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The Semi-Exact Blood of Jesus

Semi-exact… I wish I had said this before Donald Trump said it at the debate Monday night.  I am in love with the term.

And I have already stated my thoughts on The Donald vs. Hilary. 

I stand by this: This election isn’t the last straw. It’s not crushing the camel’s back. It might be the end of the world…  But what fear is there in that?

I don’t recognize myself in the mirror lately. I hear words coming out of my mouth, and I look behind me to check and see, “who the heck said that?”  Until about 11 months ago I was a semi-exact believer in Jesus. I talked to Him and about Him. I wrote about Him, and we were semi-exact friends.  Only so much as I believed in the power of His death and resurrection, semi-exactly.

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In the sea of religiosity and smorgasbord of pick and choose theology, Westernized Christianity is under piles of …  Well, poop.

And frankly; it is really stinking things up.  Not semi-exactly but entirely. The unearthing I have encountered has been altogether life altering. How can I, Jami Jo Amerine who is utterly terrified of flying, vomit, spiders, crunchy bugs, egg salad, elevators, the scale, and running with scissors – not be even semi-exactly afraid?

Here’s my secret: I am newly converted to belief in the whole power of the Blood of Jesus.  

Not the semi-exactly power. The full power. Not Jesus plus this, this and this.  Real time, full strength, high-def, triple shot, Venti, super-sized, ninja, Jesus blood.

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And at every turn, I am more and more convinced I have been afraid because I didn’t really believe in what was accomplished on Calvary. I semi-exactly understood He died that I might walk in freedom, but the “semi” perspective crushed the “exact” perspective to death.



Instead of the fresh and beautiful fruit of the spirit, I should have been indulging in, I was left with a moldy squeeze pack of half eaten apple sauce festering in the Texas summer heat under the seat in my the van.



I was saved, but I was “pompous blowhole” saved in that the transparency of my semi-exactly faith was riddled with terms like,

“saved but…”

“Jesus and…”

“Belief but terrorized…” 



Oh Donald, you and me man. Let’s make up words together. (Call me) 

As I entered into the last chapters of my book, my sister Stacey, Katie M. Reid, Jan Greenwood, & Tracy Levison and I were bouncing the madness around and at every turn, I was faced with the message of Grace. And Grace is an entity.  You can’t have a little grace. You are either a ballerina or you are not a ballerina. And you either receive the gift of Grace and freely bestow Grace … Or you don’t.



It is not semi, it is exact.

Most significantly this is loving fearlessly and fearlessly living.

And I am not afraid.

I am not scared of candidates, agendas, political parties, crunchy bugs, or the end of the world.


And I confess, (which in Hebrew actually means “agree”) I needed a savior to save me from the world. But I rebuke the notion the Blood wasn’t enough.

The Blood wasn’t semi-exactly potent, only slightly sufficient to conquer death. It was entirely enough. Yet in degrees of low-fat vanilla pudding to cayenne pepper flavored black beans I have treated it as if it were only one piece of the puzzle.

the semi-exact blood of jesus (2).pngThe Blood of Christ isn’t a missing link? It’s THE LINK.  And the fraudulent mayhem and law we have added it to have created a potion that is driving millennials from our church pews, robbing marriages of pure joy, and heave-hoing us up onto a high horse where the Christian population looks like a freaking traveling circus in the parking lot of Kmart!

Stop the ride I want to get off!

I have a new formula for fishing for men: let God be God. Not semi-exactly – wholly. We told our babies to fully love like Jesus… But not that guy or that guy… And not if they are defined by that which looks different from your Sunday school Coloring sheet. Oh! Wait? You don’t believe in Jesus?  Nope. Not that Jesus. A law abiding Jesus set us free and yet …

Yet what?  You can’t walk on the water? The loaves and fishes weren’t for that sinner or that sinner because their sin wasn’t covered by the BLOOD they took on at their baptism and so we throw law here and there and then… They are free from the slavery of sin – semi-entirely.



No wonder no one believes us when we cry hallelujah, our voice is cracking and defining us liars.  If we as believers in the Blood fully alleged it worked – the blood worked – we would ooze Grace, humility, LOVE, and patience.  Self-control would shine forth not because of our good deeds but because THE BLOOD WORKED.


We are washed in the water and then chained to a pew begging God to come save us from that which He is already fully attending to!  What?!?!  What are we afraid of? What can go wrong?


Not even death.

Not Donald.

Not Hilary.

The Blood worked.

It is done.

It is well.

Not semi-exactly.


It’s altogether rumpus-room-house party-licious. May whoever win. The blood is enough.

May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained. Love, Jami

2 Corinthians 3:9 (NASB) “For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the ministry of righteousness abound in glory.” 

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  1. Katherine on September 28, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Wow. Just wow. So true and so hard to grasp such a simple and clear message. Jesus’ blood IS enough. Period.

  2. Eddith on September 28, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Amen and HALLELUJAH! !! Forever and ever AMEN!

  3. Glenna McKelvie on September 28, 2016 at 8:20 am

    What can I say, Jami-Jo McKelvie Anerine? You get it! I, of all people, know the roads you have traveled! But, you hit the nail on the head!

  4. Rene on September 28, 2016 at 8:55 am

    So beautiful, so true….

  5. Carolyn Rogers on September 28, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Bless sister. This is it. It’s all we need. ❤️

  6. Kathleen M Bates on September 28, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    The Blood is EVERYTHING! Thank you Jesus

  7. Bonnie Robertson on September 29, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Truth. I’m so glad to hear it. JESUS. By the way, I am Bonnie JO. I think we may have talked about that years ago?? But it was so many kids ago & a LOT of lost sleep. Keep writing! I consider your blog to be my little spa treatment.

    • jami_amerine on September 29, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Thanks Bonnie Jo! Love, Jami Jo

  8. Bev Barrett on September 29, 2016 at 7:38 am

    So true and simple and yet we try to make it complicated. Thanks for shining your light, Jami, in a time of “semi-darkness.” Praise God…nothing but the blood of Jesus!!

    • jami_amerine on September 29, 2016 at 7:39 am


  9. AmyJo on September 29, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Thank you for reminding me what is really important. My family is going through a trial right now but its only a season, thanks to His blood I know we will get through it. I will praise Him in this storm!!

    • jami_amerine on September 29, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Praising him with you!

  10. Courtney Leigh on September 29, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I love this. Yes, we need to let God be God and stop making ridiculous rules that fit only make sense when you have the right personality or upbringing. We so easily forget the enormity of what Jesus did. Thanks for sharing these wise words!

  11. Jeanette Hanscome on September 30, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    This is wonderful, Jami! I plan to share it with my Bible study group tomorrow.

    • jami_amerine on September 30, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      Thank you!

  12. Marla on September 30, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    This message was perfect.

    • jami_amerine on September 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  13. Marla on September 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    This message was perfect, exactly what I needed.

  14. Rebecca on October 1, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Yes! This is like some chocolate someone tried to sell us the other day that was “80% pure” hmmmm me thinks 80% is not pure.
    Love it

    • jami_amerine on October 1, 2016 at 8:10 am

      OMGOSH! What was the rest of it????

  15. Terry K. on October 2, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I just love you. Your words lift me up every day. My family is having a really rough year, but I can always count on Jami to have the words to make my day better. God Bless You in your writing, whatever form it takes. Anxiously awaiting your book’s appearance on my store shelf!!

    • jami_amerine on October 2, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Bless you friend. Praying the Blood of Jesus continues the good work for your family’s struggles! He did it all for us. It is well!

  16. Pamela black on October 3, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Oh my Gosh. I stinking love you Jamie. So much that I’d probably do your laundry. Even the folding. Which is saying something, because I rarely even do that here for my own people.
    The blood IS enough. So much enough. And may whoever win, AMEN! Gods got this. And His blood IS enough.
    Wholly. Exactly.

    • jami_amerine on October 3, 2016 at 8:45 am

      I wholly love you. You’re welcome to come do laundry.

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