8-7-15 Yet Believe

Faith in Christ

Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

John 20:29 KJV

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When Thomas needed proof that Jesus rose,

It did not mean he loved the Savior less.

His faith, though slow, with all its highs and lows

Arrived when he saw Christ to then assess.

Christ could have scolded Thomas mightily,

But in His love He showed His hands and side.

Yet blessed are they, He said, who could not see

But still believed He lived after He died.

If you have faith that Jesus conquered death

And lives within you now in truth and love,

You should not fear your final mortal breath,

For life will then begin for you above.

So blessed are those not seeing still believe;

Through grace by faith ’tis heaven they’ll achieve.

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sonnet #429

7-3-15 Secret Faults

main-pigpen

Who can understand his errors?

Cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Psalm 19:12 KJV

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The times that we meander from the Lord

Cannot be counted with our mortal mind.

No matter how we keep our virtue stored

The thieves of sin get in and steal us blind.

Some vain and shameful thoughts just can’t be stopped,

And oh, the words we wish we could take back!

Tis easier to have the ocean mopped

Than to recall the times we’ve gone off track.

Dear God, forgive us of our many sins,

The endless march of wrongs we perpetrate.

Your Grace, sufficient done, our prayer begins

With faith upon the cross to set it straight.

We can’t remember all the sins we’ve done.

Please cleanse us of our faults, Lord, through the Son.

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sonnet #404

6-28-15 God’s Loving Mercy

God's Forgiveness

But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.

Psalm 78:38 KJV

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The Lord is always ready to forgive;

His Mercy can subdue His mighty wrath,

For God in His great Love wants us to live

To walk along the true and righteous path.

God’s full of such compassion for us all;

It breaks His heart when we go so astray.

The sins that we persist to oft recall,

Without God’s clemency we’ve Hell to pay.

The richness of God’s Grace will long acquit,

Yet only through the blood of Christ atones,

For God set forth His Son we must submit

To lead us past our mortal skin and bones.

God made the universe – He made you, too.

Show gratitude – let Jesus live through you.

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sonnet #402

6-20-15 Judge Not

scale and gavel

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come,

who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness,

and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:

and then shall every man have praise of God.

1 Corinthians 4:5 KJV

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If you perceive a man whose wicked ways

Are hidden by a mask of godliness,

Or if a sister speaks of peace and praise

But beats her children more and loves them less,

Don’t judge them in your heart, though it may be

The hardest thing you’ll ever have to do.

The Lord will come one day, then all shall see

The hidden things of darkness coming through.

There will be no more secrets, no more lies;

The hearts of men exposed without a doubt.

When Jesus peers within our mortal eyes,

We’ll either weep with shame or jump and shout.

Though men may cover up their sinful way,

There are no hidden things on Judgement Day.

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sonnet #394

4-19-15 Go Your Way

pearly-gates

Now, go your way and eat your bread with joy,

And likewise drink your wine with merry heart!

Such words we’d love to hear and thus enjoy

When we approach the gates of Heaven’s start!

Then after such a long and weary life,

To hear that God’s accepted now our works,

No mortal aches and pains, no longer strife,

Eternal rest in Heaven with its perks!

O let me hear those words when I am gone

Away from all these trials and tragedies!

The Savior’s arm around my shoulders drawn

And said with such a love I’m now at ease!

Now, go your way, and eat and drink in bliss,

Well done, my faithful servant, grace is this!

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Go thy way,

eat thy bread with joy,

and drink thy wine with a merry heart;

for God now accepteth thy works.

Ecclesiastes 9:7 KJV

4-7-15 Abound in Hope

abounding in hope

When we give all to God we’re filled with hope,

Believing that He’ll give us what we need

To live abundantly and not just cope,

To live for Him alone in thought and deed.

And when we live for God, the Holy Ghost

Directs our every step along the way.

Then through the march of life, from post to post,

Our hope may then abound until that day

When we approach that final mortal breath,

Such peace and joy will fill our hopeful soul.

Anticipation swells when facing death,

For there the life beyond is real and whole.

The hope you need to make it through the night

Is soon replaced with love when day shines bright.

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Now the God of hope fill you

with all joy and peace in believing,

that ye may abound in hope,

through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Romans 15:13 KJV

2-15-15 On Seeing the Unseen

Eye on Jesus by Kritzlof

The universe we see with mortal eyes

Will not endure the patient tick of time.

The sun and stars are physical and dies;

An end will come to that which once was prime.

But we are not concerned with passing things;

The eyes we use were given us through Grace.

Our vision’s fixed instead on what faith brings;

Invisible to all in time and space.

Sublime and precious are the things we see

With hearts attuned to love straight from its source.

We know the empty tomb that set us free

Is more than just your average tour de force.

The Spirit shows eternity to those

Who died with Christ and from the cross arose.

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We look not at the things which are seen,

but at the things which are not seen:

for the things which are seen are temporal;

but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18 KJV