Not Ashamed of the Gospel



Be not afraid to testify,
As a servant of our Lord;
The Gospel cannot be denied,
While walking in one accord.

Share the suffering of the Word,
The Gospel has power from God;
So that the afflictions are heard,
Bowing down to honor and laud.

He saved us for the holy call,
Never because of our deeds;
But purpose and grace to befall,
Christ gave that salvation succeeds.

Now it has been manifested,
Through appearing of the Savior;
Because death has been contested,
With new life, God has brought favor.

Immortality to the light,
Through the Gospel as a poet;
With the wisdom to shed insight,
While working through His Spirit.

And why I suffer as I do,
But I would never be ashamed;
For believing that it is true,
And the reason I have proclaimed.

I guard what has been entrusted,
And am convinced about the day;
Why I no longer have lusted,
Earthly desires that made me stray.

Follow the form of the sound Word,
By the Holy Ghost that dwells within;
In the faith and love you have heard,
And has cleansed you of all your sin.

The good things which were committed,
Keeps His Spirit to dwell within;
Shows that we have been acquitted,
From the past entangled with sin.

Copyright ©2023 Richard Newton Sherrer

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Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You 2 Timothy1:10

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Written on April 11, 2023

Submitted by sir_ricky on April 10, 2023

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Stanzas 10
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 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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