A Year

Padre’s Ramblings

It has been a year now since you went away

That passing of time, my love does not allay

You have gone to meet our Saviour 

Having through Jesus’ blood found His favour

I do with faith daily pray

That I too will join Him on my “getting up” day

Till then I shall your memory hold dear

And on this anniversary shed a tear


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The Eater

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To Timnah, Samson was bound

A Pagan wife to be found

Attacked by a lion along the way

With its own life – the beast did pay

Later Samson found honey sweet

In the remains of the lion he beat

Then on his wedding day

He for clothes – a wager did play

He riddled of an eater from which he did eat

Of the strong bringing forth something sweet

Foiled in challenge by his deceitful wife

To Ashkelon he carried homicidal strife

He returned to the banquet his debt to pay

As for the wife – he gave her away


Judges 14

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It’s Simple

Loudspeaker, Man, Boy, Holding, Speaking
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Acts 17: 16 and following reads,

“Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was being provoked within him as he was observing the city full of idols. So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present. And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would this babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection. And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming? For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.” (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)

Recently, Brother Larry spoke on the topic of:  “It’s in your testimony.”  I am going to build on that and note that – “It’s simple,” because our testimonies don’t have to be anything complicated.

There are many ways of making a simple testimony.  For example, I set out on in August to write 15 Bible Poems.  One of these is offered here as a sample:

In desperation –

In greatest need-

Begging for mercy –

For help – she did plead

Rebuffed for her efforts

She did not relent –

With just crumbs from the table

She would be content

Such faith she did show

As one from outside

Jesus’ used her example

To show His mercy’s cast wide

Just crumbs from the table

Is all it does take

For us also today

A life change to make

 

In Mark 7:24-30, we find the story of the Syrophoenician Woman (cited above in the poem). Hers was a testimony of faith. It didn’t require elaborate words, or a vast understanding of scripture.  This woman was an outsider but an outsider with faith!

Such simple faith aids us.  Even without deep theological training, the plain sense of scripture can make sense – then you can find the heart of the Gospel.  It doesn’t require Greek and Hebrew.

I am a theologian. I teach and write about the nature of faith and of God. But I cannot teach faithfulness. I cannot put you in a relationship with God. That is the limitation of my ministry.  

That is why we have a body of believers!

Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us:

“And he gave to some to be, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Did you notice that the passage said to some – not all are apostles, or prophets, pastors, and such like?   Some are mothers and fathers, carers, greeters, singers, dancer, and helpers.

Your witness – your testimony – your ministry is the talent the Lord has given to you.  And none – none – Not pastors, or worship leaders, or theologians is any more important than yours.

One powerful witness – remember this about witness – is Dorcas or Tabitha in Acts 9: 36 – 39

“In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.  Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.”

Your profession of the gospel – your testimony is how you live your life of faith. What’s called the great commission “Go into to all the world and make disciples,” can be read to mean – not to be a purposeful missionary, but “As you go.”

Your – our – actions speak to those we encounter.  It is by our actions as well as by our words that we are ambassadors for Christ.  As Brother Larry put it, “It’s in your testimony.”

 

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Crumbs (ABP 14)

Food, Bread, Crumbs, Crispy, Stick
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In desperation –

In greatest need-

Begging for mercy –

For help – she did plead

Rebuffed for her efforts

She did not relent –

With just crumbs from the table 

She would be content

Such faith she did show

As one from outside

Jesus’ used her example 

To show His mercy’s cast wide

Just crumbs from the table

Is all it does take

For us also today

A life change to make

 

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Mark 7:24-30

August Bible Poems 14

Crumbs: Discussion of the text

 

Rainbow Days

Clouds, Rainbow, Meadow, Colorful, Colourful

Our lives are full of joys and loves

Spring flowers and Summer days

Golden leaves of the Fall

And soft snowflakes among which we did play

And remember also there have been storms

As it might feel in this current malaise

But look up and remember that from storms

We find our new rainbow days


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For H.S. Monroe’s friend

Garment Rent (ABP 11)

Pants, Jeans, Blue, Blue Jeans, Clothing, Macro, Human

Saul in a cave – his robe’s corner cut*

An emblem of his own sin

His life spared and and oath given

His pursuit of David did end

 

Job head shaven and garment torn**

A sign of sorrow and woe

With all life’s riches taken from him

Only to God – could he go

 

The High Priest his own coat did rend***

In fury and conceit

“Blasphemy” he did contend

His spiritual blindness being complete

 

Jesus upon the cross – soldiers gambling below****

Yet, His garment was not rent

A symbol – we like the garment – might be made whole

For Jesus himself – to be broken – was sent

 

1 Samuel 24*

Job 1**

Matthew 26***

John 19****

 

August Bible Poem 11

 

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Leader of the People (ABP #10)

Nicodemus replied, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things? – Slide 8

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Though a leader of the people – yet blind was he

By customs and traditions benighted

And so it was at night he came

Was mere convenience or to avoid “shame?”
“You are a teacher – sent by God good –

For you do such things – no mere man could. . . .”

 

“Wait just a moment,” Jesus did say –

“To be born again, is the only way.”

 

“‘Born again?’ How can that be?

Return to the womb – when you’re as old as me?”

 

“How is it that you a leader of men,

Cannot my words – comprehend? 

Be born not by flesh – but in Spirit true

This is the thing that men must do.”

 

And so Nicodemus went away –

His life forever – was changed that day.

 

John 3: 1-21

 

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August Bible Poem 10

 

 

 

 

 

Crowned (ABP 9)

Easter, Crown Of Thorns, Crucifixion, Christ

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Confined
And Arrested 
A captive tightly bound
Led before a court kangaroo
Silent

Taunted
New judge to face
Unwelcome case propound
Sent away – another verdict
To seek

Palace
King’s judgement seat
“Perform some magic feat”
No “magic” tricks exhibited 
Quiet

Return
Caesar’s law face
Free him or another?
Fickle masses – criminal free
Fate seal

Beaten
Thorn-crowned visage
Cross through city to bear
Raised upon post of shame and death
“Finished”

August Bible Poems 9 – I thought a crown cinquain would be a symbolically suitable form for this poem.

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