It’s one thing to realize that you need to work on things after you lose. But what about after a great win in your life? Are there lessons to be learned even then? Take a moment and consider!
No one likes to lose. But it is a part of life. We all have times when we missed a deadline, failed a project, or blew an opportunity. Are there some helps we can gather from these experiences? I think there are.
Hymns of the Faith!
I’m hard at work in the arranging stage of the new a cappella album. I’m really excited about this one, and I want to make it special. This will be my fourth all-a cappella album, and I was thinking what type of songs to do this time around.
Hymns are such a comfort and source of strength to believers down through the years. In fact, a mark of a good hymn is that is stands the test of time and remains with us. I’m including some of the greatest hymns we’ve had down through the years.
In fact, I’m taking suggestions from our 127 Patrons on Patreon as to what hymns they would like to hear.
I haven’t completed all the arrangements yet, but I’m working on them, and plan to begin recording the album the week of May 22nd, so your prayers are appreciated!
What can you pray for? Here’s a quick list:
- Wisdom in picking the rest of the song list,
- Creativity in the arranging,
- Health and stamina for my voice.
It’s no secret that my family is going through some challenging times right now as we relocate to Pensacola, FL, and get medical care for my wife and a house for the family. So recording during this time is not going to be simple. But I’m SUPER grateful to Pensacola Christian College that is giving me a room to use as a temporary recording studio to do this project! What a blessing!
We’ll keep you updated throughout the process. Thank you for your prayers, and I can’t wait to create this album to be an encouragement to you and other believers!
The projected completion date for the digital album is June 22. Physical albums will be released 4 weeks later.
Many of you will know Amber Foster from her excellent rendition of “What Manner of Man Is This” on YouTube. Now several years later, she has signed with Ben Everson Music Missions for her debut solo album, due out May 2. I was able chat with her during her busy schedule.
Ben: Amber, what year are you at Pensacola?
Amber: I am a junior. At least, I will be a junior once I finish up this last semester—which is in three more weeks.
Ben: What are you focusing on?
Amber: I am a missions major with a vocal music minor.
Ben: Fantastic! How would you describe your favorite things in one sentence?
Amber: The short version? I love music, coffee, and Jesus.
Ben: Well said! (Except the coffee part.)
Amber: (Laughing) Seriously, I absolutely love my home church and getting involved in the different ministries there—the phrase “church family” is definitely true in our situation. I also have worked as a dental assistant for the past five years, and I really enjoy it! I love getting to know different patients and being able to minister them. I also love spending time with friends and family. Chocolate and coffee are also a couple of favorites…oh, and I really like singing!
Amber with her mother and sister getting ready for her album cover photo shoot.
Ben: I know you may not have all the answers to this question, but do you have a sense of what the Lord might have in store for you in the future?
Amber: I know that the Lord wants me in some type of full-time ministry—where and exactly how, I’m not sure. There are several different places and types of ministries that I could see the Lord leading me to in the next couple of years, but I know that I’m supposed to be doing what I’m doing right now, and I trust Him to guide me with the next step when it comes time.
Ben: You do a lot of things at PCC right now, correct?
Amber: I’m currently chaplain of my collegian. I help lead a Christian service. And I enjoy getting involved in different music groups.
Ben: How did you come to Christ?
Amber: I grew up in a pastor’s home, so I grew up hearing the gospel frequently. However, as a child, I thought I had to get “just the right words” in order for God to save me. I remember constantly praying for salvation, just in case I had forgotten something or didn’t fully understand something and God hadn’t saved me. I can’t remember the exact day that I accepted Christ, but I now know that my salvation rests upon Christ’s faithfulness and forgiveness—not “the right words.” He promised me that if I believed in Him and asked Him to save me, He would—and He did! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Rom 10:13)
My vocal course is here! We have two versions available; one is HD and is available for $49.95. The other is the exact same content, but it is compressed into a format about 25% as big so it is under 1GB. That version is $39.95. You can also just pick up the ebook and not worry about any of the videos for $19.95.
We are using any of the profits that come in from this project to be a direct help in getting us to the mission field of Mexico. So you can be a part of helping our family, even as you are getting some great vocal help!
If you are able to spread the word about this vocal course, it would be a great help to us as we prepare to leave for Mexico March 22nd. And we hope that the course will be a great encouragement to many people to keep making music for the Lord.