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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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 8, 2018

Placement Of Faith

I will not struggle
in God's hand.
As He place me,
in new lands.
Nor do I
need understand,
to know there's goodness,
in His plans.

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.