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Biblical Rhymes and Reasons

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A great collection appreciating the struggles of faith and how all followers can overcome them through their own strength and that of God.

Synopsis

Proverbs, Poems, Rhymes and Rap - Insights and Puns to Fill the Gap -Magnetic Prophetic with a Snap

"Biblical Rhymes & Reasons" is full of energy and passion, to inspire both men and women. From beginning to end and morning to night, rhythmic and proverbial words take you through one man’s radical journey of real encounters with the Savior God, with both seriousness and humor.

Full of deeply thoughtful and challenging expressions of mind, heart, and soul, with battles between flesh and Spirit, this gift of a book keeps both inquirers and disciples engaged through human struggles, relational challenges, and cultural debates, while radically pursuing to know God in real encounters.

"Appearing as a dove above stream, inspired words rise from in between, the wings and the water. These are the words I knew and dreamed."

These inspirational writings connect with the battle between our human nature and divine callings. You will be drawn into the experiences, encouraged in your faith, challenged as a Christian, strengthened in the truth of God’s Word, hungering more for wisdom, intrigued by insights, and even laughing at humorous puns which balance out some of the serious intensity, a few which may surprise you.

In short, I found this wonderful collection of poems, proverbs and rhymes an inspiring read. A collection of reflections on life, faith, and the need to appreciate what we should be thankful for every day.


Maloney’s expert use of rhythmic and proverbial words really do pull the reader in to observe and appreciate the narrator’s spiritual journey of his own personal experiences with God. The author’s personal reflections cover different episodes and thought-provoking experiences in his adult life and spiritual journey.


The book includes a large, varied range of topics, filled with spiritual insights, tests of faith, and encouragements that link common life experiences and our shared need for the presence and intervention of God. A perfect blend of seriousness and playful wit, Biblical Rhymes and Reasons tackles significant philosophical and spiritual themes, including vices and virtue, whilst affording us good-humoured puns so as not to plunge the reader into an existential crisis!


Essentially, I came away from this book reminiscent of a key Church teaching from my childhood that knowing God is of equal importance to knowing oneself. From these poems, I can appreciate that in order to do the latter, you must make efforts to understand God. These efforts, however, are not necessarily laborious but rather enjoyable in many ways. For example, waking each day thankful for the fact that God has provided you with a fresh start, a new day, to better yourself and others. Or to take time to appreciate God’s nature. Though there are challenges to your faith everywhere, you have the strength to overcome these through Him. Maloney's verses illustrate these teachings very well!


I especially love Visions of Heaven and how the narrator so vividly visualizes the peaceful environment. I found this one a very uplifting read, personally. I would thoroughly recommend Maloney’s work to anyone looking for words to open their eyes to life’s greater meaning in an enjoyable, not too stern nor heavily existential, tone. 

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In my final year of study as a Classical Studies undergraduate, I am a publishing hopeful with books on my mind. I spend most of my time studying the world of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, which I talk about on my Classics blog Itzanif. My second blog, FictionFrappucino is for my love of fiction.

Synopsis

Proverbs, Poems, Rhymes and Rap - Insights and Puns to Fill the Gap -Magnetic Prophetic with a Snap

"Biblical Rhymes & Reasons" is full of energy and passion, to inspire both men and women. From beginning to end and morning to night, rhythmic and proverbial words take you through one man’s radical journey of real encounters with the Savior God, with both seriousness and humor.

Full of deeply thoughtful and challenging expressions of mind, heart, and soul, with battles between flesh and Spirit, this gift of a book keeps both inquirers and disciples engaged through human struggles, relational challenges, and cultural debates, while radically pursuing to know God in real encounters.

"Appearing as a dove above stream, inspired words rise from in between, the wings and the water. These are the words I knew and dreamed."

These inspirational writings connect with the battle between our human nature and divine callings. You will be drawn into the experiences, encouraged in your faith, challenged as a Christian, strengthened in the truth of God’s Word, hungering more for wisdom, intrigued by insights, and even laughing at humorous puns which balance out some of the serious intensity, a few which may surprise you.

Morning Risers

A New Day


A new day,

Not just any day, but one that has never been before,

When there is possibility, unpredictability,

Already promised instore.


Should I not be anticipating,

Participating in what is about to occur?

Should I not be excited, feel invited, about finding new love?

Even for a day?



Begin Again

 

Like it was in the beginning, forming, rising up from the mud,

Taking a breath, perhaps a stretch, in order to find,

My strength, my vision, my reason in time.

Can I walk? Can I talk? Am I not alone?

Whispers as I’m waking, thoughts arising too,

Some good, some bad, some I wish I knew.

Finding my way, still darkness before day,

I begin with prayer, because I begin to hear,

A calling, a purpose, a voice I know in my ear,

“Begin Again”.



Rejoice Some

 

It should arise, but for some, not so naturally,

Ever bearing, and for some, a difficult choice,

We will fly, but for some, not immediately,

Ever nearing, and for some, quick to rejoice.

Called to wait, the time effervescently,

Never fearing, and for some, difficult poise,

Called to state, the joy all enumerably,

Never tearing, and for some, quick to voice.




Morning Star


He’s there strong and bright from the moment I wake,

In His light I rise and bloom.

He lifts me up if I bend or faint,

In His love I am raptured and swooned.


When all seems dark, His light leads the way,

I follow after and I see,

The clouds disperse, His brightness reveals

All the colors heavenly!



Awakening


Awakening to the truth that You love me,

Awakening to the reasons that You care,

Awakening to the faith that You are with me,

Awakening to Your Presence very near.

Awakening to the course that is beyond me,

Awakening to Your will that’s in my ear,

Awakening to the heart-felt night stirring,

Awakening to the Message in the air.

Awakening to Your love for those around me,

Awakening to Your safety over fear,

Awakening to Your desire for them to know You,

Awakening to Your purpose over there.

Awakening to the truth that it is finished,

Awakening to the call there’s more to bear,

Awakening to the news that still confounds me,

Awakening to the Gospel everywhere.




Faith Within


Searching for life and breath, reason and solitude, before motivation to move,

The Words on the pages, the gift of the Spirit, give me hope that I would,

Find the strength, the grace, the light of His face, the pleasure that soothes.


In the hour of need, seeking a measure of faith, before I start to bleed,

Having to endure in advance before I proceed, somewhat joyfully,

Imperfect yet, struggling internally, to believe what is truly divinely good.


Reality forcing the steps ahead, so I cannot hide from what I falsely dread,

Still on my pillows, mysterious in bed, with the billows unclear before me,

Situations untrue, fight infatuations not new, but wanting victory instead.


Growing up sure, even before the door, a spark of courage to lighten,

The loads of the day, the needle in hay, within me, to stay and brighten,

Any ounces of gloom or warnings of doom, on the way, that may suddenly

frighten.


Spirit groaning is true, but it also renews, the faith I had just forgotten.

Now more able to breath, what I know I believe, as I bravely press on and

trodden,

The way that is planned, before me at hand, I am finally strengthened and |

gladdened.


Now much more secure, as my faith endures, in the Man who was surely

enlightened,

I walk firmly towards, the snakes and boars, and bullocks all full of mocking.

The LORD builds it in, to lift up my chin, and to preach of all sins forgotten.


Faith speaks from within, of the Father’s win, eternal life through the Son

Begotten.


Enough Said


Believe Him when he says He loves you.

Believe Him because you know He is good.

Believe Him when he says He is counting,

Every strand of a hair, under your hood.

Believe Him when he says He is sufficient.

Believe Him when he says He understood.

Believe Him when he says He’s always with you.

Remember every day, He said he would.



Never Alone


Never alone, and yet I am searching for you more.

Baiting, and hating the times I cannot find the oars.

Prying, trying to pull the nails up from the floor.

Faking, waking so I can continue to explore,

How you are with me, even now, and even more,

Then I can feel, or see, as I pass out through the door.


Never alone, and yet I am yearning for you more.

Waiting, and hating delays for the abode that is yours.

Sighing, fighting inside the lies that keep me bored.

Faking, taking what I can until I am sure,

That you are with me, even now, as well before,

That I could feel, or see, as I came home through the door.



Saving the Moments

Every moment is gone, before it really begins,

Time slips by, without a “Hi”, missing you, missing Him, in everything.

So important it all seems, every else, every thing, in the moment that I’m in.


Busy day for the pay, always business here to stay,

Blocks the way, lost Today, missing you, missing Him, in every sin.

So important seems the pay, every penny, every day, in the business that I’m in.


Another weekend goes by, can’t I ever tell the time?

Will I learn, where’s my turn, missing you, missing Him, on a whim.

So important ideas seem, I forget, what I mean, in the mind that I’m lost in.


Many months slip by, every promise seemed a lie,

So, I said, went to bed, missing you, missing Him, once again.

So important though we wed, all the stuff, made it rough, in the time that we

had then.


Numbered years fly by, now we’re wearing a disguise,

Overweight, had no dates, who are you, where is Him, to the gym,

So important we begin, forget else, take a win, for a moment,

sink or swim.


Anniversaries now a high, how we hate to say goodbye,

Without freight, our best day, glad for you, thanks to Him, sing a hymn.

So important we rescued, all the vows we promised to, now in view,

Hallelu!


Now our life is old times, having pleasures by your side,

Cannot wait, hesitate, all with you, all with Him, every day the aim again,

So important that we win, nothing else, now ourselves, every moment

that we’re in.



In the Wake


In the wake of suffering and death,

In whom can I trust and confide?

The anguish of my broken heart,

Where is My Comfort and Guide?


The troubles of my mind do race,

It is hard to sleep and quell,

The pain and lack of warm embrace,

Of one I knew so well.


When will all the mourning go,

When will the grief subside?

It is not for me to have no hope,

But for death itself to die!


I look again to my Savior's morn,

The new first day of the week,

When I peak and glimpse at the breaking light,

And find joy in the midst of the bleak.



Glorious Hope


Only soberly can we truly appreciate how glorious it is for us to gaze upon the

blazing light of the sun, warming and scorching simultaneously depending

upon where and when you sit. It is placed far enough to not wholly burn, but

close enough to love.


Of all God’s created bodies, it rises daily as a sign of promise to be known by

everybody, more than just a rainbow for a few, a taste of heavenly glory that

provides an eternal view. With it a warmth of soul arrives and draws us towards

the Glorious One.


Now that the blessed revelation of the Son has shown upon us, the true light

that displaces, now risen and ascended above us, through clouds and beyond

our sight, we await our glorious hope that has overcome death and sin’s plight.

He has entered into the Most Holy Place, brightening the face of all frightened

ones.


We shall forever behold the Lamb on the Throne who will replace the forgotten

sun, and so, we blaze ourselves around this hope until Revelation’s done. God

has chosen us and has therefore won for us such a great salvation. So, now with

soundness of heart and mind, we grow in warm appreciation.



Morning News


Every morning new provides,

More ways to justly glorify,

The King who once was slain.

To satisfy the ghastly cost,

Of all who once were sadly lost,

Made perfect and through pain.

To rectify ancestral sin,

Death rooted him and deep within,

Since man betrayed his God.

Accepting tempted evil thoughts,

From serpent who did cunning taught,

To rebel against, he prod.

To trust in human and in self,

While losing all God's higher wealth,

He embraced his foolish pride.

The first of holy childlike ways,

Lost with virgin innocent days,

The grave then opened wide.

God’s promise was revealed that day,

Perfect plan all timeless laid,

The Son of God would die.

Be risen on the third again,

Cause true love never truly ends,

Though flesh be crucified.

God would welcome all who woke,

To voice of Holy One who spoke,

Responding to His heart.

For death could never separate,

From love eternal and the fate,

God desired from the start.

So, all would breathe new life again

Even through earth’s dirty end,

For the wage of death was stayed.

The Almighty saved us by His hand,

So woke will see the promised land,

This hope our wait each day

So, there’s nothing like the morning news,

That sings through blackbirds, even blues,

Announcing daylight’s sight.

For the Kingdom calls and then it rings,

To all creation’s little things,

Until it’s time for flight.

So, rise to glorify His Name,

For love of morning so He came,

The greatest gift is love.

As daylight lasts, but then does fade,

God’s Kingdom rings even in the shade,

The new morning sure to come.


Dawning of Age


The horizon speaks of more than a new day, but of an age now

surely dawning.

The sunlight crown covers the head of the universe, now still

early yawning.


Its golden aura fills the dome, announcing the arrival of its

royalty.

What can be said? What can be done? Who can resist His rule in

totality?


The galaxies bow down. Heaven lays prostrate.

He arose from the earth. The world is a new place.


His Dominion and Kingdom are forever!




Princes of the King


Strength arises as weakness fades, under the feet of the sons of

God, no longer mere men.


They trample on the skull heads of the enemy, cut off with the

 Sword of the Spirit spoken.


They are taller because of it.


What is left to conquer?


They rule as Princes of the King, offering Him everything taken.


Fear has been crushed. Death has no rings.


In the spiritual distance, Heaven sings, of the victory and glory over the

sons of mere men, once been.


About the author

A man, husband, father of five, friend and servant of Christ, trying to walk out my faith journey to its fullest capacity. I live in the New York metro area, worked in Manhattan for many years as a computer network specialist before becoming ordained as a deacon and priest in Christ's Church. view profile

Published on March 15, 2020

Published by RWG Publishing

20000 words

Genre: Christian

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