Showing posts with label Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Bridge Over Troubled Waters – A Path from mother to Our Father - Purity 819

 Bridge Over Troubled Waters – A Path from mother to Our Father - Purity 819

Purity 819 08/25/2022  Purity 819 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s artistic offering comes to us from our friend in the Manchester, England, Philip Hand, who shared this “bridge over troubled waters” back in March with a poem of fond remembrance of his departed mother that I have no other choice but to share.  Philip wrote:

Beautiful Mother

Beautiful Mother of the morning

From loves first breath, life’s dawning

Love embracing innocence,

Face to face in perfect unity


the way mother and child are meant to be.


Thank You for having me

I’d be nothing without you


Even though you are not here,

My love will reach the stars.

Sweet memories I cherish

Forever deep within my heart.”

-Philip Hand

I just love this process of writing that the Lord has put me on with this blog because I literally don’t know where the Lord will take me and what will have to be said from day to day. 

It’s Thursday so this morning I was looking for a photo a pathway on my phone that I could use to represent the “pathway of Christian Discipleship” to encourage my friends to walk in the Spirit, as I do on the fourth work day of week because I traditionally would lead or teach on Thursday nights, that my habit that’s what I do: share pathways on Thursdays to encourage people seek the Lord and to follow Him with their lives.  

But I am on vacation this week, so I didn’t feel pressed for time and went back a little further in my photo archive to try to find something when I came a across Philip’s drawing.  I liked it and since it had a bridge in it I decided that was enough of a pathway to satisfy my Thursday criteria.  And as I examined his work, I tried to make sense of it. I knew it was a bridge, and most likely a stream, but shape of the water resembled a brooding mountainous “Jabba the Hut” like face, and I thought “Bridge over Troubled Water”, perfect. So I figured I had enough and should go to Philip’s page to see the origin to discover, his beautiful poem reflecting a troubled but loving heart paying tribute to his departed mother.

And then I decided to look at the lyrics to Paul Simon’s song, and discovered that the phrase “Bridge Over Trouble Waters” was inspired by Simon listening to the southern gospel group Swan Silvertones’ 1959 song “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep,” in which one particular line rang out to Simon,— I’ll be your bridge over deep water / If you trust in my name—which helped Simon finish “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and its more gospel elements. (   

Although rather vague, Our heavenly Father’s care and concern for us and the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, can be easily imagined in Simon’s lyrics:     

“When you're weary

Feeling small

When tears are in your eyes

I'll dry them all

I'm on your side

Oh, when times get rough

And friends just can't be found

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

When you're down and out

When you're on the street

When evening falls so hard

I will comfort you

I'll take your part

Oh, when darkness comes

And pain is all around

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down

Like a bridge over troubled water

I will lay me down”


If you didn’t know it Simon’s song was written in 1969 when “America was in a state. Vietnam was in motion, Richard Nixon was president, and the country was still coping with the loss of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, who were both assassinated in 1968. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” spoke to the turmoil of the times and continues to adapt to more recent times, used as an uplifting anthem around more tragic events.”  (   

So what do I do with all of this? I think our times continue to be pretty troubled. I don’t think the reality of continuous tragedies or the media’s penchant for highlighting will allow us to imagine our times as anything but troubled. Whether it’s the perceived trouble in our country or very personal pain, trials, and tribulations in our present, or in our past, we could easily admit to some troubled waters in our lives.

So I guess the question is: Will you take that “Bridge” over the troubled waters?

Will you accept the comfort and presence of the Lord in your life when “times get rough, when friends can’t be found, when darkness comes, and pain is all around?”   

Will you move on from the apron strings of your earthly mother and take the path that was laid down for you by Jesus that leads to your Heavenly Father?  

I can only assume that all of this is coming to me this morning because God wants us to know that He knows our heartaches and He knows the trouble in our lives and He wants us to know that He will never leave us or forsake us and He is inviting us to walk with Him and that He will carry us over the troubled waters in our lives.  

So brother and sister, let’s go man. Let’s take that bridge. And let’s keep walking and talking with God until we discover the meaning, purpose, and peace that He has for us.    



Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 93:4 (NLT2)
4  But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the LORD above is mightier than these!

Today’s verse tells us that the Lord above is mightier than the violent raging seas and the breakers on the shore. 

Okay, I can’t make this stuff up.  Is it any wonder why I continually encourage others to “walk in the Spirit”?

So I just happen to write about “troubled waters” and this is the verse of the day? 

“Violent raging of the seas”, I’d say that qualifies as troubled waters!

But what does this verse tell us? It’s tells us “the Lord above is mightier than these”!

We should never forget that when we put our faith in Christ, our lives are saved and we have a the mightiest ally imaginable to help us move through this life and to overcome or to endure whatever waves or storms that this world broken by sin has to offer.  

So be encouraged. The Lord is WITH US and He is more than mighty enough to see us through. 


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from Clinton E. Arnold’s “Powers of Darkness”

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Clinton Arnold’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available on many websites for less than $20.00.

The Issue of Responsibility

If we are duped, exploited or driven to do something by a powerful supernatural opponent—“the devil made me do it”—does that not lessen the level of our personal responsibility? Some theologians fear that this is the case. They are concerned that the belief in a literal devil and evil spirits may lead people to remove responsibility from themselves and locate it somewhere outside of themselves.

When three high-school boys in Carl Junction, Missouri, claimed that the voice of the devil prompted them to kill one of their companions as a sacrifice to Satan in 1987, the courts held the boys responsible and sentenced them to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Is there a possibility that such a ruling was unjust? If a power much greater than themselves compelled them to bludgeon the victim, how could they be held responsible?

It is important to reaffirm that Paul, and the entire testimony of Scripture for that matter, always held people accountable for their decisions and actions. Although Satan can tempt and deceive, God will judge people on the basis of their actions: At “the revelation of the righteous judgment of God,” he “will render to every man according to his deeds” (Rom 2:5–6 NASB; see also Ps 62:12 and Prov 24:12).

Nevertheless, there is another sense in which the powers determine the lives of people, indeed all people. Paul envisioned humanity as being enslaved by the evil one and in need of redemption. Held in tension with this concept is that every person has the opportunity to respond to the liberating message of the gospel. When a person believes in Christ, he or she is divinely rescued from the captivity of Satan and made a child of God. In a sense, Paul presented life as a choice between lordships. One can serve Satan and the powers, or one can serve God. This fundamental choice is all-important at the final judgment. Paul explained that Christ will “punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power” (2 Thess 1:8–9).

Christians have the ability to resist Satan’s temptations to do evil. The ability to resist is mediated to them through their dependence on an all-powerful Lord who strengthens their innermost beings through the presence of his Spirit. For this reason Paul can enjoin his Christian readers to resist the devil (“do not be deceived”) and to desist from all kinds of evil practices.

In Paul’s view non-Christians do not have the ability to withstand the appeals of the devil. This does not mean that every person consistently engages in the grossest forms of moral evil; each individual still bears God’s image (albeit ever so tarnished) and is capable of high standards of morality. Nevertheless, Paul ardently believed every person has violated the ultimate standard of morality, God’s law as revealed in the Old Testament.

Furthermore, in spite of Satan’s compelling solicitations, Paul argued that each person is accountable to God on the basis of their behavior (Rom 2:1–11). He warned of God’s impending judgment: “There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil” (Rom 2:9). There is a sense then in which a person can legitimately appeal to the argument “the devil made me do it.” God, however, still holds people responsible for their actions. And people have a choice to obey God’s law based on their nature as people created in his image; or better, they can respond to Christ’s offer of redemption and then base their lives on Christ’s ethical demands and appropriate his power to fulfill them.[1]

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[1] Clinton E. Arnold, Powers of Darkness: Principalities & Powers in Paul’s Letters (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic: An Imprint of InterVarsity Press, 1992), 189–191.