Saturday, August 19, 2017

VESPERS AT THE END OF THE SABBATH: Brothers By And In Sin!

Balaam And Judas
Were Neither Brothers
Nor Twins
But They Surely Were
For They Are Connected
By The Same Sin!

They Both Knew God!
They Both Had In Their Hand
Great Light
AND
By Greed For Gain
- Spiritual Dishonesty -
They Suffered The Same Fate
- Separation From Life -
By Ignominious Death
AND
Eternal Separation To Come
In The Great Day
Because
Cherished Sin
In Their Hearts
In Their Lives
Caused Satan The Arch-Fiend
To Overmaster Them!

They Walked Not Uprightly!
They Worked Not Righteousness!
They Spoke Not Truth In Their Own Hearts
AND
They Did Not The Living God Bless
This Must Be Confessed!

They Did Evil To Their Neighbor!
They Took Reward Against The Innocent!
They Did Not Fear The Eternal God!
They Loved Riches
AND
They Did Not Get Repair Stitches
For Their Bodies Have Long Since
In Their Graves Been Cold!
Old!

They Swore Not To Their Own Hurt!
They Chose To Hurt Others!
They Changed
How They Changed
Choosing Temporal Prosperity
Unto To Which To Cling
Forgetting That
Temporal Life Is Temporary
AND
That Man Cannot Thwart God
AND
Forgetting
That The Wages Of Sin Is Death
That Sin Is Its Own Reward
Compliments Of The Known Fraud!

Balaam ... Known Prophet Of God
Judas ... Known Close Disciple Of The Lord Christ
So Near To God
Yet So Very Far
Had The Bone In Their Hand
BUT
Released It
For The Larger Shadow
Magnified
By The Lens Of Evil
Held
By The Hand Of Satan
Motivated
By Pure Malice
Laid Out
On A Silvered Chalice!

Greed
For Gain
Always Ever Brings Pain
Preceded By Shame
AND 

Leaves The Greedy One
Perfectly Slain!

Gain! 
Shame!
Pain! 
Slain!
Be Ye Warned, Brother And Sisters
Do Not By Greed
The Innocent Disclaim
Nor The Name 
Of The God Of Heaven And Earth Profane
For
In So Doing
You Shall Never, Ever, Ever
The Heights Of Heaven Gain
AND
That Will Be
The 
- Your -
Eternal Shame!




CONGREGATION: Who Is In Control?!





Any Religion
That Permits Adherents To Indulge
In Selfish Or Sensual Gratification
Is As Pleasing To The Multitudes Today
As When The Israelites Were In The Desert
AND
There Are Many Pastors Working
Just Like Aaron Of Old
- Before He Was High Priest -
Weak-Willed
AND
Self-Serving
Who Pander To The Desires
Of The Unconverted
The Mixed-Multitude
Those Loud Ones
Bold
AND
Leads Them Blood Hot
Into Plain Sin Cold!

Loud Voices
Make No One Right
Just Because
They Are Willing
Someone Off The Face Of The Earth
To Wipe
AND
We Who Choose
To Stand In The Breaches
On The Word Of The Lord
Should Be Ready To Do Battle
IF 
We Will To Walk With God
In Accord!

Really?!
You Should Know Better
Than To Encourage
The People Of God
To Indulge In Physical Battle!

I Never Said Anything About Physical Battle!

But You Said:
" ... Ready To Do Battle!"
And That, My Friend
Means Fight!

Come Onnnnn!
Now YOU Should Know Better
For
The Weapons Of Our Warfare
Are Spiritual
Not Physical
AND
Those Who Rise Up
With Arms In Hand
Are Unconverted
Unchristian
Unusual!

Don't You Remember...
Not By Might
Nor By Power
BUT
By My Spirit
Says The Lord Of Hosts?!

And What About  ...




Those Who Go On The Great Commission
Should Be Men Of Integrity
Willing Able And Capable
To Issue The Stern Rebuke
Unmindful Of The Backlash
The Fallout
The Friend Spurn
AND
Trusting The Word Of God
Should Not
To The Left
Nor To The Right
Turn!

God's Justice Is Sure
Even Though It Is Often Not Swift
AND
Even In This
Man - By Choice -
Out Of The Dust Of Degradation
His Own Soul May Uplift
By Acknowledging The Sin
By Going To God In Contrition
To Repent
AND Thereby
The Sure Hand Of Justice
From Undiluted Vengeance
Through Mercy
From The Death Decree
Shall Relent!

God's Promises Are True!
God's Ways Are All Right!
AND
The End Of God's Return On Your Investment
Is
Eternally Out Of Sight!

Tasks To Be Performed
May Be Unpleasant
BUT
Lest Ye Forget
They May Be There To Test You
So
Think Always Of The Crucible
AND
Do Exactly
What The Good Lord
Gently Asks Of You!

I Bid You Think Of The Before-Conversion Aaron
Ever Willing To Please
BUT
Man-Pleaser That He Was
Caused The Death Of 3,000 Persons
Who Were Cut Down Like Trees
AND
Though In This Day
The Death Toll Is Not In An Apparent Instant
The Outcome Will Be The Same
So
Pastors
Preachers
Teachers Priests
Look To Yourselves
AND
Ask God
For A Converted Heart
I Beseech You
On Bended Knees!

Take The Exam
And
By And In Jesus' Faith
Pass The Test
And
In Jesus Christ's Peace
Be Blessed
And
Forever Rest! 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

CRUISING FOR A BRUISING: The Title Bout!

Fancy Appellations
Do Not Good Christians Make
For
In The Day Of Trial
That "Good Christian" Will
His Own Reputation
Seek To Save
Instead Of Standing In The Truth
For The God Of Heaven's Sake!

What's An Appe-lation?

An Appellation Is A Title
Often A Title Grand
Signifying That One Is
A Master If You Will
Of The Skill Talent
Endeavor
By Which He Or It Stands
And Is Known!

Huh?!

Okay ... It's Like This:

Barbados Is The Gem Of The Caribbean
New York Is The Big Apple
Ringling Bros. Is The Greatest Show On Earth
Billy Graham Is The Great Legitimator
Solomon Was The Wisest Man Who Ever Lived
Cassanova Was The World's Greatest Lover
AND
To Bring It All Just A Little Bit Closer
Do You Remember Norbert?!

Sure Do! 

He Is Called A Man Of Prayer!
Fraser Is A Most Gifted Preacher
Tiffany Is The Best Psalmist
Blondell Is The Star

And Demanee Is The Most Devoted Christian Ever ...!

Wait A Minute!
Now I Understand!

Do You Remember When
God's Right Hand
That Rare Visionary
And Devoted Man Of God
And All Around Bulldog For Christ
The Rottweiler For Righteousness
Brother Dr. Rev. Apostle Prophet Hussy
Was Introduced At The Last Master's Conference?!

Yes, I Do!

Did You Understand  ...
Do You Now Understand Where
I Am Leading?!

Yes, I Think I Do ...!
Yes! I Do!
Lord, Help Us!

Not Six Weeks Later 
Church Was In Uproar
Because
The Bulldog Had Imbibed Much Vodka With Sour Lime!
The Rottweiler Had Torn Down A Hemline!
The Doctor Has Committed Malpractice!
The Apostle Was Proved Not To Be A Saint!
The Prophet Had Prophesied Lies
AND  ...

Isn't It Interesting What Happens
When We Focus On Self
Instead Of Lifting Up The Lord
When We Pander To The Fraud
AND
Believe That We Are The Best Thing
Since Choice Bread
AND
Behave As If We Are Doing
The Living God A Great Favor
By Us Allowing Ourselves
To Be Called By His Name?

Oh, Dear! Oh, Dear!
Not Good! Not Good At All!

Didn't Jesus Warn About
The Pharisees
And Their Love For Fancy Titles
AND
Did He Not Tell The Disciples





The Inspired Psalmist King David Said It Best:

A Good Name Is To Be Preferred
Before Great Riches!

But ...

What Do We See In This Day?

Every Body And His Brother
Loves To Know That He Has A Letter
Or Two Or Three Or Four
For The Letters Get Him
Access Reach And Grasp
AND
He Becomes The Gatekeeper Of Glory
The One That Every Seeker Must Get Past!

The Higher The Monkey Climb
The More You See His Raw Behind
AND
- As The Lord, Himself, Stated
To The Laodicean Church -
He Needs To Buy Of The Lord
White Raiment Aka Good Character
So That The Shame Of His Nakedness
Be Not Exposed!

An Uplifted Self
Lowers The Lord!
BUT
The Uplifted Lord
Is He
Who Secures For The Lifter
The Prize Of The Great Reward!

When We Put Self
In Its Perfect Place
When Trials Come
We Do Not Have To Run
Scramble
Hide
AND 
Become Snide
Attacking All
To Protect Self's Reputation
For
We Know In Whom It Is
That We Are Hidden!

Humble Yourself
Under The Mighty Hand Of God
And ... At The Appointed Time
He Will Lift You Up!

Remember Saul ... Pride AND Greed!
Remember Satan ... Pride AND Greed!
Remember Absalom ... Pride AND Greed!
AND
Ananias And Sapphira
Seeking For A Reputation
Lied To The Holy Spirit
AND
To Death
Became Sure Victims!
There Was Absolutely No Need! 

A Title Written In Sand
Is A Title
That Will Be
By The Cruel Wind
Blown!
The Title Written
On The Rock Of Ages
Will Cause The Title-Holder
- In The Fulness Of Time -
To Stand In Peace
Glorified
Immortalized
Before The Holy God's Throne!

Choose You This Day
Whom You Shall Serve
The God Of Personal Reward
Or
The Living Holy God
In Whom Is No Fraud!

Think ... And Consider
Consider ... And Act
Act ... Upon The Truth
The Living Word Of God
AND
Save Yourselfself A World Of Hurt
AND
You Will Sure Disaster
- From Yourself - 
Divert!

Listen! Listen!
I Have The Best Title Ever!

Do You Mean To Tell Me ...!

Stop! Stop! Stop!
My Title Is:


Child Of God!

Oh. 







HAPPY SABBATH + Standing On The Promises That Cannot Fail! ... Really!




In Humility
I Choose To Stand
On The Sure Promises
Of The Eternal God
Giving Neither Heed
Nor Credence
To The Bewitching Tales
Of The Winsome Fraud!


Father, Help Me To Trust My God!

I Stand As One Convicted
Convinced
Trusting
Hope-Filled
That The Living Word Holy
Is Wholly True
AND
I Ask You, Dear Brethren:

Are We Trusting Our God
Through And Through?

Am I Willing To Be An Abraham
AND
In Agony Of Soul
Go
To Sacrifice My Most Prized Possession
Most Loved
Loving
Because My God Asked Me
To Answer That Cruel, Cruel, Call
The Great Test Which
To My Taste
Is Bitterest Gall?!

Brethren, Beloved
Are You?!
Am I Willing To Say To My Heart
Speaking From A Reasoning Head:

My God Is Able!
His Word To Me Is True!
He Made Life
So He Can Raise You From The Dead?!


Father, God
I'm Walking In Faith
Your Bidding To Do!

Dear Ones,
Could You?!
Would You?!

Beloved,
We Call Ourselves Christians
AND
Out Of Christ's Character
We
- In Vanity -
Walk Proud
BUT
In The Coming Day Of Trial
Will Our Backs Bend
Even Break
OR
Will We
- Converted -
In Accord With The Father
In The Name Of The Son
With The Comfort Of The Holy Spirit
AND
With The Protection Of Holy Angels
Hold The Promise
Even As A Carrot
To Encourage Us On
To Stay Battling
Enduring The Fight
So That The Lord
- Our Lord Christ -
In Us
May Delight?!

I Must
You Must
We Must
Ask
AND
Answer
For Our Own Selves:

Am I Willing
With The Lord Christ
To Go All The Way Through Life
Enduring The Strife
- Even If I Die -
Even Unto Eternal Life?!

Will I Follow Where He Leads
OR
Will I
The Path Of Righteousness
Frightened
Sorrowing
Disappointed
Discouraged Through My Eyes
AND
My Feelings
- Regretful -
Leave?!

Is My God
Good Enough
God Enough
Grand Enough
Up To Snuff Enough
AND
Against Rhyme
Against Reason
Able
AND
Faithful Enough
To Get Me Home Safely
To Be Seated
At Almighty God's
Welcome Home Table
Not A Fable?!

Will We Believe Enough
To Gain
What Is NOT Stuff?!

I Pray The Great God
- For Us All Of The Household Faith -
That We Will Stand Tall
Heeding Always
Faith's Call!

Oh, Lord
Grant Us Your Grace
For
To Us
You Are Our All And All!
In Jesus Christ's Name
We Humbly Plead!
AMEN.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Are You A Word Watcher?!

Please, Ma'am
What Do You Mean
When You Say
"Watch Your Words!?"
Words Don't Have A Body!

Ah, But They Do!
Some Are Heavy Weight Champions
Some Are Butterflies
Some Are Nasty Nellie's
AND
Some Are Annoying Flies!

Some Words Push You
Some Words Pull
Some Words Run You Down
AND
Some Words Make You Feel Like A Gull!

I Like Gulls!

Oh, No! Not Gull As In Bird!
Gull As In To Make One Feel Like An Idiot!

That's Not Very Nice!

Do You Still Think
Words Have No Body
Aka No Weight?!

Well  ... I Am Not Too Sure. ...Yet.

Come, Let's Walk For A Moment!
Ryan, You Are A Kindhearted Soul!
Why Is That?!

Well, It's Nice To Be Kind
And Mom And Dad Both Teach
That What You Give You Get Back
And That Soft Answers Turn Away Wrath
And
Do Unto Others What You Want To Be Done Unto You!

Wouldn't You Call That
Ingesting Good Food?

Sure, I Would!

And When You Say Something Nice
Wouldn't You Agree That You Are Displaying
The Fruit
The Benefits
From The Good Food
That You Ingested ... Ate
AND
Digested  ...  Learned Grew From
AND
Expressed ... Practiced?!

Yes, I Would!
I Think I Understand!

If You Understand, Prove It!

I Heard Coach Keene Call Mason
A Rather Nasty Name
AND
I Actually Saw Mason Recoil
As Though He Had Suffered A Physical Blow
AND
Afterward He Looked Physically Ill!

There You Go!
So What Do You Now Say?!

Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones
BUT
Unkind Words Are Sure To Harm Me!

Well Said!
Now I Desire That You Remember This:

People Watch Our Words!
Our Expressed Words Come From Within Us
Showing Others What Is Inside Of Us
AND
Very Often
A Lifetime's Worth Of Living
Can Never Erase
The Looped Unkind-Word Recording
That In Another Person's Head Plays
AND
There Is No Pencil
Well-Enough Equipped
To Erase The Lasting 
UGLY
AND
WEIGHTY
Bad Impression
That We May Have Unwittingly Made!

Watch YOUR Words!

Yes, Ma'am!
I Surely Will!
Thanks For For Taking The Time
To Explain Things To Me!
I Appreciate You!

Thank You, Kindly!
I, Also, Appreciate You!


Even At Your Worse
Jesus Christ
Gently Calls Out To You
So Please Emulate Him
AND
Do Likewise
In Interacting
With The Brethren!






Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PRAYER: Lord, Help Thou My Unbelief!

Master!
Lord!
My Teacher!
My Friend!
Jesus Christ
The God Of All
Loves Me
And That ... Without End!

I Know Not Where My Feet May Travel
I Know Not Which Row
In The Garden Of Life I Must Hoe
BUT I Know The One
Whose Undying Love For Me
Has Deliberately Made
Personal Provision
Just For Me!

He Who Has Promised
Has Made The Word Plain:

Eye Has Nor Seen
Nor Has A Man's Ear Heard
The Plans
The Provisions
That I Have Made For Thee!

*********



PRAYER:

Lord, 
I Believe You! - Help Thou
My Unbelief!


Lord,
I Receive You! - Help Me Not To Grieve You!


Lord,
I Am Blind!
If Thou Wilt
Thou Canst Make Me See!


Lord, I
My Sin Against You
- In Contrition -
I Do Confess
And
I Plead
- In Jesus' Name -
Most Gracious God
Please Save Me
To Enter Into Your Bliss!
AMEN.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Christians Shall See POLS!?!

You Who Faithfully Carry The Gospel Of Christ
Will Be Afflicted By POLS!

Pols?! What Is Pols?!
And Whatever It Is
Is There A Vaccine Against It!?

Isn't Pols Short For Politicians?!

Yes .. But Not In This Case!

POLS Is:

  • Peril
  • Opposition
  • Loss
  • Suffering

Jesus Christ Died!
The Disciples All Experienced It
AND
Whoever Takes Up The Cause Of Christ
To Carry Forth The Gospel
Shall
- By The Hand Of Satanic Device -
Feel The Sting Of Punishing Peril
Rabid Opposition
Searing Loss
AND
Harsh Suffering!
Please Know Of A Surety
That It Is Not The Thing Nice!


The Lord Helps Those
Who Help Themselves
To A Drink Of His Mercy
Sprinkled With Grace
Lifted
By The Hand Of Faith
Yielded
To Be Molded By
The Only One

Who Is Outside
Of
Time And Space!

Walk By Faith!
Never Walk By Sight!
Trust The Word Of The Lord

For
It Will Your Heart
AND
Your Life
Exceedingly Delight!

Earthly Pleasure Is Passing!
God's Paradise Is The Place True
AND
Victory Over Sin
Is The Only Pass
That Will See You
The Pearl Gates
Getting Through!

Getting Through 
Peril
Opposition
Loss
Suffering
For The Name
AND
The Word Of The Lord
With Enduring Faith
AND
Unyielding Obedience 

AND
Absolute Trust
Gives Paradise
To The Remnant

That Faithful Few!
I Am Striving For The Win!
Are You?!

Won't You?!


Seek
Eternal Life
Over 
Temporal Property!



Sunday, August 13, 2017

PRESUMPTION : FAITH!

Faith And Presumption
Are Adversaries
AND
That Is Gospel Truth!
Faith Claims God's Promises
AND
Bears Obedience
That Good
Very God Fruit!

Presumption
- By Contrast -
That Bold Fellow He
Lays Claim To God's Promises
Without Fidelity
AND
All That He Brings
Is Windblown Fruit
For
He Uses The Promises
To Excuse Transgression
AND
He Is Bold, Bold
AND
Rotten To The Root
To Boot!

Faith Is Not Presumptuous
AND
Presumption
Cannot Ever Of Faith Assay
AND
All The Brethren
Need To Know
How To Recognize That Difference
Or
For Own Sin
They Will Surely Have To Pay!

Faith Is An Open Door!
Presumption Is A Hardened Cell
Locked
AND
Neither Can Suffice For The Other
AND
Of This Fact
All Mankind
Should Surely, Surely, Take Stock!

Faith Walks Not By Sight
BUT
Presumption Lives In Flood Light
Ever Assured
By What It Can Machinate To See
AND
Always Rolling Black Dice
Ever Hopeful
Of A Free Golf Tee Fee!

In Faith Resides Trust!
In Presumption Lies Lust
Of The Eye
Of The Flesh
In The Pride Of Life
AND
All Who With Presumption Consort
Will Never
Ever
With The King Of Life
Have An Eternal Part!

Presumption Is ... Sin!
And
The Wages Of Sin Is ... Death!
And
Dead Men Can't Talk
So
... Obviously ...
Dead-Man Talk
Won't Cause God's Punishment
From You To Walk
UNLESS
The Talker
Has Taken
Is Taking
The Talking With Jesus Christ
Believing Him
And
Trusting Him For Eternal Life
Walk!

Where You At?!