Holding Us Fast

From Romans 8:38-39:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Burdened with sin-filling guilt

Questions about salvation

Worn down, feeling overwhelmed

Life struggling with temptation


Surrounded by sin’s gloom and doom

Meager actions not enough

Salvation ignores life’s works

Grace shining through evil’s bluff


Remember God’s faithful truths

Choosing us, always with us

Spirit marks each with new life

His love, hope’s guaranteed plus


Father’s Word holding us fast

Always our righteous anchor

Steadies weary, stumbling steps

Answers doubts, quiets rancor


Jesus pays our debts in full

Forgiven, transformed, renewed

According to His mercy

Taking our place, flesh subdued


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From Titus 3:4-5:  “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”


From Zephaniah 3:17:  “The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will renew you in His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”

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With fulfilled hearts

Forward life goes



Christ, our Savior

Conquers darkest foe



Without Christ, defeated

With Jesus, victory



Sowing faith’s seeds

Reaping eternal hope



God’s cherished love

Heavenly home waits



Empty tomb proclaims

Sharing Easter joy



Jesus, Risen Lord

Sins bleached white



Singing with praise

Blessed and thankful



Father with Son

And Holy Spirit



Witness God’s Word

Breaking bread together



Sovereign God empowers

With sustaining love


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From Psalm 118:24:  “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

The main inspiration for this poem comes from the hymn “On Our Way Rejoicing.”  Enjoy singing along!

Love Never Fails

From Psalm 142:1-2:  “With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the LordI pour out my complaint before Him; I tell my trouble before Him.”

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Roaming life’s wilderness

Old Man Trouble talking

No escape from his voice

Tougher times come knocking


Life’s rivers never rest

Turbulent waters wait

Walking through hottest fire

Faith in God shifts our fate


Bright days turning darkest

Where’s our protection gone?

Father’s love never fails

With us at day’s new dawn


Choosing life’s one clear choice

God’s love sending courage

Tackling intense troubles

Lord’s Word shall encourage


Facing Old Man Trouble

God renewing life’s hope

Eye to eye with our faith

Lord’s unbreakable rope


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From Isaiah 43:1-2:  “But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel:  Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

Messages of Hope (Haiku Series #125)

Safe Haven

Feeling all alone

Facing dark, uncertain times—

God offers refuge

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Assurance Calls

In life’s stressful times

His promises taking root—

Trusting in the Lord

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Shining Light

Christ rises above

Life’s battered, darkest-filled ruins—

Beacon of love’s hope

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Robert Schuller Quote

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Faith is the courage to face reality with hope.

From Lamentations 3:22-24:  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.'”

Buried Faith

From the words of American pastor and Christian author, A. W. Tozer:  “Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.”

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Winter’s lost, snow-covered faith

Father’s presence, long frozen

Buried faith, under deep drifts

Lack of any hope, blows in


Christ melts each frozen glacier

Ice turns to living water

Holy Spirit flows with hope

God’s Word molds, as faith’s potter


Spring arrives, God’s Holy love

Maturing into life’s fruit

Flowering trees, witness faith

Hope emerging, each new shoot


Resurrection brings new life

Hungry faith springs with fresh growth

Spirit warms forgotten hearts

Faith then hope, Christ unearths both


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From Proverbs 3:3-4:  “Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.  So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and of people.”

Never Alone (Elfchen Series #46)



Almighty God

Never sits silent

From sunrise to sunset


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Seeking attention

Single voice calls

Come, walk with Me


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Never ends

From Calvary’s cross

Resurrection faithfully assures tomorrow’s


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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.

Bill Bright Quote

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Without the certainty of His resurrection, we would come to the end of this life without hope, with nothing to anticipate except despair and doubt.  But because He lives, we rejoice, knowing soon we will meet our Savior face to face, and the troubles and trials of this world will be behind us.

From John 16:31-33:  “Jesus answered them, ‘Do you now believe?  The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone.  Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.  I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution.  But take courage; I have conquered the world!'”

Follow His Footsteps

From Romans 12:1-2:  “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

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Imperfect humans

Walking darkest trails

World twists upside down

Christ calls, without fail


World crying out with

Endless, empty claims

Filled with dead end thoughts

Christ drowns looming flames


Noisy distractions

Countless temptations

Follow His footsteps

Christ’s supplications


Waking to darkness

God’s will lights each day

Struggling with life’s sin

Christ bridges the way


Share genuine love

Holding fast to good

Serving the Father

Christ transforms driftwood


Zealous in spirit

Rejoicing in hope

Walk with humbleness

Christ’s love helps us cope


Marked with our Lord’s truth

Walk with Christian steps

Soul and mind renewed

Follow Christ’s footsteps


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From Hebrews 6:19-20:  “We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Faith Nourishes Hope

From John 16:33: “I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace.  In the world you face persecution.  But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

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Where can mankind find lasting hope?


Living each day without much joy

Peace and hope absent from life’s scope

Searching under every rock

Calmness found in elusive hope


Falling into Enemy’s traps

Darkness clouds life’s kaleidoscope

Overcome with discouragement

God’s love endures with living hope


Life’s tribulations never win

Our Father promises lasting hope

Christ fulfills Bible’s prophecies

Faith fuels hope, ascending life’s slope


Tireless Holy Spirit at work

Opens doors by way of God’s Word

Building and strengthening our faith

Life’s fresh discovery, hope stirred


Turning sorrow into joy . . . Rejoice!

Ask the Father in Jesus’ name

Guiding with righteousness and truth

Faith nourishes hope, now aflame


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From the words of American evangelist and Christian author, Bill Bright:  “Without the certainty of His resurrection, we would come to the end of this life without hope, with nothing to anticipate except despair and doubt.”