BIG Announcement Time Is Here!

So, the suspense is over!  It’s time for the BIG announcement from DSGMusic and NorthStar Music Group, Inc.

New for 2012, my first recorded project in almost 7 years and the first since transplant!

Brand NEW for 2012!

Check out sample track here:  http://soundcloud.com/dsgmusic88

CD’s will be available for pre-order starting Monday, November 19.  Product will be available for shipment Friday, November 30.  You can place pre-orders at:  www.dsgmusic.com.

Once physical product is available you’ll be able to find it at the following:

CDBaby, iTunes, AmazonMP3 and Amazon Marketplace, among others.

Tell your friends!

My Election Prediction…

I’ve been reading a TON of posts, a TON of opinion articles, from both sides, and have been WAY overexposed to media coverage of this election!  Since it’s Election Day in the United States of America, I thought I would weigh in with my prediction for this election.

After giving it considerable thought, and yes, even prayer, here is my prediction – I don’t know.

That’s not a bad thing because it takes it out of my hands and places the election results in the hands of the Ultimate Election Official!

In his book, Spectacular Sins, John Piper talks about, “The hand of God and the plan of God” as it relates to God’s purposes throughout history.  He goes on to say, “The hand of God ordinarily stands for God’s exerted power—not power in the abstract, but earthly, effective exertions of power. The point of combining it with “plan” is to say that it is not just a theoretical plan; it is a plan that will be executed by God’s own hand.”

Among other things, he uses the crucifixion of Christ, which he calls the most spectacular sin, to illustrate how God’s sovereign hand executes His perfect purpose and plan, no matter how perplexing the method seems to be.  (You really should read this book to get the full effect.  I cannot do it justice by pulling out a few simple quotes.)

As it relates to this election, or any election for that matter, I have a prediction that I know is true, God’s eternal purposes and plans WILL be accomplished.  And this might mean that YOUR candidate(s) won’t be elected for office!

We pray that our nation will return to the Lord, but could it be possible He will choose to do that with a candidate whose heart is far from Him?  Or, a candidate that will bring more evil to our land rather than good?  Or maybe someone that you totally disagree with on principle and policy.

Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.”

The Lord God Almighty is sovereign over kings, and sovereign over the nations of the world.

Psalm 22:27-28  “All the ends of the world Shall remember and turn to the Lord, And all the families of the nations Shall worship before You.  For the kingdom is the Lord’s, And He rules over the nations.”

Psalm 47:8  “God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.”

These passages tell me that no matter who is sitting in the White House or the Court House, they are all subject to His governing authority.  While those that are in office do exert power over the people and the land, God exerts complete power and control over their governing abilities and decisions.

On second thought, I think I do know the outcome of the elections during this election cycle.  No matter who wins, no matter who loses, God is complete and sovereign control!

Perhaps tomorrow’s headlines should read, “God Wins!”  “God Wins!”

Older and Wiser? It’s a Choice.

There is a quote, attributed to the Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, that says, ““With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”  I do not at all endorse Oscar Wilde, his lifestyle was anything but exemplary, but this quote has a lot of substance.  We should give pause to think about this.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how, or if, I should seek out those younger than me to possibly impart the wisdom I’ve garnered from life’s experiences.  Now, when I say “the wisdom I’ve garnered” believe me, I’m NO sage!  Most of the wisdom I feel like I’ve attained has come from doing the wrong things and then learning from them!  Kind of a trial by fire proposition for me.

As you age, it is your choice whether you are going to invest in the lives of those younger than you.  It’s a lot easier to keep the wisdom you’ve gleaned to yourself.  It takes work to impart and instruct that same wisdom to those who are younger.  Granted, some won’t receive it, or think you’re arrogant or haughty, but I believe if it is done in the right spirit and with the proper heart, it will be well received.

I know there have been mentors through my life who took the time to teach and impart wisdom, and I am a better person for it.

Some examples from Scripture:

Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses.  (Deuteronomy 34:9 NKJV)

I believe Joshua received wisdom because of Moses’ influence in his life and of course, by the Spirit of the Lord.

Now Solomon the son of David was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him and exalted him exceedingly.  (2 Chronicles 1:1 NKJV)

Perhaps, Solomon received his extraordinary wisdom from the Lord as a result of his father’s influence.

I’ve had the opportunity, on more than one occasion, to just sit and talk with someone many years older than me.  I always come away with a refreshed perspective and having learned a valuable lesson, or having gained wisdom.

Don’t debate too much.  If you have been blessed to live into your later years, and yes for me that means over 50, then make the choice to invest.  Invest and impart the wisdom you have been given.  Then you really will be older and wiser, and not just old!