WHAT DO YOU THINK

God’s thoughts are so much higher

Than the thoughts that we devise.

The finite brain cannot comprehend

The infinite in size.

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The scope or the length and breadth

Of anything we see

Not even the same ballpark

That appeals to you and me.

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We pursue the things that fade.

God plans on what endures.

We only see the perishing

While God new life insures!

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Preserve the body, that is man’s aim.

God says, “Save the soul!”

For it is immortal and its scope

Is within God’s control. (*)

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Man works to save mortality.

God’s interest is to see

That every soul on earth has equal

Opportunity!

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To measure up to God’s design,

To receive His love and grace,

To follow in His footsteps,

And, someday, see His face!

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(*) Everything is under Him.

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“Face to Face I shall behold Him.”

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Sam Cox

PARADISE IS (II Corinthians 12:4)

I have no charge from God to keep silent

Over things apocalyptic by device.

No vision from God of the future

As had Paul of third heaven, paradise.

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So why is it considered ludicrous

To contemplate imaginatively

The joys God has planned for His beloved?

Fantastic joys for you and for me.

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We are to comfort one another with these words,

Words about our future God has planned.

Many mansions, so do not be troubled

And positions for many to command. (1)

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Considering the wide open spaces,

(I do not mean deep in the heart of…)

Desert land?  Not nearly space enough!

But galaxies God’s space up above!

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Ridiculous?  No!  I do not think so!

Ridiculous it is to assume

That every orb that God put out there

Is as dead as Mars or the moon!

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So why is it thought of as peculiar

Assuming live planets, out in space?

Did God create voids unpredictably?

Not a chance, considering His grace!

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He is gracious!  He is loving and almighty!

And He said, “I go to prepare…” (2)

In His house we are told, “Are many mansions,”

And by God’s grace there is one for me there!

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(1) “   ruler over many…”

(2) John 14

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Sam Cox

ETERNAL EVERLASTING

“Coming down from God out of heaven?”

New heaven and earth shall be

Forever glorify our King of Kings,

Then we will know eternity!

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Eternity means no more than life evermore!

Eternity is God designed!

Whatever man may boast, all he can do

Only God!  Man halts at that line!

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We will live forever but God always was!

God created everything!

Admit that you cannot understand it all!

Finitely we to Him cling!

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The stars above He has counted them all!

He gave to each one its own name! (1)

Pleiades of Taurus, Antares all the stars

And each one unique, none the same!

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Great is God’s power!  His understanding, too!

Infinite His wisdom! Agree? (2)

Beyond imagination beyond all our means

We are but mortality!

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So now consider His mercy and His grace,

Not just His power but His love!

“Heals the brokenhearted, binds up our wounds.” (3)

Fits us for heaven above!

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A mighty blast of thunder!  Spinning galaxies!

A sparrow falls, what?  The Father sees?

Not only sees He cares!  He reaches out!

By His Spirit, He our spirit frees! (4)

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What more do we seek?  What else do we need?

God’s promise, “Each need I will supply.”

Happiness today!  “Joy unspeakable,” always

Everlastingly.  “The sweet bye and bye!”

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(1) Psalm 147:4

(2) Psalm 147:5

(3)Psalm 147:3

(4) We are God’s sparrows, His eye is on us!

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Sam Cox 04.25.03

(With a lot of help from God!)

ALWAYS THERE

I kept running from Him but He was there.

I kept cursing His name while in His care.

At times He used others to prove His care

But He was there, always there!

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I guess you could call it a fling I had

But whatever you would call it, it was bad.

Like embracing the devil’s every dare

But God was there, always there!

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A cliffhanger really, no foothold near.

No rope to hold me, I truly knew fear

But somehow I made it!  A foothold appeared!

Yes, God was there.  He was there!

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Could ever a friend prove closer than He?

And if there was one I would want Him to be

My constant companion through here or there.

Only God was there, always there!

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Though while having fun or while flying high,

Now this is it!  Now you will surely die!

Would you believe I was in His care?

Yes, He was there, always there!

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With bullets singing their frightening song

And telling your gut, “Bud, you do not have long!”

Through thunderous roar, bombs bursting in air,

God was there, always there!

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So, looking back now I do realize

Around every corner there lay a surprise,

Once more reprieve and not my demise.

God was there, always there!

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Today I wonder, “How could it be?

Why was He there to take care of me?

And give His angels charge over me?

And why is He still always near here?”

Oh yes, He is there, always near!

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Sam Cox 11.20.01

IN HIS IMAGE

You have your Father’s eyes,

His ring is on your finger,

His robe is wrapped about you

Urging you to linger.

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The banquets preparation

Accompany happy sounds!

The banquets in your honor!

Joyous laughter now abounds!

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Your ‘sonship’ re-established,

Forgiveness in the air.

Tears of happiness flow freely

No room for sorrow there!

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Guilt feelings, bad memories

No longer enter here.

The past is gone, forgiven

With not a lingering fear!

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You are studying a portrait

Your Father’s loving face.

It truly is your Father

The eyes so full of grace!

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Your eyes dart to the bottom

A signature with care

Bold, blood red it is written;

Your name is written there!

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Sam Cox 07.15.03

MY LIFE MY LOVE

You brought me out of a killing zone

When I deserved to die.

From the pit of hell You rescued me

I cannot help wondering why.

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But when you said, Your love was true,

I think you meant it well.

For out of hells swirling, moaning throng

You brought me up to dwell!

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To dwell on a higher living plane,

Now free from sordid sins.

Yet, pride is sinful and dwelling there

The light of life bedims.

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So now I am still sinful and knowing this

I cringe until I see

That what I owe to God is myself,

My living destiny! (*)

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Worship means thanks from the undeserving

A thanks that will not be stilled,

From delivered to the deliverer!

From the filler to the filled!

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Now, that is worship!

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(*) Romans 12:1-2

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Sam Cox 11.14.03

THE STORY BE TOLD

“A child shall be born,” Isaiah wrote,

“The wonderful…Prince of Peace…

The mighty God, our counselor… (*)

Whose kingdom shall never cease.”

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Jeremiah too, prophetically

Predicted the king’s success

Saying that righteousness would increase

Through our Lord, our righteousness. (**)

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So many years ago they wrote

These prophesies that we know

Were all fulfilled at Jesus birth

Some two thousand years ago.

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And still today the magic lasts.

It cannot be denied

Though there are many additives

The centuries have supplied.

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Come, take a trip, a Christian church

Hear the message, yes it is true

Even the gifts that the Magi brought

We give and receive ever new.

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(*)  Isaiah 9

(**) Jeremiah 23:6

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Sam Cox 11.07.03