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.

Graphic copyrighted and used by permission of Ozark Christian College.

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.]

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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.

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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

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The Best Mother

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The Best Mother

You are the best Mother –
You do things seen and not
To help us all
Do the tasks we ought.

From a baby, raised us.
You fed and clothed us, too.
You even played Dollhouse and Cowboy.
Things a good Mother would do.

It started with a Bible picture book,
Adventure stories filled us with awe.
And later family devotions,
Praying, singing – close to the Lord we draw.

You gave help with Elementary School homework.
Sometimes an aggravated load.
The Science Fair and Wooden Car Race,
Sometimes giving that gentle goad.

The Middle School time –
The awkward years,
You still spent time with us
To volunteer and cheer.

Through High School and College,
You helped encourage us so,
On to careers as teacher and nurse.
You, teary-eyed, loving let us go.

Now as we have our own kids,
Who keep us on the run.
We raise them just like you.
We think back what you’ve done.

You are the best Mother –
You did things seen and not
To help us all
Do the tasks we’d ought.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Best Mother © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

The Best Mother was my mother.  The Best Mother is one who loves Jesus Christ, her husband, and her children.  She is one who gives her all for them.  That’s why she is the best!

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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 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

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Thank you and Happy Mother’s Day!

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An Old Christmas Poem

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An Old Christmas Poem

She walks down the sidewalk
Scrawny Christmas tree in hand.
Not big, like her own frame,
Wearing a plain gray dress – not grand.

It’s snowy, the last day of grammar school
Before Christmas vacation.
This “charity” child gets to take it home
Back to her desolation.

The tree decorated with handmade
Red and green ornaments looped.
A construction paper star aloft.
The top branch in a droop.

She trudges barely holding its weight anymore.
Her face deliberate looking dignified,
Glancing here and there for watching eyes.
Walking quickly, resolutely as this tree takes its ride.

It then stands in the small drafty room’s corner
No presents under its limbs,
It looks like her usual Christmas –
Not so happy, pretty grim.

Then a knock at the door –
A gracious man and some helping kids,
From that church down the road.
Some food and presents for these folks on the skids.

Now she walks slowly down the sidewalk,
Unused bright notebook in hand,
Smiling, ready for school,
Wearing a brand new print dress – grand!

— Charles B. Mayes

An Old Christmas Poem © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Jesus said, “the poor you will always have with you, . . . ” [Holy Bible, Mark 14: 7 – NIV].  An Old Christmas Poem is based on a true story.  It’s one I felt I had to tell, but it was not easy for me to tell. Thanks to the Salvation Army Church and many other churches a multitude of persons are helped during the holidays and year-round.

What can we do?  We can go, give, and pray.  However, if we cannot go, we can give. If we cannot give, we can pray.  Once, when my Sunday School class was discussing supporting a missionary, a lady asserted, “I support them.  I pray.”

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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 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

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The Missionaries

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                  The Missionaries

The children marched from the schoolhouse
To the church across the street,
To see the Missionaries
Who were very kind, gentle, and sweet.

The children filed into the sanctuary
With feet dangling off the pews,
Not knowing what to expect,
What could these older folks do?

They heard loud music from the piano
For singing it was time,
Lifting the roof off,
Beautiful music put to rhyme.

The man led them in the songs
While the woman played with grace,
The children sang and sang and sang
With smiles on every face.

Then they did some actions, too.
The Lord’s army they were in,
Riding in the cavalry
Was the most exciting for them.

The man had a suitcase
From which he a puppet brought,
At first some funny jokes,
But then a Bible lesson taught.

The woman had a blackboard
With some colorful chalk,
She drew a picture on the board
As she about the Cross talked.

Everyone got very quiet
Because the prayer time came.
The power of the Lord just filled that place.
They prayed in Jesus’ name.

Then stories from a wordless book
All laid upon the flannel board,
The first about Heaven and streets of gold.
The last about growing in the Lord.

Questions, a challenge, the lady said,
“To see how sharp you are.”
Then slowly the little hands were raised
To answer shining like stars.

Now it was decision time
To ask Jesus in your heart,
Hands were raised and lives were changed
From sin so very dark.

The Bible was given out,
But they were little books,
With precious scripture portions,
You should have seen the children’s looks.

One child had even seen the pair
Throw out these little gems,
Through the car window
To some working construction men.

They just call them The Missionaries,
But for 40 years they’ve served just like we see,
Touching those blessed children’s hearts
For all eternity.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Missionaries © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

The illustration was done by my wife, Dolores Mayes, when she did Christian chalk art.

The Missionaries are actually anyone who is telling the Good News of Jesus Christ and using their gifts for Him.  It may be at Sunday School; Vacation Bible School; or through a Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Good News Club, etc.

If you are dropping by this site for a visit, thank you. I also appreciate my followers. May God richly bless all of you!

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.

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.

This poem and others 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 Two Easiest Words

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The Two Easiest Words

There are two words easiest for the teacher,
As the school year winds right up,
As she gets to better know her students,
Ready to help them get through, though tough.

She looks over her lesson plans
And on them puts a new shine.
She knows that school will start soon
‘Cause it’s the end of summertime.

She’s already down at the office
Looking over the cumulative reports
Of those dear students,
Who in her class she’ll support.

She sees them not as viewed last year
Or even a few months from now,
But how they’ll be by the end of this year,
Changed with wisdom and knowledge endowed.

With classroom configuration,
For reading, math, and just to explore,
The bulletin boards put up with care,
With colors beautiful galore.

As the clock strikes the opening 8:05 am,
The children walking in, faces a bit forlorning,
Her sweet voice is happy, greeting each one by one,
She says those two easiest words – “Good Morning!”

— Charles B. Mayes

The Two Easiest Words © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Illustrations/graphics supplied by GospelGifs.com are copyrighted and used with permission.

The Two Easiest Words is a companion poem to The Two Hardest Words which I published on this website earlier.

The two big evens of the school year are the beginning and the end. With both, the teacher must be on their toes helping students to adjust.

I really appreciate the new followers of my site.  Also, if you have stopped by for awhile, I really appreciate you also. May God richly bless all of you!

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.

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.

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 Two Hardest Words

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The Two Hardest Words

There are two words hardest for the teacher,
As the school year wears right down,
As she gets even closer to her students,
Helping them each achieve a laurel crown.

As she sees them grow physically,
And in spirit, and in mind,
They see her face, radiant with love
For them, and very kind.

But then, after all the lessons,
And the big testing on May 22,
The Field Trip now is over,
And Sports Day, too.

The last day is here with a school BBQ,
T-shirt autographing to remember everyone,
Students say goodbye for the summer,
It’s a lot of controlled chaos – a lot of fun.

As the clock strikes the closing 1:00 pm,
The kids she’ll really miss,
Even now her voice is firm, but a little wavering, too,
She says those two hardest words – “Class Dismissed.”

— Charles B. Mayes

The Two Hardest Words © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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Good teachers really care about their students.  The last day of school is exciting.  There are many emotions expressed because of the coming of summer vacation and the realization by both students and teacher that they may not see each other again.

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 . . . ”

If you stopped by this site or are a regular follower – Welcome!!! May God richly bless you!

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.

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.

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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