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And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”--Revelation 14:13 (NASB)I heard the sad news today that Dr. Leonidas Fengos, had departed for heaven on Friday, November 24, 2017. He was a powerful pastor in Greece that was highly used by God. He was a dynamic and Spirit-filled preacher with an anointed message. Brother Louis, (Αδελφο Λουη) as we called him, was a chosen servant of God who gave his whole life for the Gospel. He had a long and effective ministry and a tireless zeal to preach anywhere and everywhere. He stood without apology for God's Word. He constantly read his Bible, studying it all day long for many hours and underlining important passages. He exemplified what it was like to live a holy life. Over the years, our family had become friends with his and his life matched his preaching. I thank God for this truly one-of- a-kind man of God. He encouraged me in so many ways in my walk with God to grow closer to Him. Over ten years ago, I decided to translate his book on Revelation from Greek to English. It took many months of tedious and careful study and it became such a blessing reading Revelation and his commentary on it. How I wish that I could be there for his funeral! I know it will be a blessing to be in the same church that he preached in countless times and to say farewell. I know that they will sing this timeless hymn.
There’s a land that is fairer than day, And by faith we can see it afar; For the Father waits over the way To prepare us a dwelling place there.
Refrain: In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore; In the sweet by and by, We shall meet on that beautiful shore.
We shall sing on that beautiful shore The melodious songs of the blessed; And our spirits shall sorrow no more, Not a sigh for the blessing of rest.
To our bountiful Father above, We will offer our tribute of praise For the glorious gift of His love And the blessings that hallow our days.--Words by Sanford F. Bennett (1868) and Music by Joseph P. Webster
And so, farewell for now, Brother Louis . . . you will be missed.
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His godly ones.--Psalm 116:15 (NASB)
I will not forget your Word.--Psalm 119:16I forgot my cell phone today. At times during my day, it was inconvenient to have to use a landline when it would have been so much faster and quicker to just make a call with my cell phone. While forgetting my cell phone was a minor nuisance, forgetting God's word is another matter. Without it, I lose my sense of direction and don't know which way to go. With it, I have a clear purpose for living. I need to be intentional about making God's word the main priority of my life. It's not really the top priority or one of the top ten on a list of important things to do daily to be successful. Rather, it's the main one of all. That means everything else in my life is filtered through it. It permeates and saturates all the other priorities so that God's word infuses every part of my life. It's kind of like baking a cake. That aroma of an almost-finished cake seeps through the house and fills every room so that it beckons me to find my way to the kitchen and have a slice as soon as it comes out of the oven. That's how God's word should overwhelm us with it's goodness and sweetness. It should have an undeniable impact on literally every aspect of our lives. It's daily as well as moment-by-moment living that follows the Lord's ways. It's constantly abiding within the plan of God. And it organically becomes an overriding influence on my Christian walk so that it all naturally aligns with God's word. A follower of Jesus that remembers how important the Bible is can have a truly liberating way of life that is marked by genuine joy, inner peace, humility, gratitude, and reverence for God.
When the moment came to finally pick up the boxes with my CD's, I couldn't wait! I was about to see the fruit of years of work. With a trembling hand, I opened the first box. There it was! My shiny, new CD! It seemed like I was experiencing a miracle from God right before my eyes. I couldn't get over it! Was it actually here? Was I really holding it? read more...
Just a quick update on my CD Giveaway Week. I'd like to give more of my friends a chance to win one of these five signed CD's and so...the deadline is now extended until Saturday! Be sure to like my musician page and stay tuned for the winners' names!
Announcing The Launch Of NEW Site, Newsletter, Facebook Musician Page, CD Purchase, and CD Give Away Week!!!It's great to announce just a few things that I've been working on! Starting today, you can
- enjoy my NEW Site
- sign up of for my NEW Newsletter
- visit and like my NEW Facebook Musician Page
- take part in my CD Give Away Week
- watch a Video from my concert on Twitter and My Personal Facebook Page!