The Webb Effect

For FBC Richmond youth group reunion

The bus was green, the note was blue, the driver is good, his heart is true

The man was called, he brought his wife, they served the church with their whole life

The youth retreats, with orders sealed, helped us grow, our hearts were healed

The Bible taught, they showed their love, thus we learned of God above

Others joined them in the fray, to teach the youth how they should pray

These brave adults who taught us truth, they cared for every single youth

And in their footsteps, we then walked, and often listened as they talked

Of how our lives could closer be, walk with God in intimacy

Now the days have turned to years, we’ve had some smiles, and yes, some tears

But God is still here, by our side, His grace is deep, His love is wide

We have become the leaders who, these leaders saw in me and you

Our turn to teach the younger crowd, to reach their hearts with music loud

The gift that God has given true, by those who’ve gone ahead of you

The gift of faith that you can share, with other people, everywhere

Are you engaged? Does your faith work? You’re not like those who often shirk

Our time is short, our mission grave, to win the fight we must be brave

To care for folks and reach the lost, we sacrifice and count the cost

For God has given much to us, and we give back without a fuss

Our love to give, our gift to show, with humble hearts, we bow down low

We serve the risen, mighty King, He is the Lord of everything

Your life He always will direct, so walk before Him circumspect

One day soon, we’re going home, to revel in His kingdom come

By Justin Ogden
http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com
justwords@videomemoriespro.com
Copyright July 28, 2017

I Surrender Me

On coming to the place of willing uncertainty with God

Come today and follow Me, relax your grip and you can see

The things that I could do with one, who fully trusts and loves My Son

Not based upon your skills at all, the part you play, it is quite small

The work is by My hand, divine, and all the glory, it is Mine

My work begins inside of you, I see that there is much to do

You’ll rely upon My word, you’ll find your path in what you’ve heard

Success won’t come from your skill set, obedience is your best bet

Lord, despite the fact that I’ve been stalling, Your voice is still sweetly calling

I now release my own control, of what I have and where I go

I give myself into Your hand, where ever You lead, over sea or land

To speak Your word and do Your will, where ever I go You’re with me still

Attending to the inward things, with grace that true contentment brings

To cultivate and shape my life, to prune my sin, as with a knife

Called to serve, and qualified, adventure: God! it’s quite the ride

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 21, 2017

One Head, One Heart, One Hand

Ephesians: a sermon series

One head, the Lord, is over His church, He’s leading us all to give Him the glory

~ Ephesians 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 10:31 ~

Following Him that we’ve come to know, and telling all people His gospel story

~ Matthew 16:24; Ephesians 2:4-5 ~

Chosen, elected, and destined for grace, beloved, adopted, a family of one

~ Ephesians 1:4-6; Galatians 4:4-7 ~

Rich beyond measure, a promise to hold, our purpose forever, the bride of God’s Son

~ Ezekiel 36:26-27; Ephesians 5:25-32 ~

One heart, in the people, seeking the Lord, praying to God for His Spirit to come

~ Matthew 6:33; Acts 11:15 ~

Indwelling us here, as we praise His name, for He is at work, and He will save some

~ Psalm 22:3; Rom 9:18-24 ~

A higher level of love we will show, His unconditional love we can give

~ Matthew 5:44; John 13:34 ~

Together as one, His kingdom of love, we glorify Christ by the life that we live

~ John 17:22-23; Philippians 1:9-11 ~

One hand, in His, together at work, for look, the harvest is ready and white

~ 2 Corinthians 6:1; John 4:35 ~

Reach out to touch those seeking the Savior, His power they’ll come to know tonight

~ Mark 1:40-42; Ephesians 3:20 ~

Taking the meagerly efforts we make, using us to reach their hearts in this hour

~ 1 Corinthians 1:27; Acts 16:29-33 ~

Serving unselfishly, as He commands, we get to witness His work by His power

~ Acts 2:45; Ephesians 1:18-20 ~

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 18, 2017

Gifts for the King

Our sacrifice to God we bring, some to serve, and some to sing

Some to speak His holy word, some to do just what we’ve heard

Some to give our very best, serving others, their lives bless

Some to lead and some to teach, all for Christ the lost to reach

He’s made us all with gifts unique, to build the body, His face to seek

Disciples teaching as we go, love for God, the more to show

Examples of the God we love, destined for heaven, up above

There to serve before His throne, our ever glorious Cornerstone

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 17, 2017

The Truth Blade

The daddy tells his little boy, be careful son, that’s not a toy

It’s sharp and you can hurt your yourself, if you leave it on your shelf

A real man knows to handle this, with lots of prayer, just like your sis

The word is sharp, it’s blade is true, and it has no regard for you

The blade cuts deep, it’s healing touch, we want it not, but need it much

The Spirit’s power from sin does cleanse, it helps us see through holy lens

To live a holy, upright life, that’s pure and spotless in His sight

Thus your life is useful to, the One who gave His life for you

Son, beware to use this book, not just a glance or just a look

But drink it deeply every day, and God will then direct your way

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 15, 2017

I’ve Been Waiting

​When God is ready to use someone for His purposes

I’ve been waiting for this moment, a tool to use, here in My hand

To be willing for My will, following My one command

Willing, ready, for the moment, when the need arises there

Whenever there is opposition, be My tool then, if you dare

Change a heart and change a story, thus we will see good be done

Thus I would redeem a nation, if My people prayed as one

In all things to bring Me glory, for your good, I’m working now

Impossible, but I can do it, trust Me, for I know just how

It’s surprising what can happen, when I utter just a word

People think they have Me cornered, but I can fly just like a bird

Their little box cannot hold Me, the pot, it’s potter tries to mold

Watch me work and give Me glory, new mysteries I will unfold

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 15, 2017

Encouragement for Today

Be encouraged here today, God’s with you in many ways

His son is there to forgive sin, His Spirit He abides within

His grace is in His every word, He meets our need from what we’ve heard

The task God has for you this hour, will be infused with God’s own power

Obedience to His command, enables God to play His hand

Rejoice today! the victory’s won, all glory to the risen Son

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 11, 2017

The Look of Lust

​A critical look at lusts claim to provide satisfaction

God can see the secret place we’re hiding in behind the door

When lustful thoughts rule our heart, our consciences cry out no more

Abusing this, God’s joyful gift, our marriage vows they try to break

Relationships become an image, an idol of our self we make

On the edge of the abyss, the sirens sing their song of love

While God’s hand reaches down, and calls to us from up above

Satisfaction is so fleeting, when the source is just a myth

But there’s one you should be holding, where you’re known by who you’re with

The Father reads on every page, He knows our heart just like a book

Take discipline that He provides, He shapes our life with just a look

A look into the book of life, spend some time He’ll meet you there

Satisfaction you’ve been wanting, He has much that He will share

Contentment with His grace and healing, restores our heart just like before

Close this chapter, start a new one, hide behind that door no more

Relationships with one another, messy though they sometimes be

Shape our lives and give God glory, His handiwork we then will be

Our purpose is not found in pages, where we have to hide to look

But we have the words of life, that we can share from God’s own book

Be not ashamed to tell His story, draw the picture of God’s grace

Let them see God’s work within us, point them to His holy face.

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 15, 2017

Restoring Love

Today you stand up straight and tall, together tearing down the wall

Forgiveness poured on every brick, which out the door you both will kick

And buried in the deepest sea, together now, you both can see

Offenses can hurt more with time, but that’s decided in your mind

Release and let them go to God, He will accept them with a nod

These all were paid for on the cross, His awesome price was not our loss

Ask God to help you act in love, be ever gentle, as a dove

God’s blessing is this mate you have, use His word, apply the salve

Restore to God, the One you trust, on Him rely, each day we must

Daily growing in God’s word, rejoicing in the truth we’ve heard

Restore the love you had that day, your bride came down the isle that way

Enraptured was your heart with her, you knew how to make her purr

Restore your family, help them know, God’s power to change and make things grow

God’s power in you, yes they will see, the dad that God made you to be

Restore your church, and help them seek, for God gives power to the meek

Lead them all to forsake sin, seeking, praising, serving Him

By Justin Ogden

http://www.thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 11, 2017 

I Am Here

God’s message to a church that’s waiting for a pastor


Here I Am, I have not left, no, I would not leave you bereft 

~ Isa 6:1; Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5 ~

Your doubting heart has brought you fear, use eyes of faith to see Me here

~ Philippians 2:14; 2 Kings 6:11 ~

My work continues as before, but you are needing something more 

~ Philippians 1:6; Proverbs 29:18 ~

The mouthpiece that I have for you, he is prepared, not overdue 

~ Exodus 4:16; Jeremiah 2:2; John 13:7 ~

I’m waiting for your eyes to be, with fixed attention set on Me 

~ Psalms 16:8; Hebrews 12:2 ~

Look to Me and not to him, your true connection is within 

~ Zechariah 4:6; John 15:4 ~

Close your eyes and look inside, do you see these sins that hide 

~ Psalms 119:59; Lamentations 3:40 ~

Remove this mess, no sin may lurk, then through you My hand will work 

~ Matthew 7:5; Ephesians 4:6 ~

Cleanse your minds and tongues today, the King is here, prepare His way 

~ 2 Corinthians 7:1; Malachi 3:1 ~

Align your heart within My will, listen for My voice, it’s still 

~ Deuteronomy 23:14; 1 Kings 19:12 ~

My word will flow to them that seek, My kingdom is held by the meek 

~ Acts 13:44; Psalms 37:11 ~

Your life reflects My character, be sure it’s right and always fair 

~ 2 Peter 1:3; Ephesians 5:1 ~

By Justin Ogden

thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 10, 2017