Thursday, October 30, 2014

judging inward – v2

judging inward
our own selves
to refine, to correct
to conform ourselves to the Spirit
our journey in this life
love only, grace
for everyone else
judging inward
only ourselves.


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edited October 30, 2014
judging inward – v2

September 23, 2014
drafted September 12, 2014
judging inward
Romans 14:1-12
“Do Not Criticize Other People”
devotion for September 12, 2014
read September 12, 2014
&
Romans 14:1-12
“Do Not Criticize Other People”
devotion for September 11, 2014
read September 11, 2014
&
 “Choosing God – Freeing the Soul”
for September 8, 2014 to September 14, 2014
by Catherine Cavanaugh
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
&
overview page
Exodus 14:19-31
story of God’s parting the Red Sea
and drowning the Egyptians soldiers
Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21
“The Song of Moses (Exodus 15:1-21)(NCV)
Romans 14:1-12
“Don’t Criticize Other People” (NCV)
Matthew 18:21-35
“An Unforgiving Servant” (NCV)
the parable of the unforgiving servant

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no from my lips

no from my lips
when that was not truthful
hiding facts, truths,
that were unspeakable
shattering the perfect
only shards remaining
forgetting the truth that
was needed for completeness

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October 30, 2014
no from my lips

&
October 13, 2014 to October 20, 2014
“+dishonesty”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
Romans 3:4b
devotion “God’s Truth”
devotion by
devotion for October 14, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Jeremiah 23:24a
Psalm 139:1-4 (NRSV)
devotion “You Know Me”
devotion by
devotion for October 17, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Ephesians 4:15a
devotion “Speaking the Truth in Love”
devotion by
devotion for October 16, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Exodus 32
devotion “A Tall Tale”
devotion by Trevor Jefferson
devotion for October 13, 2014
read October 19, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,180+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.


I find it hard to trust people

I find it hard to trust people
because you betrayed me
the whole shattered
pieces on the ground
some pieces missing
never to be put together
an ache remaining
a reminder of your betrayal
never to be healed.

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October 30, 2014
I find it hard to trust people

&
October 13, 2014 to October 20, 2014
“+dishonesty”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
Romans 3:4b
devotion “God’s Truth”
devotion by
devotion for October 14, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Jeremiah 23:24a
Psalm 139:1-4 (NRSV)
devotion “You Know Me”
devotion by
devotion for October 17, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Ephesians 4:15a
devotion “Speaking the Truth in Love”
devotion by
devotion for October 16, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Exodus 32
devotion “A Tall Tale”
devotion by Trevor Jefferson
devotion for October 13, 2014
read October 19, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,180+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

I once trusted you

I once trusted you
now my trust is broken
ripping apart the union
the harmony of the circle
I once trusted you
before you betrayed me
your leaving wounds
that never heal.

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October 30, 2014
I once trusted you

&
October 13, 2014 to October 20, 2014
“+dishonesty”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
Romans 3:4b
devotion “God’s Truth”
devotion by
devotion for October 14, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Jeremiah 23:24a
Psalm 139:1-4 (NRSV)
devotion “You Know Me”
devotion by
devotion for October 17, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Ephesians 4:15a
devotion “Speaking the Truth in Love”
devotion by
devotion for October 16, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Exodus 32
devotion “A Tall Tale”
devotion by Trevor Jefferson
devotion for October 13, 2014
read October 19, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,180+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Known to God - 3

known to God
my thoughts, my feelings
my innermost being
all known to God
each a blessing
held by God
nothing secret
all known to God

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October 30, 2014
Known to God – 3

written October 19, 2014
&
October 13, 2014 to October 20, 2014
“+dishonesty”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
Jeremiah 23:24a
Psalm 139:1-4 (NRSV)
devotion “You Know Me”
devotion by
devotion for October 17, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Ephesians 4:15a
devotion “Speaking the Truth in Love”
devotion by
devotion for October 16, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Exodus 32
devotion “A Tall Tale”
devotion by Trevor Jefferson
devotion for October 13, 2014
read October 19, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,180+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

peeling away layers

convenient lies
but scar tissue
the truth buried
not hurting feelings
peeling away layers
to get to the truth
reaching down to it
to reach the truth
growing in honesty
in the truth let out

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October 30, 2014
peeling away layers

written October 19, 2014
&
October 13, 2014 to October 20, 2014
“+dishonesty”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
Ephesians 4:15a
devotion “Speaking the Truth in Love”
devotion by
devotion for October 16, 2014
read October 19, 2014
&
Exodus 32
devotion “A Tall Tale”
devotion by Trevor Jefferson
devotion for October 13, 2014
read October 19, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,180+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

a golden lie

a places of lies
becoming ornate
multi-leveled
expanding growing
blocks coming together
a palace of lies
from humble beginnings

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October 30, 2014
a golden lie

written October 19, 2014
&
October 13, 2014 to October 20, 2014
“+dishonesty”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
Exodus 32
devotion “A Tall Tale”
devotion by Trevor Jefferson
devotion for October 13, 2014
read October 19, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,180+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

I was a Hobo – v2

Newspaper ink smeared on my face
over and over, to get the right color
five o’clock shadow
a ripped gray sweatshirt
hair up and sprayed, for just
the right wrong look

Torn jeans, a red bandana
holding my possession for the night
my costume, or the general idea,
for many a year, a hobo
prowling the neighborhood,
on our All Hallow’s Eve

edited October 30, 2014
I was a Hobo – v2

October 31, 2006 22:25
I was a Hobo
1968 or 1970

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Peeling away the Layers – v5

Becoming like children
peeling away the layers;
Our experiences clouding
our vision of our God

The lies of the world
layer upon layer;
Keeping us from truth
from the simplicity of God

Love alone, grace,
this is the message;
All of the teachings
boiling down to this truth

The guile of those older
older than young children;
Trying to read more
into just about everything

God calling to us
come to me as a child;
Simple and humble,
sit at my feet

The lesson of the greatest
in God’s heavenly kingdom,
stripping away all pretense;
Coming to God humbly
as a young child


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edited October 30, 2014
Peeling away the Layers – v5

(editing version 2)
edited October 11, 2014
Peeling away the layers – v4
(editing original again)
edited March 21, 2014
Peeling away the Layers – v3
edited March 16, 2014
Peeling away the Layers – v2
October 23, 2010
Peeling away the Layers
Matthew 18:1-9
The Greatest
Matthew 17:14-20:34
Heartlight’s Straight Through Bible Study
for October 14, 2010,
read partially October 21, 2010

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On Dry Ground – v4

Standing where He leads me
through the trials of these days
We stand on dry ground where there was water,
within the fiery furnace,
we are unharmed in the lions’ den

God is ever with me
I am protected from harm
Within my Master’s arms I am safe
calm me in daily struggles,
when joy washes over me


edited October 30, 2014
On Dry Ground – v4

edited March 29, 2014
On Dry Ground – v3
edited March 21, 2014
On Dry Ground – v2
October 8, 2010
On Dry Ground
Book of Daniel
Heartlight’s Straight Through Bible Study
for September 22, 2010, September 23, 2010, September 24, 2010, September 25, 2010, September 26, 2010,
read October 8, 2010
&
written while attending
House of Purpose Coffeehouse
Hillsboro, NH
October 8, 2010

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You are God’s Message – v3

You are God’s message
God’s light to the world
If you are faithful
if you are obedient
You are the proof
of the existence of God
made in God’s image
God’s presence in the world

You are the voice,
the light of God
your message, your witness
to heal the world
You are the proof
the word from your lips
believing, sharing
the joy that is


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edited October 30, 2014
You are God’s Message – v3

Edited December 23, 2013
You are God’s Message – v2
February 11, 2013
You are God’s Message
Genesis 1:1-31 (King James Bible)
John 1:1-13 (King James Bible)
Worship Theme: “God is Real!
Call to Worship (Lectionary Worship Aids /Series IX, Cycle C ©2013)
Unison Prayer (Lectionary Worship Aids /Series IX, Cycle C ©2013)
Prayer of Dedication (GBOD 2012 Luke 9:28-36)                                                              
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
and sermon – “The Proofs of God”
key words: Amen, Hallelujah
by the Reverend Theodore VanPatten
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 10, 2013
Transfiguration Sunday
Scouting Sunday

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,160+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

I confess Jesus Christ – v2

I confess Jesus Christ
as my Lord and Savior
I confess Him
as Master of my life

I submit my will
only to Jesus
I submit my will
to God above

I confess Jesus Christ
and no other
as Lord and Savior
as Master of my life.

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edited October 30, 2014
I confess Jesus Christ – v2

October 30, 2014
I confess Jesus Christ
Paragraph 202 of
2012 United Methodist Book of Discipline
Annual Charge Conference/ Church Conference
Mapleton United Methodist Church
Lidstone Memorial United Methodist Church (Washburn, ME)
Rev. Dot Matson
led by the Reverend Doctor Pat MacHugh
Northern Maine District
Washburn, ME
October 29, 2014

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scars of the bully – v3

hurt of their words
lasting, cutting,
deep into my flesh
pain of their abuse
far too many times the victim
in the schoolyard
before the watching crowd
scars of the bully, the bullies,
forty some years later
affecting my journey
the memories with me yet.

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edited October 30, 2014
scars of the bully – v3

edited September 29, 2014
scars of the bully – v2
September 28, 2014
scars of the bully
September 22, 2014 to September 28, 2014
“+bullying”
Devozine for September and October 2014
&
Ecclesiastes 4:1 (CEV)
devotion “Scars”
by Wesley Overhults
devotion for September 23, 2014
read September 24, 2014
reread September 25, 2014
&
1 Timothy 4:12
devotion “The Power of Words”
by Rebecca Goodridge
and “Reflect on a Song”
“Act on it”
by Lanny Farmer
devotion for September 22, 2014
read September 24, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,160+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the wide highway, the narrow path

the wide highway,
the narrow path
the way to heaven
at the end of this life
our hope in Christ
our Good Shepherd
guardian of the gate
the way to paradise
the way of the cross
submission and service
light to guide
into the kingdom
abiding in the vine
in the green pasture.

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October 30, 2014
the wide highway, the narrow path

Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 5 of Series: “I Am the Good Shepherd”
John 10:11-16 (The Message Bible)
children’s message
– mystery box –  shaker of salt
sermon –“Goodness and Love”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 26, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 4 of Series: “I Am the Gate”
John 10:1-9 CEB
Matthew 7:13-14 CEB
children’s message
– mystery box – soccer shin guards, soccer cleats, water shoes, and a basketball
-          Pastor Ruth talked about the protective gear God provides,
-          the armor of God –
-          Ephesians 6:10-17
sermon –“The Straight and Narrow”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 19, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 3 of Series: “I Am the Light of the World”
John 8:22 (CEB)
John 12:35-36 (CEB)
Matthew 5:14-16 (CEB)
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
song, “Here I Am To Worship”, by Chris Tomlin
children’s time – mystery box – mirror
sermon, “Light For Our Eyes”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 12, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 2 of Series: “I Am the Bread of Life”
John 6:35
John 6:26-51
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Exodus 16:15
children’s time – mystery box – a throat drop and a candy mint
sermon, “Bread of Heaven”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
World Communion Sunday
October 5, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 1 of Series: “I Am”
Revelation 22:13 CEB
Matthew 16:13-16 CEB
Exodus 3:12-15 CEB
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Children’s message – mystery box
-          green maple leaf and a colored maple leaf
-          the green color is not the true color
-          we are fed and nurtured in the spring and summer with the word;
-          we shine our true colors in autumn
sermon, “The Name Game”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
September 28, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,160+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Calling you back home

can you hear the shepherd
calling in the distance
crying in the wilderness
for the lost sheep
can you hear the shepherd
calling to you
calling for you to come home
back into the flock
can you hear the shepherd
his love, his sacrifice
showing you the way
to eternal life

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October 30, 2014
Calling you back home

Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 5 of Series: “I Am the Good Shepherd”
John 10:11-16 (The Message Bible)
children’s message
– mystery box –  shaker of salt
sermon –“Goodness and Love”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 26, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 4 of Series: “I Am the Gate”
John 10:1-9 CEB
Matthew 7:13-14 CEB
children’s message
– mystery box – soccer shin guards, soccer cleats, water shoes, and a basketball
-          Pastor Ruth talked about the protective gear God provides,
-          the armor of God –
-          Ephesians 6:10-17
sermon –“The Straight and Narrow”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 19, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 3 of Series: “I Am the Light of the World”
John 8:22 (CEB)
John 12:35-36 (CEB)
Matthew 5:14-16 (CEB)
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
song, “Here I Am To Worship”, by Chris Tomlin
children’s time – mystery box – mirror
sermon, “Light For Our Eyes”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 12, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 2 of Series: “I Am the Bread of Life”
John 6:35
John 6:26-51
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Exodus 16:15
children’s time – mystery box – a throat drop and a candy mint
sermon, “Bread of Heaven”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
World Communion Sunday
October 5, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 1 of Series: “I Am”
Revelation 22:13 CEB
Matthew 16:13-16 CEB
Exodus 3:12-15 CEB
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Children’s message – mystery box
-          green maple leaf and a colored maple leaf
-          the green color is not the true color
-          we are fed and nurtured in the spring and summer with the word;
-          we shine our true colors in autumn
sermon, “The Name Game”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
September 28, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,160+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Jesus is the One Shepherd

Jesus is the one shepherd
our hope, our salvation,
Jesus laid down his life
that we would live
Jesus is the one shepherd
there is no other
the way, the gate,
into the pasture
our eternal rest.

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October 30, 2014
Jesus is the One Shepherd

Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 5 of Series: “I Am the Good Shepherd”
John 10:11-16 (The Message Bible)
children’s message
– mystery box –  shaker of salt
sermon –“Goodness and Love”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 26, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 4 of Series: “I Am the Gate”
John 10:1-9 CEB
Matthew 7:13-14 CEB
children’s message
– mystery box – soccer shin guards, soccer cleats, water shoes, and a basketball
-          Pastor Ruth talked about the protective gear God provides,
-          the armor of God –
-          Ephesians 6:10-17
sermon –“The Straight and Narrow”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 19, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 3 of Series: “I Am the Light of the World”
John 8:22 (CEB)
John 12:35-36 (CEB)
Matthew 5:14-16 (CEB)
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
song, “Here I Am To Worship”, by Chris Tomlin
children’s time – mystery box – mirror
sermon, “Light For Our Eyes”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 12, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 2 of Series: “I Am the Bread of Life”
John 6:35
John 6:26-51
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Exodus 16:15
children’s time – mystery box – a throat drop and a candy mint
sermon, “Bread of Heaven”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
World Communion Sunday
October 5, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 1 of Series: “I Am”
Revelation 22:13 CEB
Matthew 16:13-16 CEB
Exodus 3:12-15 CEB
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Children’s message – mystery box
-          green maple leaf and a colored maple leaf
-          the green color is not the true color
-          we are fed and nurtured in the spring and summer with the word;
-          we shine our true colors in autumn
sermon, “The Name Game”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
September 28, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 33,160+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.