There Is A Bridge

bridges-03There Is A Bridge

Suspended over unfathomed depths,
There is a bridge, not very wide,
But people decide to traverse it daily,
Eyes drawn to the other side.

Some won’t travel this lean span,
But choose a different wider way,
“Plenty of room and safety
To get me across,” they say.

While others know that
This is the only way to go,
Across this stained wood,
Safely from the abyss below.

Of wood and nails,
This bridge was cheaply made,
But with toil and love
A big price once was paid.

You see this Bridge spans
The gap between mankind and God,
And has supported people
Who, one way, from past to now, have trod.

Salvation comes by the Bridge,
Laid down by Christ before,
As He gave His life on the Cross,
So many could cross o’er.

                                                                           — Charles B. Mayes

There Is A Bridge © 2013 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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On the Edge of Peace

 

 

 

 

 

On the Edge of Peace

Luke 2:14 / Luke 24:36

On the edge of peace,
Before Baby Jesus was born –
A world of turmoil,
A world forlorn.

Then into time
God sent His Son –
The Prince of Peace,
The Holy One.

God’s plan fulfilled,
A Way made for humankind
To bridge the gap,
This relationship bind.

On the edge of peace,
In sin we die,
Missing all God has,
Then to Him we cry.

In our search
Jesus comes to us.
Will we accept?
Will we trust?

The Prince of Peace
Brings Peace on Earth,
To each believer,
Through Jesus’ birth.

— Charles B. Mayes

On the Edge of Peace  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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As we stand on the edge of Christmas, many stand on the edge of peace.  Before Jesus was born the world didn’t have any idea what the Prince of Peace could bring them.  Before we are rescued by Jesus, we don’t know what wonderful peace can be in our lives.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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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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Lord, Help Me

 

 

 

 

Lord, Help Me

James 1:22

Lord, help me pay attention to You –
Not just say I pay attention.
Not only reading the Bible,
But studying and comprehension.

Lord, help me trust You –
Not just say I trust.
Not only following You,
But making faith a must.

Lord, help me obey You –
Not just say I obey.
Not only keeping close,
But on Your pathway stay.

— Charles B. Mayes

Lord, Help Me © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Listening, Trusting, and Obeying God – not just Saying, but Doing!
Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” – James 1:22  [Holy Bible – NIV]

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“I like this one!  Well, I like all of your poems, but I really like this one!”  Cindy C., Roseville, CA

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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

If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

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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It’s That Time!

 

 

 

 

It’s That Time!

It’s Black Friday
Hitting the bricks and mortars
Through the burst doors.
Be aware of those gift hoarders!

Getting there early,
Even then you could be late.
Deep savings.
BOGO* might be the bait.

On Cyber Monday
Better deals your catching.
Free shipping, buying memberships,
But personal information their snatching.

Surfing for gifts,
Much faster, too.
You’d even wish to drone them
To Aunt Sue and Uncle Lou.

But Giving Tuesday
Is really the best
Contributing to selfless causes
To make a big difference.

The Salvation Army, the fire victims help.
Boys and Girls Clubs, fun things the kids can do.
Wounded Warrior Project, empowering Vets.
World Vision, gifting the needy something new.

So don’t forget Giving Tuesday,
On your calendar this year,
Bringing hope to others,
And a lot of Christmas cheer.

— Charles B. Mayes

* BOGO: Buy One Get One (Free or at a Reduced Price)

It’s That Time! © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

A few days – a few ways to spend our money.  Giving to help others is so important.  Give until it feels good!  [See Proverbs 18:16 and 2 Corinthians 9:7.]

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Sharing at Sunday School

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.  

Very Moving

 “I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK. 

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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

If you would like to contact me, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

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

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

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7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com

 

 

 

 

7th Anniversary – ChristianPoetryPublishing.com
[ChristianPoetryPublishing.WordPress.com]
November 2011 – November 2018
“To Rally ‘Round – A Little Closer to Heaven”

“And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.”   (Holy Bible, Psalm 12:6).

Anniversary 7 – Serving Heaven
By – Charles B. Mayes

IN 2008 SOME HARD CIRCUMSTANCES opened my eyes to my total dependence on God.  From this emerged my ministry of writing Christian poetry readings seriously and frequently.

“I do enjoy the poems and they do always point to Jesus.”  Anonymous

THROUGH THE YEARS as I’ve been on the website, I also distributed printed readings through churches and the LifeWay Christian Store community center.

“Love your poetry writing!  So complimentary in the common faith!”  Chanel B., DE.

I WANT TO THANK all my email and WordPress followers, LinkedIn readers, and visitors to my website for your continued support.

ALSO THANKS to my sisters, Nancy and Cherry, and Pastor P.T. Mammen for their encouragement from the beginning.  I appreciate the excellent editing of my wife, Dolores.  I thank my nephew, William, for helping greatly with the domain.

LORD WILLING,  I want to continue to minister through these poetry readings.

“You keep writing, I’ll keep reading!”  Steven C., San Jose, CA.

TOP 20 POST VISITS  2011 – October 2018

1.   Home Page / Archives
2.   A New Year Resolution
3.   God, Help Me This New Year
4.   Changes
5.   The Old Country Church
6.   About the Author
7.   Children Praise the Lord:  A Thanksgiving Day Reading (with Actions)
8.   Children Know the Resurrection:  An Easter Sunday Reading
(with Actions)
9.   New Book Ministers to Readers
10.  Harvest Festival Time
11.  I Don’t Have a Father
12.  New Year / Mother and George Washington
13.  Running to the Tomb
14.  When I Write a Poem – Rabid to Write
15.  When the Blessings Come
16.  The Day Before Thanksgiving
17.  The Last Thanksgiving
18.  A Prayer for America
19.  Children Know the Gift:  A Christmas Day Reading
(with Actions) / I Prayed for You Today
20.  Christmas Memories / He’s Already Taken Care of It

TOP 12 POST VISITS BY COUNTRY  2012 – October 2018
[2011 – Not Available]                        

1.   United States
2.   Canada
3.   United Kingdom
4.   Indonesia
5.   India
6.   Philippines
7.   Germany
8.   Netherlands
9.   Australia
10.  Hong Kong – SAR China
11.  South Korea
12.  Japan

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT ME, please fill out the Contact Form below.  To request my free Christian readings by email, sent from time to time, please put the word “Follow” in the Comment section.

POEMS ARE ALSO 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

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

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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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Pointing to Jesus

“I do enjoy the poems and they do always point to Jesus.”  Anonymous

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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

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

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

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

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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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Many readers look to ChristianPoetyPublishing.com for encouragement:

Sharing at Sunday School

“I really enjoy your poetry.  I will start sharing in my Sunday school classes.”  Travis B., Asbury, WV.  

Very Moving

 “I just read ‘Mistaken Identity.’  It is very moving, and one of your best.”  Joan M.-H., Muskogee, OK. 

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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

If you would like to receive my free Christian poetry readings by email, from time to time, fill out the Contact Form below with the word “Follow.”

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

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

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