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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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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Grandma’s Club House

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Grandma’s Club House

Grandma made a Club House
For her grandchildren to delight.
She wanted to be in touch with them
To be remembered when out of sight.

Her loving heart planned it –
Some PVC pipes and curtains.
She built it with her handy hands.
It was appealing to be certain.

So she can tell the stories
From the Bible, so well,
Like David and Goliath
And Jonah and the Whale.

And then a song or two:
Jesus Loves Me.
Jesus Loves all The Little Children
From sin He will set them free.

To get the young kids thinking
About God and all He does,
To bring them close to Jesus
And our Father up above.

They excitedly visit Grandma
To hear the stories, more,
And Grandma’s love of Jesus
Right inside that Club House door.

— Charles B. Mayes

Grandma’s Club House © 2016 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

Grandmas are special people to their grandchildren.  There is a relationship between them which no other person can fill.  When a grandmother has a concern for her grandchildren in teaching them about the Lord, this is a beautiful thing – one which is sacred in God’s sight.

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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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

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 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.

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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Uncooked Poetry

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Uncooked Poetry

Molly sits on the bed
Not feeling very good.
She’s trying to read
Like every night she should.

Then Mother thinks of what could be the matter,
And then she knows what might.
“What have you been reading
Before bed tonight?”

“Just some poetry.
For me that’s very right!”

“No wonder you’re feeling ill,”
(As Mother examines the book carefully)
“This poetry’s uncooked.
Can’t you see?”

“There are no rhyming words
At the end of every other line,
And just because there’re fancy words
This doesn’t make healthy verse and fine.”

“You’re not feeling well yet,
But I have the answer, dear.
You need to read some edited rhyming verse
Which will make everything real clear.”

Then Molly felt all right that night,
As she took the plunge
Into fully cooked poetry,
She read all the poems one by one.

— Charles B. Mayes

Uncooked Poetry © 2015 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.

With this entry, I take a lighthearted jab at non-rhyming poetry. However, we can use many styles of poetry to get messages across that touch persons, sometimes very deeply.

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!

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

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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 !

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

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