Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Nichole Nordeman CD "Every Mile Mattered"

Do you have regrets about certain things that did or didn't happen in your life? I know I do. Do you wish you could go back and change things, or make it so something didn't happen? I know I have. I think we all have. I sometimes wish I hadn't had to move around so much when I was growing up. I sometimes wish I had chosen a different career path. I sometimes wish my daughter had never been diagnosed with autism. I sometimes wish my son didn't have Tourette Syndrome. I sometimes wish I had never had cancer. I wish my dad was still alive. And, the list goes on...

But, Nichole Nordeman's new lyric video, "Every Mile Mattered" (from the album by the same name), shares how everything that has happened in my life is all a part of my history. If these things had not happened, yes, everything would be different, but I wouldn't be the person I am today. I wouldn't be the person I was meant to be.

In keeping with Nichole's style of introspective music, the entire album is full of tender songs that help us reflect on our lives - past, present and future. Everyone is on a journey, and every traveler gets dusty and bruised along their path. But, the paths we have taken, or have been forced to take, do not have to ruin our lives. We can leave the past behind, learn from the mistakes we have made, cherish the good times, and focus on the endless miles of God's goodness in our lives - past, present, and future. EVERY. MILE. MATTERS.

Pre-order on Amazon or iTunes and/or enter below to be included in a random drawing for one copy of this CD. Entries will be accepted until Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Central time. One entry per mailing address. Continental U.S. residents only. Must be 18 or older to enter.



On another note: Remember the popular heart-touching song "Slow Down" by Nichole Nordeman? Well, that same song is on this album featuring a young girl, Pepper Ingram. It is a sweet version. And, now, Nichole also has a book called “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August. You can pre-order a copy here: http://slowdown-book.com.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Meet Sam Judd


I was recently introduced to Sam Judd by my brother, Daniel. They are fellow missionaries with Kentucky Mountain Mission in Eastern Kentucky and have worked together for several years. As I understand it, everyone at KMM has their own gifts and talents that are being used for the Lord, and some of Sam's gifts are in teaching and in music.

After graduating from Bible College with an emphasis in Pastoral Studies, Sam did a year's internship with the church he had attended in college, and then went on the road with long-time Christian musician Michael Card for 7 1/2 years. Sam worked behind the scenes as a roadie during Michael's concert tours. The core road team in those days was Michael, Ron Davis (Road Manager and Sound Engineer) and Sam. 

Sam told me Michael and Ron were his mentors during that time. He said, "Mike and Ron really poured into me during those years. My call in life is to teach the Bible by living the truth, speaking the truth, writing the truth, and singing and songwriting the truth. Mike and Ron showed me how to live out this calling."

Since then, Sam has recorded three albums of his own. His third one, I Am With You, is set to be released on July 11, 2017. I have listened to this new album and am impressed with the many great songs written and co-written by Sam. It is evident these songs were written from real life experiences, bringing honest encouragement and hope to those who may be struggling. Sam says this about the album: 
"I Am With You" is my third album. It is engineered by Keith Compton, who I first met during the recording of Mike's "Scribbling In The Sand" recording. We've spent a ton if time together over the years during Mike's recordings and during mine. He is a true brother! Keith was talking to me about how he liked the song "I Am With You" as we were recording, and I came to realize that the theme of God being with us, of never leaving or forsaking us, and the price He paid on Calvary to make this relationship possible, really ties all the songs together.

http://samjudd.com/i-am-with-you/I encourage you to listen to samples of  Sam's latest album and/or pre-order a copy on his website here, where $15.00 includes shipping and handling: http://samjudd.com

Sam would also enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to visit with you and minister at your church. Please feel free to contact him through his Facebook page, or through the form on his website for more details.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Photo of the Week #21: Happy Birthday America - My Home Away from Home



Philippians 3:20 - But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

I currently live in the United States of America. It is my home on Earth. But, as a Christian, my true citizenship is in Heaven (see verse above). I am thankful for that because it gives me hope to one day be living in a perfect world. We all know this world we live in now is NOT a perfect world, am I right? In fact, it is downright messed up. There are days when I am so very ready to leave it all behind and finally encounter perfect peace like never before. Yet, while I am here, I am an American. And, even though the struggles are real, I am often reminded of how God has blessed America in many ways... and I am thankful... 
  • thankful for our freedoms.
  • thankful for the men and women who have died for those freedoms.
  • thankful for the luxuries we have compared to other countries.
  • thankful to be living here, where God has placed me.

The photo above was taken less than two weeks ago, when my son was at Boy Scout camp. We were there on Family Night and they closed the evening with a fireworks display. The American flag was lit up, and Lee Greenwood's "I'm Proud to be an American" was playing over the sound system. It was a nice way to end the evening, and made me thankful (and yes... proud) to be an American. Even with all the political messiness, and crime, and struggles we go through, it is still my current home away from home. I am glad to be here, and I am honored the Lord has given me the opportunity to serve Him while I am here.

Happy Birthday, America!