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Below are some videos I've run across that I've found to be a blessing. Be sure to double-click so you can view the larger screen...

My grandparents were married for 77 years. And one of the greatest gifts my father gave to me before he died was his love and faithfulness to my mom for over 60 yrs. Here's a moving song about staying by one of my favorite artists...

 An excellent message from Pastor Tim Keller on The Reason for God. 

 

October 14, 2013

Autumn Ablaze

Forget Andy Williams, THIS is the most wonderful time of the year! When God breaks out all the rest of the crayons in the box. The crisp air and low humidity. The harvest moons. The sweaters. The football. The homecoming bonfires. The Fall Classic. The pumpkins & hayrides. (Ok I'll admit, the raking leaves part can get old after a while. :-) But still... there's just something profoundly beautiful, romantic and poetic about the fall.

And appropriately, as this is "harvest" season, there are a number of ministry events coming up. I'll be leading worship for two Wednesday night services at Calvary Chapel Delco on 10/2 and 10/30. On Friday, 10/18, I'll be flying solo for an intimate coffeehouse appearance at Central Presbyterian Church in Downingtown, PA from 7-9pm. (However there's a little rumor going around that a certain beautiful young singer I used to sing and record with may be joining me for that one :-).

On Saturday, 10/19, I'll be leading worship and sharing some things our family learned through the life and home-going of our daughter Amanda at Joni & Friend's Disabilities Summit at Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA. This will be a special one day equipping conference for churches & families interested in being a blessing to those with disabilities. It's not too late to sign up, btw!!

On Sunday, 10/20, I'll be singing God's praise with my church family at CCDC once again for our Compassion Weekend. Click HERE to see all the opportunities to serve and please pray about getting involved. Love to serve with you!

And then on Friday, 10/25, at 5:30pm, I have the joy of teaming up with longtime friend, Pastor Al Sones, of Good News Church in Mechanicsburg, PA. He and the Acts 11:12 Team will be hosting an exciting church planting banquet with guest speaker David Harvey of the Mt Bethel Project. Pastor Al has asked me to lead a time of corporate worship and special music for this ministry event. It will be held at Genetti's in Hazleton, PA and tickets are $20.

Your Support

Your gifts of support to help this music ministry are so greatly appreciated, as they help thousands of people each year come to hear and sing the good news of Jesus Christ. It's all about worship.

As John Piper rightly said, "Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't. Missions begins and ends with worship. When the flame of worship burns with the heat of God's true worth, the light of missions will shine to the darkest peoples on earth."

The Lord is using this music ministry to bring His light into the dark places, the broken places, the hopeless places. Your prayerful support helps me go wherever the Lord would have me serve. It also helps fund new recordings so they don't come from our family budget. And your gifts can be tax-deductible by following these instructions HERE.

If you've been blessed by this music ministry and would like to support me in the work God is doing, I would be so honored to team with you. Thank you!!

 

 

November 25, 2014

Watching the sun go down from atop Cadillac Mountain

Standing on this mountain top...

Jeannie & I recently returned from an amazing week in Maine! It was by far, the most wonderful, beautiful, romantic and fun trip we've ever had, celebrating our 30th anniversary. So thankful to God for His kindness to us.

Awoke to this view each morning in CastineAnd a special thank you to Jamie Stahl Macdonald & Tip Macdonald for their hospitality and use of their beautiful home in Castine.

It had been so long since we'd been on a vacation, we forgot all the things you need to do to get ready. Who would take care of the cats, the mail, the plants...? It almost seemed like it wasn't going to happen- so we were kinda in shock when we finally got on the road and realized it was!

There were so many beautiful coves and vistas, all the more colorful with the arrival of fall. I expected to see droves of other "leaf peepers" as the locals call them, but the roads we took were not busy at all, and we felt as though we had the whole state to ourselves.

 

We love to visit the antique shops, and on one trip I found a treasure for 25 bucks- a near perfect 1881 first edition of Schaff & Gilman's A Library of Religious Poetry.

It's a huge collection of poems and hymns written by some of the greatest poets, authors & singers of all time.

Just to name a few- Aquinas, Luther, Watts, the Wesleys, Toplady, Cowper, Newton, Havergal, Browning, Longfellow, Tennyson (those last two were still alive at the time the book was printed).

Though most of our time was spent along the coast, we did get some great advice (thank you Jim at Calvary Chapel Bangor!) to go north on 95 towards Patten. We found Baxter State Park and Mt Katahdin along the way.


It took a while for us to "de-tox." All the anxious thoughts, all the familar ruts in behavior we had gotten ourselves into. But maybe that's what made each day of this trip so wonderful- you appreciate it so much more. You appreciate your spouse so much more. We weren't used to things going right. Each day we kept saying, “It couldn’t get any better than this!” And then it did!

We even joked about looking for a moose on the way back from Baxter State Park- and then one appeared! (Hey- the Creator called them to the ark, why couldn’t He call one to my car?). It was all the kindness of God and it was all amazing…

Jeannie & I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for remembering us in your prayers. God has been answering and blessing in great and unexpected ways, hallelujah! Your friendship and support of this ministry means more than words can say. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guitar for Sale

Here's one way you can support this music ministry that can inspire a music ministry of your own! Our son's car was totaled in a recent hail storm, so he bought our '96 Camry. So we now need to find a good used car that gets good gas mileage (since I drive to most of our ministry events). I'm selling some things on Craigs List to help us with this and one of those things is my Ray LaMontagne Signature Series Bourgeois Guitar

I really don't need three guitars- especially three of this quality. I've been blessed to play a McPherson (primary) and a Taylor (back-up). So usually my Bourgeois sits at home. There were only 33 of these made (it's #9) and the guitar is signed by Ray LaMontagne and Dana Bourgeois. There's a neat God-story to how I even have it that's too long to write here.

But all that to say, though it truly sounds amazing & looks as beautiful as it sounds, I do need to sell it. And I would LOVE for one of you to own it so you can make your own beautiful music! If you're interested and have questions, drop me an email at blessedhurricane@gmail.com and I'd be happy to tell you more about it!

Your Support


Your gifts of support to help this music ministry are so greatly appreciated, as they help thousands of people each year come to hear and sing the good news of Jesus Christ.

God is using this ministry to bring His light into the dark places, the broken places, the hopeless places. Your prayerful support helps me go wherever He would have me serve. It also helps fund new recordings so they don't come from our family budget. And your gifts can be tax-deductible by following these instructions HERE.

If you've been blessed by this music ministry and would like to support me in the work the Lord is doing, I would be so honored to team with you. Thank you!!


NOISETRADE SAMPLER!

 

Here's an 11-song sampler which includes songs from all my past projects, including the live, hidden track duet I sang with my daughter, Lauren, that was never available by itself. There's also a bonus track of a living room guitar demo of The Fragrance of Christ. Please share this sampler with your friends on Facebook!

Just enter the info above or click HERE. In exchange for your email & zip (which will only go to my fanbase- no spam!), NoiseTrade will email you the songs! It's free, but you can also "tip" any amount to help towards the new recording. Don't forget, you can also give a tax-deductible donation by going HERE

Thank you so much for your love, prayers & support!!


Why "Blessed Hurricane?"

I often get asked why our music ministry is called Blessed Hurricane Ministries. If you've wondered about that, or if you'd like to hear more about the heart & vision behind this ministry, click HERE.