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adoption: planned, accomplished, and applied, part one

Looking through the halls of time, The Father chose a fallen race In his good pleasure, redeeming sons To show the glory of His Grace Adopted children, thy voices raise, Praise the Father’s choosing grace. Some of you may remember the poem I wrote entitled “A Trinitarian Adoption”; it tried to encompass the glorious view […]


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Calvin’s Heartcry

To my few abiding readers, I’m experiencing “Writer’s Block”. Please bear with me. Grant, Almighty God, that since thou hast at this time deigned in thy mercy to gather us to thy Church, and to enclose us within the boundaries of thy word, by which thou preserves us in the true and right worship of […]

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God’s Greatness, our redemption

A friend of mine wrote this first verse and chorus to a lovely tune, and I added the second and third verses: The Lamb of God was slain, As He cried and He suffered, God turned His face away Jesus bled and died, He’s the living sacrifice Lord take this heart of ice And break […]


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our former passions: “here I stand”

  I recently had the privilege of being at the summer Youth Camp that my friend  Jason Storms puts on. In the midst of my busyness at Wheaton, it was a chance to get a lot of necessary reading and quiet time in, as well as an opportunity to be around some of my best friends on earth. The theme […]

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song of fall

As Summer’s golden Sun descends, Yet all warm rays not yet withdrawn, In quiet beauty Fall creeps in, As sweetly as a harvest song The woods, before they enter sleep, Display for us their gayest dress, Shading o’er the fields we reap, As they prepare for winter’s rest. ~ The season’s shift, as waves inrolling, […]



a day

Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away… How precious and quick are the years that to us are given. Any one who has survived more than a decade can say that in looking back upon each years as it passes, that it flew from our grasp quicker than we could even […]

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“Lord we would see Jesus”: poem

“Lord, we would see Jesus,” Let these words flow o’er our life, To humble us in comfort, To comfort in the strife, Let fleshy longings vanish, Let earthly passions flee, “Lord we would see Jesus,” Let our ruling passion be. ~ “Lord, we would see Jesus,” What longing lips thus speak, To look upon God […]

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poem: trying to reckon, part 3

These poems have been produced in light of repentance and of Romans 6:11. Read the first here and the second here. How quick I am to forget… Unbelief! How quick to kill! This murderer that plagues me still; I trusted pride, it brought to shame, And brought dishonour on Christ’s name. ~~ Art thou cast […]


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a song of dedication

The following, though it is in the first person, was written in honour of the birth of my nephew, (pending name) Paul Leslie Riley IV. May he grow up to make the rest of us jealous by his Christ-likeness. Oh to see the zeal of Christ, consuming all my frame, Oh to share my Brother’s […]

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poem: heartcry

This is the view I had each morning at the Life Action camp as I met with a small handful of guys on the dock to pray. We enjoyed deep seekings after God’s face, as well as deep heartcries for the lost and for our own souls. Not for any other reason than Christ fulfilling […]

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