[Thank you, Mary Decker, for this poem. The cost of a living faith is a daily battle. (If there are others who would like to contribute encouraging Christian poems/writings, please feel free to contact me via the comments.)]

Hard is the battle and long is the war.
Steep is the hill, very narrow the road.
Tired is the soldier, his feet they are sore.
Hungry is he and so heavy his load.

Sure is the victory, doomed is the foe.
Priceless the prize, and most glorious the King.
Though we may struggle, yet certain’s our hope:
Ever, with angels, His praises we’ll sing.

John 16:33: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/john/16.htm

Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/5.htm

Matthew 7:13-14: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/7.htm

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/11.htm

Matthew 13:45-46: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
To see these verses in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/matthew/13.htm

Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/ephesians/6.htm

Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
To see this verse in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/hebrews/11.htm

See also: Revelation 19:11-21 (The first battle). To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/19.htm

Revelation 20: 7-10 (The second battle/Satan’s doom). To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/20.htm

Revelation 22:1-5. To see this in context click the following link:
http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/22.htm

Revelation 4: To see this in context click the following link: http://niv.scripturetext.com/revelation/4.htm

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[This is a parody of Immortality which I heard sung by Celine Dion on a Bee Gees album. Many people have been disappointed and hurt by people who have abandoned them – a husband, a father, a mother, etc. God’s love for us is an absolute; it’s undeserved; it’s unconditional: it doesn’t matter who I am, what I’ve done, what I haven’t done: He won’t say Goodbye. (Read Philip Yancey’s What’s so amazing about Grace?) Sometimes I get angry with God and it seems He goes away; usually I have to admit (very sheepishly) He’s giving me space to calm down from my tantrum. He hasn’t said Goodbye, and He’ll never say Goodbye. That’s His promise; that’s His nature; that’s my only hope.

C141 SV55  6 March 2010]

Yes, this is who I am
And yet You love me still
And I must choose to live
The life that You will give
It’s Grace that keeps me going

And I will stand for You, alone, I will,
Stand firm in my faith in the great I AM
For You’re my soul’s hope

And I will follow on your path that lies ahead
I will let myself by You be led
For you’re my soul’s hope

You won’t say goodbye
You won’t say goodbye
No matter what I have done

In Your Grace I stand
I make my journey through this desert land
You keep a firm hold on my hand
Till the end

You died and rose for me
You died to make me free
Though storms may never end
Through all You are my Friend
King of Kings
My Saviour

And You won’t say goodbye
You won’t say goodbye
No matter what I may do

And I’ll follow Your path that lies ahead
I will let myself by You be led
For You’re my soul’s hope

I’m sorry, Lord, for all the times I’ve gone astray,
Hand over my heart to Your own Way
For You give me Grace to live

In Your Grace I stand
I make my journey to the Promised Land
You keep a firm hold on my hand
Till then

You won’t say goodbye
You won’t say goodbye

No matter what I may do
It’s Your Love pulls me through

You won’t say goodbye

Hos 11:8  “How can I give you up, Israel? How can I abandon you? Could I ever destroy you as I did Admah, or treat you as I did Zeboiim? My heart will not let me do it! My love for you is too strong.

C109 VS 28 [ 29/08/05]
[Based on tune: I will love again by Celine Dion]

Easter 2009: May you revel in the blessings of Easter. Easter is the reason you and I can carry on, no matter how buried we are in the Valley of the Shadows. Because Jesus has risen and is alive, we have INFINITE HOPE! I say this as one who lives in that valley: “We who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the souls, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:18f)

Jesus is alive! He IS alive; so he CAN save. Yes He can! Yes He can! I began to see that on 19 April 1998. God’s Grace in our lives starts when our own smartness grinds to a halt.

Ever since creation
I have always loved you;
I have sent my prophets to you
To show you what you must do;
But you never would accept me
And you don’t do what I say:
What else could I do
But to pay my life for you?

But *I will rise again
Though my body’s broken
I will rise again
On the third day *
*     *
I will rise again

You saw all my miracles;
I gave you bread and wine.
I drew your children to me,
Placed their hearts right next to mine.
But you never would accept me,
And you nailed me to a cross;
And you thought you’d beaten me:
But I’ve got news to set you free:

*I will rise again
Though my body’s broken
I will rise again
I am God’s own Son*
*     *
I will rise again

I gave up all my glory
To come and live with you.
Do you think I did it all
Just for Israel and the Jews?
I brought healing to the gentiles,
The whole world, including you;
And this is my challenge:
Will you die and rise with me?

*I will come again
I will reign in glory
I will come again
I am Christ the King*
*     *
I will come again

Now you walk beside me,
And suffer as I did.
You try keep my commandments,
But the world is mocking you,
And everywhere’s temptation;
So you don’t know if you’ll last.
Child, keep up the struggle
Here’s my good news for you:

*You will rise again
Through my body broken
You will rise again
You’ll be justified*
*     *
You will rise again

When I come in glory
At the ending of all time,
You will come before me;
The judgement will be mine.
I’ll declare before my Father
And the angels round the throne
That in me you’re guiltless:
You’re my child, and you’re my heir

*You will live again
‘Cause my Blood has bought you
You will live again
Come and live with me*
*     *
You will live again

Jer 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love”
Ps 103:17
Lk 20:13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, `What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’

MT 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing”

Mt 14:16ff; 19:13; Jn 21:13ff;

Rom 6:5 If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection”

Is 42:6; 49:6; Lk 2:32; Ac 13:47.
Mt 16:27; 26:26; Jn 6:35;
JN 15:1 “I am the true vine”
JN 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.”

Rom 5:9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!”

Rom 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.