We are all called to be ambassadors of His love, and to spread the Gospel to the world in word and deed. In Matthew 5:14-16, we read, “You are the light of the world – like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” And in James 1:2-5, we are reminded of how, through faith in the Lord, we are able to persevere - that no matter what life may throw at us, as long as we allow ourselves to accept His embrace, we overcome. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
I have a passion for music, especially music that directly glorifies the Lord. I have heard it said that, when we sing, we praise twice – once through the lyrics, and another through the melody. Music has an awesome power and is a wonderful way to express our faith (for example, the Psalms). I am involved in a songwriter’s ministry, and I continue to stand in awe of the ways the Lord works and the methods by which He imparts His peace and joy through music.
The number of references in the Bible to music being played or sung to the Lord is incredible; and music’s connection to human expression is direct. I once read a quote from Aristotle, “Music directly imitates the passions or states of the soul; hence, when one listens to music that imitates certain passion, he becomes imbued with the same passion; and if over a long time he habitually listens to the kind of music that rouses ignoble passions his whole character will be shaped to an ignoble form. In short, if one listens to the wrong kind of music he will become the wrong kind of person; but, conversely, if he listens to the right kind of music he will tend to become the right kind of person." What a tremendous responsibility the music ministry has!
I have been called by the Lord to undertake part of that responsibility as Worship Leader. I am currently serving the Lord at Pender United Methodist Church with the Common Ground ministry. I also feel called by the Lord to add music to lyrics He provides me as a Christian songwriter. If you are interested in the songs the Lord has put on my heart, the chord charts are available by clicking here. As I mentioned, serving in music ministry is a tremendous responsibility, but oh, what a joy and a blessing!
There are a number of Christian praise and worship songs that have considerably influenced my faith walk. As I listened to them throughout different moments of my life, the Lord used the music and the lyrics to uplift me, to remind me that He is in control and He’ll never let me fall, and to reassure me that His grace is sufficient. God is so good!
First of all, I realize that I would be nothing without the Lord. My faith defines who I am. Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior. He is the reason I am here, He is my source of strength, He is my Rock, and without Him I can do nothing. My life verse is Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
I was born in 1974 with the congenital birth defect Spina Bifida. The physicians at the time told my parents to be prepared for the worst and warned them to not set their hopes too high regarding my mobility, nor my success in life. However, they weren’t giving thought to the power of the Lord, nor considering how faith in Him can move mountains. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home with loving, supportive parents who, on a daily basis, taught me, through guidance and example, about the goodness of God, His grace, His power, and His unconditional love.