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 our Lord.

 

And Common Era?

Pshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

We live in an uncommon era,

To tell the truth.

 

People not revering

Christ

People not acknowledging

The man 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?

 

 

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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)

 

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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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“Go!”

Genesis 12: 1-9

 

God said to Abram, “Go to this land.”

He didn’t argue.  He just went

And stopped at a tree where the Canaanites lived

He didn’t think twice.  He pitched his tent.

 

God said the land would go to his children

Abram didn’t ask God what that meant

He didn’t argue, but built an altar

And never questioned the Father’s intent.

 

God called an old man, childless, with a past

God spoke, and Abram did as He said

Open to change, rather than scheming

Or making some other plans, instead.

 

A momentous risk, but this was the LORD

Jehovah, Great, Magnificent One

The highest name, Creator adored

Who, too, was willing to give up His Son.

 

Afraid?  Yes, Abram was

But he believed the LORD would show him the way.

He didn’t argue, but rather trusted

His family would find a home to stay.

 

Will you listen, set aside

Everyone, everything, arguments forsaking

Your wants, your “must haves,” and your pride

God simply at His Word taking?

 

Abram did.

“Go!”

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One Thing Counts

Galatians 5: 4-6; Matthew 23:13; Luke 6: 1-11; Daniel 7:13

We believe.
We love.
We act.

 

Find what to do for others
Forget the human rules
Are people hungry, are they sick?
Go to them, unlike fools

 

Who delay because of custom,
Self-righteousness, or law
It will obstruct the way to heaven
To fall to this great flaw.

 

The disciples, in a grain field
Picking heads of wheat
Rubbed kernels on the Sabbath Day
To have some food to eat.

 

The Son of Man declared that
Of the Sabbath He was head
He referred to David in God’s house
Sharing holy bread.

 

This didn’t follow mishna
Or what the leaders taught
Their concern was not the people,
But what each other thought.

 

Did the Pharisees love God?
Were their actions holy, pure?
No, concerned about themselves,
They shut the kingdom’s door.

 

The facade of looking righteous
Came first, to God’s dismay
Not sacrifice, but mercy
Should have been shown that day.

 

Their learned eyes were clouded
Absorbed in judging men
Instead of showing Jesus’ heart
It was easier to condemn.

 

“His dominion will not go away…
It will never be destroyed.”
And if God is exalted
This will fill all void.

 

When we love our neighbors as ourselves:
Sharing sorrows, joys, needs
We will be the ones whom
The Holy Spirit feeds.

 

Compassion is the only thing that really counts.

 

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Heart of Wisdom

Psalm 90, Proverbs 2

 

Make the effort to be wise

Wonder how? Vow

To open your eyes.

Want it intensely.

 

Accept God’s words, store His commands

Turn an ear, apply your heart

Call out and search, to understand

What fear of the Lord is.

 

Walk the same way as good men

Pay attention to those around

Stay out of the way of temptors and sin

Talk and walk upright.

 

Regret’s cause is lack of wisdom

As every effect is due to something

Make it your ploy to have none

At the end of earthly life.

 

We are bid hidden treasure to find

So do as Solomon first desired

Train your mind

Seek a heart of wisdom.

 

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On Our Hearts

Deuteronomy 6: 4

Group 1:
Where are God’s commandments?
On whom should we impress them?
When should we discuss them?
How should we tie them?
Where should we bind them?

 

Group 2:
On our hearts.
Our children.
At home and on the road.
Lying down and getting up.
On our hands and foreheads.

 

All:

We will tell our children
We will pass on our faith
In Him.

They will know God
Because they see His name on our gates
And doors.

 

Left at the edge of the Promised Land

Israel’s children heard Moses

Tell them again of the grandeur of God

The only One.

 

That they should love Him with all of their hearts
Soul and strength, endless length
Obeying Him would set them apart
Believing in His promise.

By His covenant they should live
From His Commandments never stray
Or like other nations
Be given to sin.

 

So speak of the Lord at night and before

Tie His words to your hands and your door

Resting, walking, sitting, talking

And your children will remember.

 

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