From 2 Corinthians 5:17-18:  “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; look, new things have come into being!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”

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God’s living grace

Bends earthly lives

Word’s special place

Righteousness thrives


Forgiveness gifts

Mercy for all

Spirit uplifts

One man named Saul


Undeserved grace

Transforming hearts

Joy shall embrace

Life’s hope restarts


Redemption shared

Walking with Christ

Because God cared

Evil’s plan iced


Grace reconciled

Sins forgiven

Darkness exiled



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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Experiencing the forgiveness God offers will transform every part of life.”

Always Knowing

From 2 Timothy 13-14:  “Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Guard the good deposit entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.”

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Grateful to Father

Clear conscience worships free

Prayers seek encouragement

Always knowing thee


Heart filling with joy

Trust growing, day by day

God’s Word leading each journey

Molding us like clay


Surrounded by truth

Self-discipline stands fast

Spirit of resolve and love

Lord’s grace built to last


Saved by Christ’s mercy

Hallowed be His power

Called to always follow Him

With each passing hour


Light conquers darkness

Faith in Christ, living free

Guided by Holy Spirit

Always knowing thee

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The Bible is our protection against deception.”

Redeemer Almighty

From Job 19:25:  “For I know that my vindicator lives and that in the end He will stand upon the earth.”

From Psalm 19:14:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

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Living in weakness

Walking this barren land

Redeemer Almighty

Searching for His hand


Feeling emptiness

Finding Gospel’s password

Redeemer Almighty

Feeding on His Word


Wandering journey

Hungering for His peace

Redeemer Almighty

Unlocking life’s lease


Accepting His grace

Hearing hallowed Good News

Redeemer Almighty

Stepping up to choose


Lasting faithfulness

Scaling redemption’s ridge

Redeemer Almighty

Building Heaven’s bridge


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Welsh-born Methodist preacher William Williams (1717-1791) wrote the inspiring lyrics of the hymn, “Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer.”  When one hears the verses, it is easy to appreciate his nickname, “Watts of Wales.”  Some translations of the hymn are titled “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” 

Faith’s Passport (Elfchen Series #123)



Growing within

Blessed, tender reed

Nourished from Living Bread


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Growing complacency

Hungry in spirit

Gospel feeds faith’s famine


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Flawed people

God loves each

Faith in His creation


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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.

Serving with Devotion (Elfchen Series #117)



Following Christ

Hands and feet

Commissioned in His name


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Gospel messengers

Christ’s saving grace

Sowing seeds of faith


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Transforming witnesses

Walking with Jesus

Breathing with Good News


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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.

Gospel Breathes (Elfchen Series #107)



Comes between

God and ourselves

Walking in His faithfulness


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Steadfast love

Holy Spirit guides

Jesus dwells within us


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Blessed discipleship

Faith community unites

Diverse group of believers


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Overcoming Storms

From Matthew 14:23-25:  “And after He [Jesus] had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.  When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.  And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.”

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Facing challenges

Feel nourishing calm

Fed with Living Bread

Holy Spirit’s balm


Sailing into wind

Swelling, stormy waves

Seeking God’s compass

Eternal grace saves


Witnessing hardships

Gale arrives today

God never leaves us

Teaching us to pray


Smothering tempest

Evil’s wrath scolding

Finding God’s refuge

His peace beholding


Overcoming storms

Daily lessons teach

Hearing Gospel’s call

Rescued from tide’s breach


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From Proverbs 10:25:  “When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are established forever.”

Morning’s Promise

From Lamentations 3:22-23 :  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

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Spiritual sunrise

Grief stricken for three days

Tomb open and empty

God fulfills Word, ablaze


All of creation sings

Rejoice in faith’s Good News

Risen Christ conquers death

God rejects evil’s ruse


Morning’s promise brings truth

Resurrection affirms

Prophetic Scripture scenes

God shares love, grace confirms


From darkness, world bends knees

Redemption offers peace

Savior pays debts in full

God ensures life’s new lease


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From Psalm 105:4-5:  “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually.  Remember the wonderful works He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He has uttered.”

Body of Christ

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The body of Christ–also know as the Church–is made up of all who believe in Jesus.”

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Body of Christ

Filled with believers

Worshipping Him

Humble receivers


Head of God’s church

Lord Jesus Christ reigns

Following Him

Grace eases our pains


Faith’s salvation

Active Christian life

Breathing Gospel

Peace lives without strife


Boldly walking

As Christ’s faithful feet

Upholding love

Divine message greets


Believers march

Trust guides life’s mandate

Spreading Good News

Grace equips our fate


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From Ephesians 4:15-16:  “But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.”