Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Greetings 2013

The Day of God
Is never past.
One who is
Cannot have been.
Always is.
He is
The Creator.
He is
The Speaker.
He is
The Rescuer.
He is
The Son who died.
The flesh once.
The Spirit always.
In the now
Which never becomes a past.
-                       Kevin
Some have pedestals
On which they place
Their heroes
So they can gaze,
At the wonder
Of a life well-lived. 
I prefer to walk
By Your side,
Learning from You –
My dearest Hero –
Holding Your hand,
Cherishing Your heart,
Asking God to help me
Live like You. 
-                       Jeanette

Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Greetings 2012


Not hoarding,

Is what it

Was about


God did not

Keep Himself

To Himself,

But gave Himself

To All


Nothing need be

Wasted –

Even fallen creation,

Weak saints,

Willful villains,

Are to be lifted up

If they will


In one


Came the Remedy

To All failings


-         Kevin

Friday, December 16, 2011


Jesus is the best gift, but what if a church could choose a gift for herself…

A while ago I got a telephone call from a lady who wanted to tell me about a “church resource” her company could provide. There was no clue as to what the resource was in the company name, and it wasn’t identified up front. I had to ask. It was a pictorial directory. That is a good resource, but not one we needed right now.

Later on I got to thinking about an even better resource they could have offered. It would be like the Sea Monkeys” they used to advertise in the comics when we were kids. You’d just add water, only instead of little critters floating in the water, out would pop brand new church members overfilling your pews. You could market it as a new member packet.

Just think of what you’d get after you added your water:

*Enough church leaders to replace those who have been lost through death or relocation.
*A well balanced music team that knew the right mix of hymns and choruses to use to make everyone comfortable.
*Sunday School teachers who would never say, “No!” when asked to teach.
*Personal workers to evangelize the lost in the community. (Of course, maybe with this new method they’d be obsolete, especially if you got the two packet deal.)
*Great givers.
*A full time Children’s Church Staff, a full time Youth Ministry, a full time Discipleship Ministry, etc.
*A full youth group, children’s group, college age group, etc.
*Lawn care and maintenance experts.
*A Women’s group led by ladies better than Lois and Eunice.
*Crowds who eagerly attended every service and study with their Bibles in their hands.

And, of course, then there would be you. But then, that would be the best gift you could give Jesus, anyway.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Greetings 2010

Is to be abandoned -

Made by God
By sin
And ruled
By death
Will be given
It’s Maker

Is to be left alone -

Breathed with life
But lost
To it
And wandering
Far from it
Will be given
One hope

Is to be beyond love -

Who is love
Who is light
Who is
Has life
Will be given
On a cross

Sunday, December 11, 2011

20 Voices Speak Of His Coming

Those involved in the story of the
Coming of Jesus were not all
Were they all filled with joy

The coming of Jesus
Brought out the Best
The Worst

No one could
Ignore the coming
Be unaffected by It

It was a coming
For justification
And judgment
Only our voices
Could decide

- 17 November 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Greetings 2009

To Himself
He could have
Avoided pain

Where He was
He could have
Missed trouble

From the world
He could have
Seen no sin

He could have
Watched all decay

His own height
He could have
Left us in our depths

His creatures
He had to
Change loss to gain

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Greetings 2008

The days
That made the world
Are not even noted
On any calendar
For even
Occasional commemoration
Yet they began
All things
Often are beginnings
Cast away
In the contemplation
Of what
Looms large
And seems to make
Today important
Yet the origin
Started the line
Which now
We draw
But it
Did not
Complete the drawing
Nor do we
For that,
Another hand
Was needed
To take up the pen
And flourish
It to
A favorable
And that hand
Has made its mark
So well
That it need not
Do anything
To make us