Give Us The Facts From The Book Of Acts

Just imagine you could bring a Bible character back to this earth for a season. Who do you think you would choose? I chose Peter, and here is why.

another Acts 2 38

 

Peter, it’s such a blessing to have you back on earth
because our world is confused when it comes to the second birth.
Jesus gave you the keys. You’re the man who has the facts.
Please dispel all fake gospel news by taking us back to the book of Acts.
Show us that you never said to accept the Lord as our Savior.
You never preached or taught that that is how we find God’s favor.
You taught that Jesus died, the cross was His death sentence,
and we to sin, must also die, through the way of repentance.
After His awful death to a borrowed grave He was carried.
We identify with this, when in Jesus’ name baptism we’re buried.
Three days later Jesus resurrected after He had been killed.
We rise up to walk in the newness of life, when with His Spirit we’re filled.
The evidence of this infilling in God’s Word is clearly shown.
When His Spirit takes up residence, we’ll speak in a tongue unknown.
Yes, take us back in time, please, Peter, to the day of Pentecost,
when you preached that inaugural message to a multitude so lost.
So many believe in doctrines today that have totally been perverted.*
Let us read and heed God’s original plan, that we might be converted.

10/9/18

*perverted=changed

“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:15-19

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.” Acts 2:36-39

“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 there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
Galatians 1:6-8

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Parable Of The Talents

Five talents Phil was a very gifted man.

Compelling truth in his oratory was heard.

There was no doubt in any that he was

proficient and anointed in teaching God’s Word.

 

To many, he showed the way of salvation

just as Peter preached in Acts 2 and 38

and though multitudes rejected the message of truth

there were some redeemed from a damnable fate.

 

Two talents Tessie was an average young lady

although not brainy, she had a great heart.

She searched out ways to help the needy

and in doing thus, God’s love did impart.

 

Her selfless acts of kindness and care

aided those helped to open their spirit

that otherwise would be closed to God’s plan

now their ears were susceptible, so they could hear it.

 

One talent Winston was a fainthearted fellow

although he had obeyed the plan of salvation.

He was content to keep his mouth shut

and not offer to any escape from damnation. 

 

He thought, “I could never win a soul to truth.”

Love for God was trumped by fear of rejection

so he never reached out to neighbors or friends,

thinking it would be his protection.

 

And so the time of reckoning came

for these three who had passed away

each in turn had to stand before God

to give account on the judgment day.

 

Five talents Phil came and  stood before God

and for him, there was nothing but praise

for the work he had done, the souls he had won

during his earthly days.

 

Two talents Tessie was next to approach.

God’s response to her made her glad.

Although not the brightest of the bunch

she did her best with the talents she had.

 

As one talent Winston drew near to the Lord

His head was hung down in shame.

For somehow he knew instinctively

his reward would not be the same.

 

Slowly he began to offer excuse

of why doing God’s work was denied,

how he thought that none would believe him

why his light he chose to hide.

 

God said, “When I filled you with my Holy Spirit,

I gave you just what you would need

to impact your world with the gospel

yet My words, you chose not to heed.

 

And so the plight of one talent Winston

who made excuse and believed not

cast into a place of great torment

that eternally does burn hot.

 

A lesson we learn from this parable

if we’re so inclined to hear

let the wise in heart apply it

with a godly and reverent fear.

 

9/20/18

Whatsoever He Saith

stone jars

Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

These words of Mary to servants were spoken.

Their obedience to Jesus would be the token

of a miracle. They were about to view it.

 

Jesus told them, the waterpots to fill.

Perhaps this seemed a strange request,

but their compliance would soon be blessed

with water turned to wine. What a thrill!

 

What is it that the Master asks of you?

Does it by chance to you seem odd?

Please remember that obeying God

is always the right thing to do.

 

I’m convinced more miracles we would see

if when God speaks to us through His Word

we would become doers of what we’ve heard.

It’s the sure path to victory.

9/6/18

 

“His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.  When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.” John 2:5-11

 

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22

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Confession And Prayer Of One Derelict In Duty

woman interceding 

Lord, I come before you with confession.

My prayers of late have been a little cold.

They ‘re sounding  like a jumbled mumbling session,

not pleas of interceding saints of old.

 

Often, do I ask for daily bread,

help to face the pressures of this life,

neglecting in strong wrestling to be lead

for those who still are lost in sin and strife.

 

So let my heart be broken once again

with the weighty things that break the heart of God

the perishing, precious souls of unredeemed men

who upon this earth do everywhere  trod.

 

Your loving burden, pour into my spirit

as Your blessed face I humbly seek.

Anoint me, that your word I’ll take and share it.

With boldness, may I go and stand and speak.

 

8/31/18

 

“Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” Acts 5:20

Of Winds And Chimes

 

Wind

A natural but invisible
      force designed by God
              Almighty, unperceived
                   as to origin or pathway but with
               effects
      that can be felt.

Chimes

                      Decorative pipes are activated by
               each breeze, treating the hearer
         to a complimentary
outdoor concert.

Wind

is a term also used to describe
              God’s unseen Spirit, which is
                           evidenced by a noise as
                                   His Holy Word declares.

Chimes

            Human vessels give miraculous sound
                      when reborn from above,
                              profound, ethereal
               tongues of men and of angels
        When God’s gracious gust 
                          Inundates
                                 Inhabits
                                      Possesses.

8/17/18


“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-4

“The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Miracle Rose

miracle rose

Miracle rose breaks through the ground

where rigid hardness did abound.

To bloom, it seemed there was no way.

God’s gracious love has won the day,

Sweet blossoming life now is found.

 

Stubborn hearts can be brought around

by tenderness, divine profound

and yield to its gentle sway.

Miracle rose.

 

Cold souls may be a battle ground,

with intervention, can rebound.

Let not their stiffness cause dismay.

Be it fuel to watch and pray.

Result of faith, it will astound.

Miracle rose.

 

8/3/18

The Unseen Mill

gristmill 2

There is a special gristmill, not seen by human eye.
The thing that’s ground within it is not grain.
Many would escape its clutches, and here’s the reason why.
It can be a source of suffering and pain.
When heartache comes our way or great affliction,
woes, losses or perhaps a body  ill,
it may for us, just be a crucifixion
of our selfish, stubborn, defiant human will.
If we, to this character crushing can submit,
allow the thing that God is bringing to pass,
when the process is done, it’s then that we’ll be fit
our life can feed one, two, three, perhaps a mass.
So when circumstances of life seem to pound you down,
you feel that you have had more than your fill,
an abundant ending will surely come around
if you’ll let God do the work on that unseen mill.
5/24/18