Friday, June 23, 2017

At the End of Your Rope



When you're dangling--no more rope--
And the LORD seems far away,
And it seems there's no more hope,
Brother, cry to God and pray.

Focus on the things he's done:
How when you were dead and lost
He gave life through his own Son--
Through his tortured death, the cost.

Will your Father now forget
What Christ Jesus came to do?
No, your God will save you yet .
In the end,, he'll see you through.

Hang on, brother, for a while.
Give him all your darkest fears.
Hang on, and you'll see his smile
And he'll wipe away your tears.

I cry aloud to God, aloud to God, and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord; in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying; my soul refuses to be comforted. (Psalm 77:1-2 ESV)

Sunday, June 11, 2017

A Thousand Jewels

I nearly missed the work of art
Down near my feet:
A thousand jewels neatly strung
And sparkling in the early morning light.

I was surprised at the lavish beauty,
But should not have been...
This beauty's somehow familiar.
You see, I know the Artist.


The LORD by wisdom founded the earth;
    by understanding he established the heavens;
by his knowledge the deeps broke open,
    and the clouds drop down the dew.
(Proverbs 3:19-20 ESV)

Thursday, June 08, 2017

The Crime


I went to the scene of the crime
And found that the killer was us,
And found that the victim was us...

As guilty as guilty can be,
As dead as a dead man can be.

I stood there like stone for a time
And thought, is there hope yet for us?
Is goodness all banished for us?

God's light found out even that place.
It glowed with great mercy and grace.
Blood-purchased, we're rescued by Christ,

We're innocent, clean as fresh snow
And living forever, you know.

...the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. (Romans 3:22-25)


For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ordinary


Ordinary jars
Made of ordinary clay
Bear the Lord's own message
On this ordinary day.

Ordinary people
Hear the mighty, holy word,
And the Lord transforms them
On this ordinary day.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay,
to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

(2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV)

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Do You Love Your Demon?

Do you love your demon?
The one who’s always there,
The one who lives inside you,
With you everywhere?

Do you love your demon? 
That fiend does Satan’s will.
He’d harm and then destroy you.
His ways maim and kill.

Will you then forsake him
And trust in Christ alone
He’ll free you from your demon,
Fit you for a throne.

Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy. (Proverbs 28:13 ESV)

...Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
(James 4:7 ESV)


“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”
(Luke 11:24-26)

Friday, May 05, 2017

Who Is He?


Jesus, man of power--
Winds and waves and demons
All were subject to him.
Even death submitted.

Who, then, is this Jesus?
Man, but more than just man.
In this simple rabbi,
God himself is with us.

(See Mark 4 and 5.)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dark of Hell or Light of Heaven


Dark of hell or light of heaven--
Outer darkness, weep forever,
Or the Brightness--joy forever.
This the choice that we are given.

Can you even comprehend it?
Did you know that Christ's appearing
Is approaching--coming--nearing?
He will take all sin and end it.

Trust in Jesus and keep steady.
Kill your sin. Cast down your pride.
Take your stand on Jesus' side.
Watch for Him, and you'll be ready. 

And you will be hated by all for my name's sake.
But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

(Mark 13:13 ESV)