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

I Remember Mother  © 2018 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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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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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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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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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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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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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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