JOURNAL ENTRIES FROM YEAR 2003
|December 31, 2003 (New Years Eve!)|
Happy New Year Everybody!
So here we are at the end of another year. Wow! 2003 was one of those years that felt like a whole lifetime bottled in 365 days. Lots of stuff happened ... I moved from my apt in LA, ministered, traveled quite a bit, recorded, left my beloved apt. in River Oaks behind, moved into a new house in the Heights ... met hundreds of new friends! Whew! Good year! : )
I guess I could say that 2003 was a kind of coming out for me.
Yes, another one! ; )
This was the first year I officially started my spoken word ministry by
doing public speaking, ministering at churches, writing for Spiritual
magazines and seeing hundreds and hundreds of people in my home on a
one-on-one basis. And the funny thing was ... rarely did any of
that involve singing! (Which is very weird for this "award
winning" recording artist!) ; )
|December 9, 2003|
Hello Everyone and Season's Greetings!
Well, it is official. Jamie, Leigh Anne and myself are all moved in to the new house.
There are still quite a few boxes to unpack, but all in all, the house is starting to look like a home. Our first official dinner in the house was KFC. It was oh so delicious! (What is it about Kentucky fried chicken that makes moving fun? That has been a tradition in my family for years. After the movers leave ... someone goes to get a bucket of KFC!) And forget about dieting! Well, that is a word that has not been followed by me for well over a year. Next year ... that will change! (More on that below!)
My Mom popped by the other night to take a look and monitor our progress in the new house and she said that everything is looking really good! In fact, she seemed really pleased! So with that, I guess it really is official then! : )
We have our Christmas tree up and it is a really pretty Douglas Fir 7 footer. It is not decorated yet. We do that tonight (I suspect.) But first we have to rummage through all the decorations scattered in boxes through-out our carless garage. We got this really nice G.E. Profile "$$$" fridge for the kitchen, but wouldn't you know (for all the bells and whistles that thing has ... it chills wine in 15min) it is not big enough to hold all the food we need to buy! So, to remedy that ... we went out to Best Buy and purchased a Whirlpool knock-off floor model fridge for about $330. We are going to keep that one in the garage, along with a ice chest type deep freeze we also got. (We like to get everything in the eco size around here!) So while we are looking for decorations, I am sure we will also do some straightening up as we need to make room for all that! I think it will go right next to the treadmill I have recently retrieved out of storage. My New Years resolution is to drop 60 (*fat) pounds by summer and try out a diet, exercise and lifestyle regime I developed 2 years ago called, "The Angel Diet." I have done it in part before and it did wonders for me. A few others have done the diet themselves and they said they had similar results. Now I am going to use the plan to tackle the big pounds I have put on and see what happens. I will let everyone know the results this coming summer! And yes! We will have before and after pictures! If anyone wants to join me, (starting New Years 2004), let me know and if I feel you are a good candidate, I will forward you the all the details you need to know. And if you would like, I will then post your before and after pictures, along with mine on the site. (I love that kind of stuff, don't you?)
Anyway, I just wanted to take the time to tell you guys what was going on and to let you know that I will be back to doing my recording and one-on-ones after the first of the year.
In fact, for those of you who are fans of the inspirational/Spirit Pop singing sensation, Jason Warner ... you will be pleased to know that my friend and I will be in L.A. recording a duet for his greatest hits album on January 12th. The song we are doing is entitled, "Still" (written by Jason) and will be used as the title track. I have seen my dear friend rise to meet and then conquer many challenges in his life. I am very proud of him and pleased to be apart of this recording. Together we will celebrate what is STILL the beginning a truly exceptional independent recording career. If you have not yet heard Jason's music, please visit, www.rjnmusic.com and check out an artist I consider to be one of the greatest male vocalists of all time. If you like Celine Dion ... I believe you will soon think as I do, that Jason is definitely her male counter part. Also, check out Jason's calendar. He and his mega-talented singing partner demarco are currently teamed as a rather dynamic duo. Both are on tour right now and could very well be in a town near you!
Alright now gang ... Merry
Oh, and by the way ... Ms. Peggy Morris sent me this wonderful Christmas story. It really spells out what this Season is all about! Please go read it when you get a chance. It is so good! (Thanks Peggy!)
|October 21 , 2003|
|July 27 , 2003|
|June 6 , 2003|
Link to hear Christian's new single debut on WISDOM RADIO
(This link provides the entire show)
a link to the appearance I made on the Nationwide satellite syndicated
"Wisdom Radio," where my new single, "Ode to
Angel" had its debut yesterday. The show is exactly 60 minutes in length. My portion is at the halfway point.
After you click the link, to get to my
segment ... click the "middle" or (small 5th line - dead center) of the real-player marker.
Or ... just listen to the whole show! These are great people ...
I am sure you will get a lot out of it!
The network asked me back for Thursday, June 19th
@ 4:30p.m. to 5:00p.m. central. We will be talking about an article I
recently penned called, "Coming out of the Spiritual Closet!"
The article just came out in the Texas based New Thought magazine
Indigo Sun this June. Visit the site and go
read what I wrote! (Vol. 11 Issue 3)
|June 5 , 2003|
Last month was a busy month! I had several public and private
speaking engagements and my daily one-on-one sessions went great!
Thank you to each and every one of you who came to see me, especially
those of you who traveled so far by car, bus or plane.
Because there seems to be a larger than normal demand for my time, I
am going to go ahead and extend my stay in Houston (adding about a
week to my one-on-one schedule) while I also do a bit of recording
here in town. (Which means I will remain in Houston till the end
of June.) To inquire about a one-on-one session, (what goes on
and how to obtain an appointment) E-mail Leigh@allaboutchristian.com
and a auto response letter will be sent out to tell you all you need
Updated Note: Kelly's band, "The Messies" came in 3rd.
|April 29 , 2003|
Sorry it has taken so long for me to get to my site and do updates.
I am back from Los Angeles and I'm in Houston for a bit. I have been busy doing individual one-on-one sessions with Spiritually inclined people and I am pleased at how well the sessions have been going. Because I have no current recording schedule, I am able to do these sessions 'til around mid June here in Houston.
You can e-mail: Leigh@allaboutchristian.com to find out more details on how to obtain a booking. An auto-response message will be sent to you, telling you all you might want or need to know. If you want to get a booking before I return to Los Angeles in mid June, I would advise seeking one now as my calendar is getting very full.
For those of you who are reading this who have already come to me for a Spiritual one-on-one ... I just want to say THANK YOU for your Warmth, Love, Light and Generosity. An extra special thanks goes out to Leigh Anne and my new friend Joy! Thank you (you sweet gals!!) for your Loving support of me and understanding of my ministry goals.
As some of you know (those who get CenterPoint magazine subscribed to you), I am on the cover this month. I have been preparing for a few speaking engagements that are upcoming in Houston at the CenterPoint meeting center on May 3rd and 7th.
You can go to www.CenterPointHouston.com and look at the "special events" page for more information.
On May 3rd, I will be talking openly about my near-death experience and discussing how to get through what I call, "The Storms of Life." You know what those are ... all those "little things" in life that challenge us and show us how willing we are to utilize Love and Light in our Life!!! Well, I will share some of my understandings about this and even reveal a few "tricks" I use in order to get me through! This is a free event ... and Love gifts are always accepted. Oh .... and dress up ... cause I will be taping for my TV show during this event.
On May 7th, I will be doing an extensive teaching about the Chakra. This has been intended to be a benefit lecture for CenterPoint's new building fund. CenterPoint has asked for a $25 donation beforehand and a $30 donation at the door. I tell you ... whatever you feel Spirit asking you to give ... that is more than enough and I thank you for it. Again, we will be taping for the TV show.
OK ... Lots of Love to all of you!
|February 17 , 2003|
Wouldn't you know it would take me to the middle of February to post my
first journal entry for 2003! LOL!
Is it just me ... or does this year seem to be flying by like crazy? Wow!
Well, I have been doing some traveling "just doing my thing" ... and I just
got back from a whirlwind tour in Columbus, Ohio. I want to send a shout of
LOVE out to all my fellow black brothers and sisters in Columbus that made
me feel so very welcome! Not only did you received me with open arms, you made me feel like I was part of your family and truly home! When I got back to Houston, I really missed you tremendously! For those reading that have NO CLUE what I am talking about ... I did a 4/5 day preaching/singing gig that was centered around a Church named AASAC -- it is headed by a great man of God, Pastor Yusif Weston. I met him while singing for Betty J. Eadie's 10 year celebration for her famous book, "Embraced By The Light" in Seattlelast November.
Being a part of an all-black/African American church was a wonderful
experience and being permitted to speak on behalf of God to them was such an honor -- and a first for me! While I may have been the only white brother inthe Lord's house, everyone's Spirits were truly color blind and there weremoments I felt as if I was back home in Heaven. One thing that I really Love about my fellow black brothers and sisters is that when they are in the Spirit ... they really know how to just LET GO and LET GOD! When they pray... THEY SHAKE THE HOUSE! When they sing ... THEY SHAKE THE HOUSE SOME MORE!When they fallout in the Spirit ... THEY JUST LET GO AND LET GOD GO IN FOR REPAIRS! I am in awe of all my darker skinned brothers and sisters and their phenomenal humility to just LET GO AND LET GOD LOVE THEM! It is so awesome. I think for those of us who are white (or whatever) ... could really learn alot from these people's faith and example!
There were many incredible moments ... but there is one in particular I want to share:One of the many reasons I went up to Columbus was to be a part of an evening of celebration and praise for AASAC church. This seems to be something I am doing a lot of these days! "Celebrating with others over their victories with God!" As for AASAC, they now hold the deed to the land their church sits on. I was asked to come sing and help them praise God for all the wonderful things our Creator is doing for this inner city church!
Now, I want you to get this: We are talking about a building that sits in
the middle of gang territory. There are actual bullet holes in the walls --
from drive by shootings and gang fights! Yet, right in the middle of this
war zone ... is this sacred place of Jesus Christ ... where Souls are
brought to God and helped to repair their lives. Well, that night ... as you
can imagine ... the house was packed! An amazing 21 piece all-black gospel
group named, "New Hope Mass Community Choir" had just finished giving a
fantastic performance. I was to go on next. Well, something happened with
the sound system, so the CD I was planning to sing to would not work. Then something happened to the mike system, so no one could hear me.
So do you know what I did? I stood there and just laughed my butt off.
'Cause it was clear as day that some demon was trying to keep me from doing my "God Thing." Trying to keep me from spreading Love and Light to AASAC Church and the rest of Columbus, Ohio. Now, keep in mind ... I was the only white face in the building and many had no clue who I was or what I was doing there.
Yes, there were tons of posters all around the city with my picture on it
... and I had even been featured in the morning Columbus paper that day, but what people wanted to know was ... why is this white boy ... here ... at an inner city all-black church?
I felt the Spirit of God well up in me and I started to speak to the crowd
loud enough for them to hear me without a mike. I shared with them what I
thought was going on and that I was not about to let some challenging devil get in the way of our time together. We all laughed and came together immediately. I asked the congregation if they wouldn't mind if I sung something to them ... using no CD ... just me ... all by myself? A roaring "YES!" came thundering back to me. A beautiful woman named Robin was sitting near the front row. I could hear her call out to me ... "Sing to us brother... sing to us a glorious a song of God !" I smiled and nodded to her and then prayed asking God what that song might be? Immediately I heard in my mind a song I had written when I was 17 years old called, "The Rhythm of Life." It is a very uplifting song about doing more in life than just
struggle ... it is about claiming your life as God gave it to you and making
it powerful! I raised up my hands and started singing the chorus of the song over and over again to the congregation. The choir (who had just finished singing and was now sitting in the audience), picked up the words and the tune immediately and they stood up and started to sing with me.
"Everyone has a purpose in life, to believe in something and to prove it
right ... so hold on believer ... hold on tight ... to the Rhythm ... to the
Rhythm of Life!"
There was also a small praise band that had been jamming between
performances. They too went back to their instruments joined in using ...
piano ... bass ... drum ... and guitar. They picked up the song in no time
and before you knew it ... the whole church was standing up, clapping and
singing the song! I walked around and put my hands on the children in the
room and sang directly to them. I sang directly to people who looked like
they were living on their last dollar and to those who looked to be without
hope. Everyone responded back with great enthusiasm and gusto! I have to
say, for the 20 something years I have been singing publicly ... it was one
of the most amazing moments of my entire performance life. 'Cause here I am with no mike, singing with a full gospel choir and a band (I have never
rehearsed with) and still you could have heard me for 6 blocks!
A very dear friend of mine, named Retina told me years ago about a vision
she had of me doing this very thing (singing the Rhythm of Life) for a
congregation and laying my hands on people. I told her, "But Retina, Rhythm of Life is just a pop song!" And Retina laughed and said, "Well Christian, God is showing me that it is something more! It is a HEALING song that is going to be used to bring people(s) far and wide together." And sure enough... Retina's vision came true! Now I am thinking ... "Hmmm ... I better get that song recorded pretty soon!" : )
For those of you who really love me and my music ... I wish you could have
been there. The Love in the room and the connection was truly unbelievable! We all turned a moment that might have looked like a disaster ... into a moment where Heaven and Earth became ONE! Man! I am still spinning over this one! THANK YOU GOD! TO YOU GOES THE GLORY!
OK -- so now I am headed to LA and Sacramento for 2 about weeks then I am off to Florida. I am doing some of speaking and singing ... and also
recording for various projects I am attached to -- one being Jason Warner's
upcoming album. This is the first time my Soul brother and I have recorded
anything together, so I am excited about that. Have you heard his music yet? He is a fantastic Christian singer! Go to www.rjnmusic.com and check him out. Jason is also doing a duet with me for my upcoming album, on a song I wrote called, "FLY!" I can promise you it is gonna be power packed!
Now ... about my audio book ... I have been getting some e-mail as to when is it coming out? I am hoping this summer. Thank you to all of you who are keeping up with me about it! Especially you Kristen!! : )
Much Love to all of you!
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