Return of the Martyrs: Among Those Who Serve the Prince of Peace

Framsida
Author House, 11 maj 2005 - 164 sidor

These poems describe the character, trials, and faith of the neighborhood churches that deeply affected the lives of children, teenagers, and adults on the American scene.  The changing experience is described in poems on the Beatitudes and American life as parents unknowingly invite strangers into their homes who instill the secular views of television, the Internet, and public school text books.  The sheer weight of indoctrination dismisses the Spiritual from childhood experience and conviction.

The book concludes with the trials of the martyrs who pursued the poet throughout his life.  They were not then known to him by name or story, save in spiritual experiences.  Lately he fully learned their identity as the founders of Christian schools for children in Wales and England.  Their costly sacrifice is related.

The book ends with a tribute to those martyrs who died before a weeping nation—the heroes of the Twin Towers—a tragedy, but a willing sacrifice of historic proportion.

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Sida 120 - And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations ; and He shall rule them with a rod of iron : and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
Sida 33 - Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry ; Hold not thy peace at my tears : For I am a stranger with thee, And a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
Sida 124 - O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, And win with them the victor's crown of gold. Alleluia ! 4 O blest communion, fellowship Divine ! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine ; Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine.
Sida 28 - When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice ; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
Sida 10 - I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Sida 109 - And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you
Sida 97 - Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer
Sida 21 - blessed are the peacemakers; They shall be called the children of God.
Sida 97 - That which is born of the flesh is flesh: and that which is born of spirit is spirit' (John 3:6), and unless this occurs one cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

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