Saturday, March 28, 2015

One of the Crowd

What was it like to be one of the crowd
Following Jesus ... a "Groupie";
Hearing the words, "Repent! Be forgiven!
And blessed be those who believe."?

What was it like on the outskirts of town
When Jesus rode past on that colt;
Shouting, "Hosanna!" and "Blessed art Thou!"
Throwing our garments before Him.

Then, days later, being one of the crowd,
Shouting with others, "Crucify!"
Scourged, and beaten, Jesus carried that cross;
Hung, bled, and died there ... Forgiving.

Friday, March 20, 2015


(Matt. 5:44 AND Rom. 12:14 … “Pray for those who persecute you.”)

I do not understand the hate,
The anger, the desire to harm
That causes one to join a group
Whose only aim is “Kill” and “Maim”
Because of how we choose to live.

I pray for those with none to pray:
For anyone who’d wield the sword
When heads of Christians rolled away;
And for the one who left the bomb
Along the route where others ran.

Lord, open eyes, and ears, and hearts.
Forgive them for their errant ways.
Dissolve their anger, Lord, the hate
That causes them to wish to harm
A soul whose only “crime” is love!

As from the Cross that day You prayed,
“Father, forgive. They do not know,”
Lord, help Your children understand
That though all sin, You have control.
Help us remember, You’re the judge,
And You desire that all be saved

Sunday, March 15, 2015

If You Know Not God

(Romans 9)

If you know not of God, I will speak.
If you refuse Christ, I will cry.
Humanity of Christ was as Jew,
As God, He rules--eternally.

For all have been chosen to be saved,
Though given the freedom to refuse.
And Jesus, with God from beginning,
Knew salvation comes through His death.

Friday, March 6, 2015


Holy Spirit, build Your fire
Deep within my soul.
Not so I can just go sit
Warming feet, O Lord,
Build heat to urge my action.

Who can use encouragement?
Who can use a smile?
Encouragement is powerful,
And each smile they see
Encourages a response.

I won’t be so complacent,
Passing needy souls.
Whatever He brings to mind
He’ll help me to do.
He boosts compassionate acts!

Holy Spirit, build Your fire
Deep within my heart.
Help me rise, get off my butt;
Get me on my feet!
Build heat! Please, help my action!