Tom Bolton

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Name: Tom Bolton
Date registered: March 3, 2012
URL: http://tbolto.wordpress.com

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  1. Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Joy of the Redeemed — December 20, 2014
  2. Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger 2014: Redeemed — December 19, 2014
  3. Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Turn Away — December 18, 2014
  4. Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Repenting — December 17, 2014
  5. Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger 2014: Clad in Guilt — December 16, 2014

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Dec 20 2014

Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Joy of the Redeemed

Original post at http://tbolto.wordpress.com/2014/12/20/devotions-to-our-god-in-the-manger-joy-of-the-redeemed-2/


A D V E N T  2 0 1 4:    D E V O T I O N S   T O   O U R   G O D   I N   T H E   M A N G E R

Week 3                                                                                                            Redeemed

Isaiah 35:1

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 Joy of the Redeemed

I believe, I believe, I believe,
and I am giddy in joy,
warm and excitable this day.
Today my longing is deepened, my
search for home more lively.
Hope thrives in the wilderness,
my dreams made new each day,
God waiting for me in the stillness,
the stillness awakening me.
My smallest concern is in this wilderness,
Jesus my comforter.
I am a partner in hope,
redeemed.
Let peace begin with me,
shared through me.
I have surrendered my cluttered thoughts,
awake in joy–
Joy in redemption.
God heals the world,
and I walk gently in the way of Christ’s peace,
this way,
Shalom bringer,
walking home with joy.
My spirit rejoices!
I joyfully walk home.

Joy to the World!
Joy in the Word!

© Tom Bolton, December 20, 2014, Milwaukee

 


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Dec 19 2014

Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger 2014: Redeemed

Original post at http://tbolto.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/devotions-to-our-god-in-the-manger-2014-redeemed/


Mark 9:24

A D V E N T    2 0 1 4:    D E V O T I O N S   T O   O U R   G O D   I N   T H E   M A N G E R

Week 3                                                                                                            Redeemed

Carved Nativity group made by Faith Craft

Redeemed, Help my Faith

I believe, I believe, I believe,
I believe, and yet:
Help my unbelief today.
How can it be?
Redeemed and healed, I am often filled with joy,
And yet,
Where does this unbelief come from? Where was it hidden?
Was it hidden at all?
When this faith becomes doubtful of itself,
it stands in temptation again,
as it was in the beginning, in the edge of the garden.
Fragile in our faith, we are sorely tested
each day.
It was
God’s love—his grace—in Jesus that saves us.
It is our faith that takes us there to gaze on Jesus,
To grab hold of His grace, His forgiveness, His empowerment;
Lord, I ride my faith to return to your power.
My faith is in a great, great God.
Yet my faith can be so small;
Help me Lord. Redeem me anew.

© Tom Bolton, December 12, 2012, Milwaukee
Revised for Advent 2013


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Dec 18 2014

Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Turn Away

Original post at http://tbolto.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/devotions-to-our-god-in-the-manger-turn-away/


A D V E N T   2 0 1 4:     D E V O T I O N S   T O   O U R   G O D   I N   T H E   M A N G E R

Week 3                                                                                                   Redeemed

Ezekiel 14:6
Acts 2:38

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 Turn Away

Repent!
Again, Repent
Each day anew, turn away from all that which turns you the wrong way.
Turn back to the One.
Turn away from the putrid, the self-center,
the wealth that perishes.
Turn toward the infant, now in the manger,
Emanuel.
The eyes are hard to change some days.
Repent!
Again, Repent!
We are reminded and warm in the Spirit.
The passion overflows, and we
know.
Turn away and seek
to be cleaned and restored.
Repent!
At the manger, I come to repent.
Joy in the Word!
Joy to the World!

(c) Tom Bolton, 18 December 2014, Bay View


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Dec 17 2014

Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Repenting

Original post at http://tbolto.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/devotions-to-our-god-in-the-manger-repenting/


 

A D V E N T   2 0 1 4:    D E V O T I O N S   T O   O U R   G O D   I N   T H E   M A N G E R

Week 3                                                                                                      Redeemed

Zion shall be redeemed by justice,
    and those in her who repent, by righteousness.       Isaiah 1:27 

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  -Matthew 3:11

             I Repent

I am called to repent, and
Here I stumble and come forth, called to justice,
Made for righteousness,
Stumbled and brought up, redeemed.
It is right and just that I yearn to repent,
Humble before the manger.
Unused to forgiveness,
straining to find forgiveness, myself,
I seek to turn away.
Let me not turn from this gift;
let me turn from my ways.
I would turn back and be in connection with
the most High.
I repent, restored to justice,
Restored to the right place.
At the manger, I yearn to repent.
Joy in the Word!
Joy to the World!

(c) Tom Bolton, 17 December 2014, Bay View


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Dec 16 2014

Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger 2014: Clad in Guilt

Original post at http://tbolto.wordpress.com/2014/12/16/devotions-to-our-god-in-the-manger-2014-clad-in-guilt/


Isaiah 1: 18

A D V E N T   2 0 1 4:    D E V O T I O N S   T O   O U R   G O D   I N   T H E   M A N G E R

Week 3                                                                                                              Redeemed

English: Scroll of the Psalms

     In Guilt, Clad

All that God has done for His people,
I see it done for me.
The plaintive cry of the Psalmist rocks me,
and yet my heart cries more silently.
I hear the cry and feel the pain,
and I know the response of our savior.
His grace and care caress me today.
All the past records His grace,
and there is nothing less for me.
Sins so scarlet, marks crimson,
these are lifted up pure, as adorable as the favored lamb-toy.
Jesus took on our guilt,
and I know not to remove myself.
I would claim the divine justification;
I would be warm as the babe in the manger.
I see the innocence, and claim the guilt.
At the manger, I yearn to be redeemed.
Joy in the Word!
Joy to the World!

(c) Tom Bolton, 17 December 2013, with Chili


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Dec 15 2014

Hopeful: Devotions to Our God in the Manger: Redeemed Anew

Original post at http://tbolto.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/devotions-to-our-god-in-the-manger-redeemed-anew/


Matthew 19:16-19
A D V E N T  2 0 1 4:   D E V O T I O N S   T O   O U R   G O D   I N   T H E   M A N G E R

Week 3                                                                                                           Redeemed

English: Roadside verge near Guilt Cross Young...

       Sinless Guilt

He has lifted it all off me,
and I seek to release my guilt.
It is not just the goodness of the baby,
for we know that goodness of the babe.
We struggle more to see the sacrifice,
how he lifts off our guilt.
He dwells with us now;
Human, He overcomes all that burdens us.
Brother, He takes us as we are, and
Dams up our guilt.

(c) Tom Bolton, 17 December 2013 Bay View


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