God Breathed

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In the beginning was God,
Maker of heaven and earth,
In His likeness He made,
Man from dust and clay.

Something precious began that day,
Gift of life He gave…

God breathed,
God breathed,
In His love He breathed,
Something precious began that day,
When God breathed.

The fall of man in shame,
But God’s plan would redeem,
This Messiah, conceived,
Came for all who believe.

Precious Savior born that day,
Gift of life He gave…

God breathed,
God breathed,
In His love He breathed,
Precious Savior born that day,
When God breathed.

Then on the cross,
You bore God’s wrath,
And You took our sins away.

But You rose from the grave,
Gift of life You gave.

God breathed,
God breathed,
In His love He breathed,
Precious Savior rose that day,
When God breathed.

He gave a Helper to guide the way,
Holy Spirit come we pray,
God breathe…

Behind the lines

Co-written with David Ennis, Shane Jackson, Drew Pearce, and Kevin Schultz.

Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
(Genesis 2:7 ESV)

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
(Luke 2:11-12 ESV)

Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
(Luke 23:46 ESV)

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:21-22 ESV)

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

New Smiles


God’s gift of life,
First opened eyes,
Nothing joys the heart like new smiles.
The funny talk,
From those who walk,
Nothing joys the heart like new smiles.

Smiles in the morning,
When they don’t sleep at night,
Smiles at the table,
Though food they fight,
Smiles in the dark,
Yeah, they have your heart,
Nothing warms a home like new smiles.

Crawling cruiser,
Stain remover,
Nothing joys the heart like new smiles.
Diaper parade,
More laundry saved,
Nothing joys the heart like new smiles.

And through all the coffee afternoons,
Little smiles and lullaby tunes,
You can’t make the hands rewind,
So live life one smile at a time.

Behind the lines

Four wonderful children.

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.

Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
(Psalm 127:3-5a ESV)



Great words are not for men to give,
For this one would not be,
God gave this word so men might live,
In His love and mercy.

If not for the cross of Jesus,
This word would not be prayed,
The wrath of God remains on us,
As sin debt goes unpaid.

This word is not what we deserve,
In Christ we will exult,
Its power will change and preserve,
And joy is the result.

There are few words more beautiful,
Than this word to a man,
Who once had been dead and sinful,
But now is born again.

This word gives sinners righteousness,
It is our final plea,
If not for Christ and God’s justice,
This word would never be.

Behind the lines

Grace is a simple, yet beautiful word with a HUGE meaning that leads to much joy in Christ. From Biblos the Greek word is charis (Strongs 5845):

charis: grace, kindness

Original Word: χάρις, ιτος, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: charis
Phonetic Spelling: (khar’-ece)
Short Definition: grace, favor, kindness
Definition: (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.

The Hebrew word is “chen” (Strongs 2580) and the first occurrence is found in Genesis 6:8:

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD (ESV)

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD (KJV)

Original Word: חֵן
Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
Transliteration: chen
Phonetic Spelling: (khane)
Short Definition: favor

Grace has another link to the Greek word chairó (Strongs 5463):

chairó: to rejoice, be glad

Original Word: χαίρω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: chairó
Phonetic Spelling: (khah’-ee-ro)
Short Definition: I rejoice, am glad
Definition: I rejoice, am glad; also a salutation: Hail.

For when God gives grace it causes great joy!

5463 /xaírō (“glad for grace“) has a direct “etymological connection with xaris (grace)” (DNTT, 2, 356). S. Zodhiates (Dict, 1467) likewise comments that 5479 /xará(“joy”) and 5485 /xáris (“grace”) are cognate with 5463/xaírō (“to rejoice”), i.e. all share the same root and therefore the same core (fundamentalmeaning.

From Wikipedia:

In Christian theology, grace has been defined as “the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it”,”the condescension or benevolence shown by God toward the human race”. It is understood by Christians to be a spontaneous gift from God to man – “generous, free and totally unexpected and undeserved” – that takes the form of divine favor, love and clemency.

May you rejoice in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and as Paul wrote in opening and closing many of his letters. Grace to you or grace be with you.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers (and sisters). Amen.” (Galatians 6:18)

John 1:17, Ephesians 2:5-10

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