Good poem about the ironies of Calvary

I thought it would be good to share this poem which was published in the latest Bulletin Gold.

The poem was written by Edd Sterchi, who preaches for the church in Kentucky.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:

The Ironies of Calvary
By Edd Sterchi

Man of sorrows, Prince of Peace,
Son of Joy, Man of griefs,
Wounded healer, Rejected King,
Earth’s disdain, Salvation’s wing.
Friend of sinners, Friendless One,
Men charge sin to the Holy Son,
Innocent, yet judged with guilt,
Had no home, but mansions built.
The irony Christ was and gave,
Buried, yet o’ercame the grave,
The irony Christ makes in you,
Buried in Him, you’ll rise anew.

#bulletin-article, #christian-poetry, #poetry

This We Know

by J. Randal Matheny

Let faith not shake from false reports,
We know the truth that never fails;
The facts about Jesus fill our mind,
And satisfy the search for meaning.

The rebellious refuse to bow the knee,
Imprisoned by their prized passions;
Their doctrines open the door to sin,
Inclusive grace more clever than God’s. Continue reading

#christian-poetry, #obedience, #truth

No God in Heaven or Earth Exists

No god in heaven or earth exists,
Besides the Lord who made it all;
Of spirit and truth our God consists,
Before his throne in awe we fall.

He’s One in work and heart and mind,
The Father, the Son, and Spirit three;
By only his sovereign will confined,
And love that nailed him on a tree.

—JRMatheny
http://cloudburstpoetry.com

#christian-poetry, #god, #monotheism, #redemption

I ASKED THE LORD I asked the Lord…

I ASKED THE LORD

I asked the Lord to seek and search,
And do in our midst a mighty thing;
He brought a man and his son to church,
That none, to date, had been able to bring.

God bends the human will to move,
No hand is waved, no word is said;
His touch of a heart, by prayer to prove,
Is greater than turning a stone into bread.

JRMatheny

#christian-poetry, #hand-of-god, #prayer

Morning silence

rain

Silence
Of morning's birth,
No baby's cry awakes
The dawning light of tender life,
But clouds laden with cares
Dropped in the dark
Their tears.

—JRMatheny

#christian-poetry, #life

Boko Haram

When girls should play with dolls,
They’re nabbed and forced to marry,
To change their deity’s name—
A burden no child should carry.

JRMatheny

#boko-haram, #children, #christian-poetry

Easter, That Yearly Date

Easter is not biblical

Easter, that yearly date,
Appeared some centuries late;
The Christians first observed
That weekly supper, unnerved
By pagans’ hateful threats.
But worldliness begets
Desire to imitate
An attractive fleshy trait.
And so in time arose
That the faith resembled its foes.

JRMatheny

#christian-poetry, #digression, #early-church, #easter

Happy World Poetry Day! Go read some poetry at these links

world-poetry-daySo declared the UN in 1999 that March 21 would be known and celebrated as World Poetry Day, in case anybody is interested in the doings of that discredited body.

They have high aims for it: Continue reading

#christian-poetry, #poetry, #united-nations

Your Bible version

Stack-of-BiblesYOUR BIBLE VERSION

Your Bible version, even if
King James himself decreed it,
Will do no good, in covers stiff,
If you never bother to read it.

J. Randal Matheny

#bible-reading, #bible-versions, #christian-poetry

Night and day

night-day-dawn

by J. Randal Matheny

The deepest dark gives way to growing light,
The scattered stars concede to the power of one;
Men give their strength to tasks within their sight,
The pondered thought and night of rest are done.

Were prayers and pleadings said upon their beds?
On words and works of God did men reflect?
Did gratitude prevail in pillowed heads?
Was pardon sought for some benign neglect? Continue reading

#christian-poetry, #nighttime

A Poem about The Lordship of Jesus

Here’s a little poem that I wrote about the Lordship of Jesus this morning. I didn’t really have enough time to come up with a proper title, so if you can think of one that fits really well pass it along in a comment. I hope you find it useful for something.

 

It goes without saying, there is no doubt

Jesus is Lord of all, He’ll return with a shout

He’s the Light of the world, shining brightly for all

But have you closed your eyes, sadly ignoring His call?

 

If your answer is yes, then with your heart repent

Quit fighting His grace; allow your resistance to relent

For if we remain stubborn, spurning the grace-filled call

Then we’ll one day we’ll see, that He’s truly Lord of all!

 

So walk in the light, for that way is safe

He’ll help us along, He’ll watch over our fate

But if we delay, and walk not in the way

We will still take a knee, but in a whole different way!

 

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:8-11)

#christian-poetry, #jesus, #jesus-as-lord, #judgment-day, #poetry

Oh, Blessed Moment with the Saints

A quick little poem I wrote this evening after church.

Oh, blessed moment with the saints,
For wearied hearts renewed!
We lay aside our small complaints,
For heaven’s wholesome food.

Assembled, we hear God’s still voice,
Reminded once again
That we have reason to rejoice
In Him the great Amen!

Together, tongues unite in song,
And wills in Jesus’ blend;
To these redeemed we all belong
For ages without end.

JRMatheny

#christian-poetry, #church, #fellowship

Speak Gently

Speak Gently

Speak gently; — it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
Speak gently, — let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here.

Speak gently to the young, — for they
Will have enough to bear;
Pass through this life as best they may,
Tis full of anxious care.

Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart;
The sands of life are nearly run,
Let them in peace depart.

Speak gently to the erring ones,
They must have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
O, Win them back again!

Speak gently, — ’tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart’s deep well:
The good, the joy, that it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.

—Bates (The Gospel of the Kingdom edited by Hugh Croskery, 1878)

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

#christian-poetry, #tongue

Acts 2.40 in verse

From a Very Ancient Blog:

http://random.antville.org/stories/48256/

Somebody wrote the entire NT, I think, in verse. That’s a bit much for me.

#book-of-acts, #christian-poetry

The world’s unsteady eye

The world’s unsteady eye
Will see, then pass you by;
Be not dismayed
When interests fade,
For God looks from on high.

JRMatheny

#christian-poetry, #god, #world