10-19-15 Advice From the Shepherd

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Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Matthew 10:16 KJV

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The wolves won’t hesitate to eat you up,

For you’re the Shepherd’s sheep sent forth to save.

They hate the One who drank the bitter cup

And now He lives within you strong and brave.

The children of the night now circle ’round

And wait for you to stumble in their midst.

Be wise, therefore, as serpents to confound,

And keep the mind of Christ when they persist.

You cannot last a moment on your own;

Depend upon the Savior all the time.

Be harmless, then, as doves – you’re not alone;

No matter what they do remain sublime.

With cunning Jesus rose above the hate.

In innocence He set the record straight.

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7-4-15 The Balm of Gilead

Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak:

O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.

Psalm 6:2

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If you are in the ocean you are wet;

Sin’s in your DNA, the worst disease.

The balm of Gilead will cure you yet;

Beg mercy from the Lord, that healing breeze.

You do not have the strength to overcome

The constant draw of sin that weights your soul.

Cry out your helplessness – God’s will be done,

Christ holds you up to Heaven, light and whole.

A broken bone reminds you constantly,

To take it to a doctor to be set.

Seek Christ: the Great Physician set you free;

He conquered hell and death without regret.

Let go and let the Savior give relief

Depend upon Him always in your grief.

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4-4-15 Song of Expectation

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Come join me in this song that has no end,

And we will praise the Lord forever more!

He’s our salvation, whom we can depend;

Our Savior Jesus, He’s worth living for!

Now, see this bloody pool on Calvary?

He died here on the cross just yesterday.

He sacrificed His life for you and me

Our sins He took upon Himself to pay!

Observe that giant stone before the tomb?

That’s where our Savior’s body then was laid.

Tomorrow that will be an empty room

For He will conquer death’s thin masquerade!

We sing, for Jesus Christ will soon be here!

Our resurrected Lord whom we revere!

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Behold, God is my salvation;

I will trust, and not be afraid:

for the LORD is my strength and my song;

he also is become my salvation.

Isaiah 12:2 KJV

1-21-15 Our Refuge and Strength

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When trouble comes, and we all know it’s here,

There is no better help than Jesus Christ.

Just call His name, there’s nothing more to fear,

Though Satan seeks to have your angst enticed.

Draw strength from Jesus, He is all you need;

His guidance gets you through the greatest trial.

With calm assurance Christ has you succeed;

The evil of this world cannot beguile.

Discord and discontent are now the norm,

But when you keep the Savior out in front

You’ll find refuge against the daily storm;

He fortifies your soul against affront.

In Jesus you are safe; on Him depend.

In darkest night there is no better friend.

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God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1 KJV

10-28-14 Acknowledging Christ

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The time is coming and already here

When calling Christ your Lord brings prejudice:

Some places in the world your life’s to fear;

The civilized themselves will taunt and hiss.

You used to care how many friends you had,

But now there’s only One you call your Friend.

To be unpopular was once thought bad,

Now Christ’s the only one you can depend.

Acknowledge Jesus, don’t be shy to tell,

There’s some within that crowd to hear your voice.

The Spirit will convict them free from hell

And cause the angels then to so rejoice!

Confess the name of Christ both far and wide.

There’s nothing now to fear; He’s at your side.

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Whosoever shall confess me before men,

him shall the Son of man also confess

before the angels of God.

Luke 12:8 KJV

7-31-14 Believe, My Friend

Believe

Believe on Jesus now, I beg you please,

For your eternal life depends on it!

The miracles He did, but not just these,

He lived for you and never once did quit.

Believe, my friend, for He believed in you

Enough to come down here to show the way!

He took upon Himself your sins, it’s true;

He bled and died for you one awful day.

Believe the words of Jesus, this I plead!

The things He said He heard from God above.

If you believe on Him and then concede,

You will be born again in perfect love!

Believe and live forever, O my friend!

Believe on Jesus Christ, in Him depend.

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Verily, verily, I say unto you,

He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

John 6:47

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