I Am Here

God’s message to a church that’s waiting for a pastor


Here I Am, I have not left, no, I would not leave you bereft 

~ Isa 6:1; Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5 ~

Your doubting heart has brought you fear, use eyes of faith to see Me here

~ Philippians 2:14; 2 Kings 6:11 ~

My work continues as before, but you are needing something more 

~ Philippians 1:6; Proverbs 29:18 ~

The mouthpiece that I have for you, he is prepared, not overdue 

~ Exodus 4:16; Jeremiah 2:2; John 13:7 ~

I’m waiting for your eyes to be, with fixed attention set on Me 

~ Psalms 16:8; Hebrews 12:2 ~

Look to Me and not to him, your true connection is within 

~ Zechariah 4:6; John 15:4 ~

Close your eyes and look inside, do you see these sins that hide 

~ Psalms 119:59; Lamentations 3:40 ~

Remove this mess, no sin may lurk, then through you My hand will work 

~ Matthew 7:5; Ephesians 4:6 ~

Cleanse your minds and tongues today, the King is here, prepare His way 

~ 2 Corinthians 7:1; Malachi 3:1 ~

Align your heart within My will, listen for My voice, it’s still 

~ Deuteronomy 23:14; 1 Kings 19:12 ~

My word will flow to them that seek, My kingdom is held by the meek 

~ Acts 13:44; Psalms 37:11 ~

Your life reflects My character, be sure it’s right and always fair 

~ 2 Peter 1:3; Ephesians 5:1 ~

By Justin Ogden

thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 10, 2017

Sermon Rhymes

God’s word comes to a needy man, with nothing prepped to speak, he can

It fills the mind when needs arise, and pain has brought tears to our eyes

The sermon is here in these lines, in these words that comes to mind

Based on doctrine, given in love, reflect the heart of God above

A unique way to hear God’s voice, we listen as we make the choice

In our mind the rhyming word, echoes with God’s call we’ve heard

Poetry from God today, the gift He gave, it’s writ His way

God’s word will fill the empty soul, heal, forgive and make it whole

Accept the gift you’ve heard today, God’s word directs and shows the way

By Justin Ogden

thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 9, 2017

The Preacher’s Gift

The preacher’s gift is God’s own Word, which you have heard here in this place 

He’s no control to change your life, but beckons you to seek God’s face

The power resides within the Word, the God who made the land and see

Though high and holy, lifted up, He reaches down to you and me

Through words of grace, and warning too, the hearers feel the preacher’s heart

Obedience to God’s command is how they will fulfill their part

He’s hard at work reaching the lost, returning them into the fold

Disciple-making is his call, teach them to be, faithful and bold

Spawning leaders coming after, through his ministry they’ve grown

Share the load and speak in measure, for God’s words are not your own

The power in the living Word, spoken by God’s chosen man

Hearts can change and turn the tide, bring God’s blessing on their land 

Always ere, the preacher is, an empty vessel to be filled

Used by God to bring His message, the fallow ground His word will till

God’s word affects the preacher’s heart, before the message is begun 

And through his voice He speaks to those, who are waiting to be won

Always relying on the Word that God gives him while we wait

Words have power in the kingdom, they will win over hell’s gate

God’s hand is moving through the message, reborn hearts will hear His call

Grace received and strongholds broken, they will come and give their all

Never glory to the speaker, words flow through a willing heart

Glory only to the Father, as His body does each part

Seeking God for all the answers that are needed every day

For the needs of all the searching that he meets along the way

Turn not to the right or left, straight upon the path you’ll stay

Walking humbly with the Master, follow faithful every day

Within His will I’ll be compliant, seeking what He ere might do

With just one heart completely given to do His will and work it through

Walk with me on this adventure, give your life to this pursuit

Joy in service you can’t fathom, life with God is just a hoot!

By Justin Ogden

thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 8, 2017

Touch Me Dad

So here I am, this awkward me, just trying unsuccessfully

to figure out who I’m to be, and nail this down so I can see 

this life is filled with trouble here, won’t get my way, that seems so clear

What will I do, where will I go? which direction? I don’t know

I’m relying on you now, to sort this out and tell me now

My life’s pursuit, to please my dad, I always try, it makes me  glad

it’s always tough, sometimes I fall, then he lifts me up so tall

there are times I need your hand, but not to force, not to command

I need to know I’m loved by you, your loving touch says that you do

when you hold me by your side, it fills a need I have inside

Oh touch me dad, please touch me now; I’m not sure why, I’m not sure how

your hand on me just calms me down, it gets my feet back on the ground

helps me know there’s someone who, knows just what I’ve been going through

can help me to become the man, that deep inside I think I can

I set my life to be like you, I choose the things you chose to do

Touch me dad, I need your love, I need acceptance from above

together time that we can spend, along the road, advice to lend

talk of stuff that guys discuss, and time that’s spent just being us

you call me by my own knickname, I got when we all played that game

there’s more to love than just receiving, in God’s love I’m now believing

Teach me dad, your wisdom tell, the secret of God’s power that fell

upon your life, God’s guiding hand, protecting us right where we stand

how to walk through valleys dark, and spread the light with just a spark

impacting lives that knew us well, the gospel story you did tell

how speaking words of Jesus’ life, will help us stop the spread of strif


Hear me dad, I need to know, how you can tell which way to go

how you know just what to say, that shows my mind the truth, the way

be close to me, I need to hear, your laughter that’s so loud and clear

makes my problems seem so small, from my shoulders now they fall

your voice of wisdom, sets me free, from all the traps where I would be

Heal me dad, I need your power, this has been my darkest hour

I don’t know now how to start, repair this damage to my heart

suffering has changed my view, shown me more and made me new

obedience, its own reward, moving forward, walking toward

learn again to follow you, do all the things I see you do 

Lead me dad, I’ll follow close, I’ll do the things that you do most

I’ll follow in your footsteps dear, and when you’re old I’ll hold you near

we’ll daily stop to thank the Lord, recite again His holy word

I watch you bow, I hear you pray, I see God’s love in you today

I’ll carry forward all you’ve taught, and preserve the truth you’ve sought

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright June 19, 2016

Response to someone who asked whether the dad in the poem referred to an earthly or heavenly father:

I wrote the words down as they came, either way it’s still the same

The words have power to touch our hearts, that doesn’t come from our own smarts

The power of our father’s touch, has changed both of our lives so much

These words I give into your hand, to lead you to God’s promised land

My hand I offer as a guide, I’ll walk here with you, right beside

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 8, 2017

Prayer for Worship 1

Father we gather here as one, and to You now we humbly pray
We need Your strength to live this life, by faith we trust You’ll lead the way

Lord, You are great, the mighty God, we don’t deserve the love You give 

Give us Your word for what we face, and by Your power we will forgive

Reach the lost by word and deed, remove the basket, shine the light

Show them all the love You give, teach them that Your ways are right

Change our hearts to seek You daily, to serve You with one heart and hand

Make us fruitful, for Your kingdom, till we reach that glory land

By Justin Ogden

thewordinrhyme.wordpress.com

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright July 2, 2017 

Restoring a Marriage

Your marriage rift, it breaks our heart, we do not wish to see you part

Relationships aren’t easy, but, let’s work to get you on your mark

The first thing that we’ll kill is pride, it sabotages from inside

Makes us think we’re always right, keeps us itching for a fight

Blaming others for our faults, insulates and puts up walls

Relationships, they don’t need walls, but working hands and overalls

Hands that work to build them up, and serve their needs, expressing love

For love covers all our sins, forgives faults, and helps us win

For wounded hearts are fortress walls, but through repentance they can fall

The sacrifice required to win, is simply, daily, giving in

To meet the needs that others have, to heal their wounds, apply the salve

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Anger doesn’t feel the same, when you’re receiving all the blame

But love forgives and overlooks, all the sin that Jesus took

If He took our sin the same, why are we the one to blame?

Every sin was paid for there, with the thorns He wore like hair

We must forgive and let them go, for the Bible tells us so

That frustration that we feel, is just our pride and sin revealed

Forsake it now, and break it’s chain, we never need to blame again

That fortress is a sturdy piece, the one inside it won’t release

But the Word can drill a hole, into the heart and seize the soul 

Release the door you’re holding closed, embrace the One who loves you most

Reward the ones you love, with you, let your love just pour right through

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Your purpose here is not complete, so let’s get moving. On your feet!

Provide for what your family needs, your priestly work is love in deeds

Lead them gently with respect, walk before them circumspect

Make your home a haven from, the harsh life lived without the Son

Fill your home with joy divine, through life connected to the vine

Your mind each day is in the Word, thinking through the words you’ve heard

And praying for the grace of life, this marriage with your faithful wife

She seeks your best through every storm, and sees that you are fed and warm

What greater good could one man want, a custom chef and restaurant

But thankless men just throw away, the blessings God gives every day

Heedless to the life they live, forsaking all the joy God gives

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Let’s be the wise man, build your house, give love daily to your spouse

Sacrifice for her each day, and all your life she will repay

Change your thinking to renew, the value that God placed in you

Make your life a lighthouse for, the wife and children you adore

Sharpen arrows for your bow, in your quiver they will go

When they’re ready, on the string, launch them high and let them zing

Launch them, burning, toward the dark, pierce the darkness, hit the mark

God’s plan for them to be revealed, and with their faith, their hearts are sealed

You only have them for a while, so use your love just like a file

Shape them to their own design, remember that God calls them, “Mine”

Stewards of what God has given, till our reward, our home in heaven

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright June 21, 2017

Trust Me

​Faith in God means trusting Him completely

Do I trust in what God says, do I think His word is true?

Does He really work to bring all the things He’s promised to?

Can God juggle all the things, which I’ve balanced on my plate?

Can He keep all my plates spinning, never let me arrive late?

My trust in God is my own proof, that He’ll do just what He says

God protects and pulls us through, and He’ll provide for us what’s best

Now can I trust Him with my life, each day rely on His supply?

Yes, it’s called abundant living, upon His care I will rely 

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright May 27, 2017

Rain Down

The ground is dry around my feet, so tired of working, need to rest

To meet my needs, I’m trying hard, still I do not have God’s best

It seems I’m fruitless where I am, this field I’ve worked, it shows no life

Oh, the joy, when God was leading, constant joy, not endless strife

Lord, today I’m finally asking, what is it we’re missing now?

Show us what we need to fix, as before Your throne we bow

We’ve checked all of our little boxes, but we haven’t seen You move

We feel like a baseball team, who hasn’t got a single glove

My little children, you’re relying, on a method cast in stone

But I work through something better, it relies on flesh and bone

Through My children I am working, bringing glory to My Name

Reaching to the world beyond them, loving everyone the same

Renew your time with Me alone, seek Me as a hidden jewel

Time in silence helps to sharpen, effectiveness just like a tool

I’ll tell you what your thoughts should be, and all the words that you should say

I’ll guide your feet along your path, to touch each one you meet today

The way of life is not a method, that you write inside a book

Not a thing that you can fix, like you could hang it on a hook

The life I give is through the vine, you must be connected there

The difference is from night to day, you’ll have strength enough to spare

Love for God is your first duty, let it come authentically

Read My word and it will cleanse you, fill your mind so you can see

Keep Me first in time and honor, witness through your actions true

Your reward is now awaiting, its amount depends on you

Love yourself enough to serve Me, Who could bring you more reward?

Now for meaning you are searching, fear has tied you, cut the cord

Hesitation makes you lose out, on what I could do with you

Reaching people, with the message, that I really love them too

Be the hand that cares to reach them, touching them right where they are

Be the mouth that speaks to teach them, leads their minds to think and spar

Be the feet that want to go to, just the place you need to be

Be the eyes that catch the vision, share with them so they can see

Be the tree beside the water, daily from its river draw

All you need is new each morning, resourced to live out your call

Walk with Me along the way, then step out onto the wave

Give your all into My hand, watch Me work and see Me save

Noah built the ark by faith, in the desert filled with sin

though he had not seen the rain, he trusted Him Who reigns within

My fruitfulness depends on God, He uses whom He has prepared

He plants my feet where He is working, and bids me join Him if I dare

The prophet called out to dry bones, the God of Life calls to His own

Trust Me when you cannot see, I control the seed that’s sown

In the darkness, you don’t see Me, walking with you through the storm

As the rain begins to pour, we walk together arm in arm 

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright April 27, 2017

Following God’s Call

From the first day of creation, God’s work is plainly seen, 

through all the plants and animals, with rain, it all turned green

Mankind was the best thing that God had ever made, 

redemption’s plan at this point was already laid

His calling is immutable unto His own elect, 

and with them He will build His church, a humble, holy sect

His calling is upon those who know and serve Him well, 

they all submit to suffer, the gospel thus to tell

My life to give in service, devoted to my King, 

all my talents focused on the praises I will bring

For His path is higher than what I see from here, 

and His love is deeper, it always draws me near

Opportunities that I have are given from above, 

just to show to someone else the greatness of His love

To bring to someone’s mind, to reach into the dark, 

and ignite a ready soul who’s looking for a spark

Push me out from my comfort zone, to where You’re working now, 

Your spirit works in wondrous ways and I can’t explain how

Your holy name be lifted high and we will bring You praise, 

You write our names upon Your hands, You number all our days

You vanquish all Your enemies who fall at just Your word, 

Your eye is on the sparrow, the flight of one small bird

Sharing with a baker about the living bread, 

keeping truth succinct enough to get inside his head

Loving those who know not love and sharing Your great plan, 

helping them to understand the gulf Your grace did span

For our sin has fixed a gulf, beyond which we can’t go, 

but Your truth has been revealed, the love of God we know

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright August 30, 2016

The Daily Walk

A description of the Christian life

In the stillness, I can hear You, walking softly by my side 

Wanting me to know You more, with You now I will abide

As You whisper to my spirit, all my hopes are coming true

You’ve become my open door, to everything I never knew

Looking for my life direction, with You daily I will meet 

You align priorities, to meet the needs of those I greet

Serving God and fellow man, what greater causes could I seek 

Character is my first cost, correct my life now as You speak

Seeking for my own forgiveness, can’t forget the wrong I’ve done 

Trying to erase my sin, by sacrifice my cause You’ve won

Seek You only ever true, seek You always first each day 

Meet You daily in the silence, seek to know Your word and way 

God walks with me through the darkness, He’s the one true source of light 

To others blinded by their scales, through me He can give them their sight

Resting in the peace God gives me, comfort from my every fear 

The battle rages on without me, as His spirit draws me near

Worshiping His presence with us, Spirit moving freely too 

He’s calling us to follow faithful, do what we have seen Him do

Heal the hurting, mend the broken, reach out now to find the lost 

Feed the hungry, own the orphan, suffer gladly, count the cost

By Justin Ogden

justwords@videomemoriespro.com

Copyright March 25, 2017