Paul the Apostle

Let us Stop Passing Judgment

Loving each other,
Let us stop passing judgment –
Instead, encourage

written in response to this week’s prompt at Haiku Horizons, drawing inspiration from the text of Romans 14:13

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Saul No More

Transfiguration,
Illuminating evil’s path:
The Light of the Son;
Led blindly, yet in full faith –
Saul no more, now apostle Paul

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by Paul’s conversion as described in Acts 9

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

Lydia

Lydia listened,
A dealer in purple cloth
And worshipper of God –
Upon hearing Paul’s message
Lord Jesus opened her heart

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by Acts 16:!4

More Than Conquerors

Neither trouble nor hardship,
Nor persecution nor famine,
Nor nakedness, mortal danger, nor any man’s word
Shall lay hold on me;
For in all these things and more,
We are more than conquerors,
Sharing in the victory of Christ Jesus our Lord!

For neither death nor life,
Neither angels nor demons,
Neither the present, the future, nor any powers
Shall lay hold on me;
For nothing extant in all creation
Can separate those from the love of God,
Whose lives have been won by Christ Jesus our Lord!

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post, and inspired by Romans 8:31-39

Love is . . .

Even blessed with faith,
Without love, I am nothing;
Though giving my all,
Without love, I sound hollow;

Love always protects,
Always trusts, hopes, perseveres;
Its patience endures
With kindness which overcomes;

Love rejects evil;
It rejoices with the truth,
Not records of wrongs,
Which too easily anger;

Love honours others,
It is never self-seeking;
It does not envy,
Shall not boast, is not proud;

Know this: love never fails.

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post – “record” – and re-working the well-known opening eight verses of 1 Corinthians:13

Do not Conform – Discern

‘Do not conform
to the pattern
of this world,

but be transformed
by the renewing
of your mind.’

that you may discern
what is good, pleasing, perfect –
by nature, God’s will

written in response to today’s prompt at The Daily Post – ‘pattern’ – and inspired by Romans 12:1-2Romans 12:1-2

For the Sake of The Gospel

Here is sound doctrine:
Older men, be temperate;
Worthy of respect;
Be self-controlled, sound in faith,
In love and in endurance.

written in response to The Daily Post prompt – “sound”, and inspired by Titus 2:1-2, ‘for the sake of the gospel’

Fear and Trembling

as always, obey
work out of your salvation
with fear and trembling
with the faith of Abraham
willing to offer Isaac

written in response to the Daily Post prompt – “tremble” – and inspired by Philippians 2:12Philippians 2:12

Emmaus/Damascus

Emmaus and Damascus
Different roads
One purpose
Crossroads
Where men’s paths crossed
With Truth and the Way
The Way and the Life
Reborn from death
On the cross

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

Luke 24:13-35

Acts 9:3-9