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2020 Posts

 

 

they did resist

May 26, 2020

 

where O Lord can i go to see Your face
what can i do to see You in this place
when sometimes life seems difficult to take
and many times my heart does surely ache
to see Your glory coming in the clouds
and fear growing in unbelieving crowds
knowing they should have listened at their worst
when Your gospel words created a thirst
they were unwilling to accept Your gift
remaining lost in the darkness adrift
in a raging torrent of self-loathing
appearing in the world in sheep’s clothing
pretending to be savior of the day
dealing with anything coming their way
including ideas to help the poor
thinking your money is the perfect cure
or ways to get Dem cities out of debt
not caring about the longer term threat
pretending they’re doing God’s work today
and praying for Him to show you the way
and yet reality will prove they lie
and they will not ever understand why
hearing the Lord’s gospel spoken in truth
seeing how many follow from their youth
but never willing to bow down to You
or follow anything that You pursue
because they have a fear of the unknown
and anything not personally grown
never wanting to give up their control
to anyone in the way of their goal
or anything blocking fame and fortune
following greed singing a wistful tune
knowing they’ll never understand Your ways
walking thru this life’s godless pagan maze
hoping God does not really exist
and after their days God will not insist
on judging them for whom they did resist

 

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people will lie

May 23, 2020

 

Albert said time’s relative long ago
but today everyone thinks that they know
that everything else is relative too
especially the truth goodness pursue
expecting people to speak honestly
when telling their stories quite earnestly
while trying to hide their secret doings
from the scrutiny of public viewings
whether it’s Hillary’s email server
hidden from a government observer
or selling political influence
to foreign leaders without consequence
or the Obama administration
weaponizing his organization
to destroy everybody that they fear
never ever shedding a single tear
or anti-Trumpers planning obstruction
inflicting the maximum destruction
creating lies about a President
who’s a duly elected resident
of the current white house oval office
making America great on purpose
getting in the way of evil’s power
trying to govern from Sauron’s tower
lining the pockets of politicians
and their hidden globalist tacticians
shifting America’s wealth to themselves
and moving the manufacturing elves
in the name of helping third world nations
winning leftist lib’ral adorations
but this is only the lying we see
everything else is hidden in debris
of human interactions every day
when people will lie to get their own way
no matter what they need to do or say

 

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seeking evermore

May 22, 2020

 

i hear the sound of goodness in travail
when the saints let out a deafening wail
groaning aloud for everyone to hear
crying daily for the Lord to come near
to intercede for us this very day
to breathe life back into goodness to stay
comforting His followers faithfully
encouraging us to live gratefully
patiently doing good to everyone
always ignoring the evil that’s done
trying to entangle us unaware
with evil’s deadly demons always there
so remember to pray without ceasing
for His precious protection increasing
keeping you in His bright light all the time
rejoicing in His righteousness sublime
asking Him to forgive every day’s sins
on bended knee before your day begins
offering Him the sacrifice of praise
confessing Him as Lord all of your days
giving Him thanks with gratitude aloud
hoping to see Him coming in a cloud
bringing His heavenly host to the fore
knowing it’s the Messiah you adore
and His face you are seeking evermore

 

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light on a hill

May 21, 2020

 

i see a bright light on a distant hill
it’s been there many years and shining still
some people look at it for hope today
a symbol of goodness lighting their way
a token of a better tomorrow
when God will wipe away every sorrow
when the world will give up all its evil
after too many years of upheaval
relinquishing its primeval desire
ready at last to give up hatred’s ire
hoping God removes all hostility
restoring the garden’s tranquility
wanting to rejoice in a Godly life
avoiding the lib’ral created strife
deftly used to destroy all goodness found
thinking themselves worthy royalty crowned
thinking they know the best for a nation
hoping to receive a coronation
by everyone willing to cheat and steal
ready to accept the devil’s new deal
if only the voters will cheat by mail
allowing leftist lib’rals to prevail
selling their soul for counterfeit dollars
believing the lies of lib’ral scholars
how goodness is the enemy today
and the bright light finally went away
but the day’s coming when people will see
that Godly goodness will at last be free
to direct the steps of all the Lord’s saints
living with the left’s communist restraints
trying to keep the bright light on a hill
shining in spite of evil’s deadly will
with all the blessings God’s Spirit instill

 

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law defying

May 20, 2020

 

the darkness comes more often
these days of death and dying
when goodness is forgotten
forever lost in lying
if only people listen
to all the sounds of crying
knowing something is rotten
when government is spying
their actions law defying

 

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the One

May 19, 2020

 

the One
who speaks
to the seven churches
throughout Asia
is saying

I am
the Lord
the Alpha and Omega
the beginning and the ending
the first and the last
which is
which was
and which is to come
from everlasting
to everlasting
the One

I am the Almighty
the promised Messiah
the Prince of Peace
the great I AM
the One
for whom Abraham rejoiced
and for whom we too rejoice
every day
in the hope of His coming
hearing heaven humming
singing praise to His name
standing before the throne
on a sea of clear glass
knowing the time is at hand
choosing every day
where we stand
forever

I am
the One
the only savior
of mankind
forever
beside me
there is never
any other
ever
amen

 

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the Lord comes

May 18, 2020

 

behold
the Lord comes
in the clouds of heaven
with power
and great glory
as the King
ruling over all creation
as the Judge
whose judgment is just
and right
shining His light
day and night
for all looking
to see
His glory

behold
every eye will see Him
and know that
He is the Lord
the Holy One
the Creator
of heaven and earth
His saints
will see Him
and rejoice
in His goodness
and hope
and glory
to come
everyone else
will see Him
on the last day
and tremble in fear
with weeping
and gnashing of teeth
in sackcloth and ashes
because
they were blind
and could not see
shrouded in darkness
lost in a sea
of unbelief
before
the closing door
shut
forever

behold
those who pierced Him
will look upon Him
and mourn
in great sorrow
as one mourns
for his only son
hung on a cross
pierced
and dying
a criminal’s death
cut off from the world
for His perfect innocence
as foretold
by the prophets
crucified
the perfect Lamb
paying for our sins
our atoning sacrifice
sent by God
so we may be
justified
by faith
redeemed
in obedience
resurrected
on the third day
seeing Him seated
at the right hand
of the Father
in glory
forever

behold
all the kindreds
of the earth will wail
in travail
because of Him
because He is
the righteous Judge
sitting
on His throne
bringing
all His saints
with Him
into heaven
forever
and casting out
everyone else
who did not ever
believe in Him
into hell
for their abomination
of unbelief
receiving damnation
for themselves
in grief
forever

hallelujah
the Lord comes
quickly
amen

 

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the faithful witness

May 17, 2020

 

grace and peace to you
from Jesus Christ
the faithful witness
who always does
and always says
all that the Father
has given to Him
doing and saying
nothing of His own
always following
His Father’s will
sitting on His throne
the first begotten
of the dead
rising as the head
of the church
the express image
of the living God
shining His light
so everyone will see
His fullness
in the Godhead
day and night
the Prince
of the kings
of the earth
who answer to Him
in this life
and in the next

He loves us
and washes us clean
from our sins
with His own blood
because
God is love
coming down
from above
every day

He made us
a kingdom of
kings and priests
unto God the Father
a royal priesthood
ministering to God daily
offering the sacrifice of praise
the fruit of our lips
giving thanks to His name
a peculiar people
zealous of good works
redeemed and purified
glorifying His name
making His fame
known
throughout all the world
throughout the ages
of man

to Him
belongs
all glory
and honor
and praise
all of our days
walking
in His magnificence
and supreme authority
walking
in His Spirit
faithfully
throughout the ages
forever
amen

 

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the seven Spirits

May 16, 2020

 

grace and peace to you
from the seven Spirits
before the throne of God
sent throughout all the earth
which are represented by
the seven lamps of fire
burning before the throne
the true light of the Lamb
lighting everyone
coming into the world
and the seven horns
of the Lamb’s perfect power
for salvation
and redemption
and resurrection
of His saints
and the seven eyes
of the Lamb’s perfect knowledge
and perfect wisdom
seeing into the hearts
and minds
of His saints
to be able to
guide and protect His flock
carrying out His Father’s plan
throughout the ages
in the affairs of man
in the world
today

the Spirit of the Lord
indwelling His saints
with the presence of Jesus
every day
keeping them on the path
along the way
until the promised redemption
of His purchased possession
on the last day
to the praise
of His glory

the Spirit of wisdom
to help His saints
rightly divide
the word of truth
given to them by God
to use every day
and in every way
throughout the ages
in His justice
every day
knowing

the Spirit of understanding
to help His saints
comprehend
what is happening
around them
and to them
and thru them
meditating
on His word
hiding it
in their heart
following God’s plan
throughout the ages
of man
every day
growing

the Spirit of counsel
to help His saints
to instruct them wisely
how to conduct themselves
and judge themselves
and judge the actions of others
guiding them
according to the love of God
dwelling in them
every day
showing

the Spirit of might
to help His saints
with the needed strength
and power
and boldness
protecting them
guiding them
to accomplish the work
of the Father
set before them
to do
every day
going

the Spirit of knowledge
to help His saints
with the perfect perception
of that which exists
and that which is true
and that which agrees
and that which disagrees
with God’s character
and His attributes
and His commands
in obedience
where He stands
on every issue
in His justice
every day
sowing

the Spirit of the fear of the Lord
to help His saints see God
for who He truly is
in His righteousness
and His holiness
and His justice
in His covenant
with man
walking
in reverence
and in holy awe
and in love
and in goodness
and in truth
and in obedience
walking
in the seven Spirits of God
dwelling in them
and leading them
throughout the ages
of man
here on earth
every day
glowing

amen

 

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God’s revelation

May 14, 2020

 

this is
God’s revelation
written by John
an apostle of Jesus Christ
the one Jesus loved
following Him
from the beginning
of His public ministry
bearing record
as a faithful witness
of all the things he saw
and all the things he heard
Jesus do and say
every day
according to the Father’s will
His preordained plan
set in motion
before the world began
how all these things
must shortly come to pass
for the time is at hand
for all that is planned
to be revealed
and known
by the churches
throughout the ages
to come

these words
and visions
were given to John
to be written
in a book
and sent
to the seven churches
in Asia
at this time
so they get a good look
at the things
that will happen
and that are currently happening
and that have already happened
so these things
may be known
and understood
by those reading this book
receiving blessings
promised
by God

grace and peace to you
from Jesus Christ
the promised Messiah
the One who was
with God forever
from eternity past
before the beginning
of creation
the One who is
with God in heaven
every day
sitting
at the right hand of the Father
the Prophet Priest and King
the righteous Judge
of the hearts and actions
of men
the mediator
of a new covenant
between God
and man
the One who will be
with God forever
for eternity to come
winning
the final victory
overcoming
evil everywhere
the Holy One
who is
from everlasting
to everlasting
the Father’s beloved Son
the Holy One
in whom
we rest
forever
in the hope
of glory
to come
amen

 

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help living

May 13, 2020

 

where can i turn for help living these days
in the shadow cast by evil’s malaise
knowing how most people will never see
how evil’s quickly coming after me
and knowing most people will never care
until evil attacks them unaware
hiding in the dusty attic waiting
slowly seeping thru the cracks creating
uneasy feelings in the dead of night
causing peacefulness to hide out of sight
praying incessantly for peace of mind
gathering all the Godly strength i find
to get ready for the fight of my life
when Jesus starts to calm my anxious strife
removing evil’s dagger from my heart
commanding evil’s demons to depart
restoring the sanctity of my home
sending evil back to his catacomb
until the next time he decides to roam

 

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a house divided

May 12, 2020

 

a house divided cannot ever stand
regardless of how our days have been planned
torn asunder by the greed of power
controlling lives for evil to cower
blaming others for everything gone wrong
pretending they’re singing us a love song
for everyone they say they want to save
but really want to make us their slave
lording over us as god of the realm
with ideas that always underwhelm
not really knowing what they’re doing
or the lib’ral gibberish they’re spewing
but try they must to daily stay alive
thinking with smoke and mirrors they’ll survive
but over time we will get much smarter
no longer wanting to be a martyr
fighting back a little more every day
learning we really do have a say
in the day to day outcome of our lives
without needing political midwives
to overcome lib’ral evil growing
as we push for Godly goodness sowing
the seeds of truth about Jesus’ story
knowing only God reveals His glory
made manifest when seeking to obey
remembering always to God to pray
letting only Him redeem us each day

 

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nothing

May 11, 2020

 

no one can ever see the face of God
neither can anyone tear down His facade
presented to the world right after creation
forcing everyone to use their imagination
thinking they know how everything began
how nothing created the universe of man
but can anyone ever clearly explain to me
how nothing has created everything i see
so no matter how closely i choose to look
i cannot believe everything i read in a book
since nothing does not really ever exist
even when you continue to boldly insist
nothing just decided to explode one day
creating the original motherlode this way
creating suns and planets and people and more
a universe the federation could finally explore
a universe where no one has ever gone before
looking for answers behind every closed door
until reality finally says i can never see God’s face
creator of everything from nothing without a trace
no matter where i travel throughout this universe
riding around in my nothing-created black hearse
writing a poem about my nothing story in verse

 

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socialist forces

May 10, 2020

 

what would you think
if i made a big stink
about the coming darkness
with its ugly evil starkness
oppressing every soul
with lying news to control
what you think and say and do
and all the things you pursue
all the days you are living
and all the gifts you are giving
as everything begins to change
and the economy begins to rearrange
because congress could not care less
about getting America into this mess
never confessing that it’s their fault
stealing our treasure from the vault
creating a monumental debt
growing into a horrific threat
to our safety and security
never offering any surety
that they will stop overspending
and begin focusing on mending
the never-ending complications
and all the every day frustrations
for allowing America to slowly bleed
the red white and blue of a dying breed
forcing the Constitution to shift left
ignoring the victims of lib’ral theft
and the things making America great
seeking to secure her inevitable fate
removing everything liberty endorses
creating left leaning socialist forces
destroying all the Christian crosses

 

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love and hate

May 9, 2020

 

love and hate
continue the debate
about goodness moving in
to wipe away sin
creeping in to every home
forcing righteousness to roam
creating a love-free zone
trying to postpone
love’s inevitable return
because of the heart’s concern
for being cut off
from the manger’s trough
where love first began to grow
walking the straight and narrow
thru the land of hatred’s plight
slowly spreading His Godly light
throughout the darkness
and the ugly starkness
now shining into every home
everywhere the heart could roam
growing brighter day and night
encouraging goodness to fight
against evil trying to move back in
trying to spread its deadly sin
until goodness finally stands
with God’s promise in His hands
forcing hate to go on the run
taking with it all that evil spun
from the kingdom of the Son

 

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tolerant

May 8, 2020

 

come and hear
what the Lord says
to the angel
of the church
at Pergamos
knowing
how they hold fast
to the Lord
in faith
but
how they are also
tolerant of sin
letting it in
unable to resist
false teaching
allowing it
to persist

He wields
a sharp sword
with two edges
able to discern
the thoughts
and intents
of the heart
to judge in righteousness
sins and transgressions
and unGodly concessions
to disobedience
for tolerating sin
creeping in
to the congregation
without confrontation
to repent
and follow
the King
into glory

He knows
your story
all of your works
the things you do
and all of your quirks
whether in obedience
or in disobedience
to His commands
He knows
where your loyalty
stands
He knows
where you live
and what you give
living in the midst of the city
where Satan’s seat is
where evil resides
where the deeds
of the flesh presides
drawing you into the darkness
with its unGodly starkness
He knows
you hold fast to His name
and that you remain faithful
every day
not ever denying
His faith in you
to continue
to pursue Him
in every way
even in those days
wherein faithful Antipas
was martyred
and slain
among you
by Satan’s followers
with disdain
for Jesus Christ

He has
however
a few things against you
because
you are tolerant
of those who hold
to the doctrine of Balaam
wanting great riches and fame
throughout the land
thinking themselves quite grand
casting a stumbling block
in the path of God’s people
today
to draw them away
from doing what’s right
day and night
in the eyes of the Lord
and because
you are tolerant
of those who eat things
sacrificed to idols
worshipping a dead god
rather than the living God
the One and only
and because
you are tolerant
of those
who commit fornication
without contemplation
of following
the Lord’s commands
not putting Him first
and not accepting His word
that sex is only for marriage
without exception
and because
you are tolerant
of those
who hold the doctrine
of the Nicolaitans
leading unrestrained lives
indulging in adultery
eating things sacrificed to idols
teaching others to do the same
without shame
all the while knowing
Jesus hates
this behavior
growing

therefore
repent
and turn away
from these abominations
today
without delay
or else
I will come
quickly
to fight against these evil ways
and disobedient malaise
with My sharp sword
with two edges
coming out of My mouth
to cut you down
like the dying hedges
you have become
the walking dead
living thus far
on the run

to Him
who overcomes
to the end
I will give to eat
the hidden manna
that came down from heaven
the true bread of life
for walking thru
this wilderness
of today
and I will give you
a white stone
as a token of My favor
and approval
for walking in the light
in the purity of Christ
for holding steadfastly
to the cornerstone
the builders rejected
and in this stone
will be written
a new name
unknown
to anyone
except you
as a reward
from the Lord
you pursue
every day

 

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socialist revolution

May 7, 2020

 

the day is evil wherever i turn
just look around in order to discern
the truth about Satan’s deadly forces
surrounding goodness on swift black horses
approaching boldly with schemes to destroy
with ancient measures his servants employ
with distraction confinement and terror
furor rising from this virus horror
time is coming when everyone must choose
to follow today’s madness in the news
or to stand and fight against this evil
that’s creating liberty’s upheaval
spoken in darkness trying to mislead
trying to cause America to bleed
red white and blue from the Constitution
collapsing every great institution
with Satan’s socialist revolution

 

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understanding

May 6, 2020

 

how excellent Your name in all the earth
filling it overflowing with Your worth
and with Your glory from the beginning
so everyone knowing will be grinning
searching daily for Your goodness growing
showing everyone the seeds You’re sowing
knowing only Your saints can see the truth
growing in their heart’s caring from their youth
seeking to find a better tomorrow
leaving behind all the grieving sorrow
wanting to follow wherever You lead
understanding scripture’s commands to heed
swimming against the tide of worldly greed

 

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His very best

May 5, 2020

 

i hope and pray
there will come a day
some day soon
shining thru the gloom
when sisters and brothers
and fathers and mothers
are looking
for a better tomorrow
a day without heartbreak
and sorrow
for all the things
that could have been
and all the things
that should be
somehow
to begin
declaring
the Glory of the Lord
in the land of the living
giving thanks to His name
discarding all the blame
with never any shame
declaring
His fame
and honor
and praise
to all the people
called by His name
across the land
of milk and honey
rich in money
and worldly treasures
and Godly pleasures
exceeding all my hopes
and measures
giving thanks
to the one true God
who bestows His goodness
on everyone
who calls on Him
trusting in His love
trusting in His promises
spoken from above
given to His saints
without complaints
every day
showing all the rest
in the world
His very best
to pursue
if only
you could see Him
as i do

 

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faithful

May 4, 2020

 

come and hear
what the Lord says
to the angel
of the church
at Smyrna
knowing
they have suffered
persecution
and tribulation
in His name
feeling the shame
but remaining
faithful
to the end

He is
the first and the last
the Alpha and Omega
the only begotten
of the Father
He was
with God
in the beginning
when He made everything
that was made
He will be
with God
at the end
of time
and space
and matter
when everything burns up
by a consuming fire
with a clatter

He is
the only begotten One
the promised Messiah
who lived a sinless life
was murdered on a cross
was buried in a tomb
was raised to life again
on the third day
alive and living
sitting
at the right hand
of the Father
in heaven
forever

He knows
everything
you do
and say
and even think
knowing
your works
done in His name
knowing
your tribulation
suffering for His name
knowing
your poverty
living in this world
knowing
that you are rich
in His blessings
and His treasures
in heavenly places
knowing
the blasphemy
of those who say
they are Jews
and are not
because
they are really
the synagogue
of Satan
and evil
and hell
causing upheaval
in the congregation
where they dwell

fear not
My beloved
for you will suffer
greatly
without rest
at the hands
of evil’s best

fear not
My beloved
for the devil
will cast some
into prison
to be tried
and convicted
for walking
with the Lord
and trusting
in the Lord
and loving
the Lord
every day

fear not
My beloved
for you will be given
tribulation
ten days
without any rest
being put to the test
to see
if you will crack
and deny the Lord
even if He does
love you
every day
and you love Him
and desire
to obey

therefore
My beloved
be faithful
trusting
in the Lord
even
unto death
following
in His footsteps
and you will live
with Me
forever
receiving
a crown of life
in love

so then
My beloved
remain faithful
to the end
so you may overcome
this suffering
and tribulation
and poverty
and shame
to claim
your reward
and you will not
be hurt at all
by the second death
letting out
your final breath
in the presence
of My Father
in heaven
singing
for His pleasure
worshipping
without measure
rejoicing
forever

 

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justified

May 3, 2020

 

once there was a tabernacle for man
to worship the Lord wherever they can
and anytime the living God would say
come worship before Me this very day
traveling thru the desert forty years
unable to get close because of fears
when His presence infringes on their life
His knowing seeing hearing causes strife
when never able to exorcise sin
with no way to remove evil within
when sacrifice only lasted a day
knowing the lamb’s blood could never repay
their debt of disobedience one whit
because these rituals never acquit
and must be repeated all of the time
until the Lord’s glory sounded a chime
and Messiah showed up at the front door
telling everyone God desires much more
showing His signs from above that abound
telling stories on evil’s battleground
telling them to believe His every word
faithfully seeking to save His lost herd
given to Him by His Father above
proving to them the living God is love
but only some will believe and follow
and others will think His offer hollow
when drinking His blood and eating His flesh
will bring to mind His sacrifice afresh
when crucified for the sins of others
paying the debt for sisters and brothers
so they may stand before God justified
believing the Lord’s goodness never lied
alive and in heaven after He died

 

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return to normal

May 2, 2020

 

states decide it’s time to open again
hoping the people will agree with when
opening like a rosebud in the sun
avoiding the darkness evil has spun
knowing we must finally move ahead
putting to bed contagion’s deadly dread
so that everyone can feel more secure
and small businesses will again endure
and people can again earn a living
returning to work without misgiving
to fight off a possible recession
making a most serious concession
to put the nation before people’s health
to stem the tide of disappearing wealth
and growing frustration working at home
and never going to the Superdome
people are clamoring now everywhere
to set aside fear and virus despair
knowing everyone is meant to be free
to go in and go out and left to be
it’s time to return to normal today
keeping evil from destroying the way
to keep America’s greatness to stay

 

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first love

May 1, 2020

 

come and hear
what the Lord says
to the angel
of the church
at Ephesus
knowing
they have a zeal
for good works
showing
they have lost
their first love
as their passion
grows cold
getting old
and worn

He holds
in His right hand
seven stars
which are the seven angels
ministering
to the seven churches
following
the Lord’s lead
directing
His saints to heed
His instructions
to be faithful
and His warnings
to those who are not

He walks
in the midst
of seven golden candlesticks
which are the seven churches
struggling to faithfully fix
that which the Lord dislikes
and struggling to obey
walking with Him
every day
and night
so their candlestick
will not be taken
away

He watches
carefully
knowing
seeing
everything they are doing
pursuing works
and labor
and patience
without trust
and
how they cannot bear
anyone who must
work evil
creating despair
in their midst
and
how they hate the deeds
of the Nicolaitans
which
the Lord also hates
and
how they judge
those who say
they are apostles
and are not
and are found
to be liars
in the midst
of the congregation
leading them astray
and
how they try
to work out
their own salvation
thru self-determination
forgetting
from where
they have fallen
when they have left behind
their first love
walking away
to follow their own desires
igniting the Lord’s wrath
from above

remember
therefore
what you did at first
when touched by the Lord
when at your worst
when circumcised in your heart
setting you apart
to love Him
and follow Him
and obey Him
doing His work
walking in His Spirit
not in your flesh
but now
entwined in a mesh
of self-destruction
and obedience
obstruction

remember
then
the Lord sees
and knows your heart
He knows your motives
inside and out
so therefore
repent
turning yourself about
or else
He will come
quickly
unseen
and will remove
your golden candlestick
out of the throne room
out of the presence
of the Father
forever
never
to be called
His church
again

so then
repent
and overcome
your fleshly worldly ways
all of your days

so then
repent
for doing your own will
and not His will
set before you
to pursue
thru life’s maze

so then
repent
and drop to your knees
asking Him please
to forgive your sins
and your transgressions
and your worldly obsessions
and He will cleanse you clean
and He will give you to eat
from the tree of life
standing
in the midst
of paradise
in the garden
ever since the beginning
standing
as a reminder
to walk away
from the world
today
standing
as a reminder
to follow Him
all the way
home
to say
thank You

 

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protection scams

April 30, 2020

 

fear eats away at a distraught nation
forced to watch liberty’s abdication
by governors demanding reverence
to their pandemic rules of governance
letting criminal felons out of jail
hoping that they will their evil curtail
but gratitude will never change its spots
then the governor hears deadly gunshots
they ignore the homeless walking the street
sleeping and defecating at your feet
but will never ignore people walking
enjoying the outdoors with friends talking
who must be arrested and thrown in jail
until someone can come up with the bail
and God forbid a business stays open
to avoid bankruptcy bound to happen
facing crazy lockdown criteria
forced to follow today’s hysteria
city and state leaders are out of sorts
forcing lockdown victims into the courts
protesting the use of Nazi power
watching liberty turn rancid and sour
forcing people to ignore these new rules
becoming Alinsky’s ignorant tools
trying to enact socialist programs
for their deceptive power grabbing shams
in the name of people protection scams

 

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a good crisis

April 29, 2020

 

never let a good crisis go to waste
a motto the lib’ral Dems have embraced
with their radical ideology
befitting their fatal pathology
requiring lying for winning the day
throwing a tantrum to get their own way
forcing a pliant country to the left
regardless of innocence left bereft
stuck in the muck of lib’ral socialism
or worse stuck in Marxian communism
all because they want to own all the toys
and they are willing to make all the noise
without caring who their action destroys
or who the media use for decoys
to hold on tightly to hard won power
forcing the Constitution to cower
to their deadly deception and lying
to their fake news stories that are trying
to destroy everyone not complying

 

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the coming history

April 28, 2020

 

have you seen it
it seems to come and go
some say they have
but many others say no
and many more
will never ever know
or understand

John
saw it
and wrote about it
quite seriously
when on the isle of Patmos
for the word of God
and for the testimony
of Jesus Christ
in the Spirit
on the Lord’s day
trying to convey
what he saw
when at first unseen
until
the Lord of Glory
the Alpha and Omega
the One who was dead
and is now living
for evermore
touched him
opening his eyes to see
and his ears to hear
the truth
of God’s eternal story
that is
and was
and will be
played out
for you and me
in all its glory
throughout history
yet to come
on the run
unstoppable
following the light
of the Son

John
was told to write
in a book
things he heard
and things he saw
looking into heaven
thru a hidden door
seeing the Son of man
standing before the throne
of the Ancient of days
making known
His many ways
unto the churches
speaking truth
holding the keys
to hell and death
and life and breath
speaking of a mystery
about the coming history
of the churches
throughout the ages
coming soon
hereafter

John
then saw
the Son of man
clearly standing in the midst
of seven golden candlesticks
which are the seven churches
in Asia Minor
struggling to obey
to follow Him
every day

He is clothed in a white robe
flowing to the ground
cinched with a golden belt
around His waist
ready not to judge in haste
but in love
from above

His head and hairs
are white like wool
as white as snow
newly fallen
pure
with His halo aglow
with unbounded wisdom
always in the know
glorified
interceding
for those below

His eyes shining
blazing
as a flame of fire
freshly kindled
dancing
burning brightly
looking
always seeing
understanding
you and me
and everyone
everywhere

His feet like fine brass
burned in a furnace
purified
washed clean
from walking in
and walking out
to see
what our life
is all about

His voice as the sound
of many waters
melodious
crashing
thundering
as a trumpet
calling
speaking truth
and faith
and love
in a mystery
from above

in His right hand
He holds seven stars
which are the seven angels
watching over
guiding
leading
the seven churches
according to His will
with promises to fulfill
in them
and thru them
all His faithful
of the day

coming out of His mouth
a sharp two-edged sword
for judging unrighteousness
for judging the nations
for leading the battle
against evil operations
everywhere
without despair
glorious
always victorious

His countenance as the sun
high in the noontime sky
shining brightly
in His strength
going to any length
to encourage
and reprove
His saints
in His churches
continually
reminding them
to listen to Him
and to overcome
in obedience
to the end
which is coming
quickly

 

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the promised land

April 27, 2020

 

welcome
to the promised land
where God desires
everyone
to follow His command
demanding obedience
all the time
by everyone
wanting to stand
upon His sacred land
in His presence
without excuse
or any misuse
or even abuse
of the collected knowledge
handed down
over the years
especially
from His written word
handed down
from generation
to generation
ever since Moses
was inspired to write
in the beginning
telling them
to not be sinning
and definitely
to not be complaining
about being chosen
to worship
the living God
making Him known
wherever they roam
when Moses
was leading them
on a long journey
thru the desert
all the way
to the promised land
upon which
God’s servant
Moses
would never
stand

 

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anxiety

April 26, 2020

 

why cannot you ever love your neighbor
who’s always rattling his combat saber
even when he truly means you no harm
because it’s a part of his boyish charm
disarming our economic progress
caught up in a huge political mess
making a flagrant sham of liberty
by creating hardship and poverty
by controlling everyone’s daily life
by creating grief suffering and strife
within a sadly divided nation
that has recently lost its elation
brought to its knees by a deadly virus
praying the solution most desirous
wanting to quickly return to normal
when this lockdown will become less formal
and people can return to work again
giving thanks to God with a great amen
beginning to watch baseball and drink beer
expectantly wanting people to cheer
as our anxiety does disappear

 

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homebound

April 25, 2020

 

righteousness walks across a troubled land
looking for Godliness to make a stand
speaking many of His words of wisdom
to homebound people drowning in boredom
every day repeating the same old thing
waking to the morning alarm clock ring
and shower dress eat breakfast get ready
hoping to keep today running steady
trying to work at home in the basement
out of sorts with this workplace replacement
shopping for everything needed online
thinking this lockdown is quite asinine
staying in place until this virus gone
and safety can resume its marathon
until the next time China will release
a deadly virus to destroy world peace
and not take credit for their masterpiece

 

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extinction

April 24, 2020

 

stuck in the government’s lockdown
in my quiet middle class hometown
for way too many monotonous weeks
feeling like my brain’s full of data leaks
from all the current coronavirus info
about how America’s recovery is doing
every afternoon while i’m reviewing
the President’s coronavirus taskforce
pursuing the greatest possible course
of precautionary mitigating measures
necessary for people’s future pleasures
trying to stem the smashing crashing tide
of all the new cases taken for a daily ride
traveling along the road to virus extinction
trying to understand a critical distinction
of who we are going to believe today
when fake news stories get in the way
lying trying to lead everyone astray
walking along this meandering path
to our nation’s economic destruction
thanks to the lying lib’ral obstruction
and the Constitution’s mass abduction
by newly reminted socialist seduction

 

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thank You

April 23, 2020

 

thank You Abba
my Father in heaven
my Lord Jesus Christ
and the Spirit of God
dwelling in me
thank You
for all Your precious gifts
You have given me
from before my beginning
my heart always grinning
walking with You
thru this life i pursue
along this path
You laid out before me
to follow every day
and to say
with love
in my heart
thank You
Abba
for setting me
apart
thank You
for setting me
free

 

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if only

April 22, 2020

 

look around
look at all the people
you see scurrying by
going about their business
and their daily chores
in search of the American dream
sometimes wanting to scream
because it doesn’t seem
possible any more
because
for every step forward
toward their dream’s goal
life’s circumstances
and other people’s dances
and even virus catching chances
get in the way
blocking the path
forcing a retreat
into safety
into their own home
living like a gnome
while waiting
hoping
praying
for another day
to find a way
to move forward again
but then
nothing happens
except maybe
to rinse and repeat
and try not to cheat
trying all over again
to complete
the task at hand
on their own
not understanding
not knowing
not ever seeing
the bigger picture
staring right into their face
and into their hurting heart
tearing them apart
never thinking
never blinking
to get the picture into focus
never realizing
they are seeing
eternity
standing
blocking the way
commanding
but never really demanding
that they finally ask for help
from the living God
even when
they think it odd
to ask Him
for anything
let alone
to ask Him
to remove them
from the broken path
they have been traveling
struggling with
their whole life
but maybe
now the time is right
to ask God
to put them on
the one true path
without God’s wrath
planned for them
a long time ago
if only
they will take a chance
on this Godly slow dance
stretching out a feeble hand
to grab hold of God
to obey Him
to let Him lead the way
away from today
into the promised land
waiting hidden
for them to see
clearly coming
on the very last day
living in heaven
rejoicing
forever

 

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hoping

April 21, 2020

 

disappointment
grabs at my heart
with somber sorrow
that today
and on the morrow
i will still be searching
hoping
wanting
with certainty
to get just a small glimpse
of the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living
today
knowing
that Your goodness i can see
in my own small corner of the world
every day
giving me hope
that i may see the way
the Lord’s gracious goodness
shines in every face
and in every word
and in every action
of every person i see
in this place
before i die
but sadly Lord
Your goodness
is missing in action
or just not getting much traction
so that there is no satisfaction
in my soul
or in my grieving heart
hoping
and praying
to get even a small glimpse
or to see a special sign
from You
just for me
of Your Godly goodness
on display
in the land of the living
today

 

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the cross

April 20, 2020

 

hey man
is that Jesus
the one who has been talking it up
about getting to know God better
and what the scripture really says
about who God is
and what God wants from us
these days
so why
is He hanging on a cross
like a common criminal
what happened
what did He do
to deserve crucifixion
who did He piss off
for this execution

well
as i remember
when i heard Him speak
He was talking about God’s love
for all of God’s creation
and for all of God’s creatures
great and small
and that
His Father sent Him
to seek and to save
the lost sheep
of the house of Israel
and that
if your believe in Him
you will never perish
but have everlasting life
because His Father sent Him
to save the world from their sin
committed against God
and against His law
His moral code of goodness
and for not holding God in awe
and that
He said
all we have to do is believe
that He is the bread of life
so we will never be hungry again
for He is the living bread
that came down from heaven
like the manna in the desert
a long time ago
and that
He is the light of the world
and if we follow Him
we will never walk in darkness
but have the light of life in us
every day
and that
He is the good shepherd
who gives His life for His sheep
to protect them from evil
in the world
and lead them
through the hidden door
into heaven
on the last day
and redeem them
for His very own
forever
and that
He is the only begotten Son of God
the perfect Lamb of God
who dies on the cross
so that His shed blood
could pay the debt
for all our sins against God
and who will be raised
from death to life
on the third day
so that we can live with Him
in His righteousness
in heaven
forever
and that
He is the way
and the truth
and the life
the only way
anyone can ever
come to the Father
in heaven
forever

oh man
so that’s why
Jesus is hanging
on a cross
because
of what He said
what a loss

yes
of course
He’s there because
the Jewish leaders
felt threatened by Him
and accused Him
of saying God is His Father
thereby
making Himself equal with God
which means that in their eyes
He blasphemed against God
and against God’s Law
and for that
death is required by Law
so they demanded
that Pilot crucify Him
as a common criminal
however
the truth is
they really put Him to death
because they were too afraid
the Jewish people would follow Him
as the promised Messiah and King
and then they would lose their power
and their control over the people
and lose the support of Rome
as well
so
the Jewish leaders thought
it was more expedient
to get rid of one man
Jesus the Christ
God’s promised Messiah and King
even if God really did send Him
like all God’s prophets before Him
and so
they thought
they could protect the Jewish nation
from extinction
by getting rid of Jesus
thereby
playing right into the Father’s hand
because that was what God planned
from the beginning
before the world
began

 

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reality

April 19, 2020

 

even at times of national crisis
after we have beaten down ISIS
and managed to push back Iran
and stymied North Korea
and finally overcame
this Wuhan virus
for the time being
we are getting ready
to open up America
for business
once again
but now
we are seeing
clear as night and day
betrayal coming in
the other way
from America’s lying lib’ral politicians
and the lying media morticians
standing up to say
China means us no harm today
it was just an accident
a fluke occurrence of nature
coming from a street market
that has already been shut down
and it’s really not contagious
anyway

but we know
the lying lib’ral left
is just feigning ignorance
about one of
the most
contagious viruses
ever made in the Wuhan lab
from SARS and bats
and anything else they could find
to throw into the hat
engineering their very own deadly bug
wanting to give you a great big hug
to make you very sick
sending you on a trip to hell
ringing the dreaded washout bell
of death and dying
and economic devastation
from lying

and so
with elation
the left tries to dispel the truth
playing fast and loose
with the words they speak
and all the lies they reek
with their sleight of hand
making their stand
to redirect attention
onto President Trump
and all the great things
he does for Americans
which the lying left lovingly calls
his racist failures
just to make him look bad
and in the lying media quite sad
because
they know
most people do not care
or even pay attention
to who says what
or who’s to blame
for our despair
while the lib’rals play
their politician’s game
of shifting the blame
while surreptitiously
shifting America’s wealth
into their own pockets
thru sleight of hand
and lying lib’ral stealth
and to hell with your health
so that
only they get rich
off the American bitch
while keeping their power
looking down from their ivory tower
hoping to cower
you and me
so we don’t really see
reality become
their latest greatest fatality
all the while knowing
perception
really is
reality

 

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imagine

April 18, 2020

 

do you believe
that God is living
alive and seeing
knowing
everything about you
everything on your mind
everything in your heart
everything you ever did
and everything you will do
in this life you live
and in this world
you pursue

does this knowledge
make you uncomfortable
squirming
knowing
there is nowhere to run
there is nowhere going
under the sun
nowhere to hide
where your pride
will not be your undoing
nowhere God will not see
and know every little thing
to which you cling
and to whom you sing
your life’s song

can you imagine
what it means
knowing
there is nowhere to run
there is nowhere going
to escape God’s justice
and His wrath
for walking along
the wrong path
or even
to escape His love
and His forgiveness
if only you will ask
whenever you are ready
to acknowledge Him
showing
knowing
He is the One true God
who created everything
that is
and that will ever be
and that
He will give you
a new life
forgiving you
all your sins against Him
and all your transgressions
of His moral code of goodness
giving you grace
giving you faith
giving you righteousness
all for free
if only you can see
and believe He exists
and believe everything
He says
is true
and follow Him
in righteousness
to pursue

so
imagine
you can begin
today
if you will
just say
here i am
Lord
please show me
the way
to You

 

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signs

April 17, 2020

 

wherefore
faith not established
in every man
and every woman
and every child
every day

wherefore
they acknowledge not
the existence
of the living God
yet unseen
but there
to stay

know you not
the goodness of God
can be seen
by anyone willing
to look closely
at the starry night
shining bright
showing the way
for love
and for navigation
and
at the sun and moon
lighting your way
day and night
wherever you go
taking flight
and
at the trees
and the mountains
and the valleys
and the plains
where food is grown
sown to feed
an entire planet
every day
and
at the rivers and streams
overflowing dreams
with enough water
to fill every soul
every day
and
at the inner healing
of the human body
that can fight off a virus
or an attacking disease
most of the time
with drugs created
by brilliant minds
and
at planes that can fly
and boats that can float
and all the different cars
that can go fast and far
and
at the wonderful inventions
created by a mind
that we find
more capable
than the largest computer
ever built
or
ever imagined

wherefore
faith not found in the heart
of every man and woman
who conceive a child
together
and then see
the latest 3D images
of the child growing
and moving
in the womb
and then
after nine months
birthing it into this world
greeting it
and loving it
with its cries and shouts
and little baby pouts
when it doesn’t get its own way
and watching
this little helpless baby
explore its new world
and stick its tongue out
and pretend to kiss
when it sees a parent
or a grandparent do it
and watching it
learn to crawl
and climb up and down
and learn to walk and talk
and run fast and far
and write on the wall
to have fun
and watching
an oh so innocent babe
in the world
outside the home
growing up
learning to be
the very best person
it can be

so
tell me again
wherefore
believe you not
in the living God
creator of heaven and earth
and all that is therein
allowing even for sin
and death
and tribulation
and heartache
to consume you
and for forgiveness
and love
and caring
and longsuffering
and daring
to redeem you
with Jesus’ own shed blood
crying
dying
and then
coming back to life
to take away
all the hatred
and strife
and evil
out of this world
on the very last day
when no one can say
to God
why me
i really could not see
all the signs You left
walking along the path
of my own
destruction

 

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He said

April 16, 2020

 

so
there i was
having just passed thru
the quantum singularity
trying to understand
my new reality
trying to explain
to my self
the causality
of why and when
i wound up where i am

and then
i heard this voice
echoing in my head
wanting me to rejoice
asking me
if i really do have a choice
to go my own way
every day
moving forward
from here
or
can i begin to see
there is someone
much more important
standing in my way
today
saying
follow me
instead

who
might you be
i asked with dread
in my heart
wanting to depart
before i heard the truth
spoken softly
in my head
answering
He said
I AM He
the One
you always hoped to see
so
will you obey Me
every day
or
will you continue
going your own way

i didn’t need to think
very long
about my answer
to His question
so i quickly said
i will obey
every day
starting today
my Lord

and then
He was gone
leaving behind a silence
echoing in my mind
radiating a peace
filling me overflowing
knowing
i had just encountered
the living God
making Himself known to me
knowing
i am not capable
of true obedience
but also
knowing
i will trust Him
to be all that i need
to do all the heavy lifting
while i rest in Him
indeed
heeding completely
keeping my eyes
on His goodness
shining from above
with His love
filling me
every day
saying
thank You
my Lord

 

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Cain

April 15, 2020

 

remember
when Cain said to Abel
come closer
so i can kill you dead
because i dread
the relationship you have
with God
exposing my facade
pretending to obey
sacrificing every day
only what i choose to give away
making a portentous display
of following God’s commands
to the letter He demands
when all the while
defining them to be
the way i desire
with hatred driving my ire
so can’t you see how it is
you make me look so very bad
and quite sorrowfully sad
in the eyes of God
therefore
since i want to be
His favorite devotee
i must get rid of you
so He will finally see
that i am the best
of all the rest
of the people in the land
every day i stand
before Him
forever
smirking
because
maybe
He’s not
so very clever
after all
since the fall

 

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why

April 14, 2020

 

do not forget
before you go to sleep
tonight
to keep
your family safe
from the darkness
trying to get in
so
make sure your doors are locked
and every crack is blocked
from intruders entering in
to convict you of sin
feeding on midnight’s silent din
and
do not get rocked
when the angel of death
who has never knocked
before
is looking in unnoticed
seeing you
seeing that you did forget
to pay your debt
by slaying
a perfect
unblemished lamb
before sundown
then
in the middle of the night
awakening
screaming
praying
the angel of death
would pass over your home
even though
you did not
put the lamb’s blood
on the doorposts
and the lintel overhead
waking to the dread
of mortal fear
remembering too late
that you cannot debate
with the angel of death
entering into your home
unannounced
to collect on your unpaid debt
since your bet
did not pay off
since your disobedience
lost you the war
over death and dying
defying the truth
leaving your family bereft
and crying
all because
you were not covered
by the blood of the Lamb
who died
so that you may live
in God’s presence
forever
finally realizing to late
God’s plan quite clever
even if you never
did understand
why
even though
you were told
quite clearly
by God
to believe
and obey
or die

 

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waiting

April 13, 2020

 

have you ever noticed
i mean really taken notice
of every detail
of the world we live in today
what can i say
that isn’t trite
or considered out of spite
spoken in the night
about this time
in the course of human events
that indeed prevents
and sometimes even invents
human compassion
for one another
father mother sister brother
from setting aside the disgust
that flourishes today
that is a must
for hatred and mistrust
and vitriolic anger
coming from the unjust
attitude
that flies thru the air
and over the internet
and from the print media
creating so much despair
in the hearts and minds
of all the everyday people
it finds
fighting to survive
and maybe even revive
the lost Godly goodness
that used to thrive
in all the precious lives
trying to get thru each day
being able to show
and even say
that they know
Godly love and caring
and even
Godly sharing
with one another
in our homes
in our cities
in our country
in America
trying to influence
the world
these days
of danger lurking nearby
in the darkness
in the starkness
of the human heart
hiding dormant
waiting
for goodness
to arise
again

 

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slipping away

April 12, 2020

 

everything is up for grabs
everything is for sale
to the highest bidder
or anyone they consider
to match their ideology
of politics and sociology
following the same naked truth
keeping themselves aloof
watching from the roof
thru a high-powered scope
telling their story
in all its hidden glory
how integrity and honor
don’t mean a damn thing
anymore
to every ideological whore
wanting to explore
the highest price
they can receive
in order to deceive
innocence in America
searching
for the greatest power
over other people’s lives
to sour
thinking they know
the very best
for all the rest
of us
riding
on the bus
together
on its way
to make history
today
while goodness
is slipping
away

 

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cull the herds

April 11, 2020

 

here we have it
ladies and gentlemen
the newest in our series
of Wuhan laboratory improved
split hooved
Bill Gates approved
earth shattering
death defying
coronavirus
this year’s engineered model
designed to cull the herds
of all the other nerds
with all the many unspoken words
coming out of Communist China
year after year
killing without fear
without any retribution
for experiments in persecution
and their sterling contribution
to the science of death and dying
while every year trying
to engineer a new way of buying
sad sorrowful souls
to feed the red dragon
all the while
knowing
Mao would be proud
of how they cowed
the rest of the world
quite surreptitiously
judiciously
pretending
innocence

 

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quantum singularity

April 10, 2020

 

there i was
stuck
in an empty room
with no door
and no way out
for me
or for the cat
Schrödinger imagined
entangled
in life and death
simultaneously
erroneously
thinking
there’s a simple solution
to life’s convolution
subject to a revolution
with no way out
no doubt
until one day
there it was
staring right at me
at first
unable to see
but then
i found the way
seeing it clear as day
so i climbed out
of the hidden window
some scientists agree
was always there
leading into another reality
tunneling right thru
a quantum singularity
to another place
maybe even
a better place
standing face to face
staring
at my own mortality
daring me to move
totally vexed
quite perplexed
not knowing
what to do
next

 

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stuck

April 10, 2020

 

i tried
i really did
trying to fit in
to do what everyone expected
of a boy growing up in America
studying to get good grades
living a life of charades
attending all the parades
playing basketball
and baseball
and ice hockey
letting loose
working after school
and weekends
trying to make friends
but never knowing how
or why it mattered
and then
going to college
joining a fraternity
drinking way too much
learning about computers
how to program them
how to make them hum
and play games
spending summers
at Columbia University
working for a scientist
learning
how to track and graph
the influence of solar flares
on the earth’s changing weather patterns
and changing temperatures
and changing tides
long before anyone knew
about global climate change
trying to rearrange
the world’s wealth
pretending to be worried
about people’s health
and then
getting married
way too young
to know what i was doing
and all the while
there was a large piece of me
pursuing
the one i couldn’t see
back then
but now
i can see him clearly
the one who somehow
looked at the world
so very differently
expectantly
sincerely knowing
something
everything
was all wrong
tilted on its axis
playing a weird song
changing speed
chasing greed
having everything i need
not willing to heed
the silent voice in my head
saying
you’re dead
trying to get ahead
trying to acquire things
and power
looking down from my tower
on all the other worker bees
and all the wannabes
saying to themselves
please give me more
make me a better whore
and then
finally realizing
how i feel like a sellout
to all that i abhor
stuck in an empty room
with no door
and no way out

 

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fading footsteps

April 9, 2020

 

it’s time
it has begun
there’s nowhere left to run
nowhere you can hide
to escape the coming tide
of vitriolic pride
unleashing anger out of control
with intense hatred on patrol
twenty four seven
wanting to destroy all you adore
crashing thru the door
clashing all the more
with all you’ve been taught before
every God hating whore
coming quickly to the fore
for more
than just your possessions
and your collected obsessions
and your overwhelming passions
and outdated fashions
borne out of love
and honor
and justice
and unyielding integrity
to walk in the fading footsteps
of the Man of sorrows
promising suffering tomorrows
if only
you will yield all of your ways
to follow Him all of your days
so that your heart always obeys
everything He’s teaching
and all that His ministers are preaching
from His book
that’s reaching
into your soul
to light a light
to show you the way
bright as the noonday sun
about life’s one and only goal
with the patience of Job
and the tenacity of Ruth
to put Him above all
to hear His spoken truth
no matter what
answering His call
walking tall
in His fading footsteps
putting one foot in front of the other
following the path
He has set before you
turning neither left
nor right
nor out of sight
of His glowing light
and love
and mercy
showing you
His fading footsteps
to follow
today

 

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robot army

April 8, 2020

 

not to worry
help is on the way
ready to save the day
coming over the northern hills
a robot army is marching
approaching
can you hear
the excitement
coming near
encroaching

a roaring dinosaur leads the way
warning onlookers
to stay away
with flashing eyes
and a strong tail
sweeping back and forth
coming from the north
looking for a special little boy
who would like to play
every day
henceforth

followed by a pink puppy dog
who loves to sing and dance
telling stories along the way
marching triumphantly
barking and wagging her tail
expectantly
following the trail
looking for a special girl
who would take good care of her
and play every day
constantly

both are ready to entertain
your little horde
of hooligans
when they are bored
staying home
stuck in the house
missing their friends
driving their mother crazy
with their shenanigans
looking for ways
to get into trouble
double time
when she isn’t looking
or too busy cooking

coming this very day
to your very own front door
get ready to have fun
and so much more
with the robot army
your kids will adore

 

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the beast

April 8, 2020

 

sitting thinking
one day at home
looking out the window
watching the clouds roll in
silently
over the darkness lurking within
chasing away the good times
when writing political rhymes
was stimulating
while contemplating
the world’s demise
certainly no surprise
to anyone
winning the booby prize
for peace and safety
unable to protect
the world’s population
from darkness lurking within
and then
winning the Darwin award
for the greatest idiocy
ever scored
in the history of human thinking
sliding out of control
sinking
what was China drinking
forget the chicken blinking
clinking glasses together
having successfully engineered
and released
a highly contagious
lethal
bioweapon
from a Wuhan laboratory
thinking it quite laudatory
hearing the auditory
cries of men and women dying
crying out in pain
and moaning with disdain
as death steals their breath away
unable to stay
for long
passing along
singing a sorrowful song
having unleashed the pale horse
with death and dying sitting riding
followed by hell presiding
over an unsuspecting world
slowly circling the drain
trying to escape
the terror and pain
created by evil
unleashed
released
out of control
the beast
let out of the garden
where Eden once was hiding
a long time ago
now
the red dragon
is coming today to feast
on people’s souls
in darkness
abiding
hiding
out of sight
from the light

 

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surreal

April 7, 2020

 

keep your hands to yourself today
unlike Biden’s perverted way
disinfect them rigorously
rubbing very vigorously
and do not ever touch your face
because that’s a dangerous place
where this virus will attack you
with symptoms much worse than the flu
so it’s impossible to breathe
and your ravaged body will seethe
when hospitalized at death’s door
thinking you can’t take any more
praying for God’s mercy to heal
to save you from this long ordeal
when breathing becomes surreal

 

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pay the price

April 7, 2020

 

contagion’s ravaging the world
attacking from darkness unfurled
coming from a Chinese city
engineered to show no pity
a secret unseen enemy
a virus schooled in infamy
made from the blood of bats and mice
many people will pay the price
for shaking hands hugging brothers
getting close to many others
given our social behavior
not knowing you need a savior
with a death and dying waiver
so that your life you may savor
if the Lord still shows you favor

 

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a quiet little boy

April 6, 2020

 

a quiet little boy
wakes up oh so slowly
from his afternoon nap
wearing his serious face
and comes over to see
what’s going on
with his mother and older sister
and then
he sees his grandpa’s face
smiling and waving at him
from the tablet
skyping
and he comes closer
putting his face so very close
filling up my whole screen
and says
in his little boy voice
hi grampa
with a twinkle in his eye
and a smile on his face
making me almost cry
because i’m missing him
my favorite little boy
oh so very much

then he grabs the tablet
out of his mother’s hands
and runs away
as fast as he can
and all i can see
is the picture on the screen
jumping up and down
showing me the floor
the ceiling
a wall
the dog
and then the floor again
making me very dizzy
until
he finally sits down
somewhere
not to be found quickly
and he puts the tablet on the floor
and looks right into the camera
and waves
and blows kisses
and says
hi grampa
i love you

and that’s when i almost lose it
unable to speak
squeaking out
i love you
too
little man
and i sure do
miss you
so very much


what’s a grandpa
to do
forced to stay
so far away
and pray
every day
for you

 

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a happy little girl

April 5, 2020

 

a happy little girl
excited with life
spins and twirls and dances
with frequent sideways glances
making sure her grandpa’s watching
hoping he never stops
his heartfelt glances
while i’m reminiscing
about the times i’m missing
being there in person
watching my favorite little girl
grow up
to care

but now i cannot visit her
due to a deadly contagion
ravaging the world
so i am forced to watch from afar
sitting at home
unable to roam
from here to there
aware
i must stay where i am
to keep everyone i love safe
from catching this awful virus
attacking people everywhere
but alas
my desire to see her in person
and hug her tightly
will have to wait
praying nightly
for her safety

skype
is a wonderful invention
creating a new convention
for video chatting
when those i love
are hundreds of miles away
and i’m at home to stay
and still able to see
her bright shiny face
with a huge trace of love
glowing in her eyes
no surprise
looking at me
lovingly

i love how silly she gets
singing and dancing
and jumping up and down
chasing away my frown
talking to her about her day
stuck at home
waiting out this virus
with her little brother
playing games
and making a mess
for her mother
to clean up

then she says
in a serious voice
grandpa
do you want to know a secret
i love you
and i miss you
so much

bringing a broad smile
to my heart
and i say
i love you
and i miss you
so very much
too
sweetie pie

and i almost cry

 

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fear

April 4, 2020

 

life is a wild adventure ride
sometimes fear causes me to hide
overwhelmed by emotion's tide
but many times i feel the rush
of excitement making me flush
adrenaline chasing death’s brush
sitting waiting for tomorrow
can cause my heart so much sorrow
hoping this fear to overthrow
chasing my dreams without remorse
so my desires I can enforce
and fear can't chose another course
can safety set the world on fire
sitting waiting life to expire
losing the dreams i could acquire
but maybe now’s the perfect time
to write again another rhyme
listening to adventure’s chime
telling me that nothing will change
until this fear i rearrange
for foreign feelings all too strange
but tomorrow can be better
chasing dreams that truly matter
holding back can make me bitter
going thru life as a quitter
unless of course i am smarter
to be another trendsetter
following my true heart’s desire
to finally call a ceasefire
demanding that my fear retire

 

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hope

April 3, 2020

 

hope dances to a sixties tune
spinning twirling under the moon
ignoring all she sees coming
listening to her heart humming
silently praying darkness leave
before her soul begins to grieve
for all the rainy days ahead
turning her feelings into dread
for all the people losing time
victims of a violent crime
for all of poverty’s despair
thinking nobody seems to care
for all the rhymes missing the mark
spoken in silence in the dark
for all the blessings stopped by fear
destroying peaceful feelings here
for all the worries gathered up
overflowing a dixie cup
for all the troubles life may bring
thinking her heart worth worshiping
the God of glory calling her
drawn by His Spirit whisperer
offering her hope from above
opening her heart to His love
so He’s the One she’s thinking of

 

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a fool

April 2, 2020

 

a fool denies God’s existence
offering the most resistance
to the spoken words of a friend
or stories of miracles penned
thinking he knows better than all
who have responded to God’s call
who have witnessed firsthand His love
and goodness shining from above
but alas a fool worships self
more than any god on a shelf
or an idol hung on a wall
believing God causes man’s fall
confining him to a small box
or hidden in the garden rocks
never able to do his thing
never able to have a fling
never able to lie and steal
always needing to be real
loving every neighbor he sees
and loving God with gentle ease
how confining a fool believes
with a tainted view that perceives
darkness is better than goodness
holding on to his wickedness
never knowing the Lord’s kindness
when suffering for his blindness
and yet God hopes a fool will see
all the Lord’s blessings that could be
if only truth could set him free
setting free a new adoptee
God’s precious planted watered tree

 

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age of fools

April 1, 2020

 

we’re living in an age of fools
when everyone’s skirting the rules
wanting only what’s best for them
regardless of any mayhem
created by this attitude
by a fast moving multitude
throngs spouting today’s motto cry
adrenaline making them high
saying me first before others
before mothers sisters brothers
spouting lies to get themselves free
from the government’s scrutiny
taking what’s yours to give away
to laziness that’s here to stay
unable to make a living
and never thinking of giving
to anyone that you berate
in whom life’s sorrows resonate
when beaten down by God’s trial
and yet always having a smile
for anyone and everyone
smiling bright as the noonday sun
holding fast to the Holy One
trusting always God’s only Son
from the day salvation begun

 

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lockdown mania

March 31, 2020

 

mania demands a lockdown
of every state afraid to drown
in a sea of symptoms and fear
for a virus coming too near
with contagion lurking unseen
demanding statewide quarantine
for stirring up anxiety
in a once free society
forced to stay home with our hobbies
maybe even smoking doobies
only going out when required
until this virus has expired
     lockdown mania at its best
     putting emotions to the test

 

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captive

March 30, 2020

 

walk with me
as i travel across the universe
hoping to see
how life in America
got so much worse
and more perverse
driving goodness in reverse
finally held captive
in the back of a black hearse
immersed in the darkness
of a large black hole
sucking in every soul
that gets near

pray with me
for a quick resurrection
of goodness held captive
by self-indulgence and dysfunction
destroying America’s collection
of those able to function
seeing the infection
with an adverse reaction
for a detailed inspection
without contraception
for the injection
of the Chinese virus
into the healthy veins
of a recovering society
without piety
always complaining
that nothing’s remaining
of the long lost past
aghast at last
that people want to change
and finally rearrange
how America works
ironing out the quirks
by the elite jerks
that some have more
and some have less
i must confess
a system the socialists adore
sickened by distress
for the capitalist whore
until they can flatten the curve
giving more to less
and less to more
having the nerve
to swerve
off the path
to destroy the past
which was once great
without debate
forcing the innocent
unsuspecting
undetecting
unirate
Americans
into social bondage
for the age old adage
and the unproven bandage
that everyone should be equal
having the same
small amount of garbage
as everyone else
captive in bondage
unless of course
you are in charge
of the barge
sailing off
to nowhere tomorrow
leaking sorrow

 

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love survives

March 29, 2020

 

love walks along God’s quiet path
while hatred encourages wrath
from everyone moved by desire
for sinful power to transpire
encouraging creating fear
with stories of death coming near
coming to take you unaware
creating maximum despair
ignoring right and wrong exist
unseen walking in Satan’s mist
just before heaven opens up
inviting love to drink God’s cup
     love survives hatred’s dark design
     when goodness always God enshrine

 

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fury

March 28, 2020

 

fury loves her twisted sister
mangled in the bowels of hate
seeing only what’s sinister
and always ready to berate
with words spoken destroying good
living secretly set apart
seemingly never understood
fury devours a loving heart
and goodness runs the other way
to a dark silent hiding place
emotions quaking to repay
for fury raging killing grace
     fury’s hatred demands a fight
     subsiding only in God’s light

 

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poetry

March 27, 2020

 

poetry dangles a carrot
for a reasoned mind to chew on
to decide if it has merit
or if written by a moron
stringing syllables together
to paint a Shakespeare forgery
thinking it quite a bellwether
with its alluring imagery
true poetry speaks to the heart
with its multicolored rambling
and flashes that the brain impart
to expose an inner rumbling
     poetry brings sight to the blind
     when spoken words entice the mind

 

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a lifeline

March 26, 2020

 

serendipity surrenders
silently held reason aloud
watching the many pretenders
rise to the top of today’s crowd
speaking a special language lost
on truthfulness sitting waiting
trying to count the current cost
of all the doomsday debating
creating uncertainty’s fear
for the crazy things that transpire
lounging lazily waiting here
for the outcome goodness desire
     things may happen without design
     only God offers a lifeline

 

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contagion

March 25, 2020

 

i awoke early this morning
looking thru my shuttered windows
watching the silent sun dawning
resting in the darkened shadows
hiding from a world gone crazy
fearful of these present attacks
though the truth is somewhat hazy
from the media’s talking hacks
telling stories of a new bug
that attacks everyone it finds
acting just like a Chinese thug
brainwashing unsuspecting minds
     caution destroys greatness accrued
     contagion keeps people subdued

 

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words

March 24, 2020

 

sometimes words freely flow
fragrantly fast i know
painting picturesque pictures
my imagination sow
of dancing bears
and prancing giraffes
laughing at all the gaffes
politicians make
trying to tiptoe
into greatness
in life

other times words can creep
somewhat slowly in my sleep
languishing lazily longing
while counting shyly silent sheep
hopping over back fences
without defenses
following the Shepherd’s senses
to His hidden home
in heaven
without a peep
and meek
trying to tiptoe
into goodness
hereafter

 

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protection follows

March 23, 2020

 

now can you see His angels near
surrounding you on every side
to protect a life held so dear
tossed about on the waves of pride
open your eyes to His glory
to see His goodness everywhere
and avoid a purgatory
of eternity in despair
senseless death’s not too far behind
trying to gather broken souls
left walking in the darkness blind
and lost looking for life’s controls
     protection follows in faith’s wake
     when obedience never brake

 

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fleshly lust

March 22, 2020

 

the Lord strengthens me every day
as i walk with Him thru this life
my heart’s desire is to obey
avoiding fleshly lust for strife
and for greed and power and fame
which things can never satisfy
and can never lust’s desire tame
till my flesh the Lord mortify
when confessing His name aloud
to everyone living and dead
speaking of His goodness endowed
with blessings upon a bowed head
     many somehow forget to pray
     walking in fleshly lust today

 

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free of charge

March 21, 2020

 

prior generations laughing
at a people gone far astray
watching reality morphing
into a socialist ballet
of addicts courting illegals
rewarding their bad behavior
offering freedom of eagles
pretending to be their savior
patriots fight against madness
that wants criminals not to pay
patriots seek only goodness
for legal citizens today
     offering freedom free of charge
     destroys America at large

 

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thirteen

March 20, 2020

 

thirteen is a complex number
walking between good and evil
some people it will encumber
with anxiety’s upheaval
a simple ordinal gone mad
with a superstition unhinged
a day when black cats declared bad
and simple common sense infringed
but then at first there stood thirteen
colonies of Britain’s empire
they stood in the divide between
protection and freedom’s desire
     protection’s need leads us astray
     the first thirteen show us the way

 

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who can say

March 19, 2020

 

who can say what tomorrow brings
to a land where vitriol cheer
for leaders promising free things
and for selfishness held so dear
our way of life will only last
when picking a less traveled road
returning to the pleasant past
where liberty was once bestowed
to a time when people agreed
to keep our government working
silencing people who mislead
ridding us of evil lurking
     can giving freebies ever last
     maybe after freedom has passed

 

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a pleasant land

March 18, 2020

 

goodness surveys a pleasant land
looking from sea to shining sea
truly trying to understand
why people will never agree
too many become offensive
because of political creed
wanting changes too extensive
for democracy to succeed
others want this great republic
to return to its founding roots
when liberty was idyllic
and integrity solved disputes
     socialists think they can do good
     patriots show for sure they would

 

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Your answer

March 17, 2020

 

my simple world turned upside down
when first i stood before Your throne
Your head adorned with golden crown
my way lit up by goodness sown
please i said to my Lord above
can You teach me to follow You
filling everyone’s heart with love
and knowing it’s God they pursue
then i waited for Your reply
to a question so rarely asked
knowing i do want to comply
and in Your sight my heart unmasked
     Your answer came by a small voice
     will you in Me with love rejoice

 

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globalists

March 16, 2020

 

globalists sell America
with one single deal at a time
hoping for a small replica
of the U.S.A. paradigm
for businesses crossing borders
into smaller poorer nations
for their workers filling orders
to satisfy expectations
for shifting America’s wealth
to globalist pockets abroad
encouraging a secret stealth
to cover up their hidden fraud
     globalists only worship greed
     until God’s glory intercede

 

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viruses

March 15, 2020

 

viruses arise everywhere
returning yearly to attack
everyone breathing in the air
quickly entering thru a crack
creating fear for everyone
notably the older infirmed
showing up when winter begun
with sickness and death reaffirmed
an easy way to cull the herd
removing weakness every year
created by nature unstirred
or by science to persevere
     viruses by nature or man
     attacking whomever they can

 

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politics divides

March 14, 2020

 

a president answers the call
to serve a nation by leading
and the people he must enthrall
to follow a way worth heeding
a way in which everyone wins
creating many jobs at home
and everyone’s success begins
by rewriting tomorrow’s tome
so why do people not agree
with righting a ship that’s askew
allowing the crumbling debris
to enslave a people anew
     politics divides a nation
     killing Godly conversation

 

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Godly goodness

March 13, 2020

 

sing a tune of ever after
when everyone chooses happy
filled with overflowing laughter
and timeless tunes of love sappy
a time when evil disappears
and only Godly goodness lives
a time when true love perseveres
and a brother always forgives
a time when people get along
helping others – never taking
a time when everyone belong
sharing goodness – not forsaking
     there comes a time approaching fast
     when Godly goodness wins at last

 

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God sees

March 12, 2020

 

sometimes shame seems a deterrent
reminding not to walk that way
but not always quite apparent
to one willing to disobey
so why choose to mock His command
just to grab a moment of love
and why show where your ego stand
knowing He is the God above
He looks into your beating heart
seeing who you really are
not the false image you impart
but His silently shining star
     remember God sees everything
     especially to whom you cling

 

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bended knee

March 11, 2020

 

goodness inspects a grateful heart
hearing the sacrifice of praise
offering thanksgiving to start
following love all of my days
created in secret places
in ways only You ever know
giving me faith without traces
where Your goodness begins to glow
i sow seeds of Your love around
everywhere i go in Your name
people look at me newly found
seeing my passion in Your flame
     Your goodness grows boldly in me
     growing in faith on bended knee

 

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God alone

March 10, 2020

 

reality confounds the best
imagining how the world works
when everyone follows their quest
along a path where danger lurks
God’s miracles keep us alive
wandering thru this life of tears
it’s a wonder any survive
when darkness can bring out our fears
and sickness can destroy the flesh
ravaged by our own defenses
but God alone the soul refresh
with the blessing He dispenses
     sickness can bring us to death’s door
     God alone gives life evermore

 

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blessings

March 9, 2020

 

spiritual blessings abound
for everyone the Father called
predestined to be chosen crowned
and adopted His own enthralled
remember then from where you came
walking in the ways of the world
before you knew Jesus by name
and you saw His goodness unfurled
enter in to His thanksgiving
approaching with gladness of heart
bask in His goodness for living
with His blessings for a new start
     God’s own blessings given for free
     redemption His own guarantee

 

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heaven awaits

March 8, 2020

 

look at the stars sparkling above
painted across the nighttime sky
tell me then whom you’re thinking of
and to whom your troubled heart cry
can you see the devil shooting
his piercing arrows flying fast
chasing goodness persecuting
hoping hatred forever last
soon the King’s coming in the clouds
to gather together His own
eschewing all the ranting crowds
when at His goodness they bemoan
     heaven awaits those who believe
     walking with the King their reprieve

 

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God’s own Son

March 7, 2020

 

to whom will you obey today
anyone speaking words you fear
telling you the world’s in decay
creating uncertainty near
tomorrow’s outlook turning grim
when your safety under attack
and hatred overflows its brim
not knowing who covers your back
why not then listen to God’s words
spoken by people in the know
not those walking in worldly herds
but standing in His light aglow
     walk today in the garden sun
     talking daily with God’s own Son

 

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trust

March 6, 2020

 

victory remembers the best
when goodness took a righteous stand
and darkness did loudly protest
healing offered a dying land
senseless hatred now stirs the worst
hoping for a revolution
with activist words well-rehearsed
to destroy a Constitution
they say democracy has died
having outlived its usefulness
and now socialism must abide
to hide the ugly truthfulness
     social values seem to have won
     goodness must again trust the Son

 

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death’s calling

March 4, 2020

 

death’s calling from a distant grave
offering enticements for free
follow him to get what you crave
becoming his new devotee
it does not matter where you live
nor how powerful your station
in the end your life you must give
when death demands your oblation
an eternity spent with him
when he will put you thru his test
proving how your light he can dim
with constant torture as his guest
     cry aloud since no one can hear
     recall now how at God you sneer

 

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evil’s dues

March 3, 2020

 

the world awaits her protection
silently hoping for the best
trying to avoid infection
by a virus China professed
secretly devising death’s bugs
while defying a world accord
making them resistant to drugs
payback for tariffs their reward
with this virus quickly spreading
faster than doctors can maintain
and with people dying dreading
an outcome they cannot contain
     when evil walks in human shoes
     the world always pays evil’s dues

 

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too many

March 2, 2020

 

too many come today to steal
and many more to maim and kill
invaders from the south with zeal
hoping they can their greed fulfill
hiding quietly in plain sight
in a sanctuary city
protecting their illegal plight
as victims of lib’ral pity
pawns obeying evil masters
to preserve their own existence
stories told by fake newscasters
with a bleeding heart’s insistence
     committing crimes supports their stay
     now ICE hunts them without delay

 

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deceit

March 1, 2020

 

deceit denies interfering
wanting to maintain her cover
hoping to become endearing
to her leftist lib’ral lover
secretly telling Russian lies
about another candidate
hiding in a proper disguise
speaking words to intimidate
words of dark desire to destroy
anyone opposing her will
with many comrades to deploy
spreading darkness her special skill
     thru deceit collusion aligned
     Pelosi and Russia entwined

 

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i see

February 28, 2020

 

i see the Lord standing
in the midst of heaven
hearing Him commanding
remove ye all leaven
repenting every day
living in His power
following in His way
He is my strong tower
my cup overflowing
my daily prayer made
to see Your light glowing
my debt already paid
     i seek You day and night
     Your love my heart’s delight

 

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overflowing

February 26, 2020

 

darkness rolling over the hills
seen thru the late afternoon fog
sometimes bringing in frigid chills
to a valley covered in smog
a valley once known for sunshine
where once friendship silently grew
between two people love entwine
with a daring they found anew
caring grew in love and marriage
with two children adding delight
seeking truth for life’s advantage
hidden in the Lord’s shining light
     growing together in His care
     overflowing His love to share

 

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Jacob’s story

February 25, 2020

 

summer sun shining down brightly
walking across an empty field
never taking your words lightly
about Messiah’s life revealed
your heart overflows precious love
for the God of Jacob’s story
worshipping Him unseen above
teaching me about His glory
showing your love living for Him
loving everyone in your life
until in death your love did dim
leaving me abandoned in strife
     loving you and God once the same
     my love for Him now i proclaim

 

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swamp dwellers

February 23, 2020

 

the D.C. swamp’s overflowing
words of hate lingering aloud
attacking truth daily growing
thinking dweller egos endowed
making themselves felt everyday
betraying the voter’s choices
serving evil along the way
to silence so many voices
seeking to destroy every good
with scandals protecting their own
doing everything that they could
to guarantee that hatred sown
     swamp dwellers wade into the deep
     when Trump turns the tables they weep

 

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true love

February 21, 2020

 

true love always my heart does feel
with Your presence within my soul
knowing truly You are real
and my gratitude words extol
seeking safety in the garden
walking in the cool of the day
knowing all my sin You pardon
and for forgiveness always pray
asking You my Lord of glory
when honoring Your precious name
to make me part of Your story
speaking boldly about Your fame
     telling everyone of Your grace
     how with mercy Your love embrace

 

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contrition

February 19, 2020

 

contrition requires brokenness
and with my God an openness
confessing everything within
all of my transgressions and sin
knowing He forgives every saint
everyone walking in restraint
humbly calling on Jesus’ name
the Lord of glory to proclaim
bowing before the risen Lord
with promises of life’s reward
and heavenly blessings outpoured

 

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Job

February 17, 2020

 

Job was afflicted by his God
never thinking it very odd
even when explaining aloud
about his obedience vowed
knowing his Lord is all he needs
and in humility succeeds
being ravaged by affliction
holding to his strong conviction
that he sinned not against the Lord
and that His law he has adored
hiding commandments in his heart
knowing he has been set apart
for his Master’s use every day
regardless of his pain’s dismay
even when accused of sinning
by his friends with faces grinning
thinking Job was not obeying
and indeed the Lord betraying
until the Lord began to speak
reminding them their frame is weak
and that they don’t know the Lord’s ways
nor why creation brings Him praise
nor why tribulation’s a test
that’s aimed at bringing out the best
in all His faithful followers
with His obedient sowers
planting seeds of loving kindness
speaking to their gospel blindness
showing them His precious goodness

 

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ashes

February 15, 2020

 

when lightning flashes
and thunder crashes
violence smashes
America’s dream
with hatred extreme
destroying the norm
as liars transform
goodness to ashes

 

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love blaring

February 14, 2020

 

before i met you long ago
there came a day i did not know
a day of speaking love aloud
kept hidden covered by a shroud
a day of feelings to express
my heart’s desire i would confess
a day i learned true love’s meaning
with my heart back then careening
a day i met you face to face
finally ready to embrace
a love forever in me true
a love that then made its debut
pursuing you to be my own
very precious Valentine sown
these forty years of love sharing
daring to expose my caring
with action speaking love blaring

 

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belief

February 11, 2020

 

belief belongs before the cross
purified out of fleshly dross
humbled by the Lord of glory
seen in visions very hoary
seeking me to obey today
knowing there is no other way
except with gratitude of heart
commanding ego to depart
closely following the Lord’s ways
following His Spirit always
bowing down with humility
feeling peaceful tranquility
given as a gift of His love
with tribulation from above
to test the depths of my belief
not to follow after the thief
coming at night to steal and maim
not to seek after worldly fame
trusting the Lord for everything
and to His gracious goodness cling
knowing His faith my precious gift
and in belief my soul He lift
setting fleshly desire adrift

 

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the Lord’s love

February 9, 2020

 

the Lord’s love forever remains
glowing brightly across the plains
of Armageddon every day
a battle raging on display
never seen by His faithful saints
fighting blindly in His constraints
unable to strike deadly blows
to disable God’s evil foes
to send them back into hiding
back to where Satan’s abiding
but alas at last the Lord win
fighting the ugliness of sin
finally destroying it all
everything evil since the fall
loving all His saints standing tall

 

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laziness

February 7, 2020

 

laziness languishes lifelong
trying to learn how to belong
seeking after self-serving greed
fighting for everything of need
when all that’s wanted is to hide
hoping the government provide
money and time for activism
to create dissention’s dark schism
to satisfy every desire
not caring for another’s ire
about getting something for free
never needing to work to be
content living a raucous life
with none of the typical strife
survival requires of us all
when answering liberty’s call
to support the greatest nation
without need for explanation
that living off others is wrong
that singing socialism’s sad song
only leads to mass destruction
and to liberty’s abduction
when laziness death’s seduction

 

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sour grapes

February 5, 2020

 

the sour grapes of wrath her reward
for godless behavior implored
when contemplating her desire
thinking with whom she may conspire
to continue her power’s grip
while flying on an ego trip
to strategize against the right
guarantying she wins the fight
with bright new ideas ablaze
of how to satisfy her craze
for destroying America
and creating a replica
of the U.S.S.R. today
where every enemy will pay
for violating her wishes
by serving up Godly fishes
earning her fierce retribution
for saving the constitution
from a San Francisco traitor
trying to become dictator
a mafia boss for the left
leaving all the people bereft
of American politics
leading all of the lunatics
and left leaning lib'ral liars
to carry out her dark desires
to become god of a nation
with all the pomp and elation
demanding her coronation

 

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love becomes

February 3, 2020

 

love becomes the many favors
never seeking any waivers
stretched across an ocean crashing
dressed in garments very dashing
reaching out to touch another
even in inclement weather
chasing after ever after
lost in dreams of too much laughter
crashing thunder across the sky
hoping never to say goodbye
keeping giving in great supply

 

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stubbornness

February 1, 2020

 

stubbornness will always abound
when everywhere criticism’s found
trying to break a spirit’s will
incapable of standing still
wanting to use God’s given gifts
somehow causing parental rifts
and discipline quickly bestowed
on a child ready to explode
chasing after good solutions
spinning wheels in revolutions
moving fast but getting nowhere
fighting feelings of life’s despair
wanting to learn how to succeed
hoping an ego won’t impede
allowing progress to move fast
hoping indeed the goodness last
until adulthood saunters in
wanting to know how to begin
seeking Godly strength from within

 

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addiction

January 30, 2020

 

addiction denies the battle
lost in the soft spoken prattle
running quickly in the darkness
lost in overwhelming starkness
alighting on a candle flame
trying to leave behind the shame
feeling guilt unable to care
living my life in dark despair
walking thru the caverns of hell
knowing there is nothing to tell
about beginning life’s long trip
except maybe a funny quip
about a childhood lived in pain
with never any love to gain
unable to complain aloud
knowing no one was ever proud
caught up only in their own thing
without a pleasant song to sing
passing down addiction’s feelings
never knowing any healings
forever fighting to get clean
until the Lord did intervene
to bring to me my love Maureen

 

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America

January 28, 2020

 

America sings a sad song
of desperation righting wrong
trying to overcome the worst
even when many are coerced
immersed in media lying
watching people’s goodness dying
crying for the innocence tossed
the promised price for justice lost
on the bone pile of history
lost in the untold mystery
of liberty’s freedom gone wild
when Godliness has been beguiled
and darkness clouds a nation’s mind
and people’s eyes are covered blind
finding nothing is as it seems
not even true Holiness gleams
in the hurting hearts of today
franticly searching for a way
to redeem America when
people begin to hear again
the truth spoken by Godly men

 

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hopelessness

January 26, 2020

 

hopelessness walks across the stage
with darkness as its going wage
for giving in to evil's ways
singing silently evil's praise
pretending all is going well
even when a life's lived in hell
sounding the warning bell aloud
languishing lost within a crowd
darkness encroaching on feelings
when taking drugs for life's dealings
for pain causing daily reelings

 

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elusive democracy

January 24, 2020

 

why’s democracy elusive
and truth and justice reclusive
hoping goodness again engage
where hate continues to enrage
the lib’ral minded masses here
standing tall for the demon’s cheer
and the left’s political war
throwing liberty out the door
overturning the voter’s choice
silencing democracy’s voice
by impeaching a president
with an illegal precedent
of lying lib’ral fantasies
and of fake news conspiracies
idiocies of collusion
a simple minded delusion
where goodness turns into evil
causing maximum upheaval
with their destructive attitudes
and their insipid platitudes
spewing the politics of greed
where only the left can succeed
wanting to destroy a nation
with hate’s greatest indignation
and socialism’s coronation

 

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elusive happiness

January 22, 2020

 

wherefore happiness elusive
throughout the world so reclusive
hoping for many to engage
when silent sorrow does enrage
and lawful justice never seen
by snowflakes thinking truth obscene
with feelings ruling day and night
doing everything they deem right
knowing always every answer
following the necromancer
with doom and gloom looming nearby
ready to descend from on high
destroying happiness today
with global warming here to stay
and guns killing peaceful feelings
easy prey for evil’s dealings
hiding in the deadly darkness
from every day’s whitewashed starkness
silently chasing happiness
with feelings of unworthiness
in a world bathed in ugliness

 

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happiness

January 20, 2020

 

snowflakes keep falling day by day
chasing happiness far away
falling snow dripping from the trees
temperature dropping degrees
no one willing to brave the cold
sitting patiently growing old
waiting for a new tomorrow
to wash away saddened sorrow
for simple pleasures passing by
for warmer weather in supply
when happiness no longer shy

 

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elusive God

January 18, 2020

 

wherefore God remain elusive
far off standing so reclusive
awaiting goodness to engage
a generation that enrage
the God of glory walking near
imposing justice causing fear
for many souls who run away
hoping to live another day
profiting from independence
denying all God’s evidence
revealed against unrighteous men
seeing truth again and again
clear proof that God exists alive
and with His blessings man survive
but rather many turn their back
and some will openly attack
the God of goodness every day
expecting Him to turn away
while also doing their own thing
ignoring always the true King
who offers everyone His love
His salvation’s gift from above
if only they would turn to Him
repenting with a heartfelt hymn
singing aloud for all to hear
so all God’s holy angels cheer
for a loving God held so dear

 

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elusive love

January 16, 2020

 

wherefore love remain elusive
in shadows standing reclusive
to all drawing near to engage
in human antics that enrage
calamity there in the dark
two lovers walking in the park
emotions tingling lover’s heart
thinking Godly goodness so smart
to allow their closeness this day
each going the very same way
praying for ego to depart
no longer keeping them apart
so a humble heart may prosper
hearing intimacy’s whisper
growing louder in lover’s ears
chasing far away all their fears
to let another person in
with a seemingly childish grin
from the deepest depths from within

 

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destiny

January 15, 2020

 

destiny lurks behind the scene
waiting longing to intervene
watching godlessness in control
trying to destroy every soul
walking along a Godly road
leading to a humble abode
where righteousness sits open eyed
seeing everywhere good applied
and love and justice sing aloud
of times gone by when evil cowed
and Godly goodness shines brightly
walking across the mind nightly
trusting in the God of glory
telling of His final story
when destiny will overcome
the deadly demons to succumb
to the timing of God’s own drum

 

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all glory

January 14, 2020

 

all glory honor and praise
belong to You my Lord
as i walk thru this maze
called life
struggling all of my days
to honor You in strife
and in all the many ways
i engage the worldly horde
to bring glory to Your name
with words spoken of Your fame
and Your creator’s claim
on every living soul
living under Your control
ready to give You all the praise
throughout all my waking days
as You require
and i desire
in all that transpire
here on earth
for what it’s worth
amidst the dearth
of Godly souls

 

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a wicked heart

January 12, 2020

 

a wicked heart’s foolish at best
with hatred driving her dark quest
languishing lost along the way
looking for ways to win the day
seeking after an unknown god
to help win her anglo-jihad
walking across the land to claim
the deadly darkness for her fame
and victory over her foes
striking her god’s powerful blows
upon the heads of innocence
falling to their knees in silence
relinquishing their liberty
forced into lasting poverty
when a wicked heart’s in control
with wicked henchmen on patrol
chasing goodness into a hole

 

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freedom

January 10, 2020

 

freedom believes the guarantee
a right fought for on land and sea
fighting tyranny way back then
so people say again Amen
publicly worshipping their God
without needing to think it odd
when so many others fight back
against Godliness they attack
hoping to shut up those who speak
in favor of one God to seek
in a world where freedom’s now bleak

true freedom’s gift for everyone
who believes the work of the Son
in faith’s loving adoration
hating evil’s contemplation
demeaning God’s reputation

true freedom loves beyond measure
believing in God’s good pleasure
offering freely God’s treasure
sharing the truth with everyone
good news so the race may be won

true freedom enters the battle
ignoring the worldly prattle
ready to defend and obey
the Lord of Glory every day
showing goodness along the way

 

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tomorrow

January 8, 2020

 

walk with me
and talk with me
as i set my sights on tomorrow
letting go of all past sorrow
for the memories passing by
with never more than a sigh
trying to remember why
i sought not fame nor fortune
listening to my heart’s favorite tune
playing soulful songs
wanting to right evil’s wrongs
every time i see evil on the rise
wearing his pleasant evil disguise
showing himself with many lies
and cries of destruction
speaking words of induction
into his army of affliction
forcing evil’s dark restriction
on the greatest constitution
governing the greatest institution
offering freedom and liberty to all
willing to heed the nation’s call
to make America great again
encouraging goodness to stand up when
deceitfulness rears its ugly head
trying to create its wanton dread
wanting to destroy all Godliness dead

so arise tomorrow
to walk a road that’s narrow
righting all of evil’s wrongs
speaking truth to the throngs
waiting to hear the Messiah’s words
speaking love to the herds
setting their hearts ablaze
offering Jesus all their praise
following Him all their days
ending all the sorrow
starting tomorrow

 

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remember

January 6, 2020

 

i’ll remember all of my days
walking in my God’s precious ways
not knowing why He touched my heart
with His grace to set me apart
lighting ablaze my humble soul
with all His goodness in control
making me His grateful steward
to guard His gift moving forward
protecting all He’s provided
while in His love i’ve abided
and decided to hold tightly
while walking in His grace rightly
His light shining thru me brightly

 

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in His love

January 5, 2020

 

may the Lord’s hand be upon you
allowing goodness to accrue
leading you to the promised land
where in eternity you stand
as the Father has always planned

continue then to Him obey
so His light lead you on your way
shining through you into darkness
speaking boldly in the starkness
exalting you in your weakness

arise and walk in His Spirit
and His humbleness inherit
talking to Him all the day long
knowing that to Him you belong
singing loudly your heart’s love song

speak of His precious gift aloud
His blood shed for salvation vowed
knowing your sin He took away
standing by your side every day
so in His love you always stay

 

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God’s treasure

January 3, 2020

 

do you know God’s gifted treasure
intended to bring life pleasure
struggling to live life together
connected by your heart’s tether
joined by God as husband and wife
one man and one woman for life
learning to accept each other
Christ’s heirs as sister and brother
so use not love to judge your spouse
blaming them in God’s gracious house
for they too are made in God’s love
to comfort your soul from above
two souls in tender love’s embrace
sometimes fighting for ego’s place
hoping not to God’s love disgrace

 

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pushing boundaries

January 2, 2020

 

pushing boundaries all the time
young ones hear not the ringing chime
warning them of the coming ledge
danger approaching mountain’s edge
unstopped by God’s protective hedge

a little girl thinks she knows best
putting her mother to the test
intent on getting her own way
with crying tantrums on display
causing her mother such dismay

she’s a beautiful little girl
who loves to always spin and twirl
singing happy songs quietly
and movie lines accurately
like her mother passionately

she loves to draw pictures all day
and even giving some away
grandpa hanging them on the wall
thinking them to be best of all
hoping his love she will recall

emotions jumbled in her heart
trying to learn her proper part
in family life’s ups and downs
listening to anger’s sad sounds
wanting her parents back in bounds

she understands not how life works
exposed to all its common quirks
lurking in her hidden spaces
not able to see love’s traces
showing up in parents’ faces

the day will come when she knows all
about how relationships fall
recalling how her parents’ love
was stronger than an ego’s glove
knit together by God above

 

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bless you

January 1, 2020

 

may the Lord bless you this new year
filling your heart with Godly cheer
shining His light upon your path
helping to avoid evil’s wrath
directing you to go His way
keeping you holy every day
giving you peace to call on Him
so your cup runs over its brim
with His love lifting you on high
when to His word you will comply
and on eagle wings you will fly

 

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