Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Light of the World

From Blog12
Jesus, the light of the world,
Beauty of God here unfurled--
Light of our fathers and theirs,
Light of our future and prayers--

Don't let our focus grow dim.
Don't let us follow our whims.
Wash us and set us apart.
Shine brilliant grace through each heart.

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 ESV)


Poem written July 20, 2012, at Redeemer Fellowship Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, for God's glory.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Reborn

From Blog12

I hear rushing,
    Sound of wind.
How it comes, I do not know.
Where it goes, I do not know.
But it comes--and this I know.

Born of water,
    Born of wind,
Born of very breath of God.
Born again--I don't know how,
But reborn, a new man now.


Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”           (See John 3:1-8.)

This poem was written July 19, 2012, at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

God in Flesh for You

From Blog12

How could God become a man,
Grow and learn and make mistakes,
Without sin, still holy, God,
Pure in all he undertakes?

I will never comprehend
Until raised in God's great Day,
But by grace I now believe
All the Bible has to say.

Jesus came, great God in flesh--
Lived and healed and blessed and taught;
Died and rose to show he paid
For all sins of all he bought.

Turn, my friend, from all your sin.
Look to Jesus. Be set free.
Trust his love, his gift. Trust HIM.
You'll be changed--renewed--you'll see.

Nathanael said to him [to Philip, concerning Jesus],
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?"
Philip said to him, "Come and see."
--John 1:46 ESV

I'll be offline for much of the next three weeks. For the coming week, I'm to be on a mission trip to the Boston area with some folks from my church. Pray that we'll be bold in speaking the good news of Jesus. (Note to thieves: My house will still be occupied while I'm away.)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Persecuted Church

Trust
Trust (Photo credit: vagawi )

Lord, your harried people
Have been fleeing year by year
And by grace proclaiming
Christ to ev'ry hearing ear.

Enemies are killing
Christians daily yet today,
But they keep on calling
Men to Jesus: Trust! Obey!

Is my life too easy--
Wrapped in plenty year by year?
Some day clear and breezy,
Persecution may appear.

Help me, then, be ready,
Loving not this wicked world,
But still firm and steady,
Trust you while hell's hatred's hurled.


But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.  (Mark 13:9-13 ESV)
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Friday, July 06, 2012

The Trains

From Some Favorites


The trains that hung upon our kitchen wall
Above the month of days
Still roll through spring and summer, fall,
And winter’s winding ways.

Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, "I have no pleasure in them"…(Ecclesiastes 12:1 ESV)

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

St. Francis of Assisi



Gentlest of saints,
You were redeemed
On the cruelest cross.

You must have fought
Manfully, too,
When you overcame wealth.

Lord God, our Lord,
You must delight
In such bold paradox.

Work one in me--
Making me kind,
But full fierce against sin.


For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

(2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)

You can read of St. Francis's life. In his day, the Roman Catholic Church wasn't just one of many churches in his area. It was the church. The Lord changed Francis and then used him.