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10---"Lord, I want to reach the world for You!"

9---To Reach the World

8—So Much More

7—Who Am I?

6—Shine His Light

5—Good Gifts

4—Easter Offer

3—Come To My God

2—God’s Voice

1—Gasping for God


# 10


“Lord, I want to reach the world for You!”

 

“Lord, I want to reach the world for You!

And, this group has a plan, which I can do.

Share my faith; make disciples who follow.”  1.

            “That’s fine, but I’ll have a new plan for tomorrow.”

 

“Lord, I want to reach the world for You!”

            “Yes, I’ll give you children. Will you reach those few?”  2.

“It’s taking so long! Can’t I reach foreign lands?”

            “How about if you focus on the task at hand.” 

 

“Lord, I want to reach the world for You!

Marooned on this island, there’s not much I can do.”

            “You have other gifts to be strengthened now.

            Your writing, I both enjoy and allow.”

 

“I do like to write poems, essays, and more.”

            “Perhaps you can see the plan that’s in store?

            There are other ways you can glorify me.

            Reach the world through your creativity! 

 

            Yet, all this zeal still needs to be tested.

            If I allow great trials, will your faith be arrested?”

“Oh Lord, this pain is so cruel and dark!

The wounds from brethren are deep and stark.”   3.

 

            “Your time in the desert has passed, dear child.

            I’ll place you in a garden, wonderful and wild.”  4.

“Oh! I never imagined a job so sublime...

Working in your fields, at harvest time!”

 

            “Four years of harvest have passed. Now move

            To a place where your husband’s gifts will improve.”  5.

“But, I love this job!  I don’t want to leave!”

            “Four years for writing, while you grieve.”

 

“Our kids are raised. Now what should I do?

I still want to reach the world for You!”

            “Your husband needs your help for a task.

            One quiet year, please.  That’s what I ask.”  6.

 

“My husband was called away. Now he’s with You.

I don’t know if there’s strength left to do something new.

I was so energized, many years ago, Lord—

Now, my body is weak, like a glass, half poured.”  7.

 

            “You are still useful now, as you were back then.

            But, now that you’re older, on Me, you must depend.

            That’s part of my plan. Don’t be so surprised!

            Strength can hamper my work, don’t you realize?

 

            As you rely more on Me, there’s less focus on you.”

“Okay, Lord. Whatever you ask—that I’ll do.” 

            “Your zeal for the lost will shine brightest still

            When out of your weakness, you do what I will.” 

 

 

1. 1977-1990 Para-church ministry involvement in TX, OH, MA, PA, WV

2. 1991-2014 Independent ministry; raising children in TX, WV, SC

3. 2003-2005 Testing in TX

4. 2006-2010 Church staff in WV

5. 2010-2014 David’s new ministry in SC; my time for writing

6. 2014-2015 Cancer in SC

7. 2015 Something new in SC

 

 

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8.25.15

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# 9


To Reach the World 

 

To reach the world...

is it really true?

The door has opened...

I may catch a few!

 

My line is out,

I know how to fish.

The Lord is granting

my one true wish!

 

Not only in my pond,

but, other ones too.            

I only dreamed...

but, He knew.

 

An answer to prayer

has just occurred.

Greater opportunity

to share His Word.

 

To share the Lord’s

great love for me,

but, extend the invitation

for ALL to see.

 

I’m sooo thankful, Lord!

All I wanted to do

was to have the chance

to bring lost souls to You.

 

Let’s populate Heaven

from all points on earth!

Explain the effects

of Your Son, Jesus’ birth.

 

Tell of his miracles,

His love for all,

His death—to cover

the mess from the fall.

 

His resurrection...

Death lost its sting! 1.

Now everyone lives

who believes in the King! 2.

 

Forgiveness, family,

friendship with God! 3.  

So much to be gained.

Let the saints applaud!

 

Let’s follow the Lord...

reel-in nine thousand ten

more “fish” for our God,

from His “fishers of men.” 4.

 


1.    1 Corinthians 15:55

2.    John 5:24

3.    John 15:15

4.    Matthew 4:19

 

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11.15.12

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# 8

 

So Much More

(A song – duet)


(Soloist A)

Who is this man?  This Jesus of old?

Do you believe the story that’s told?     

                        (Soloist B)

                        Some say he’s a mad man, or even worse,

                        A blasphemer, demon, or under a curse—

 

Who is this man? This Jesus of old?

Do you believe the story that’s told?

 

                        Some say, “John the Baptist,” or “a prophet of God,

                        Come back to life” but to me, this seems flawed—

 

Who is this man? This Jesus of old?

Do you believe the story that’s told?

 

                        He’s just a man, like anyone else.

                        He lived and died, he had no wealth.

                        He did much good, but was no diety,

                        “Love God and man…” his philosophy—

 

No, that’s not right, He is so much more!

Both God and Son, it was your sins He bore.

No, that’s not all, He is not just a man.

He’s the Christ of God, from eternity’s plan.

 

Even death and demons, to Jesus obeyed. 

He was given authority—to send them away.

 

                        He healed the sick; feared no one on earth.

   Loved young and old, gave the least of them worth.

 

He spoke words of truth like none had before,     

Rose from the grave.  This…you cannot ignore.

 

Jesus is more!  He is so much more!

Both God and Son, it was your sins He bore.

Jesus is More!  He is not just a man.

He’s the Christ of God, from eternity’s plan.

 

          (Both)  Jesus is more!  He is so much more!

Both God and Son, it was my sins He bore.

Jesus is More!  He is not just a man.

He’s the Christ of God, from eternity’s plan.

 

It’s a mystery: how God could be man,

My Savior, the sacrificial lamb.

 

                        Who is this man? This Jesus of old?

                        Do I believe the story that’s told?

 


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9/5/11

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# 7

 

Who Am I?

 

I went on a trip today.  Before I left,

I knelt and prayed.

 

My feet took me into the home of a young

girl who did not know the love of God.

 

I could smell the choices of sin.

Seeing evidence of the darkness in her

life, my eyes brimmed with tears. 

Rather than condemn, my heart went out

to her.  I listened to her trials, her anger,

her searching.  Holding her in my arms,

I gave her nourishing food and drink.

 

Taking her hand, I led her out of the

darkness.  The Spirit brought to my mind the

Words of God and I spoke to her about the way,

the truth, and the life.

 

Who am I?  Jesus?  An Obedient Christian?

Or, the body of Christ?

 


“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service,

but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them

in all men.  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good…

The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’  And the head cannot say to the feet,

‘I don’t need you!’”  1 Corinthians 12: 4-7, 21.

 

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10/26/05

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#  6

 

Shine His Light

 

Like a sparkler burning bright…

Such a short time to shine His light!

Only a moment to pierce blackest night,

To show the escape from blindness to sight.

 

While I’m alive, may the sparks sizzle—

Between Heaven and Hell, let me stand in the middle,

Yielding a crop—whether much or little.

May my light for Christ never fizzle.

 

 

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3/27/01

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# 5

 

Good Gifts

(a song)

 

He gave me forgiveness of sin—

And guaranteed life from the dead.

His Son I may now call my friend—

For I trust in the blood which He shed.

 

            The Lord has been good to me.

            Be quiet and still, O my soul…

            The Lord has been good to me,

            It is He I will praise and extol.

 

His Spirit now lives in my heart—

Replacing my striving with peace,

Producing new purpose and life,

And a faith which may daily increase.

 

            The Lord has been good to me.

            Be quiet and still, O my soul…

            The Lord has been good to me,

            It is He I will praise and extol.

 


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# 4

 

Easter Offer

(a song)

 

Snow is melting from the earth

Springtime’s a comin’, the earth’s rebirth.

So don’t be so sad; it’s miracle time—

When flowers bloom and spirits climb!

 

            And, I know a man who died for you.

            He came to prove His love was true.

           

            Easter morning cries,

                        “His grave’s opened wide!”

                                    We, like Him, will rise!

 

                        Hallelujah! Victory!

                        Won’t you trust in Him who will set you free?

                        Now is the time that your heart can see

                        New life, that lasts eternally.

 

            Easter morning cries,

                        “His grave’s opened wide!”

                                    We, like Him, will rise!

 


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5/12/82

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# 3

 

Come To My God

      (a song)

 

Are you sad, are you lonely?

    Do you worry or complain?

Are you afraid of dying?

    Do you live in pain?

Turn to God.

 

            Come to my God, open your eyes,

            Confess your sin, drop your disguise.

            Come to my God;  He’ll understand.

            He’ll hold you tight in the palm of His hand…

 

Are you happy with yourself?

    Do you pretend to be strong?

Can you stand up for good—

    Or, do you do what is wrong?

Turn to God.

 

            Come to my God, open your eyes,

            Confess your sin, drop your disguise.

            Come to my God;  He’ll understand.

            He’ll hold you tight in the palm of His hand…

 

Do you know how to love?

    How to give, how to share?

Tell the Lord you need Jesus---

    He will teach you how to care…

Turn to God.

              

            Come to my God, open your eyes,

            Confess your sin, drop your disguise.

            Come to my God;  He’ll understand.

            He’ll hold you tight in the palm of His hand…

 

If you think you can go

    Through this life on your own,

You will die without Jesus---

    And, you should have known…

Turn to God.

 

            Come to my God, open your eyes,

            Confess your sin, drop your disguise.

            Come to my God;  He’ll understand.

            He’ll hold you tight in the palm of His hand…

                        Come to my God.

 

 

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8/7/79

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# 2

 

God’s Voice

 

Where is God’s voice?

            Just listen, you’ll hear.

It grows much louder

            As you draw near.

 

In laughing, crying,

            Consoling, songs…

We echo His voice,

            We capture His psalms.

 

God’s voice is a whisper

            Of love from within

The heart of a friend,

            A prayer, or the wind.

 

 

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10/8/77

revised: 8/16/93

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# 1

 

Gasping for God

 

Fear…

 

            (full of

            forever, moving

            forward

            fast,

                        and

                        anxious

                        animosity,

                        almost

                                    sadness, is

                                    sometimes

                                    superficially

                                    suppressed.

                                    Someone’s

                                                intimate

                                                intangible

                                                emotion)

                                                            …is silently

                                                            gasping for

                                                            God.

 

 

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5/3/77

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