I wrote my first poem in 1993 to go along with a special song that our Gospel group had added to their performance repertoire. The poem is "A Father's Prayer!" (It can be found toward the bottom of this page.) From that point on, the words began to flow through my fingers onto the keyboard and into the computer with a consistent fury. Poems, books, messages, curriculum, dramas, skits, ministry projects and even a dissertation freely flowed through my high-tech pen of the 20th century. As you peruse this site, you might notice that nearly everything I share is based on my faith in Jesus Christ. There’s a reason for that. You see the voice I share exists exclusively because I was inspired, mentored, forgiven by grace and called to share the impact of God's mercy in this life. It all started when I accepted God's gift of salvation, offered through the life, death and resurrection of the greatest Author the world has ever known, Jesus Christ!
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 KJV
It's a little bit late, but I wanted to share 2021's Christmas poem.
2020 has been a year unlike any we have ever seen. In fact, the craziness continues on in a way that makes me wonder if anything will ever get back to normal. I was even considering skipping my annual Christmas poem. It just doesn't seem like 2020 deserves to be celebrated in anyway or fashion. But as I was pondering whether I really wanted to skip sending out a greeting this year, a thought popped into my head. It was so profound that I immediately sat down at the computer and within a very short time, my 2020 Christmas poem was complete and ready to be shared. What was that thought you might ask? Actually, it wasn't even a thought. It was simply two words that lingered in my mind. "Amazing Grace."
Grace means more that just God's kindness, gentleness or even His mercy towards us. It literally means God's unmerited favor. God owes us nothing and we deserve nothing from Him. The true essence of God's grace is the infinite, compassionate love He provides in-spite of who we are or what we've done. We can never earn God's grace, but even still, His mercy and grace are new everyday when we call upon His Holy Name!
In-spite of all the challenges we've faced throughout this year, the realization that God still loves each of us became clearly evident as I began to type the words that God impressed upon my heart. I pray that this year's Christmas poem, Amazing Grace helps bring a bit of hope and a ray of light into your holiday season. God's grace will prevail regardless of what the world will throw our way. May God richly bless you and your family as you celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this year.
One of the greatest miracles of my life happened during a blizzard in 1982 when I met my guardian angel driving a snow plow. It was Christmas Eve and we headed out to my parent’s house thirteen miles away. The snow was already a foot deep and within minutes of driving, the storm intensified. Less than a mile from our destination the roads were blocked by three foot drifts and with no alternate routes. Finally a snow plow arrived to open the road, but within minutes, the plow slid into a ditch. We were stranded in a deadly storm and so I began to pray...
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 NKJV
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We are living through a time that is unlike anything any of us have ever encountered. The fear, panic and uncertainty associated with this unparalleled world event has placed nearly everyone in a state of paranoia and baffling confusion. People are stock-piling and hoarding everything on the store shelves in fear of an apocalypse. Of course, it’s easy to understand why so many people are in a state of near-panic through the media’s depiction of this officially declared pandemic of biblical proportions. Normal living has been cast aside as social distancing has become the official law of the land. We’ve been sequestered to social isolation. Businesses have been shut down. Medical care has been relegated to emergency care only. Routine procedures, office visits, preventive care visits and elective surgeries have been terminated for most cases. Toilet paper, cleaning supplies and basic necessities are hard to find in nearly every store. It seems that people have lost the ability for using any form of common sense or practical thinking. Nearly every day we are greeted with another headline causing panic in the hearts of humanity.
As the reality of this current situation knocks us to our knees, it’s easy to throw up our hands in defeat to declare “Now What?”
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O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. Psalm 139: 1-10 NASB
One of the most unforgettable pastors that I’ve ever known was an avid mountain climber. His name was Vince Bousselaire. Pastor Vince was an amazing man of God, as well as, a little dynamo. Nothing seemed to ever slow him down. He was like an energizer bunny who would just keep going when everybody else was drained. I went on a short-term mission trip to Alaska which was led by Vince in the early 2000’s. I was a last minute replacement for someone who had to bow out of the trip just weeks before it was scheduled to leave Denver. During that trip, I learned a lot about the man Vince, along with the motivating factors that kept him focused on serving his Lord. He shared with me a vision quest for placing the Word of God on the highest peak on each of the seven continents. In preparation of his quest, he trained by climbing all 53 of the fourteeners in the state of Colorado. On each of those peaks He placed a Bible. It was his undying belief that the word of God needed to be proclaimed from the highest mountains throughout the world. Vince completed his initial goal of placing a Bible on the highest peak of each of the 7 continents, including Mt. Everest. Vince attempted to climb Everest twice, but due to altitude sickness he had to hand his dream off to a fellow climber who reached the summit, placing the Word of God on the highest peak in all of the world. The irony of this tag team approach on the highest and most deadly mountain top on all the earth had to do with the colleague Vince choice to share in this venture. The man that completed Vince’s quest was Jewish.
Not too long after the Bible was placed on the highest peak in the world, Vince continued his calling by making a trip to Switzerland. His objective was to place a Bible on the top of the Matterhorn, a mountain that borders Italy and Switzerland. Vince had reached the summit of this majestic piece of real estate and placed a Bible, securely wrapped in plastic at the pinnacle of this magnificent part of God’s creation. As the team made its descent from this adventure, Vince and another climber were blown over the edge of a cliff by a treacherous gust of wind. This happened on a non-technical part of the descent, so neither of the climbers were tethered with safety ropes. The 1,000 foot fall claimed the precious life of Vince and a fellow climber.
Just a week before Vince had left for this mission trip, he had shown me some pictures he had taken on a training climb on a local fourteener called Longs Peak. After showing me a picture of what is referred to as the chute he shared a profound thought with me. The chute is a place on this particular mountain that has a very narrow path going from one side of the chute to the other. Off of one side of this path, the chute drops nearly straight down for a thousand feet. Vince mentioned how eerie that would be to lose your footing, causing you to plummet a thousand feet to your death. Just a few weeks later, his prophetic thought became a reality. But I know, that he didn’t make his descent alone. His Lord was with him all the way and was there to carry him home at that very moment when he took his final breath.
When I heard the devastating news about Vince, this poem came to my mind. It didn’t take too long before it appeared on the computer screen as you see it now. God in his infinite wisdom took Vince home to his eternal reward. We can’t understand why and those that cared for Vince will always have questions. None of us will find the answers to those questions until we too stand before our Lord and are reunited with our loved ones who have gone before us. Maybe at that moment in the eternal timetable of heaven, we won’t even care. We’ll forget all of our questions because we will be overwhelmed by the love, grace and mercy of finally being in the presence of our Lord and Savior.
"All The World's His Stage" was written in memory of my friend Jack Oden. For many years I was involved in a drama ministry referred to as Faith on Stage at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Colorado.
During that time I became friends with some amazing people. Amazing in regards to their relationship with Christ, as well as, their gifts and talents in the field of creative arts. One of those individuals was a man named Jack. He was the most gifted actor I had ever been around. In fact, his acting and creative abilities could best be described as "brilliant!" His ability to define the characters in each of the roles he would perform were magnificent. For many years he would play one of the disciples in the annual Easter production. Often his role would be Judas Iscariot, probably one of the most difficult characters a Christian could be called upon to perform.
The role that left the biggest impression on me was the year he played the blind beggar who had an encounter with Jesus. Jack's ability to get into character for a role and stay in character from the moment a rehearsal began until it ended never ceased to amaze me. But the most endearing characteristic of Jack is best described as he was truly "a man after God's own heart." His faith in Jesus Christ was truly inspirational. With his recent passing the Lord placed this poem on my heart. I know where Jack is at this very moment. He has left the confines of this world, but he is rejoicing like never before as he has entered into eternity to forever dwell in the house of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I felt compelled to share this poem in memory of my dear friend, Jack. I pray it provides you with a bit of encouragement and hope for the drama you encounter in your own personal world. May God bless you, forever and always!
Hiding in the Shadows - Peter's Song was written back in 2005 as a means to try to understand what Peter must have experienced after denying knowing Jesus just hours before the crucifixion. The guilt and shame of denying his Teacher must have been nearly unbearable. The grief of Jesus' death, compounded by the reality of his denial of associating with this mighty Prophet of God would have been haunting to Peter. Fear, guilt, remorse, anguish and unbridled shame would have all been part of Peter's emotional roller coaster associated with the execution of his closest friend. How could he ever live with himself knowing what he had done to Jesus? Not only did Peter deny Jesus three times, but he abandoned His Lord through the darkest of days. His denial was a form of betrayal making him as guilty as Judas for rejecting the One he followed for three years. For several days Peter would wallow in numbing agony has he cried out to God, begging for forgiveness - groveling for mercy. But then on the third day, the miracle of all miracles happened as Jesus' followers heard the news that the grave stone had been rolled away and Jesus was alive! The Son of God claimed victory over death and sin on the third day just as He had predicted! Peter's agony instantly turned to joy and celebration. Jesus is alive! He lives forevermore! To God be the glory! Happy Easter!