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Stories   There’s a lot of stories here in this city, There’s a lot of stories here in this town, Trying to make the ends meet, Try to keep my head up, There’s a lot of stories here in this city. Marcus standing on the sidewalk, That’s where he sleeps at night. Marcus has a…

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Two Miles…Different Worlds   Living in two different worlds, You see the gangs, drugs, and death That I only see on tv screens Your father walking out, My parents standing strong. Your possessions being robbed, My doors aren’t even locked. Oh, we’re living in different worlds. Living in two different worlds, You have two homes,…

Climax

In the twelfth grade English Honors dual-credit class that I am currently co-teaching, we are addressing the plot within literature. Specifically, what is the climax? The climax is the point of tension before the reader knows what will happen. I have often said that human lives are stories, often with highly complex plots. I find…

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I wrote this one just a few days ago after a conversation with a friend about how so many people don’t even care enough to open their eyes, look around them, and see the people right in their own neighborhoods who are hurting, homeless, etc. We have sooooo much compared to the rest of the…

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I wrote this one for school–a random assignment that required us to write an “I Am” poem: I Am I am epic, resolute, I wonder at the sovereign plan, I hear the circling plane, I see the faces, a mask of pain. I want to teach; I can. I am epic, resolute. I pretend a…

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Sleeping Nation, Arise! Are you sleeping? Letting the world slip away? “Watch and pray,” says our Lord – Don’t let these millions die. While you were sleeping Forty million hearts stopped beating. Murdered for no just cause – Deprived of God’s gift of life. Are you sleeping? Letting the world slip away? “Watch and pray,”…

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As I’m writing a poetry unit for the 9th grade Honors English class I’m student teaching at Carroll, I realized that I haven’t written any poetry of my own in a very long time. Thus, in honor of my to-be-amazing poetry unit, the next few posts will be containing some of the poetry I have…

Naomi’s Story

Tim Challies brilliantly draws out Naomi’s story from the book of Ruth in “A Dramatic Reversal:” Naomi has created a false image of God. Instead of allowing God to speak into her circumstances, she has interpreted Godthrough those circumstances. When her life was good, God was good; now that her life has gone bad, she believes…

God’s Purpose is the Process

From My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers: We are apt to imagine that if Jesus Christ constrains us, and we obey Him, He will lead us to great success. We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have an idea…

Influence

This is challenging: “For you,” God says, “the route to gaining influence is not taking power. Influence gained through power and control doesn’t really change society; it doesn’t change hearts. I’m calling you to a totally different approach. Be so sacrificially loving that the people around you, who don’t believe what you believe, will soon…