Sunday, September 29, 2013

Brave, Strong, Wise


Be brave, my friend, be brave.
The devil is afraid
Of what the Lord can do
Through simple souls like you.

Be strong, my friend, be strong.
The Lord can give the song
Of victories still told
When grandchildren are old.

Be wise, my friend, be wise.
The Lord will give the prize
That can't be stolen, cannot rust
If Jesus is your trust.

So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future--all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.(1 Corinthians 3:21-23 ESV)

Bonus thought: Jesus is our supreme example of bravery. He was willing to risk the displeasure of his mother, of his brothers, of the crowds, of his disciples, in order to obey his Father. He was willing to walk directly toward cruel torture and death.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Working in the Vineyard

Tempranillo vines, Clos la Plana vinyard, Pene...
Tempranillo vines, Clos la Plana vinyard, Penedes region, Spain 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am working in the vineyard--
In the vineyard of the LORD.
He will give me all he's promised.
He will always keep his word.

Are you working in the vineyard?
In the vineyard of the LORD?
He will gie you all he's promised.
He will always keep his word.

We can't earn the things we're getting
In the vineyard of the LORD.
He is good and kind and gracious.
He will always keep his word.

For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner  
who went out early in the morning 
to hire laborers for his vineyard. 
(Matthew 20:1 ESV)


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Judas Iscariot Thinks

English: Judas Iscariot The face of Judas Isca...
The face of Judas Iscariot peers from carved foliage while carvings of the other 11 disciples adorn the pulpit in St.James' church. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/740582 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Betray the Christ?
Yes, for a price.
I have this need,
This inner greed.
I follow him,
But worship me.

He’s strong—too strong!
Am I so wrong?
I’ll show the place,
Then kiss his face.
I follow him,
But worship me.

I’ll fake a smile
To hide my guile.
You’ll have your man.
Just trust my plan.
I follow him,
But worship me.

...Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. (Mark 14:43-46 ESV)


Related posts:
Jesus Was Gracious to Judas

When Pastors Fail

Spider's Web



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Saturday, September 07, 2013

The Bear


©2013 James L. Swindle ​​​​​​​ 

When I am afraid, 
   I trust in you. ​​​​​
​​In God – I boast in his promise – 
   in God I trust, I am not afraid. (Psalm 56:3-4 ESV)

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Walkin' On the Waves

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Walkin’, walkin’, walkin on the waves. 
    Who is this I see?
Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’ on the waves— 

    Is it a ghost I see?
Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’—Jesus says,
    Fear not. See, it’s me

Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’ on the waves—
    Peter, come to me. 
Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’ on the waves—
    Peter’s walkin’ too.
Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’ on the waves—
    ‘Til he looks away.

Sinkin’, sinkin’, sinkin’ in the waves—
    Peter’s sinkin' down.
Save me! Save me! Save me, Lord. These waves!
    Jesus grabbed his hand.
Walkin’, walkin’, walkin’ on the waves
    Held by Jesus’ hand.

Around three in the morning, He came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified. "It's a ghost!" they said, and cried out in fear. Immediately Jesus spoke to them. "Have courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."  (Matthew 14:25-27 HCSB)
This particular poem is public domain, 2013.