Monthly Archives: December 2010


faces amber mackenzie

we all have faces

some we share

and others we hide


who we are

and what we become

is driven by being known


we think we know others

but we only know who

they let us know


we don’t even know ourselves

our masks so thick

we can’t see through


what are we hiding from

who are we afraid to be

what are we afraid to know


Romans 6 – Poetic Paraphrase

Romans 6:1-14

1   to continue to sin so that grace may abound

would be like my sons wanting to hear the sound

of a belt or spoon. they didn’t consider the end

or they wouldn’t have continued to sin.


2   we have died to sin and all that sin entails

to continue to live in it would completely derail

the good that God has for me and you

so let us die to it and not let sin continue


3   baptized into Christ is to join Him in His death

to give in so completely that there is none of us left

this goes for all of us who are associated with Christ

for we have joined His death when in Him we were baptized


4   being raised from the dead after we’re buried with Him

to the glory of the Father we’re completely dead to sin

buried to sin then raised just as Christ

no longer just dead to sin but raised in newness of life


5   united with Him in a death like His

trying not to live like i once did

His power in me is without question

united with Him, too, in His resurrection


6   my old self was crucified and brought to nothing

that body of sin is now dead and rotting

no longer enslaved, but free and alive

the body of sin is dead, crucified


7   set free from sin is the one who has died

the body of sin is dead, crucified

escaped from the bondage that once held me

the one who has died has been set free


8   if i died with Christ i believe i will also live

dead to my old self and dead to sin

for if my old self has died with Christ

then i also believe that in Christ i’m alive


9   Christ, being raised, will never die again

death and grave have no dominion over Him

He was raised from the dead, once more alive

we know that Christ will never again die


10  for the death he died, once for all

to save me from my sin and fall

a life to God he died to sin

he died he died he lives he lives


11   i must consider myself both alive and dead

dead to sin but alive to God instead

to God in Christ Jesus i am alive

dead to my sin but alive in Christ


12  sin therefore must no longer reign

the sin that once was is dead and slain

it can no longer make me obey its passions

i will therefore not let my mortal body sin


13  i will not present my members to sin as instruments

for unrighteousness. but instead present

myself to God as i’ve been brought to life

my members to God as instruments of the upright


14  sin has no dominion over me

not under law but under grace i’m free

the rule of sin has come to an end

because under grace it has no dominion


black into blue

Carlos Whitaker (@loswhit, sent out a call to his peeps on Black Friday to help him bring water to Malindi, Uganda.  I just wanted to help him spread the word…


on black friday Carlos turned black into blue

sending out a challenge to me and to you

to join his team and give 10 dollars

so one more child in Uganda can have safe water


it’s now six days in, and over $5,000 raised

that means entire communities are saved

we’re giving new life to Uganda together

join the team and give by texting “WMI” to 85944


in this season of giving, make your gift travel far

you can cash in those coins from the cookie jar

or maybe skip your starbucks today and make your own coffee

please join team “ragamuffin” today and bring water to Malindi


Visit or for more info.


My Utmost – The Nature of Reconciliation

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him —2 Corinthians 5:21

“Other faiths deal with sins— the Bible alone deals with sin. It is revealed throughout the Bible that our Lord took on Himself the sin of the world through identification with us, not through sympathy for us. And now anyone can experience that reconciliation, being brought into oneness with God, on the basis of what our Lord has done on the cross.”


He who knew no sin

was made to be sin for us

that we might be right


He took on our sin

so that our sins might not reign

He died once for all


we have died to sin

buried with Christ in baptism

raised to walk in Him


the newness of life

means never to die again

alive by God’s grace