The bible declares that, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" (2 Cor. 3:17). I am a firm believer of that verse, and being a musician, I believe that praise & worship can serve as a powerful influence in setting one free ... especially when the anointing is present, making the Word of God come alive for whoever is listening to the message in song!
I am self taught on every instrument I play, never having had any formalised music instruction/education. If God has given you a gift, use it to glorify Him. And by the way ... your gifting / talent does not have to be in music! "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; ..." (Col. 3:23). Whatever window or door of opportunity the Lord may open which allows me to play & sing, I do not take lightly nor for granted. I consider it an honour & a privilege to be allowed to minister in music wherever I go.
My musical influences range from the likes of Enya, to Robin Mark, to Pink Floyd, to Chris Tomlin, Journey, Jesus Culture, Soulbreather, Led Zepplin, Eden's Bridge, and so many others. I am also influenced by classic masters such as Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, etc.. but I so love the softer, quiter sounds of praise & worship. I do contemporary & celtic styles of praise & worship, so there's a wee bit of variety in how I minister in music.
Myself & Lea ... who I lovingly call "the missus".
And this would be a photobomb, given
in grand fashion by our granddaughter
What many don't know / realise, is that I have been in ministry since 1985 ... and have not one, but 2 running, and still current I might add, ordinations from independent ministerial organisations. I find it easier to list this info here rather than broadcast it openly to others.
Since 1985, I have served as a Sunday School teacher, an associate pastor, children's & youth pastor, an interim pastor, a home church pastor, and as a praise & worship leader. That last one, I can't imagine why! (lol) I consider myself as being "full gospel" in faith & practise. I am happily married to a lady who wholeheartedly supports what I do in ministry and, when her time & schedule so allows, will even go with me when I am out ministering.