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Sunday, October 19, 2014

False Christian Leaders


They look so holy and alive—
    Proclaiming their worth,
    Their godly rebirth,
But there is death deep in their lives.

Their praise may rise with fervent cries.
    They’re looking so clean!
    Their branches, so green…
But all their holiness is lies.

They charm and flatter. How they smile!
    They know how to sound
    All deep and profound,
But down beneath is dirt and guile.

Beware of their ungodly ways.
    They’re headed to doom,
    To darkness and gloom,
Forever night and never day. 

These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever. (Jude 1:12-13 ESV)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

While I'm Breathing


While I'm breathing,
I'm still sinning,
But not sinning as before.

I am waiting
For Christ's coming
When my sin will be no more.


This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.  (1 John 1:5-10 ESV)

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Evening

Daylight turns from gold to blue:
Night is coming fast.
Yet again, the Lord's proved true--
Faithful first to last.

Our work's ending--good or bad,
Hours spent or lost.
Did we use the time we had?
Gold redeemed or tossed? 

Daylight turns from gold to blue.
Night is coming fast.
Rest in Jesus. Wake anew
When the dark is past. 

We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day;
night is coming, when no one can work.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Watching, Waiting


Watching, waiting for the Lord—
Needing words of truth and grace,
Needing mercy—life restored—
Hoping I’ll yet see his face.

Watching through the storms and blight…
When it’s darkest, hoping on,
Knowing there’s an end to night.
Night will end. He’s grace. He’s dawn.

With a single ray at first
Changing blackness into gray,
Pure and clean, his light will burst
Shining forth till all is day.

Christ is just, but he is kind.
Place your hope all in the Lord.
Trust him fully, and you’ll find
All you’ve lost can be restored.


I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, 
   and in his word I hope; 
my soul waits for the Lord 
   more than watchmen for the morning, 
   more than watchmen for the morning. 
(Psalm 130:5-6 ESV)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Morning with the Lord


Morning's rising, dark departing.
Faith is rising, too.
We are prizing what You're starting.
You make all things new.

We abandon dreams of darkness.
They won't fit the light.
You are granting wakeful sharpness,
Leading in what's right.

"...For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light...."  
(Ephesians 5:8-9 ESV)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Deliverance

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Earthly power won't suffice
To deliver us from hell.
Our own goodness, doubled twice,
Could not break the devil's spell.

Only Jesus Christ alone
Can erase our guilt, our blame.
In him God's own light has shone--
Life for all who trust his name.

Childish voices rise in praise
Singing with a joyful shout
To the ancient Lord of days.
Trust casts out all gloom, all doubt.

Lord, with simple hearts, we come
Needy to your ample grace.
All our boasting's now struck dumb.
Give us, please, the lowest place. 

"...Whoever would be first among you must be slave of all."
(Mark 10:44 ESV)


Sunday, September 07, 2014

In Your Image


You've made me in your image,
Shaped me in your likeness,
But not so all will see me
Bask in mighty self-ness.

You've made me in your image
So that all will see you
Shine in your own glory
Since you make the dead new.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

(2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)