Sunday, October 30, 2016

All the World's Allurements

All the world's allurements,
All the pomp and pride,
All the wealth,
All the health,
By themselves are merely death.

True life flows from Jesus--
Flows from him to him.
Run from sin.
Run to him.
Run! Find life--eternal breath.

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve...
But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

(Joshua 24:15 ESV)

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Smith

The smith heats the iron
And beats the iron
Seemingly without mercy
Until it's shaped to serve him well. 

The Lord heats his own
And beats his own
Seemingly without mercy
Until we're shaped to serve him well.

There's reason for heating
And reason for beating.
The one who heats and beats will stop
As soon as the shaping's done.


--Hebrews 12:6 NASB

The photo was taken at George Ranch Historical Park. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Weed

The brave weed seed
Found a crack of soil--
Not leafy loam,
But dirt blown in
Within an asphalt lot.

And so it grew between the cars,
A little spot of green.

I could have pulled
That stubborn weed.
It's just a weed,
Yet brave.

I left it there,
That little weed,
And it left me
Pondering my lot.

His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord. ... (Jeremiah 17:6)

Sunday, October 02, 2016

One Fear

One fear: The LORD.
His word is law.

    His anger's pure.
    It fierce. It's sure
    To save the meek,
    The kind, the weak.
    He slays the strong,
    Oppressive throng.
    Against his plans
    No man can stand.

One fear: The LORD.
His word is law.

But you, you are to be feared! 
  Who can stand before you 
  when once your anger is roused? 
      (Psalm 76:7 ESV)