MY SIN

The price was paid so long ago,

Christ took the death for you!

Cruel death of the cross we contrived,

Just what else could He do?

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Death for sins, all anticipated

Ever since man’s beginning,

In that fullness of times, deliberate!

His death for you containing!

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This substitution had to take place!

Sure His love for sinful man!

“Wages of sin is death!”  The exchange, this

Only God can!

Such substitution has to be accomplished

God’s love for sinful man!

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The repetition sure for effect!

Can such expression be

Ever vibrant enough to

Capture His love for me?

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This accomplishment, price paid in full.

What further could be done?

Son of God, yes, man’s Creator,

To die for everyone!

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“Wages of sin, sure, death!”  All have sinned!

Fallen way short of projection.

God’s projection for all men, in sin

Lost, torn from protection!

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Only God, a God’s protection hand (love),

Could make Him deny

His holiness, so spotlessly pure

To this though, we comply.

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The thought of assuming all men’s sins

Dying in sin for us.

Who never knew sin, spotless Lamb of

God!  And we from the dust!

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“Dust to dust,”  of all mankind said,

But of the body alone

Imperishable the soul lives on

Always with Christ who  atones!

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FROM FEAR TO LOVE

When we finally learn to love Him as we fear Him,

When we recognize the fatherhood of God,

A Father who taught fathers how to cherish

The children reaching up to be adored.

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When we graduate from fearing Him to loving,

The fearing turns to awe of His great power,

We never lose the sense of His provision

His awesome love and grace we have each hour!

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Who, just who can have this confidence within him?

He whose sins have all been nailed up to that cross!

We who placed our sins upon the Savior dying

Believing that for all He suffered loss!

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Believing that the all is whosoever,

The whosoever includes even me!

That all my sins were taken by the Savior

To be forever transferered to that tree.

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I cannot deny the work that He did for me.

I cannot deny the changes made within!

Nor can I ever doubt the promise given

Of forgiveness and pardon from my sin!

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Another promise also He has given

I need not fear sins wages anymore! (1)

The gift of everlasting life is given

The promise of sheer joy on heaven’s shore.

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Oh God, I know that you know I am not worthy,

But because of love You had to die!

Even though the ones You loved all got together

To hate You and reject then crucify! (2)

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(1) Romans 6:23

(2) John 1:11

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Sam Cox 04.09.03

IT WAS LOVE

My heart, spirit, my  everything

Longing soul cries out

To my Maker, Lord, and my King,

What is this life all about?

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Just why did you make us?  Why, why?

Surely You knew we would sin!

Capricious, You are not!  Life of strife

Could never salvation win!

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Winning nothing.   You had to die!

Proof of Your love that is it!

Knowing consequence You would die!

Sin’s wages You assumed it!

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Everything known before it occurred

And that’s what omniscience means!

Perfect in knowledge, everything known!

Surely this is what  it seems!

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We created free moral agents

The meaning I, I can decide,

Sure, where I spend the Eternal Life.

That Deity contrived!

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Meaning, the choice is mine complete!

I decide my own fate!

As Judge sits in His Judgment seat.

I come early or late!

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Sure late it is assumption correct!

Too late to say, I am sorry?

But who can tell where God is concerned?

So I missed the trolley.

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But God was a mind.  Mind of minds!

Nothing improbable!

Thinking worlds!  Into existence!

So what  could be impossible?

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He has to love with our love in return

While His love is consummate.

Desires same but cannot be controlled,

Though it some early or late!

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That thief on a cross, “Remember me…”

Nothing halfhearted there.

His love, just now articulate!

Can anyone’s love compare?

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Thief on that cross “Remember me…” when

What more was needed?

Compassion only Christ’s love in

His death conceded!

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His love made Him do it!

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the Sam  12.19.11

I AM SCUM?

Someday I shall be like Him for I will see Him as He is.

This is not inconceivable the desire is not amiss.

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To be more like The Master in thought, in word, and in deed

Is desirable and natural not signifying greed.

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For geed is not included in the spirit-fruits we see

Gentleness and kindness these will last eternally.

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Patience, love, joy, and peace continue evermore

They litter the fair streets of that everlasting shore!

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The brightest smile imaginable will greet you over there

Whether angel or first arrival the greeting will not be rare!

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Listen up!  We are bought with the blood of the Savior.

We are justified and cleansed from all debased behavior.

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Just as if I had died but God did it for me.

I am cleansed, I am made perfect, I am now forever free!

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Was not righteousness imputed to Abraham by faith?

Reconciled and credited, giving then a perfect slate? (*)

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The witnesses of Hebrews 12, great cloud of scummy folk,

All anticipated heavens joys imputed, not revoked! (**)

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I am scum but I am a child of God!  Please elucidate!

For if I should remain scum I may miss my date!

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(*)  Romans 4:4, 8, 9

(**) Hebrews 11 and 12: 1-3

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Sam Cox 01.20.04

TITANIC THE SECOND

A lot of good work involved in

Titanic number two

Compared to the first one

Much bigger, better, too!

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Yes, it floats and they boasted of

Titanic number one;

“Unsinkable!”  But it sank

Before the cruise was done!

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Just what to say this, that

Good works cannot prepare

Anyone for heaven our

Good works cannot get us there!

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Just faith in God’s grace

That is all the works I need!

I bask in His love and

“In green pastures feed!”

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I have done nothing of real worth

Just love and live and bask

But when God gives inspiration

I consider it my task–

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To produce from inspiration

And glorify His name,

It is because I truly love Him.

Do not want riches or fame!

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And when I get to heaven (*)

I will fall down at His feet

And bask in love and mercy

His great sacrifice complete!

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(*) Think I am being presumptuous?  Think the thief on the cross was, also?

Think you deserve heaven?  Think again!  I will pray for you!

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Sam Cox 01.04

GOD’S BOOK OF LOVE

I am just an old grandfather

As everybody knows.

Of course, they know I stumble

And stagger and it shows.

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Nothing in my hands I bring

To offer or to give.

Simply to this clause I cling,

My life, my love to live.

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Forever through my poetry

My stories and my song.

This old, decrepit soldier

Has lived his life along.

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The sluggish path of hardship

That makes one hard and strong

Says nothing to embellish

Just join the hardship throng.

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This someone called to help me

It was just a simple prayer.

The prayer was providential

For you see God was there.

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A wonderful granddaughter

Prayed this prayer for me,

Find her in God’s book of love

That lasts eternally!

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Sam Cox 12.05.03

GRACE MEANS

No you cannot afford to miss it!  Do not you know forevermore?

Life eternal!  We are immortal!  Cannot take stuff to that fair shore!

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Some folk striving to be better, got to earn my way up there!

We cannot earn it!  Do not deserve it!  Got to go up and get my share!

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Never happen!  You cannot make it; your own righteousness will not do.

Work, work, work, and work some more.  “Not of works,” His Word is true!

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All my goodness, righteousness, filthy rags.  The Bibles call!

I am better man than you are!  Well, okay but watch him fall.

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Cannot you get it through your noggin?  “Not of works lest we boast.”

Jesus paid sins debt completely so you do not end up toast!

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All you need to do is believe it and then gratefully accept!

Alternative?  Keep on striving, grace and mercy then reject.

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No my friend, you cannot afford it.  On your own you cannot depend.

Come to Jesus sins confessing!  Without Him you cannot contend!

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Many years I tried to earn it, tried to work my way to God.

Dismal failure!  Could not cut it until I cried, “Please help me, Lord!”

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He is my Savior!  Daily helper now I must “Abide in Him.” (*)

“Abide in Him” in Him continue!  Yes, it is possible to sin.

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Provision has been made for victory but we must confess that sin. (**)

He is faithful to forgive us and we then may enter in.

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Renewed fellowship with Jesus until we see Him face to face.

Then we shall be like Him in forgiveness, mercy, love, and grace.

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No, I did not have all the answers but I know who I believe.

This I know, my Lord is risen and His Grace I now receive.

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Stop, Stop, Stop striving to be good!  Just abide, “Abide in Him!”

He will lead you to perfection.  Do not give up, “Abide in Him!”

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(*) John 15:4-6 and 10, I John 2:24, 27-28

(**) I John 1:9 read verses 6-10

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Sam Cox 04.15.04