Publisher's Letter December 2014

Publisher's Letter
2014
December

The year was 1994 and I was a mere 17 years old. I thought nothing of it when I told my parents that little white lie. Of course, they thought I was hanging out with four of my best friends but instead I went to see a girl. That white lie set the stage that would forever change my life. 

You see, that very night my friends that I was suppose to be with ran a red light, that resulted in a car crash in which the life of my friend Brian ended. That moment was so impactful, it was in that moment  that I realized there had to be more to this life than girls, fast cars and sports. The circumstances leading me to this point in my life opened my eyes and heart to seek out what I was missing. This desire led me to Frontier Ranch - A Young Life Camp. It was there I gave my life to Christ.  Upon returning, that same year, I was offered an opportunity to intern at a Christian record label and events company that put on summer church camps all across the country. Within two years I was promoted to a full-time position directing and managing the summer camps in which more than 10,000 kids attended. It was my dream job.

With a background in the music industry, more specifically Christian music, I could not believe that my wife had never heard of Paul Baloche. What? You are kidding ... you have no idea who I am talking about either? Well, you may not know him by name, but I guarantee you know his music. I would almost be willing to bet that even if you do not attend a praise and worship service very often, you still know his music. Growing up on the Jersey Shore, it is hard to believe that Baloche and his family live right here in East Texas, in the rapidly growing city of Lindale, where he is the worship leader at Christian Community Fellowship Church. Well, at least when he is not on tour leading worship across the country and internationally! He has won numerous Dove Awards over his career but proudly explained that of all his successes, there is one he is most proud of; it has very little yet everything to do with his music. That may sound a little confusing, but after you read the story of Paul Baloche you will understand what I mean by that. 

Just like myself, Baloche had one of those moments that forever changed the course of his life. It is an amazing story of life and success. And just in time for the holiday season, Baloche has just released his very first Christmas album, Christmas Worship. Sounds like the perfect stocking stuffer to me!

I want to end this last issue of 2014 by wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Until next year ... 

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