January 2005

blindfolded-peopleAugustine said, "...the heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee." Augustine spoke of a void that every man has in his heart that can only be filled by God. In other words, the search for the meaning of life is endless until our life is filled with the righteousness, peace and joy of the Holy Spirit.

Many people search throughout the Earth trying to find God in sacred artifacts and relics. They become devoted to religious institutions, never obtaining what they are looking for. Salvation, that comes from trusting Christ, is already within easy reach. In fact, the message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart." 1

Searching For Answers

For centuries men have continued to search for the Holy Grail. It is defined many ways, but is usually claimed to be the challis Jesus used at the last supper to serve His disciples the night before His death on the cross. Jesus placed importance on the wine in the challis, not the cup itself. He told His disciples that the wine was a symbol of His blood, which was to be given to forgive the sins of many. 2 There has been investigations, which have taken place over many centuries, into the authenticity of Shroud of Turin. It is thought to be the cloth that covered Jesus in the tomb.

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February 2005

funeral-001"Mr. Smith was a man who always clocked in at work on time. He took his job seriously, never missing a day. He always paid his bills on time. He loved his car and was always diligent to change the oil every 3000 miles. His yard was always perfectly manicured. He walked his dog faithfully. He never missed a Sunday at church in all the years we'd known him. He was faithful with his tithes and offerings. He is survived by his wife Betty. They had no children."

How will the eulogy read at your funeral? Will the clergyman talk about all your egocentric exploits, or will he talk of the lives you've touched? What kind of legacy will you leave for others? Will your relatives and friends have anything good to say about you? Or does it really matter, since you will be dead?

What Is "It" That Really Matters?

Many of us take pride in saying, "I don't care what people think!" "It" isn't good to be controlled by the opinions of others, but like "it" or not, "Man is not an island!" We are created to have relationships with others and a big part of healthy relationships is care and concern for one another.

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April 2005

Our goal is to affect the way you see God. We intend to reach the lost, the backslidden, the unchurched and the unproductive, and make them whole through the love of God, thereby launching them into productive, personal service. Our desire is to always have others feel loved, and to help them understand that God loves them.

How Do You See God?

How we see God affects the way we see and react with others. If we see God as creating us in His image, we will value the life of one another. If we perceive God as judgmental and always angry, we will reflect a critical heart. If we know and perceive God as love, we will reflect His love to those around us. Mother Teresa said that the greatest disease of mankind is the absence of love. She hit the nail right on the head.

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June 2005

silktielgThe third Sunday of this month is Father's Day. Years ago, we discovered that in prison Father's Day is not as popular a day. Hallmark sent our chaplain thousand's of free cards for the men, but we couldn't give them away. We discovered that only a few of the men were in contact with their fathers.

Our Father's Promise

The Old Testament ends this way: "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.1

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August 2005

lily valleyLife doesn't have to be a continual struggle. Jesus said, "Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But be of good courage, because I have overcome the world."1 Jesus died and rose from the dead not only to give us an eternal life, but an abundant life here on earth.

This may sound strange coming from a prisoner like myself, but the secret to living a victorious life is to simply abide, trust and rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ. When Jesus shouted from the cross, "It is finished", I believe he was saying we can stop trying to obtain righteousness through the works of the law, because He established the only way to obtain forgiveness, righteousness and life.

Many of our struggles are with guilt and shame resulting from illicit sex, divorce, abortion or other sinful behavior. There will be consequences, but Jesus shed His blood 2000 years ago to provide forgiveness for all sin; past, present and future. 2He rose from the dead to give us an abundant life, regardless of present circumstances. 3

This morning...

I woke up singing the song: "Everybody ought to know, Everybody ought to know, who Jesus is. He's the lily of the valley. He's the bright and morning star. He's the fairest of ten thousands. Everybody ought to know." I can't get that song out of my mind.

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October 2005

religionIn an August 2005 survey of 1004 Americans, NEWSWEEK magazine andBeliefnet found that 67% say the soul goes to heaven or hell when we die. Remarkably, 81% of Protestants and Catholics believed that a good person of another faith can attain salvation or go to heaven, even though their Savior Jesus declares: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 1

Myth or Fact?

There are numerous myths deceiving the minds of Christians. One is that you can get to heaven by being good. They believe God weighs your good and bad works, and if your good works outweigh your bad, you get in, otherwise you go to hell. This is not the way God saves. Without faith in Christ, our works will signify nothing but rebellion.

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December 2005

In the last Monthly View, "The Ezekiel Wheel Project" helped us to visualize that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. 1 We read about these men of faith in Hebrews, chapter 11. They were men who walked by faith in God, not by sight. 2They dared to believe in the invisible God, Who created them for a personal realization of Him in the Spirit. Today, they are our heroes of faith.

The Throne's Seven Levels

These heroes help us to see the seven levels of God's throne, which are illustrated on the Ezekiel Wheel Project chart. The center core, the first level, is revealed in Revelation 4:2,3 by the Apostle John saying, "...I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne." The invisible God Almighty [El Shaddai] became visible to him, "And He who sat there was like a jasper [red, yellow or brown opaque quartz] and a sardius [reddish brown] stone in appearance, and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald [deep green]." John saw God's throne in its entirety in this one verse, the throne of God on the highest level to the rainbow, or the outer seventh level. Can you see the view from where you sit?

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December 2004

December 2004

communictions-freestyleThe world is experiencing an information overload as radio, television and the Internet battle for our time and attention. These devices provide a vision that dictates how we should look at the world around us. We receive these communications through our physical senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Similarly, we communicate with God spiritually with our spiritual senses. Whether physical or spiritual, these sensory views not only create the way we see the world, but the way we see God.

This worldview is our life perspective and determines how we interpret events, situations and circumstances, such as our religious and political views or the war in Iraq. It makes up the thoughts and beliefs that shape our lives, and our relationship with God.

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February 2010

It is such a joy to know that you are reading the monthly view. It is my prayer that while viewing this site, you will be affirmed in God's abounding love. A dear saint, Anna Terruwe, M.D., says: "God's love in Christ Jesus is the ultimate affirming love that heals human wounds and patiently awaits our graced response." May the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you.1

Affirmation of God

Webster's dictionary defines affirm as "to validate, confirm, state positively, assert as valid or confirmed," and affirmation as "the act of affirming, something affirmed: a positive assertion."

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April 2010

It is so exciting to share God's abounding love through the monthly view. I'm so thankful for your response. If you would like it placed on the website, make the subject: What People Are Saying. It is my prayer that what you say will be a blessing to others around the world.

Study Chart Booklet

Update: August 2014 - This booklet is no longer available in black and white. We are working on a new download in color. When this is ready, we'll add a link to it. Thank you!

Praise Report

"My name is Jeremiah, and I'm a graduate student at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. I'm getting my Masters in Performance Studies, and I'm in the processing of preparing for my graduate recital speech. I just wanted to contact you and let you know that your story greatly impacted my life so much so that I'm going to share it as part of my recital speech.

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June 2010

Welcome to this month's view. I'm glad to hear that you enjoy not only the views, but the entire web site. As you read, I pray that God's love will be revealed to you by the Holy Spirit.1 Remember, "We love God because He first loved us."2 We are beloved by God!


Do you find it hard to stay focused on your relationship with the Lord throughout the day? If so, one way to focus is by listening to contemporary Christian music on KLove. com. As you do, God's word of love and grace will renew your mind to the finished work of Jesus, producing a sense of righteousness and perfect peace.3

"Therefore by Him [Jesus] let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name."4

Serenity Prayer

My mother's favorite prayer was the Serenity Prayer. Often, she would pray it out loud to overcome as things got too tough for her to handle. I recall her cry:

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March 2005

easterThe last Sunday in this month is Easter Sunday. The whole body of Christians will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. With Mel Gibson's film The Passion of Christ still fresh in our minds, we can't help but remember Christ's suffering at Calvary three days prior to His resurrection.

What Is Your View?

Easter was originally the name of a pagan festival honoring Eostre, a Teutonic goddess of light and spring. At the time of the vernal equinox (the day in the spring when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are of equal length), sacrifices were offered in her honor.

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May 2005

flowers-001On the second Sunday this month, we celebrate Mother's Day. One thing we all share in common is that we have a mother. All of us know the importance of this day. We will either be with her, or hold her close in our hearts and minds. She is our love, no matter what!

Our Mom

It would not be right to not mention Eve, who was the mother of all living. 1 Sometimes we forget about her. Some of us blame her or our own mom for our troubles. The Bible says Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 2

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July 2005

teen-cigarettePeople often asked how someone could follow Manson to the extreme I once did? My usual reply is that the crazed Manson we see in interviews is not the person that misled us in the '60s. Things that deceive us often do not appear damaging until later.

Think About It!

The youngster smoking their first cigarette doesn't see it as developing into lung cancer. The alcoholic doesn't see their first drink leading to a life on skid row. Who could have seen those seemingly innocent peaks at pornography leading to divorce? And the person tempted with illicit sex didn't see it leading to unwanted pregnancy or an incurable disease.

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September 2005

wooded-pathOur lives pass in a moment compared to the time we will spend in eternity. It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 1 I pray the Lord will remind you how brief your time on earth is. Your days are numbered, and your life is fleeing away. 2 And just as it is destined that each person dies only once; after that, comes judgment. 3

The Fear of Death

The fear of death is common and one of the reasons Jesus came to die. Because God's people are human beings, made of flesh and blood, Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He deliver those who have lived all their lives a slave to the fear of death. 4

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November 2005

This month is the beginning of The Ezekiel Wheel Project. The prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of the glory of God, which is still visible today. The problem is not with God's
desire to show us His glory, but our willingness to seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand side of God. 1 Click Here

My Chart Booklet

The Lord has given me the ability to illustrate His word by creating over thirty Bible study charts, such as Ezekiel's wheel in the middle of a wheel vision. I have a complete chart booklet, but only a limited number are in print. The charts are available on this website for your viewing and downloading.

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November 2004

worldview001A worldview is the way we see, perceive and understand things. The way we look at the world around us. While growing up in the '50s and '60s, my thoughts were very shallow. I did not understand the importance of having a sound worldview. There was a battle going on in my mind between my worldview, based upon modem, liberal culture, and the solid beliefs and views of my parents. I was searching for what I felt was missing in my life. I was led by what felt good physically. I didn't understand what was missing, nor was I willing to listen to those who offered counsel. I felt misunderstood, and began to medicate my pain with illegal drugs, sex and music. I was self centered, trying to fill a spiritual emptiness through external means.

My life began to spin out of control, lacking character, appropriate feelings and sound reasoning. A quality life was within reach, exemplified by my parents and siblings, but my will was bound to follow a path leading to my own destruction. I ignored a productive view of life, falling prey to those who had perfected the art of destroying their own souls. I succumbed to a path that seemed right to me, but whose end was death.1

My Eyes Were Blinded

My parents used to remind me later in life, how as a child, I would talk to my dog "Collie" and tell him all my troubles. I guess I felt he could understand me when no one else could. Though a trained dog can comfort and help guide the blind, "Collie" could do little to help me with the blindness of my heart. Now, I see that I should have been talking to my parents and God, instead of to my dog.

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January 2010

As you read this month's view, let us declare a mighty move of God in our lives for 2010. In the book of Exodus, the Lord used a mighty strong west wind to blow a plague of locusts from Pharaoh's land into the Red Sea.1 For 2000 years, the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit has been blowing from the throne room of God to remove the sin and darkness from our lives. By faith, all we have to do is be willing to call upon the Lord for deliverance.

Call Upon Me

The Lord says, "Call to Me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know."2 One way to call out to the Lord is to simply cry "HELP!" He promises to answer you and to show you great and mighty things which you don't know. He is waiting for you to respond.

Another way to call out to the Lord is to proclaim what God's word says about the blood of Jesus. We over come the world, the flesh, and the devil by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of our testimony, while laying down our lives.3 That is, we overcome by confessing what God's word says about the blood of Jesus.

The blood of the old Testament sacrifices cleansed the temple, so the Holy Spirit could dwell therein. In the same way, the blood of Jesus cleanses our sin, so the Holy Spirit can dwell within us. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit.4 We are not our own, for we are bought with the price of Jesus's blood.5 The Lord "...loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."6

After Jesus' death and resurrection, He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father, until they would be clothed with power from on high.7 Fifty days later (on the day of Pentecost), "...there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."8

From the Mailbox

This same power of the blood and of the Holy Spirit is still available today. You may be in a similar situation as Jessika, a young woman who wrote, saying: "I happened to come across your web site today, and I'm really impressed! I'm so glad you've embraced the Lord. You are an inspiration to me. It's really hard for me, but I'm trying. Sometimes, well a lot of the time, I wonder if God really could love me. Have you ever felt like that?

My mom says she can always feel the spirit of Jesus with her. I wish I had that feeling. How can I get there, you know? I'm so lonely. I have friends. I know men who want to be with me, but this isn't fulfilling to me. I want something real. I want to be happy. Are you happy? What if I'm just a lost soul for good. Is is possible? Love, Jessika."

Today, the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit is flowing from the throne room of God to fill our hearts to overflowing. The Lord is no respecter of persons.9 He loves us all the same, and stands ready to bless us [make us happy] through faith in His precious blood and righteousness. As King David wrote, "Oh, how happy are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Happy is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute [charge] sin."10

Proclaiming the Blood

I encouraged Jessika to print out The Blood of Jesus Christ Scriptures from the home page Study Chart Galleries link. This chart not only offers the Scriptures, but instructions to meditate, recognize, confess, pray and praise God for Jesus' precious blood. Jessika agreed to give it a try, but she said, "To be honest, I'm kind of scared to do this, and I don't know why." I think I know.

First, "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."11 Satan is the author of deception, which brings fear and confusion, hindering us from understanding the revelation of the blood of Jesus Christ. Secondly, worldly leaders, even religious ones, can bring deception. "...the rulers of this world have not understood it [the wisdom of God], if they had, they would never have crucified our glorious Lord."12

This is the wisdom of God's love: "He alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit, God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us accepted to God. He made us pure and holy, and He gave Himself to purchase [with His blood] our freedom."13 This is foolishness according to man's wisdom.14

As you slowly meditate on the blood of Jesus, recognize that you are bought with a price, and brought into the presence of God. Confess each Scripture with your mouth daily. God's glory and presence will follow. Pray from your throne room position in the Name of Jesus Christ. Praise God that because of the blood of Jesus, you are seated with Christ in the heavenly places.

Confessing the Blood Scriptures

It is important for you to find a quiet place to prepare for a time in God's presence. Be sure to have your Bible, along with the Blood of Jesus verses. Confession means "to say the same thing that God says," concerning who you are in the precious blood of Jesus.

Begin to speak to your Heavenly Father, acknowledging His Word, His blood, and the Holy Spirit. Simply say, "Father, I am so thankful for the promises of Your Word. You say if I call on You, You will answer, and show me great and mighty things that I do not know. I do not know Your presence right now, but I believe You will reveal it to me if I will just call. So I call on You by faith to enter into Your presence with the blood of the Lamb.

Your Word says: I am loved and washed from sin by Jesus' blood, Who made me a king and a priest. I am blood bought for Your purpose, causing me to reign as a priest in Your kingdom. I overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. I am purchased from the slave market of sin with the blood of Jesus. I am justified by grace, redeemed by Christ and declared righteous by faith. I am made right in Your sight by the blood of Christ and saved from Your judgment. I am bought with a high price, therefore I glorify You in spirit and body, which is Your temple. I am blessed, because I share in the benefits of the blood of Jesus Christ.

I have in remembrance who I am in Christ, because of the blood of the New Covenant. I am purchased by grace, free through the blood of Your Son and my sins are forgiven. I am Your property, once far away from You, but now I'm near to You by the blood. I have peace with You through the blood of the cross, and I'm reconciled to You. Jesus took His blood into heaven's Most Holy Place, securing my salvation forever. His blood purified my heart from dead works to serve and worship You, the true and living God. I am forgiven of my sins, which would be impossible without the shedding of blood.

I have boldness to enter heaven's Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. I have a new and living way to enter into Your presence, open to me through the death of Jesus. I have come to Jesus, the mediator of the New covenant, and been forgiven by His blood. I am set apart unto You and made holy by the blood of Jesus, Who suffered for my sin. I have an everlasting covenant, signed in Jesus' blood, the Great Shepherd of the sheep. I am made holy by the Spirit, because I've been cleansed by the lifeblood of Jesus Christ. I am paid for with the precious blood of Jesus, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. I have fellowship with You, my Father, because the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin. Amen."

Praise God for His Presence

Begin to praise God for His presence in your life. "With Jesus' help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of His name."15 If the works of the flesh [bitterness, unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, fear, anger, hatred, violence, lust, and etc.] are quenching the Spirit in you, continue to praise your way through the blood verses, until your soul is freed to experience the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit. It is time to press in with fervency and faith.

When I first came to the revelation of the blood of Christ, it took me twenty or more minutes to break the darkness from my soul. I was born-again, but I wasn't aware of the revelation of the blood of Jesus. I needed to take authority over the enemy of my soul by overcoming him through the blood of the Lamb and by applying the word of my testimony. As I confessed Jesus' blood and yielded my life to God, the Holy Spirit began to flow freely through my soul. The truth concerning the blood of Jesus set me free to experience God's love, peace, and joy.16 As the Psalmist proclaimed: "In God's presence is fullness of joy, at His right hand are pleasures forevermore."17

The more time I spent meditating the blood of Jesus, the less time I needed to enter in into His presence. Before long, I experienced the presence of the Lord by just mentioning the blood of Jesus. As a result, the Lord used me to help others enter into God's presence. The Lord can use you to help others enter into God's presence through the blood of Jesus. Will you strive for God's presence, so you can be effective in ministering to others?

A Prayer For You ...

"When I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources, He will give you mighty inner strength through His Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Now, glory be to God! By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. May He be given glory in the church and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen."18

Scripture References:

1 Ex. 10:19
2 Jere. 33:3
3 Rev. 12:11
4 1 Cor. 3:16, 17
5 1 Cor. 6:19, 20
6 Rev. 1:5, 6
7 Luke 24:49
8 Acts 2:2-4
9 Acts 10:34
10 Rom. 4:7, 8
11 2 Tim. 1:7
12 1 Cor. 2:8
13 1 Cor. 1:30
14 1 Cor. 1:17-28
15 Heb. 13:15
16 John 8:32
17 Psa. 16:11
18 Eph. 3:14-21

Acknowledgement: A special thanks to Sherry for transcribing this months view!


March 2010

What a blessing it is to share another monthly view, affirming God's love for you. An affirmed person knows the love of Jesus and expresses God's abounding love even in an emotional way with something as simple as a hug or a kiss. The apostle Paul commanded the church at Rome, Corinth, and Thessalonica to "Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss."1

The Unaffirmed Person

An unaffirmed person has never felt genuine care and concern from a mature adult. Can you find yourself in this partial list of characteristics of an unaffirmed person?

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May 2010

It is always exciting to hear that you look forward to each month's view. I pray that God may always be glorified, and not myself, because of what He has done in my life. Jesus made it quite clear that "...apart from Him, we can do nothing."1

Sharing God's Grace

As a follower of Jesus, my purpose is to share God's grace, which is His favor and ability working through me to do what I can't. The apostle Paul provides an example: "...whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me--and not without results. For I worked harder than all the other apostles, yet it was not I, but God who was working through me by His grace."2

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July 2010

It is such an honor to have you return to the site once again. I will be reporting on the death of a dear Christian brother who went home to be with Jesus. In light of his passing, I will share the importance of believing in Jesus for eternal life. As Jesus prayed, "...this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."1

Norman Ezell's Passing...

normanEzell-2010bOn May 8, 2010, Norman Ezell stepped into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. "For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down--when we die and leave these bodies--we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God Himself and not by human hands...For we will not be spirits without bodies, but we will put on new heavenly bodies...Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord."2

I met Norman in 1966, where he and four other men played in a rock band known as the "Five Americans." They were riding the wave of Beatle mania, with their forty hits like "I See The Light" and "Western Union." Then, in 1977, a couple of years after we were both saved, we met again when he visited the prison chapel with Teen Challenge as a music minister. It wasn't long until we were best friends. In 1979, he was my best man.

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