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Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , on September 5, 2017 by Stephen Hare

Transcendent Life without end

sent to free us from our sin

that those beneath might live above

with Him who offers boundless love


Salvation’s Light in darkness shined

that those who “see” might be made blind

The blind thereby receive their sight

native-born now to the Light


Light of truth broke chains that held

by lies enslaved; in darkness dwelled

now image bearers of the Son;

now mirrors of the Risen One


Stephen Hare © 12-9-2012



Heaven’s Tear

Posted in Poetry with tags , , on August 20, 2014 by Stephen Hare

The sword can never still the cry
that from the ground sought God’s ear
the blood of righteous Abel found
grace in the form of heaven’s tear

The blood of the martyrs finds its way
down into the sands that hold
the voice that time will never erase
recorded in the heart of God

Will then His judgment forever wait…
and what will heaven’s answer be?
While there is time, guilty come
with empty hands on bended knee.

Author: Stephen Hare
copyright © 8-19-2014

Author’s note: “Written with prayers for our brothers and sisters who are suffering and dying in Iraq for their faith in our Lord and their testimony written in blood.”

The Upward Call

Posted in Poetry with tags , , on September 3, 2013 by Stephen Hare

When my heart is done with sin

with purer eyes then to see

unwitting fool that I have been

not to recognize in me

the stamp of God upon my soul

by the Spirit, God’s holy seal

mystery of the ages, Christ in me revealed!

Now waiting not for greater grace,

as though He should twice die for me

same grace of old, I now lay hold,

the grace of Calvary

Oh to know Him in His risen power!

to be His friend in suffering…

conformed to Him in the likeness of death

His life for all to bring

Now my delight, the perfect law of God

answer to my thirsting soul

the Shepherds thoughts – now my own

after another I will not go

Obeying now the upward call

grain of wheat to soils embrace,

living to die, we die to live –

that we might see the Saviors face,

that we might see the Saviors face…

written by: Stephen D Hare

Copyright © 2002


Canvas of Dreams

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , on August 20, 2013 by Stephen Hare



Fire of God suspended in


The skies that by His hand were drawn


Voices of the birds that wake


Rejoicing at the break of dawn



Canvas of dreams spans the ‘scape,


as cloak of night descends to veil


The Bride that sleeps who soon will wake,


Her purpose soon God will reveal



Given all creation’s voice


How can you say that you can’t see?


You must decide, … and it’s your choice;


Where will you spend eternity?



Authored by; Stephen Hare


Copyright© 2005 All rights


The Call To Live

Posted in Devotional Corner with tags , , , , on June 27, 2013 by Stephen Hare

You have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and hewn out for yourselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jer 2

You search the scriptures daily, because in them you think that you have life; but you will not come to me that you might have life.

He that has the Son has life, but he that does not have the Son does not have life. I John

Any branch in me that bears no fruit is cut off, gathered into bundles and thrown into the furnace to be burned. John:15

For when the ground soaks up rain that falls often on it, and continues producing vegetation useful to those for whom it is cultivated, it receives a blessing from God

However, if it continues to produce thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed, and in the end will be burned. Heb 6:7-8

Unless a person abides in me, he is thrown away like a pruned branch and dries up. People gather such branches, throw them into a fire, and they are burned up. John 15:6

If we stumble over words from God that appear to us as harsh, we fail to see the God behind the words.


Does that sound harsh or unloving to you? If you were driving the wrong way down a one-way street, and someone strongly urged you to stop and go the other way, would you consider that offensive, or unloving?

Have you ev er thought of the word “repent” as a call to live?

Many of us have heard definitions for repentance, the primary being to change your mind. It is to turn from our present course of action and to go the opposite direction; to whole-heartedly amend our ways.

As we search throughout the word of God, what we find consistently is a God who cares for His creation; all that He has made for His glory. We see unending mercy, kindness, and faithfulness in the face of indifference, and even rebellion.

As we begin to understand His character, it is only then that we can rightly interpret His judgments, realizing that His kindness and mercy would be meaningless if He was not to judge evil.

Does God want us dead? Does He not care about our condition on planet earth?

He calls us to live in His presence continually where He is! He calls us to live!

God desires that we will come to Him that we might in Him find true life, and that in abundance! If we can only comprehend that the God who created the very universe in which we live desires to connect with us! The thoughts of God are truly unfathomable!

All of life finds its center in God, or it does not find its center at all. “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not made anything that was made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men…”. What a glorious truth! But can we see it?

“There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof is death.”

We suppose that we know what is best for us, and we tend to think that if God doesn’t supply whatever that is, that He doesn’t care about us, or that our situation in life isn’t worthy of His consideration.

The problem is that WE are way off-center. We vainly imagine that all of life is about us – our dreams, aspirations, and ambitions – which may or may not have anything at all to do with God’s sovereign design for our life; the life that He has ordained for our ultimate good, and His ultimate purpose.

The sooner we apprehend this, the further down the road we will be to understanding His divine will and purpose for our lives.

“Work out your salvation with fear and trembling, knowing that it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”

I am sitting on my driveway with my wife just now, at 11:32 pm on a beautiful moonlit night in Kansas City, Mo, listening to the sound of crickets and an amazing breeze rustling through our maple trees. It is about 80 degrees, and my 27-year-old daughter is spending time on our roof with the Lord in the moonlight – and I have to ask myself…can life get any better than this?

I am presently amazed at the goodness of the Lord in recognition of all His wondrous deeds! He has been so incredibly good to me, and has never rewarded me as my iniquity deserves.

So very thankful to the Lord this day for all His faithfulness to me and my family!

Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Canvas of Dreams

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , , on April 8, 2013 by Stephen Hare



Fire of God suspended in

The skies that by His hand were drawn

Voices of the birds that wake

Rejoicing at the break of dawn

Canvas of dreams spans the ‘scape,

as cloak of night descends to veil

The Bride that sleeps who soon will wake,

Her purpose soon God will reveal

Given all creations voice

How can you say that you can’t see?

You must decide, … and it’s your choice;

Where will you spend eternity?

Authored by; Stephen Hare

Copyright© 2005 All rights

An Anthem To Freedom

Posted in Poetry with tags , , , , on March 9, 2013 by Stephen Hare

Were you there when Jesus bled
Before the cross, in sins were dead
By your hand in Christ were led
On to victory

Now’s the day and now’s the hour
Stand with Christ and stand in power
He’s our Rock and strong High Tower
We’re free from slavery

So will you come and fight the fight
March in the day and not the night
We will send them all to flight
This will be our day

Free men march and free men die
And all proclaim our God on high
His glory fills the earth and sky
Come Lord soon we pray

In glorious majesty He reigns
He’s broken all our wretched chains
On Calvary He took our pains
And death has lost its sting

Now Jesus come and take your place
We lift our eyes, we see your face
Our enemies we now give chase
We serve our glorious King

No longer slaves and dead in sin
New life arises from within
We sing to you a glorious hymn
Of joy and victory

We have arisen from the dead
And follow you who died and bled
And rose victoriously and said
No more slavery

Come now my children, come and see
You once were chained but now are free
Free to live and reign with me
Its time to wield the sword

It’s the final day, the final hour
Rain down thy presence, a glorious shower
It’s not by might nor any power
But by My Spirit says the Lord

                                                                          Frank McEleny
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