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Scripture Poem:

August 9, 2020

Of Such Is the Kingdom of Heaven

 

One must be as a child

To be reconciled

With God.

 

A relying acceptance,

A responsive alignment,

A resolute acknowledgement

Of the merciful grace of Jesus

Must be present

In the heart of a man

To be as a child.

 

The kingdom of heaven,

The paradise of promise,

Is given to those who 

Come as a trusting youngster

To the heart Adjuster.

 

Children – of such

Is the kingdom of heaven – 

Come without leaven

To their eternal home.

They find blessed rest

In a haven, a nest

Where all needs are addressed.

 

Men should bring children to Jesus;

They should not be hindered

With their hearts loving and tender.

 

One must be as a child,

Meek and mild,

To enter the kingdom.

 

By ELM

July 23, 2020

 

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children,

and forbid them not, to come unto me:                             

for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14 (KJV)

August 2, 2020

To Win the Prize

I must keep my eyes
On my Savior
To win the prize.
Sometimes he has
To advise; sometimes
He has to chastise.
It seems no matter
How hard I try
I tend to fall short
Of reaching my goals;
It’s like I fell
Into a sin hole.
Maybe iniquity gets
Stuck inside me like
Cabbage in an egg roll.
Perhaps, I need to recall
That I’m fighting a war,
And I probably need
To dig a foxhole;
That would be
Better for my soul.
A lot of things about
This life are not celestial;
Some are even dreadful,
But of one thing I am sure:
My Savior’s love
Is most essential.

By ELM
July 28, 2020

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize
for which God has called me
heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14 (NIV)


 

July 26, 2020

Hospitality to Strangers and Angels

Strangers may be angels,
Or they may not be.
Hospitality must be shown.
Perhaps they are all alone;
Perhaps their sins
Have not been atoned;
Perhaps they have no home;
Perhaps they have been 
Throwing stones;
Perhaps they have just
Come from God’s throne.

Strangers and Angels
Need a cordial reception.
They may need lodging;
You may be their destination.
They may need friendship
Or fellowship or companionship,
Or by chance you need theirs.
Maybe they have come to worship.

Without knowing it you may be
Rescuing them
Or reviving them
Or restoring them.

By ELM
July 25, 2020
 

“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers,
for by so doing some people have shown hospitality      
to angels without knowing it.”
Hebrews 13:2 (NIV)


 

July 19, 2020

An Entwined Heart

Woven together by grace,
Fused by faith,
Are the hearts of those
Entwined with Christ.

As a shoe is laced,
So is a godly man’s life
Tightened by heart strings
When drawn through the
Eyes of God’s embrace,
Capturing stability in his race.

Enmeshed and entangled
With the Savior,
Once a babe in a manger,
Promises a soul secure
Not life free of danger.

Love intermingles
Among believer’s hearts
As it flows from God’s throne
Stimulating charity
And fostering familiarity
With the secrets of God.

By ELM
July 1, 2020


“For how could anyone be disgraced when he
Has entwined his heart with you?”
Psalm 25:3 (TPT)



 


July 12, 2020

Flawless

 

The Lord is flawless;

His being is faultless.

My God he is;

He’s my reason to rejoice.

A man should choose him;

He is the best choice.

A spiritual acceptance

Is required;

Forgiveness must

Be desired.

 

The Lord is flawless,

And He keeps all promises.

His words and deeds

 Are always honest

And never thoughtless.

In him I take refuge;

My sin debt is huge.

I know I need Christ

As the center of my life.

 

The Lord is flawless;

His way is perfect.

Only in him I find solace.

My life he wants to direct;

My sins he collects.

God is the consummate One;

In his Son the victory

Has already been won.

 

By ELM

July 7, 2020

 

“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord is flawless;

he shields all who take refuge in him.”

Psalm 18:30 (NIV)


July 5, 2020

Before Me Was the Lamb

Standing on Mount Zion
Was the Lamb,
The Passover lamb.
He was kept in the home,
A pet before slaughter.
After four days he would perish
For men’s sons and daughters.
The massacre of the Messiah,
The carnage of the Christ
Occurred on Mount Calvary,
Where he won the mastery
Over sin’s scourge.

Before me was the Lamb,
The babe of Bethlehem.
Before me was the 
Boy teaching the doctors
In the temple in Jerusalem.
Before me was the
Miracle maker who
Caused the blind to see,
Who caused his disciples
To watch as he walked on the sea.

Not the mark of the beast,
But a counter mark
Was on the believers’ heads.
The Lamb that turned water
Into wine at a wedding feast,
Who is the bread without yeast,
Stood on Mount Zion before me.

By ELM
July 4, 2020


“Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb,
standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who
had his name and his Father’s name
written on their foreheads.”
Revelation 14:1 (NIV)


June 28, 2020

How Many Loaves Do You Have?

‘What do you have
In your hand?
May it be used
To help a fellow man?’

‘How many loaves
Do you have?’
The reply was seven.
‘Have you considered
What you are getting?
Shall you receive a blessing?’

‘What do you have
In your hand as you walk
On the narrow road?
Do you carry
A heavy load?
The Son of Man
Carried his cross.
Some bear sin on roads
That lead to loss.’

‘How many loaves
Do you have?’
The reply was seven.
‘Could they show
The way to heaven?
Was the bread
Made without leaven?
Is the Bread of Life your
Greatest possession?’

By ELM
June 20, 2020


“’How many loaves do you have?’
Jesus asked.  ‘Seven,’ they replied.”
Mark 8:5 (NIV)
In Context: Mark 8:1-10



 

June 21, 2020

Walking

Jesus walked on water;
Peter did too.

The Lord God was walking
In the garden in the cool of the day.
To the original pair he soon was talking.

Pharaoh’s daughter went walking
Along the riverbank.
She discovered a baby in a basket;
That was quite shocking.

King Saul dressed David in
His coat of armor and helmet.
David tried walking around,
But he felt too earthbound.

As Elisha and Elijah
Were walking and talking,
A chariot of fire took Elijah
Away to heaven in a whirlwind.

People walking in darkness
Have seen a great light.
Hearts lost their hardness
Changing their inwardness.

Four men were seen walking
In the fiery furnace
Unbound and unharmed.

Jesus walked on water;
Peter did too.


By ELM
June 19, 2020


“Then 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….”
Genesis 3:8 (NIV)


June 14, 2020

Possess Your Soul

Let the mind of
Jesus be yours.
It makes life easier
To endure;
It ensures grace
When faced
With trials.

You must possess
Your own soul
To grow.
Be careful 
Not to develop
A coldness.

Form the mind of Christ
To possess your soul;
God uses this
To enrich your life.
It takes patience
To acknowledge
 God’s presence.

Don’t stay
At the beginning,
When you first believed.
Trust Christ
At life’s ending
And worship
Throughout
Eternity.

By ELM
May 26, 2020


“In your patience possess ye your souls.”
Luke 21:19 (KJV)



 

June 7, 2020

Moses Was Very Meek

Moses was very meek;
He had a spirit of submission
And a reverent disposition.

After being in God’s presence
He had a glowing countenance.
His behavior was one of a lamb;
Nothing about him was a sham.
He was not a fraud or a fake;
He never did the truth forsake.

Moses was very meek;
His was a soul worth knowing.
His being was one of understanding.

Into the wilderness he led
The Hebrews out of Egyptian bondage.
God provided miracles to his advantage.
Of the law he knew firsthand,
And he knew God had a plan.
Moses was a servant and a wise man.

Moses was very meek;
He possessed a godly demeanor.
Of God he was a devoted follower.

By ELM
May 23, 2020


“Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men
which were upon the face of the earth.”
Numbers 12:3 (KJV)


May 31, 2020

More than Conquerors

More than conquerors
Christ wants men to be;
In Christ there are
Numerous possibilities.

Tribulations
Can shake a believer’s
Foundation,
But victorious he can be
As he rises from
Life’s troublesome sea.

Trials and travails,
Miseries and adversities,
Disappointments and dilemmas
Come to every man.
Some come by a man’s
Own doing;
Some come from
Another.

Every Christian
Has something
He wishes was not there.
It does not go away,
But it is softened
By prayer.

By ELM
May 26, 2020


“Nay, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through him that loved us.”
Romans 8:37 (KJV)


 


May 24, 2020

Hanging On Every Word He Said

Men were
Intently listening
And
Attentively heeding
And
Decisively deciding
And
Astutely responding
As they were
Hanging on every word
He said.

Listeners became converts
And
Converts became believers
And
Believers became worshippers
And
Worshippers became followers
And
Followers became disciples
As they were
Hanging on every word
He said.

Thoughts became deeds
And
Deeds became works
And
Works became blessings
To others
As they were
Hanging on every word
He said.


By ELM
May 18, 2020


“…Because all the people hung on every word he said.”
Luke 19:48b (NLT)


May 17, 2020

Wounded for Our Transgressions

Jesus was wounded
For our transgressions;
His harming was our healing.
His crucifixion was our curative.
His resurrection was our retrieval.

Jesus was bruised for our iniquities.
He was scratched and scarred;
He was battered and bloodied;
He was brutalized and broken.

The chastisement of our peace
Was upon Jesus.
He endured our execution;
He paid our penalty;
He encountered evil
Like no other.                                

Yahweh placed the penalty of sin
Upon his loving Son
So that we could be forgiven,
So that we could be delivered,
So that we qualified for citizenship
In his heavenly kingdom.

By ELM
May 7, 2020


“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was
bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace
was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)



 

May 10, 2020

Wise in Their Own Eyes

Men who are wise
In their own eyes
Are misguided and mistaken;
They have deluded
And deceived their hearts.

If praise is due,
Let another do.
If one is to glory,
In the Lord let him glory.

Judicious and sagacious men
Receive blessings from the Lord;
God recognizes if a man is self-righteous.

God acknowledges when wise men
Receive praises from others
And not from their own lips.

Some justify themselves before men,
But God grasps their marrow and affection.
Since God asserts microscopic perception,
He perceives men’s honesty and deception.

When a man ascertains he is nothing
Apart from Christ, then he is something.
A man who walks wisely and justifiably
In Christ, serves the Savior humbly.

A man with a proud heart
Is a danger to himself and others;
He cannot be a blessing to another.

By ELM
May 7, 2020


“Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes,
and prudent in their own sight!”
Isaiah 5:21 (KJV)


May 3, 2020

A Continual Cleansing

 

There is no darkness in Christ;

He is the eternal light,

A ceaseless, continuous

Illumination flowing

 In redeemed hearts

No longer blind.

 

Light shines on transgressions,

Uncovering secret sins

Needing atonement.

No man is alone;

All men have Adam’s

 Common nature.

 

A continual cleansing begins

At the point of accepting Jesus’

Redeeming sacrifice on Calvary.

Each believer will sin again

Because he is still in the flesh,

But in Christ he can discern rest.

 

God’s incessant grace

Allows a man to save face.

God’s unrelenting mercy

Can help men with controversy.

 

The blood of Jesus

Continually cleanses

Making rejection of Christ

Stunningly senseless.

 

By ELM

April 30, 2020

 

“But if we keep living in the pure light that

surrounds him, we share unbroken fellowship

with one another, and the blood of Jesus,

his Son, continually cleanses us from all sin.”

I John 1:7 (TPT)                                        

In Context: I John 1:5-7


April 26, 2020

Build with Care

 

The Savior of men is

The precious cornerstone. 

Every wise builder builds upon him.

Every wise builder builds with care.

 

Christ is the foundation, 

The framework, the fundament

Of a man’s soul that is saved by grace.

Jesus is the groundwork.

Jesus is the substructure.

Jesus is the originator.

Build with care.

 

Establish your life in Christ.

Construct with courage.

Shape with strength.

Make with mercy.

Frame with faith.

Build with care.

 

There is no other source of life

Than the Redeemer,

No other underpinning,

No other infrastructure,

No other understructure.

Build with care.

 

Doctrine is built on Christ.

Purposes of God are seen in Christ.

Righteousness reverberates from Christ.

Build with care.

 

By ELM

April 24, 2020

 

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation

as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it.

But each one should build with care.”

I Corinthians 3:10 (NIV)

In Context: I Corinthians 3:9-15


April 19, 2020

He First Loved Me

Before I loved Jesus,
He first loved me.
He heard my plea.
He abated the waves of sin,
So I could begin
My walk with him.
Jesus is One in Three.
His grace is all I need.
His love does not cause fear;
If to his throne I stay near,
His commands I can hear.
I must choose him to follow
Today and tomorrow.
Before I loved Jesus,
He first loved me.
His glory I shall one day see.
In him I am victorious
Because his love is glorious.
He endured the cross with its pain
To remove all of my shame.
His goodwill is instantaneous.
He decorates my soul, my spirit.
He gives me a new song,
And I listen and sing along.
His various blessings
Teach me to him I belong.
His crucifixion was serious,
So that my life would no longer
Be meaningless.

By ELM
April 13, 2020


“We love him, because he first loved us.”

I John 4:19 (KJV)


April 12, 2020

Christ Put on Skin

Christ put on skin
To save men from sin.
He wants to save all
Before their lives end.

Men were made in God’s likeness,
So they can share with others
The glory of his brightness.

Christ put on skin
To save men from sin.
Only through Jesus men
Have victory over sin.

God shields men from within,
Like a tattered coat he can mend.
He insulated Daniel in the lions’ den;
He protects believers
From the wrath of lost men.

Adam’s coat of skins
Gave him a chance to live again.
New possibilities are produced
When men proclaim the truth.

Christ put on skin
To save men from sin.
On him should a man depend;
Forgiveness Jesus extends.

By ELM
April 10, 2020


“Unto Adam also and to his wife did the
Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”
Genesis 3:21 (KJV)


April 5, 2009

One Gospel

There is not another;
There is only one gospel.
It is not possible;
The one is scriptural
And doctrinal.

Some prefer to pervert it;
Many decide to distort it;
Others choose to conceive it.

The gospel is the story of Christ.
Jesus died that men might have life;
On Calvary he was sacrificed.
Men must accept the gospel by faith;
They must not wait.
It is the story of the Messiah’s
Birth, death, and resurrection dates.

If ignored, it will lead a man to trouble.
If disregarded, it will make a man stumble.
If brushed aside, it will cause a man to crumble.

Men must strive to please God with a passion.
The Savior of men is full of compassion,
And the gospel cultivates soulful satisfaction.

There is not another;
There is only one gospel.
It is not possible;
The one is scriptural
And doctrinal.

By ELM
April 3, 2020


“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you
into the grace of Christ unto another gospel, which is not another;
but these are some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
Galatians 1:6-7 (KJV)
In Context: Galatians 1:6-10


March 29, 2020

Search Your Soul

Search your soul for me.
It’s been a long time
Since we dared a rhyme,
Since we shared springtime.

Look with all your heart,
And when you find me,
Never let me go.
In your life I want
To play a big role.

Pursue my purpose.
My intentions are
Most honorable,
Honest and noble.

Dignify your ride;
Come and go with me.
I died on a tree,
So you can be free.

Be still on your bed;
Nightly say your prayers.
Daily eat my bread;
You must know I care.

Tremble before me;
My majesty sees.
My grace and glory
Has made you holy.

By ELM
March 20, 2020


“Tremble in awe before the Lord, and do not sin against him.
Be still upon your bed and search your heart before him.”
Psalm 4:4 (TPT)



March 22, 2020

Be Strong and of Good Courage

You have all the strength
You need in me.
My length
Around you stretches.
I’ve got your edges.
I’m the wedge
That keeps you
From sliding.

As with Job,
Surrounding you
Is a hedge.
It is I.
I minimize your risk.
Your probability of jeopardy
Is slim, none eternally.

You shall face hazards
And incidences of peril,
But wear my protective apparel,
My whole armor: truth,
The breastplate, the gospel,
The shield, the helmet,
And the sword of the Spirit.

Remain at my throne;
Do not wander away.
Do not be dismayed;
My glory is on display.
Do not be afraid.
Pray.

By ELM
March 22, 2020

“Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them;
for the Lord thy God, he it is who doth go with thee;
he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV)
In Context: Deuteronomy 31:1-8


March 15, 2020

Hide It Within

Some matters are
Found deep within.
That’s where they remain;
They’re of such valuable gain.
They can’t be bought,
Nor can they be
Washed away
By decades of internal rain.

Birthdays come and go
As do days of rain and snow,
But God’s designs are life keeping.
They enter sweeping
Other issues aside;
Initial sinful ones are kept
In parenthesis,
While others simply hide.

All genuine believers
Treasure God’s wisdom.
He releases a man’s soul
From a horrendous prison.
Anchored inside is grace,
Yet sin leaves behind a trace.
Any man can acquire it,
But sin’s wit is hard to admit.

By ELM
March 10, 2020


“My child, will you treasure my wisdom?
Then and only then, will you acquire it.
And only if you accept my advice and
hide it within will you succeed.”
Proverbs 2:1 (The Passion Translation)


March 8, 2020

Drinking a Scorching Wind

Drinking a scorching wind
Will be the fate of all men
Who refute the truth.

The verity of the gospel
Propagates to all men.
The divine message
Demonstrates to all,
Who by Satan’s schemes fall,
That there is promise
Of a descending Savior
Who changes human behavior.

To life Christ adds flavor;
No one ever lived who is greater.
Flaming sulfur will fall dry
Burning human eyes.
Drinking a scorching wind
Shall extend
The torment and misery
Of those who choose
To not believe.

Hurting and hardship
Go hand in hand
As men try to understand
The Messiah’s plan.

By ELM
February 25, 2020


“He will send fiery coals and flaming sulfur down on the
wicked, and they will drink nothing but a scorching wind.”
Psalm 11:6 (CEV)


March 1, 2020

Count the Cost

What does it take
To save the lost?
Sit down and
Count the cost.

If you are planning
To build a house
With your spouse,
You would first
Count the cost.

The value of a soul
Took Jesus to the cross.
He paid the price
So men could have
Eternal life.

Were the expenditures
Expensive?
Was the purchase
Worth it?

It took a willing heart,
A cross, and Jesus
To fulfill his part.

With this act
All men get a fresh start.
This is a biblical fact.

By ELM
February 18, 2020

“For which of you, intending to build a tower,
sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost,
whether he have sufficient to finish it?”
Luke 14:28 (KJV)


February 23, 2020

The Scriptures Point to Me

The Scriptures point to me,
So why can’t you believe?

Have you seen my miracles?
Some of them were visible.

You believe in the Scriptures,
Yet you don’t get the picture.

The Word was given by me;
It’s about eternity.

The Scriptures point to me;
Read them and be set free.

I gave my life for you;
That can make all things new.

The Bible is original;
Its stories are not fictional.

The Word draws pictures of me.
It’s a painting of men free.

The Scriptures point to me,
So why can’t you believe?


By ELM
January 7, 2020


“You search the Scriptures because you believe they give
you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!”
John 5:39 (NLT)


February 16, 2020

Not Bread Alone

Bread alone will
Not satisfy.
Have you ever
Wondered why?

There is a deep-seated
Need in a man’s soul
To feel that he is whole.

He can only find
Inherent contentment in Christ,
But most men never go there.
They can be joint heirs, but
They never turn to the Master
Who has all of life’s answers.

Every man has this
Imperative requirement
Ingrained in his brain,
But few admit it.

There is a
Powerful potency
In God’s words.
Holy Scripture is like a sword.
It slashes and splits;
It slices and slits
All human issues
To the core of the heart.

Christ is the living Word.
Now you have heard.
Is the gist of your being stirred?


By ELM
February 11, 2020

“…It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:4 (KJV)


February 9, 2020

Nothing Can Separate Us

 

God strengthens believers;

We can overcome the deceiver

By our faith in Christ.

 

God is not dead;

Get that through your head.

He is with you in real time;

He cleanses away the grime – 

The crud, the filth, the muck of sin.

You can start all over again

Every day when you pray.

 

Nothing can separate us,

So why make a fuss?

He loves you today;

He’ll love you tomorrow.

He made you out of clay.

He expects you to love him always;

Don’t let sin get in the way.

 

Even if you want to,

You can’t keep God’s love away.

Death can’t. Life can’t.  Men can’t.

Angels can’t. Demons can’t.

 

Isn’t this great news?

So why feel blue?

I have trusted him;

How about you?

 

Remember, Christ is seated

At the Father’s right hand

Making intercession.

O! What a blessing! Amen!

 

By ELM

January 28, 2020

 

“And I am convinced that nothing can 

Ever separate us from his love….”

Romans 8:38a (NLT)


February 2, 2020

The Trying of Your Faith

 

The substance of things

You hope for is faith,

But you can’t see it;

You’ve never seen it.

It doesn’t work that way,

But you know it when you have it.

You ask for it when you pray.

You may ask the Lord to increase

Your faith day by day.

 

Faith increases patience.

Sometimes you have to wait;

You may be waiting for days,

Or weeks, or months, or years.

It will come, but when it does,

You may shed some tears.

Happiness or sadness or both

May accompany your faith.

Salvation is by grace through faith.

 

The trying of your faith

May be a difficult struggle.

Remember biblical Job;

He lost everything but his faith.

Sometimes trouble comes double;

Sometimes you may feel like 

You’re in a dense jungle,

And there is no way out;

That’s the trying of your faith.

 

By ELM

January 25, 2020

 

“…The trying of your faith worketh patience.”

James 1:3 (KJV)

In Context:  James 1:2-11


January 26, 2020

Have You Caught Any Fish?

Seven disciples went fishing,
But they caught nothing all night.
At dawn on the shore
They saw a little light.
There was a campsite.
Jesus was standing there,
But they knew him not.
Jesus spoke, “Friends,
Have you caught any fish?”
They said, “No, not one bite.”
They felt as if they
Had been in a fight
With the Sea of Galilee.
Jesus shouted to them;
“Throw your net to the right
Side of the boat!”
They did as he said,
But they could not
Pull in the net
Because they caught
So many fish.
When Peter recognized Jesus,
He jumped in the sea,
And he swam to his Savior.
That’s where he needed to be.
The disciples had caught
One hundred fifty-three,
And the net had not torn.
As the disciples sat
By the fire to get warm,
Jesus served them breakfast.
They felt refreshed.
O! What joy they expressed!

By ELM
January 23, 2020


“So Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net
to the shore. There were 153 large fish, and yet
the net hadn’t torn.” John 21:11 (NLT)

January 19, 2020

The Power of an Endless Life

Having no beginning or ending,
Jesus maintains the power
Of an endless life.
He is dateless, limitless,
Continual and eternal.

What can his endless life do?
It gives men infinity
By the ability of the Trinity.
If men only believe,
They shall receive.

Carnal man transformed
Becomes a child with
An unending life.
Peering into the night,
He allows Christ
To provide,
To produce,
To preserve
A path new.
Walking through
This sinful world
In celestial shoes,
He desires a
Heavenly view.

By ELM
January 14, 2020

“Who is made, not after the law of a carnal
commandment but after the power of an endless life.”
Hebrews 7:16 (KJV)


January 12, 2020

In Him Is No Darkness

The darkness of Egypt land
Was felt for three days.
This was by God’s hand;
The Egyptians became His prey.

The harshness of God’s judgment
Is not heartless.
His will calls for an adjustment,
A looking of inwardness,
No overlooking of sin.

Darkness tarnishes the soul;
It is a weakening of faithful alertness.
It is like an armless man trying to swim;
His situation is truly grim.

A taste of God’s grace
Deteriorates man’s iniquities
For an eternity.
It decorates God’s majesty.

Light is God’s message,
The epitome of His substance.
His divine unpretentiousness
Can flood a man’s essence
Causing a shifting, a reshaping,
A rewriting of man’s mind.

The constancy of God’s luminosity
Destroys the heaviness of darkness.
A new vividness arises
Causing a transforming.

By ELM
August 26, 2019

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare
unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
I John 1:5-7


January 5, 2020

In Exchange for My Soul

I must deny myself.
I must take up my cross
And follow Jesus.
To Him how much did it cost?
For words I am lost.

What can I give in
Exchange for my soul?
Do you know?
Only Christ can make a man whole.
He is my integral part;
His Spirit lives in my heart.

Christ’s embrace is overarching;
His truth is fundamental;
Christ’s love is all encompassing.

I must deny myself.
How long will His love last?
Will it ever pass?

Christ’s hold on me is strong.
He is powerful and potent.
Christ is substantial and unassailable.

What can I give in
Exchange for my soul?
Do you know?

By ELM
December 15, 2019

“Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Mark 8:37 (KJV)


December 30, 2019

My Spirit within You

Since you are a believer,
My Spirit is within you.
I want you to be a receiver
Of untold gifts.

My Spirit within you
Will guide you along
Life’s narrow road.
As my grace continues to flow,
I want you to walk in my mode.

Keep your feet going
Where they should.
Remember, I died on a
Cross I made of wood.
Don’t be as some are;
They have a heart of wormwood.
It is coarse and withered.
Their thoughts are bitter.

My desire is that you
Will pursue me and worship.
Your soul I blood purchased.
Keep my judgments.

Within you my Spirit
Shines an appearance
Of light that dispels the night.
My love for you has no limits;
I am with you every day
And every minute.


By ELM
December 19, 2019


“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk
in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
Ezekiel 36:27


December 22, 2019

God Sent His Son

Jesus had to be sacrificed
So men can live.

Jesus had to be crucified
So God can forgive.

God loved men before men loved Him.
He knew life for mankind was grim.

God sent His Son to be light;
Otherwise, men would live in night.

God’s love was present
Before men were created.

God’s love was given
Before Jesus left heaven.

The Son came to a manger
To save men from ageless danger.

The cross was soon made
From which Jesus prayed.

‘Father, forgive them;
Please do not condemn.’

By ELM
November 16, 2019


“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us,
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
I John 4:10



December 15, 2019

See Me

Do you see the stable?
You know; my life on earth
Was not a fable.
Do you ask my blessing
At the dinner table?
See me.

Do you see the shepherds?
Never let your thoughts
Of me be severed.
I like to be remembered.
A lot of storms I’ve weathered.
See me.

Do you see the star?
Have you ever seen an earthstar?
Do you see what’s in
The Christmas cookie jar?
My love is a giant reservoir.
See me.

Do you see the manger?
When you get to know me
You’re no longer a stranger.
I’m a soul changer.
Don’t go to sleep with your anger.
See me.

Do you see the angels?
They can keep your foot from danger.
They are fighting evil spirits;
They are strong and able.
Angels are faithful.
See me.

By ELM
December 9, 2019


“…The shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem,
and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
Luke 2:15b (KJV)



December 8, 2019

What Is in Your Heart?

What is in your heart?
Is it full of love
For men and God above?

What is in your heart?
Is it full of compassion
That is visible by your actions?

What is in your heart?
Is it full of earthly treasure
Used for your own pleasure?

What is in your heart?
Is it full of evil
Towards the feeble?

What is in your heart?
Is it full of kindness
For those in a crisis?

What is in your heart?
Is it full of faith
In the God who creates?

What is in your heart?
Is it full of wickedness
That destroys your happiness?

What is in your heart?
Is it full of regrets
More or less?

By ELM
November 25, 2019


“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Luke 12:34 (KJV)



December 1, 2019

Tender Mercy

Of Jesus’ love I am not worthy,
But He is full of tender mercy.

When situations invite worry,
I recall Jesus’ tender mercy.

Jesus is a God of compassion;
He gives believers perfect mansions.

Tender mercy is a divine gift;
It gives my soul a fabulous lift.

The Savior has helped me avoid sin;
I need His strength each day to begin.

To avert sinful controversy
I must trust in His tender mercy.

Satan can make my life view blurry,
But I see well in the Lord’s mercy.

The Lord God is very pitiful;
His goodwill makes me presentable.

God’s tender mercy is so gracious;
My trust in Him is quite tenacious.

God’s loving compassionate blessings
Help me to continue progressing.

The Master’s everlasting mercy
Has wonderfully made me worthy.

Tender mercies are all around me;
I feel His Spirit deep within me.

By ELM
November 25, 2019

“…The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.”
James 5:11b (KJV)


November 24, 2019

Naked and Empty-handed

When you were born
Did you own anything?
Did you have something?

You were born naked and empty-handed.
That is the way God wants it to be.
You see, He wants us to depend on him
Like Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem,
Like the woman who touched His hem,
Like Jesus did when he was on the cross
And the sky grew dark and dim.

Life gets laborious and serious;
We will have conflicts and predicaments.
We came with nothing;
We leave with nothing.

Accept this and don’t fuss;
We can’t take our riches with us.

However, if you are a believer
The Holy Spirit lives inside you.
He’s there to guide you over Jordan
Because your sins have been pardoned.

By ELM
November 21, 2019

“We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed
as on the day we were born. We can’t take our riches with us.”
Ecclesiastes 5:15 (NLT)

November 17, 2019

Change the Way You Think

Change the way you think;
Don’t let Satan hoodwink
You into believing his lies.
They can sound very true,
But all they do is make you blue.

God wants to transform you into a new person;
Allow Him to lead you through life’s storms.
If you do, blessings will surround you in swarms.

Change the way you think
By letting God write on your heart 
With His indelible ink.

One way to know God’s will
Is to be thankful and be still.
Listen to the changes He wants you to make;
Inside your soul you may feel an earthquake.

Change the way you think;
The Lord will supply the missing link.
Find the path that takes you home;
Don’t strikeout on your own.

Permit God to teach you His plans;
Hold on to His loving hands.
God’s way of doing things is perfect.
Your life is God’s project;
Give Him your heart;
You’ll know what to expect.

By ELM November 14, 2019
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform You into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn To know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

November 10, 2019

Stumbling Around in Grace

When I fall, when I falter, I find
Myself stumbling around in grace,
And I return to your altar
Seeking your face.

Because of myself
I have plummeted very low
Not knowing which way to go,
But your grace invisibly surrounds me
Until I almost can see it
When I am on my knees.

Your redeeming, exquisite grace
Is always sufficient for me.
When I look, it becomes infinitely clear
It comes to my rescue year after year.

Because of my eternal state of favor,
I know I should never waiver,
Yet I do, and I feel like a traitor.
When I find myself stumbling
Around in grace, I detect your embrace.

Life is all about grace;
It is where I discover
My soulful encounter.
It is where I find
My soul’s birthplace.

How blessed I am when I am
Stumbling around in grace.
It is my safety net;
You have paid my debt.

By ELM
November 2, 2019

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)


November 3, 2019

God Never Slumbers or Sleeps

God never slumbers or sleeps;
He is the One that we need to seek.
His eyes never close;
All about us He knows.

When a believer sleeps,
He should rarely count sheep.
Instead, his Father’s blessings
He ought to tally and keep.

A Christian can take comfort
In numbering God’s wonders.
Jesus never makes a blunder;
He created thunder.

Sometimes, I consider the stars
While I lay under the sky.
Cloud clusters appear to be God’s arms,
As I drift off to sleep with a sigh.

In this world that is chaotic,
God is observing you and me. 
As I dwell on His logic,
It escapes me like waves of the sea.

Before going to sleep, 
I thank God for making me His son.
I know when I’m on my knees,
My flaws are hidden by His blood.

 Jesus died to apply His mercy
To this dying domain that is topsy-turvy.
Of God’s grace we’re not worthy.
His cross was his longest journey.

By ELM
October 26, 2019


“Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.”
Psalm 121:4  (NLT)