Ministry Complaints



O Lord, You are stronger than I,
You deceived and I was deceived;
You prevailed I cannot deny,
A laughingstock that I believed.

For everyone has been mocking me,
Shouting violent destruction;
Your Word made a reproach to be,
To become as a derision.

I won’t mention or speak Your name,
My heart has a burning fire;
I am weary growing insane,
Holding in my true desire.

For I hear many whispering,
As terror is on every side;
Under their breath the murmuring,
For denouncing wanting to chide.

They keep watching for me to fall,
But we will prevail against them;
Take revenge, O Lord that I call,
Making that Your wrath will condemn.

You are such a dreaded warrior,
That can make persecutors stumble;
And can set up a barrier,
Or a snare to make them tumble.

For I want to preach to proclaim,
So that the righteous will succeed;
Putting all of my foes to shame,
Eternal dishonor they need.

O Lord and see my heart and mind,
Let me see Your vengeance on them;
For I remain humble and kind,
But want to stop all this mayhem.

Copyright ©2023 Richard Newton Sherrer

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Compelled to Preach Jeremiah 20:7-12

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Written on July 01, 2023

Submitted by richardnsherrer on June 30, 2023

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Scheme ABAB CDCD EFXF GHGH IJIJ FKFK ELEL MJMJ F
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,070
Words 235
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 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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