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SPRING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, it's about time. I can't tell you how long it feels since I've been able to open the doors and feel warm, soft breezes blowing winter out of the house! Finally, I think spring has officially shown her pretty face.

I know I haven't been great about keeping newsletters flowing, but take a look at the calendar - my word we are BUSY! And it's all thanks to YOU. I can't tell you how blessed I feel every time we have a gig and I walk in to find KGJazz family all around me. Also, keep those suggestions coming for new venues. I want to be where you want me to be.
There are a very few summer dates left at this point, so if you're planning on that great summer event and desire the perfect music, make sure to drop me a message asap. AND I know it's a little scary to think about it, but holiday parties and celebrations are already booking so....

Now, for the FUN. May is my favorite month, as some of you know, and not just because it's my birthday month. ;) The rain from April breaks to green lawns and flowers. The only way May could be any better is if we had a party - so, let's do it! FAN CLUB MEMBER EXCLUSIVE EVENT Mark your calendars for Sunday May 5, 3pm. Cookout time at Gray Manor. Please RSVP by May 1 so we have enough for everyone. We will provide meat, coffee, tea, water, lemonade,(feel free to bring an adult beverage of your choice as well). I am asking everyone to bring a dish to share and I'll make a FB event so we can all post what we're bringing.

If you're not yet a member of the FAN CLUB you can drop me a line and we'll get you on the roster and get your invitation out asap!
FAN CLUB MEMBERSHIP INFO:
Membership benefits:
personalized, signed photo of Kerensa Gray
KGJ keychain ID for access to:
10% discount at merch. table
exclusive specials
exclusive digital downloads
advance access to new music & video
private invitation to the annual fan club parties!
Single membership - $15 annual
Family membership (two people sharing the same address) - $25 annual
Membership is:
-- A family of fans & friends who are drawn to Kerensa Gray's special gift of music, entertainment & laughter. We meet at KGJ events to share the love of great music, wonderful food & drink, and the company of each other.
-- We utilize our social networks to increase awareness of Kerensa's music and shows.
-- We connect Kerensa with new venues where we want to see her.
-- We help create and organize KGJ membership events.
Drop by www.kerensagray.com to keep up to date on all the dates and new venues and while you're at it, I would love it if you would drop by www.cdbaby.com/cd/kerensagray2 and leave a review for BLISS. Your voice matters!
Don't forget to "like" the fan page on facebook - facebook.com/kerensagray - as I check in there pretty much every day and would love to chat with you!

Love and blessings family,
Kerensa

posted by kerensa on 04/08/2013

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Yep, Happy everything it is! Now that the Christmas bustle is calming down I just wanted to drop by to let you know I am thinking about you and praying for a healthy, prosperous, and joy filled new year!

If you don't have plans for NYE yet - join me at The Cultured Pearl in Rehoboth Beach, DE. I'll be there all weekend, so come up (or down) and stay a while. We can hang. ;)

Also, some new venues for 2013 are on the books in Jan. So please, come on out and show these amazing places how awesome the KGJazz family really is. Jan 6 you'll find me back at Georgia Boy Cafe in Hagerstown for a brand new Jazz & Gospel Sunday brunch from 1-4pm, Jan 16 we're doing a Wed night wind down with Black Eyed Susan Rest. starting at 6pm, and Jan 19 I'll be heating up LJ's and the Kat Lounge off Eastern Blvd for a steamy Sat night at 8:30.
But don't forget to check the calendar for your favorite places too -- you know you'll find me every other Sat night at GG's - the PERFECT Martini's and the only local place you can pick up a hard copy of BLISS.

Happy New Year my friends! You sure have made 2012 special for me and I can't wait to see what's in store for 2013.

xxoo's -- Kerensa

posted by kerensa on 12/28/2012

Holidays...already?? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Happy November family!

I am sorry to admit it, but with Thanksgiving just a week away I'm afraid we are fully entrenched in the holiday season. ;) I've already started shopping for the nephew's and planning dinners and Christmas parties. I really do love the holiday's - for even in the hustle and bustle it seems we take the time to fully embrace the joy of one another's company. I am beyond thankful for every moment we spend together. I'm especially looking forward to the FAN CLUB Christmas party. If you're not yet a member of the FAN CLUB you can drop me a line and we'll get you on the roster and get your invitation out asap! We're working on getting a link up on the new website to make it a bit easier for everyone.

FAN CLUB MEMBERSHIP INFO:
Membership benefits:
personalized, signed photo of Kerensa Gray
KGJ keychain ID for access to:
10% discount at merch. table
exclusive specials -- GREAT specials for Christmas available right now for KGJClub!
exclusive digital downloads
advance access to new music & video
private invitation to the annual fan club party!

Single membership - $15 annual
Family membership (two people sharing the same address) - $25 annual

Membership is:
-- A family of fans & friends who are drawn to Kerensa Gray's special gift of music, entertainment & laughter. We meet at KGJ events to share the love of great music, wonderful food & drink, and the company of each other.
-- We utilize our social networks to increase awareness of Kerensa's music and shows.
-- We connect Kerensa with new venues where we want to see her.
-- We help create and organize KGJ membership events.

By the way, drop by www.kerensagray.com if you haven't for a while and check out the new look and let me know what you think and while you're at it, I would love it if you would drop by www.cdbaby.com/cd/kerensagray2 and leave a review for BLISS. Your voice matters!

Don't forget to "like" the fan page on facebook - facebook.com/kerensagray - as I check in there pretty much every day and would love to chat with you!

Off to get ready for tonight's gig. I'll see you there!

Love and blessings family,
Kerensa

posted by kerensa on 11/15/2012

Video Contest / Oct News Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

It 's a beautiful fall day here in PA. A chill is in the air and I can finally slip on my favorite fuzzy pj's, pull the sweaters out of storage, and fully enjoy the warmth of my four legged baby curled on my lap. It also is the time of year that I feel the need to get really energized and focus on finishing out the year with more energy then I started. So, let's get moving!!

As you know, last weekend was the release for the new Bliss project and we had an amazing time celebrating at The Gourmet Goat Rest. & Martini Bar in Hagerstown, Md. I was so honored to have so many of you there to help me welcome this new creation into the world. You made the day so very special and I couldn't ask for a more amazing family. I am beyond blessed! If you missed the party, no worries, you can grab your CD at any one of our upcoming shows, at The Gourmet Goat, or order online through kerensagray.com. More outlets on the way - I'll keep you posted.

I am really, REALLY excited about this coming week. I'll be setting off for Rehoboth Beach, DE right after Wed. night's show at Georgia Boy Cafe and am thrilled to be performing at my two favorite DE spots - The Cultured Pearl & Rehoboth Ale House - during Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival week. Enjoy a week of outstanding jazz & blues with greats like Boney James and Brian Culbertson, but don't forget to drop in and hang out with your girl! ;)

And finally, one last announcement: VIDEO CONTEST
Do you have an artistic side you want to share with the world? Do you make great videos? This challenge is for YOU!
Here's the deal -
Choose from 2 songs: Bliss or Red Fish, blue fish (email kerensa@kerensagray.com for wav or mp3 file)
Create your video: Please do NOT use any content that is copyrighted or unsuitable for family viewing. Be as creative as you want!
Upload to the FB Fan Page: deadline for entry is November 15 (or send it to me and I can upload it for you.)

Then we let the voting begin!!!! FANS will choose which video they want to release and we will promote on youtube, reverbnation, kerensagray.com and more.
Voting will begin November 16 and continue until December 7 when we announce the winner LIVE at GG's Sat night!

PRIZE: $150. Visa card & basking in the glow of your many adoring fans. :)

I can't wait to see what you create!!

Remember family, You are the heart and soul of KGJazz and I adore you!
I'll see you at the next show. :)

posted by Kerensa on 10/08/2012

BLISS IS HERE! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

You read it right family! It's been a long journey, but we are finally ready to release BLISS to your loving arms & ears.

The CD release party is shaping up to be a great time and I'm bringing Beth Trez on keys and Stephen Synk on bass, to help me lay down some hot, sweet tunes just for the day. There will also be drawings for door prizes and the amazingly talented mixologists at The Gourmet Goat are gonna bring some Bliss to your tastebuds with a brand new Martini just for the occasion!!

Tickets are available NOW at any show, or email me at kerensa@kerensagray.com to make sure you get yours right away. We can only fit so many bodies into the building and you are NOT going to want to miss this party!

$20 ticket includes: BLISS CD & a complimentary glass of wine
$30 ticket includes: BLISS CD, a complimentary glass of wine, a KGJazz Wine Glass, & premier seating (right up front! & limited to 20 seats)

Also, don't forget to pop over to www.facebook.com/kerensagray and join the family there -- that is where news is updates first, on a daily basis, and where we really have a chance to chat and get to know one another!

See you at the next show!

Much love my beautiful flowers,

Kerensa

posted by kerensa on 09/17/2012

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Happy Independence Day!!!!!! I know that everyone is looking forward to a relaxing time of fun, family and food as we celebrate the 4th and I am no exception. We'll hang out in the back yard, throw a little something on the grill and wait for our outstanding "small town" fireworks display. It's a great time to just kick back and enjoy a bit of stress free summer. I wait for it every year!

I really can't tell you how excited I am that it's July -- this month brings the 75th Anniverary Celebration of my high School, Fort Hill High in Cumberland, Md, and I am honored that we will be bringing the KGJ trio to my hometown for the festivities July 7. You'll also notice that we have lined up the Rehoboth Ale House in DE for 3 special nights - July 25 27 - I've had many requests to hit DE so I look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and hanging out with some of you that I don't get to see often. We'll have a blast for sure!! (I might even be trying out some new tunes for you!) And, a popular request we finally got on the calendar --Adams Couny Winery the 28th at 1pm, so make sure you pack your picinic basket and plan to enjoy some great wines with me!
Of course you'll still find me at our favorite haunts and hang outs as well -- that's where we REALLY let our hair down!

Let me know where you're planning on coming out or where you'd like to see me next. Also, don't forget to start booking those holiday parties (I know, I KNOW -- but it comes fast and dates are limited).

Blessings and safe celebrations family!!

Kerensa

posted by kerensa on 07/02/2012

June update/ FREE song for father's day. Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Wow family!!! It's JUNE. I'm not really sure how that snuck up on us, but here it is. As I write this little note, the trees are lush, the grass is growing faster than I can keep up and a gentle breeze is caressing me through the window. Ahhhhh.
I hope that you are taking the time to enjoy a bit of summer down time and just breathe... I'm trying, but there is a lot going on right now (all good things, I promise).

Quick studio update - I have been reviewing mixes for the past couple of weeks and have about half of the songs in order right now. When we have them all mixed and ready they'll be headed out for mastering and after getting our artwork in order we'll be off to the presses. Keep your eyes peeled -- I'll keep you in the loop every step of the way. I will also bring a little preview with me to the next fan club meet & greet, so make sure you're there! (see the calendar for details)

Let's remember that Sunday, June 17 is Father's Day, and if you haven't made plans I would love you to bring Dad to The Thirty 6 Prime in Shepherdstown. I'll be serenading with your favorite jazz from 1-4 and have a little something special for Dad. ;) This is a brand new restaraunt and Lee and I had dinner there last week, so I can attest to the GREAT food! Dad won't be dissapointed and neither will you.
Also, In honor of all the wonderful Father's out there, including my own, and the men who guide us through our journey with faith & strength I am offering a FREE download of the song I wrote for my amazing father. This offer will remain through next week, so grab it while you can!
Visit www.volummonster.com
and use the code: father

I look forward to seeing you at a show soon, and don't forget to let me know where YOU want to see me. If it's not on the books I'll do my best to make it happen.

Much love fam!!

Kerensa

UPCOMING SHOWS:

6/15 8pm Relay for Life - Norlo Park Chambersburg, Pa
6/16 4pm LuHowl @ Milestone Farm Williamsport, Md
6/17 1pm The Thirty 6 Prime Shepherdstown, WV
6/22 6pm Orchards Civil War Lounge Chambersburg, Pa
6/23 6pm The Gourmet Goat Hagerstown, Md
FAN CLUB meet & greet @ 5
6/27 6pm Georgia Boy Cafe Hagerstown, Md
6/28 6pm The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shoppe Chevy Chase, Md
6/29 6pm The Comus Inn @ Sugarloaf Dickerson, Md
6/30 8pm The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shoppe Chevy Chase, Md

posted by kerensa on 06/15/2012

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Hi family!

It's been an awesome couple of weeks here at Gray Manor and I am STILL recovering! ;) We just returned from Franklin, TN where I was laying down vocal tracks for our newest CD project "Bliss" with producer Eric Copeland, and engineer Diego Cadogan of Next Level Jazz (http://www.nextleveljazz.com/) at the stunning Dark Horse Recording Studio. Eric is also an amazing keyboard player with Player A Jazz (http://www.playerajazz.com/) whose work I am excited for you to hear on "Bliss". I really can't wait to share this album with you, but while you're waiting, hop over to facebook.com/kerensagray (the FB fan page) and check out photos and video from our little adventure and even a sneek peek into photoshoot day!
For now, I'm back to work and anxious to see you at some of our favorite venues this week - so, check out the schedule and make plans to hang out with us!!

Much love to you fam -- I'll be looking for you. :)

Kerensa

posted by Kerensa on 04/30/2012

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Just a quick note to remind everyone of the Fan club meeting 4/14 at The Gourmet Goat in Hagerstown. The ever talented Susan West is heading up this adventure and the meet up starts at 5pm. Input and feedback on Fan Club name (what do YOU want to be called???) and what merch you would like available at shows are on the agenda for this meeting -- and maybe some great ideas of fun things the club can do together?! I'll be popping in as well, so make sure you get there early! Just remember, if you're staying for the show at 6 and want a table you NEED a reservation -- the place packs out FAST!

Lots of shows coming up as well -- let me know where you'll be so I can make sure to keep an eye out for you and don't forget to pop over to www.facebook.com/kerensagray and "like" the fan page there -- I'm there EVERY day and look forward to seeing and hearing what's going on in your life. :)
Much love my friends. I'll catch you at the next show.

posted by Kerensa on 04/11/2012

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Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! Because of your love and support the "Bliss" Kickstarter campaign is fully funded and we are on our way to the studio. We are wrapping up the final tracks and the studio dates are on the books. We are beyond excited to be working with producer Eric Copeland of Next Level Jazz (www.nextleveljazz.com) & Creative Soul Jazz and cannot wait to share this music with you!
In other news, we had our very first Fan Club meet & greet in Hagerstown, Md last weekend. Big thanks out to Susan Beachley-West for heading up this endeavor. Right now the group is working on finding a great name & advising me on what KGJ merch you'd like access to at shows. It is so great to get to hang out with you and I look forward to awesome fellowship, sharing some wonderful food with you, and getting YOUR feedback when it comes to all things KGJ. We're working on getting the web page up and running so you can join the fun from anywhere! More info soon.
Lots of shows coming up as well -- let me know where you'll be so I can make sure to keep an eye out for you and don't forget to pop over to www.facebook.com/kerensagray and "like" the fan page there -- I'm there EVERY day and look forward to seeing and hearing what's going on in your life. :)
Much love my friends. I'll catch you at the next show.

posted by Kerensa on 03/23/2012

New project under way! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

You've been asking about a new CD project -- and I've been writing and preparing. It's time to kick this thing into overdrive and get this baby into the world. With YOUR help, we can make this happen! Summer 2012 will be "BLISS"!

I've been keeping tabs on you. Watching what you're doing when you think no one is watching; listening when you think no one is listening, and BLISS is the bastard child of this quiet journey. My husband calls it stalking (silly husband). I call it searching for inspiration. Either way, the result is a new and exciting album that shines the spotlight on you my fans, friends, & family! (and in no way is an exploitation of your private lives)

The title track is inspired by Bliss -- a now closed restaurant & wine bar in Bel Air, MD that loved indie Jazz artists like no other venue I've ever encountered...it was, in a word, Bliss. With this project I hope to convey to you the bliss I experienced within those walls and bring that feeling home to you.

You'll also get a taste of some familiar and oft requested (Is THAT song on your CD???) tunes as well as a couple of tunes from friends to round out the familial feel.

I'm also REALLY excited to announce that this project is being recorded and produced by Mr. Eric Copeland at Creative Soul Jazz (www.creativesouljazz.com) in Nashville, TN, and I am more than thrilled to have the sounds of the supper session group Player A on this endeavor! (http://www.playerajazz.com/)

Finally, just so you know where the money is going -- ALL funds are going directly to recording, producing, and promoting this project. The further we exceed our goal the more time can be spent working in the studio, the higher quality physical CD we can offer, and the more we can focus on promotion and the ability to reach more people!

I'm so very excited that you are honoring me by joining me on this journey and I'll be keeping you in the loop with blurbs and video as we turn the engine over and start down the road. We've already gassed up! Let's go!

To offer your support and pledge to this project hit the link below. And Thanks -- You ROCK! :)
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/931699906/bliss

posted by kerensa on 02/08/2012

Jan 2012 KGJ notes Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)


It's 2012!!! Can you believe it? I'm not sure that I have totally wrapped my head around it yet. Weren't we suppose to have flying cars and transporters by now? LOL I'll just have to get over that. ;) We DO have great music and more opportunities than ever before and we here at KGJ already have big, BIG plans!

It's time to get the in-studio work done for the new CD project (Bliss) so keep your eyes open for how YOU can join in this amazing adventure. Feb 1 will be the kickoff date for the final fund push and I am so excited to share this journey with you. I have been blessed beyond measure at the love and support you have been giving. You amaze me. Thank you. :)

I am ready for a busy, busy February and am really excited to announce that I will be returning (at your request - thank you) to Gourmet Goat in Hagerstown, Md for 2 shows! It's also Valentine's month...ahhhhh...so romantic (Men: a great opportunity for brownie points here - make sure to check which venue will woo your honey and get your reservations made today).

Also, don't forget to order your Valentine Serenade. I will be delivering the 12-14th, but I have limited slots available and you must be within 30 miles of Waynesboro, Pa. Only $30 with a song of your choice (from my song list), a handmade valentine with your personalized message, and trio of roses for your love. Email me at kerensa@kerensagray.com to confirm your slot and for more info.

Time to hit you with the Feb dates. I'll see you out there!! (or facebook, or twitter..)

1/27 6pm Orchards Civil War Lounge Chambersburg, Pa
2/3 630pm The Silver Maple Rest. & Wine Bar Frederick, Md
2/4 6pm The Gourmet Goat Rest & Wine Bar Hagerstown, Md
2/5 2pm Black History Month event Hagerstown, Md (see website for info)
2/10 6pm The Comus Inn @ Sugarloaf Dickerson, Md
2/11 630pm Highline Coffeehouse & Cafe Greeencastle, Pa
2/14 630pm The Silver Maple Rest. & Wine Bar Frederick, Md
2/17 private event
2/18 6pm The Gourmet Goat Rest & Wine Bar Hagerstown, Md
2/24 6pm Orchards Civil War Lounge Chambersburg, Pa
2/25 8pm The Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shop Chevy Chase, Md


Much love,
Kerensa

posted by kerensa on 01/23/2012

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Welcome to Fall!!! The leaves are changing, the weather is beginning to cool and I am ready to enjoy everything that fall has to offer. Coffee, pie, cider & nights spent under the stars at the fire pit..... ahhh..... these are just some of the things that make me LOVE fall!

One of the great things we have on the calendar is our Fall house concert here at "Gray Manor". We are SO excited to introduce some young Baltimore talent to our little corner of the world. Amanda Bloom, vocalist and Zachary Swanson, upright bass. I heard this wonderful duo at Silver Maple in Frederick (my FAVE place!!) and was so impressed that I just had to make them the next house concert experience. I really can't wait for you to hear them for yourselves - so put Oct 16 on your calendar now and rsvp right away - remember that house concerts have limited seating - email kerensa@kernesagray.com to reserve and I'll send you details!
Check out www.amandabloomjazz.com & www.zacharyswanson.com for a sample taste. ;)


Also, I've been getting many requests to return to Highline Coffeehouse and Cafe in Greencastle and we are thrilled to announce that you can catch KGJ there for First Friday's Oct 7 at 6:30. We're helping Highline and Kim celebrate their 1 year anniversary; so bring your party attitude!!

More great news - If you are excited to jump in to the holiday wagon, you will NOT want to miss Oct 29 at Silver Maple in Frederick, Md. I will not spoil any surprises, but Chef Routzahn is going all out to celebrate halloween weekend. Make your reservations NOW! Really, there is some fun, fun stuff planned with yours truly playing your jazz favorites mixed in with fun and spooky tunes as well. I think I'm even gonna dress up!! :)

Finally, I still have some opportunties open for holiday parties. Just drop me an email and we'll get your event on the calendar right away! Let me help you make your party the talk of the season!!

See you this weekend!!

Sept 30 630 pm Silver Maple Frederick, Md (resv. recommended)
Oct 1 4 pm SU Tailgate party Winchester, Va
Oct 7 630 pm Highline CH & Cafe Greencastle, Pa -- Celebrating 1 year!!!!!!!
Oct 14 630 pm Silver Maple Frederick, Md
Oct 15 Private event
Oct 16 3 pm HOUSE CONCERT Gray house, Waynesboro, pa (email for RSVP & info)
Oct 22 Better Days No-Kill shelter fundraiser (watch kerensagray.com for details)
Oct 28 6 pm Orchards Lounge Chambersburg, pa
Oct 29 630pm Silver Maple Frederick, Md (THE WITCHES BALL!!!)
Oct 30 1030 am Mount Savage UMC Mount Savage, Md


We'll see you at a show soon! May you be as blessed as you make me feel each and every day!!

posted by Kerensa on 09/26/2011

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Greetings KGJ family! We FINALLY got a little rain here in drought PA so we are off to a great looking weekend! I don't have much time today, but I wanted to make sure you were kept in the loop as to upcoming shows and "going ons"...

For those who have missed the boat on this one -- my amazing keyboard player John Rivero will be leaving August 7 (this weekend!!!!!) to return to his roots in Alaska. I am deeply saddened to see him go, though I know that he is leaving to be with family, so I send him with all the love and blessings I can bestow. That being said, please come out and show your love this weekend if you are anywhere in the area. Let's send him off overwhelmed with love!

The leaving of John being so soon, I would ask that you please lift up KGJ as we seek a new keyboard player. It is a special relationship between a singer and her keys and we are looking for the person God has set aside for us.

See you this weekend!!

Aug 5 5pm First Friday's Greencastle, Pa
Aug 6 630pm Silver Maple Frederick, Md (GREAT venue, AMAZING food!!!!)
Aug 7 Private event
Aug 19 630pm Silver Maple Frederick, Md
Aug 20 Private event
Aug 26 6pm Orchards Lounge Chambersburg, Pa (romantic....)
Aug 27 330pm Capitol Theater Chambersburg, Pa (Pop a Cork for the Capitol)
FOR OUR CUMBERLAND, MD FANS
Sept 3 house concert -- $15 suggested donation -- please email kerensa@kerensagray.com for info and
reservations. We have already begun to accept reservations and have VERY limited seating.

Finally, don't forget to let me know where you want to see us!!
We'll see you at a show soon! May you be as blessed as you make me feel each and every day!!

Kerensa

posted by Kerensa on 08/04/2011

A Splendid Friday night Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

It's been a while since I've actually sat in one place long enough to throw down a blog, but I have become so enamored with a new venue in Frederick, Md - The Silver Maple Restaurant & Wine Bar - that I just had to share it with you!
We have done 2 shows there thus far and are looking forward to a continuing relationship. It's summer so we've been overjoyed to be bringing music under the stars on the Patio. I sure hope the weather holds long into fall this year because the atmosphere on the patio when the sun begins to set is just amazing. And if that were not enough, the cuisine is out of this world and the wine selection is painstakingly brilliant!
We also really, really love the proprietor and Executive Chef - Jason Routzhan. He is a wonderful host, with a true gift for making everyone feel right at home.
So. please, PLEASE make Silver Maple a stop on your dining / Jazz tour schedule. We'll be back Aug 6 and suggest that you begin making reservations NOW! You will love everything about this venue.
Oh, and if Chef drops by your table, make sure to ask for a peek at his ever too cute Bulldog! ;) (A man who cooks AND loves the furries -- look out ladies!)
Until our next adventure -
love and peace my friends and keep your eyes up - it won't be long now!

Kerensa

posted by Kerensa on 07/19/2011

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Just a quick note to let you know that you can now follow me on TWITTER! I have finally given in and taken the plunge... now, let's see if I can really think of anything interesting to say! LOL

www.twitter.com/kerensagray

posted by kerensa on 04/18/2011

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BIG NEWS!!!! Ok... for those who don't know, we have started on the next CD project and are working with Next Level Jazz and producer Eric Copeland out of Nashville, TN. We have one track laid and are currently working on track number two.
How can you help? I'm so glad you asked!! :)
We're working on fundraising right now and currently we are offering Valentine's... so wow your soul mate - or your friend and support Kerensa Gray Jazz at the same time! It's a win-win for sure!

Thanks for the love and support friends! We can't move forward without you.

Hugs,

Kerensa

It's almost here....
Time is running out!!!! Order your Valentine serenade for your sweetheart (or the friend you just HAVE to give extra special hugs) complete with a one of a kind handmade card and a long stemmed rose delivered for only $25! (place order by 2/9) and know that YOUR gift is going to be the one they are still talking about next year! I've got ya covered.

I, Kerensa, will serenade her (or him, or that amazing friend that you know just deserves a little something special) with a song of your choice delivered with a one of a kind, handmade card and a single, long stemmed rose!! ONLY $15 if delivered Sat, Feb 12 from 6-9 at Highline Coffeehouse & Cafe where I will be crooning nothing but love tunes all night long for this extra special night or $25 delivered directly to your sweetie. (within 30 mile radius - Please email me for scheduling.)

Seriously, is this not the easiest and most romantic gift you could give?? Orders must be placed by 12-9. Email kerensa@kerensagray.com to order or call 717-816-9564.

I can't wait to help you make the most of this Valentine's Day!!!


Don't forget to keep tabs on my calendar www.kerensagray.com to see where we're gonna pop up next. I am adding new shows all the time and really would love to see you there!


Feb 6 - 2pm Contemporary School for the Arts Benefit Concert Hagerstown, Md
Feb 11 - 7pm Home at Braddock Inn, Braddock Heights, Md (frederick)
& a VERY special valentines date

Feb 12 - 6-9pm Highline Coffeehouse & Cafe Greencastle, Pa
Feb 19 - 7pm Women of Jazz House Concert Waynesboro, Pa - at my home, please email for reservations and details.


If you have yet to become a fan of on facebook, please look me up. I am on daily and LOVE to chat with you!
www.facebook.com/kerensagray

I'll be waiting to hear from you!

posted by Kerensa Gray on 02/03/2011

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Spring is finally here and I am SO excited to get the seeds in the ground and get my hands dirty -- in fact, I'll be doing just that in a little bit! It's warm here (in the upper 70's) and we have a wonderful breeze pushing that amazing "spring" scent into the house. There are just some days that you can see God clearer than others and today is one of those days for me!

Let me be me - the newest Cd offering - has been well recieved as we travel and I have been blessed indeed to be working with some amazing Jazz musicians who are pushing me to a greater level at every turn. Check out www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBGE8tSYPEM or www.kerensagray.com to see footage from the Tues night Si Salsa Jam session in Pikesville, Md to hear me covering Ain't No Sunshine with these uber talented folks.

Now, onto great news!! I have been given the opportunity to work with Jazz Producer and Keyboard player Eric Copeland of Creative Soul Jazz out of Nashville, TN. I have been wanting to work with Eric for some time, but God has opened the door to make this dream a reality. Eric produces my producer, Drew Davdisen, so we are moving things up a notch and I am more than a little excited to see where this relationship leads. Eric will be producing one of my new babies entitled "Queen of the Wrong Thing" and you will be the first to hear it when it comes available. Please pray for us as we move forward in this endeavor as we'll have some traveling to Nashville to record and still have to raise some funds to bring it on home.

If you haven't checked out www.kerensagray.com for a while make sure to stop by and take a look as we have updated the front page a bit with some pictures and video for you to check out. Also, if you are a facebook junkie, please drop by the Kerensa Gray page where you can get daily updates and see where I will be performing. www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kerensa-Gray/161792971701?ref=ts I would love to have you as my FB Buddie!

Upcoming Dates:

April 9 - Kerensa is sitting in with Drew Davidsen Band - Peachez in Upper Marlboro, Md 9-12

April 10 - Fundraiser at Lennerkenny in Chambersburg for Paws for a Cure - noon

April 17 - Jazzway (see the attached flyer) You DO NOT want to miss this!!! Balt, Md 8:30 (you MUST purchase tickets in advance for this event)

April 22 - Cup C Unwind - Cannonsburg, Pa 7

April 25 -

Radio News: There is a new Jazz Radio Show in the Baltimore area. It's called Ninety One One Local. This is a live Local Jazz show on Harford County Community College's WHFC 91.1FM. It airs every Sunday Night from 8-10pm and is hosted by Trish Hennessy. You will hear lots of great Baltimore Jazz Artists on this show each week! On April 25 it will be your very own Kerensa Gray!


Keep an eye on www.kerensagray.com to see upcoming dates and if I am not scheduled for your area, let me know where you want me to be and I'll do my best to make it happen.

posted by Kerensa on 04/09/2010

Light in the Darkness - Diane Fink Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)


I remember the many times as a little girl that our electric would go off because of bad weather. Strong winds, snow storms, and heavy rains would knock out the power and out would go the lights. During the day it was no big deal, but nighttime would be like a totally whole set of different problems (for me). My mom was always prepared,for she knew just what to do to 'shed' some light in the darkness. Out came the flash light, candles, and lanterns, then in just a moment all was taken care of, and darkness was chased away. I would come close to the burning light of some source, for it always gave me a sense of safety. All the 'strange noises' that I would hear, all the 'unseen' movements just didn't bother me as long as I stayed close to the 'light source'. Now I am older, my job takes me out into the early mornings before daybreak. During my traveling the long distance between here and yonder ( as they use to say when I was a kid), the mornings can be very dark. The very rural area has no city or town lights to 'lighten' the way, so it's you, the dark, and headlights of your car to see anything. There is a ridge, or small mountain some would say that I pass on my trip. On top of this ridge someone has placed a lighted cross that gives out light even in the darkest of nights, it truly is beautiful to see! When I see that cross it just seems to give me a peace or a comfort that I recall from my 'kid days' and those stormy nights.
Today there is lot's of 'darkness' in the world we seem to be facing. From people loosing their jobs, homes, and retirement plans. Children having to come home to an empty house,(latch key kids)because it takes both mom and dad to make a living just to survive these days. That is if you have both a mom and dad in the house. Gangs are taking the places of 'families', cause they know we 'all' want to 'belong' to someone or something. Drugs , alcohol , and porno tears into the minds of all ages, bullies in school, on the internet...you get my drift...it's all darkness. Wars, severe weather, uncertainty in almost everything you hear or read. Where is the 'light' that will show us out of this darkness into safety? ....
In the Book of John, God's Holy Word the Bible, it begins telling us about the Light,Jesus, the Light that came from heaven to a world of darkness, sound familiar? As you read through the Book of John you will see how Jesus lifts the darkness from the lives of all He touches . Darkness has to flee or run away when we come close to the source of Light that shines out in our lives. You are no longer worrying over what might be making the noise or problem cause you can trust that the Light, Jesus, will keep us safe even when we can't see anything around us, but still we can trust Him to get us through all the 'scary' stuff in our lives! That feeling that all is well even when life isn't at it's best, sure beats living and staying in the darkness!
Are you tired of being in the dark? Do you want to have love, hope, peace, and comfort, instead of 'what's the use of living' feeling? Then come to the Light.. come to Jesus, and you will never walk alone or in darkness again. Will things change overnight, some will, but most is a process, a growing and learning adventure with Christ! Now stop your bumping into 'stuff' and celebrate the dawning of your brand new day in Christ!

Blessings, Remember , keep looking up until Jesus takes us up!

posted by Kerensa Gray on 02/01/2010

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Can you believe it, fall is here already! Cooler weather and my favorite, the beautiful colored leaves. The reds, yellows, and oranges mixed with the greens and browns. What an artist is our Lord! Add some cooler weather, and you have one of my favorite seasons. ( Spring comes next as my second favorite.) Notice how it all changes from green to the many different colors, and if you think about it, each season has it's own 'look' about it. Winter here in Virginia has white, for the snow, with brillent crystal blue skies. Or they can take on a grey look without the snow, but the skies have such huge clouds that look like you could step out and walk on them.
Then spring brings the flowers that start peeking their heads up through the snow, and trees that bud out with each warming, sunny day until you see different reds, purples, pinks, and white blooms, and full heads of all sorts of plants shine forth! That's just one of the reasons I believe in the ressurection, from almost lifeless, seemingly nothing comes all this beautiful and fragant plants! Once again the sky takes on a different almost 'wispy' look.
Summer is my 'green' season. Everywhere you look you see green. With it also is the heat. Not my cup of tea, but we need it all, hot, cold, rain, dry , sunshine and clouds. They each have a work to keep us and this earth we live on going to help us survive.
But it changes constantly. Just like our lives, we arrive here on this earth as a little baby, then each year brings us changes. Some good, some bad, but all is an adventure. Today's world is changing all around us. When I was born in 1952 , TV was just a baby invention. Now look around us at all the internet, cell phones, satellites that keep us in contact from here to, well I don't know how far they can go.
People have changed since I was a little girl. You use to call adults , Mr. or Mrs., you answered yes mamm, or no sir. and said please and thank you. Back talk as we called it, didn't work at all. In my home , mom said something and there was no waiting period. Today, children seem to run the house, and parents are the servants to them. Not all, but more so then in the past.
I don't have to say anything about prices. When first married we paid $65.00 a month for rent. Food for a month was only $50 to $60. Sunday was the Lord's day, or church day. America was revered as a great country, when the flag was raised, or passed by in a parade, hands were over their hearts, hats were off the guys heads, and a look of pride was in their eyes. Wow, how times have changed.
I could go on, but I say all this , to share these most important words for you to remember, and take to heart. In Hebrews 13:8 in the Holy Bible, God's Holy Word, it tells us this; "JESUS, the SAME yesterday, today, and forever." He never changes, He stays the same. When everything else, as well as everyone else changes, we can depend on Him! What He says He will do, He will do it. He can't lie, men lie, but God can't. So with all the changes about me, when I can't depend on anything or anyone staying the same, I want to know I have someone I can turn to, and know they are going to be there! That gives me a hope and a peace. In the world today it just isn't very much peace around to find is there?
So if you want to find something solid to hang onto today, come to Jesus, He will be "a very present help in times of trouble", and hope when you can't seem to find any hope.
Change is good, but Jesus is better!

Until next time, keep looking up until Jesus takes us up!
Diane

posted by Kerensa Gray on 11/23/2009

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Family!!

I am so excited and I just can't wait to share with you! www.kerensagray.com is now up and running and while we are still in the process of "tweaking" the site I thought it would be great to hear what you think. Please check out the website and let me know what you see that you like and what you would like to see that you don't...we will be taking all comments in and utitlizing as many as possible. I want this site to be yours as much as mine, so please....let me know!!!

Also, we are reaching the home stretch for the new cd and are looking forward to releasing that to you soon! I'll be getting you an end date in the next couple of weeks and if you would like to hear samples of what we're up to visit www.indieheaven.com/artists/kerensagray to hear the studio tracks of what we have completed thus far. If you haven't already, we are still accepting pre-orders for the "Let me be me" project and would love to include you. Remember, when you pre-order you are not only supporting the project, but you are getting the final cd for 1/2 off along with a special edition signed copy with a special bonus track that will only be available on the SE Cd. (and you are REALLY going to want the bonus track!!! It is amazing!) Email me right away to pre-order as this offer will be ending with September!

That's the news for now. Remember that I am praying for you and I ask that you please do the same as we travel and work hard to 'walk the love walk in transparency' to shine the light of Jesus Christ in this fallen world.

posted by Kerensa on 09/15/2009

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To us that remember what Memorial Day really is about, we take this time out to remember the soldiers of the past, who gave their lives in combat, that we can enjoy the 'freedoms' we share today. Their graves get American Flags on them, and we stop to 'thank God' for the sacrifices they, and their familes gave when they were called upon to serve their Country. Plus to all the living soldiers, men and women, old and young, from whatever war or campaign you served in , Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guards, or anyother branch of the armed forces you were part of , I stand up and salute you, each and everyone! I shout and hold my head up high for all you have done for your fellow Americans, and the many other countries you have helped set free from those that would rob them of their freedoms. To me, you each deserve a medal! To those that came home from 'Police Actions' to such awful treatments from the very ones you were trying to keep safe and free, I ask you for forgiveness for actions unbecoming of the Americans we are suposed to be. I think it's kind of funny, (not in a haha way), but sad way, that you fought for their rights to voice their opinions and have the freedom to 'disagree' to the 'war' you were in. Thank you all for giving your best, when we were at our worst so many times when you came back home. You didn't have to do it, but you did. We, I have so many freedoms that are taken for granted, that we fail to remember just how we got them to enjoy. Yes, thank you many times over.

--credit Diane Fink

posted by Kerensa on 05/25/2009

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Words of Wisdom Soul'd blogger - Diane

Ah, February. The shortest month of the year, mid ways between winter and spring, and then of course we have Valentines Day. Child or grown up it can go one of two ways, you are the one that will get all sorts of funny, loving cards that shows you are well liked or loved by many people. Flowers, candy, and if your old enough, maybe some jewelery, and a night out with that "special someone". Or it may be the other way around and you are like the Charlie Brown cartoon that shows him waiting at the mail box, at home or at school looking and looking but not a card shows up, much less candy , or even a special someone. Yes, can I hear a good grief from someone.

February can be very depressing for many people if they are looking for love , (dare I say it....words in a country song)"in all the wrong places." I used to be one of those bah humbugs on the love thing for several years. "No one ever gives me flowers, look at them holding hands, when I don't even have anyone to hold hands with...bah humbug etc..." Cards, what's that, be mine, I love you,come on does anyone really do that stuff anymore?

Yes I know that there are some people that truly love one another, and kids that have parents that love them, and show them. Well , thank God for those trully in love people. But we all know someone, or maybe we are that someone that doesn't have that kind of love from a family member or anyone else around us. What can we do to help them, or us to find this love?

Meet my best friend, Jesus, Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, and the One who showed me what real love was all about! It's not the cards , flowers , or candy that show us how much one loves us. Oh it helps. but they will fade away, or wilt, or disappear ,(or not if the candy stays on our hips.) The love that stays is forever, and always comes from Christ, for He said "He will never leave us , nor forsake us, even until the end of time," is "real love". When Jesus said," For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHO SO EVER would believe on His name, shall have Everlasting life." It meant No matter who we are, what we look like, how much money we have or don't have, rather we are smart or been told we are dumb in the worlds eyes, we are loved! When no ones seems to know our names, just think, God knew us before we were ever formed in our mothers womb, and He wrote our names in the palm of His hand! What great love is this from one who knows us better than we know ourselves?

Need the cards with the pretty verse, read the Bible, God's love letter to us all, but made personal to you as you read it. Need the flowers, remember they fade away, but His Word will NEVER PASS AWAY!!! Still need that candy, His love is sweeter than the Honey Comb, and doesn't cause any health problems! So what is real love, and where do you find it, so you won't be a bah humbug on Valentines Day?????

Find Jesus Christ, and He will be all you need! Then turn around, and be His hands extended to share that love with those that haven't found Him yet! He gave, that you can give to those that don't have. How cool is that???

Blessings from Diane, and keep looking up till Jesus comes!!

And have a great VALENTINES DAY!!!!!

posted by Kerensa on 02/11/2009

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This was sent to me by a Soul'd family member Diane Fink and I felt moved to share it with all of you. May we focus on the only REAL gift we have the privilege of recieving every day this Christmas and beyond!

So many times now adays all the "special" meaning of Christmas gets pushed aside. As you open your gifts, think of what it took for God to send us His "Gift". To a world that would not even have a room for Him to be born in, or to a people that would one day cry crucify Him, when all Jesus would do was "good" to all He came in contact with. Where He would take our beating and hang on a cross that should have been mine and yours, and still be able to say "Father forgive them for they know not what they do". Looking to the future and seeing you and I now , just where we are and what we are doing, saying " I do this for you too", as He hangs with His arms opened wide, being held there by a spike in each hand, and one in His feet. With love that kept Him there, when He could have called 10,000 angels to take care of Him. Even death couldn't hold Him for the third day He came out of that grave, to live forever more! Not only that, but eternal life for us if we will only ask Jesus to come into our hearts, to "save" us from our sins, for we all need forgiveness. A new heart, what a great gift, and to live forever with Jesus and the Father, where no more sickness, pain, hurting, crying, parting from your loved ones,will ever be felt. But only PEACE, JOY,and Love for who you are and not what others think you should be like. Wow what a gift huh? Makes all other gifts look sort of blah, or at least cheap. Can't put a price on that one huh?

posted by Kerensa on 12/23/2008

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Greetings my beloved Soul'd family,

I am excited that Christmas is upon us once again and hope that you are looking forward to a season filled with friends, family and the celebration of the birth of our Lord and King! As each year seems to move faster and faster along --maybe it's just that as I'm getting older I seem to seek out those precious moments when I can just take a breath and savor the sights and scents of the season and revel in the company and fellowship of those whom I truly treasure and adore. I want to take the time especially to let you know that you are in that number -my Soul'd family- you who lift me up in prayer and bless me with your encouragement, you who share with me your tears and concerns as easily as your accomplishments and laughter. It is for you that I lift my cup of tea and offer a prayer of blessing to our mighty God! I am so grateful for you that words can not express. You allow me to continue to walk in His calling on my life and for that you shall eternally have my heart.

Well, it has certainly been a busy and exciting year. This year Lee and I tripled our days on the road and saw were blessed with safe travel and the privilege of sharing Christ in Churches, Coffee Houses, Theaters, Homes, Boardwalks and in restaurants and hotels and even in some check out lines! In January I was honored to be nominated and named a finalist as Jazz Artist of the Year through Indieheaven, the premier association for independent Christian artists in the world. (Check them out at www.indieheaven.com) In March, I had the opportunity to open at the Maryland Theater in Hagerstown, MD for multi award winner CeCe Winans and follow that up in July at the Lake Clifton Complex in Baltimore, MD opening for another amazing artist; Ms. Vicki Winans! But more importantly I had the privilege of many holy hugs and many more introductions to the family of Christ!

We are looking forward to what 2009 will bring and will be concentrating on house concerts this year. For those who aren't aware of house concerts, well, they are just that, a live concert held in your home. You do not need a large home to host a concert, just enough room for 10 people or so and an open heart. The beauty of a house concert is its simplicity and intimacy. If you would be interested in booking a house concert for 2009 please give me a call or drop me an email and I'll be more than happy to walk you through the entire process. I would be excited to visit with you this year and share my heart walk with you.

For those who are wondering about bigger gatherings, I am in the process of booking right now! So, don't hesitate -- let's get you on the schedule! Also, if you are attending a church and would like to introduce my ministry to your leadership team, I would love to send you out a demo cd and information kit that you can pass on to them. Again, just drop me an email (be sure to include your mailing address) and I'll get that right out to you. YOU, my family, are my first priority when booking and I look forward to great fellowship with you in 2009!

Before I sign off I would like to share a thought with you about the Christmas season and the birth of our Lord. If you haven't read the Christmas story in its entirety recently, I encourage you to do so. It can be found in Matthew 1:18-Matthew 2:12 and the Gospel of Luke, specifically Luke 1:26-Luke 2:40. I recently sat under a pastor who asked the question, "Where do you have room for the Christ child?" I think that a worthy question and am reminded that in the Christmas story Mary and Joseph are turned away from inn after inn because they have no room for him. Have you made room for him in your life? Are you content to allow him to reside at church and just visit Him on Sunday mornings, (maybe drop in a Wednesday or two?) or will you be like the last inn keeper and find room for Him in your life? I pray that this season He will have the coveted spot in your festivities and in your everyday life.

I pray many blessings upon you and yours this season and into the new year. May your hearts indeed be merry and bright and may you have the gift of Jesus Christ in your heart!

With much love,

Kerensa

posted by Kerensa on 12/23/2008

Perfection???? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I find it fascinating the different ways that God speaks to me. This time it was through an eight year old piano student. He was boldly sharing with me that I could not possibly ask of him perfection because only Jesus is perfect....he himself is just human. Now, how can I argue with that? He has a really good point. However, I am not that easy. Our conversation went something like this:

Student: You can't really expect this (piano exercise) to be perfect you know. Only Jesus is perfect. I'm just a kid.
Me: You're right. Only Jesus is perfect, but do you remember that He said that you can do ALL things through Him?
S: (nervous look)
Me: He said that you can even move a mountain if you have just a TINY bit of faith.
S: ok...so if this is close you'll check it off, right?
Me: We'll see.

I have been asking God how I can possibly continue in this calling with what seems like insurmountable odds and minimal support. Hmmm... I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me....I CAN move mountains with a mustard seed of faith....Ask, and ye WILL receive. These are just a few of the promises that my God has made to me. I needed this reminder and He spoke loud and clear through a simple conversation with a child. But my God is also a God that challenges; and as I was lying in bed last night He began to speak to me again; not only reminding me of His word, but of His love and of His mercy and His grace that are renewed for me with each new day. So why then, He asked, am I putting limitations on myself? What right do I have to limit what God has called upon my life? None. I have the freedom to do so (under His law of free will), but truly not the right (if I am to be completely His). I pray that you will take a minute and consider the areas where you are limiting yourself...outside of His will for you...because you have lost sight of the truth that even if perfection seems unattainable, it is certainly an attribute that we are called to pursue. Perfection is only known under the covering of the blood of Jesus; but once we live under that blood there is NOTHING that we are unable to accomplish in His name! How awesome is our God!

Will you take a minute out of your day and say this prayer with me?

Father,
I thank you that you are. I thank you that I can do all things through Jesus Christ who is my strength. I thank you that in you all things are made possible. I thank you that when there is a mountain standing in my way, you give me the authority as your child to command to that mountain to be removed. In the name of Jesus, I ask you Father to reveal to me those areas in my life where I have limited your power in my life and open up the doors of my heart to see your divine appointment and purpose for me in your kingdom. Amen.

Please, let me know what God has been showing you. How he has been speaking to you. How I can agree with you in prayer and stand beside you in support.

I can't wait to hear from you!

Much love from my heart to yours,

Kerensa

posted by Kerensa on 10/23/2008

Bad days??? (my walk) Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

It's 5:26 am in the morning and I haven't really been to bed yet...oh, I've laid my head on the pillow, but sleep has been reluctant to fellowship with me. As usual, my head was churning ideas that I'd really rather think about tomorrow; thoughts that I can do nothing about at 4am or 4:30 or 5...but that's never stopped my addled brain before, so here I am hoping someone is up to sympathize with me and share this journey.

What prompted me to drag myself from my cocoon was a single thought....bad days. I've had a lot of bad days recently....in a row. (Isn't that usually how they show up?) It occurred to me that a day that I might want to curse, to erase from the tenets of my memory banks are the same days that someone else will cherish and press with care between the pages of an album to recall in the freshest detail many years from now. These days that I wish to rend to shreds are days that a child is born, a couple stands at the altar united before God, a young girl receives her first flowers from her beau...how can I then curse this day that is indeed a blessing to my neighbor? Am I not to love my neighbor as myself? Does that mean only on the good days...should I not rejoice with the understanding that I am a part of the celebration of my brothers and sisters in Christ (known to me personally or not)? This day I lay out a challenge to me, to you...that we choose blessings and not cursing...choose life and not death.... So I repent for my selfishness and ask for your forgiveness for not rejoicing with you these past days and I bless you, my friends, with life; life that lives in full abundance through Jesus Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!

Thanks for listening.

Love,

Kerensa

posted by kerensa on 10/13/2008

In the words of Ben Stein Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees... I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.

It does not bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like It, it shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrati ng this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period... I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too... But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her 'How God could let something like this happen?' (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?'

In light of recent events... terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she did not want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. Moreover, we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we should not spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.

Now we are asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.'

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

posted by kerensa on 10/08/2008

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Cherokee Indian story...


A father takes his son into the forest, blindfolds him
and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the entire night
and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine
through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the
night, the boy is considered a man.

He cannot tell the other boys of this experience,
because each must come into manhood on his own. The boy is
naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must
surely be all around him. Maybe even some human might do him harm. The
winds blow the grass, something moves the earth, seems to move his
stump, but he sits there stoically, never removing the blindfold. It is
the only way he can become a man!

Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he
removes his blindfold. It is then that he discovers his father sitting
along side him. He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his
son from harm.

We too are never alone. Even when we don't know it, God
is watching over us, sitting beside us. When trouble comes, all we
have to do is reach out to Him. We don't need to take our blindfold off
before dawn.

Just because you can't see God, doesn't mean He is not
there.

posted by Kerensa on 10/03/2008

ONE CHURCH OR MANY CHURCHES Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

An article posted by one of my mentors and great friends. A continuing converstation on the meaning of the "church" and the body of Christ.

ONE CHURCH OR MANY CHURCHES
Daryl R. Lehman

Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, "...I will build my church." Scriptures refer many times to "the church", "the church of God" or "the church of Christ", all, references to one church, the one Jesus said He would build. The Bible also states that there is "one body and one Spirit...one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all." Ephesians 4:4-6. It is clear that God is speaking of one and not many.

Yet, Paul refers in II Corinthians 11:28 to "all the churches". Was Paul confused? Are these "churches" different from the church that Jesus said He would build? Today there are over 50 "churches" in the Greater Waynesboro Area. Does this mean that we have strayed from God's standard of one or are we, while being many, still one somehow?

In the Bible, believers in Jesus who lived in a given town or region were called the church of that area. Yet they were considered part of the one Church overall, the Church of Jesus. They were divided or identified by location; not doctrine, styles of worship or organizational preference.

Through history, the oneness of the Christian Church has been masked and even marred by these divisions, creating different groups of believers called denominations, losing the awareness of oneness. The Church became divided and functionally separated.

Are we then many churches or are we one today? We tend to focus on our differences but before God, we are indeed one, united by our common faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. John 1:12 gives a clear yet simple requisite for becoming a member of The Church or The Family of God; "To all who received Him [Jesus], to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God."

To receive and believe in Jesus is to understand and acknowledge that I am sinful and separated from God. It is to believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins. God established that the payment for sin is death. By confessing and repenting of my sins and believing that Jesus did indeed die for me, His payment with His blood is credited to my account and I am released from that debt, or "saved" as John 3:16 says.

Upon doing this I become a child of God, a member of The Church that Jesus is building. May we make certain we are members of The Church. Secondly, may we, while having differences, embrace one another as brothers and sisters based on our common faith in Jesus and work together.

posted by Kerensa on 07/30/2008

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I've passed this sign recently that says "If God feels far away, it's you who has moved". I've been bothered by that. I didn't know why. Then last week the Lord brought to my attention Mt. 4:1 "Then the Spirit of the Lord led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the devil". Now I'm sure that just like me you've read this passage often and never really even thought about it, but this time when I read it I came to the realization that it is sometimes the will of the Lord that we be tested; that we spend some time in the wilderness, that we stand, knowing that He is waiting on the other side with open arms waiting for us to make it through. After meditating on this and trying to wrap my head around it, so to speak, the Lord began to show me that only after this period of testing are we broken enough to be shaped into that which He has purposed for us. Many heroes of the faith have walked the same path through this desert. I am finding the list quite long...Abraham, Moses, David, John the Baptist, Paul, Esther...these are just a few of those that heard the call of God on their lives and were willing to press through the wilderness season of their journey to enter the fullness of their purpose. (I will abstain from walking through each story with you, but I do encourage you to re-visit at least some of their stories.)
I was so excited by this new "revelation" and yet did not totally understand why it was shown to me until tonight. It is 1:23 in the morning. I was planning on getting to bed early (for me) because I have an early start tomorrow, however the Lord had other plans, so here I am.
First of all I need to apologize to you, my brothers and sisters, for as I have been asked to be transparent with you, I have been found lacking in that department. So, here I am again.
This week has been difficult to say the least. The earth under me has been shaken. I have spent the week under the bondage of depression and have reverted to the same old mask that tells everyone that everything in my life is fine. Well, guess what...it's not. I am confused. I am broken. I am unsure of myself in almost every area. I have lost my footing. I am in the wilderness. The only thing that I am sure of is that the Spirit has led me here. So, here I am. I am trying desperately to find who I am in the eyes of Christ. To uncover the me that was chosen and set apart for a special work. To delve into the love of my Savior to learn how to love myself so I can truly love you with the passion He intends.
So I ask you, my family, to pray for me as I stand. I come as naked as I know how.

posted by Kerensa on 07/15/2008

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Hey guys! I just wanted to pass on some great info from a ministry that we support called Hope Alive. Hope Alive supports women and children who are homeless in the Baltimore/Washington & surrounding areas. I hope that you will find this a great way to clean out while helping those in need.

Thanks!!!

GOLD RUSH for Hope Alive, Inc.

Got gold? Dig deep in your jewelry box and see what you find...tangled chains, single earrings, old class rings, even that not-so-lovely brooch someone gave you years ago. If you've got gold you no longer wear, please share-so Hope Alive can help women and children who are homeless in our community.

Thanks to our good friends at Zaruba & Zaruba in Downtown Frederick, we have a very special opportunity to "cash in" unwanted gold for top value. Your gift of gold will help us provide a safe and stable home for struggling families and offer life-changing services that promote dignity and self respect-and you don't even have to write a check. What could be easier-or more important?

With your help, the neediest families in our community will find hope and a future. Thank you-and let the Gold Rush begin!

Peace! Doree Lynn Miles
Development Manager
Hope Alive, Inc.
P.O. Box 140
Sabillasville, MD 21780
301-241-4005, extension 301
301-241-3994 FAX
Say "Yes" to hope at www.hopealiveministries.org

posted by kerensa on 06/11/2008

Daily Walk -- Church? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Ok. Here we go again. Just stopping by to share some of my "walk" thoughts with you. As some of you know, because it's been a bee in my bonnet lately, I have been really struggling with the contemporary meaning of "church". It seems that in this day and age we have come to recognize church as a building where we congregate once or twice a week. It is in that building that we experience God. We come expecting to be ushered into worship, taught the word, prayed for, healed and socialize with our friends. Does anyone else see a problem here?
First of all, when did "church" come to mean the building in which we meet rather than the family of believers that we are called to be? Do we really need a building that is set apart in order to meet with our God? Can we not meet one with another in homes, in restaurants, in the street if need be? I have been reading Paul's letters to the churches recently and have yet to see any mention of meeting in a "house of the Lord" kind of place. Are not all places we dwell indeed houses of the Lord as He is living in us? And if He is indeed alive in each one of us should we not be experiencing Him all the time? 24/7?
And what about our expectations of "going to church"? There seems to be a lot of "what can we get out of this" mentality. Are we not called to BE the body of Christ? (see I Cor 12:12-31) Does that not mean that each of us, as an appendage, has a purpose and calling in the body? Why then are we happy to be spoon fed, and led in our services? What about edifying one another? Is that only the job of the pastorate? Does Christ really intend for us to be pew warmers? When do we come to the body prepared to give, rather than receive? How do we walk with Him in such a way that we are always overflowing and ready, even anticipating, the opportunity to bless our brothers and sisters through the gifts that He has given to us?
These are just questions folks. Questions that I have been asking myself. I am not here to condemn your "church" life. I am only asking the questions. Feel free to contact me to disagree or open dialogue. Is that not the purpose of the body? To strengthen one another in our faith? To build one another up?
I send my love to each of you and continually pray that He would be the head of your life.

In Christ,

Kerensa

posted by Kerensa on 02/08/2008

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Friends,
God has asked me this year to be more transparent, so from time to time I will be sharing with you (my email buds) aspects of my daily walk with Him. I have really been struggling with being "transparent". What does that mean? What does it look like? I think I've come to the conclusion that it is as simple as just being honest...with you and with me. That is harder than you may imagine. God has been showing me various masks that I wear. Not surprisingly I have many of them, as I'm sure you do. Often there is a different mask for each person or situation I regularly encounter. I have learned what others expect and how to give it to them. I have worn so many masks that I have been crying out to God to show me who I really am. Each mask has been woven so skillfully into the fabric of my everyday existence that often I don it without realizing that I have done a "wardrobe change". Tonight I have had an epiphany! The masks I have worn are born of worthlessness and fear. I realized while I was reading tonight that I was finally beginning to feel that stir of fire that had been missing from my faith walk for so long; (to be totally honest, it's been so long that I barely remember it!) God began to show me the root of the worthlessness and fear that has been my constant companion for so many years. (I pray that you will be patient with me here) --
I accepted Jesus at a young age. I honestly don't remember not knowing him. When I was around 10 I remember being so excited about the word, about youth group, about learning and serving the church body the best I could. I remember working hard to be "confirmed" in my church body so that I could vote on church matters and truly be a full working member of the body. I was so excited when I became the youngest voting member! I worked very hard to understand all of the issues put forth so that I would indeed be a valuable member of the congregation and relished every opportunity to serve. One way that I, as a youngster, found to serve was in a custodial manner. Now, I'm sure looking back, that I probably missed some things from time to time as young people do, but I promise you I worked very hard. I understood my duty in maintaining the meeting place of the saints and was quite proud of my work. (Although my mother can attest that I was not without complaints) It was not long that I had been performing this duty when new leadership was established in the church. I was promptly relieved of my work. It was decided, I was told, that I was too young. Nothing was ever said to me about shoddy work. I would have appreciated the honesty if that was the case, even at that age. But I felt very unworthy. I felt the fear of not measuring up to what God required of me. I felt as though I was no longer a valuable or needed in the body of Christ.
Now, I do not share this to speak poorly of the leadership of the time. They were doing what they thought was best and I can certainly respect the many issues that would be raised in our contemporary society. That's not the point. The point is that this is how Satan convinced me that not only was I worthless in the eyes of Christ but to be fearful of never performing well enough to gain His love. That's when the first mask was born. A smile was painted over a broken heart, never to be shown again. Well, tonight my friends, that mask has been shattered! God is renewing me! As I write this I am overcome with the joy of the Lord. Truly, I can feel strength returning and flowing through my veins as never before! Please continue to pray for me (as I will for you) that His work in me would be completed to His glory! Thanks for listening. I gotta go praise now!!!!!!


Be not conformed by this wolrd, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind in Christ Jesus!

I love you!

posted by Kerensa on 01/25/2008

A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Sent to me by some dear friends....Heirborn Promise Ministries (check em out here on IH!) Wanted to share with you. Merry Christmas!


A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!

Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ

Date: Every day. Traditionally, December 25th,
but He's always around, so the date is flexible.

Time: Whenever you're ready.
(Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss out on all the fun!)

Place: In your heart ... He'll meet you there.
(You'll hear Him knock.)

Attire: Come as you are ... casual is okay.
He'll be washing our clothes anyway. He said something about
new white robes and crowns for everyone who stays till the last.

Tickets: Admission is free. He's already paid for everyone.
(He says you wouldn't have been
able to afford it anyway...
it cost Him everything He had, but
you do need to accept the ticket.)

Refreshments: New wine, bread, and an
awesome drink He calls "Living Water,"
followed by a supper that promises to be "out of this world!"

Gift Suggestions: Your life. He's one of those
people who already has everything else.
(He's very generous in return though.
Just wait until you see what He has for you!)

Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth,
Life, Love, Real Happiness,
Communion with God, Forgiveness, Miracles, Healing, Power,
Eternity in Paradise, Contentment, and much more!
(Invite your family and friends too.)

R.S.V.P. Very Important!
He must know ahead so He can
reserve a spot for you at the table.
Also, He's keeping a list of His friends for future
reference. He calls it the "Lamb's Book of Life."

Party being given by His Kids (that's us)!
Hope to see you there!

(Author Unknown)



_________________________________________________
For God so loved the world that
He sent His greatest gift: His Son,
So that by the example of His life,
We could learn how to live
our own lives ... lovingly, kindly,
unselfishly, forgivingly.

posted by Kerensa on 12/25/2007

Christmas is about nothing but love Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Happy holidays my friends! The turkey has finally made its way out of the fridge and I am ready to gear up for Christmas. This is truly a wonderful, and dare I say, magical time of the year; a time when the entire world seems to surrender to the possibility, if only for a moment, of tranquility and peace on earth. I am in awe once again as I meditate on the love that my creator has for me. That He would look through time and see me, and find me so worthy of His adoration that He would think it not robbery to humble Himself and come as a lowly babe that I might have salvation that I might have the privilege to sit at His feet and fall into His arms. What love! What selflessness! What a great and awesome God we serve!

As I was reading today in Ephesians I was reminded once again that God not only loves us with an indescribable love, but that He calls us, as the church, to love ourselves that we may fully be able to love one another. That is our purpose here love. There is no other. Now, we all have individual tasks and callings on our lives, but if we are not motivated by love then all is for naught. It is only through the love of God that we can truly love ourselves and subsequently love others in His fullness. I pray that each of you would seek out opportunities this season to share His love in new and unexpected ways. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to ways that you can pour His love on those around you.

I am praying, as Paul did in Ephesians (3:18-19), that you and all God's holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ's love how wide and how long and how high and how deep is that love. Christ's love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God.

posted by Kerensa on 12/12/2007

A Great Day Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Some days are just ho-hum. Friday was not a ho-hum day. My hubby and I got on the road around 11 am toward Philly, PA for the evening ministry event not an unusual occurrence for us. We had a really hard trip. It was dreary, then rainy, then just plain dreary again and we were tired. We had worked all week and had traveled the last 3 weekends with no down time but this something we couldn't miss. We were headed to Chosen300 Ministries in Philly. Chosen300 is a ministry that feeds those that are homeless in the city. We arrived at 4:30 and already saw folks lining up on the street for the doors to open at 6. Now, I have done homeless shelters before, but never this kind of ministry and I didn't know what to expect. It was amazing to see the folks hard at work fulfilling the needs of this community; running around trying to get everything in it's place and getting organized to feed about 300 men, women and children. My job was to minister in music during meal time. Wow! What an experience! It was busy and somewhat confusing and yet in the midst, as I shared my story and the love of Christ my eyes would meet the eyes of a precious soul that came to be fed in the physical and yet I could see in those eyes the longing for the love of Christ and the need to feel His love wrapping around them. I did get a chance to speak with a few of these men after closing and was truly blessed. I will not get into details because that doesn't matter. What does matter is that opportunity to touch just one life in the name of Jesus. As you are traveling down the street don't be afraid to connect, to let another know that you are not oblivious to their existence...to their struggle. You and I am just one person, but so was Christ, and it only takes one person to reach one person. If you are in the Philadelphia area I encourage you to contact chosen300 minstries at chosen300.org and see how you can serve and if you're not check it out anyway. Maybe their ministry will inspire yours!

posted by Kerensa on 11/12/2007

PlANTER -- from crosswalk.com Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61:3



FROM THE FATHER'S HEART
My child, do you sometimes feel like a tiny acorn surrounded by huge oak trees? I hear your sighs. I know how badly you want to grow, yet there are times you may see no progress at all. Trust Me. I am the planter. It takes years to grow a sturdy oak. Don't be impatient. Just because you can't see the branches doesn't mean My power is not at work in you. Your labor is not in vain. In time, you, too, will become an oak that offers shade and blessing to many.

A GRATEFUL RESPONSE
At times I've wished to be a strong, sturdy oak, or maybe a pine whose green branches grace the forest all year. Yet sometimes I feel like I'll always be a twig. You decide what I'll be, according to Your divine plan. I'll bloom, Lord, wherever I'm planted.

SIMPLE TRUTH

He is the planter; we are the seed.

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posted by Kerensa on 10/30/2007

Are you ready for a season change? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Fall is here! WOOHOO!! My favorite time of year! The exhausting heat of summer is past and sweater weather is encroaching (clothes that cover me and look good -- imagine!) The leaves are burning bright on the trees and crunching happily under my feet, and evenings with a book and my hot cocoa are already calling. AHHHH...life is good.

Season change sometimes brings the heat of summer and sometimes the comfortable, cool breezes of fall. Are not our spiritual lives very much the same? Are you in a season of trial and difficulty or moving into a season of peace and refreshment? I will be honest with you that summer was a difficult season for me. As the ministry underwent a massive change, so did my personal spiritual life. Like many of you I like change, but I LOVE stability. I am a person that wants to know what's coming next, to have time to contemplate and even to pack for the next move. Well, that is not always ok, that's hardly ever how God moves. Recently in our Sunday "meals", my pastor has been speaking on putting up permanent structures where God really only wants us to pitch a tent. That has hit me in a very real way. I started noticing more and more all the I's in the previous statements...I want predictability, I want constancy, I want packing time, I want time for contemplation, and I want to know...these are all things that I want, not necessarily what God wants. Numbers 9 speaks of how the Israelites were led by God in the desert by cloud and by pillar of fire. When the cloud or pillar of fire moved, it was a cue for the people of Israel to move. I encourage you to read Numbers 9:15-23 in its entirety, but for now I would like to concentrate on verses 21-23.

"Sometimes the cloud stayed only from dusk until dawn, when the cloud lifted the next morning, the people moved. When the cloud lifted, day or night, the people moved. The cloud might stay over the tent for two days, a month, or a year. As long as it stayed, the people camped, but when it lifted, they moved. At the Lord's command the people camped, and at His command they moved."

The people of Israel did not know how long their season would be. They did not have the option of setting up permanent structures to house their treasures. They stayed focused on the cloud, the pillar, the presence of the Almighty. If He moved, they moved; if He stayed, they stayed. Are we living every day, every moment, watching to see where He is leading us and not walking blindly through each day? Or are we expending all our energy building structures that bind us to a life that He has not planned for us? These are questions that I have been asking myself recently. I encourage you to do the same. God has a plan for you in this season and the next. But, you will only see the fruition of your purpose in Him if you follow Him...not your own plans.

posted by Kerensa on 10/04/2007

OLOGIES Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

We've got scientology, ufology, I gotta have it allogy
We're surrounded by paganology, humanology, political correctology
We've tried christianology and demonology and some even died in Koreshology
So now I propose another way, it's time to try Godology

Godology is life, not death
It's love abounds and grace reigns free
Passion hanging on a tree
Sacrifice that gives it all
And conquers death to break our fall

Godology is doctrine free
It's I love you and you love me
It's seeking God and standing still
And moving only in His will

The time has come to put away denominationology
To come as one before His gates
That in these final days and weeks
In one strong voice we proudly say
That JESUS is the ONLY WAY!

posted by Kerensa on 04/19/2007