John Maxwell Quote

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I’ve found that the worst thing I can do when it comes to any kind of potential pressure situation is to put off dealing with it.

From Psalm 34:4-5:  “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.  Look to him, and be radiant, so your faces shall never be ashamed.”

John Maxwell (born 1947) is an American pastor, author, and speaker.  He has written numerous books about leadership, with a Christian point of view.

Love’s Guidance (Elfchen Series #110)

Never Wavering


Father above

Fulfilling His promises

Eternal love’s steadfast faithfulness


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Redeeming Passion


Christ’s love

Body and blood

Breaking evil’s sinful chains


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Holy Advocate


Enduring Spirit

Times of trouble

Silent hands of love


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Charles Swindoll Quote

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Listen carefully!  Jesus Christ opens the gate, gently looks at you, and says:  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are over burdened, and I will cause you to rest.”  Just come.  His provision is profound, attainable, and right.

From Psalm 32:7:  “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.”

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.”

Father in Heaven (Elfchen Series #87)



Holy Father

Repenting for transgressions

Life’s new page turns


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Father’s guidance

Follow with obedience

Walking life’s new season


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Father’s world

Honoring His covenant

Grace breathes new life


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Comfort’s Spring

From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

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Holy, living water

Flowing from Father’s hand

Deliverance blesses

Saving from sinking sand


Comfort’s spring renewing

Proclaiming Father’s love

Selfless with compassion

Sending grace from above


Tragedy reaches out

Hearing each heartfelt cry

Spirit guiding prayer

Bringing forth hope from high


Actions follow His light

Sharing words of support

Father’s eternal spring

Returning ship to port


Oaks of righteousness call

Comforting life like rain

His mercy never ends

Trusting Father again


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From Psalm 72:12-13:  “For He delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.  He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.”


From Psalm 34:11-12:  “Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LordWhich of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?”

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Souls crying out


Crushed in spirit

Turning to God


Seeking refuge

Comfort and hope

Righteous Father

Hearing our cries


Evil departs

Darkness transforms

Brightest light calls

Finding our Rock


Coming to God

He promises


Breathing goodwill


Lord calls us back

Humble and glad

Our troubles wane

Praising with joy


Faith surrounds hope

Love never fails

Unselfish grace

Redeeming us


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From Psalm 34:1-3:  “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.  O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

Kingdom Calling (Elfchen Series #68)



Weekly worship

Word and Sacrament

Community response to God


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Righteous justice

Transforming unruly sheep

Father dispatches Good Shepherd


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Inviting us

Come to Him

Receive compassion, teaching, healing


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Always Present (Elfchen Series #66)



God’s Word

Bread of Life

Fortified with faithful grace


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God’s divinity

Coming to earth

Jesus walking among us


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Darkest storms

Lost and alone

Holy grace faithfully flows


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Holy Deliverance

From Psalm 34:17-18:  “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.”

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Praying for His guidance

Needing our Lord each day

Kneeling in humbleness

Love answers with His way


Troubles overtake thee

Confessing now to Him

Finding peace in Jesus

Blessings fill saintly hymns


Taste and see, God is good

Life’s every heartbeat

Casts temptation aside

Walking to His drumbeat


Departing from evil’s sin

Each day, every hour

Come, listen to Father

Grace fuels mighty power


Calvary’s cross beckons

Love’s road to salvation

Empty tomb proclaiming

Life’s faithful foundation


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This poem’s message of “Holy Deliverance” is intensely felt through the singing of Chris Tomlin in “Lord, I Need You.”