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 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 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

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 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.

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 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 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



 

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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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 27, 2018

The Stubborn Soul - (a poem by tom balistreri)

The stubborn soul,
full of pride,
lives for itself,
with naught denied.

A Godly spirit,
freely gives,
and in the giving,
eternally lives.

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 24, 2018

I Await And Watch - (a poem by tom balistreri)

I await and watch,
for Your response,
towards the trial,
that surrounds and haunts.

I pray for release,
rescue by You,
or strength given,
to see me through.

September 21, 2018

Seeking Reprieve - (a poem by tom balistreri)

Hear me Lord.
Grant me reprieve.
From trials and tests
that deceive.

Remove this burden.
Make pain cease.
restore to me,
Your holy peace.


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 16, 2018

I Look For A City - (a poem by tom balistreri)

In this cruel world,
without pity,
I look forward,
to a city.

Built in love,
by God’s hands,
heavens reward,
for righteous man.

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 26, 2018

No Further Apology

God forgives sin,
from your past,
that weighed upon you heavily.

Although you may,
recall past shame,
He requires no further
apology.

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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 13, 2018

From Miniature To Great

From the great,
to the miniature,
from the corrupt,
to the pure,
redemption is provided,
and Your love is assured.

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 6, 2018

In Anticipation

All creation waits
in anticipation
for the coming day
of the Lord.

For in that day every tear
will be dried,
and all things
will be restored.

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.