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Share The Joy
       There are many reasons we thank and praise God. For one thing, God is for us. Romans 8:31b says, “If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us?” (AMP). As human beings, we sometimes lose site of the fact that God is on our side, especially these days. There is so much turmoil in the world. Many of us have been touched by suffering or loss. But if we will choose to praise God in the valleys of life, we will find His peace in each situation. The Bible contains many passages that lead us to see the glass as half full; to find the silver lining in every cloud; and to “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4; NKJV). God is our resting place. We will not lack any good thing if we will trust Him as our Shepherd. He told us there would be trouble in this world, but he said to take heart because he has overcome it, (see John 16:33). If we remain in Jesus, we can be joyous overcomers. Let’s remember to share this good news with family and friends this thanksgiving. For we truly have good reasons to “share the joy!”

1 Thessalonians 5:18; (NLT).
         “18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 28:7; (AMP).
       “The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield; My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.”

Share The Joy

Thanksgiving is here. Yay! Let’s shout and sing
for the sliced ham and gravy and everything;
for the sweet potatoes and the dressing too,
and all the other things that we always do.

But let’s not forget to be thankful indeed
for all those who fought and planted the seed,
that we might have a country like ours.
Let’s thank God in heaven for His bountiful showers.

And many have given that we could survive
to have cranberry sauce and sweet pumpkin pies.
Oh, and let’s don’t forget the turkey, poor thing,
who gave us his all that we’d have reason to sing.

But seriously folks, how thankful are you?
When we sit down to eat, there’s more we must do.
Let’s remember to share, the joy that we have
as far and as wide as we possibly can.
©rdouglasveer 10/25/2020

Use Me, Lord
       Have you ever wondered if you’re actually useful to God? Maybe you don’t feel gifted enough. Maybe you’ve failed too many times. Or maybe your past sins are overshadowing your walk. There are many reasons people feel inadequate yet we have to reach that place where we accept God’s word as true. His word says He loves us. And that is why He includes us in His plans. “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art] . . .” (Ephesians 2:10a; AMP). Pause and think of that. God’s word also promises we will be forgiven when we ask. “But if we freely admit our sins when his light uncovers them, he will be faithful to forgive us every time . . .” (I John 1:9a; TPT). Knowing we are accepted and loved and forgiven will make a huge impact in our lives. But it must be a deep knowing beyond just mental assent. We need a continually unfolding, deep revelation of these truths so that we can become more God-confident rather than self-confident. For His ways are far higher and better than our ways. “What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? (Romans 8:31-32; NLT). What shall we say? We should say, “Thank You Lord for Your great love toward me. I worship You and give You my heart and my life. Use me in what ever way You see fit. I am listening Lord and pledge to follow You, honor You, and obey You for the rest of my days. Amen.”

Ephesians 2:10; (AMP).
       “For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”

Jeremiah 31:3b; (AMP).
       “. . . I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.”

Use Me, Lord

What would you have me to do, Lord?
What would you have me to be?
Isn't there someplace in your fields;
someplace to use even me?
I am a man of unclean lips,
and I dwell in a world of the same.
I do what I'm not supposed to do.
Lord, I feel so ashamed.
I don't believe You could use me, Lord,
because I've been so bad.
But Lord, if You'll just touch me once,
I'll give You all that I have.

I'm not at all handsome and my speech is poor;
poor as it can be,
but I'm sick of feeling empty, dear Lord.
Can you find a place for me?
I'm filled with self, and I'm incomplete,
and that is why I cry.
Please make me clean and use me, Lord.
Use me before I die.

The Apostle Paul was a little man,
just barely five feet tall.
He brought destruction where ever he went.
He had done it all.
Though Peter denied that he ever knew You,
as his Lord and friend,
three times he said he loved You, Lord,
and You used him in the end.

Peter heard the rooster crow,
And Paul had to see the bright light.
I sit here in the darkness, Lord.
Will You quietly take me tonight?
Take me not to be mighty or great.
Famous isn’t what I should be.
I just want to do what you tell me, Lord;
whatever You ask of me

Yes, Lord, I’ll yield to your full control,
to do with me as you please.
I just want the joy of serving You,
and a heart, at last in peace.
Lord, cleanse from me my unclean lips
that bring upon You, shame.
Not only my lips, but my head and my heart;
Lord, clean them all the same.

Come live within me, Holy Spirit;
fill me with Your love, divine.
I want my life to be fully used,
hereafter Yours, not mine.
No matter how small the task may be,
I'll do as You tell me to do.
I just need to be your servant, Lord,
doing some service for you.
Use me where you want to use me, Lord,
wherever you want me to be.
I know there is a place in your fields;
a place to use even me.
© rdouglasVeer 3/1/1999

Do You Love Me?
      How does God measure our love for Him? Ultimately, He knows our heart, even better than we know it ourselves. The Apostle Peter is a good example. “Peter declared, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you,’” (Matthew 26:35; NIV). But later when asked if he knew Jesus, Peter swore for the third time, “I do not know the man [Jesus],” (Matthew 26:72; ESV). So did Peter really love Jesus? After Jesus’ resurrection, the Lord sat with some of His disciples at breakfast after they had been fishing. Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Jesus used three different forms for “love”: 1) “eros” or superficial love, 2) “philos” or brotherly love 3) “agape” or deep, unconditional love. By this time, Peter’s love for Jesus should have greatly increased considering all that had happened. But his answers did not reflect this. With each answer Peter used the word “philos”. Again, we ask if Peter really loved Jesus. According to the Bible, Peter’s love for God did mature. He went from being a disciple or follower to being an Apostle or teacher sent forth to share the Gospel. And it is believed that he died a martyr’s death and was crucified, upside-down on a cross as he didn’t feel worthy to die right-side-up. Finally we ask, how does Jesus measure your love for Him. Will you need to prove it through great works of sacrifice? Simply said, you and I grow our love for God through our walk of faith and through our obedience. We must believe God at His word and then share His message; He wants us to feed and care for His sheep.

Hebrews 11:6; (NLT).
         6 “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

II John 5b, 6; (TPT).
         5b “. . . we [must] constantly love one another. 6 This love means living in obedience to whatever God commands us. For to walk in love toward one another is the unifying commandment we’ve heard from the beginning.

Do You Love Me?

David saw the sheep in danger that were given to his care,
so he slew the lion one day and the next day killed a bear.
Then one day, with a stone he killed a giant nine feet tall,
but the greatest of his victories was to love God most of all.

Joseph came out from the pit where his brothers threw him in,
and he ran from one man’s wife . . . when she tried to make him sin.
He fed the multitudes when there was famine in the land,
but it was his love for God that brought these blessings to his hand.

Daniel was to be their supper thrown in by the hands of men,
but he lay down with the lions and he slept right in their den.
God said, "I am Jehovah; I am Shammah, present here!”
And Shammah protected Daniel ‘cause he loved God without fear.

Peter wacked a soldiers ear off . . . he was so swift and brave,
but our Savior, Christ, replaced it because Peter misbehaved.
He said, "Peter put thy sword up. This is not the way to be."
Then much later asked this question, "Peter . . . lovest thou Me?”

Are you tough? Can you kill lions?
From temptation can you flee?
Jesus asks you just one question,
"Dear one . . . lovest thou Me?”
Would you go and feed the hungry?
Or stand fearless before men?
Can you answer, "Yes," when Jesus
comes to ask this once again?
It’s not if you’re tough or brave.
It’s not where you’ll lay to sleep.
It is, "Dear one, do you love Me?
Will you go and feed My sheep?”
  © rdouglasVeer 6/6/2005

The Sabbath
       In our busy world, the idea of rest is usually the last thing on our “to do” list, yet this was not God’s intent for us. The word, Sabbath, actually means “rest” in Hebrew. The Lord set the example right from day one. We read in Genesis, that God created all life in six days, and on the seventh day, he rested. [See Genesis 2:1-3.] Resting is not just a suggestion; it is one of the ten commandments. But it was not given by God to restrict us, but rather to bless us. Jesus said, “. . . the Sabbath was made to benefit man, and not man to benefit the Sabbath,” (Mark 2:27; (TLB). In fact all of God’s rules were meant for our safety and blessing and were issued through His loving heart. Sin leads us to ruin, but in times of tempting we see only the benefits of the act. Doing things God’s way will prevent heartache and destruction.
       Observing the Sabbath is really about trusting God’s wisdom and structuring our lives around His design. It’s about putting him first and making Him the center of our lives. That is what brings the “peace that passes all understanding”. Are you keeping the Sabbath? Do you love God with all your soul? How is your walk of obedience? How wonderful for those who walk in the wisdom of God. Theirs shall be a long and blessed life.

Exodus 20:8-11; (GNT).
       8 “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. 9 You have six days in which to do your work, 10 but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work—neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country. 11 In six days I, the Lord, made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the Lord, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.”

Mark 2:27; (TLB).
      27 Jesus said, “. . . the Sabbath was made to benefit man, and not man to benefit the Sabbath.”

The Sabbath

I remember those days in the church-house
when I was just a young tyke.
I know we went every Sunday,
but I didn't really understand why.

The part most important to me
was going back home to have dinner.
I knew lots about eating chicken,
but nothing ‘bout being a sinner.

I didn't know God had created
the Sabbath to honor Himself.
Sundays to me were a time to eat,
and I just left God to Himself . . .

. . . until one day studying His Word,
I read in the book of Exodus,
"See, the Lord hath given us the Sabbath,
and He wants to spend each one with us.”

It's not for planting or harvesting.
It's not for fishing and fun.
It's for keeping our mind upon Jesus,
in remembrance of the Holy One.

God said I should keep the Sabbath
and it should be “Holy unto Me.”
It would help me grow into the person
whom God has desired I should be.

It's part of the ten commandments,
so it should be part of my life.
It's right for mechanics and doctors,
for grocers, and grandpas, and wives.

It's good for the tired old beggar
who shuffles along down the street.
The Sabbath is for friends and strangers
and whoever we happen to meet.

God says, "It's a sign to My children."
It’s His holy day deemed for rest.
He told us to celebrate Sunday;
it was gifted to us as His best.

So, what will you do with the Lord’s day?
What will you do with God’s law?
“Remember the Sabbath; keep it holy,”
from God’s heart comes this clarion call.

Seven days He gives to mankind.
He wants us to give back just one.
Yes, one day, a sweet holy Sabbath
to remember and honor His Son.
© rdouglasVeer 10/1/2001

Yesterday’s Tomorrow
       We spend so much of our lives fulfilling “needs”. We call it duty and responsibility. And yes, these are good things. We have jobs to go to, bills to pay,
groceries to buy, and meals to fix. We also have phone calls to make, notes to send, and things to worry about. At the end of it all, we must ask ourselves, “What is really important?” The answer is: pleasing God, [see 2 Corinthians 5:9-10]. We always want to please those whom we love. And as Christians we want to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love our neighbor as our self, [see Mark 12:31-32]. Remember, there is no eternal value in the things of this world. Only the things we do for God will last forever. Have you prayed today? Have you asked Him what’s on His mind? Have you sought out His plans and His will for you?

Psalm 39:4-6; (TLB).
       “4 Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more. 5-6 My life is no longer than my hand! My whole lifetime is but a moment to you. Proud man! Frail as breath! A shadow! And all his busy rushing ends in nothing. He heaps up riches for someone else to spend.”

2 Corinthians 5:9-10; (AMP).
       “9 Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth] or away from home [and with Him], it is our [constant] ambition to be pleasing to Him. 10 For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives—the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities].”

John 9:4; (TLB).
       “We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.”

James 4:17; (TLB).
       “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.”

Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Don’t do tomorrow’s work right now,”
I’ve often heard folks say.
“Those aren’t the real important things.
Let’s go ahead and play.
There’s always time to do it later;
let’s wait until tomorrow.”
Then one day they’ll wake and see,
there’s only time for sorrow.

When will they realize they're wasting
yesterday’s tomorrow?
If yesterday was used to play,
then tomorrow’s just a shadow.
Right now you're letting slip away
your yesterday’s tomorrow.
Each minute living without Christ
is only time you’ve borrowed.

If Christ returned to earth today,
demanding all debts paid,
you'd see your wasted yesterdays
have left you much dismayed.
For that’s the day you'd wake and see
it’s already tomorrow.
    You’d have so many yesterdays
but no promises to follow.

My friend where are you standing now?
From past days have you borrowed?
When will you realize, today
is yesterday’s tomorrow?
  © rdouglasVeer 3/20/1997

Please Come Home

       Did you know that the story of the prodigal son is a love story? Perhaps you have a child that has wandered away to become reckless and squanderous in all of his ways? Maybe he left home on bad terms and is now drifting in the world of lavish indulgences and sin. Or maybe this is a portrait of who you once were? And you one day discovered that your family and friends had been praying for you every waking moment. We find such a story in Luke, chapter 15. It is the story of two sons who are given their father’s inheritance early, but the younger son takes his
fortune and wastes it on riotous living. When he comes to the end of himself, he realizes the gravity of his mistake, and he hesitantly turns toward home, not knowing if he will be received. But to his relief, he finds his father waiting for him along the road near home, where he has been watching and praying for him each day.
        Our heavenly Father is full of grace and mercy toward us as well, and he longs for us to turn from our wicked ways and seek after Him. It is never too late. We can enter into His presence, even now, regardless of where life has taken us. “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness,” (Psalm 103:8; (NASB). “Dear Lord, please forgive me and help me surrender my life and walk close to you each day. Help me to know the depth of your love toward me. In Jesus name, amen.”

Luke 15:17-24; (TLB).
       “17 When he finally came to his senses, he said . . . 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.”’ 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming, and was filled with loving pity and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 “His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and you, and am not worthy of being called your son—’ 22 “But his father said to the slaves, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. And a jeweled ring for his finger; and shoes! 23 And kill the calf we have in the fattening pen. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has returned to life. He was lost and is found’. . .”

Please Come Home

Alone and forsaken on an empty street, where
I sit with my head in my hands in despair.
But unknown to me is how things are at home
as my dear Father reaps, in tears that I’ve sown.

“Where are you son?
Have you eaten today?
Where are you sleeping?
On streets or soft hay?
Are you resting in peace?
Or in fear and alone?
Why have you wandered?
Where have you gone?
My heart cries to hold you;
won't you please come home?”

I've eaten the best that the world has to offer.
Now covered in shame, I sleep in its gutters.
I've drank in the ways some would have me to go,
and why I left home, I really don't know.

My Father's good servants live better than I,
and they live in His presence every day of their lives.
I wonder what’d happen if I went back to stay?
Would He love and forgive me or would He turn me away?

So often I see Father's face before me.
He was right. The world ain’t all I thought it would be.
I wish I had never decided to roam.
I wonder if Dad would ever let me come home?

I'm so cold...had just a moment of sleep.
Now I see Father's face...he's calling to me.
A dream overtakes me as I drift away,
but then I hear, “Precious son, won’t you come home today.”

“Where are you son?
Have you eaten today?
Where are you sleeping?
On streets or soft hay?
Are you resting in peace?
Or in fear and alone?
Why have you wandered?
Where have you gone?
My heart cries to hold you;
won't you please come home?
Where have you wandered?
Where have you gone?
My heart cries to hold you;
won't you please come home?”
© rdouglasVeer 2/23/2014

Tick Tock Song
       Finding real purpose in life is one of man’s greatest quests. It drives people of all ages: children complain about being bored; teenagers search for their identities; young adults fill their lives with everything they can carry including career, family, and more; middle aged men go through mid-life crisis while women look for the “new 40", and the outlook of the elderly becomes dim. But what is God’s will for us? Paul tells us in Ephesians to “understand what the will of the Lord is.” God said in Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you . . . They are plans for good . . .” (29:11 NLT).
     We can do as we please with our free will, but God ultimately knows what’s best. So why don’t we seek God’s direction more than not? Because it takes patience and stillness and surrender. We give up too easily and then get in trouble when we, instead, make our own plans. God said, “Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed,” (Proverbs 19:21 CEB).
     In the mean time, time is running out for each of us. We carry on like “there’s no tomorrow.” We have each been given about “three score and ten” on this earth, and that’s it! Time is ticking, and we need to make the best of it while we’re here. We need to live in such a way that we are ready to meet Jesus at any moment. So let us keep short accounts with the Lord, communing with him daily, even moment by moment. Let us always be open to hearing from God, and walking in His purposes. Then we will have a life that we can say has been well spent and full of joy.

Ephesians 5:15-17; (ESV).
       “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, be
cause the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Tick Tock Song

Moment by moment and second by second
we look at the hands on the clock.
One thing is sure though, with each passing day
we are nearer to when time will STOP!

Day follows day and the months pass away
as we go down the road, 'round the bend.
Night follows night and the years take to flight
and we know not the TIME we have left.

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick goes the time.
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick all the time.

Pitty, pat, pitty pat, sounds in my ear
echo down the hallways of time.
Pitty, pat, pitty, pat, who will be next?
Will it be your life or mine?

Then there is Jesus on Golgotha’s hill,
dying alone on the tree.
Though He’s in anguish, He remains quiet;
but I, hear His blood flowing free.

Drip, drop, drip, drop; His blood’s on the ground.
He’s bleeding for you and for me.
The blood is dripping, the clock is ticking;
What will your response be?

Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick goes the time.
Tick, tock, tick, tock, tick all the time.

Tick, tock, pitty, pat, drip, drop flowing;
speaking to me with these sounds.
Tick, tock, pitty, pat, drip, drop pointing
to heaven or hell: where’re you bound?

ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY for Jesus to come?
ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY? Soon we’ll be going home.
ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY? Christ is coming again.
ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY? Time’s so close to the end.
ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY? The clock ticks away.
ARE YOU READY? ARE YOU READY? I’ve just one thing to say . . .
"S T O P!"
© rdouglasVeer 1/20/2019

Mary Had A Precious Lamb

       Have you ever noticed how things seem to sometimes get out of balance? We know that we are precious to the Lord and He wants the best for us. He came so we could have life more abundantly, (see John 10:10). On the other hand, Jesus said that on this earth we would have many trials and sorrows, (see John 16:33). So how should we handle our difficulties? We only need look to Christ as our example. Today our world is filled with people who want to get even, fight back, or retaliate. Yes, there’s a time to take a legitimate stand, but what if God is leading us to take a loss, stand down, or excuse someone? If so, it’s because He has an ultimate purpose. He will work out everything justly and fairly in due time, but we need to trust His methods and His timing. The following passage in First Peter is a wonderful portrait of what God expects of us. Few of us are called to our deaths for the sake of Christ, but in all things pertaining to how we should live our lives, we should declare, “As Jesus walked, so will I.”

I Peter 2:18-25; (NLT).
       “18 You who are slaves must submit to your masters with all respect,[because you fear God]. Do what they tell you—not only if they are kind and reasonable, but even if they are cruel. 19 For God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment. 20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you. 21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. 23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. 24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. 25 Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.”

Mary Had A Precious Lamb

Mary had a little lamb.
It's fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went . . .
and so the story goes.

That version is from Mother Goose,
and here's another one.
It isn't cute or childish; no,
it isn't just for fun.

Mary had a precious Lamb.
more pure than driven snow.
But Mary knew before His birth
she’d have to let Him go.

‘Twas there atop Golgotha’s Hill
that she did sit and cry,
because her precious Lamb was killed;
for you and me He died.

What happened was the hearts of men
were filled with pride and sin.
The price required to rescue us
would take a perfect Lamb.

Mary had a precious Lamb
who cried some in His sleep.
He then became a Shepherd, and
He cried o'er His lost sheep.

He shepherded His flock
and longed for each of us, to hold.
He was the Sheepgate also,
calling us into the fold.

Mary had a precious Lamb;
His love one day He'd show.
Because as Shepherd of His sheep,
to Calvary He’d go.

His blood was shed instead of ours
upon a cruel tree.
And there the Lamb of God became
the Christ for you and me.


I need to be like Mary’s Lamb,
and follow in His ways, and
I need to impart Jesus' love
to those I meet each day.

I need to have a shepherd’s heart
and give my life in kind.
An example of the Lord, I’ll be
in heart and soul and mind.
© rdouglasVeer 1/20/2019

Show Me
     As Christians, we demonstrate good behavior not to earn benefits, but rather because we’ve already received benefits. The love we give comes from the great love God has bestowed upon us. His love not only draws out our love toward others but it transforms our very being and causes us to be changed from the inside out. The growth of our good character is proof that we have been born-again from above. If no change is occurring, it proves we haven’t really received Jesus. It is by our works that we demonstrate our faith. So what are you busy with each day. What “works” consume your attention. If you’re busy about discovering the Father’s heart, through the reading of His word and through times of prayer (for starters) then you’re on the right track. If you’re relationship with God is not at the top of your list of priorities, then you may just be practicing an empty religion filled with “dead” works. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit. Let him convict you of this truth. Turn away from empty, selfish practices and be filled with God’s love. Then obedience and good works will flow from you, for this is the walk of a true Christian disciple.

James 2:14-18; (NLT).
       “14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

Show Me

I know you say you're a Christian
as you point toward the stars.
You say you have the love of God
but sir, I don't see PROOF that you are.

Your mouth often speaks without cleanness,
but vulgarity isn't from Him.
And the way you treat others is not love;
quite seriously, it's actually sin.

It's so confusing to hear you talk
about how you love the Lord.
Showing the love of Jesus should not
be ignoring the sick and the poor.

How can you have a heart for God
and not be changed by His grace?
If you really did love Jesus, our Lord,
it would show by a glow on your face.

What if God made the trees without leaves?
Where would the shade be then?
And how would the holes and the nests be built
for the squirrels, the sparrows, and wrens?

And you might not know, it's the beautiful leaves
that remove the poison from the air.
It’s exchanged for pure, sweet oxygen
so all creatures can breathe everywhere.

Yes, a tree without leaves has nothing to show
or lay claims to being a tree,
and you, by your lack of acting like Christ
is showing the same thing to me.

Paul says that if we have not LOVE
then all of our words are like brass,
tinkling and banging and clanging along,
proving our words to be trash.

“SHOW ME,” says James, “what you're really made of.”
Don’t be just playing a game.
“SHOW ME” that Jesus is really your Lord
when you talk the walk that you claim.

Clouds without water, being blown about
are like trees without leaves on the limb.
Words without action to prove what you say
do not SHOW Jesus living within.

SHOW ME your faith by your works, I say,
and not by hollow words in the air.
Be a DOER of the faith that you claim
by SHOWING folks that you care.

Love them as Jesus would love them, I say.
GIVE FORTH to those in their need.
And the world will see Jesus within you:
alive in FAITH, and in DEED!
  © rdouglasVeer 9/13/2005

       As Christians, we sometimes feel alone in this world even though the Bible says God will never leave us nor forsake us, (see Deuteronomy 31:6). Jesus Himself was lonely at times when He walked the earth. People didn’t understand Him and eventually they came against Him and crucified Him. He had a difficult battle to fight, and at one point even felt God the Father had abandoned Him, (see Matthew 27:46). You see, He took on all the sins of mankind, and at that point, the Father couldn’t look at him for He is pure and holy. In the end, we know that Jesus won complete victory over death, hell, and the grave, (see 1 Corinthians 15:54-55). Now, He is seated at the right hand of the Father, praying for us day and night, (see Romans 8:34). He’s praying for us because we, too, have a battle to fight. He is not willing that any should perish! So He prays each of us will accept Him as Savior and Lord. And for born-again Christians, He prays we will go on to fight the good fight, grow in the fruit of the spirit, love Him and love others, and share the Good news of the Gospel with everyone. Are you winning your battles today? You can if you have committed each day to Jesus. Are you fully trusting in Him? Think about it.

Isaiah 53:3-6; (NIV).
       “3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. 4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity [sin] of us all.”


He was just a lonely Soldier sent out to the battlefront
in a distant war that someone else had born.
While He'd fight the battle bravely, He knew He was short of help
and the soldiers that He had were weak and worn.

It was never, ever promised they alone could save themselves,
yet were told to "fight, and never to look back".
But believing their Commander was prepared to rise and win,
they put all their battle gear into their pack.

Now the lonely Soldier told them, just how the war would end
though they couldn't understand what He explained.
He called each one of them with a hearty, "follow Me!”
But He knew He alone must suffer all the pain.

For the enemy believed that if he took this Soldier’s life
he would win the war and we’d be overthrown.
But this Soldier was the "Champion" and had never known defeat
though tonight His heart felt heavy and alone.

As He sat and meditated on tomorrow’s battle plan,
He kept thinking back to His old childhood days.
He thought about His Daddy and all that He could help him do,
so He dropped his head and just began to pray.

"Daddy, can you see Me now? My heart is filled with woe,
and the lives of all these soldiers are in my hands.
Dad, if you would take this battle and go fight the enemy,
I know that they’d be crushed under Your command!”

Now the Father was not present; He wasn’t even on the earth,
and the Soldier faced that moment He’d be alone.
But He vowed to get it done no matter what the cost would be;
He aimed to finish the task and get back home.

In what seemed like just a heartbeat, He was bathed in his own blood;
He was naked, wounded, dying, and forlorn.
Could He have miscalculated how strong the enemy was?
He couldn't understand just what went wrong.

But with a heart courageous--until victory--He stayed the course.
Then He uttered, "Father, forgive what they have done.”
Yes, the lonely soldier, Jesus, went out to the battlefront,
and He triumphed over death for everyone.
Now the fight is not yet over, though He gave His very life.
You and I must choose how we will yet proceed.
So let's pick up, pack up, pray up with the Soldier of the cross.
He’s our ever present help in time of need.

If you're just one lonely soldier standing on the battlefield,
you must know that all God’s promises are true.
He will strengthen and encourage you; His Word will never fail.
Look to Jesus: He will faithfully bring you through.
© rdouglasVeer 9/13/2005

Marked By The Master's Hand
       Did you know there’s a book that’s been written about you? Yes, indeed! God wrote it, and it contains your destiny. In other words, your purpose in life and the pathways carved out for you were all planned out before you were ever born. Our job is to discover what that purpose is. It’s easier said than done, though. Right? Well yes and no. Our first step is to discover God’s universal will for each of us. By reading His word we learn it is God’s will that we accept His offer of salvation. He also wants us to grow in the knowledge of His word, grow in faith, grow in the fruit of the Spirit, love God with all of our heart and soul, and care for others as we would care for ourselves . . . to name a few things. Secondly, we need to ask God about His specific will for us. Some people are called into the ministry as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers. Others have special skills enabling them to become administrators, janitors, accountants, musicians, moms or dads, cooks, salesmen, or serve in some other way. Everybody has something they’ve been called to do. But how can we know what’s meant for us? It seems quite ironic but in order to find our life-plan, we have to surrender our will to God. As we give Him our time in prayer, He will speak to us, giving us clues through His word, or sending helpful people across our path, or arranging our presence in the right place at the right time to receive an opportunity. God works in all kinds of ways if we are willing to listen. How can we listen well? Remember John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease,” (KJV). The more we surrender ourselves to God, the more we will understand who He created us to be.

Psalm 139:16 (NLT).
       “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”    

Matthew 16:25; (NLT).
       “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.”

Marked By The Master’s Hand

We live, we cry, we laugh, we die;
it happens all so soon.
No sooner does the sun arise,
it's time to greet the moon.

The winter snow, the summer heat,
the Indian summer rains;
no sooner is it time to plant,
then harvest comes again.

We're born, we live, but does our life
perform what's to be done?
Or are we just a wooden bell
that never does get rung?

Oh, to be a butterfly
that has fulfilled its task.
It goes from worm to wing-ed grace
because the Lord has asked

that it relinquish all its rights
into His guiding hand,
and then perform what e'er He ask
because it understands

that God has marked it from it's birth
when it was but a worm
to be a gorgeous butterfly,
to beautify the earth.

From life, to death, to life again,
from worm to butterfly,
to be so marked and used of God
and there in dreams go I.

Oh, to be obedient
unto the hand of God
and make a mark for Him alone
as o'er this earth I trod.

Oh, from birth to death, to live
and fully understand,
that there has been a mark on me
placed by the Master’s hand.

Hardly is a life worthwhile--
beginning to the end--
unless it finishes the race
by knowing God as friend.

So touch me God and make it true
that I’m not just a man,
but touched, and marked, and set aside;
to fulfill Your perfect plan.

Marked for Your use, what e'er it be,
though eons may pass by;
adorned in beauty like the worm
that is Your butterfly.

A birth, a child, a man, a dream;
I pray you'll understand
that life is meaningless until  
it's marked by the Master’s hand.
© rdouglasVeer 6/1/2000

Can The Gospel Still Be Heard?
       The world today is in desperate trouble. Many people are dying from COVID-19 and other causes like violence in the streets; many are without hope. Yet there is a voice of hope that still cries in the wilderness. It is calling all people to turn to the Lord. But can they hear? Are they willing to listen? How can faith grow? Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear”? What did He mean? Everybody has ears, but we all “hear” differently. The parable of “the sower” in Matthew, chapter 13, describes four types of listeners:
1. Those who hear but do not understand; the enemy steals their truth
2. Those who hear but loose faith when troubles arise
3. Those who hear but soon turn away from truth to follow their own desires
4. Those who hear, understand, and obey God’s Word, thereby growing in faith
       In this day and time we need God more than ever. How can our faith grow? By humbly seeking the presence of God and turning from our evil ways. For we know that God rewards those who diligently seek Him, (see Hebrews 11:6). And as we become full with the Holy Spirit, we will want to share the wonderful good news about Jesus with others so they can hear and grow in faith too. Can the Gospel still be heard? I believe so, if you and I will continue to share it . . . So what kind of ears do you have?

II Chronicles 7:14; (MSG).
       [If] God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health.

Mark 16:15; (KJV)
       And he [Jesus] said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Can The Gospel Still Be Heard?

Can the Gospel still be heard
in these days of tribulation?
Can I share as friend to friend?
Will they still have ears to listen?

Everybody's going camping,
or on some weekend fishing trip.
Some are going to a conference
where they'll fold their hands and sit.
Round and round their world is spinning;
buy and sell and charge and spend.
Yet for all the modern happenings,
do they know where things will end?

There is time for corporate business
down on Wall Street Avenue,
while our children kill each other
with the guns they bring to school.
Yet they won't take time to listen
'cause the Bible just offends,
and they will not pay attention;
they don't care how things will end.

How can I affect the world?
They can't hear my heart cry out.
Everyone’s so self-absorbed.
Do I need to scream and shout?
Is the world all going crazy;
going madder than right now?
Can hearts be changed through Jesus?
Will they let me tell them how?

Can the gospel still be heard
in these days of tribulation?
Can I share as friend to friend?
Will they still have ears to listen?
© rdouglasVeer 12/26/2009

Stones In My Hand
       In the grand scheme of things, every situation requires God to do His part and you and I to do our part. God’s word provides many examples of how this plays out. For example, take Moses, (see Exodus 14). When he reached the Red Sea with the multitudes of Israelites, they could not go any further to escape from the Egyptian army. But just then, God told Moses to hold up his “staff” and stretch out his hand over the sea’s edge and believe God for a miracle. That was his part. God’s part was to perform the miracle. And He did. He caused the mighty waters to part, allowing the Israelites to cross over on dry ground. After they had reached safety the waters closed and swallowed their enemies. Now consider young David (see First Samuel 17). While Goliath came to fight him with a sword and a spear, David had only five stones and a slingshot. But David came to fight in the name of the Lord. God proved faithful once again in David’s victory. We, too, can win our battles if we put our faith in Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:4; (ERV).
       “The weapons we use are not human ones. Our weapons have power from God and can destroy the enemy's strong places . . .”

Ephesians 6:10-11; (NKJV).
       “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles [schemings] of the devil.”

Romans 8:37-39; (NKJV).
       “37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Stones In My Hand

Some are running, some are hiding,
some are laying wait and listening.
Some are crying, “God have you deserted me?”
Others crouching in the shadows
are giving up in panic.
They are pleading, “Oh, Lord, please remember me.”

‘Cause there are giants in the mountains.
There are giants in the valleys.
There are giants standing tall all o’re the land.
But a little boy comes running.
To the giants he speaks boldly.
He says, “God has put these stones here in my hand.”

Stones in my hand and giants in the land.
I would rather run t'ward giants than to
hide where ere I can.
Stones in my hand and giants in the land.
I would rather stand and fight them because
God has put these stones here in my hand.

You may think God has deserted you,
whenever you are threatened,
and things don't look just like you want them to.
You may think nobody’s heard you
as you weep amidst your sorrows;
just remember God’s still watching over you.

Maybe sickness has come to you.
Maybe death and sadness chase you.
But there's always time to pray and take a stand.
So whenever you face giants,
there’s a God Who stands beside you,
and He'll always put a stone within your hand.

Stones in my hand and giants in the land.
I would rather run t'ward giants than to
hide where ere I can.
Stones in my hand and giants in the land.
I would rather stand and fight them because
God has put these stones here in my hand.

When you're down to your last wish
but you face a fearless giant
who has threatened you and yours of life and limb.
You’re now worried and afraid of
every sound and every shadow,
and you're finally feeling ready to give in.

Going on makes you so weary,
and the world has “got your number”,
and there’s no place that you feel like calling home.
Just remember little David
took one look and told the giant
that this day he would defeat him with God’s stone!

Stones in my hand and giants in the land.
I would rather run t'ward giants than to
hide where ere I can.
Stones in my hand and giants in the land.
I would rather stand and fight them because
God has put these stones here in my hand.
© rdouglasVeer 9/13/2005

Momma’s Straight-Back Chair

       In ancient days, the Mother of King Lemuel wrote Proverbs 31 to help her son be a good ruler and to
understand how to choose a godly wife. So the woman we read about is a portrait of an “ideal” person; she did not actually exist. Wow. That “bar” is set pretty high, though! How can we reach such perfection in our flesh? Yes, becoming more godly should be our goal. And this Scripture passage should inspire us to want to attain all of these virtues, just like we seek the fruit of the spirit: “. . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, (Galatians 5:22-23). But remember the first part of verse 22 here says, “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives . . .” It is only when we are fully surrendered to the Lord and led by Him that we can advance in “kingdom character”. Let us be grateful for godly mothers who lead us in the right direction in life. And let us also turn our hearts completely to Jesus Christ so that we can become more like Him each day.

Proverbs 1:8-9; (NLT).
8 My child, listen when your father corrects you.
    Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
9 What you learn from them will crown you with grace
    and be a chain of honor around your neck.

Proverbs 31; (NLT).
10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?
    She is more precious than rubies.
13 She finds wool and flax
    and busily spins it.
14 She is like a merchant's ship,
    bringing her food from afar.
15a She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household
19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,
    her fingers twisting fiber.
20 She extends a helping hand to the poor
    and opens her arms to the needy.
21 She has no fear of winter for her household,
    for everyone has warm clothes.
26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
    and she gives instructions with kindness.
27 She carefully watches everything in her household
    and suffers nothing from laziness.
28a Her children stand and bless her.
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
    but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.

Momma’s Straight-Back Chair

If I ever had a thought
that Momma didn't care,
I’d just remember her sittin’
in her straight-back kitchen chair.

She would sit with her head drooped down,
and her chin upon her chest. She’d say,

"No I wasn’t sleepin' . . .
I was just takin' a rest!
No, I didn’t wait up . . .
I was awake anyway . . ."

It's what I knew most certainly
that Momma would always say.

The room would feel so warm,
when softly I’d slip home.
'Cause no matter how late it was,
I knew I was never alone.

And no . . . it wasn't the stove
that made it warm in there.
It was Momma waitin' up for me . . .
in her straight-back kitchen chair.
© rdouglasVeer 8/4/2014

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