My Cry To You – Poem

I am counting every blessing

Especially while I am stressing

God has provided

Even while I was undecided

My world was falling

On Jesus I was calling

Save me Father from all this struggle

Too many things I am trying to juggle

My strength is failing

I turn to You for the unveiling

Of Your promises

Just like doubting Thomas

My faith longs to see Your nail scarred hands

My fears continue to add up like grains of sand

Yet I should cast my fears on You

Because You care for me & that is true

My thoughts fill my mind

They cause me to be blind

Father touch my head

Make it clear instead

Open my life to all that is true

Continue to pull me through

My eyes are full of tears

My pain no one shares

For only I can bear

This struggle has no compare

Others offer help

But all I can do is whelp

My words I do share

So others can see my prayers

I offer up all I have to You my King

Remove this fear & sting

Put up a shield of protection

Remove my sins like an injection

Cure me from all the pain

Set me free from every chain

I call upon Your name

Cleanse me from all blame

God I need You

You are the glue

The substance that holds me together

That calms the weather

Your words bound together by leather

Your voice soft like a feather

Let this Bible teach me

May it bring me to my knees

Teach me to wholly trust

Teach me to always discuss

Your words for all to hear

That soon You draw near❗️

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We Didn’t Plan This – Poem

How can you understand

Cancer was never planned

How did this happen

Where is your compassion

People complaining about nothing

Always talking about something

Yet this pain is not leaving

Here I am grieving

The world constantly deceiving

Yet the sheep are still unbelieving

How can I move forward

The questions sound like a broken recorder

How is she doing

Questions sound like they are interviewing

We are waiting on a miracle

Something that is biblical

Not searching for “a” healer

Yet constantly checking for a fever

Looking for “The Healer”

To bind up the cancer like a concealer

Not just hide it

But transform it

Remove the cells that are attacking

While the doctors are tracking

So they can see

That God can do anything

Meanwhile I get inspired

Even when I am tired

God keeps speaking to my mind

Wanting me to reach out to the blind

I am just a man looking to share God’s plan

I reached out to this particular man

Where is the man that wanted to be

More than what the world said he could achieve

A man chasing after God

Instead of trying to avoid the rod

Common man don’t give me this or that

It is time to get back on track

What more are you waiting for

God is standing, knocking, on your front door❗️🚪

I can’t save you

But I can remind you

Jesus died to save you

He won’t run from you

No matter how long it takes

He waits patiently even when we try to be fake

Our feelings may be hurt

Put back on your shirt

Nobody wants to see that

It is time to fall flat

On our faces

And get back in God’s good graces. 🙏

I praise God for my pain

Because He allows me to see through the rain

It is just a storm

The prayers continue to transform

All my pain into a testimony

No I am not trying to be phony

My story is not over

It is hard to find like a 4 leaf clover

Buried among many chapters

I am praying for the rapture

Jesus I don’t know how much more I can take

Take a hold of my soul and shake

Cause me to remain strong

Continue to show me where I belong

Your power is stronger

And keeps me fighting longer

Hold me up

Fill my cup

Cause me to overflow

Pour out so others may grow

Closer to You Lord

It is You alone that I adore❗️
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Now That Is Something I Can Applaud❗️ – Poem

Don’t be so raw that you’re hard

Words so sharp they cut like a chard

We need people that speak truth

Bring back that old phone booth

Super Man lost his cover

It’s time for us to rediscover

Jesus died for your heart

He took the shot like a fiery dart

Satan tried Him

God saved Him

Rose again like a boss

But you too busy shopping at Ross

Looking for a bargain

Meanwhile Jesus rose again

He wants to save you

Ring that up, that is true

Stop trying to blow money on worldly things

Salvation is better than a diamond ring

No matter how many times

I keep spitting the same rhyme

It falls on death ears

Too busy drinking them beers

Does the truth hurt

You to busy trying to flirt

Looking for love in all the wrong places

But even CSI can’t find any traces

Love is not found just anywhere

Love is it found at the fair

Love is not found in any pair

Jesus died to remove the despair

Jesus is love

He came from above

To take it all on the cross

To give you access to come across

There is only one way

Don’t let anyone lead you astray

Jesus is the only

Stop falling for the phony

The one true God

Now that is something I can applaud❗️

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Do You Remember When…


Do you remember the first time you received bad news? Last week my wife was in the hospital with what everyone thought was pneumonia. The doctor did a bronchoscopy and didn’t find any tumors so we thought we were in the clear. The biopsy takes a couple of days to come back. I was the first one to get the phone call and the doctor said, “it is cancer.” I was immediately in shock, I didn’t know how to respond, well how could I other then scream internally and question God why why why?

Kristeen’s mom died from lung cancer that metastasized to her brain about 3.5 years ago, but her mom smoked and was much older. I couldn’t comprehend how this could be happening to such a young woman. My wife has been such a giving person of herself and her time to so many people. I immediately thought God I am not ready to give my wife to you, I need her here, my kids need her here.

Yesterday we met with the oncologist and he gave us what the treatment options are. Of course I wasn’t thrilled with our options or the fact that this cancer is not cureable according to modern day medicine, but I still hold on to the fact that I serve a miracle working God and just because the doctors say there is no way doesn’t mean that God can’t do it. My dad was told he would never walk again and he has been walking for many years still.

The prognosis was very scary, I won’t lie about that, but I had to ask what the doctors thought about how much more time I would have with my wife. Some of you may know and understand that Kristeen is at stage 4 and the cancer has spread from her lungs, to her bones, and even to her brain. I try not to focus on the time we have left, but instead leave time in God’s hand while I take in every moment I have left with my bride. I love my wife and wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world.

I will leave everyone with this, don’t take anything for granted and be thankful for everything that God has blessed you with because in an instant everything can change.
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Overcome With Sin – Poem

Overcome with sin

Don’t let Jesus in

He will ruin all the fun

And then my life will be done

Just one more time

I still have a dime

Pass the drugs

Just sweep the past under the rug

I want to run away

From everything that wants me to stay

What more can you offer

I will eventually end up in a coffer

Put up on a shelf

Like that little elf

Moved around the room

That will be my doom

Until tomorrow comes

This is what I have become

A vapor of mist

Gone before you can diss

Me or my way of life

I have always lived in strife

Shackled from head to toe

No one to call my little bro

By why would you care

All you ever did was stare

Like I had some strange disease

No wonder I could never please

Caught up in anger and pain

No wonder I am insane

Who can cure my evil thoughts

Dispersed across these parking lots

I roam the streets

Looking for trash that contains treats

Any little piece

That can warm me like bed sheets

Why did you never tell me

That Jesus could set me free

Why did you never share

About how God was really fair

I have continuously suffered

While staying away from this buzzard

He thought I was almost dead

But then someone shared the daily bread

He sat down with me

Opened my eyes to see

As He read each page

I was no longer enraged

He calmed my soul

I received a new goal

He broke all my chains

He put life back in my veins

Jesus You are truly God

Thank you for sparring the rod

I deserved to be thrown in jail

But instead you took 3 nails

You died on a cross for me

You changed my plea

I was guilty as charged

But by grace my sins have been discharged

I now have a chance

To be removed from my trance

Set free to make a difference

And overcome all the indifference

To You I pledge my being

For my wellbeing

Thank you Lord

For bringing me onboard

Oh death where is your sting

Resurrection has a brand new ring

Jesus has overcome

And now I am I longer numb

I sit here and cry

I no longer have to be a tough guy

Praise Your Holy name

You have removed all my shame

Use me Lord to reach the lost

So no one else will be tossed…

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If My Being A Christian…

If my being a Christian makes you upset because of how I live my life compared to you, then it is time to reevaluate your life. Jesus didn’t say follow me, He said follow Him. I try my best to live a life that is pleasing to God. I am a sinner saved by the grace of God. If my going to Church every week makes you upset because you only go on Holidays then change what you do and stop worrying about what I do. People love to examine the lives of others but it all boils down to each person living a life pleasing to God, not each other. I don’t force my beliefs on others yet the persecution is still there. People want to force me into their perception of how a Christian should behave and if I don’t meet their ideal, they get upset. We need to let go of the judging each other and focus back on that mirror and who we are each day. Be the light that God has called us to be.

On the Rock I Stand – Sermon Notes

Welcome back to the next session of Faith Matters.  God has been good to me, how about you?  I hope that everyone is having an awesome time with their family and friends for Easter.  Don’t forget that when you are together to share what Jesus has been doing in your life.  It is easy to be around those you know so well and only talk about what you have been missing and leave out what God is doing.

I recently found out that some of my friends from the radio station had an unfortunate event happen at their house.  I was reading what happened and my heart sunk in pain for them.  Long story short they came home to find out their house caught on fire due to an electrical issue.  Can you imagine being in their shoes at this very moment?  Where would you stay?  How do you afford to buy new clothes?  What are you going to eat?  So many questions that would be flooding through your mind, at that very moment.  I can tell you that this family is securely standing on their Rock.  I don’t just mean a normal rock that you find on the side of the road, but the Rock of all ages, Jesus.  Did you ask the normal question that any person who doesn’t believe in God would ask?  Why would God let such a precious family lose their house and all of their belongings?

I am here to tell you that God works in mysterious ways.  I am banking on the fact that some marvelous testimony of God’s love and outpouring from His people will surface.  I am believing that God has a new direction for the Burns family.  Sometimes it just happens that God has to prune our branches so that we can produce more fruit for Him.  The normal person would be upset and look at this as a setback, but the Burns family looks at the glass and says it is half full.  I had the opportunity to stop by and fellowship with them briefly on my travels in Georgia the other day.  I gave them a care package and of course some much needed hugs.  When you lose everything you have it helps us to realize what is more important in life.  Robert was telling me about his pillow and how he had the same pillow for years but in the motel the pillow wasn’t very comfortable so he had to beat it into something he could sleep on.  We both chuckled.  Even in the darkest hour God is shining bright.

Let us open up in prayer, Heavenly Father, although things happen in our lives, we don’t always know or understand your plan.  God we ask for those who are struggling today, that you will be their comforter.  For those who are trying to make ends meet, that you will provide for their needs in such a way that they will give you the glory.  God I thank you for what you have done in my life, I thank you for freeing up my finances to be able to provide for others in need.  Lord I pray that you continue to keep my heart and hands open to your blessings so that as you give to me I am able to flow those blessings into the lives of others.  Lord I thank you with all of my heart, in Your name we pray, Amen.

Speaking of Rocks, when life is falling apart who do you turn to?

2 Samuel 22:2  He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,

When God is your Rock all of the burdens, problems, pain all seem to fade away

God is your deliverer, what does that mean to you?

God doesn’t sit back and watch you toil in vain, God comes to rescue, God delivers you out of your bondage

I feel like the biggest problem with using God as our Rock is those Christians who only call upon His name when trouble arises

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

When you read the Bible are you letting the word of God speak to you?

Jesus came to earth to be the sacrifice for a lost world

Jesus hasn’t left you, He is always by your side just like He was with the disciples

Just like Jesus wanted then, He wants you to live your life pleasing to the Father

Love on another, don’t let anything cause you to harvest anger or resentment towards another

Matthew 4:7  Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

When the storm is raging have you ever tested God?

Have you ever tried to make a deal with The Lord?

I have to be honest, there was one time that I did test God

My daughter was sick; she had been sick like this more than once and was needed breathing treatments.  I was praying and begging God to heal her from this.  I asked God to take away her sickness and I promised that I would raise her to know Him.  I sat there with her in my arms while she was coughing, she was trying to sleep but the cough kept waking her up.  I know now that I should have never given God a response like this or like trying to make a deal with Him.  But as a parent when you are at your wits end, you get desperate.  Never let your desperation get you to the point that you even think to test The Lord.

About a year later due to life’s situations I was not seeing my daughter anymore.  I was concerned on many levels about this, but more so about my promise to The Lord.  I promised that I would raise her to know Him, yet how could I accomplish this if I was no longer able to see her.  I had to now pray on this matter constantly, that God’s hand would intervene and allow me to see her so that I could teach her about God.  God does work in mysterious ways; several times she called me to babysit for her.  I gladly said yes.  Other times she had to go out of town and asked me to watch her and I gladly said yes.  To me this was God opening the window to allow me to minister in her life.  This commitment was made between me and The Lord, her mother doesn’t know about my prayer to heal her several years ago.  I thank God every time I get to see her.

To understand more about my family situation you would have to go back and listen to my testimony.  God doesn’t allow us to go through storms without a purpose for Him.  Today I try to use all of my storms; I use them to show others the rainbow that comes after the storm.  God promises far exceed the trials that we must endure.  Don’t let your fear stop you in your tracks, God has a purpose for you and it shall be revealed to you when you are ready to receive it.

For those of you that are listening to this today, whether on the radio, through a podcast, through our sound cloud account, or maybe even through reading this online for those who are hearing impaired, I was told at a young age that I would preach the gospel one day.  I doubted this proclamation because I was a shy young boy who didn’t like speaking in front of the class.  God has a way of working on the hearts of men.  If God wants you to do something, He alone shall remove your fear and thrust you into an environment that will provide fruit for His people.  I never wanted to be famous, I never wanted to do more work than I had to, but God has placed a fire in my heart that I can’t put out.

God has set me on fire for Him.  Not to get my name in lights, but to give God the glory.  Today as we speak God has used our ministry to reach over 159 countries around the world just through YouTube.  My vision could never have understood what God was doing.  Today we have people reaching out to us for prayer.  I have relinquished control of my life to The Lord.  I have placed my fleshly desires to the side and answered His call.  I pray that God will continue to use me no matter what the circumstances.

My challenge to you today is this:

Are you doing enough? Are you doing what God has called you to do?  Are you sitting down waiting for God to knock you out of your chair before you will serve?  How many people will have to die that you know before you will begin to reach out in love and share the gospel of The Lord?  How long will you sit back and watch others trying to fight for your freedoms until you will stand up with them?  How many more laws controlling your religious freedoms will have to be written until you speak out?

I am not asking you to do something because of what I am saying.  I am asking you to seek out your own heart.  Seek out what God wants you to do with your life.  Are you standing on His rock today or are your feet in two different places?  People are dying around the world for our religious freedoms while we wait and watch the news.  God gave each of us our own unique life.  Don’t waste your life wishing you had done something for The Lord.  Make today the day that you start walking closer with God.  If God is calling you to post Bible verses to reach the lost then do it.  Don’t be afraid, don’t be ashamed.  If each Christian just did one small thing to show their love for God then you would see a massive change in the world.

I want to thank you for listening to Faith Matters.  Lord I thank you for the privilege that you have provided us here in America to worship you freely.  I pray for those around this world that are not able to stand upon the rock of their foundation for fear of their own lives.  Lord I pray that You will call out to the hearts of men, reach them, fill them with Your love so they can pour out that love upon the nations.  In Your name I pray, Amen.

If you would like to reach out to us you can do so on Twitter @KNGMusic or via our website http://www.KNGMusicMinistry.com We thank you for taking a moment to listen.  If you are in need remember that God is listening.  Don’t hold back your prayers, call out in His name and have faith that He will deliver.  I hope that this message has moved or blessed you today.  You can download the message for free on our website and share with others in need.  Have a marvelous day in The Lord.

Are You Listening? – Sermon Notes

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Are you Listening?
Hello welcome back to Faith Matters, I am your host and I am super excited to be able to bring this next message to you.  Before we dive in I would like to open up in prayer.  Heavenly Father I appreciate the out pouring of your Holy Spirit in my life over this past week.  I have been a part of a major move of God within my church and I thank You for answering our prayers to You.  Today I ask that the words spoken speak the heart of those who hear.  I never asked to be a messenger, but You oh Lord knew the plan for my life.  I had no idea how You would take control, but yet in relinquishing my control to You, You have blessed me more abundantly.  Let those who have ears to hear be open to Your word, in Your name I pray, Amen.
Earlier this week my wife posted something on twitter that said “God is listening.  Are you talking?” #WhyWait  I personally read this tweet and was caught off guard.  How profound is it that we frequently say “God is not talking to me” but have we stopped to think that maybe He is not talking because He is listening?  Did you catch what I am throwing at you?  God not talking is not ignoring you but instead waiting for you to speak to Him.  This hit me like a ton of bricks because I have received many inquiries recently from people saying that they can’t hear God anymore in their life.
To take this even a step further Rita who is a follower of my wife on twitter responded back by saying “Many years ago I told the Lord, I’m doing all the talking & He said, “and I’m doing all the listening.”  Yet again, another conformation that when we don’t hear God speaking in our lives then we should be lifting up our voice in prayer to Him.  I am a firm believer that God wants more for our lives then we can even being to comprehend.
After all of this transpired I was inspired to tweet my own spin on this and I posted “what if God has a perfect plan for your life but He can’t reveal it because YOU aren’t ready to receive it yet? #Speechless” God is moving, God is working, God is listening, God is speaking, ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION!!
I am not talking about Sunday morning in the pew but each and every moment of your life.  As you are driving to work God is there.  When you are at work and your coworker is depressed, God wants to use you to reach out to them.  When you go out to dinner and the server looks hung over, God wants you to speak life into them.  When you are in a meeting and the important topics have all been discussed yet someone wants to talk about explicit TV shows, God wants you to speak up.  So many times God is nudging and again nudging us to get us to speak up!  We must speak up, we can’t back down, we can’t hide in a corner, the gospel should mean more to you than anything of this world.  If we aren’t living for Christ then why are we living?  What is your purpose.
John 8:47   Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
  • The word of God itself clearly states that whoever is of God can hear the word of God
  • If you can’t hear Him today stop everything you are doing, before you go to bed, and give God some of your time
  • Don’t tell me “I’ll just do it tomorrow”, I am declaring this right now “Tomorrow is guaranteed to now man”
  • We keep trying to steal time from the future because we don’t want to face the tasks at hand
Mark 4:24  And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you.
·        Are the people that you surround yourself with positive and uplifting or negative and drag you down?
·        Can I be open & honest with you today?
·        My brother came to visit
How much weight to we put upon the words of other people?  Don’t let the opinions of others be what drives you forward.  The words that come out of people who are negative are list a vapor that disappears.  Did you catch that?  The words they say vanish once they speak them unless you capture them and bring them into your life.  The only words that should mean anything to you are the words of God.  His words should be lifted to utmost peak of reception and kept at the highest regard.  God speaks truth & love, He embraces His people with loving tenderness.
With that being said I have to share this next verse. I want you to know that I love this next verse.  Are you ready?
Revelation 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
·        I want to serve you up a picture of what this looks like
·        Imagine Jesus standing outside your front door.  He has to knock, do you know why?
·        There is no handle on the door for Him to open it, He has to wait for you to answer the door and invite Him in
·        Picture Jesus being trapped outside in the brutal cold, patiently waiting for YOU to realize how much you are hurting Him by continuing in your ways
God is calling us back to Him.  The reason most people can’t hear His call is so simple.  Everything of this world is keeping them too busy to hear The Lord knocking on the door.  The TV, the Radio, the DVR, Sports, Bar, Parties, you name it, it is probably causing a stumbling block for someone.  God is ready, He wants to help you.  Are you ready to make the change and begin a new journey today?
Psalm 25:4-5   Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
·        I love reading the Bible because the scriptures are not just words but there are so many illustrations to help paint the picture
·        How do you know which path to take?  For example a new job opportunity, do you take it or stay where you are?
·        God has planted you and you should grow where He plants you, but He can unless lift you up and replant you someplace new
·        I have found that the best way to hear God’s direction for our lives is to PRAY for His will
·        This was extremely difficult in the beginning, I wanted to pray for what I wanted yet I would get upset if I didn’t get what I prayed for
·        Sound familiar?  I want a oompa loompa now?
·        God doesn’t need your laundry list or in better terms shopping list of your wants, He already knows your hearts desires
·        Pray for direction, pray for wisdom, pray that the Lord shall lead your path and that your feet shall never grow weary
How many of you listening know that the path God sets us on isn’t always straight?  I bet some of you are laughing right now because that is so true.  I am speaking from personal experience of course.  All I wanted was to find one woman, get married, and then live happy ever after like a Disney Movie ending.  If you have been listening to my testimonies then you definitely know by now that my life didn’t end up like that at all.  God had to bring me back to reality, I thought I knew the path and I ran ahead of Him.  Have you done that?  Only to find out that the path I took had a sharp cliff at the end of it.  I still have to give God all the glory for pulling me out of the traps that I set for myself.
Where are you at today?  Is life going great, are you excited about God, do you talk about God daily, do others know you are a Christian?  If your answers are NO to any of these questions then ask yourself what else can you do to make a slight change back to the lighted path that The Lord has for you.  In terms of movement, the Bible says take up your cross and follow Him.  Picture Jesus walking the path, that means He is constantly moving in a direction.  If you are not following Him then you are falling away from Him.  Let me repeat that one more time.  If you are not following Him then you are falling away from Him.  If you are standing still in your walk with God then you are lagging behind The Lord as He continues to move.  Don’t be left behind, don’t put other things before your own salvation.  Get right with God, nothing else is more important than where you will spend eternity.  You may think there is more time, but when the heat is on and fire is clipping your heals, you will wish there was one more day to cry out to The Lord.
I greatly want to thank everyone for listening.  God has been so good to me, He was opened my eyes to see what He is showing me.  I want the same for each of you.  If you don’t have a ministry that you are involved in please take a few minutes and volunteer your time at your church or create a nitche on Social Media.  A few minutes a day, post a Bible verse a day, it could make all the difference for those that are within your circles.  God started me out on making a simple music video and then it has turned into so much more.
Lord I pray for those that are lost, I pray for those that say they can’t hear your voice, I pray that today they will pull out their Bible and being to read the word of God.  Lord fill them with the Holy Spirit as they begin to sacrifice the things of this world in order to make time for you.  Every second with you is worth it.  I pray that those who listened today were blessed and decided to seek your face.  In your name we pray, Amen.
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#QuietTheNoise

What a great idea, but what exactly does it mean?  I have started hash tagging it along with my Youth Pastor Dan and his youth group.  Pastor Dan came across very strong in his sermon and very serious about the music today.  He talked about how the meaning of the music is hidden in mainstream music today.  What we find ourselves listening to sounds great, but the actual meaning hidden within the song contradicts what a Christian should be listening too.  His challenge to his youth group Relentless Youth and anyone else that is up for it is to turn down the mainstream music and turn up the music that glorifies God.  Pastor Dan said, “worship is more than a song, it is a lifestyle.”  Everything we do day in and day out can be an act of worship.  We have to look daily at what items are causing us to not have a closer walk with God.  If we try daily to change one small thing in our lives then each day we are walking closer with God.  Please listen to Pastor Dan’s sermon – it may change the music you listen to, and even your life.

Pastor Dan is just starting his blog today to reach more people.  Check him out at http://www.RelentlessStudentMinistry.Wordpress.com