Reflections

I rarely have a moment to just reflect and think about where we have been and where God is leading us. But this morning I find that I have a few moments to just be still. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.
The words – Be Still – in the English dictionary can mean not moving, and being quiet.  From a biblical perspective, these two words take on much greater meaning. God is defending His city and people. The Hebrew definition is to stop striving, to let go, surrender. The chapter begins and ends with God is our refuge.
We can take comfort in letting go and resting in God to provide help, strength and safety.
Peace! Be still! Mark 4:39 That’s pretty literal. You remember the stories you hear about the proverbial, family road trip.  You know the one, with the kids in the back seat saying, “Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?”  The answer, of course, is be still or hush!
How often do we ask God for everything, but we don’t stop to listen or to be still?   The act of being still and getting quiet becomes more of a challenge in our hectic world. The world asks us to be busy. God asks us to be still so that we can receive love, peace and guidance.
Along with busyness comes the fearful and anxious thoughts we hold onto. It’s been stated that we have upwards of 50,000 thoughts a day. Those thoughts aren’t always pretty. You know the ones, I can’t believe I messed up, I’m an idiot, I can’t do it, It’s too hard, I’m a failure, I’m a fraud, I’m too old, I’m too young…..
We must learn to tell our fearful and anxious thoughts to shut up, just as Jesus calmed the sea. Jesus immediately asked the question to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Have you so little faith?”
Quieting the mind, shutting up the mind requires practice. One powerful way to shut up thoughts that don’t serve us is by practicing meditation.
For whatever reason, meditation has not been a mainstay of traditional Christian, religious organizations.  Prayer and Bible reading are encouraged as well as the occasional mention of contemplative prayer, but not so much meditation.  Jesus, John the Baptist and others went off to meditate and to take themselves away from the hectic world.
Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Meditation helps to renew the mind, to be still, to let go and surrender, to shut up the thoughts that do not serve us.
Many people are intimidated by silence.  Silence can cause you to address issues that you might be running from.  It’s easy to fill each day with busyness and then block out concerns through hours of mind-numbing television viewing, Internet surfing or reading magazines.  None of these activities are bad.  However, if they are used to fill a void that is not being filled, over time, the toll will manifest itself in the form of lost relationships, lost opportunities and lost dreams never being fulfilled.
The next time we (I) have fearful and anxious thoughts that are raging within you (me) like a violent storm, do as Jesus did. Silence those thoughts by saying, “Peace, be still.” When you (I) need strength and help, let go and rest in God, your (my) refuge. “Be still and know that I am God.”

“From the Heart” Radio show tonight

Our 2nd show aired tonight on KJAK and our guest were Reverend Carlos Hinojos and James Taylor. it was a thrill to visit with them about all the “happening” at Red Bud Baptist Church. Sunday, September 17 is the ” BACK TO CHURCH” event. Hope to see you at 801 Slide road for church next Sunday. What a great place to worship and grow!

KJAK 92.7 “From my Heart” First show September 2, 2017 8 pm each Sunday

At times it feels like our life has become chaotic since G&G Ministries started but then as we look back and look at some of the things that are in store for us in the future, are in awe of all the God has provided and the places he has place us in and the work that God has done each day. Also how he has prepared us for moments that we never saw coming. One of those moments is a Radio Show on KJAK called “From My Heart”. The title was taken from the recent release of the CD Hymns from my heart. We did our first prerecorded show and will be doing the second one tomorrow. We are thrilled yet humbled. The program is on KJAK 92.7 and will air beginning September 2, 2017 at 8 pm on Sunday evening. We would love for each of you to join us as we serve God through this portion of our ministry. Thank you so much for your encouragement and love.

Being a part of God’s work

Haven’t been online in a while. Our life is full and busy so when we have a chance to be home we cherish it. God has done some amazing things with this ministry and we are grateful. Monday we will start working with KJAK radio station to have a G&G Ministries Program. It will be on Sunday evenings at 8 pm for 30 minutes. Promos for the show will be all of August and then September 2nd will be the first show. This part of the ministry will allow us to interview local artist and talk about their events coming up or churches that are having special programs and would like to invite the community. Sharing Christ through concerts, conferences and now radio has been quite the ride. Let us know if any of you would be interested in sharing and allowing us to interview you. Some of you I know…….will be contacted soon. And thank you to those that have already been contacted. God is good!!!!!

Senior Conference

Our senior conference that is scheduled for October 7, 2017 is coming together amazingly. Our tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on our website.

Grand Court

We had such fun and fellowship at Grand Court on Monday. So much that we forgot to take pictures.

We are so excited

We are extremely excited about the possibility of singing and sharing in London, England and Edinburg, Scotland in February. As soon as the date is set firm we will let you know. God has opened so many doors and we are so grateful.

Psalm 61:2b

I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.

Do you know what your purpose is?

We have spent much time in prayer as we were moved to the decision of this ministry. Every day God reveals more to us by opening doors that we never thought of. Currently, many people have come to us with many “church hurts” and honestly we have been there at times in our lives. I have yet to understand why people in the church want to hurt people that are coming to be loved on by Christians, by Christ and to find answers and peace. Instead they find hatred, anger and people that are just not happy in their own walk with Christ, so they take it out on others. Or maybe they feel Christians in their church are an elite group of people, so they need to control. I don’t know for sure why this is such an everyday occurrence in our world, other than the devil has his hold on people. What I do know is that there are people that need our love/compassion and more importantly Christ’s love and forgiveness. And it is our job as Christians in the church to guide others to God and then get out of the way and let God do his work.

We now realize that our purpose in G&G is to love on people and guide their hurting hearts to God. We do that through conferences and concerts. In a couple of months we will be doing a “church hurt” group at a couple of churches with curriculum that we have developed. We will let you know times and places when we are up and running.

We would love to hear your comments and thoughts about this subject of church hurt.

Forgiveness and trust

You can’t move into all God has for you if any doubt our lack of forgiveness has found a place in your heart.

Blessed are all those who put their trust in him. Psalm 2:12