Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

John Nunnikhoven

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

Psalm 119:91

By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.

 "All things are your servants." "All things" "All" Totally inclusive, no exceptions, ALL. Every aspect of the creation is intended to serve You, to meet Your purposes and to glorify Your name. Nothing is left out. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. Gen 1:31a Very good in God's eyes. And the coming of the Kingdom will restore ALL to that state of pristine beauty and utility.

 

Psalm 146:1-2

Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Lord, let every moment of every day of my life, be spent in praising you. As long as you give me sentience, let my consuming passion be to sing your praises.

Help me, Lord, to grow closer to you, to learn to know you more, to grow in relationship to you, so that I can come to this point where all my day is spent in praising you.



Psalm 146:3

Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

Lord, I do put my trust in men, teach me to remember that this cannot be. I can only rely on you; you are the one True One, the one who is always faithful. I am thinking of DOC and the many times they have broken a word; Lord, let me not be disappointed for they are not you. Cause me to remember, always, that you set the times and the places and that it is you who allow and move.



Psalm 146:4

When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.

Thank you, Lord, for the young man who plows our driveway. Bless him, bless his family. Bring him to know that you are the one who heals and brings joy.

Man and all that pertains to him is temporal. There is no permanence, nothing which will last beyond the days appointed.



Psalm 146:5-8

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

Lord, one of the men in the prison comes to mind, you are setting him free from alcohol and opening his eyes to your salvation. Thank you, Lord, that he is starting to see that he needs you, he cannot depend upon the promises of man's program to keep him whole and healthy. Thank you, Lord that you will provide a place for him to live and food for him to eat. Thank you, Lord, that you are filling him with your peace, that in you, his head will no longer be bowed down.

Lord, at the same time, I pray for others who are struggling to find your peace, others whom you are leading thorough the Slough of Despond. There is one facing the remainder of his life in prison, so many others with uncertainty in their sentences, fill them with the peace that passes all understanding.

 

Psalm 146:9-10

The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. The LORD will reign forever, your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise the LORD!

Lord, thank you for watching over those who are passing through the prison system, temporarily in our ministry, sojourners in our company. My prayer is that Your reign will be evident to all within all the facilities of the Vermont Department of Corrections.



 

Psalm 119:98

Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.

Your commandments give me the wisdom and strength to resist my enemies, to stand against those attacks of the Evil One that he would use to weaken my relationship with You. But I do need to press on with the goal of being constantly in Your word, seeking to have Your word at the forefront of my mind night and day. How can I be prepared for battle if I am not wearing the armor? Guide me and teach me, my Lord and my Master.



Psalm 119:101

I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.

Again, Lord, there is that recognition that I am responsible for obeying. You call me to obedience, You have sent Your Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth and to remind me of all You have taught, but it is my choice to hold my feet back from every evil way. You have not removed my free will.



Psalm 147:1

Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.

Yes, it is pleasant to sing your praises, Lord. To pray your praises, to speak your praises to another, to praise you in writing, all are good. But to sing your praises is best of all. Lord, grant me this boon, that I would learn to sing your praises throughout my day, from my rising up to my lying down, I would sing your praises.

 

 

Psalm 147:2-3

The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

You bring your people together, gather them out of the broken and the outcasts. The Chucks and the Keiths, the Johns and the Bettys. the Jims and the Bobbys, and pull us into your loving embrace. You heal our brokenness, you put salve on and bind up our wounded spirits. You restore us to you.

 

Psalm 147:4-5

He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

You, who set the stars in their places, you determine their times and places, you only can count them for they are beyond my numberings. It is beyond me to understand your awesomeness, your vastness, how can I, a worm, live except through your grace and love.

 

Psalm 147:6

The LORD lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.

You bring humility to me, you cause a humble spirit to live within me and by that you lift me up into your presence. "A humble spirit, you will not despise." It is through you that those spirits of pride and lust, anger and deceit, greed and avarice are brought low and cast out from me.

 

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