Where is the Rain?








Ezekiel 34:26

Where Is the Rain?

Seems for ages, we ask -
Where is the rain?
The drought is upon us,
Dry heat and parched pain.

When will rain come?
A long while, we've not seen any.
We look for blessings,
Spiritual heights, not many.

But we hold faith that God
Will soon quince our thirst,
Receiving Living Water
Through God's Word, burst.

Then we glance toward Heaven,
Seeing some mist in the sky.
Lifting up our heads.
Our blessings draw nigh.

The rain sprinkling at first.
Then vigorously heavy still.
The blessings just keep coming.
They are really real.

Where is the rain
As we wait, watch, and pray?
In His time, the blessings come again.
The blessings come to stay.

 --- Charles B. Mayes
 
Where is the Rain?  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights
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Sometimes we wait for blessings to flow from God and it just doesn’t happen on our timetable.  We must watch and pray and trust Him for these sustained blessings.

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Trusting Now

 

 

 

 

Hebrews 13:8

Trusting Now

Your past trust in God:
Failing or victory,
Forgetting or praising.
But that’s history.

Your future trust in Him:
Don’t have to hurry
Because it’s yet to be.
Not to worry.

But trusting God:
This moment, now,
That’s all that matters.
You’ll see how.

— Charles B. Mayes

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Trusting Now © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Regretting things or living in the blessings of the past won’t help us, neither will worrying about the future.  We must ask ourselves, “Can I trust in Jesus now?” Yes!  That’s all we need to do

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Down Not Out

 

 

 

Down Not Out

When life runs over you like a truck,
Maybe a semi or bigger,
You lay there and think,
“How will I get up?”

Lawyers might be good,
Using a lot of fancy words,
Finding legal loopholes,
But just liking to be heard.

Politicians claim
Everything’s getting better,
Though in the end many laws
Creep on us like fetters.

Environmentalists could help.
The Earth they support,
Caring about nature,
Yet people aren’t their forte.

Doctors curing what ails
Is the physician’s goal,
Still having limits,
Not touching the soul.

Preachers have it right,
The message very clear,
Telling the power of Jesus,
Bringing those who listen cheer.

Jesus Christ lifts us up
After being knocked down by life,
As we trust in Him,
Through all our daily strife.

When life runs over you like a truck,
Maybe a semi or bigger,
You lay there and think,
“How will I get up?”

— Charles B. Mayes

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Down Not Out  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

When we’ve been hit by life, it may take us awhile to recover.  This is only possible through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and no other person.

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Banning the Bible

 

 

 

 

 

Banning the Bible
Assembly Bill 2943

Are you worrying about
(Many may warn you!)
Possible Bible banning
Out in California?

If someone wants to change
Their lifestyle, extremely,
Bible counselors couldn’t help
Through this scheme.

But we who have the Bible now,
What are we doing with it?
Are we reading it daily?
Do we to a schedule commit?

Are we studying and applying it?
Do we with others discuss?
Reading the Bible,
And letting it read us?

Are you worrying
(Many may warn you!)
About possible Bible banning
Out in California?

— Charles B. Mayes

Banning the Bible  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

If our religious freedoms are taken away – when people can’t get Biblical counseling or choose a Biblical help book – everyone loses.  While this is bad, we must read our Bibles now, when we can, and seek the Lord’s direction.

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Mister, Are You Jesus? – A Preacher’s Story

 

 

 

 

Mister, Are You Jesus? – A Preacher’s Story

James 2:14-17

The lights lowering,
The sermon ending,
The preacher telling
An old story, wending.

A little orphaned boy
On a street corner, apples selling.
Most too busy to buy,
But “Apples – 5 cents!” he’s yelling.

The Great Depression –
Sales on his existence depending
Getting by as best he could.
Meager money for spending.

A businessman rushing by,
But not intending
Hit the apples, cascading.
Reaching down, bending.

Helping pick them up.
Paying much for the apples losing.
Handing the boy $20.00,
The situation defusing.

Sobbing and looking up,
Asking about the One who frees us,
Putting his small hand in big,
Crying out, “Mister, are you Jesus?”

The lights lowering,
The sermon ending,
The preacher telling
An old story, wending.

— Charles B. Mayes

Mister, Are You Jesus – A Preacher’s Story  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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This poem is based on a preacher’s old illustration of which there are several versions.  It reminds us to think about how we are helping people in the name of Jesus Christ.  Telling someone to be warmed and fed doesn’t cut it.  Could someone mistake you for Jesus?

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I Remember Mother

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Remember Mother

2 Timothy 2:15

I remember Mother
Sitting by our log cabin fire,
Telling Bible stories,
Our hearts glowing, inspired.

My dear sisters and I,
Hanging on every word.
Really listening to her
Not just sounds heard.

Naomi, with Ruth’s affection,
Of Elijah and Daniel, so brave,
Then of the risen Jesus
Who for us His life paid.

Teaching growth lessons
Very practical for each day,
And from our mother’s actions
Learning the wholesome way.

Ending our time, singing
About the mercies of the Lord.
Worshiping in those woods.
Our voices in one accord.

Falling asleep
Thinking of His love,
But also of Mother
And her firm faith in God above.

I remember Mother
Sitting by our log cabin fire,
Telling Bible stories,
Our hearts glowing, inspired.

— Charles B. Mayes

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I do remember Mother.  She told those Bible stories with great care as she wanted the best for her children by teaching them God’s Word.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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That’s Perseverance

 

 

 

That’s Perseverance

2 Peter 1:5-7

Keeping on keeping on –
That’s perseverance.
Sticking to what we believe,
To our faith, adherence.

Asking God to propel
Problems away, clearance.
Moving them completely.
Hoping for disappearance.

Sometimes walking through
With a lot of interference.
Keeping on keeping on –
That’s perseverance.

— Charles B. Mayes

That’s Perseverance  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Many times life isn’t so easy.  I remember once telling God, “It’s not easy being a Christian!”  I think that He knows this.  It’s not easy, but Jesus Christ is our friend and help going both before us in the wilderness and walking beside us.  We can persevere.

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Thanksgiving Always

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Always

Psalm 100:4-5; I Timothy 2:8

With thanksgiving always,
Each and every day,
We lift out hearts in worship.
We lift our hands in praise.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thanksgiving Always © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We should never forget to thank God for all the wonderful things He gives us daily.  We feel this in our heart, and may show this by raising  our hands in praise.

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Hope Not Yet Seen

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have hope?  Today our guest writer addresses this important issue.

Hope Not Yet Seen

“For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”  (Romans 8:24-25  RSV)

“Our Hope” before us, through the weeks and months ahead, is certain to bring things not yet recognized or understood.  Consider that our life each day is given new hope because God is faithful to us each new morning.

The God who is with us is the same God as yesterday, today,  and for all those tomorrows still ahead.  He doesn’t change, take naps or go on vacations.  Our constant hope is  reaching up to Him, persevering with prayer and the promise of His word.

God’s  hope, though not yet seen, is our constant expectation of an unseen reality.  Saved by grace by faith, waiting upon His promise through hope and perseverance, we’ll recognize the end result of our faith.

As a child, you might have been on a lengthy road trip to some special place, and you’d ask from the backseat of the car, “Are we there yet?”  Your parent may have responded, “Almost,” which usually meant another hour or two before you’d get to Grandma’s house.

Learning to be still and knowing God is working always in all ways can be difficult on our part, especially in our fast-paced culture of modern technology where everything’s at our fingertips for instant results.  But God is not part of our culture.  I thank Him because I tend to expect instant answers.

Experience has taught me that learning to wait upon His promise brings hope not yet seen with far greater promise.

— Robert Schaetzle

Hope Not Yet Seen © 2018 by Robert Schaetzle.  All Rights Reserved.  Used by Permission.

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Guest Writer:  God lead Robert Schaetzle to writing over 45 years ago when he started by writing personal notes in his five children’s birthday cards, along with other devotional messages.  After retirement from a forty-year career with the USPS, he has been serving others in lay pastoring at a local  Rehab Center for fourteen years in a “Sharing and Caring” ministry and writing essays from his sermons.  He freelances having Christian articles and poems published.  He resides in Sunnyvale, CA with his wife, Yvonne, living close to their five grown children and their families.

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So Many Prayers

 

 

 

 

 

So Many Prayers

There are so many prayers
That need to be said,
Sometimes overwhelming,
Swirling around in your head.

Who has God put on your heart
To pray for today?
It might be from your Prayer List
Or a thought coming quickly, thruway.

Maybe a fellow worker
Or a child that you know,
Or someone you just met,
God’s love you can show.

It could be a relative
Or a close friend.
It might be your student
Or your patient on the mend.

Pray from your soul,
Not simply a recitation,
Seeking God’s will
Whatever the situation.

There are so many prayers
That need to be said,
Sometimes overwhelming,
Swirling around in your head.

— Charles B. Mayes

So Many Prayers  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes we get confused about who we should pray for.  We don’t want to miss anyone on a list, but God may bring someone to mind that we feel led to pray for.  Prayer is a wonderful intimate communication with God!

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Easter on April Fools’ Day

Easter on April Fools’ Day

Matthew 7:24-29; 28:6

When Easter is on April Fools' Day,
It reminds me of a story Jesus told
About the wise and the foolish man
Who built houses, one a strong-hold.

The wise man
Built his house on the Rock.
Then when the elements hit,
It stayed in place with all the knocks.

The foolish man
Built his house with no Foundation.
Then when bad weather came,
It crashed after severe gyrations.

When the angel says, "He has Risen."
Which kind are you?
Wise - believing and receiving.
Foolish - rejecting and leaving.

When Easter is on April Fools' Day
It reminds me of a story Jesus told
About the wise and the foolish man
Who built houses, one a strong-hold.

--- Charles B. Mayes
Easter on April Fools' Day © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes.  All
rights reserved.
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As we think about Easter on April Fools' Day this year, we want
to be the wise person believing in our Resurrected Lord, rather 
than the foolish person running away in doubt and fear.

Happy Easter!

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God’s Purpose









God's Purpose 
Eph. 1:11 and Phil. 2:13

Walking life's journey,
Striving toward His call,
Thinking we know God's purpose,
But may not really know it at all.

Could be countless closed doors
And struggles every day,
Or many opened, very easy,
But God's goal, can we say?

Helping someone
Is good within itself,
But maybe His unknown desire,
Though puzzling, is actually something else.

Speaking about Christ to one,
As another listens near,
The Holy Spirit leads - 
It's the other ready to hear.

So, through our daily lives
Someone might be there
Who is blessed by our love of Jesus,
Whom we are unaware.

             --- Charles B. Mayes
God's Purpose © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
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We don’t always know the purpose God has when we strive for our goal, but whether we know it or not, He will always achieve it when we are moldable clay in His hands.

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A New Year Resolution: A Collection Through the Years

 

 

 

 

A New Year Resolution: 

A Collection Through the Years

2012

God, Help Me This New Year

Help me to do Your holy will
Throughout this New Year.
Take away all my doubts
And all my fears.

Whether with great or no ability,
Make me available for Your use,
So that my service to You,
You may boost.

Help me to minister
Not to whom I think this year,
But to whom You want,
Both far and near.

Help me to have hope
That only You can give,
As from moment to moment
I, in You, live.

Help me to do Your holy will
Throughout this New Year.
Thank you for taking away all my doubts
And all my fears.

2013

A New Year Resolution

As the New Year dawns before us
We will humble pray
That we may trust in our Lord Jesus
Each and every day.

We don’t know what ill awaits us.
We don’t know what good.
But we will trust Him now and always
So we’ll do what we should.

As we see the days unfolding
That God holds there one by one
We’ll trust Him more daily
And remember how He gave His Son.

So walking through the days
We’ll ponder our God helper in the past.
So during this New Year we won’t wander
But stay by Him to the last.

We don’t know our future, but we know who holds our future. We have seen Him help us in the past, and He will continue to help us in the future. Our part is being faithful to Him, as He is faithful to us.

2014

As This New Year Approaches

As this New Year approaches
No resolutions do I make,
Except to remain close
To You, God, for Jesus’ sake.

To keep basking in Your grace
And when in sin I fall,
I get up soon upon Your path
To once more give You my all.

To know that I continue
To be in Your family,
Under the font of blood
Flowing from Calvary.

So I can have peace
Again this New Year,
As I still trust in You
And have no fear.

Are you still living in God’s grace as we go into this New Year? Remember – Holy Bible – I Peter 5: 6-7 – “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you”. (The Message)

2015

New Year

Life before us, each day very busy –
Working, helping with every opportunity,
Doing what we can to lend a hand
To loved ones and community.

Life before us, not knowing God’s timing
Daily His examples we must be
Since we know not tomorrow –
We cannot see.

Life before us, battles of all kinds –
Health, financial, satanic attacks, and more.
All of these things,
So life can never be for sure.

Life before us, only God knows –
Tomorrow, next year, or today,
Will we be ready to see God
When He guides us Home, far away?

We may have a lot of plans for 2015, but it is the Lord Who directs our steps [Proverbs 16:9 – Holy Bible]. On our journey, we need to stay as close as we can to our loving God, and do good because of what He was done for us.

2016

Curtain Up!

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
This New Year’s drama starts
With you on the stage,
As the foot and spotlights
Both shine bright.

Not a lark.
You’re excited, yet fearful
In this program to embark.

All thespians ready to move
Through each scene
With dilemmas quite a few.
Plots thickens as characters careen.

You trust your Heavenly Director,
The Lord Jesus Christ.
Dealing with the lying antagonist.
Dealing with the sacrifice.

Whether showstopper or upstaged.
Whether dialog or soliloquy.
No bit parts here.
The finale is Heaven’s eternity.

Curtain Up on the stage of life!
A New Year – looking ahead.
With Christ, nothing to dread.

I usually write something here about my poems. The inspiration for this one comes from two persons. The first is my high school speech teacher, Joan [/Jo-ANN/] Murray-Hogan. She taught English, speech, broadcasting, and drama; and is currently active in productions. The second is Steve Dini, a TV personality, who has been teaching high school broadcasting and drama for many years.

2016

The New Year Calendar

Jeremiah 29:11

Sitting there – the calendar on my laptop,
I look at the Old Year, past,
Filling in the New Year Calendar dates,
Leaving those memos that will last.

As I read the old entries,
Hard, and easy things, too –
Memories overflow my heart,
Both contented and blue.

Persons born, or now more in years,
Some have gone to the other side,
Most are still the same,
Some humble and some with pride.

Many blank areas ahead.
What will happen then?
I don’t know what things
Will be filled in them again.

I trust my God to replenish them,
As He guides me on the Way.
It’s not what I do,
But what He plans each day.

It’s hard to believe that another year is here! I prayerfully hope that each one of us, through the help of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, start (in some cases), or continue to be disciples of Him this year!

2017

Greeting the New Year

Ephesians 6:12

This last year was kinda bad.
We had a lot of problems.
We look ahead to this New Year
To see God continuing to solve them.

There was the plumbing deluge,
Then Mom became ill last Winter.
They laid Dad off at the factory,
And then the broken printer.

The truck needed a new battery.
It was done before its years.
The radiator leaked like a sieve,
And our rent was in arrears.

The electric bill soared so high,
And now it’s the water heater.
U.S. politics didn’t go our way,
And food too scarce for eaters.

We know it’s really not these things,
But how to them we react.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
It’s those spiritual forces who us attack.

It doesn’t depend on how we feel
Or even what we do.
It’s whole-souled trust in God above
That always gets us through.

Was 2016 a good year for you? Is every year a good year when we follow Jesus Christ? Is there such a thing as a bad day or are all days good in Jesus Christ?

2018

The Old and New
2 Corinthians 5:17

The Old Year dwindles
As the sunset’s afterglow.
The New Year bursts forth
As the sunrise’s bright flow.

The Old Life vanishes
As a snuffed candle’s smoke.
The New Life in Christ appears
As a blazing candle uncloaked.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” [Holy Bible – 2 Corinthians 5:17- NIV]

Happy New Year!

A New Year Resolution: A Collection Through the Years © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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The Old and New

The Old and New

2 Corinthians 5:17

The Old Year dwindles
As the sunset’s afterglow.
The New Year bursts forth
As the sunrise’s bright flow.

The Old Life vanishes
As a snuffed candle’s smoke.
The New Life in Christ appears
As a blazing candle uncloaked.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Old and New © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  [Holy Bible – 2 Corinthians 5:17 – NIV]

Happy New Year!

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Angels Flying to the Earth

Angels Flying to the Earth

Angels flying to the Earth
At supersonic speed.
Must get there with the Good News
To first the shepherds receive.

— Charles B. Mayes

Angels Flying to the Earth © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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A succinct message came from the angels to the shepherds showing God’s wonders in sending His Son, Jesus Christ.

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Running to the Manger

Running to the Manger

Running to the manger,
Following the angel’s direction,
The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem
Little time for reflection.

Just before this
The announcement given,
By the angel,
From the starry heavens.

“Don’t be afraid.
Good news I bring.
Go to the manger
And find the Baby King.”

“Glory to God.”
The angels’ words ring.
“Peace on earth.”
The shepherds’ hearts sing.

When they arrive
Seeing Jesus in the straw –
They were in complete wonder.
They were in complete awe.

Then spreading the word
With no hesitation
To everyone they saw
With no reservation.

Are we seeking the manger
And to those on our way
Telling His Story,
Not just on Christmas holidays?

— Charles B. Mayes

Running to the Manger © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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We should also run to the manger with this same excitement of the shepherds.  Then we must continue our enthusiasm by sharing the Good News with others.

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Thank You for Your Service!

Thank You for Your Service!

The old man walks into a market
With a slow limping gait, but steady,
To pick up a few things.
His cautiously budgeted list ready.

He wears a slim cap, forward to back,
With a lot of earned pins
From the VFW and
From the wars he’d fought in.

A young guy approaches,
A little reluctant at first and nervous,
But then with a firm voice says,
“Thank you for your service!”

The elder observes the boy
Looking him right in the eyes.
Then utters, “You‘re welcome.”
Lips quivering as if he might cry.

They part ways,
But in that one moment, earnest,
He has acknowledged him
For sustaining our country, fervent.

Remembering our troops
On this Veterans Day observance,
Let’s also stop and thank them
For their loyal service.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thank You for Your Service! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Veterans Day is a good time to remember the sacrifice of our Veterans in service to our country.  However, anytime is an excellent time.  We must not forget what they have done to keep us free!

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2018 Calendar

 

 

 

 

2018 Calendar

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Halloween Outreach

Halloween Outreach

(I Corinthians 9:22)

The church down the street
Has a yearly Halloween treat
For the neighbor children
Who think it’s pretty neat.

Inside the children sit
Watching a ventriloquist
Telling the Gospel story
Putting on it a new twist.

Some are over playing games:
A Pumpkin bean bag toss,
Yellow numbered ducks in a pond,
A Do-It-Yourself painted Cross.

There’s a bouncy house
On the playground.
A long eager line,
Up and down, up and down

Costumed kids walking by.
Adults doing a prayerful act –
Giving out candy
And Halloween gospel tracts.

The outreach is held every year
To take something secular
And make it into something
Godly spectacular!

— Charles B. Mayes

Halloween Outreach © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

When churches reach out to children and their families then wonderful things happen for them, and for the church itself. The mission of the church is to touch lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all ways possible.

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”  (Holy Bible – I Corinthians 9:22 – NIV)

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

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Surprise Me, God!

 

Surprise Me, God!

Surprise Me, God!
With those wonderful things
You do which delight
Me through and through.

Not something I hear about,
Although that is inspiring,
But something I experience –
Your activity in my life thriving.

It may be someone
Coming closer to you
As you work via me
To cause them to see.

It may be a situation
That seems unsolvable,
But you open the door
To make it resolvable.

Thrill me with your works.
More and more and more let me see
Your powerful Hand touching
My world, actually.

Surprise Me, God!
With those wonderful things
You do which delight
Me through and through.

— Charles B. Mayes

Surprise Me, God! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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God’s surprises are exciting!  They are spices of life that are special unexpected blessings.  If you don’t see them, look for them.  They are all around us, if we would but look.

Thank you for following me and/or visiting my site. May God richly bless you!

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My Home Church

My Home Church

(Philippians 1:6)

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
Leaving wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

Those members,
Through Christ’s blood bought,
Loved on and guided me
To make me what I ought.

The choir singing bright
With the soloist touching my heart.
The Preacher preaching
God’s message impart.

In Sunday School,
The Bible faithfully taught
From sweet babies to precious Seniors,
The Word eagerly sought.

Before and after service,
Fellowshipping and praying for each other.
Showing our care and concern –
Sisters and brothers.

Times weren’t always good.
There were up and downs,
But God pulled us through,
Faithful to turn things around.

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
They leave wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Home Church © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

[Image and Extra Text from my Home Church Newsletter – The Harbinger.]

We may be members of several churches in our lifetime.  But dear to many of our hearts is our Home Church where we first came to Jesus Christ and where we first drank of the milk of His Word.  We have many fond memories of those ones who taught us his Word, perhaps since our infancy, and who cared for us.

One of my followers asked me when she would see something published again here.  I have been very busy, but now my newest poem.  I do really appreciate her asking!

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It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All!

It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All!

Chorus:
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!
With trials and temptations – we might fall,
But in Heaven we shall meet.
We will sit at Jesus feet.
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!

Verse 1:
I was walking down the road of desperation.
The path not leading to any destination.
Always in my soul
I tried to have control.
All alone, I was feeling very low.

(Chorus)

Verse 2:
I passed the Mirror showing me my sins
Against God, Who yearned to take me in.
I felt guilty through and through.
I didn’t know exactly what to do
With my life — I needed another view.

(Chorus)

Verse 3:
Someone showed me how to be saved.
A strong and gentle Rescuer came to my aid.
When I trusted Him,
My past became so very dim.
With Him, I knew my new view would win.

(Chorus)

Verse 4:
The journey isn’t easy, but He’s there
To take my broken heart and repair.
I keep on keeping on.
Now all my fears are gone.
In my life, there’s a bright and glorious song.

(Chorus)

Reprise:
But in Heaven we shall meet.
We will sit at Jesus feet.
“I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey now.”
It’s worth the long hard journey after all!

— Charles B. Mayes

It’s Worth the Long Hard Journey After All! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

[Quoted Lyric Line: “I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now.”  Charles F. Goodman and Jimmie Davis, © 1964, 1992 by Peermusic, Ltd.]

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When we have those long hard journey days, we may not understand everything that’s happening, but we can trust our Lord Jesus Christ for strength to keep on keeping on!

God’s Son can not be eclipsed by any darkness.  We not only follow Him (“Your word is . . . a light on my path.”), but He also walks right beside us (“Your word is a lamp for my feet.”)   [Quotes from the Holy Bible – Psalm 119:105 – NIV]

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

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Graduation Day

 

 

 

 

Graduation Day

Verse 1:
I remember so well my high school days
At the school outside of town,
How I used to think of tests
And always give a frown,
But I knew the work was not in vain
Because of the reward.

Chorus:
Graduation Day!
Graduation Day!
At last I’ve passed the Test!
Hallelujah!
At last I’m home to Rest.

Verse 2:
Each test I tried to pass myself.
Alone I could not do it!
The teacher helped and guided me.
He guided me right through it,
But I knew the work was not in vain
Because of the reward.

(Chorus)

Verse 3:
When my life on earth is over
And I have passed the Test
A Graduation Day I’ll see
And it will be the best!
But I know the work was not in vain
Because of the Reward.

(Chorus)

Verse 4:
The commencement speech is giv’n by God.
He’ll say, “I love you so!
I sent my Son to die for you
And now you truly know
A great diploma you’ll receive.
The Teacher loves you so.”

Chorus:
Graduation Day!
Graduation Day!
At last I’ve passed the Test!
Hallelujah!
At last I’m home to Rest.

— Charles B. Mayes

Graduation Day © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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When a Christian dies this is not the end.  It is really their Graduation Day – a Graduation to Heaven.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  [Holy  Bible – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – NIV]

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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The Scoutmaster’s Minute

 

 

 

 

The Scoutmaster’s Minute

The Scoutmaster’s Minute,
The Scoutmaster’s Mile,
Are both nonstandard measures,
But they’ll make you smile.

Whether up in front,
At the meetings, camp, or awards,
The Scoutmaster’s the leader,
And the boys are never bored.

He encourages the boys
To be good winners – and losers.
The visionary, the prod,
This humble man of God.

In the parking lot,
He leads a circle of prayer,
For safety, strength, and unity,
Of Jesus to make them aware.

In the great outdoors,
At the camp,
A love for God’s creation
On each boy is stamped.

On the trail
The mile may really be longer,
But with his help
The boys become much stronger.

The Scoutmaster’s Mile,
The Scoutmaster’s Minute,
Somewhat longer
But it’s worth Who’s in it.

The Mile and Minute
For Troop 777.
The boys will rally ’round –
A little closer to Heaven.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Scoutmaster’s Minute © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The Scoutmaster (Boy Scouts of American) who is a Christian in a church sponsored troop, and the Christian Troopmaster (Trail Life USA) in their dedication do much more than just teach backpacking and leadership skills.  They also help the boys develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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The Empty Classroom

The Empty Classroom

The classroom was empty,
Not a child in their chair.
For summer vacation
Was already there.

The teacher looked out,
Not one hand in the air.
No questions to answer,
No books to repair.

Hurt fingers and feelings,
There were none.
No laughter,
No fun.

No lessons of Bible,
Math, Reading,
Or tests.
No games and all of the rest.
Another class,
Another year,
It was the best!

He thought of each child,
Looked at notes he’d received
Saying, “I love you.”
His heart – it was grieved.
To lose such a class
Who could replace?
A tear gently dropped down his face.

But now to prepare
For another year to come.
To show a new class
The love of God’s Son.

And this scene repeated
Until through heaven’s door
The Christian teacher will walk
To the Classroom once more.

But this time he sits
With his students in place
In that never empty Classroom
Looking at the Master Teacher’s face.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Empty Classroom © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The dedicated Christian School teacher does much more than teach the 3 Rs.  They also teach the 4th R of Righteous in Jesus Christ!

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” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Joyfully, All We People Come

 

 

 

 

Joyfully, All We People Come

Psalm 122:1

Chorus:

Joyfully, all we people come
To the House of the Lord.
Worshiping Him and praising Him,
Singing with one accord.

Thanking Him, all of us today
For coming to show His love.
Seeing what He’s done before,
Leaving from Heav’n above.

Verse 1:

Fellowship so very sweet,
Greeting all – everyone.
Smiling and laughing faces
Becoming one in the Son.

Listening now to His Word,
Quiet as we can be.
Letting His Spirit guide us
In His grace, we are freed!

Partaking of unleavened bread
And shimmering fruit of the vine.
Remembering Him on Calvary
As we spiritually dine.

Chorus:

Joyfully, all we people come
To the House of the Lord.
Worshiping Him and praising Him,
Singing with one accord.

Thanking Him, all of us today
For coming to show His love.
Seeing what He’s done before,
Leaving from Heav’n above.

Verse 2:

Stirring waters once again
As many go down inside.
Showing us through Baptism
He rose right after He died.

Giving to God – a cheerful time,
With deep joy in our hearts.
Out-giving God, how can it be,
Who showed us from the start?

Praying for one another,
Taking hands across the aisle.
Asking for Christian unity
And help with all our trials.

Ending Chorus:

Joyfully, all we people go
From the House of the Lord.
Telling ones all about Him
So they will be restored.

Thanking Him, all of us today
For coming to show His love.
Seeing what He’s done before,
Leaving from Heav’n above.

— Charles B. Mayes

Joyfully, All We People Come © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Worshiping God is a real privilege!  “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ ”  [Holy Bible – Psalm 122:1]

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” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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You’ll Know Where to Find Me

You’ll Know Where to Find Me

John 14: 1-4

I knew you long ago
And I met up with you today.
You could always find me here
Without any delay.

I’m still at the same old place.
That’s where I’ll always be.
I’ve lived here all my life,
So that’s where you can find me.

But someday, if I’m not around,
Don’t worry, fret, or stew.
You’ll know my brand-new abode.
It’s in the Book, that I gave to you.

You see I’m in a place that’s best
For a permanent time.
It’s a place of eternal rest.
It’s wonderful and sublime.

My new address, far from you,
Is simply number 777.
You’ll know it,
On that golden street called Heaven.

— Charles B. Mayes

You’ll Know Where to Find Me © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Sometimes we think that people can always be found at certain addresses if we want to contact them.  But things change and people move.  However, eventually, there is one place we know believers in Jesus Christ can always be found.  The Bible tells us that Jesus has not only prepared a beautiful place for us, but He will also take us there!

I appreciate my followers and those who visit.  May God richly bless each of you!

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent?

Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent?

Luke 10:40 – 42

Can Someone claim you as a dependent,
As you go along life’s way,
Not for Income Tax purposes,
Nor part of a year, but for every day?

Do others see your dependence
On our God of love
For everything needed –
Your very life given from above?

What about food and clothes
And even transportation,
Family and job,
Not to mention salvation?

Think that you provide it all
Just because you bought it,
From housing to entertainment?
Look at your life and audit.

Knowing from where all things come,
Do you trust as a dependent
In our Lord Jesus Christ
Who is transcendent?

Can Someone claim you as a dependent,
As you go along life’s way,
Not for Income Tax purposes,
But for eternal treasures laid away?

— Charles B. Mayes

Can Someone Claim You as a Dependent? © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

I prayerfully hope that God can claim you as a dependent.  We can only get through life by depending on Him.  How can anyone live without Him?  “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.  We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”  [Holy Bible – John 6:68b – 69]

I appreciate all those who continually follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless each of you!

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Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

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Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire

Pick up the brochure, Easter is Near: Readings to Inspire, available free at LifeWay Christian Store – San Jose, CA location only, while supplies last, in the Community area.

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Happy Easter!

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Praise The Lord and Reprise!

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Praise the Lord and Reprise!

Verse 1:

Praise the Lord.
He is very gracious.
Praise the Lord.
He’s our glorious King.

Praise the Lord.
Lift our hearts and voices.
Praise Him
Till the rafters ring.

Hands now raised
Point the entryway of Heaven.
Show our love
As we come worshiping.

Chorus:

Sing it!
Shout it!
Feel it in our hearts.
Our joy upswings.

Move it!
Dance it!
Bow before
The throne of our wondrous King.

Verse 2:

Thank the Lord.
He is very generous.
Thank the Lord.
Our gratefulness springs.

Help each other
When we are discouraged.
Rejoice together
To each other we cling.

Tell the Word
To the nations, victorious.
Who He is
Removes death’s dark sting.

Chorus:

Sing it!
Shout it!
Feel it in our hearts.
Our joy upswings.

Move it!
Dance it!
Bow before
The throne of our wondrous King.

Reprise:

Sing it!
Shout it!
Move it!
Dance it!

Praise the Lord.
He is very gracious.
Praise the Lord.
He’s our wondrous King!

— Charles B. Mayes

Praise the Lord and Reprise! © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Can we praise the Lord too many times?  He has done so much for us.  We want to proclaim His worth each day!

I appreciate all those who continually follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless each of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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The Word of Christ Taught in the Spirit of Christ

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The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ
(Ozark Christian College – 1942 – 2017)
Colossians 1:28

“The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ”
For everyone to see.
This is the heart of OCC.

It isn’t the campus
Or any accreditation.
It’s how the Bible is presented.
That’s the real acclamation.

Faculty – men and women of God,
In their own lives show,
The life of Christ,
Faces warm and aglow.

Gospel truths,
Professors study and share
To challenge each
And hearts prepare.

All students – missionaries –
Christian soldiers trained for God,
Ambassadors
Going here and abroad.

So through 75 years past,
And it will always be –
“The Word of Christ
Taught in the Spirit of Christ”
At our cherished OCC.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Word of Christ Taught in the Spirit of Christ © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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Today I salute my alma mater, Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO, and its 75th Anniversary.  Please read some background as follows:

“Academic Dean Seth Wilson  . . . was dedicated to hiring teachers of genuine Christian character who were zealous for the winning of the whole world to Christ.  Their theme was to teach, ‘the word of Christ in the spirit of Christ. ‘ ”  [Meredith Williams, “From Anywhere to Everywhere: The Story of Ozark (Part 2),” Ozark Christian College Compass, Spring 2012.]

Welcome to my new followers!  I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

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If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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I Can Hardly Take It In

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I Can Hardly Take It In

The love of God –
I can hardly take it in
What Jesus did
To take away my sin.

Love so pure and free
That touches my inner soul
So powerful to forgive my sin
And make me whole.

God sent His son
He gave up His glory
To come to earth
To live the Story.

This agape love –
A suffering servant
Looking not to Himself
Lifting my verdict.

The love of God –
I can hardly take it in.
What Jesus did
To take away my sin.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Can Hardly Take It In © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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On Valentine’s Day and every day, we remember God’s love for us – a love which is overwhelming!

Welcome to my new followers!  I appreciate all those who follow my website, and those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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Greeting the New Year – 2017

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Greeting the New Year – 2017
Ephesians 6:12

This last year was kinda bad.
We had a lot of problems.
We look ahead to this New Year
To see God continuing to solve them.

There was the plumbing deluge,
Then Mom became ill last Winter.
They laid Dad off at the factory,
And then the broken printer.

The truck needed a new battery.
It was done before its years.
The radiator leaked like a sieve,
And our rent was in arrears.

The electric bill soared so high,
And now it’s the water heater.
U.S. politics didn’t go our way,
And food too scarce for eaters.

We know it’s really not these things,
But how to them we react.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood.
It’s those spiritual forces who us attack.

It doesn’t depend on how we feel
Or even what we do.
It’s whole-souled trust in God above
That always gets us through.

— Charles B. Mayes

Greeting the New Year – 2017 © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Was 2016 a good year for you?  Is every year a good year when we follow Jesus Christ?  Is there such a thing as a bad day or are all days good in Jesus Christ?

When we follow Jesus, how can we have a bad year or day?  We may have a day with many challenges.  We may have a hard day, but with Him we can see the blessings of each day.  This is not an easy thing.  It is a very hard thing sometimes, but it is a necessary thing as we thank Him and see what He does for us yearly and daily.

And when I don’t trust enough,
Whatever “enough” is,
I ask Him to supply that trust
And He always gives.

[From “Running to the Cross” – 2014 – Charles B. Mayes]

I want to thank those who followed my website regularly in 2016, and some for several years! Also I’m happy for each of you who stop by time to time. May God richly bless all of you in 2017!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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Christmas Reading / 2017 Calendar

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Christmas Reading / 2017 Calendar

Pick up the reading, The Eve of Christmas Eve …, with the 2017 ChristianPoetryPublishing.com pocket calendar, both available free at LifeWay Christian Store – San Jose, CA location only, while supplies last, in the Community area.

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The Eve of Christmas Eve: A Reading in Three Acts

 

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The Eve of
Christmas Eve:
A Reading in Three Acts

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Prologue –

There was something even better
Than Christmas Eve this year,
At the church down the road
With the pastors so dear.

It’s that big building.
That’s pretty old.
But a place where the Gospel
Is always lovingly told.

Since Christmas falls on Sunday
With Christmas Eve Service, too,
Might be tough on the folks –
That really won’t do.

Act 1 –

The morning of the Eve of Christmas Eve
Would set the stage just right,
For the awe inspiring program
Which would happen just tonight.

The children were all ready.
They’d memorized their parts.
They knew them so well.
They knew them all by heart.

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The technician adjusting slides
So sound would be OK,
And also make the lighting
Point exactly the right way.

Mrs. Jones was calling
Some persons she’d invited
To remind them to come
At 7:00 p.m., she’s excited.

This Pastor was praying
Upon his knees this morn’,
That tonight’s program
Would Jesus Christ adorn.

Now just before tonight,
Time for all to rest,
To make this Christmas Eve Eve
The very, very Best.

Act II –

The Eve of Christmas Eve
Was a very special night.
Each person attending
Showed exceptional delight.

First, it was carol time
To sing those old greats,
About the Birth of Jesus.
They could hardly wait.

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Then the children filed in.
The place silent became.
A song about Jesus
The quiet night He came.

The Center was packed
With the children on stage.
Even the balcony full.
The congregation engaged.

This Pastor sat on a couch
By a framed stable scene,
Where he would narrate,
This holy night theme.

Mary and Joseph came out.
No room at the Inn.
No room for Jesus,
Where tonight’s story begins.

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With deep feeling
This Brother did read
About the shepherds’ sight,
What they did see.

One child wearing a robe,
And staff in their hand,
Looked up – up – up high
Where the angels did stand.

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Now time for a song
With piano so soft.
A solo is heard, clearly,
Even way up in the loft.

The children kneel and point
To the direction of West,
As this Minister told of the wise men
Who gifted their best.

And then the three boys,
Off, by stage left went.
Another way, than entering
From where they were sent.

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Recitation – a poem.
When would she start?
But soon that powerful last line
“I can give Him my heart.”

This Preacher opened his Bible
And spoke with great zeal.
Birth – Life – Death – Resurrection.
Rebirth in Jesus, he appealed.

And then what happened
Was to everyone’s awe.
The front full – wise seekers,
Everyone saw.

To the world joy –
Melody to the ceiling ascends,
As one voice,
Everyone sang at the end.

Christmas Eve Eve –
What a very special night.
Children and audience –
All hearts Bright.

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Act III –

The Eve of Christmas Eve almost done,
The Lead Pastor came forward
To address the crowd
Before it was over.

This humble man of God,
Said that he cared
About this church
And why it was there.

He encouraged each
To follow their dream,
To use their talents for the Lord
As the children they’d seen.

Epilogue –

Following Christmas Eve Eve
All did linger longer,
Having sweet fellowship
With so much to Ponder.

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Today’s reading (poem) is much longer than usual and is based on a real situation of Christmas being on Sunday and the church wanting to have a Christmas Eve Service, so they decided to have it on the Friday evening before Christmas. Thus, the Eve of Christmas Eve!

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly – some for several years!  Also I’m happy to have those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

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Have You Been Revivalized?

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Have You Been Revivalized?

Have you been revivalized?
It just takes one spark.
Are you going to evangelize?
Has God touched your heart?

It might be at a meeting.
It might be in prayer.
It might be what someone says
To make you fully aware.

It’s following Christ
With all your soul.
It’s truly letting Him
Have full control.

You can’t serve Him by yourself.
You sometimes fail,
But through His help,
He will prevail.

Have you been revivalized?
It just takes one spark.
Are you going to evangelize?
Has God touched your heart?

— Charles B. Mayes

Have You Been Revivalized? © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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The best motivation for telling others about Christ is what He has done in our lives. Our most effective evangelism is not being compelled by guilt because we haven’t witnessed, but the natural testimony that flows from our lives and words.

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly, and also those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

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I Would Love to Love Christmas

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I Would Love to Love Christmas

I would love to love Christmas
As I did long ago.
Our kids still home,
The fireplace aglow.

We’d read Jesus’ story.
All ears were listening.
Then out for caroling.
The snow was glistening.

But now that they’re gone
And just us two,
It’s hard to get in the spirit.
What should I do?

I would love to love Christmas
And be real merry,
But days passing quickly
And soon January.

Then I look back and see
The Baby in the manager.
I ponder His birth
Again He’s no stranger.

Now I love to love Christmas
As I did long ago.
Christ fills my heart.
My spirit aglow.

— Charles B. Mayes

I Would Love to Love Christmas © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Sometimes we can get away from the meaning of Christmas in our lives as things change.  We have memories and would like it to be the same as the past.  Then something happens as we immerse ourselves again in the Christmas story and God speaks to us to “get in the spirit” of the real meaning of Christmas.

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly, and also those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

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On Tuesday I will elect . . .

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This is my first time having a guest writer, but this is a timely and right on message!

On Tuesday I will elect…

On Tuesday I will elect…to get up before my kids do, fix a cup of coffee, and settle in for some quality time reading my Bible and praying.

On Tuesday I will elect… to cast my ballot with a calm centeredness, resting in the truth that God is my King.

On Tuesday I will elect…to look my family in the eye and, one by one, tell them why I love them.

On Tuesday I will elect…to pray for and shepherd this awesome flock God has placed before me.

On Tuesday I will elect…to refrain from negativity and cynical jokes. (This could be really tough.)

On Tuesday I will elect to…welcome the stranger, a small child, a hungry beggar. I will elect to look deep into their soul and remember that this day is not all about me, or what I want. I will look deep into their soul until I see the reflection of Jesus.

On Tuesday I will elect…to honor God with my speech.

On Tuesday I will elect…to love by being a good listener.

On Tuesday I will elect…to show respect towards people with differing opinions.

On Tuesday I will elect…to walk humbly, do justice, and love mercy.

On Tuesday I will elect…to not join the doomsdayers who wail and moan over election results. Instead, I will elect to read Psalm 46 reminding me “God is my refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore I will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea” and ‘my candidate’ does not ascend to office (verses 1-2). As our “nation is in an uproar” (verse 6), “The Lord Almighty is with [me]; the God of Jacob is [my] fortress” (verse 7).

This Tuesday, join me in electing to be the calmest and most uplifting of all people. On Tuesday, elect to bear the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Gal. 5:22-23)

On Tuesday may each of us end our day with a satisfied sigh, resting in the mercy-filled arms of the Great God who elected to love us.

– Gary Taylor

On Tuesday I will elect . . . © 2016 by Gary Taylor.  All rights reserved.  Used by Permission.

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When You’re on the Prayer List

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When You’re on the Prayer List
Matthew 18:19-20
Psalm 46:1

When you’re on the Prayer List,
And people see your name,
There’s a hopeful feeling –
The answer will be proclaimed.

Requests go out though the email,
And on the church website, too.
Where two or three agree,
They are “touching” you.

Then you receive a phone call.
It’s from Mrs. Brown.
She offers a lot of Christian love
Which takes you “up” from “down.”

An awesome card comes.
It’s signed “Pastor Bill.”
He says to “Get Well Soon.”
Your heart with joy is filled.

Sister June brings
A family-size chicken pot pie.
It help so much for meals
And God is glorified.

The children in the Sunday School
Make a DVD.
They sing your favorite gospel song.
It blesses you to see.

You are glad that they are praying.
This changes your direction.
You feel at peace now
As you have this intercession.

— Charles B. Mayes

When You’re on the Prayer List © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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The Prayer List is important for all churches to keep tabs on those with physical and spiritual needs.  That way those who want to can lift others up in prayer.  This may lead to knowledge of situations and ministry to those with needs.  We must not forget to pray for others.

REMEMBER TO VOTE – Tuesday – November 8th !!! 

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REMEMBER TO VOTE – Tuesday – November 8th !!!

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I want to thank those who follow my website regularly, and also those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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Fall Down and Spring Up – USA!

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Fall Down and Spring Up – USA!

Every Fall and Spring,
Time to reset our clocks –
One hour down or one hour up.
Arizona and Hawaii think it’s a crock.

It’s at 2:00 am in the morning,
If you want to stay up,
But you can set the night before
So as not to disrupt.

If you have an electronic device,
It should change on it’s own,
Unless it doesn’t detect
The current time and zone.

A tiny memory trick
That will help you see what to do –
“Fall Down” and “Spring Up.”
This is certainly handy for you.

A little more light in the evening,
Or is it the other way around?
Harder to get up without the sun,
But with daybreak out of bed I’ll bound.

Is it 6:00 pm or really 7:00,
Or maybe 5:00,
Who knows?
But we can devise.

So just get used to it.
You absolutely must
Because going to Daylight Saving
Or Standard Time is simply a re-adjust.

— Charles B. Mayes

Fall Down and Spring Up – USA! © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Even after all those announcements on the media and at church, reminding each other and reminding each other again to reset our clocks is an American tradition.  Then we go around and set either forward or back making sure that we are not late or early (that’s OK) to work or church the next day!

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly, and also those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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When We’re Falling Apart

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When We’re Falling Apart

Psalm 147:3

When we’re falling apart,
He puts us back together.
When we can’t do one more thing,
He makes it so much better.

The dad stares at his paycheck.
He’s glad, but yet it’s not enough
To help him take care of his family.
He feels like giving up.

The mom is told her illness
Will be a long, long time.
How will she look after her kids?
How can she to wellness climb?

The child just can’t do well in school.
It is really hard
To learn to read and answer that math.
Others bully them on the schoolyard.

And what’s your story
My good ole friend?
Do you need some help today?
Do you need your life to mend?

When we’re falling apart,
He puts us back together.
When we can’t do one more thing,
He makes it so much it better.

— Charles B. Mayes

When We’re Falling Apart © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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God does heal the brokenhearted.  When things are falling apart in your life, He is the only answer.  Accept Jesus Christ as your Rescuer and Leader; and turn to Him in prayer for help.

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly, and also those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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With Him

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With Him
Matthew 11:28-30

The days were long and endless
As I traveled down the Road.
I could barely stand it
Underneath my heavy load.

Then I looked up at the Savior
With His hands opened wide.
He said, “Come to Me you helpless one.
I will take you by My side.”

I saw the Love of Jesus,
And His great Power,
And the blessed Wonder
Of each passing hour.

I know Jesus came to save me
From all my sins and strife,
And now He helps me carry
My load all through my life.

— Charles B. Mayes

With Him © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Those nail-pierced hands of Jesus Christ are opened wide for you to receive His Love and Power producing Wonder of Him in your life.  He helps you carry your load.

“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.”  (Holy Bible – Matthew 11:28-30 – NIV)

I want to thank those who follow my website regularly, and also those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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Just a Touch

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Just a Touch

Isaiah 53:4; Luke 4:38-39

Just a touch
Of Your healing hand, Lord.
That’s all I need,
If by Your will, you choose to afford.

It doesn’t have to be much –
Your great Power to extend,
To my body racked with fever and pain,
Your healing send.

Savior, I pray
That just a touch You will give,
But whatever Your will,
For You, I’ll continue to live.

— Charles B. Mayes

Just a Touch © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Photo Credit:  www.LumoProject.com through FreeBibleimages.org / “Jesus heals Simon Peter’s mother-in-law – ‘He bent over her, rebuked the fever, and it left her.’ ”

With God’s great power, we only need a touch of His healing to get us restored to health, if it is His will.

I wanted to thank those who follow my website, and also those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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Plan It

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Plan It

We plan it and we do it.
We think it works that way,
But sometimes
Our best planned plans just go astray.

Occasionally we see things coming,
But many times not.
There are so many life surprises.
They may leave us distraught.

But one thing’s always certain –
The Lord’s with us now and all the time.
He cares and keeps special watch on us
Just to make sure that we are fine.

So as we continue through our lives,
We must trust the Lord’s will
To gently guide us,
As we listen to His small voice still.

— Charles B. Mayes

Plan It © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

One sure thing is that there will be uncertainly in our lives.  This is when we need to continue to trust our Lord Jesus Christ.  He was and is our Rescuer and Leader.  As Leader, He not only goes before us, but also walks beside us.

I wanted to thank those who follow my website, and also those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

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On the Edge: Are All the Doors Closing?

Doors Choice Meaning Decision Doorway And Path

On the Edge:
Are All the Doors Closing?

When we don’t know which way to go,
We are confused about God’s direction.
We pray for God’s guidance,
But can’t make a selection.

When each day is dark and drear,
We are mixed up in our minds.
We don’t know which way to turn
Or which one is the best line.

We think we want something
And then it disappears.
The doors close.
We might even shed some tears.

And when the doors close – one by one
We don’t know what to do.
Until the only one left –
It comes directly for you.

Like seeing blurry at first,
The way is finally sharp and clear,
Things coming into view,
Your direction is very near.

We learn that to know the path,
Sometimes doors must first close.
It’s not an easy trip,
But sometimes it’s how God shows.

Have you seen this in your life,
As you journey on life’s road?
Closed doors, many times help us find
The right direction unfold.

— Charles B. Mayes

On the Edge: Are All the Doors Closing? © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We sometimes think of an open door, but sometimes a lot of doors must be closed before an open one is apparent.  That is how God works in some situations.  It is not an easy experience, but afterwards we can see that what has been going on is in our best interest.

I wanted to thank the growing number of those who follow my website, and also those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

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Thank You!

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Thank You!

Your power works Your purpose
As we go along each day.
It’s time to say a thank you
To you, Lord, when we pray.

We trusted you before
To provide for now,
And you came through as always
So now we humbly bow.

You answered and You helped us
Just as in the days of old,
As in those Bible stories
Since childhood we were told.

We stand and hold our head up
And raise holy hands up high,
Or we kneel beside the bed,
Or on the floor we lie.

We thank you, Lord, for answering
Our pray this very day,
For taking all our worry
And fret right away.

Your power works Your purpose
As we go along each day.
It’s time to say a thank you
To you Lord, when we pray.

— Charles B. Mayes

Thank You! © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

When we pray and God answers, we are so excited that we tell others, but we must not forget to thank Him.

Speaking of “thanks,” I wanted to thank the growing number of those who follow my website, and also those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

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The Preacher’s Goldfish

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The Preacher’s Goldfish

The Preacher’s goldfish,
Upon the platform pedestal swims,
Ready for the his sermon illustration
About the Kingdom of Him.

The idea is that the fish is us
And the water – God.
We need to soak ourselves in Him
As we live upon this sod.

To show someone leaving God,
He takes his fish by net scooping.
Right out of the bowl,
At first, a little amusing.

He keeps throwing droplets
On the wiggling, wriggling fish – downing?
The congregation was aghast.
Many squirming and frowning.

Some thought that when it hit the water
The minister’s illustration would go awry.
They thought it was out too long.
His goldfish might sink and die!

However, the fish got a second wind.
The group let out a sigh.
It swam all around the tank.
Now looking very spry!

The church, to this day,
Remembers the lesson told
When we stay in God’s Presence,
Like the goldfish in the bowl.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Preacher’s Goldfish © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We can learn a big lesson from a small goldfish about seeking the Kingdom of God and living within His Presence constantly.

Thank you to all those who follow my website, and also those who drop by from time to time.  May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)
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They Pay It All

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Roman Colosseum

They Pay It All

Those brave Christians
In lands far away
Give their lives for Jesus
The ultimate price to pay.

Being mistreated,
Sexually abused,
Forced from homes and land,
Falsely accused.

They are beheaded
Like prophets of old,
And even crucified
Like our Savior and others bold.

And what is their crime?
Being Jesus’ followers.
Refusing to yield
To their terrorist torturers.

Confessing the Christ,
Not ashamed, but proclaim,
Holding up His name.
Allegiance to humans they disclaim.

Let’s champion our brothers and sisters
By praying, and action
To here and abroad.
All One in Christ showing compassion.

— Charles B. Mayes

They Pay It All © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

One way we can help Christians under persecution is by praying for them.  We can also contribute to and sign petitions from  Jay Sekulow and the American Center for Law and Justice  –  http://aclj.org/

I really appreciate all those who follow my website, and also those who drop by from time to time. May God richly bless all of you!

If you would like to use this poem reading as a performance; or on your website; in your newsletter; bulletin; speech; sermon; class; etc., you must indicate on the communication that the author is “Charles B. Mayes” and it is “Used by Permission”. If it is used on a website, please add our website address, or link to http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com which can be connected to from outside this site.

If these poems minister to you, I’d encourage you to pass the word along talking with your friends; when you write an email; or when you’re on Facebook or other social media to include a mention of http://www.ChristianPoetryPublishing.com.

Other poems are available in a chapbook titled, A New Year Resolution and Other Poems (including The Missionaries) by Charles B. Mayes. It contains 22 poems. The foreword is written by Dr. P.T. Mammen, Senior Pastor of San Bruno (CA) International Christian Center.”

” . . . creative energy evidenced through every line . . ” – Dr. P.T. Mammen

If you would like to purchase a copy of the above book, please fill out the form below and I will get back to you with the description, price, payment, and mailing arrangements.

If you receive these poems by email, to use my form to answer me, just forget the form on the email and go to the bottom left and click on farsails which will take you to my blog. Then choose this poem and you can use the form with the poem.

Thank you!

ChristianPoetryPublishing.com – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)
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The Old Country Church

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The Old Country Church

I remember the old country church,
Just south of town, a mile or two,
Where mama and papa would take me,
I saw children with grown-ups sittin’ on the pews.

Before the preacher preached,
A child I could barely see,
On a chair behind the pulpit,
He sang, “Jesus Loves Me.”

Folks lifting their voices,
Singin’ those grand ole Gospel songs,
Reminding me of heaven,
Where nothin’ is wrong.

Then right after dusk,
It was time for the invitation,
Where many came forward,
For God’s adoration.

I remember the old country church,
And will ‘til I die,
‘Cause we’ll all meet in heaven,
The Church in the sky.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Old Country Church © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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One of my first memories of a church building is a country church, at dusk, right outside my hometown.  We need to remember that the church is not the building, but the people – “the called out ones”.  So, no special building or any building is needed for the church to meet.

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I appreciate what Larry Pine wrote in his South Bay Concert News (March) referring to my Poetry Reading on February 6th, 2015, the following:

“The Christian poetry of Charles Mayes added a creative break to the Bethel Hymn Sing. Even poems with motions for Children’s programs . . . ”

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