John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
Books by John Nunnikhoven
Be not afraid when a man becomes rich, when the glory of his house increases. For when he dies he will carry nothing away; his glory will not go down after him. For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed --and though you get praise when you do well for yourself--his soul will go to the generation of his fathers, who will never again see light. Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.
Lay up treasure for yourself in heaven where rust does not corrode nor moth destroy. Lord, to live and work in Your presence for all eternity. That is treasure and the ultimate 401(k).
In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Oh, Lord, receive this as my complete statement of reliance on You and a corresponding vow of obedience. To trust You and not fear; to live according to Your Word as a life which is a thank offering to you; to walk in Your light as a soul that has been released from the grip of the Evil One: This is the Kingdom of God brought to earth!
And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. ... Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Those blessings of wealth and talents that you provide to me, are not for my selfish and greedy grasping, but are for me to apply to bring solace to the hurting, food to the hungry and to visit those in prison. Lord, help me to recognize opportunities to be your delivery agent and to bundle all in the message of your love and grace.
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.
You have heard my cry, You are opening the eyes of my heart, You are lifting me out of the pit of destruction and setting my feet upon the Rock. There is a new song in my mouth, a song of praise and thanksgiving. And You are blessing me by using me to bring Your Blessing to many others. Praise Your holy Name!
O, taste and see that You are good. Let Your sweetness be both honey in my `mouth and repletion in my stomach. I must be 2 seconds into the dawn, and that is awesome. What will it be like when I behold You in all your Glory?
You have commanded Your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping Your statutes!
Yes, Lord, I understand and accept the command: to obey You as proof of my love for You. But I cannot do this faithfully in my own strength; all I can do is plead for strength and guidance. Steadfastness must come from the Holy Spirit, and Lord, often I fail to pay attention to His gentle nudges.
Blessed are You, O LORD; teach me Your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of Your mouth.
Lord, teach me to teach. It is one thing to simply spout your Word, but another to teach as You teach.
Lord, my plea is that my declarations might be full of grace and wisdom; that my goal will be always to bring glory and honor to Your Name, not to elevate myself; that my audience will hear and see You, not me.
To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah. O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds You performed in their days, in the days of old: You with Your own hand drove out the nations, but them You planted; You afflicted the peoples, but them You set free; for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but Your right hand and Your arm, and the light of Your face, for You delighted in them.
Lord, Your cross drives out my sin and afflictions; Your right hand and arm. Your love, grace, and mercy are the light of Your face, shining Your delight upon me. Let Your delight be like a beacon, reflecting Your glory in my life for all to see.
Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your Word! Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your Word. My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.
You are faithful, Lord, you do hear my cry, give me understanding and deliver me. My pleas do come before you, you are the all hearing One.
Great is your faithfulness. Oh God, my Father. Morning by morning, no turning I see. Your Word does not fail me, it guides and sustains me. Always there, always complete, always true, it defines goodness, righteousness and holiness.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth. Thank you that you are opening the eyes of my heart to see and practice the unseen, those things which are eternal and speak of You and your Glory.
My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
My soul clings to those old, filthy habits. Lord, why is it that I know that those ways of living are no longer necessary, that they are disobedient to Your word, that they are abhorrent to You and destructive to me? Why do I cling? Why will I not let go?
Will, Lord, my will versus Your will. The battle continues. Why is it that I cheer for You but secretly aid and abet the enemy? Lord, give me life; destroy my will, teach me to submit to Your will.
They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my support. He brought me out into a broad place; He rescued me, because He delighted in me. The LORD dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He rewarded me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His rules were before me, and His statutes I did not put away from me. I was blameless before Him, and I kept myself from my guilt.
So the LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in His sight.
Yes, LORD, You have brought me into a broad and pleasant place, for You love me, but not because of my righteousness or the cleanness of my hands. The righteousness is the righteousness of the Lamb of God, the One chosen before the creation; the cleanness of His hands provides my entry into that broad and pleasant place. His obedience and blamelessness brought me into the family of the most High.
Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes.
Your commandments are the source of all knowledge and wisdom. They are in place for my guidance as I seek to live a life that brings glory and honor to You. Help me, Lord Jesus, to carry that message into the prison and help all there to take Your Word into their lives.
Teach me to see the completeness, the totality, the marvelous breadth and scope of Your law. And empower me to teach others of that wondrous beauty.
And God spoke all these words, saying, "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.... "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you."
Help me to understand what it means at this stage of my life fully to comprehend this commandment and how to live within it. Give me the wisdom to teach others as they approach caring for their parents in the latter days of their lives.