The Apostle Example



You have all that you desire,
Already you became wealthy;
But you still did not acquire,
A soul spiritually healthy.

Without me, you live like a king,
Within your kingdom you do reign;
But your ruling will never bring,
A cessation of inner pain.

I think that God has set forth to us,
Like men that are sentenced to death;
To become spectacles as thus,
To others with a bated breath.

We are fools for the sake of Christ,
For being weak but being wise;
Honor and strength that have enticed,
Even though we have been despised.

At present, we hunger and thirst,
Feeling poorly dressed and homeless;
Suffering like we feel as cursed,
But knowing that the Lord will bless.

We are working with our hands,
When persecuted we endure;
Throughout the day what it demands,
The blessings from God reassure.

When we are slandered, we entreat,
We have become and will be still;
Not be trodden under the feet,
Those who are spiritually ill.

Copyright ©2022 Richard Newton Sherrer

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The Ministry of Apostles 1 Corinthians 4:8-13

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Written on September 14, 2022

Submitted by sir_ricky on September 13, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GXGX HEHX IJIJ GKXK A
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 971
Words 206
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1

Richard Newton Sherrer

I was born and raised on a farm in Pennsylvania. It was a small family farm that was handed down through 8 generations of Sherrer men until my father; Newton just could not make a living from it any longer. He thought that I would make a better living away from the farm. So, I decided to join the Air Force in 1969 upon graduating from high school. I gained quite a bit of experience and insight on life while in the service. Even though I was only stationed on the east coast of the US, my Air Force career took me to Germany and Korea. After 20 years wearing of the blue uniform, I decided going in a different direction and found myself becoming very diverse in many different fields. Something still seemed missing to me after being separated from the service for about 10 years. The Air Force was a way of life for me, but really missed life in Korea. I found myself changing careers again. Poetry was an interest of his since my days in high school. With returning to the Lord, I felt motivated to write of my Christian beliefs. I started looking at Bible verses and reflecting on my own personal experiences. The Bible was found to be as true today as to when the various books were written. I could see much of what the Bible is teaching us as valid as every in modern time. It felt only natural to me on using his personal experience based on Bible verses and see much of my own life written in the Scriptures. God inspires me what to write about though. I do not claim to be an expert on God or the Bible. I am just a Christian who has become enlightened to write poetic verses from the Holy Scriptures. more…

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