Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Old Poem

Hymn Attempt

When I Come 2 You I Am Free

When All Was Not You Let There Be

So I Pray That You Always Keep

And Forgive Those Who Make You Weep

None Have Seen Yet Many Have Heard

Your Voice It Speaks Throughout Your Word

You Are 1st Not 2nd or 3rd

Your Love Lifts Us Like Eagle Birds

Thoughts Of Pain Flood My New Born Brain

Past Memories Ask Am I Sane?

Temptation Says, Go 4 The Fame

But I Remember Why You Came

A New Covenanent, A New Tie

Those Who Dont Know You Say You Lie

No More Do I Ponder Who? Why?

Jesus You Came, I Live, You Died

Thursday, May 20, 2010

FHL Dead?

Give me Jesus or give me death? They are not to be separately attained. Give me Jesus and I'll take death, because if I have Jesus I can handle death. For some this is not a long process, but for many we must die daily until the day we die.

17Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20"Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people the full message of this new life."

21At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people.

When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles. 22But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, 23"We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside." 24On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this.

25Then someone came and said, "Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people." 26At that, the captain went with his officers and brought the apostles. They did not use force, because they feared that the people would stone them.

27Having brought the apostles, they made them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28"We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name," he said. "Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man's blood."

29Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men! 30The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. 32We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."

33When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35Then he addressed them: "Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God."

40His speech persuaded them. They called the apostles in and had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

41The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. 42Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

[Acts 5:17-42]

10After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, "The Holy Spirit says, 'In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.' "

12When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13Then Paul answered, "Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus." 14When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, "The Lord's will be done."

[Acts 21:10-14]

23Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. 25What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
[Luke 9:23]

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Staring Eyes [a poem in a glare]

Look into the face of those deeply contemplating. The glare they bare, what could it mean? Eyes clothed in focus hide a story of pain, wonder, adoration, admiration, and countless other stories. What is yours?


Staring eyes as in a deep starry night
Sleepless nights accompany dreaming days
From heaven to dirt that we may see light
What was and what is and what can be saved

Intense and undisturbed
The mind moving faster than words
First to last, let Love serve
Nothing but to ponder self worth

Can it be? Where did it go?
Light shining dim
A trap in time and in space
Yet sloth is sin

With once upon a time
Found left looking around for signs
Am I His? Is He mine?
Eye's stiff focus shooting straight lines

Then there is beauty no man can define
Staring eyes become expression contained
Awaken from slumber still spinning mind
Love is and Love was and Love will again

John 14:1-4
1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going."

Imagine how the disciples felt after Christ died.
Could we have hoped in a dead Jesus?
Fortunately for us, and them, we don't have to.

John 20:19-20

19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.