Life’s Balance

From 2 Corinthians 4:8-10:  “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies.”

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Life’s balance totters back and forth

Living one moment as sinners

Other moments walking as saints

Hope springs forth from living Jesus

 

Just as Jesus Christ has risen

We shall be raised with our Savior

By accepting and loving Him

Eternity calls believers

 

Resurrection unlocks promise

God’s love shouts from criminal’s cross

Jesus conquers both sin and death

Taking our place, erasing debts

 

Spirit allows life to grasp hope

Our outer selves wasting away

Inner selves renewed with each day

Eyes cannot see, yet trust in faith

 

Mercy runs deeper than water

Living Water with purity

Believe in Christ, Lord and Savior

Leading with grace to our Father

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From 2 Corinthians 5:1:  “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”

Monday Memories: Are We Worthy?

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Feeling lost, alone, and unworthy

Walking forward to seek God

 

Questioning and asking, crying out

Gathering together, we trust God

 

Seeking Christ must come first

 

Contrasting himself to the Messiah

Foretelling of the One coming

 

Crying out in the wilderness

Baptizing believers at the Jordan

 

Sending John to baptize Jesus

Sensing himself to be unworthy

 

Finding Christ must come first

 

Expressing love now for family

Adoring father, mother, son, daughter

 

Returning from his sinful journey

Rejoicing, a prodigal son found

 

Suffering dishonor for Christ’s sake

Preaching, Apostles speak the Gospel

 

Loving Christ must come first

 

Accepting God’s gift of Grace

Blessing us as worthy Christians

 

Coming to believe Christ’s Salvation

Humbling praising His blessed truth

 

Creating all things, God cares

Receiving glory, honor, and power

 

Standing alone at the Cross

Ransoming His body and blood

 

Loving and accepting our Savior

   

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This faith-based poem comes from my archives.  It was originally written and posted in September, 2019.

Timeless Worship (Elfchen Series #60)

Blessed Harvest

God

Nourishes faith

Planted with righteousness

Reaping upright fruit

Grace

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Heaven’s Lifeline 

Love

From Father

Embraces and covers

Conquer, prevail, and live

Salvation

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Glorious Day

Praise

Heavenly Father

Eternal, steadfast love

Singing life’s new song

Faithfulness

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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.

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.”

Rejoicing!

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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Rejoicing!

With fulfilled hearts

Forward life goes

 

Exulting!

Christ, our Savior

Conquers darkest foe

 

Celebrating!

Without Christ, defeated

With Jesus, victory

 

Harvesting!

Sowing faith’s seeds

Reaping eternal hope

 

Savoring!

God’s cherished love

Heavenly home waits

 

Blessing!

Empty tomb proclaims

Sharing Easter joy

 

Believing!

Jesus, Risen Lord

Sins bleached white

 

Worshipping!

Singing with praise

Blessed and thankful

 

Glorifying!

Father with Son

And Holy Spirit

 

Praising!

Witness God’s Word

Breaking bread together

 

Rejoicing!

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!

Gifts of Grace (Elfchen Series #55)

Redemption

Father

Sharing grace

Transforming countless lives

Sending salvation’s precious gift

Love

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Goodness

Life

Embracing truth

Witnessing infinite love

Stepping forward, accept God’s

Grace

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Trust

Believers

Love calling

Jesus spreading grace

Inviting us to follow

Faith

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Holy Deliverance

From Psalm 34:17-18:  “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.”

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Praying for His guidance

Needing our Lord each day

Kneeling in humbleness

Love answers with His way

 

Troubles overtake thee

Confessing now to Him

Finding peace in Jesus

Blessings fill saintly hymns

 

Taste and see, God is good

Life’s every heartbeat

Casts temptation aside

Walking to His drumbeat

 

Departing from evil’s sin

Each day, every hour

Come, listen to Father

Grace fuels mighty power

 

Calvary’s cross beckons

Love’s road to salvation

Empty tomb proclaiming

Life’s faithful foundation

 

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This poem’s message of “Holy Deliverance” is intensely felt through the singing of Chris Tomlin in “Lord, I Need You.”

Boundless Gifts (Elfchen Series #54)

Transformed

Faith

Perishable, precious

Tested by fire

Rejoice with glorious joy

Indescribable

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Forgiven 

Love

Promises fulfilled

Born a Savior

Quenching world’s dry thirst

Salvation

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Enduring

Forever

Our Savior

Lights our way

His life, His truth

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.

Spiritual Blessings

From Ephesians 1:13-14:  “ In Him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in Him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.”

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Adopted as God’s children

Following His Word of truth

Spiritual blessings sprout

Sharing wisdom since our youth

 

Holy Spirit breathes insight

Glorious grace singing out

Love and peace, freely granted

Hope from heaven, rousing shouts

 

Holy Word reigns eternal

Gospel of salvation acts

Forgiving our trespasses

Life renewed with Savior’s pact

 

Baptism with Holy Spirit

Redemption through Jesus’ blood

Called and claimed by our Father

True faith restored, life’s new bud

 

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From the words of German pastor and Christian theologian, Martin Luther:  “The Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, and sanctified and kept me in true faith.”

No Greater Love

From 1 John 4:9-10:  “God’s love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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Jesus shows us God’s way

No greater love than His

Sharing all of himself

For us, taking our quiz

 

Coming in human form

Living His humble way

Obedient to God

For each sinner, He prays

 

Taking our place in death

His body bears our sins

Shedding His precious blood

Defeating death, God wins

 

Above darkest valleys

Highest mountains tremble

No greater love shall breathe

Saintly choir assembles

 

Greatest exchange ever

Washing sin, white as snow

Christ’s love covers darkness

Spirit forever glows

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From Philippians 2:9-11:  “Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”