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Young Shay Prince

Devoted jealousy
Furious as flame
Burned in the fancy
Of young Shay Prince.

Fragmented mind
Fullness of fright
Ran young Shay Prince
From his furious wife.

Insolence trait
Lustihood of mind
Brought young Shay Prince
To cry for his eyes.

Merciless smile
Frankness of style
A woman's scorn
Kills, as young Shay Prince torn.


To die is no new thing

To die is no new thing.
It is as old as life.
Not a day goes by without something passing away,
Whether the skipping butterfly
Or a memory.
Even breath, smell and taste
Greet death and sometimes in a haste.
To die is no new thing,
Cheer's foe or patron, never a day cease,
That she not make a living friend.
Bereavement or songs of flower she brings,
To die is no new thing,
It is as old as life.

Nothing but the truth

A W Tozer once wrote that truth has many facets. By this he meant not that there is no absolute truth, but that truth in Christ is seen and known from any one of a multitude of perspectives, each of which can potentially add to the understanding of his truth. This is one reason why we can never own the truth of Christ, but must be continually challenged and changed by our engagement with it. It is too great for us to absorb completely or to observe from only our own perspective. The next revelation or experience may change our view radically.

This view of perspectives on truth is also important in understanding how we receive information and make judgments today. For instance, how I judge the possible guilt or otherwise of Oscar Pistorius will depend on a number of factors, including what coverage I read, hear or see of his trial. Am I swayed by his emotional condition, the aggression of the prosecutor and the brutality of his tactics, or the pain of the victim’s family? Is the comment…

True humility

True humility loves the hill of Calvary where the king of glory bowed his head and died.

They who are meek will rejoice that this crucified spectacle is their beloved King.

There, 'repentance will shed a contrite tear.'

There, 'faith views with joy the great atonement.'

There, 'love glows with fervent desires to the Friend of sinners.'

There, the way to go is ascertained.

There, the weak are proud. The strong submit.

There, true humility adores his bloody flesh.

There you will go, cleansing your sins

Forsaking pride, forsaking yourself.

There, those who go blind do see.

There, sin does die.

And Love does win.


John Calvin on Lent

John Calvin, some people like him, some people hate him and some people have only heard myths about him. Whatever opinion you may hold concerning the man, he is always a man worth reading.

In his famous Institutes of the Christian religion, John Calvin gives us his opinion on lent. He writes:

Then the superstitious observance of Lent had everywhere prevailed: for both the vulgar imagined that they thereby perform some excellent service to God, and pastors commended it as a holy imitation of Christ; though it is plain that Christ did not fast to set an example to others, but, by thus commencing the preaching of the gospel, meant to prove that his doctrine was not of men, but had come from heaven. And it is strange how men of acute judgment could fall into this gross delusion, which so many clear reasons refute: for Christ did not fast repeatedly (which he must have done had he meant to lay down a law for an anniversary fast), but once only, when preparing for the promulgation of the gosp…

9 Lessons God Teaches Us Concerning Sickness

SICKNESS IS MEANT…1.To make us think, to remind us that we have a soul as well as a body – an immortal soul, a soul that will live forever in happiness or in misery – and that if this soul is not saved we had better never have been born. 2.To teach us that there is a world beyond the grave, and that the world we now live in is only a training place for another dwelling, where there will be no decay, no sorrow, no tears, no misery, and no sin. 3.To make us look at our past lives honestly, fairly, and conscientiously. Am I ready for my great change if I should not get better? Do I repent truly of my sins? Are my sins forgiven and washed away in Christ’s blood? Am I prepared to meet God? 4.To make us see the emptiness of the world and its utter inability to satisfy the highest and deepest needs of the soul. 5.To send us to our Bibles. That blessed Book, in the days of health, is too often left on the shelf, becomes the safest place in which to put a bank-note, and is never opened from Janua…

How Old Is Infant Baptism?

The earliest explicit mention of infant “baptism” in the history of the church is from the African church father, Tertullian, who lived from about A.D. 160 to about 220. He was born in Carthage, studied in Rome for a legal career and was converted to Christianity in about 195. He was the first Christian theologian to write in Latin and exerted significant influence through his apologetic works. The work, de baptismo (Concerning Baptism) was written, evidently between 200 and 206. In it Tertullian questions the wisdom of giving baptism to infants. He says, According to everyone’s condition and disposition, and also his age, the delaying of baptism is more profitable, especially in the case of little children. For why is it necessary—if [baptism itself] is not necessary—that the sponsors should be thrust into danger? For they may either fail of their promise by death, or they may be mistaken by a child’s proving of wicked disposition…. They that understand the weight of baptism will ra…

Pity the Fool

It’s April Fools’ Day, and whatever its origins, the Scriptures have something to say about playing the fool. There is uncertainty about how and when people began mocking the fool on the first day of April. Many think it goes back to sixteenth-century France when the nation changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian. April 1 had been the end of a weeklong festival celebrating the coming of Spring and with it the new year. Now the new year changed to January 1. Some refused to make the switch, or lived in rural areas and didn’t get the word, and were mocked as fools by those who made the change. Others think the origin may be in a scribal error in Chaucer’s Canterbury Talesthat had readers thinking the “Nun’s Priest’s Tale” — and the fox’s fooling of Chauntecleer the vain cock — occurred on April 1 (when Chaucer actually meant May 2). Still others connect the day to celebrations in ancient Rome, Persia, and India. But however murky the true origin of April Fools’ Day, what’s cl…