Monthly Archives: August 2016

Role Models Welcome

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Welcome (Photoshop) KR

ROLE MODELS WELCOME

The role models are all gone
No one left to carry on

The idea of such is back to front
The ‘ideal’ – lost – made blunt

No sharpness or cutting edge left
Only self-seeking indulgence – bereft…

Of character and wholesome example
Genuine stalwarts with good intentions –
ample…
Virtues to reach the younger ones

Instead we have lunatics with guns

Egoists hanging on ahead
Filling their coffers with filthy lucre’s bread

But what will pointing this out do?
Is there a remnant of choice-persons
coming through?

Are there any to salvage decencies cause?
Is normality – permanently on pause?

Is there an inkling even so to be?
Any examples left – fortuitously?

Or will a ‘morality skid row’ drag
others down
To the lowest level to be found?

Is there light on the horizon and hope
– Springing eternal against hope?

Can we step up to the mark
Can we care enough to embark…

On restoration of father’s hearts
to children, children’s to fathers
Getting ‘Stedfast love’ – off to a fine art?

Love for the King of Kings
as into the kingdom we freshly bring

Those who don’t know where to look
Adults having failed, morality forsook

But arise
all is not irredeemable
Hold forth the Word of Life as believable

It will not return void
It’s power producing one accord

Hearts suddenly made alive to God
Clean escaping Ichabod
No condemnation to those who believe
A life forgiven and retrieved.

Role models what are they?
Role models what will they say?
Role models lining up to show
Role models all in a row

Genuine men – and women too
Setting themselves to be true.
Role models of a different kind
Seeing clearly – not blind.
Reaching their hands out
Standing firm with no shadow of doubt

Where are the role models
Do you care to check?

Role models welcome back.

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PROMISES ARE YES

PROMISES ARE YES
(II Corinthians 1/19-20)

Love is warm.
Love is committed.
Love is all the book
says it should be.

…love is all you need…
…love is all you need…
…love is all you need….

…fade…

Beatles sound
on TV
all those years ago…

She loves you
yeah yeah yeah…

Love is more than
yeah yeah yeah

But let your yea be yea
and
your nay be nay

either way

yea or nay

life is full of yea or nay

but I hope you grasp
the promises which are
yea and yea and
amen and amen…

 

Let me make it clear…

LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR….

Let me make it clear
If plain to be seen is not what you see

Let me manifest the message
Per chance you don’t know what it be:

‘Christ in me the hope of Glory’
I’m not a pantheist or Ecumenical

Not in the accepted sense – nor
a cult follower who’s Maniacal

I’m not into ‘all religions together’
Nor am I an evolutionist-type of fellow

I’m just plain Christian through and through
Evangelical if you must –
a ‘singer’ (I don’t play the cello)

I want to be normal and greet you as such
I believe we can be friends even though we disagree

But sometimes that’s not enough, because
You want me on board your religion (with tea)

Sorry we can never gel – that’s just how it is
No point in pretending I’m a Buddhist or some other ‘ist’

I’m not an ‘ist’ of any kind – I’m not a ‘new age’ person
I’m not a ‘fundamentalist’ – hope you get my gist

The early church message is all for me
To follow the Redeemer is my goal

To get to know Him more intimately
To allow His Presence to make me whole

To seek His Amazing Grace day by day
And to find Him – as He has found me

To be a follower of Jesus – the only True Way
And one day to be raptured – ultimately

So if you follow this blog-temple –
Wherein you will find all kinds of expression

You will misinterpret things that are written
But I have no control over your reading session

Just to let you know in the simplicity of Christ
Jesus is still looking for followers today

And if you misinterpret the art or the message
It is not my intention to lead you astray

Words mean different things to different folk
Misunderstanding – rampant on this planet

But the Word of God penetrates your soul
Dividing it from darkness – for those who rely on it

So again finally may I say
I’m a ‘Jesus Person’ – walking with Him every day

If that’s boring or uncool to you
And I’m not with your programme – what can I say?

Call me a closed book if you will
But ‘I’m all time voting for Jesus’ eternally

You see He has put me in the Lamb’s book of life
And it all takes place within – not externally

So if you think you have a fellow sympathiser
Know that it is – true and untrue –

I’m not with doctrines outside the Christian faith
But you can join me as we fill a pew

I’ll treat you with respect and hope we can agree
At least on the weather and how to make tea

But there is no other Saviour this side of heaven
If this isn’t your belief – well is that how it’s going to be?

So my friends in the blogosphere
Before you hit the follow button
(and you are welcome here)

It’s only right that you be informed
I am pleasantly ‘dogmatic’ (as it may appear).

I want to love my neighbour regardless of who they be
But I will not compromise on the bible

The words you read or paintings you see
They are not dedicated to any religious idol

They are simply expressions of faith and love
A free’d up imagination on the run

Profound writing on the word of God
But the paintings are often – just having fun.

So there you go – hope that helps your follow button
In case – I’m not what you might think I be

I’m a follower of The Way – Jesus person – Christian
Who once was blind but now I see.

New-day Life

New-day Life

‘It’s a new day’
It seems right to say

As it is 7 am
and not
the night before,
time to arise and
walk the floor
to
gain your focus
to face the day

it is prayer
entered into
by focused heart
and mind
– strength arise
after a night of
sleep’s unwind

faith –
faith all the way

concentration is in place
seeking and reciprocation

not meditation
on self
self leads to self
no new age –
in old age
send it away

there is no god in self

Rather
lifting on high
what is already on high
the strong tower name
of the Messiah

waiting
anticipating

the Word feeds deep
to strengthen within

the secret place
of the Most High

‘what kinda sign they need
when it all comes from within’
so Robert’s song did say

Not everyone is ready
to go the narrow way

Howbeit in the spirit
we speak mysteries
believed – received.
sometimes – retrieved
after loss of way

for example
what vehicle on
foggy day
can – further go –
to find
the way?

caution:
must take
extra care
to make
the journey
to the road
of destination

and when fog lifts
and clarity is gained
remember the clarity
and what it gave

for in the image
you internally see
your salvation remains
(if first gained)

and delightsome
repose
is the peace that is given
to those
who will believe

and go on doing so –

for those who will call
– they will be answered

Do you just for once
even consider these words
tripping off the tongue
with concern for your soul?

nothing to be gained for me
for I seek you
not yours

what material gain
(let me explain)
can make a halfpenny
difference
to the short lived
sojourn you will make?

be quick to set yourself
on this new-way day

and seek the help

that comes
from above
to bring you
on through

into
the Son’s light
for your
brand
– new day –
life

Nobody knows you…

Poem
NOBODY KNOWS YOU…

Nobody knows you – like you do
But you don’t know yourself
Nobody can say it’s the true you
When you keep things hidden on the shelf

The internal shelf of the mind
Where your baggage is stored
A wardrobe of un-ironed feelings entwined
Emotional history of being elated or bored

The all seeing eye is not what you see
It seems unreachable un-findable
But get on track with truth to free
Fall into line with the prophets

Hear what God has to say
You missed it – last ten times around
Crime against yourself doesn’t pay
Scripture deeply penetrates and is profound

If you will just search it out
Seek and you will find
Before you slip away or move about
Stop and ponder long enough – in the mind

He will arrest you on Damascus roads
Fall from your high horse to your knees
It’s hard to kick against conscience goads
Without faith – just admit –
it’s impossible to please.

A word in season

A word in season

empathy |ˈɛmpəθi|
noun [ mass noun ]
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

I’m thinking about how we all need different ‘words’ at different times. And if someone sincerely comes along and gives us a ‘word’ that is just not what we need – it can throw us into confusion.

But often, it isn’t that what they say is not worthwhile – it’s just that – it isn’t what we need at that particular time.
This can cause us to ‘throw the baby out with the bathwater’.

If I’m about to cross a very busy road to get to a shop before it closes, and the traffic lights will not change in my favour, and someone comes along and tells me: ‘Well actually the lights have been broken for a few days…’

That’s not a word I want to hear right now (as I watch the shutters going down on the windows of the shop across the busy road, in which I hope to obtain the essential light bulbs) – but it’s a word I need to hear.

So it’s the wrong word and the right word!

The person giving the word should be more sympathetic, empathetic, weeping with those who weep, touched by the feeling of your infirmity but they were none of these – they just passed on a relative fact.

….
If my memory serves me well – Billy Graham the evangelist – spoke once of someone who had a placard at a political rally that read: ‘My mind is already made up don’t bother me with facts.’

Sometimes what people say seems to have little empathy attached to it. But often that’s because they are not aware of how you are feeling, and therefore can’t be empathetic. In other words, they don’t know if empathy is required.

You will also find that some folks pore in a lot of empathetic adjectives, you hope are heartfelt.
But is it enough to move us on into a better place?

And there are those who can’t seem to articulate empathy. They are perhaps of a shy disposition and don’t find expression all that easy. Yet they will sit in silence with you and by just being there are speaking volumes.

It calls for an extra portion of resilience that we may not have, when folks are unaware of what we are going through, and say something, sometimes – that is just plain foolish.

Not only do they ‘seem’ to lack empathy, but now through their insensitivity we seem to have an extra weight placed on us, because of the content in what they said.

Truth is meant to be spoken in love. Many want the love but not the truth spoken. Some can handle the truth but can’t respond to the love.

Some speak truth but fail to realise it is not born out of true experience and is used as a sticking plaster solution for your ailment. ‘Oh I read it in a magazine…’. kind of advice.

None of us want to hit people with clichés – we would like to help, but what do we say? Especially in light of the fact that what works for one person may not for another.

1 John 3:18
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

Love not in word but in deed and truth

OK – so an arm around the shoulder, seems to be a start. That’s a deed.
When it comes to the truth they need, we need wisdom from above.

When it comes to words we all differ in our preferences.

Some words given, can encourage us to continue in the pity party we are in. Other words give us a task we just can’t seem to respond to.

‘Give yourself a shake!’ – we’ve heard that one – right?
That’s an example of a word we need to hear but can’t appreciate, as it seems so empty, when we are in the doldrums of one kind or another.

Well there’s ‘a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on’ according to Jerry Lee Lewis. And maybe listening or watching him perform might be just what we need?☺️

Then again Bob Dylan might sing to us: ‘Don’t fall
apart on me tonight…’

Thanks Bob – I won’t.

‘Edification, exhortation and comfort’ are words of prophesy that the Bible sanctions. Throughout the Bible we are exhorted to hear God’s voice and not man’s only. There is an imaginary scale for this that goes, let’s say from 0 to 100.

0 would be:
“Don’t talk to me about your god, you are hearing your own thoughts elevated to a place of divinity by your own imagination’

100 would be:
(AMPC translation of the bible) Hebrews 11/5:
Because of faith Enoch was caught up and transferred to heaven, so that he did not have a glimpse of death; and he was not found, because God had translated him. For even before he was taken to heaven, he received testimony [still on record] that he had pleased and been satisfactory to God.

Put this together with these next verses:
Hebrews 11/6
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Romans 10/17:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Enoch who had great faith – got it by hearing the voice (word) of God.

In the midst of our ‘debate’ about finding comfort in times of trial or affliction, (empathy conveyed or not) when ‘vain is the help of man’ who doesn’t know what to do to help us in our pain – let us try to listen to the still small voice. (I Kings 19/12).

The voice of the One who absolutely knows exactly what it is to experience all truth. (He is the truth…)

The One who also went through every conceivably negative experience in existence – when He was cut off from His Father in heaven – and took sin and every horrible condition known to man upon Himself – on the cross.

The one who is ‘touched’ by our infirmities, and
encourages us to:

Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Enoch walked with God. He knew the difference between his own voice and God’s voice. So intimate was he in his relationship with The Lord, that he escaped death, He heard his way to heaven.

For us lesser mortals, we must start with the means God has provided to begin to hear His voice in order to stop our thoughts drowning-out His – in the clamour of our unbelief.

That means is of course the scriptures.
2 Timothy 3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

A runaway, driverless vehicle hurtling down a hill is not easy to stop. Have your own thoughts ever been like that?
At such a time it’s hard to hear anything – so you have my sympathy and empathy.

Might I suggest a starting point – coupled with asking Jesus how to do it – and incorporating the act of replacing our thoughts with God’s.

II Corinthians 10/5: casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;

To find the word we need right now – means asking, seeking, knocking – listening – responding.

What word do you need?

Having been given – having found – and Christ’s Life having been ‘opened up’ (spiritual revelation) to us in manifestation – we then let His thoughts become our thoughts.

A right word at the right time. Proverbs 25/11 – (MSG):-
The right word at the right time is like a custom-made piece of jewellery, And a wise friend’s timely reprimand is like a gold ring slipped on your finger.

On Screen

POEM

On screen

The cream coloured suite
was fallen into
cushion –
cushions –
gentle (covered) down

Legs stretched out
far as they could
arms went to double V-shapes
fallen on their sides.

fingers clasped
in familiar lock
behind the hairless head

Eyes straight ahead
were alive
in anticipation of
the rectangular box
now sophisticatedly built
beyond the decades of
it’s beginnings

But what would appear?

A favourite programme
TV show
you anticipate with
some kind of inner glow

Period piece well declared
Back in time – to those times

we go.

Joining with the good actors
and scripts
and costumes and furniture
to authenticate
the illusion

Imagination
taking over

Good story line
no crudeness necessary

No ‘unbelievable’
No dwelling on gore
No corniness
No need to indulge
in the base things
even though in the plot

Enough!

we already know about life
– what’s out there.

Let me see the talent
the ingenuity…

causing us
to think
to separate
to sort
to reminisce
to compare
to look for the noble
to celebrate the affirmation of life

what is declared?
what is the moral of the story?

exultant
we rest
and appreciate
the ability of
our fellows

Good fellows well met
on TV screen
with enjoyable yarns

who make no substitute
for talent
with exclamatory
crammed
gap filling
boring
empty headed
four-letter expletives

just sheer ability
to spend an hour with.