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FRANK COX -A MAN OF GODLY WISDOM

FRANK COX – A MAN OF GODLY WISDOM

Frank loves Jesus, with his heart, soul and mind
His wife and children are the apple of his eye, a blessed gift of God
He has organized his life around-God, Family, and People
With a deep love for God and Family, Frank loves people

He seeks to share the Gospel with everyone he meets
He guides God’s Church, with Christ in control
He cares for others as he would care for himself
Frank loves people, loves to help people, loves to listen to people

Frank’s heart is consistently focused on the needs of the people he meets
His concern for their lostness leads him to care for them as a shepherd
He also cares for their pain, their economic situation, and how he can help them
He never misses an opportunity to reach out and help, to care, to comfort

His whole life is an open book, he is a friend, he has friends
His word is his bond, his heart is passionate for the cause of Christ, and for hurting people
He leads as Jesus leads him, he is surrendered to the guidance of the Lord
Frank is winsome and people want to be with him, he cares

Dependability has been a lifelong trait
Frank is there, he is in the traces
Determined, diligent, bold and enthusiastic
He loves Jesus, and he ministers to his flock
Gently, generously, gratefully and with humility

Frank never runs over others, he truly works with people to help them
He has a unique ability to use words and actions that communicate his concern
He exhibits strength that is an uplifting strength, encouraging and positive
He has an ability to forgive and forget that enhances his ministry opportunities

Frank leads God’s church, and God’s people as God’s man
His life exemplifies his willingness to submit to Jesus and do what Christ calls him to do

His faith is platformed with joy and peace-Jesus is in control
Frank is patient, persuasive, resourceful and reverent to the Lord
An obedient servant who exercises self-control and wisdom for the Lord
Every day, he is in service to Jesus

Clay Corvin-A Tribute to Dr. Frank Cox – A MAN OF GODLY WISDOM
May 10, 2019

 

POEMS ON A JOURNEY IN ISRAEL 2010 – CLAY CORVIN

BEER SHEVA

It is very different from our home, an understatement
We have deep spiritual ties to this place, this land called Israel
Stop one will be Beersheva, the Well of Oath
Our learning begins here at an event 3,500 years ago

An oath created security for Abraham and his people
His oath assured them of a home and a place to belong
Abraham’s oath enabled them to have community
This place they lived was their own

We gave an oath to Christ -He gave us new life
The Lord is in our life-the Holy Spirit leads us
We live our life by our oath, Jesus I belong to You
Our eternity began then; our new life in Christ 

Our tour begins it is a journey of discovery
We will be surprised by some of what we see
The Lord will speak to us somewhere along the way
I will pray with you as you walk the “Land of the Bible”

PASSING BY EN GEDI
David dwelt in the strongholds of En Gedi
This oasis of water and wine
Cutting off the a corner of Saul’s robe
David fled until God’s time

Traveling by the Dead Sea
We don’t see its importance
Minerals mined all the time
This place looks like a waste

Just a place to travel from
Only a spa to most
Through the years a special place
Now it probably won’t register on our mind

Look close, smell the eggs, see the death
After that day fishermen will line the banks
The water will flow fresh and alive
We have seen the place as Ezekiel saw in his vision

Israel is alive with the Word of God
All around we can see His face
This is His place and we are here
The Lord is speaking to us and He is near

STARTING PLACES

This is the place to speak your heart  
As you stand on the Galilee shore  
Jesus walked all over this place  
He’s walked your path before  

What is it that He wants you to do?  
That no one else can do  
You’ve known awhile and yet you drag  
Maybe it’s time for you to do  
   
Speak to Him from the depths of your soul  
Give Him all of your fear  
Tell Him the things that are stopping you  
He will give His strength to you  

Now’s the time, this is the place  
Make your covenant anew  
Before you leave be sure to write  
That thing He wants you to do  

JEZREEL
Carmel to Bet Shean
A valley in the sun
Ahab built his capital here
Challenging God, God won
 
Peoples through the ages
Sought to own this land
Fertile soil, gentle climate
A perfect place to grow
 
Gilboa and Tabor overlooking
As traders and civilizations fought and died
Today it is a quiet plain
Agriculture is its fame
 
Gideon fought and won here
Led by the power of God
Saul fought and lost here
He had turned his back on the Lord
 
History will have its say one day
Good and evil will stand toe to toe
We have nothing to fear from this battle
The Father raised Jesus from the dead and the battle has been won

DO NOT WEEP  (Luke 7:11…)

Walking from God’s victory-straight way to Mount Tabor
Observing a funeral-the widow of Nain’s sweet son
Felled in early life-death’s evil complete
This poor woman was going to bury her son

Do not weep dear mother, young man arise
Conquering death with one quick word
A gift of compassion and a gift of love
Jesus stunned disciples and all raising one from the dead

He gives this gift to us, undeserved and free
Conquering death by His great power
Setting each one of us free, giving us what we need
The power to live a life of worth, Jesus sets us free

TABLE OF CHRIST
John 21:15.  So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,

Jesus revealed himself for the third time to the disciples
This time on the shores of Galilee
Reaching out to teach them
The truth that would set them free

Christ is all and in all and He is our need
When our focus is on pleasing Him
Our life will be to set mankind free
His love will be what people will see

Evil comes so quickly unbidden
Confused hearts do many things
Jesus calls us to do this one thing
Love Him in all we do

Obedience to Christ by our actions
Results in care for others
People count with Jesus
He uses us to proclaim His gift

ON THE SHORE

The Galilee captures my imagination as I sit on the shore
Quietly contemplating Bible verses
All of those events happened here
This small arena of God’s activity among mankind

The sweep of Genesis touches upon the Galilee
Jesus lived the majority of His ministry around these shores
The Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Bethsaida, so many more
I’ve seem them all and walked along the shore

How can the Lord use this in my life?
Change comes to mind first-I must change
I can begin to let Christ work out of me
Making a difference in the person you see

As I sit on the shore I recognize the opportunity
The Lord values who I am and what He has called me to do
I will recognize that too
Lord I will be me and let You express your power in me

HEAD OF THE KINGDOMS
Pharaoh had an ally in Hazor
Joshua called it the head of the kingdoms they fought
He put it to the sword and burned it to the ground

Today the site we see is 200 acres
The largest of the ancient cities in Canaan
Sitting astride the Via Maris

Hazor was powerful for 2,000 years
Doing as it pleased
An important city at its peak had 40,000 inhabitants

The people were rich and thought it would last
After Joshua came and conquered
The people never changed-Money was their game

God determines our days-people and cities and states
It is important for us to lay up treasures in heaven
Walking with Jesus day by day

DAN THE PLAN

Ancient Laish, captured by Dan
The northernmost boundary of the Promised Land
Dan dishonored God by their graven image
This city started out bad and got worse

People get the best from the Lord
Then ruin it by their selfishness and greed
Instead of serving they think they can manage
The Lord isn’t an errand boy for you and me

One day all of this fell apart
Evil was destroyed
Notice that Dan is a nature preserve today
The people that lived here disappeared 2,800 years ago

We can’t fool the Lord
He is interested in our obedience not our control
He calls us to be servants not masters
In Christ we have life

CAESAREA PHILIPPI  (Mt 16:13-20)

Baal and Panias both ruled here
People through the ages
Stood at the gates of hell
Worshipping man made gods

Cool and inviting in the summertime
Jesus brought the disciples all the way here
Who am I Jesus asked?
Peter replied you are the Christ!

We declare Christ by the way we live
Either Jesus is in charge or we are
We cannot worship the world
When we are sold out to Christ

When you stand at the gates of hell
Ask yourself “who do you love”
Be about the master’s business
Let Jesus have control of you

CITIES OF REFUGE
(as you travel through the Golan you will be near one of the cities of
refuge-Golan-the six cities are listed at Joshua 20:7-8)

The Lord calls us to peace and gave a place for refuge
Kadesh, Shechem, Hebron, Bezer, Ramoth, and Golan
Everyone was near a city of refuge
We partner with God for peace

The gates were open for the wrongly accused
Provisions for their stay were always stocked
Peace was important to God
This refuge was available for all who lived in the land

Jesus is our refuge, He is God’s everything
In Him we have God’s peace and provision
His gift to us is His right standing with God
Jesus makes us free and brings us into God’s kingdom

CAESAREA BY THE SEA

Roman, Byzantine, Crusader
Choose your age of study
Caesarea was important to each
Today it is ruins and sand

Don’t be fooled by its look
Once it stood graceful and rich and cruel
The wealth of the world flowed through here
Making this country work

Herod, what a despot
Built and built and built
Safer to be a pig in his household than a child or a wife
Named his new port city after Caesar, seeking to curry favor

Paul came here under guard
Accused and abused Paul claimed Caesar’s review
The Holy Spirit sometimes leads us through tough times
The end result was Paul’s great ministry in Rome

Caesarea we are here to look at you
Remembering those persecuted by Rome
Claiming the power of Jesus as Christians have through the ages
Life is in God’s hands and we have seen His work right here

MUHRAQA

What do you see from Carmel’s heights?
Pharaoh’s conquering army?
Assyrians marching to Jerusalem?
Babylon taking Israel to captivity?

Ancient civilizations all came by here
Everyone knew this place
Elijah came so all would know
His wonderful Lord reigned

The march up Carmel was arduous
Folks walked a few abreast
Elijah was confident
The fire destroyed Baal

I’ve always wanted to do something big for God
Fire from heaven would be fine
In the privacy of my prayer closet
The Lord reminds me of His cross I can bear

Wanting to do the things we can
Always seem so mundane
Today reclaim the cross and its bane
This is what Christ calls us to do

GETHSEMANE

Gethsemane was a wonderful place to stay
Olive trees for shelter
A quiet retreat from the chaotic city

They had eaten their evening meal together
The disciples didn’t know it was the “Last Supper”
Jesus led them to Gethsemane so he could pray

All of them slept
Long day, hot any number of excuses
Jesus prayed alone

Sweat drops of blood
A powerful prayer
Feeling my sin and yours

He knew what he faced
He dealt with our disgrace
Willingly he went to the cross


KIDRON VALLEY   (Jeremiah 31:40)

We walked across the Kidron Valley
By the tomb of Absalom
Up the other side towards the Temple Mount
It was very tiring and demanding

Judas kissed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
The soldiers took Jesus
Walking him across the Kidron Valley
To the house of Caiaphas

Weakened by aggressive prayer
Jesus was strong enough to walk across the valley
Up the Roman stepped way
Presenting himself at the house of Caiaphas

The Kidron was the city cemetery by the time of Josiah
It is important in some apocalyptic literature
It is a wide, dark place that even today is somewhat rugged
Behold days are coming when it will be Holy to the Lord

The impossible is easy for God
What we cannot do, what we cannot imagine
Is prophesied by the Servant of God
Jesus takes us from where we are and makes us Holy

BETHLEHEM
O little town of Bethlehem
Jesus born in you
Proclaimed by ancient servants
God’s Word is heard in you

This little town
No fame was found
Except the Savior
Came quietly at His birth in you

David’s place
Shepherd’s place
Holy place
People flock to see

This place where the Word
Came to man from above
He was here and gone
Now He is alive and lives in you

The shadows come early to Bethlehem
No wealth or worldly seat
Still we go to see the place
Where God came to you and me

BREAD
Bread is the staff of life
Found in every civilization
One of the oldest prepared foods
Needed for sustenance of life

Bread is good for us
I love bread
Especially when it is fresh from the oven
Burning your fingers as you eat

Early in the morning
Very near the Cardo
One of my favorite bakeries
Sells fresh bread

We get it right out of the oven
Stack it in a bag
Walk the streets of Jerusalem
Eating fresh bread

Don’t ignore this
It is a great treat
You will never forget about
Walking the streets of Jerusalem eating fresh bread

MOUNT OF OLIVES-HE WEPT
(Luke 19:41-42. As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.)

Jesus wept over the city
As He looked from the mount
So many times He had walked here
This time was near the end

This is a sobering picture
It should cause us to pause
His weeping preceded His sacrifice
For us this is good advice

Be careful how you judge
Be careful how you scold
Jesus knew about us
And died for us all

The next person you dislike
Think it all the way through
Get before the Father
Jesus died for you

Treat people with kindness
They are of great worth to God
Walk their road in their sandals
Christ walked to the cross for you

GATES OF ZION
(The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Ps 87:2)

Nehemiah’s gates were well laid on a foundation of rock
The Lord recalls His house
We go from private to public entering these gates
The Lord calls us to public worship in His house

Many ridicule the Church of Christ
Changing names to hide the place
Failing to see the simple truth
The Lord ordained His public rule

Private, private so many shout
I do just fine alone with God
Yes that is true, in Christ we do
The Lord ordained His public rule

The Gospel Church is the Father’s school
Jesus gave us HIS Church
The gates of hell will not prevail
The Lord ordained His public rule

ALL POEMS WRITTEN BY CLAY CORVIN PRIOR TO 2018

ALL RIGHTS RETAINED. 

GOLDEN FIFTY

GOLDEN – FIFTY
Everything in our life has changed
My ideas have been redrawn
We are committed to follow the Lord
Because you have been the focused One for Fifty years

It’s you Carol, you, you, you
Consistently the Lord has revealed His plans for us to YOU!
So many think I’m kidding when I say that, just being kind
You know it’s true, four times HE has redirected us through you

Many say marriage is a fifty-fifty thing
It isn’t, both have to be a hundred percent
In our case I’ve been one hundred percent
And you were one hundred and fifty percent

It takes more than a little trying to make a marriage last fifty years and counting
We have had great highs and sad lows
Everything about these fifty years has been a challenge
You made it work, you made me make it work, you are faithful

That Saturday, September 14, 1968
Next to my salvation the greatest day of my life
I married that thin slip of a girl, thinking I would be the strong one
Little did I know that the Lord was sending the right strong person to guide me

You are still just as beautiful as in 1968
More beautiful, a surface beauty and a beauty of depth
You are kind and gentle with me and long-suffering
I come around so slowly yet you gently and kindly mature me

You and the Lord have equipped me for ministry
It has been forty-six years of ministry as a Baptist
You drug me kicking and screaming to the Baptist Church
We’ve never looked back

We both love Tuscaloosa and now we have returned to our precious city
We love the University of Alabama and now we see it everyday
We have wonderful memories and the good thing is we are daily making new memories
Jesus loves you and me, He walks with us and talks with us, praise the Lord for fifty years

Thank you, Carol, for your wonderful and rich love for me
I love you, I love you, and I am grateful to the Lord for you
Retirement is great but even greater is waking up each day with you
The Lord is good, and He has been wonderfully good to us

Rejoice, today we have been married fifty years, isn’t it great!
Clay Corvin to his precious partner of fifty years. I LOVE YOU! September 14, 2018

 

 

GEORGE – A GODLY INVESTMENT COUNSELOR

Kingdom minded-grounded in his faith in Christ
George serves others as unto the Lord
His family the core of his daily walk
Jesus fills his life – service, submission, wisdom
George lives with the goals of Christ in mind

A financier who takes his charge seriously
He cares for his investors with courage and vision
He is focused, effective, efficient
Long days of research
He is a communicator and a facilitator

George is talented in the investment process
He believes in cash flow
He never sidesteps significant issues
No excuses, failure consistently a stepping stone to success
His results always equitable, and up to speed

He is a teacher and a learner
A careful planner always on the ball
Versatile in his investment expertise
Sharp, smart, intelligent – brilliant
Qualified, shrewd and resourceful

Filled with new ideas
Positive and ingenious
George works hard
Seeking to bless those he serves
Striving each day to grow in Christ-likeness

A Christ filled counselor
Nothing but a winner
George is a helper, a servant, a friend
He knows people need to feel valuable
He believes in people

All who know George
Value his friendship and respect his work
He is larger than life
Favored by the Lord
He is my friend

Clay Corvin – Gratitude and appreciation – August 4, 2018

 

SEA CHANGE

Sea change
Heart faint
What will tomorrow say?

Listen and you will hear
Commitment, faith
Hard work, grace
Faithful teaching, wisdom

You decide
What is done comes to you
Questions expressed to help

100 years
Providence and prayer
We believe
You trust
A partnership of hope

Hope for God’s call
Belief in what is needed
Jesus is our goal

Clay Corvin
In a trustee meeting, 4/11/18

 

CALL ME JEREMIAH 33:1-3

Call me says the Lord God – A clear command
With promises in a world of pain and chaos
No where can we find the answers that the Lord gives
To life’s perilous journey

Shout out your needs
Desperate days
Life hurts
We don’t know what is going on in the spiritual realm

The fear of death constrains our courage
We don’t believe His word
Walking with the Lord becomes a journey of folly
We stand with the world wondering why we fail

The Lord God will answer you
His promise to each of us
His Word is clear
He will give us the guidance and direction we need

Seldom are His answers detailed
We wouldn’t understand them if they were
He doesn’t ask what we think
Remember we are but dust – Alive today – Gone tomorrow

His revelation will equip us to grow in Christ likeness
We never say – I am helpless – I can’t do anything
We may be bound but the Word isn’t bound
We can do what the Lord says

We have a different world view than the lost
The humblest Christian knows more about the things of God
Than the greatest lost statesman
Therefore the Lord commands us to pray – His phone is never busy

Pray now – pray today – pray everyday
Lord teach us to pray – to pray when hurting
Pray in rejoicing – pray without ceasing
God says pray – He will answer us and tell us what to do

Clay Corvin
New Orleans – Saturday – July 20, 2018

 

A TRIBUTE TO ALICE

ALICE

Wise, beautiful, congenial
Careful about her life
She loves the Lord Jesus with all her heart
She cares deeply for people
All people

Alice is gifted in her cooking
Organized, equipped, knowledgeable
Her kitchen is her place
A planner, imaginative, just plain good

A talented, smooth operator
She leads from the front
A versatile doer
She gets stuff done
With the resources she has

No complaints
No excuses
A life lived well
A heart gifted to love
She is energetic and focused

A lifetime of giving
A work ethic beyond compare
Sharp, savvy and insightful
An example for others
A servant of Christ
We are blessed by Alice

Clay Corvin – A Tribute to Alice
July 3, 2018

 

ANNE STALLCUP – A TRIBUTE

ANNE STALLCUP – A TRIBUTE

Strong, courageous, indefatigable
Started her journey and refused to quit
Like the Wild West she forged a way in Santa Fe
Her life an example of wisdom and determination

What she didn’t know she learned
Those things required she dealt with
Things that would have stopped others
Simply took a little more time, a little more elbow grease

A good son, a good life
Built out of her standing up to strife
She would not quit, she refused to lose
Life was hard, Anne was harder

A gentle woman, kind and caring
Neighbors, church, community
Astute, shrewd, in a tough, difficult business
She loves the Lord and cares for others

Brainy, resourceful and teachable
Her life has real value and worth
She did it with her Lord and the strength he gives her
A friend, a planner, a giver, all who know her love her

 

A Tribute to a Great Woman who made her own way
Clay Corvin – On a visit to Santa Fe, NM. 6/20/18

A TRIBUTE TO DUDLEY MAY – A FRIEND AND MENTOR

 

A Christ follower, a changed life
Eschewed the world’s ways, followed the Lord
Constant learner, a man with vision and wisdom
Hard worker, faithful, committed

A family man who loves his wife above all others
He raised his family, he loves his children
Now they have produced grandchildren equally loved
Dudley is consistent, kind, respectful to everyone

A deep thinker, an experienced businessman
Others call on him for advice, they appreciate his insight
He is Sagacious, intelligent, learned and knowledgeable
He is enlightened in the ways of the Lord and business

Dudley helps his clients deal with their needs prudently
He sees the future and he knows disaster comes quickly
He seeks to build in careful risk control
His methods are efficient and encouraging

He never discounts others, people count with him
His life is an open book, he always cares for others
Controlled, gentle, positive, people enjoy his presence
They feel safe, secure, and important

His focus is Jesus
Family always most important
Friends find him delightful, a man of class
Dudley is a true servant, his life shares Jesus everyday

A WORKING TRIBUTE TO DUDLEY MAY
MY FRIEND FOR THIRTY NINE YEARS
OFTEN CLOSER THAN A BROTHER
MORE TO COME. – JUNE 13, 2018

 

JOHN MICHAEL “MIKE” HOWARD (MAY 27, 2018)

Unassuming, hard-working, genius
Always mindful of his family, committed, loving, caring
He and Jewel did life together, 55 years

Mike was faithful to the Lord
Faithful with his witness
Proud of his boys, loved people

His life was fast-paced
A warrior at heart, he fought for what was right
He connected with people

A wise business man, everyone won with Mike
He was imaginative, positive and successful
An excellent communicator

An efficient and effective provider
Great talent, brilliant strategist
His business was well developed and significant

Mike was versatile and astute
Always up to speed on business processes
A resourceful, dedicated leader

Mike loved the Lord
He was a good student of the Word
Life will be different without him

We miss Mike
We suffer his loss
He is rejoicing with Jesus

Clay Corvin – In honor and tribute to my friend
June 13, 2018