Oswald Chambers Quote

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What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavor, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us.  And what does He give in exchange for our sin?  Real solid righteousness.  

From Galatians 2:20:  “And it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Always Present (Elfchen Series #66)



God’s Word

Bread of Life

Fortified with faithful grace


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God’s divinity

Coming to earth

Jesus walking among us


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Darkest storms

Lost and alone

Holy grace faithfully flows


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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.

Righteous Living

From Jeremiah 29:11-12:  “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.  Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.”

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Fulfilling His promises

Creating from His design

Cherishing every life

In God’s hands, futures shall shine


Calling upon our Father

Hearing our daily prayers

Listening with faithfulness

Blueprints, He lovingly shares


Restoring life’s direction

Gathering each of His flock

Distributing peacefulness

Spirit works around the clock


Teaching life’s daily lessons

Noting yesterday’s hardships

Offering timeless blessings

Tomorrow, we trust God’s script


Believing with faithful trust

Accepting our Father’s grace

Spending time with Gospel’s Word

Righteous living, life’s new base 


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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “If we want to discover the Lord’s best for our life, we must trust that His way is better than our plans and desires.”

Love of Christ (Elfchen Series #63)



Life’s transgressions

Savior’s mercy saves

Jesus bearing our debts


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Solid rock

Faith’s living cornerstone

Savior’s righteousness and blessing


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Holy Messiah

Accepting His grace

Faithfully walking with Jesus


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God’s Greatness (Elfchen Series #61)



God’s promise

Grace delivers goodness

Eternal life through Jesus


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Heaven’s light

Love’s shining grace

Eternity’s ticket fully paid


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God’s love

Promises eternal life

Savior pays our debts


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Walking in Light

From 1 John 1:6-7:  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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Traveling earthly journey

Living alongside our Lord

Following His path with trust

Feeling love, grace brings accord


Pursuing God’s righteousness

Confessing sins, big and small

Obeying Holy commands

Hanging up when evil calls


Trading former self for love

Abandoning temptation

Accepting Jesus’ new light

His way, life’s blessed station


Teaching life from Father’s Word

Steering lives in righteous ways

Walking in light, blessing faith

Rejoicing with lasting praise


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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Are you trying to carry old baggage into your walk with the Lord?  The attitudes, habits, and conduct that were yours before Christ must be abandoned in order for you to walk with God.”

Forever First (Haiku Series #128)


Prayer and Scripture

Witnessing His promises—

God forever first

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Always will be mine

Choosing righteous, not wicked—

God forever first

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Patience shall reward

Life’s faithful obedience—

God forever first

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Divine Immanuel (Haiku Series #114)

God’s Promise

Shall be born for us

Our Wonderful Counselor—

Sharing endless peace

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God with Us

Walking in darkness

Witnessing a wondrous light—

Rejoice!  God in flesh

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Kingdom Come

Born in Bethlehem

Uphold justice, righteousness—

Mighty Prince of Peace

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Martin Luther Quote

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That is the mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners:  wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s and the righteousness of Christ is not Christ’s but ours.

From 2 Corinthians 5:20-21:  “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making His appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Father’s Firm Hand

From Psalm 94:1-2:  “Lord, you God of vengeance, you God of vengeance, shine forth!  Rise up, O judge of the earth; give to the proud what they deserve!”

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Holy, perfect Father

Bringing justice for all

Earth’s one, ultimate Judge

Love covers, like rainfall


Truest God of vengeance

Providing blessed Grace

Living high in Heaven

Father’s firm hand, in place


Lives thirst for discipline

Teaching knowledge, His Word

Knowing our hollow thoughts

Empty breath, minds stand blurred


Over the roaring seas

On highest mountaintops

Across fertile valleys

Earth’s Judge shall never stop


Gracious to believers

God’s goodness and kindness

Through our faith, accept Grace

Love overcomes blindness


Judging with righteousness

God’s law rules over all

Vanquishing the wicked

Justice builds righteous walls


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From Psalm 98:8-9:  “Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth.  He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.”