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No matter what

 

No matter what 
We tell ourselves,

When we look deep
Within

We know that those 
Who follow Christ

Love all,
So let’s begin.

No matter what 
We like to claim,

We know just who   
We shun,

But those who truly 
Follow Christ

Love all,
For we are one. 

 

References

Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:31; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

You, too, must show love to foreigners (Deuteronomy 10:19; NLT).

Love your enemies! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

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The dance of love

 

Despite our faults 
You love us, Lord,
And long 
To help us grow.

Despite our sins 
You care for us
And want your love 
To flow 

Through us 
To other people,
To earth 
And sky above –

Lord,
Heal our selfish hearts,
So we can join 
Your dance of love. 

 

References

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

We are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ (Ephesians 4:15; RSV).

He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7; NIV).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through alL (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

The hearts of these people are hardened (Matthew 13:15; NLT).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT). 

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

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You are the way

 

You are the way 
We dare not take;

You are the hope 
We dare not wake. 

You are the step
We dare not try;  

You are the word 
We dare not cry.

You are the life
We dare not live;

You are the love
We dare not give.

You are the guide 
We dare not ask;

You are the truth
We dare not grasp. 

You are the fire
We dare not face;

Yet you are the Lord,
Our resting-place.

 

References

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

His name will be the hope of all the world (Matthew 12:21; NLT).

In the beginning was the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:14; NLT).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24).

You have not yet reached the resting-place and the inheritance the Lord your God is giving you (Deuteronomy 12:9; NIV).

Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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Christ within

 

Christ within:
Our shield from sin.

Christ without:
Our guard from doubt.

Christ below: 
Our spur to grow.

Christ above:
Our store of love.

Christ beside:
Our constant guide.

Christ beyond:
Our common bond. 

 

References

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 1:14; NLT).

Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives (Galatians 5:16; NLT).

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

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In your image

 

Father God,
You make us
In your image.

Father God,
You make us all
Anew.

Father God,
You make us all
Your children.

Father God,
You make us all
Like you.

 

References

Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

He has created us anew in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:10; NLT).

See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children (1 John 3:1; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him
(2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

 

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I sigh for you

 

O, my Lord, I sigh for you.
Let me start my life anew.
Then I’ll leave my sins behind,  
And try to love all humankind. 

O, my Lord, I long for you.
Let me start my life anew.
Then I will forgive each foe,
And work to pay back all I owe.

O, my Lord, I yearn for you.
Let me start my life anew.
Then I’ll never judge, or hate,
And always seek your narrow gate.

O, my Lord, I thirst for you.
Let me start my life anew.
Then I’ll bravely face each fear, 
And strive to serve your kingdom, here. 

 

References

He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10; NLT).

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

Forgive others, and you will be forgiven (Luke :37; NLT).

Give to everyone what you owe them (Romans 13:7; NLT).

Do not judge, or you too will be judged (Matthew 7:1; NIV).

You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

The Kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT). 

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I’m an outpost

 

I’m an outpost for the Father, 
Here, in exile, on the earth.

I’m a cattle-stall for Mary,
Crying out, as I give birth.

I’m a lodging-place for Jesus,
Slowly growing like God’s Son.  

I’m a temple for the Spirit,
Thanking him for all he’s done.

 

References

I will be a sanctuary to you during your time in exile (Ezekiel 11:16; NLT). 

She brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7; NKJV).

Now, like a woman in labour, I will cry and groan and pant (Isaiah 42:14; NLT).

Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head (Luke 9:58; NKJV).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

The Holy Spirit […] lives in us (2 Timothy 1:14; NIV).

In everything give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NKJV). 

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