Saving Grace

From Romans 5:1-2:  “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”

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From ancient garden, crying out

Man’s sinful seeds scatter and sprout


Father’s wrath consumes with His fire

Suffering journey to hellfire


Spiritually dead from God

Lives walk in darkness, always flawed


Holy tablets proclaim God’s law

Sin’s frozen nature never thaws


Judgement follows life’s trespasses

Sticking like thickest molasses


Lord’s saving grace seeks better way

Messiah opens new causeway


Jesus steps into this abyss

Unselfish love shall never miss


Hopeless man’s eyes can’t turn away

Drawn to grim, cruel cross, Christ pays


Jesus offers Himself instead

Faith follows this new Living Bread


Father’s amazing grace enters

Salvation breathes life’s new center


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From Romans 5:18-19:  “Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.  For just as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

Father’s Blessings (Elfchen Series #99)



Quiet time

Conversation with Father

Moments filled with grace


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Father above

Empty hope blossoms

With each green stem


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Precious gift

No greater love

Messiah walks with us


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Charles Swindoll Quote

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Listen carefully!  Jesus Christ opens the gate, gently looks at you, and says:  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are over burdened, and I will cause you to rest.”  Just come.  His provision is profound, attainable, and right.

From Psalm 32:7:  “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.”

Glorifying God

From 1 Peter 2:2-3:  “Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

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Believers searching

Seeking Father’s plan

Bible revealing

Spirit touches man


God’s blessed children

Salvation growing

Tasting His goodness

Spirit’s gifts showing


Breathing righteousness

Man’s actions molded

In likeness of Christ

Spirit’s tasks unfolded


Holy and treasured

Chosen cornerstone

Glorifying God

Spirit in Christ sown


Long ago searching

Heeding sovereign will

Now finding God’s plan

Spirit flows downhill


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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Monday Memories: Harvest God’s Treasures

From Luke 12:32-34:  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions, and give alms.  Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in Heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

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Mankind endlessly searches earth’s treasures

Wandering and looking under each rock

Few ever deliver much to measure

As time flees, few seconds left on a clock


Treasures worth seeking, always to be found

Depositing the seeds of faith with God

His Word brings a richness, lovingly bound

Accept now His Grace, with a “yes” and nod


No earthly treasure can compare to this

Eternal life awaits, accept His call

Taking up our cross, we follow God’s list

His Holy treasure, never fails or falls


Following our Lord, no need to measure

Christ’s blood brings a harvest of treasures

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America’s Minister of Encouragement, Dennis Swanberg, writes:  “There is absolutely  no evidence that complexity and materialism lead to happiness.  On the contrary, there is plenty of evidence that simplicity and spirituality lead to joy, a blessedness that is better than happiness.”


Grace of God (Elfchen Series #91)



Life’s blizzard

Plowing far ahead

God clears our path


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Father’s gift

Open it now

Grace and love offering


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Highway’s darkness

Salvation’s bright floodlights

Follow, accept Christ’s grace


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By Faith Alone

From Hebrews 11:1:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

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Praising his earthly work ethic

Man seeking Father’s lasting grace

Totally missing Gospel’s heart

By faith alone, shall love embrace


Preparing for Heaven’s homeland

Mercy of Christ walking ahead

Righteousness, marking worldly path

By faith alone, waits daily bread


Tasting God’s eternal goodness

Earthly trials, evil’s dark hand

Lord’s strength overcomes man’s weakness

By faith alone, His grace commands


Seeking blessings for things hoped for

Filled with promises, where love dwells

Thirsty for Christ’s living water

By faith alone, salvation swells


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From Hebrews 11:6:  “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

Greatest Gift

From John 3:16-17:  “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.  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

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Imagine receiving one gift

But, never accepting its love

Forsaking Father’s lasting grace

Angels witness all from above


This precious gift brings lasting peace

Why would God’s love remain unwrapped?

Sin continues weaving darkness

Triggering mankind to feel trapped


Spirit moves into heart’s fabric

Cosmic collision stirs within

Christ stepping into this dark breach

Divine love snaps sin’s frail linchpin


For God so loved this fallen world

His Holy Son pays for sin’s debts

Unlocking eternity’s gate

Christ’s mercy saves, without regrets


Now embracing and accepting

Father’s loving gift now received

Trusting in Savior’s greatest gift

Forgiveness, all who believe

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The greatest gift ever given was the sacrifice of Jesus, and all we must do is accept this free gift in joy forever with Him.”

Sin’s Island

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

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Living on sin’s island

Forsaking faith in Christ

Breathing in darkest fears

Grace seeming too high priced


Searching far horizon

Scanning each tidal wave

Feeling Spirit’s nudges

Christ Jesus comes to save


Witnessing Calvary

Flooding tears crying out

Asking big question . . . why?

Salvation, still in doubt


Observing blood-stained cross

Watching Christ breath His last

Wrestling with sinful flesh

Evil’s hold, standing fast


Awaking days later

Running to empty tomb

Accepting Christ this day

Leaving sin’s island room


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From 1 John 3:2-3:  “ Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.  What we do know is this: when He is revealed, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.  And all who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.”

Jesus Always (Elfchen Series #88)



Living water

Grace and forgiveness

Walking to eternal life


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Seeking redemption

Looking to Jesus

Integrity and character sidetracked


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Every morning

Our baptismal waters

Salvation found in Christ


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