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My one desire.

Posted by appolus on February 18, 2021

This is my one desire Lord, my bright and morning star
That I might never linger, but come to where your are
To press on in to you, until you come into my view
And know you as you are, ever faithful ever true

You are my shining star, which ever leads me on
You are my blessed hope, when all my hope is gone
You are my very sanity, my reason to exist
The power that ever flows through me, the power to resist

This world is ever lost to me, with all its shining lights
A loss that truly set me free, on you I’ve set my sights
Now every day I walk with thee, it is my one desire
To sing the praises of my Lord, to join your heavenly choir

I rejoice here at your altar, I heard your altar call
And I who lived in vanity, now gladly give my all
I wonder at thy glorious grace, that alone has set me free
And the fact that all along, it was right there in front of me

The brightness of your majesty, I can barely handle
It renders the sun above, to but a lowly flickering candle
The vast expanse of ocean to but a single shallow tear
Your glory covers all the earth and consumes the atmosphere

I am completely swallowed up, by one who once was far
You are my Lord, Emmanuel, my bright and morning star
This soul that once was lifeless,now you have set on fire
To walk with you forevermore, this is my one desire

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This is my desire!

Posted by appolus on February 12, 2021

This is my desire Lord, my bright and Morning star. To come to where you are, not to linger from afar but to press on in to you. Outside of thy presence is to wander in an aimless world that has purpose without any true purpose. You are my shining north star that ever leads me on. my hope when hope is gone, my reason to exist, my power to resist. This world with all its shining lights is forever lost to me, a loss that has set me free, taken from forever nights to walk with you in the cool of the day.

To thee I have given my all, you were my altar and I heard you call. And now I wonder at the grace that set me free, and marvel that one so blind can actually see what was there all along right in front of me, thy glorious face. The brightness of thy expression renders the sun to but a flickering candle in the wind. The vast expanse of ocean to but a single tear when thou art near. Consumed by one who once was far, my Lord my God my bright and Morning Star.

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You supplied it all.

Posted by appolus on February 7, 2021

I thank you for the living waters
You poured upon the fires of hell
I thank you that you came and died
And in the dying broke sins spell

I thank you for the rising Lord
Now death itself has no more sting
And in the rising you raised me up
My Lord, my God my eternal King

I thank you for ascension Lord
When you arose and took your seat
Now I lift my eyes to where you are
One with you I’m now complete

I thank you for the glory Lord
Your majesty it knows no bounds
A magnificent scene surrounds your throne
It’s filled with joy and glorious sounds

Praise you for the living waters
Praise you that you came and died
Praise you for the Blood that cleanses
Praise you for all that you’ve supplied.

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Not many seeking the cross.

Posted by appolus on December 13, 2020

You have to fly into the wind
If you want to reach the sky
You have to know something of His cross
For the flesh to suffer and die

There are many lovers of His crown
But few who would suffer loss
Many seek the treasures of heaven
But how many are seeking the cross?

Some only seek the dawns early light
Avoiding the darkness of the night before
No one can ascend to the mountain top
Unless they can negotiate the valley floor

We so often want the fruit of the harvest
Having never put our hand to the plow
We want all the benefits of our Lord
And we want it in the here and the now

The dawn comes to those who suffer the night
And glory to the lifter of His cross
There’s a crown that awaits the suffering saint
And those who gladly suffer the loss

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Broken and set free

Posted by appolus on December 10, 2020

Are you broken are you vanquished and surrendered all the way
Have eyes to see and ears to hear just what the Spirit says
I cannot use a man who’s still standing on his feet
I can only use the man who shall sound a full retreat

Surrendered and broken, humbled and low
Vanquished forever that’s all that I know
When Jesus came in and took all of me
I who was captive, now eternally free

Eternally free, eternally free
I who was captive now eternally free

The day I met my Jesus I was lost and alone
He took me for Himself, no longer my own
I surrendered all, it was no longer me
Belonging now to Jesus broken and set free

Broken and free , broken and free
Belonging now to Jesus, broken and set free.

Now as a broken vessel, His treasure dwells within
And with a heart that’s full of love, no hiding place for sin
Troubles oft surround me yet I am not distressed
For in this full surrender I am truly blessed

I am truly blessed, I am truly blessed
For in this full surrender I am truly blessed

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Who could know?

Posted by appolus on December 4, 2020

Who could know that the child who would walk on water
Was also the Lamb being prepared for the slaughter
Who could know that the man who would heal the blind
Would be reviled, rejected, hated and maligned

Who could know that the man who would walk in peace
Was God Himself,the Christ, a living Masterpiece
Who cold know that the man who would heal the lame
Would baptize, not with water, but with a burning flame

Who could know that the One who would turn water into wine
Was also the Branch, the giver of life, Himself the Grapevine
Who could know that the one who would raise men from the dead
Would die Himself with a crown of thorns upon His Holy head

We know that Christ was made in the likeness of man
He humbled Himself that He might fulfill His Father’s plan
He was obedient unto death and would die upon a tree
He would break the chains of hell and death and set the captives free

Who could know that the child lying there in the manger
Would face the wrath of hell itself and overcome all danger
The heavenly choirs of angels knew and sang with all their might
And the shepherds knew down in their hearts on that glorious starry night.

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He is the Vine

Posted by appolus on November 11, 2020

Oh vine, how precious are you now
I am safe within thy graft
Sap flows to every part of me
Now I am part of something vast

With every part of who I am
I in thee abide
Precious waters flow to me
Like a great incoming tide

Life, I feel it’s precious flow
And in that life I dwell
It’s deep and it’s unquenchable
To me an never ending well

Oh the depths of what has set me free
Abiding in the vine and the vine in me
Just to be part of the Olive tree
Sets my grateful soul on fire

Oh Lord my God now comes the fruit
Tis thy work alone, tis every shoot
Tis all thy work who pruneth me
Who died and rose and set me free

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And the walls come down.

Posted by appolus on September 29, 2020

There is an ocean of pain within her heart
Each chamber filled up to the brim
Full up with tears from all of the years
And in them she perpetually swims

The walls of her heart stands strong as a dam
Mighty bulwarks that hold back the pain
Yet the waters are dangerously close to the top
And dark clouds always threaten to rain

As He lay on the cross His hands were pierced
So to the dam which began to crumble
A life-time of pain and a lake full of tears
Washed away with a frightening rumble

Like Jericho itself the walls came down
And the river flowed again in her heart
He took her to Himself and she was born anew
Eternally and forever set apart

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The four horses of the Apocalypse

Posted by appolus on September 22, 2020

Oh Adam wont you weep for your children in despair
And Eve how can you sleep when theirs hatred everywhere
We have lost our way and know not how we can forgive
For only in the light of love can this world truly live

Hatred and bitterness, this land is in despair
There’s something in the atmosphere, there’s something in the air
Stop just for a moment, and see whats all around
You’re sinking in the miry clay you need some higher ground.

In the name of Jesus I call on you this day
The ruler of the darkness says there’s no time left to play
He is coming in his fury, he is coming for mankind
The dark horse it is riding with the pale horse right behind

We shall either love each other, greet each other with a kiss
Or we shall meet upon the battle-field, on the edge of the abyss
Inflamed with indignant righteousness and blind to one another
If we refuse to love then it is brother against brother

Will you wrap yourself in glory, in impenetrable light
Or shall you march against each other into the darkest night
The red horse it is riding and the white horse right behind
War and conquest, ravenous, shall swallow up mankind.

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The perfect place to hide

Posted by appolus on March 14, 2020

The perfect place to hide

I grasp the hand that beckons me
The nail pierced hand of Calvary
That reaches down through fire and flood
Tis covered by His precious blood

Despite His pain He rescued me
From burning fires and a stormy sea
His hand my only hope tonight
I hold it still, He holds it tight

And by the power of His righteous arm
He keeps me safe from every harm
And this is where I shall be found
On Christ my Rock my solid ground

Now I shall dwell in the secret place
Before your throne and before your face
And the terrors by night and the arrows by day
In your presence, like wax, shall melt away

On solid ground we stand or fall
He surrounds my heart with a fiery wall
And I am perfectly safe inside
His love is the perfect place to hide

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Where swings the sword.

Posted by appolus on February 12, 2020

Who will join me in the valley
Where swings the sword and flows the blood
Where the gates of hell are fully opened
And the enemy comes in like a raging flood

Up and out from these depths He came
His standard fluttering in the wind
Victory in Christ our Lord and Saviour
For every man who ever sinned

Who will lay their burden down
Broken and contrite beneath his feet
Who will be washed in the Blood of the Lamb
Who will march on forever and never retreat

Where swings the sword and flows the blood
In the valleys darkest mire and mud
There march the soldiers to drum and beat
There falls the darkness to utter defeat

In Christ our King we stand or fall
Upon the Truth we are standing tall
One in Him or not at all
The battle belongs to our God.

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My faithful Lord

Posted by appolus on November 26, 2019

Oh Bread of heaven fill my soul
Fill every part of me
Waters from the Rock pour forth
And fill the deepest sea

Oh Lord my God of every pardon
Do not pass me by
For you are full of radiant glory
Which fills the earth and sea and sky

Oh faithful God you hear my cry
For you are ever near
Your mercies are my very life
You Spirit fills my atmosphere

Oh Lord you are my fire by night
The cloud that covers me
You made a way when there was no way
And you opened up the sea

Oh Lord you mastered every storm
Here I stand, still whole
You are the lifter of my head
For you are in control

Oh Lord it’s all within your hand
Today and my tomorrow
Your joy it strengthens all of me
And quenches all my sorrow.

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All that He’s created

Posted by appolus on October 24, 2019

When the heat of the summer’s over
And the leaves begin to fall
And winter fast approaches
I feel so very small

The grandeur of the seasons
Tis God’s own ticking clock
And through the seasons of my life
I’m compelled to simply stop

And survey the wonders of the heavens
That declare the glory of my King
And all around I see His beauty
And to His throne my praises bring

To stand atop the highest mountain
To soar with the eagles up above
To gaze at the stars in all their splendor
Does not compare to His rapturous love

For one so small I stand amazed
In the throne room so serene
For his glory eclipses everything
That I have ever seen

Come now oh children of the Lord
And hear what I have stated
The handiwork of Christ our King
And all that He’s created

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My Father

Posted by appolus on September 21, 2019

My Father who art in heaven,
You are so kind to me
Despite the knowing of it all
And the things in me you had to see

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Hallowed be thy holy name
Your faithfulness is all I see
You love so deep beyond compare
Broke every chain and set me free

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Thy kingdom come thy will be done
Your mercy runs like the river deep
Your glory hides the morning sun
Your nail pierced hands still make me weep

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Thy will be done as it is in heaven
Your grace a marvel to behold
Before your throne a golden river
Full of mercies as yet untold

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Give us this day our daily bread
You fed my hungry starving soul
Your breath of life raised me anew
This brokenness that you made whole

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Forgive us Lord for our trespasses
You redeemed by broken sinful soul
With blood that flowed from Calvary
You died for me and paid the toll

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Let me forgive when I am wronged
And draw me always near to you
To that place of hope and glory
Above the skies of heavenly blue

From my mothers womb you saw it all
You saw me rise you saw me fall
You saw me wander far away
This broken shattered jar of clay

Lead us not into temptation
And draw us now beneath your wing
Deliver us from every evil
My Lord, my God, my All, my King

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Storms and chains and blinding rains

Posted by appolus on July 5, 2019

 

 

I have just released this e-book. It has 77 poems from the valley, from the depths of the trials and the tribulations the Lord has brought be through. They are raw and hold nothing back. They were mostly written in real time, meaning in the midst of whatever trial or valley I was walking through. It is sharable, so if you get it you can share it with as many people as you like at no cost, especially if they are in the depths of a trial or in one of the more narrower parts of the path.

My prayer is that they will manna to the hungry soul and water to those in the wilderness.The number 77 did nor come randomly. When I put them all together there was 76, and so I added one more from a vision I had many years ago to make up the 77. I would consider this my Magnum Opus.

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Fields of Glory

Posted by appolus on March 3, 2019

Latest collaboration between myself and Aileen Gilchrist. I wrote this song based on a vision I had many years ago of what worship looked like in heaven.

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My Poems of 2018-Frank McEleny

Posted by appolus on January 23, 2019

Below are poems that I have wrote in 2018. Every year I start of thinking I might never write another poem, they tend to come like waves, then all is still, until I am stirred again.

My Great God (Jan 14th 2018)

I know what a great privilege it is
For one such as thee to incline thine ear to me
To look upon one without much honor
Not upon what i am but what you would have me to be

You lead and guide with your mercy
And with such perfect grace you deem to look upon my face
I who am the least of the weakest clan
And the very air that I breathe is your exhaled grace

Father in heaven how i love you
You have heard my pleas whilst down upon my knees
I live because of your good pleasure
And have discovered a love that’s deeper than the waters of the seas

 

He took His throne (Jan 20th 2018)

The fruits of victory are not your own
They belong to Him upon His throne
For He it was that died for you
And rose again to take you through

For every part of who you are
It is the Lords and marked by scar
And nail pierced hands and wounded side
Changed you forever from deep inside

And so the victory it is won
And not by deeds that you have done
Tis His alone and looking down
Revealed the thorns that were His crown

He wore this crown for you and me
He paid the price that set us free
And when they rolled away the stone
He rose again and took His throne

 

For the day that Christ was born (Jan 24th 2018)

Daniel slept in the lion’s den
Peter slept in a prison
Jesus slept in the midst of a storm
Aren’t you glad that He has risen

Come lie down in your lion’s den
Sleep if you are in prison
Rest your head in the midst of the storm
For by His Blood you are surely forgiven

It flows when there is no way ahead
It flows when all seems lost
It flows when you are overcome
It flows by a terrible cost

Look up and see the price He paid
Look full upon Calvary’s hill
Then know that when there’s no way ahead
Just stand, covered, and be still

Be still and see the glory of our God
Be still and stand amazed
Sing with all your heart before heavens throne
Lift you voice and let Him be praised

And as you praise in the lion’s den
You will rest in the midst of the storm
You will thank our God in heaven above
For the day that Christ was born.

 

One Heart (Feb 8th 2018)

It was one heart that formed the mountains
It was one heart that tamed the mighty seas
It was one heart that raised me back to life
Twas this one heart I found upon my knees

And with this one heart I am saved forever
And this one heart has opened up the door
This one heart laid the foundations of the world
And in this one heart I will dwell forever more

It was one heart that carved out the valleys
It was one heart that planted all the trees
It was one heart that formed the little babies
Twas this one heart I found upon my knees

And with this one heart I was born again forever
And this one heart will take me gently ore
This one heart created all the heavens
And in this one heart I will dwell forever more

This one heart belongs to God the Father
And the Blood flowed from Jesus Christ His Son
And by the power of the blessed Holy Spirit
We shall all stand together here as one

One heart, one soul, one mind, one Body
One purpose in everything we do
It is this one heart that holds it all together
And it is this one heart that will see us through

 

The sun that never sets (Feb 24th)

When the rainbow bursts into a thousand pieces
And showers down into my heart
And my soul lights up with the colors of heaven
And shines out boldly into the dark

When life and all its ways flood in
And the perpetual winter is here to stay
And spring is just some distant dream
We cannot rise but fall and pray

We know there’s a bright and morning star
That rises through the depths of winters loss
And the Balm of Gilead soothes our pain
Yet we know we shall never be the same again

And twilight echoes in the sky above
Cascading down in a shower of love
And the memories fade but linger yet
Like the setting of a sun that will never truly set.

 

Lay me down (Feb 27th 2018)

Lay me down in a troubled land
I shall ever rest in the palm of your hand
My soul is refreshed by the waters of your Life
You are the Husband and the Body is your wife

I shall shout for joy from the depths of my soul
For I was broken and you made me whole
You lifted me up when I was down
It’s in Your love that I now abound

I have never hungered in a famined land
Even when I fall you make me stand
Your Living waters refresh my soul
You have replaced what my enemy stole

My leaf has not withered even in the drought
And from the mountain-tops you shall hear me shout
Glory hallelujah to the King of all the nations
I stand here not on sand but on your firm foundation

I have known your favor and Your grace rescues me
I an surrounded on every side like the deepest sea
The radiance of your beauty lights up my whole world
And Your banner over me is simply love unfurled

 

The Strings of my Heart (Mar 2nd 2018)

Wind of the Spirit play the strings of my heart
Discover who I am, each and every part
I stand before you my heavenly King
You look at me and see everything

Nothing hidden, no secrets just you and me
With eyes ablaze that can truly see
Your Blood and your love they cover my sin
And with coals of fire I am cleansed from within

There is fire in your Blood that flows from the cross
And love from above that’s more than all loss
My thoughts of these things are so very few
When I consider that now I am found in you

The strings of my heart play a glorious song
As I am swept up in a heavenly throng
The hand of My God plays a sweet melody
My heart’s in Your hand and forever shall be.

 

Towers of lost tears (Mar 6th 2018)

I was born under an angry sky
At the edge of the world in darkness
A place where the rain never ceased to fall
And boys grew up to be heartless

Tears were banished right from the start
And the foundations of the walls that surrounded our heart
Were laid deep in our souls and minds every day
It was a well-worn path and there was no other way

And the wind blew hard upon the window pane
There was never-ending darkness and never-ending rain
And the hearts of the boys grew dark in the night
Only in your dreams could you run and take flight

Still the morning would come and darkness remained
Look out of the window and it continually rained
Every blow to the heart another brick in the wall
The more you laid bare the more it grew tall

The land of broken hearts is full of high towers
Tis a black and white land ruled by darkened powers
Towers of lost tears and towers of pain
Tis full of dark clouds and continual rain

Yet there were some who spoke of a world of light
Where tears could fall and no continual night
This world had a King who had come to this land
They put nails in His feet and nails in His hand

The powers of darkness screamed in delight
As they pierced His side, this King of the Light
He had come to replace the hearts that were broken
With power and love in every word He had spoken

So they nailed the Word to the cross that day
Then they took Him down and in the cave He would lay
And they rolled a stone just to shut Him in
And the darkness fell and rejoiced in its sin

And the brokenhearted wept for their King
He had taught them to pray and taught them to sing
Yet the rain and the darkness seemed to prevail
By the power of the sword and the power of the nail

Then out through the darkness broke forth a great light
The rolled away stone revealed a glorious sight
The grave could not hold Him and death was defeated
Look up to the throne and see where He’s seated

Our King was victorious, the chains they were broken
Those asleep in the darkness were gloriously awoken
In victory He arose, He had shattered deaths spell
In the land of broken hearts the towers fell

The captives came forth their hearts were renewed
And the powers of darkness were finally subdued
No longer prisoners of the darkness and pain
Their tears were recovered and they fell like rain

 

When the sun breaks through (Mar 12th)

In my darkest moments, in the deepest seas
When deep dark waters overwhelmed my soul
I lifted my hand and raised my eyes
To see the sun break through cloudy skies

When the storm was raging and the thunder roared
And my enemy assaulted me on every side
I lifted my hand and raised my eyes
To see the sun break through cloudy skies

When hope had vanished and despair set in
And fear once again raised its ugly head
I lifted my hand and raised my eyes
To see the sun break through cloudy skies

When I was broken and all alone in the night
And the darkness tried to consume the light
I lifted my hand and raised my eyes
To see the sun break through cloudy skies

I lift my hands and raise my eyes
To see your glory ever fill the skies
Rend the heavens and let your glory fall
For you are my Lord, and you’re my all in all

 

Only in Him (Mar 27th 2018)

When you are everything
To everybody else
You will often find
That you will lose yourself

Everyone around you
Holds you lest they fall
Inside your often dying
Outside your standing tall

When all is said and done
You know it’s He Alone
If not you walk on sinking sand
And not upon the Stone

The Rock is everything
Tis the corner and the whole
And when you stand upon it
It replenishes your soul

In Christ alone we stand or fall
We approach in Him or not at all
In Him we run and never tire
In Him we fly and ever higher

 

Stephen (Mar 28th 2018)

When I was very young
A star fell from the sky
How could something beautiful
Falter and then die

The light of life shone brightly
In the struggle and the pain
And though the light it soon was gone
I’ll see that light again

Only six months in the womb
He fought for every breath
After two days here among us
His life gave way to death

Yet that star that fell from heaven
That star that shone so bright
Left his mark on me forever
Like the stars that shine at night

So Stephen, Daddy loves you
And no matter where I roam
The day is near upon us
When I’ll be coming home

Then I’ll be with you in the night sky
Perhaps I’ll sit you on my knee
When I join you in the light of Christ
Where we shall ever be.

 

And on it goes-relationships between fathers and sons. (Apr 5th 2018)

Every beat of my heart
Is the sound of footsteps in the dark
Searching,pleading, looking ,for you
Looking to find you, looking to be found

Can you see me, do you know me?
Do you even want to?
The heart keeps beating and I keep walking
Looking and looking, never dreaming of stopping

Then the steps slow down
And the heart begins to beat slower
The momentum reaches the apex then begins to fall
Slowly at first, not really noticeable, until there is nothing at all

Cant really hear the steps anymore
Maybe there are none and the heart has failed
There is only silence in the darkness, its very still
Striving’s gone, fatigue sets in and drowns the will

Somewhere in the dark
I hear the unmistakable sound of footsteps
I hear my own sons heartbeat, he says I’m over here
I stay there hidden in the darkness, the darkness is fear

And now I who searched
Hold my breath lest my heartbeat gives a sound
I don’t know why, maybe I do, maybe that’s the way it is
Running, hiding in the darkness, now it is I not wanting to be found.

 

My Defender (Apr 12th 2018)

On the solid Rock I’m standing
Safe from all the shifting sands
Jesus, Lord my God and Saviour
Holds me in His precious hands.

Who will harm me in my tower
High it is above the waves
Safe and Holy is my shelter
Jesus Christ my Saviour saves

I will sleep in peace and safety
At His feet I’ll surely rest
My corner stone and strong high tower
Stands with me through every test

So here I stand, there is no other
place that I would rather be
Upon the Rock of all the ages
Who stands upon the stormy sea

 

Lord of sky and sea (Apr 13th 2018)

Heavenly Father Lord of sky and sea
Forever you shall reign throughout eternity
The skies may fall and the seas run dry
Yet we who are yours, oh we shall never die

We magnify our glorious King of Kings
Listen closely hear the angels sing
Of who you are and who you’ll ever be
You came and died so we’re forever free

Omnipotent Father, Love that knows no end
You are our Master, Saviour Lord and friend
We bow before you and we raise our hands
Your throne in heaven it forever stands

Chorus

Now I shout from the mountains high
I belong to you, I belong to you
Let no one ever doubt that I
Am yours till the day I die.

 

My eyes shall see (May 1st 2018)

Oh Lord my God when day is almost over
And night it comes a knocking at my door
The darkness comes and threatens to consume me
And life has left me dying on the floor

Chorus

I’ll cry to you with all that is within me
My tears shall fall into your loving hands
And then once more on mountains or in valleys
My eyes shall see the one for me who ever stands

Verse 2

So Lord my God I shall forever love you
Though many tears and trials are mine to own
Your light it shines upon me in the darkness
And it’s your light, your light that leads me home

Chorus

I’ll cry to you with all that is within me
My tears shall fall into your loving hands
And then once more on mountains or in valleys
My eyes shall see the one for me who ever stands

Verse 3

When all my days are gone and are behind me
I’ll lift my eyes and see where I belong
It’s in your arms and there I’ll rest forever
I’ll walk with thee and join the heavenly throng

 

Love is the wound that bleeds (May 15th 2018)

Love becomes the wound that bleeds
From nail pierced hands and wounded side
And breaks the bread and many feeds
And forms the shadow in which we hide

Love is the blow taken in my stead
The healing balm of Gilead
The narrow path that He has tread
That led Him on to Calvary

Love is the thorn that pierced His brow
And jagged stripes upon His back
He loved me so I know not how
Hell’s hold on me began to crack

Love is the blow taken in my stead
The healing balm of Gilead
The narrow path that He has tread
That led Him on to Calvary

Love is the cry “I am forsaken”
This cry is heard before the throne
And in the valley the bones awaken
As love hangs there and dies alone

Love is the blow taken in my stead
The healing balm of Gilead
The narrow path that He has tread
That led Him on to Calvary

Love is the stone that is rolled away
The tomb that once was occupied
Now sees the light of a brand new day
The angels sang and they testified

Love is the blow taken in my stead
The healing balm of Gilead
The narrow path that He has tread
That led Him on to Calvary

Love has conquered hell and death
And healed the mortal wounds of man
Whose praises rise with every breath
And cover all of heavens span

Love is the blow taken in my stead
The healing balm of Gilead
The narrow path that He has tread
That led Him on to Calvary

 

To be where thou art (May 18th 2018)

There are dark clouds on the horizon
The storms are never far away
I’ve walked through never ending rains
And suffered many mortal pains
but in the midst of every day
I see the sun behind the clouds
I know that there are blue skies there
And I know that you are every where
Which is why I sing to you

Jesus Jesus, Saviour Lord to me
An never ending blue sky that sets my spirit free
You are my Lord you are my God
The silver lining of my heart
I’ll overcome the trials of life
To be where thou art

Thou art with me through the night-time
Your my light that shines the way
I’ll walk with your forever more
My love who never did keep score
Your in my heart and ever there to stay
My God who is high and lifted up
Who always fills my empty cup
Which is why I sing to you

Jesus Jesus, Saviour Lord to me
An never ending blue sky that sets my spirit free
You are my Lord you are my God
The silver lining of my heart
I’ll overcome the trials of life
To be where thou art

I’ll walk through every violent storm
Just to be where thou art
To be where though art.

 

We live (May 21st 2018)

We live because another died
We laugh because another cried
We rise because another fell
And rose again and conquered hell

I’m blameless because another took my blame
I’m unashamed for another took my shame
I’m no longer guilty for another took my guilt
And upon firm foundations a temple He has built

I am righteous for another took my place
I am saved for another ran the race
I am healed for another took my blows
And I’ll follow Him where ere He goes

My Lord my God my substitute
You are my vine and very root
I love because you first loved me
You died to set the captive free

You rule and reign forever more
Your the sheep for the gate, you are my door
You beckon me to walk right through
To come and rule and reign with you

 

What will the world see? (May 22nd 2018)

With every passing year
The seasons grow more impatient
With alarming speed they rush on by
Yet I slow down and I ponder why

The leaves fall from the trees
And gather together on the ground
And the wind comes and blows them all away
Every leave seems to be like a single day

As my own leaves begin to fall away
And I am being slowly stripped
of all my former beauty, as it falls to the ground
And I look around for my youth, and it can no longer be found

Finally I stand there in the middle of the field
All the foliage is gone, its just me
And the snow begins to fall all around
It gathers together deeply on the ground

The very essence of who I am now stands
The culmination of the years
I find that I am what I have been
There is nothing that was unforeseen

For inner beauty, even when the foliage is gone
remains, for it is who we truly are
Even in the depths of winter, covered in silver gray
The beauty of who we are is here to stay

The tree is always the tree no matter the foliage
And when the tree is all stripped away, there we are
The many seasons of our life has fallen to the ground
And leaves us standing there, with the leaves all around

And then the wind blows and the days and years are gone
The final season arrives in the midst of our last winter
And when there is no more cover for our old and dying tree
Will you be happy with what the world can see?

 

I can do no thing (May 24th 2018)

You can’t have a valley without a mountain
You can’t have living waters without a fountain
You cannot be a bird without wings
There aint no violins without strings

You can’t have a storm without the rain
You can’t be hurt in this life without pain
You cannot have the sun without a shadow
You cannot take the knocks without the blow

You cannot cry without shedding tears
You cannot be brave without overcoming fears
You cannot walk upon the water unless you look into His eyes
Anymore than a bird without his wings can ever hope to fly

You cannot build a new life without the old one coming down
You cannot shy away from life if you hope to wear the crown
You cannot stand for Jesus if you will not stand for truth
Sometimes to get your healing you have to tear a hole right through the roof

You cannot win the race if you refuse to run
You cannot see God’s glory if you cannot see God’s Son
You cannot win the war if you refuse to fight the battle
You cannot walk in power if you cannot wear the mantle

The valley teaches me to appreciate the mountain
Living waters teach me to appreciate the crystal fountain
The storms they teach me how to keep my eyes on Him
The beauty of His holiness teaches me to hate sin

In the end I have learned that I can do no thing
I cannot hear the violins nor hear the angels sing
Unless you give me ears to hear and eyes to truly see
And wings to cause my heart to soar and set my spirit free

 

Be still my soul (Aug 17th 2018)

Dear Father Lord, be still my soul today
Please fill me with your grace, as I walk along the way
For each new day, I arise with the morning light
And renew my strength and gird my loins to aid me in the fight

Be still my soul that I may hear my beating heart
And know with every beat, of whom I am a part
I in You and You in me, this stone shall find its place
As you build your Holy Temple and we gaze upon your face

Be still my soul and know just who you serve
Your grace it grants me favor, and not what I deserve
For when you found me Lord, I was surely dead in sin
And then you cried ” come forth my son,” and there was life within

Be still my soul and rest in pastures green
Our Lord has gone before us, to a place no eye has seen
Now rest beside still waters, then rise with each new day
Trust not thy understanding, then He will lead the way

Be still my soul come lay your burden down
Be patient in thy sufferings, and you shall wear a crown
Glory in your tribulations, for they will teach you how
To humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, to bend the knee and bow

Be still my soul then you shall hear His voice
So even in the depths,your heart shall still rejoice
And when the roll is called up yonder and the days they are no more
We shall sing the glories of the Lord on that golden distant shore

As the waters cover the sea (Sept 23rd 2018)

Though the fig tree shall not blossom
And no fruit hangs from the trees
Nor field’s of wheat for harvest
Nor fish found in the seas

I shall rejoice in the Lord my God
He is the God of my salvation
He makes me strong when I am weak
And is a light to every nation

He takes me up to higher ground
And sets my spirit free
To dance and sing and praise His name
And to come on bended knee

Even in the midst of judgement
He shall not forget His mercy
And His glory will cover all the world
And He is water to the thirsty

He is freedom to the ones in chains
He is food to those who hunger
And to those who are so very weak
The Lord is so much stronger

He is your strength to carry on
He is your strong high tower
He has filled you with His Holy Ghost
And so endued you with His power

So glorify the Living God
For His mercy endures forever
He is strong when you are weak
And has the power to deliver

Walk on dear saint you’re not alone
For your God He sits upon His throne
Night and day He never sleeps
He is the comforter to all who weeps

So in the midst of darkness stand in light
Walk in the day for comes the night
When the enemy roars in like a mighty flood
We shall not drown who are covered by His Blood

 

Clothe me in your love (Sept 28th 2018)

Open up your heart oh Lord
And clothe me with your love
Surround me with your glory Lord
For I could never get enough

I’ve walked through many desert lands
And the nights were very cold
Yet I am wrapped in your great love
And your glory forever takes its hold

I have run through many fires and floods
And never drowned nor was engulfed
For I am hid in the depths of your heart
And my enemies were repulsed

I have climbed the tallest mountains
And there seemed no way ahead
Yet you oh Lord you strengthened me
And showed me steps that must be tred

I have traversed the deepest valley’s
In the darkness you held me fast
Your light it shone in golden streams
And led me home at last

I have run the race that you have set
I have lived to tell your story
And now that you’re so very near
I am surrounded by your glory

 

Draw me ever nearer. (Oct 7th 2018)

Anoint me Lord for all my days
That I may walk with you a ways
Not just to follow where you led
But walk to where you died and bled

To walk with you sets my heart on fire
To walk with you lifts me ever higher
Not only shall I take your lead
But stand and fight and die and bleed

For I could follow from afar
And you could be my true north star
But when we walk both hand in hand
Forever on the Rock I stand

Tis one thing Lord to follow You
Believe the Word every part be true
It’s another for the world to see
That you Oh King doth dwell in me

For then I am both salt and light
And they behold your glorious sight
Your perfect love casts out all fear
When you to me are very near

Draw nigh to me then I to you
With power from on high endue
Then you shall walk each day with power
And know you need me every hour

 

You are not alone (Oct 25th 2018)

You may feel very lonely saint, but you are not alone
There is one who walks with you and sits upon His throne
You may feel very tired, this old world has got you down
But the one who dwells within your heart will always be around

You may be troubled on every side but know you will survive
For remember you were dead in sin but now you are alive
The light that dwells within you is the light from up above
He breathed into your very lungs and filled your heart with love

You may have battled with despair but joy comes in the morning
The darkness tries to lie to you and fill your heart with mourning
Yet deep within your very heart sits the one upon His throne
And then when all seems lost to you, you’ll find your not alone

He is our very present help in the times we are in need
For the one for whom the Son sets free is surely free indeed
Free to call upon His name in the darkness or in the light
He’s with us through deep waters and He guides us through the night

So precious saint consider this, consider His great love
Consider He came down to us from the glories of above
He loves you so He died for you He will never leave you alone
He forever intercedes for you before His Father’s throne

 

The Lion roars and I am free (Nov 28th 2018)

I thank you Lord for broken chains
I thank you Lord that our God reigns
In heaven above and the earth below
You came that all the world might know

That heaven’s gates are opened wide
And flowing waters run deep inside
And I am redeemed and forever set free
And before your throne I’ll forever be

The Lamb of God rises in my heart
The Blood of the Lamb covers every part
Of who I am and forever shall be
The Lion roars and I am free

I run to you my Lord and King
Once had no voice but now I sing
Like a bird that rises on the eternal breeze
To the one who loves and forever frees

I thank you Lord for your holiness
I thank you Lord when I’m in distress
That you are there like you said you would
And in the depths of me I am understood

The Lamb of God rises in my heart
The Blood of the Lamb covers every part
Of who I am and forever shall be
The Lion roars and I am free

The Lion roars and I am free
The lion roars and I am free

 

Soldiers of the valley (Dec 6th 2018)

The bones are rising in the valley
The wind of the Spirit’s drawing near
Like a flood He is raising up a standard
That sweeps away every doubt and fear

An army’s rising in the desert
A broken people devoted to His name
At their head rides the Lord of all salvation
For since they met Him they have never been the same

Their songs of battle rises to the heavens
And all the world is shaken by the noise
The gates of hell begin to crack and crumble
And the hosts of heaven marvel and rejoice

Listen closely ye soldiers of the valley
Overcomers in the name of Christ the Lord
We are marching onwards unto glory
Behind the one who ever wields the sword

So march on my brothers and my sisters
And stand now for all the world to see
In lockstep we shall ever stand together
We are marching right on to victory

For we know the outcome of the battle
And we know what surely lies ahead
For we, the army of the risen
Once lay broken, battered cold and dead

Now we are the dry bones risen
To the heights of heaven we have scaled
The breath of life came down into the valley
He breathed out life and His soldiers all inhaled.

 

If I die (Dec 18th 2018)

If I ever have to leave you
Just know that I’ll be there
I’ll be the bird that sings the morning song
And the sunlight in your hair

When you see the wind blow in the trees
And at night the falling star
And you hear the whispers in the breeze
You will know that I’m not far

For our love so true shall never end
It was birthed from God above
He took His ink and thus He penned
The story of our love

And so before the world began
Our story it was written
And across the heavens it did span
That you and I be smitten

So even though I leave you now
And my time on earth be finished
Yet listen love please hear me now
Our love is not diminished

It was by His hand it came to life
This love that’s made us one
And forever you shall be my wife
And shine like the eternal sun.

 

He is my mast. (Dec 30th 2018)

The storm is raging all around
And it seems you’ll be swept away
Wave after wave assaults your soul
Will you see the light of another day?

In that desperate moment when all is lost
You lash yourself to the mast
That it may hold you firm in the mighty storm
And all your hopes upon Him you have cast

Who will you cling to when all is lost
Who is your solid ground
Who sticks closer than a brother to you
When no one else can be found

Who is a Father to the fatherless
And who gladly took your place
Who comforts you when no one’s around
Who’s love is amazing grace?

In Christ our King we stand or fall
To you and I He’s all in all
In every dark and stormy night
He gives us strength to stand and fight

He is our Mast and we are one
And He shall finish what He’s begun
He is the ground beneath our feet
He is our Lord the Mercy seat

Take hope my child I stand with you
And I will lead and guide you through
Through wind and rain and stormy gale
In I alone you shall prevail

As the night is lit with lightening flashes
From this darkness shall come beauty from ashes
I rebuke the wind and still the waves
I am still the Lord who ever saves

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Silent night and the glories of God

Posted by appolus on December 29, 2018

I know Christmas is over and many folks will be glad of it. I myself am not a big fan of what we call Christmas today, yet, one of my favorite hymns is Silent night. It was written originally as a poem by Joseph Mohr in 1816. In the very place that gave us Mozart from the city of Salzburg, Mohr was born into poverty and shame, being an illegitimate son of a soldier who abandoned the pregnant mother. He never became rich or famous and indeed the source of the song was unknown for decades after that. Hans Gruhber who composed the melody for the poem had a similar poor background. These two men from the very lowest parts of society, gave us the world’s most famous Christmas Carol, but to me it is not a “Christmas Carol,” but a song of worship and adoration. Consider these lines …………..

Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!……………..

Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,

These are words of adoration and glory and beauty. Just imagine glories streaming from heaven above and being enveloped in them, or radiant beams of glorious light shining from the face of Jesus and manifesting themselves in grace that dispels the darkness. Even as i write this it brings tears to my eyes, my hand reaching up into the glories of heaven. I think of this song being sung at the very dawn of WW1 as the Germans and the allies come out of their trenches and embrace one another. The love of God Himself compelling them to lay down their arms and reach out to the “other side,” in love and common faith. And the great tragedy of darkness that followed.

Songs like this should be sung every week, then we too might catch a glimpse of glory streaming from heaven above with radiant beams of grace and mercy shining into a world that so desperately needs Jesus. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, every day is a day as unto Him.

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If I die

Posted by appolus on December 18, 2018

If I ever have to leave you
Just know that I’ll be there
I’ll be the bird that sings the morning song
And the sunlight in your hair

When you see the wind blow in the trees
And at night the falling star
And you hear the whispers in the breeze
You will know that I’m not far

For our love so true shall never end
It was birthed from God above
He took His ink and thus He penned
The story of our love

And so before the world began
Our story it was written
And across the heavens it did span
That you and I be smitten

So even though I leave you now
And my time on earth be finished
Yet listen love please here me now
Our love is not diminished

It was by His hand it came to life
This love that’s made us one
And forever you shall be my wife
And shine like the eternal sun.

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Soldiers of the valley

Posted by appolus on December 6, 2018

The bones are rising in the valley
The wind of the Spirit’s drawing near
Like a flood He is raising up a standard
That sweeps away every doubt and fear

An army’s rising in the desert
A broken people devoted to His name
At their head rides the Lord of all salvation
For since they met Him they have never been the same

Their songs of battle rises to the heavens
And all the world is shaken by the noise
The gates of hell begin to crack and crumble
And the hosts of heaven marvel and rejoice

Listen closely ye soldiers of the valley
Overcomers in the name of Christ the Lord
We are marching onwards unto glory
Behind the one who ever wields the sword

So march on my brothers and my sisters
And stand now for all the world to see
In lockstep we shall ever stand together
We are marching right on to victory

For we know the outcome of the battle
And we know what surely lies ahead
For we, the army of the risen
Once lay broken, battered cold and dead

Now we are the dry bones risen
To the heights of heaven we have scaled
The breath of life came down into the valley
He breathed out life and His soldiers all inhaled.

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