Friday, August 28, 2009

Washed

From Blog09


Your word, Lord, washes me
In ways I cannot see.
It flows within my soul
And makes my spirit whole.

It's such a freeing thing--
Lord, I rejoice and sing!
For all your wondrous ways,
Lord, I raise all my praise.

...Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, to make her holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word.
--Ephesians 5:25-26, HCSB

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Keeper of Accounts

From Blog09

The Keeper of Accounts above,
The most-high blesséd God,
Assures me that he knows my ways
And loves me as his own.
I did not, could not, earn his love--
I earned disgrace and death--
And yet, for reasons I've not seen,
He loves me as his own.
He sacrificed his own dear Son
An offering for my sin,
Then raised him up that I might live
For endless years with him.

He offers you this very day
The love he's given me;
Commands you: Turn from sin to Christ.
You won't be turned away.
Your years of sinning all will melt
Like butter at his gaze.
His Holy Spirit will come in
And fill you, guide your ways.
Like me, you've earned disgrace and death.
Turn now! It's not too late.
Receive his goodness. Cast off sin
And live! Please do not wait!

You'll be amazed at love he gives,
This blesséd, burning God.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God's power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God's righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. For God's wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them.
--Romans 1:16-19 HCSB

Poem and photo ©2009 James L. Swindle. You may print up to 100 copies, so long as you don't change the text, you include the copyright notice, and you don't sell them.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

If Your Eye Is Good

From Blog09


It's interesting that the idea of having a "bad eye" may have referred to being stingy. The "good eye" may have referred to being generous. Generosity helps the whole person of the giver.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hazel's Zinnias

From Blog09


Hazel's zinnias,
      pink as a baby's giggles,
Take me back in time
      jumping decades
To church meetings in Kansas
      where nothing much bloomed in mid-summers
      but zinnias and sunflowers and petunias.
I see the worn wood floors,
      my child-sized necktie
            royal blue satin with a cartoon character
            strung with an elastic band that's hidden by my collar,
      The ladies' sun dresses
      and an old farmer's neck in front of me,
      sun-dried brown leather furrows.

Amazing, the power of a vase of zinnias.

So remember your Creator in the days of your youth
--Ecclesiastes 12:1, HCSB

©2009 James L. Swindle.

I took the photo in Old Town Spring, Texas, in a shop called The Shabby Rose. I've come to know and to respect Hazel, the proprietor. The Lord's love shines through her.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fire

From Blog09

I've stood and watched a building burn
With flames so hot they melted steel
And called us all from miles around
To stare in horror and in awe.

I've watched a wildfire burn the hills
Advancing quickly mile by mile
Until the ancient trees were gone,
Reduced to charcoal or to ash.

God's fire is coming on the earth
To test the nature of our works
That we have built on Jesus Christ.
Lord, give us works that will survive.

...Each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done.
--1 Corinthians 3:13, ESV

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blood of Hope

From Blog09


Blood of Jesus, life of God,
Cleansing, freshing, flowing flood,
Gives us daily spirit health,
Hope of heaven-stored-up wealth.

Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath.
--Romans 5:9, HCSB

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Dangerous Woman

From Blog09


Discarded men,
Like broken toys,
Are scattered on her bitter path.
She prays the next one
Will be a keeper
And prays she'll find him
Before her glamor's gone.
It already takes her
Twice as long to look her best,
With half the results.

She goes to church
And prays and preys.

She grabs him and kisses him and brazenly says to him, "I have some sacrificial meat. Today I kept my vows. That's why I came to meet you. Eagerly, I looked for you, and I've found you. I've made my bed, with colored sheets of Egyptian linen.
--Proverbs 7:13-16, God's Word translation

Note to those who aren't detail-oriented: The spelling of the last word of this poem is no accident.

Poem and photo ©2009 James L. Swindle. You may print up to 100 copies, so long as you don't change the text, you include the copyright notice, and you don't sell them.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

The Wedding

From Blog09


The Lord will claim his bride some day
All radiant, dressed in white
He'll take her with him, far away
To where all's pure and bright

They'll look with joy, locked eye-to-eye
Amazed at grace, not chance
And they will praise their God on high
As they begin to dance

"...Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure"-- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb."

--Revelation 19:7-9a, ESV

Poem and photo ©2009 James L. Swindle. You may print up to 100 copies, so long as you don't change the text, you include the copyright notice, and you don't sell them.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Verse Card Maker

Here's an aid to Bible memory. The following web site lets you key in a list of verse references (short ranges are OK, too) and then creates a PDF file that you can print onto business-card paper.
http://www.mcscott.org/

Sunday, August 02, 2009

At Times I Serve a Wretched King

From 08-09

At times I serve a wretched king--
A raging tyrant with a heart of stone,
A man whose dearest thoughts are for himself:
The things he wants, the fun he'll feel,
The ways he'll shape his entire world
To satisfy his pampered soul.
He's his own hero and his god.
All else exists for him, just him.
At times I serve a wretched king:
At times I serve and love myself.


He said to all, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."

--Luke 9:23, World English Bible

Note: The real Christian truly has a new nature; a soft, living heart instead of the stony heart he had before. Yet that old nature remains with us in this life, and the old nature seems never to improve. We improve only by rejecting the old nature's wants and desires and by following Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Poem and photo ©2009 James L. Swindle. You may print up to 100 copies, so long as you don't change the text, you include the copyright notice, and you don't sell them.