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As you can see from “My Story” above, www.SpiritMusicMeetups.org was birthed out of a “burden” I’ve carried inside me for years playing in 37 bands, 15 of which were in church ministry, and teaching over 5000 students. This has really come to a head in the last few years, but especially since experiencing so much of God’s anointing in my last year-long church gig, despite the apparent lack of this anointing in most players or the worship leader, and particularly since experiencing so much anointing during my personal practice with the Lord. It really has been magnified in the last 10 months while seeking the Lord for direction in my life.
God has showed me and others “The Great Wall” that is quenching the Holy Spirit from freely moving in the modern Church. This is keeping much of today’s Church from experiencing the actual (instead of hyped-up) presence of the Lord, true revival, and profoundly influencing society around them. See The Great Wall page for more details of what is building this wall.
I also have been given a sense of urgency in the last couple of years since the Lord gave me a dream about Billy Graham where God told him to “sew it up” right after he preached at Disneyland with relatively few interested, and 1 month later Billy died at 99. The Greek word soteria for “salvation” is a sewing term – “to mend torn pieces back together, to make whole again, reconcile, and save.” Many have been told he was the last apostle to the Gentiles, Paul being the first, having preached the simple logos gospel message of The Truth to 215 million people in 185 countries and territories since 1947. At least 3.2 million were converted in those gatherings! God has showed me and others that not much time is left for the Church as He returns His focus on Israel. The Lord is bringing us back to His priorities as He “sews it up.” Praise the Lord for His perfect plans! Once you get into His Spirit, He always tells us: “Now, you can run as fast as you want!”
I’ve also found few Christian musicians that have actually learned to surrender control of their “might and power” in exchange for playing anointed, prophetic music even spontaneously. That’s what I found after playing drums for 52 years in 25 secular and 15 church bands and orchestras, teaching 5000-plus students for 22 years, reading too many books and websites about worship music, and watching so many Christian bands attempt it. This is a key part of the “The Great Wall” quenching many musicians from realizing their God-given potential! “Lord, may this ministry by the Body-of-Christ to one another allow your Holy Spirit to speak freely in order to teach one another your ways of playing music. We lay everything that we have learned from religion and this world at you feet. Guide us Holy Spirit. Amen.”
In summary, I proseuchomai conversationally-pray that SpiritMusicMeetups.org will help us all take obedient steps of faith (a) back to the New Covenant models of ministry and worship that were given to us, so that we may once again experience “the fullness of God, being filled by the means of the Holy Spirit (b)! May God bless us in our journey together! <Notes> a) pistis: relational conviction of trusting reliance, b) Ephesians 3:19, 5:18.
Now that you’ve heard how the Lord led me to my identity and ministry, I’d be really interested in hearing your story!