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 17 th  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 th

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 17:2

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 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. W orldly people advised him not to talk about his faith claiming it would hinder his success as a public speaker.   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.   Th