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Finding Treasure Book

Finding Treasure
FINDING TREASURE
A Selection of Poems
and
Thoughts
for
Quiet Moments
By Keith King
2007
But having gifts that differ according
to the grace bestowed
upon us . . .
let it be used in proportion
to the measure
of faith God has bestowed
Romans 12 vs 6
All photographs drawings and written work are original
and must not be copied, reprinted or used
without the permission
of the author
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A selection of poems
to encourage people
to look up
and trust in God.
They are based on thoughts
arising from
my meditations
on scripture.
I believe that no treasure
given by God
is for the benefit
of one recipient alone.
Hence my desire is
to share these thoughts
with you for
your enjoyment.
May God bless you.
Keith King
All Scriptures taken from the Revised Standard Version
CONTENTS
Page Title
9 Heroes Rise Up
11 Living Faith
13 Going Home
15 The Brevity of Life
17 The Name of the Lord
19 God’s Gift
21 The Final Drop of Blood
23 To Dade
25 A Rock in a Hard Place
27 Living Legends
29 The Furnace
31 Repentance
33 Why?
35 From the Cross
37 The Way Ahead
39 Faith or Sight
41 Thank you Lord for Peter
43 A Light in a Dark Place
45 The Gentle Shepherd
47 Life’s Bounties
49 Lifted Up
51 The Witness
53 Faith Pleases God
55 Only a Flower
57 Count Your Blessings
59 Communion of the Lord
61 My Mother
63 Our Anchor
65 Everyman’s Song
67 Chosen
69 Simon of Cyrene
71 The House of the Lord
73 Communion of the Saints
75 Judgment Day
77 Power of the Blood
79 A Different Gospel
81 The Way God Leads
83 Finding Treasure
85 Hands and Feet
87 The Forgotten Child of Christmas
89 The Greatest Gift
91 Riches to Share
93 Gethsemane
95 The Other Side of Forgiveness
A poem is
a picture
from the heart
that unfolds upon the
printed page
INDEX TO PICTURES
Page
8 Bronze Statue Sir Edmond Hillary Orewa
10 Mts. Tasman & Cook
12 Clouds No. 1
14 Mt. Maunganui
16 Dovecote
18 Morning Dewdrops
20 The Graveyard
22 Men of the Family
24 Gannet Colony - Muriwai
26 Auckland War Memorial Museum
28 Thermal Activity Rotorua
30 Cloud Covered Moon
32 Crucified Why?
34 Queen St. - Auckland
36 Trail Through the Pines No. 1
38 The Living Word
40 Mt. Maunganui
42 Light in a Dark Place
44 Pet Sheep
46 Mother and Daughter No. 1
48 The Banner Raised
50 Man of God
52 Cable Bay - Northland
54 Perfection in Nature
56 Cable Bay - Northland
58 Clouds No 2
60 Mother and Daughter No. 2
62 Steadfast
64 Lifted Up - Puhoi
66 It’s in the Giving
68 Church of the Good Shepherd Lake Tekapo
70 Stone Church Christchurch
72 Summit Mt. Taranaki
74 At Ease Wenderholm
76 Above Walter Peak Station. Wanaka
78 Rough Hewn Pumice
80 Trail Through the Pines No. 2
82 Stanmore Bay - Whangaparaoa
84 Hands
86 Cadbury’s Big Bunny
88 Pre-European Stone Adze
90 Orchid
92 Twisted Pohutukawas Wenderholm
94 The Coin Purse
ifficult
situations
often
have
difficult
solutions,
that
require
and
resolve.
Crisis
is
often
the
making
of
a
person.
It
gives
them
confidence,
knowing that they have conducted themselves well under trying circumstances
and have come out with a good result. Somehow they stand taller in their own
estimation
and
in
the
eyes
of
those
who
have
observed
them.
God
allows
trials
to
come
to
us,
not
that
we
may
be
crushed,
but
that
we
may
grow
and
that
in
the
overcoming
of
them
in
a
gracious
and
Godly
manner,
He
may
be
proud
of
us.
Job,
for
example,
proved
that
God
s
confidence
in
him
was
not
in
vain.
Part
of
man
s
purpose
is
to
show
forth
God
s
glory,
to
the
world
around
and
to
the
host
of
heavenly
beings,
by
our
faith
and
trust
in
God
our
Father.
They
see,
wonder
and
marvel
at
God
s
incredible
purposes
for
mankind
and
all
of
His
creation.
In
rising
victorious
over
life
s
difficulties,
our
testimony
becomes
an
encouragement
to
others
and
allows
God
to
more
greatly
use
us
in
the
future,
as
He
develops
us
into
the
people
He
desires
us
to
be,
that
we
may
fulfill
His
great
future
purposes
for
us.
Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego . . . who trusted
in Him and set at naught the king’s command and yielded up their bodies
rather than serve and worship any god except their own God.
Daniel 3 vs 28
D
HEROES RISE UP
I wondered why the bad stuff should happen just to me
When I am safely cruising, I’m cast upon the sea
And as I think and ponder while I am stretched and taut
A Christian’s life without his trials would simply count for naught
I wondered what of Joseph his dreams in prison dashed
And of baby Moses cast adrift his people enslaved and lashed
Whilst Daniel with his noble friends to Babylon were led
And Jesus to a cross was nailed He hung there until dead
If it hadn’t been for trials would we have heard today
Of the heights that they were raised to or would they just fade away
Would we have missed those stories would multitudes be lost
God plunged them down then raised them up the end was worth the cost
If it wasn’t for the bad stuff the song would not get sung
The mountains never climbed the victories never won
The hero’s they would never rise from the ordinary throng
To show God’s glory in their lives in joyous victorious song
That woman in her wheelchair who sings in Jesus praise
The prison camp survivor who trusts Him all her days
Theirs is a message that God is love, fear not that trials come
You may be one who stands aloft to proclaim the living Son
aith
in
God
is
the
assurance
that
God
is.
In
our
heart
of
hearts,
we
know
that
this
is
an
absolute
certainty.
Furthermore
it
is
the
knowledge,
backed
by experience, that God cares for us and that in the end though we may pass
through difficulties, He will do us good. Faith in God features daily in the lives
of each of us who are committed to our Lord Jesus Christ.
It
becomes
a
characteristic
of
the
way
in
which
we
approach
decision-
making,
looking
at
our
futures
and
the
way
in
which
we
govern
our
lives.
Our
faith
is
not
in
the
words
that
we
pray,
but
in
the
God
that
we
pray
to.
Neither
is
it
in
our
intelligence
but
in
the one who guides our thinking. Though our God is not seen, His written
Word comes to us through thousands of years; He brings it fresh to our hearts
as though it were spoken to us personally at this moment. Our prayers are no
mantra, but by faith, the conversation of relationship. By faith we are the
children of God.
Who having not seen, you love.
1 Peter 1 vs 8
F
LIVING FAITH
It’s by faith I see the sunshine
And the bright blue summer sky
And I know these things were made for me
By my Father up on high
It’s by faith I lift my eyes to see
That unseen face of love
And I know He really cares for me
Has a home for me above
By faith I know that Jesus died
To wipe away my sin
And by faith I know He’ll come again
So that I may be with Him
By faith I know that story
Though old is ever true
I can see the lights of glory
Out there beyond the blue
It’s by faith I read God’s Word each day
And know it to be true
By faith it speaks into my life
The old life it makes new
By faith God’s Holy Spirit
Lives out His life in me
And seals me for eternity
Eternity with thee
It’s by faith I lift my voice in prayer
And worship sing and praise
I know God hears my weakest prayer
And will watch me all my days
It’s by faith I’ll walk the way with Him
And seek His will each day
It’s by faith I’ll cling to Him always
And trust Him come what may
here
are
people
who
are
particularly
private.
This
often
makes
their
lives
quite
complicated
as
they
endeavour
to
keep
their
affairs
to
themselves.
Other folk may fail to understand them and because they know so little about
their background, have no idea where they are coming from. More often than
not they are written off and avoided, being too difficult to comprehend. People
may be critical of them, suspicious and unkind. Often very sensitive to what
they imagine others are thinking of them; this individual, for the most part,
probably read folks impressions of them quite wrongly. This however does not
stop their misconceptions affecting them negatively and causing them to be
even
more
withdrawn.
If
they
are
committed
to
the
Lordship
of
Christ
however,
they
have
a
balm
for
their
souls
in
the
knowledge
that
God
cares
and
understands.
His
love,
if
accepted
will
heal
their
heartache
and
though
they
may
never
be
confidently
outgoing,
God will make them a person who is secure in faith. Dependence on God is
essential for every person, the confident man will tend to rely on his own
abilities and self-confidence; this however is not good as it takes away
reliance on God in day to day living, He may do well to take a fresh look at
that timid, insecure person whom they have disregarded and instead of seeing
them as inhibited, see them as a saintly trusting soul, who does have some
things to emulate.
For me to live is Christ, to die is gain.
Philippians 1 vs 21
T
GOING HOME
You’re coming home to be with me
I heard the Saviour say.
It’s been a long and testing time
And again I’ve heard you pray.
Please take me Lord, oh take me home
I’m weak so tired and frail
I’m weary from the stress and strife
I long for your eternal life
Oh please Lord take me home.
It’s been a long and trying road
And sorrows paths you’ve trod
Your children trust me they are mine
Your faith their measuring rod.
Dear friends have left, they too are gone
And time drags slowly on
But your journey’s done your victory won
It’s time to meet the Eternal Son
Now I want you to come home.
You’ve done your best with what you had
It was difficult I know.
But I had to test your faith through life
To see how you would grow.
I know the way it was with you
I saw what you went through.
You were misjudged and suffered sore
From knowing glances that you bore
So come on, come on home.
s
I
have
grown
older,
I
have
become
more
aware
of
my
own
mortality.
It
was
seemingly
only
a
few
short
years
ago
that
my
own
father
died
and
passed into the presence of his Lord at an age not much more than I am now.
As I stand in the street and watch the multitudes throng, young and old; babies,
parents and grandparents, I realize that in but a short time, all of these people
will have passed from this earth and a whole new generation will have taken
their place. The Lord God is the one stable, unchanging, eternal person who is
the same throughout all of our generations who holds everything in cohesion,
by His powerful Word. He is our anchor. To put our hope and trust for eternity
in anyone else, is to trust in temporal things that will pass away as surely as
mortal man.
“I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the
God of Jacob.”
Exodus 3 vs 6
A
LIFE’S BRIEVITY
The years flow quickly one by one at times it seems like more
And like a rivers growing flood, we know not what’s in store
Trying to grapple with the tide trying to stem its flow
Nothing we do can slow it down in its current we must go
That man or woman, that boy or girl, so lively vital now
Know nothing of the future but before it they will bow
And as we gaze about us the multitudes they throng
In fifty or a hundred years will all have passed and gone
It matters not the rich man the arrogance he’s shown
His hold on life’s no stronger for all the wealth he owns
He will pass on as surely as the simple humble man
His breath is held by God alone and not by his own hand
Is it a bloodline, is it a name, that links us to the past
And connects us with our children while generations last
Or is it God in heaven that one unchanging strand
Who throughout all generations will bring about His plan
O grant me Lord the wisdom to trust my life to thee
To walk the unknown future with Your guiding hand on me
Please help me Lord to number and wisely use my days
To bring glory to Your Holy Name whilst walking in Your ways
hat
s
in
a
name?
In
Bible
times
and
still
in
some
cultures
today,
the
meaning
of
a
name
gave
an
indication
of
or
in
some
cases
a
reference to some event that was significant in the life of that person.
Certainly the names of the Lord God and His Son, Jesus Christ are loaded
with deep meaning for us to appreciate as we meditate on them. Not just one
name but many, each one adding a facet to our understanding of the
personality of God and His relationship with mankind. To me the fact that His
people
have
His
name
to
call
upon,
His
listening
ear
ever
ready
to
hear
the
weakest
cry,
is
absolutely
amazing.
The
power
and
authority
behind
His
name
does
not
preclude
the
simple
and
humble
man
from
seeking
His
friendship,
wisdom
and
help.
Rather,
He
longs
for
us
to
call
on
Him
and
He
waits
to
grant
His
favour
and love, to those who have the faith to pray. What a blessed privilege is ours,
when we have responded in faith, taking for ourselves His offer of eternal
salvation through Jesus Christ. We become His children and as such take His
name for our own; as part of God’s family, we now become His
representatives to those around us. We bear His name, so also we bear the
responsibility for keeping His name holy.
. . . his name shall be called Emmanuel. (which means God with us)
Matthew 1 vs 23
W
THE NAME OF THE LORD
The Name of the Lord is my abiding place
My rest, assurance, a name of peace and grace
It is my joy, my shelter in the storm
That wondrous Name where faith and hope are born
That Name alone, it is my strength and shield
When I am wounded, my spirit it will heal
This name to me, a high and mighty tower
It stands alone, a Name of untold power
A Name so holy, angels fear to speak
And yet the one which humble men will seek
It is the Name in which true prayer is framed
The banner under which all His are named
The Lord His Name, Eternal God, Most High
Assures each promise, in earth, in sea, in sky
It is my confidence, it is my solid ground
That Name I trust, no other can be found
s
nt
it
good
how
that
giving
a
gift
brings
pleasure
to
both
the
giver
and
receiver?
As
the
Bible
says,
to
give
to
someone
who
cannot
possibly
return the favour is even more blessed than giving with the expectation of a
gift in return. This is the way that God deals with mankind. He loved us so
much
that
He
gave
His
own
dear
Son
that
we
might
be
redeemed
from
sin.
There
is
nothing
that
we
can
possibly
give
to
God
that
He
needs
or
that
would
ever
be
worthy
in
return.
He
does
value
a
love
response
from
those
who
have
benefited
from
His
gift.
Eternal
life
is
just
the
start
of
the
gifts
that
we
will
receive
from
Him;
get
ready
for
a
lifetime
of
having
His
gifts
of
love
showered
upon
you
and
in
response
just
return
your
love
and
gratitude.
The
giving
of
our
allegiance
to
God
can
never
be
seen
as
a
gift
on
our
part
or
in
any
way
a
repayment
for
what
He
has
done
for
us;
it
is
merely
the
only
logical
response
that
we
can
make.
There
is
nothing,
nothing
at
all
that
we
can
offer;
we can only accept with grateful thanks His great grace.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3 vs 16
I
GOD’S GIFT
God gave His gifts at Christmas
Revealed in His Son
Priceless gifts to you and me
Given free to everyone
Gifts to enhance the lives lf men
And to us freedom bring
No trinkets these of passing worth
But worthy of the King
He gave us love instead of hate
And new He gave for old
The light He gave for darkness
And for death new life untold
For slavery He bought freedom
For our ills He wholeness gave
Heaven He gave instead of hell
The lost He came to save
They came to us at Christmas
Wrapped in holy birth
The newborn King of Heaven
Clothed in the form of earth
He came as God had planned it
His life was purpose given
To live and bleed and die for us
And bring us safe to heaven
o
pay
the
price
of
sin
for
mankind,
Jesus
Christ
had
to
satisfy
a
Holy
God.
The
wrath
of
God
poured
out
upon
sin,
a
judgment
the
sentence
and
penalty of which could only be satisfied by the death and separation of the sin-
bearer from His holiness. No partial payment was enough; the debt had to be
paid in full. It was not until Christ’s final drop of blood was shed, his last
breath taken and He had finally expired, that our debt was cancelled; paid in
full by our loving Saviour. However I am so glad that having fulfilled all of the
requirements
demanded
to
remove
the
dreadful
penalty
and
power
that
sin
had
over
us,
God
saw
it
fit
to
raise
Jesus
back
to
life
and
to
give
Him
a
place
of
honour,
seated
at
His
own
right
hand
in
glory.
Christ
will
remain
there
until
the
time
comes
when
He
returns
to
gather
to
Himself
in
eternal
glory
all
who
have
trusted in His sacrifice for sin on their behalf. This completes the whole Easter
story of the redemption of mankind and just as surely as the events of that first
Easter occurred, so also shall this final event take place. God leaves no part
of His work incomplete.
The blood of Jesus Christ God’s Son cleanses us from all sin.
1 John 1 vs 7
T
THE FINAL DROP OF BLOOD
It was not the love He showed
That took my sin away
Nor the agony He bore
That changed my life that day
It was the sacrifice He made
When His precious life He gave
That final drop of blood poured forth
A sinful man to save
He had to give His life and die
To take away my sin
By no other offering He could make
Could I enter in
This costly sacrifice
So willingly He made
That final drop of blood poured forth
My sinful soul to save
Forever I will sing the praise
Of Him who died for me
With faithful and a grateful heart
Will I ever bow the knee
Before the King of Glory
Who sought all men to save
Who with His final drop of blood
Redemption’s price did pay
o
Dad
was
written
for
my
father.
He
was
an
example
to
me
of
genuine
faith
and
of
disciplined
manly
character.
A
man
who
actively supported my interests and who was also involved and
committed
to
community
activities.
He
was
untiring
in
his
main
activity
of
presenting
Christ
to
all,
until
his
health
deteriorated
to
a
point
where this was not possible.
His was a life of non-pious but genuine faith that presented easily to
all who met him. It was an example of a Christian life lived and not
merely spoken. His faith never interfered with his love of life but
allowed him to live a full life, enjoying all the good things that God
had given him. I thank him for his example and I thank God for
giving him to me.
“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24 vs 15
T
TO DAD
Thank you for the gift of love
That you’ve passed on to me
The privilege to live each day
And your example see
To be my friend and help me learn
To walk the path ahead
To know when I have lived each day
That light and joy I’ve shared
I know there’ll be some rough times
Through which I’ll fear to pass
But there is help to see me through
If God I’ll only ask
The spark of life’s a mystery
Entrusted from above
It connects me with Almighty God
And all of His great love
Yes fatherhood’s a picture
Imperfect though it be
Of the life my Heavenly Father brings
And gives to you and me
Life to enjoy His fellowship
His rich and heavenly love
And I thank you dad for leading me
To a father up above
t
s
great
to
have
someone
to
rely
on,
a
person,
a
friend
who
doesn
t
just
cave
in
when
the
pressure
comes
on.
Valued is a friend whose word is their bond. There are times
in life when everything around seems to shift and no support
comes
from
any
direction.
You
are
left
holding
your
end
of
the
plank,
seemingly
abandoned
by
everyone.
From
out
of
the
confusion
appears
a
friend
who
stands
beside
you
and
your
courage
returns,
you
know
that
you
can
now
weather
the
storm.
Such
a
friend
is
our
Lord
Jesus
Christ.
His
Word
and
promises
is
His
bond.
Christ
s
promises are backed by all the power and authority of God
the Father Himself. They are a sure and solid rock that we
can depend on in a world fraught with doubt and despair.
When others would seek to discredit our faith and experience,
it is comforting to know that when all else is passed and gone,
the Lord God remains and His word is forever.
He (the Lord) only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I
will not be shaken.
Psalm 62 vs 6
I
ROCK IN A HARD PLACE
It’s so easy just to simply trust
When the sun is on the sand
When the birds fly in the bluest sky
And no trouble is at hand
But how different when the winds change
When the storm clouds gather round
When the icy lash of the rain is felt
And you feel so crushed and bound
That’s the time when trust is trust
And when true faith is found
When all about is darkness
And when your fears abound
That’s the time the saviour comes
Walking on the sea
His voice through wind and rain is heard
My child, come unto me
There are times alone and in the dark
When the storm is at its worst
And all around is crumbling
Faith’s walls about to burst
Reach down and feel the firmness
Of the rock beneath your feet
Then lift your face into the storm
New strength the wind to meet
The darkness soon will pass away
As the fading of the night
And so faith’s testimony grows
As darkness turns to light
God’s children grow in confidence
In their Father’s care
The lonesome darkness of the night
Lets God His glory share
ostly
legends
inaccurately
portray
the
and
actions
of
heroes.
The
more
that
time
passes,
the
greater
their
deeds
and
exploits.
I
sometimes wonder if we would recognize them if we met them in person, or
would we be disappointed that they didn’t live up to our expectations, derived
from the stories that we had read. At least a living legend stands right there
before your eyes and his life open to your evaluation, to admire or to despise.
(Not all legends are gallant.) Now you can see whether or not he actually
merits all that acclaim. The living legends that I personally love best, are
those humble souls with no self-pretences, who are totally unaware of their
hero status; that simply live and do, never trying to cultivate an image. They
are people who cross our paths and stand out as those who by a consistent
Godly life and a desire to promote their Lord and Saviour, care more about
others than they do about themselves. These impress us as legends, living
legends, whom we do well to remember and emulate.
I thank God in all my remembrance of you
Philippians 1 vs 3
M
LIVING LEGENDS
Legends are of glory
They’re stories that are told
Of deeds of truth and courage
Of noble deeds of old
Legends happen slowly
As a testimony grows
Each day are facets added
That the legend never knows
He wants his life to count for God
In this world in which he lives
So amidst the trials and joys that come
It is his best he gives
He enjoys the fun and laughter
He’ll share with those in pain
As the Lord sends o’re His children
The sunshine and the rain
Yes he is a living legend
A legend in his time
But as he walks with Jesus
Not a legend in his mind
It’s just as others see him
And he hopes that there will be
The approval of his Heavenly Lord
For all eternity
ne
of
the
duties
to
be
performed
during
the
time
that
I
worked
in
a
print
factory,
back
in
the
days
when
printing
was
achieved
using
ink
and
lead
type, was to melt down the used type and form it into bars for reuse by the
type-caster. As the lead was added to the pool of molten metal, it melted into
the mass shedding as it went the dirty ink-stained coating, to become part of
that
shining
pool.
The
impurities
were
burned
out
and
skimmed
off
as
dross
and
it
was
ready
to
take
on
life
as
a
shiny
clean
metal
bar.
Reformed
from
it
s
previous
shape,
pure
and
without
blemish.
Our
lives
are
similarly
treated
as
we
endure
the
harsh
situations
that
we
face
day
by
day,
depending
upon
how
we
face
the
trials
of
life
that
God
allows
to
come
our
way.
If
we
allow
these
events
to
mould
us,
submitting
to
His
hand
and
responding
to
each
situation
in
a
Godly
manner,
our
lives
are
shaped
to
fit
the
pattern
God
preordained
for
us.
Whether
or
not
we
overcome
difficulties
with
a
Christ-like
attitude,
will
determine
the
heat
of
the
furnace
required to reduce self and conform us to the image of His dear Son. This is
God’s ultimate purpose for those who have knelt to His Lordship; then to bring
them into His presence with great joy.
In this rejoice . . . that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than
gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and
glory and honour, at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1 vs 6 & 7
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THE FURNACE
The molten metal shimmered
In the furnace bright and clear
The heat had been intense
The purge had been severe
But when the dross was drawn aside
The silver surface lay
A wondrous sight so pure and bright
Reflecting sunlight’s ray
But oh the price it had to pay
In that crucible of tears
The changes had been painful
The yielding filled with fears
The heat the pain the pressure
Enough but to suffice
And then it came forth shining
With radiant lustrous life
Three brave men cast to the flames
Knew not what God would do
And though their courage was tested sore
Their faith in God stood true
Yet they must lay their lives down
Each faithful to the end
And the Lord of Glory walked with them
Deliverer and friend
It’s in times of trial that we find
The nearness of our Lord
And though our faith is tested
We depend upon His word
God’s character is built in us
Yes that is what we’re told
And though the flames about us roar
He brings us forth as gold
ave
you
ever
considered
how
much
sin
is
required
to
condemn
us?
Is
there
a
level
of
wickedness
where
minor
misdemeanors
get
off
with
a
warning, more serious sins merit a harsher punishment, before the really
wicked ones send us away? How much sin must be mounted up against us
for us to be cast away forever, or require the death of a substitution saviour to
save us from eternal damnation, being cast into hell? The Bible teaches that
we have all sinned and fallen short of God’s perfect standard. We categorize
the seriousness of individual sins according to our own personal standards
and usually give ourselves a large margin for error. God’s standard is
absolute perfection; one minor infringement is one too many. That one
indiscrepancy is enough to warrant the total wrath of God. We might say that
that
is
over
the
top,
but
we
can
t
begin
to
imagine
what
perfection
and
pure
holiness
is,
that
is
why
the
sacrificial
shedding
of
Christ
s
blood
was
necessary.
Without
that
provision
mankind
in
general
and
individually
has
no
chance,
since
we
have
all
sinned,
we
all stand condemned. Try to appreciate the awfulness of rebellion against
God ( for that is what sin is ) and the awesomeness of the love that provided
such a costly sacrifice and a Saviour to cover our sin. To take advantage of
that love, we must personally accept Jesus Christ as our Saviour, Sacrifice
and Substitute.
Jesus cried with a loud voice . . . “My God why hast thou forsaken me?”
Matthew 27 vs 46
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REPENTANCE
To turn the face of God away
From His beloved Son
What awful deed, what grievous thing
Is it that we have done
What cost for seeming small trespass
Our guilt at His door laid
That He should cast His Son away
His only Son should slay
Do we to His table come
Enraptured in His love
Do we forget the awful sin
That hid His face above
Does our heart condemn us not
For the smallest deed
Is there no repentance
For the sin that made Him bleed
The debt is paid, our souls set free
It was finished when He died
Rejoice, ah yes, and thankful be
That your Lord was crucified
But think again, what caused His shame
And repent, oh don’t you see
That a lustful look was all it took
For a death at Calvary
hy
is
it,
that
when
we
are
offered
something
for
nothing,
the
thoughts
spring
to
mind.
What
s
the
catch?
What
is
wrong
with
it?
Generally
we are not offered anything of value for no reason at all. We just don’t trust
that
there
is
not
an
ulterior
motive.
Perhaps
a
friend
may
persuade
us
that
his
offer
is
genuine,
but
of
someone
we
never
knew,
we
would
be
awfully
suspicious.
However,
when
God
offered
His
love
and
forgiveness
to
mankind
and
freely
gave
His
own
dear
Son
as
a
substitute
to
face
the
judgment
and
wrath
that
our
sin
deserved,
this
was
exactly
the
situation.
Why
would
God
do
it?
What
was
in
it
for
Him?
Yet
His
love
and
forgiveness
to
us
who
were
alienated
and
often
antagonistic
toward
Him,
was
offered
with
no
strings
attached.
What
love.
He
did
not
want
to
cast
away
His
beloved creation, longing to have personal fellowship with each and every
individual. He now leaves us to ponder and marvel at His love, grace and
mercy for all eternity.
But God showed His love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died
for us.
Romans 5 vs 8
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WHY?
I gazed upon the face of one
Whose tortured head was bowed
Riverlets of blood flowed down
From a pierced brow
His eyes showed pain and agony
His soul was torn with grief
The gasping cry with lips so dry
On a day with no relief
Wounded hands were hammered wide
Feet riven by a nail
His wounded back so cut and sore
But courage did not fail
And then an iron spear was plunged
Into His yielding side
And blood and water flooded down
The day that Jesus died
The load was great upon that cross
Forsaken there by God
His sinless soul in torment writhed
Beneath that fearful rod
The eternal weight of sin was His
Barred was Heaven’s door
Punishment for every man
Hell could do no more
Why, why did heaven’s only Son
Suffer thus for me
How could He come from Heaven’s throne
To die upon a tree
He came that I might know God’s love
How far that He would go
So that I might live with Him
And all His glory know
ow
do
you
do
anything
for
someone
who
absolutely
refuses
to
accept
your
offer
of
help?
You
can
reason
with
them,
that
what
you
offer
is
in
their own best interest; plead with them, that their course is hazardous without
your help. Your offer may cost them nothing and there is no obligation for
them to accept, other help may be non-existent, but at the end of the day, the
choice is up to them and for you to proceed further with you entreaties is
unwanted and unwise. So it is with God’s offer of salvation. He has done all
that He can to offer salvation from sin and the redemption of our souls, short
of
taking
away
our
free
will
and
forcing
us
to
accept
Christ
s
redemptive
sacrifice
on
Calvary
s
cross.
For
those
who
will
not
give
up
their
own
selfish
will
and
accept
Christ
as
Lord,
there
is
no
salvation,
no
forgiveness, no eternal life. There is nothing more that God can do; no other
way that He can offer, that will suffice for mankind’s salvation. He must,
though with what sadness of heart, complete the judgment for which all offers
of clemency have been rejected.
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son
shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.
John 3 vs 36
H
FROM THE CROSS
From His cross of pain
He saw the world
The crowd spread out before Him
There were those who watched
And watched and watched Him die
Those who knelt and wept
Souls torn apart with grief
Those who felt the pain and loss
But stoic stood in His support
Those who laughed and mocked
Not really knowing why
Those who hated Him
With an unreasoning hatred
Those who did their day’s duty
Regarding not the one who died
Looking about
He saw them all
He loved them all
He died for them all
He would forgive them all
But He couldn’t forgive them all
For there were some
Who didn’t want His forgiveness
iming,
timing,
patience
and
faith.
How
often
do
we
fret
when
we
really
need
to
trust?
Faith
is
not
faith
if
everything
happens
just
when
we
want
or in the way that we want. Faith has nothing to do with our engineering of
events
to
influence
an
outcome;
it
has
everything
to
do
with
committing
our
way
to
God,
leaving
it
in
His
hands
and
then
preparing
as
best
that
we
can.
Allow
God
to
control
the
project
and
trust
Him
to
move
the
mountains
at
the
right
time;
He
has
told
us
to
cast
all
of
our
cares
upon
Him
because
He
cares
for
us.
Our
trouble
is
that
we
want
God
to
work
for
us,
when
all
the
time
we
want
to
be
in
control.
Sorry,
it
doesn
t
work
that
way,
try
handing
the
whole
project
over
to
Him
and
doing
a
bit
of
trusting
instead;
at
the
right
time
God
will
cause
events
to
fall
into
place,
we
will
be
amazed
and
will
only
be
able
to
call
it
miraculous.
Experience
that
and we will never want to take back control, we will want to live each day as a
journey of faith. The way ahead though unseen now will at the right time
become clearly visible. Wait I say on the Lord.
Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 46 vs 10
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THE WAY AHEAD
Russet coloured fallen leaves
Crowd the forest floor
The pathway that was once so clear
Is plain to me no more
The winding path is hidden there
Beneath those mounds discarded
Till cleansing springtime winds sweep down
And the sea of leaves is parted
No prophet see I at the brink
By whose rod I’m led
I wait the winds of change to blow
To clear my path ahead
Full confidence have I in Him
Who controls the seasons
He directs the winds to blow
Alone He knows the reason
We wait we wait and wait we must
For that wind to follow
Or stumble on the hidden path
Midst danger dread and sorrow
The soft wind blows His voice is heard
Before you lies the way
Make haste O man your time is come
Rise up! You hear Him say
here
are
many
situations
in
life
that
require
us
to
act
on
information
that
we
cannot
personally
prove
to
be
correct.
We
must
take
the
advice
of
those who have more technical, scientific or knowledge that is in some way
specific to the case in point. We don’t have a problem with that, we simply
trust the better judgment of the experts, sometimes with our lives. For
example, to combine two or more chemicals in a certain way with one another
may
be
all
right
or
totally
wrong
and
downright
dangerous,
but
we
who
are
laymen
trust
that
the
chemist
who
wrote
the
instructions
on
the
bottle
knows
want
he
is
talking
about
and
isn
t
giving
us
bad
advice.
Yet
with
regard
to
matters
spiritual,
our
eternal
destiny,
or
the
way
that
we
believe
that
God
would have us behave, we are often not prepared to believe that the
instructions written in His Holy Word are safe to obey. We like Thomas don’t
want to walk where we can’t see to physically put our feet; even though our
head tells us that God’s way is the only way to please our Master, our heart
has difficulty in accepting it. The reward is for those who believe God with
their hearts and commit themselves on the basis of His Word.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not
seen. For by it the men of old received divine approval.
Hebrews 11 vs 1-2
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FAITH OR SIGHT
Spirit and flesh, faith and sight
Battle for the right
To lead the soul along life’s path
Purity or blight
There comes a time when faith and sight
Inevitably must part
Sight speaks volumes to the mind
Faith speaks to the heart
Through all the life-long journey
Faith’s way leads to the light
To trust the path that sight directs
Is to walk into the night
When faith has lived it’s earthly life
Heaven shines so bright
Our Saviour’s lovely face appears
Then faith’s reward is sight
trange
isn
t
it,
how
often
we
criticize
a
fellow
Christian
and
overlook
our
own
faults?
We
all
fail
at
times
but
it
is
what
we
do
afterwards
that
determines the kind of person we are. The apostle Peter failed on several
occasions but he repented of his wrongs, picked himself up and carried on. It
is not the odd incidents that characterize us; it is how we handle those
situations that define our path through life. Unfortunately it is these moments
that are most remembered, it is therefore necessary to carefully watch our
testimony and keep close to our Lord. It’s this bigger picture, the overview of
life with all its highs and lows that God sees, He sees also how we handle
each situation that comes our way. He is interested in a life of constancy and
faithfulness, one that endures to the end. This is the kind of person that He
can use in His service, a person He can rely on, a continual testimony to His
grace that will bring glory and honour to His name.
“Therefore my beloved . . . work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
for God is at work in you, both to will and to work His good pleasure.”
Philippians 2 vs 12 & 13
THANK YOU LORD FOR PETER
S
Though his faith failed in the waters
You lifted him
Though he spoke rashly at Your announcement
You forgave him
Though he denied You at Your trial
You restored him
Though he refused the food You offered
You taught him
Though he acted insincerely
You strove with him
BUT
He tended Your lambs
He fed Your sheep
He built Your church
He died for Your sake
Thank you Lord for Peter
remember
once
being
in
a
cave,
up
to
my
ankles
in
freezing
water.
We
had
walked
in
for
perhaps
ten
to
fifteen
minutes
and
so
were
quite
a
way
underground. There was only one passage and no tight squeezes, so there
would be no problem in finding our way out again. We decided to see how we
felt in the darkness, so the torches were turned off. The blackness was
immediate
and
total.
It
made
no
difference
even
after
waiting
a
while
for
our
eyes
to
adjust
to
the
dark.
Absolutely
nothing
could
be
seen.
In
that
total
darkness
it
would
be
easy
to
become
disorientated,
not
able
to
tell
which
way
was
in
or
out.
What
a
comfort
it
was
when
once
again
the lights were switched on, the people and our surroundings immediately
snapped back into view. Such is our condition in life without the clear light and
comfort of God’s Word. Many of the situations that we find ourselves in seem
so confusing that we need the light of God for clear guidance to avoid
stumbling in the wrong direction. What a comfort it is to walk in His light, when
all around us is darkness and bad stuff happens. We know that we are not
alone, that Christ is with us, who is the light that no darkness can extinguish.
I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will
have the light of life.
John 8 vs 12
A LIGHT IN A DARK PLACE
I
Honest heart
Loving face
Gentle spirit
Deeds of grace
Helpful always
In every place
Ever willing
A light in a dark place
Trustworthy dependable
Runs the race
Devoted ever
Takes your case
Almighty Lord
Through time and space
Jesus Saviour
A light in a dark place
hilst
not
a
farmer,
I
have
lived
in
the
country
for
a
good
part
of
my
life
and
during
that
time
I
have
observed
a
number
of
people
who
are.
New Zealand farmers appear at times to be a little on the rugged side, though
this is understandable considering their constant association with and their
concern for their animals. Being responsible for their care and welfare a
farmer is the one who has to make the hard decisions on behalf of his charges
and if an unpleasant duty has to be done, it is the farmer who will have to
perform the deed with his own hands. The farmer values his animals, they
cost a lot of money and they provide him with an income, so he really puts his
mind to caring for them as best he can. He moves them regularly from
pasture to pasture, provides them with clean water, supplementary food and
medicines when required. Being so closely connected each day with his
animals, he comes to know their personalities and idiosyncrasies. His animals
grow
to
know
and
trust
him
and
will
often
look
for
him
when
he
is
about.
In
all,
he
knows
them,
provides
for
them,
protects
and
cares
for
them.
Carrying
this
analogy
over
to
the
world
of
people
and
our
spiritual
care,
our
Lord
Jesus
tells
us
that
He
is
the
Good
Shepherd
an
that
we
who
trust
in
Him
are
the
sheep
that
He
cares
for.
He
provides
and
protects,
even
to
the
extent
of
giving
His
life
for
the
sheep.
Would
you
really
want
to
be
in
the
care
of anyone else? That is why we respond in gratitude and love and seek out
the company of the Good Shepherd.
Jesus said “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down his life for
the sheep.”
John 10 vs 11
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THE GENTLE SHEPHERD
Gentle handed shepherd
Guardian of my soul
To be ever near you
Safely in your fold
Your rod and staff protect me
No danger need I fear
And should I ever wander
You’re there to draw me near
Gentle handed shepherd
Director of my way
Though life is oft confusing
You are my hope and stay
And when my life is hard to bear
The way is rough and steep
You lovingly stoop to comfort me
And you my soul will keep
Gentle handed shepherd
Provider of my need
For my life’s salvation
You willingly did bleed
The water that you give me
Is refreshing clear and still
Of the bread you freely offer
I gladly take my fill
Gentle handed shepherd
Helper of the meek
Tenderly you guide us
The blind the lame the weak
In your house forever
With you dear Lord we’ll live
Peace and joy and pleasure
Your precious sheep you give
any
of
our
childhood
memories,
came
about
as
a
result
of
things
that
just
happened.
I
have
learned
that
memories
can
be
planned
and
built.
They are engineered by someone who wants to share something enjoyable; a
holiday for the family, the picnic in the park, that exciting visit to the zoo or a
ride in a boat. As my children grew older, I reasoned that time spent with
them
in
a
caf
é
with
a
cup
of
fresh-brewed
coffee
is
not
a
waste
of
time
and
money,
it
is
building
a
memory.
It
is
a
time
that
they
will
look
back
on
in
later
life
and
remember
warmly
that
mum
or
dad
spent
time
with
them,
talking,
enjoying
their
company
and
sharing
a
good
time.
Building
good
memories develops a young person into a secure individual who knows that
they are valued and loved. Take time to build good memories into the lives of
your young ones and friends. How will your children remember you?
Set your hopes . . . on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy.
1 Timothy 6 vs 17
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LIFE’S BOUNTIES
O’ grateful memories
Childhood summers
Balls bouncing
Skates skating
Water splashing
Store them away for adult winters
To bring you joy
When cold night winds linger
Memories memories
Remember them
Treasure them
Hide them
Not forgotten
A child’s smile
A child’s embrace
Trees swaying in sunlit breeze
Your own treasure
Life’s bounty
The gift of God
To be drawn from at need
hen
I
see
the
flag
flying
high,
I
know
that
someone
is
making
a
statement.
It
says
this
is
my
country
and
I
m
proud
to
be
a
citizen.
We raise that banner so that it can be seen and all who will may gather to it,
proclaiming loyalty. In wartime the flag is a rallying point and men will defend
it with their lives. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.”
Christ was not quietly done away with, but in death raised up for all to see.
God promised that all who would look unto Him and believe would be saved.
Christ
was
raised
up
in
public
that
all
who
would
could
have
the
opportunity
to
come
to
Him.
Some
believed,
like
the
thief
who
was
crucified
alongside
of
Him
and
the
Roman
centurion,
who
having
crucified
Him
according
to
his
orders,
now
waited
at
the
foot
of
the
cross
for
Him
to
die.
Others
railed
against
Him,
mocking
Him
for
His
claim
to
be
the
Son
of
God.
The
glory
of
this
story though is that although He was lifted up on a cross before men, to die for
the sin of the world; is that He is no longer dead upon a cross or in a long lost
tomb, but is risen and alive, seated at the right hand of God, just as He said
He would be. Only the picture of Christ lifted up high as a sacrifice remains,
but the fact of that death will remain for as many as will to come to Him. For
all who come will still be saved; hallelujah.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that
whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3 vs 16
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LIFTED UP
Bronze serpent in the wilderness
Held up for all to see
Lord Jesus’ cross is lifted high
He says come unto me
That serpent it brought life to all
Afflicted who would gaze
And Jesus’ blood brings righteousness
For all my sin He pays
He was not quietly put away
Into forgotten grave
But lifted up for all to see
That He mankind might save
And like that ancient serpent bright
In the desert on a pole
A sight of Him new life will bring
Redemption to the soul
He said if He were lifted up
That He all men would draw
And gracious is the gift of God
To men who suffer sore
How precious is that death of His
To all who now believe
This message is for all who come
His gracious gift receive
ow
well
I
remember
the
Godly
men
and
women
who
appeared
at
various
times
in
my
life
and
made
such
an
impact
on
me
that
in
some
way they influenced my life for God. They were totally unaware of the fact that
they
had
impressed
me,
yet
each
of
them
showed
facets
of
Godly
that
were
an
unconscious
part
of
their
lives.
They
were
witnesses
to
the
powerful
way
that
God
changes
lives
without
a
word
said
in
preaching;
their
lives
shouted
it.
The
old
man,
who
never
missed
church
and
always
had
a
kindly
word
and
a
sweet
for
the
children
who
flocked
around
him,
when
he
prayed
the
Lord
seemed
especially
near,
still
another
who
s
mischievous
constantly
bubbled
over,
who
woke
me
every
morning
as
his
voice
rang
through
the
morning
silence,
a
song
on
his
lips
as
he
walked
through
the
long
wet
grass
to
feed
his
chickens. His saintly wife loved him and tried to keep him in order. I thank
God for each of them and the others to numerous to record. God blessed me
through each one and I pray that in some small way, I may be remembered for
a love of the Lord.
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also
to all who have loved His appearing.
2 Timothy 4 vs 8
H
THE WITNESS
He was always there
Gracefully growing old
A warm hand clasp
An encouraging word
The gentle smile
Of value more than gold
A memory with us ever
He loved
And was loved by all
With a prayer in his heart
And a song on his lips
Ever looking upward
Away to that far land
Why the Lord should take him
It’s easy to understand
elieving
in
the
strength,
ability
and
willingness
of
God
to
perform
what
He
has
promised,
gives
us
courage
and
confidence
to
step
out
and
do
things that we might otherwise never attempt. This is all part of a daily
Christian life, and not only does it bring pleasure to our Heavenly Father, but it
gives Him opportunity to bless us. It is difficult to help someone who will not
put their trust in you because they doubt your ability to help them. They are
not
willing
to
step
out
and
commit
their
affairs
to
your
care
and
though
you
may
prove
your
ability
to
help,
without
their
trust,
you
can
do
nothing.
Just
so,
our
Lord
looks
for
those
with
faith
to
commit
to
Him,
not
only
for
salvation but also for their walk through each day. How pleased the Lord
would be and how blessed we would be, if we could say each day, today I
walked with God and depended on Him and I am glad.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. For whoever would draw near to
God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
Hebrews 11 vs 6
B
FAITH PLEASES GOD
Faith is believing
What God says is true
Faith is trusting
That He cares for you
Faith is walking
When things don’t seem right
Faith sees the morning
Whilst now it is night
Faith pleases God
Faith pleases God
Just trust Him
Believe Him
And step out anew
Faith pleases God
Faith pleases God
To live with Him
Walk with Him
You must have faith
Faith pleases God
t
is
rather
sad
when
we
meet
someone
who
thinks
so
little
of
themselves
that
they
almost
shrivel
into
a
corner.
They
feel
that
there
are
no
special
abilities that they can offer to make themselves useful and worthy in the eyes
of others. Often do they look longingly at those who seem to have it all
together, who seem to have a place of honour in their community. It seems
that
they
have
forgotten
that
it
is
not
others
that
they
have
to
impress
but
a
loving
Heavenly
Father.
He
knows
them
through
and
through
and
created
them
just
as
they
are.
It
was
He
who
appointed
them
the
good
works
that
they
should
do
and
it
was
He
who
equipped
them
with
the
special
abilities
to
accomplish
that
task.
God
requires
that
they
be
faithful
in
their
place.
They
will
earn
the
Well
done,
good
and
faithful
servant.” God delights in them because they are doing what He foreordained.
Let them look for the smile of approval of their Lord who loves them, not for
the approval of those who are insensitive to them, or belittle their offering
through an insincere heart.
“… for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16 vs 7
I
ONLY A FLOWER
Only a flower
Only a flower
Only a flower you say
Not the fragrance of a rose
The elegance of an orchid
The flamboyance of the hibiscus
Nor yet the fruit of apple
Orange or pear
Just a flower
Opening to the sun
Spreading petals in upward gaze
The earth so hard
Wind-blown
Often bowed down
Lost on a lonely hillside
Far from garden or town
What use am I
But the Father says
You are what I made you
One of hundreds like you
Not alone
From where I look
A mass of colour joys my heart
Fret not you are mine
My delight
I made you as you are
Yes you are a flower
But not “Just” a flower
o
many
good
things
surround
us
day
by
day,
often
simple
things
surprise
us
with
pleasure;
a
view
as
we
walk
over
the
crest
of
a
hill,
the
lick
of
an
adoring puppy or the cool freshness of the water during a swim on a hot day.
God has given us senses to feel, see and hear; these blessings allow us to
appreciate the beauty around us and to enjoy the encounters that come our
way each day. He has granted us friendships with others that allow us not
only to receive, but also to give, that others may be blessed by what we share
and that even in doing for others, we ourselves receive pleasure. The
greatest gift that God has given us is His love and friendship. If there were no
other pleasures in the world to be heaped upon us, this alone would be more
than enough. How thankful we are and how our hearts begin to warm when
we start to remember the good things that God has given to us and the deeds
that He has done on our behalf. It is when we consider these things that
thankfulness rises within us and we start to praise God for His goodness. The
day somehow seems brighter and we step more lightly, we enjoy life more and
others appreciate our company. So let us count our blessings and enjoy the
simple good things that God has given us.
Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down
from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to
change.
James 1 vs 17
S
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
Count your blessings not your sorrows
Count them everyday
Those blessings sent us from above
To lighten up our way
We let them pass unthinking
Like tumbling grains of sand
When every one is given
From a loving Father’s hand
They come to us like sunlight
Falling through the rain
Mixing joy and sadness
Mixing loss with gain
It’s when we count our blessings
That God’s graciousness is seen
Following our footsteps
Over all the way we’ve been
It’s when we count our blessings
That God’s beauty can be seen
Like miracles of nature
Where e’re His hand has been
For every lovely rainbow
There always must be rain
And for each and every rainbow
The sun must shine again
Count your blessings not your sorrows
Remember them again
Enjoy the things God’s given
Then loss becomes your gain
Take your cup and fill it up
Let it overflow
Then your dark days will turn brighter
As you onward go
o
be
with
a
beloved
friend
is
a
great
pleasure.
If
it
were
possible
to
spend
time
and
share
with
someone
who
had
given
their
life
to
save
yours, how precious would that be? Because our Lord Jesus, who died in our
place, is raised and ascended to heaven, this is possible. We share daily,
minute by minute with Him and because He is not now bound by time or place,
those who believe in Him have this privilege in any generation. We do in a
special and intimate way, share in the blessings that He bestows upon us,
when we meet together to break bread and to take of the wine at His invitation.
As we gather together in His presence we enjoy a time of closeness with our
Lord. We humble our hearts, giving thanks as we eat and drink in memory of
Him. Strange that it is in memory of Him that we come, yet as we worship, He
meets with us alive in Spirit here and now. What will it be when He returns
and receives us to Himself; then we will be ever with Him, enjoying His
beloved presence face to face. Until then we continue in obedience to His
command to meet and remember Him.
This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.
1 Corinthians 11 vs 24
T
COMMUNION OF THE LORD
A piece of bread a glass of wine
What pictures these present
His body broken His blood poured out
His life for us was spent
The cost of sin so awful
A debt we couldn’t pay
Is matched by God’s amazing love
His Son our sin would slay
He invites that we who love Him
Come to this feast divine
Not hindered by a conscience
Of sin that once was mine
We place our trust in His great love
Made pure by matchless grace
Accepted in His sight we stand
At His table take our place
With joy we drink that proffered cup
And of the bread partake
Remembering our precious Christ
Who once died for our sake
His death is not forgotten
By this once more drawn near
Clean refreshed forgiven
No judgement now we fear
From that table we soon rise
Strengthened for today
In spirit and in soul we’re bound
With Him to whom we pray
Again we’ll come, again we’ll meet
By faith His face to see
Until You come our joy shall be
To meet O Lord with thee
sn
t
it
surprising
how
many
daughters
look
just
like
their
mothers
and
sons
like
their
father
s.
The
similarities
will
often
extend
to
the
sound
of
their
voices, their natures and even to actions that make you say, “Look at the way
he
turns
his
head
and
looks
at
you,
I
can
just
see
his
father
in
him.
Many
of
these
inherited
characteristics
can
pass
down
several
generations;
I
call
them
family
traits.
They
remind
us
what
a
valuable
heritage
our
ancestors
have
passed
on
to
us
and
of
what
we
will
leave
to
our
children
and
to
future
generations.
It
is
important that the values and attitudes that we cultivate in ourselves be worthy
of passing on to those who follow us.
Hear my son your father’s instruction and reject not your mother’s teaching.
Proverbs 1 vs 8
I
MY MOTHER
My mother sits forever
In the corner of my mind
She has that honoured place reserved
Especially for her kind
Happy times and loving care
Our hearts will always bind
Personalities and memories
Inexorably intertwined
I see so much of her in me
I see it every day
Attitudes, the way I think
And sometimes what I say
When I see the things she does
The way she lives each day
It helps me understand myself
As I go on my way
Thank you mother for the faith
That to me you did impart
A heritage of Godliness
Taught to a simple heart
That faith has deepened through the years
Though feeble at the start
So that now it is a solid rock
That will not fall apart
Yes when I remember mother
Her laughter joy and fun
I thank the Father for her
And all the things she’s done
And often when I think of her
Then childhood memories come
To bring a warmth into my heart
Just like the summer sun
ecurity,
it
s
all
about
security;
there
is
no
better
feeling
when
you
re
in
the
channel
and
the
current
is
running
fast
on
an
out-going
tide
and
your
anchor is holding fast. When it’s slack-tide and the sun is shining, we don’t
worry
too
much
about
that
anchor,
but
when
things
change
for
the
worse,
it
s
nice
to
know
that
it
s
there,
that
the
point
is
secure
and
solidly
set
and
will
not
move;
we
are
safe.
The
Lord
Jesus
Christ
our
representative,
as
the
first-born
from
the
dead,
has
entered
into
heaven
and
is
seated
at
the
right
hand of God. His promise to us that we are His and that He will come again
and receive us to Himself, is our anchor. It is our security amidst the storms
of life. His word is dependable, a solid anchor for our faith. Just as that
sailor depends on his anchor, so we depend on Him. It is not vain to put our
hope in the Eternal God who cannot lie and who loves us enough to give His
own dear Son for our eternal security.
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son
shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.
John 3 vs 36
S
OUR ANCHOR
My faith it is an anchor strong
Entered through the veil
Embedded in the mercy seat
Christ’s blood will never fail
I cast it forth at His command
No earthly lifeline this
He’s taken it through Heaven’s gate
To where the Father sits
Though trials and persecutions come
Though faith is tested sore
Though often wind-tossed billows break
Upon my troubled shore
This lifeline of my faith to grasp
By prayer and simple trust
It holds me fast midst all life’s storms
He holds and hold He must
It was given me by God alone
When first He called my name
Faith to believe and faith to live
For Him each day the same
I thank Him for this gift of His
Without it I should quail
Before the storms that toss my boat
This anchor will not fail
he
old
man
who
had
lived
his
life
to
the
full,
a
young
person
who
feels
that
the
world
owes
him
a
living.
The
sick
and
injured
all
have
their
stories
to
tell.
Everyman
has
an
opinion,
a
story,
a
message;
stories
of
fortune
good
and
bad,
stories
of
kindnesses
done
and
received.
Everyone
knows
what
should
be
done
to
solve
the
world
s
problems.
If
you
ask
them,
they
will
tell
you.
Buy
them
a
drink
and
they
ll
solve
your
problems
as
well.
Everyone
knows
the
answers
to
the
problems
of
others
but
they
don
t
have
the
answers
to
their
own.
Seldom
do
they
look
to
the
one
who
can
provide
the
answers;
the
one
who
really
knows
us,
knows
us
better
than
we
know
ourselves,
the
Lord
God,
our
creator,
who
will
be
if
we
but
trust
Him,
our
Heavenly
Father.
He
who
gives
heed
to
the
word
will
prosper
and
happy
is
he
who
trusts
in
the
Lord.
Psalms
16
vs
20
T
EVERYMAN’S SONG
Everyman’s soul has a song to sing
Of triumph pure joy or the blues
Everyman’s life a story to tell
Of experience be it good or bad news
Some men’s lives are filled with song
Some with bitter pain
Some mount every obstacle
Some fall again and again
Everyman wants his song sung
Though he be small or great
Everyman’s heart has something to say
Before it grows too late
Everyone hopes that the last verse
Will be better than the first
Everyone wants some other to learn
Lest there life go from better to worse
Everyman’s life has meaning
Though he sometimes can’t see the way
Everyman wants to be in control
And to have the final say
Everyone needs a councilor
A friend a helper a guide
Everyone needs Jesus
God’s answer to be by our side
o
you
remember
how
it
was
when
as
a
child,
in
playground
games
and
teams
were
chosen?
The
leaders
took
turns
to
select
members
for
their
teams from the group who wanted to participate. Well do many remember the
hollow feeling, the onset of rejection as the number of unselected children
dwindled and we were left, neither team seemingly wanted us. We were only
included in the team because we were the last unchosen ones. Not really
wanted, not really chosen. How different is the situation when God chooses
us. All who come in faith to God, believing that the death of the Lord Jesus
Christ on the cross is God’s plan and promise for our salvation and that His
sacrifice
takes
away
all
of
our
sin
forever.
Christ
s
resurrection
from
the
dead
is
the
foreshadowing
of
our
own
resurrection
from
death
and
the
promise
of
new
and
eternal
life.
We
are
chosen
by
God
for
His
special
blessing.
We
are
chosen
to
show
forth
God
s
grace,
mercy,
forgiveness
and
love.
Through
a
life
of
service
we are chosen to bring glory to our maker. Chosen to share the eternal
glories of Heaven, to share communion and friendship with God forever.
He chose us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world, that we should
be holy and blameless before Him.
Ephesians 1 vs 4
CHOSEN
D
You my child were chosen I hold you in my hand
You were bought and paid for with the blood of my own Lamb
So worry not that the winds blow and that Satan’s hosts do roar
They can never claim you, you’re mine for evermore
Chosen though you were unworthy not one good thing could you do
To deserve the kingly privileges that I bestow on you
To clothe you in pure garments that is why the Saviour came
To bear away the wrong you’d done to give to you His name
Long ago I chose you before the world began
I chose you that you might have life that you would ever stand
Before me in my presence to share my light and love
To sing and joy forever in my home above
I chose you to commune with me to walk as friend with friend
In the silence of the night-time at dawn at journeys end
I long for you to tell me of all your hopes and dreams
To share the good and bad times and what our friendship means
I chose you to be faithful not to spare you earthly woes
To be brave and true and loyal no matter how the battle goes
For the pride and joy it gives me to see you triumph in your trials
To stand beside your Saviour, who went that extra mile
n
the
day
of
Jesus
death,
a
random
and
completely
unthinkable
train
of
events
interrupted
and
so
greatly
impacted
the
life
of
Simon
of
Cyrene,
that he was totally changed forever. Our days can get so messed up by things
that just happen and all our neatly planned diaries are thrown into disarray.
When
things
unexpectedly
interrupt
our
programme
for
the
day,
we
sometimes
find
ourselves
on
a
rollercoaster
of
events
that
we
simply
have
to
ride
out
to
the
end
before
we
can
return
to
normal
living
again.
An
accident
or
an
appointment?
It
really
depends
on
how
we
view
things,
on
how
much
that
we
believe
that
God
is
involved
in
our
day
to
day
living.
No
doubt
for
Simon,
being
called
upon
to
bear
the
humiliation
of
carrying
the
cross
of
Jesus,
may
have
at
first
seemed
an
irritating
imposition,
but
upon
looking
back
from later in life, would have been deemed a privilege. So it may be with us,
we too have been called upon to carry our cross for the sake of Christ and to
follow Jesus. This may involve unexpected and sometimes humiliating duties,
but let us count it all joy, a privilege to do the humble task as unto our Lord
and Saviour Jesus Christ. No task done in this attitude of humble servitude
can then be looked upon as an accident; rather it is ours by divine
appointment.
As they were marching out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name;
this man they compelled to carry His cross.
Matthew 27 vs 32
O
SIMON OF CYRENE
Through the streets of the city that cross he bore
For Jesus condemned stumbling wounded and sore
Forced by the soldiers to share in His shame
He would never forget as the crowd call that name
His life was so changed in the city that day
He had watched the crowds gather, he had heard Pilate say
What wrong has he done this King of the Jews
The priests had cried kill Him and all mercy refuse
Troubled his thoughts as he followed that King
So blood-stained so weary from whom love did spring
He heard His forgiveness for what they would do
This Jesus was God, he must yield to Him to
To the front-door of death he carried that cross
To be rid of that symbol of suffering and loss
No longer a burden on shoulders so broad
His heart would now bear it for love of his Lord
The face is now lined his hair has gone grey
His children believe as he did on that day
Life’s road is so long and sometimes with tears
He still carries the cross as he’s done through the years
od
places
in
the
heart
of
each
person
who
is
born
again
of
His
Spirit,
a
desire,
a
hunger
to
worship
Him,
the
Almighty
God;
to
commune
with
Him by prayer, praise and meditating on the truths of His word. If it has for
some reason been a while since we have been able to gather together with
others in His presence, the joy that we experience on our return is great. We
find that we miss the fellowship of the body of Christ (our fellow believers), the
sharing in the ministry of others. In our hearts we know that we have come
home.
It
is
as
if
the
Father
has
welcomed
us
afresh
with
open
arms,
spread
a
feast
for
us,
clothed
us
in
a
new
robe
and
put
the
ring
of
son
ship
on
our
finger.
Our
joy
is
real
and
His
Holy
Spirit
draws
us
in.
After
our
time
away
from
fellowship,
this
return
is
very
precious; we are home where we belong, enjoying His familiar love. This
desire to be with Him among others who love Him keeps us returning, it is not
so much a habit as a longing to be with others in His presence. Though this is
by no means the only time we meet with our Lord, for we are daily in His
presence when we turn our hearts to Him in spirit and in truth; in a different
way we share with our Lord and He shares with us, when we come together to
the house of the Living God.
Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not
neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one
another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Hebrews 10 vs 25
G
THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
It’s so good to come once more into
The house of the Living Lord
To sing and praise and read His word
And at His feet adore
It brings a warmth into my heart
A tear into my eye
As the sound of a myriad praises
Reach His home on high
It seems so long since last I came
My heart with longing fills
To spend some time in His presence
My soul it hungers still
As my lips sing out in worship
My heart begins to warm
I hear the voices lift in prayer
And there breaks a bright new dawn
The fellowship that I enjoy
As I come into this place
With others at His feet I meet
To gaze upon His face
The yearning comes from deep within
To meet with Him I love
My soul-prayer flies on wings so swift
To my great God above
He comes to me with His presence sweet
In answer to my prayer
His Holy Spirit speaks to me
He draws me ever near
And as I go into a world
All shattered tense and cold
My Lord walks there beside me
With Him I can be bold
hortly
we
will
become
a
generation
of
Christians
that
has
forgotten
our
heritage.
The
saints
from
years
gone
by
have
left
us
a
wealth
of
literature;
great thoughts, collected in poetry, a song and now long out of print books of
thoughts and sermons. It is a shame that we don’t sing these old hymns like
we used to only thirty or forty years ago. So many modern songs have
appeared to take their place, that they are largely unknown to the
congregations of today. The new short, often repeated songs of worship and
praise that appear today, seem to have an increasingly short shelf-life, as the
number of modern-day writers proliferate. Now whilst I do enjoy the
sentiments
of
any
of
the
newer
songs,
they
do
lack
the
development
of
a
theme
that
many
of
the
older
writers
achieved.
How
I
love
to
read
those
old
hymns,
dwelling
on
the
thoughts.
It
is
as
if
we
are
listening
to
some
saint
from
the
past,
sharing
in
a
special
way
their
experience and the revelations that God shared with them. In some cases
hundreds of years have passed since they were written, yet those thoughts
ring in our hearts as though spoken only yesterday. How I pray that any word
that the Lord gives me to share, for the blessing of others may ring out His
truths to generations yet unborn and be received by them as a message to
their hearts from God.
God said “I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of
Jacob.” He is not the God of the dead but of the living.
Mark 12 vs 26-27
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COMMUNION OF THE SAINTS
I read a hymn from yester-year and bowed my head to pray
I marveled that this brother speaks and ministers today
Though passed to Glory and his Lord his words speak to my heart
Little did he realize the importance of his part
He lived his life upon this earth dependant on God’s grace
He fought the same temptations that you and I still face
He wrote and preached of insights that God gave just to him
Then he left for home in heaven to a life that’s free from sin
The thought of saints from ages past who’ve run their earthly race
Encourage us to lift our heads, not slacken in the pace
Memories of those who’ve past cheer us on our way
That host of witnesses gone before line our path each day
I spend my days upon this earth a narrow band of time
And like the ones who’ve gone before I know that Christ is mine
So I will live my daily life and leave what ere I can
To help the ones who follow me, Lord teach them how to stand
God’s Kingdom is much wider then than our small time and place
And He is Lord of all of those alive by His great grace
What joy shall be on that fair day when Christ shall come again
And heaven and those on earth are joined to forever praise His name
ankind
is
a
proud
race,
often
unwilling
to
accept
authority
unless
we
feel
that
it
is
in
our
own
interests.
That
someone
should
rule
over
us
and have any claim on our lives, does not go down well. We like to do and
think as we please, without having to consider (too much) any potential
consequences.
It
riles
us
to
think
that
we
may
have
to
stand
before
a
heavenly
authority
to
explain
ourselves
when
we
feel
that
we
can
completely
justify
our
behaviour.
It
is
amazing
what
we
can
justify
when
everything
is
seen
from
our
own
perspective.
Our
arguments
will
soon
prove
that
our
perspective
is
badly
tainted
by
the
willfulness
of
sin
and
rebellion
against
God
that
affects
the
whole
of
our
kind.
As
hard
as
it
is
for
us
to
humble
ourselves
and
to
submit
to
Almighty
God,
that
is
the
way
to
peace
of
soul
and
to
place
ourselves
in
a
right
relation
to
God.
He
is
not
then
merely
God,
but
becomes an ally and Heavenly Father. Through His acceptance of us by our
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His death for us, we have peace with God
and the judgment against us for our sin has passed from us to our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. We need no longer fear the judgment of God. The key
then is to humble ourselves before God and to place ourselves under His
authority.
It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that comes the judgment.
Hebrews 9 vs 27
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JUDGMENT DAY
Judged
Weighed in the balance
Found wanting
Fallen short
Condemned
What man could hold his head up in the presence of the Lord
The God who made the universe by all of heaven adored
What man could stand there sinful and proclaim his righteousness
When he’d shunned a Saviour waiting to pardon and to bless
The idle words once spoken our judgment then will be
For they reveal the heart of us our guilt is plain to see
The judge will pass the sentence our confession has been made
And a Saviour stood by waiting to forgive, to cleanse, to save
The book is closed the die is cast there sounds eternal doom
Forced from the holy presence into nether gloom
Wailing rends the silence as he realized his fate
For a Saviour had died to save him now barred is heaven’s gate
What will you do with Jesus while a little time remains
Will you seek and plead God’s mercy remembering His pain
Or will you shun His offer and take your chance alone
Ignore His words of warning when you stand before His throne
young
man
training
in
a
gym
with
heavy
weights
was
endeavouring
to
bench
press
a
personal
best.
Laying
on
the
bench
testing
the
weight
on
the stand, he visualized the lift, his confidence built through a series of
previous successes. Behind him ready to help if required, stood his trainer.
Taking the weight from the stand he lowered it to his chest, a weight heavier
than he had ever previously lifted. When the time came for the press, though
he strained, muscles bulging and the strain showing on his face, he simply
could not raise it more than a little and the weight sank again to his chest. Try
as he might it was simply too much for him to manage and finally he could not
even move it from his chest. Trapped under the bar he called to the trainer
and the weight was taken and replaced on the stand. Freed at last, the lifter
got to his feet, toweled his face and thanked his trainer and deliverer. In a
similar way, we as individuals are trapped in sin by Satan’s power from which
there is no escape unless we avail ourselves of the bondage-breaking power
of the blood of Jesus Christ, shed for us in sacrifice to pay the ultimate penalty
for the sins of mankind. By the power of God, He was resurrected from death
and
lives
victorious
over
Satan
who
sought
to
destroy
Him.
Because
we
now
live
in
His
victory,
we
too
can
be
victorious
and
are
free
to
glorify
Him;
Satan
s
power
over us has been broken and we now live in fellowship with God.
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15 vs 57
A
POWER OF THE BLOOD
The life of Jesus God’s dear Son
Was sacrificed for me
That the wrong I’d done could be forgiven
He met my deepest need
The weight of sin yes mine alone
Too much for me to bear
Was borne by Jesus on the cross
His love it took Him there
Though Satan’s power had held me fast
Enslaved by my own sin
Yet Christ through death the victory gained
That I might freedom win
No longer need I bow in fear
Defeated by this foe
His dominion has been broken
Christ’s blood has laid it low
Sin’s power and penalty are gone
For those who claim His blood
New freedom joy and victory
In the current of that flood
Convictions tears I may shed
But not those of remorse
The guilt has gone forever
God’s plan has run it’s course
Those old defeats are victories now
Satan has lost his power
His accusations empty
Forgiven in that hour
Christ’s blood has won my freedom
He gave all that He could give
I confess repent and leave it there
And in His victory live
orshipping
God
who
is
Spirit,
has
its
problems
for
us
as
a
race
because
we
are
bound
to
an
existence
in
a
physical
world.
Our
senses allow us to feel, hear and see. Everything about us has substance or
else produces effects that we can actually feel or at least hear if it can’t be
seen. When we approach things spiritual, we are called upon to have faith
and
complete
trust
in
someone
whom
we
cannot
see,
who
has
no
physical
presence
in
our
day;
hence
mankind
has
believed
that
he
requires
physical
aids
to
worship.
If
we
do
not
believe
in
the
holy
God
of
inspired
scripture,
we
will
make
for
ourselves
gods
of
wood
or
stone,
idols
that
have
no
power
to
hear,
see
or
help
us
in
any
way
nor
do
they
represent
any
real
person
but
are
used
by
Satan
to
keep
us
in
bondage
so
that
we
will
not
recognize
the
Almighty
God.
Christians
must
beware
that
they
do
not
move
from
a
position
of
exercising
their
sense
of
faith,
to
that
of
unconsciously
trusting
in
personalities
and
feelings or even of turning a remembrance service into a formal ritual, a
procession of events rather than true worship of a forgiven heart. Certainly if
we walk in faith and worship in faith, we will be blessed and have the peace of
God in our hearts, but our faith must be founded upon God’s Word. Let us not
get carried away by man-made doctrines that emphasise the sensational or
lead us to trust in icons or ritual as though these things are important, but let
us worship God not only in spirit but also in truth.
Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have
not seen and yet believe.
John 20 vs 29
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A DIFFERENT GOSPEL
Israel at Mt. Sinai
Had heard God’s thunderous voice
But a golden calf to see and feel
Was their idolatrous choice
To touch to see and handle
This was Thomas’ cry
Stop doubting and believe
Said Jesus in reply
It seems that what the people want
Is a God whom they can see
Vibrating power that they can feel
Not faith in Calvary
This is a different gospel
That we preach today
Experience instead of blood
Can’t wash our sins away
How cheap we make the gospel
Oh can we be that blind
We take of what appeals
And leave God’s love behind
How this must grieve the heart of God
Who for our very need
Did’st sacrifice His Son for us
And for us did make Him bleed
Beware my brothers lest you turn
And cast God’s love aside
Be not deceived He’ll not forgive
A religion full of pride
By faith in Christ’s redemptive work
That’s how you’re going to live
That is His gospel and His power
His peace and joy He gives
ow
often
is
there
a
blessing
where
we
didn
t
expect
to
find
one?
Most
often
all
we
see
in
a
situation
that
turns
out
differently
to
our
expectations is the bad. It is almost as if when something is not quite right,
that nothing is right and we overlook the many good aspects of the situation.
God
may
have
brought
us
to
the
place
where
we
now
find
ourselves,
to
teach
us
that
where
we
are
right
now,
is
the
place
where
He
wants
to
bless
us;
to
help
us
to
see
that
He
is
with
us
in
this
place.
He
has
plans
for
us
that
may
surprise
us;
sometimes
when
things
don
t
quite
meet
with
our
approval,
we
need
to
remember
that
God
loves
us.
Our
best
interests
are
in
His
heart.
The
situation
will
change,
and
when
it
does,
we
will
have
a
memory
of
God
s
faithfulness
to
us.
We
will
remember
how
He
has
sustained
us
and
provided
for
us
throughout
the
trials
through
which
we
passed
and
appreciate
the
more
His
loving
kindness
and
grace.
Let
us
enjoy
our journey of faith, as we daily learn to trust and depend upon the Lord; in the
end we may find that we enjoy the surprises that He has for us.
Do not be afraid to take Mary your wife.
Matthew 1 vs 20
H
THE WAY GOD LEADS
Sometimes I have to wonder
At the way God seems to lead
Through twisting painful torturous ways
To meet my every need
My path at times through plains of light
At times through deepest gloom
I do not doubt He cares for me
But waits for faith to bloom
This house that He has led me to
Seems a little hard to take
The walls are cracked the floor slopes down
Like a jerry-built remake
But I’m sure that God has led me here
Of that I can not doubt
Is there some blessing in this place
To turn my life about
When Joseph found that Mary
Was not quite what he thought
He wanted to be rid of her
And the trouble that she brought
But God said fear not Joseph
Take Mary as your wife
My blessing is within her
She will enhance your life
So do not despise God’s leading
Or lay His gifts aside
As though they were all worthless
Just to bolster up your pride
But trust His will is best for you
Though hard to understand
Accept the things He offers
As taken from His hand
reasures
may
be
large
or
small.
Sometimes
they
may
be
laying
in
full
view,
though
in
many
cases,
they
will
be
deeply
buried.
The
value
of
a
treasure may be overlooked by someone who doesn’t recognize it as such but
for the person who sees it for what it is, it is beyond price. Such is the Word of
God. To those who’s hearts have been quickened by the Holy Spirit, it is life
itself and men have died for it. To others, it is just another book, with less
value than their own opinions. The fact remains, that whatever we may think
of the Bible, it is God’s Word, His revelation in word to mankind. The Bible
should
be
valued
as
such,
read
and
deeply
meditated
upon
by
those
who
love
God.
Perhaps
many
is
the
Christian,
who
has
never
read
through
God
s
Word
in
its
entirety
or
who
if
they
have,
have
spent
little
time
thinking
about
it
and applying it’s principles to their own lives. Let us read and know God’s
Word and allow it’s truths to pervade our lives and make us more like Christ,
the Living Word.
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
James 1 vs 22
T
FINDING TREASURE
Finding treasure on a sunlit shore
An abundant shell-trove glistening
Scattered by the hand of God
Nature’s perfection displaying
Yours to choose yours to take
A delight for your window-ledge
Selected from God’s Holy Word
Words of life are streaming
Treasures suited to each soul
A touch of God revealing
Take it from His open hand
Rich treasure for a seeking heart
t
is
quite
amazing
the
number
of
people
that
I
have
met
who
declare
that
they
have
no
gift
or
ability
with
which
to
serve
the
Lord.
We
all
have
two
hands and two feet. They are incredible creations that allow us to perform so
many and varied tasks. Some tasks are rather ordinary and yet without them
being done, other work could not be commenced. Our activities should
perhaps be seen as teamwork, part of an overall plan, whereby one who is
gifted in one way can perform his part of a task which is then taken up by
another who has a different ability. This way each one can appreciate that he
can do something and has a part in the overall work. Perhaps then those
people who feel that they have nothing to contribute, instead of seeing a huge
task,
may
see
that
the
small
part
that
they
have
played
is
important
to
the
whole.
God
simply
wants
us
to
be
faithful
in
using
what
we
have
got
to
offer
not
what
we
haven
t,
However,
he
does
hold
us
accountable
to
use
the
little
that
we
do
have.
He
will
give
joy
and
satisfaction
in
our
service
if
we
will
but
use
the
little
that
we
have
as
unto
Him.
Let
us
not
say
that there is nothing that we can offer. Jesus noted that the poor woman who
gave her small amount in a humble and loving spirit, had in reality given more
than those who had cast in out of their plenty.
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who
brings good news.
Isaiah 52 vs 7
I
HANDS AND FEET
Two hands two feet we’re all the same
Two hands two feet to play the game
Will they be used for our Father above
To show the world His wondrous love
Your hands your feet bless others too
In everything God works through you
Hands to work and hands to do
All that God assigns to you
Hands to make and hands to play
To show the love of God each day
Strong hands gentle hands hands to help a friend
Welcome hands lifting hands love that never ends
Feet to walk and feet to run
To carry good news to everyone
Feet to dance fleet feet always
In all we do to bring Him praise
Steady feet, enduring feet, feet that bring a song
Eager feet, faithful feet to bring a friend along
ow
often
do
we
walk
into
a
room
to
get
something,
then
stop
and
wonder
what
we
were
there
for?
It
happens
more
frequently
than
we
would care to admit. Our minds are so easily distracted by a new thought, or
something that takes our attention and the previous thought vanishes. In a
similar way, with all the irrelevant details that now surround the celebration of
important
events
such
as
Christmas
and
Easter,
our
minds
can
become
so
clouded
with
elves,
Santa,
eggs
and
rabbits
that
we
lose
sight
of
what
the
event
is
all
about
and
their
real
significance
is
lost.
They
become
rather,
simply
a
holiday
from
work.
Our
minds
are
really
on
having
a
good
time
with
family
and
friends.
Even
among
those
who
hold
their
faith
dear,
there
is
the
danger
of
forgetting
in
the
moment,
the
serious
significance
of
why
God
gave
His
Son
as
a
babe
at
Christmas
and
as
a
substitutionary
sacrifice
at
Easter.
Certainly
enjoy
and
celebrate
with
friends
at
these
times
but
carefully
remember
why
they
came
about.
There
is
more
to
celebrate
in
the
fact
that
mankind
can
be
forgiven
of
sin
and
saved
for
eternity,
than
in
how
much
one
can
eat
and
drink,
the
multitude
of
presents
to
unwrap,
or
in
the number of chocolate eggs that we have accumulated to gluttonously
consume. Let’s remember the reason for the season.
Behold this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel and for a sign
that is spoken against . . . that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Luke 2 vs 34-35
THE FORGOTTEN CHILD OF CHRISTMAS
H
In the dead of night a baby cries the Christmas child is born
Shepherds at the manger call before the break of dawn
Wise men too with gifts so bright riding camels tall
But hardly had the moonlight died ere Herod’s wrath did fall
Outcast is He from home and friends into a foreign land
His family flee in dead of night across the desert sands
The Christ-child song of angels’ long years is He forgotten
Till in God’s good time He comes again His joy and His begotten
Two thousand years have rolled on by since that glorious night
His witnesses have faithful been though crushed by worldly might
God’s priceless gift He came to live to heal to preach to die
To rise again up from the grave to live in Heaven high
Have we today forgotten Him midst Santa elves and holly
Decorated Christmas trees and songs all bright and jolly
With festive table loaded high warm drink and bright red stocking
The season has his name alone the reason seems forgotten
The time shall come He will return it is written He has promised
Arch-angel’s shout and trump of God He will descend at last
No longer now a tiny babe but Conqueror Judge and King
This forgotten Child of Christmas shall hear His praises ring
hat
a
delight
it
is
when
we
receive
a
surprise
that
turns
out
to
exceed
all
of
our
expectations
of
what
a
surprise
should
be.
Perhaps
it
was
plainly wrapped or looked rather drab, but when recognized for its true worth,
it
becomes
a
possession
of
great
value,
something
that
possibly
would
not
be
parted
with
in
the
face
of
extravagant
offers
from
would
be
buyers.
In
many
ways
upon
discovering
the
blessings
that
we
receive when we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour, we have a like
situation. Passed over and derided by the multitudes, He who has been
rejected by many becomes our life-source and most precious possession.
Men and women have given their lives, rather than deny and forsake the
lovely Son of God, they have counted bearing His name a more precious
privilege than any wealth, popularity or even life itself. This gift of God has
inestimable value in this life, but the real value is seen in eternal fellowship
with God and forgiveness both now and in the life to come. The fact is that
Christ comes to us as a gift of the grace of God, a possession that unless He
was a gift, no man could obtain. Since nothing that we have done or could do,
would in any way be sufficient to purchase such a blessing. All that we can do
is to humbly accept God’s gift with thanks and to value and appreciate Christ
for all eternity.
. . . How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to
those who ask Him?
Matthew 7 vs 11
W
THE GREATEST GIFT
The brown box lay forsaken
Beside the Christmas tree
Because it had no wrapper
It wasn’t plain to see
That box contained a treasure
To which no other could compare
But no one seemed to want it
And they left it laying there
Papa can I have that box
Said little Amy dear
The smallest in the family
She was always in the rear
Papa’s eyes they twinkled
Yes my little one
It’s for the one who wants it
And no one else has come
When Amy opened up the box
Her breath caught in her throat
The contents were so beautiful
Her heart with wonder smote
All this for me Papa she cried
Yes my little one
You’re the only one who wanted it
Now off with it you run
Just so God’s gift to us is spurned
By people every day
It seems so unattractive
Beside sin’s bright display
But for those who take it for their own
Our Saviour Jesus born
They find in Christ such beauty
With Him their lives adorn
gift
from
a
king,
could
we
expect
such
a
thing?
Usually
the
reverse
would
be
the
case;
the
subjects
bring
the
gifts
to
their
sovereign.
However, Almighty God the King of Kings does bestow gifts of His grace upon
us. God’s most notable gift, that of His beloved Son as a sacrifice to cover our
sin. In Christ, God has met every need for our personal salvation and
restoration
to
Himself.
We
as
the
recipients
of
His
grace
may
now
be
conformed
to
the
image
of
His
own
dear
Son.
He
gives
His
gifts
not
only
for
our
personal
benefit
but
that
we
in
turn
may
minister
to
others.
Every
gift
of
God
is
good
and
is
more
than
adequate
to
fulfill
the
need
for
which
it
is
supplied.
God
s
gifts
being
perfect
reflect
the
one
who
has
given
them,
His
stamp
is
all
over them and none of His children miss out, He gives to all as He sees fit,
each gift perfectly tailored to the needs and personality of the recipient. Each
is for the use of that individual to be used for the benefit of others, though
even in so doing they themselves are blessed. Never are God’s gifts intended
to be left unwrapped and unused, they do not improve with the keeping,
conversely a gift that is used will multiply to the joy of the one to whom it is
given and to the benefit of the body of believers with whom it is shared. Give
thanks with a grateful heart and look for ways to share your gifts, take each
opportunity as it presents itself, letting the blessing of the gifts of God flow
through you.
Then opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold, frankincense and
myrrh.
Matthew 2 vs 11
A
RICHES TO SHARE
God gave His gifts at Christmas
Revealed in His Son
Priceless gifts to you and me
Given free to everyone
Gifts to enhance the lives of men
And to us freedom bring
No trinkets these of passing worth
But worthy of the King
He gave us love instead of hate
And new He gave for old
The light He gave for darkness
And for death new life untold
For slavery He bought freedom
For our ills He wholeness gave
Heaven He gave instead of hell
The lost He came to save
They came to us at Christmas
Wrapped in holy birth
The newborn King of Heaven
Clothed in the form of earth
He came as God had planned it
His life was purpose given
To live and die and bleed for us
And bring us safe to heaven
hen
we
hear
the
word
Gethsemane,
in
my
mind
at
least
arises
the
picture
of
Christ
s
anguish
of
soul,
suffering
and
aloneness.
This
was
next to Bethlehem and Calvary arguably the most important place in human
history; for here the eternal destiny and hope for mankind was decided. Here
the cup of God’s wrath on the sin of mankind was accepted by our Lord Jesus
Christ, a sinless soul taking upon himself the full and final punishment for the
sin of all mankind of all ages, past, present and future. This is no ordinary
man, this is the only begotten Son of God, born of a virgin into the human
race, for the express purpose of being the Saviour of all who would believe in
Him
and
accept
Him
as
Saviour
and
Messiah.
Gethsemane
though
filled
with
emotion
and
torment
for
our
Lord,
was
not
for
Him
a
place
of
defeat
but
of
determination,
purpose
and
victory.
How
we
thank
our
Lord
Jesus
for
His
courage
and
spirit
of
obedience
to
His
Heavenly Father here in this garden and following this in His unwavering walk
toward the cross of crucifixtion, to bear the punishment for the sin of the world.
Let His name be forever exulted.
. . . Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set
before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right
hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12 vs 2
W
GETHSEMANE
On a dark and chill spring evening
Christ anguished all alone
To bear the sins of mankind
And for them to atone
His yielding rends His soul
A sinless lamb would die
The Son would be forsaken
By the Father up on high
He knew the price had to be paid
But still He laboured there
His sinless soul in torment
Was more than He could bear
The chill wind blew across Him
Agonizing there
Sweat and blood dripped from His brow
Grief no one else could share
Pleading with His Father
Could there be another way
Knowing no alternative
He was heard to say
My Father I will drink this cup
I know it is your will
This is the way you have ordained
You my cup have filled
I if I be lifted up
Will draw all mankind near
Of death and hell and judgement
There is nothing left to fear
My brethren will be drawn to you
With me they too will rise
To share your presence Lord with me
New life that never dies
uring
discussions
concerning
the
judgment
of
God
some
people
have
expressed
strong
opinions
against
the
teaching
that
God
could
possibly
consign a single soul to hell, cast away from His presence forever. The Bible
clearly warns us that this in fact is the case, and that judgment is passed upon
all who reject His love and grace. The person who focuses on only one facet
of the character of God is liable to have a distorted view. God in His love for
the people of the world is overwhelming in His desire to do the best for all of
His creation, of which mankind is the pinnacle. His plan is to restore all to
eternal fellowship with Himself following the separation caused by man’s wilful
sin
in
the
garden
of
Eden.
God
s
love,
however
cannot
cover
the
fact
that
sin
must
be
dealt
with.
A
holy
God
cannot
condone
sin
and
pretend
it
affects
no
one.
His
love
must
be
backed
by
holy
judgment,
that
the
cause
of
the
separation
may
be
forever
removed.
Both
sides
must
be
held
in
balance
if
we
are
to
see
and
understand
God
s
plan
for
us.
He
disciplines
us
in
love
to
make
us
holy,
like
unto
His
dear
Son.
His
discipline may include a judgment to bring us into line. If however we refuse
all love and grace from God, then only His judgment remains. It is wrong to
think that there is no consequence for ignoring God’s love and grace. This
grace is extended to us for a reason; that reason is that we may be made holy
and share eternity in His presence.
There is a way that seems right to a man’ but its end is the way to death.
Proverbs 14 vs 12
D
THE OTHER SIDE OF FORGIVENESS
A coin we know has two sides the obverse and reverse
Important are two images as the basis of this verse
Two different sides their stories tell, if tossed what will they say
A winner or a loser one side decides the way
This imagery makes it’s way into our conversation
Each argument has two sides we must keep in relation
We see but one side at a time and sometimes not the other
Our balance is imperfect and so the truth we smother
If we would present the truth both sides should then be shown
The issues must be clearly seen to make the story known
It’s true God’s love is often seen one side without the other
As if His love is all there is and with sin we should not bother
God sacrificed His Son for us to die to take our place
For the wrongs that we had done He offers us His grace
Offense demands a judgment, a penalty is made
Repentance begs forgiveness the price for sin is paid
If we reject that sacrifice the penalty is ours
Forgiveness turns to judgment paid in a coming hour
The message it is clearly known you can see both sides now
A decision is required of you as before His throne you bow
If after reading this book, you know that God is reaching out to you
with His love and offer of Eternal Life, then respond to Him without fear
or hesitation. Yield the decisions of your life to Him. Confess to Him alone
that you are sinful and unable to live a holy life without His help
and that without the salvation He offers you are eternally lost.
Ask Him to forgive you of your selfish rebellion against the Holy God
That He is, by always wanting to live your life the way that YOU want.
Ask Him to come into your life and make you a new creature,
a child of God.
Your commitment is, from this day forward to walk in God’s way, submitting
your own will to His.
HE WILL FORGIVE - FOR HE HAS PROMISED
Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved
My Commitment
This day, I repent of my sin and ask God because of Jesus Christ’s
death on my behalf to forgive me and make me His child as He has
promised.
From this day forward my decision is to walk in God’s way with Him as
my helper as revealed in His Holy Word and to live to please Him.
Signed Dated
P.S.
Remember each day to read a little of God’s Word, to think about what
you have read and to pray (Talk to God).