Tag Archives: Christ Jesus



Prayer to Father,

Day-to-day walking with God…

Garden exercise!

Alive: Jesus Christ,

The perfect sacrifice Rose…

Of Sharon…He lives!

Broken bonds of slaves,

To the flesh allegiance gone…

Luke four: eighteen and nineteen!

Saul persecuted,

Jesus rerouted ardor…

Paul, His new servant!

–Jonathan Caswell


(Can be sung to tune of “Pop-Eye the Sailor Man”…or not! Numbered footnotes at the end.)

Why do Christian scholars split
Pauline teaching from the Gospel bit…
Without his preferences
We’d have few references
To prophesies Paul back-lit.

If our critics can split Paul from Christ,
God’s loving nature turns to ice…
Leaving only the Law
With a fatal flaw,
Gentiles can’t get in at any price!

Our critics would force us off faith
Onto works salvation no one makes…
Ignoring Abraham
Who believed “I AM”
And was credited righteous and safe. (1.)

Not even those under laws Mosaic
Totally keep what they treat as prosaic…(2.,3.)
Whether Muslims or Jews
Or Liberals on the news,
Some snicker when the faithful betray it.

—Jonathan Caswell

(1.)…Book of Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3
(2.)…Matthew 15:2-8
(3.)…”Prosaic”…meaning commonplace or ordinary, nothing really special.

BRAND NEW YEAR, by Carl Gooch

Brand New Year

It’s a brand new year, and a brand new day;

None has seen it, none have come this way.

It will be filled with what you choose to receive.

Blessings on blessings come to those who believe.

Seek to see the blessings of God in each day;

Open your heart and walk in His loving way.

Study His holy word and in His promises believe;

He died for you that forgiveness you may receive.

Serve the Lord as you are serving others today;

Show them God’s great love in the words you say.

Reach out your hand that His love they may receive;

Speak the words in your heart that they may believe.

Sing, shout and proclaim His glorious praises today;

Let them know He is the truth, the life and the way.

His love from your heart they will gladly receive;

When in His loving promises they trust and believe.

When you face troubles, or having a real rough day,

Give someone a hand and your troubles melt away.

As much as you give, all more you will receive;

I know there is truth in His love and so I believe.

Yes, it’s a brand new year and a brand new day.

We have tried it our way; now let’s try it His way.

For it is only in Him that salvation we receive,

To follow His way and in Christ Jesus believe.

Carl A. Gooch ~ 02 January 2013