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there are armies of foes lined up to attack

marching in a rhythmic drone of dread

life’s warriors opposed to my chosen track


they’re towering before me with intimidating stares

wrestling my faith from my feeble grasp

each one worthy of the ensuing nightmares


their arrows and darts mean to wound and kill

the awareness of my inadequacy i cannot evade

so before His glory and power i am quietly still


i cry out to Him to fight on my behalf

to rescue me from these worries and ills

to comfort me with His rod and His staff


shoes of peace on my feet, His armor’s in place

with a belt of truth, and God’s righteousness on my back

the sword of His Spirit and a strong shield of faith


now prepared for this battle, i rest in His love

the shadow of his might overwhelms me with grace

and i quietly and expectantly await victory from above


Jesus Calling – Sarah Young – 8/18 – Anticipate coming face to face with impossibilities: situations totally beyond your ability to handle. This awareness of your inadequacy is not something you should try to evade. It is precisely where I want you — the best place to encounter Me in My Glory and Power. When you see armies of problems marching toward you, cry out to Me! Allow Me to fight for you. Watch Me working on your behalf, as you rest in the shadow of My Almighty Presence.


Armor of God – Ephesians 6:13-17 “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”




Some dear friends recently shared a passage of Scripture with my wife and me that had encouraged them through some hard times of their own. The passage was Psalm 20.

I paraphrased it for them like this:

in times of trouble
He hears our cry
the God of Jacob keeps us safe unto Him
He sends us help
from His sanctuary
and strengthens us from Jerusalem

our heart’s desires
He grants for us
and makes all our plans succeed
we shout for joy
raise our banner high
for in the name of our God is victory

the anointed king
is answered from heav’n
and rescued by His great pow’r
some nations boast
of chariot and horse
but we boast in the name of our God

those nations will all
collapse and fall down
but we stand firm and rise up
give us victory
oh Lord, to our king
and answer our cry for help

I hope this serves to encourage others as it has encouraged our friends, and as it has likewise encouraged us…

Grace and peace,


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