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The Name of Jesus

Matthew 1:21 "... you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
Matthew 1:23 "... and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, "God with us.""
Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
There is no name higher than Jesus.

We can try to make other matters higher, but they cannot and will not save us from our own depravity and shortcomings. That name is only reserved for One: Jesus.

Career, music, fame, relationships, money- all those are good, but us trying to find peace, establishing our identities, or approval in any of these is a lost cause. They fade.

None of them can save us. They cannot restore us. They cannot heal. They cannot deliver us from addictions, heal sickness, nor fill our hearts with compassion.

Most importantly, nothing can right the wrongs of sin. Only the Name of Jesus can. Only Immanuel- a guara…

Music Spotlight Tuesday: The CFC 2015 Annual Thanksgiving Musical

This week's Music Spotlight Tuesday is dedicated to the CFC 2015 Annual Thanksgiving Musical held this past Sunday.

The program was beyond anything that I, or anyone, in the Music Department could have ever scripted. The Holy Spirit moved.

There was singing, dancing, shouting, clapping, and this glorious celebration was topped by two young ladies in attendance giving their lives to Christ.

I am so grateful for our church, the Bishop, the choir, praise team, One Accord, and the musicians because no one has an ego. Everyone ministers and serves with love, humility, compassion, and a singular focus of glorifying Christ.

To be there was an experience like none other. And most importantly, God gets the glory.

Here's a link to some footage.


Kingdom Man and Some News

I am currently reading Kingdom Man by Tony Evans. The book is based on the Biblical alignment of true manhood as God designed it. It empowers men to live like Christ.
So far, its been a really good book. One that's extremely difficult to put down once I start. I'll definitely be posting more about it, but I would like to share a few lines from the book that I have highlighted. 
God doesn't always call the equipped, He always equips the called.Being a kingdom man involves exercising authority and responsibility along with wisdom and compassion. A kingdom man intentionally aligns his life, choices, thoughts, and actions under the lordship of Jesus Christ.Biblical manhood is when a man not only understands and embraces, but also fully lives out, the principles and truths in God's Word.A kingdom man serves in a kingdom. God is the King. Christ is the head, the leader. He has asked us to stand fast. He has asked us to give our undivided allegiance to Christ's command thr…

The World Needs Jesus

Yesterday, after church, I volunteered to walk around to the nearby neighborhoods and pass out flyers to the church's upcoming Thanksgiving Musical. The drive was lead by the church Evangelism Ministry.

It was my first time "pounding the pavement" in evangelism since 2012.

As I was able to speak with those living, not even half a mile from the church, I realized an astonishing fact: Most people in the neighborhood knew of our church's location, but had never been invited. Some people did not even want to be bothered with us.

It was a wake-up call. As the Body of Christ, we have to get more serious about sharing the salvation, hope, and life-changing love of Jesus. Persistently and truthfully.

People really are struggling. The world is hurting. Souls are lost. Christ is the answer. But how will they, or anyone, learn of Christ's love without His people sharing the message???

After yesterday, I woke up. One objective of my life rang loud and clear: Point People to …

Practice

When do I practice piano? How long do I practice? What do I practice?

I practice for at least 30 minutes a day on my Roland FP-80. By the way, the Roland FP-80 is the best sounding stage piano I have ever heard.

I use a number of tools and resources to aid in my practice and they are secrets that I am sharing for the very first time.

The first tool is my God-given imagination. I am a firm believer in originality and innovation and that no one perceives, intuits, or interprets like you. I believe humankind is to use our uniqueness to bring glory to God. Everyone has their own style and their own sound. The second tool is recorded music. Whether you realize it or not, we have access to the largest library of music ever in history. It is in many forms: vinyl records, CD's, cassette tapes, or mp3's, we have it and we can learn from past recordings.Other, better musicians and mentors. Kevin "KC" Conley is in that small group. His company, Pretty Simple Music, has numerous …

CFC's 34th Anniversary Celebration

Community Fellowship Church of Ministries (CFC) celebrated 34 years yesterday.
The celebration service was a grand occasion. 
Old and new songs were sang. The choir, consisting of 30+ voices, bolted an original CFC classic. T.U.F.F. Alumni stepped together for the first time in over a decade. There was a even a CFC museum that marked key relics from the church's past.
CFC has helped so many people come to Christ and grow stronger in Him. Lives in Dalton, GA, Chattanooga, TN, Calhoun, GA, Ringgold, GA, Lafayette, GA, and the entire Northwest Georgia/Southeast Tennessee region and all around the world have been blessed.
I am really blessed to be a part of it the great work. God takes all the credit.
Below are some pictures from yesterday and, yes, I am stepping with T.U.F.F. One of my best friends Adrian and I, joined the team in 2002 and were part of the last T.U.F.F. step show, up to this point...



Here is a video of yesterday's show. Enjoy
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