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.

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They Pay It All

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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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Presidential Election 2016

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Presidential Election 2016

The hustle and bustle
And stressors of each day
Bring Presidential candidates adding
Memories in the U.S.A.

People wanting changes –
More freedom in our country.
If we want to live here, prayer is the answer.
We need to declare this bluntly.

God knows His plans for our country.
It may be a different promise,
Than what our future President,
May state on TV or electronics.

Where Presidential candidates
May be blinded to His will –
Not the wisdom of God,
Just words at play, speaking with zeal.

The hustle and bustle may get
Worse in the future U.S.A.,
If we forget to ask God daily
As to what we should do and say.

— Charles Mayes

Presidential Election 2016 © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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So, it’s election time again!  Despite all the predictions and possibilities, we need to trust God to put the person in office who He wants.  We need to constantly pray about this – that His will, will be done not only in who should be President, but also in our own lives!

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.

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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Curtain Up!

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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.

— Charles B. Mayes

Curtain Up! © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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.

Thank you for following this website. I also appreciate those dropping by for a visit. 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 and Happy New Year!

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Our USA Congress Prayer and Our American Prayer

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Our USA Congress Prayer

We should pray for all in Congress
To know Jesus Christ as their friend.
To know Him personally from within.
To follow God’s Word, start to end.

Jesus Christ is their only Hope
For Salvation of their soul.
To live with God in Heaven
Should be their priority goal.

We need to pray for all of Congress
Who do not follow Him.
He is the only light they have.
Now their trust and Salvation needs to begin.

Our American Prayer

If we all follow Jesus in the USA,
Then our freedom will come back,
Just as it has been taken away.
Pray! . . . Pray! . . Pray!

— Charles B. Mayes

Our USA Congress Prayer and Our American Prayer © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We should pray for our USA Congress and for each other as citizens of this country.  Our only hope is Jesus Christ.

If you have stopped by my site for awhile, I really appreciate you. I also thank my loyal followers who receive this by email or through WordPress. 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 and please pray for our Congress and country!

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

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Our Hope and Prayer

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Our Hope and Prayer

Today 2015
The prophecies
Are being fulfilled
In dynamic ways revealed.

God wants us to trust
Him in all things,
As we watch and pray
Each changing day.

Pray without ceasing,
Pray with your family,
Pray with your friends,
If you want to see amends.

Satan in our land today –
With us doesn’t toy.
Everywhere going –
Destroy! Destroy!! Destroy!!!

God needs to hear our prayers,
As we fervently ask
For mercy –
“Please forgive our nation for the past.”

God powerfully could change this picture,
As we pray, in unity, against Satan’s foils.
Turning this land back to Him,
Making Satan recoil.  Our Hope.

— Charles B. Mayes

Our Hope and Prayer © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

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We need to pray for our country that we will return to God’s paths. Prayer is our only hope.

I really appreciate the followers of my site. Also, if you have stopped by for awhile, I really appreciate it also. 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.

If you would like the change the year in this poem you may for future use.

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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