Articles in Category: Blog

The Space Between Vision -and- Reality

on Wednesday, 15 May 2013. Posted in Blog

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I will not drive [your enemies] out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the wild beasts multiply against you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased and possess the land. (Ex. 23:29-30)

Often we can find ourselves wondering where our original dreams and goals have gone. We began with a clear-cut vision and passion towards what we felt was our calling – our destiny. But somewhere in-between our vision and destiny our progress has seemingly began to digress or disappear altogether.

Here are three principles God is giving the children of Israel in order for them to possess their destiny:

 1.The principle of Stewardship is extremely important

“Lest the land become desolate” – The principle of stewardship is extremely important to God. Proper care and concern for the welfare of our surroundings is oftentimes more important than us achieving personal victory or dominance.

 2.True progress takes time

“Little by little I will drive them out before you” – Just as wealth gained quickly will dwindle (Prov. 13:11), so will influence and power. God allows us to expand according to our ability to properly manage and maintain.

 3.In order to possess the future we must first be fruitful in the present

“until you have increased and possess the land” – The word increased actually means to be fruitful. If we wait until tomorrow to be excellent at what we can accomplish today our lives will not progress towards the true destiny God has for us. The more we learn to be fruitful in our current situation – the more God will grant us our dreams. 

Bluegrass & Country

on Friday, 19 April 2013. Posted in Blog

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Had a blast @ The William Glesby Centre of Portage La Prairie, MB. So appreciative of a full venue and an awesome crowd!

Check out a video here: HERE

More to come soon....

(Still a couple of dates left in the Canadian Tour - hope to see you soon!)

Canadian Tour 2013

on Wednesday, 10 April 2013. Posted in Blog

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April 12 - New Hope Church, Delta, B.C.

April 13 - Maple Ridge Alliance Church, Maple Ridge, B.C.

April 14 - Connaught Heights Pentecostal, New Westminster, B.C.

April 17 - Glesby Center, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

April 21 - (AM) Prairie Community Church, Portage la Prairie, MB

              - (PM) Calvary Temple, Winnipeg, MB

Canadian Tour!

on Wednesday, 03 April 2013. Posted in Blog

Kevin is embarking on a Canadian Tour beginning April 12-22nd.

Check out the EVENTS link for tour schedule -

We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Event - Fredericksburg, VA

on Monday, 11 March 2013. Posted in Blog

18th Annual Glorious Reunion @ King's Highway Baptist Church this Sunday (March 17th) in Fredericksburg, VA.

Vist their website for more info CLICK HERE

Hope to see you out!

Looking forward to be apart of the program and sharing a couple of favorites from our new album Travelin' Through.

 

Thank God, I don't have to thank God for everything....

on Wednesday, 20 February 2013. Posted in Blog

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In everything give thanks – but don’t give thanks for everything.

I heard an excellent preacher make this statement one Sunday morning and it’s stuck with me ever since. How many times had I misread 1 Thessalonians 5:18? If you’re like me, you’re most likely not going to look up this reference and see what it actually says – so here it is: “In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God…”

A series of studies have come out in the past decade seemingly pointing to stress and depression causing a physiological ‘shrinkage’ of the brain. I chuckled at this since it seems to make sense that the more we become inundated with the anxiety, worry and stress around us, the smaller our worlds (and brains) become! Conversely, the more we externalize our focus on others and on God, the larger our world becomes (I guess our brains stay the same size in this scenario… no published research here).

I mention this study to underline the importance of having a ‘thankful heart’ to enlarge our vision, our world and our reality. Dr. Martin Seligman (University of Pennsylvania) continues to be a trailblazer in the new discipline of Positive Psychology because he teaches the importance of thankfulness, altruistic behavior, and overall getting your eyes off yourself and focusing your life on others.

God is not vying for you to thank Him for everything – rather thank Him in the midst of everything. Another way to represent this is: Love your neighbor in spite of their behavior, but you certainly don’t have to love all their behavior.

Often times I was under the delusion that I had to somehow find the good in the midst of a tragedy. For example, when my mother died, I wasn’t sure if I was somehow supposed to find the ‘good’ and be thankful (i.e. thank you God she didn’t suffer longer?) This didn’t seem right!

God is asking us to show thankfulness in spite of our surroundings, not necessarily for the particular surrounding(s). Consequently, in my scenario, it wasn’t a matter of thanking God for some minuscule ‘good’ within my loss and grief, but rather giving thanks in spite of my loss and grief. I could still thank Him for His faithfulness, love and friendship even though it may not have been presently observable (at least to me).

When you face setbacks or tragedies, remember that God desires for you to develop thankfulness in spite of and not necessarily thankfulness for. 

Upcoming Concerts

on Thursday, 17 January 2013. Posted in Blog

Concerts/Performances coming up: Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church, Hampton, VA (This Saturday @ 7pm) New Life Providence Church, Virginia Beach, VA (Sunday 9am & 11:30am) Gulf Beach Presbyterian Church, Panama City Beach, FL (Jan. 27 @ 7pm)

Great News Radio

on Tuesday, 01 January 2013. Posted in Blog

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Amanda & I were honored to be featured on a two-day New Years 2013 interview with Mark Burns of the Great News Radio Network of Illinois.

You can access the interviews: HERE

 


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!


Glesby Concert

on Wednesday, 07 November 2012. Posted in Blog

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After a sold-out performance in August, Kevin and Jerry Maksymyk of the Glesby Centre would like to announce that tickets have gone on sale for the spring concert - April 17, 2013!

Tickets are moving fast - get yours today by calling The Glesby at 204-239-4848
or visiting thier website Glesbycentre.com

Dauphin CountryFest 2013

on Wednesday, 10 October 2012. Posted in Blog

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We are very pleased to announce that Kevin will be performing at the 2013 Dauphin CountryFest in Manitoba! This is the longest running country festival in Canada and Kevin feels incredibly honored to be involved.

More details will be released closer to the event. Dauphin CountryFest runs June 27-30th. 
CountryFest.ca for more info