I want to pay tribute to my mother in Liberia with a song I wrote for her. She is living in Voinjama, Liberia so the song is naturally in our native dialect -Mandingo. The translation is; thanking her for taking care of me as a child and that she will always be my mother. I end the song with a chorus of encouragement that Jesus loves her as I do. It is a simple acapella song that I hope she enjoys and will keep in her heart as a reminder of my gratitude.
I just love old hymns: the music, the lyrics and the feeling they give me when I sing them. I created this video with lyrics for all who missed my live version of Trust and Obey. This song ministers to my my soul and yet the message is so simple ~ Trust and Obey and then God does the rest. You may ask how can it be that simple? But you see, Jesus said “My yoke is easy and my burden is light”. All we need to do is put our faith in Jesus with childlike trust and He will take care of our concerns. Don’t take matters in your own hands; fretting, planning and complaining. Turn that issue over to Him right now and enjoy the simplicity of the message to trust and obey for there is no other way.
I was accompanied on the piano by our music pastor and friend: Paul Greenidge. Who blesses me every time I get to make music with me. Please forgive some rustling noise at the beginning of the video as this was recorded live during the offering at New Song Community Church in Portland, Oregon. My music is my gift and offering to God and all who would listen and hear the Word. I love you all and wish you blessings in the New Year.
I have met so many new friends with beautiful faces that I wanted to share a few with you. This is only a tiny reflection of the souls I have come across in 2014. I thought it would be special for you to see the Lord’s creation in the many beautiful faces.
Some of the beautiful faces have become very special to me. Beautiful faces have no age limit as the soul is what transports the face into spiritual beauty.
Recently, I was invited to sing at Bay City United Methodist Church. We were pleasantly surprised what we discovered there. Beautiful works of art! Almost every window at the quaint old church has original stained glass windows created by the lay people in the 1950’s.
I did alittle research online on the history of the church. It cost $1,566.75 to build, was completed and dedicated on June 25, 1893. It is the oldest building in Tillamook County in continuous service as a church.
Three things I learned from my tour to North Dakota:
1. North Dakotians are efficient: One of the few times when I started a evening concert right on time. In fact, it was stated “we always start on time and our people know it”. The people came to the concert well in advance. Everywhere I went, from the car wash to the airport, people were efficient, neat and time conscious.
We want voting to be as fair as can be, so we’re limiting voting to the members of The Fish Listener Club (to make sure all votes are coming from real people), and we will only allow each person to vote once.