Poem of the Day: The Gospel of the Wall of Jericho

Your wall, O wicked Jericho, your ancient, mighty wall,
Your shame, where you have made your infants’ blood renowned,
Your boast, your monument, your Babel, tall
And endless on its side, bent ’round
Into a ring, a thrust,
Betrothing you
To dust;

Your wall, your peace, your life you thought would ever thrive,
Now hollowed with four centuries of pride
Into a labyrinthine hive
Of honeyed lust inside,
With brothels all
Will fall;

But for one slender segment, with it’s rooms
And beds and washing bowls and creams
And ointments and perfumes,
Enflaming dreams,
Now screams;

Where Rahab and her kindred hide,
All hanging by a thread
The spies supplied
And said

Would save, if they obeyed.
They ’wait the blade
In dread;

But there, instead
Of sword,

The cord.

 

Written by John Piper

Humanity Caught In Trafficking

TIU football Coach Kirk Wherrit alongside the Program Director of Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking initiative in Northern India.

 

“In India, there are approximately 13.9 million people trapped in slavery. These victims, including children, are forced into hard labor and prostitution and are targeted because of their poverty conditions.”  This was a bitter taste of reality we were reminded of in chapel this past Monday.  Bright Hope, an organization dedicated to bringing hope to those living on less than $1 a day, working together with the TIU football team have been raising awareness of the sex-trafficking industry and it has been a blessing.  Thank God for opening our eyes to see the wicked things happening all around us, that we may be moved with compassion in these last and evil days.

For more info, visit www.brighthope.org

Poem of the Day: I Walked A Mile with Pleasure

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When sorrow walked with me.

-Robert Browning Hamilton

 

“Every trial is a blessing.  There have been times when I have been pressed through circumstances and it seemed as if a dozen road engines were going over me, but I have found that the hardest things are just lifting places into the grace of God.”

-Smith Wigglesworth

Singing with Keith and Kristyn Getty!

On Stage with the Getty’s!

 

TIU Concert Choir with Keith Getty

Wait, what? People still tap dance (or river dance better yet, I hardly knew the difference when it happened on stage!)???  Indeed they do.  Singing with Keith and Kristyn Getty (the folks who wrote the famous contemporary Christian hymn “In Christ Alone”) was wonderful!  The Getty’s came to TIU to celebrate the inauguration of our new president, David S. Dockery.  The concert was full of surprises, fancy instruments and dancing.  It was all fantastic!  Their style was truly a rare sight to behold, especially for the eyes of this young Pentecostal preacher.  The most powerful moment for me was when they sang an old hymn by William Cowper, “O For A Closer Walk with God.”  I’ll leave you a few verses to meditate on:

Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

Return, O holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn
And drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.