CHRISTIAN POEMS AND DEVOTIONALS FOR THE SEARCHING AND WEARY- CHRIST WASHES THE FEET DISCIPLES
SELECT FROM LIST BELOW A POEM, PRAYER, OR A TESTIMONY TO READ BY CLICKING ON THE TAB BELOWOverwhelmed, help overwhelming, lost home, bankruptcy Christian free bookBE BOLD WITH ZEAL FOR JESUSIMPORTANCE OF NEED TO STUDY OLD TESTAMENT TO UNDERSTAND CHRISTIANITYI'M WRONG, DEAD WRONG, I NEED GOD AND THE WAY OF GOD, YES, GODS LOVE, GOD HEAL ME.I, SHUDDER, AT FRAGILE NATURE OF LIFETHE HOLY BIBLE PROMISES FROM GOD IN BIBLE SCRIPTURES,INDEX - ALL WEB PAGESRELIVE PRECIOUS MEMORIESLORD JESUS, CHRIST REDEEMER WHO DIED FOR OUR SINSI WANT TO LIVE MY LIFE FOR GODMY WALK WITH GOD TOO SLOWDO YOU BELIEVE GOD IS SPIRIT?TURN ANGER TO PITY WHEN HURTGODLY SHORT LOVE POEM, CHRISTIAN INSPIRATIONAL POETRYBY FAITH IN JESUS, NOT WORKS, YOU ARE SAVEDGARDEN OF PRAYER, THE HIDDEN GARDEN,POEM ON HEALING LIGHT OF GODCAN'T GO TO SLEEP, LORD JESUS HELP MENEW LIFE IN JESUSPOEM TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD AS FOUND IN THE BIBLEGOD'S RAINBOW JOY FOR USTRUTH BE TOLD ABOUT GOD, THE WAY OF GOD, JESUS AS LORD, LET US REST IN GODOUR GOD IS AWESOME TESTIMONYDISCERNING SPIRITUAL GIFTS - DISCERNMENT THAT JESUS IS LORDWHY CAN I NOT SLEEP !DOES HEAVEN AWAIT YOU?BE MY FRIEND POEMNEED PASSPORT FOR HEAVENMUSIC FOR THE SOUL IN TIMEWHAT IS HEAVEN IIKE?COMING TO JESUS AT DEATHUNWANTED CHANGE IN LIFE!NEED DIRECTION FROM GODGLORY OF GOD SHINE ON MENO ONE WANTS ME ANYMORE, RETIREMENTGRACE FROM GOD, CHRISTIAN GRACE, GOD AND GRACE, POEM BY THE GRACE OF GODEARLY CHRISTIANITY WISDOM PERSECUTIONWHY ME? WHERE ARE YOU GOD, HELPTESTIMONY OF PEACE OF MIND UNCTION, BEAUTIFUL INSPIRING UNCTION OF GODRUE TESTIMONEYTURN YOUR EYES ON JESUS, HYMNOVERCOME ADVESITY, AS GOD HELPED JOBGIFT OF LIFE, DIRECTION OF YOUR LIFEARE YOU HEAVEN OR HELL BOUND?LIVE A HOLY LIFE, HELP JESUSWORSHIP GOD IN SPIRITDEATH OF A BABY, GRIEVINGMEDIEVAL ARTWORK AND PAINTING, HISTORY OFARE YOU A LUKE WARM CHRISTIAN? DANGER!!WALK THE JESUS HIGHWAYDAILY PRAYER TO GOD TO SERVE HIMMEDIATION POEM TO OUR SAVIOR JESUSOPEN MY EYES TO SEE JESUS,PRESENCE OF GOD HERE IN MEGOD'S BIBICAL STANDARDS FOR LIFEHONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER GOD COMMANDSDEATH AND HEAVENTHE LAST SUPPER, HOLY COMMUNION,THE WAY OF THE CROSS IN ARTPOEM JESUS DIED ON CROSSCROWN OF THORNSGOOD FRIDAY FREE POEMEASTER JOY FREE POEMHOLY WEEK BEAUTIFUL PAINTINGSPENTECOST HOLY SPIRIT IN MEWHAT IS THIS CROSS I BEAR? BE HUMBLEPICTURES OF JESUS' AGONY IN THE GARDEN AND JUDAS KISS OF BETRAYALHEAVEN & HELL, DEATH ON CROSSCHRIST ROSE FROM DEATHART PAINTINGS OF JESUS,CONTACT PAGECHRISTIAN HOPECAN I HOPE IN JESUSPRECIOUS JESUS TAKE MY HANDCHRISTIAN JOYJOY AND HOPE POEMSMental anguish, worry, shame, Why me God, mental depression, depressedPOEM - LITTLE BABY JESUSBETHLEHEM, BIRTH HOME OF JESUS POEMINDEX OF CHRISTMAS WEB PAGESLETTER TO JESUSSO BEAUTIFUL OLD PAINTING AND POEM ABOUT JESUS BIRTHPOEM JESUS THE LAMB - CHRISTMAS PICTURESPOEM BIRTH OF JESUS NAVITITY SCENESEND A LOVE LETTER TO GODWISEMEN THE STAR OF CHRISTMAS - WISEMEN THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM, GIFTS OF WISEMEN AT JESUS BIRTHMEDIEVAL BEAUTIFUL PICTURE OF THE BIRTH OF JESUSHARK THE HERALD ANGELSFLIGHT TO EQYPT OF THE HOLY FAMILYHARVEST TIME ON THANKSGIVING DAY - FOR A GREAT HARVEST - BLESS FOODTHANKSGIVING DAY PRAYER, THANKS GOD FOR YIOUR BLESSINGSFREE - NO COST - SO CLICK ON A TAB BELOW AND OBTAIN HELPFORGIVE ME FOR I HAVE SINOVERWHELMED,WITH LIFE,I AM LOSING, MY FAITHBAD THOUGHTS GO AWAYPRAYER FOR A SICK CHILD, PLEASE GOD HEAL MY SICK BABYGLORIES OF HEAVENSICK FRIEND IN NEED OF HEALING PRAYER - HAVE MERCY LORD HEAL MY FRIENDWHEN THINGS GO WRONGFORGIVE ME LORD, HEAL ME,CLOSER WALK WITH JESUSWORDS OF INSPIRATIONGIFTS OF HOLY SPIRITPOEMS ON HEAVENHOPE IN FAITH, WALK IN FAITHSHOULD I SHOP ON SUNDAYADULT BEDTIME PRAYERAFTER MY DIVORCE ADVISEBE HUMBLE, BE BOLDI LACK SELF-ESTEEMVISION OF A FULL CUPCOME HOLY SPIRIT POEMSGOD'S STRONG ARM MIRACLEMORNING PRAYERGOD TOUCH MEWORK FOR GOD - MINISTRYSPIRITUAL DISCERNMENTCOME JESUS MY SONSHINE TAKE MY HEART POEMTERMINALLY ILL DEATH PRAYER FOR THE MERCY OF GODSUPPORT FAMILY MEMBERS IN NEED, GOD SAYS DO ITMOTHER, I MISS YOUIN THE HANDS OF JESUSVOICE OF GOD, POEMSPEACE OF MINDMIRACLES & TESTIMONIESWORDS OF ENCOUAGEMENTSURRENDER TO JESUSBIBICAL PROMISES OF GODGODLY WORDS OF WISDOMWHY MUST I SUFFER?ANGRY WITH GOD?fLUKEWARM BELIEVERS?SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENTWELCOME, GOD OF POWER - A CALL FROM GOD TO SERVE!HUMOROUS POEMSWHY AM I LIVING?HOLY LIFE, I SEEK TO LIVEHEALING PRAYERBE A GOOD SAMARITANIS SATAN ALIVE & REAL?GOD'S GIFT OF ASSURANCEFINDING THE RIGHT WORKENCOURAGING QUOTESWHEN GOD SAYS NOSEEK GOD, GOD IS SPIRITRELIGIOUS QUOTESWILL I GO TO HEAVEN?HOLY SPIRT COME VISIT MELIVE HOLY LIFE POEMGOD HAVE YOUR OWN WAY, LORD JESUSGOD IS AWESOMEFORGIVE ME LORD!INPOWER MY OUTREACHTRUST AND OBEYWANT TO SERVE GODCAN I TRUST GOD?GOD IS SPIRITPICTURES OF JESUS WITH HIS MOTHER - MADONNA WITH CHILD FREE PICTURESMUST I SUFFER? LEG AMPUTATED- GOD WHY I SUFFERING?I NEED INNER STILLNESSJOY AND HAPPINESS FILL ME, GOD SHOWER YOUR JOY BLESSINGS ON ME, COME SWEET JESUSPAGE YET TO BE WRITTENAROUND THE THANKSGIVING TABLE THANKSGIVING DAY PRAISE GOD FOR HIS BLESSINGSFUNERAL PRAYER, GIFT OF LIFE, FRIEND DIED, CHRISTIAN POEM, SORROW,WHEN OLSTERS AND HANDICAPED ARE DEPENDENT ON OUR CHILDRENPRAYER BLANKET POEM, POWER OF PRAYER,HOW DO YOU USE YOUR CHRISTIAN ZEAL ENERGY FORCE? GOD GUIDE AS I NEED GODWEDDING POEM, FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY FOR BOND AND LOVEI'M, NOT PERFECT, SEEK RIGHTEOUSNESSDO YOU WANT INNER PEACE WITH YOU?A VISION OF POWER OF PRAYER - A SINNER'S PRAYERPRAYER FOR TERMINALLY ILL, COME JESUS STOP PAINORDAINED MINISTERS BE DEVOUT AND TRUE TO YOUR CALLINGMORTAL SIN - DEATH AND HELL - COME TO JESUS BE REDEEMED FROM HELLLORD HELP ME, PLEASE FORGIVE ME, DELIVER MEI NEED MORE OF GOD'S GRACE!SEEK GOD'S WISDOM, CHRISTIAN HOPE, GOD'S GUIDENESS,PRAISE GOD, HOLY SPIRIT TEACH ME TO PRAISE FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRITSEEK INNER STILLNESS WITH GOD WHEN FACING ALL PROBLEMSBIBLE HOLDS THE KEY, READ OFTEN FOR STRENGTHIS THE HOLY SPIRIT INSIDE ME AS JESUS PROMISED? POEMPOEM HEALING PRAYER FOR MY WIFE WHO IS ILLPOEM HEALING PRAYER FOR MY HUSBAND WHO IS ILLPOEM HEALING FOR MY FATHER WHO IS ILLMOTHER IS ILL - POEM OF HEALING THE SICK - PRAYER FOR SICK MOTHER. GOD HEAL MOMWHEN YOU DIE WILL YOU GO TO HEAVEN OR HELL? FREE POEMSEEKING TO FIND GOD POEMSGOD SEARCH, POEM ABOUT GOD, HELP GOD, WAY OF GOD, FIND GODCHRISTIAN MINISTRY POEMSDO YOU HAVE THE LIGHT OF CHRIST WITHIN YOUPOEM TO A DECEASED FRIEND OR BROTHER. I MISS YOUI DON'T GO TO CHURCH REGULARY,. IS THAT OK WITH GOD ?INSPIRING STORY ABOUT COVETING GOD'S WONDERFUL GRACEJESUS COME HEAL ME, YES, PLEASE COME NOW POEMI'M ROWING FOR JESUS TO GOD'S PLAN FOR MEHONOR YOUR FATHER & MOTHER, CALL TODAYDO NOT MISS A MINISTRY CALLING OR LET IT GO UNHEEDEDLET ME BE A LIVING FIRE TO YOUR GLORY GODA CALL FROM GOD FOR NEW POETS AND WRITERSPRAY TO GOD, THE POWER OF GOD, WAYS TO PRAY, - PRAYER REQUEST,NEED A WORD OF KNOWLEDGE, HOLY SPIRIT GIFTSBEWARE CULTURE DECLARING GOD IS DEAD, GOD SEES AND GOD KNOWS YOUR SINSBE A GOOD SAMARITAN -HELP OTHERS IN NEEDHAS GOD GIVEN YOU PARTIAL OF FULL POWER IN YOUR MINISTRY?PEACE WITH GOD, COMFORT AND JOY, GOD OF PEACE, PEACE OF MIND, GOD AND PEACECAN CHRISTIAN BECOME SUCCESSFUL IN BUSINESS WORLD?FORGIVE ME FOR I HAVE SINNED, SWEET JESUSHOLY INSPIRATION FILL ME WITH WISDOMGOD HELP ME WITH LIFE PROBLEMS & SPIRITUAL WARFARE - PROTECT MESEEK FIND WORK FOR GOD IN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY OR MISSION FIELDIS GOD IN CONTROL OF EVENTS IN MY LIFE?DO YOU NEED GOD'S DIRECTION IN YOUR LIFE?GOD LEAD ME FROM TEMPTATION TO SIN - GOD FORGIVE MEGRANDPA'S ADVISE TO GRANDSON ON JESUS IS GOD IN SPIRIT WORLD OF GOOD AND EVILPRAYER TO GOD REVEAL THE GLORY OF GOD - GOD SAVES THE SINNERSHAVE PATIENCE - BE OBEDIENT TO GOD'S WILL- WAY OF GOD -ADVENT SEASON POEM OF HOPE THROUGH JESUS'S BIRTHDOCTOR SAID, TERMINAL LIFE IS ENDING - HEAVEN SENT ON WAY TO HEAVEN - HELP ME LORD JESUSCHRISTIAN GOD, YOU TOUCH ME PLEASE FOR GOD IS REAL AND ALIVEWHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE,GET DIRECTION ON SEACHING FOR GOD'S WILLGODLY ANNOINTED CHURCH REVIVAL FOR LOST SOULS - USE US GOD JESUSSOUL LOST PRAYER TO GOD, AWAKE MY SOUL HELP LOST SOULS FIND GOD - GOD SAVE MEDON'T UNDERSTAND HUMAN BEINGS BUT GOD IS AWESOME - GOD AND CREATIONWALK IN LIGHT, THE REDEEMER, GUIDE ME REDEEMER CHRIST JESUSPEACE OF GOD - A MOTHERS LOVE - MOTHERS CARE AND ITS LEGACY IN A MOTHERS POEMANXIETY DEPRESSION - HELP ME LORD JESUSHAVE I LOST MY FIRST LOVE - MY LOVE FOR GODPRINCIPLES OF GOD FOR REVIVAL FOR YOUR LOCAL CHURCHGOD HELP ME I AM DEPRESSED - STORM OF LIFEYOU HURT ME - BACK AWAY FROM ANGUISH, WANT LOVE AT FOUNTAIN OF LOVE POEMGOD GIVE ME A LISTENING HEART OF CHRISTIAN LOVE, COMPASSION AND MERCY FOR OTHERSSOME TEACHERS ARE SICK IN MIND,TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO DENY GOD AS SPIRITMY SIN IS TOO BIG TO BE FORGIVEN, HAVE MERCY LOVE OF GOD, HEAL ME,DEATH BED, TERMINALLY ILL POEM - GO TO HEAVEN, COME JESUSSEARCH FOR WISDOMWORKER FOR GOD WALK THE MEEK AND HUMBLE ROADPARABLE ABOUT THE LIGHT OF JESUS IN YOUR LIFEHOW CAN I STOP MY HABITUAL SIN ? GIVE ME LIFEMAD AT GOD, GOD WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN FOR GOD I NEED YOUI WANT JESUS TO TOUCH MY LIFE SO I CAN WITNESSNEED DIRECTION IN USING THE TALENTS GOD HAS GIVEN MEPRAYER FOR THE SICK, TESTIMONY WITNESS, POWER OF GOD, PRAYER REQUESTSFIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, LORD JESUS, MY REDEEMER LIVESHIDDEN RESENTMENTS, CAUSE ILL WILL - GRUDGESAFTER DEATH LIFE, WHAT AFTER DEATH, CHRISTIAN STORY, VISIONCALLED TO SERVE GOD, OUTREACH MINISTRYTHE LIVING GOD BREATHE ON ME BREATHE OF GOD SONGBE A WARRIOR FOR GOD IN THE SPIRITUAL WAR FOR SOULS
EARLY CHRISTIANITY, CHRISTIANS PERSECUTION, CYPRIAN, ETERNAL LIFE, CHRISTIAN HISTORY

HAVE YOU WONDERED WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO LIVE AS A CHRISTIAN IN 250 AD, READ THE WORDS OF A CHRISTIAN BELOW?

CYPRIAN INFORMING US
CYPRIAN
A MEDIEVAL BIBICAL IMAGE

  WE HAVE A WRITTEN LETTER (below picture) FROM A CHRISTIAN TO A FRIEND TELLING HIM ABOUT BEING A CHRISTIAN IN250 AD.  THE QUESTION ASKED THEN IS HAS IT CHANGED OVER THE 1700 YEARS SINCE THEN?  READ BELOW AND FIND OUT!

LETTER WRITTEN IN 250 A.D. (about early Christianity and its Christians persecution)
  The scene in a garden in Carthage, North Africa. It is the middle of the third century of the Christian era and a middle- aged man, Cyprian by name is writing to his friend Donatus. This is what he says: "This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden under the shadow of these vines.  But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out over the wide wide lands you know very well what I would see.  Brigands on the high roads, pirates on the seas, in the amphitheatres men murdered to please applauding crowds, under all roofs misery and selfishness. It is really a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. Yet in the midst of it I found a quiet and holy people. They have discovered a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasure of this sinful life.   They are despised and persecuted but they care not.  They have overcome the world.  These people, Donatus, are the Christians - and I am one of them."

    The Historian Edward S. Kepler wrote in his book A Journey with the Saints in 1963, his comments on Cyprian's letter as follows: "Seventeen centuries have passed since Cyprian wrote those words. The problem of living have become more complex, for a machine age and global war seem to make "brigands on the high roads" and "pirates on the seas" rather small evils; yet the Christian today believes that he has a way to meet twentieth-century problems as virtually as did Cyprian in the third century.  Christianity has not become outmoded, as a way of living it has remained vital and fresh. Jesus' insights, when properly interpreted, have shown the Christian 'the way, and the truth, and the life' for every century."

   Now it is the twenty-first century and for your editor, Frank Henrich, going to the mountain tops is the turning on the network news of the nation and world with its minute to minute description of mankind's acts of cruelty in this evil world.  I limit my contact with this information to only the need to know for it can only disturb the inner peace life of a devout on fire Christian. Who wants to go to the mountain top to see the evil world?

  Page prepared By Frank E. Henrich October 2, 2006 

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CHRISTIAN LIFE  IN THE TIMES OF CAESAR 

What was it like being a Christian in Turkey in 112 AD while living under the yoke of Rome in an evil world? We have some unusual letters from that time which paint a picture for us. I present this historical correspondence to you, my reader, because it reaffirms the trials of early Christians. It makes me feel very privileged to be able to live a life of a Christian without the ordeal they passed through. Also knowing that they passed through it helps me to understand their suffering. Perhaps you too will feel their plight deeply and be appreciative, also.
    I am most grateful to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia for providing me the translated text of these letters (See web site http://ccat.upenn.edu/jod/texts/pliny.html ).
    “Pliny the Younger was governor of Pontus/Bithynia (modern day Turkey) from 111-113 AD. We have a whole set of exchanges of his letters with the emperor, Caesar Trajan, on a variety of administrative political matters. These two letters are the most famous, in which Pliny encounters Christianity for the first time. For here we have Christians persecution in early Christianity.

        Pliny’s Letters 10.96-97

Pliny Letter to the Emperor Trajan
It is my practice, my lord, to refer to you all matters concerning which I am in doubt. For who can better give guidance to my hesitation or inform my ignorance? I have never participated in trials of Christians. I therefore do not know what offenses it is the practice to punish or investigate, and to what extent. And I have been not a little hesitant as to whether there should be any distinction on account of age or no difference between the very young and the more mature; whether pardon is to be granted for repentance, or, if a man has once been a Christian, it does him no good to have ceased to be one; whether the name itself, even without offenses, or only the offenses associated with the name are to be punished.
   
Meanwhile, in the case of those who were denounced to me as Christians, I have observed the following procedure: I interrogated these as to whether they were Christians; those who confessed I interrogated a second and a third time, threatening them with punishment; those who persisted I ordered executed. For I had no doubt that, whatever the nature of their creed, stubbornness and inflexible obstinacy surely deserve to be punished. There were others possessed of the same folly; but because they were Roman citizens, I signed an order for them to be transferred to Rome. Soon accusations spread, as usually happens, because of the proceedings going on, and several incidents occurred. An anonymous document was published containing the names of many persons. Those who denied that they were or had been Christians, when they invoked the gods in words dictated by me, offered prayer with incense and wine to your image, which I had ordered to be brought for this purpose together with statues of the gods, and moreover cursed Christ--none of which those who are really Christians, it is said, can be forced to do--these I thought should be discharged. Others named by the informer declared that they were Christians, but then denied it, asserting that they had been but had ceased to be, some three years before, others many years, some as much as twenty-five years. They all worshipped your image and the statues of the gods, and cursed Christ.
    They asserted, however, that the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so. When this was over, it was their custom to depart and to assemble again to partake of food--but ordinary and innocent food. Even this, they affirmed, they had ceased to do after my edict by which, in accordance with your instructions, I had forbidden political associations. Accordingly, I judged it all the more necessary to to find out what the truth was by torturing two female slaves who were called deaconesses. But I discovered nothing else but depraved, excessive superstition.
    I therefore postponed the investigation and hastened to consult you. For the matter seemed to me to warrant consulting you, especially because of the number involved. For many persons of every age, every rank, and also of both sexes are and will be endangered. For the contagion of this superstition has spread not only to the cities but also to the villages and farms. But it seems possible to check and cure it. It is certainly quite clear that the temples, which had been almost deserted, have begun to be frequented, that the established religious rites, long neglected, are being resumed, and that from everywhere sacrificial animals are coming, for which until now very few purchasers could be found. Hence it is easy to imagine what a multitude of people can be reformed if an opportunity for repentance is afforded.          Trajan’s Letter to Pliny

    You observed proper procedure, my dear Pliny, in sifting the cases of those who had been denounced to you as Christians. For it is not possible to lay down any general rule to serve as a kind of fixed standard. They are not to be sought out; if they are denounced and proved guilty, they are to be punished, with this reservation, that whoever denies that he is a Christian and really proves it--that is, by worshiping our gods--even though he was under suspicion in the past, shall obtain pardon through repentance. But anonymously posted accusations ought to have no place in any prosecution. For this is both a dangerous kind of precedent and out of keeping with the spirit of our age.“ End of quote.  Here we see early Christianity painting a picture of Christians persecution.

Yes their is a evil world of natural man tha will cause prosecution of the redeemed man of redeemed Christiainity.  To catch the spirit s did Cyprian while avoiding social unrest and coercive power the redeemed man tries to live in redeemed Christianikty.The journey of saints, often called the mystic ladder of early Christianity, my Patmos of Christian life and early Christianity. This talks about Christian life in early Christianity. There is a Cristian Way of Life and eternal life that we all seek.

Image source is an old medieval image found on page 191 of the book Here I Stand by Roland Bainton. The source of the image is not identified in the book.

The jouney with saints, often called the mystic ladder describes early Chrisitaianity and its prosecution of the Christian life.  Yes, my Patmos, of the redeemed man in redeemed Christianity shows how to catch the spirit as did Cyprian and fight the evil world of coercive power of the natural man. For early Christianity was a bed for Christians persecution. Yes, eternal life espressed itn the Christian way of life.


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