Waiting Game

The red tape is there for a good reason, but it sure takes a while to run it all out. Months will go by before the 501(C)3 will be approved, if it is approved at all. We will move forward to achieve the goal, in any case, but raising funds is so much more difficult without the 501(C)3 status.

In the meantime, in just a few days, the illustrations will be finished and the manuscript submitted to the publisher.

Here are a couple of the latest songs:

Now’s the Time

There is no end to all the good things that we want
There is no end to all the treasures that we see
And if you strive enough you can be
All you want to be….

But it’s not time to be everything you want
It’s not time to do anything you dream
Although we’re free to try anything
It isn’t what we’re born to do now
And it isn’t how to serve our King

There is no end to all the people who need you
There is no end to all the sadness that we see
And if you strive enough you can be
What He needs us to be….

For now’s the time to do everything He dreams
Now’s the time to warn everyone He loves
Now’s the time to call them to be
All He wants us all to be
Now’s the time we must serve our King

~~~~~

Ask Him to Make You Wise

Despair and sadness fill the world
Enveloping humanity
Lives succumb to deprivation
Persecution and starvation.

But the answer to their pain
Lies in our Father’s hand
He has told us what to do
How to help our fellow man.

Many cannot help themselves
They require our aid
Can you bring yourself to give
So your brother yet might live?

I could tell you what to do
But if you have God’s Spirit too
Ask Him to open your eyes
To let you see and make you wise.

Yes, life ensues beyond the grave
For each one who has been saved
Life like we have never known
Treasure we can call our own.

But the question still remains for me
As to who throughout eternity
Will enjoy eternal blessing
If when he saw his brother sinking
Closed his eyes
Turned away
Heard his cries
But didn’t say
Don’t despair, God is there
And I am here for you.

Don’t close your eyes
Don’t turn away
Hear his cries
And to him say
Don’t despair, God is there
And I am here for you.

Incorporation

END STARVATION FOUNDATION is now incorporated. Application will be made for 501(C)3 status, but whether or not this is approved, we will move forward toward the goal.

My illustrator is now producing work to finish the anthology, for which the publisher is waiting. Hope to go to production by September 1st.

Contacted a music-related ministry to propose producing my songs in exchange for sharing profits. Waiting to hear their response.

It is an exciting time. The world is in flames, but God’s kingdom is growing and prevailing.

Now all that is needed is you.

The Kingdom of God

Do you see the sun that’s rising?

What is that on the horizon

Coming this way with the new day?

I tell you it’s the kingdom of God

Real life is with Him and He

Will bless you through eternity

And all He asks is that you want to be

A child of God

~~~

Can’t you see the light that’s shining?

Righteousness it is defining

He’s calling you to be righteous too

And join Him in the kingdom of God

Real life is with Him and He

Will bless you through eternity

And all He asks is that you want to be

A child of God

~~~

There’ll be no loss or sadness in his land

When our King is finally in command

So listen and hear, his kingdom is near

Get ready for the kingdom of God

Real life is with Him and He

Will bless you through eternity

And all He asks is that you want to be

A child of God

~~~

Today

Today the paperwork was submitted to found End Starvation Foundation, Inc., to feed the starving and transform the world for God’s glory. It is time to transform the world. The cure is to care.

CARE
We eat what we wish
They eat what they must
We lie down quite full
They cry in the dust
The tears on their cheeks
Convict and accuse
While nothing we do
Could ever excuse
The failure
Our failure to care
     ~~~~~
It wouldn’t take much
A little would do
To transform the world
Into something new
A little, no more
From each who could give
So those who now die
Could eat well and live
All it takes
Is for each one to care

 

Make Amends

Make amends for your sins
Make amends for your crimes
Don’t you know we are living
In perilous time
When we need to use well
Every ounce of the mind
And the spirit in order
To finally find
The answers to why
We were ever brought here
As the time’s growing short
While the end’s drawing near.

We have all fallen short
Of perfection and so
Need to make better choices
In order to grow
Into what we were always
Expected to be
Beings willing to serve
Throughout eternity
Slaves to righteousness
Serving our God night and day
Forever till
Heaven and Earth pass away.

Stop and think, look ahead
On the road you are on
Opportunity flies
All your time will be gone
Which you could have used well
In the struggle to be
What God wants us to be
Throughout eternity
Makes amends for your crimes
Make amends for your sins
So you’ll see the real life
When it finally begins.

Every day is a challenge
Every day brings travail
In this war in our being
We sometimes do fail
But in every case
It’s our job to decide
To do what is right
In his Spirit abide
Where we’re blessed in his love
As we’re kept in his hand
In his grace we remain
In his favor we stand.

If that’s not where you are
It is by your own choice
But if you want to hear
You can hear his own voice
Which can guide you to be
Where you should be today
Stop and listen before
Your time has flown away
Put his righteousness first
Leave your old self behind
And I promise that life
Love and peace you will find.

There is nothing so fine
As his Spirit in you
And He wants to live there
But He needs you to do
What his true love requires
Which requires that you
Warn the world, feed his sheep
And be vigilant, too
For whatever instruction
He might sometime give you
To fulfill his will
As we were designed to.

He is willing to help
In your struggle today
But He does not insist
That you follow his way
That leads to true life
As it is meant to be
That brings blessing now
And through eternity
You are still free to live
In rebellion and pain
But your life you will lose
Though the whole world you gain.

He is willing to help
But you must choose his way
To follow his standards
And not go astray
To remain in his love
To seek peace and forgive
And to live in the way
Those in Paradise live
He is willing to help
Through his Spirit of grace
But it first falls to you
Righteousness to embrace.

There’s nothing impossible
For God to do
He is willing to move
Earth and Heaven for you
He loves even sinners
And so gave his Son
To open the way
For his will to be done
He is calling you and
He has opened the door
To salvation, so do not
His compassion ignore.

Justice requires
That no evil reside
In any place where
God’s sons will abide
In peace and in love
Where his Spirit will be
Imparting his light
Throughout eternity
True life is in Him
And this life can be yours
But it’s not for whomever
His justice ignores.

A small clarification: Despite the lyrics of this song, we cannot “make amends” for our sins to gain salvation by doing good works. We do good works because we agree with God that we were created for good works. We are given the gift of salvation by his grace through our faith, following our having come to understand that we needed to convert to his way of righteousness. Then we do works out of gratitude, and because we see that we should. If in any way we “make amends” it is through following Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:10, Hebrews 13:16, Matthew 25:31-46, etc.

 

Paperwork Still in Process

As I wait for government approval of the 501(C)3, I am writing letters and trying to finish up the anthology. Here is another song:

In the Name of Jesus:

Now’s the time for morning prayer
To our Father in the air
Who for us is waiting there
With Messiah Jesus

Father let your name be raised
Up on high and greatly praised
Sanctified and served always
In the name of Jesus

Father, Father, please forgive
All my sin for now I give
My life to you and now I live
In the name of Jesus

To live is Christ, to die is gain
Let that be my own refrain
Let me love you more than life
And to cleanse my heart from strife
Let me know what I should do
To serve your sheep and so serve you

Let me soar as eagles and
Quickly follow each command
Wisely seek your will for me
And be all you want me to be
Well fulfill what I have vowed
And may my service make you proud

Guide my steps throughout the day
To walk in the Christian way
Give me wisdom, Lord, to keep
Your command to feed your sheep
Give me strength to face the world
With your flag of righteousness unfurled
This, Lord, is my prayer to you
In the name of Jesus

To live is Christ, to die is gain
Even though it sounds insane
In the world I won’t remain
In the name of Jesus.

~~~~~~~

A poem titled: We are a Spectacle:

We are a spectacle

We are receptacles

In which some spirit resides

But who is the spirit?

Which spirit is it

That behind our eyes hides?

Turn on the news

Look at the views

Of what the world has become

There is the story

Tragic and gory

Written by Satan’s own scum

There as a rule

We find what’s cruel

Seldom an act that is kind

While men perform

Outside the norm

For which all men were designed.

Finally Getting Organized

We have five members and can finally incorporate the 501(C)3. The paperwork is being prepared for the incorporation now. Then the real work can begin. It will be interesting. God help us meet success according to his will. It is really exciting.

I have been writing more letters to potential major collaborators.

I hope the government accepts approves the incorporation.

I am getting over severe asthmatic bronchitis which slowed me down for a few days. Could hardly breathe for 5 or 6 days.

I will end with this song that I wrote in about 1976. It sounds great on banjo and should end with the closing bars of the Beverly Hillbillies Theme:

BURN MY BODY

Burn my body when I’m gone, don’t pay the undertaker
Don’t say another prayer, don’t buy a fancy box
Just build a pyre high with a fire to the sky
And on my ashes place a little pile of rocks
Then once or twice a year, or if by chance you pass near
Place a flower or shed a tear

Burn my body when I’m gone, bring the cocoa and marshmallows
Don’t dress up all in black, like somber sorry fellows
Bring lots and lots of wood so I’ll burn really good
And take a good last look ’cause I won’t be comin’ back
Then once or twice a year, or if by chance you pass near
Place a flower or shed a tear

(Please be sure I am gone before you burn me.)