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What’s New, June 17, 2010

Summer is officially here, the kids are out of school and the fun has just begun! This is the time of year when things slow down for the ministry. We don’t do many tours, in fact, our schedule is mostly weekends with a few mid-week shows here and there.

Things in the office slow down as well because it’s much harder to get a hold of pastors during the summer months. It’s fine with me because it leaves more time for Kelli and I to spend with our kids. Our regular office hours are 9-4, but for now it’s more like 8:30-3 (give or take). I love having the flexibility to play with the kids and do things with them every day that I’m home. I’m excited to have them coming to more of my summer shows. My son Chase wants to come with me all summer so that he can help out with the lighting. If he was older, I wouldn’t have to worry about losing my road guys because I know that he would always have my back.

I used to worry about this time of year because the slower schedule makes the summer months really tight financially. God works everything out, even when we don’t realize what He’s doing. God has blessed us tremendously and no matter what happens today, tomorrow, or years from now, I know that as long as our walk with Christ is where it is supposed to be, that God is in control and there is no reason to worry.

Thanks for checking in. Hope you have a great summer!

What’s New, May 18, 2010

We’ve been off of the road for 3 week already and are just now starting to get caught up in the office. I know that some people don’t understand every aspect of this ministry and what goes on behind the scenes; Some people think that I show up to churches, play a few songs, and then go home and sit around waiting for our next concert. That is not the case at all. There is a lot of planning that goes into each concert. We have itineraries, promotional materials, arrangements that need to be made, and then financial paper work after each show. All of that adds up pretty quickly when we are doing over 250 concerts a year. Booking is a whole different part that takes hours a day when we are at home. I tried to book a few shows while I was on the road, and after coordinating with Kelli in the office, I found that I had double booked some things. Oops!

The above paragraph is not a complaint, but a request from me to you. Please help us by praying for Kelli and I, that we can do the job of keeping up with everything and not losing our focus on what’s really important – our relationship with each other, our family, and most importantly – with God.

Our ministry operates mostly in churches, and during the summer months most churches clear their schedules a bit to get ready for the up-coming holiday events. Since the churches aren’t booking as much during the summer, our touring schedule will be slowing down a bit too. This will allow us to get everything ready for the fall tours and then the Christmas season. We are also 90% done recording our newest album and will be putting the final touches on it in the next few months.

The kids are counting down the last few weeks they have to be in school and we are anticipating a great summer together. It’s always great when the whole family can travel and participate in this ministry.

Thanks for checking in!

What’s New, April 27, 2010

I know that God has a purpose for everything in life, but I have a hard time seeing that purpose sometimes. I would really like to know why we have vehicle problems every spring during our western tour. We had no health problems, no injuries, the concerts were great, the turn outs were great, people accepted Christ, and even more renewed their relationship with Christ at the concerts, only one sound problem, but vehicle wise; we got our cans whipped yet again.

This year’s damage was two separate things; first, we ran into a nasty hail storm. It caused some damaged to the hood and roof of the truck and also shattered our roof vents on the trailer. Second, wouldn’t ya know – the hitch fell off again. To be honest, it’s really not that bad. God totally blessed us this trip. We avoided being in the path of a tornado by just 3 or 4 miles, so the hail damage is better than death. Believe it or not, the hitch broke off the truck less then a mile from my house on the way home. If it would have happened anywhere else, we would have been in trouble.

The western trips are always tough for some reason, but the way I see it, God was in control. He protected us from a tornado and held the hitch on long enough to get us home. He then exposed U-hauls lack of washers in their assembly of hitches that eventually pulled the bolt heads right through the steel that it was attached to.

The best part of this tour was is the outcome of everything we have just been through; the weather, the setups, the tear down, the thousands of miles, the sleepless nights, the tech troubles, the time away from my wife and kids is all worth it because lives were changed and the Kingdom of God now has a few more reservations!

I like challenges and being on my ‘A game’, but I only welcome the challenges with God on my side. Some people tell me my problems are the devil trying to distract and discourage us. If that’s right…….bring it on baby, cause my eyes are on the prize! I know who wins in the end, and the devil can’t do anything to me because God is on my side!

What’s New March 31, 2010

The springs tours have started off really well so far. We feel very blessed to have seen a lot of people receive Christ as their Savior the past few weeks and are hoping to see several more before the spring tour ends.

We are getting ready to hit the west coast later this week. For some reason, our western tours end up having some sort of vehicle troubles, so please keep us in your prayers for traveling mercies and that we are problem free during this tour.

These longer tours seem to be a lot harder on Kelli and the kids than it is on us. I really wish they could come on the road so that they could share the experiences with us. Hopefully we can make that happen over the summer.

I was fortunate to be home to celebrate Kelli and my 14 year anniversary as well as Kaitlin’s 13th birthday this week. Where does the time go?

Thanks for your interest, your support, and most of all, your prayers for our ministry. I’ll write again at the end of April when I get home. By then, I’m sure I’ll have some good west coast stories to tell.

Thanks for checking in,

What’s New: 2-25-2010

Is it sad when I have to be out on tour to have a little rest and relaxation time? The last several weeks has been a huge roller coaster of craziness. Some of you may know that my father was diagnosed with an untreatable type of cancer several weeks ago. Since then, he has had several procedures and operations to remove the tumors. They removed a large tumor around his heart and one on his lung. They want to keep an eye on him throughout the year, but besides recovering from everything and getting his strength back, he should be out of the woods for now.
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What’s New: 1-13-2010

A new year has started and I am looking forward to seeing God do some awesome things with us.  It is so easy to look ahead and set goals, schedules, and agendas; but, my specific prayer is that my goals, schedules and agendas not be mine, but God’s.  I pray that our ministry will see growth that we have never seen before.  I pray that I will grow (and not around the waist) stronger in the Lord, stronger as a husband, a father and a musician.  I pray all of this because I want God to use us like He has never used us before.
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What’s New: 12-18-2009

Wow, what a year this has been!  God has given us an awesome year.  We’ve done a ton of concerts, traveled all over the U.S. and most importantly,  were able to see a few hundred people begin a relationship with Christ.  We have also been blessed to have 90% of our 2010 calendar booked.  Praise God!
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What’s New: 11-03-2009

Our New England tour went great.  I love the fall, so we couldn’t have been out there at a better time.  The scenery was awesome.  We got to see over 20 people accept Christ as their personal Savior.  Praise God!  We are starting our Christmas season right now which is a crazy, busy time for us.  Keep your eye on our schedule – if we are at a town near you, come out and see our Christmas show.  We’d love to have you!  If you are on Facebook, look me up and become a fan.  Have a great day!

What’s New: 10-6-2009

Fall and Spring are definitely our busiest times of year.  It is awesome to be able to do what we do. God has allowed me to do a job that I love, but  I often wish that I was home more to spend more time with Kelli and the kids.  Then I see how God uses us to change peoples lives through this ministry;  I see the support that I get from my wife and kids, and I see how God just seems to make everything come together in a way only He can.  I get all of my incentive that I need  from that.
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