Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Email From Darren Prater
On the way home last night I was listening to the songs of mine that are going on the CD, listening for anything that didn’t sound right in case I needed to make any last minute changes. Well, after a minute or so I got lost in the songs and just drove along enjoying the words and feelings from them. All the way home it was “Amen”, “Man, that’s good”, “Thank you Jesus”, etc. I love the words in these songs. They say something and they mean something. They touch people’s lives and they heal hearts. They are not songs to make money from or songs to impress people with. The world is so very backward. Singers in the world sing songs to make themselves rich. These songs that we sing make us all rich. Some are songs that we have written to share our experiences and to share thoughts we are having with others. Some are songs from the heart of God for us. He gives them to His Son to give to us for our benefit and the benefit of anyone who will hear them. Whether written by us or given from the Lord, they are all inspired by God.
I do not know why He has chosen me for the part I have in the body, but I thank God for using me like He has in this music, and I pray that He will allow me to continue on for many years. I thank God that I can see and feel the difference between our music and everything else out there. People can feel something different in these songs, but to understand what they are saying takes knowing the Father and Son, knowing good from evil, knowing what is of man and what is of God.
You have taught me more about God than I ever thought I could know. Thank you for being available to God and for sharing with us what He has taught you. It has helped me in my life. It is still helping me in my life. Through your teaching and our learning, we have understanding, and that is priceless.
Several years ago, when I first felt the anointing that is on you for God’s children, I told some folks in my house, “That man has authority from God to make music for His children.” I had never felt that before from anyone. I agree that the music that God is giving us here, from you and from others, is very special music. It has a way of finding locked doors to people’s hearts and has the power to fill lonely chambers with hope.
The feelings in this music we are producing are needed by God’s abused children. It is not Christian music; it is music from Jesus to us, and it is full of selfless love and healing for all. Years ago, when I asked God to send us some musicians, I didn’t know He would answer that prayer so wonderfully. I am thankful you are here, along with Gary and Donna and Billy and . . . well, the list goes on, including some young folk now that are showing exceptional sensitivity to the Spirit as well as surprising talent. Praise God!
Right now, Brother Rob has over thirty new songs in the computer waiting for him to have the time to finish engineering. My, I wish there were four of him! We are excited about getting this holy music out to people, but it seems to be such a slow, tedious process at times. I hope that all our friends around the country and the world will be in prayer for Rob and the others who must do the hard work needed to make these songs available.