Saturday, February 7, 2015

My New Poem: The Refugees

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. (Hebrews 11:13, NASB)
Below this world's sweet cream
Are wretched ones rare seen,
Regarded as unclean:
The Refugees.

Will ever they fit in,
Accept a hint of sin,
Since lures around them spin?
Strange Refugees.

They have no sense of style
Except for that brave smile.
'Been out of touch a while'
-- Shunned Refugees.

Rejected by their kin,
God knows where they have been:
E'en to the lion's den,
These Refugees!

Nor is the church house safe
From those who love to strafe
The odd religious waif
-- Quaint Refugees!

They're tired, wounded, sore;
In beauty, skill, quite poor.
Who has an open door
For Refugees?

They wait a 'promised land',
Not grasping what's at hand.
What has this folly fanned
In Refugees?

From what have these folk fled?
Scarce are they clothed and fed!
Are they not better dead
Than Refugees?

They ran from wrath of God;
Their sin had earned death's rod.
By ark of Christ they're awed,
Spared Refugees!

Though honored once they die
How few now hear their cry!
But there is One on high
For Refugees.

He's willed that this meek band
Inherit all earth's land,
His glory ever stand
Midst Refugees!

Till great white throne I see
With these O may I be:
The few, the faint, the free,
The Refugees!

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. Hebrews 11:16 NASB

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

From Sadistic to Saved

I found this video fascinating and wonderful for four reasons.

1. It's not often that someone takes atheism all the way to its logical outworkings: nihilism.  Usually professing atheists hold on to vestiges of Christianity in their moral choices.  This man stayed on the train of unbelief almost through the gates of insanity.
2. He explains things (both the lies he believed then and the truth he knows now) so clearly and concisely.
3. It gives me great joy to hear of the conversion of someone who had been so evil and sadistic. A wonderful display of the power of Jesus!
4. The way the aesthetic elements of this video are timed to correspond to the message are quite clever.  What appears at first to be low quality cinematography is actually very well thought out. (Watch and see what I mean.)