Monday, March 23, 2015

O, To Know You!

O, to know you!
O, to know you!
Jesus, Master, Savior, friend!
Draw my wantings closer to you
So I'll know you in the end.

Worldly pleasure
Without measure
Can't compare to all you are.
You're the richest, deepest treasure--
More than all this world by far.

When I see you,
At last see you
And the wonders you have willed,
I will find that I am like you--
Clean and pure, all joy fulfilled.

...but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
(2 Peter 3:18 NKJV)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Frog On My Shoe

Frog on my shoe,
Tell me...what's new?

Have you found flies?
They are a prize!
Have you, Sir, seen
A Mrs. Green
Frog just like you?
What do you do
When it is night?
Without the light,
If it's your mood,
Can you find food?

Frog on my shoe
Tell me...what's new?

And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:25 NKJV)

Poem and photo ©2015 James L. Swindle

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Look at Jesus - A Hymn Based on Psalm 2

Look at Jesus, set to reign
From Mount Zion—holy hill. 
Look at him: no spot, no stain,
Reigning, ruling, reigning still…

Full of power, full of worth,
Jesus, Lord and Master, King,
God’s begotten, now on earth,
Firmly ruling everything.

At his glance, the earth’s kings fear—
Lest his words, a sharpened sword,
Slice them through from ear to ear.
They were kings, but he is Lord.

He is ruler, Christ and Lord.
Do not even ask God “Why?”
He deserves to be adored!
Kiss him humbly, let you die.

Once you’re bowed before his feet,
Heart submitted, prostrate there,
You will find him rich and sweet.
Rest! Rest safely in his care. 

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The Drip, Drip, Drip of Rain

The drip, drip, drip of rain
Falls from lead-gray skies.
It's weeping with our pain,
Pooling with our why's.

There's not a wasted tear
From the ones God knows.
He has the kindest ear.
Mercy freely flows.

I know we'll see the sun...
Skies will yet be blue,
And all that God's begun
He'll finish--all made new.

And yet, today the sky
Drips and drips some more.
Right now, I won't ask why.
God knows what it is for.

Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20 ESV)

Sunday, March 01, 2015

A Man of Joy

Make me, Lord, a man of joy.
Pry the baubles from my hands--
Each bright, useless, tempting toy
That denies your good commands.

May I live by your strong grace,
Walking in a way that's new.
Shine your glory through my face.
Joy and glory come from you.

But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; 
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; 
Let those also who love Your name 
Be joyful in You.
(Psalm 5:11 NKJV)

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Looking for a Sign

Are you looking for a sign,
A message written 'way up high?
Do you crave some words divine,
Words to know before you die?

Miracles can lie, you know.
New-found prophets won't last long.
Billboards aren't the way to go,
Yet the Lord is clear and strong.

Simply trust his ancient word
With a humble attitude,
Live and own the truth you've heard.
Run to Jesus. Be renewed.

And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said,
“Why does this generation seek a sign?
Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.”

(Mark 8:12 ESV)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Tell Me - Whatcha Gonna Do?

When the army comes for you,
Tell me--Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do
When the army comes for you?

When they make your faith a crime,
Tell me--Will you last, that time?
Will you last, that time,
When they make your faith a crime?

When they say the truth's a lie,
Tell me--Will you bravely die?
Will you bravely die
When they say the truth's a lie?

When they take your child away,
Tell me--Will your faith give way?
Will your faith give way
When they take your child away?

When your dying's really rough,
Tell me--Is your Lord enough?
Is your Lord enough
When your dying's really rough?

When the Lord splits all the skies,
Tell me--Will you get a prize?
Will you get a prize
When the Lord splits all the skies?

When it's life or death for you,
Tell me--Whatcha gonna do?
Whatcha gonna do
When it's life or death for you?


Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. (2 Timothy 3:12-13 ESV)

My great-grandmother Maria grew up in Russia. After she came to the USA, she told one of her grandchildren, "The day will come in this country when they will say, 'Deny Jesus, or I'll shoot you.' When that day comes, I hope you'll say, 'Then shoot me.'"

That day may or may not come in your particular country in your lifetime, but there will be persecution. Many die for Jesus every year. Are you ready? 

This particular photo and poem by Jim Swindle are public domain 2015.