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   I want to make clear in my writings that first and foremost I am a Christian. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ nor do I participate harsh apologetics. I have written poems on another website that are spiritually based poems only to discover that they were not well received. The inspiration for most of my poems I feel are inspired by the Holy Spirit of God that lives within me. These inspirations may be a fleeting thought or a glimpse of God’s tapestry. I believe that no one is closer to God than he who admires the objects of inspiration that causes poetry to flow from one’s soul. When the author puts to pen the object of his God-given inspiration the words flow as if it were a stream that runs unimpaired, free of obstruction and not forced to take a different course. Shame on the pastor who makes fun of one that worships God in his heart be it in nature or on the seat of a tractor instead of a building built by human hands and called the church. Does the pastor understand that the church is composed of believers and not denominational beliefs? A true Christian is one that he or she are saved by grace through faith and nothing more nor anything less, we are all children of God in Christ and not individuals that gather in man-made temples old or new. I have not negated the fivefold ministry but I apply it in this manner as stated in Ephesians chapter 2 starting with verse: 18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

John Donne  could not have made this any clear than his poem No Man Is An Island:

No man is an island, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if the promontory were. As well as if a manner of thy friends or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee .

I believe in the grace of God however, one cannot put grace underfoot and take it for granted that he is not accountable for his actions. We’re not perfect nor can anyone obtain perfection without mercy. Nor shall we remove Christ from the cross by our works. When we stand before Christ we are not judged by our works but our works are judged for what ever purpose that serves the truth. When we stumble or fall, the grace of God is not earned but is a free gift to those who believe. Jesus has given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to lead us in all truths. We do not live by the flesh we live by the Spirit; if that is so why do we find fault with one another and dictate our own truths and justify it by saying thus says the Lord. The Father judges no one but he has given Jesus all matters of judgment paid for at the cross if we believe in Him and honor his word to the best of our ability imperfect as we all are. Terrance Tracy

 

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