February 17: Holy Bible

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
February 17
Holy Bible

134.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?
~Mark 8:36

135.
If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land.
~Isaiah 1:19

 

February 12: Honesty

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
February 12
Honesty

118.
The man replied to Joab, “Even if I had the weight of 1,000 pieces of silver in my hand, I would not raise my hand against the king’s son. For we heard the king command you, Abishai, and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for me.’”
–2 Samuel 18:12

119.
Two things I ask of You;
don’t deny them to me before I die:
Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me.
Give me neither poverty nor wealth;
feed me with the food I need.
Otherwise, I might have too much
and deny You, saying, “Who is the LORD?”
or I might have nothing and steal,
profaning the name of my God.
–Proverbs 30:7-9

120.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
–Ephesians 4:14-15

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February 8: “Sestina: Blood Covenants,” a poem by Day Williams

 

Sestina: Blood Covenants

To make a wife for Adam, God spilled blood
By taking Adam’s rib, and Eden’s peace
Was sweet until they broke the law of God,
Who promised through another covenant
A seed to crush the serpent’s head. By faith
They left, the cherubim a flaming sign.

Adam Eve Cranach Elder

After the Flood, the rainbow was a sign.
God said to man, “Don’t eat your meat with blood
In it and do not kill,” so man by faith
In the Lord God Almighty would have peace
With Him and blessings in this covenant
Where Noah intervened for man with God.

Noah rainbow thank offering

Years later, Abraham was tried by God
Through sacrifice of Isaac as the sign
Of faith, the center of this covenant
In which in Isaac’s place a ram shed blood
As God commanded. Abraham gained peace
And blessings, for he showed unyielding faith.

After the plagues fell, Moses by his faith
Led the Israelites from Egypt, then God
Provided Ten Commandments that give peace
When followed, with the Sabbath Day a sign.
The Levites sacrificed the bulls, whose blood
Was confirmation of this covenant,

For blood must spill before a covenant
Will work. The Israelites, of faulty faith,
Failed to follow Mosaic law, and blood
Of bulls did not atone for sins. So God
Made David’s throne eternal, and the sign
Was the sun and the moon. Man failed, and peace

And land were lost to Roman rulers’ “peace.”
Now Israel had failed each covenant,
So God in grace and mercy gave a sign:
The virgin was with child. Not works, but faith
In Him would save a man, He taught, and God
Offered eternal life through Jesus’ blood.

I have sweet peace through Jesus Christ’s shed blood,
For man has a new covenant with God,

Dove Holy Spirit

The  Holy Spirit as the sign of faith.

~Day Williams, from Virginia Street and Other Poems

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Day Williams reads his poem, “Sestina: Blood Covenants”

Aurora Nevada Crucifixion

A sestina (Old Occitan: cledisat [klediˈzat]; also known as sestine, sextine, sextain) is a fixed verse form consisting of six stanzas of six lines each, normally followed by a three-line envoi. The words that end each line of the first stanza are used as line endings in each of the following stanzas, rotated in a set pattern.

The invention of the form is usually attributed to 12th-century troubadour Arnaut Daniel; after spreading to continental Europe, it first appeared in English in 1579, though sestinas were rarely written in Britain until the end of the 19th century. It remains a popular poetic form, and many continue to be written by contemporary poets.

~Wikipedia

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The Holy Ghost

Gives Christians verve,

While Christ gives love;

The Father, nerve.

~Day

February 8: Signs and Wonders

February 8
Signs and Wonders

106.
And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.
–2 Chronicles 26:5

107.
Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.
–Joshua 3:5

108.
Jesus knew what they were thinking and said: “You surely don’t have much faith! Why are you talking about not having any bread? Don’t you understand? Have you forgotten about the five thousand people and all those baskets of leftovers from just five loaves of bread? And what about the four thousand people and all those baskets of leftovers from only seven loaves of bread?”
–Matthew 16:8-101001_Quotations_Bible_Passages_sml

February 7: The Battle is the Lord’s

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
February 7
The Battle is the Lord’s

104.
Then Jahaziel said: “Your Majesty and everyone from Judah and Jerusalem, the LORD says that you don’t need to be afraid or let this powerful army discourage you. God will fight on your side!”
–2 Chronicles 20:15

105.
“You won’t even have to fight. Just take your positions and watch the LORD rescue you from your enemy. Don’t be afraid. Just do as you’re told. And as you march out tomorrow, the LORD will be there with you.”
–2 Chronicles 20:17

 

February 4: Confusion (Bible Passages)

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February 4
Confusion

94.
None of you know
or understand a thing.
You live in darkness,
while the foundations
of the earth tremble.
–Psalms 82:5

95.
Nothing makes sense!
Everything is nonsense.
I have seen it all–
nothing makes sense!
–Ecclesiastes 1:2

96.
No one has come to defend us
or to bring about justice.
We hoped for a day of sunshine,
but all we found
was a dark, gloomy night.
We feel our way along,
as if we were blind;
we stumble at noon,
as if it were night.
We can see no better

than someone dead.
–Isaiah 59:9-10

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February 2: Strength

February 2
 Strength

 

87.

This God is my strong refuge;

he makes my pathway safe.

–2 Samuel 22:33

 

88.

But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak.

–Isaiah 40:31

 

89.

Happy is the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

–Psalm 84: 5

 

90.

They go from strength to strength; each of them appears before God in Zion.

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February 2: Romans Chapter Five

ROMANS CHAPTER FIVE

 

1 Therefore, since we’ve been justified through faith,

We have serenity with God through our

Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have received

 

Access by faith into this grace which we

Now stand in, and we revel in the hope

Of God’s magnificence– 3 not only so,

 

We revel in our sufferings too, for

We understand that suffering creates

Perseverance; 4 and perseverance brings

 

Forth character; and character grows hope,

5 And hope does not dishearten us, because

The LORD has poured his love out to our hearts

 

By the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

6 You see, at just the right time, when we were

Still weak, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Not

 

Often will someone die for a good man,

Although that might be barely possible.

8 But God has demonstrated his great love

 

For us in this: While we were sinners yet,

Christ died for us, 9 for as we have now been

Justified by his blood, how much shall we

 

Be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 Because if,

When we were enemies of God, we were

Reconciled unto him through his Son’s death,

 

How much more shall we, being reconciled,

Be saved through his life! 11 And not only is

This so, but also we have joy in God

 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, and through him we

Have now received our reconciliation.

12 Therefore, just as through Adam sin came in

 

The world, and death through sin, and in this way

Death came to everyone, for all have sinned−

13 Because before the law was given, sin

 

Was in the world, but sin is not assessed

When there’s no law: 14 and yet, from Adam down

To Moses, death reigned even over those

 

Who did not sin by breaking a command,

As Adam did, who was a pattern of

The one to come, 15 and yet the gift is not

 

Just like the trespass, for if many died

By one man’s trespass, how much more did God’s

Grace and the gift by grace of the one man,

 

Jesus Christ, overflow to multitudes!

16 Again, the gift of God is different from

The outcome of the one man’s sin: The judgment

 

Came after one sin, bringing condemnation;

The gift, however, followed numerous

Trespasses and it brought justification,

 

17 For if, by one man’s trespass, death prevailed

Through that one man, how much more will those who

Receive abundant grace and of the gift

 

Of righteousness be kings in life through one

Man, Jesus Christ. 18 Yes, Adam’s trespass brought

Condemnation for all men, and Jesus Christ’s

 

Righteousness makes men right with God and brings

Life for all men, 19 for just as through one man’s

Disobedience many were made sinners,

 

So too through the obedience of one

Man will the many be made right with God.

20 The law was added so that sin would grow,

 

But where sin grew, grace grew that much the more,

So that, as sin had reigned in death, 21 so grace

Might also reign through goodness to afford

 

Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

S.D.G.