Category Archives: Poetry

Reformation 500


Reformation 500

It was the end of a new beginning
When Magellan sailed the world spinning
And the Guttenberg presses started printing

A man was to be forged in God’s furnace ablaze
Hammered on an anvil into an unlikely instrument of praise
Whose effect would outlast a half millennia of days

1517 was that pinnacle year
When Martin Luther and scripture so tightly adhere
Inspired to make God’s word so crystal clear

He nailed his beliefs to the castle church door
Such courage and faith bent on God’s word to restore
Passerbys could not, would not, ignore

The hand of God was felt that October day
History had changed; 95 thesis, the communique
Prodded along by the monk who did passionately pray

Praying from matins to vespers to compline
Cloistered in a tiny cell, alone and in confine
Repenting into a state of madness; grief and relief combine

Translating the Bible, for generations to come and to own
A mighty seed had indeed been sown
When Martin Luther made his heart known

Leaning on scripture alone
Driven by faith alone
Saved by grace alone
To God be the glory alone

More poetry in my book: Lifestyle Worship – Poems, Prayers and Ministry Resources

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The Garden Prayer


God, please bless my soil and plants; that my soil will yield her strength.  I thank the Lord for the privilege of being a sower, the honor of being a tender, and the blessing of being a harvester.  Amen.

The Gardener 
by Bobby Brown, excerpted from “Seated Above, the Journey Continues”

There within the silent acres,
Between the burrowed rows
He’s scratching and he rakes,
He’s digging and he hoes

Early each summer’s morning
The sweat slides down his face
As he goes about his business
In this most sacred place

And the gardener has a quiet faith,
An enthusiasm and a mirth
For he loves to till the soil,
He loves the good green earth

And one day in the early autumn,
He’ll lay down that rake and hoe
For the harvest will be ready,
As the crops continue to grow…

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that just crushed it.” – Mark Twain

God vs Satan


God Vs Satan

God, the Father of Lights
Creator of both the sun-filled days and the starry nights
Satan, the father of lies
Tempting us to sin and planning our demise

God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth
Starting this bountiful world’s glorious birth
Satan, the deceiver of death and destruction
Deviously planning our abduction and seduction

God, the Light of the World
Satan and his devious allies were once hurled
Satan, the stench of death
Trying to steal our very last breath

Jesus, the Redeemer ultimately wins
And the Holy Spirit will dwell within
Satan, sorry dude
You and your crude, lewd, brood are about to become spewed, poohed, shooed and unglued

Pastor’s Wives


Pastor’s Wives

Pastor’s wives have a blessed ministry all their own
So much they do, so much unknown
They are mighty prayer warriors at heart
Supporting their church using their gifted art

Pastor’s wives are under scrutiny for sure
The clothes they wear must be demure
They teach and they follow, they encourage and clean
They lead and support; on them, their husbands do lean

Pastor’s wives listen and leap to respond when asked
They turn the other cheek when oft surpassed
She is of noble character, rubies compare
Her husband’s long hours, they willingly bear

The Pastor has confidence in her no doubt
The loving pair, both devout
She works with tired but eager hands
Pleasing her Lord and following His plans

The Pastor’s wife prepares food for her kin
A full time job, a mother, a ministry, a wife; where to begin?
She is clothed in dignity and might
Humbly having a heart contrite ❤ ❤ ❤

Jesus Will Fix You


That one horrible sin that haunts you…
That one nagging sin that you keep perpetuating…
Those hurtful words that you wish you could take back…
That email that you should never have sent…
Take heart, Jesus can fix you.
Repent.

The struggles in your life…
Always being bullied…
Betrayed by a close friend…
All of the unjust persecution…
Jesus is fixing you.
Forgive.

That chronic pain that you are suffering…
That diagnosis that crushed you…
Jesus will fix you.
One day, He will put all of your broken pieces back together.
Rejoice!

Jesus is the ultimate healer.
Though your sins are red as scarlet they will be made white as snow.
As far as the east is from the west.
Jesus can, He is, and He will always fix you.

You are a fixer upper.
But one who is loved.
Remember!
Worship!

For more devotional writings, see Steve’s book here Lifestyle Worship

The Limited


We are so limited.  We have speed limits, spending limits, credit limits, some people shop at a place called “The Limited”, we even have Limited Liability Corporations (LLC). If they aren’t liable for the products that they put into people’s hands then who is?God is not like this. He is just so unlimited in everything He does!

Unlimited power
Unlimited sovereignty
Unlimited love
Unlimited might
Unlimited perception
Unlimited resources
Unlimited abilities
Unlimited grace
Unlimited wisdom
Unlimited care
Unlimited knowledge
Unlimited mercies

The list goes on and on.  It is in fact limitless.

I cannot wait to see “The Unlimited One” face-to-face, but in the meantime, I make the best of this limited world with my limited abilities.

Summer Reading


Lifestyle Worship by Steve Brown
Lifestyle Worship by Steve Brown
Quantity Discounts of the Book “Lifestyle Worship” are Available!

I am able to offer quantity discounts to you or your church if you are interested in using “Lifestyle Worship” for a book reading group, teen event, summer bible class, ladies group or something similar.  However, we will have to do things the old fashioned way since I am not set-up to sell merchandise from this website.  Three book titles are available as briefly described below:

LIFESTYLE WORSHIP:

This is my book and is based on the content offered on this website.  It is a devotional book about Christian worship.  The paperback version is 230 pages and is currently selling on Amazon for $10.95.

These are the discounted prices (includes shipping in the US and taxes):

Quantity            Price per Book      Savings

5-10                            $8.50              24%
11-20                          $8.25              26%
21-30                          $8.00              29%
31-40                          $7.75              31%
41+                             $7.50              33%

SEATED ABOVE, LOOKING BELOW – POEMS TO LIFT YOUR SPIRIT:

This is a book of poetry written by my brother.  The paperback is 138 pages and sells on Amazon for $6.99.  The book contains about 50% secular content and 50% Christian content based on scripture.  It is a light and easy read.

These are the discounted prices (includes shipping in the US and taxes):

Quantity            Price per Book       Savings

5-10                             $6.00              16%
11-20                           $5.75              20%
21-30                           $5.50              23%
31-40                           $5.25              27%
41+                              $5.00              30%

SEATED ABOVE, THE JOURNEY CONTINUES – THE DEEP CALLS TO THE DEEP:

This is my brother’s second book but it is independent of the first book.  It is also a book of poetry but is predominantly based on scripture with about 30% being secular.  The paperback is 172 pages and sells on Amazon for $7.99.  It is also a light and easy read.

These are the discounted prices (includes shipping in the US and taxes):

Quantity           Price per Book       Savings

5-10                            $6.75              17%
11-20                          $6.50              20%
21-30                          $6.25              24%
31-40                          $6.00              27%
41+                             $5.75              30%

All of the books are printed in the USA and I should also state that these sale prices are not sponsored by either Amazon or CreateSpace (the printer).  I am buying the books as the author and passing the savings on to you directly.

If interested, contact me at sjbrown58(at)yahoo(dot)com.  Here’s how it would work: You would have to first send a check to me for the total.  Upon receipt of your check, I would place the order and it would be sent in one box to your provided address.

I can also work with you if you would like to preview the book(s) prior to committing.  I can offer free Kindle E-Book versions of the books for this purpose.  Otherwise, you would have to order one copy of the paperback from Amazon at the above mentioned prices but I will include one free paperback in your group order to compensate you for the preview copy.

I can also work with you on a group purchase of E-Books by dropping the price of any of the three books temporarily to $0.99.  Actually, as of this week, Bob has put both of his E-Books on sale for $0.99.

Prices are subject to change.
 

Lifestyle Worship Link
Seated Above Book 1 Link
Seated Above Book 2 Link

To The Sun


by Bob Brown
 
This is one of my favorite poems from Bob’s upcoming book.
 
Come again and bring the spring
Make the birds and bards to sing
Come and bring your golden glow
Show the grasses, melt the snow
 

Bring an end to the dreary night
Loosen us, from winter’s blight
Bathe the land with heated sound
Make the flowers split the ground
 

Bring the bees and tiny things
That sail along on easy wings
Bring us warmth, bring us song
Make the rivers rush along
 

And with your might and your power
Bring us to a better hour
Spread your beauty across the sky
And make the poet’s pen to fly
 
#NationalPoetryMonth
 
 

Link tfor Seated Above, Looking Below