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testing a new president

Posted March 6, 2017

 

people are willing to discard the law
that protects life from outside invaders
even from the fanatics they foresaw
coming from afar with death’s crusaders

fantasy informs them that all seems good
and that everyone believes life precious
trust then in others to do as right should
and ignore the evil growing vicious

Alinsky calls to his own from the grave
to destroy godliness wherever found
trusting Obama to goodness enslave
with his ugly activism unbound

hidden heretics strike out from the dark
ready to destroy a new president
speaking sedition’s casual remark
to reveal death’s deadliest dissident

when then many lib’rals attack with lies
and fake news to create contentious strife
to destroy the people evil despise
with calumny’s words to devastate life

many globalists have infiltrated
the halls of the political elite
a shadow government long created
to overcome the world with dark deceit

the battle lines have been drawn for some time
to set in motion a new world order
one which evil’s henchmen portray sublime
while secretly creating disorder

this unseen war rages throughout D.C.
for the soul of our great constitution
some believe that lawlessness can reign free
without ever seeing retribution

others think it protects all innocence
from the eyes and ears of our government
intent on illegal reconnaissance
to silence their opponent’s argument

we now stand on life’s precipice looking
at the dark road leading to tomorrow
wonder whether goodness is abounding
or retreating from our growing sorrow

imagine the tragic consequences
for allowing evil to overcome
by destroying our greatest defenses
without ever heeding the calling drum

why then do we forget to call goodness
to the forefront of the raging conflict
for He is our shield and our righteousness
even when our worship is imperfect

so arise O godly men of glory
to reclaim your sacred honor anew
the time has come to rewrite the story
evil wrote with her long attempted coup

 

discussions #276. Copyright © 2017 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

war

Posted January 25, 2017

 

America became soft and battered
by lib’ral forces from within her midst
and her constitution torn and tattered
to guarantee her people not resist

all her claims of freedom and liberty
remain unknown to this generation
who grew up in lib’ral captivity
and were taught their lies for compensation

they never learned critical thinking skills
so as to discern godly truth from lies
and they listened to the media shills
who taught them godliness they must despise

power and fame are their promised reward
for following after lib’ral liars
and they guaranteed goodness be deplored
in order to follow their dark desires

today the battle has come to the fore
with lib’ral forces pretending retreat
while speaking the lies of a DC whore
who sells her service to johns on K street

all our politicians have gone astray
to follow after rapacious desire
in order to America betray
to the lobbyists with whom they conspire

they pretend to want what the people do
in order to get themselves elected
and then reveal the evil they pursue
against the goodness they have rejected

they speak crass words against goodness revealed
and destroy cars and stores to demonstrate
they accuse others of hatred concealed
hiding behind their intolerant hate

how then will justice expose their deceit
and all their lib’ral lunacy repay
when an outsider brings on their defeat
by opening doors for goodness to stay

but this now is just another salvo
in a war that has been raging for years
pray then that many victories follow
for goodness to repay their profiteers

 

discussions #275. Copyright © 2017 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

hope

Posted January 9, 2017

 

a story has been told of a great king
who came in the lowliness of a child
and to Him all heavenly host do sing
in recognition of His mercy mild

He never owned a single possession
as He walked through the towns in homelessness
and never made a single concession
to Israel’s leaders of lawlessness

He entered Jerusalem unannounced
to be baptized in the Jordan by John
then Satan asked that goodness be renounced
so that Jesus could evil’s darkness don

but He would never deny His Father
for His obedience He did affirm
when thrice He did reprove Satan’s offer
overcoming temptation to stand firm

He called His twelve disciples to follow
and to leave all their possessions behind
wanting them to depart from evil’s shadow
to walk along the path the Lord defined

He performed miracles for all to see
so they knew that God sent Him as foretold
in the days when Moses said one like me
would lead you to His kingdom to behold

and thus many believed and followed Him
as He walked through the towns calling His own
they came to see at risk of life and limb
to hear the way of truth that He made known

He healed everyone who by faith believed
so He could do for them as for others
and showed the world goodness could be conceived
to dispel death’s darkness evil gathers

Israel’s leaders knew He had to die
if they were to hold on to their power
and so they conspired with evil to lie
to murder Him at the appointed hour

but the Holy One escaped corruption
when death could never hold His soul in hell
and His resurrection caused disruption
to Satan’s plans to godliness dispel

even though man could never stop sinning
due to a fallen rebellious nature
God had planned a way from the beginning
to give His children hope for the future

so take hold of His gift offered freely
to all who believe He died for your sin
and confess Lord Jesus to them boldly
when His salvation heals you from within

 

discussions #274. Copyright © 2017 by Ken Gilbert. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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