The rulers, big
On ego might,
Will come to naught
In Jesus’ light.
Put on the full armor of God,
so that you can take your stand
against the devil’s schemes.
The cellar is
No place for champions
Buckle up your armor
Troops march at dawn
Go up the steps
To where the Spirit blows
Like wind through the castle
To where the embers glow
Stir up the embers:
He’ll lead you to the throne
Where you will remember
The lands you’ve overthrown
Let the fire roar
And heat the castle walls,
So hot the eagle soars
To clouds where angels call
The heated rooms
The chimney smoke
The dead rise from tombs
At words the Lord has spoken
Buckle up, dear boy,
And be the salt and light
That seasons children’s joy
And drives back night
1 After this, in the reign of Artaxerxes
The king of Persia, Ezra, who was son
Of Seraiah, the son of Azariah,
The son of Hilkiah, 2 the son of Shallum,
The son of Zadok, son of Ahitub, 3
The son of Amariah, son of Az-
Ariah, son of Meraioth, 4 the son
Of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son
Of Bukki, 5 son of Abishua, son
Of Phinehas, the son of Eleazar,
The son of Aaron the chief priest—
6 this Ezra
Went up from Babylonia. He was
A scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that
The Lord, the God of Israel, had given,
And the king granted him all that he asked,
Because God’s hand was on him. 7 And in King
Artaxerxes’ year seven went up to
Jerusalem, some Israelites, some priests
And Levites, singers, gatekeepers, as well
As temple servants, too, 8 and Ezra
Came to Jerusalem in the fifth month,
Which was in the king’s seventh year, 9 for on
The first day of the first month he began
To exit Babylonia, and on
The first day of the fifth month he came to
Jerusalem, for his God’s good hand was
On him, 10 for Ezra had determined he
Would study God’s Law, and do it and teach
His statutes and his rules in Israel.
11 This is a copy of the letter that
King Artaxerxes gave to the priest Ezra,
The scribe, a learned man in matters of
The Lord’s commandments and his
Israel: 12 “Artaxerxes, king of kings,
To the priest Ezra, the scribe of Law
Of heaven’s God. May you have peace,
13 I do decree that anyone out of
The Israelites, their priests, or Levites in
My kingdom, who in free will offers to
Go to Jerusalem, may go with you.
14 The king and seven counselors has sent
You to inquire as to Jerusalem
And Judah by the Law of your own God,
Which is in your hand, 15 and to carry gold
And silver that the king and his advisors
Have offered to the God of Israel,
Who dwells within Jerusalem, 16 with all
The gold and silver that you shall discover
In the whole Babylonian province, and
With freewill offerings of priests
Vowed willingly for their God’s house
Jerusalem. 17 Then with this money, you
Shall diligently buy bulls, rams, and lambs,
With offerings of grain and drink, and you
Shall offer them upon the altar of
Your God’s house that is in Jerusalem.
18 Whatever seems the best to you and your
Brothers with gold and silver that remains,
You are to do, in your God’s will.
19 The vessels
We’ve given you to serve your God’s
Shall give before Jerusalem’s great God.
20 Whatever else you need for your God’s
house, which it
Is yours to furnish, you may furnish it
From the king’s treasury. 21 And I, the king
Artaxerxes, command the treasurers
Within the province Past the River: Ezra
The priest, the scribe of Law of heaven’s God,
May ask for items, and when he does, do
It with all diligence, 22 up to one hundred
Talents of silver; cors of wheat: one hundred:
One hundred baths of wine, one
Of oil, and salt without a limit. 23 What
The God of heaven may decree, let it
Be carried out completely for the house
Of heaven’s God, so that his wrath won’t be
Unleashed against the king’s realm and his sons.
24 We also notify you that it is
Against the law to impose tribute, custom,
Or toll on any priests, the Levites, singers,
Doorkeepers, temple servants, or the others
Who serve this house of God. 25 You,
God’s wisdom that is in your hand, appoint
Some magistrates and judges who
All people in the province Past the River,
All such as know the laws of your God. And
Those who do not know them, you
shall teach, and
26 Whoever disobeys your God’s law and
The king’s law, bring the judgment down on him,
Whether you execute him, banish him,
Or confiscate his goods, or jail him.” 27 Bless
The Lord, our fathers’ God, who put this thing
In the king’s heart, to beautify the house
Of God within Jerusalem, 28 and who
Gave me his steadfast love before the king
And his advisors, and before the king’s
Powerful officers. Encouraged, for
The Lord my God had put his hand on me,
I had high status, and I gathered leaders
Of Israel to go on up with me.
Creation to Revelation
The Lord created eyes and wings on fleas
And made the stardust soar in galaxies;
He spoke, and made the grizzly bears and wolves,
Mosquito wings, and untamed horses’ hooves;
Through Christ He made the buttercups and seeds,
Rice, corn, and wheat on which the nations feed;
Jehovah made the mountains, streams and lakes:
Creation on this earth was for man’s sake.
The Lord Almighty, who is good and just,
Formed Adam, the first man, from Eden’s dust,
And from his rib He molded man a mate
Who, tempted, took forbidden fruit and ate.
God sent away the two who’d been beguiled,
The woman would have pain to bear a child.
Two cherubim were sent to guard the gates,
Then Cain, a son, shed blood with jealous hate.
The Lord told Noah to construct an ark,
God made his covenants with patriarchs.
Leading his people to the Promised Land,
He gave Commandments through meek Moses’ hands.
He watched the reigns of kings both good and bad,
Mistreatment of his prophets made Him sad,
No man on earth was righteous, no, not one,
So God, in love, gave men his only Son.
To free all men required pure sacrifice
And only God’s one Son could pay the price.
“Forgive them, Father,” he said in last breaths
And died, in pain, a criminal’s hard death.
Below him soldiers gambled for his clothes,
But in three days Christ Jesus, God’s Son, rose
And showed disciples holes in hands and side,
Proving that death itself, through Him, had died.
Along Damascus’ road the Lord appeared
To Saul, called Paul, and blinded him with fear.
This Paul, who’d persecuted for the Jews,
Converted and began to preach good news,
And though he was imprisoned, scorned and stoned,
His letters taught of sin, how God atoned
For it through blood that poured from Jesus’ side
And how, through faith, the saints are sanctified.
The Book of Revelation by Saint John
Foretells a time of troubles coming on:
John wrote the world will see an evil Beast
And after that, a thousand years of peace.
The Lord will come like a thief in the night
To judge the nations and show men right.
Since God will cast the devil down to burn,
Saints eagerly await the Lord’s return.
I served the doctor at the reception
Who said I was a victim of deception
With his words he altered my perception
Saying, “Life starts at the moment of conception.”
So I went in another direction
And served the cake and the confections
And with my charm and my affection
I made the necessary connections
So when I saw the doctor at the election
I told him they took up a collection
To pay the bill for my C-section
And my baby girl is absolute perfection
Love and Life
I may not be a famous man,
Or one who makes a hero’s plans.
I do not have a Ph.D.
Or Pulitzers in poetry.
But still I see some trouble here
(I want to be exact and clear);
I see great evil in the land,
Corruption hard to understand.
They’re killing babies left and right,
And I’m opposed with all my might.
A baby has the right to live,
To grow and laugh, to cry and give.
A baby isn’t just a rag
To toss into a bloody bag.
A baby’s us, she’s you and me,
With head and heart, with thumbs and knees.
When zygotes form within their wombs,
God forbid those wombs be tombs.
God says those lives must thrive and grow,
To see the worlds of sun and snow,
To lie upon their mothers’ breasts,
To learn and play, to work and rest.
To take those lives is no small crime,
A Holocaust that taints our time.
Soon the Lord will cast His pall:
May He have mercy on us all.
I’m a Person
“If this suggestion of personhood is established,
the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the 14th Amendment.”
~Justice Harry Blackmun, Roe v. Wade
My sex was settled from the start,
My DNA is mine alone,
I bleed if cut, God forms my bones,
My breathing tubes and neural parts;
Look how I’m formed, if you would:
With arms and legs, a heart that beats,
Intestines, brain, nose, mouth and ears–
I’m small and I have personhood.
n. A living human. Often used in combination.
n. An individual of specified character.
n. The composite of characteristics that make up an individual personality; the self.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.