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As Summer’s golden Sun descends, Yet all warm rays not yet withdrawn, In quiet beauty Fall creeps in, As sweetly as a harvest song The woods, before they enter sleep, Display for us their gayest dress, Shading o’er the fields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

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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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a Trinitarian adoption

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. ~ Eternal Christ, comes to redeem, His state of glory willing to leave, Taking shame, ours by birthright, That sonship […]

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darkness yields: a song of subjective redemption

This was inspired while holding the precious little baby boy of some friends of mine, and seeing a physical manifestation of God’s glorious business of taking the ill and using it for good. The darkest night, no morn in sight, The sin which rent the soul apart, When flesh seemed strong, oh how we longed, […]

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a song of redemptive history

Before the Throne of God on High, All Adam’s race stands clothed in guilt: With no relief from anguished sigh, In works on which their hopes are built. The One before Whom angels bow, In righteousness rules over all, Yet sinners He abideth now, For mercy’s sake, the judgment stalls. ~ Before the Father’s Holy […]

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higher glories

Turn away thine eyes, for they have overcome me, The beauty of thy face, no heart can understand, Things the mind of man could never hope to fashion, These are the glorious workings of our Creator’s hand: Yet greater wonders ever shine, From that face of Loveliness Divine. ~~ The sun in it’s glory outshineth […]

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