How's This?

 

Introduction



“But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in
steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ps 86:15).




The Lord's Prayer 

Paraphrased And Expanded

(Matthew 6:9-13, KJV)


Because we are God's children, we should always address Him in a certain way,
And that being, we addressing Him as our heavenly Father when we pray.
And there're also right and wrong ways to pray to our heavenly Father, and thus
He not leaving us in ignorance, but has given an example to us,

Such as:

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

Our Father who lives in Heaven. Your name — just like Yourself — is very Holy,
'Cause it stands for Your character. So out of thought, I say it reverently.
Yes, I seeking to honour You, and Your name too, by my words and my deeds, daily,
And by giving You the worship You’re due so that others may be led to Thee.

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.”
 
May Your will be carried out on this planet as it is in Heaven above,
Because the success of Your Kingdom is all that matters — oh, great God of love.
So may the kingdoms of this world very soon become the Kingdom of Your Son.
And meantime, help me spread Your Word, even unto death, that You may say, “Well done!”

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Please grant me my daily needs — temporal, spiritual — that all may be well,
'Cause after all, You’re our Provider, Sustainer, we reliant on Your goodwill.
So help me appreciate You more, become more grateful, content, and praise Thee,
'Cause You are a generous, thoughtful God who's full of compassion and mercy.

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Please forgive me for my wrong thoughts, words and deeds, and help me forgive others too,
Because I’m aware You won’t forgive us if the latter we choose not to do.
And so, should others treat me wrongly, please help me to respond to them like Thee,
I thus treating others rightly, lest I forfeit Paradise, eternity.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:”

Please protect me from succumbing to temptation, don’t go leaving me alone,
And help me to live righteously, Father, and to steer clear of the devil’s zone.
Yes, help me to do Your will, not my own, unless of course, it’s the same as Yours,
And also help me never to waver, nor some temptation for others cause.

“For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

To You and You alone belongs the Kingdom, the Power and all the Glory.
All why I long to see Your face, the end of sin, that age old controversy.
So may Your Kingdom reign forever, both now (on this planet) in the hearts of men,
And also when it's literally ushered in after Christ’s return. AMEN.

By Lance Landall


This poem was upgraded on 15 May 2021.






The Shepherds's Psalm
Paraphrased And Expanded

(Psalm 23, KJV)



“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

The Lord is my Shepherd — and that meaning, He watches over me,
Just like any earthly shepherd who tends his flock protectively.
Thus He’s my Provider, my Sustainer, taking care of my needs,
And hence why I’ve put my trust in Him, 'cause this Shepherd wisely leads.

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside still waters.”

He’s like an oasis amidst trying times, in whom I find rest,
'Cause He renews my strength, heartens with His Word, and sees that I’m blessed.
And He provides times of relief, and sends angels to assist me,
And lets me know that He’s there amidst trials and adversity.

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.”

He also leads me down paths of righteousness, and unfailingly,
Down paths (that though they may well seem dark) He knows are better for me.
Oh yes, His faithful and true guidance are a sure testimony
That reveal His good character, wisdom and creativity.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for
thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me..”

During times of persecution, or threats to my life, He is there,
I thus conscious of His presence, and have His word that He’ll be near.
His rod gives me protection, and His staff support on which to lean,
And when Satan shows up, my Shepherd, His rod and staff stand between.

“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest
my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”

Though enemies surround me, taunt me, or scheme most evilly,
He keeps them at a distance, and also continues to bless me.
Thus there's joy amidst my trials, peace, and even prosperity,
Hence why my heart’s full of gratitude, I loved unconditionally.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I
well dwell in the house of the Lord for ever”

Oh yes, His goodness, grace and mercy surround and follow me,
And this why I long to be with Him all throughout eternity.
And why I look forward to that day when with my Lord I will dwell,
And with a song in my heart will always be singing, “All is well.”

Oh, how I long to sit around that table that's being prepared,
Communing with my Shepherd who His great love for me has declared.
And all throughout eternity I’ll stay under His watch care,
Living in a Paradise that He is looking forward to share.

By Lance Landall


This poem was upgraded on 15 May 2021.






The Beatitudes

Paraphrased And Expanded

(Matthew 5:3-10, KJV. Includes verses 11 &12)



“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Yes, blessed — happy — are those who sense their need spiritually,
Those who feel their need of God and trust Him continually,
Those who’re keenly aware of their spiritual poverty,
'Cause such folk have the Kingdom of God within them already.

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

Blessed — happy — are those who grieve when they sin, and confess their sin,
Those who long to be like God, mourning their wretchedness within,
Those who desire change, see their imperfection, how short they fall,
'Cause such receive God’s grace, and His peace, given on Him they call.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

Blessed — happy — are those who are teachable, those who are humble,
Those who submit to God in all things, and who do not grumble,
Those who’ve self under control, and who have the right attitude,
'Cause such will enter God’s Kingdom; they’re the faithful multitude.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”

Blessed — happy — are those who long for righteousness, love doing right,
'Cause such show God's already begun His work, are thus a light.
And with an inner satisfaction that nothing else can give.
Why? 'Cause deep within their heart they’ve let the Holy Spirit live.

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

Blessed — happy — are those who are kind and just, and who show mercy,
'Cause such, those forgiven won’t forget, and to them, will show mercy.
And come God's judgment, the merciful will receive God's mercy,
'Cause what goes 'round comes 'round, and all why it’s wise to show mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Blessed — happy — are those who have desirable character traits,
Pure thoughts and motives, a heart and mind the Spirit activates,
Those who’ve forsaken sin as a ruling principle in their lives,
'Cause such will enter God’s Kingdom, see His face when He arrives.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Blessed — happy — are those who’re peacemakers, and live in harmony,
Those who preach peace, pray for peace, and who pursue peace actively.
'Cause such are at peace with God, and lead others to be also,
And thus are truly His children, 'cause His character they show.

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is
the kingdom of heaven.”


Blessed — happy — are those who suffer persecution doing right,
Those who make a stand, forsake the world, Satan’s interest invite.
'Cause they’re assured of a place in God’s Kingdom, their future bright.
Yes, they worthy of citizenship, 'cause they’ve “fought the good fight.”

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.”


Yes, people may insult you, persecute you, lie about you,
But on your behalf — all that and far more — your Saviour went through.
So count it a privilege to suffer like Him, and for Him,
'Cause one day you will sing “The Song of The Lamb,” the saved saints hymn.

“Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted
they the prophets which were before you.”


Trials develop character, such we're to anticipate,
But rejoice! 'Cause God works all things for our good. It's hardly fate!
Sure the sacrifice may be great, but the reward’s also great,
'Cause living in Paradise with God will more than compensate.

By Lance Landall


This poem was upgraded on 15 May 2021.






The original Bible texts appear under this poem.

And for clarification sake:
The Ten Commandments 
God's Moral Law 
This law is for everyone and was hardly done away with at the cross (1 Cor 7:19; Eccl 12:13; Luke 16:17; Rom 3:31; Rev 14:12). This law sat separate, and all why it was written by God and placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, unlike the Jewish ceremonial law which was written by Moses and placed outside the Ark of the Covenant.
The Jewish Ceremonial Law
This was the sanctuary [temple] laws which governed the religious services of Israel and which pointed forward to the coming Messiah. Hence the types and anti-types. This law was done away with at the cross.
The Jewish Civil Law
This law, like the Jewish Ceremonial Law, passed away when the Old Testament nation of Israel was disowned by God. This civil law regulated a multitude of things which had to do with the general operating of Israel. It covered things to do with health, sanitation, disease, crime, court procedures, etc. These are clearly not binding today as civil obligations, but many of the basic principles still apply.


God's Ten Commandments

Paraphrased And Expanded

(Ex 20:3-17)



ONE

I'm the only God that there is. I'm a true God, and I'm also a holy God too,
Therefore, you're only to worship Me — just Me — and not various other gods pursue.
For example: You're not to go putting anything or anyone ahead of Me,
Nor in place of Me, or in addition to Me — NO — 'cause you must display loyalty.

Therefore, always make sure that you put Me first in your life, loving Me with all of your heart,
'Cause I want your complete devotion. I want you to stay with Me, and never depart.
So don’t go believing in any other gods, 'cause there is only the one God, Me,
And it was I who created the Earth, humankind, so only I can save, set free.

TWO

You're not to go bowing down to images — e.g. statues, effigies, or portraits,
So don't go making any idols, 'cause I'm a God who any kind of idol hates.
And this why you're not to give honour to images, nor to revere or adore them,
Thereby never treating them as if they are real, 'cause such worship I strongly condemn.

Yes, I'm a very jealous God indeed, and therefore, you must only bow down to Me,
And never to images of any thing in Heaven, on the earth, or in the sea,
And lest the succeeding generations harvest the harm of such very foolish seeds,
Knowingly and rebelliously sown by their parents idolatrous words and deeds.

And hence why I say again, don't let anything or anyone become your idol,
'Cause spiritually wise, and salvation wise, such is very suicidal.
And all why you're not to let any idol of some kind wrongly take the place of Me,
Even indirectly so, or unconsciously encroach upon My territory.

THREE

Under no circumstances at all are you to use My holy name irreverently,
'Cause I am the great I AM, God Almighty, your Lord, King of Kings — yes, your Majesty.
Therefore, always use My name very respectfully, not flippantly, casually,
'Cause wrongly using My holy name will thereby greatly dishonour and anger Me.

And hypocrisy too, I must say, will greatly dishonour Me and blacken My name,
Which is why when I judge humankind, I will rule against all those who have brought Me shame.
They being, any who dishonour Me via their mouth, even thoughts, or via wrongful deeds,
And who as a consequence, aren’t true ambassadors for He who died, rose and now pleads.

FOUR

You're never to forget My Sabbath day — and that day is, the seventh day, Saturday, *
Such being the very day I rested on as an example, 'cause such is My way.
This day's the last day of the week, a day I've made a holy day, and thus a rest day,
A day that I've set apart, and therefore, a day that I want free of all work and play.

This day's also a memorial (like a birthday), 'cause it commemorates creation,
Thus reminding that I’m the Creator — and therefore, it has My authorization.
I have hallowed and blessed this particular day. It's a day that I installed pre-Fall,
Hence why I'm referred to as the Lord of the Sabbath, a day of worship that's for all.

Therefore, don’t let any of your employees work for you on My holy Sabbath day,
And nor let your housemaid, gardener, or any tradesmen either, with or without pay,
You also mustn't let any work be done by visitors, your family or you,
And nor must you go using your machinery, like tractors, mowers, even cattle too.

You mustn't go seeking your own pleasure, like sports, parties, or any of your hobbies,
And you mustn't use My day for business, shopping, for just doing anything you please.
But rather, you're to join with your fellow Christians to worship Me, to study and pray,
And later on in the day, you could visit the ill, doing good on My Sabbath day.

I want you to note that only this Commandment shows who's the author of the whole Ten,
Which is another reason for keeping it, 'cause upon it, the other nine depend.
And hence why no other day I’ve sanctioned, nor blessed, 'cause this day's My flag, My seal, My crest,
Thus six days I've given you, keeping the seventh as Mine — it's a tithe and holy rest.

FIVE

Via this Command, I’m addressing children, instructing and warning them specifically:
You must always honour your parents — in other words, you're to treat them respectfully.
'Cause I, your God, have authorized your parents to rightly guide and rightly care for you,
Thus you're to humbly obey their instructions, so don’t rebel, thus blotting their name too.

This way you'll also learn respect for others who're in positions of authority,
And I will greatly bless you as a result — yes, far happier you will therefore be.
So help them (when you are under their care) via those duties that you should willingly do,
And also care for them when they’re elderly, 'cause after all, haven't they cared for you?

SIX

You're not to commit murder, but rather, you're to respect everyone’s right to life,
And nor are you to torture, act violently, deprive, rage, hate, or somehow ignite strife.
No, you must not violate anyone's rights, nor anyone try to manipulate;
In other words, you're not to play with someone's life, nor try to control, intimidate.

Now, regarding both humanity and creatures, I want to make one thing very clear,
And that is, that in My eyes, the way either are treated, is far from a minor affair.
Therefore, don't go treating either wrongly, badly, and nor for your own hurts seek revenge,
'Cause any wrong done to either creature or person, I will most certainly avenge.

You're also to remember that you mustn't take your own life, 'cause that's murder also,
And such an action is hardly your prerogative, 'cause only I have such say-so.
And take due care, lest it be that through your own recklessness, thoughtlessness, or carelessness
You thereby cause somebody else to die, or to suffer, 'cause you'll hardly be guiltless.

 SEVEN

You're never to commit adultery — yes, be that mentally or physically,
And nor via wrongful affection, like those little flirty touches that there shouldn’t be,
And by that I mean, that take place outside of your marriage, perhaps at work, or socially.
And never dress revealingly publicly, 'cause that’s adultery indirectly.

You're never to defile the marital bedroom, thinking that anything is okay,
And nor via any lustful obsession, pornography, or via forcing your own way.
And you're also to respect those times of abstinence that each month can come in to play,
And you're also not to let any intimate secrets from your home or bedroom stray.

Your sacred life-long marital covenant must never be broken, and thus abused,
'Cause such an action is treachery, even rebellion, and for such, you'll stand accused.
After all, marriage is a haven and a fortress for both partner and family,
An institution that has been ordained and blessed by Me, and also witnessed by Me.

Premarital sex — in other words, fornication — is something else that I forbid,
'Cause such works against marriage, spoils, threatens and undermines, hence why it's prohibited.
Yes, such seriously attacks the one-flesh principle, and shows lack of control too,
Thus strongly suggesting that in your marriage self-control will hardly be shown there too.

EIGHT

You're not to go stealing from anyone — and, let me add, you must never steal from Me,
Remembering that stealing goes far beyond taking possessions, quite obviously.
Such as using your employer’s time to pursue something that's desirable to you,
Or by not giving Me the time that you should, or others, including family too.

You mustn't go stealing someone's health or well-being by making them miserable,
And you mustn't go stealing someone else's happiness by not remaining faithful.
You're not to go robbing someone of joy or faith either, via criticism or doubt,
And nor to deprive someone of something by withholding from them a needed handout.

You're not to steal opportunities from anyone, who of such, is more deserving,
And you're not to go stealing anyone’s peace and quiet via something that is self-serving.
You're also not to go using anyone's things without their clear authorization,
And you're not to go fiddling with your tax returns, nor to hijack a conversation.

NINE

You must never harm anyone's reputation via some rumour, slander or gossip,
And you mustn't mislead others in general, and particularly via leadership.
You're not to be silent when you should be speaking out, and you're never to lie in court,
And nor are you to lie in general, tamper with truth, or truth in any way thwart.

And when you're guilty of something, but aren't questioned, you mustn't withhold your admission,
And likewise, when you're selling something, you must never go hiding its true condition.
You're also not to promise and then not deliver on whatever you said you would do,
Nor are you to deceive via pretence, or to fudge, slant, misrepresent, or misconstrue.

TEN

You're not to jealously desire someone’s partner, their possessions, or position too,
But to be content, thus not coveting. And aren’t there others who are worse off than you?
And remember also, that I know everyone's heart, all those thoughts that they entertain,
And bear in mind too, that coveting just leads to theft — yes, it’s a trap, a ball and chain.

And lest you are not aware of such, coveting's also a form of idolatry,
Something that eventually led to Satan's own downfall, and the great controversy.
Therefore, just seek to make other people happy, seeking to give rather than to get,
Thus lovingly putting others before yourself — yes, first see that others’ needs are met.

By Lance Landall


* Regarding Saturday.
Collier's Encyclopedia: Saturday, seventh day of the week.
Modern calendars have been confusing things.

This same poem (with two extra verses) can be seen elsewhere
in my Christian section with related poems and content.

This poem was upgraded 15 May 2021.


BIBLE RENDERING:

1
You shall have no other gods before me.
2
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep My commandments.
3
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your  female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
5
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
6
You shall not murder.
7
You shall not commit adultery.
8
You shall not steal.
9
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.

Exodus 20:3-17, ESV





POEMS





1.  He Who Won't Dismay


When all hope has faded and when your dreams lie shattered — and you, badly battered,
Or when languishing in prison, some modern dungeon, and your friends have scattered,
Or cruelly betrayed you, let go of the present and trust in the future, when,
Our Lord will return in great power and glory — and one day, live amongst men.

Yes, when words are still ringing and blows are still stinging, or deep wounds are gapping,
And when from such pain, hurt and loneliness you know there’s clearly no escaping,
Or at least for some time, let go of the present and trust in the future, when,
Christ will usher you into a Paradise that cannot be captured by pen.

Yes, when death looks a certainty or the loss of someone most precious and dear,
Or when no matter how hard you plead it looks like there’s no response to your prayer,
Or Heaven has said no, let go of the present and trust in the future, when,
Indescribable joy, peace and happiness will grace this old planet again.

And then, all you missed out on or never achieved will cease to upset or gnaw,
For no earthly dream or desire could ever compare with what God has in store.
And then all that you went through will melt away in the healing warmth of the Son,
Who’ll explain His responses to every prayer when you felt they were few or none.

So hard as it may be midst disappointment, woe or loneliness, hurt or pain,
Let go of the present and trust in the future and not yours nor God’s name stain.
But rather, hold your head up high, and bear your cross with patience and dignity,
For what’s a mere three score years and ten compared with a wondrous eternity?

No, I’m not unmindful of that gut wrenching suffering, that life robbing pain,
Those dark clouds that engulf and threaten to choke, those periods of acid rain.
But Satan’s behind it all, not our Lord who oft hears our rants and cops the blame,
All of which pleases our adversary and brings shame on He who overcame.

Yes, trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding,
And realising that midst our lot our Creator is still chiselling and sanding;
And suffering too, having never intended that misery come our way,
And why He wants you to hang in there, healing and a crown but moments away.

So let go of the present and trust in the future — yes, He who won’t dismay.

By Lance Landall





2.  God Is Real


There’s one thing that’s as true as it gets: God is real, He full of goodness and love,
His ways far better than ours, He pure, holy and true, and in control above.
Hence why we can rest assured that what He has promised He will shortly fulfil,
And that there is indeed a Heaven, and no such place as an eternal Hell.

Yes, justice will have its day, for God’s a God of law and order, truth and right,
But though that’s so, He’s compassionate and longsuffering, a heavenly knight.
For should we surrender our all to Him, He’ll rescue us from the devil’s grip,
And regarding His kingdom above, will grant us permanent citizenship.

So embrace Him today, for who knows what tomorrow may bring, and sad it’ll be
If you haven’t chosen that hope filled path provided by His loving mercy.
For He’s a God of wisdom who has your best interest at heart, and why He
Offers you what only He can offer, peace joy, and coming security.

Oh, how God loves you dearly, and like no one else does, for earthly love is flawed,
And why He wants to help us become like Him, take the narrow road, not the broad.
For the broad path leads to what eventually ensnares, robs and sees us bleed,
And why the gentle but knowing voice of Jesus it’s best we willingly heed.

Yes, there’s one thing that’s as true as it gets: God is real, full of goodness and love,
He having created us in His image, thus we like Him who reigns above.
But sin having marred that likeness, and why He wants to live in our heart today,
For there, and only there, can He bring about that change that’s a dead giveaway.

But imagine the thrill of seeing Jesus return, and we raised to meet Him,
Oh, what excitement, though we having experienced Him in the interim.
For God is good, His blessings many, and reminders of His love always there,
He being the One who died to save us, the One who forgives and hears every prayer.

Hence why folk sing “amazing grace,” no one so generous and caring as He,
And His love boundless and everlasting, His hands and feet pierced at Calvary.
Yes, despite our fallen condition, He gifting His grace to all who repent,
And who accept Him as their Saviour; a God we can trust one hundred percent!

By Lance Landall





3.  Jesus Is Our Sure Lighthouse


Yes, Jesus is our sure lighthouse, His heavenly brightness helping us to see
Those rocks that lie in waiting midst life’s swirling, buffeting and oft angry sea.
And oh, how we need His constant beam that’s always searching lest any be lost,
And in order to aid those who are nearing Heaven’s harbour, but sorely tossed.

All why we need to keep our eyes on Christ, for should they be diverted somehow,
Satanic waves could catch us off guard and swamp our unprotected diving bow.
Such also why our ship needs to be seaworthy, it thus strengthened by God's Word,
Not put at risk by inferior timber, nor weak sails that are more preferred.

Yes, for no matter the beam of that Lighthouse, what good’s a vessel that’s leaky?
It sinking as surely as the Titanic (one’s confidence misplaced, sadly).
Or it bound to be shipwrecked come those storms that randomly burst out of nowhere,
And where there’s no security in Christ, chill one with anxiety and fear.

Well, despite the vessel, be it sound or flawed, that Lighthouse will always be there,
It probing the darkness in order to save lives, or reliant vessels steer.
For that Lighthouse runs on love, a love that never suffers from loss of power,
And why come the blackest night or foggiest day, it’s lovingly seen to scour.

Oh, how I’m grateful for that lighthouse — Jesus Christ — for without Him I’d be lost,
His warm and caring light beckoning that I may be spared from some dreadful cost.
And such I will be, so long as I keep my eyes on Him, not some distraction,
Nor some fake lighthouse that’s glowing deceptively-cum-some fatal attraction.

Yes, Satan always has his substitutes, but any lighthouse of his making
Soon sees any unprepared and distracted seafarer some wrong route taking.
Hence those shipwrecks that line many a beguiling coast, or those vessels we see
Heading in the direction of jagged rocks, Satan clapping his hands with glee.

Well, such a scenario needn’t be, for there’s that Lighthouse that never fails,
And we, able to make a vessel that’s seaworthy, able to withstand gales.
All why my trust is in my Saviour and His Word, that Lighthouse that’s always seen,
But only if we’re looking, and surely so, given Earth’s closing End-time scene.

By Lance Landall





4.  Crazy As It Sounds


There once was a Creator (still is, actually), who, believe it or not,
Allowed Himself to be crucified by those that He had created — whoa, stop!
Madness, you say — well, certainly looking at it from a human point of view,
But that He did allow such, (leaving Heaven behind), is absolutely true.

Yes, it might be hard to comprehend, a seemingly ridiculous story,
And more so given how He let them treat Him prior to His death on Calvary.
But like I said, it absolutely true, as crazy as it may seem to us,
For I’m talking about Someone completely different, a Saviour, Jesus.

In other words, a God who loves us so much that He suffered our penalty,
Otherwise we would’ve been utterly doomed-cum-lost for all eternity.
And that He didn’t want, He risking His own life in order to save us all,
But thankfully He rose from His deathbed fulfilling the answer to man’s fall.

Yes, it is hard to grasp, a Creator killed by His own, He allowing such,
He so determined to rescue us from the doom and evils of Satan’s clutch.
And this, a story that could only be but Divine — yes, a heavenly act,
An amazing, incredible and historically documented fact…

Crazy as it sounds.

By Lance Landall





5.  At The Foot Of The Cross


No greater love was ever shown than that perfect love that won the greatest victory of all,
And why at the foot of the cross all should daily and willingly fall, and on Jesus Christ call.
For hope lies nowhere else for us, nor a love that’s so personal as well as universal,
Each person as if no other, but all, the joy of the greatest lover, who’s love, nought can quell.

Yes, a love that stormed Calvary, broke Satan’s grip, and this, for wretched, fallen humanity,
We so undeserving, and yet, provided with a way of escape-cum-God’s gracious mercy.
Oh, what love, and why we gladly sing “Amazing grace,” for no other act such could parallel,
And why of such bravery, selflessness and goodness, we should never fail to give thanks and tell.

And why our every being should ache for that same humbleness, righteousness and love of our Saviour,
We seeking nothing but that heavenliness and nobleness behind His thinking and behaviour.
And thus calling on the power of the Holy Spirit, we contrite, eager and receptive,
So that within us, and via our example, Jesus Christ may daily express Himself and live.

Yes, oh for a love like that which Jesus displayed and conveyed on Golgotha-cum-Calvary,
Such so foreign to us, and yet, so irresistible, He bearing our guilt and penalty.
And why at the foot of the cross we should always be found, Christ’s great sacrifice ever in mind,
For nowhere else will we find such love, healing and renewal, and all this, in His spilt blood signed.

Yes, at the foot of the cross, at the foot of the cross, daily, nightly, moment by moment, and
Whilst there, praying that we may better see, His Word in our heart and mind, and always close at hand.
For Jesus died that we might live, He suffering because of our iniquity, and terribly,
His love so great that He couldn’t and wouldn’t do otherwise, and hence that cross at Calvary.


By Lance Landall





6.  Dear Precious One


Midst the highs and lows of life, and Earth’s endless turmoil and strife, please stay by God’s side,
For when we don’t, dear precious one, and wander or succumb, it’s a rockier ride.
And remember that seasons in the sun, or those nights of fun, are fleeting, soon lost,
And that where there’s foolishness and waywardness, there’s always some cost, a morning frost.

So stay by God’s side, He trustworthy, true and tried, someone who deeply cares for you,
And who wants the best for you, and watches out for you, be skies cloudy, moist or blue.
And if you’re struggling (and to Him), feeling unable to cling, He’ll take hold of you,
And best you let Him draw you back, aid you with what you lack, and that you ask Him to.

In fact, He’s longing for your call, has strong arms that’ll catch some fall, steady your slips,
And has the answers to your whys, those heartfelt cries, dreams that slip through your fingertips.
And why He says to hang in there, and certain burdens bear, for in time you’ll see
That His promises come true, that what’s best He always knew, and acted lovingly.

Yes, dear precious one, so loved by the Father and Son — oh, how I encourage you,
For somehow straying off track, that turning of one’s back, or giving up, as some do,
Could see you wrenched from doting arms, looking back at nail pierced palms, and pitying eyes,
And over such loss, such tragic loss, having good reason to weep and agonize.


By Lance Landall





7.  I'm So Glad


I’m so glad that Jesus understands me when others don’t and cast me aside,
And that Jesus never forsakes me, for should He do so, who would be my guide?
No, for though I let Him down too, His love never varies, nor His gracious mood,
For He sees my failings as opportunities, and ignores their magnitude.

Yes, I’m so glad that Christ understands me when others don’t and think ill of me,
Their vision less like that of my Saviour who so much more is able to see.
And why He stays the distance, unlike others who groan and tire so easily,
Their help but for a short-sighted season, and then they just giving up on me.

And how it pains, their professions of love and concern oft shallow and hollow,
Time soon giving evidence of such, and thus why Christ and not man I follow.
For people inevitably let one down, sincere intentions soon waning,
And thus over one’s slow progress, or unintended lapses, they complaining.

Oh, how others so often misunderstand, their expectations quite unfair,
Unlike my Lord’s, for He’s a realist, and why so long with me He’s seen to bear.
And why I know that I can always turn to Him, night and day, and He’ll be there,
For though oft disappointed, He knows that in time and with His help, I’ll get there.

And such I pray will be the case, for with my Saviour I truly want to be,
And thus why I curse my weakness, those things that keep on bloodying Calvary.
Or that make life harder for others, even hurts them, or causes them dismay,
They unable to see what Christ sees, and why they oft depart or wrongly weigh.

Hence why I’m so glad that Christ has broad shoulders, they carrying a cross for me,
For He knows how fallen I am, and of the damage behind some things folk see.
Yes, they harder on me than Christ would ever think to be, for my heart He knows,
And why despite all my shameful regrets, His love for me unfailingly glows.

Oh, how I desire to be free from this wretchedness that sees others shun me,
Or give up on me, for though they shouldn’t, more like my Saviour I need to be.
And why I’m so glad that He bears long, and why I pray that He’ll help others see
That their response shouldn’t be any different to His; and the same for me.


By Lance Landall





8.  The Good News Gospel


Spread the word, dear Christian — Jesus is coming soon! — for such is your duty and should be your joy,
As there’s no better news than the return of our Lord, that hope that repentant sinners will buoy.
Yes, it’s the Good News Gospel, for Christ is the God of love, He never wanting anyone lost,
But delaying His coming that many more might be saved, hence why He paid the ultimate cost.

And this being why we should be busy filling hearts with such hope and joy, working creatively,
Every street in suburbs and cities hearing our cry, that to God may be given the glory.
And thus we by our example, and that open-hearted heavenly love, sowing kindly seeds,
For such mingled with the Good News Gospel of salvation, prayer and faith, success waters and feeds.

So quickly, throw out our Saviour’s gracious lifeline, lest any perish in their sin and folly,
And given how the concerns, heartaches and woes of this life can distract so very easily.
Yes, share the Good News Gospel at every opportunity, reaching out with loving concern,
That more praise may ascend Heavenward, and that more joyous faces may observe Christ’s soon return.

Oh, what a blessed day that will be, when we and those germinating seeds we’ve sown, see Christ’s face,
And as we all rise, (immortal and triumphant), our wonderful, loving Saviour then embrace.
Yes, such why we should be passionately seeking the lost, busy spreading the Good News Gospel,
And busy lightening burdens; our deep love for Christ and others energising every cell.

By Lance Landall





9.  Dear God Above


Dear God above, please shower me with love, that I may know Thee, the God of love,
Who, on our behalf, and for our sake, descended from His Holy realm above.
Now, if that’s not love, then what is love? But even so, far more I wish to know
Regarding that love that You have for me, and all who inhabit Earth below.

In other words, may my heart melt under Your warmth, and I become lost in Thee,
Both grateful and astounded at Your loving kindness, Your goodness and mercy.
For I desire to follow You out of love and not fear, nor formality,
But rather, because I’ve been captivated, and desire Thee passionately.

Oh yes, may the things of Earth grow strangely dim in the presence of Your bright light,
I not just a seeker of Thee, but all that’s righteous-cum-worthy in Your sight.
And thus I no further seduced by that which misleads, stains, corrupts and destroys;
In other words, those distractions, lies and clever illusions Satan employs.

And may it be, that midst deep discouragement, misery-cum-pain and heartbreak,
I receive even greater evidence of Your love, and You, never forsake.
For the devil has sought me, and seeks to block Your love via dark and cloudy skies,
And why I pray that Your showers of love will hush my anxieties and “Whys?”

By Lance Landall





A;lternative poem.
Christian content or degree.


10.  A Flower


I came across a flower today, it nodding gently as if to say, “God made me,” and I only too happy to agree, for its pretty petals and colour conveyed an artistry, an ability to think and act creatively, and why I stooped to pluck it from the sod, and thought of God, who’s full of love and into beauty.
And then I came across a thistle, its frostiness seeming to bristle, and as if to say, “A devil made me this way,” and I could only but agree, for what a contrast I could see, its prickly form a work of sin, and I thought of Satan, who’s full of hate and into what’s ugly.
And then I thought of us, children of that devil or the righteous Jesus, we beckoning flowers or thistles that repel, a creation that reflects goodness or something ill, and for a moment I bowed my head and silently said, “I want to be a flower, Lord, one that’s a Calvary shade of red.”
And then, in a vase on a shelf I placed that flower, it reminding me of our Saviour’s final hour, for soon it began to droop its head, and then its soft petals fell and spread, such reminding me of how Jesus bled, that I, might one day be a flower in His kingdom’s flowerbed, not a thistle that's lifeless-cum-dead.


By Lance Landall