Hannah More Quote

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Forgiveness is the economy of the heart . . . forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.

From Luke 11:4:  “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.  And do not bring us to the time of trial.”

Hannah More (1745-1833) was an English playwright, poet, educator, and religious writer.

Quiet Grace (Elfchen Series #93)

Boldness

Faith

Grace refilling

Every precious day

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Eyewitnesses

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Journey

Walking

Never alone

Holy Spirit’s voice

Yielding to His guidance

Transformation

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Blessing

Darkness

Hiding sin

Divine light’s guidance

Grace nurtures Christ’s forgiveness

Believe

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Greatest Gift

From John 3:16-17:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

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Imagine receiving one gift

But, never accepting its love

Forsaking Father’s lasting grace

Angels witness all from above

 

This precious gift brings lasting peace

Why would God’s love remain unwrapped?

Sin continues weaving darkness

Triggering mankind to feel trapped

 

Spirit moves into heart’s fabric

Cosmic collision stirs within

Christ stepping into this dark breach

Divine love snaps sin’s frail linchpin

 

For God so loved this fallen world

His Holy Son pays for sin’s debts

Unlocking eternity’s gate

Christ’s mercy saves, without regrets

 

Now embracing and accepting

Father’s loving gift now received

Trusting in Savior’s greatest gift

Forgiveness, all who believe

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The greatest gift ever given was the sacrifice of Jesus, and all we must do is accept this free gift in joy forever with Him.”

Jesus Always (Elfchen Series #88)

Journey

Blessed

Living water

Grace and forgiveness

Walking to eternal life

Jesus

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Discovery

Sinfulness

Seeking redemption

Looking to Jesus

Integrity and character sidetracked

Repentance

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Affirmation

Remembering

Every morning

Our baptismal waters

Salvation found in Christ

Promises

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Nothing Greater (Elfchen Series #85)

Be True

Confession

With repentance

Walking with righteousness

Stepping forward into light

Obedience

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Be Fed

Invitation

Hungry feast

Nourishes spirit’s needs

With faith and grace

Forgiveness

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Be Saved

Resurrection

Empty tomb

Grace overcomes darkness

Transforming our “broken glass”

Redemption

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Father’s Gifts (Elfchen Series #84)

Freedom

Sin

Darkness prowling

One eternal sacrifice

Savior’s blood breaks chains

Forgiveness

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Reborn

Awaken

New dawn

High Priest Jesus

Empty tomb forever rejoices

Salvation

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Eternity

Love

None greater

Father sends Son

World saved through Him

Believe

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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.

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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