So – yes, I have some big news! I am releasing TWO new records today! I will delve into them in a bit. But first, I want to talk a little about a mission with which I would like to ask YOU to come alongside me. Here goes…
Since my salvation in 2007, God has brought person after person, couple after couple, who either are going through or have gone through divorce… It breaks my heart, as very often I am living this out with them… I mean – I’ve been there. I’ve made those same choices. Choices that affect EVERYONE around me, for the rest of their lives. At the time, I just didn’t see it – I didn’t want to see it. If only I knew then, what I know now…
So, why now, does God bring this into my life, over and over? I know that God wants me to be there for them. To pray for and with them. To try and persuade them, most often there is a better decision to make. To love them, even if – no, ESPECIALLY if – they make the decision to divorce… But it does hurt so much, seeing my loved ones, their families go through pain, their families destroyed…
I don’t think as a Christian, I’m supposed to love someone until they make “that choice”. In fact, Jesus did the exact opposite. For me. For all of us. And we are to act in kind. Paul put it best in his letter to the Romans:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)
BUT – I’m not a counselor. I can’t be the one to help put a marriage back together. I can only listen. And love. And pray…
But I am a musician, and I can do things with songs I write! As I was writing new songs, working on a new project, I had a handful of the songs that seemed to fit the vein of a “concept record”. The concept I had in mind is MARRIAGE. Mostly from the perspective of a marriage falling apart. Mostly a reflection of how man has thrashed marriage, at least here in America. I do believe and put my hope in marriage as God has designed it. And I know that God cherishes and protects marriage today.
So now – this is where YOU can help! For the first time in I don’t know remember how long, I’m actually going to SELL my music! Exciting? Yes! Scary? Yes! I don’t get many who take it for free, so how can I sell it? Well – all proceeds from the sale of these records, and ALL of my available catalog for the time being, are going to be directly donated to “Know the Truth Ministries”, part of “Northland Counseling Services”. The money will be earmarked for marriage counseling! How cool is that! You can read about this ministry and their services here:
AND – by proceeds, I mean EVERY GOSH DARN PENNY! I have no tangible expenses put into this project, as I did the recordings in my studio. So I don’t have to recoup anything. It’s ALL going to this wonderful ministry. All for some couple who might just want and need this in their darkest times.
AND AND – I will match you dollar for dollar, up to $1000! How cool is that! $1000 will cover up to ten marriage counseling sessions for a struggling couple, where maybe money is the obstacle they as a couple have, to seeking the counseling that just might save a marriage. If God raises $1000, and I match that, we’re talking potentially TWO couples could be helped!
By the way – if you want to give more than my suggested price per record, well you certainly can. 🙂 More helps accomplish this goal faster.
And further by the way – if you want to give directly – you certainly can! (Keep in mind, if you buy my record, you don’t get a tax write-off. If you give directly to KTTM, you do). I don’t need to push sales, I want to raise the money for this ministry. If you choose, you can donate directly here:
AND if you do give directly to their ministry, send me a copy of YOUR receipt, I’ll send you a receipt of my match. Even if you don’t buy my record. 🙂
I plan to keep everyone up to date on progress. This could take a long time, or it could go quickly. God’s timing, I’m not too concerned.
So – $1000 is my goal. Will you help me? I know it’s not much, and may not seem like it’s going to make any sort of dent or affect change – but I’m trusting God to do the actual change here. I recently read this in the gospel of John:
Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (John 6:8-9)
So, Andrew brought this boy forward, who was offering up this small offering, to try and feed thousands, knowing it’s not enough. But at least he OFFERED it. I figure I can do the same, with what little I have, and let Jesus do the work of multiplying. 🙂
OK with all that, if you are still with me, let’s move on to music!
Meet my new EP, “Wedding Coat”. It’s a sweet, but sad little record. This is the collection of songs that are telling the story of a marriage ending, a man seeking God in his pain – and ultimately REDEMPTION. God does truly work even the worst out for our good and His glory. I hope you not only enjoy this record, but are moved to pray for those you know who may be going through something similar…
Here is the link:
Now onto the OTHER new record!
This is the original project I was working on, when I decided to break part of it out into the “Wedding Coat” EP. This record is centered on the choice to praise God, even in the midst of pain and loss. In fact, the title song is written from Christ’s perspective, as David prophesized in Psalm 22. I hope you enjoy!
And if you like, you can find some of my older stuff, also for sale. Again – all money raised will go directly to “Know the Truth Ministries”, including these older recordings.
Lastly, along those lines, if you’re the praying kind – please pray. Pray for me during this crazy campaign. Pray for marriages. Yours, if you are married. Those close to you. Even those that are, or seem to be, doing very well! But certainly those you know are struggling. Or – even “ended” in divorce. God can raise the dead, even a dead marriage.
Pray for redemption. Restoration. SALVATION!
So – to sum up…
I have a mission to raise $1000, to send a couple to up to ten sessions of marriage counseling with “Northland Counseling Services”, part of “Know the Truth Ministries”.
I will match up to $1000, dollar for dollar. God willing, that means at least $2000 raised in the end!
I’m trusting God to move here.
And I’m asking you to come alongside.
Will you help a brother out?
I Love you!