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Literature
Wake Up, America
(6/29/2014)
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Can any American--
No, can anyone really say
"God bless America"
without recognizing the irony
in speaking those words
as we live in a nation
that applauds evil
and mistakes lawlessness for freedom?
We live in a nation
where everyone does what is right
in their own eyes,
A nation where we encourage
achieving success at any cost,
where we desire sex
with no boundaries,
where we proclaim spirituality
without God.
Welcome to the temple
of our idol named Pleasure,
and like a whore she enters
our hearts through our pockets.
We stuff our faces with that bread
to fill our bellies instead of our souls,
We drink our fill of wine to get drunk
and forget His bloodshed on the cross.
"America, America, God shed His grace on thee"
So we can look spiritual
as we say 'Amen' every Sunday
and then laugh in Jesu
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Literature
The Lamb's Good Shepherd (A Child's Poem)
(2/05/2014)
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"Little lamb, lost and scared,
What are you doing over there?
I have been searching everywhere
so you can be under my care."
The sky's so dark, it's hard to see
I ran too fast and hurt my knee
My wool is muddy and smelly too
What's a lamb like me to do?
Why would You want me anyway?
I butt heads and run away
I don't deserve a place to sleep
I'm a very baa-aa-aa-aad sheep.
"Little lamb, no need to fear
Let Me wipe away your tears
I'll never leave you all alone
I'll pick you up and take you home
I'll wash your wool and you'll be clean
The whitest wool you've ever seen
You'll never hunger, I'll keep you fed
You have My lap to rest your head
My pasture is the perfect place
So come into My sweet embrace
My little lamb, no need to weep
The Good Shepherd loves all His sheep."
When you feel lost, lonely, or scared,
your Shepherd searches everywhere
for every lamb that wanders away
no matter the minute or hour o
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Literature
Looks Aren't Everything
(4/10/2011)
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When I get up on Sundays to go to church, the usual that I would deal with is this in the mornings:
"Your clothes_____"
"Wear something else."
"That doesn't look right."
"You can find something better to wear."
"You're wearing THAT to church?"
"People are going to think_____"
"...and people notice_____"
"Your clothes_____"
"Your hair_____"
...and....
"Your clothes_____".
My mom would normally get on my case about what I wear to church, and I would just shake it off and go as I am anyway.
†~†~†~†~†
Here's the thing...
At some point in my life when I started going back into the habit of attending church, I used to make some attempt to get "dressed up" to church. It was always something expected of me from my parents that I make myself look "lady-like" or formal in some way. The dressy clothes that I do own, I discovered, were actually not all that comfortable for me to wear
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Literature
Taste Of Heaven
(2/19/2011)
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Ugh, I don't want that devil's food cake.
No more of that junk food.
I want the good stuff,
the REAL Good stuff,
the kind that only comes from heaven.
I got me a taste of heaven;
I tasted a cake
made with real Love, all natural.
It's no secret ingredient,
only the best.
Wanna know where I got a cake so good?
I ordered it from heaven's hotline,
and it came right on time.
It ain't shipped in a box labeled "fragile".
No. It's a special delivery from the Lord Himself.
I quit that ol' devil's danger diet
and I signed up for
the holy health plan,
where eternal life tastes oh-so-sweet.
I lost all that weight on my shoulders.
It comes with a sampling of bread
and a side of wine
that is oh-so-divine.
Since then I've been eating at Christ's Cafe.
It's an all-you-can-eat buffet,
all for free;
the Manager paid for me in full.
His name is Jesus, I recommend Him.
Their food is SO Good,
I had to get myself a copy of t
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Literature
Mind Invasion
(6/16/2013)
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[1st Verse]
Here it comes again
Just when I thought the battle's won
I'm overcome
imprisoned by so many images
and I cannot awake to escape
in time and time and time again
I remember what I chose to forget
and time and time and time again
I'm reminded of the things I regret
and—
Lord, You know my heart
You know my pain
Your love is what keeps me from going insane
You know my heart
Please be my strength
to fight this war inside of me again
and again and again and again
again and again and again and again
[2nd Verse]
Just another doubt
Just another wave of voices
multiple choices
pestering me to do what I never want
their whispers louder than my screams
and time and time and time again
this echo keeps on haunting me
and time and time and time again
these chains I yearn to be free
I want to—
Lord, You know my heart
You know my pain
Your love is what keeps me from goi
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Literature
Morality is Not an Opinion
(9/05/2012)
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We may find ourselves in situations in which we have to speak truthfully even though the truth may seem hurtful to someone. I've been increasingly finding myself in that situation the more I walk with God. It's not always so easy to do this, especially when you're the type who is sensitive about other people's feelings and prefers not to hurt anyone.
But you know something? Sometimes the truth doesn't always sound so pleasant. Sometimes it hurts to hear it. This is also a truth in itself that needs to be accepted.
But we can also learn that it is a whole lot better to speak a seemingly hurtful truth than it is to give in with a "nice" and buttered-up lie.
Let me find an analogy:
Broccoli is healthy. Not everybody likes broccoli. In fact, a number of people don't like certain vegetables for that matter (I'm one of them; I can be a picky eater sometimes). But it is proven to be good for your body and will
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Literature
After The Storm
(1/06/2011)
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Everyone has storms, big and small,
moments when we're waiting
for sun to shine its rays of regeneration,
and at the end of every storm
is a rainbow.
What if the rain were God's tears
cleansing the earth?
After all,
the Lord died for us
and defeated death.
He could cry for us
and defeat sorrow.
The wind is His breath,
His presence is lightning,
and thunder His call
so loud it sends shivers
down the spine of evil.
What if the rain were God's tears
cleansing the earth?
After all,
He washed away our sins
with His blood.
He washes away impurity
with His Grace.
If every tear shed
was His undying love,
He'd have a raindrop for everyone.
Witness how He pours His love
down upon the earth.
And after the storm,
He sheds His everlasting light.
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