Samuel to Saul

Samuel to Saul, judge to king

A transfer of power requested by men

Thinking that they should be led, like others

Of their time, by a sovereign.

 

“Listen to all the people are saying,”

God told Samuel when he asked why

“It is not you they’ve rejected, but Me”

They don’t want Me for their king, was His reply.

 

How many times do we do the same

Thinking we know what is best for our lives

Observing and analyzing what is around us

Then asking for things we don’t realize

 

Are not for the good.  Can we outguess the Lord?

Can we tell Him the right thing when He is the Right?

How presumptuous, ungrateful, haughty, self-serving

The horrific mistake of ignoring the Light.

 

But the Israelites did.  They got what they asked for

A series of kings to take over the land

Good rulers and bad for hundreds of years

As power tainted the human hand.

 

We are not perfect; we never can be

We can’t think our judgment surpasses that of

Our Maker, Defender, Protector, our Parent

The True Author of the concept of love.

 

Samuel turned prophet and Saul turned king

History tells how the rest played out

When a man is made ruler instead of “I Am”

The devil will find him and fill him with doubt.

 

But here’s the upside — Samuel gave us advice

Inspired words to follow, the plan of his:

Give the Lord your whole heart, turn from things which can’t save you

He will not reject you, because of who He is.

 

Worship Him with reverence amd all of your being

Our God who has saved us from eternal pain

Evil brings judgment and must be avoided

Praise our Deliverer — life is our gain!

 

 

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Statue of King David in Jerusalem.  Saul, then David, then Solomon…headed the list of kings of Israel.

 

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If Only

I Corinthians 15: 19: “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.”

 

Paul made a point, exceptional, essential

If no other life than this will come

We must be pitied.

 

Think on it.  Jesus

Was the Firstfruits

Of the Resurrected.

 

If we aren’t raised

He wasn’t raised

And our faith is useless.

 

If He wasn’t raised

Why would we preach

The Good News?

 

But He was, and we do.

We stand firmly on our faith

In the Gospel.

 

Death, then resurrection, came through a man

We all die like Adam

But we will live again like Christ.

 

He will hand over

The kingdom to His Father

After the end of earthly authorities.

 

Enemies, last of all, Death,

Will lie beneath His feet.

No more night.

 

Inside the Garden Tomb, Jerusalem.

Seek God’s Face

 

Seek the face of God before His hand

When talking with Him, was His Son’s command

Before you blurt what you’d like Him to do

Acknowledge His Power and Greatness, and

 

Remember the models in Matthew and Luke

Put there to help us, not to rebuke

A concerted effort to “pray like this”

Putting God’s work before man’s work.

 

Begin with a scripture, take time to praise

Definitions, declarations up to Him raise

Let God know you understand who He is

Fronting the battles He already knows.

 

Ask that Comforter comfort you

He will cover and fill if you choose to

He once shook a building, but filled the souls

Who would leave the place, traveling through

 

The European landscape.  What is His will?

What should we do?  It is still

The same, two millennia from then

We have a Great Commission to fulfill.

 

Make disciples and share His grace

Bold and unashamed, embrace

Without reservation of any kind

Ask Him to enable your body and mind.

 

Photo: The Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, where Jesus prayed.

 

 

 

Grace

Grace given

For free.

Payment not needed

But I can’t see

 

How anyone, much less God

Could afford

To give up this prize: His Son,

Our Lord.

 

I can’t earn Him

I can’t fathom

The closure of

That wide chasm.

 

I’ve received it

Thanks be to God

Paul said they (we)

Are not only not flawed

 

But full of gifts

Which we should use

To glorify Him

And daily choose

 

With thankfulness,

Joy and hope

Presenting them with

Inclusive  scope

 

United we

Present the news

Of the Century First

The same that Gentiles and Jews

 

Heard from Paul

Walking throughout

European cities sieged

By doubt.

 

I have God’s grace

Forever the same

And too His gifts

To exalt His name.

 

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Arch in ancient Corinth, Greece

 

 

 

Uncommon

Blitz of the Common Era

 

How did this happen?

BCE

In the space of a few years

A standard erased.

 

“What does BC stand for?”

I’d ask my class.

Before Christ came the answer

Everyone knew.

 

Now, I find Before Common Era

Has replaced Before Christ

What?

What?

 

A few thousand years of reverence,

Yes, reverence, and reference

Is gone

Covertly.

 

And AD?  Most didn’t know

The Latin

Anno Domini

In the Year of Our Lord.

 

But I always told them

To dispel

The usual interpretation

After Death.

 

Far worse is now

BCE sneaks

And replaces

The name of GOD’S SON.

 

Common Era?

Pshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

We live in an uncommon era,

To tell the truth.

 

No respect for

Christ

No acknowledging

The One who saved us all.

 

The blitz was inobtrusive.

It was sly.

Very much like the work

Of a snake.

 

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Climbing Mars Hill

Acts 17: 22-31

 

“Men of Athens!” Paul discerned

For those distinguished minds who learned

Current views, philosophy now old

Which we call classic, then just told.

 

First, a compliment.  He would say

They were religious, in every way

He noticed how they displayed

Their objects of worship.  And Paul stayed

 

And went on — he’d seen alone

An altar to a god unknown

“What you worship,” he explained

To those listening, “I proclaim

 

Is the God who made the world

And everything in it

He is Lord of heaven and earth

He does not live in temples made by hands.”

 

He needs nothing, but gives all life,

From one man, to inhabit earth.

He marked out their appointed times

So they would seek, reach and find.

 

Though He is not far away

From any of us, on any day.

Our being, our lives, are in God

We are His offspring, as your poets said.

 

So, since we are His offspring

We should not think the divine being

“Is like gold or silver or stone

Or an image made by human design…

 

He commands people everywhere to repent

For He has set a day to judge the world

By the man

He has appointed.”

 

For the logical men

The apostle’s conclusion then, was

“He has given proof of this to everyone

By raising Him from the dead.”

 

The steps up the hill are worn with time

Slippery, uneven stones to climb

Easier is the walk built by hands

To the summit overlook of Macedonian lands.

 

If education makes you a better man

Or woman — Can

It save your soul?

Then what good?

 

The beginning of knowledge: respect for God

So for all who have this soil trod

The question requires an answer still

How would you climb Mars Hill?

 

 

Original steps leading to Mars Hill in Athens, where Paul talked about God with philosophers.

Bereans

Sometimes the rejecting ones are those who never should have been

That’s hard to take.

Why would God’s people be against Paul?

Maybe they believed a lie.

 

The Bereans accepted and loved the apostle

Who walked and walked to spread the Good News

They saw enlightenment

That came from closeness with the Lord.

 

So listen and learn

See if what Paul says is true

The Bereans did

And were blessed.

 

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Place of Prayer

The Macedonian call was sent by God

So Paul and his companions went

To a Roman city there

And, outside the gate, a place of prayer.

 

With those listening to the good news

At river’s edge on the Sabbath Day

Was a purple-seller named Lydia

From Thyatira.

 

Her heart was opened by the Lord

She answered; her house also

When they learned what should be done

They were baptized, one by one.

 

Then by the flowing, shaded stream

The merchant bid the godly men

“Come and stay at my home,”

If they would consider her one of them.

 

They did.  Lydia became

The first convert in Europe by name

By peaceful water in a setting fair

Still today, a place of prayer.

Faithful Witnesses

I watch

They stand

Prepared to sing of Someone grand.

 

Over and over

Week after week

It’s of Good News they always speak.

 

Inspired, inspiring

They push on

Witnessing in word and song.

 

No matter the style

All the same

Giving to others unashamed.

 

Glorifying Christ

His earthly life

His name.

 

Faithful in teaching

Cheerful in hope

Lifting others so they can cope.

 

Thank you

Faithful friends

And witnesses.

 

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Find the Joy

Come let us sing for joy to the Lord… (Psalm 95)

 

with bagpipes

 

Find the joy

What God has given

No power can destroy

Ineffable joy.

 

We are a flock under His care

Deep in the valleys or high mountain air

Over the seas and across the land

Hear His voice; acknowledge His hand!

 

Don’t let your heart harden

From loss, grief, pain

Or dwell on what’s taken; but rather what’s kept

Find the joy after you’ve wept.

 

Find the joy

Sing — like a bird taking wing

To the One above all, our great King

Ineffable joy.

 

Don’t let your heart harden

From loss, grief, pain

Or dwell on what’s taken; but rather what’s kept

Find the joy after you’ve wept.

 

Joy!

 

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