Archive for March, 2013

Under the Darkness

 by  Bruce T. Jackson

There are some people

Who live under the darkness.

You rarely see them during the day.

Yet, when the sun goes down

And the street lights come on,

They magically appear.

Out of the depths of somewhere unknown,

They emerge all made up and dressed up,

Looking for something new

But not something new under the sun.

They thrive in the dark of night.

They live for sundown and avoid sunrise.

They slip in and out of juke joints and bars.

They liven up when the lights are low

And the music is so loud

That it seems to drown out

The sighs and cries of a dreadful life.

They live in the dark.

They come alive at night.

They live hidden lives by day

And only emerge from under the darkness.



Reprinted from the book Words from the Underground


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Church folks are constantly sharing some unconventional wisdom that comes in the form of an idiom or something similar.  They will say things about “good problems” and what is or is not in the will of God.  To be honest, we should see god at work with both the good and bad in our lives.

Problems can be profitable when we are faithful of:

  • The Presence of God in Our Situation
  • The Power of God over Our Situation
  • The Purpose of God within Our Situation

For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my feet slip.” – Psalm 38:16 NIV


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14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” – Mark 1:14-15 (NIV)

Your ministry will call you.  It will beckon you.  It will bother you.  It will burden you.  Your ministry will require that you get started sooner or later, continuing to weigh heavily upon you until you do something about its unquenchable calling upon you.

Where are you going to start? Where is your Galilee?

When are you going to get started? After a tragedy or major change? What will be your John the Baptist type of incident to kick things off?

How will you get things started? Will you preach of the things to come or the things at hand? What will be your ministry and how will you start?

Go into some serious prayer.  All of us have somewhere that the Lord is driving us and directing us.  I pray that you find your guidance and inspiration for a starting point soon.

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