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call your children

Posted November 12, 2016

 

you call your children from a far country
where they have wandered many untold years
because they could not shed idolatry
long established by captivity’s fears

freedom comes only by your outstretched hand
gently touching an unsuspecting heart
guiding them in the direction you plan’d
long before you ever set them apart

you bestow your gift of faith in abundance
for discerning your heart and will each day
and teach them to walk in obedience
in order that your goodness they display

you are the Lord God of all creation
the Holy One to whom all glory due
the only One to offer salvation
in order that your goodness they pursue

your children stand witness to the darkness
of those who deny your true existence
and make for themselves idols in likeness
of living things to arouse resistance

why then they never consider turning
back to the one true God of creation
even when in emptiness their yearning
points them to the God of restoration

their ego drives them to never obey
the commandments with which they disagree
so then in God’s presence they cannot stay
since their evil demands death’s guarantee

send out then many prophets with your word
amidst the congregation of the dead
ready to tell them justice will be heard
before the coming of disaster’s dread

tell them open your heart to Glory’s voice
speaking directly to your heart of stone
so that the Lord of Goodness may rejoice
and change your heart to be His very own

hear Him for His loving kindness spoken
directly to the darkness of your soul
knowing that to His truth you must harken
broken for His goodness to take control

and He will place you on His highest hill
so that through you His light may shine abroad
and through you His goodness He will fulfill
throughout a land where darkness death applaud

bow down then before the Lord your maker
in honor of the glory due His name
and receive His shed blood as partaker
of the goodness all His children proclaim

 

discussions #273. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Providence

Posted October 11, 2016

 

a spiritual man encountered peace
at a time he needed to find his way
amidst a people wanting evil cease
from the hand of fanatics of the day

he cried out to a god he thought he knew
for comfort in the face of affliction
and then journeyed long to evil pursue
with a heart overflowing conviction

like-minded men followed him in combat
to enemy strongholds across the land
bringing devastation evil begat
with a vengeance only darkness command

and yet this unknown god continued siege
on an open heart wickedness now own
by forcing visions upon evil’s liege
for destroying enemies of his throne

compassion for life eluded his soul
from the moment vengeance entered his heart
knowing only death fulfill evil’s goal
for his life’s mission to never depart

thinking rewards in heaven his true gain
for following his unknown god’s leading
to kill infidels with evil’s disdain
and prevent all Goodness from succeeding

he knew Goodness sent His heavenly host
to protect the elect from death’s dark door
while killing continued that evil boast
of destroying Goodness forevermore

little did he know that Providence reign
in affairs of men throughout the ages
regardless of the way evil sustain
death’s demand for the infidel’s wages

unto this day continues the killings
at the hands of his spiritual seed
looking to collect on evil’s billings
for the despair brought on by terror’s greed

Goodness enjoys the final victory
decreed before the beginning of time
when Providence wrote evil’s history
and then guaranteed payment for the crime

 

discussions #272. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

goodness

Posted August 29, 2016

 

history remembers from long ago
stories told of a simpler time to know
when friendly neighbors always said hello
and gratefulness much easier to show

remember then that very pleasant day
when godliness showed in open display
and caring affection the heart portray
as one for another true love convey

how then after that pleasant day’s delight
did darkness descend to destroy the light
when public goodness receded from sight
and hid herself from evil’s deadly plight

the times now demand goodness awaken
to battle for her honor forsaken
and men of valor arise unshaken
for sacred honor to be retaken

as media fairy tales cause distress
and government power steals in excess
while lib’ral leaders can only repress
all innocence to godliness oppress

half the country’s households live on welfare
in order to survive oppression’s snare
while captivity holds them in despair
and death’s destruction stalks them unaware

government entitlements do destroy
with deceptive kindness they now employ
and lib’rals must always lie to enjoy
federal power that evil deploy

they want to devastate liberty’s cause
and banish all the constitution’s laws
so that goodness now forever withdraws
never again to shine on evil’s flaws

regardless then of evil’s dark desire
to see goodness on a funeral pyre
how then shall God allow this to transpire
when representing glory’s best attire

shall not evil ever begin to see
the coming of God’s greatest victory
when everyone knows His loving story
to establish goodness for His glory

 

discussions #271. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Psalm 95
in my own words

Posted July 16, 2016

 

O come to the Lord and before Him sing
very pleasant songs of praise in His ear
let us make a joyful noise of blessing
and to the rock of our salvation cheer

let us come before His presence each day
singing psalms of thanksgiving to His name
for the Lord is a great God to obey
and salvation and blessing His great fame

He holds the earth’s deep places in His hand
and the strength of the hills are His treasure
with His outstretched hands He formed the dry land
and He made the sea for His good pleasure

O come now let us worship and bow down
let us kneel before the Lord our maker
for He is our God and His fame renown
and we are the people of His pasture

today if you will harken to His voice
harden not your hearts in provocation
as when tempted you did fail to rejoice
and did disobey in reprobation

you wandered for years in the wilderness
when your fathers decided to tempt Me
and tried to provoke Me to unkindness
even though My miracles you did see

forty years this generation grieved Me
a people whose heart did err in protest
so then I swear in My wrath against thee
never ever can thou enter My rest

 

discussions #270. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

some people

Posted May 28, 2016

 

some people stand afar off in darkness
not wanting to be seen by trying eyes
they hide their true persona in meekness
and they speak sweetly to cover up lies

they can spin a yarn that fantasy wrought
easier than taking in a deep breath
speaking the many stories evil taught
to captivate innocence unto death

some listen mesmerized to evil’s tale
accounting every word for truthfulness
allowing their soul to enter travail
unable to perceive such wickedness

others remain steadfast in doing right
to always honor the Lord of glory
and to love Him daily with all their might
awaiting completion of His story

they awake to see His goodness each day
shining upon His people with great love
knowing only righteousness He repay
for confessing His name as the Lord above

 

discussions #269. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

reality

Posted February 21, 2016

 

where am i
why am i in the middle
of an endless sea of people

“hey do you know where we are”
“no man i have no clue”

there’s like a multitude of people
as far as my eye can see
there seems to be no end

wait
what’s that up there
is that a throne
made out of pure gold
high and lifted up
and what are those funny looking creatures
with what appears to be wings
covering their bodies

and there before the high throne
are twenty-four smaller thrones
with twenty-four people sitting on them
wearing golden crowns
who are they

“this is weird man”

hey who’s that old dude
with the white hair
sitting down on the high throne
and who’s that
sitting at His right hand

O crap
is this what i think it is

if that’s God
and Jesus
sitting at His right hand
then i am screwed
royally

i never saw this coming
and i certainly never considered
that the stories were true
i thought they were for weak people
who needed a crutch to get through life
i was too busy amassing my fortune
by stepping on the backs of all the little people
i never considered
what would happen
after i died

O crap

“O God
please forgive me now
i was such a fool”

“it’s too late my child
it’s time to pay the debt you amassed
for all the times I called to you
asking you to repent and follow My Son
but you ignored Me
and went right on doing
whatever you desired”

“open the books”

 

discussions #268. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

modernity

Posted February 21, 2016

 

modernity can never understand
the true nature of Your being
nor the fact of Your seeing
all those who follow Your Son
Your only begotten Son

do You ever wonder why
the many multitudes
choose not to follow after You
but rather seek to pursue
all the many kinds of riches
the world has to offer

they amass all the treasures
stored in all the strongholds
throughout the land
and count themselves grand
achieving all that they planned
before the final end comes
to take them away naked
of all they once were

 

discussions #267. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

eternity

Posted February 21, 2016

 

i have many loves O Lord
that You alone have given to me
according to Thy great lovingkindness
and Thy tender mercies

but the greatest love of all
is the love i have for You
and for Your Word
which You have given me
from the beginning
so that i might begin to know
Your goodness and Your majesty
all the days of my life

i thank you
from the depths of my soul
with the gratitude
that to You alone is due
to the Holy One
who inhabits eternity

 

discussions #266. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Psalm 40
in my own words

Posted February 20, 2016

 

for the Lord i patiently awaited
He inclined unto me my cry to hear
raised me out of the pit unabated
and established my goings without fear

into my mouth He put His song of praise
so many shall in the Lord put their trust
blessed is he who respects not prideful ways
nor turns aside to wicked lies of lust

many are Thy wonderful works O Lord
and Thy thoughts to us which are excellent
they can never be in order explored
nor if spoken numbered without consent

sacrifice and offering Thou seek not
my ears Thou have opened so i might hear
willingly burnt offering Thou forgot
and sin offering no longer held dear

I said lo in the volume of the book
it’s written of Me from the beginning
to delight to do Thy will I partook
of Thy law within My heart unsinning

i have set my heart to preach righteousness
within the people’s great congregation
i have not refrained my lips from goodness
Thou know O Lord nor from Thy salvation

Thy righteousness have i not hid ever
Thy faithfulness and salvation declared
Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth never
concealed from the congregation but shared

withhold not Thy tender mercies from me
O Lord as i worship Thee all day long
let Thy lovingkindness offered by Thee
as well as Thy truth preserve me now strong

for many evils compassed me about
and my iniquities have taken hold
i cannot look up to Thee when in doubt
for my heart fails of my sins uncontrolled

with me O Lord my God be therefore pleased
and show me Thy mercy to deliver
make haste O Lord that my soul stand appeased
and shower me with Thy help forever

let them all be ashamed and confounded
together that seek my soul to destroy
let them be driven back and astounded
and put to shame those who evil employ

let every one who seeks my destruction
be made desolate by God’s outstretched hand
as repayment for their shameful action
who say aha aha as reprimand

let all that seek the Lord in Thee rejoice
and be glad in Thee from morning till night
let such as love Thy salvation with voice
say the Lord be magnified in Thy sight

even though i am poor and needy now
yet the Lord thinks upon me with favor
my help and deliverer i avow
tarry not O God that i not waver

 

discussions #265. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

His place

Posted February 5, 2016

 

wisdom speaks her gentle truth
in a small quiet voice
causing you to rejoice
with the fervor of your youth

yet some people wonder why
evil goes not away
forever here to stay
looking you straight in the eye

can you resist on your own
and come up with a way
for blessings to repay
standing for goodness alone

knowing God sits on His throne
in the heavens above
showering you with love
if you obey and atone

obedience His demand
for all who do follow
but pride you must swallow
and repentance fess firsthand

choose you now to Him esteem
and your heart to Him care
for His cross He did bare
shedding His blood to redeem

the One who died in your place
to cast off evil’s grip
and send you on your trip
to stand fast within His grace

ever ready to embrace
His goodness newly found
and follow His renowned
up to His heavenly place

 

discussions #264. Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Climate Change

Posted January 29, 2016

 

300 scientists send letter to Congress accusing NOAA of cooking the books on climate change

One of the least reliable sources for data on climate change is the US federal government.  Now, a group of 300 scientists and academics want Congress to investigate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for cooking the books on climate data in order to erase the pause in the rise in temperature cited by, among other sources, the IPCC.     more ...

 

Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Recovery

Posted January 28, 2016

 

When we are in recovery it feels like we are walking down the middle of life's path, teetering on the edge.  At any point in time we have a choice to turn to the left and fall back into the life we are trying to leave behind, or to turn to the right and move forward along the path of our new life in recovery.  Sometimes it feels like it's easier to go left, but if we stay strong we can decide to go right no matter how difficult it seems at the time.  It's your choice.

If you'd like to talk about your recovery contact me at ken@LightWorksProject.com.

 

Copyright © 2016 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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