Monday, December 26, 2016

The Christ of Peace

In the chaos, Christ brings peace--
Peace with God and peace to give
Those around so they may live.
Jesus is himself our peace.

Will you trust this Christ today?
Trust him, and your soul is freed.
Trust him, and he'll meet each need.
He is peace--the life, the way.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. 
Not as the world gives do I give to you. 
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
                --Jesus (see John 14:27 ESV)

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

One Best Gift

One best gift this Christmas
Prompts a million more
One best gift this Christmas--
Not from any store

This best gift of Christmas
Lasts while ages run
This best gift of Christmas
Is God's precious Son

Take the gift this Christmas
Jesus from God's heart
Take the gift this Christmas
And new life will start

But when the fullness of time had come,
God sent forth his Son,
born of woman,
born under the law,
to redeem those who were under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

My Earnings

I have earned not grace but wrath
God's fire that ever burns but not consumes
So pain keeps gnawing on

I've been proud and stubborn too
A prig with pride in self-made laws
That I alone kept well

Only grace could rescue me
God's goodness bright and undeserved
Christ Jesus yes for me

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.
--2 Corinthians 1:19-20 (ESV2011)

Sunday, December 04, 2016


We're called to be saints--
   Not made of plaster,
      stone or stained glass;
   Not with bright halos
      shiny and flat.

We're called to be saints--
   Holy in Jesus,
      clean, set apart,
   Serving him only
      with a new heart. 

...To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.