One in a Billion - Use it or Lose it Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

One in a billion! Now that's just about against all odds. I heard about a baseball player from Africa, (population 1 billion people), who made it to the Major Leagues. The odds of that happening are one in a billion!

The baseball player defied all odds and began living his dream by playing baseball, having fun and, of course, making much more money than he could in Africa.

Even against one-in-a-billion odds, the baseball player achieved his dream. This didn't happen by chance, but through hard work and perseverance. A friend of mine has said for many years that it takes 100% faith and 100% work to accomplish the dream that God puts in your heart.

Another friend told me recently that he was ministering at an outreach in his hometown, giving out food and praying for others. Afterwards, he got his guitar out and started worshiping the Lord. A little bit later, a man came up to him and said "thank you so much for coming. Today I had decided to commit suicide and now I realize that someone loves me and I have hope for my life." Wow! What an impact one life can make upon another!

This makes me ask the question, what are you doing? Yes, I am asking me: what are you doing with your life to make a difference in the lives of others? The baseball player could have said no one from Africa has ever made it to the Major Leagues, so why should I even try? And my friend, instead of reaching out, could have said I don't really want to go out today. I'm too tired, too busy, too whatever. But he went.

I recently saw a beautiful old piano that had just been sitting out for years in the elements. This reminded me of a saying that I've had for years: use it or lose it. You have to use the gifts and talents God's given you to make a difference in the lives of others. Or... you will lose it. What are you doing?

posted by Joey Nicholson on 06/01/2017

New Year, Knew You Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

As we begin a New Year, we usually look back for a moment, then look ahead to begin planning for a New Year. We look back only briefly to see what the Lord has done in this closing year, and then give Him the praise for all that He's done. As we look ahead, we pray and begin planning for His will and all that He shows us to do.

The good thing about starting a new year and turning the page on the calendar is that we get to have a fresh start and a clean slate. Many people make resolutions, or set goals, and I've heard it said many times before --- New Year, New You. There's nothing wrong with resolutions, or making goals like resolving to lose weight, save more money, or simply be nicer.

I believe the Lord has given us a fresh idea for the New Year, and therefore, a specific instruction for this year. The phrase I believe I heard was, New Year - Knew You. At the end of this New Year of 2017, who is going to say that they knew you? In other words, we all have a new year before us, so what are we going to do with it? Who will we impact in such a positive way that they will praise the Lord that they knew you and me? Are we going to put the Lord first, and therefore, put OTHERS before ourselves, and set out to make a difference in the lives of OTHERS, which will make a huge impact on this world for the Kingdom of God and it will then make a difference in our lives!

As I've said many times in my preaching, your life is not even about you. What? That's right! Through the eyes of the Lord, we're given one life to live and that life is to increase, impact and enrich the lives of others. We have a song that we've been singing with children for many years, called "J is for Jesus". It simply teaches them that the word JOY, is spelled, J-O-Y. J is for Jesus, O is for others, and Y is for You. If we put the Lord Jesus first in our lives, then others, and then ourselves last, we will have the joy of the Lord, which is our strength!

Notice that this is the opposite of what the world teaches. Even in the business world, you need to step on the person below you to rise up the corporate ladder. That is why the Apostle Paul told Timothy that in the last days, men would be "lovers of their own selves". He knew that in the days we are now living, people would be very selfish, and mostly interested in their own lives, plans and how to make their own lives better.

God's ways are NOT our ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9) He wants us to lay our lives down for Him, even as He laid His own life down for us. (John 3:16) Jesus told His disciples that if anyone asks them to walk a mile so they don't walk alone, then walk two miles. This is where we get the saying to "go the extra mile" for someone. It simply means to go above and beyond for others, and care about others so that we are willing to help others, even before we help ourselves.

We know that the days we are living in are seemingly dark days and even evil days, but the Lord wants us to INVADE the darkness with His Glorious Light! How do we do that? By living our lives for the Lord and for others! When it came to the Good Samaritan, everyone else walked on by, but he TOOK THE TIME to stop and help. Everyone has twenty-four hours in a day, but I hear SO MANY people talk about how busy they are. You know what? We're all busy! Do you want to impact someone this year for eternity? It doesn't mean that you have to be a preacher, maybe you just need to give someone a hug, or simply a phone call. At the end of this New Year, who's going to be so grateful to the Lord that they KNEW YOU?

posted by Joey Nicholson on 01/08/2017

Never Giving Up, For Real Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Before the Israelites entered into the Promised Land, they were told it would be a land flowing with milk and honey. The Lord gave them the promise that it would be a good land, but He never said it would be easy taking the land. In fact, He said the Promised Land would be a land of hills AND valleys. There would be good times, hills, and there also would be low times, or valleys.

Jesus said we would have the same thing today. In John 16:33 He said, "In this world you will have trouble and tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

We have had ups and downs and many trying times, but we've also had MANY victories in Christ! We have made up our minds and determined in our hearts that we will follow Him and serve the Lord all the days of our lives. No matter what comes, we are Never Giving Up!

The title track of our new CD confirms these words as well as our song, Stronger Than Anything. Set your mind and heart with us today, for real, and say, I'm Never Giving Up!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 08/24/2016

Thoughts on Easter Weekend Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I've been thinking a lot about this Easter weekend, and what it means to me. Here are some thoughts...

Friday - It is a Good Friday. It really is. No matter what is happening or how we feel, it is good because He is good. When I was a kid, I said a prayer over my meal......God is great, God is good..... He really is though! And His Word says ALL things work for our good! Think about it.....ALL Things....It is a Good Friday.

Saturday - It's interesting to think about Saturday, the day between death and resurrection. What was it like? We know from scripture that Jesus took captivity captive, but from outside the tomb looking in....He looked dead. Nothing seemed to be happening. Think about this when you're doing all you know to do and it seems like nothing is happening....remember...He IS working!

Sunday - Resurrection Day!! WOW! He makes all things new. I love Spring because trees and flowers bloom, especially the dogwoods. Spring is a new time and His mercies are new every morning. Jesus gives us hope. He creates new hope in us every morning. He IS the Hope of Glory! Jesus Christ in you and me. Happy Resurrection Day!!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 03/26/2016

Wide World of Webs Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

It's an amazing thing to see a freshly-spun spider's web. Just to see the design and symmetry that comes from such a small creature. And even if it's removed, inadvertently or not, the spider will have it reconstructed by the next morning. Amazing!

When I see a web, I realize that the spider is doing what God has created it to do. God created the spider and the spider spun the web. Even when interrupted, the spider continues on. When the web is destroyed, the spider will start over with a new one. That's when it really hit me, that we should be constantly doing the same thing, especially since we are made in the Creator's image. How much more should we be ready and diligent to be doing what God created us to do.
Ecclesiastes 9:10 says, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with ALL your might. "

When trouble comes against us, or the things of the world distract us or even knock some of us back, we should get up, and start over. Keep pressing on!

When we think about all the people all over the world, that's a lot of webs and a lot of people who should be busy doing what God created them to do. I mean, it's a wide world of webs. There's a lot to do for His kingdom, so seek Him first and seek His purpose for your life and let's get busy creating. That's what keeps this world spinning!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 06/08/2015

Keep Moving Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Keep Moving

With all that's going on in the world today, it's easy to get overwhelmed and even bogged down with the cares of life. Sometimes we can stall out, or get stuck in a rut. One thing Jesus wants us to do is to keep moving forward.

The sign says to keep moving.
Here in the states we have a road sign that says to "keep moving", but I've seen many people who simply stop, look around, and some even look behind them. They don't even look at the sign that says to keep moving. We all have that human nature that can cause us to stop and look around at this world or at our own troubles. I know many who are looking at their past and can't seem to move forward.

The Lord wants us to get up and keep going.
In Isaiah 43:19, He said, "Look, I'm doing a new thing". Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a perfect plan for your life, one with a hope and a future. He wants you to be all you can be in Him, and have a life of peace and purpose. We have a new song called Into Your Kingdom that says, "Open my eyes to see the needs surrounding me". We really long to help others come to Christ and keep moving in Him. Let's all do it. Keep moving!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 01/18/2015

Where is the Love? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Back in the early seventies, there was a popular R&B song called "Where is the Love?" Many are asking that question today, considering the tumultuous world we are living in, and as Jesus said, we are hearing of wars and rumors of wars. Even in the U.S., politicians are constantly fighting with others in their own party.

The question needs to be asked. Where is the love and who or what do you and I love?

With the advance of technology and its usefulness, I had someone tell me recently, "I love my phone!"

What do you love? Who do you love?

In John 13:35, Jesus said that's how the world will know that you and I know Him, if we have love one to another. We need to love Jesus and show our love for each other. That's what the world is craving right now, and it's also what Jesus wants from us. In fact, He said that the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength.

Jesus is asking, "Where is the love?"

posted by Joey Nicholson on 02/13/2012

Dirt Road on a Snow Day Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

As you know, I love worshiping Jesus and my main musical genre has been "Acoustic Worship". I've been blessed to write other styles, including Youth and even VBS songs.

This time last year, I had a request from an artist looking for a "Country Gospel" song for their recording project called "Dirt Roads". I told them I didn't have anything like that, but since we had just been hit with 6 inches of snow here in North GA, I would try to write one.

"Dirt Road" is the song we came up with and we decided to release it and post it on IndieHeaven FanFaves. You can take a listen and even vote for it for the next 30 days. It turns out that I can still play a little mandolin and slide guitar.

posted by Joey Nicholson on 02/03/2012

Plug In-Turn The Power On! Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Recently the Northwest, specifically Washington State where World Vision is headquartered, was hit with a large snowstorm that blanketed the area and caused many to lose power. When I spoke with a World Vision representative, I asked how they were responding to the weather. They said that the weather was extreme for their region and that many had been without power for days. The WV Director had challenged them that day to remember the many children and families around the world who never have power and have much worse living conditions. This impacted many of them as to how they should react to their own uncomfortable situations.

I told them there is also another way to look at it. The world is without power now, and we have the power source. All we have to do is plug them into the Word. The Word is Jesus.

In John 8:12 Jesus says, "I am the light of the world". In Matthew 5:14 He says, "You are the light of the world". They are in darkness, and we have the light. All we have to do is shine our light, plug the world into the Word, and turn the power on!

The World Vision representative was excited and encouraged by this, and said they couldn't wait to share it with others in the office. It helps me, too and I hope it encourages you today. Let's turn the power on!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 01/26/2012

What's Love Got To Do With it? Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

On the morning of Valentine's Day, I usually wake up and thank Jesus for His great love towards me. I'm grateful that He would die to love me so I could live to love Him. John 3:16 says that God so LOVED the world that He gave his Son. I guess that means He was dying to love me. Am I living to love Him??

I was reading Ephesians 4 this morning. The five-fold ministry gifts are for "the perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry and the edifying of the body of Christ". Verse 16 specifically talks about the whole body of Christ fitly joining together until every part works perfectly together and the body increases and edifys itself in LOVE.

In the same way that blood flows through our natural body, it's LOVE that flows through every part of the body of Christ. It's the LOVE that makes every joint fit smoothly and perfectly into the other. I guess LOVE has got everything to do with it!

Happy Valentine's Day! Make sure to love on Jesus and His body today!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 02/14/2011

Not the How, But the Who Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

As Angela and I were talking the other night about some of the happenings in our life, I said, "I don't how we're going to do this." She immediately said, "You've got your letters mixed up. It's not the how, it's the Who!" Was that a revelation or what??

When I got up the next morning, during my time of 'morning manna', The Lord took me to Matthew chapters 15-17. In Chapter 16, after Jesus had just miraculously fed the 5000 and the 4000, the disciples were concerned because they had forgotten to take bread for the journey. They were wondering about how they would all eat, while Jesus wanted them to understand Who was with them.

I believe this is why later in the chapter He asks them "Who do you say that I am?" He wanted them to see Him as the All-Sufficient One so they wouldn't be pre-occupied with necessities such as their daily bread.

Again in Matthew 17, three of the leading disciples were able to witness Jesus be transfigured into His image of glory. What a sight that must've been! They saw Him for Who He was and Who He is!

Then in Matthew 17: 24-27, when Peter was asked if Jesus paid His taxes, he immediately said yes. As Peter turned to go inside the house, he probably began wondering, "I'm pretty sure He does, but how?" Jesus let him know they were free of the taxes, but just to make sure, go to the sea, catch a fish and it will have money in its mouth. The money was for Jesus and Peter. He paid both their tax payments, and He did it in such a miraculous way so Peter would know Who He was.

I believe Jesus wants us to concentrate on Who He is and not how He's going to do things in our lives. His ways certainly are higher than our anyway. He just wants us to know Him for Who He is and trust Him with our lives.

It's not the how, it's the Who!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 10/15/2010

Work = Force x Distance Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

As an indie Artist, I KNOW my work will be rewarded, but sometimes it's difficult to see the results. Other times, it seems I am flowing along with His River, and the work is so easy and effortless.

Both of these happened this past weekend while ministerng in St. Mary's, Ga and Jacksonville, Fla. While playing piano at a wedding in GA, I was getting tired, and I guess partly because I played for 2-3 hours, and also because playing at weddings with 300 people is a little out of my comfort zone.

The next morning, I was leading Sunday morning worship on guitar at a church in Jacksonville, Fla. I felt as if the Lord was carrying me, the worship team and the whole congregation right into His presence. It could've been because I was in my "zone", leading worship. Or, it could've been that the congregation had been praying, and since we had worshiped together before, there was a great expectancy. I believe that when faith and hope are in the room, LOVE is going to work!

Work = Force x Distance

This equation is very important. I was studying 4th grade Science with my son, Derek, last night and this equation was part of his studies. The Lord began to speak to me today about how important this is and just how it applies to my life.
Work is the force or effort that we put into our calling multiplied by our commitment to going the distance, no matter how hard or easy, until we hear, " Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Galatians 5:6 says that faith works by LOVE.

We've got to love Jesus, love what we are called to do for Him, and love the people He allows us to minister to.

As a Worship Leader, Independent Artist, Songwriter, Preacher and Teacher of the Gospel, I'm going to give the very best effort that I can, and no matter how I feel, I AM going the distance!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 05/10/2007

Thoughts on Easter Weekend Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

I've been thinking a lot about this Easter weekend, and what it means to me, and it could be for many reasons. I'm sure that one reason is that I just came off a very spiritually charged weekend at the CIA Summit in Nashville. Another is the stirring that the Lord has been doing in my heart in recent months. Anyways......here's some thoughts.

Friday - It is a Good Friday. It really is. No matter what is happening or how we feel today, it is good because He is good. When I was a kid, I said a prayer over my meal......God is great, God is good..... He really is though! And His Word says ALL things work for our good! Think about it.....ALL Things....It is a Good Friday.

Saturday - It's interesting to think about Saturday, the day between death and resurrection. What was it like? We know from scripture that Jesus took captivity captive, or punted satan's posterior, but from outside the tomb looking in....He looked dead. Nothing seemed to be happening. Think about this when you're doing all you know to do and it seems like nothing is happening....remember...He's working!

Sunday - Resurrection Day!! WOW! He makes all things new. I love Spring because trees and flowers bloom, especially the dogwoods. Spring is a new time and His mercies are new every morning. Jesus gives us hope. He creates new hope in us every morning. He IS the Hope of Glory! Jesus Christ in you and me. Happy Resurrection Day!!

posted by Joey Nicholson on 04/07/2007