Thank you GOD for my family. Thank you GOD for parents that raised us, forcing us to get to know YOU. YOU have brought my family through so much over the years. YOU have taught us that Cancer, Drugs, Leukemia, Automobile accidents, Alcohol, nor anything else is too big for YOU. YOU have blessed my family to all be in service for YOU. My parents work hard in the church, Loretta (my oldest sister) is married to a preacher, I travel in music ministry and preach, Lamar (my younger brother) is a preacher, and…Read more
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I received a call from a young man, that had been to one of my concerts, asking if I would care to meet with him and his wife the next time I was in South Carolina. I told him that I currently did not have anything on the books for South Carolina. I asked if he wanted to possibly meet me somewhere in the following week. We scheduled a time to meet in Anderson SC.
When we met, he told me that both he and his wife had rededicated their lives to JESUS at one of my concerts a few months ago. He said that they…Read more
For those of you that know me, you know that I don’t like to have anyone touch my face or hair. Well, the other night some friends and I from Emory Hospital in Atlanta were handing out blankets, toboggans, gloves, etc., to the homeless. I was wrapped up with a heavy jacket and a scarf, but was completely frozen. I was careful to not say anything about being cold simply because I would be getting in my warm car shortly and the people that we were helping would soon be lying on the cold ground to sleep…Read more
7 years ago this week, I was in the hardest battle of my entire Christian walk. There were days that I wasn't even able to crawl out of bed, and certainly wouldn't leave the house for days at a time. 6 months earlier, I had made a commitment to perform some Christmas carols for underprivileged children on December 4, (Friday). On that Friday morning a put myself into 'auto-pilot' mode. I headed for the elementary school with a surface smile and a shattered heart.
Just as I had finished singing my last…Read more
MERRY CHRISTMAS “just 4 weeks out"!
In honor of Christmas month, I wanted to share a Christmas song that I wrote a couple of years ago.
I sat down with a young man, around 24 years of age, and I asked if he was excited about Christmas. He began to share his story with me about how Christmas used to be a very sad time for him because he had no family and had been passed from home to home in Foster Care. But then he began to tell me that one year, just 2 weeks before Christmas, at twelve years of age he…Read more
God is close to the brokenhearted, And helps those crushed in spirit. - Psalm 34:18
Yesterday, November 21, 2016, our community confronted a tragedy too difficult to comprehend. A school bus traveling from Woodmore Elementary crashed, resulting in five fatalities, dozens of injuries, countless devastated families, and a community struggling to make sense of it all.
Our first responders from the Chattanooga Fire Department, Chattanooga Police Department, Hamilton County EMS, and Erlanger Hospital acted…
I believe the more we take time to notice, and give thanks for the things (and people) that GOD has blessed us with, we would notice a lot less negativity around us. Philippians 4:8 teaches us that if we want peace in our life, we need to give less thought to the negative things around us and focus more on the good, honest, pure, etc.
In honor of this teaching, and our nation celebrating Thanksgiving this week, I'm going to ask everyone that reads this "Testimony Tuesday" to please list one thing (or…Read more
About a year ago (or so), I went to eat with some friends (Jesse Coraggio) at BJ’s Brewhouse in the Indianapolis IN area. While we were eating, a husband, wife and friend came into the restaurant and sat at the table to my right. Well, if you know me at all, then you know I struck up a conversation with them. Chatted a little about what they were ordering, what we had ordered and just stuff. During our talk, I mentioned that I had just gotten my new book "Yes HE Can" back from the publisher and I would love…Read more
GOD for always loving me through my situations of life!
I believe, that if we would focus more on what HE has already done for us, we would see even more miracles (health, finances, emotional, marital, etc.)
Here is the chorus of the song that I wrote a few months back. Always remember that HE knows where you are, and what you are going through.
GOD sees your tears
HE feels your pain
HE knows you've struggled
through life in many way
But HE's always brought you through
GOD already has a plan…
GOD, thank you for guiding my steps and for allowing me to be a vessel that you are willing to work through. You amaze me on a daily basis.
Facebook friends, what makes the difference? It is simple. LOVE makes the difference! 1st John 3:14 says, "We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." Who is our brethren? EVERYONE that we meet is our brother or sister. When we take time to love those around us, we are taking on one…Read more
A friend and I were at a restaurant the other day. Sitting about 6 feet from us appeared to be a husband and wife, who were in a pretty intense argument. Their personal issues seemed to become more noticeable as each minute passed. I wanted to help, but wasn't sure how. So, I asked the server if she would get me their ticket. I paid their bill and wrote a small note on the back of their check.
I wrote, "GOD has great plans for both of you. It's definitely easy, due to circumstances, to lose our focus and…Read more
Most of you guys know that I started "Extended Arms" project (DBA: Young Harmony, Inc.) about 6 years ago. I have seen GOD's blessings over and over on this ministry, and for that I am so thankful! Part of what we do is handing out $5 McDonald gift cards to help hungry people with a meal (or 2 sometimes). I normally hand out 250 cards each quarter, however the other day in Atlanta, I handed out all that I had on hand (a little over 400). There were just so many hurting people, and I simply couldn't stop…Read more
From then to now! 49 years ago, today, I made my grand entrance into this world. I know that some people, as they get older, are bothered by their age. However, I am not one of those. I am so thankful that GOD has blessed me to live to become the awesome age of 49. Most of you have no idea of all that HE has done for me. As a way of giving HIM praise for his love, mercy and grace, I want to share just a few things HE has brought me through. HE is amazing!
1) I was born at my parents home with my…Read more
As I was handing out $5 McDonald gift cards in Atlanta a few weeks ago, I saw a guy sitting by himself and watching me. So as I work my way around to where he was, I introduced myself and told him what I was doing. I asked, "What is your name, sir?" He said, "I've seen you down in this area before. You can give my card to someone who deserves it, but thank you anyway." He seemed very articulate and well educated. I asked him what he meant and why he doesn't deserve to be helped. He began to explained, "I…Read more
The other day I was handing out some of the $5 McDonald gift cards in Atlanta. The guy pictured, who wanted to go by the name of Black Jack, asked if I would walk back over and talk to him, once I had finished with the cards. As I went back over to him, he said, "Are you a preacher?" I, of course, said yes sir. He said, "Is that what you have always wanted to be? I told him that in my early years I talked about being a preacher, but as I had reached my teen years, I became more focused on myself and found…Read more
25 years ago, this week, I realized that GOD has always had HIS focus on me! I found out that HE loves me, no matter where I am or what I am doing. You see, I was on my way to work, in a major rain down pour, and my life was changed. As I was driving, in the left hand lane on GA Hwy 2, an 18 wheeler pulled over in to my path. He knocked me across the median, into oncoming traffic. When the crash had finally come to a stop, I was pronounced dead at the scene. My body was physically destroyed with many of my…Read more
Several years ago, I was asked if we would come to a very small church in the country. An elderly lady there had heard my testimony on the radio and said that she would love to hear the testimony in person, one day before she passed. She was 94 years old and her health had started failing. The pastor called saying, “I am sure that this is probably out of the question, but would it be possible for you to come to our small church of 12 people? I will take you guys up an offering, but honestly it won’t even be…Read more
"I came to hear you at a church the other night and I had honestly reached my ropes end. I can tell you that I was ready to throw in the towel with everything. I couldn't see a reason to keep going. However, you helped me to realize that God has His very focus on me and He has a purpose for me. You helped me to see that I needed to take my focus totally off of me, and place it 100% on Him. Thank you for doing what you are doing. You're definitely making a difference through how you are encouraging others…Read more
The other day some friends and I were handing out $5 McDonald gift cards to the homeless/hurting. They had formed a line, and we handed out a little over 125 cards. While we were handing them out, I noticed a guy sitting over to the side. He was alone and sitting with his head down. He looked extremely dirty, more than the others. I turned to a friend to ask if he would take the guy a gift card for food. I will be completely honest with you, I didn't want to go over to him because he was extremely filthy…Read more
I was in Atlanta the other day and stopped to eat. As I was eating, I looked over an saw a guy sitting by himself, and he seemed extremely down. So, I walked over and introduced myself saying, "Hey sir, I am Johnathan Bond, where would I know you from?" He shared with me where he used to work and in what part of town he used to live. I said, "Probably not from there, I'm not real acquainted with that area. Either way, it is good to see you." He said, "What kind of work do you do?" I told him that I have…Read more