Ezekiel 22:30

“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.”

~Ezekiel 22:30

Matthew 6:24

Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Ephesians 6:12

Ephesians 6:12

New International Version (NIV)

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

John Chapter Three in blank verse

JOHN CHAPTER THREE

 

1 One night a leading Jew and Pharisee

Named Nicodemus came to visit Jesus.

2 “Rabbi,” he said, “we know you are a teacher

 

Who’s come from God, for no one could perform

The signs you show unless God were

With him.” 3 “Believe me,” Jesus said, “Unless

 

A man is born again, he cannot see

God’s kingdom.” 4 “And how can a man who’s old

Be born?” asked Nicodemus. “How can he

Jesus Nicodemus

 

 

Go back in his mother’s womb and be born

A second time?” 5 “I’m telling you the truth,

Responded Jesus, “None can enter God’s

 

Kingdom unless he’s born of water and

The Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh; the Spirit

Gives birth to spirit, 7 so don’t be surprised

 

When I tell you, ‘You must be born again.’

8 The wind blows where it likes. You hear its sound,

But can’t tell where it comes from or where it

 

Is going. So it is with everyone

Born of the Spirit.” 9 “How can these things be?”

Asked Nicodemus. 10 “You are Israel’s

 

Teacher,” said Jesus, “and don’t understand

These things? 11 Believe me, I am telling you

What we know and have seen, but still you don’t

 

Accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken

To you of earthly things and you do not

Believe; how then will you believe if I

 

Tell you about the things of heaven? 13 No

One’s ever been to heaven but the one

Who came from heaven–who’s the Son of Man.

 

14 As in the desert Moses lifted up

The snake, 15 so must the Son of Man be lifted

Up that whoever does believe in him

 

May have eternal life. 16 For God so loved

The world he gave his one and only Son,

So that all who believe in him shall not

 

Be lost but have eternal life, 17 because

God did not send his Son into the world

To condemn the world, but to save the world

 

Through him. 18 He who believes in him is not

Condemned, but the man who does not believe

Already stands condemned, for he has not

 

Put his faith in the name of God’s one, only

Son, 19 and this is the verdict: Light has come

Into the world, but men chose darkness over

 

Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone

Who does wrong hates the light and keeps away

From it for fear his deeds will be exposed.

 

21 But anybody who is living by the truth

Comes into the light, so that it may be seen

Plainly what he’s done has been done through God.”

 

22 After this, Jesus and his followers

Went out to the Judean countryside,

And there he stayed with them, and baptized. 23 John

 

Also was baptizing at Aenon close

To Salim, for a quantity of water

Was there, and people came for baptisms.

 

24 (John had not yet been put in prison.) 25 Then

An argument began among the Jews

And some of John’s disciples with respect

 

To purification. 26 They went to John

And told him, “Rabbi, that man you met on

The Jordan’s other side, the one to whom

 

You testified−well, he is baptizing,

And everyone is going over there

To him.” 27 To this John answered, “A man can

 

Receive nothing unless it’s given him

From heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify

I said, ‘I’m not the Christ but I am sent

 

Ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom.

The bridegroom’s friend, who stands and hears him is

Overjoyed when he hears the bridegroom’s voice.

 

That joy is mine, and it is now complete.

30 He must grow greater and I less and less.

He’s come from heaven and is greater than

 

Everybody; I’m of the earth and speak

As one who’s of the earth. 31 The one who comes

From heaven is above. 32 He testifies

 

To what he’s seen and heard, but none accept

His testimony. 33 Yet if a man does

Accept it, he’s acknowledging that God

 

Is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent

Speaks the authentic words of God, and there

Can be no measuring the Spirit he

 

Receives. 35 The Father loves the Son and has

Placed everything into his hands. 36 The man

Believing in the Son has an eternal

 

Life, but he who rejects the Son will not

See life; he lives beneath the wrath of God.”

(rendered in blank verse by Day Williams)