December 31, 2018

The Legacy - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Envy not the wicked man,
who seems to have success.
For his life will end in folly,
his death will bring no rest.

The legacy of one's life,
is not accumulated wealth.
But their love of God and others,
and their giving of themself.

December 30, 2018

The Bells - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The chimes ring in the temple.
Church bells sing across the land.
People hear and they go forth.
To receive from Gods hand.

They feel a rising in their spirits.
Like bread that's been leaven.
I pause and I wonder.
Do bells ring in Heaven?

December 28, 2018

Care Full - (a poem by tom balistreri)

God cares for the sparrows
upon the earth.
He regards His children
with greater worth.

He frees the binding
of sin’s curse.
He provides redemption,
and second birth.

December 27, 2018

No Longer Perplexed - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Feeling lost,
and perplexed,
as one whose life,
seems as vexed,

I turned towards Christ,
He changed all things,
now in joy,
and praise I sing.

December 26, 2018

Let Me Not Jeopardize - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Let me not,
jeopardize,
the faith of others,
in my life.

Help me be,
Your hands and light,
and not fail to show,
the path that's right.

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December 25, 2018

The End Of The Season - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The world has us believing,
December starts the Christmas season.
Weeks of shopping and Christmas songs.
Then on the twenty fifth it is gone.

But as they pack away displays,
and the season now rescinds,
it's important to remember,
Christmas is when it all begins.

December 24, 2018

Silent Walk - (a poem by tom balistreri)

As I trek,
along a path,
or on a sidewalk,
in cities of glass,

my voice is silent,
and yet I pray,
and thank you Lord,
for all Your ways.

December 22, 2018

No Matter The Vice - (a poem by tom balistreri)

No matter the sin,
fault or vice,
God forgives,
and has paid your price.

His love is sure,
He tames the wild,
and welcomes back,
you His child.

December 21, 2018

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

I sing here the classic Christmas Carol,
"O Little Town Of Bethlehem."
Thank you for listening.
- tom


December 20, 2018

Away in A Manger - (sung by tom balistreri)



This is my singing of the traditional Christmas Carol,
"Away In A Manger."
Thank you For listening.
- tom

The Contrasting Ways - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The great contrast
is between dark and light.
The path of evil,
or to do what's right.

Surely all do know,
and all have heard.
It's all laid out,
in God's written Word.

December 19, 2018

Revealed And Heard - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The Word was revealed
and He was heard.
Lives transformed,
hearts were stirred.

Now is the time.
All are invited.
Come taste and be,
one of the Lord's delighted.

December 18, 2018

He Refreshes Me - (a poem by tom balistreri)

When the trials of life,
become old,
I turn to God,
and refresh my soul.

He lifts me up,
and comforts me,
removes my chains,
and sets me free.

December 16, 2018

The Solid Base - (a poem by tom balistreri)

You are my Rock,
my solid base.
Bestowing love,
and abundant Grace.

I long to go,
to Your place,
and gaze upon,
Your Holy face.

December 15, 2018

In The Stillness - (a poem by tom balistreri)

In the stillness,
in the silence,
in His rest,
when at peace,

you will hear,
God whisper,
the answers,
that you seek.

December 14, 2018

Not Always A Snap - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Change not always,
comes in a snap.
One may often slip,
and fall back.

Yet there is steady progress,
and moving forward,
when one's heart,
and life is in The Lord.

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December 13, 2018

No Small Portion - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The Lord gave us His Spirit,
in no small portion.
Not divided up,
or sliced.

But to all believers
it is given,
the same Spirit
as Christ.

December 12, 2018

Tricks Of The Traitor - (a poem by tom balistreri)



The evil one will tempt,
his ways are very tricky.
He promises life and health,
but leaves one dead or sickly.

He is is the father of lies,
he kills with deceit.
Turn to Christ for life and truth,
satisfied and complete.

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December 11, 2018

O Holy Night - (sung by tom balistreri)

This is my singing of the classic Christmas carol,
"Oh Holy Night."
Thank you for listening.
- tom


December 10, 2018

I seek - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I thirst for God,
my heavenly Father,
as in a desert,
seeking water.

If I'm to survive,
in this dry land,
I need the Lord,
to hold my hand.

Open my heart,
open my eyes,
make me aware,
let me realize.

The beauty and truth,
glory inferred,
the blessings You've given,
through Your Word.

December 7, 2018

Completion In God - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The soul is empty,
an incomplete.
Without Your presence,
and love so sweet.

For one lacks sense,
nor can understand,
their place in life,
without God's hand.

December 6, 2018

Holding On - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Through the ashes,
and the dust,
and fallen ruins,
burned and crushed,

despite where I,
find myself thrust,
I hold God's hand,
with love and trust.

December 5, 2018

What Child Is This? - (sung by tom balistreri)

This is my singing of the classic Christmas carol, 
"What Child Is This?" 
Thank you for listening. 
- tom

December 4, 2018

I Will Jump - (a poem by tom balistrerI)

Across the chasm,
jump I must,
I do in faith,
in Christ I trust.

I will proceed,
ignore the fear,
knowing that,
my God is near.

December 3, 2018

Yearning For Learning - (a poem by tom balistreri)

My true desire,
my inner yearning,
to grow in love,
and to keep learning.

Infinite and great,
are Your wondrous ways.
To commune with You,
brings joyous days.

December 2, 2018

The Object Of - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The object of my thoughts,
the object of my praise,
the one who does not object,
of me despite my ways.

I am the object of His creation,
The object of His care.
The object of my God,
who loves and answers prayer.

November 30, 2018

Seeking Muse - (a poem by tom balistreri)

One seeks inspiration,
to find their muse,
or proper methods,
to be put to use.

Waste not the time,
seeking thoughts elsewhere,
when answers come,
through simple prayer.

November 29, 2018

Final Triumph - (a poem by tom balistreri)

No mater your situation,
or lifestyle you have had.
The Lord will receive you.
No burden will He add.

Do not dwell on struggle,
nor whine and mope.
Have faith in God,
your eternal hope.

He will redeem
and see you through,
to blessings that
you never knew.

The Lord God will triumph,
over all evil deeds.
He will heal all that's broken,
and set all captives free.

November 25, 2018

He Does Shine - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Brighter than the sun,
the Lord does shine.
Greater than all gods,
men create in their minds.

He is all and true,
the first and last.
Humbling the mighty,
and lifting the downcast.

November 20, 2018

The Prodigal - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I set out to live,
wild and free,
and enjoy life,
to the full.

It did not take long,
before I found myself,
broken down,
and poor.

I decided to,
return home,
and submit,
to my father’s choice.

To my surprise,
he welcomed me,
with tears,
he did rejoice.

November 17, 2018

Volunteer Wanted - (a poem by tom balistreri)

One must volunteer,
to have a life renewed.
For God won't interfere,
in that you choose.

But He will invite you gently,
to walk in his light.
And those who do,
find eternal life.

November 15, 2018

I Relish The Thought - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I relish the thought,
of that day,
when the cares of life,
fall away.

And I enter in,
rest and peace,
and join in to God's,
eternal feast.

November 13, 2018

The Spirit Will Quicken - (a small poem by tom balistreri)

The Spirit will quicken.
Knowledge He bestows.

He shall lead and guide you,
in all you need to know.

November 12, 2018

I'll Be Seeing You - (performed by tom balistreri)

I had a request to sing this song.
I have heard it many times but never attempted to sing it until now.
So here it is by request, my singing of the classic song,
"I'll Be Seeing You."
Thank you for listening/watching.
- tom


November 7, 2018

Easy To Remember - (performed by tom balistreri)

I liked this song from the first time I heard it. 
I seem to prefer music from another era. 
I'm either very un-hip, or so un-hip..I'm hip. :) 
Anyway I sing here for you the song, 
"Easy To Remember." 
Thank you for listening. 
- tom

November 3, 2018

The Paragon - (a poem by tom balistreri)

He is the paragon of perfection.
The truth and the light.
The Holy Son Of God.
The Father’s delight.

The Holy Good Shepard.
The present and coming King.
He is God Almighty,
Maker of everything.

November 2, 2018

Your Invitation - (a poem by tom balistreri)

We have received an invitation
to join in the glory of the Lord.
He has paid the entrance price.
One that we could not afford.

All are welcome to His kingdom.
To enter simply start,
by leaving the world behind,
and giving Him your heart.

October 30, 2018

The Mythical Myth - (a poem by tom balistreri)

To the critic and the cynical
God seems only mythical.
A fact they dismiss
as only a myth.

Yet through the heart in clarity,
one see no disparity.
In faith all things proclaim
the glory in His name.

October 27, 2018

Sailing The Course - (a poem by tom balistreri)

As a ship
without a sail,
or rudderless,
one would fail,

to progress or steer
a straight course,
without the Lord,
as your source.

October 26, 2018

Through A Glass Darkly - (a poem by tom balistreri)

For now we see,
as through a darkened glass.
We behold things unclear,
until this life does pass.

In God's kingdom we will see,
and then we'll understand,
how all things worked for good,
according to His plan.

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October 25, 2018

Who Needs Poetry? - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Who has time for poetry?
When wars rage on
toward destiny.

No time to pause,
for subtlety.
Or clever words,
in melody.

Why slow and think,
of gentle things?
When there are conquerings and rising kings.

The leaf,
a bird,
issues of the heart.
They slow the rage,
and take apart,

the desires,
the lusts,
the wanting more,
of material things,
to own and store.

Who needs reminding,
they are a soul.
A spirit that love
can control.

Who needs to think in poetry?
Only those,
like you and me.

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Always Urgent - (a poem by tom balistreri)

It may not seem urgent,
to live in God's light.
One thinks there is time,
to turn towards the right.

But one never knows,
as they plan their desires,
that this very day,
their soul may be required.

October 19, 2018

To Elicit Response - (a poem by tom balistreri)

To elicit response
the Lord will call
not with thunder
to shake all.

Not with lighting
or a whirlwind.
But with a still small voice,
one hears within.

October 18, 2018

I Seem To Float - (a poem by tom balistreri)

My spirit soars,
it seems to float,
in times with You
that I devote.

You bring me peace,
from life's test.
I enter in,
to God's rest.

October 16, 2018

The Borrowed- (a poem by tom balistreri)

Material things
in life aren’t mine.
All is borrowed,
even time.

Only love
can one possess.
And give to all,
for happiness.

October 15, 2018

Acceptance Accepted - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Many seek acceptance,
from people in the world.
Yet they find none.
Their hope is unfurled.

Yet God accepts all
whether near or far,
for His love extends to them,
just the way they are.

October 13, 2018

Crying In The Rain - (performed by tom balistreri)

I was soaked in this video.
But the camera doesn't capture the rain falling.
This is my singing of the Everly Brothers song,
"Crying In The Rain."
Thank you for watching and listening.
- tom

October 12, 2018

Easy To Remember

I liked this song from the first time I heard it. 
 I seem to prefer music from another era. 
 I'm either very un-hip, or so un-hip..I'm hip. :) 
 Anyway I sing here for you the song, 
 "Easy To Remember."
Thank you for listening.
- tom



 

On My Arising - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I praise you Lord,
for another day.
Guide me please,
show me Your ways.

Thank You for,
family and health,
for provisions given,
from Your wealth.

Guard me Lord,
and loves of mine,
help me make,
the best of my time.

October 11, 2018

Even In The Desert - (a poem by tom balistreri)

In the midst of the desert,
God provides a flowing stream.
Surround by darkness,
He shines His light beam.

He forgets not His children,
God is always there,
to give His protection,
His love and His care.

October 9, 2018

Access To The King - (a poem by tom balistreri)

You have access to the King.
The creator of everything.
No special right is required.
Or membership in the admired.

Set aside personal fear.
Our loving God beckons you near.
Hearing each one's request.
Forgiving sin and granting rest.

October 8, 2018

Life Or Death - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The choice is set before you.
The path of life or death.
You are free to choose.
To which will you
give breath?

God has show the way,
but will not force you
to make the choice.
Will you follow the wide path?
Or the be wise and rejoice.

October 6, 2018

No Matter The Dilemma - (a poem by tom balistreri)

No matter the dilemma,
despite the situation,
there is no great problem,
or helpless complication,

that God can not redeem,
and make wrong turn into right,
if one turns to Him for answers,
salvation is His delight.

October 5, 2018

Please Realize - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Open your heart,
and realize,
that time and life,
is passing by.

Do the activities,
in which you spend,
matter to your soul,
in the end?

Seek God
in all of your ways,
and you'll have peace,
at the end of days.

October 4, 2018

My Sanctuary - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Lord,
I enter in your sanctuary.
It's there that I find rest.
My joy complete,
my heart renewed.
My spirit is refreshed.

You welcome me.
You give me love.
You're my everything.
I give You praise ,
You are my God,
savior and King.

October 2, 2018

Not Unfinished - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Nothing was left unfinished,
with Christ's death upon the cross.
His sacrifice restored,
all that men had lost.

The power of death was defeated,
not just diminished.
Christ Himself stated on the cross,
"It is finished!"

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October 1, 2018

The Page Is Written - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The page is written,
the ink is dry,
you can not change,
the times gone by.

The paths ahead,
the undiscovered plan,
success to be,
in God's hands.

He is more,
than just a guide,
He will walk,
by your side.

If you should fall,
He will help you stand,
and lead you to,
that promised land.

September 30, 2018

All May Find It - (a poem by tom balistreri)

From the great to the small.
From the corrupt to the pure.
Redemption is provided,
and Your love is assured.

Joy and peace may feel elusive,
in this world of sin.
But to dwell in God's Spirit,
brings one peace within.

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