Monday, November 9, 2009

The Garden Party Story

The Garden Party - Story
(Genesis 1-3)
By Kurt Hardy

God put Adam in the garden to abide,
a beautiful place for a man to reside

Then God came to earth from heaven above
and filled the garden with His wonderful love.

Everything in it was peaceful and serene,
before the Serpent came onto the scene

The Lord said to Adam, "You may eat of the vine;
anything you want, the whole garden is mine.

There's just one command I give you from me,
don't eat of the fruit from the ‘Golden Tree’.

For if you desire it with lust in your eye,
the day that you eat it, you will surely die.

I give you the freedom to do as you please,
name all the animals, the birds, and trees.”

So Adam named everything in the garden, every where he looked
He named the flowers the plants and all the fish in the brook

The Lord saw that Adam was sad,
and wanted a mate of his own.

So God put Adam into a very deep sleep
and made woman from a rib of his side.

When he woke up, his life was complete
for the woman was his mate to abide.

Adam was so thankful to be given a wife
that he named her `Eve', the giver of life.

The wedding party was planned
in the garden to celebrate

Sending invitations to all of their friends
Saying “Now don’t you be late.”

First came the Giraffe, the Moose and the Cow,
then flew the Sparrows, the Eagle and the Owl.

Let's not forget the others who were also there,
the Rabbit, the Squirrel and the big Grizzly Bear.

They gathered together and Adam said grace,
"Thank you Dear God for this beautiful place."

Adam and Eve told their guests that day
“enjoy the garden paradice you’re welcome to stay.

You may eat and drink for the food is free,
but touch not the fruit on the Golden Tree.

For God has said “it’s not for us to ponder why
but to obey His word or surely we would die.”

Suddenly there was a knock on the garden back door,
an evil kind of knock they never heard before.

Eve went to see just who it could be,
for all those invited were gathered inside.

She didn't hesitate to open the gate,
for "It might be a friend" she cried.

Much to her surprise, she was completely aghast;
in came a serpent, `that old snake in the grass’.

"So sorry I'm late to your party today...
I must have lost my invite along the way".

Secretly he spoke some words in her ear,
so smooth and quietly the others couldn't hear.

Eve turned towards Adam with a daze in her eyes;
she looked like she had been hypnotized.

She stuttered and mumbled about ‘little foxes on the vine’,
how the grapes were all gone and no more could they find.

Then she said to Adam,“would you go and look around;
search the hills and the valleys, maybe some can be found?"

So Adam took off with the Lion and the Lamb,
Looking everywhere throughout the land.

The serpents’ scheme had worked just fine,
for he had Eve alone for just a bit of time.

"Now listen to my words my darling dear,
there’s no reason for you to have fear!

Why can’t you eat the luscious fruit on the tree,
a little for you and just a small bite for me?"

"Oh no!” said Eve with words like fire,
“ The tree must never be our desire;

for God has said, and I am sure it is true
that if we eat of it, our lives will be through. "

Slowly he slithered on a branch by her head;
these were the words he slyly said,

"You don't believe you would actually die?
It's simply not true, it's nothing but a lie.

The truth about the Golden Tree,
it will make you wise and then you'll see;

You’ll have knowledge of the world
from the beginning to its end...

then you’ll be in control,
instead of Him.

Trust me at this very hour;
eat the fruit, it will give you great power.”

Eve wanted Adam, so she looked around;
but he was gone and couldn't be found.

She looked at the tree, it was a beautiful sight.
thinking of its taste, it would be quite a delight.

As she reached for the fruit on the Golden Tree,
a voice in the wind said so tenderly,

"Don't listen to the serpent, he's not your friend;
for it's his desire that your life should end.

Now quickly turn away from the Golden Tree,
so you can keep your fellowship and walk with me."

Eve immediately turned away and was about to go,
when the serpent said, "Wait, there's something you should know!"

"There's power in the fruit, it will taste very sweet;
then all of God's creation will bow at your feet.

You and Adam will be quite a sensation,
you’ll be equal to God and rule His creation."

Her lust for the fruit burned like fire
and soon it became her only desire

So she reached for it and took a bit for its taste,
and immediately felt ashamed, ran and hid her face.

Fear fell upon the garden on that very day,
thunder and lighting scared the animals away.

Adam searched for Eve, he looked all over the land,
she was hiding in fear with the fruit in her hand.

"Did you eat of the fruit from the Golden Tree?
Don't you know you will die and depart from me?"

Adam was afraid he would be left alone again,
so he ate of the fruit though he knew it was a sin.

Both were trembling and filled with fright,
they hid in the bushes throughout the night.

When the sun arose in the early morning dawn,
all the beauty of the garden and the animals were gone.

Then a voice so familiar fell upon their ear;
a sound of love and joy, a voice of cheer.

"Oh Adam and Eve, my created delight,
why have you ran and hid from my sight?

Did you eat of the fruit from the Golden Tree,
is that why you're afraid to come to me?

You believed the created more than your Creator,
the serpent lied to you when he said you'd be greater.

Now know for sure a penalty you will pay,
from this beautiful garden I must turn you away.

You will clear the land and strain at the plow,
tilling the ground by the sweat of your brow.

And as for your wife, the thing she has done;
in great pain and agony, she will bear your sons.

You have broken my commandment and committed this sin;
by the blood of an animal, you'll be clothed with its skin.

Its' life for yours will be a sacrifice to me,
for its blood shall wash and make you free.

And as for you 'Oh serpent', full of lust and desire,
I've reserved a place for you in the lake of fire.

Now go my children throughout the land,
multiply and be fruitful and obey my commands.

Know that I love you much more than a friend,
I'll be with you forever until I come back again.”

Sunday, November 8, 2009

A New Life To Live Story

A New Life To Live
II Corinthians 5:17
By Kurt Hardy

I’ve been sentenced to the gallows
and tomorrow I will die.
Over and over I’ve asked myself why?

All of my life I have lived in shame
from childhood till now, with sorrow and pain.

I thought of God and what I would give
for a second chance, and a new life to live.

If only I could change the evil I have done,
the heartaches and suffering I’ve caused everyone.

However, it is too late. There’s no more hope for me,
that the king’s heart might change and set me free.

From the window in the dungeon the courtyard I could see,
the carpenter building his platform for me.

With every blow of his hammer, my body would shake.
For very soon the hangman, my life he would take.

The carpenter’s tools were put away at last
his work was finished; he was through with his task.

I must get ready for my time is nearly gone.
The jailer and the hangman will come at dawn.

I fell to my knees, bowed my head to pray.
“Please dear Lord, hear what I’ve got to say.

I know I’m guilty for the things I have done,
and rightly so… I should be hung.

But this is not why I’m crying to you,
for after I die, my judgment is due.

My sins are awesome, how many I can’t tell.
But Lord I pray, deliver my soul from hell.

There is no reason at all, You should listen to me.
I’m just a lost sinner filled with shame and misery.

I guess that is all I can say or do.
The rest dear God is up to You.”

Then such a peace came over me.
The first time in my life I truly felt free.

I fell to sleep like a baby in bed.
I meant every word to the Lord I said.

Peacefully I was resting when awaken by a man.
He lifted me to my feet with a strong gentle hand.

I was startled and surprised, wiping sleep from eyes
as I listened to what the stranger had to say.

“The Father up above sends you His love,
He heard you when you began to pray.”

My eyes filled with tears, I couldn’t believe my ears,
of the words that the stranger had to say.

Was he friend or foe? I did not know.
But I hoped he was an angel instead.

“I am indeed what you’ve perceived.
This message I bring is just for you.

When you walk up those steps, have no fear.
You will not die, but I’ll take you through.”

I was mesmerized before I realized
he disappeared in the still of the night.

I reached in the air but he wasn’t there
he was gone and out of sight.

Then I heard chains dragging across the stony floor.
Two strong men laughing as they threw open the door.

One shackled my hands. the other my feet.
“You belong to us until the hangman you meet.”

Hobbling through the courtyard the sky was clear,
but up those thirteen steps, I shuttered and shook with fear.

On the platform I stood, directly over the chute,
I saw the grinning hangman in his black hooded suit.

The hangman’s laughter was ringing in my head.
“If you want to pray, better start right away,
cause you’ll hang by your neck till you’re dead.”

Over my face, he tied the hood in place
and the rope around my neck pulled tight.

With fear and dread, “Oh Lord” I said,
“Didn’t You send me Your angel in the night?

Didn’t he say if I would believe
I wouldn’t die… was I deceived?”

The hangman pulled the little pin,
the chute gave way and I fell in.

I felt a jolt, then a cool gentle breeze.
I thought I was dead, but I could breathe.

I didn’t dare move or say a word,
for fear they would hang me again.

A familiar voice stood next to me.
He said, “Have no fear, I’m your friend.”

They took me down and laid me in the cart,
as they removed the mask from my eyes.

I could see them but they couldn’t see me.
It seemed so strange, I was really surprised.

Then two men pulled the cart away.
I was listening to what they had to say.

“We’ll throw his body on the garbage heap,
then the buzzards will have all they want to eat.”

Fear gripped my heart as I lay in the cart,
“These guys think that I am dead.”

I wanted to shout and tried to jump out,
but I couldn’t even move my head.

This body is mine and I feel just fine,
though something has happened to me.

Then I saw the man who called me His friend,
he said,” Now we must go, you’re totally free.”

I didn’t understand, so he took my hand
and pulled me right out of the cart.

My body stayed right where it layed.
He said, “Hand on, we’re going to depart.”

When I turned around we were off the ground,
thousands of miles in the sky.

I said to the man, “Hang onto my hand,
because I don’t know how to fly.”

The man looked at me with eyes so tenderly,
“Do you remember asking forgiveness of your sin?

That is why God said you wouldn’t die,
you are now joined together with Him.”

Now I am free from sorrow, free from pain,
free from my failures of sin and shame.

My soul was rejoicing and my heart full of bliss,
when suddenly we entered a bright colorful mist

There before us was a great door opened wide,
and like a powerful wind we were sucked inside.

Faster and faster, we began to fly
until we broke through a barrier on the other side.

Then it seemed we suddenly stooped
and the man said “Look and behold.”

It was God’s Holy City so beautiful and pretty,
its streets were paved with gold.

I was joyful with tears as music filled my ears,
it seemed to come from all over the place.

Choir bells started ringing with angels singing
“Praise God for His Amazing Grace.”

Then I was with Jesus, my Wonderful Savior,
with His arms opened up and wide.

“Welcome to your home, sit next to My throne,
forever with Me to reside.”

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Christmas Gift

The Christmas Gift
Proverbs 18:6
By Kurt Hardy

I went to church on Christmas day
the wind was blowing in the cold

So I took off my hat, sat in the back
and listened to the words I was told

The preacher cried, “The reason Jesus died,
was for the prisoners of sin to be free.”

Then he said, “Christ arose from the dead
to give life to those who would believe.”

When the minister was threw
he said “what will you do
with the gift God offers today?”

I bowed my head, these words I said
“Dear Jesus, come into my heart I pray.”

I felt so good, I jumped and stood
with a grin all over my face.

The Lord saved my soul and made me whole
my life has been changed through His grace.

Then the preacher said as he passed the plate
“Now give from your heart and don’t hesitate.”

I reached into my pocket to give all that I had
but it was only a quarter, I felt ashamed and sad.

I said, “Lord my family is down with the flu
and I’ve been out of work for a month or two.

All I’ve got is this harmonica in my hand.
It’s certainly not like a big church band.

But let me tell you Lord, what I’d love to do
I’ll go to the park and play my music for you.”

It made me feel good to give in this way.
I didn’t have money, but I had music to play.

I took off my hat and knelt on the ground,
gave thanks to God for the new life I’d found.

Then I began to play “Amazing Grace”
when suddenly tears poured down my face.

A large crowd of people seemed to gather around.
They began dropping dollar bills, in my hat on the ground.

I couldn’t believe when I was praying
God would meet my needs while I was playing.

I hurried home to tell my wife
how God saved my soul and changed my life.

I told her of the miracle He provided for me,
when she said with joy so cheerfully,

“I am healed and the kids are too,
and none of us are sick or down with the flu.”

We all held hands and began to pray
to thank God for His Gift on Christmas day.