WHO KNOWS THE TIME

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Wars rage

Famines scourge the land

Leaving suffering, dying infants

Our world seems

Weakened by Satan’s plans

To destroy all innocent babes

Preying on the unprotected

 

He points to God

As the source of suffering

The originator of a failed government

He claims

 

It’s time to stand up for God

Reckon who’s right or wrong

Ignore the one who

Accuses the saints

Day and night

Walk with Jesus

Secure in knowing

He’s in charge

 

The time will come

Unknown to all

He’ll step out of heaven

Destined for earth

Accompanied by His holy angels

With His reward in hand

He calls His faithful home

The dead in Christ will rise first

Meeting Him in the air

Those who walk with Him

Are drawn up next

Destination heaven

Where no suffering

Illness nor death occur

And God will wipe all tears

From the eyes

Of those who suffered

 

We know not the time

But know it is near

For all the signs scream

Christ’s coming is soon

Even at the door

Prepare for the Lord

Humbly giving Him reign

He wants to take you home

NO OTHER SAVIOR

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Draw close

Near to the Cross of Jesus

The Lamb of God

He is our salvation

Our deeds won’t do

To find favor with the Father

Jesus came to save

Our sins deface our beauty

We’re drawn toward sheer cliffs

Where Satan designs our destruction

Lay hold of the Rock–Jesus saves

The Spirit moves

On open hearts

We grasp our sin’s immense evil

Causing a heart change

We are repulsed

By our iniquity

And bow before Jesus

In repentance

Only Jesus’ sacrifice

Turns crimson sin

To pure white robes

Our iniquity cleansed

And virtue expanded

We gladly surrender

Our wills to God

“The Casting of Crowns” Is Published

Not only teens and young adults will enjoy reading my first book, as the protagonist is a young adult, but the adults I had read it before publication also loved it.  The following is a blurb.

Carissa is a young, serious, college student.  When the New World Order takes control of the college, banning her major, Christian Religious Studies, Carissa is stunned.  The government is now controlled by the Pope and the United States President.

Some people are comfortable with this, believing the promises of world peace and harmonious religious unity.  Carissa will not be pushed around.  She joins a Bible study even though it is outlawed.  Carissa, her housemate Sally, and Bible study leader Alex become champions in winning souls for Christ.  Constant danger surrounds the Bible groups efforts.

Carissa falls in love with John, while she develops a growing relationship with Jesus.

She faces a daunting decision that will forever change her life.  THE CASTING OF CROWNS points the reader, along with Carissa, to Bible truths, and prompts each to consider his or her everlasting destiny as the signs of the times point to the soon Second Coming of Christ.

THE CASTING OF CROWNS, in both paperback and ebook, is available online at Amazon and online at Barnes and Noble.  Also, coming to a bookstore near you.    

CALLED TO HOLINESS

Receive freedom and liberty

Abide with God

Block Satan’s lies

He’ll deceive the mind

Constrict the body

Offer you the world

With a partial release

If you side with him

 

Shouldn’t I walk with Jesus

Some sense an easy way

Out of trouble

Ask Satan to give you

What you really want

Carnal pleasure that covers pain

Success for a lifetime

Fame you deserve

No matter the cost

 

What does Jesus require

Obedience, sacrifice, discipline

Not much of a life, you imagine

Turning aside

Departing from the Law

So what’s so wrong

With little sins, you reason

Most of us tell little lies

Desire what God has forbidden

Neglect the needy

Continue to swear

It’s no big deal, you say

Just camp on the fringe

Of the wicked a while

Have some fun

Explore heavenly pastures later

Nobody’s perfect

God will understand

 

But listen

God calls us to holiness

He created us

Loves us

And demands loyalty

We are to worship

Only Him

Not the idols of this world

 

God gifted us a heart

With a longing for Him

Only in relationship with God

Is there a ticket

To eternal life

Acceptance of Jesus’ sacrifice

On Calvary

And in the transforming

Nature of His love

Lies our freedom from condemnation

By the law

For He presents us

Sin free before the Father

Because He has assigned us

His righteousness

 

A MEMORIAL

Sometimes war is a death sentence

For soldiers defending our country

With the honor and glory given them

By our country should they fall

These men and women

Regard not heavily

This likelihood

Many put their faith in God

To protect them

Soldiers groomed by training

Impressed by duty

Go to war to protect

Our way of life

Freedom

We bow our heads

Before God today

To honor our fallen

Soldiers who peered into the future

Saw our country preserved

The rights of our citizens intact

We say a solemn “Thank you”

To these American heroes

May they rest in the Lord

 

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BOUND FOR GLORY

 

Christ is my Redeemer

I come to Him when tears won’t flow

He always listens

Lifting my soul

I sense his response

It infuses my mind

He touches my heart

Healing me

I reach out to others, unafraid

I know this transformation

Is part of His plan

He sees in me

A helper in kind

To those who’ve lost their way

He’s given me rare gifts

Of patience and kindness

When someone stumbles

And doom seems sure

I go to Him

For strength and guidance

As many other Christians do

For our work is specific

Bringing others to Life in Christ

A safe place on rough seas

For our Captain is the Lord Jesus

On this ship bound for glory

Our election sure

We praise His name

THE GREATEST LOVE

Christ was born to save mankind

From the eternal death we all deserve

He looked beyond our sin-tainted selves

All of humanity’s failed attempts

To keep God’s law

Christ offered Himself

The Lamb of God

To be spit upon

Railed against

Scourged nearly to death

Tried like a criminal

Although He is purer than gold

The people jeered Him

They were of mob mentality

Who didn’t know what they were doing

They had allowed Satan to take control

Crucify Him!  Crucify Him!  they cried

They set Him on the road to Calvary

No human would be acceptable

As a sacrifice before the Father

Christ bore all sin

He felt the scourge of God

As He hung on the cross

Till His breath expired

Christ was laid in the tomb

By a devoted follower

His tomb was sealed

With a heavy stone

Put under centurion guard

Our King of Kings

Could not be held

By the bonds of death

He rose on the third day

Jesus Christ has conquered sin

He’s vanquished death

 Defeated Satan

Christ has given us newness of life

If we would but accept it

BLESSED BY GOD

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us that we should be called children of God” (1 Jn 3:1)

We are able to receive God’s spiritual blessings only if we show love for one another and try to please God by obeying His Ten Commandments.

As children of God we are prompted by Christ to abide in Him, that we may have a fruitful life and inherit eternal life.

God gives us rewards–material and spiritual along the way, even though we still have to struggle through difficult times in our life’s journey.

God loves everyone, but his deepest blessings are contingent on our obedience to Him and our love for each other.

One may observe blessings going to the wicked as well.  These are not God-sent, though, and they are merely riches or opportunities for the wicked to increase their riches and their wicked ways.  And riches are not known to bring happiness or spiritual blessings.  “Blessings are on the head of the righteous, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked” (Prov 10:6).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16).  God has gone all out in demonstrating His love for us.  Jesus died on the cruel Cross for all of us.  We are all precious to Him.  He bids all to come to Him, confess our sins, accept Him as our Lord and Savior, and follow Him.

In communing with Jesus daily, He teaches us to love fully.  None will be saved who don’t extend love to each other.  “We know that we have passed from death to life,  because we love the brethren” (1 Jn 3:14).

As children of God we try to lean toward pleasing God, but because of our fallen natures inherited from Adam and Eve, we are not strong enough on our own to avoid all sin.  Christ instructs us to abide in Him.  “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5).

God longs to bless us. His command for us to love one another is not a hard thing.  A life lived in love for others allows for rich relationships and great satisfaction and joy.

God will allow us to mature in spiritual health and happiness if we obey His Commandments.

As children of God, we are immensely loved by God.  When we please God consistently and abide in Christ, we demonstrate to Him that we want to spend eternity with Him.

—Quotes from Scripture taken from NKJV—       Read more »

RANDOM FACES

Random faces in the crowd

Seek not Christ

Nor venture where He is found

Worn expressions

Ragged clothes

Drape these people

Drenched in hopelessness

The forlorn among us

No longer thirst

To belong to society

Who knows how to reach them?

A humble group

Led by the Spirit of God

Seeking not fame nor recognition

But fine with working in the shadows

Bringing the light of Christ

To the broken souls of men and women

Patiently seeking a positive response

Laboring as Jesus did

Not thinking of self

But investing in the lives

Of those who’ve forgotten

How to be whole

Praying

Laboring

Seeking a breakthrough

Only possible while reflecting Christ

For He alone can offer wholeness

To a broken soul

 

PROCLAIMING CHRIST’S BIRTH — Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing,                                                                                                           “Glory to the newborn King;                                                                                                            Peace on earth and mercy mild,                                                                                                        God and sinners reconciled!”                                                                                                              Joyful all ye nations rise,                                                                                                                      Join the triumph of the skies;                                                                                                        With th’angelic host proclaim,                                                                                                          “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”                                                                                                            Hark! the herald angels sing,                                                                                                                “Glory to the newborn King.”

Christ by highest heaven adored,                                                                                                        Christ the everlasting Lord;                                                                                                                  In the manger born a king,                                                                                                                  While adoring angels sing,                                                                                                                    “Peace on earth, to men goodwill;”                                                                                                    Bid the trembling soul be still,                                                                                                            Christ on earth has come to dwell,                                                                                                      Jesus, our Immanuel!                                                                                                                            Hark! the herald angels sing,                                                                                                              “Glory to the newborn King.”

Hail! the heaven-born Prince of Peace!                                                                                              Hail! the Sun of Righteousness!                                                                                                          Life and light to all He brings,                                                                                                              Risen with healing in His wings.                                                                                                          Mild He lays His glory by,                                                                                                                      Born that man no more may die,                                                                                                        Born to raise the sons of earth,                                                                                                            Born to give them second birth.                                                                                                          Hark!  the herald angels sing,                                                                                                              “Glory to the newborn King.”

Lyrics from Luke 2:14 and                                                                                                                    Charles Wesley, 1739

 

 

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