Sunday, May 16, 2021

In Your Grief

 In Your Grief


In your grief, what comfort can I give?

I have nothing but Christ to offer you.

You are not left alone to grieve,

Jesus, Himself, can pull you through.


In your grief, though loss overwhelms you,

Don't let the pain within tear you apart.

I know the only place of safe refuge,

Is when Jesus is living inside your heart.


I know you are hurting and I offer you hope.

Even in the midst of your aching sorrow,

There is a peace that can help you cope.

Don't let your grief steal away your tomorrows.


In your grief, I can offer you life,

Though someone so dear to you has died.

I can offer you all that the Lord has to give,

If you will turn to Jesus, the Crucified.


Believing in Him doesn't mean there's no sorrow,

Because I know there is tremendous pain,

But if you will give your life to Christ, the Saviour,

In your broken heart there will be joy again.


September 8th, 1995.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.


"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

Two Roads Or Three?

 Two Roads Or Three?


There are two roads you can travel on

Maybe three at the most

One is broad and one is narrow

One seems a little bit of both.

One is boundless and so easy

One is hard and rough sometimes

The third road takes some effort

There are so many hills left to climb.


The first road is the world

It’s the simplest one to choose

It doesn’t take much effort

You don’t need any special clues

Be self-willed, keep on walking

Make your own path day by day

Don’t ever look to Jesus

From His Word just keep away.


The second road is tougher

Not to start on, but to stay

It takes God’s amazing grace

And saving faith to light the way

It takes believing wholly in Jesus

Trusting the Saviour, tried and true

God’s love and sinless sacrifice

Already paved the way for you.


The third road is the most difficult

There’s no redeeming light of day

You must trust your own religion

And try to make it your own way

You give a token belief in God’s Word

Add your traditions and each good deed...

There’s destruction straight ahead

The warning signs you just won’t heed.


The first road is the broad way

The way to Hell is its intent.

The narrow way is through God’s Son

The Gospel is Heaven-sent.

The third road is for “righteous” Pharisees

But the bones and filthy rags are so immense.

You can only receive or reject Jesus Christ

Because the Devil owns the fence!


(Matthew 7:13-14; 23:25-28; Isaiah 64:6)


November 19th, 1998.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.

Torn Between Two Desires

 Torn Between Two Desires


I am waiting daily for the shout -

Your Word says it, there's no doubt.

I am waiting eagerly for the trumpet to blow,

But deep in my heart, there's a voice I know.


Saying, "Come to Me, My people. Go and tell others too.

Come freely take the Water of Life - it is flowing for you.

One day I am coming from Heaven to take you home;

To those who are willing to listen, I bid you come."


I know You are coming quickly,

That day can't be too far away.

I want the world to know Your love,

I want others to be able to say:


"Come, Lord Jesus - we long someday to see Your face,

Come, Lord Jesus - of night, there will no longer be a trace,

Come, Lord Jesus, oh do quickly come,

Come soon, Jesus, and take us home."


I am thirsty for the Living Water,

And I know others are thirsting too.

I want to see everyone come to You, Lord,

But oh how I want to see You!

Come, Lord Jesus.


September 1st, 1995.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.


For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Philippians 1:21-24.


For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.

O Taste And See

 O Taste And See


There is an emptiness in all our hearts;

A longing only the Lord can fill.

There's turmoil inside, a restlessness,

Only the peace of God can still.

O taste and see.


The burden of sin weighs heavily -

A burden that is too much to bear.

You can cast them all upon Jesus Christ,

He died for your sins because He cares.

O taste and see.


There's a new beginning - a blank page -

Waiting to be written for you.

Turn to the Saviour; He can cleanse each stain.

He alone makes all things new.

O taste and see.


O taste and see that the Lord is good,

He loves you so much, that's true!

O taste and see that the Lord is gracious,

See how much He cares for you!


O taste and see that the Lord is good,

The Shepherd is seeking and calling you.

The price was paid for all who will come.

Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you.

O taste and see!


December 2nd, 2002.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.


O taste and see that the LORD is good:

blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.

Psalm 34:8.

If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

1 Peter 2:3

Casting all your care upon Him; 

for He careth for you.

1 Peter 5:7.

Running To Jesus

 Running To Jesus


Running to Jesus, but then stopping short

Oh listen to this message, this solemn report

Don't stop when you see Him - go on, go on

Accept the salvation found in God's Son.


Running to Jesus, but then holding back

There is only one thing you so sorely lack

Turn away from all sin that stands in your way

Come running to Jesus, come running today.


Running to Jesus - oh but time is fleeting

You also are running to that final meeting

There's an appointment with death that awaits you ahead

Find refuge in Jesus and the blood that He shed.


Running to Jesus, but that is not all

Receive Him, believe Him, and answer His call

Oh sinner, don't let it be said on that great Judgement Day

That you weren't running to Jesus - you were running away...


May 16th, 2001.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.


And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

(Mark 10:17-22)

My Servant, Israel (Isaiah 43)

 My Servant, Israel 

(Isaiah 43)


Fear not for I have redeemed you

Fear not - I have called you by name

And you are Mine!

When you pass through the waters

Fear not - I will be with you all the time.


Through rivers you will pass

But they will not overflow

Through the fire you will walk

As the flames and embers glow

But you will not even be scorched

Nor shall you suffer a burn

For the Lord, the Holy One is your Saviour

Oh Israel, won't you learn?


You are precious in My sight

I have honoured and I will love you

Though you blindly walk in night

My glory will shine above you

I, the Lord, have formed you

Behold, I have called you by My name

I will exchange your life for others

And ransom you with the same.


Fear not, My children

I will gather you to Me

Though you have ears and you have eyes

You are deaf and cannot see

I have made you to be My witnesses

Oh My servant, hear My voice

There are no other gods, but Me

I Am your only choice.


It is I who have declared

I have proclaimed and I will save

I will rescue from captivity

All of Mine who are enslaved

I Am from eternity

All I have created I hold within My hand

Is there any other who can deliver?

Tell Me now if you can.


Remember not your past, oh Israel

Though it was for you I parted the Red Sea

I did this for My people

So you would praise and glorify Me

Behold, now I will do something new

Something that has never before been done

I will wipe out all your sins for My sake

If you will just call upon My Son.


"For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him,

should not perish, but have everlasting life."

John 3:16.


March 23rd, 1995.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.

Meaningless?

 Meaningless?


Life is meaningless

As Solomon said, "All is vanity."

Nothing is worth living for

Except God

Nothing is worth everything

Except God.

He is my only reason for living

He is in my heart

Always on my mind

The possessor of my soul

He is the great "I Am"

His throne is established from of old.


Jesus is my Lord, my Saviour

My Shepherd

I am a sheep of His pasture

I know Him

And that knowledge alone is worth eternity.


The fellowship, the lovingkindness

And mercy He showers upon me

I could never give up

He is the only Way

He is ultimate Truth

He is my Life.


He is the only God

I worship only Him

I will never turn away

Or give Him up for anything.


Life is utterly meaningless

Vanity of vanities

From beginning to end

Without the Alpha and Omega

The First and the Last

Who is, who was, and who is to come

He that liveth, and was dead, and is alive forevermore

The Almighty,

My Saviour, My God,

Jesus.


August 3rd, 1994.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.


Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher,

vanity of vanities; all is vanity...

What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

...The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be;

and that which is done is that which shall be done:

and there is no new thing under the sun...

I have seen all the works that are done under the sun;

and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit...

Ecclesiastes Chapter One,

written by King Solomon,

the richest, wisest man who ever lived.


Without the Lord Jesus Christ, everything life could possibly offer is only Vanity of Vanities. As Alexander Grosse said so meaningfully in 1632, "Where Christ reveals Himself there is satisfaction in the slenderest portion, and without Christ there is emptiness in the greatest fulness."


What are you doing under the sun? Why don't you set your heart on the things of Heaven. Look above this sin-cursed world with its gaudy trinkets and worthless baubles. Look above the sun, to the Son! Set your heart on Jesus! And find life's true meaning in Him.


If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth...

(Colossians 3:1-2)


Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Matthew 6:19-21)

Listen To My Voice

 Listen To My Voice


Trust in Me, I'm calling you.

Hear My voice speak inside of you.

My love is so great - if you only knew.

My grace is so real - I died for you.

(John 3:16)


I have a mansion that is being made.

It is prepared for you, the foundation is laid.

It was purchased already, the price was paid;

Furnished with love and glory that will not fade.

(John 14:1-6)


There is only one thing, that I ask of you:

That you give Me your heart, and your future too.

I have great plans, if you only knew.

A life of hope; still, I'm calling you.

(Jeremiah 31:3 and 29:11-13)


Behold, I stand at the door, with joy and peace forevermore,

But there is something, that keeps Me from you:

I Am holy, as Isaiah knew,

Your sinfulness separates Me from you,

A distance so far between us two.

(Isaiah 6:1-8; 59:2; 64:6; Romans 3:9-26; Revelation 3:20)


All I desire is that you open your heart,

And give Me your life - each and every part.

Believe fully in My sacred Word;

Accept Me and I will be your Lord.

I Am the sacrifice, the atonement for sin,

I paid the price, I died and rose again.

I offer you life everlasting -

But there is one final thing.

(Isaiah 53; 1 John 5:10-13)


You must believe in Me, and trust in My love;

Believe that I care, and that I reign from above;

Turn from your ways, and turn towards Me;

I Am God alone, there is none beside Me.

I Am the only one that can ever save.

I Am the first to resurrect from the grave.

I Am Jesus Christ and I give you this choice:

Today in your heart, listen to My voice.

(Acts 4:12; Isaiah 43:10-11; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 4:7)


Believe in Me and I will heal your soul;

Turn to Me and I will make you whole;

Accept My grace - It is a gift of hope -

A new life within, a reason to cope;

I will renew you, restore you, if in Me you confide.

My love is unending, so deep and so wide.

The life I offer is not without cost,

But it is the only way.

I look forward to your answer.

Will it be: "I accept your love today?"

(Matthew 11:28-30; Ephesians 3:14-21; Romans 10:9-17; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Isaiah 40:29-31 and 41:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:28-39)


May 5th, 1995.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.

The Place Where Jesus Lives

 The Place Where Jesus Lives


Have you been to the place where Jesus lives?

That little church by the side of the road;

Where God's children meet in fellowship sweet,

And where the Gospel of Christ is told.


Have you been to the place where Jesus lives?

That peace-filled home along the way;

Where a loving family meets in fellowship sweet,

With joy and thanksgiving, they pray.


Have you been to the place where Jesus lives?

That contrite heart that has turned from sin and shame;

Where a humble soul meets with their Lord so sweet,

And rejoices to know the Saviour's name.


October 22nd, 2000.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.

On My Knees

 On My Knees


On my knees I will worship

the King of heaven and earth.

Lord of all creation,

You alone are worth

More than a million diamonds,

or pearls from the sea,

For they will pass away, my Lord,

but You will always be.


When troubles come, my God,

I know You will conquer all.

You will heal my heart and rescue me

every time I fall.

In the darkest night of despair,

my Jesus, You'll pull me through.

There is no other Saviour, Lord,

there is only You.


When my heart is tempted away, Lord,

I know You will pull me back.

When riches start to sway me,

remind me there's no lack

Of Your glorious blessings.

I have no use for greed.

You are love eternal;

that is all I really need.


When the world grabs at my attention

don't let me be lured away.

All the money I can dream of

is not worth one single day

Of being without You,

my Lord, my God, my King.

You alone are worth forever,

You're worth everything!


May 18th, 1994.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.


If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious... Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious... 1 Peter 2:3-4, 7

Take My Life

 Take My Life


Take my life, Lord, take every part,

Look deep within and reveal my heart.

Show me the areas 

where I need to change.

Take my life - it's yours to rearrange.


Take my life, Lord, take it all.

Please pick me up each time I fall.

Grant me to know

what you love and hate.

Help me to enter through the narrow gate.


Wash my sins, Lord, wash them away.

Cleanse my heart, help me to obey.

Teach me self-sontrol

and make me pure.

Grant me your strength, help me to endure.


July 12th, 1995.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.


True worship is humbling yourself before Jesus Christ for salvation, and committing yourself to following Him and obeying Him according to His Word. All else is just being religious, which doesn't please God and won't get you into Heaven. There's a reason Jesus Christ is called both Lord and Saviour When both titles are put together in Scripture, it is always Lord and Saviour, never the other way around. You can only truly receive Christ as Saviour when you accept His Lordship in your life, then as His disciple you follow Him by seeking guidance from His Word.


But as many as received him (Jesus), 

to them gave he power to become the sons of God, 

even to them that believe on his name: 

John 1:12.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Romans 10:13.

Two Lives United

 Two Lives United

(To Phillip and Nicole Donnelly, who were married on the sixth of May, 1995.)


Two lives united, one heart beating in time

One fire ignited, two voices making one rhyme

A new song is started, the rhythm is beginning to flow

A love enduring, it's more real than you can know.


The melody is changing, a different chorus starting today

New notes are added, transforming you day by day

A fire is burning, setting two hearts ablaze

Two lives united, serving our Lord with praise.


Christ is in your hearts, He is there for you

When times get tough, our Lord will pull you through

Committed together, one love shining through

A band of three cords, between our God and you.


We long to se what our Lord will do

In two lives united, devoted and so true

We long to hear the poetry

Written in your hearts, and now it's plain to see.


One flame burning, growing stronger

One love yearning, soaring yonder

The rhythm is there and love is starting to grow

It's overflowing - now the whole world will know.


That your two lives are united

One heart is beating in time

One fire is ignited

Two voices are making one rhyme.

Two lives united, one heart beating in time

One fire ignited, two voices making one rhyme.


(Repeat... and fade.)


May 6th, 1995.

Jerry (Gerald) Bouey.


What therefore God hath joined together,
let not man put asunder.

Matthew 19:6


This is one of my oldest Christian poems that I had never moved over from my website before EarnestlyContending.com. I wanted to move it here in case the old domain ever disappeared.