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Change

Change germinates in darkness
When we start to seek your light.

Peace springs up with forgiveness
Once we glimpse your sacrifice.

Strength slowly grows through sorrow  
While we grasp your mortal fear;

And when our love matures, at last,
Your harvest-time is near. 

 

References

The kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest-time has come (Mark 4:26-9; NLT).

The pain caused you to repent and change your ways (2 Corinthians 7:9; NLT).

This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many (Matthew 26:28; NLT).

He [Jesus] prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22; NIV).

Grow to maturity (2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

At harvest-time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn (Matthew 13:30; NET). 

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Through Jesus

We praise our God
Through you, his Son, our Saviour,

And humbly ask forgiveness
Through your name.

All healing is requested
Through your title; 

All signs and wonders worked, Lord,
Through the same. 

So may we spread the Gospel 
Through your power;

In all we say, may we 
Become like you,

Whilst always giving thanks
Through you to heaven, 

And serving God
Through everything we do.   

 

References 

Let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name (Hebrews 13:15; NLT).

Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name (Acts 10:43; NET).

Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:30; NIV).

Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name (Romans 1:5; NLT).

Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17; RSV).

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Bending to your will

Lord,

May I face my enemies
As you did —

With swift forgiveness, 
Bending to your will. 

May I face my deepest fears 
As you did —

With cries for help,
Yet bending to your will.

May I face my suffering 
As you did — 

With full acceptance, 
Bending to your will. 

May I face my life and death 
As you did —

With constant prayer,
While bending to your will.

References

When they came to the place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross […] Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:33-4; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

May your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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You offer us forgiveness

 

Lord,

You offer us forgiveness,
And healing,
Blessing, too —

If only we will hear your voice,  
And turn our hearts
To you. 

You offer us redemption,
Bought with your flesh
And blood —

If only we will seek your face, 
And turn to you 
With love. 

 

References

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:2-4; NLT).

God, our God, blesses us (Psalm 67:6; NIV).

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 4:17: NLT).

With his own blood […] he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever (Hebrews 9:12; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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You offer us creation

 

You offer us creation,
And you offer us your earth;

You offer us your advent,
And you offer us your birth.

You offer us forgiveness,
And you offer us your love;

You offer us your body,
And you offer us your blood. 

You offer us salvation,
And eternal life with you —

But we can spurn them all, Lord,  
For you offer freedom, too! 

 

References

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it (Genesis 2:14; NLT). 

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel [God with us] (Isaiah 7:15; NIV). 

I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins (Matthew 9:6; NLT).

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life (John 6:54; NIV).

God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:9; NIV).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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You are my heartbeat

 

Lord,
You are my heartbeat,
The pulsing of my blood;
The breath that keeps my mind alive,
My readiness to love. 

Lord,
You are my Maker,  
The Friend I don’t deserve;
My Saviour, and my lifelong goal, 
My readiness to serve.

Lord,
You are my Father, 
The One who will forgive;
My life-force, and my heart’s desire,
My readiness to live.

 

References

He himself gives life and breath to everything (Acts 17:25; NLT).

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

God created human beings in his own image (Genesis 1:27; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

Choose life instead of death! (2 Kings 18:32; NLT).

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Do not judge

 

Do not judge 
Or condemn,

But be kind,
And forgive.

For the mercy
We show

To all those
Who live

Is the measure
We’ll get, 

Not from those 
On life’s way,

But from God,
For eternity –

So, don’t
Delay!

 

References

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

A servant of the Lord […] must be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT). 

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured out to you (Matthew 7:2; NIV). 

We will all stand before the judgement seat of God (Romans 14:10; NET).

God himself will be the judge (Psalm 50:6; NLT).

You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected (Luke 12:40; NLT).

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