Stephen’s Diagnosis (Acts 7)

Our father Abraham did hear in faith,
And from his pagan home-land walked away.
And Moses, though rejected by his kin,
God strengthened to confront a king in sin.
And David conquered demons with his harp,
Rebuilding worship slowly, heart by heart.
The Word empowered them in soul and mind,
Through faith, and strength, and worship intertwined.
Apposed to faith, the flesh builds callousness,
Enclosed in apathy for its defense.
The Spirit’s strength, the devil counterfeits,
And seeks through vitriol to discomfit.
The world, abhorring worship, turns to schemes,
And more totalitarian regimes.

Pentahedronal Maturity (Hebrews 5:11-6:1)

Our Savior’s grace as God and priest,
Is too momentous to repeat;
You must engage, not mindless seek.
But diligence leads to maturity.

You have the word of God in hand,
Should you not teach our Lord’s commands?
Not as a child, act like a man!
For teaching aptly marks maturity.

Have you not known the righteous word?
You excuse sin with ‘grace’ or ‘works.’
Seek the full gospel you have heard,
To know God’s grace and call’s maturity.

This doesn’t happen over-night,
But you must practice what is right,
Conditioned God-ward – trained to fight,
And discipline will bring maturity.

Your effort still will not suffice,
But through the agency of Christ,
Will you be brought to paradise.
For Christ must cultivate maturity.

Train Up a Child (Proverbs 22:6)

You hold an everlasting soul:
The child lying in your arms.
You have the honor, then, to mold,
Their very life – their mind, their heart.

So cultivate a teacher’s part,
Encode the Bible in their hearts.
With family worship daily done,
In reading, prayers, and hymns sung.
Enthusiasm is your tool,
Your loves your children will love too.
And keep in mind the end looked for:
A godly servant of the Lord.
So one-on-one take time with them,
Disciple, love, and deal with sin.
You never will regret this life,
When you bring Children to the Christ.