Body of Christ

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The body of Christ–also know as the Church–is made up of all who believe in Jesus.”

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Body of Christ

Filled with believers

Worshipping Him

Humble receivers

 

Head of God’s church

Lord Jesus Christ reigns

Following Him

Grace eases our pains

 

Faith’s salvation

Active Christian life

Breathing Gospel

Peace lives without strife

 

Boldly walking

As Christ’s faithful feet

Upholding love

Divine message greets

 

Believers march

Trust guides life’s mandate

Spreading Good News

Grace equips our fate

  

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From Ephesians 4:15-16:  “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”

New Hope

From 1 Corinthians 6:11:  “And this is what some of you used to be.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

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Witnessing renewing birth

Receiving Gospel’s new hope

Living through Christ on this earth

Grace flows down slippery slope

 

Leaving former sinful ways

Washing us clean with new hope

Walking in God’s trust each day

Resurrection’s firm tightrope

 

Raising up Christ, sin’s payoff

Blessings of faith fill new hope

Anchoring light, hell casts off

Holy Spirit, life’s tow rope

 

Sharing His goodness and grace

Sensing Christ fueling new hope

Grasping life’s new, righteous place

God justifies Glory’s scope

 

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From 1 Peter 1:3:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Glorifying God

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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Believers searching

Seeking Father’s plan

Bible revealing

Spirit touches man

 

God’s blessed children

Salvation growing

Tasting His goodness

Spirit’s gifts showing

 

Breathing righteousness

Man’s actions molded

In likeness of Christ

Spirit’s tasks unfolded

 

Holy and treasured

Chosen cornerstone

Glorifying God

Spirit in Christ sown

 

Long ago searching

Heeding sovereign will

Now finding God’s plan

Spirit flows downhill

 

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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Divine Love

From 1 John 4:9-10:  “God’s love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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Father reigns from above

Revealing divine love

Heaven’s whispering dove

 

God’s love never changes

Spanning earth’s vast ranges

Blessed interchanges

 

Mankind living in sin

Loving Christ, life begins

Cross becomes faith’s linchpin

 

Lasting love, none greater

Needing no translator

Grace shines, from Creator

 

Love’s divine foundation

Nurturing salvation

Life’s eternal station

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We didn’t earn the love God has for us, and that’s why we can never lose it.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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God’s love for us and our resulting love for Christ compel us to obey Him in all things.

From John 14:23-24:  “Jesus answered him, ‘Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.'”

His Good Purpose

From Philippians 1:20:  “It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in any way, but that by my speaking with all boldness, Christ will be exalted now as always in my body, whether by life or by death.”

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Facing world’s wickedness

Knowing God walks with thee

Surrounded by darkness

His good purpose foresees

 

Feeling Spirit’s mercy

Turning to Father’s aid

Rejoicing with boldness

His good purpose conveyed

 

Living in Christ brings gain

Soaking up trusting Word

Finding joy in faith’s hope

His good purpose now heard

 

Praising the Lord our God

Following divine moves

Feeding faithful hunger

His good purpose approves

 

Lifting up each stranger

Setting prisoners free

Loving with righteousness

His good purpose shall be

 

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From Psalm 146:5:  “Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”

Anne Graham Lotz Quote

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Faith is like a tender plant, rooted in Christ alone, watered by the Spirit and the Word, strengthened by the winds of adversity and the sunshine of blessing.

From Isaiah 53:2:  “For He grew up before Him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He had no form or majesty that we should look at Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.”

Searching for Father

From Amos 5:4:  “For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:  Seek Me and live.”

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Searching for Father

Walking stark valleys

Running through darkness

Checking back alleys

 

Seeking divine Lord

Wandering each day

Sinking, lost again

Retreating to pray

 

Finding Calvary

Kneeling at sin’s cross

Seeing scarlet stains

Witnessing God’s loss

 

Feeling Christ’s Spirit

Scanning empty tomb

Understanding now

Reaching Father’s room

 

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From Amos 5:14:  “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said.”

Richard Halverson Quote

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When we as a nation, strive in vain to preserve the beauty of national life, forgetting our biblical roots, we are doomed.

From Colossians 2:6-7:  “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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This abandon to the love of Christ is the one thing that bears fruit in the life, and it will always leave the impression of the holiness and the power of God, never of personal holiness.

From 2 Corinthians 5:14-15:  “For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died.  And He died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died and was raised for them.”