Before Felix: Acts Poem 24

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Antonius Felix – Public Domain

Before Felix – Paul pled his case

Revealing the accusations

Were not the case

For the temple he did not defile

But he merely worshiped as was his style

But the leaders a riot incited

Because their hearts were benighted

And the governor – who knew the Way

Deferred judgement for some other day


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Acts Poem 24 from chapter 24.

Corinth: Acts Poem 18

Circus, Tent, Flag, Small, Fun, Circus
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Aquila exiled from Italy

The result of imperial decree

With Pricilla, his wife to Hellas’ isthmus did flee

To practice their industry

Leather workers and makers of tents by trade

This was their daily labour

And serving Jesus their Saviour

Now Paul the Apostle, a tentmaker too

Came to them to work and stay

And together they answered the Lord’s call

Teaching Jews and Gentiles all


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Acts poem 18 for Acts 18.

Council: Acts Poem 15

James the Just, whose judgment was adopted in the Apostolic Decree of Acts 15:19–29, Public Domain

In Jerusalem a council held

Important decisions to be made

Apostles and elders gathered there

To discuss who should be saved

It was in a sense a task redundant

As it was a call the Spirit had already made

As Paul had baptised Gentiles of faith

And Peter too with Cornelius a foundation laid

And so circumcision of the flesh was not a requirement given

For the circumcision of the heart

Was all that’s needed to enter Heaven

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Poem 15 from Acts 15 for February’s Acts Poems

As Christians Named: Acts Poem 11

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Persecution of the church in Jerusalem

Driving out believers by the pain

But this was not the end, but only a start

For they carried the gospel on their lips and heart

Into Asia: in Antioch and Tarsus

New churches were planted and grew

An it was in Antioch that a name was coined

And it was as “Christian” that people of them knew


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Acts poem 11 based on Acts 11 for February.

Holy Spirit’s Gleaning: Acts Poem 10

Soldier, Roman, Centurion, Warrior, Ancient
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Cornelius was a man of authority

A true leader of men

A centurion from Italy

An officer and a gentile-man

He had a spirit generous

And on serving God he was intent

An angel appeared and instructed him

A message to Simon Peter was to be sent

Though reluctant to heed the call

Peter too a vision received

Of unclean things he was to dine

An image that left him grieved

The Lord assured him all was made clean

And Peter took its meaning

And so to the Roman he set off

To witness the Holy Spirit’s harvest gleaning


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Poem 10 based on Acts 10 for February Acts Poems.

On A Road Converted: Acts Poem 9

The Conversion of Saint Paul, by Caravaggio – Public Domain

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A man angered by the absurdity of it all

The dead don’t rise – after all

So the man whose name was Saul

Was well prepared to answer the Council’s call

To Damascus he would go

And the authority of Jerusalem he would show

To nip in the bud this false claim

And if need be – inflict some pain

But on the road a light from above

Knocked him over like a boxing glove

A voice from a speaker which rang true

Changed forever Saul’s point of view

So now blinded – Saul to Damascus was led

A witness now too – of Jesus risen from the dead


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February Acts Poems number 9 based on Acts 9.

Candace’s Man: Acts Poem 8

The Baptism of the Eunuch by Rembrandt van Rijn – Public Domain

Candace’s servant wisdom did seek

He searched the scriptures but his knowledge was weak

He needed a guide to show him the way

So the Spirit sent Philip to teach him that day

The truths he sought – were made plain

And soon to a certain water they came

And going down in it

A new child of God was born

And he carried the gospel

To Africa’s horn


Poem 8 for February’s Acts Poems based on Acts 8

Upright: Acts Poem 7

Stoning of Saint Stephen, by Jacopo & Domenico Tintoretto – Public Domain

A testimony bold by an upright man

A martyr’s fate soon to recieve

A history of a people related

To urge his accusers to believe

He was prepared to stand steadfast

No matter what consequences on Earth it might bring

For he was prepared to declare the truth

Of his risen everlasting King

And when the crowd in rage rose

Jesus from His throne did too

And welcomed His servant to His side

As stones and insults the mob threw


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Poem 7 of the February Acts Poems based on Chapter 7.

Dear Theophilus: Acts Poem 1

John Singleton Copley in Ascension (1775) Public Domain

A Saviour risen and to Heaven borne

A traitor’s suicide because of self-scorn

A replacement picked from those who stayed the course

The chosen man, by the the Spirit endorsed

And so the church’s history begins –

How the way of light started and overcame sin

With Peter, and Paul, and a deacon or two

Dear Theophilus, I’ll reveal it to you


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I hope to write 28 poems in February based on the 28 chapters of Acts. This is the first instalment.

Upon Your Heart

Man Holding a Mezuzah
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Deuteronomy 11: 18 -20:

“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as reminders on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, speaking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates . . .”

The word of God the people did receive

Calling on the faithful to believe

To write it on their gates

And wear it on their forehead

To have the word always in their hearts

And from there always be led


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