Crawford's Kingsmen Kommentary

May 9 | Posted by: Kingsmen Quartet

OK gang!  We have heard the final mix of “Front Row LIVE!” and it sounds super!  We are all excited to be a part of another powerful live recording by the Kingsmen. It seems we are still on course for a June release.  We trust all the Kingsmen faithful will embrace this effort and we know it will be a favorite for years to come.

Things have been so busy over the last month.  Finishing the new recording, photo shoots, touring, trying to get home and be daddys and husbands . . .whew!  But God is so good in His promise that His strength will sustain us.  We have seen souls won to the kingdom and lives changed. All the miles, all the ups and downs, they are all worth it.  And thanks to all of you who support us financially and/or in prayer.  It’s because of you that we can continue to carry the gospel across America.  When you buy a concert ticket, give in an offering, or buy music, you are insuring that God’s message will continue through the voice of the Kingsmen.  We thank you!

A lot of folks keep asking about Ray’s health issues.  The doctors have informed Ray he is in remission! PTL!!! God has truly blessed us all with being able to sing for a living, and Ray has been at it for 50 years. But no matter what is thrown Ray’s direction, good or bad, he always has an outlook of seeking God’s divine Will. We feel more than privileged to get to travel with Ray and know that God is continuing to speak through Ray in song and testimony.

We have some big dates coming up.  The Singing in the Foothills for the Ebenezer Children’s Home is June 20 in Wilkesboro, NC. The Memphis Quartet Show is June 19-23. We sing Friday night June 21. According to all our sources . . .this night has been designated as an “ALL NIGHT SING”!!!   Get your singin’ britches on that night!  And the big Bean Blossom sing is July 11 in Bean Blossom, IN. Make your plans now for these great dates featuring the Kingsmen!

 

A man has been visiting a therapist because he has had a fear of monsters living under his bed. The man has been seeing this doctor for months. Every time he would come in the doctor would ask "have you made any progress?". Everytime the man would say "no". The man decided to go and see another doctor. When he went back to his other doctor and he asked "have you made any progress?" he said "yes, I am feeling all better now" The doctor asked "what happened". The man said "I went to another doctor and he cured me in one session". The doctor asked "What did he tell you?" The man said "he just told me to cut the legs off of my bed".

Have you ever been afraid? Truly afraid?  The kind of fear that takes your breath.  The kind of fear that paralyzes you.  The kind of fear that causes you to doubt everything. Have you been there?

Now I am not talking about a scary movie or an insane rollercoaster.  I am speaking about the fear that arises when you get news from the doctor that comes with the phrase “months left”. 

The fear that comes from “downsizing” and ALL the bills are due . . .NOW!  The fear that comes from these words, “we can’t find your son” or “There’s been an accident and we are sorry to inform you . . .”

For me it brings back memories of when I was a police officer.  I always hated having to go with the County Coroner on a notification. Or working an accident scene where the victims were children.  I could not imagine what these people went through.  I have had friends and family members who have received devastating news that would crush the majority of us.  But they all made it through the trial.  They had the strength to face whatever it was and not be afraid.  And they all had one thing in common . . .a close walk with Jesus.

The only fear the Bible speaks of that we should have is the fear of the Lord GodPsa 2:11  Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. And Christ says . . . Luk 12:5  But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

He is a righteous and just God.  He is the creator of the universe, our Redeemer, and soon coming King. We should have a healthy fear of Him.  Yet though we fear God we should realize we are made in His image and loved.  Loved so much He gave His Son as payment for our sins.  And because of that perfect love we should have no fear.  1 Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. And God made us and redeemed us in perfect love.  There is no argument there. 

Sometimes this is an “easier said than done” concept.  This is where our faith needs to be put into action.  When fears overtake you, seek comfort in scripture and prayer.  Seek His face and direction and He will hear you. Psa 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. We are not promised that a life in Christ will be free from fear, but we are given the tools to fight it.  Remember when all had been taken from Job?  His wealth, family, even his own health had been stripped away.  What was his famous retort,  Job_13:15  Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. Job had a healthy fear of God and knew where his trust should lie.  I am sure he had a HUGE dose of earthly fear.  He had lost his entire existence save for his life.  I would be scared to death!  But Job trusted his God above all. 

David writes in the Psalms, Psa 27:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  And the most famous of all verses on fear . . .Psalm 23 . . . .

Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.    

Psa 23:2  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psa 23:3  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Psa 23:4  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psa 23:5  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Psa 23:6  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

This is where the strength comes from to battle fear.  This is where the Holy Spirit can speak to you and calm you to the very depths of your soul.  Christ Himself felt fear and agony.  Hard to believe?  Maybe . . .but it is so.  Can you see Him in the garden praying before He was betrayed? 

 

Luk 22:41  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

Luk 22:42  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Luk 22:43  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

Luk 22:44  And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

 

Sounds like fear to me. Sounds like our Savior is crying out for help from His Father in heaven.  This is the example for us.  Christ Himself showed us that in the worst point of fear in His life, He sought God and gained His strength from Him.  Not His friends, not a self-help book, not His Church family, only God. 

I will wrap it up with this.  David was running from Saul who was resolved to take his life. David was being hunted as an enemy of the King.  No matter where he went he would have been handed over to his death.  He fled therefore to the wastelands where no one would go.  Where no one would find him.  And he hid in a cave.  I would say he was very fearful!  David was downright scared!  But in his fear and despair he writes these words . . .

 

Psa 57:1  Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

Again, there is the strength.  There is the comfort.  There is the power.

 

He is a good, good God!!!

RC

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