Saturday, April 23, 2011

wake up, little sardis, wake up

letter to sardis, the fifth church 
my last show-and-tell session before paris to lurch

the song that comes to mind
a wake-up call find

wake up, little sardis, wake up 
wake up, slacky sardis, make up 
the spirit wasn’t so hot, God most forgot 
we fell asleep, our goose is cooked, our reputation is shot 
repent sardis or your names won't be found in book-of-life slot

choose the plight of your flight
choose dark or light
choose black or white
choose blind or sight
choose fool, wise in own eyes
choose God's wisdom from ashes to rise

coming week 
meek renewal trio seek 
i enter easter with esther
full of God without His utter
on april 26, i share fool's folly in psalm 26
and for my last show and tell, sardis expression to fix   

there is no thrill
with fool on the hill
seven abominations fill
an empty worldly till
void of hope in seventh seal

psalm 14:1 "the fool says there is no God..."
psalm 53:1 "the fool says there is no God..."
psalm 26:11 "as a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly."

Thursday, March 24, 2011

idols nikolait√ęs

i spy
with my eye
steeped in pergamum-thyatira dye
charles stanley's "idol" definition wry
"anything that distracts from God" is woeful cry

if i were a rich man
then i can tan
conceive deceiving plan
feel important in the clan

if i had power
then i can shower 
fear and beer on those who cower
who needs God as a wowser
when u can have balaam browser
and multiple pleasure arouser

if i know it and have it all
i can make the call
people on my feet fall
i can parade ten feet tall
squandering in nicolaitan mall
frolicking in superiority hall


what's the epicenter of your quake
am i asleep or awake
before i shake and bake?
no earthly thing can i take...

2 timothy 3:1-4
but know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:

for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, 
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, 
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God....

Monday, March 14, 2011

7 gleanings from 7 churches

we wrap up show and tell
after habakkuk, job, jonah - revelations of heaven and hell
what looms for mankind on planet earth?
is time drawing nigh for new jerusalem birth?

Jesus "who is, who was and who is to come" reveals
john's pen profusely spills the seals
if you have ears to hear
and eyes to see, heart to revere, 
evil to steer, for time is near

o ephesus in us
looking in reverse
fallen, forsaking Him
our fervor is dim
let us repent, endure to revive
by feeding from the tree of Life
in God's paradise

o smyrna in us
sufferings to nurse
let's remain faithful till we die
a crown awaits and mortality defy

o pergamum in us
do not be lured into immorality curse 
endure to receive admission stone with new nama
to access His hidden manna   

o thyatira in us
prey to jezebel idols, we sucuumb and immorality immerse 
if we conquer lust
authority over nations to cast and blast

o sardis in us
lulled in sloth slumber cocoon purse
if we overcome and stay vigilant
our names remain in the book of life forever gallant

o philadelphia freedom, shine a light on me
we have little strength, help us keep the faith, victorious be
make us pillars to God's temple
where none will trample

o laodicea in us
like frog in warm water immerse
complacent and luke warm
unwax our ears to hear Your knocks
for supping with each other, rocks
let's keep our eyes fixed on Thee
so we sit with You on Your throne with eternal glee

gleaning from adrian roger's devotional -
"Jesus Christ is the invisible part of the christian.
the christian is the visible part of Christ.
He is seen in us and through us. 
we are the visible part of the invisible Christ."

psalm 18:20
the Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath He recompensed me.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

exhilarated choice

choose to proclaim than to complain
choose delight than disdain

choose give than to receive
choose nerve to serve than self-deceive

choose contentment, joy to deploy
choose gratitude versus self and others destroy

choose to humble than to grumble
choose His lead than self-fumble

choose to bear the brunt instead of grunt
choose to do it with glee instead of flee

choose to float instead of gloat
choose to exalt instead of stewing in pot
choose glory sprout instead of anger spout
choose to intersect, quit trying to dissect in disrespect
choose introspect in retrospect instead of elusive expect

kjv psalm 25:4-7  4shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.5lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. 6remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. 7remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness' sake, O LORD.

kjv psalm 27:11 teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path.....
kjv psalm 86:11 teach me thy way, O LORD; i will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

playing god

you want me to do what?
kicked my butt, spitted me from the gut
wiped my smut
but, U angered my heart
how could U forgive ninevite crut?

U should have spurned and burned evil
they should have been obliterated in Your fury swivel
i am stumped, U averted holy trump
i am grump, there's no point living, U prevailed and i am dumb crumb 

anger, like worms
eats away the gourd of my terms
how dare i, to play god and desire to die
what a trap and lie
Your grace and mercy to complain, accuse and defy

it is me who should repent
instead of Your compassion upon sinners resent 
i am jonah mad 
to hurl at my maker and Dad
so i'd rather insignificantly die
as though it'll erase my significant sinful dye

o what satanic logic i've narcisstically applied
to limit God who gives life to me graciously supplied

who am i kidding? why am i bidding? 
doing it my way is not succeeding
results in only pride and rage bleeding
what's the point of speeding
without divine heeding

an infested gourd wake-up call needling
the God-placed seedling

i have been out-of-line
forgive me, pull me out of self-centered slime
let me sup and dine with the Vine
who am i to nickel and dime

don't let defiance and anger retard spiritual growth
let Your love and grace nurture my worth
job's right - You giveth and taketh
without God, i nothing worthy of Your glory maketh

all else is vain
a doomed soul brings no gain
Lord, deliver me from self-inflicted pain

arguing with God over a gourd tree
o God, set me free
get me off blasphemy spree
hurl me into obeying Thy decree 
through jonah's strife U show it's foolhardy god to be

drawing on right is from wiki commons

proverbs 25:28
he that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

ephesians 4:27
be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.

ecclesiastes 7:9
be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

bellygerence restored

whoa woe yea
God loves jonah more than He can say
a second chance to head for nineveh
this time jonah succumbs to God's way

i recall the times i disobeyed 
from His will i swayed

swimming uphill against the tide

forcing square peg in circle rather than in Omega to abide

a sackcloth moment to seek redemption, His chide to hide
willful ways only got me fried
flee from pride, i cried

proverbs 11:2
when pride comes, then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom.

Monday, January 17, 2011

a whale of a time

as i walk along
i think of the things i've done wrong
i'm a walking in the rain
tears are falling and i feel the pain
and i wonder
like jonah did ponder
inside the belly
it was hairy
to flee 
from a power greater than thee
many a times we rebel
only to experience hell
we are terrible farmers in the dell
when we allow divine seeds to shrivel and mortal ego to swell

when You said "go"
and we said "no"
choosing to suffer blow
allowing self-pride flow
instead of Thy glory glow
why You deliver us despite our dreadfulness, we'll never know
but we are grateful Your loving kindness to shower and show
thank goodness for the life lines You throw

jonah 2:10
and the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited jonah onto dry land.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

merapi mumbles

how did i get here

it's becoming clear
through the sweltering heat i must steer
molten memories sear 

who would have thought

once surrender sought
back to tropics He brought
parked me in His lot
a hot lingo spot
i am not sure what i got

it's amazing
to observe human race racing
no matter where
to fill cupboards bare
when full, only emptiness stare
self-imposed life burdens to bear

ignorance is bliss
for you'd have less to compare and miss
so many paths i could have taken
despite my weak faith, i was never forsaken
like job's journey
i've been faith-blessed

faith-tested in many dark alleys
faith-coped with His pulleys
          faith-transformed in work-in-progress galleys

i, i who have nothing
i, i who have only You
adore You, and want You so
i'm just a no one with nothing to give to You, but oh how You love me...

 job 42:2, 5-6 
 “ i know that you can do all things;
   no purpose of yours can be thwarted
   my ears had heard of you
   but now my eyes have seen you.
   therefore i despise myself
   and repent in dust and as

Monday, November 15, 2010

naica leica

job 28, what speakest thou?
i dug for pearls, raised my brow
i don't need to know
for wisdom to sow

i need not look far nor deep
i need only Your wisdom to heed

in Wisdom my soul to keep
to shun evil creep  

i know not how i got here
wisdom whispered, have no fear

a leap of faith to set in gear
things are not what they appear

it suffices to dwell in Wisdom
to be enveloped in its Kingdom

there's no need to fathom
just be the atom

circulating in reverent trajectory
living for its glory is life in victory

kjv job 28:28 ....behold, the fear of the Lord,that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

naked circular

42 chapters of job compressed
wisdom and reverent fear addressed

exemplar job's might
in face of trials and plight
deep insight
into God's delight
to be blameless and upright
to fear God and shun evil fight

satan roams earth seeking opportunity to derail
our path to righteousness, hail to impale
why is woman both wise (in proverbs) and foolish (job2:10, eve) gale?
is "fearing God for nothing" a satanic jail? 

fear God because He is God of life
the story of God-centric job, accepting His good and strife
"naked i came from my mother's womb, and naked i will depart."
the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh is at heart

from womb to tomb
from dust to dust,
good and evil looms upon earth's crust
how shall we then live, blameless and upright we must 

job 28:28 "the fear of the Lord - that is wisdom, 
and to shun evil is understanding."
"the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" 
proverbs 1:7, 9:10, psalm 111:10 echoing

Sunday, October 24, 2010

sovereign closure

zephaniah 3:17 kjv  
the Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;
He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy;
He will rest His love, He will joy over thee with singing.   

sovereign God spoke and shook
in closing hook of habakkuk 
in parallel, a revealing respite i took
through His eyes, a renewed look

yes, i too stand in awe of Your deeds
thank You for ridding my weeds
that blocked my view to do Thy will
i needed to still and empty for Thy Spirit to fill

how dare we confine and limit what You choose to do
we can't fathom Your sovereignity, we have limited clue
we need only let loose 
for Your spirit to choose
to use the keys You've given us for way out of wicked noose

to rest in Your balm
of peace and calm

in face of calamity
i have all i need in a sovereign God to supply strength and sanity
to withstand manmade fears and smears
as end nears

i've got the keys
i will rejoice and be joyful in the triune God, no matter how rough the seas

rejoice evermore. 
pray without ceasing. 
in everything give thanks: 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Monday, October 18, 2010

mayday m'aider

o how long must this go on?
external plunder and internal thunder
woe to us, our walls crumbling under forlorn 

in hours of darkness, shine Your light
in pity parties and narcisstic battles, come to our plight
in a world fraught with fraud, give us safe flight
in descent and desperation, cradle us in hope and might to continue fight

woe to whinnings and wondering wanderings
woe to worldly ways, idols and shortcomings
when injustice and pride stab the soul
we are reminded of man's futility and Your heavenly goal

let us unshackle from idols of our own making
let us not be drunk in stupor so we live in Your awakening 
let us not forsake truths but bow in reverence to Thee
let us let go and rest in Your peace, hear our plea

psalm 111:10 the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

Saturday, October 2, 2010

dragnet of dots

habakkuk 1:12  "Lord, are you not from everlasting?"
to ramrom raps page 11 entry "omega" seeking

free me from human bondage, choking me
man's grotesque reflections
sinking into the mud of life
it's hideous greed and monstrosity
like You
i wish to be
no beginning
no end
yet feeling good
the mere mortal in me understood...

we are caught in net
of consequent idols deadset
we bit the bait
will we get to pearly gate?

meanwhile humble tumble
hear our habakkuk grumble
we await for the big rumble
for hell to crumble
no longer need to fumble
no longer evil to jumble

habakkuk 2:3 "for the revelation awaits an appointed tiime;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come..."

o sinner man
where you gonna run to 
all on that day

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

habakkuk nook

"oh sing to the Lord a new song... 
...for He is coming to judge the earth. 
He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth." 

Michelangelo's Last Judgment from wiki commons 

so here i am...You brought me to this nook
You provided me time, health, mentors, habakkuk book  
what lectio divina food to cook?

open my eyes to see, not just look
filter out worldy din so i harken Thy babbling brook
intake fruitscent, taste Thy goodness and holiness, touch in love to spook

o God, i am weak but Thou art strong
it's hard to live in a world gone wrong
it's easy to substitute You with false gods 
and worship decaying sods

i place at Your feet, the idols of what we desire to be
smash them, release the design in us that You decree
remove doubts, darkness and delusion
reign in our fears, refrain us from evil collusion

help me stay upright in but not of world of babylonians
Thou art the only God to revere and fear, tame my bohemians

people write to me, i only have you to write
but You already know my woes and might
i do not need to be uptight and right

o God, let me not lose sight
that You formed me for your delight
direct my nostrils to smell Your perfume instead of hellish stench
control my heart, head and hands that i feel Your touch and taste the fruits of Your ranch
hear me God, be each other's iTune 
unplug my ears to listen in You  

that's my mew on Thy pew
thank you Lord, my spirit to renew.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

cherish cherith

a coincidence
for preponderance
the power of three
of divine revelation spree
in fellowship community
recharging my immunity

elijah first appeared as a choice versus proverbs
then surfaced to be the study in neighboring curbs
today and next 5 sermons focus is on elijah blurbs
in ahab-jezebel southern kingdom turfs

a theme of God's sovereignty,
in face of misguided idolatory.
spiritual wealth, 
intertwined by physical and emotional health.
back to school for tai-chi and fitness added to lap swims,
this fall, cherith quenches and trims. 

"you will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed you there."
1 kings 17:4

john peterson's lyrics drenching me
cherith springs forth glee

drinking at the springs of living water,
happy now am i
my soul they satisfy;
drinking at the springs of living water,
o wonderful and bountiful supply.

Monday, September 13, 2010

goodness gracious

oh Doctor i'm in trouble
well goodness gracious me
caught again in rough and tumble
calm spirit tossed in rough sea

bring us safe ashore
shed light to what's in store
convert our flaws
sharpen our saws
help us claw
our way to Thy open door

to dry safe land
Your grand design to blend 
for goodness to pour
a healing chore
bring out inner beauty galore

Your fingerprints in time sands 
captured by bea chia's lens
a reminder to reflect 
goodness to inject and infect 

2 peter 1:5-8 (niv)

5for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.8for if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

faithless darkness

o dark alleys we often find ourselves
o why me?, why this?, why now? delves and swells
the lion prowls at achilles heels
'tis when Lord enters and heals

but i can't see 
stuck in this stormy sea
evil lurks and tantalizes
a way out she fantasizes

should i bring him down 
should i scream and shout
should i speak of love
let my feelings out

a shouting bout
has no clout
he scares me so
i love him so

swallowed in wave of self-pity tears
mingled with fears
of living rest of best years
moving in defensive gears

faith lost, lacking lustre gloss
faith in each other to regain instead of toss 
'tis i of wavering faith
bringing upon self a slow death

soothe me with Your balm 
words of 32:8 psalm
teach me the way to go 
get me out of darkness and in your light glow
refresh my faith, a humble plea 
revive isaiah 46:9 in me
that You are God, and there is none like Thee

psalm 143:1
hear my prayer, o Lord, give ear to my supplications: 
in Thy faithfulness answer me,
and in Thy righteousness