Showing posts from December, 2012

Last Dance (on Earth) for Donna Summer

At the end of every year, the media reflects on the numerous celebrities who passed away during the previous twelve months.One who died this year was singer Donna Summer.The “Queen of Disco” succumbed to throat cancer on May 17th at the age of 63.
Donna grew up in Boston and originally sang in churches but gradually drifted away from the things of God until she rediscovered her Christian faith in 1980.That year she released an album called “The Wanderer”, which contained the track “I Believe in Jesus.”
Donna’s recordings from the late 1970s appealed to me not so much because of her voice but because of the innovative sounds created by her producer Giorgio Moroder.His use of synthesizers in songs such as “I Feel Love” was ahead of its time.It was one of the things that inspired me to later create my own electronic tunes.
However, the anointing of God was certainly on Donna Summer’s voice.A few years ago while at a bookstore, I paged through Donna’s autobiography “Ordinary Girl: The Jo…

Ready for Rebuke

In September 1997 I made the first of what would be many trips to the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida.My initial reaction wasn’t too favorable.  Previously I hadn’t heard any sermon tapes from Pastor John Kilpatrick or Evangelist Steve Hill and wasn’t quite prepared for their in-your-face preaching styles.  I would have preferred attending more renewal meetings in Toronto but the Lord continued sending me to Pensacola.  Since then I have grown to appreciate the ministry that went forth from Brownsville Assembly of God.  Their leadership’s passion for purity and holiness is greatly needed in many of our churches.
A couple weeks ago I posted on my Facebook page a recent Steve Hill article warning against heretical teachings (such as universal reconciliation) invading the church.A fellow minister responded to it with mocking comments.On his own Facebook page he wrote, “I always cringe when people/prophets/fruitcakes say they have a word of rebuke from the LAWd.He is the God of A…

A Biblical Viewpoint on Bearing Arms

Whenever a major shooting takes place, there is talk in the media about gun control.That is certainly happening again following Friday’s massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother.Then he went to Sandy Hook Elementary School (where his mother had worked) and murdered 20 children and 6 adults before turning the gun on himself.
Two weekends ago, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before committing suicide hours later at the team’s practice facility.The next night during a nationally televised football game, NBC Sportscaster Bob Costas stated, “If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins [Belcher’s girlfriend] would both be alive today.”Some Americans think taking guns out of public hands will reduce the amount of murders in this country.But one of my Facebook friends posted this interesting analogy: “Jim Jones killed a lot of people with Kool-Aid.Thank God Kool-Aid wasn’t banned or I …

The Mr. Ed Doctrine

Before committng my life to the Lord in 1991, I worked primarily as a nightclub disc jockey.  Bar owners were usually difficult people to work for.The first five clubs that hired me let me go after a short period of time, mostly for not talking enough.I felt that club DJs should simply shut up and play the music.
The Bible has much to say about the power of the spoken word.But that doesn’t mean increasing the amount of our words will make more of a difference.Ecclesiastes 5:2 commands to “…let your words be few.”When God spoke creation into existance, He didn’t utter a bunch of words but simply said, “Let there be…”In Mark 4:39 when Jesus rebuked the wind, all He said to the sea was “Peace, be still!”
Consider these other Scriptures…
“In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” - Proverbs 10:19
“He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.” - Proverbs 17:27
“And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the w…

Speaking For Jesus

Before I recognized the call of God on my life, I studied a lot of self-help materials while attempting various business opportunities and sales jobs.One author and speaker I gleaned from was Zig Ziglar who died this past Wednesday at the age of 86.Zig was famous for exhorting the importance of having a “check up from the neck up” to get rid of “stinkin’ thinkin’.”
Growing up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Zig had Christian values instilled in him by his mother who made sure the family went to church three times a week.However, Zig didn’t become born again until he was 45 years old. Afterwards, worldly people advised him not to talk about his faith claiming it would hinder his success as a public speaker.But Zig had a clever way of witnessing during his speaking engagements.
Ziglar pointed out a key to success in sales is learning how to ask questions.A book that can help one in this area is the Holy Bible.Jesus was the greatest sales and marketing manager who ever lived.The Lord responded…