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.'”

Receiving Fresh Start

From Isaiah 43:2:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

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Storm’s surging rage

Turning away from sin

Transgressions now forgiven

Lighting faith within


Light leads our way

Stirring righteous feelings

Freed from enemy’s facade

Praising truth’s dealings


Living water

Quenching believers’ thirst

God’s glory reigning supreme

Seeing hope dispersed


Every new day

Serving merciful Lord

Countless opportunities

Calling, come aboard


Father’s guidance

Flowing from grace-filled heart

Future course plotted and set

Receiving fresh start

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From Isaiah 43:25:  “I alone am the one who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

John Wilbur Chapman Quote

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Anything that dims my vision of Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me, and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it.

From Romans 8:5-6:  “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”

American-born John Wilbur Chapman (1859-1918) was a Christian evangelist who traveled much of the United States and the world.  He was influenced by the preaching of D. L. Moody as well as the ministry of Billy Sunday.

Robert Lowry Quote

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What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.  (taken from the hymn, “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”)

From 1 John 1:7:  “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.”

Robert Lowry (1826-1899) was an American preacher as well as an acclaimed hymn writer.  One of his most revered hymns is “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.”  It was written in 1876, and it has been sung by many contemporary gospel singers.

Life’s Center

From Colossians 3:12:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”

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Living as God’s chosen

Accepting mercy’s grace

Forgiveness, divine gift

Choosing love to embrace


Filling self with kindness

Blessing this very day

Forgiveness, without strings

Following Father’s way


Bearing with each other

Sharing God’s priceless gift

Forgiveness, pass it on

Healing each heart adrift


Receiving peace of Christ

Dwelling deeply within

Forgiveness, Spirit fills

Transforming life of sin


Praising with gratitude

Walking with humble steps

Forgiveness, life’s center

Repenting each misstep

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From Colossians 3:13-14:  “Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

John Wilbur Chapman Quote

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It is not the ship in the water but the water in the ship that sinks it.  So it is not the Christian in the world but the world in the Christian that constitutes the danger.

From Galatians 5:16-17:  “Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.”

American-born John Wilbur Chapman (1859-1918) was a Christian evangelist who traveled much of the United States and the world.  He was influenced by the preaching of D. L. Moody as well as the ministry of Billy Sunday.

August Wilson Quote

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Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness.

From Psalm 32:5:  “Then I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not hide my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the guilt of my sin.”

August Wilson (1945-2005) was an American playwright, who was honored to receive the  Pulitzer Prize in Drama twice in 1987 and 1990.  He has been referred to as the “theater’s poet of Black America.”

Desmond Tutu Quote

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Anger may be justified, but “getting even” won’t make you feel better.

From Ephesians 4:26-27:  “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.”

Desmond Tutu (1931-2021) was a South African Anglican bishop and Christian theologian.  He was perhaps best known for his efforts as a human rights activist in dismantling his nation’s system of apartheid.  

Transitions (Elfchen Series #125)

Dead End


Evil’s persuasion

Walking sinful path

Absent faith, ignoring God


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Turn About


God’s way

Accepting His law

Reaping fruits of faith


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Ripening Maturity


Growing deeper

Rooted in Scripture

Nourished with Living Bread


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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.”