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Reading the Bible? Or Serving an I
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By James Pemberton
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Reading the Bible?  Or Serving An Idol?


The other day I prayed and

read my Bible.

But soon afterward…  

I brought out my “idol.”


This “idol” is something

I’ve tried to hide.

I can’t seem to let go of it.

 I’ve too much “pride.”


This thing has brought “pleasure”

for a time.

But now has effected what’s

 in my mind!


My prayer life isn’t

what it used to be.

I can’t “shake it.”  It has a “hold” of me!


This “idol” has taken up

residence in my life.

I’ve lost interest in my family

 and wife!


It’s had an impact on what I’ve

 said and thought.

I think; “what kind of lie

have I really bought?”


Only Jesus can give me

the satisfaction I seek!

I know that he is with me

each day of the week!


I decided to get rid of my “idol”

 and throw it away!

I now enjoy God’s peace

in my life every day!


God has restored my trust

and faith in him!

He’s brought restoration to my life

 and peace within!


By Jim Pemberton    (c) 2012

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Submitted: Friday, January 27, 2012

Last Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012

About the Poet
I and my wife have 4 grown children and currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I've spent much of my life doing volunteer work in the food distribution for the needy among local churches. Many of the poems I've written are a reflection of times of adversity as a reminder of God's love and faithfulness. I've found many opportunities to share my poems with those who are hurting and discouraged. I'm thankful for the reports of many of the poems touching people's lives. I hope that the poems included on Wordchimes will touch and bless your life too!

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