Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Trust and Obey

To refuse to OBEY, and to insist on your own way, is rebellion - which is the heart of Satanism.
OBEDIENCE is NOT just an Old Testament law - it is also a New Testament requirement. The only difference is that we no longer have to adhere to the old sacrificial laws of atonement if we sin - which we all have.
Christ Jesus is now our Eternal Perfect Sacrifice, and we always have forgiveness for our sins - if we believe Him, OBEY Him, and are joined to Him.
God said through Jeremiah: "I wanted them to trust Me and OBEY My Voice.
In those early days, I told them: 'I will be your God, and you will be My people. Follow Me every step of the way into a life that is good.'
But they didn’t trust Me. They didn’t OBEY My Voice. They refused to listen to Me. Instead they followed the plans of their own stubborn hearts. Each step was a step backward, not forward." ~ Jeremiah 7:23-24
Jesus said: "Follow My example in OBEYING the Father’s commandments and receiving His Love. If you OBEY My commandments, you will stay in My Love." ~ John 15:10
The Apostle Paul said: "Doesn’t it make sense that if you sign yourself over as a slave, you will have to OBEY your master? The question before you is: What will be your master? Will it be sin - which will lead to certain death - or OBEDIENCE - which will lead to a right and reconciled Life?" ~ Romans 6:16

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Music, especially gospel music is part of my life blood. Some of my earliest memories involve Sunday afternoons singing and playing gospel music with my family. My grandma, Annie Ruth Krienke was a multi-instrumentalist, and we all sang and played the piano. My Dad, Arvid was the choir director and music leader at our Church in South Bend, Indiana. He sang in many gospel quartets over the years, and even had an album published with The King's Quartet.
Having grown up in the 70's, my biggest musical influence was Elton John, who's piano playing and singing I worked diligently to imitate. Then, during middle school & high school I got involved in a partying lifestyle that pulled me far away from my Christian roots. It was then that I began composing my own songs. Later, in the mid 80's I played the local nightclub circuit as keyboardist/singer with the band Justus.
But God comes in places unlooked for - unexpectedly.
After committing myself to the work of the Gospel, I served for three years as Praise & Worship Leader at a local church. During that time I began writing and recording songs during my rehearsal time in a home office/studio that I had set up. One thing led to another, and then with the expert guidance of an old friend, Paul Ellis, I learned how to mix and master my recordings.
My first album, "Up from the Roots", released independantly in April of 2010, was the outcome of those first recordings, and is a mixture of original variations of classic hymns, interspersed with some of my own compositions.
I continued to improve my recording technique, and released "Songs from 7th Street" later that year, followed by "Christemasse".
The next year I released "The Hymnal", followed by "Climbing Higher".
In 2012 I put together "Out of the Dark", which is a compilation album that contains all of my original compositions.
In 2019 I released a new album, consisting of thirteen of my early practice recordings, remastered as new releases, entitled "In the Sanctuary".


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