Friday, January 18, 2013

Strangers


Those of us, who know the Lord,
We’re strangers while here on this earth.
We have a new life, a new heart,
The only ones of second birth.

To its pleasures we all should be dead,
Not acting as though we belong.
We’re just passing through on a trip,
And on up to God joined in song.

People do not recognize
The Light burning deep in our hearts.
We’re foreign to all fallen man,
And that’s because we’re set apart.

Don’t let this world interest you so,
The many things it has to give.
Our eyes should be set upon God.
Our lives for our Lord we should live.

When you’re in the Body of Christ,
You’re part of the big family.
Yet unto the rest of this world,
Simply a stranger you’ll be.

-- C.V., girl, age 14   

Scriptural basis:
"All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them." (Heb 11:13-16)

"Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul." (1Pe 2:11)

"How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion."(Psa 84:5-7)

More of our children's poems:
The Millennium
The Rider
Overflowing Blessings
America, Turn Back to God
Creator We Love
Use Your Talents
The Sheep and the Goats
You Are Faithful

Attribution notice: Most Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.

Author's note The poems in this blog were written by my children, ages seven through fourteen. The "Why This Blog" post explains how the Lord inspired these poems in answer to a prayer during illness. I also recommend visiting my children's blog, A Brush with Life, where you will also find beautiful art they have drawn for the glory of God. You can access my complete blog directory at "Writing for the Master."  Artwork by Michael Wimmer. Taken from The Pilgrim’s Progress: From This World to That Which Is to Come by John Bunyan, Edited by C. J. Lovik, © 2009. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org. Now I'd like to ask a very important question.

Do You Want to Know Him?
If you want to know Jesus personally, you can. It all begins when you repent and believe in Jesus.  Do you know what God's Word, the Bible says?

“Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.’” (Mar 1:14b-15).  He preached that we must repent and believe.

Please see my explanation of this in my post called "Do You Want to Know Jesus?"
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Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His ministry is now based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. www.dmiworld.org.

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