Final Quest

From Colossians 1:19-20:  “For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross.”

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Haunting scene, filled with greed

Darkness shadows with fear

Every path now seems blocked

Cross waiting to appear


Journey of life backs up

Selfishness cuts in front

Noise in streets never dims

Cross waiting to confront


Sorrows keep piling up

Every heart feeling stress

Shattered hope, faith absent

Cross waiting to address


Life refreshed, poured from grace

Compassion fills His heart

Savior’s body and blood

Cross ready to impart


Mountains of sin paid for

Mercy now comes to rest

Blessing of Father’s love

Cross completes final quest

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From 1 Corinthians 1:18:  “For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Mercy Conquers

From Psalm 69:14:  “Rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.”

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Watching man’s plight

God takes human form

Breathing Scripture’s cues

Mercy conquers storm


Stumbling in faith

God sees lack of trust

Sending His own Son

Evil becomes dust


Breaking sin’s chains

Calvary’s blood flows

Kneeling in prayer

Light enters shadows


Walking through fire

Grace making descent

Pulsing with courage

God always present


Witnessing cross

Spirit opens eyes

Accepting Jesus

God, more than life-size


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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.”

Burdens Ease

From Matthew 10:38-39:  And whoever does not take up the cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.  Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for My sake will find it.”

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Life’s suffering

World calls out

Run from burdens

Filled with doubt



Castaway now

Full of hate

Life’s heavy plow



Darkness calls

Enemy waits

Man shall fall


Each of us

Jesus teaches

Cross to bear

Pain, it reaches


Taking up cross

Burdens ease

Embrace each one

Mercy sees


Follow Christ

Losing old ways

Find new life

Faith’s hope ablaze


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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Charles Swindoll:  “Each of us has some area of pain and suffering in life.  The world around us would have us run from that burden–to resent it, hate it.  Instead, we should embrace it.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Jesus of Nazareth had a magnificent obsession:  the cross.  His death on the cross was no afterthought on God’s part but rather, the fulfillment of the Father’s predetermined plan for His Son.

From Luke 24:46-47:  “He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.'”

John Stott Quote

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The Gospel is good news of mercy to the undeserving.  The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.

From Philippians 2:8-9:  “He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.  Therefore God exalted Him even more highly and gave Him the name that is above every other name.”

John Stott (1921-2011) was an English preacher and Christian theologian.  During his years in the ministry, he was one of the leaders of the worldwide evangelical movement.

John Piper Quote

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The Cross is not a mere event in history; it’s a way of life!  Take up your Cross DAILY, Jesus said!

From Matthew 16:24:  “Then Jesus told His disciples, ‘If any wish to come after Me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.'”

John Piper (born 1946) is an American pastor, theologian, and Christian scholar.  He is the founder and teacher of

Charles Stanley Quote

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Every time you see a cross, remember what it really was–an instrument of execution.  Though the scene of your redemption was horrendous, Christ turned the cross into a place of great triumph.

From Colossians 2:13-14:  “And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with Him, when He forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands.  He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.”

Hope in Darkness

From Daniel 12:1-3:  “At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise.  There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence.  But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.  Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”

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Darkness invades man’s world

Painful times filled with loss

Perilous tragedies

Yet, hope calls from one Cross


Shattering brokenness

Heartache knowing no end

Grieving trauma scalds hearts

Yet, hope shall never bend


Prophets carry message

Few bothering to hear

Lasting shame and contempt

Yet, hope’s time coming near


God’s promises hold truth

Times of anguish shall fade

Deliverance knocking

Hope in darkness, now paid


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From Isaiah 9:6:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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.”

Life’s Linchpin

From Isaiah 53:7:  “He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so He did not open his mouth.”

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From Eden’s lush garden

Man’s sin corrupting all

God sees Calvary’s cross

Jesus accepts His call


God comes to earth as Christ

Son of God walks in light

Fallen world can’t crush Him

Darkness loses this fight


Jesus never wavers

Father’s plan never rests

World quakes under evil

His Son conquers each test


Like sheep, man has strayed

Lost in darkness and sin

Wheels of life falling off

Cross restores life’s linchpin


Do you truly believe?

Righteous Son pours self out

Sin’s death now defeated

Step forward, never doubt


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From Isaiah 53:11:  “Out of His anguish He shall see light; He shall find satisfaction through His knowledge.  The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and He shall bear their iniquities.”