Always Remains

From Proverbs 18:24:  “Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.”

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Dark perils lurking

Sin’s evil prowling

Reaching into souls

Fiercest storms howling

 

Fragile faith fading

Hope searching for God

Reaching out to light

Gospel never flawed

 

Others abandon

Lord always remains

Reaching into faith

Hope flowing through veins

 

At crossroads of life

Father comes calling

Reaching into hearts

No longer falling

 

Comfort bringing peace

Divine Word spoken

Reaching into self

Spirit unbroken

 

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From Hebrews 13:5:  “Be content with what you have; for He has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.'”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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When we touch the bedrock of the reality of the Gospel in God, we shall never bother God any further with little personal plaints.

From 1 Corinthians 1:17:  “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.”

Hungry Feast

From John 6:35:  “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.  Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

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Gathering in community

Preparing for His Hungry Feast

Coming to Heavenly Father

Worshipping Christ, our Holy Priest

 

Traveling life’s difficult road

Hungering for peace in our hearts

Tasting fellowship with Jesus

Targeting us with grace-filled darts

 

Fulfilling hope from Father’s love

Joining at His holy table

Seeking lasting, peaceful comfort

Witnessing Bethlehem’s stable

 

Rejecting evil’s dark presence

Praising and worshipping our Lord

Filling our hunger from His feast

Riding Gospel’s train . . . all aboard!

 

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From Matthew 5:6:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

The hymn “We Come to the Hungry Feast” inspired the writing of this poem.  Some churches also use this tune as a communion hymn.

Trumpeting His Greatness

From Psalm 145:2-3:  “Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.  Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; His greatness is unsearchable.”

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God’s worthy promises

Remembering always

Encouraging Word leads

Gratitude stirs our praise

 

Our God of Israel

Sharing thoughts in prayer

Trumpeting His greatness

Father’s Holy Word cares

 

Daily meditation

Worshipping His glory

Confessing transgressions

Faithful Gospel story

 

God’s firmness offers hope

Praising His blessed name

Infusing daily routines

His love lights brightest flame

 

To each generation

Walking with God’s mindset

Facing Calvary’s cross

Son of God pays our debts

 

Everlasting kingdom

Receiving gifts of grace

Hearing God’s steadfast truth

Heaven’s Spirit in place

 

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From Psalm 145:8-9:  “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and His compassion is over all that He has made.”

Timeless Guideposts (Elfchen Series #65)

Blessed Triune

Holy

Heavenly deliverance

Three in One

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Trinity

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Firm Foundation

Faith

Heavenly Father

Hope and trust

Gathered in His hands

Cornerstone

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Lasting Assurance

Worthy

In Spirit

Gospel breathes forever

Lord finishes each task

Confidence

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Glorious Gospel (Elfchen Series #62)

Invitation

Love

Creating mankind

Jesus calling us

To love one another

Peace

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Salvation

Life’s

Darkest depths

Rescued by Jesus

Sharing His Good News

Grace

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Transformation

Mission

Without fear

Reshaping this world

To right side up

Jesus

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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.

Worthy Soldier

From 2 Timothy 2:3-4: “Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving in the army gets entangled in everyday affairs; the soldier’s aim is to please the enlisting officer.”

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Born as blessed children of God

Learning the Bible’s sacred truth

Strong in grace of Savior Jesus

Worthy soldier matures from youth

 

Listening to God’s witnesses

Faithful, Godly people speaking

Maturing in Father’s Spirit

Daily blessings from Christ’s teachings

 

Humbly serving in God’s army

Following footsteps, walked by Christ

Bolstered by our own suffering

Clutching faith, never underpriced

 

Our Father’s way, rich truth to say

Bringing total understanding

His Holy Word comes without chains

Gospel, forever commanding

 

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From 2 Timothy 2:11-13:  “The saying is sure:  If we have died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He will also deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful—for He cannot deny Himself.”

Spiritual Messengers

From the words of Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher, Oswald Chambers:  “We are not turned into spiritual mediums, but into spiritual messengers; the message must be part of ourselves.”

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Our time here on this earth

Limited and finite

Humble servants of God

Carry on the good fight

 

Called to spread the Good News

Find one person at a time

Urged to evangelize

Sharing God’s paradigm

 

Giving us strength in faith

Our Lord standing with us

Invite all to listen

Proclaim His truth, a plus

 

As our God’s messengers

Hearts broken by our flaws

Baptized by Holy Spirit

Drafted into His cause

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From 2 Timothy 4:2:  “Proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.”

Follow His Road Map

From Proverbs 30:5:  “Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”

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Feeling weary and lost

How can any prevail?

Desolate road ahead

Actions will surely fail

 

Lost in darkness of life

Our Father lights the way

Filled with His righteousness

God’s road map saves our day

 

Our Lord’s Word speaking truth

Daily meditation

Bible’s meanings ring clear

Leading to salvation

 

Study God’s Holy Word

Share its hope and Good News

Trusting each promise

His commands, we must choose

 

Inhale, breathe it all in

Fed by the “Bread of Life”

Quenched by “Living Water”

Transforming daily life 

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From the words of American-born missionary and Christian theologian, E. Stanley Jones:  “The Gospel is not so much a demand as it is an offer, an offer of new life to man by the grace of God.”