Even Still

Even Still

 

James 4:13-16
New Living Translation (NLT)

Warning about Self-Confidence

13 Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” 16 Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.


Even Still

Sometimes I think; that I must,
Whatever “must” might be,
Whether watching out for others
Or maybe just writing poetry,

My importance grows when I do,
What will happen if I don’t?
The world’s in need of what I’ve got
It’s what they surely want,

Then one day it always happens
For some reason I must relent,
And to my surprise I must admit
No one even wonders where I went,

The world keeps spinning as before,
The stars don’t come crashing to the ground,
Nothing skips a single beat,
When I’m nowhere to be found,

But what’s most amazing of it all,
It gives me such a thrill,
It’s no one less than the Lord above,
Who’s loves me even still.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Thank You for always be here. Even when I don’t see You or hear You or feel Your presence. I know You are here because You said so.

Choose Life


Breathe Life

 


Jeremiah 29:11
New Living Translation (NLT)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


Breathe Life

Our hearts are empty as can be
When we first take a breath,
And we must choose what enters in
Between that moment and our death,

We can bathe in hate and fear
Or fill ourselves with love,
The former comes from down below,
The latter from up above,

We can close the door on life
Or we can enter in,
We can sit inside with darkness
Or be filled with joy within,

We can wear a solemn face
And shun friendship’s open hand,
Or meet halfway a lover’s glance
And see what fate’s got planned,

We can live concerned and scared
That we’ll be left alone,
Or take a chance on happiness
On something that’s unknown,

I know that seems quite risky,
You might get hurt again,
But what’s to lose at this point
You haven’t a single friend,

So trust me once and listen,
It’s good advice that I share,
The Lord above will help you
If you just get up from you’re chair.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us each day to live this life to the fullest. May we reject all the evil and embrace only love. Thank You, Lord for loving us in spite of our wickedness.

Where Are You Going, My Little One?


The Allotment

 


Mark 13:32-33
New Living Translation (NLT)

32 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33 And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!


The Allotment

The road stretches out before us
In an ever-winding way,
Wherever it might lead us,
We find we cannot stay,

The clock is always ticking,
It will not let us rest,
No matter what we did today
Tomorrow’s a brand new quest,

The path becomes our nemesis
And time its evil twin,
We must reach our destinations
Before the two of them will end,

So remember what we had to learn,
A straight line’s the shortest distance,
And do not waste a single moment
But travel on with great persistence,

Set your course by the stars,
Let heaven be your guide,
The road of life is winding down
And there is no place to hide.


©2018 by William Pierce

Father,

Be with us daily and whisper to us those things we should do, the path we should follow, and how we should do them. You have numbered our days and we must surely walk this road. May we finish this race a winner. Thank You for helping us.

 

Shout it!

The Gospel


John 3:16-21
New Living Translation (NLT)

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”


The Gospel

Shout from the hilltops
This message so grand,
God isn’t mad or angry,
He offers you his hand,

He offers it in love,
No price must you pay,
His son was the offering
And faith the only way,

So give up your rebellion,
Surrender to his will,
Repent of your trespass,
Paid for on that hill,

Then he’ll come in the Spirit
And daily walk by your side,
He’ll heal and renew you
And from you never hide,

Good News is the message,
Speak of it with great joy,
His love’s the only weapon
By which chaos is destroyed.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

We thank You for Your love that saves us from ourselves. We confess our sins and repent of them before You. Forgive us and guide us from this day and forevermore. Amen!

The New Garden

The River

Revelation 22:1-5
New Living Translation (NLT)

22 Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. 3 No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him. 4 And they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. 5 And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever.


The River

There is a river sweet and fair,
That gently flows without a care,
No need for sun or even moon,
The Light of God shines bright as noon,

The Tree of Life on each bank stands,
Its leaves for the healing of the lands,
Its fruits each month are sheer delight,
His name on every forehead in plain sight,

Its waters provide for life everlasting,
He knows all we need without ever asking,
The curse has ended to the delight of all,
The air is full of worship from the big and the small,

So leave all of your belongings,
All of your stuff and your things,
And come live in God’s garden,
Where we’re all free once again.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

How blessed we are because one day, as sure as sure can be, your people will live on that river! Hallelujah!

 

Isn’t It Peculiar?

Peculiar

Exodus 23:25
New International Version (NIV)

25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,


A Peculiar Blessing

Isn’t it a little peculiar
And just a tiny bit odd
We’re always glad to get the sunshine
But blame all the storms on God

We imagine He sits high on His throne
And ponders up punishment that’s due
Yet He sent us His Son, Jesus
Who gave His life for me and you

The air we breathe, the food we eat
It’s all a gift from above
We never get what we truly deserve
Instead we get mercy and love

Oh sure, we don’t all drive Mercedes
Or live in mansions grand
But we’re blessed with life
We’re created by His mighty hand

So try to pause…just once a day
And thank Him that you live
And look passed all life’s troubles and woes
To all the many blessings He gives

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

I know, because I have seen the life of Jesus, and all the blessings that the whole Earth receives each day from Your hand…You love us! It is not Your nature to sit and send storms and disasters to punish us. You have given us life and we must live it. If we choose to live it with You, then we can live without fear or anger. May everyone who faces trouble today, face it with You. There is no greater blessing.

Thank You!

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The Straight and Narrow

Overcome

Revelation 12:11

11 They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.


How to Overcome

Long before they ever died
They did not sit in the dark and cower
But made their battle over small things
Thus robbing the big ones of their power

Then when hard choices laid before them
The decision was already done
Their minds were made up long ago
And the battle already won

So train your mind and spirit
Train them every day
Then they will not turn to the right or left
But stay on God’s righteous way

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to stay upon the path to life. Let us not wander off and become lost among the glitter and allure of the world. May we become one with You so that we will not be overcome by evil but conquer it with Your truth and love.

Thank You, Lord. Amen!

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Grateful for the Plan

Crescendo

Isaiah 33:15-17
New International Version (NIV)

15 Those who walk righteously
and speak what is right,
who reject gain from extortion
and keep their hands from accepting bribes,
who stop their ears against plots of murder
and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—
16 they are the ones who will dwell on the heights,
whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.
Their bread will be supplied,
and water will not fail them.
17 Your eyes will see the king in his beauty
and view a land that stretches afar.


The Maestro’s Plan

When the world seems hopeless
And God’s way you fail to understand
Do you sit and grumble
And question the wisdom of His plan

When hurricanes are swirling
And flood waters rise 8 feet tall
Do you praise Him for past blessings
Or just blame Him for it all

God’s put in place a master blueprint
Only He knows its reason or its rhyme
It’s unfolding right before our face
But just a little bit at the time

Like a mighty symphony it’s scored
With vast melodies of grace
A crescendo of love and mercy
That carries us through time and space

And we are lifted to a heavenly home
Where the music never ends
Rescued from a fate worse than death
By a Savior who calls us friends

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

How easy it is for our tongues to rise up in judgment, even against You. To speak as though we know what is good and evil, what is right and wrong. We are then just a slippery step away from pride, lust, coveting, envy, and every other sin. Keep us Lord from judging. From placing ourselves above You. You know what is best and You are making it unfold.

We ask Your forgiveness and mercy for judging and praise You for this amazing gift of life.  In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!

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Finite and Fine

Finite

Finite

Dictionary. Com defines finite, as it pertains to mathematics, to be:
1. (of a set of elements) capable of being completely counted.
2. not infinite or infinitesimal.
3. Not zero
So, let’s see how do we all “stack up” in terms of our finite-ness.


• Can we all be completely counted?

Genesis 16:10
New Life Version (NLV)

10 The angel of the Lord said to her, “I will give you so many people in your family through the years that they will be too many to number.”

Well, there’s obviously a limit to how many of mankind there are, but God must surely intend for there to be lots of us.


• Are we “too big for our britches” or “too small to count”?

James 4:14
New Living Translation (NLT)

14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

This should help us realize the depth, the breath, and the height of our being…we like the fog are here then gone. But wait, there’s hope…

Matthew 10:28-31
New Living Translation (NLT)

28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.

What kind of hope is that you ask, “Worth more than a flock of sparrows”? Remember, it’s not how much we value a flock of sparrows, but how much God values a flock of sparrows.


• Are we worthless?

John 3:16
New Living Translation (NLT)

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

We’re very important to God or He would not have had Jesus do what He did – to die a gruesome death on a cross. He waits with open arms for all who will repent and turn from wickedness.


So, just how finite do we seem to be? At the moment, we are certainly not much more than a mist in the morning whether we’re a pauper or a king. We are more valuable than a bunch of birds, but we don’t need to get all puffed up about our importance because we’re not. Yet we know that we are enormously loved. Loved beyond anyway we have to measure just how loved we are. So while we are not important, or valuable, we are greatly valued by the Creator of the universe…How cool and reassuring is that? I’ll take that. How about you?


Father,

Thank You for caring so much and loving us so completely. May every person come to know how valued they are.

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Anticipate

1 Corinthians 16:14
New International Version (NIV)

14 Do everything in love.


Anticipate Something More

Some men sit and ponder
Always wanting something more
Can’t work their iphone six
But 7 is in the store

So they sit all day and dream
Of new things they can buy
Maybe digital televisions
6 feet wide by 4 feet high

They look at their shiny cars
Getting older every day
When a Porsche comes screaming by them
Got to be theirs some way

Then maybe a big boat
A Rolex or Jet Ski
They work so very hard
How wrong can it be

The wife has a fur coat
The kids all have their own cars
Why not buy a golf cart
Or a trip to the stars

But no matter what they buy
It will never satisfy or fulfill
They’ll be left only to anticipate
What’s worthwhile and what’s real

Life, you see is much, much more
Than what we can possess
If it’s void of  the Creator’s love
It’s just plain…worthless

©2017 by William Pierce


Father,

Help us to see and do all things in love. To take action through the heart and to filter our deeds through its pure and crystal clear vision.

Thank You for loving us.

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