It’s Your World Now

January 18, 2016

A deep and profound sense of sadness permeates the Davis household this evening as the sorrowful news came in from all forms of media: Glenn Frey, one of the founders of The Eagles, was dead at age 65.

My mind immediately flashed back to the early ’70’s and days spent listening to “Take it Easy”, “Witchy Woman”, and “Peaceful, Easy Feeling”; it was the theme music of our final days in Los Angeles, CA, and the drawn-out Route 66 journey to northern Missouri in a small town called Brookfield, where we would start our new lives together.

This album kept the insanity of a life uprooted in check; it was a soothing balm of chords and melodies that spoke of endless miles of a carefree life just driving on the highways and byways of yesteryear. It was soul-searching music of doubtful love with feet firmly “standing on the ground.” Southern California rock with meaningful lyrics laid against driving beats…yes, it was suffice to say that The Eagles had taken flight with that first album, with several more to come.

And even when the bickering came, the band split up, and each went their own separate ways with successful solo careers, there was always this feeling that somehow, someway, this iconic supergroup of musicians would make sweet music again; the dream came to fruition with the release of the live “Hell Freezes Over” album. The Eagles were back, and with a vengeance. All seemed right with the world once again.

And then, today, the news. Gut-wrenching, mind-blowing, and ever-so-final.

The tributes are still pouring in for this multi-talented actor/musician; as I sit here and write, the last lyrics that run through my head are from their last studio album, “Long Road out of Eden” and the hauntingly beautiful “It’s Your World Now.”

A perfect day, the sun is sinkin’ low
As evening falls, the gentle breezes blow
The time we shared went by so fast
Just like a dream, we knew it couldn’t last
But I’d do it all again
If I could, somehow
But I must be leavin’ soon
It’s your world now

It’s your world now
My race is run
I’m moving on
Like the setting sun
No sad goodbyes
No tears allowed
You’ll be alright
It’s your world now

Even when we are apart
You’ll always be in my heart
When dark clouds appear in the sky
Remember true love never dies

But first a kiss, one glass of wine
Just one more dance while there’s still time
My one last wish: someday, you’ll see
How hard I tried and how much you meant to me

It’s your world now
Use well your time
Be part of something good
Leave something good behind
The curtain falls
I take my bow
That’s how it’s meant to be
It’s your world now
It’s your world now
It’s your world now

Rest in peace, Glenn. You really gave this guy, as well as the rest of the world, some great memories through the gift of music.


2012 – The Year of a Great Awakening for God’s People

January 2, 2012

Here we are, my friends: it’s now January of 2012, and we are on the cusp of a new year, full of many challenges and adventures in the Lord Jesus!

This servant has felt that as we neared this special year, that there was going to be a great movement for God that would overwhelm our communities, our area, our nation, and our world. And now that the countdown is over and we are, indeed, into 2012, that feeling hasn’t diminished; in fact, it has grown stronger and stronger.

Folks, as Christians, we need to be ready to stand firm and strong when God calls us into action…and He WILL be asking each of us to step out in faith in these upcoming months. A massive spiritual stirring is prevalent in several of our area churches, and revival is but a breath away. We must be prayed up, fired up, and have our spiritual armor on when our names are called for the front lines of battle as God gets ready to awaken that slumbering giant known as the Church.

Brothers and sisters, 2012 will be a period of time that will go down in history as the Year of Boldness for Christianity. It’s time for ALL of us who love the Lord to get busy for Him!

This is our call to arms…are you packing the Gospel Gun of Truth?

A New Year of Awesome Changes

January 26, 2011

Hey folks!

Yes, it’s been a while; took a sabbath off from writing and reflecting to gather some thoughts and think of the challenges that lie ahead for 2011 in the ministry.

Where to begin? CSBC is growing like gangbusters; from a near death when we got here in June 2010 (just 6 original people left) to now, pushing over 50 on Sunday mornings, 40 on Sunday evenings, and 40 for Wednesday evening bible study. Praise God as He is working in the lives of His people here!

How did it happen? Lots of prayer; lots of spiritual teaching, lots of prayer, lots of love, lots of prayer….you get it. Without prayer none of this would be possible; without a true and substantial faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we could not have survived. It’s been a blessing to experience this awesome rebuilding of the Body of Christ, and we know that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

How do we know that? Hop over to my Facebook page and read this interesting observation from The Great Awakening 2011.

God’s really working, that’s for sure! And there is SO much more that He has in store for Brookfield and the surrounding area that it’s hard to know where to pick up the ball and start running…all I can say is that revival is about to break out, so everyone better hold on tight and don’t let go! When the dust clears they’ll be TWO distinct sides of the Church – the one who is willing to go where God leads, and the other who is willing to go where man leads (and where they are in their comfort zones). God will not force which side the people choose; but once chosen, those churches who would rather have money, nice buildings, and “religious and traditional” worship where God is limited will not experience the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit…and will be saddened to be left behind when the movement of God takes off.

Perhaps this map sums it up best; notice that Brookfield is experiencing an outreach that is rapidly spiraling outward and that the town is the only one in our area. Very interesting.

Folks, I haven’t started this; GOD has! Through the identical vision of Pastor Marshall Adams of Harvest Time Ministries nine months ago, and myself a few years back, the Lord has told us both that His Church is a slumbering giant that needs to be awakened by the saints. The time has come for our talk (and walk) to progress beyond the four walls of our buildings and out into the surrounding communities to reach the least, the last, and the lost.

The time has come for God’s Church to be transformed into what HE wants…and not what WE want.

Is it scary? Why, yes, it is. Is it humbling, knowing that God has chosen this messenger? Yes, it is, because I know that there will be persecution, but the Lord will help us to overcome anything that stands in the way of reviving His Church. Will it be a challenge? You betcha…but His servants are ready for the challenge!

Awesome change is coming, my friends! Time to get onboard with the Lord!

This Present Darkness…

October 28, 2010

Folks, after the massive fallout over my October column in the Linn County Leader, I have come to realize, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that we are indeed experiencing a time of spiritual warfare; where the very souls of mankind are being fought over between good and evil. It is an entrenched fight; a battle where no one knows who will turn on them…a fight where even so-called “Christians” turn their backs on their fellow brother or sister.

And yet, I know that this battle MUST go on until the very end; I know that some may fall and that others will be exalted in the world’s eyes….but God WILL prevail when the dust clears. Those who fall will be restored, and those who were puffed up in the world’s eyes will be laid low.

So, please pray, my friends. Pray fervently for the town of Brookfield. We are genuinely living out Frank Peretti’s book, “This Present Darkness” and it is awesome to see…but at the same time, it is also a little frightening. Ever since I gave my life to Jesus Christ I have been preparing for this battle…but never thought that it would come to my own hometown, or that the Lord would place me at the forefront of the battle. Honestly, I do NOT want to be there, but I will do what my Lord commands for HIS honor and glory, and not my own.

And, as the days go on, I can feel the evil forces at work here; a spiritual cloak of darkness that is rapidly descending upon this town and dragging it down into the abyss…and it is time for Christians to unite and take back our beloved Brookfield, no matter what it takes. We need to hit our knees and call on the Host of Heaven to help us fight these dark entities; we need to call upon our fellow Christians as well to help pray as we equip ourselves for a battle that will be difficult, but not impossible. Because we know that with God, ALL things are possible.

This present darkness is here and now. What will you do to be a part of God’s Army?

I’ll be posting more here on my blog as our town hall meeting date gets closer.

Once again, all I can say is…PRAY.

Big Changes in the Davis Household

May 25, 2010

Been kinda quiet for a few weeks/months…here’s the BIG scoop:

Yes, it IS official. I am the new lead pastor at Caldwell Street Baptist Church in my hometown of Brookfield, MO. My first Sunday is June 6th.

I have left the United Methodist Conference entirely, due to several issues with their stances on important biblical issues, and their apathy for the local licensed pastor and evangelism in general. God opened a HUGE door, and I stepped through in faith. And, my oh my, how He has blessed us!

More news about the change soon!

Family Prayers

December 22, 2008

Please be in prayer for traveling mercies for my wife Jeannie and mother-in-law Wanda as they drive from Missouri to Ohio to pick up my two boys, Jordan and Jonathan, for Christmas. It’s been about 18 months since we have seen them last and we are all excited about spending time with them.

I would have went with them but one of our parishioners passed away late Thursday evening, and visitation is tonight, followed byt he funeral tomorrow morning at Wright-Baker Funeral Home in Brookfield. I will be conducting services along with a Mennonite pastor, Rev. Dale Byler.

Jeannie should be back either early tomorrow morning (if she drives straight through) or tomorrow early afternoon.

Thanks in advance for the prayers. 🙂

Now That The Dust Has Settled…

December 11, 2008

There have been many people who have asked me why in the world I stopped writing my column in the Linn County Leader; the simple reason is that I have decided to devote all of my energies into both the ministry that God has called Jeannie and I into, plus I am picking up where I left off many years ago with my creative writing projects that have sadly been neglected.

On January 1st, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to begin that novel that I have been dreading to write for many years…and that is my autobiography. Not for myself and for fame and fortune; not for people to read and point fingers at; but for the legacy I will leave behind for my children, and my family.

You see, God has truly blessed me with wonderful kids; yet even they do not know what I have been through in my life–the homelessness; the drug and alcohol abuse; the very bottom depths of the pits of hell that I found myself in, time and time again. No one was to blame for this tragedy but myself…yet the Lord in His awesome love, mercy, and grace, gave me a new life. A life in Him; a life that was no longer my own but was to be lived spreading the Good News that Jesus can, indeed, save souls.

I was one of those souls. And my children; my wife; my friends…they all need to hear this story. A story of a wretch, mired in the sludge of life’s pigpen, who was given a second chance at life.

So, my friends, the challenge begins on Jan. 1. Please pray for me as I set aside a couple of hours per day to embark on this amazing journey once again. I only imagine that there will be tears; there will be memories dredged up out f the muck; but, ultimately, there will be freedom as I share God’s power to give peace to a man who was once blind…but now can truly see.