Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Resurrection Day & The Disciples

Resurrection Day & The Disciples

Mary thought the gardener so unscrupulous;
Cleopas thought the stranger so clueless;
Peter and John thought the woman's tale truthless;
Thomas took security in his doubts and being faithless,
The disciples in their fear were braveless.

But the truth of the resurrection transforms . . .

Mary falls down worshipfully;
Cleopas' heart burns passionately;
Peter and John testify boldly;
Thomas follows reverently;
The disciples cowardice is turn to hope gloriously,

The Church marches on triumphantly.

~ Mark E. Goossen
© 2009 The Goossen Grapevine

Sunday, May 17, 2009

These are the Days of . . . Enoch

These are the Days of . . . Enoch

Genesis records,

That it didn't take mankind long
To fill the earth with corruption and all its wrongs.

God raised up a voice to preach to the ungodly throngs . . .
Seventh from Adam, that generation he belonged.

Father of Methuselah, received a new direction so strong
Walking with his God, his true heart song.

Fulfilled His purpose and translated home to heaven
Where he really belonged.

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

~ Hebrews 11:5-6

~ Mark E. Goossen
© 2009 The Goossen Grapevine

Monday, May 11, 2009

Paradise: The First Victim

Paradise: The First Victim

In the beginning:

God made the world perfect and so pure,
With its paradise and its pleasures.

Down came the tempter and all its devilish lures,
The first couple chased after its foolish allures.

Puffed up by pride their purpose became blurred,
Man became a sinner with its penalty so sure.

Man needed a remedy for its condition and a cure,
God moved with wisdom and love without measure.

God provided a lamb to cover man’s sinful nature,
To forever teach us this Gospel Truth and treasure.

…the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world…
~ John 1:29

~ Mark E. Goossen
© 2009 The Goossen Grapevine

Friday, May 01, 2009

The First Son - Cain

The First Son-CAIN

There is a lesson to be learned from Cain;
The first child born to a mother’s labor and pain.

Childhood lesson of the lamb that was slain
But not in Cain’s memory retained.

Set off in a course that was so vain;
Seeking a righteousness that He could obtain.

Forfeiting God’s provision that was made plain
Seeking by his work and effort to gain;

He became the object of God’s disdain
Because of his pretense and righteousness he feigned...

But in truth Cain became a murderer so insane.

Take heed sinner:
Though our righteousness are filthy and stained.
Jesus Christ, the lamb of God, is our only claim.

Jude 11:
Woe unto them! For they have gone in the way of Cain . . .

~ Mark E. Goossen
© 2009 The Goossen Grapevine