Of Caesar’s conquests on the earth–
there is no doubt that they occurred;
and Jesus Christ defeated death –
but some think that must be absurd.
And yet the evidence is great
for Caesar, and Christ Jesus, too,
and ‘BC*’ written records state
what Christ was coming here to do.
Do you have reason to respond
the testimonies are untrue?
and that there is no power beyond
this world that you can feel and view?
What really does seem quite absurd
is not to read, investigate
the claims and offer once they’re heard:
examine and evaluate.
*BC=Before Christ, ie before he was born, detailed announcements were made, and recorded, and believed!
Tune: LM eg Tallis’ canon, tune of ‘Glory to Thee, my God, this night for all the blessings of the light’
1 Timothy 2:1-6
Some own there is a god –
his character, by whim
they draw, and see no need of Christ
to make their peace with him.
So much now stifles thought,
distracts, and numbs the mind
with music’s beat, many don’t try
life’s destiny to find.
He pinpoints where we’re at,
and where we’re heading to,
and how to reach the better goal,
what to believe and do.
One mediator given:
God wants his church to tell,
and so we need to pray for peace,
live lives that please him well.
When worldly views surround
the church must not then slide
but by their life and words, attract
towards the Saviour’s side.
We pray for all who rule
that peace and quietness
enable more to come for grace
and live in godliness.
For God can overrule
guide leaders fallible
to bring stability that makes
our witness possible.
Fresh green of spring, when blossoms spread,
and bees passed round the pollen shed;
fruit set and swelled – corn, apples, berries,
and currants, beans, pears, damsons, cherries;
sustaining food is also found
at end of summer underground –
potato crops, and carrots, swede,
all help provide for winter’s need.
However good our gardening skill,
and diligence in work, we still
depend on sunshine and on rain
– we can’t the weather’s course ordain.
When harvested, the bounty stored,
we should give thanks with voice outpoured,
and live for him the life he gives,
share as we can, unselfish lives.
We may be glad when others share
if we have lack, and they’ve to spare
– such times remind to wait and pray,
this life is brief, the coming Day
is vast, prepare with contrite heart,
receive the Life Christ can impart,
though much supplied, this world can’t last
and soon the struggles will be past.
Tune: DLM ‘Ye banks and braes’