“Let this one great, gracious, glorious fact lie in your spirit until it permeates all your thoughts and makes you rejoice even though you are without strength. Rejoice that the Lord Jesus has become your strength and your song – He has become your salvation.” Charles Spurgeon
HELLO! We are so glad to have you as our guest and hope you will visit us often! We consider it an honor to connect with you and are available to pray, provide and send resources, and help any way we can. My email is: email@example.com
In APRIL 2018, we had 532 views by online visitors from 38 different countries! Praise God! We are meeting brothers and sisters from all over the world and having a great time making new friends. Please contact us anytime, as we would really love to know more about you and where you are from. The unity of the faith can become a reality when we allow the Holy Spirit to fill our heart with the character of Christ. Each week we add new material and resources for those who are interested to include us in their spiritual journey with God. I would estimate there are currently over 500 articles loaded on this site and I hope you will find something that speaks to your heart.
This picture was just so cute, I had a share it with you.
Here is a song the Lord gave me a few years ago. It’s called, “HEALER OF THE BROKEN HEART.” It’s written in the first person as if Jesus is speaking. God is all around you and knows everything about you – every tiny detail. He knows what has happened and exactly how you feel. He knows your thoughts and sees your tears even in the darkest night. There is VERY good news for you right now. He came to earth to save you, deliver you and heal you. Reach out to Him right now by faith and allow Him to give you the peace and hope you are searching for. Trust Him and ask Him to help you. He promised that He would respond to all who calls upon Him. May this be an encouragement to your soul.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3.
BRAND NEW RESOURCES! I’ve written several smaller books over the years that have not been published or printed. As you know, publishing is very expensive and until the Lord opens the doors with more finances, I am making them available for you to read FREE on this site. At the top, you can click on, “BOOKS AND STORIES” and hopefully by this summer I will have most of these edited and posted. You are welcome to copy and paste and use this material however the Lord leads. Currently, there are 4 of these mini-books ready to read, Living an illusion, Till death do us part, 100 questions and answers about health and wealth, and Three reasons why.
We just finished our series for 2017 called “From this time forward” which includes 52 articles on various subjects. I have moved those articles from the top and now you can read them in the “ARTICLE SERIES” category on the right. The title of the theme for 2018 is called, “For such a time as this” and can be accessed by clicking on the WEEKLY DEVOTION tab on the menu at the top.
These weekend articles are different from the faith columns that I write each week for several newspapers around the country called, “LIVING ON PURPOSE.” You can click on the tab at the top and read them when you have time. You are more than welcome to copy and use any of these messages for the glory of God. May the Lord continue to give you His wisdom and understanding as you abide in His presence. “If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God gives: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever, Amen” (I Peter 4:11). Whatever you need – Jesus Christ can provide! As the song says, “He is a pain taker, a chain breaker, and a prison shaking Savior!” JESUS is your healer, your deliverer, provider, the answer to all your questions and the solution to all of your problems! Jesus shed His blood because He loves you. And now, He desires to redeem and transform everyone who will believe in Him. “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a person be born of water and of the Spirit, they cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not, that I say unto thee, you must be born again” John 3:5-7. Below, it looks like I was “feeling” the power of His presence!
I have just added a category to the menu called, “AROUND THE WORLD.” With so many Christian ministries contacting us, we decided to feature their labors and visions for God’s kingdom. We want you to meet these dedicated brothers and sisters and see what God is doing around the world! It is exciting and encouraging to know that souls are being delivered, born-again, and filled with the Holy Spirit. As God’s WORD is being taught, His love and grace penetrates into the heart and has the power to open the eyes of those who are lost. The Lord is pouring out His Spirit upon all those who are hungry and thirsty for His perfect truth. If you would like to send some pictures and information about your ministry, we would be glad to post them so those can connect with you and possibly help you with the vision God has laid on your heart. Jesus Christ is coming SOON and is stirring His followers to spread His gospel and demonstrate His character so that “whosoever will” can surrender their life and enter into the family of God. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions, and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit” Joel 2:28-29.
I have posted an early sermon by Billy Graham here for you to enjoy. Those who are younger will probably not be as familiar with this evangelist which is why I wanted to share this audio clip. I respected this man and his family and I know he will be greatly missed. I recently wrote a newspaper column about him that included several quotes and some facts about his ministry. It is said that no one has preached the gospel to more people than him. He had a relentless passion and a heavy burden for the lost. It seems this concern is waxing cold today and I believe it has to do with a lack of genuine love.
Here are a couple of songs that my son-in-law Luke helped me record a few years ago. The first one is the title track from the REFUGE CD.
This one is called, “JUST LIKE YOU” and to me has always been more like a prayer set within a frame of melody. It’s an intimate cry from the depths of our being for God to come into our lives and transform us into His image.
Philippians chapter two and verse nine says, “And being found in fashion as a man, He (Jesus) humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” This picture of the shepherd and the sheep reminds me of Jesus carrying me through this life. I am weak, I make mistakes, I’m rebellious and stubborn, and sometimes I’m sick and just cannot go any further. This life is ALL about God’s love, grace, and mercy. He is waiting for us to respond. All He is asking is for us to trust Him with everything.
John 8:12 reminds us, “Then Jesus spoke to them again saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall NOT walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
God Almighty is the highest authority! He was from the beginning, He rules upon the throne, and is the infinitely wise Creator of ALL things! He is the Omnipotent King above all other kings, the Alpha and Omega and the author and finisher of our faith. He is the Lord of all and the only judge of human destiny. Revelation 5:13 says, “And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying; Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever.”
“THE CALL” is another tune from the “REFUGE” CD. You can find out more about this project in the music section above, and you can also listen to several selections from many different albums. Every now and then, we will rotate new selections for you to enjoy on this homepage.
This song is called, “GOD KNOWS.”
Here is a song called “TIMES OF REFRESHING” and is on the CD, “COVENANT KEEPING GOD.”
“O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” Psalm 95:1.
“O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord all the earth” Psalm 96:1.
I have just completed a short story about my Mom and Dad and I am very excited to release this true adventure of commitment, devotion, and love.
We are excited to announce the NEW CD is finally here! “KEEPER OF MY SOUL” has been a project that we have been thinking and praying about for the last year. It is an honor to present this resource to you. I have been visiting hospitals, cancer centers, prisons and nursing homes for many years and have witnessed the pain of human suffering. As a minister and chaplain, I know that God’s Word is the only source of miracle power. I have selected over 100 Bible passages and written these songs of faith, hope, joy, and encouragement so that everyone can quietly relax in the secret place of His presence. Click on the MUSIC tab at the top, and you can listen to some of the CD.
Many have requested this CD and I have been sending them out all over the country. Whatever you need today, Jesus is your hope, peace and blessed assurance. Lean on Him and trust Him. He is our provider, our strength, our refuge and has our life in the palm of His hand. If you would like a copy – Just CONTACT me at firstname.lastname@example.org and give me your address and I will be happy to send it to you. “So then faith comes by HEARING and hearing by the WORD OF GOD.”
I want to give a special thank you to Michael Reno at Inspiration Studios. You can contact him and learn more about his ministry at email@example.com. The beautiful background music is by Peder Hellend from Norway, a phenomenal musician that has a huge collection of his relaxing songs on YouTube. Just type in his name and you will be amazed and blessed with his work. Very beautiful! I very much appreciate the contributions from these two men and their passion for advancing the Kingdom of God. The picture on the front cover was taken by me from our backyard one evening on my cell phone. I was just walking around talking to God and noticed how unusual and beautiful the sky looked as the sun was setting. Our God is truly an awesome God, the Author, and finisher of our faith and the Majestic Lord and Creator of all things.
Also Included on “KEEPER OF MY SOUL” are 5 acoustic songs that I felt strongly should be included in this project. These songs were written years ago but I wanted to re-record them in a worship version so they are brand new. The disc is divided into 4 major parts with prayers, scriptures and a song in each part. Part one includes the song “Promises”, part two has “Touch the Scars” part three combines “Refuge” and “Come Holy Spirit” as a worship medley and part four includes “Joy Will Come” as an extended worship version. “Joy will come” was the inspiration for the entire project and has always been one of our favorite Bible verses. The CD closes with the first 5 verses of “Psalm 103” which I occasionally include when I am ministering. I used both the Martin D-35 and the Gibson J-45 for all the music.
Here is an Mp3 of one of the songs on this project called, “Touch The Scars.”
May you hear God’s still small voice and sense His kindness and compassion. The Lord has much to say but most of the time we are distracted and simply not interested. It is essential to develop a constant awareness of His presence and a desire to give Him our undivided attention – not only when we have an emergency. If you know someone that needs the peace and hope of spiritual encouragement please let me know and I will send them a copy. Let us remember that fear is seeing God through the eyes of circumstance but faith is seeing circumstance through the eyes of God. When you have some quiet time, grab your Bible and read Psalm 145. It is a very inspiring and uplifting passage that promises how God will always be with us.
We have been receiving many requests for this CD from all over the Country and it has been a blessing to hear the testimonies about what an encouragement this is bringing. I personally believe there is nothing more powerful than the Word of God and I know that allowing our mind and conscience to be saturated in His Word can generate the faith to believe that anything is possible through the Omnipotent and Omniscience of our Lord and Savior. Let us become determined to resist the devil and this dark world of negativity and allow the cool refreshing waters of His promises fill our spirit and mind with hope and confidence. We are experiencing a famine of the Word of God, so now let us take this much-needed nourishment to those who are hungry and thirsty for truth and righteousness. Since faith comes by hearing, it is our responsibility as representatives of His name to confess His Word, preach His gospel and relay His message of VICTORY to a lost and hopeless world.
There are several new areas we are focusing on this coming year and as always it is very exciting to work on new projects for His Kingdom. We have recently recorded a few simple acoustic music videos that can be found on YouTube and hopefully soon will be available on this site. These videos are very raw and were recorded with me and the guitar at home in my office but still contain the basic message of God’s Spirit. They are a few selections from a group of new songs that I am planning to record this winter and they will hopefully be available on a brand new CD soon. “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O Most High: to show forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness at night. Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn and deep tone” (Psalm 92:1-3).
My first book was released in 2015 and we are encouraged to hear that it’s being offered in many bookstores and databases around the world. What a blessing to be able to express the passion of my heart and I truly give Him all the glory for communicating through me! It has 50 chapters and is a whopping 367 pages. If you would like to order a copy you can click on the book tab at the top and it will explain details about the content of the book and links to Amazon and Barnes and Noble. SPECIAL OFFER! I have some extra copies of the book and while supplies last, I can send you a copy anywhere in the U.S. for $12.50. This is a significant discount if you order through a bookstore. I am only breaking even on these copies as I gave over $8.00 a piece for them and shipping will be around $3.00, but I just want to make it affordable for whoever is interested. I know you will be blessed with the content as it’s filled with scripture, prayers, stories, and spiritual insights that will encourage and speak to your heart. Just contact me and I will be happy to send it to you.
We recently mailed a copy of the book along with some music cd’s to 20 different State Correctional libraries around the Country and plan to send out 20 more packages this summer. We are focused on reaching out wherever we can with the gospel of Jesus Christ and are getting ready to send another 20 packages out and this time we will include the new CD “Keeper of my Soul.” These packages are expensive but we will keep sending them out as the Lord provides. If anyone would like to give a financial gift to help with the costs of this project, it will go directly to help cover some of the expense and of course, would be appreciated.
It’s a wonderful feeling to do something you love but it becomes even more exciting and rewarding when other people take notice. As a developing writer, it is a dream to have my book on the shelves of our public library. I would have never dreamed a few years ago that I would have this honor. It’s not as easy as I thought to have a book accepted into the world database, as each entry has to be selected, reviewed and approved to be added to a library collection. Recently the Lexington public library has also added it to their collection and is available in the main library and both of their branches.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love His appearing” (II Timothy 4:7-8).
On the subject of writing, this year the Lord has miraculously opened a door for me to write a faith column for several newspapers called, “LIVING ON PURPOSE” He has patiently guided me and inspired me through the years and with all the practice and learning, time and energy I have invested trying to become a better communicator, He is now able to use this gift on a broader scale. I am called a “self-syndicated columnist” and I’m very humbled to serve as a weekly contributor to these publications and communities. I need His wisdom and discernment in the public forum to know when to step forward and when to be silent. I do not want to provoke hatred by being dogmatic with religious doctrines, political arguments or controversial social issues. I intentionally avoid strife and fighting and have no desire to argue against those who desire to debate. However, neither do I intend to be afraid or intimidated to speak God’s truth as I am simply praying that God will show me how to present His message with love and humility. “I will not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God to everyone that believes; to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). If we pray and discover what He has called us to do, and diligently focus our attention on doing it, I sincerely believe He can use us to make a positive difference in the world. We do not have time to waste as there are many prayers to pray and much work to do!
“LIVING ON PURPOSE” focuses on practical everyday living that is infused with thought-provoking and encouraging spiritual insights. I want everyone, everywhere to be able to enjoy the columns. God works in mysterious ways and most of the time it is not how we plan or imagine. I would have never dreamed how this column has expanded and how large an audience this is becoming. Nonetheless, there is definitely a responsibility here to speak what GOD wants to say instead of my own ideas. I just want to present a positive message of hope and peace and I believe the Holy Spirit can use these messages to reach all people in a special way. The Bible talks about plowing, planting, watering, and harvesting, and I am excited to be used as a part of this process. If you are not able to read the hard copies in these communities where these articles are being published, you are welcome to read each week’s column on this site for free by just clicking the “Newspaper” tab at the top. I take this opportunity very seriously and I really appreciate your prayers for this ministry.
I have just finished the LIST of all the papers where I contribute and you can see it by clicking on the newspaper tab on the top menu. What started out as a weekly blog for the last ten years has evolved into me currently writing for 132 newspapers in 31 States and is still growing. With weekly readership being 2.5 times the amount of paid circulation, my readership as of February 2018 is over 2.8 million. I’m not sure where all of this heading, but I will continue moving forward. I know the Lord is opening these doors and anointing me to write as I would not be able to do this on my own. I just want to do His will and find my place in His Kingdom. May He receive all the glory!
2016 closed out the series “OUR FIRST LOVE.” It’s listed in the sidebar under the Article Series category. There are 52 messages in this group and you are welcome to use these for your own personal use or to share with others.
In 2015, I completed 30 teachings on the subject of healing and prosperity which are difficult topics but at the same time, they are closely connected with everything we do. It would not make sense to assume that God is hiding His “will” from us about these subjects. These messages can be found in the “Articles” section on the right under “HEALTH AND WEALTH.”
I also added 23 more messages that completed the year called “DRAWING NEAR.” This series is directed toward our personal life and gives spiritual insight about how God is seeking to use us as a remnant disciple that is seriously interested about the holy vow of BLOOD COVENANT and a deeper understanding of spiritual intimacy. My series for this entire year is called “OUR FIRST LOVE” and you can read the entire series by clicking on the tab at the top “WEEKLY ARTICLE.”
Check out the “QUOTES” tab at the top and I know you will be edified, inspired and uplifted! I have collected these for years and was glad to finally have a place to share them. Take them and incorporate them into your life as a source of edification and encouragement. This is a category that is worth spending some quality time with. May the Lord continue to give you His wisdom and peace in these troubling times and may you rest in the green pastures and still waters of His presence.
As you can see from the wide variety of subjects on the right, there are quite a few topics for you to read. In fact, this blog currently contains over 300 spiritual essays and articles and you are more than welcome to go into the archives, copy and use them however the Lord leads. Each week I send a message out to those in my email address list there is a new message and I would be glad to add you to the list. These writings have been a blessing to my soul and I hope they are received as an encouragement to all. The world is so dark and filled with negative distractions, I believe it is a spiritual strength for those who are serious about maintaining a personal relationship with Jesus to stay focused on His Word and our commitment to live for Him.