This compilation of inspirational poems are Dedicated to all those whom have Loved and support me in life.

Daniel Q. Pagan whom encouraged , strengthened and supported me along the way , as only a Best Friend could. Heather A. Turner whom has believed in me and honored me , far beyond measure , as only a Loving Daughter possibly could. Brandon A. Turner whom while absent in the flesh remains with me always , in spirit , as a Son should. Margaret Goen-Turner whom has Loved and Honored me far beyond my expectations , as only a Loving Wife ever could. Rachel Turner whom has remained steadfast in my heart always seeing the best in me , as only a Mother possibly could. Last but not least , for never shall he be , I give Praise and Thanks to My Heavenly Father from whom all good things come , “For with God all things are possible.”

The Lord Called Out For Me
The Lord called out for me to hear and keep his decrees Awaking I rose from the ground coming out from the covering of the tree Listening closely to his word I was able to live by abiding in the word I heard him speak For his yoke is easy and his burden is light my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak He saved me by grace through faith not of my own but a gift of God So that I can't boast of the works I performed while in the sod Being dead in my transgressions gratifying my sinful nature's desire He made me a new creation to do good works protecting me as I walk through the fire He guides me in paths of righteousness restoring my soul for his name's sake He prepares a table in the presence of my enemy inviting me to the feast his father's servants make Reconciling me to God through the cross making me a fellow citizen of God's household My sins being covered by the blood of Jesus the Holy Spirit instructs me to speak his word bold

11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
Ephesians 2:11-22

Once Born Again
The spirit is willing the flesh is weak For to the spirit does God speak Calling us out of the world he placed us in Paying our debt forgiving our sin Enlightening us with the truth providing us with the way Through the word of God we grow stronger each day For in the flesh his word did come Speaking of the secrets of his glorious kingdom Using the law of attraction to draw us in Living within us once born again

18"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. 22If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. 23He who hates me hates my Father as well. 24If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. 25But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.' 26"When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me. 27And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
John 15:18-27

Our Journey Home
As children we want to do what’s right making our father proud Souls reaching out beyond our fleshly shroud Our hearts buried deep within the dirt wishing to be clean But our tongues lash out curses so obscene A never ending battle our mind racing through mazes Our actions so controversial as we sing hymns of praises Hiding in the shadow hoping nobody will see The flesh fighting against what we say we want to be We seek praise for ourselves not the Lord above Our bodies cloaking us with excuses fitting like a glove Thinking God is just a spectator whom only observes On judgment day he will receive the praise he deserves Our only hope of salvation comes by removing our disguise Believing in our father vs. knowledge to make us truly wise Confessing to be a sinner he will receive us as a saint We shall walk and not be weary run and not feel faint Being born again innocent in our youth The light showing the way testifying to the truth Being guided and comforted wherever we may roam Given armor to protect us along our journey home

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. 19Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
Ephesians 6:10-20

Remaining in God's Good Grace
Within our loins a fire rages searing our eternal soul Sending our thoughts racing spinning out of control Struggling to maintain our innocence keeping the lust of our flesh contained Fighting the dark forces it possesses through the blood God pre-ordained For through his blood we have redemption even the forgiveness of sins Being the firstborn from the dead through him our new life begins Therefore we do not lose heart though outwardly we are wasting away Instead we rejoice of the eternal glory inwardly being renewed day by day Fixing our eyes not on what is seen acknowledging God's invisible qualities For we don't wrestle against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities The rulers of the darkness of this world spiritual wickedness in high places We must girt our loins about with truth remaining in God's good grace

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:3-14

Where All Darkness Comes to an End
Our future being unknown like blank pages of a book Unwritten mysteries unraveling in accordance to the directions we took The author's name hidden by the pen creating order out of confusion The prologue laying a foundation beginnings to a grand conclusion Where fairytales and lullabies are within the realm of possibilities Reaching out to generations expanding our abilities Fulfilling our deepest desires making dreams come true Transforming each of us into completion providing a clear point of view As seen in the eyes of a Master craftsman being perfectly penned Beings enlightened to the place where all darkness comes to an end

14 When Arioch, the commander of the king's guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. 15 He asked the king's officer, "Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?" Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him. 17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. 21 He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. 22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. 23 I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king." 24 Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, "Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him." 25 Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, "I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means." 26 The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), "Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?" 27 Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you lay on your bed are these:
Daniel 2:14-28

Before Taking Our Last Breath
Thinking we were left for dead drowning in our sin Following the light from a distance without ever going in Afraid of our nakedness being discovered We buried ourselves in rituals to keep our bases covered While our earthen vessels remain formless and void Convinced by our convictions we will be destroyed Passing judgment on the world from which we were formed Condemning all of creation for deeds we performed Before coming to realize we suffer from the law of cause and effect Finally accepting our circumstances we head home to pay our respect Willing to receive our punishment even if it's death Surrendering to our father's will before taking our last breath

1 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, 2 and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. 4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back. 5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your fathers, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. 7 The LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. 8 You will again obey the LORD and follow all his commands I am giving you today. 9 Then the LORD your God will make you most prosperous in all the work of your hands and in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your land. The LORD will again delight in you and make you prosperous, just as he delighted in your fathers, 10 if you obey the LORD your God and keep his commands and decrees that are written in this Book of the Law and turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 30:1-18

For Which His Son Died
Our lives are transforming with each choice we make Relying on our unsavory past to avoid the same mistake Believing if we had known then what we know now We would have been able to change it all somehow Blaming everything on our childhood complaining about how we were raised Full of half truths and lies without the surface of truth being grazed We speak of a brighter future while trudging through the mud everyday Crying out for what we think we need Ending in Jesus name we pray Acting like we are the angels that fell from Gods good grace Ignoring the fact that he calls us his children the most honored place Calling us out of this world to join the feast inside For we are his children now and forever for which his son died

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together
Romans 8:1-17

The Sweetest Sound
Amazing grace is the sweetest sound to a wretched man like me Being lost in all I had found blind to what I should see Unaware of how filthy I was my thoughts being unclean Thinking I was a God among men while my actions were obscene Pretending I was able to be good if I tried hard enough Only wanting my heavenly father when times were tough Silencing the voice of my conscience drowning it in massive confusion Living a life of self-indulgence my freedom was a grand illusion Until it was revealed unto me that I was a slave to my obsessions An unwittingly willing servant possessed by my possessions Trying to buy my way into heaven through acts of contrition Considering it to be suffering because my soul was dying of malnutrition Now that I am finally free to live I bury myself in his living word Diving in head first feeding my soul the sweetest sound I have ever heard

1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the LORD his God. 2 He said: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry. 3 You hurled me into the deep, into the very heart of the seas, and the currents swirled about me; all your waves and breakers swept over me. 4 I said, 'I have been banished from your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple.' 5 The engulfing waters threatened me, the deep surrounded me; seaweed was wrapped around my head. 6 To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you brought my life up from the pit, O LORD my God. 7 "When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. 8 "Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs. 9 But I, with a song of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. Salvation comes from the LORD." 10 And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land.
Jonah 2:1-10

In Silence I Surrendered
I was likened to a lost sheep hoping to one day be found Wandering in the dark blindly stumbling around Determined to go my own way through a clear passage I burned up the midnight oil searching for the light in his message Going through the valley of the Shadow of Death refining myself at 98.6 degrees Trying to reproduce the fruits of life my sins spreading like disease Treating the word of God like a good book I could have written myself Leaving it to gather my dust misplaced upon a shelf Making its true inner beauty seem so unappealing Ashamed of what I've done struggling with the guilt I was feeling I realized the error of my ways harkening to his commands I rendered Lowering my head and raising my hands in silence I surrendered

33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. 34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. 35 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. 36 Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. 37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. 38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. 39 Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good. 40 How I long for your precepts! Preserve my life in your righteousness. 41 May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; 42 then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43 Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. 44 I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. 45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. 46 I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, 47 for I delight in your commands because I love them. 48 I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
Psalms 119: 33-48

Please Forgive Me Father
Please forgive me Father for I have sinned against you Acting like the child tells the Father what to do Kicking and screaming until my throat was coarse My tongue lashing out cursedly off course Treating your commandments like just good advice Breaking them everyday without thinking twice Instead of running away I am running back Relying on your grace for everything I lack

11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them. 13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. 22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
Luke 15:11-24

Part of His Great Plan
Cleanliness is next to Godliness for Jesus washed away my sins Rising out of the water my new life begins Purged from the sins I committed in the past Blessed to be caught in the net he cast Rescued from the depths of the turbulent sea Where waves of transgressions were drowning me Pounding me down each time I reached for the surface My sins preventing me from serving a higher purpose Today I arise from my watery grave born again a better man Created in his likeness part of his great plan

27But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." 28"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." 29"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" 31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" 32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." 34When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.
Matthew 14:27-36

Dying For All of Us To Come Inside
The world is our waiting room with a splendid decor So many beautiful sceneries for all of us to adore From the beaches we walk along to the mountain majesties he designed God has put treasures in our room for each of us to find Placing beauty in the eyes of the beholder for us to individually admire Created for one sole purpose meeting our soul's desire Hoping to draw us closer to Our Father's side His son stretched out his arms dying for all of us to come inside

9 Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old. Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces, who pierced that monster through? 10 Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over? 11 The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. 12 "I, even I, am he who comforts you. Who are you that you fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass, 13 that you forget the LORD your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor? 14 The cowering prisoners will soon be set free; they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. 15 For I am the LORD your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD Almighty is his name. 16 I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand— I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, 'You are my people.' "
Isaiah 51:9-16

Laughing Helps Us
Laughing helps us hold back our tears Laughing helps us when trouble appears Laughing helps us forget our pain Laughing helps us so we won't complain Laughing helps us endure the sorrow Laughing helps us hold out for tomorrow Laughing helps us hope for the future Laughing helps us it may be the cure laughing helps us making us smile Laughing helps us it just takes awhile

1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. 3 He said, "If I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. 4 Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree. 5 Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way—now that you have come to your servant." "Very well," they answered, "do as you say." 6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. "Quick," he said, "get three seahs of fine flour and knead it and bake some bread." 7 Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. 8 He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared, and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree. 9 "Where is your wife Sarah?" they asked him. "There, in the tent," he said. 10 Then the LORD said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son." Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. 11 Abraham and Sarah were already old and well advanced in years, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. 12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?" 13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?' 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD ? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son." 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."
Genesis 18:1-15

It's His Glory She Serves
The most beautiful sight on God's green earth Is a blessed woman about to give birth She displays a beauty that she cannot hide With the gift of God's Love she possesses inside Right from the beginning her face has a distinct glow So that everyone who sees her will automatically know A precious gift has come from the holy one Whether it's a special girl or a perfect son So give her the respect she so richly deserves Knowing we are God’s children it’s his glory she serves

24And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 25Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men. 26And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. 31And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37For with God nothing shall be impossible. 38And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. 39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 40And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. 41And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 42And she spoke out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Luke 1:24-47

Thank God For Me
You never know what tomorrow brings whether you will show up at all But you plan just in case you survive escaping your downfall Chasing after green scraps of paper instead of following a dream While pretending to be happy inside you want to scream Such are the plans of mice and men so I have heard them say As for me I have a different point of view living life for each day Never thinking of the distant future or trying to forget the past Enjoying all of life's little pleasures while the pleasure last Living for the excitement of the moment enjoying it while I am here Versus living for another tomorrow where I may never appear Free from all the stress and worries that make us old too soon I bask in the glorious sun all day at night I'm howling at the moon Choosing to stop toiling in my own soil trusting God to make me all I can be Believing if I am not here tomorrow someone will thank God for me

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. 12Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— 13for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. 15But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! 16Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. 17For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.18Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Romans 5:1-18

Betrayed with a Kiss
God chose his people wisely knowing what they would do Refusing to enter heaven themselves while not letting anyone else through Killing the oracles of God when they disagreed Lining their pockets with gold while their hearts filled with greed Making sacrifices to idols so people would be appeased While offering God the sick and lame like he should be pleased They diligently studied the scriptures that testified of the Holy One While they were plotting to kill God's only begotten son Finding him guilty of blasphemy due to their own denial To avoid getting their hands dirty they placed him on trial Yet in spite of being found innocent they insisted he be killed Their thirst wouldn't be quenched until his innocent blood was spilled Still God chose them in forbearance of all this Knowing from the beginning his son would be betrayed with a kiss

47While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: "The one I kiss is the man; arrest him." 49Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, "Greetings, Rabbi!" and kissed him. 50Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for." Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear. 52"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?" 55At that time Jesus said to the crowd, "Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. 56But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled." Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. 57Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. 58But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. 59The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61and declared, "This fellow said, 'I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.' " 62Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?" 63But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." 64"Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." 65Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy. 66What do you think?" "He is worthy of death," they answered.
Matthew 26:47-66

Like The Good Son
Rising a little earlier than I usually do I sat peacefully enjoying the view Absorbing the full spectrum of colors through the morning dew While an aerial display of heavenly light gently ushered in a new day Shimmering across the ripples dancing along the bay Reflecting the tree's beauty on the water as new life forms just below Providing a shield from the dangers above enabling life to hide in the shadow Drying off the leaves and grassy knolls like wiping tears off a child's face Bringing the warmth of a loving family to a dark and lonely place Drawing me into the spotlight with it's stunning presence Accepting it for the Love and devotion that it so brilliantly represents By demonstrating God's awesome power through the almighty power of one Each time it returns to perform it's duties like the good son

12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Colossians 1:12-23

Everyone Will Have To Pay
The food hardens on the dishes trash cans overflow Soap scum builds up as the mold begins to grow Laundry piles in the corners thrown in a heap Rugs stained by pet feces dirt ground in deep Food rotting on the shelves refrigerators store their stench Stoves filled with grease covering every inch Dust bunnies on the walls spider webs on the ceiling Weeds overgrown in gardens once found appealing Padlocks on the doors stickers on the windows Families torn apart by greedy money lending pros Institutions saved by government families left in disarray All in the name of the almighty dollar everyone will have to pay

1 The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. 2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. 3 "But you—come here, you sons of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes! 4 Whom are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue? Are you not a brood of rebels, the offspring of liars? 5 You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree; you sacrifice your children in the ravines and under the overhanging crags. 6 The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion; they, they are your lot. Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings and offered grain offerings. In the light of these things, should I relent? 7 You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill; there you went up to offer your sacrifices. 8 Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked on their nakedness. 9 You went to Molech with olive oil and increased your perfumes. You sent your ambassadors far away; you descended to the grave itself! 10 You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.11 "Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have been false to me, and have neither remembered me nor pondered this in your hearts? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me? 12 I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you. 13 When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But the man who makes me his refuge will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain."
Isaiah 57:1-13

Another
Another sunrise another cloud in the sky Another sunset another day gone by Another bird another branch being filled Another desire another dream fulfilled Another bush another flower full bloom Another fragrance another whiff of perfume Another wish another coin in a pond Another star another goal to reach beyond Another season another time to share Another person another reason to care Another baby another generation born Another mother another child to adorn Another heart another soul at God's door Another life another chance is all I ask for

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. 9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-22

Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God
Reaching past the boundaries still feeling confined Trapped within the confines of our own mind Wanting to turn around and run waiting for a sign Questioning our senses telling everyone we're fine No sense in looking back nothing we can do about the past Life isn't supposed to be a party but some parts are a blast Torn by where we are now who we long to be Seek ye first the kingdom of God all things shall be given unto thee

19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. 25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:19-34

Help Me
Yes! Though I do the things I will not to do I count on you to save me Relying on your almighty power to set my Spirit free Free me from this earthen dirt I am trapped within Free me from a lifestyle of committing immoral sins Free me from the burden I can't escape on my own Free me from the sadness of feeling so alone Free me from the sorrow the indescribable pain Forgiven me for my insolence I don't mean to complain I am in need your merciful favor to become a perfect man I only seek to be with you Father Please! Help! Me! anyway you can

14We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. 21So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22For in my inner being I delight in God's law; 23but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. 24What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Romans 7:14-25

His Efforts Aren't in Vain
I see the sun going down at the end of the each day Like a spectacular grand finally of a fireworks display The stars like sparks burning throughout the night There to offer comfort providing just enough light Candles in his windows inviting us to return anytime Letting us know we are Loved forgiven of our crime His thunderous voice calling us beckoning us home From the top of mountains to the ruins of ancient Rome Lightening flashes breaking through the atmosphere A spotlight for everyone to see making his invitation clear His tears fall from heaven exposing his suffering and pain His son's blood purifying us so his efforts aren't in vain

9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 13Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
1 Peter 1:9-25

The Strength To Endure
I ask myself questions as I lie awake in fear Wondering where I am going why I am here If I am free to choose then why do I stay Battling with my flesh more and more each day Hating myself for everything I have done Relying on the blood of God's only begotten son Like a fire proof blanket to prevent me being burned I wonder what it is I am supposed to have learned I have had so many experiences most of them mistakes I have had so many relationships most of them heartaches I have been blessed having children of my own Still I lie here scared I will die afraid of dying alone Seeking absolution and perfection I am unable to achieve Searching for an answer I am willing to believe Finally realizing the answer lies not in the curse but the cure All anyone can do is rely on God for the strength to endure

2 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. 3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. 4 Pharaoh's chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh's officers are drowned in the Red Sea. 5 The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. 6 "Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy. 7 In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble. 8 By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea. 9 "The enemy boasted, 'I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.' 10 But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters. 11 "Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? 12 You stretched out your right hand and the earth swallowed them. 13 "In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
Exodus 15:2-15

Our Sole Motivation
It all seems so clear from the cradle to the grave We are free from sin still we live like its slave Our shackles were removed yet we wear them like a shrine A tunic around our neck like paying a steep fine Weighing us down so we can't escape sin's grip The ball and chains twisting causing us to trip Relying on knowledge of good and evil in order to maintain control Instead of allowing the Love of God to reach its goal Misunderstanding his purpose in giving us ten commandments Thinking we can fulfill them instead of leading to repentance Exposing sin for what it really is leaving us no excuse Leading us to rely on God's grace instead of suffering sin's abuse Knowing God as Our Father our only Hope of Salvation God's Love for us being our sole motivation

4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. 5If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. 6For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. 8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. 18You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. 19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to everincreasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. 20When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. 21What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! 22But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:1-23

Falling Until We Burn
Roots running deeper as the trees grow tall Branches reaching out as leaves change and fall Released from their captivity free to explore Most lay there complacent on the earthen floor Gathering together where they die and wither away Returning to the ground as their luster decays Still a few escape traveling with the wind Floating on the waters until reaching the bend Some soaring high as birds that used to perch on their limb Others sinking into the waters where the fishes swim Each one ultimately reaching their final destination The less fortunate being destroyed gathered for incineration As we look at nature there is much we can learn Having been chosen to fly away instead of falling until we burn

1Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world: 2Both low and high, rich and poor, together. 3My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding. 4I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp. 5Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about? 6They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches; 7None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:) 9That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption. 10For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others. 11Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names. 12Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish. 13This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah. 14Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling. 15But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
Psalms 49:1-15

When The Apple Caught Our Eyes
Water cascaded down the windshield as we entered the storm Abandoning our home where we once felt safe and warm Holding back the tears so much being left behind With only a moments notice we took what we could find The clothes on my back was all we had time for As the embers of the forest flickered upon our door All in all we were lucky so many lives were lost Clinging to possessions unaware of their cost We shall never look back less we turn to pillars of salt By preserving the past passing the blame while denying our fault Better we move forward keeping our eye on the prize Less we fall like before when the apple caught our eyes

7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 17Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Philippians 3:7-21

Hope Never Fails
The tree produced the fruits of knowledge both good and evil Raising our consciousness of sin to a forbidden level Thinking we would be more like our Lord and Savior Making ourselves perfect by modifying our behavior We exchanged the truth for a lie Hiding our nakedness when we walk by Acting righteous while feeling so much shame We can't bare to look at him when He calls our name Traveling through the darkness until the light of Love prevails Holding on to hope knowing hope never fails

1Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 11Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13If we are out of our mind, it is for the sake of God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. 16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:1-21

Through Amazing Grace
In the midst of the garden a tree stood tall It's fruit was appealing but it killed us all God warned us against it before we took a bite Then the serpent of old entered the spotlight Twisting God's words so they didn't make sense When God saw us covered in it's leaves he took offense Woman was punished having her birth pains increase Man was sentenced to toil in the soil and never cease The serpent of old was cursed to slither around Where he would eat the dirt off the ground Blood was shed making a covering for Adam and Eve The tree of life being removed they were left to grieve Then they were blessed with sons Caine and Abel It wasn't until later a King was born in a stable Lying in a manger cause there was no room at the Inn Yet he still died for our sins then rose again Removing our sins that brought such disgrace Restoring all of us through amazing grace

1Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"2The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,3but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' "4"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman.5"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."6When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.8Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.9But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"10He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid."11And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"12The man said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and Iate."14So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.15And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."16To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."17To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life18It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."20Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.21The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
Genesis 3:1-21

The Word God Sent
Following Jesus death burial and resurrection He sent the Holy spirit bestowing power and protection Followers scattered all about spreading his story Carrying out their duty demonstrating his Glory Armed with the Holy Spirit as a permanent Seal Powers of great wonders including the power to heal Receiving all the gentiles into his fold As amazing grace manifested his Glory would unfold Salvation was offered freely to those who repent Being born again from The Word God sent

21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. 27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. 29Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:21-31

Tomorrow
Tomorrow arrived even sooner than we ever expected All of our lives being changed by the ones we neglected People we loved so deeply yet constantly ignored We're left longing for the days we once adored Frolicking in the sun making memories we believed would last Family gatherings where we laughed but our innocence faded so fast Now we are left struggling dysfunctional and scattered Materialistic views costing us what really mattered The objects of our obsessions becoming more obscene While our hearts desires still remain unseen Each day being consumed filled with noise and sorrow Our hearts filled with worry of what will come tomorrow

25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 6:25-34

True Freedom
When I consider true freedom The only place it exist is in God's kingdom To be truly free you must release all fear Release all the possessions you hold so dear Trust in God for your daily bread Get the misconceptions of God out of your head Realize God is omnipotent Wherever you go he is present He knows your needs better than you do It is his pleasure to give everything to you His spirit fills all time and space We exist because of his everlasting grace Wherever we go God can be found Where we stand is Holy ground Wherever we go we are never alone God's spirit is in us as he sits on his throne

2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment—to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. 11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory. 15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Ephesians 1:2-23

One Day He'll Be Gone
There is a hero in all of us longing to break free There is one inside of you willing to rescue me I hear him calling my name every once in awhile I don't always come to him but I always smile He brings me joy just knowing he's around He helps me through each day my feet firm on the ground If I stumble he's always there to help me stand If I am confused he helps me understand If I am nervous he makes me feel safe again If I am losing the fight he helps me win He forgives my sins he helps me move on I am only scared one day he'll be gone

23 If the LORD delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm;24 though he stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. 25 I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. 26 They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. 27 Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever. 28 For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; 29 the righteous will inherit the land and dwell in it forever. 30 The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just. 31 The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip. 32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives; 33 but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial. 34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it. 35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil, 36 but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found. 37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace. 38 But all sinners will be destroyed; the future of the wicked will be cut off. 39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. 40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
Psalms 37:23-40

All we Need to do is Ask Sometimes being a believer isn't easy with all the things we do Believing in a higher power someone who sees some good in you Someone who will guide you through the darkest day Someone who will answer us listening to all we have to say Someone who forgives us before we know we did anything wrong Someone who gives us strength so we can stand strong Someone we can count on to be more than fair Someone we know will always be there Someone to think the best of us when were at our worst Someone to offer us happiness quenching our thirst Someone who understands even when were unsure Someone who offers unconditional Love innocent and pure Someone who will comfort us when we need him most Someone to watch over us a Heavenly Host So while believing may be hard for some If we are patient the answer will come For whom better then a Father is equipped for this task He provides everything for his children all we need to do is ask

1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD : "I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. 2 The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him. 3 The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. 4 Pharaoh's chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaoh's officers are drowned in the Red Sea. 5 The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. 6 "Your right hand, O LORD, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O LORD, shattered the enemy. 7 In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble. 8 By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea. 9 "The enemy boasted, 'I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.' 10 But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters. 11 "Who among the gods is like you, O LORD ? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? 12 You stretched out your right hand and the earth swallowed them. 13 "In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
Exodus 15:1-13

What a High Price to Pay
We live in a cozy little place of our own design Walking a tightrope treading a thin line What we allow each other to see A mere illusion of whom we wish to be We twist the truth to escape our past Riddled with lies and errors that never last Seeking to be accepted yet never accepting ourselves We end up living like old books rarely touched on high shelves Thought of once in a while found unworthy of reaching out for Worthless collectibles soon tossed out the door Our sins and hidden little secrets overlooked yet never forgotten Like apples filled with worms laying on the ground rotten The proverbial fig tree barring no fruit and withering away All because of our vanity what a high price to pay

3In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.4Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.5A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.6A scorner seeks wisdom, and find it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understands. 7Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceives not in him the lips of knowledge.8The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.9Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.10The heart knows his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.11The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.12There is a way which seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.13Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.14The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself. 15The simple believes every word: but the prudent man looks well to his going.16A wise man fears, and departs from evil: but the fool rages, and is confident. 17He that is soon angry deals foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated.18The simple inherit folly: but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.19The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.20The poor is hated even of his own neighbor: but the rich hath many friends. 21He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he.22Do they not err that devise evil? but mercy and truth shall be to them that devise good.23In all labor there is profit: but the talk of the lips tends only to penury.24The crown of the wise is their riches: but the foolishness of fools is folly.25A true witness delivers souls: but a deceitful witness speaks lies.26In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.27The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.28In the multitude of people is the king's honor: but in the want of people is the destruction of the prince.29He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalts folly.30A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones. 31He that oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker: but he that honors him hath mercy on the poor.32The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death. 33Wisdom rest in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.34Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 14:3-35

We Have Nothing To Fear
Forgive me Father for I have sinned I have betrayed both family and friend Exchanged the truth for a wretched lie Still you offer life when I deserve to die Your grace is far greater than my imagination Your Love branching out to every nation People from every race color and creed Feel the impact from your son's selfless deed Good news traveling faster than the Nile turned Red Every knee shall bend everyone will bow their head No longer will they ask for a miracle or for a sign Once they realize the secret of your grand design No longer will they wait hoping you'll appear Rejoicing knowing you're within us we having nothing to fear

1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast.10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21In whom all the building fitly framed together grow unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:1-22

Tomorrow's Memories
Today's events are Tomorrow's Memories some good some the worst Days past being remembered better than they appeared at first Our lives being a manifestation of our own unique past Seemingly a dream slowly drifting by while passing so fast Holidays marked on our calendars as a special occasion Until we're older where each sunrise is a reason for celebration At that point it doesn't matter whether it's a red or a purple haze We feel so lucky to be alive we just enjoy each of God's glorious days Remembering when we were young how good it was even if it was bad Appreciating our family and friends all the gatherings we had Our final days spent relaxing basking in the sun Relying on the promise of God's only begotten son Trusting in his mercy longing to see his radiant face Our Hearts and minds rejoicing as we sing Amazing Grace

29For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. 30For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. 31As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. 32For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God? 33God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect. 34He makes my feet like hinds' feet: and sets me upon my high places. 35He teaches my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. 36Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great. 37Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip. 38I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them. 39And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet. 40For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me. 41Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me. 42They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not. 43Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad. 44Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me. 45Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me. 46Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places. 47The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation. 48It is God that avenges me, and that brings down the people under me. 49And that brings me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man. 50Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. 51He is the tower of salvation for his king: and shows mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.
2 Samuel 22:29-51

I Am Here All The Time
Close your eyes I will whisper in your ear Sooth your soul make your troubles disappear Your past washed clean pure as snow Your future is all you'll truly know All your fears will be cast out No longer will you have a shadow of a doubt Captured by the brilliance of all you can see All your desires drowned in the sea As you walk streets paved with gold Just the way it has been foretold Choirs of Angels singing setting the tone Comforted knowing you're never alone Giving you a glimpse of what is to be Filling you with hope peace and tranquility So feel free to come back visit me anytime As the Alpha and Omega I'm here all the time

5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,11Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 16And the city laid foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 17And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 18And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 19And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
Revelation 21:5-21

Just an Exercise in Futility
With the players in place the stage is set Darkness vs Light opening with a queens gambit The pawn begins it's journey as the game commences Darkness combats using the dark rider and Indian defenses Being more ambitious and double-edged Hoping the dark messenger can get the pale rider wedged However the king's messenger appeared to block his course Under the protection of the Angel on his pale horse Which opens the bridge allowing the king into his fortress Creating another problem for the dark forces to address While the battle rages on darkness hopes for a draw With doom foreshadowed the King of Darkness sees he will fall As the brilliance of his opponent enters the white spotlight He tries to steal the glory by resigning and stopping the fight The King of Darkness hoping for his honor to one day be restored He makes excuses and curses as he sets up the board Since the King of Darkness' weakness is his lack of humility He'll remain blind until it's too late his game just an exercise in futility

18The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. 26Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
Romans 1:18-28

The Bishops' Tale
Standing firmly by the King and Queens' side Gathering intelligence across the lines of battle they slide Their Angels on horse back charting their course Messengers of war utilizing every resource Hiding in the wings their intentions presumed Going unnoticed until their prey is consumed Overtaking the castles tearing down the walls by surprise Delivering a message of their opponents eminent demise Soldiers on a mission cloak and dagger style Their value increasing as their victims begin to pile While standing still as a statue never breaking ranks Keeping their stature serving their King as their thanks Knowing their purpose in life it is enough just to serve Relying on the King in the end for rewards they so richly deserve

24The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.25To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,26to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.27You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.28You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.29With your help I can advance against a troop ;with my God I can scale a wall. 30As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. 31For who is God besides the LORD ? And who is the Rock except our God?32It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.33He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.34He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.35You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great.36You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.37 I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. 38I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. 39 You armed me with strength for battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet.40 \You made my enemies turn their backs in flight, and I destroyed my foes.41They cried for help, but there was no one to save them— to the LORD, but he did not answer. 42 I beat them as fine as dust borne on the wind; I poured them out like mud in the streets.43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people; you have made me the head of nations; people I did not know are subject to me.44As soon as they hear me, they obey me; foreigners cringe before me. 45 They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds. 46The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!47 He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me, 48 who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me. 49 Therefore I will praise you among the nations, O LORD; I will sing praises to your name. 50 He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.
Psalm 18:24-50

Before I am Gone
A knight will never be more than a knight An Angel on horse back taking flight Across the field he sets off for work Devouring the enemy he eats his prey with his fork Providing places for the Bishop to rest it's weary feet While delivering the message hoping the opponent will retreat Guarding the castle so they can't take the wall down Acting as security he protects the King's crown Standing ready to sacrifice himself without hesitation So the pawns can cross over and complete their transformation The plight of the Knight is grand but I prefer being a pawn For the chance of changing before I am gone

1Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. 20On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:1-21

Freedom of Choice
Did you live your dreams making your mark Did you explore the world like Louis and Clark Did you stand strong for your belief Did you comfort people in their times of grief Did you take the road less traveled being an inspiration Did your road take you to your desired destination Are you following the path of enlightenment or stumbling in the dark Are you chasing dreams that fade away after their spark Do people say it's too late for you change You are still here so isn't that strange Even if we're the same as we were yesterday We're Free to follow a new path starting Today

28"What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' 29" 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30"Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go. 31"Which of the two did what his father wanted?" "The first," they answered. Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
Matthew 21:28-32

In Heaven Where It's Serene
When performing an act of contrition thinking it makes us good We are trying to rob God of the Glory like we are Robin hood Only we rob ourselves of the richness we will receive when we serve We must give God the Glory he so richly deserves Recognizing that anything good comes from God No matter how hard we try to change we are just sod We are molded in his likeness out of dust we were formed God in us is responsible for any good deed we have ever performed We need to remain flexible less our heart become hard So we can walk through the fire without being charred Remembering it's enough to be like our Master When we try to be him it only leads to a disaster It may be difficult at first seemingly impossible to conceive What he requires from us is that we believe He has already paid for our sins and wiped the slate clean He has prepared a place for us in heaven where it's serene

16"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God." 22After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. 24(This was before John was put in prison.) 25An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him." 27To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. 28You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' 29The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30He must become greater; I must become less. 31"The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. 35The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."
John 3:16-36

Just Don't Touch
We all feel a need to show people we are a success Hiding our faults living a lie hoping to impress Like so many others my downfall is my addiction Whether it's sex and drugs we all have an affliction We say we won't falter praying not to fall prey Deep inside we know it could happen anytime or day Proud men and women believing they can overcome But if you play with fire getting burnt is the common outcome The problem doesn't lie in hoping and believing The problem lies within who we are deceiving For some it's more obvious for others not so much It's like the forbidden fruit we're better off if we just Don't Touch

14 "What is man, that he could be pure, or one born of woman, that he could be righteous? 15 If God places no trust in his holy ones, if even the heavens are not pure in his eyes, 16 how much less man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water! 17 "Listen to me and I will explain to you; let me tell you what I have seen, 18 what wise men have declared, hiding nothing received from their fathers19 (to whom alone the land was given when no alien passed among them): 20 All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless through all the years stored up for him. 21 Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him. 22 He despairs of escaping the darkness; he is marked for the sword. 23 He wanders about—food for vultures ; he knows the day of darkness is at hand. 24 Distress and anguish fill him with terror; they overwhelm him, like a king poised to attack, 25 because he shakes his fist at God and vaunts himself against the Almighty, 26 defiantly charging against him with a thick, strong shield. 27 "Though his face is covered with fat and his waist bulges with flesh, 28 he will inhabit ruined towns and houses where no one lives, houses crumbling to rubble. 29 He will no longer be rich and his wealth will not endure, nor will his possessions spread over the land. 30 He will not escape the darkness; a flame will wither his shoots, and the breath of God's mouth will carry him away. 31 Let him not deceive himself by trusting what is worthless, for he will get nothing in return. 32 Before his time he will be paid in full, and his branches will not flourish. 33 He will be like a vine stripped of its unripe grapes, like an olive tree shedding its blossoms. 34 For the company of the godless will be barren, and fire will consume the tents of those who love bribes. 35 They conceive trouble and give birth to evil; their womb fashions deceit."
Job 15:14-35

Where Only God is Able to Tell Us Apart
Seems we don't have time for anything anymore Always running around rushing out the door Errands to run deadlines to meet Nothing new under the sun everyday is a repeat The world is a stage each word is scripted Our purpose hidden within our DNA encrypted Our destiny written in the stars embedded in our hair strands Time is the task master making impossible demands Feeding us messages sent directly to our brain Alzheimer's a crutch for coping with all the pain Electronic signals deciphered through our chromosomes. Leading us around by our hormones The X-Factor deciding what equals why Determining whether we are a girl or a guy Controlling everything we say and do Before we know it our life is through Our only hope of escaping is to follow our heart Where only God is able to tell us apart

1Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest." And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: "And on the seventh day God rested from all his work." 5And again in the passage above he says, "They shall never enter my rest." 6It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts." 8For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. 11Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. 12For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:1-13

All Part of A Greater Plan
Tears falling like rain washing away the sorrow We snuggle down in our beds looking forward to tomorrow Waiting for the sun to shed new light on this great nation Trusting in a higher power to help us get through our tribulation Hungry for the food that only comes from heaven Our daily bread which gives us strength to rise without leaven Being fully restored to our former state Clothing us with righteousness putting food on our plate Comforted by God's Love and never ending grace Able to hold our head up once more to look our children in the face Wearing a smile looking forward to our future We close our eyes and open our hearts praying for a cure Acknowledging the fact we aren't God's we do the best we can Believing today is all part of a greater plan

9After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." 11All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!" 13Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?" 14I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Revelation 7:9-17

Where The Heart Belongs
Life on this planet isn't for the faint hearted Our dear family and friends too soon the dearly departed Seeking refuge from a storm knowing it will arrive Believing in a higher power for the strength to survive Holding back tears we yearn to set free Crying out to God why always me Walking through a field of dreams ignoring the blood Wallowing in self pity wading in life's murky mud Wasting precious moments enjoying life in degrees Knowing we are dying time being a terminal disease So keep your heart protected and strong Home is where the heart is heaven’s where the heart belongs

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. 6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced , ; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. 7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. 8 I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD. 10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. 11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me. 12 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. 13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me; O LORD, come quickly to help me. 14 May all who seek to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. 15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!" be appalled at their own shame. 16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, "The LORD be exalted!" 17 Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.
Psalm 40:1-17

The Sunset as A Love Letter
The sun sets in a distance far off to the West As God's way of wishing us his very best Whether it's a reddish or a purple haze It's a spectacular ending to his glorious days With his aerial display of heavenly lights He leads us gently into vast star filled nights Taking one last look at us before going away Like kissing us on the forehead as if to say Don't worry I will be back before too long Remember me my children don't do anything wrong Giving us words of wisdom not just a warning Saying he Loves us see you in the morning I don't think he could have said it any better Only God would think to use the sunset as a Love letter

1Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. 3First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. 14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
2 Peter 3:1-18

The Sun is Always Shining
I wanted to take this time to say In the long run everything will be okay It may not seem like it now In the end everything works out somehow It may take a month a week or an hour It's not all up to us there is a higher power There is one thing we have to understand It's not always going to be the way we planned Try not to be filled with sorrow Look forward to a brighter tomorrow The problems of today will soon be a thing of the past Heart ache and pain never last When the future looks bleak You're feeling tired sick or weak Remember behind each dark cloud there's a silver lining Even in the darkest days the sun is always shining

1 Now Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem heard that Joshua had taken Ai and totally destroyed it, doing to Ai and its king as he had done to Jericho and its king, and that the people of Gibeon had made a treaty of peace with Israel and were living near them.2 He and his people were very much alarmed at this, because Gibeon was an important city, like one of the royal cities; it was larger than Ai, and all its men were good fighters. 3 So Adoni-Zedek king of Jerusalem appealed to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish and Debir king of Eglon.4"Come up and help me attack Gibeon," he said, "because it has made peace with Joshua and the Israelites."5 Then the five kings of the Amorites—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon—joined forces. They moved up with all their troops and took up positions against Gibeon and attacked it.6 The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: "Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us."7 So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men. 8 The LORD said to Joshua, "Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you."9 After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. 10 The LORD threw them into confusion before Israel, who defeated them in a great victory at Gibeon. Israel pursued them along the road going up to Beth Horon and cut them down all the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11 As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the LORD hurled large hailstones down on them from the sky, and more of them died from the hailstones than were killed by the swords of the Israelites. 12 On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: "O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon." 13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!
Joshua 10:1-18

Words From The Heart
I will do my best to continue your legacy I will reflect your glory for everyone to see I will walk with my head held high not duck and hide I will run a good race until I reach you on the other side I want you to know you've been my inspiration right from the start I want you to see I Love you with all my heart I pray for the strength to see each day through I smile knowing prayers come true

1You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.3Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer.5Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor's crown unless he competes according to the rules.6The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. 7Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this. 8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9 for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God's word is not chained.10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13 if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 14 Keep reminding them of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen.15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly.17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus,18 who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness."20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble.21 If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness , faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:1-22

Call Me A Dreamer
They call me a dreamer a I guess that's okay Cause I'd rather be dreaming then living this way Houses in foreclosure collectors on the phone Look around and you'll see you're not alone America's families are living on the street Our women and children can't afford to eat Trapped in the rat race not going anywhere The American dream has become a nightmare Our young kids are on Prozac cause their so damn depressed Ritalin keeping thoughts actions suppressed The crime and corruption in every corporation Has taken it's toll on our Great nation In the land of the free home of the brave We're treated like dogs worked like a slave The price of gas is all we talk about anymore Distracting us while our Angel's die in The War Man on the corner saying '' Brother can you spare a dime'' YES!!! we all need some help sometime So call me a dreamer but that's not true The reason my eyes are closed is because I'm praying for you

38Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. 40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Luke 10:38-42