Transitions (Elfchen Series #125)

Dead End

Darkness

Evil’s persuasion

Walking sinful path

Absent faith, ignoring God

Judgment

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Turn About

Following

God’s way

Accepting His law

Reaping fruits of faith

Righteousness

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Ripening Maturity

Faith

Growing deeper

Rooted in Scripture

Nourished with Living Bread

Thriving

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Looking Forward

From Lamentations 5:7:  “Our ancestors sinned; they are no more, and we bear their iniquities.”

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Life’s actions turning left

Mindless thoughts moving right

Endless, fruitless efforts

Waiting in depths of night

 

Tarnished hours filled with sin

Darkness sails for Hell’s fire

Tumult of restless seas

Facing evil’s crossfire

 

Righteousness marks new life

Son of God offers grace

Selfish aims fall away

Walking without disgrace

 

Always looking forward

Salvation’s cost, high-priced

Blood on Calvary’s cross

Looking to face of Christ

 

Mercy removes blindness

Empty tomb raises hope

Old ways crumble to dust

Clutching redemption’s rope

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From Romans 3:23-24:  “Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

Falling Short

From Isaiah 1:4:  “Woe, sinful nation, people laden with iniquity, offspring who do evil, children who act corruptly, who have forsaken the Lord, who have despised the Holy One of Israel, who are utterly estranged!”

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Rebels and sinners

Destroying mankind

Forsaking our Lord

Always running blind

 

Evil filled with sin

Facing God’s high court

Shamming His guidance

Always falling short

 

His wrath pouring out

Avenging life’s foes

Consuming darkness

Always Father knows

 

Zion falls empty

Trampling God no more

Heeding to listen

Always grace to pour

 

Savior born on earth

Wielding Gospel’s might

Sharing His mercy

Always Christ’s daylight

 

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From Isaiah 1:18:  “Come now, let us argue it out, says the LordIf your sins are like scarlet, will they become like snow?  If they are red like crimson, will they become like wool?”

Taken From a Church Sign

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Sin bad.  Jesus good.  Details inside.

From 1 John 1:9:  “ If we confess our sins, He who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Lifting Us Up

From Psalm 37:5:  “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.”

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Life’s stumbles and missteps

Seeing failure once more

Judging ourselves harshly

Father brings us ashore

 

Agony breathes again

Grabbing mercy’s lifeline

Lifting us up with grace

Anchored to Father’s vine

 

Evil tells us, stay down

Pushing through, comes His love

Pulling always forward

Father’s glory above

 

Faith feeds on righteousness

Taking up Savior’s cross

Believing in His Word

Father’s love comes across

 

Justice removes darkness

Marching to heaven’s beat

Singing hymns of praises

Joy sails with Father’s fleet

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From Psalm 37:23-24:  “Our steps are made firm by the Lord when He delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.”

Divine and Perfect

From 2 Corinthians 3:18:  “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

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Mankind’s shifting tides

Sin ravages each heart

Imperfect love breathes

Searching for fresh start

 

Love shared from above

God cherishes Son

Holy and flawless

Endless, rising sun

 

Loving Spirit’s grace

Evil pushed aside

Mercy overflows

Sin can never hide

 

Today’s faithful steps

Inherit Christ’s peace

Salvation calling

Redemption, life’s lease

 

Soul’s new creation

Forgiving love flows

Crowned with humbleness

Faith’s lasting primrose

 

Father, Son, Spirit

Eternity’s love

Divine and perfect

Glory from above

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Divine and perfect, all love radiates from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Fill our fragile hearts with redemption, so that our hope breathes, freed from sin’s chains.  Amen.

Franklin Graham Quote

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Guilt is a gift that leads us to grace.

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 the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.”

Hungry and Thirsty

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Only a believer of God can experience full satisfaction and a yearning love for Him.”

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Wilderness in one’s heart

Seeking mankind’s rewards

Shivering emptiness

Chasing promised awards

 

Dry, desolate landscape

Running this futile race

Clinging to sinful ways

Chasing hollow, false grace

 

Life comes to its crossroads

Starving for daily bread

Craving living water

Searching highway ahead

 

God intercedes with love

Filling body and soul

Sharing mercy and grace

Believing, life made whole

 

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From Psalm 63:5:  “My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips.”

Caring from Above

This poem is designed with every three verses using a modified Haiku format (with the first and third verses rhyming).  The verses alternate between God’s exhortations (the odd verses) and our responses (the even verses). 

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We can trust God because He works all things together for His good and just purpose.”

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Sharing grace-filled love

Crafting His divine message

Caring from above

 

Sowing lasting seeds

Trusting Father’s sacred Word

Following His creeds

 

Blessing through faith’s way

Teaching us His righteousness

Molding lives each day

 

Accepting God’s grace

Believing His Holy way

Living in His space

 

Freeing from sin’s net

Writing life’s newest chapter

Changing heart’s mindset

 

Walking in new light

Stepping onto hope’s worn path

Feeling life take flight

 

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From Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

Salvation (Elfchen Series #103)

True Freedom

Dishonored

Broken heart

Sin’s inner chains

Saved by mercy’s key

Forgiven

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Messiah’s Calling

Discouraged

Overwhelming darkness

Sin’s high tide

Grace saves with love

Jesus

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Ultimate Grace

Holy

High priest

His precious blood

Pays our sinful debts

Redemption

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