Monthly Teaching Letter Archives

The Mystery of Disappointment – A Poem by Kristen Sykes

THE MYSTERY OF DISAPPOINTMENT   He heals the brokenhearted He will finish what He started; Have decades passed and still desires     are burnt in endless holy fires? Remember Moses’ bush It burned and burned and burned;   The bush … Continue reading

Hand in Hand – A Poem by Kristen Sykes

HAND IN HAND 2 Corinthians 6:10   Can joy and sorrow walking be agreed? Two poles opposed in mood, in feel, in key; How vast the distance seeming ‘tween each creed— One mourning, cries, th’other rejoicingly. Look close at Christ … Continue reading

Deny Your Self – A Poem by Kristen Sykes

DENY YOUR SELF   “Redeem me, O Lord, from the oppression of self” It would choose being right above my mental health, Self will have no God but miserable me A mad captain who sinks his own ship at sea, … Continue reading

Truth and Love – Why Jesus had to die

Truth and love. Scripture calls us to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) yet the only Person who spoke the truth in love perfectly was Jesus Christ and we killed Him.  But because of His great love for us … Continue reading

Follow Me – A Poem by Kristen Sykes

FOLLOW ME (Two Sonnets)   “an unconditional readiness to change”                          —Dietrich von Hildebrand                                       FIRST  Christ Jesus leads, Good Shepherd of His sheep; His “Follow Me” means where you are won’t do. On transformation’s path climb … Continue reading

Conqueror – A Poem by Kristen Sykes

CONQUEROR   My God, my Love, my Lord, Worshiped and adored  In end-time days,  Increasing praise We raise in one accord.   Our soon and coming King, Hope-filled hosannas ring  The shaking systems of this world,  Your might unfolding and … Continue reading

Sonnet of the Savior – A Poem by Kristen Sykes

  SONNET OF THE SAVIOR        Could there ever be a Savior         more wonderful than Jesus?   The perfect Son of God in glory saw His broken image in the sons of men, The stench of lust and … Continue reading

John’s Fifth Chapter – A Poem by Kristen Sykes

JOHN’S FIFTH CHAPTER   The morning sun beat down on me The colonnade shadowed gracefully Another day spent by the pool My dampened rag to keep me cool.   Only the mat twixt me and stone The pavement felt in … Continue reading

True Art – A Poem By Kristen Sykes

 TRUE ART   The Artisan of the heart      Gathers the broken shards      Covets the world’s discards      Seeks all pieces shattered      As if to Him they mattered To work His eternal art.   Like right to left … Continue reading

Afflictions – A Poem by Kristen Sykes

AFFLICTIONS   These light and momentary afflictions    –Sorrows, losses, tears, addictions— Are earning for us an eternal weight of glory    –Hold on darling, it’s not the end of the story—   The path of the pilgrim is hard … Continue reading

God the Worker -He Never Stops Working to Make Us More Like Jesus Christ

Dear Friends,  “But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now [He has never ceased working], and I too am working.” (John 5:17)  God rested on the seventh day after He created the world and mankind (Genesis 1-2) … Continue reading

“Free at Last! Free at Last! Thank God Almighty, I’m Free at Last!”

Dear Friends, This powerful dream and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the heart cry of the apostle Paul regarding our deliverance from our old, cruel master – sin, to our new, good Master – God. “Don’t you … Continue reading