Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Burning

The scalded face
Though gold it be
Does now replace
A fleshy "Thee"

But soon the clouds
With a thund'ring boom
Will strike the crowds
And flame their doom

Unless you're clean
Beware, my friend
You too'll be seen
At the hot fag end
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And he will soon plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children will turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Hunters

Hunter of priests, the souls

Out of the rocks and holes,

Out from the circled prayer,

Take them, dear Lord, from there--

From ev'ry hill and mount,

Faithful on ev'ry count,

Drawing Thy bow to claim

Thy sharpened arrow's aim.

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O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. Let them know thy hand and thy might; let them know that thy name is The Lord.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Fullness

Could it be: your broken heart
Comes when blessings you impart
To the wicked and the vile
Who put the righteous men on trial?

Could it be: contrition's air
Is the pleading of your prayer
For enemies and the bound as well
Who cry the bitter tears of hell?

Rend the veil and free the mind
Forsake the thing that makes you blind!
Form the circle, do not cease
To say the words which shall release!

Bring the fruits meet for the gift
Which will sanctify and lift
You from the depths to rise above
This fallen world, in truth and love!

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All who have sinned apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles, who do not possess the law, do instinctively what the law requires, these, though not having the law, are a law to themselves. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, to which their own conscience also bears witness; and their conflicting thoughts will accuse or perhaps excuse them on the day when, according to the gospel, God, through Jesus Christ, will judge the secret thoughts of all.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Fruits of Repentance

Why is it that ye receive not the preaching of him whom God hath sent? If ye receive not this in your hearts, ye receive not Him and those sent to bear record; and for your sins ye have no cloak.

Repent, therefore, and bring forth fruits meet for repentance; and think not to say within yourselves, "We go into the water as directed, what more can we do?"

You might as well baptize a bag of sand as a man, if not done in view of the remission of sins and getting of the Holy Ghost. Baptism by water is but half a baptism, and is good for nothing without the other half-that is, the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Those who have repented bear fruits.

And by this shall ye know them: they have followed their Lord and their Savior down into the water, according to his word, and they have received the Holy Ghost; then cometh the baptism of fire; and then can they speak with the tongue of angels, and shout praises unto the Holy One of Israel. Yea, then cometh the cleansing and sanctification, wherein they become worthy vessels to house the Spirit of the Lord. They do humble themselves and do walk after the holy order of God. And they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, cannot look upon sin save it is with abhorrence.

I speak by way of invitation, saying: Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life. Bring forth fruits as a witness that you are children of the Father, that your sins may be cloaked from His eyes. Be ye therefore perfected in Him, and then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Our Prayer

Have mercy upon us, O God, according to your loving kindness: according unto the multitude of your tender mercies blot out our transgressions.

Wash us thoroughly from our iniquities, and cleanse us from our sins. For we acknowledge our transgressions: and our sins are ever before us. Against you have we sinned, and done evil in your sight: and you would be justified if you spoke angrily and judged against us.

Behold, we were shaped in a world of iniquity; and in a world of sin did our mothers conceive us. But you desire truth in the inward parts: and in our hidden parts you will make us to know wisdom, if we but hearken to your voice.

Purge us with the holy herb, and we shall be clean: wash us, and we shall be whiter than snow. Make us to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken, and the bodies you have marred may rejoice.

Hide your face from our sins, and blot out all our iniquities. Create in us a clean heart from the broken one, O God; and renew a righteous spirit within us.

Cast us not away from your presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from us. Restore unto us the joy of your salvation; and uphold us with your free spirit. Be our Captain and our Rearward, as we put our trust in you only, and work not according to the ways of man or our own appointment.

Then will we teach transgressors your ways; and sinners shall be converted unto you. Then will we seek your people, O God, who have been cast aside and who have mingled in unbelief.

You desire not sacrifice, other than a broken spirit: you delight not in an offering other than a contrite heart.

Deliver us from our stumbling blocks, O Lord; from the pride of our hearts, and from all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisies, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations. O God of our salvation, then our tongues shall sing aloud of your righteousness with the angels, as we declare your ways. O Lord, open our lips; and our mouths will sing forth your praise.

Bless our enemies and adversaries, O Lord. Bless those who have shamed us, who have lied to us and deceived us. Bless the mischievous, the hypocrites; even the murderers, and those who practice priestcraft and work in the dark with their secret combinations. Bless the whoremongers and the abusers of children. Send not your arm of judgment upon them, for we know not but that they will repent and be immersed in the name of Christ.

Show us how we can do good to our enemies. Let us invite all to our congregations and give a hand of fellowship to the unworthy, since we know that all fall short of the glory of God.  We come unto Christ and pray in His name, that we might be perfected in Him, and deny ourselves of all ungodliness. And we know if we will love you with all our might, mind and strength, that your grace is sufficient for us, and by your grace we may be perfect in Christ; therefore, we cannot deny the power of God.

Do good in your good pleasure unto Zion: build the walls of the New Jerusalem. Then will you be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, the whole offering of our hearts!

This is our prayer and we will cease not to pray in our hearts until we are washed clean, like the deluge of a spring day in the desert, and become pure vessels before you.

Amen.