10-31-15 Follow Him

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And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Luke 5:11 KJV

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The lives of Peter, Andrew, James and John

Transformed when Jesus said ‘Come follow Me.’

How can someone refuse when spirit’s drawn,

Just like a sailor’s hunger for the sea?

There comes a moment in each person’s life

When love demands you leave it all behind.

That call of soul that cuts you like a knife;

That death of self to which you were confined.

The Savior beckons – all else disappears;

The world that you once knew just falls away.

The life before was measured once in years

But now this moment is the only way.

Drop all that you are doing. Follow Him.

If your ship moves too slow, jump in and swim.

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6-14-15 On Priorities

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21 And another of his disciples said unto him,

Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

22 But Jesus said unto him, Follow me;

and let the dead bury their dead.

Matthew 8:21-22 KJV

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When Jesus calls you come and follow Him

And He has set about you plans and goals,

Don’t step aside – don’t drop your voice mid hymn,

To do the work that’s meant for other souls.

You may think it important that you go,

And there are times appropriate for this,

But when Christ marks a path to undergo,

To look behind while plowing is to miss.

When Jesus lived He had no time to wait;

Disciples fell away and ne’er came back.

I pray when you’re with Him you keep His gait,

And let somebody else take up the slack.

The presence of the Master trumps the dead;

Let others do the burying instead.

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5-3-15 Consider Your Ways

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Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts;

Consider your ways.

Haggai 1:5 KJV

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Observe your life and look at what you’ve wrought.

Now take another look just to be sure.

Consider all your ills as well you ought,

And then consider looking for a cure.

You plant but don’t have plans to yield a crop;

You eat, but you are still not satisfied;

You drink but don’t enjoy the final drop;

You’re cold but then you dress in just your pride.

You earn but put your cash in bags with holes;

The more you look, the less that you do find.

Now ask yourself who sits at the controls;

The temple burns but you don’t seem to mind.

If what you’re doing doesn’t seem to fly,

Put Jesus in control – don’t pass Him by.

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8-24-14 Forever One

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When You began to live within my heart

The world no longer had its hold on me;

You sought me out and from the very start

The chains were loosed and Your love set me free.

I ran into Your arms and disappeared

Dissolving right away as One with You.

There was no ‘I’ the day that You appeared;

These eyes and ears are Yours – this conscience, too.

A drop becomes the sea, forever one

To touch the depths, the coasts and all between;

What’s joined together cannot be undone.

The earth and heavens now can both be seen.

            So when Your spirit touched me I was Yours;

            There’s now one set of footprints on the shore.

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But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1 Corinthians 6:17 KJV

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