We are so glad to have you as our guest and hope you will visit with us often! Every day, we receive visitors from all over the world and would love for you to contact us! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
In May, we had our largest group of visitors from 35 different countries – Praise God! We are meeting brothers and sisters from all over the world and having a great time making new friends. The unity of the faith can become a reality when we allow the Holy Spirit to fill our heart with God’s character. Each week we add new material and resources for those who are interested in God and the spiritual life. Every Saturday evening I post a devotion in the weekly article tab at the top of the page. I also write a faith column for newspapers around the U.S. called, “LIVING ON PURPOSE” and you can click on the menu at the top and read them. You are more than welcome to copy and use any of the resources on this site and may the Lord anoint you with His Spirit as you share His Word in love.
We look forward to hearing from you and are available to pray, send resources and help any way we can. We encourage you to write to us and share your insights about the content along with your testimonies as it would be an honor to meet you. We are available anytime to come and share God’s Word at your church or gathering.
“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 for ever 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.
Here is a picture of Pastor Peter Kerongo from Kenya. He oversees several independent Christian congregations that are called, “Gospel Time Outreach Ministry.” He recently found this website and we have been communicating and praying for one another. I was very humbled when he wanted to know if he could translate and use the teaching material on this site as spiritual resources for those in his community. He is holding one of only a few Bibles that is translated in his native language of Kisii. I along with a couple of my friends have been purchasing Bibles at a Christian bookstore in Kenya for $8.00 each which is cheaper than the Kenya Bible Society. Sister Cecilia calls Pastor Peter and he picks them up. If anyone would like to help provide these Bibles, please contact me and I will explain the details.
Here is a picture of the inside of one of their churches as they are having service. It is truly an honor to be associated with this man of God and these precious brothers and sisters. I am so grateful to the Lord for His mercy and privilege to be a blessing to those around the world. It is truly all of Him and none of me and may Christ receive all the glory. Thank you, Jesus! Below I have included an example of a devotion that Peter has translated and is distributing. Praise God!
THE SECRET PLACE
Abiding under the shadow of the Almighty
Okoebisa base ekeiriri kiomonene
Ensemo ya 39
INEE TWABEIRE ANGE
Yeso akabatebia nerikire inga momwanche nyasae oino be chinkoro chiaino chionsi,nebirengererio biaino bionsi,na okwo nakwo ogochika kwe engencho enene mono (Matayo 22:37). Enchera eyemo yo okorenga okwegena gwaito inkori tokoerwa nechinguru chiaito as oboegenwa. Onye tokorigereria ase okogani twarora na amaiso aito twarora okogenderera gwaito okuya ase amorokererio yo omonene. Omonto omokanyeku naende omongaini nigo akoba na okogania gwokomanya kera egento as omonene,omonto Ohio nigo agokina kemoika ase okomokorera omonene nyasae oye. Aborokiwa bari bakinire kemoika,tibakonyara kobugwa ase okwerora konde gwensi ase engencho ya kera omonto omuya nabo enga ekengere gekona korera botuko na mogaso getari gochi korima. Mere buys ase okobeka chinguru Nekemanyererio gete,korende omonto omongaini nigo akorora,oigwa na omenta chinguru.ase okomanya okuya (proverbs 1:5). Tiga bono ingerwanerere as obosio bwa abakori abante abange bari babeire bagoteba barabwo nabakiristo as amatuko amange. Okomanya kwane inkori nabeire inkorigia obomanyi ase okomanya christo ase amatuko amange korende tinanya konyora okomanya gwonsi kori inganetie okomanya. Twaganeriwe tosabe ase obomo,ase obwanchani na okoegena.tiga ngoroki okwegena kwane kori okonene nario ndetogerie ase abanto.nabo igo tinganeirie inkore ebibe ase omobere one, korende nengwenerte inkore onsi ase okwegena kwo omonene oito christo amen.
Here we see Pastor Peter and his leaders, giving the Bibles to those who want to learn about God. This is planting the seed into good ground – amen! God’s Word can save souls and change lives! “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was with God, and the WORD was God” John 1:1.
Philippians 2:9 says, “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” John 8:12 says, “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 for ever and ever.”
The name of this song is, “SOMEBODY WAS PRAYING” and is included on the REFUGE CD. You can find out more about this project in the music section above, and you can also listen to cuts from many different albums. Every few weeks, we will feature a different selection for you to enjoy on this homepage.
Here is a song called “TIMES OF REFRESHING” and is on the cd, “COVENANT KEEPING GOD.”
BRAND NEW! 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.
2016 was a difficult year as we lost my Father, William Sr. in June and then we lost Cheryl’s mother in November. To say the least, we are still in shock from these unexpected losses but we are also filled with hope and joy in knowing they are healed and living with Jesus!
I hope this true story will inspire and encourage those who are caregivers for their spouse. We take a glimpse of a tale of two halves. The first half of their 60-year marriage was filled with excitement and promise, but the second half did not turn out like they had planned. I spend a lot of time visiting people in nursing homes and I see the agony and disappointment that comes with sickness and the decline that is associated with aging. In knowing that we all have a strong chance of making it to our “winter season” there are many things to consider. Life does not come down to what we accomplished or the accumulation of material possessions, our peace and joy will rest on how close we are to God and having those around us who love us. “Till death do us part” includes lots of great stories along with some spiritual insights that I hope will inspire and encourage your faith. Just CLICK on the BOOK tab at the top and then click on the link.
Here is a picture that was taken back in July at the KCAL Old Time Radio Show in downtown Nicholasville. Our theatrical troupe re-enacts radio shows from the 40’s and 50’s in front of a live audience to let everyone see how they were done. It’s really a lot of clean fun and everyone seems to enjoy them. Our summer round-up of 3 live performances included an old Gunsmoke episode called “Cheap labor” that of course had the old crew of Matt Dillon, Festus, and Miss Kitty. I played a retired gunslinger named Foss Capper that was trying to change my ways. The second performance was another old radio show, a comedy called “My favorite husband” that originally starred Lucille Ball. In that show, my character was called “Little ole Floyd” that was a sarcastic horse trainer with a strong southern accent. Here is a picture of me singing “Ghost Riders in the Sky” just before intermission. Photo by George Adams
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. 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. Just CONTACT me at email@example.com and give me your address and I will be happy to mail a copy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The beautiful background music is by Peder Hellend from Norway, a phenomenal musician that has a huge collection of his songs on YouTube. Just type in his name and you will be amazed at how much music he has produced. 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 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 with this project. 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. These have been recorded in the past but are brand new versions. “Joy will come” is an 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 sing all the time in my outreach ministry. 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.
I 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 in the spring of 2017. “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)
As some of you already know, I released a book in 2015 and we are encouraged to hear that it is being offered in many bookstore databases all around the world. What a blessing it has been 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.
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 is 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, I cannot tell you how grateful I was to see 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 is not as easy as I thought, as any book 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.
On the subject of writing, this year the Lord has miraculously opened a door for me to write a faith column for several newspapers that I named, “LIVING ON PURPOSE” Praise God! 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 very humbled and amazed to have this platform to minister Jesus within a public forum. It is truly an honor to serve as a weekly contributor for these publications and communities. I need His wisdom and discernment to know when to step forward and when to be silent. I do not want to provoke hatred by being dogmatic with doctrines or social issues. I intentionally avoid controversy and fighting and have no desire to argue against those who desires to debate. However, neither do I intend to be afraid or intimidated as I am simply praying that God will show me how to present His message in 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 really believe He can use us to make a difference in the world. We do not have time to waste as there are many prayers to pray and much work to do!
What started out as a weekly blog for several years, progressed to my local community newspaper and now has evolved into 117 newspapers in 29 States and is still growing. I am not sure where all of this heading, but I will continue moving forward until Jesus tells me to stop. 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! The different publications are listed here so that you can tell friends and family to look for it in their communities. Note: Not all papers offer my column in their on-line versions and those who do most of the time require a subscription. Many of the newspapers only use the column in the printed hard-copy.
The Banner – (Crab Orchard KY.), Lockhart Post Register (Lockhart TX.), Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon (Floydada TX.), The Howe Enterprise (Howe TX.), Bolivar Herald-Free Press (Bolivar TX.), The Hill Country Herald (Leakey TX.), The Dalhart Texan (Dalhart TX.), Guymon Daily Herald (Guymon OK.), Hanford Sentinel (Selma CA.), Pike County Express (Pittsfield IL.), Borger News Herald (Borger TX.), Pageland Progressive Journal News (Chesterfield County SC.), Omaha Star (Omaha NE.), The Kingstree News (Kingstree SC.), Clay City Times (Clay City KY.), Kankakee Valley Post News (Kankakee IN.), Meadville Tribune (Meadville Pa.), The Courier News (Russellville AR.), Casey County News (Liberty KY.), Citizen Voice and Times (Irvine KY.), Jackson County Sun (Mckee Ky.), Hartford City News Times (Hartford City IN.), Union City Advocate (Morganfield KY.), The Gregory Times-Advocate (Gregory SD.), Mountain City Tomahawk (Mountain City TN.), Bureau County Republican (Princeton IL.), Putnam County Record (Princeton IL.), The Tonica News (Tonica IL.), The Banner (Crab Orchard KY.), Starke County Leader (Knox IN.), The Alton Telegraph (Alton IL.), Gadsen Times (Gadsen AL.), Thomasville Times Enterprise (Thomasville GA.), Glenwood Opinion-Tribune (Glenwood IA.), The Hickman Courier (Fulton KY.), The Breathitt Advocate (Jackson KY.), Bartlett Express (Bartlett TN.), Delta News Citizen (Malden MO.), Carroll County News-Leader (Huntingdon TN.), Mayfield Messenger (Mayfield KY.), Kentucky New Era (Hopkinsville KY.), The Camden Chronicle (Camden TN.), The Jackson Sun (Jackson TN.), Metropolis Planet (Metropolis IL.), East Valley Tribune (Mesa AZ.), Auwatukee Foothills News (Tempe AZ.), Citrus County Chronicle (Crystal River FL.), Grant County News (Dry Ridge KY.), Troublesome Creek Times (Hindman Ky.), The Messenger (Madisonville KY.), The Portland Leader (Portland TN.), Flemingsburg Gazette (Fleming County KY.), The Carlisle Mercury (Carlisle KY.), Bath County News Outlook (Owingsville KY.), Menifee County News Outlook (Menifee County KY.), Robertson County News (Robertson County KY.), Big Sandy News (Louisa and Paintsville KY.), Crockett County Times (Alamo TN.), The Spencer Magnet (Taylorsville KY.), Lake County Banner (Tiptonville TN.), The Waconia Patriot (Mound MN.), The Laker and Pioneer (Mound MN.), Carver County News (Watertown MN.) The Beattyville Enterprise (Lee County KY.), The Carlisle Weekly (Bardville KY.), Lyon County Herald Ledger (Eddyville KY.), The Jessamine Journal (Nicholasville, Wilmore KY), Advocate-Messenger (Lincoln – Boyle – Casey County KY), Winchester Sun (Winchester KY.), The Frankfort State Journal (Frankfort KY.), The Kentucky Standard (Bardstown – Nelson County KY.), Middlesboro Daily News (Middlesboro KY.), The Harlan Daily Enterprise (Harlan KY.), The Falmouth Outlook (Pendleton KY.), Floyd County Times (Prestonburg KY.), The Hazard Herald (Hazard KY.), The Claiborne Progress (Tazewell TN.), Hickman County Times (Clinton KY.), Weakley County Press (Martin TN.), The Journal Enterprise (Providence KY.), The Trenton Gazette (Trenton TN.), Waverly News Democrat (Waverly TN.), Kingsport Times-News (Kingsport TN.), The Tennessee Tribune (Nashville TN.), Union City Messenger (Union City Tn.), Maryville Daily Forum (Maryville MO.), The Vermont Daily Express (Newport VT.), Corsicana Daily Sun (Corsicana TX.), Palestine Herald (Palestine TX.), Del Rio News Herald (Del Rio TX.), Athens Daily Review (Athens TX.), The Duncan Banner (Duncan OK.), The Post (Texas City, TX), High Plains Observer (Spearman TX.), The Natchez Democrat (Natchez MS.), The Kaufman Herald (Kaufman TX.), Beauregard Daily News (Deridder LA.), Bossier Press-Tribune (Bossier City LA.) and the Leesville Daily Leader (Leesville LA.), The Daily Review (Towanda PA.), Greene County Daily World (Linton IN.), and The Express Paper (Mechanicville NY.), Williamson Daily News (Williamson WV.), Logan Banner-News (Logan WV.), News and Press (Darlington SC.), South Carolina News Exchange website (SC.), Hickman County Times (Clinton KY.), The Delphos Herald (Delphos OH.), Van Wert Times Bulletin (Van Wert OH.), LaGrande Observer (LaGrande OR.), The Northwest Florida Daily News (Ft. Walton Beach FL.), The Hillsdale Daily News (Hillsdale MI.), The Cordele Dispatch (Cordele GA.), Spring River Chronicle (Hardy AR.), The Daily Sentinel (Nacogdoches TX), Jefferson County News (Ft. Atkinson WI.), The South Alabamian (Jackson AL.), and the Bristol Herald Courier (Bristol VA.). Combined paid subscription weekly circulation is 937,000 not including online website viewing and the potential readership is around 2.3 million. Praise the name of Jesus!
“LIVING ON PURPOSE” focuses on practical everyday living that is infused with thought-provoking and encouraging spiritual insights. I realize that not only Christians have access to this content and I want everyone, everywhere to be able to enjoy it. God works in mysterious ways and most of the time it is not how we plan or imagine. 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 and speak to their heart 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 can either find the online versions or 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.
2016 closes out the annual series called. “OUR FIRST LOVE.” It is on the side-bar 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 20015, 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 closed out 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.”
BRAND NEW! 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.