Rebirth!

 

 

When Jesus talked to Nicodemus, He spoke about our rebirth. In John 3:5 He speaks of being reborn of water and the Spirit.

Romans 6:4 We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. NIV

Rebirth!

It tears at my flesh

My soul is reborn

Into a world of light!

No more running from the night.

 

I thank you, Gracious Lord,

for this Glory of New Life

It runs downhill and up

in endless joyful Flight!

 

Pleasure Seeking!!

It is so sad to see such a great country as ours literally destroying it self morally. There is still good and God’s grace and love in it, but America is slowly dying from moral decay. We have had the sexual revolution of the 60’s but now have the highest divorce rate in the industrialized world and an almost total lack of respect for marriage, the home and the family. We don’t even try to hold our homes together for our own little babies. Sexual morality is falling apart. Our entertainment glorifies sexual promiscuity and infidelity.

We are so caught up in consuming useless man-made things and hedonistic pleasure seeking we can’t hardly see straight. There is more to life than just partying all the time. God meant for our lives to be so much more. Seek His ways. His guidelines for life give it a richer depth and show us we were created to share His love, glory and peace and to reflect that back to each other.

Dear God,

I pray for a spiritual revival in this country. We need you so badly. May we return to the foot of your cross Lord Jesus to find our purpose in this world again. In your name I pray, Amen.

Nobodies

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Nobodies

 

Christ,

Hanging on that cross

Did you know my name

Did you see from there

This my sometimes

lonely way?

 

Born alone

Into a freezing cold

I took my first breath

Orphans too have souls

 

Tossed about

In waves

Beyond my control

Landed at last

upon a very rocky shoal

 

bent but not

completely destroyed

created in, by the light

not just for an evil’s toy

I sat alone, waiting

existing within your might

 

A nobody,

One of the Least

of the least of

The Least

 

Rejected in a

World’s insanity

Why do we not love

These Our own,

Parts of ourselves

I too belonged here also

 

Yet as

You hung upon that cross

You turned your face

Upon my future

Offered me your grace

Yay, I’m saved!

 

 

In the Middle

 

In the Middle

You came and put
Your throne
In the middle of my life
Inside the darkness, pain
& chaos, sorrow and the strife

Planted Yourself
Pushing, moving aside
All people, places, &
Things, showing how
To reject my old enemy’s lies

Circumstances are fluid
Ever changing in a world
So sadly lost
Cling to Christ, our Lord
He alone did pay the cost

Of your freedom from
Insanities of this world
Its cruelty, lies and sin
Another place awaits
A forever home you will win

In a book so rich in truth
A teacher once said
To live as foreigners, aliens
Never make a forever bed
On this face of this
Dissolving earth

God alone is your
True home
Mother, Father
Closer than a sister
Or any brother

All here is temporary
Pain is only for today
Cling to God
In your heart His love
Is meant to always
& eternally stay

With a roar & in great heat
Old ways, this earth
Will vanish, disappear
Making His forever love
Always & ever more clear

All new life,
Immortal, glorious,
Will spring forth
Resplendent on a
Newly recreated earth
Shining forth into an eternal,
Complete & total new rebirth!

Sad

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Sad

Love
Complete, perfect
Unblemished
Flies
Cavorts from
Above,
Heaven’s skies

Never absent
Always present
Waits, begs, cajoles
Bends to beg
Holds out hands
Waiting
For the return of
Man

Adoring
Always imploring
Return to Me!
Yet in darkness
Or ignorance
Ignoring the plea
Refusing to see

We reject
Turn the back
Upon the only true
Beauty
A universe has
To offer
Driving the nail
Into our own
Coffins

A few will
Come
Some will see
Bend the knee
Rejoice
At the voice
That leads
Them home

So do not
Miss
Refuse the
Kiss that
Awaits at the
End of this
Life
So full of strife

Accept the gift
Let it lift
You above this
Darkness below
He wants you
To come
To know
All the beauty he holds

Paradise, waiting
Take the pure
Unsurpassed Joy
Ecstasy, bliss
Make the choice
Follow Christ
Be glad
Maybe leave this
World a
Little less Sad.

Shades of Whispers

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Shades of Whispers

Shades of whispers
In my ears
Under desperate suns
Incite many to fear

Spoken by an enemy
So wise
Deceitful, clever
Bent on telling only lies

Spoken in a serious voice
Misleading always
Inclined to make you
Think you have No Choice

But you do.
A bloodied cross made
Sure of that.
God’s Infinity of Love
That forever lasts.

Chaos

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Chaos

They run, they stride
One spot to the other
Trying each to hide
The fear, pain
From their brothers

And sisters, whisper
As they go
What next, how
Do I know
What comes tomorrow?

How should I act
Is this the right way
I need some help
From this world’s
Chaos
Which seems to hold sway
Over everything.

My death I face
Every single hour
Will someone not tell
Me
Or does anyone
Have the power

To understand which
Way to turn
Where is the help from
This Firestorm,
Pain, struggle, strife
We call life.

Without guidelines
I will fail
Will someone not
Speak
Say a few words to tell
Me how to go?

Until softly and
Suddenly
One hand reaches
Out
In a small voice
Without a shout

Hands me a book
Won’t you give
a Look
Within its pages
One may find
Wisdom
for all the ages

It speaks of a
God
His joy, &
Power
Trying to love us
Through each and
Every hour

Jesus breathed, talked
Walked out
Guidelines in
His love
Sent from
Higher Celestial regions
Above

Never without
Him
Never will force
It
We were not
Created in just
A whim

Formed us in
Joy, did He
For man’s good
He forever gives
His teachings,
Showing us the way
To live

His yearning is for
You
To live within
His guidelines
Boundaries
Perfect until
The end of all time

For without
His boundaries
for our actions
Nothing is left
But the painful
Chaos

Following Christ

 

Trying to be a devoted follower of Jesus of Nazareth is not easy. Christianity is not for anyone who wants an easy life. Christ on the last night of his life before he would be cruelly tortured to death said:

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. John 15:18-20 NIV

The first century church’s members were willing and many times faced severe persecution because of their strong love for their leader, the living Christ/God. In so much of the overly industrialized wealthier parts of the world, the churches struggle because the love of the world has crept into the church too much. Some preachers even preach God just wants to give them prosperity and blessings. This is true. God does love people and want to bless us. However, he does expect a level of obedience and devotion from us even when it means picking up our crosses and following him. Christ says:

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn
A man against his father,
A daughter against her mother
A daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law
A man’s enemies will be the member of his own household.
Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39 NIV.

Here He is not saying to not love your family or neighbors but simply to put Him first. The first century churches knew how to do that. Their strong faith in the living Christ is what spread a small group starting in Jerusalem all around the Mediterranean until it has been spread around the world.

God wants to give us a much higher level of life, existence. Just to live in His presence is going to be so much higher, better than any level we could live on here in this world with the way it is now. We should make Christ our passion because we truly are His. He left the throne room of Heaven’s bliss and ecstasy to die on a cross for us. Won’t you get to know Him better today.

May you have a very blessed day and Praise God!!!