50/50 Haikus from Biblical e-Pistles

50 Epistles

Shock! Wonder! Surprise!
God’s been seen around town.
Come close in Jesus.
1 John 1 v 1-3

Peter prays for us,
That we may know God better
With each passing day.
2 Peter 1 v 2

Don’t let anyone
Look down on you for your age,
Whether old or young.
1 Timothy 4 v 12

Like that old story
Of the sower planting seeds,
We all spread ripples.
2 Corinthians 9 v 6

Keep running the race.
Though we get knocked off the track,
We get up again.
Hebrews 12 v 1, Philippians 2 v 16

We often stumble,
But he can bring us to God,
Forgiven and free.
Jude 1 v 24

Glory, majesty
Power and authority
Belong to Jesus.
Jude 1 v 25

The darkness is light
To the creator of light,
No despair or gloom.
1 John 1 v 5

Coming clean there’s hope,
Covering up makes problems.
Health in honesty.
1 John 1 vv 8-9

Things love to take space,
Squeezing out what is precious,
Nudging God aside.
1 John 5 v 21

Through dusty windows
Our vision’s dull and impaired.
We catch rare glimpses.
1 Corinthians 13 v 12

Ego steps aside
When love steps through the doorway.
It cannot compete.
1 Corinthians 13 vv 4-7

John sends his letter
Down the years to those forgiven.
The slate is wiped clean.
1 John 2 v 12

The struggle goes on,
Batt’ling to do the right thing
We often do wrong.
Romans 7 vv 15-17

We are so grateful
For the regular fresh start
We find in Jesus.
Romans 8 vv 24-25

God’s plan looked all wrong,
Like failure writ large on that cross,
But his plan changed all.
Galatians 1 v 4

Back in time’s dark depths
There’s a wise word of guidance.
Dust off those cobwebs.
2 John vv 5-6

Life may bully us,
But he that lives in us is
Greater than our fear.
1 John 4 v 4 & Romans 8 v 31

Selfish ambition
Can take you straight to the top.
Falling back down hurts.
Philippians 2 v 3

Faith tells many tales.
For some it brought miracles.
For some – sacrifice.
Hebrews 11 vv 32-38

There is a good road,
A narrow path less travelled.
It’s worth looking for.
3 John v 11

A stone can be a
Sure foundation for building
Or a trip hazard.
1 Peter 2 vv 6-8

Empty-headed guides
Can lead us into trouble.
Bad trees with bad fruit.
Jude vv 8 & 13

Guideline 1: Love God.
Guideline 2: Love each other.
Guide 3: See above.
1 John 3 v 23

He waits hopefully,
Waiting for the prodigals
To come back to Life.
2 Peter 3 v 9

Imitation’s fine
When folks copy what is good.
Copying vice hurts.
3 John v 11

Just under-rowers,
Working hard for the good news,
Lifted up yet low down.
1 Corinthians 4 v 1
(Paul’s word ‘slave’ or ‘servant’ here refers to an under-rower – the lowest rower on a slave ship. They were dropped on by the slaves above who had no toilet breaks, and their low position meant they had to work harder than everyone else.)

Buildings may impress,
But people are the church now.
Flesh and blood temples.
1 Peter 2 vv 4-5

All things come and go.
We watch the year rise and fall.
His word is constant.
1 Peter 1 vv 23-25

Our timing’s not his.
His day’s like a thousand years.
A slow train coming.
2 Peter 3 v 8

Faith holds hands with deeds.
Belief expressed in action.
James 2 vv 14-18

Big ships, small rudders.
Forest fires, a single spark.
So the tongue is wild.
James 3 vv 4-6

You are his letter.
Divine multimedia,
God’s living emails.
2 Corinthians 3 vv 1-3

These earthly bodies
Are wearing out like old clothes,
One day they’ll be new!
2 Corinthians 5 vv 1-2

Paul’s convinced of it.
Jesus does not condemn us.
He went the distance.
Romans 8 vv 33-34

No separation,
Not from the Creator’s love
No wall big enough.
Romans 8 vv 38-39

We may make our plans.
But the last word eludes us.
God’s plans above ours.
James 4 vv 13-15

Abusive language
Pollutes the environment
Kindness sweetens it.
Ephesians 4 v 29

Keep on the race track
Look towards the one who died
And came back to life.
Hebrews 12 vv 1-2

Though we become tired
Though our hands and feet may ache
We keep limping on.
Hebrews 12 vv 12-13

Followers are split –
Apollos? Peter? Or Paul?
Only one matters.
1 Corinthians 3 vv 4-6 & 21-23

Paraded pris’ners
Captured and set free by God,
Life’s sweet aroma.
2 Corinthians 2 vv 14-16

Paul confronts Peter
About his hypocrisy,
Grace supersedes rules.
Galatians 2 vv 11-13

Kindness quells anger,
Forgiveness overcomes rage.
Love wins above all.
Ephesians 4 v 32

Be kind to others,
Tender, gentle, forgiving,
The way God has been with us.
Ephesians 4 v 32

Roman armoury
Reminds Paul of vital things.
What might remind me?
Ephesians s 6 vv 13-18

Bold activity
May cause a disturbing row
When done without love.
1 Corinthians 13 vv 1-3

Heavenly father
Chooses to call us children
Adopts us with love.
1 John 3 v 1

Fear leads to darkness
Perfect love fights against this
Brings hope not terror.
1 John 4 v 18

Arms, toes, kidneys, eyes
One body so many parts
Unique and vital.
1 Corinthians 12 vv 14-18

Heavenly father
Chooses to call us children
Adopts us with love.
1 John 3 v 1

All of God’s being
Found in his generous son
Reuniting all.
Colossians 1 vv 19-20

We live in Jesus
Our roots going deep in him
Drawing life and worth.
Colossians 2 vv 6-7

Ev’rything made
Has come through him, life’s kind poet,
Things seen and unseen.
Colossians 1 v 16

Love, joy, peace, patience
Kindness, goodness, faithfulness
Gentleness, restraint.
Galatians 5 vv 22-23

Sometimes when we’re weak
Then God’s power flows through us,
Unexpected strength.
2 Corinthians 12 vv 8-10


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