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St. Patrick’s Day

shamrockIn the 5th Century Patrick was kidnapped from his home in Great Britain. He was a slave in Ireland for 6 years. He was born into a Christian family, but experienced a closer relationship to God in Ireland. He escaped and later became came back to preach Christ to the Irish pagans.

He used the shamrock to explain the trinity… Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In fact, St. Patricks day was originally a religious holiday in Ireland celebrating the day that St. Patrick brought the gospel to them!

In celebration of the original reason for this day, here is a beautiful worship song from Ireland. Thank you God!!!

Answered Prayers

prayer-handsWe have access to our Creator God 24/7, because of the cross. Before Christ, only the high priest could go into the most sacred place once a year. This holiday is still observed and is called Yam Kipper. It’s the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people.

In Christ, we can lift up our prayers and petitions to God any time, and any day. In fact, it says in Scripture that we are seated in the heavenly places with Christ! (Eph 2:6)

I remember talking with one of my guitar students a number of years ago. He told me he used to be a Christian. He said that he didn’t read the Bible and that he did not pray. He said prayer doesn’t work anyway.

The Missing Datebook

For about an hour I told him answered prayer after answered prayer and he then confessed that he actually had an answered prayer story too. He had been visiting his mom in Bakersfield and when he returned his datebook was missing. He called his mother who told him it wasn’t there.

For several days he looked all through his car and also through his apartment. It was lost!

His mother had a prayer group on Thursday Nights and during the meeting she called him. She told him that God had just told them his datebook was on the back seat of his car. He insisted that it couldn’t be in his car because he had thoroughly looked in his car and had even taken everything out of it. His mom said to just take another look now. He went to his car and was shocked to see his datebook in plain view on the backseat. Read More…

Work

SkyscraperDriving home yesterday, I saw nearly a dozen workers laying HUGE bricks between steel enforcements on the freeway overpass. Each brick was very heavy, judging by how difficult it was for them to carry. I usually don’t think about the individual people who make our high rise buildings and other types of construction.

It’s very hard work and requires not only muscles but skill to perfectly line up the bricks or whatever material is being used. These men certainly would not need a gym membership and driving by, I started looking at all the tall buildings and thought of the men who built them.

They would need to work at the very top of those buildings I saw. Work is a gift from God. Whatever you do, work with all your might as unto the LORD.

In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon said, “So I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy their work, because this is their lot.” Read More…

Facebook Giveaway

Facebook GiveawayChance to win Online Streaming Videos

In celebrations of completing our Worship Guitar Class main DVD’s into an online video format, we’re running another Facebook Contest. All the videos are now posted and to make it even easier, we’ve added more information inside the videos, like actually seeing the words and chords of the songs.

The new video format will work on any computer or mobile device, including iPads, iPhones, Smart Phones, and more. You can find the contest at the Worship Guitar Class Facebook Fan Page. 

Look for the big red tab that says ‘Giveaway’. When the current contest is over, you can find a signup form there to be notified of the next contest or event. If you have a mobile phone, tabs don’t show up for Facebook. To find the contest on a mobile device… click here. Be patient while it loads.

More info is here: Worship Guitar Class about the contest.

Fear of Public Speaking

Fear of public speakingFear of Public Speaking? You are not alone. The fear of public speaking is the most dreaded fear people have. There are many reasons people that have this fear. Some people are naturally more shy than others. People are afraid they won’t know what to say or it may not come out right. They don’t want to look bad in front of others.

Despite all the reasons people have for the fear of public speaking, anyone can overcome this fear. This article will give you specific tips on overcoming the fear of public speaking There is also an article on our other website with  tips for overcoming performance anxiety when playing a musical instrument in front of groups of people.

Reading out loud is a form of public speaking that can also be feared. Just this last week I talked with a couple people who have a deep fear of reading out loud. I remember having that fear years ago, but now just love reading out loud. Read More…