eternal life

I Shall Testify #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

I shall testify nothing
if not Jesus Christ and Him crucified
whom God presented
as a sacrifice of atonement
the righteous for the unrighteous,
to bring us to God;
for while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us;
in this Way God demonstrated
his own love for us:
reconciling the world
to himself in Christ.

Since Christ was raised from the dead,
he cannot die again;
death no longer has mastery over him:
He has destroyed death,
and has brought life and immortality
to light through the gospel;
for Christ did not enter a sanctuary
manufactured with human hands,
but entered heaven itself,
now to appear for us in God’s presence;
He was put to death in the body
but made alive in the Spirit.

There is one God,
and one mediator between God and mankind:
the man Christ Jesus;
there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom all things came,
and through whom we now may live;
God made his light shine in our hearts
to give us the knowledge of His glory;
this is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us
and we ought to follow, and lay down our lives
for the sake of our brothers and sisters.

Day Three of Na/GloPoWriMo2017, and today’s challenge is to write an elegy – a poem that mourns or honours someone dead or something gone by, centred on an unusual fact about the person or thing being mourned. In this case, as I look ahead a couple of weeks to Easter, we mourn Good Friday’s sacrifice, but rejoice in Easter’s resurrection, inspired by the words of Paul the Apostle’s various letters to the New Testament church.

Day Three of Na/GloPoWriMo2017

In Communion #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

water into wine,
loaves and fishes:
a feast for all
from Jesus;
the bread of life,
which always sustains:
I need no yeast
but Jesus;
new wine in new skins,
commemorative of blood:
I need no priest
but Jesus;
remembrance and rejoicing,
remorse and reverence,
all glory accords to
Lord Jesus

written in response to the prompt for Day 2 of Na/GloPoWriMo2017 – a recipe!


Prophetic Revelation

Be inspired dear friends!
Write therefore, what you have seen;
Record the present;
Prophetic Revelation –
Of what will take place later

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post

Man’s Balloon Always Bursts

Daedalus reached for the sky
To Icarus’s great cost
Babel’s tower built toward Heaven
Scattered mankind in chaos
Each time man’s balloon ascends,
It ultimately bursts
Yet God reaches out
Set down His Son
His life offered for ours
To finally raise us up

a quadrille (44 words) written in response to prompt #29 at the dVerse Poets’ Pub

Heavenly Haibun #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
– Revelation 21:1-3

No tears nor sadness
No more death, mourning, nor pain
In newness with God

written in response to today’s early bird prompt for Na/GloPoWriMo Eve, inspired by the description of life in a new Heaven given in Revelation 21.

It’s not too late to sign up and join in the fun of writing 30 poems in 30 days for Na/GloPoWriMo2017!

Passport to Eternity

God’s grace is enough
Passport to eternity
The fallen raised up
Who place their faith in Jesus
Sanctified humanity

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post

Never Thirst

the water I give
quenches the eternal thirst;
to whomever drinks –
a welling spring of water,
freshness and newness of life

a second contribution, in tanka form, written in response to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #142 – “Spring” and “Fresh” and inspired by Jesus’s teaching in the gospel of John (4:14)

Wand’ring the Desert

Wand’ring the desert
Searching for the Spring of Life
Fresh water restores

written in response to RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #142 – “Spring” and “Fresh”

His Territory

Self-imposed exiles,
Slaves held in captivity,
Your King sets you free;
Our hearts are his territory –
He bids come beside His throne

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Posttoday’s prompt at The Daily Post

Curer of Souls

Clear sweet elixir
Fountain of eternal life
The Curer of souls

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Posttoday’s prompt at The Daily Post