Come, Follow Me

From Luke 9:23:  “Then He said to them all, ‘If any wish to come after Me, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.'”

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Walking road of solitude

Every step heading somewhere

Today, meeting one stranger

“Come, follow me”—He declares


Hearing His witness of grace

Darkness transitions to light

Stranger’s Word sinking deeper

Rendezvous sealed with Spirit bright


Sharing His comfort of peace

Truth serving as Scripture’s guide

Stranger’s righteous heart affirms

Mercy’s breath comes alongside


Traveling as one each day

Faith’s journey follows high road

Stranger’s compass always true

Love unlocks atonement’s code


Seeing life’s purpose at last

Redemption at Heaven’s door

Stranger no more, Jesus Christ

Eternity comes ashore

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From John 3:16:  “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.”

Mercy’s Light (Elfchen Series #154)



Enemy’s darkness

Waves crashing down

Empty tomb’s salvation light


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Eternity Calls


Father’s plan

Love’s ultimate sacrifice

Resurrection’s grace shines forever


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Final Act


Blessed assurance

Light conquers darkness

Every sin forever paid


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Walking Closely

From Luke 24:13-15:  “Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.  While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself came near and went with them.”

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On life’s Emmaus Road

Walking closely with thee

Grace of Jesus bestowed

Calvary’s path sets us free


Wilderness gathers near

Walking down evil’s road

Christ’s love making it clear

Sinful darkness now implodes


Life’s burdens weighing down

Walking with Christ, our Lord

Mercy begins countdown

Redemption coming on board


Heaven’s kingdom awaits

Walking each faithful path

Salvation opens gate

Jesus bridges judgement’s wrath


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From Philippians 3:20:  “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Monday Memories: Transforming Life

From Romans 12:11:  “Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

person standing on pathway

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Offering our bodies to our Father

As a living sacrifice to the Lord

Forever transformed, through His renewal

Bringing new life, by God’s sacred accord


Accepting God’s will with sober recourse

Remaining faithful, God living with us

His Word, always cleanses our sinful ways

With God’s plan, a Holy and perfect plus


God’s love is genuine, filled with His grace

Stepping forward, stoked with spirited zeal

Remaining steadfast, to all which is good

Serving God, escaping heavy ordeals


Steering ourselves, with total discipline

According to God’s proud expectations

Living and serving His Holy Kingdom

Avoiding the Enemy’s temptations


Remaining patient, despite life’s trials

Providing His strength, God leading us all

Walking in faith, taking the Lord’s high road

Living peacefully, following His call

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From the words of American pastor, Harry Emerson Fosdick:  “No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed.  No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”


Originally published March, 2020.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The marvel of the Redemption Reality of God is the worst and the vilest can never get to the bottom of His love.  Paul did not say that God separated him to show what a wonderful man He could make of him, but “to reveal His Son in me.”

From 1 Corinthians 4:11-13:  “To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are naked and beaten and homeless, and we grow weary from the work of our own hands.  When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we speak kindly.  We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.”

Always Near

From Isaiah 40:10-11:  “See, the Lord God comes with might, and His arm rules for Him; His reward is with Him and His recompense before Him.  He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arms and carry them in His bosom and gently lead the mother sheep.”

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Staying close

Mercy knows

Chasing away doubts

God’s hand reaches out


Quiet rest

Hope be blest

Faith’s embers restart

Nestled in God’s heart


Always near

Never fear

Righteous grace arrives

Resurrection thrives


Peaceful place

Light’s embrace

Holy Spirit roams

Redemption comes home

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The hymn “Near to the Heart of God” inspired today’s faith-based poem.  Here is a dynamic video of the hymn with lyrics by Fountainview Academy in British Columbia, Canada.

Maturing Faith (Elfchen Series #147)

Never Alone


Endless wilderness

Lessons in patience

Mercy rewards faith’s journey


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Living Free


Resurrection breathes

Faith carries righteousness

Mercy reigns over Cross


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Faith’s Prism


Father’s love

Person to person

Sharing Spirit’s blessed light


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Releasing Mercy

From John 12:12-13:  “The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.  So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!'”

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Son of Man enters city

Making final human walk

Fulfilling Father’s design

Ignoring others who mock


Many celebrate Jesus

Thinking He shall be their king

Throwing off Roman rulers

Ignoring grace, set to spring


Enemy sees victory

Overlooking supreme God

Forgetting Christ’s destiny

Ignoring his evil fraud


Calvary’s lonely Cross weeps

Covering in Savior’s blood

Setting up love to conquer

Releasing mercy to flood


Resurrection breathes forever

Proclaiming lasting Good News

Building bridge to salvation

Raising faith’s redemptive view


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From Ephesians 1:7-9:  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us.  With all wisdom and insight He has made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that He set forth in Christ.”

Mercy Conquers

From Psalm 69:14:  “Rescue me from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies and from the deep waters.”

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Watching man’s plight

God takes human form

Breathing Scripture’s cues

Mercy conquers storm


Stumbling in faith

God sees lack of trust

Sending His own Son

Evil becomes dust


Breaking sin’s chains

Calvary’s blood flows

Kneeling in prayer

Light enters shadows


Walking through fire

Grace making descent

Pulsing with courage

God always present


Witnessing cross

Spirit opens eyes

Accepting Jesus

God, more than life-size


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From 1 Corinthians 6:11:  “And this is what some of you used to be.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.”

God of Rescue

From Colossians 1:13-14:  “He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

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Looking down from Heaven

Observing broken world

Father, Son, and Spirit

Designing rescue’s lifeline


Dispatching Son to earth

Walking among sinners

Light’s rescue comes to save

Taking perfect human form


Witnessing Father’s love

Executing rescue

Journey to bloody Cross

Rebuilding faith’s cornerstone


Voiding enemy’s lies

Saving flawed humanity

God’s rescue overcomes

Replacing darkness with light


Paying man’s debts in full

Bearing each transgression

Through Son’s body and blood

Raising salvation’s rescue

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From Acts 2:37-39:  “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what should we do?’  Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Him.'”