Greetings in the Precious Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ .... the Name above all names!
Can you even believe that this year, 2011, is half over .... seems it just began. When I drive down the street and see houses that still have their Christmas decorations .... I say to myself "well very soon, they will not have to worry about doing that .... for the lights are already in place."
Here we are in what is called "June Gloom" .... for those who do not live in California .... and think there is always lots of sunshine, especially during the month of June .... actually it's not always true. I'm sure many tourists are disappointed when they come here for great weather in June .... but often find something else.
Another month of Ministry .... my wonderful life! I'm so excited for the assignment God gave me .... to speak and sing about His Son Jesus Christ. Often, I see how folk in the audience are touched .... tears flow as they listen to me minister a newer, happy song or a precious hymn of the church .... when songs are written using words of Scripture .... that is what happens .... because God's Word works.
Isaiah 55:11 - My Word that goes from My mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
On June 4th, there was a special party for a wonderful dear friend, Mother Mary Ellen Strong, she celebrated her 90th birthday. I call her my mentor .... spending time with her brings me closer to Jesus.
God gives me many opportunities to minister in different denominations .... and that blesses me. I am told that the joy that I bring to their services is very special .... thank God for His Joy. I am so aware that God is in control of everything in my life and yours .... so there is no need for us to worry or fret over circumstances .... He will carry us through everything.
Hebrews 13:6 - We can say with confidence, "The Lord is My Helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
As I mentioned in my last newsletter .... I am planning to record a new .... and perhaps "my last CD." In order to prepare for it .... my arranger/producer came to Rancho so we could work on the songs. It was a good time with Fletch .... I had known him for at least 30 years .... he played trumpet with Andrae Crouch and The Disciples. I was so happy we re-connected and that he was able to work with me .... I will be going to Dallas to record .... I believe you will enjoy all the songs .... such as "Amazing Grace" .... "Old Rugged Cross" .... "Rock of Ages" .... "The Love of God" .... a medley of songs about "The Blood of Jesus" .... "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" .... "When The Roll is Called Up Yonder" and more. There will be happy "Black Gospel" ones, also real toe-tapping and hand-clapping songs. Please pray for this project....for the funds to come in to pay for it .... and of course for fresh anointing to be on each song, so hearts and lives will be touched and changed as they listen.
If you are able to give a gift of love .... I will be so grateful, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for whatever you give .... no gift is too small for "little is much when God is in it." Thanks so much .... God will bless you and it will be added to your account in Glory. For all gifts, I am happy to place your name on the CD insert as one who wants to support the ministry God has given me.
We have a very modern state-of-the-art large Senior Center here in Rancho, a place for all kinds of activities .... a gym .... meals are served each day .... field trips and cruises are planned for those interested .... there is something for everyone. One of the things presented yearly is called "Senior Follies." It is a production featuring those who are over 65 years of age and have talent .... there will be singers, dancers, actors, actresses, etc. I heard about the tryouts .... went to see if there was a place for me on the program .... the director seemed pleased with my audition .... and when he learned I was a former member of the Edwin Hawkins Singers and our hit song in 1969 was "Oh Happy Day" .... that's what he wanted me to sing .... I suggested we put together a choir .... he said "Yes" and even suggested they wear robes, so that's it. I'm very excited as my song will be the only gospel song in the program. Please pray that God will use it to touch hearts. All of this is happening at the Goldie Lewis Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7pm. There is a $20 donation .... hope I see you there. I love it when God takes me outside the walls of the church to proclaim the "Good News" .... He is good!
Mark 16:15 - Jesus said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation."
Remember, as you are planning your fall schedule .... I can come to minister in Word/Song (one or the other, or both). You will not be disappointed! .... Your Senior's Group, Single's Function, Ladies Luncheon or your church will be blessed as I bring joy to that meeting. Please call me at 909-948-2448, thanks.
I am grateful for my friends .... it is with joy that I count you as a friend .... some for many years .... some for a short time .... and some of you I never even met .... but think about it, one day we will all be in Heaven if we have asked Jesus to become the Saviour of our souls and have made that eternal decision, committing all to His keeping.
For you who send contributions to me .... I am so grateful .... that is how God meets the financial need in my life. You will always receive a tax-deductible receipt when you make the check payable to Lillie Knauls Ministries. If you prefer to use a credit card, that is fine also.
Please call me anytime, 909-948-2448 .... I do not have a secretary .... so you will always speak with me, or .... now that I am totally into e-mails (finally), you can send me one at email@example.com .... and I will be sure to answer you.
II Thess. 3:16 - Now, may The Lord of Peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
See ya next time.....
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