Archive for March 2019

Knowing the Transcendent God: My Personal Story 1

On Fridays during the coming months, I will be blogging reflections on the transcendent God. To begin, let me reflect on my personal journey toward Him.

All my life God has been drawing me toward Himself. He has been working to help me know Him and trust Him and walk constantly with Him. But as I look back over the years, several key turning points stand out. Here is the first.

I became a Christian at age 10 and was active in my faith throughout my public school years. But about the time I started at the University of Cincinnati, I began to doubt. Were all the Bible’s fantastic stories really true? During my first two years in college, I was a sincere atheist, though I continued to attend church.

However, I came to realize that in my human limitations, I could not rationally know whether there was a God or not. The human mind, the human perspective is far too limited. Without even knowing the word, I wrestled with His transcendence and came to admit that He was beyond me.

But when my reasoning reached its limits, the living witness of God’s people took over. I became firmly convinced that God was real because He was real in the lives of my parents and the people in my home church.

There was no emotional crisis moment when I returned to God. His Spirit spoke to me quietly, personally, and I responded in faith. I decided to believe in Him. It was that simple. I decided to trust Him, and my life changed forever. I’ve never looked back.

Listen and sing:
Hymn: Simple Faith
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Christ in Psalm 38

Jesus Christ took upon Himself
the full weight of
our suffering for sin,
so vividly depicted in
Psalm 38.

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Despised, condemned, forsaken
For sin, but not His own;
What guilt and countless torments rained
On Him and Him alone!
Rebuked, oppressed, abandoned there,
Immersed in deepest pain,
Consumed by sorrow, crushed by grief
And evil unrestrained.

While hatred shouts its anger,
Hear fervent love and prayer
As even those who torture Him
Are objects of His care.
While enemies are mocking Him
And loved ones pull away,
His unresisting silence speaks
More love than words could say.

O Savior, in our weakness,
Our darkest guilt and shame,
We look to You, our holiness,
Eternally the same.
Our pure and perfect sacrifice,
The goodness we pursue,
Our hope, our joy, our confidence,
Our destiny is You.


by Ken Bible, © 2018




Lent 4 


Monday –      When Messiah Came
         Hymn: Here Is Love (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Scarred
         Hymn: Our Great High Priest (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Picture This
         Hymn: Pictures of God’s Love (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Jesus’ Heart for People
         Hymn: Feel the Savior’s Heart for People (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Letter from a Concerned Father
         Hymn: A Father’s Love (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Love Is Not Blind
         Hymn: Our Father’s Burning Heart (recording) (printed)


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Complete Your Love in Us

Father, You are love.
As You immerse us in Yourself,
You immerse us in love.

Your work in us begins in love.
When we were far away and
walking the other direction,
Your love patiently,
drew us near.

In the heavenly places,
in the power center of all reality,
You blessed us abundantly in Your Son Jesus Christ.
You lavished on us eternal gifts
beyond our understanding.

You rooted us in love.
You planted us in
the rich soil of Your boundless goodness.
As we grow in love and
grow in You,
we bear the fruit of love,
nourishing the needy hearts all around us.

As You began Your salvation in love,
You will complete it in love.
You will come to us again.
You will take us fully to Yourself.
We will forever be
Your chosen people,
Your holy temple,
Your glorious bride.

Praise to You, Father!
As we trust and obey You,
complete Your love in us.

Listen and sing:
Hymn: Love Has Brought Us Near
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Your Love, Holy Father

Consider this:
the Father, Son, and Spirit have
engulfed us in the
peace, and
they share among themselves.

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Your love, Holy Father,
Love for Your Son,
Poured out through Your Spirit
Making us one!
No longer unclean and
No longer alone,
Now one with You, Father,
We are Your home.

Your peace, Holy Father,
Peace in Your Son,
Deep peace in Your Spirit,
Heaven begun!
Through suffering and heartache
This blessing has grown.
All wrapped in Your keeping,
We are Your own.

What joy, Holy Father,
Joy in Your Son,
Great joy in Your Spirit,
Glory begun!
Your life every moment,
Your presence, Your voice,
Your fullness forever–
Lord, we rejoice!


by Ken Bible, © 2008




Lent 3 


Monday –      The Way He Speaks
         Hymn: When Jesus Speaks (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Father, as Jesus cleansed the temple…
         Hymn: My Mind Will Be Your Holy Place (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – I Hunger for You
         Hymn: Psalm 63 (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Christ in Psalm 7
         Hymn: Christ in Psalm 7 (recording) (printed)

Friday –          The Just Will Live by Faith
         Hymn: By Faith in Jesus Christ (ST. THEODULPH) (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Jesus Weeps for the Unrepentant
         Hymn: Jesus Weeps for the Unrepentant (recording) (printed)


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The Foolishness of Unbelief

A prayer response to Revelation 9:13-21,
the sixth trumpet

Father, uproot from my heart and life
all the foolishness of unbelief.

You created me.
You shared Yourself
with me and
through me.
You redeemed me.
When I didn’t know You and had
no inclination toward You whatsoever,
You poured out Your life for me.
Yet I still struggle to trust You completely with needs that are
right now,
in the real world.
When the pain is pressing and I feel no relief,
I still doubt.
When the answer doesn’t come when and how I expect,
I waver.
You know it’s true, Father.

You are the only Source and complete reservoir of all
power, and
All that I see, touch, and know
came from You alone.
Yet it’s still not automatic to trust that
You and all Your promises are
absolutely real and
absolutely certain.

I trust material things and not You?
Money and not You?
Myself and not You?

Father, continue to uproot all this nonsense from my
thinking and
How many times do You have to prove Yourself to me?
I do believe in You.
I do know, from reason and experience, that You are
completely true,
always responsive, and
unfailingly faithful.
Infuse all I am with that simple faith.

You are the most real thing in all my world.
Help me to live like it.

Listen and sing:
Hymn: Lord, Why Am I Anxious?
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Psalm 22

When Jesus prayed on the cross,
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”,
he was quoting Psalm 22.
This hymn helps us understand His prayer,
not as a cry of doubt,
but as a deep expression of faith
for life’s worst moments.

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O why have You left me,
My Father and my Lord?
My prayers hang unanswered,
My desperate cries, ignored.
Your love, pure and holy,
Is ever here and now,
A pure, tender wisdom,
Though sense cannot see how.

They growl as they circle.
They pierce my hands and feet.
They mock, laugh, and torture
With hatred soon complete.
O God, I am helpless,
But ever it is so.
I need You each moment –
O Lord of all, You know.

My God, still my Father,
I praise Your glorious name!
In light and in darkness
Your goodness is the same.
My song is Your greatness,
Your glory, my reward,
My Sovereign, my Savior,
My Life, my Light, my Lord!


by Ken Bible, © 2017




Lent 2 


Monday –      I Want to Follow Jesus
         Hymn: Come See Our God (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Denying Myself
         Hymn: In Your Steps (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Grasping for Greatness
         Hymn: Not Greatness, but Sacrifice (recording) (printed)

Thursday –    Surprised by Suffering
         Hymn: Glorify Your Name (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Career Goals
         Hymn: In the Father’s Hand (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Weeping Over Jerusalem
         Hymn: Lord, Keep Us Reaching (recording) (printed)


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Free for the Asking

A reflection on Revelation 22:17-21,
a final invitation

All God’s very best gifts are
free for the asking.

“Ho! Everyone one who thirsts, come to the waters;
And you who have no money, come, buy and eat.
Come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without cost.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And delight yourself in abundance.”
(Isaiah 55:1-2, NASB)

His Spirit calls to you, “Come!”
His redeemed people call to you, “Come!”
All who have ever trusted Him urge you to “Come!”

Do you have a thirst that nothing else has ever satisfied?
purity, and
the fullness of life
are freely available.

Listen and sing:
Hymn: Lay Aside Your Passing Pleasures
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