Back in the 70’s I was singing in a church in Salisbury, Rhodesia, and the pastor had a record of Bill Anderson singing the country gospel song: “Mama sang a song.” I loved that song and sang it many times myself in various places. I had never heard of Bill Anderson before, and it was only when I came to America, that I discovered he was a big star on the Grand Ole Opry.
- A satisfied mind
- Amazing grace
- Angel band
- Beyond the sunset (with Jan Howard)
- Beyond the sunset (with Jan Howard) – a different video
- Blessed assurance
- Country Music Heaven
- Deck of cards
- Drinking from my saucer
- Farther along
- God is great, God is good
- God’s Country
- Golden guitar
- Him and me
- If anything ever happened to you ‘live’
- I can do nothing alone
- I dreamed about Mama last night
- I drink from my saucer (same song as ‘Drinking from my saucer’)
- I saw the light
- I wonder if God likes country music (with Roy Acuff)
- I wonder if God like country music (with Roy Acuff) – ‘live’ video
- Just as I am
- Life’s railway to heaven
- Light at the river
- Less of me
- Love lifted me
- Mama sang a song ‘live’
- Most richly blessed
- Nearer my God to Thee (with Jan Howard)
- Nearer my God to Thee (with Jan Howard) – Titanic (angels to beckon me)
- Pass me not O gentle Savior
- Precious memories
- Softly and tenderly
- Somebody touched me
- Someday it’ll all make sense (with Dolly Parton) and pictures
- Someday it’ll all make sense (with Dolly Parton) in photo video
- Someday it’ll all make sense – ‘live’ at Larry’s Country Diner
- Standing on the promises ‘live’
- Suppertime ‘live’
- Sweet hour of prayer
- Take up thy cross
- The Lord’s prayer (with Jan Howard)
- The old rugged cross
- The old rugged cross ‘live’
- The old country church
- The only Bible
- The only Bible ‘live’
- The reverend Mr. Black
- The touch of the Master’s hand
- Trouble in amen corner
- Until the light comes on again
- Where could I go but to the Lord
- Where He leads me
- Whispering hope
- Will the circle be unbroken
Beloved, many of these songs are a great blessing to me. Actually, I was listening to ‘The old country church’ radio program the other night when I heard Bill Anderson singing ‘Somebody touched me.’ I loved that song so much, that I looked for it, and hence this list of songs. I try to listen every monday night at 7 pm to the ‘Old Country Church’ from Buffalo, New York on the internet at wxrl.com. Ramblin’ Lou has passed on, but his family is keeping up the tradition.
Beloved, if you have never received Jesus Christ as your Savior, I want to encourage you to do it today. Nobody knows when we will leave this earth, but it is very important to be ready when we do. God bless y’all.
Here are some additional scriptures to those mentioned in my picture story, and I am quoting from the American King James Version, because apparently it is not copyrighted.
1. Matthew 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene. (What scripture?)
2. Mark 12:24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? (Writings of Enoch.)
3. Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (I wish we had that scripture lesson in our Bibles.)
4. John 2:22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. (Jesus talked about raising himself from the dead after 3 days. What scripture is that?)
5. Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Paul is quoting the words of Jesus from a different Bible.)
6. 1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: (What scripture says that Jesus will rise from the dead on the third day? I read that in ‘The ascension of Isaiah, page 522’ from ‘The Other Bible.’ In Psalm 16:10 it says: “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.” But it says nothing about rising from the dead on the third day.)
7. James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? (I looked in my son’s Dake’s Bible, and he said that he doesn’t know what scripture James is talking about.)
8. Revelation 9:14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. (I am curious about those 4 angels. We don’t read anything about that elsewhere in our Bibles.)
Rich man and Lazarus. Luke 16:19-31. Jesus tells the story of the underworld where there are flames on one side, and on the other there is peace. Enoch mentions that in his writings.
John 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. (Jesus said these words to Nathanael, but we have no record in our Bibles of Nathanael seeing that.)
In the First Book of Enoch he refers to Jesus as the Son of man about 8 times I think. Once he calls him the Son of a woman. In the Book of Mark, Jesus always refers to himself as the Son of man.
I seem to recall in the writings of Enoch that he uses the word:”Godhead.”
Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (That is in the writings of Enoch as well.)
Almost 40 years ago I read part of a Third Book of Enoch in a library in North York.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
Luke mentions that many people wrote about Jesus, but we only have two gospels before Luke in our Bibles. I have a fragment of the Gospel of Peter. Then there is also the Gospel of Nicodemus, that I think should be in our Bibles, but it seems like everybody follows Constantine as if he is God himself. There is also a Gospel of Thomas, but it is reported to be Gnostic. One interesting thing is that Thomas said that the sheep that went astray was the biggest sheep. I always thought of it as a little lamb, because when I was a little boy, I saw a beautiful painting of Jesus carrying a little lamb on the side of a rugged mountain. I knew a minister once who went astray, and he turned against me, and left the church. Many years later when I spoke to his first wife, she told me that he had now been married six times. He was a big sheep. Once I knew an evangelist that came against me when I was singing on TV. Many years later I spoke to his first wife, and she was very angry that he had left her. When I last saw him, he had a third wife. He was a big sheep.
Colossians 4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
About 25 years ago I was invited to speak at a church, and I read Paul’s letter to the church in Laodicea, which I had in my ancient writings. The next week a man was shouting in my face that I don’t agree with the cannon of scripture. So I guess he is following Constantine, but I am following Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
1 SPORTS CAR
I had a chance to go for a joyride in a MG sports car. It felt so exciting. We were mostly young people at the annual church camp, way out in the boonies, somewhere south of Salisbury, Rhodesia. It was the Rhodes and Founders long weekend. I was doing compulsory military training at the Air Force base in Gwelo at the time. The camp needed some more milk and bread, so one guy borrowed another guy’s sports car for the trip. We went to some country store, and I remember seeing three big glass bottles of milk in the car.
As we started back, a fear came over me, and I reminded him that we had valuable cargo on board. I was twenty years old, and he was about nineteen. He was driving recklessly. He overtook a car on a curve on the dirt road, which he shouldn’t have done, and misjudged the direct steering of the sports car. We went off to the left side of the road, then, he must have panicked, and pulled the steering wheel to the right. Everything happened so fast, and the next moment I was lying on the ground next to the car. He was kept in the car by the steering wheel.
I got up to check on him, but my back was so sore that I went and lay down again. I remember seeing lots of little black children standing around looking at me. I remember an ambulance coming and I was loaded up into it. Later, I heard that the people in the car behind us had told the church people that we rolled about six times. I could have been dead.
They took x-rays of my body, and the doctor told me I had a cracked spine. So I asked him if he could fix it, but he shook his head and said:”No.” That is not very encouraging when the doctor in the top hospital in the country tells you that he cannot fix you. They put a wooden board under the mattress and I was not allowed to move. I was in a bed by the window of a dormitory of about twenty or thirty beds. The nurse would open the window early in the morning, and it was so cold. It was winter. They put a suppository up my bum to make my stomach work. I had to go toilet lying down. That was awkward.
3 MY GUITAR
Somebody smuggled my guitar in to the hospital, and I was told that if the matron saw it, she would confiscate it. They said she was an “old battleaxe.” Of course, I couldn’t move, but someone would have to get the guitar out and put it on me. I remember my girlfriend visiting me almost every day. That was very nice of her, and it must have cut into her busy schedule. I remember my uncle visiting me and I sang a song about “these old bones are gonna rise again.”
One day the cleaner was cleaning under my bed and put the guitar in the passage. I could see the matron coming, and I called to him to put the guitar back, but he didn’t heed my call. I thought I would never see my guitar again. The matron came closer and closer, and I dreaded the result. Then she said: “Oh, a banjo!” Then she wanted me to sing and play for her! What a surprise! She became my biggest fan! When the Air Force men came with a wheelchair to take me away, she was running behind me calling out: “Sing me one more song!” Bless her heart.
4 RADIO AND SONGS
In our country we only had one English radio station. Everything was on that one station. They had the radio playing over the hospital speakers at certain times. In the afternoons they sometimes had request programmes, where people sent messages and requested songs. I remember hearing my name on the radio! A message came over the air for me to recover, and it was from the UAFC YP in Gwelo. That was such a surprise and a blessing. The young people of a church in Gwelo were thinking of me. That was so kind of them.
One day I remember hearing the Beatles singing a song about a “Paperback writer.” Wow. I really enjoyed hearing that song and their wonderful harmony.
There was this one particular song that was on my heart when I was in the hospital. It is a song I heard Jim Reeves singing on a record. “God be with you till we meet again.” I checked on the YouTube today, and noticed that he sang only two verses of the song that has four verses. However, on the last verse of the songs it says these words: “Smite death’s threatening wave before you.”
I never heard anything from my parents at that time. I guess I had no fixed address. I sometimes wondered what they were thinking about me. Later on I heard the background story. Before the long weekend, my mother had a vision of me and some of the young people of our church. We were at a beach in South Africa. She saw a big wave come over us, and when the wave pulled back, I was no longer in the picture. Then she figured that I was about to die. So she prayed for me. They call it interceding. So, maybe my mother’s prayers helped me from dying in that accident. She shared her dream with the three girls at the college in Bulawayo, and with my sisters. Those three college girls and my oldest sister were at that same camp where I got hurt. So it seems like sometimes God warns people ahead of time when danger is in their future. I know I felt that “fear” in the car as we left the country store. I don’t think anyone ever wore seat belts in those days, and I don’t even know if cars were rigged for them back in 1966.
5 WALKING AGAIN
After about ten or more days, the doctor gave me the good news that I was allowed to walk again. I wanted to go to the toilet on my own! I climbed out of bed, and tried to walk. As I was falling, I managed to grab on the bed next to me. That was a shock to me. I had to shuffle very slowly grabbing on various beds until I could make it to the toilet. After that I was okay. I spent time at the Air Force hospital in Salisbury, and in Gwelo, until I was able to get back to my normal security job. Every so often they flew me back to the doctor in Salisbury. So I had some nice rides in the old Dakota planes, back and forth until I was deemed as recovered. I used to have to touch my toes until the day came that I felt no more pain. So, I thought I was healed. I was wrong!
6 RUGBY ACCIDENT
I thought I was healed, but one day I got wrecked during a rugby game. I went dilly for a couple of days. I don’t know if it was something to do with the spine or not. I guess I shouldn’t have played that rough game after having a cracked spine. The doctor in Bulawayo said it was concussion. I notice now as I watch rugby on the YouTube that every now and then they take players off the field if they think they have been concussed. I don’t remember them ever doing that when I played rugby.
7 SINGING AND PLAYING GUITAR
After my rugby accident, I quit my job and went out singing and playing the guitar for Jesus. I went to South Africa, and by God’s grace, things went well for me there. One weekend in 1972, I was singing at a church conference somewhere south of Johannesburg, and the pain came back into my spine. I thought that if I had a good night’s sleep everything would be okay. I was wrong. Every day the pain got worse. I was singing every night in a different city, and lugging two amplifiers and two big speaker boxes with me. There were two twelve inch speakers in each box.
8 LOTS OF PAIN
I was in so much pain, that I thought I would spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair. I remember one morning trying to get out of bed. I threw the sheet and blankets off, rolled on my stomach, and got one leg at a time off the bed until I was in a kneeling position. Then I would slowly try and bring myself up. I would move a few inches and stop until the pain subsides, and another few inches, etc. It took about ten minutes just to get out of bed. I didn’t take any pain tablets, because I always want to know if something is wrong.
9 PARK MEETING
A business men’s group asked me to sing at a park in northern Johannesburg on the Pentecost weekend. I drove about a hundred miles to pick up my girlfriend in Middelburg, then about another hundred miles to get to the park. They had a speaker there from Australia. I think his name was Len Jones. He asked us a question: “How many of you have faith that you are saved?” I raised my hand. I had received Jesus as my Saviour when I was a little boy, so I had faith that I was saved. My mother told me that it was on their wedding anniversary that I went to the front of the church to receive Jesus as my Saviour, when I was eight years old.
Then he said something that shocked me. He said it was the same faith that heals me. I thought that to get saved, you needed faith the size of a grain of sand, but to get healed, you needed faith the size of a mountain, and I didn’t have that big a faith. Then he quoted from Isaiah 53 verse 5: “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.” He said that when the Roman soldiers lashed Jesus’ back, that was for our healing, and when he died on the cross, that was to forgive our sins. It is all in the same atonement.
So if I have faith that I am saved, I have enough faith to get healed. It felt like he brought the mountain down to my level. Then he challenged us. He said: “Raise your hands and say: With the stripes of Jesus, I am healed.” So I did that, and instantly, all the pain left my spine! That was one of the greatest days of my life. I had just made a long playing record, and Hennie Schoeman and his band that backed me was there. I asked them to back me, and sold about 50 records. God blessed me spiritually, physically and financially. My girlfriend I took to the meeting later became my wife! Thank you, Jesus. The record was called: “It’s gotta be love.”
10 THE PAIN CAME BACK
The next morning, I got out of bed like normal – no pain in my back, but in the afternoon when I was driving my car, the pain came back. When that happened, I remembered a lady that told us how she got healed, and I said: “Get thee behind me Satan, with the stripes of Jesus I am healed!” The pain left instantly. The devil is a thief, and he was trying to steal my healing. The pain came back every day for about three months, but when I rebuked the devil, the pain left instantly. Every one of us is in a battle. The devil is the enemy. Jesus said: “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
11 NAME CHANGES
Some of the names have changed since I was in various places in Africa. Rhodesia is now called Zimbabwe. Salisbury is now called Harare. Gwelo is now called Gweru.
I remember reading somewhere on the internet of how Pastor Len Jones went to William Branham’s meetings in America and all the miracles that happened there.
13 A song
About a year after my healing I wrote a song called:
and put it on a small record in 1973. I did a “home” recording of it in my old age, and it is on the YouTube.
Dear friends, I like to base my faith on what is written in the scriptures. I believe that Jesus is the God of beginnings and endings, as he mentions 3 times in the Book of Revelation. I grew up in a church that believed that the Roman idol Janus (January) was the god of beginnings and endings. No offence meant, but I would rather stick with Jesus.
All of us go through certain things in our lives that cause us to think and believe in different ways. I have been in churches of about 40 different denominations, and everybody seems to think and believe differently. What is the standard that we should go by in order to believe what is right?
I grew up in a church that claimed to believe the Bible. One preacher told us that everything they believed and practiced was based on the Bible. When he made that statement, I felt I was with the best church in the whole world. However, many years later, the Holy Spirit started teaching me things, and I discovered that lots of the things they believed and practiced was actually opposite to what is written in the Bible.
The Holy Spirit also led me to go way beyond the Bible. For example, I had a vision of the coming of Jesus, where the Holy Spirit said to me: “The Lord cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones.” In the Bible, Jude is quoting from the writings of Enoch, but we don’t have his writings in our Bibles. (Jude 14).
Many years later, I had a dream where the Holy Spirit showed me the names ‘Jannes and Jambres.’ When I went looking for their names in the Bible, I found them in 2 Timothy 3:8, and Paul is quoting from a different Bible.
Lots of things that the Holy Spirit has taught me are different to what everybody else believes, yet everything is written in the Bible. So I don’t fit into the regular churchianity.
I have to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, and He will guide us into all truth. (John 16:13).
About 40 years ago, when I was a minister of a church in Canada, the Holy Spirit led me to run down the street to deliver a book to a guy we had met. On the way, a man in a wheelchair was flagging me down. I ended up pushing him in the wheelchair and prayed for him. Then he got out of his wheelchair and pushed it down the sidewalk himself. That is one of the many exciting things that I have experienced in my life. Then he asked me a favour. He asked me to buy him a cup of coffee, but I didn’t have any money.
As I walked back up the sidewalk where he pushed his wheelchair, I thought of Peter in the Bible, how he didn’t have any money, but the guy at the gate beautiful got healed and was walking and leaping and praising God. (Acts 3:1-9).
That made me so excited, and I shared what happened that night in church. Then one woman came against me. In the arguments, one word came up in the Bible that she disagreed with, and she turned the church against me. The word was “perfected” in Luke 13:32.
The leader of the church then came against me and told me that the King James Bible was “no good” and the Greek Interlinear Bible was “wrong.” When he told me that, he took the rock out from under my feet, because Jesus said that if we hear his words and do them, then we are like a man who builds his house on a rock. (Matthew 7:24-27, Luke 6:47-49).
Since then, I have been trying to find the right Bible. There are so many different translations, yet none of them even have the right books in their Bibles. Translations vary greatly. Every writer in the New Testament quotes scriptures from a different Bible. Even Jesus quotes scriptures that are not found in the regular Bibles. So the term “scripture” is a very broad term. So I am just searching for the truth. I am not perfect, I have lots of faults, but I think everybody does. So we all just struggle along and do the best we can.
Jesus said we are supposed to love one another. (John 13:35). I gave a sermon once in a church where I read Paul’s letter to the church in Laodicea, because that is what he said in the Bible. (Colossians 4:16). The next week, a man was shouting at me in the face, because he said I don’t believe in the cannon of scripture. I was just following Paul’s instructions. It is not my fault that the Church didn’t include that writing in the Bible.
It seems like one word can cause a lot of trouble. Here are some verses in the Bible where Jesus talks about words. (The quotations are from the American King James Version).
But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36).
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Matthew 12:37).
But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. (Matthew 18:16).
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. (Mark 7:13).
If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; (John 10:35).
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (John 12:48).
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (John 15:3).
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. (John 17:14).
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35).
(Paul is quoting from a different Bible).
When I was little, my mother took me to church, and I grew up hearing lots of words that are associated with church, but are not in the “right translations” of the Bible. Jesus said that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word should be established. (Matthew 18:16). So there needs to be two or three credible witnesses to back up words. I have tried to arrange them alphabetically:
Apocrypha, Bible, Bible school, Calendar, Catholic, Children’s meeting, Chorus book, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, church benches, church building, church clothes, church member, committee, December, denomination, Easter, evangelical, Good Friday, Head office, Hymn book, Jacket and tie, January, Ladies meeting, Pentecostal, piano, prayer room, prayer meeting, Protestant, sermon, Sunday, Sunday school, Three point sermon.
The ONE WORD (“perfected”) that caused the big blow up in the church, was from the writings of Luke. Luke also wrote the book of Acts, and I will share with you one thing that caused me to do some thinking, and can give ammunition to those people who love to fight over words in the Bible. Back in the 70’s I did a little picture comic story of the conversion of Saul of Tarsus using the Revised Standard Version.
Acts 9:7 said:”The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one.” So I did a picture of Saul lying on the ground, and the other guys standing around.
Then in Acts 22:9, when Paul gives his testimony in Jerusalem, he says: “Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.” So, did they hear the voice or not?
Then in Acts 26:14 when he gives his testimony before King Agrippa, he says: “And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hurts you to kick against the goads.” So now, did they all fall down or didn’t they?
So, for those people who love to fight, go for it. Fight your way to hell. My conclusion is this. Maybe they all fell down, then the other guys got up while Saul (Alas Paul) was still down. Maybe they heard a voice, but didn’t understand Hebrew, and therefore didn’t understand what Jesus said.
There is a story in the Gospel of John where Jesus speaks to the Father and the Father answers him. Some people heard thunder, but John heard what the Father said. (John 12:28-29). “Father, glorify thy name.” Then came a voice from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it “thundered”: others said, “An angel spake to him.” So everybody hears differently.
There is one very exciting story in the Bible where different people heard different things. In 2 Kings chapter 7, there is a story of how the Syrians had besieged Samaria. Four skinny starving lepers walked towards the Syrian camp, and the Syrians heard the sound of a mighty army coming towards them and ran for their lives. The people in Samaria never heard any army. So God used selective hearing to win the war. That is impossible in the natural.
Some people see in the spiritual realm. Elisha could see angels and chariots surrounding the mountain, but his servant couldn’t see them, until God opened his spiritual eyes. (2 Kings 6:17).
So beloved, we must all just do the best we can, and trust the Lord to show us the way we must go. Go in peace.
Back in the 70’s a pastor phoned me to invite me to come to his church to hear a guy who used to sing with Elvis Presley. So we went to his church and heard Phil Enloe singing and talking about his big brother. I seem to remember buying one of his records, because some of those songs have lived on in my memory. Then in 1982 we were travelling across America and stopped in Caldwell, Idaho to visit friends from Rhodesia. Somewhere I saw an advert that the Couriers were singing in Ontario, Oregon, so I begged my friends to take us. Phil told the audience that they sing in other languages, and quoted “The old rugged cross” in Afrikaans. When he was done, I shouted “Vrystaat!” So Phil turned and spoke to us for a few minutes. Then he turned and apologized to the audience, and the whole audience burst out laughing. It is such a nice memory.
- Jesus unhooked me
- Hallelujah (“live” with the Couriers)
- The cross is my statue of liberty (“live” with the Couriers)
- Restore a fallen brother (“live” with the Couriers)
- More about Jesus (“live” with the Couriers)
- A mighty fortress is our God (“live” with the Couriers)
- I am the Word (with Jan)
- Oh my God
- God don’t leave America today (with Jan)
- If you know the Lord (“live” with Jan)
- I’ll fly away/When the roll/When we all get to heaven (“live” with Jan)
- A great day coming (“live” with Jan)
- Clapping of the nail-scarred hands (“live” with Jan)
- The return 2020 (“live” with Jan)