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The moment I realized
That the Church is true
I wanted to be baptized
As a witness, too

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He conquered
And so can you
He suffered
To see you through

Inspired by a Greg Olsen painting where the Savior is suffering in Gethsemane.
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“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

If we all exercised

Our freedom of religion

And kept God before our eyes

We’d be as He envisions


A land healed of what’s wicked

To stand united to pray

Where miracles are witnessed

As we keep His laws each day








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This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds.   Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece. Simply because he was away from his shepherd.   This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep. Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.   When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.   I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering from our Good Shepherd. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece gr


This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. 

One precious sheep wandered
And for years was utterly lost
Calls for him went unanswered
The gentle shepherd mourned the loss

Then in a cave, he was found!
It had been six weary long years
He appeared to be round
And lost sixty pounds by the shears

From his burden, he was set free!
His every step was made light
Truly, the Lord’s yoke is easy
Unto rest, to enjoy life

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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Muster the courage
To be steadfast
To truth ever pledge
And learn from the past
Truth is timeless
It does not change
Speak up, confess
Where all truth hangs
God’s commandments
Still remain true
Each law make sense
The good we should do
The World Needs Pioneers Today (to stand for truth)

“Can we somehow muster the courage and steadfastness of purpose that characterized the pioneers of a former generation? Can you and I, in actual fact, be pioneers? I know we can be. Oh, how the world needs pioneers today!”

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You Never Know

You never know
Nor can you guess
How life will flow
To teach and bless

You never know
What’s in your future
What light will show
To be your tutor

You never know 
What is in store
What truth’s will show
Always, there’s more

You never know
So believe and dream
Let your light show
From living wells, drink
You never know
Whose life you may touch
To lift and grow
Love does bloom of such

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Learn from the past
Both the good and dreadful
Make memories last
For what you have, be grateful

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