God Calling (Elfchen Series #75)

Never Lost 

Navigating

Uncharted waters

Embrace change ahead

Steadfast in trusting God

Faithfulness

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Never Misses

Sin

Life’s misdeeds

Missing God’s target

Grace finds its mark

Forgiveness

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Never Closed 

Come

Gather today

Community of believers

House of the Lord

Worship

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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.

Bridging Sin’s Gulf

From John 14:6-7:  “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.'”

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Mankind born into sin

Separated from God

Our innocent goodness

Forever will be flawed

 

Bridging sin’s gulf, so vast

Stumbling imperfection

Seeking lasting mercy

Crying for affection

 

God knows our transgressions

Evil’s hidden darkness

All come to Him with guilt

Life’s absolute starkness

 

Bridging sin’s gulf, at last

Accepting Christ as Lord

Finding lasting mercy

Crucifying sin’s sword

 

God’s Holy perfection

Beyond our humble hold

Savior’s blood pays our debts

Christ’s forgiveness unfolds

   

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Only the cross of Christ spans the gulf between alienation and reconciliation.  

Christian Reflections (Elfchen Series #70)

Steadfastness

God

Always present

Hearing heartfelt prayers

Every mountain and valley

Unwavering

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Transformation

Father’s

Forgiving grace

Opens up hearts

Reshaping darkness into light

Love

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Community

Fellowship

With believers

Sharing mutual burdens

Strengthened through the Gospel

Faith

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Enduring Presence

From Psalm 139:1-2:  “Lord, you have searched me and known me.  You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away.”

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Seeking blessed comfort

Father always present

Inescapable God

Filled with Holy intent

 

Praising our faithful Lord

Saving us with His love

Trusting His steady hand

Searching Heaven above

 

God knows all and sees all

Unlike Jonah, we stay

Through morning until night

Come to worship and pray

 

Seeing God’s wondrous works

Enduring presence leads

Counting endless blessings

Protecting tender reeds

 

Changing darkness to light

God saves us from our sins

His grace covers each life

Forgiveness always wins

 

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From Psalm 139:11-12:  “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me become night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

Coretta Scott King Quote

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

From Colossians 3:12-13:  “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Forgiving Ourselves

From Galatians 5:1:  “For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

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Burdened by life’s BIG problem

All of man living in sin

Selfishness fueling mistakes

Where should we turn to begin?

 

Come forward to accept Him

Forgiveness granted from God

Washing away timeless guilt

Can’t forgive self, living flawed

 

Struggle with self-forgiveness

Guilt’s shadow never pulls back

God’s grace-filled pardon waiting

Feeling unloved, sin attacks

 

Filling ourselves with sadness

Self-imposed standards now crash

Rely on works over faith

Sin making us feel like trash

 

Kneeling at Calvary’s cross

Jesus’ blood setting us free

No longer chained to darkness

Forgiving ourselves, guilt flees

 

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From Psalm 51:10-12:  “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.”

Into New Life (Elfchen Series #56)

Saving

Fellowship

With Jesus

Walking from darkness

Into His joyous light

Forgiven

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Disciplining

Called

Go forth

Share Christ’s light

Bring witness and healing

Collectively

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Living

Believers

Gathered together

Jesus, Risen Savior

“Peace be with you”

Alive

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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.

Spiritual Blessings

From Ephesians 1:13-14:  “ In Him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in Him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.”

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Adopted as God’s children

Following His Word of truth

Spiritual blessings sprout

Sharing wisdom since our youth

 

Holy Spirit breathes insight

Glorious grace singing out

Love and peace, freely granted

Hope from heaven, rousing shouts

 

Holy Word reigns eternal

Gospel of salvation acts

Forgiving our trespasses

Life renewed with Savior’s pact

 

Baptism with Holy Spirit

Redemption through Jesus’ blood

Called and claimed by our Father

True faith restored, life’s new bud

 

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From the words of German pastor and Christian theologian, Martin Luther:  “The Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, and sanctified and kept me in true faith.”

When Life Tumbles

From Psalm 31:3-5:  “You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.  Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.”

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When daily life tumbles

Love and kindness arrive

Helping hand reaching out

Spirit bringing high fives

 

When little steps tumble

Curious toddler falls

Mother offers sweet hugs

Spirit’s love never stalls

 

When career takes tumble

One avenue closes

Another path opens

Spirit turns up roses

 

Healthy life takes tumble

Caring neighbors help out

Lending love’s blissful hands

Spirit waters our drought

 

Shame stings with sin’s tumble

Darkness changes to light

Jesus calls out with love

Spirit’s grace glowing bright

 

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From Romans 8:26-27:  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”