Posts with the tag “psalms”

Less About Me. More About God. | by Chassidy Rogers
by John Rogers on July 28th, 2020
The soundtrack of my childhood is varied. Thanks to my mother, with her strong alto voice, eclectic taste in music, and habit of singing while cooking, cleaning, and basically every other daily activity, from an early age I was exposed to a wide variety of music.  Read More
Longer Than the Whole Love Song of Solomon | by John Rogers
by John Rogers on July 24th, 2020
My wife and I have the privilege of working together part-time at a private Christian School. The school sits on land that had been previously owned by a farming family, therefore, the main hub of this school is an old two-story house. This house houses the teacher workroom, the study, and offices. One of those offices is mine.   Read More
"I Don't Want a god I Have to Clothe!" | by Chassidy Rogers
by John Rogers on July 23rd, 2020
I was 18 years old, an ocean away from home, and I’d never seen anything like it before. The small Texas town where I grew up had a church on every corner. Now, I was surrounded by temples and shrines. Seeing the ritual hand cleansing and burning of incense and clapping was all disquieting, but nothing unsettled my soul like seeing people literally bow down to and worship a statue. A nearby sign spoke of the closed eyes of the statue, how he was peacefully at rest. Nearby stood another statue to pray to on which someone had recently placed a jacket and scarf- just in case the god got cold.  Read More
Because God did not Spare his Own Son | by John Rogers
by John Rogers on July 22nd, 2020
Psalm 103 opens with a summons to our soul to bless the LORD. To bless his holy name and to remember all his many benefits. But why have we received even one benefit as sinners against this holy and just God?  Read More
Like a Magnolia Journal | by John Rogers
by Chassidy Rogers on July 17th, 2020
We long for many things. Good things. We long to buy and sell, eat and drink, have a good night’s sleep yet seize the day. Our desires are without end. This is because “we were made by God, made for God, made to need God, and made to run on God,” wrote Dallas Willard. Desire is a good thing. We have been wired to desire. But we must always remember that it is only in our Maker where our desires can be met.  Read More
The King is Coming | by Chassidy Rogers
by Chassidy Rogers on July 15th, 2020
One of the most comprehensive themes throughout the Bible is that of a Kingdom. Jesus wasn’t the first to talk about the Kingdom of God. We see it all throughout the Scriptures, even beginning in the very first chapters of Genesis, where we are introduced to our Creator King.  Read More
How's Your Soul? | by John Rogers
by John Rogers on July 12th, 2020
How are you? Most, if not all of us, hear this question at least once a day and, unless we are really wanting to get into it, tend to reflexively, and passingly respond with, “Good. How are you?” But if someone was to ask you, “How’s your soul?” Well, this might make you actually stop to examine yourself.  Read More
Stop. Meditate. | by John Rogers
by John Rogers on July 9th, 2020
When asked why he meditated on the word of God, Eberhard Bethge, a disciple of Dietrich Bonhoeffer replied, “Because I am a Christian, and because therefore every day is a day lost for me in which I have not penetrated deeper into the understanding of the word of God in Scripture.”  Read More
Be Still and Know... | by Chassidy Rogers
by John Rogers on July 9th, 2020
“Aslan is on the move.” Upon their entrance through the wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia, this statement was repeated over and over to the 4 Pevensie Children. “Aslan is on the move.” To those who knew Aslan, this fact brought great comfort, excitement, and anticipation.   Read More
A Song of Cheerful Hope | by John Rogers
by John Rogers on July 6th, 2020
Psalm 27 is “a song of cheerful hope,” writes Charles Spurgeon. It is a hymn, he continues, “well fitted for those in trial who have learned to lean upon the almighty arm.” One could even call it a lullaby—a cradlesong to lull the children of God to a peaceful rest in times of distress.  Read More