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  • Dwight F. APU class of '74

    Dwight F. APU class of '74 Lubbock, TX

    Marsha, I for got Happy Birth Day - my Dad's birthday is also 8/20 - he would be 104 if he was still with us. Dwight (from Marsha: OK, wait. I am NOT 104...yet.)

    Marsha, I for got Happy Birth Day - my Dad's birthday is also 8/20 - he would be 104 if he was still with us.

    Dwight (from Marsha: OK, wait. I am NOT 104...yet.)

  • Dwight F. (from APU class of '74)

    Dwight F. (from APU class of '74) Lubbock, TX

    Would love to visit with you some time - email me dwightlf@juno.com - was married to Charlotte V. a music major (piano & voice) and sang soprano in Oratorio choir APU class of '74 (we are in the APU year book 1970-1971) I was freshman class treasurer. Other people you may remember is Kathee Miller, as well as the Feb '71 Sylmar earthquake, we use to also hang out with that skinny kid (piano player from Kansas - sorry his name escapes me right now) I have a hand written score of "For Those Tears I Died" some where in storage. Would love to have you come sing at my church - we don't have lots of money for concerts - you would like our church (St. John's UMC - a member of the reconciling congregations of the Methodist church). We are right across the street of Texas Tech Univ.

    Would love to visit with you some time - email me dwightlf@juno.com - was married to Charlotte V. a music major (piano & voice) and sang soprano in Oratorio choir APU class of '74 (we are in the APU year book 1970-1971) I was freshman class treasurer. Other people you may remember is Kathee Miller, as well as the Feb '71 Sylmar earthquake, we use to also hang out with that skinny kid (piano player from Kansas - sorry his name escapes me right now) I have a hand written score of "For Those Tears I Died" some where in storage. Would love to have you come sing at my church - we don't have lots of money for concerts - you would like our church (St. John's UMC - a member of the reconciling congregations of the Methodist church). We are right across the street of Texas Tech Univ.

  • Pastor Charlie

    Pastor Charlie Desert Hot Springs CA

    I was well known by pastor Joe Wilson and Ronnie spann years ago when I first heard yor music when I had a gospel group called the Gloryland Express after the song that we adopted from the statesmen we got to meet. Jake Hess and Hovey Lister are gone. I have autographed pic of them. Want to talk? I want to start a new gospel group like the old times. (From Marsha: Awww, Jake Hess. I loved hearing him sing. I miss Vestal too!)

    I was well known by pastor Joe Wilson and Ronnie spann years ago when I first heard yor music when I had a gospel group called the Gloryland Express after the song that we adopted from the statesmen we got to meet. Jake Hess and Hovey Lister are gone. I have autographed pic of them. Want to talk? I want to start a new gospel group like the old times. (From Marsha: Awww, Jake Hess. I loved hearing him sing. I miss Vestal too!)

  • Pete

    Pete Oakland, Ca

    Hi Marsha, Thank you so much for your ministry over the years. I loved "For Those Tears I Died" and sang it many, many times - including the 'cheek pop' after "I felt every tear drop". So great sincerity and also humor. I am so delighted to discover that you are openly proud and gay and still loving God. I still see the love and authenticity in your eyes and hear it in your speech - just as I did back in the 70s. Thank you for dissociating loving Jesus from hating people, including ourselves, for who we are. I thought you were also extremely gracious to the interviewers on the "former lesbian" radio show clip on your site. Praying that God will continue to bless you, your family and your ministry. It is sorely needed today! Pete Proud gay man and Christian. (from Marsha: Ohh, no. NOT the cheek pop! ;-)

    Hi Marsha,
    Thank you so much for your ministry over the years. I loved "For Those Tears I Died" and sang it many, many times - including the 'cheek pop' after "I felt every tear drop". So great sincerity and also humor.
    I am so delighted to discover that you are openly proud and gay and still loving God. I still see the love and authenticity in your eyes and hear it in your speech - just as I did back in the 70s.
    Thank you for dissociating loving Jesus from hating people, including ourselves, for who we are.
    I thought you were also extremely gracious to the interviewers on the "former lesbian" radio show clip on your site.
    Praying that God will continue to bless you, your family and your ministry. It is sorely needed today!
    Pete
    Proud gay man and Christian. (from Marsha: Ohh, no. NOT the cheek pop! ;-)

  • Marsha

    Marsha Florida

    Thank you, Richard. What a gracious comment. I am always amazed that the God of the universe lets us be a part of one another's miracles. To gma about the "many are called but few are chosen" Scripture. I agree with you that out of context, it really sounds very obnoxious - especially when spoken by those who feel they are part of the latter group and you are NOT part of it. But remember it comes after a wedding party when the invited guests don't even come so the king sends people out to everyone "good and bad" and opens the party to the riff raff. So I think it's more of an equalizer, as in, "You people who think you are so impressive, I might not even invite you if you don't get over yourself." There are endless commentaries on "what the original words really mean," but who can actually know that? Commentaries and other thoughts are often helpful, but I think you have to make sense of it by tying it to the parable that Jesus was telling.

    Thank you, Richard. What a gracious comment. I am always amazed that the God of the universe lets us be a part of one another's miracles.
    To gma about the "many are called but few are chosen" Scripture. I agree with you that out of context, it really sounds very obnoxious - especially when spoken by those who feel they are part of the latter group and you are NOT part of it. But remember it comes after a wedding party when the invited guests don't even come so the king sends people out to everyone "good and bad" and opens the party to the riff raff. So I think it's more of an equalizer, as in, "You people who think you are so impressive, I might not even invite you if you don't get over yourself." There are endless commentaries on "what the original words really mean," but who can actually know that? Commentaries and other thoughts are often helpful, but I think you have to make sense of it by tying it to the parable that Jesus was telling.

  • Richard McTevia

    Richard McTevia mickandnip@aol.com

    Listening to you sing "For Those Tears I Died" on the treadmill this morning (transferred from vinyl to cassette) reminded me how important you have been to my partner and I in our nearly 34 years together from that first concert when you autographed our "Children of The Day" album and all the concerts we have been privileged to attend over the years in the Phoenix area. This is why I knew we had to see and hear you sing when you were in town recently at CCH. I wonder how many lives you have impacted in so many years of your ministry. It should give you a good feeling to know that you have truly been doing the work of the Lord.

    Listening to you sing "For Those Tears I Died" on the treadmill this morning (transferred from vinyl to cassette) reminded me how important you have been to my partner and I in our nearly 34 years together from that first concert when you autographed our "Children of The Day" album and all the concerts we have been privileged to attend over the years in the Phoenix area. This is why I knew we had to see and hear you sing when you were in town recently at CCH. I wonder how many lives you have impacted in so many years of your ministry. It should give you a good feeling to know that you have truly been doing the work of the Lord.

  • gma

    gma minn.

    What does the verse" Many are called ,but few are chosen" mean. I think many of us feel God has called us to do something for him. but the verse acts like a damper, that someone has written to maintain their own feeling of superior knowledge of God. That they have the truth and are of the chosen for the many.

    What does the verse" Many are called ,but few are chosen" mean. I think many of us feel God has called us to do something for him. but the verse acts like a damper, that someone has written to maintain their own feeling of superior knowledge of God. That they have the truth and are of the chosen for the many.

  • Marsha

    Marsha Florida

    Hey Brother Bruce. I'm not sure why you wrote me that you thought your post would not be approved. Most everyone I know longs to be more like Jesus, more Christlike and more "pure." That's always something that has to be done inside our own hearts. All things are become new - so I'm someone new, not someone else. And I'm the person God created me to be. I'm sure you are too. Blessings on your walk, Marsha

    Hey Brother Bruce. I'm not sure why you wrote me that you thought your post would not be approved. Most everyone I know longs to be more like Jesus, more Christlike and more "pure." That's always something that has to be done inside our own hearts. All things are become new - so I'm someone new, not someone else. And I'm the person God created me to be. I'm sure you are too. Blessings on your walk, Marsha

  • brother Bruce  // Servant to KING Jesus

    brother Bruce // Servant to KING Jesus R.I.

    "Born Again" Biblically , is a complete Rebirth, wherein a "NEW" creature has emerged, the old having passed away, and a new being has been BORN ! As is indicated / taught in 2 Corinthians 5:17 , "Therefore if any man (person) be in Christ (born again, redeemed) he ( or she) IS a new creature, old things (the former person / self) are passed away, behold ALL things are become new" ! God's desire / will, and purpose for the new man (or women) in Christ (the born again), is to be COMPLETELY conformed into the image of His Son LORD Jesus (Romans 8:29) ! So then , when looking at the Biblical picture of who Christ is, his own relationship with his Heavenly Father, his personal walk in this present evil world , his speech , his action, his mindset, his work, his mannerism, we have to ask ourself, am I conforming to be "Christ Like" as to the pleasing to God the Father, even as Christ was pleasing to His Heavenly Father (Matt.3:17), in this world ? Also, consider this, "in earth,as it is in Heaven" .... God's desire for ALL who would named the name of Jesus Christ, to faithfully FOLLOW after Him, so as to live here in Earth as you would be in Heaven, Pure & Holy, (Matt. 6:10), for this is the "will" of God ! Any reply can be sent to : kingjesusservant@live.com

    "Born Again" Biblically , is a complete Rebirth, wherein a "NEW" creature has emerged, the old having passed away, and a new being has been BORN ! As is indicated / taught in 2 Corinthians 5:17 , "Therefore if any man (person) be in Christ (born again, redeemed) he ( or she) IS a new creature, old things (the former person / self) are passed away, behold ALL things are become new" ! God's desire / will, and purpose for the new man (or women) in Christ (the born again), is to be COMPLETELY conformed into the image of His Son LORD Jesus (Romans 8:29) ! So then , when looking at the Biblical picture of who Christ is, his own relationship with his Heavenly Father, his personal walk in this present evil world , his speech , his action, his mindset, his work, his mannerism, we have to ask ourself, am I conforming to be "Christ Like" as to the pleasing to God the Father, even as Christ was pleasing to His Heavenly Father (Matt.3:17), in this world ?
    Also, consider this, "in earth,as it is in Heaven" .... God's desire for ALL who would named the name of Jesus Christ, to faithfully FOLLOW after Him, so as to live here in Earth as you would be in Heaven, Pure & Holy, (Matt. 6:10), for this is the "will" of God !

    Any reply can be sent to : kingjesusservant@live.com

  • CJ

    CJ California

    I wish every person at Calvary, all the thousands and thousands who are grieving Chuck Smith, could see - wish they could know what a good job MCC in general has done in creating spaces where hurting Christians of any stripe can find enough of themselves to feel welcomed and embraced and at home, and the central role you and your gifts have had in furthering that. I wish you were going to be singing from the platform at his "home-going," not just from the audience or in your heart. But I know this: where he is now, he's for sure rejoicing in you and your gifts and all the many souls you've touched. And in that, I rejoice, too.

    I wish every person at Calvary, all the thousands and thousands who are grieving Chuck Smith, could see - wish they could know what a good job MCC in general has done in creating spaces where hurting Christians of any stripe can find enough of themselves to feel welcomed and embraced and at home, and the central role you and your gifts have had in furthering that. I wish you were going to be singing from the platform at his "home-going," not just from the audience or in your heart. But I know this: where he is now, he's for sure rejoicing in you and your gifts and all the many souls you've touched. And in that, I rejoice, too.