Gospel’s Road (Elfchen Series #104)

Greatest Gift

Mercy’s

Morning star

Father’s glowing truth

Victorious resurrection at dawn

Jesus

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Bible’s Truth

Life’s

Deepest questions

Searching for answers

God’s divine Word teaches

Lessons

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Blessed Opportunity

Conversation

With Father

Intimate and precious

Drawing near to Him

Prayer

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Charles Swindoll Quote

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God’s voice isn’t all that difficult to hear.  It’s right there, ink on paper.  Count on it–that book will never lead you astray.

From Psalm 38:15:  “But it is for you, O Lord, that I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.”

Spiritual Maturity

From 1 Peter 2:2-3:  “Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

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Infancy of man’s faith

Absent righteous skills

Fed with Word’s nourishment

Holy Spirit fills

 

Grappling divine lessons

Bread of Life above

Christ breathes as Living Word

Grace imparts with love

 

Learning faith’s elements

Son of Man preaches

One parable each time

Our Lord’s Word teaches

 

Practicing what is learned

Holy design’s growth

Faith in Word progresses

Maturity’s oath

 

Accepting Word’s goodness

Darkness now ignored

Righteous living obeys

Mercy comes on board

 

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From Hebrews 5:13-14:  “For everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.”

Trust and Obey

From Matthew 28:19-20:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Forgettable years adding up

Spiritual health needs checkup

 

Winter’s never-ending season

Now asking, “What is life’s reason?”

 

Empty heart filling with sorrow

God not waiting for tomorrow

 

Lost on dusty shelf, answer speaks

Holy Bible verses now seek

 

God’s guiding hands open each page

Grace unlocking life’s gloomy cage

 

Gospels speak of Messiah’s love

Son journeys to earth from above

 

Jesus speaks truth with conviction

Mercy’s faith heals each affliction

 

Son of God tells of one to come

Spirit beating hope’s steady drum

 

Lord’s Advocate, incessant voice

Each day fills with His divine choice

 

Trust and obey our Triune God

Righteousness shatters sin’s facade

 

Unforgettable years beaming

Spiritual health now gleaming

 

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From 2 Corinthians 13:13:  “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”

Monday Memories: Reading a Classic

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Searching the local bookstore for one of the all-time classics to read, I find myself wandering the nearly infinite rows of bookcases, overflowing with books of every kind.  I am not looking for just any book, mind you.   My reading appetite hungers for something rich in prose, but the book needs to fit my personal definition of a classic.

As I walk around, my eyes notice many classics of American literature.  I flip through pages of book after book.  Hmm, “not this one” becomes my common response.  Frustration is beginning to set in, and the time is growing late.

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

 The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

 The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

 Walden by Henry David Thoreau

 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

While these books would fill many lists of some of the most treasured novels to read, my appetite is still looking for something with the “crowning glory” of literature.  My vigilant book search continues.

Coming around a corner, the final section of the enormous store is laid out in front of me.  This overly small section of is buzzing with activity.  A large gathering of book lovers are digging all over its shelves.  What stories are these readers of classic literature finding here?

“Jonah and the Whale”

“Moses Leads Israel Home”

“Daniel in the Lion’s Den”

“David vs. Goliath”

“Abraham and Isaac”

“Noah Builds an Ark”

Feeling the excitement now as well, my eyes capture a beautiful volume with the above stories, but I also discover “The Greatest Story of All-Time” about a Galilean named Jesus Christ.

My spiritual journey has finished at last.  The Holy Bible will fill my spiritual hunger for an eternity.  Amen!

 

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Charles Stanley Quote

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One of the biggest dangers for believers is a failure to mature.  To grow, we must have nourishment from God’s Word, and to become strong, we need the exercise of obedience.

From Hebrews 5:12-14:  “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!   Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

Father’s Blueprint (Haiku Series #118)

His Word

Reading the Bible

Discover truth and wisdom—

God’s shadow lengthens

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Nourishment

Walking with the Lord

Spirit enters heart and soul—

Tasting Bread of Life

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Our Salvation

Sinful nature breathes

Separates us from our God—

Jesus builds a bridge

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From the Bible (Elfchen Series #41)

Discipleship

Darkness

Jesus beckons

Come, follow Me

His path leading to

Light

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Cleansing

Selfish

Sinful heart

Trusting our Lord

Creating new, clean heart

Restoration

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Love

God’s

Divine passion

Caring and transforming

His Son’s atoning sacrifice

Salvation

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Charles Spurgeon Quote

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Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.

From 2 Timothy 3:16-17:  “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”

Martin Luther Quote

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The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.  The Bible is not antique or modern.  It is eternal.

From Matthew 4:4:  “But He [Jesus] answered, ‘It is written, One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”