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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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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Halloween Outreach

Halloween Outreach

(I Corinthians 9:22)

The church down the street
Has a yearly Halloween treat
For the neighbor children
Who think it’s pretty neat.

Inside the children sit
Watching a ventriloquist
Telling the Gospel story
Putting on it a new twist.

Some are over playing games:
A Pumpkin bean bag toss,
Yellow numbered ducks in a pond,
A Do-It-Yourself painted Cross.

There’s a bouncy house
On the playground.
A long eager line,
Up and down, up and down

Costumed kids walking by.
Adults doing a prayerful act –
Giving out candy
And Halloween gospel tracts.

The outreach is held every year
To take something secular
And make it into something
Godly spectacular!

— Charles B. Mayes

Halloween Outreach © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

When churches reach out to children and their families then wonderful things happen for them, and for the church itself. The mission of the church is to touch lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all ways possible.

“I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.”  (Holy Bible – I Corinthians 9:22 – NIV)

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My Home Church

My Home Church

(Philippians 1:6)

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
Leaving wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

Those members,
Through Christ’s blood bought,
Loved on and guided me
To make me what I ought.

The choir singing bright
With the soloist touching my heart.
The Preacher preaching
God’s message impart.

In Sunday School,
The Bible faithfully taught
From sweet babies to precious Seniors,
The Word eagerly sought.

Before and after service,
Fellowshipping and praying for each other.
Showing our care and concern –
Sisters and brothers.

Times weren’t always good.
There were up and downs,
But God pulled us through,
Faithful to turn things around.

Thinking of my home church,
With some here and some gone.
They leave wonderful memories
That constantly live on.

— Charles B. Mayes

My Home Church © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

[Image and Extra Text from my Home Church Newsletter – The Harbinger.]

We may be members of several churches in our lifetime.  But dear to many of our hearts is our Home Church where we first came to Jesus Christ and where we first drank of the milk of His Word.  We have many fond memories of those ones who taught us his Word, perhaps since our infancy, and who cared for us.

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The Scoutmaster’s Minute

 

 

 

 

The Scoutmaster’s Minute

The Scoutmaster’s Minute,
The Scoutmaster’s Mile,
Are both nonstandard measures,
But they’ll make you smile.

Whether up in front,
At the meetings, camp, or awards,
The Scoutmaster’s the leader,
And the boys are never bored.

He encourages the boys
To be good winners – and losers.
The visionary, the prod,
This humble man of God.

In the parking lot,
He leads a circle of prayer,
For safety, strength, and unity,
Of Jesus to make them aware.

In the great outdoors,
At the camp,
A love for God’s creation
On each boy is stamped.

On the trail
The mile may really be longer,
But with his help
The boys become much stronger.

The Scoutmaster’s Mile,
The Scoutmaster’s Minute,
Somewhat longer
But it’s worth Who’s in it.

The Mile and Minute
For Troop 777.
The boys will rally ’round –
A little closer to Heaven.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Scoutmaster’s Minute © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The Scoutmaster (Boy Scouts of American) who is a Christian in a church sponsored troop, and the Christian Troopmaster (Trail Life USA) in their dedication do much more than just teach backpacking and leadership skills.  They also help the boys develop a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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The Empty Classroom

The Empty Classroom

The classroom was empty,
Not a child in their chair.
For summer vacation
Was already there.

The teacher looked out,
Not one hand in the air.
No questions to answer,
No books to repair.

Hurt fingers and feelings,
There were none.
No laughter,
No fun.

No lessons of Bible,
Math, Reading,
Or tests.
No games and all of the rest.
Another class,
Another year,
It was the best!

He thought of each child,
Looked at notes he’d received
Saying, “I love you.”
His heart – it was grieved.
To lose such a class
Who could replace?
A tear gently dropped down his face.

But now to prepare
For another year to come.
To show a new class
The love of God’s Son.

And this scene repeated
Until through heaven’s door
The Christian teacher will walk
To the Classroom once more.

But this time he sits
With his students in place
In that never empty Classroom
Looking at the Master Teacher’s face.

— Charles B. Mayes

The Empty Classroom © 2017 by Charles B. Mayes.  All Rights Reserved.

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The dedicated Christian School teacher does much more than teach the 3 Rs.  They also teach the 4th R of Righteous in Jesus Christ!

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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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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.]

Welcome to my new followers!  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

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