I Don’t Go to Church

Funerals, weddings, Christmas and Easter
And maybe a baptism or two
I have plenty of reasons to attend worship service
You see, I just mentioned a few
I don’t get caught up with Bible study
Or into that faith sharing stuff
As listed above, I’ve got six reasons to go
By my count, that’s quite enough
I know I will make it to heaven no doubt
For I am a honest, good, righteous dude
I treat people nice, give old ladies seats
And have a good attitude
So preacher forget it If you think I behave
Like some unbelieving self righteous fools
I don’t have to sing, worship, or praise
I live by my own set of rules
But then I read somewhere to gather is good
For it helps me to set out life’s plans
It is not about mine, or what’s in it for me
It is about how I serve God, serving man
So if you are like me, attending, arriving
Going to a church now and then
It is those in attendance that we are depriving
For God has given us something for them

Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Hebrews 10:25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as the custom of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day drawing nigh.

Old Leaves

The tree was quite naked
Only a few leaves remained
They seemed determined
They would hang until spring
But like all else in life
Once winter has come
We must release old
If we want God newness to bring
Old habits, and attitudes
Old language and such
May be comfortable
And even accepted
But God wants to do new things
In all of our lives
So the old leaves must drop
As expected
Let God have His way
In the winter of your life
It is cold, it is bitter
For a season
He is preparing you for spring
He is setting the stage
He demands you let go
Of the old for this reason
A leaf spends more time on the ground
Than it ever does on the tree
If all my old leaves refuse to fall down
What kind of man will I be?
Let God have His way
Let Him shake the old loose
Don’t refuse the changes
He wants to bring
Your refusal hurts you
As you cling to the old
And celebrate death
While new life comes in the spring

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Prove You are God

I asked Him out loud
Can you prove it?
You see that big mountain
Can you move it?
That mountain of fears
Of old grudges and doubt
It causes me tears
So I called God out
He looked very puzzled at me
He laughed and then shook His head
He said I am God, don’t you see
Move it? I’ll move you instead!
I won’t be tied down by request
That make me a genie, magician
I know how to do what is best
See things from My eternal position
If you truly want to believe
He said as he took my hand
Then He quietly rolled up His sleeve
And said do just as I command
Walk forward and never look back
Don’t review sins and mistakes in your past
I have all the things that you lack
Now hold on, we are moving quite fast
And in an instant the mountain was gone
But in fact we just moved right through it
As He said, it would not take long
When God is determined to do it
For the Father is not on some leash
Like some dog to fetch, sit, and heel
All your fears and doubts just release
Bend in faith, bow before Him and kneel
The challenges that you face today
Are no different from those He’s seen before
And He delivers just to hear you say

‘Father it is You alone I adore’

Ps 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

Ps 34:4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Humble Stumble

The moment I think it’s really there
Like vapor it vanishes into air
It’s when I think I’m humble
Is when I fall and stumble

I mark my meekness not by grace
But by the pious look upon my face
I call all to note every goodly deed
Applause and approval is what I need

I serve and make sure to show
My good so others will quickly know
I am kind and truly good
And have done all the best I think I should

But quiet service is God’s delight
Done without fanfare, yes out of sight
No man knows, no man sees
That is humility and with that He’s pleased

Matthew 6:3-6 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Good To Be Humble

Lord I feel so good to be humble
So completely mild and so meek
It gives me a sense that I’m righteous
I don’t have to be soft or weak
I can vent all my self righteous anger
My desire for perfect revenge
And since humility knows no real danger
I can all the evil avenge
I know it is not in your book Lord
And I know it is not in your will
But you really don’t have to look Lord
I’ll do as I want, just be still
Then I’ll ask your forgiveness, not blessing
I will ask for mercy and grace
It is admission, not really confessing
I accept I have caused you disgrace
Oh the sin of selfish ambition
And the sin of pretending no shame
As I give in to this sinful admission
Bring glory and grace to Your Name

Pr 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Take A Bath My Friend

You need a bath my friend
A thorough cleansing too
In fact we could all benefit
From a bit of God’s shampoo
We wreak so much of self
We smell of covetous and greed
We got used to the stench
We forgot the bath we need
We use lots of body powder
Douse with deodorant and perfume
But the taint of self ambition
Takes the air out of the room
As we arise from bed each morning
This may sound a bit absurd
But we should not leave the house
Without bathing in God’s word
Let the Holy Ghost wash over
Let Him cleanse each pit, zit and pore
The blemishes you can’t see
That is what His word is for
He’ll anoint you with His sweetness
With the fragrance of His oil
You bend down a smelly servant
You rise up smelling royal
Take a bath.

Psalm 45:7
Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest
wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath
anointed thee with the oil of gladness
above thy fellows.

Psalm 45:8
All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes,
and cassia, out of the ivory palaces,
whereby they have made thee glad.

Not Even You

You think you are worthy of heaven
‘I’m not so bad’; so you say
‘I’m am nice, I am friendly to people
I listen to God, I obey’
I follow the great Ten Commandments
I avoid lust and greed when I can
But beyond that, what can you expect Lord?
After all, I am only a man.
My sinful past says I’m unworthy
I should be dammed and go straight to hell
Come to think of it, you’re not so good either
You have your own bad secrets to tell
Not even you are worthy of heaven
Not even you are worthy of grace
You don’t even deserve God’s acceptance
You reservations in hell, not heavens’ place
But God sees things very different
He takes all your failings as His own
And that perspective is called His redemption
It comes when to Christ you are known
Not even you deserve God’s damnation
If you accept Christ as Savior and Lord
Not even you can do enough good things
No, you can never God’s goodness afford
Not even you are clean, no not close
Not even you can God’s demands meet
So God decided He’d meet them Himself
All you must do is let Christ wash your feet
No, not even you are above God dying for you
No, not even you are below His expectations
For He remembers your frame is but dust
And so He offers you Christ as Salvation

Psalm 53:3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Ps 103:14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

John 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me

Romans 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

I Fliped Christ a Coin

Spit and polish!  I sat very comfortably over Him as He bent over, brushing each of my shoes hard enough that they reflected a dull image of his face.  He never looked up.  I was impressed with his humility.  It was clear that this man knew how to spit.  Once he was finished, he stepped back and I stood up and flipped him a coin.

Jesus could have easily shined shoes because after all he did wash feet.

Imagine the Savior of the world, God Himself incarnate, bending as low as to shine my shoes.  How do I repay Him?  I flip him a coin.  He tells me it is not enough.

I toss my loose change in the offering basket on Sunday morning.  I take an occasional read of His word, and I spew out a few trite words over my meals.  I am nice to strangers (most times) and I give to charities that show pictures of dirty, hungry, and desperate children.

In reality, God does not need my money.  God does not even need me to go to outer-Mongolia, Timbuktu and he is certainly not impressed with my righteous posture of sitting over his bent form shining my shoes.

I need to look up at Christ and see the true image of His face, not the dull image reflected on my shoes.   I need to repent of my arrogant posture of thinking I have done enough, given enough and even prayed enough.  What is the true measure of enough?  It is not how much I give of what I have acquired.  He does not want all that I have.  He wants all that I am.

After all God has done for you, and still does, don’t you dare flip Christ a coin.  He wants all of you.  Spit and polish!

Mark 10:21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

Mark 10:22And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

Search in the Dark

I turned off the lights
Then looked for it
In the dark
There I knew it must be
I knew in the dark
I must find it
But of course
It was so hard to see
I continued my search
May sound crazy
Without light
Tough search at best
But if I turned on the light
Some might see me
Searching for answers
I’d rather continue to guess
I’d rather search in the dark
Even stumble
Make bad choices
Take my failings in stride
Some might say
‘Oh now he’s religious’
He thinks God’s there
On his side
So I turned off the light
And kept searching
Keeping faith in the dark
Because of pride
And the longer I searched
The less peace I had
I had success
But joy I’d not find
So if you leave Christ
Out of your searching
You will never
Have true peace of mind
Of course others
Will see your light
They will notice
It’s intense and does really shine
That is why Jesus saves
Why He keeps you
He wants to say
‘This one is Mine’
Turn on the light
In your search for life’s answers
They are not of flesh
They are truly divine

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Pr 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pr 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Pr 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Prayer a Lame Excuse

The beggar looked right in my face
His request  I could not avoid
Would you help me get a bite to eat
I tried not to look annoyed
I used a lame excuse that time
I told him, I would pray
He wanted something definite
Instead I chose to say
I see your need is real my brother
Give me time to think about it
Besides what is the rush right now
God will show me, please don’t doubt it
And then I turned away and left
As though trying to resolve it
I knew that if I ignored this man
For sure someone else would solve it
I like to use the prayer excuse
It’s spiritual and neat
And then I can sit at table full
And not worry what others eat

Proverbs 3:27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do it

James 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

James 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Isaiah 1:13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

Isaiah 1:14Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.