This has been a struggle
through my past rubble –
Ran away from it,
took a hook, threw a line
and sunk it –
Didn’t want to see it
I lived a life
I had to leave –
Not realizing God
path for me
to lead –
is never what
you fully expect of it
Lessons to be taught
and even deceptions
never intended to be bought –
The devil wears many masks,
Like a clasp
it’s up to you
what you need to do –
It’s quite simple:
“What’s best for you?”
There’s more to learn in this
life you lead
is what you need to see
because God has your back –
All you have to do is just
By Jennifer A. Avery
There is a place where I grew up;
and there remains an old rustic farm.
Abandoned it awaits quaint;
a ruffled cabin with silo;
amidst dense evergreens surroundings filled with yesteryears charms.
On hot summer days,
my girlfriend and I would ride
my red and white two-seater bike to our secret grassy knoll.
we would sit atop that hill that overlooked the old farm house;
our toes furling thickened blades of Kentucky blue grass;
as our skins darkened,
summertime taking its toll.
Our laughter would fill the air
as we imagined ourselves living there;
addressing that old rustic farm.
Hydie would warmly smile with her rich giggle,
while imagining that worn silo into a steeple;
squeezing all of our wedding guests into that one-room barn.
And Pastor Johnson adorned in his classic cleric white collar;
would proceed over our traditional Christian marriage vows.
As we would exchange our “I dos;”
me in a black tuxedo and Hydie in a stunning white gown,
we would be perspiring profusely while taking our wedding vows.
I died later that same year;
a week before my eighteenth birthday.
The irony of it all;
is that I was killed by a drunk driver
a week before her eighteenth birthday.
I miss my family and friends;
even feel sad for the young woman who t-boned my car.
I was told she might have to go to jail;
along with the guy who sold her drinks at her neighborhood bar.
Oh, I forgot to mention that Jesus Christ is here;
he told me that everything is going to be alright;
like what happened when grandma passed away.
Grandma’s here too,
but I almost didn’t recognize her
because she’s so much younger looking.
Uncle bud’s here too;
we always go fishing,
and he’s gotten so much better with his cooking.
Yesterday, we all gathered together
singing hymns to God; glorifying Him!
I put in a prayer that everyone won’t miss me as much;
even for that bully who use to rob my lunch money;
his name is Tim.
A couple of weeks ago,
I encountered my guardian angel for the first time.
and I’ve learned that Love
is the answer to everything;
and that God’s LOVE is sublime…
by Jonathan Clarke
We Are Not Alone
We are not alone, the Lord is in control
He sends down His dove, to cover us in His love
Obedience is the key, to having the victory
We are numbered as the sand,
our names are on His hand
God loves you so, His mercy overflows
He gives us His grace, to worship Him in this place
Our fellowship is true, To God our love is due
Praise Him now with me, Forever we’ll be free
His Spirit is within, just keep our thoughts on Him
He guides us day by day, and leads us along His way
We… are not alone
by Robert Perron
The Full Armor of God
The full armor of God
Is needed day by day
To keep us all safe
And to show us the way
Protection from all evil
It is a gift from the Lord
Just accept Jesus now
And He’ll give you His sword
The word of God, that is,
The sword of His Spirit
Put on the breastplate of righteousness
And His power, you will feel it
Along with both of your feet
Being shod with the Gospel of peace
Take with you the shield of faith
So the enemy’s darts will cease
Finally, take the helmet of salvation
Standing strong wearing the belt of truth
Praying always in the Spirit
Letting God’s armor be your proof
by Robert Perron
“Be a Gentleman and Let God”
How can I break a habit that took so long to master,
How can I change life’s course when I’ve never had the answer;
How can I speak into your situation when I have my own,
Or give advice for your circumstances when I can’t keep peace in my home;
How can I change the way I think when it has been my norm,
Since the day of understanding it was the mindset I formed;
How simple the answer once I get go of doubt,
Quit trying and allow God for He promised to work it out.
by William Conner
The Lord God has used me each day to reach the lives of the lost and confused, I am so very blessed to have a personal relationship with Him. I pray always for those whom are hurting and in hospitals and suffering daily from illnesses and the children that are going without that hunger and thirst, the poor and needy and less fortunate. The Lord God is always my first love; He will never forsake me nor leave me. Even though I deserve prison for all the pain I have caused I know God has forgiven me and today I am a new man. I surrendered my life to Him 1 1\2 years prior to my prison term, but a price I still paid and that’s ok, I tell others that I would rather be punished now on earth than have my life taken from me by the blotting out of my name in the book of life (DYING THE SECOND DEATH) that’s certainly no way to die.. God s love is never ending and always waiting, always forgiving and always teaching. Praise God daily for He does for others and then you, for the first shall be last and the last shall be first, Amen…
By: Michael Wellman
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ”
1 Thessalonians 5:9.
In first Thessalonians Paul wrote this letter to the Church at Thessalonica to encourage them in the faith of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This scripture tells us that God hath not appointed us to wrath, we are on this earth to do the will of God. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” So feeling the wrath of God is not for those who believe and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives.
God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but HE wants them to turn from their evil ways and live – Ezekiel 33:11. If God-Our Father takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked and wants them to live then as HIS child what does what does HE want for us? What has HE given us? I’ll tell you —LIFE AND LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY!
Think about the Father of all Fathers as you celebrate Father’s Day and thank HIM for giving you everything!
Have a Happy Father’s day!
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things and we by him” 1 Corinthians 8:6.
This morning my prayer was for the Father to give me a word for Father’s Day. In my Great Commission Group, our book to read this week is first and second Corinthians. While reading the eighth chapter, sixth verse of first Corinthians the two words the Father stuck out to me. The Holy Spirit just started ministering to me that God is the Father and that He is who I should be celebrating today and every day.
Moses tells us in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” In chapter two, verse seven Moses tells us: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” God, the Father created everything that was made and He gave us His breath of life. He gave us life so that we can honor Him and Him only. For in Him we live, and move, and have our being so he is worthy of all our praises and worship every day. He is the Father and all other Fathers came from Him. So honor your heavenly Father today and all other earthly fathers by celebrating them with love.
by George K. Walker
“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” Galatians 5:25.
We are made in the image and likeness of God, (our Father), fearfully and wonderfully made are we. He loves us so dearly that He sent Jesus, His only Son, to die for us so that we might have eternal life. If God loves us that much, then we are to love us, too.
God created the heavens and the earth and everything that was made He created, but He created us in His image and likeness. He loved us more than anything He made; we ARE a chosen people, a royal priesthood. We are to love ourselves like God does. We are to see ourselves through the eyes of scripture and God will change the way we walk, talk, feel, and see ourselves and others.
God tells us to Love Him with all of our heart, soul, and mind. Then He tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. He commands us to love ourselves. He commands us to love ourselves. Now, are you going to be obedient and love yourself?
by George K. Walker
My name is Douglas Kennedy #207632. I am currently serving a 65-100 year sentence for second degree murder. I’ll allow that to sink in for a moment because sometimes the sentence shocks people, but at the same time it’s an opportunity to share my store and how Christ has carried me through.
As it says in Ephesians 4:1, “I therefore the prisoner of the Lord beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation where with ye are called.” No matter if the State of Michigan says 65-100, Christ is for eternity. I took my natural and my spiritual life for granted, that’s why I’m here. I had many opportunities in the world, good jobs, college sports, 2 marriages, but I wasn’t fulfilled. I sought other avenues for satisfaction. Drugs, alcohol were at the top of the list. And not to mention 3 different prison stints. I was totally lost. I also couldn’t stand to be alone. I always sought out women. This is the first time I have been alone (totally) but I’m not.
I recommitted my life to God and to serve Him when I was in the county jail facing murder charges. I was at my lowest, in a suicide suit (bam bam) and on observation. I was so distraught I fought deputies so they kept me in leg shackle restraints and drugged me with Haldol/Valium to calm me. I was so far from God that I just wanted to die. I could even hear the news cast talking about me on the T.V. That was my pit. I was on the bunk, cold, couldn’t sleep because of the constant chain noise from the shackles. I was in shock and I cried. Sometimes you have to get to that point where you are broken, snapped in two, before God can really work with you. As the days wore on I got depressed and I prayed that God would take away that spirit from me. I screamed for Jesus! I was so hungry for Christ that I don’t remember ever wanting anything as much as that in my life. I didn’t care about the sentence, all I knew is that I wanted a new life. I wanted to be brand new regardless where I was physically that was not important. 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are past away behold all things are become new.”
If a man is sentenced to a sentence like mine you better be in Christ! So now I have a job to do. This is the best farm system for souls. God told me not to be concerned with me worry about the ones who don’t know me. There is the rub. It’s not about me it’s about what God wants. Even though I’m here on a “dead man’s” sentence I don’t feel dead at all. In fact I feel more alive than when I felt when I had what I had when I was on the streets. But what things were gain to me those I counted loss for Christ. Philippians 3:7. I had houses, cards, jewelry, women. I don’t have any of that now. I make 32.5¢ an hour in food service and I own 3 pairs of pants 3 shirts and I feel as rich as Bill Gates because I have a peace of mind and a spirit of rest. I don’t think of anything but what’s in front of me and that’s Christ. I no longer feel cast down I feel empowered to move for God. People will say man your dead. And I would say naw, I already died to Christ a long time ago.
That’s my testimony.