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 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

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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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



 

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 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 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 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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September 28, 2018

A New Melody - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I will sing,
a new melody,
a song of praise,
of what You've done for me.

You've restored my soul,
and set my spirit free,
now I lift my voice,
to worship thee.

September 25, 2018

Not Subdued - (a poem by tom balistreri)

It's hard for one,
to be subdued,
when ones heart,
has been infused.
With Gods Spirit,
love and grace,
we're freed from death,
and in heaven's embrace.

September 19, 2018

I Seek The Specific - ( a poem by tom balistreri)

Lord I seek the specific,
to understand Your plan.
To rightly find Your will,
and do the best I can.

Though the path is unclear,
I will do as You saith,
for the trust I have in You,
is the sign of my faith.

September 15, 2018

We Stood On The Edge

Sin took man,
to the edge,
but he was saved by God,
who gave a pledge,

to remove the price,
greater than wealth,
by sacrificing,
the Lord himself.

September 14, 2018

A Great Ovation - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Let out a shout,
a great ovation,
for Christ is Lord
over all nations.

He will rule.
His ways are just.
With truth and love
in God we trust.

August 18, 2018

My Obsession

I seek no sleep,
I need not rest,
my heart and soul,
has become obsessed.

In all I think,
in all I do,
let it draw,
me close to You.

August 14, 2018

Why Moody?

How can one feel moody?
When they’re resting in the Lord.

They have assurance of heaven.
How can they long for more?

August 12, 2018

The Turning Of Learning

I have been,
slow to learn,
but learn I have,
and my world did turn.

It has become,
that which is right,
as I continue to,
walk in God’s light.


August 11, 2018

His Bounty

We are blessed
by God’s bounty.
We give Him
thanks and praise.

He is holy
and mighty,
and loving
in His ways.

August 5, 2018

Enjoy It While You Can

Enjoy it while you can.
It won't always stay.
Embrace it while it's here.
It will go away.

It's the way of things,
that they don't stay the same.
In fact the only constant
in this world is that things change.

You don't often know
when it may go away.
Think of it as though
this is its last day.

Whether today brings you
moments of joy or pain,
Never take for granted
all tomorrows are the same.

August 4, 2018

Ever Hopeful

My heart is ever hopeful.
Lord I trust in You.
For Your Word is salvation,
eternal and true.


August 3, 2018

You’ve Made A Difference

You've made a difference in this world.
More than you’re aware.
You've impacted the lives of others,
just by being there.

Choices have been made,
directions have been set.
Hearts have become full,
in those in whom you've met.

Recognition may not come,
to you in this time.
But someday it will be known.
You were a light that shined.

Even the smallest thing,
can make a better way.
Many thanks shall be given,
for who you are someday.


July 30, 2018

God's My Island

God's my island hideaway.
He keeps danger far from shore.
He places garlands of hosannas,
around my neck for evermore.

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July 29, 2018

Graceful

One may not appear
as beautiful
or as elegant
and in place.

Yet in Christ,
one is blessed,
and perfect,
and truly full of grace.

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July 25, 2018

My Drive

My motivation,
and my drive,
while I'm aware,
and alive,
is to do
what God requires,
this my hope,
and my desire.

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July 23, 2018

Understanding It’s Right

Far from my understanding,
are God's ways and commanding.
I may not comprehend,
direction from above,
yet I know it is good,
and based on love.

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July 21, 2018

My Perfection

It take little reflection,
to see my lack of perfection.
Yet because of God's sacrifice,
I'm now made perfect in Christ.

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July 17, 2018

Stroll Through The Dark

I may run,
or I may stroll,
in this journey,
of my soul.
As I engage,
in mysteries,
I know God,
is here with me.

July 15, 2018

Living In Simplicity

To live in simplicity,
frees one from toxicity.
The burden on oneself,
greatly lessons,
when not weighed down,
with much possessions

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July 11, 2018

Humble Lesson

I confess and have contrition,
I've not been in submission.
I've tried to do things with my hands.
By my strength I've worked to stand.
Thus what I earned I could not afford.
Better to wait upon the Lord.
Who planned success before I began.
Who sought to raise a humble man.



July 10, 2018

God Hears You

God hears you when you speak,
whether strong or if you're weak.
You may be a pauper or a king,
rank and possessions mean not a thing.
You have equal access,
much as monk or a priest.
Preacher or a sinner,
all are invited to God's feast.
He listens to prayers of all sincere.
His endless love desires you near.


July 7, 2018

The Unfurious Sound

The sound of the world
is as falling brass,
the continuous noise,
of breaking glass.
The sound of the Spirit,
is like a gentle wind,
a whisper of love,
that one hears within.

July 6, 2018

A Fence Around Me

The Lord has put a hedge,
a fence around my life.
To protect me from attack,
from the hatred of the light.

If in battle I should fall,
my foe celebrates in vain.
For through the grace of God,
I shall rise again.


July 4, 2018

Unmerited Freedom

With more love
than I believed,
God has moved,
and set me free.

More than I hoped,
my burdens relieved.
My unending love,
He receives from me.


June 18, 2018

Race For The Prize

A great crowd of witnesses,
behold my face,
as daily I,
run the race.

When the race will end,
I can not tell,
but my goal is that,
I finish well.


June 13, 2018

Running The Race (based on Hebrews 12:1-3)

Lay aside every weight,
and sin that closely clings,
look to Jesus our faith perfecter,
who endured the crosses sting.

A cloud of witnesses surround us,
observing our running of the race.
Consider all that Christ bore,
so we not hesitate our pace.


May 24, 2018

God Hears You

God hears you,
when you speak.
Whether strong,
or if you’re weak.
You can be a pauper,
or you can be a king.
Rank or possessions,
they don’t mean a thing.
You have equal access,
as much as any monk or priest,
preacher or sinner,
all are invited to God’s feast.
He listens to the prayers,
of all who are sincere,
for His love is endless,
and desires to have you near.

May 11, 2018

Lamentations 3:22-23 - (Paraphrased and Rhymed)

The steadfast love,
of the Lord never ceases,
nor come to an end,
but only increases.
Grace from Heaven,
like rain comes pouring.
Behold they are,
new every morning.
Able to overflow,
endless spaciousness,
we humbly proclaim,
great is Your faithfulness.

May 1, 2018

Psalm 91:7-12 (Paraphrased and Rhymed)

A thousand may fall at your left side,
ten thousand on your right,
but it shall not come near you,
and you shall behold the sight,
of the reward of the wicked,
who shall reap what they have sown,
but no evil will befall you,
because you have known,
the Lord as your refuge,
The Most High as your own,
His angels shall protect you,
lest you stumble on a stone.

April 25, 2018

The Crown Of Love (based on Psalm 103:4-6)

The lord gives vindication,
and to the weary rest.
He administers justice,
for all who are oppressed.
He satisfies with good,
and renews youth like eagle's wings.
With steadfast love and mercy,
He crowns you as a king.

April 23, 2018

The Rich Man In Hades (based on Luke 16:30-31)

"Father Abraham", said the rich man,
"I ask Lazarus to be sent,
for if my brothers see his ghost,
surely they will repent."
The rich man in Hades,
awaited the answer to his cry.
Abraham looked sadly,
and gave him this reply.
"They have Moses and the Prophets,
they've not listened to what they said.
They'll not be convinced,
even if someone rises from the dead."

April 1, 2018

An Easter Poem

He arose
from the dead.
He conquered darkness,
and it's strife.
He offered all
forgiveness.
And eternal life.
Jesus Christ has arisen.
He's alive
and will come again.
He will gather His kingdom.
And forever
He does reign.

March 30, 2018

Isaiah 41:10 (From the English Standard Version) Made Into A Rhyme

Fear not,
for I am with you;
be not dismayed,
for your God I am;
I will strengthen you,
I will help you,
I will uphold you
with my righteous right hand.

















All I did to make it rhyme was switch “for I am your God”, to “for your God, I am.”


March 27, 2018

Isaiah 46:4 (Paraphrased And Rhymed)

When you are old,
and your hair is gray,
I will carry you,
showing you the way,
I Am The Lord your God,
whose Word is true,
I will sustain,
and rescue you.

March 23, 2018

Have You Not Heard? (based on Isaiah 40:28 )

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The Lord God the everlasting,
created all with His Word.
He does not faint or grow weary,
all bow to His commanding.
Eternal and unsearchable,
is his understanding.