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The Harvest is Ripe…

For me, there is nothing like live music. I admire those who have been blessed with musical talent and I enjoy music of most genres. Last night I had the privilege of attending Carlos Santana’s show at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Until now, I’ve been a very casual fan, if that. It was a business event and I was given a free general admission ticket along with the other business colleagues attending the conference. “I’ll stay for a few songs, then I’ll sneak out to bed.” Was I wrong or what?? His music is infectious, and I found myself not wanting to leave. Just over two hours later, I’m on my feet with the rest of the crowd applauding this man who has truly mastered his craft.

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Carlos Santana performing at the Mandalay Bay House of Blues, February 2, 2017. He is a master at his craft, and his music is infectious! Taken on my iPhone.

A little more than halfway through his show, he spoke to the audience. He told them that there are people out there teaching about “wretched sinners”, that those people are mean and we should run from them. He said that we all have this light inside us, and we should live out our lives in that light, enjoying life, being kind. Many in the crowd enthusiastically received and applauded his message. And that made me sad; sad because the only part of the Gospel message he’s apparently heard is the part about sin and death. If he only knew how beautiful the other side of that coin is – the truth about redemption, salvation, and eternal life through Jesus Christ, he could have shared that Truth with his audience.

As he launched into his next song I looked around the room – all those people. How many know Christ, and how many don’t? How many took his false message to heart? I turned to the colleague standing next to me and said, “His theology is a bit off.” My colleague responded, “He’s talking about his god.”

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We live in a lost and fallen world. As Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37) My sense of urgency is increasing, but I sometimes struggle to find my place. Talking about things of God is easy in church, but it’s frowned upon in the workplace. Screaming the Gospel at a colleague I just met in a loud music venue doesn’t seem right either. I know God wants me to share the Gospel. This morning I prayed about the harvest and my role in helping gather it. I look forward to seeing how God chooses to use me, and I pray that He will give me with wisdom and courage to seize every witness opportunity He presents.

Soli DEO Gloria!

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I am excited to sing “Brahms Requiem” with fellow members of the First Baptist Keller Chorale joining singers from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Howard Payne University, and Gambrell Street Baptist Church. To top it off, we are singing with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra! As we rehearsed last night, I was simultaneously humbled, somewhat intimidated, and very thrilled. The opportunity to sing with such talented musicians is a privilege, indeed. Brahms Requiem is a beautiful piece of music; come hear us on April 28 in the Truett Auditorium at the Seminary. I’ll be the guy in the tux. 😉

I will give thanks to the LORD for his righteousness. I will make music to praise the name of the LORD Most High. ~ Psalm 7:17 via crosswalk.com

Brahms Requiem rehearsal, 4.17.2015

Brahms Requiem rehearsal, 4.17.2015

2015 Photo-Some-Days 4.14.2015

My wife and I are big fans of The Voice on NBC. The talent that graces that stage is absolutely amazing, and we really enjoy watching each artist grow week by week as they heed the advice of their coaches. Voting gets tougher by the week also, but here are my votes based on last night’s performances. These are the 10 artists I would advance to next the next round if it were up to me.

“I think all music is a gift from God.” ~ Pharrell Williams via brianyquote.com

My votes for The Voice performances of 4.13.2015.

My votes for The Voice performances of 4.13.2015.

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We finally found our Fort Worth dance hall. Welcome to The Stagecoach Ballroom! This expansive dance floor filled quickly once Jamie Richards and his band took the stage. My wife and I two-stepped the night away to some fine Texas music, and we got to witness a sweet marriage proposal to boot. She said yes.

“They have always caught your attention as you traveled the roads of small rural Texas towns, whether on vacation or just out for a Sunday drive. They take on a different look when the Texas sun turns its light on them. There are fond memories of growing up visiting the “shrines” with family and recalling one’s first dance steps. They are a big part of Texas culture and Texas history – they are the dance halls of the Lone Star State.” ~ Geronimo Trevino III courtesy of media cottage.com

The Stagecoach Ballroom, Fort Worth, Texas.

The Stagecoach Ballroom, Fort Worth, Texas.

2015 Photo-A-Day 1.28.2015

Give a group of Texans a dance floor and a great band playing fine Texas music and you’ve got yourself a really fun time. In the Rodeo Roadhouse at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo last night, Jolie Holiday and her band offered up some of the finest, ranging all the way from Patsy Cline to Stevie Nicks. I took this pic just as Jolie began one of her Patsy Cline covers. I was just in time; the dance floor was packed soon after.

“Country music is three chords and the truth.” ~ Harlan Howard via BrainyQuote.com

Jolie Holiday and her band rocked the Rodeo Roadhouse at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Jolie Holiday and her band rocked the Rodeo Roadhouse at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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