Hear interview with Christian Singing Group-- Calling Levi-- who took a great leap of faith and like Matthew or Levi followed Jesus when they heard His call. What happened afterwards was an adventure of growing in faith for their families--a faith being lived and passed on to their families as well as others and to future generations. They are indeed living and walking testimonies of the sufficiency and grace of God.
You can see how God ordered their steps--first of all with their hearts and then their hands and feet (as they did many mission work) before they totally left the world of security (Mark had an accounting job earning $100,000.) You see, they saw with their obedient hearts where they were most secure--in the arms of Jesus, so they followed him. And they found Him faithful and able to meet their needs and have shared Him (Jesus) in all ways most especially through the gift of music. Their latest album Pursuit--has a single aptly titled-- "Jesus Saves" as indeed that is the message they want the hurting world to know.
Their leap of faith which has now brought them to a point where they can help multitudes of military families. Thy were inspired by the story of Nate Self, a recipient of Purple Heart and guest of George Bush at the 2003 State of the Union Address, who tried to commit suicide a year later. Calling Levi with MarkInc have written a new song with a video called "Peace in War". They hope it will help military families in the struggles they face today. Statistics on depression/suicide are at an all time high in all branches of the military. It has been said the military is like the canary--and is a sign of what is also going on with the rest of the nation.
Problems in the economy, in raising children and families are incredibly made worse by a culture that seems to be taking out what made this nation great. Alexander de Tocqueville in the early 19th century--looked for the key to greatness in America and he observed:
- "Moreover, almost all the sects of the United States are comprised within the great unity of Christianity, and Christian morality is everywhere the same.
- In the United States the sovereign authority is religious, and consequently hypocrisy must be common; but there is no country in the whole world in which the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility, and of its conformity to human nature, than that its influence is most powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth."
It is time to shine the light on truth and as Nate Self has found with dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)--Jesus saves. He can save us through all our troubles but first we must have faith to put our trust in him. Hope you will as no one else gave his "all" for us like Jesus did. And when you trust Jesus--you win for eternity. See Link on how Nate learned to stop hating himself. May other churches be inspired to take a leap of faith and be "his hands" for today's hurting families such as those in the military. After all, it is a small thing to do for those who lay their lives on the line to help keep us free.