The Call of an Elder (Titus 1:5-9)

I call you now to stand in awe,
That awe may turn to homage.
For Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Took on Him human vesture.
As one of us, though without flaw,
With perfect life and knowledge,
But now He delegates His law,
To stewards of His pastures.

He calls His shepherds to obey,
And imitate His leading.
Above reproach in all their ways,
Who preach but faithful doctrine.
As men who only truth will say,
Who challenge those deceiving,
And show the church the King of Days,
In holiness, then, taught in.

They lead, protect, teach, model, care,
To point the church to Jesus.
Though there are crooked leaders there,
This can not make us jaded.
For all are brothers, all will share,
And the whole world will see us.
The sheep and shepherd both now bear,
The call to bring Christ praises.

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Work: An Overview

“An honest man’s the noblest work of God,”
And honest work reflects the heart of God.
For God Himself began the first to work,
When ex nihilo He designed the earth.
United was the Godhead in this task,
Both in the work and in the rest at last.
And man himself was tasked with holy work,
A servant of the Lord of highest worth,
And as a steward of the world God made,
Was called to tend, subdue, to prune, and name.
Though now he works in pain, and thorns, and sweat,
And toils in the soil to be fed.
So when you work with tears and aching hands,
Remember: God created work for man.
The curse is in the pain, not in the task.
Though work endures, the sorrow soon will pass.
And dignity is born in honest work,
Though blue or white, though clean or cleaning dirt.
And work is needful if you want to eat,
And resting too, as God Himself decreed.
So work as though for God, in excellence,
For men like that will work for presidents.
Yet in this world, your work will weary be,
And you will break in your mortality.
For you can never work in your own might,
But come to Christ, because His yoke is light.
The heavy-laden, weary human soul,
In work for Christ will find their rest made whole.

Walk in the Light! (I John 1:5-2:2)

Jehovah God, the Spirit, Christ,
Displays Himself in purest light,
No shade of darkness is in Him,
But flow from us in putrid sin.
A rift between the Lord and man,
Thus righteously we should be damned:
We hypocrites, indifferent beasts!
Delusional in all we teach,
Denying, lying, minimizing,
Shifting blame, and criticizing,
In total disregard of right,
And sold to dark, rebellious night.

In darkness yet the Light has dawned,
To show the way our Lord has gone,
That we may follow after Him,
Walk in the light, and not in sin!
This narrow beam of light we walk,
Between the lions towards the Rock,
The house of God that Jesus made,
Who washes all our sins away.
For in the light we safe abide,
In light we’re cleansed to be His bride.

If you would walk this narrow way,
Confess the sins that you display,
And do not hide or cover sin,
Expose sin quickly and repent.
Be confident that He will save,
Who ever washes sin away,
Confess specifically your sin.
Without a grudge He cleanses them.

If you are cleansed then you are light,
So penetrate the darkest night!
Shine out the light that they may see,
And come into eternity,
When some from every tribe unite,
All clothed in white – all clothed in light,
When darkness ceases then to be,
To worship God eternally!