My First Father’s Day Without You

I thank you dad, how you always sacrificed for others,
For your wife, your children, your grandkids and brothers.
You left us a great example, that all of us should follow,
The grief of your passing has left us feeling so hollow.

I thank you dad, for knowing so much about many things,
I would call so often, and many problems to you I’d bring.
Without fail you had an answer, for you were always so wise,
And your deeds matched your words; your life surely testified.

I thank you dad, that you took such care of sis (your daughter) so well,
The love you gave when she was sick, a thousand lives could never tell.
And as for being a husband, your love for mom was very special indeed,
She is in such deep and intense pain without you; for her our hearts bleed.

I thank you dad, for being the kind of man I am striving to be,
I saw Christ in you; I saw your love; in fact, everyone could see.
You walked with Christ, trusting in Him, and putting others first,
Even when tired, even when you were hungry, feeling your worst.

You loved your grandkids with so much kindness, fun, and always with joy,
You gave them so many memories, far more precious than the greatest toy.
They will never forget you, and all that you meant to them over the years,
And neither will we, for you so greatly impacted us; so, we do shed some tears.

Thank you, my Heavenly Father, for giving me such an amazing earthly dad,
I know he is with You now, where he can no longer be sick, or scared, or sad.
I know my dad wasn’t perfect, but I saw how You were sanctifying him,
His light was shining, even to the end of his days, never growing dim.

Thank you Heavenly Father, for by Your Only Son my dad’s sins were bore,
And therefore I know I shall see him again, for he is with You forevermore!!

In Christ, Eternal Life


In Christ, eternal life; Trust in Him now,
Such life He gives! Yes all the earth should bow.
We bow to Him who loves us perfectly,
In adoration down on bended knee!

He went to that old rugged cross, and died,
And showed great love to us, arms open wide.
Alone He stands, victorious, He won,
Jesus! None else can do what He has done!

Have you believed in Him? Do not delay,
He is returning soon, glorious day!
Our time is short, find Him; He took the loss,
So you could gain; But how? Look to the cross!

He died the death, went to the grave, Prison!
But He escaped the tomb, third day; Risen!


Jesus, Incarnate One

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He took on flesh, the great I AM, the King,
Eternal God, became a man, let’s sing!
Let’s praise His holy Name, Yahweh, the LORD,
The Christ, sweetest of all, greatest reward!

The One who made all things, then became made,
A virgin birth; the Law fulfilled; He obeyed.
Then slain for us, Jesus, by God was cursed,
The perfect Lamb, who at His mother nursed.

What love! Imagine Him nailed to a cross!
What pain, what agony, what grief, what loss!
He chose this path, and endured; it’s why He came,
God’s Son, He came to die, despised the shame.

Never forget that He took all your blame,
Now go and make disciples in His Name!



Our Immutable God


Immutable- our LORD and King, Rejoice!
Were His patience like ours…. we would perish.
But God is not like us, so raise your voice,
He does not change; it is Christ we cherish.

Rejoice! From day to day, God stays the same,
His love does not dry up; our love runs cold.
So praise Christ now, and evermore, Great Name,
But how much praise? Tenfold? Do not withhold!

Our kind and loving God- dependable,
His loving arms won’t let us turn away.
His Word is sure to us ‘unloveables’,
How comforting, the promise made- will stay!

So worship Him, the Christ- unchanging One,
No other gods, none are like Him, nope- None!

Our Risen Savior

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The Risen One, up from the grave, Alive,
He conquered sin and death, awesome Savior!
And one day soon we will in heav’n arrive,
Hold fast to Him, believe, do not waver.

God-man, Deity, Incarnate One, Risen,
He set us free, to live for Him, Jesus!
No more a slave to sin, no more prison,
He came to seek and save, yes, He frees us.

Risen indeed, Christian, go live for Him,
The One who on that morn’ stood up and walked,
Our LORD, giving us hope; our sin was grim,
But God, He rose; He woke, He spoke, He talked.

That same life is in us, right now- this hour,
Christ’s life in you, be free, forgive, power!

The Heart of Christ

Oh how can words express the heart of Christ?
The heart of One so full of grace and love.
The Lovely One, He died, yes…. sacrificed,
He came for us, willing…. then disposed of.

The Christ, gentle and meek, as He sure was,
Bearing the weight of all our sin and shame.
But why, for what reason? What was the cause?
To seek and save, His heart was set aflame.

Jesus pleased God on that most dreadful cross,
Smitten by God, this was the Father’s plan.
Christ went through hell, darkness…. our gain, His loss,
For us He bled, the King, He bled….. God-man.

Oh how can words express the heart of Christ?
He freely chose, He chose to pay the price.

No Greater Gift

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No greater gift, The Father gave His Son,
A precious gift which cannot be replaced.
The Lamb’s victory at the cross was won,
Christ in our place, yes, completely disgraced.

The Christ, not us, suffering God’s great wrath,
Why did Jesus die, and not us who sinned?
Why is such mean cruelty His chosen path,
The One who healed, who loved, who calmed the wind?

In our place, yes, His blood for us was shed,
He drank the dreaded cup, He drank it all.
The Son of Man, of God, life-giving Bread,
The Father’s cup….. full! Oh the bitter gall!

Go look and see, go look at Calvary!
That cross, what love! Go now! Do not tarry!

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God is in Control of 2021

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Christian, do not fear 2021; never, ever fear what the future will hold,
Whatever may come, good or bad, is in the palm of God’s mighty hand.
May we look to Him for our strength and hope, knowing He is with us,
Yes, this is enough! Have courage, child of God, be not afraid to take a stand!

You know that 2021 will come and go, just as it does for every single year,
And our great God will still be on His throne, seated in glory, just as always.
So let’s remember His infinite power and wisdom, and how much He cares for us,
Even in the midst of disease and death; He rules over these turbulent days.

So, look to the Heavens, and remember God’s faithfulness and love to you,
He bled and died for us, He calls us His own, and yes, Jesus is coming soon.
So do not fear what may happen in 2021; remember that God hasn’t changed,
He is still the same One who spoke and it was done; the stars, sun, and moon.

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Reflecting on the World to Come

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Reflecting on a world………

With no bitterness, no hatred, no envy, no anger, no violence and no strife,
No racism, no lust or evil desires, all of it absent in this most blessed afterlife.
Where we perfectly love and honor one another, with perfect peace in our midst,
Where reckless suspicions and false assumptions cannot, and will not, ever exist.

A world where everyone will honor each other with perfect kindness and love,
A love undiluted, untainted, no deception or pretense; all sin completely disposed of.
A love propelled forth by the Holy Spirit, with all affection centered on Jesus Christ,
The God-man, who reigns forever; He has earned Heaven for us, by His infinite sacrifice.

A world we do not deserve because of our great sin, and the evils of our own heart,
But Jesus Christ has finished the race for us, a race that we could never even start.
So, dear Christian, reflect often on the heavenly world to come, every day you awaken,
The promise of eternal life is all through the Word of God, and He is never mistaken.

A world with no desire to hurt or punish, or to even see another person suffer in pain,
With no Satan to tempt us, with no evil from within or without, nothing at all profane.
Where the glory of God will dominate the scene, with praises forevermore shouting,
As our faith will then become sight; we will see His shining face, the end of all doubting.

A glorious world where the unbelieving will not be, where the unrepentant sinner has no place, for this is a glorious place, where only Christians will dwell.

But…..

There is another world, a place of God’s eternal wrath, a place of judgment for those who reject the gospel, an indescribably horrific place the Bible calls hell.

So, if you are reading this and wonder…..

How do I escape God’s wrath and enter this glorious world? This world of no pain or suffering, full of love, joy, and peace, the place where God dwells, this perfect place of righteousness you speak of, this glorious world where there is no sin or vice?!

My dear friend, you escape God’s wrath only one way……..

Repent and believe in Jesus Christ, the King of kings and the Lord of lords! The One who shed His blood on the cross for sinners, who died and was buried, and who rose again on the third day! Then, and only then, will you be forgiven, and be assured of paradise!!

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Thank you so much for reading my blog! Your likes or comments are always appreciated. I will do my best to respond to each one. And if you enjoy my posts, I wouldn’t mind an extra subscriber either. (-:  God bless you, and have a great day!   — Jamie

Prayer Devotional, John 15:1-17

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Dear brothers and sisters,

Let’s look at a passage of Scripture that gives us two amazing promises that God will answer our prayers! And not only does God promise to answer us, but He is so kind and gracious that He tells us exactly how this is going to happen. With such great promises from God, we ought to pay close attention to this glorious and familiar passage of Scripture.

First, the passage………….

 JOHN 15:1-17

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, or the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. 17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

What a beautiful metaphor Jesus gives us of our union with Him! Jesus Christ is represented as the True Vine who gives us (his branches, i.e. Christians) life and sustenance. As we abide in Jesus, we are sustained, strengthened, and remain in covenant relationship with Him. As Christians, we have a life-giving connection with the Creator of the universe. Let that sink in for a while. And let us never forget the vital, and daily, significance of abiding in Christ. While it is God who keeps us in the faith through our union with Christ, by virtue of His indwelling Holy Spirit, He uses means for us to abide in Him. Things such as: reading and meditating on His Word and being obedient to what we read, drawing strength from prayer, being sharpened by fellowship with the saints, the preaching of the Word, and the Lord’s Supper.

There would be no salvation, no progress, in fact no answered prayer, apart from union with Christ. Union with Christ is vital, as we are continually dependent upon Him for everything, and can do nothing ‘apart from Him’ (v. 5). And speaking of answered prayer, take a close look at verses 7 and 16 in context. We see a direct correlation between our abiding in Christ, and receiving answers to prayer. John 15:7 reads,If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” No doubt…..this involves a sanctifying growth process, and these kinds of prayers don’t just happen overnight. They involve a daily growing in the knowledge of our Savior and His character. The more we know Him, the more we will love Him. And the more we know and love Him, the more we will pray for those things that grip His heart.

Let’s remember a couple more important things here. God’s choosing to give us what we pray for doesn’t happen because He is ever obligated to answer us, or because of anything we do. Every answer to prayer is a gift from Him to us. But what we see in this passage is that, by remaining in Christ, our prayers become more God-centered, and less me-centered. The conclusion we see in John 15 is that, as we grow in our dependence upon God and in our knowledge of Him, more of our prayers will reflect God’s own desires and purposes, and will be answered! (see also 1 John 5:14, John 14:13-14)

All true Christians will abide in Christ, and none will ever be lost. It is not for reason of  our own strength or doing that we abide, but it is His work in us. But we can experience greater degrees of joy, fruitfulness, and answered prayers, as Christ teaches us here. Let us grow in our knowledge of Christ and His will, and have our prayers shaped by such knowledge. May God bless you as you seek His face in prayer!

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Thank you so much for reading my blog! Your likes or comments are always appreciated! I will do my best to respond to each one. And if you enjoy my posts, I wouldn’t mind an extra subscriber either. (-:  God bless you, and have a great day!   — Jamie