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A Simple Man for a Great Mission: Jim Cymbala (Includes Story About His Daughter)

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Susan loves the Lord. She seeks to walk close to him by studying the word of God. His word holds all the answers to life's questions.

Lives Changed

by Jim Cymbala

by Jim Cymbala

Fresh Wind Fresh Fire

Have you ever read a book that changed your life?

Years ago my husband and I read a book that changed our perspective on relationship with God so drastically, and on so many levels, that after reading it we were never the same.

This article is in honor of Pastor Jim Cymbala; A very simple man who God called to a very Great Mission.

Jim Cymbala, Pastor of Brooklyn Tabernacle

A Simple Man

I call Jim a simple man based on my impressions of him through reading his book, "Fresh Wind Fresh Fire." Jim comes across as an everyday kind of guy. There's nothing striking about him. If you or I met Jim Cymbala on the street, I don't believe he would stand out from the crowd. He doesn't possess a flashy or charismatic personality nor is he a man to draw attention to himself. God’s glory shines through this unassuming, simple man.

Jim Cymbala never considered the pastorate. He had no Bible College training and no experience in ministry. Yet God chose him.

Jim was an ordinary man who possessed BIG faith. He loved God and answered YES to God's call on his life. God used Jim to begin a spiritual awakening in an unlikely place.

Jim says in the early days of ministry he had no clue what he was doing. It was Rev. Clair Hutchins (Jim's Pastor since junior high school and also his wife Carol's father) who convinced Jim of God's call on his life.

Rev. Hutchins urged Jim to shepherd a struggling little Church in Newark. Though Jim felt overwhelmed, he accepted the call.

I felt sorry for Jim. His account also humored me. As a newbie, Jim dug into the Bible and, as he says, practiced preaching before a live audience on Sundays.

Brooklyn Tabernacle

Church Steeple

Church Steeple

The Brooklyn Tabernacle

As if the little Church wasn't enough to overwhelm this novice, Jim's father-in-law entreated him to take another temporary position for a Church in crisis. Reverend Hutchins asked Jim to preach at this Church for about four Sunday nights.

This Church was a multiracial congregation called The Brooklyn Tabernacle. Though Jim felt ill-equipped, his heart of obedience to God led him to say yes. This decision proved to be the most pivotal of his lifetime.

Upon his first visit to the Brooklyn Tabernacle Jim realized there were big troubles in the Church. The young pastor, already on staff, felt discouraged. The first service, Jim took part in, proved to be an unorganized mess. Jim wasn't too worried because he was thinking, "At least it's not my problem. I'm just here to help."

During this supposed short stint at The Brooklyn Tabernacle, the young Pastor announced he was quitting. The Church was left in the lurch with no one to shepherd it. Jim was being thrust into a longer commitment to travel back and forth between the Churches.

Sundays were hard as he and Carol raced between them. They were getting burned out and knew they must choose between the two Churches. Though the Church in Newark was the only paying Church, their hearts were being drawn to the Brooklyn Tabernacle. They desired foremost, to do God's will. They were convinced that if God was calling them to minister at the Brooklyn Tabernacle He would take care of them.

Jim and Carol made their decision and, by faith, moved to Brooklyn. What happened next is nothing short of miraculous. Packing up their meager belongings, they headed to Brooklyn to a broken-down church in one of America's meanest neighborhoods.

Carol Cymbala

Carol Cymbala Choir Director

Carol Cymbala Choir Director

Musical Genius

Carol Cymbala had a huge role to play in their new ministry. Anyone involved in Church ministry knows the crucial role the wife of the pastor plays. A wife can make or break a ministry. She can encourage, build-up, support, and love, or with her own hands tear down and destroy a ministry. Carol was a builder and a gifted servant of God.

As a pastors’ kid who grew up in the city, she heard the sounds of many cultures expressed through music. The classics blended with black gospel and traditional Scandinavian hymns. Early on, she felt music within her soul.

At the age of sixteen, a dream entered her heart, a dream of directing a large choir someday; Not a stiff, formal choir but a choir composed of the common people.

Her gift to the Church was her natural, God-given talent. Carol started the church choir, known all over the world today as, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

As the choir director, Carol trained her members to produce music blending contemporary worship with echoes of Caribbean rhythms.

To this day Carol cannot read music; She doesn't know how to write the notes either. Carol used her musical genius, the music bound up in her soul, to teach the choir by rote. When she started her choir she began with only nine choir members.

The numbers climbed, reaching about fifty. The Church platform wasn't large enough to hold everyone, so the choir stood in the auditorium's front. As the choir sang, they overwhelmed the small building with their sound.

Carol held practices on Fridays. Does that surprise you? Do you know anyone who would give up a Friday to practice music? The people of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, that's who. Carol always began with prayer, asking God's Spirit to fall on them and for His music to come forth.

Meanwhile, a band of novice players was growing by leaps and bounds. These players were as untrained as Carol yet they also possessed music in their souls.

The word about the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir spread like wildfire. Carol reached beyond the church and formed the multi-racial, New York Challenge Choir. This choir consisted of people from the Tabernacle plus any others who wanted to sing - resulting in a vast number of eighty or more voices.

In the process of this huge undertaking, Carol wrote her first song. She took the Christmas Carol "Joy to the World" and created a new melody.

When I listened to The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, I thought Carol must possess a Master's degree in music but learned she possesses no degree, it was the Master who possessed her. I also thought the choir members were professionals. But they’re not trained. They never attended college. Just, common street people whose Master is Jesus.

He's Been Faithful

This Is How It Feels to Be Free

God Speaks and God Moves!

In the beginning, Jim felt very discouraged.

He was spending a multitude of hours studying and felt like his congregation was being gypped by his less-than-perfect sermons. In his book, Jim says, "Sometimes I didn't want to show up for service - that's how bad it was."

One day, in a spirit of brokenness, tired in body and mind Jim called out to God, "Lord, I have no idea how to be a successful pastor; All I know is that Carol and I are working in the middle of New York City, with people dying on every side, overdosing from heroin, consumed by materialism, and all the rest. If the gospel is so powerful...."

He couldn't finish, tears were choking him. Then quietly but forcefully, in words heard, not with his ear but deep within his spirit, God spoke. "If you and your wife will lead my people to pray and call upon my name. You will never lack for something fresh to preach. I will supply all the money that's needed, both for the church and for your family, and you will never have a building large enough to contain the crowds I will send in response."

Directly below is a UTube video of a message Jim Cymbala preached at a Praise Gathering. It starts out slow, BUT PLEASE stick with it. Jim delivers a powerfully anointed message.

Jim speaks of how God comes to us and says: "Do you REALIZE how much you need me now? When you hit the stone wall for the twenty-third time, remember that YOU NEED ME! I have all of this, and you live with such scarcity. Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest ... God asks "Why are you so RUSHED? When are we gonna talk?"

One day God showed Jim and his wife that the Prayer meeting night would be the barometer of His Presence in the Church. To this day, every Prayer Meeting night between 1200 and 1500 people gather to worship God and unite in prayer.

Jim says, “If you beat the devil in prayer, you'll beat him on every level. If you will read the Bible consistently you will have grace flowing on every level."

Jim shares the life-giving, life-changing lessons he has learned about prayer. He shares a personal account of trials so heavy that most would have given up but instead of giving up, Jim fell into Jesus' arms and found Him faithful.

This man shares a heart-wrenching story about his daughter and how he did not know where she was for two-and-a-half years ...it was the worst kind of nightmare. Learn how God Rescues his Daughter, their family, and the Church Ministry.

Please take time to watch this Simple man.. and witness GOD at work through His humble servant.

When we showed the VIDEO below to our Church family we were brought to our knees. Hearts gripped by the reality of a living God who hears and answers prayers led to repentance.

I believe that if you take the time to watch this ...your heart will reach for Jesus and you too will experience a fresh vision to trust, serve and love God Forever.

Powerful Annointed Message By Jim Cymbala

Woman Praying

God Moved

As God's people surrendered to the Holy Spirit, God moved.

The church people never knew who might come to Christ. There were junkies, the mentally ill, prostitutes, and gays along with lawyers, successful businessmen, and bus drivers; They all turned to the Lord at the altar of the Brooklyn Tabernacle.

People flocked to the Church because they found acceptance and love, just as they were! There were Latinos, African Americans, Caribbean, Americans, Whites; You name it; they came. Once people got energized by the Holy Spirit, they began to see the differences between races as God's beautiful artistry.

Instead of railing at homosexuals, they wept over the injustices they lived with every day. Instead of looking down their noses in pride and arrogance at the less fortunate homeless or the druggies and prostitutes God gave them supernatural eyes to look past the sin and into the soul to see others as God saw them.

Fresh Wind Fresh Fire

Since this is a book review and because I could never do justice to the writings of Jim Cymbala, I encourage you to read the rest of the story. I am praying your interest has been peaked and you will get a copy of "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire."

My Pastor husband and I were never the same after reading this book. No longer did we tell people, I'll pray for you and I wish I could do more. No, it opened our eyes to the power of prayer; There is no greater gift we can give a person than bowing before the throne in intercession for their needs.

This book transformed our Church. As my husband stood in the pulpit on Sunday mornings, he told our brothers and sisters that Sunday mornings were no longer the most important gathering of the Church. He shared the vision passed on to him by Jim Cymbala and as a result, our Wednesday night prayer gathering grew and evolved into a powerful group of prayer warriors.

We witnessed long time prayers answered, people humbled, praise erupting from hungry hearts seeking to know God. We were all drawn together and lifted to the spiritual realm. Many tears rolled and hearts changed. Love flowed like a river of life touching everyone in its path. It was a blessed experience like none other in my lifetime.

If you've skipped the video's please go back now, and as you prepare to watch this sermon, pray that God opens the eyes of your heart. Listen and watch the audience and the members of the choir; Notice their expressions and look into their faces as they worship God with singing ... Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lamb! God's anointing is upon this music.

Praying Church

Praying Church

Praying Church

When God's People Pray

In this video, Jim tells the heart-wrenching experience of watching his daughter Crissy walk out of their lives and disappear.

He shares the miracle of how God brought his daughter back home. It was the groaning and utterances of The Brooklyn Tabernacle prayer group that moved the heart of God to bring Crissy back to the fold and back into the love and protection of her family and her Church.

If you have a wayward child, let this story lift you up and strengthen your faith. That's what it did for me. God brought my own rebel child back to the fold too.

© 2010 Susan Ream

Comments

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on September 16, 2013:

Hi mabel, I am so pleased that you found this article and to learn that you personally know Pastor Cymbala and the Church. What an honor for you to visit Brooklyn Tabernacle - it is a dream I have to someday do the same.

The sermon is powerful and the spirit of God is clearly seen throughout.

Wow, I'll say it backwards too, Wow to a God who hears and answers the prayers of those who walk in Faith.

Thanks for your kind comments.

God Bless You!

Mekenzie

mabelhenry from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania on September 16, 2013:

This is such an anointed article and video. Thank you for writing, and sharing it. I was born, and raised in Brooklyn, New York and have visited Brooklyn Tabernacle many times, and I appreciate Pastor Cymbala and all the members there. He is still as humble and kind as I remember him. This sermon is heart wrenching, it compels me to pray and not to give up. I am encouraged and know that others will be as well. Wow! say it backwards, Wow! Oh, what a love the Father has for us....Grace and peace to you.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on February 11, 2012:

So happy to share it Conan. It is so powerful and has touched many lives. We shared the video with our Church and the people asked to see it again. Many were crying.

Thanks for stopping by for a read. God Bless you too!

Mekenzie

Conan on February 11, 2012:

What a powerful Video on Prayer. Thanks for making the effort to put in in your page. God bless you richly.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 25, 2010:

You write of the true and ultimate simple man of Galilee

your simple words expressed so wonderfully

thank you for writing this inspiration to me

so thoughtfully & skillfully crafted

by you

my friend MFB

Thank YOU! I Loved IT! You always inspire me. :0)

Mekenzie

Matthew Frederick Blowers III from United States on May 23, 2010:

Who was this simple man???

Who was this simple man,

born in a stable

and raised as a carpenter

a humble Jew from

over 2000 years ago

in a time with no media,

newspapers, nor film at eleven

who only lived about

thirty three years on earth

and only a few years

of his adult life

were astounding to all

his burial place unknown

though they can find

bones of men from

2 million years ago and longer

his grave is but

a guess and empty

he had only a small following of

faithful men to aide him

not rich

never married

no children

no real estate

no chariots

and golden treasures

not a king

just a simple man

who mingled with

common folk

who walked the earth

long ago

and yet in every nation

across the entire planet

2000 years later

people still know his name

and whisper it with reverence

and bend their knees

to his glory

even atheists cry out

his name in anger or fear

soldiers beg his mercy

as they lie dying

just 12 men spread his fame

and actually gave up their

own lives for a man

everyone else thought dead

why would any man die

for a dead messiah

what would be the point

if you watched him die

to even believe anymore

but they did believe

for they saw him arise

from death and ascend

they gave up their regular lives

and then they traveled

the many lands and wrote books

that survived countless

banning and burnings

and re-translations

thousands of other Christians

became martyrs in his name

facing lions and death

rather then disclaim him

imagine facing the hideous

torture of being eaten alive

by raging lions

or saving yourself

by simply saying

"I am not a Christian."

what would you have done??

and what the apostles taught

way back then

12 common men

with no publishers

printers or distributors

their words

grew into the vast

millions who love him

can you name any other

simple man

with no means

nor royalty

who went so far

oh, he truly

must be the messiah

because he came simply

to take on the sacrifices

of all men with his death

for no one today

sacrifices lambs on an altar

as commanded in the Old testament

to cleanse their sins

so what then is their sacrifice

today in this modern age

if they fail to follow

God's command of old

he chose a peaceful

early moment in history

to appear and work miracles

and then make himself

an offering for all

he could not come in this time

to do these things

crucifixion is illegal

death sentences require

years of appeal

all over the world

blasphemy as he was charged with

is no longer punishable by death

and yet the Old Testament states

that the messiah would be

born in Bethlehem

and would be a man of sorrows

with holes in his hands

and feet and side

not possible today

besides if he came now

Ted Koppel would make him

a major Media event

he would be on all the talk shows

and all men would be skeptical

of any miracles in this

age of miracles

he would be laughed at

and called a fraud

plus logically thinking

if he would have chosen to

come at any other time

in history as

a messiah it would not be now

would he not have chosen

instead to come in

1939 to prevent 6 million

Jews and millions of

other humans from perishing

but he came when it was prophesied

by the prophets Isaiah and others

and did all his wonders

amidst humble tribes of people

then was killed for it

and went willingly so that all

may have the gift

of forgiveness and life

forever and ever

this still holds true

2,000 years later

it is a gift of grace

you only need ask

and he will grant you

forgiveness and eternal life

a simple remedy to all man's woes

why would God make it hard

when mens hearts

are so easily hardened

just think about it logically

and see the light

that still glows

all these many years later

then follow it to peace.

~~~~~~~~MFB III-(C)-2001

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 06, 2010:

pmc, I see you have thoroughly indulged and digested this message .. and for this .. I PRAISE God. It is my desire to share the POWER of Jim and Carol's Life Story. Jim is such a simple humble man .. can you see that from his message? .. yet GOD's Holy Spirit USED him mightily .. Jim and Carol offered an Empty Vessel .. God filled them up. Oh that I would glorify God in the same way.

Thanks for your meaningful comments. Bless you dear one!

Mekenzie

pmccray from Utah on May 06, 2010:

What a spirit filled testimony!! Both the Pastor and his wife have been lead by the Holy Spirit on this mission. The enemy tried his mightiest to pull them off course and failed due to the faith of Job.

The Pastor's wife was filled with the Holy Spirit as was self proclaimed "wretch" John Newton, when he wrote "Amazing Grace".

I loved the sermon and the choir how beautiful. Don't forget the biggest miracle the enemy has performed is convincing modern man that he doesn't exist.

Thank you so much for such an inspirational hub.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 04, 2010:

Welcome Michael! Yes it is a GREAT story .. one that has touched many people and changed their lives. Thanks for the comment.

Mekenzie

Isaiah Michael from Wherever God leads us. on May 04, 2010:

what a great story, I had heard of this on a radio program, cool to see on here in a hub

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 06, 2010:

MickyDee, thanks for stopping by. Yes I do see you have allegiance to God and the Truth... God looks at the heart. I wish the heart of the Brooklyn Tabernacle could be found everywhere .. unfortunately many Churches are sidetracked and preoccupied with programs and entertaining people rather than focusing on GOD and crying out to Him for direction and answers... I understand avoidance of the building ... better than you might think.

Love Ya MickyDee

Micky Dee on April 06, 2010:

Great hub about perseverance Mekenzie. I don't go to a building for services. I'm pretty sure I never will. I think you know my allegiance to a benevolent God and the truth. Great hub!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on April 03, 2010:

lefs, how nice to meet you and welcome to my hubs. Thanks for the 'Happy Easter" He is Risin Imdeed! Blessing to you and yours!

David Walli from Northern Minnesota on April 02, 2010:

Thanks. Great story and music. Happy Easter! He is Risen, Risen indeed!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 21, 2010:

Ulrike, it is lovely the be touched by so great a 'God Story' I am glad you saw my passion and desire for ALL to be touched the way my Gary and I were touched. I have already heard from some who have ordered the book. It is annointed I tell you! Bless You dear lady

UlrikeGrace from Canada on March 18, 2010:

MeKenzie...that you have been deeply affected by this man and his wife and their ministry if evident in your hub...your passion shines through and your desire for all to be touched by this the way you were. It's lovely when God gives us something like this that so blesses one that you just want everyone to know about it. I know of a couple of groups that are doing Jim Cymbala's video on prayer, they have been quite impacted by it. So far I have not yet ever read anything by this man. The video's were powerful...

Thank you for sharing

UlrikeGrace

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 18, 2010:

Mike, Jim came to the end of himself, and then he bowed in humility and defeat ... as He talked to God ... God apoke to him. Never give up Mike ... Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." I love your heart Mike and you are so gifted! Keep on asking, seeking and knocking and BELIEVE. Love Ya!

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on March 17, 2010:

You have stirred my curiosity with your review of this man, his life and his book. I am taken by the notion that we will all find our path if only we continue to seek it out.

Thanks for sharing this.

Mike

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 17, 2010:

Brother Dave, I almost missed your 2nd Passion filled lil' hub within my hub. lol ... My, but your passion comes through loud and clear. Since you recognize the power of the Spirit of God when you open your mouth to reveal the music of Heaven, I am quite sure you have already touched many, many lives for Jesus. You may never know Dave. I do so love music too. It reaches into the depths of my soul and cries out HOLY HOLY HOLY is the lamb! I love Him so much! Sure would love to hear you sing for Jesus .. that would be glorious! God Bless you dear brother Dave

p.s. I LOVE your heart

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 17, 2010:

Becca, now it's my turn ... Oh my goodness!! You are going to live that close to the Brooklyn Tabernacle? You are such a dear sweet woman .. the more I learn about you the more I love your sweet heart! I just may take you up on that offer. It is one of my dreams to be able to visit the Brookly Tabernacle.

The video I speak of is about their experience with their teenaged daughter who left home. Her name is Crissy. He talks about it in the book as well. We have a friend who is an evangelist who's daughter has done the same thing. His wife and he are reading the book and crying through it. It would be worth your time to read it. It's truly annointed.

God's not through with Zach's story yet ... He loves your boy way more than anyone is capable of loving ... remember that dear one ... God can be trusted!

Sending you lots of love and Prayers!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 17, 2010:

Pamela, It is a wonderful book and so annointed. Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement! Blessings

Becca on March 17, 2010:

Oh my goodness! This was just incredible and sooo relevant to me right now. Thank you so much for writing it and pointing me to it. That Worthy Is The Lamb song is so powerful....I still have goosebumps!

I would LOVE to go visit this church. You know, I will only live about 3 and hours from there once we are in Maryland. If you ever want to go and need a place to stay and a family to go with, let me know! I'd be thrilled to host you!

Thank you for being such an encouragement and support to me.

Becca

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 17, 2010:

This book sounds wonderful, add the videos were great. Outstanding hub.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on March 17, 2010:

Mekenzie I know also of your passion for music. I also feel certain that as you and hubby re-read the book you've got the Gospel Chior's music playing in the background,as it will open your heart to the words on the written page,and flood your spirit with love and passion that will bring the words to life.

I feel that Carol and I could be Siamese, adjoined twins with our love and passion for honouring Our Beloved God through music.

If you stop and think about it for a second, the human voice as created by God Himself, under the guidance and control of God's Holy Spirit, is the one and only musical instrument capable of re-creating in perfect pitch the musical notes of any instrument, piano,organ,trumpet,tuba,violin,cello, even drums that the largest of orchestras can produce.

There are virtually thousands of notes in "Major and Minor Keys" ranging from "A to G" that can be created by any instrument, in any musical key imaginable, along with the tempo or value of each note played, and the voice, is capable of copying or mimicing those sounds with great precission and accuracy.

For people like Carol or myself to audibly be able to, through some sort of osmosis, absorb the variances, instantly, run all of the notes one by one through our minds, and then, breath spiritual life into each note as well as each syllable of lyric, is phenominal, and we do it with such effortless accuracy, that a trained musically educated conductor or director cannot find fault except maybe for our loudness, if the Holy Spirit is not toned down just a little.

Is it any wonder that I have such a deep appreciation, love, and passion, and yes lust, for music especially when I use it to Glorify and Praise and show Adoration, and True Unconditional Love for the God who gave me such a gift, Had His Holy Spirit teach me how to use it giving me passion of expression and then put Himself as Holy Spirit, into each and every note and lyric.

I live in "AWE" with every song I sing and I have memorized more than 2,000 hymns and songs of praise over my short 47 years of singing. I have had to memorize them all as I cannot read the music, only the lyrics.

I may never work with a choir as a conductor, but if my voice,and my love and passion for music and God can reach just one person seeking God and can draw that person closer to God, my voice has served its purpose.

Just one please My Lord, just one Please?

Brother Dave.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 17, 2010:

Dave, my sweet brother, I was so hoping you'd find this hub. I have picked up that God has given you the gift of music. Your comment helped me to see how BIG a gift that is. You must totally relate to Carol .. Look how God used her gifts and her vision. Sounds like He has begun to give you a choir to work with .. wonder what lies ahead for you.

You caught the passion and for that I Praise God. I wrote this with such passion and tears of thanksgiving. The book is annointed. My husband and I have been re-reading it a chapter at a time .. he has broken down with each read. God's Spirit is at work. Powerful Message!

You can come to my hubs anytime with your passion and write a little mini hub. :0) You blessed me today!

Love to YOU!

Mekenzie

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 17, 2010:

Revlady, Hi sweet lady of God ... Yes it is only with our 'spritual eyes' we see the beauty He created in each child of His. So glad you listened to the music. I LOVE IT!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 17, 2010:

Ken, Thank you for the visit, I am honored. Did you listen to the videos? The passion and emotions drive me to tears. Appreciate your encouragement. Blessings!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 17, 2010:

jesusmyjoy, so you are a fellow michigander. I grew up on the East side of Michigan and now live in the beautiful West side right by Lake Michigan. Love it!

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 17, 2010:

Ictodd, hello dear lady and welcome, yes surrendered prayer is often the missing piece in the Church today. Thanks for the read and for your comment. Blessings!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on March 17, 2010:

Mekenzie my dear Sister WOW! I wasn't sure if I was going to find this to be that interesting, right up to the point I started to read about Carol. As you know, I have a powerful passion, maybe even a Lust for Music,which God began to grow and develop in me as a teenager at the young age of 15.

Just like Carol, I cannot read a note of music, I sort of inhale it through the Power of The Holy Spirit. It's like learning through "OSMOSIS" music permeates my mind and my heart, and then The Holy Spirit starts to churn up emotions from deep within and when I finally open my mouth, it is God's Holy Spirit doing the singing, through me, and the sound,perfectly in pitch floods the church, through my vocal cords, unassisted by any need for a microphone of any kind. Unless I am singing a Solo, my choir directors have to actually point at me and stare me down to a more blended sound at times, because the Holy Spirit seems to want to fill the room with my voice.

Ooooops! I almost started a mini Hub here of my own on the passions of music.

Just like Carol I have dreamt of leading a choir one day, because I know how to feel the music and draw the ultimate best out of both the music and the singer, but for now I am sort of somewhat satisfied with working with the youth voices in the two choirs I sing with to help them to develop the passion for music that they see and hear in me.

As I'm reading through this I'm also listening to the Holy Spirit inspired music of the choir, and the music is bringing tears of love and joy for God to my heart, so if I have any spelling errors on this comment, it's because my emotions are overflowing so powerfully, I can hardly see the screen of my computer.

Thank you Mekenzie ever so much, this Hub was God sent to stir up my heart with passion like you can't believe.

God bless you my dear, Hugs,

Brother Dave, in tears of joy.

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on March 17, 2010:

Such a delightfully inspiring hub.

"God gave them the supernatural gift of looking past the sin and into the soul to see as He see's." AMEN. I think this is how ALL Christians should view others. We "See" with spiritual eyes not the human.

I also enjoyed listening to the videos. Blessings to you and yours.

Forever His,

Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on March 17, 2010:

Thank you for this great Hub. What a wonderful story, presented so well.

Betty Bolden from Bucyrus Ohio on March 17, 2010:

I read this book wonderful read..i was born and raised in michigan, warren was my home, and born in detroit, we raised out kids in grayling michigan..now we are in ohio

Linda Todd from Charleston on March 16, 2010:

This is a great lesson. There is nothing that will take the place of prayer and it seems soemtimes we don't pray enough. Thank you for sharing. Great hub.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on March 16, 2010:

Dusty, my friend, I'm so glad you came to visit my hub. Great Observaton, I love how you worded this .. "turning right instead of wrong when faced with defeat and broken will, following a true struggle of a man, just 1 single man all the while Yahweh watching, silently waiting for that call of desperation, admitting defeat as one against the multitude. Yahweh probably smiled when the call came, and thought free will my son, but it takes more than just one." I've been there .. done that before .. you have too haven't you my friend. ahhhh if we only didn't have to learn the hard way. ((wink wink)) Sending Love and HUGS to YOU!

50 Caliber from Arizona on March 16, 2010:

Great,Powerful message of turning right instead of wrong when faced with defeat and broken will, following a true struggle of a man, just 1 single man all the while Yahweh watching, silently waiting for that call of desperation, admitting defeat as one against the multitude. Yahweh probably smiled when the call came, and thought free will my son, but it takes more than just one.

Mekenzie, you have done large. God Bless