Reflections From My Greece/Ukraine Ministry Mission

I am constantly in a state of total dependence on God. This is my story, and this is my song. (Thank you, Fannie Crosby!)

I am counting on the Lord to lead and provide for the things I believe He has called me to do.

I have doubts and fears that seem massive and overwhelming at times.

But I also have faith, and all the faith that any of us really need is, well – minuscule. Jesus said that if we have just a tiny bit of authentic, trusting faith – the “size of a mustard seed” – then mountains will be moved. (Matthew 17:20).

So on October 31, 2018, by faith, I embarked on yet another improbable missions adventure. My first assignment was to lead worship in Greece for an international group of missionary leaders on a 6-day training intensive. The second leg of my trip was to minister in the nation of Ukraine in a variety of locations and contexts. I’ll tell all about that in a moment.

But first, I have to share one of my “ah ha” moments. 

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Nashville Alive TV Appearance

Sharing My Story & A Song of Hope

I recently was able to share my story and songs on the Nashville Alive TV show.

We talk about my background in the jingle biz, how I got into worship, A New Anointing and No Easy Answers. It was a lot of fun!

Check it out, I’m the second guest at 12:53 into the show,  my segment is about 13 minutes long.

A Hilarious Moment

After singing No Easy Answers, the host Galen Davis (also Pastor at Cornerstone Church, Madison, TN) says:

“You know, i like, I love you in Jesus, but hate you in the flesh …”

This cracked me up.

“You said better in 3 minutes what we as pastors try to say in 45 minutes…”

That’s the power of a song to minister the good news of the gospel. I hope that is encouraging to you too!

God is good all the time! 

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A New Season Begins

Today as I write this update, it’s the first Monday after Easter Sunday. It will be 50 days until Pentecost. Drawing closer to the Lord during this season is the focus of my devotional book, Resurrection Power.

It also marks 20 days since we packed up and relocated from south Nashville to the north gate of  Hendersonville, Tennessee. During that period we’ve been painting and trying to unpack while producing a musical cantata at the church for Palm Sunday, then a series of daily worship services during Holy Week, concluding with a pair of glorious Easter Sunday celebrations.

It has been a busy, intense, and exhausting couple of weeks – but we’re loving our new home and location!

It is a new season.

In the final book of the Holy Scriptures, Revelations foretells the coming tribulation the earth will endure. It will be a work of purification that will mark “the end of the world as we know it”. After which Jesus declares “Behold I am making ALL THINGS NEW. Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5

Indeed, whether in seasons of joy or grief, every word of Jesus is trustworthy and true.

I pray the Lord will encourage, inspire and sustain you with His Resurrection Power in your next season of life.

To God be the glory. Amen.


Here’s a reprise of Chapter One from audio book from last year.

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Moving Annnouncement

Dear Friends, this post is mostly personal. Since going on staff at HFUMC in Hendersonville, we’ve been in the process of praying about, preparing for and finally making the decision to pull up roots in south Nashville and relocate north to Hendersonville.

It was typically a one hour hour commute one-way to the church (on bad traffic days, much longer), which translated into at least 2 hour project every “work” day just to get there and back. After doing that for the better part of 2 years, it just made sense to live closer to the church. Our biggest motivation was to be able to build closer relationships.

This was a tough decision because we have loved our current house and location in Brentioch. We were close to everything and we have a lot of friends nearby. The setting was exceptional, every morning I have a fantastic view of the morning sunrise which inspired the “Sunrise Worship Devotionals” series and my book Resurrection Power: 50 Days That Rocked The World: A Devotional Journey.

I had a wonderful recording studio in a full daylight basement with plenty of space for writing and producing content. I was able to finish record and mix What Words Can’t Say and Joyful! Christmas Praise and Worship, as well as producing several audio books for authors such as Jeff Goins, Allyson Vesterfelt and Tyler Ward.


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Neotek Series III Cutting Rack

  • Ivalene is also posting furniture and a bunch of other cool stuff to her Facebook page.
  • We’re having moving sales on Feb 14 and 21. I’ll update a link to the details on Craigslist.

So the packing and downsizing is a HUGE project, but we’ve been blessed to have friends help.The move will be in March. We’re excited about the next chapter God has for us in His story.

The Lord be with you!