Sunday Gospel: How Long Has It Been

Written by the late, great Mosie Lister, “How Long Has It Been” has always been one of my favorites.

Here I am privileged to sing it with The Crystal Valley Quartet. I am also the pianist.

Sunday Gospel: ‘Til the Storm Passes By

As thunderstorms roll through the Cornfield, this song is most appropriate.

Sunday Golden Text: Patience to Perfection

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

 – James 1: 3-8

‘Til the Storm Passes By – The Crystal Valley Quartet

Sunday Gospel: Alive & Well – The Album

Over the months I have shared songs performed by The Crystal Valley Quartet. This Sunday is the full album: Alive & Well.

Some of the songs, the group allowed me to be featured, including the theme song, which I wrote, Crystal Valley.

The group has changed in personnel over the years, with none of the original members.

During one of my stays at Regional Hospital, the current lead singer, who is also a nurse, told me that  the group still pulls out my theme song from time to time.

I was pianist for the group and a founding member. All of these songs were from that time.

Alive & Well was recorded live at the Mount Olivet Christian Church on State Road 46 east of Spencer, Indiana.

Enjoy!

Sunday Gospel: The Unclouded Day

A Gospel classic of hope for a better tomorrow, The Crystal Valley Quartet performed this one live at the Mt. Olivet Christian Church just east of Spencer, Indiana. It was included on their album, Alive & Well.

At the time I was pianist for the group.

The song has been a standard of almost every Southern Gospel group for decades. It has also been a staple of Country Gospel as well, most noticeably recorded by Willie Nelson.

Enjoy, The Unclouded Day!

Sunday Gospel: I Saw the Light

His life was marked with tragedy. The demons he fought eventually led to taking his own life when he was at the top of his career.

Yet, this Lord’s Day the Southern Gospel favorite has become a standard and one of the most recorded ever. Hank Williams penned the words and music to “I Saw the Light.”

The song became an instant classic and played in churches throughout the South, though his own life did not mirror the words he wrote. The song is still a most-requested at conventions, revivals and Gospel Sings.

Hopefully Hank has at last found peace, wrapped in the Light that gives hope to the world.

Enjoy!

Sunday Gospel: The Haven of Rest

We live in a time of trouble. All around us the sea of life seems to be in a cataclysmic upheaval.

Jesus warned us that as we near the end of time that there would wars and rumors of war. Jesus said hearts would fail for fear and earthquakes would become more abundant.

This appears a true reflection of the time in which we live.

Jesus went on to say that this was “but the beginning of sorrows.

But when all seemed lost, Jesus had these words of comfort:

Left up heads…your redemption draws near.” How more fitting can this Gospel classic be with terror seeking to kill our spirit?

Divisiveness attempts to cause our fall from grace.

Hatred is trying to squelch the flames of love.

Like the disciples on the Sea of Galilee at night in a fishing boat being tossed and pounded by angry waves around them, as the lightning flashed and the thunder roared, they saw Jesus walking on top of the water.

After Peter walked to Jesus on the water, he took his eye off his anchor allowing the rolling waves to place fear in his heart. Peter began to sink. He did have the wisdom to look back and cry out to the Master of the Waves.

We are told as Jesus and Peter came on board the tiny ship it was immediately in port, a haven of rest and security. Enjoy this live recording while I was with The Crystal Valley Quartet: The Haven of Rest.

Sunday Gospel: I’ll Fly Away

One of the most beloved Gospel songs ever written by Albert E. Brumley is this classic –  “I’ll Fly Away“.  Almost every Southern Gospel group has performed it. Country singers often include it in their repertoire of Gospel hits.

On this 4th of July weekend when we in America celebrate our independence, this Gospel great talks about the ultimate independence when we are free from earthly shackles and free to fly way home to heaven.

Enjoy!

Sunday Gospel: I’m Saved & I Know that I Am

Happy Father’s Day to all out there being honored by your children. There is no greater job in the world being a Dad.

Today’s offering is a foot tapping, hand clapping tune that can’t help, but make you feel happy – I’m Saved and I Know that I Am.

The performance by The Crystal Valley Quartet was recorded live at the Mt. Olivet Christian Church east of Spencer, Indiana on the way to Bloomington.

I remember back as a boy at youth camp in Brown County, Indiana just outside of Fruitdale on the other side of Bean Blossom, singing this song. It was one of the popular songs among both campers and counselors.

Enjoy!

Sunday Gospel: ‘Til the Storm Passes By

Americans this Sunday morning woke to the tragic news of the worst mass shooting in US history.

Over 100 people were victims of a terrorist attack by a lone gunman, who pledge allegiance to the Islamic State on a 911 call while he was killing Americans out on a Saturday night at a dance club in Orlando, Florida.

Of that number 50 were killed. Another 53 were critically wounded, prognosis not yet known.

It happened that those victims were gay, but they were still our sons, our daughters, our brothers, our sisters, our cousins, our mothers, our fathers. They were still Americans struck down by a jihadist.

I recalled listening to my father in sermon after sermon as a child growing up in the parsonage talk of how his father would gather him, his sister and wife together in the storm cellar in Arkansas to wait out a storm, a tornado passing by. Grandpa would pull them all into his arms and hold them until it was once more safe to rise and meet a new day.

On this Sunday when Americans are dealing with the aftermath of a storm of terrorism, it only seemed appropriate to post this gem of hope written by the late, great Mosie Lister as performed while I was with The Crystal Valley Quartet. Take hope and have faith as you listen to‘Til the Storm Passes By.