, Blessed!

(c) Tom Bolton, December 2011

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Edging Freedom


From the past,  from Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.

Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

 

 

God is at the Edge

Our refuge always–
at the beginning and in the future–
the Light is with us and we are
Warm and Safe always when we take refuge with him.
This earth is majestic,
Miraculously beautiful even as we abuse it.
Mountains and seas, our eyes open wider than
We can imagine.
At the edge of everything,
There is God.
Do we now edge him out,
in awe of technology and gadgets and self-healing cement?
New insects found, do we now take credit?
Insects lost and condemned by our pesticides, do we
also take credit?
New worlds seen through lenses-not-lenses and
barely understood by lay men,
do we now credit these stars and worlds to men?
New knowledge blown wide open,
Do we know too much more, as we edge past our Lord?
New answers found to questions barely heard,
Do we place ourselves on thrones?
New whats-found-wondrous,
Do we lose the whys and forget the whos?
Can the wide-blown new knowledge edge out time-freed faith?
Will we yet let it?
We may yet look past the bright lights,
led’s, and laser tools,
to see Himself revealed,
Jesus still in us.
We open ourselves, miraculous and limited still.
We open ourselves, for the Holy one to enter each.

(c) Tom Bolton, Milwaukee, September 27, 2012.

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Just Freedom


From 2014

Luke 4:18-19

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

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Don’t Panic

In me, the Spirit strikes dissonant notes,

harsh chimes to get my attention, and

I know too the glorious hymns of praise,

the sweet flute and glorious strings of gorgeous musicians,

and striking hymns of Michelle, John, Ray and Kaitlyn,

but today and often,

the chimes are discordant,

and now I hear the Word.

Oppressed are not free when they have not heard,

Town councils are not just unless they hear.

Mother maidens are not released until they hear,

Laborers labor in vain until they hear.

We listen and hear:

Joy in the Word!

Justice for the world.

(c) Tom Bolton, 26 January 2014, West Allis

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New Shoots


A new letter from Mineral Street:

Mineral Street Programs and Services, Inc.

Cultivating healthy individuals, healthy families, for a healthy community.

Offshoots

July 2015

Dear Friends,

My husband and I recently bought a house and moved back to Wisconsin. For the first time ever I am able to have a garden. Sure, I helped my mom weed her garden while growing up, but this is the first time for me to have my own garden. The problem is, while one of the beds looks really great to plant in, one other bed is full of rocks and another full of weeds. I started working on the garden by slowly removing some of the rocks and weeds. I soon found that some of the weeds were too close to the scallions that I had planted and I had to leave the weeds in for fear of pulling out the growing scallions. Then a pesky rabbit ate my bean sprouts! So I put up a fence to help keep them out but I will not have beans this year. My cucumbers, on the other hand, seem to be doing very well. I can’t wait until I have fresh cucumbers to eat!

All of this sounds familiar. The planting of my garden sounds like the parable found in Matthew 13:3-9. And the weeds that I can’t pull sounds like the parable found in Matthew 13:24-30.

And all of this is also true of Morning Glory. We are sowing God’s word one meal at a time. Some hear and want to learn more and some do not. Some of the guests are difficult but we keep trying to work with them just the same. But each person who comes thru the door is taken care of and is being touched by God. It is up to them how they want to receive God’s love that is never ending. We will continue working in this garden until it is harvest time.

Matthew 9:37-38 says Then he said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Will you come and work in the “garden” with us?

May God Bless this Ministry and You!

In Christ,

Lisa Hernandez

Morning Glory Director

MSP&S President

 

Donations can be made to MSP&S and sent to Tri-City National Bank; 4295 West Bradley Road; Brown Deer, WI 53209; ATTN: Penny Tillman

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Free to Donate Blood


A highpoint of my Independence Day was that I was able to give blood at the Blood Center of Wisconsin. I always feel good when I do that.

Last year after having kidney surgery for kidney cancer, my surgeon said I would not be able to give again. But because I have gone over one year without recurrence or more treatment, I can donate again. What a great feeling of freedom!

I felt so energized after my dual red donation Saturday.

 

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