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    Bible Study

    Study the Bible, Lead a biblical life, “The Bible” in twelve easy chapters, Apply scripture to your every-day strife. But something is amiss, It ends empty and wanting, We remain the same, Still hungry and panting. When finally we find, Scripture’s not the goal, But one of His means, To make...
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    From the Dust

    That what is not necessary, For us to know of salvation, Is God’s privileged domain, Not to be disturbed. Obedience and reverence forbid our inquiry, Yet some are passionate to know. But we please God most When we leave it alone. We should seek nothing but God’s Holy will To do less is vain...
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    Counting Costs

    You’ll find no ease along the way, No rest, no fame, no answers, no mountaintops, No feast, no festival, no parade and no cheers, Only hunger and thirst and welling of tears. You’ll find stink on the cloths of your fellow man, Bad breath and dirt, foul vomit and spit, There’ll be blood and...
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    The Seeker

    When told of a treasure beyond worth, Its value not equaled by any on earth, There began the quest to possess this trove, Committed, success the only goal. It began with the torn old map as guide, Worn thin by the hands of others, Who had also sought the prize so dear, And said the secret was...
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    Glowing Embers

    The house was old and worn, With windows that let in cold and snow. The coal burner in the basement, Only dared warm the kitchen, Little heat arrived upstairs. At morning, only a few warm embers Were left aglow in the sooted old furnace. We slept upstairs in the creaky dear house, Every fall...
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    Brothers

    We are brothers, close in age, Always a test of the other; Mom called us “Thunder and Lightning”. We shared the same experiences, The joy of growing up in country America. Dogs, close neighbors, 5-cent ice cream, steam locomotives, Fishing with worms and long bus rides to school. We didn’t have...
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    How Should We Then Live

    Subtitle: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture by: Francis A. Schaeffer I just finished this book. To be honest I found it terribly frightening, especially since it was written in 1976. I was anticipating some ending encouragement, some words that would hold out hope...
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    Well Worn

    When Christ comes to call me home, I pray he will; but not too soon; Hope begs He find me in shabby cloths, Stained and torn and over used. Not the wear with holes you buy At some rich cloth boutique. But real scars with tatters and holes Made by years of wear and use. Shredded hems worn...
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    By: John Newton

    These Inward Trials by: John Newton I asked the Lord, that I might grow In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek more earnestly His face. I hoped that in some favored hour At once He’d answer my request, And by His love’s constraining...
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    Simeon

    Gone is the upturned prayerful face, Cast in the glow of wonderous grace, The royal colors are faded dim, While no one bends to see. Gone too, the Elders and High Priests, Towering columns vault not above, No sacred family kneels amazed, While blessing hands hover o’erhead. The Song of Praise...
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    A Caregivers Prayer

    A Prayer Help me today Lord, Not to be a good servant; But a true servant with joy. May there be spring in my step, Even when overburdened. May love fill my eyes, even seeing, What I wish not to see. May music ring my ears, and sweetness sound my voice, When there are but sobs in my heart...
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    After a sad walk

    We pass them, majestic; Towering above everything near, Hardly noting their existence, Despite their enormity. They stand for years, More than a century witness, To seasons and change, Older than memory. They spring from tiny seed, That floats for miles on a breath of breeze, Lighter than a...
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    The Church in America - A Call for Prayer

    Something has bothered me for a long time, an uneasiness that refuses to resolve. This may prove controversial and not everyone will agree or support these thoughts. That’s OK, here goes anyway. The internet has allowed me to research and read hundreds of Vision and Mission statements from...
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    To A Fallen Police Officer

    I know… What magical feeling you have when patrolling a neighborhood at 4:00am, How you feel when the sun finally begins to rise after a long, quite shift, How you probe the neighborhood’s alleys and lanes where bad things start, All the subtle ways you use the badge, uniform and car to keep...
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    A Psalm

    Physically tired; yes, but more, Emotionally, spiritually, intellectually weary. Going takes every bit of energy, Tomorrow is yesterday yet again. Exhausted by the search, Praying empty prayers. No more books and no more answers, From good willed people who never seek. Churches are the same...
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    Old Town

    Denham; isolated, unknown, Long outlived by usefulness, Between other lonely places, No one known calls home. Sand blown fields stretch out away, Farmers of corn and beans and sandburs. Nothing changes, there was never luster, It is faint and old and gray. Once a store, a bar, a post office...
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    Leviticus Question

    In Leviticus 20: 1-5 God establishes a punishment that is to be delivered for a sin. He then goes further and states that He will turn his back upon anyone who fails to carry out that punishment. I am no Bible scholar but can find no other instance in Leviticus where He takes his commands to...
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    Topheth

    Ancient Israel, in a valley steep and hot, Promises of ease and comfort were pursued, On a bastard altar of man’s own hand, While drumbeats hid the anguished cries. In Topheth are found molded earthen jars, Buried in Ben-Hinnom’s filth, Attesting that olden greed with pleas, Bodies of burned...
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    Hello, I'm a "newby" here and still learning my way around.

    Please excuse my errors. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior many years ago but still have much to learn. My biggest issues right now are with the church which appears to be ungodly and largely irrelevant. Lately I have been reading and studying on my own, sometimes I just don't have the...