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  • Ro Halford

    Ro Halford California

    Marsha, dear Marsha... You have made such a huge difference in the lives of everyone you meet. Please learn that God uses you as a model of "faith in action." From near, or far, or in between I have witnessed you. I have felt your presence even now right here with me simply you have such a strong spiritual foundation. Marsha the kind of love and faith in God you have is no small thing. You are being used by God to share that faith and to show God's infinite love. When I look into your eyes I see a most amazing womyn with a childlike trust in God, and a heart so full of love it just flows out and onto others around you. As an adult Marsha I believe you just simply know and accept your relationship with God (and Jesus). No question, no doubt. It just is. Being humble about your faith in God is a testament of the boundless love affair between you. It is an experience you have I believe, simply because it is the way you feel. By the way, I believe God feels the same way about everyone - it is just that the rest of us don't always make it so obvious, or in the same way as you do.

    Marsha, dear Marsha... You have made such a huge difference in the lives of everyone you meet. Please learn that God uses you as a model of "faith in action." From near, or far, or in between I have witnessed you. I have felt your presence even now right here with me simply you have such a strong spiritual foundation. Marsha the kind of love and faith in God you have is no small thing. You are being used by God to share that faith and to show God's infinite love. When I look into your eyes I see a most amazing womyn with a childlike trust in God, and a heart so full of love it just flows out and onto others around you. As an adult Marsha I believe you just simply know and accept your relationship with God (and Jesus). No question, no doubt. It just is. Being humble about your faith in God is a testament of the boundless love affair between you. It is an experience you have I believe, simply because it is the way you feel. By the way, I believe God feels the same way about everyone - it is just that the rest of us don't always make it so obvious, or in the same way as you do.

  • Ro Hansen Halford

    Ro Hansen Halford California

    Marsha Since just re-connecting with you after nearly 20 years away, I have accomplished rekindling some old friendships. I received your CD and listened to it about 10 times - since yesterday afternoon. It also managed to stir up some wonderful, old memories of you and MCC. Some pain involved tho' which only means I have very strong feelings. Your voice, your words and sound have been a wonderful healing influence, today. :love: The Reverend Ro Hansen Halford

    Marsha
    Since just re-connecting with you after nearly 20 years away, I have accomplished rekindling some old friendships. I received your CD and listened to it about 10 times - since yesterday afternoon. It also managed to stir up some wonderful, old memories of you and MCC. Some pain involved tho' which only means I have very strong feelings. Your voice, your words and sound have been a wonderful healing influence, today. love
    The Reverend Ro Hansen Halford

  • Kathy Hull/Janet Walker

    Kathy Hull/Janet Walker Spokane, WA

    Hi, We are so excited that you are coming to Spokane Valley. Janet is scheduled to work but she is asking for that evening off. I will definitely be there & hopefully so will Janet. Any chance we can go out to eat or you could come out here to Colbert & our little "casa". We look foward to seeing you. Love, Kathy

    Hi, We are so excited that you are coming to Spokane Valley. Janet is scheduled to work but she is asking for that evening off. I will definitely be there & hopefully so will Janet. Any chance we can go out to eat or you could come out here to Colbert & our little "casa". We look foward to seeing you. Love, Kathy

  • Paul Nicholson

    Paul Nicholson

    Hey, it's Marsha. Most of you know that I do answer all my mail, but when people don't leave their email addresses on the guest book, I have to do it here. This is a post made by Paul Nicholson on Sept 5th, 2011. You can read parts of it below. The gist of it is that he is positive that he has the right understanding of the Bible. He feels sorry for me and for all of you whom I have "led astray" and that he challenges anyone (and has made this same challenge for 20 years) to prove to him by the Bible that homosexuality is right. He says he's read the end of the book and he wins. SO let me start by where I agree with Mr.Nicholson. I agree that many of us use the term "fundamentalist" to belittle others' beliefs. This isn't loving or helpful and we shouldn't do it. In addition, most of the time I think that I am a "fundamentalist." I believe the Bible and even agree with most conservative Christians in the way a lot of it is interpreted. Of course, even conservative Christians disagree on interpretations. They disagreed on slavery. After all, it was the way that most people in the southern states grew successful crops to feed the country. Now, hardly any of them would say they agreed with slavery. Some of them still "do not suffer a woman to teach," and so on. Some say that only applies to teaching men and allow women to teach children and other women. Some even watch Joyce Meyers on TV. There's a fair amount of disagreement on divorce and some other issues. The thing about "proving by the Bible that homosexuality is okay with God," is that it's like proving by the Bible that flying in an airplane is okay or using a computer is okay or surfing, riding a bike, driving a car, using a typewriter, drinking a coke and on and on. Since there's no way that those things are mentioned in the Bible directly, we have to look, like Jesus said to do, at the SPIRIT of the law. Loving, committed, monogamous homosexual relationships are never mentioned in the Bible - not even close. In fact, monogamy is only mentioned by interpretation. People say that Jesus confirmed monogamy by saying "a man shall leave his family and cling to his wife" (depending on what translation you're reading). The problem with THAT is Jesus was quoting Genesis. Clearly, with all the study that rabbi's did of that scripture for over 4000 years, none of them got "monogamy" out of that Scripture. So, we only have a couple of examples that even come close. Jonathan and David, whether you think it was sexual or not, surely had a driven passion for one another - sneaking out, sneaking around, lying to their parents and having others set up their get togethers - and then when it was safe, running into each others' arms. But then, David already had a bunch of wives and concubines and he went on to add more after that (and he was "a man after God's own heart"!!) And we have Naomi and Ruth. They may or may not have had a physical relationship. Half the straight weddings I go to use their words..."wherever you go, I will go"...and so on. (I always want to stop the wedding and say, "Hey, get your own Scripture - that one's ours!") They both breast fed Ruth's baby and stuck together after Ruth married a guy - who's already married to other women too. The Bible says we shouldn't have sex with temple prostitutes, shouldn't abuse ourselves with one another, shouldn't lust - esp shouldn't lust after someone else's wife. But Jesus went on, even with that, to say that the SPIRIT of the law was that we shouldn't lust at all. So that's what we really have - the SPIRIT of the law. Because, as Jesus said, the WHOLE law hangs on these two things - loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself. That's the only "proof" we can offer to someone like Mr. Nicholson. Are we putting God first in our lives. Are we being loving, gentle, kind and compassionate with our spouses and everyone else? Now THAT challenge I think is important. I think we need to take that one on. I know I do. And I agree with Mr. Nicholson on one more point. I've read the end of the book, too. And winning has nothing to do with any of our works "lest anyone should boast." We all win because Jesus died for us. Nuthin' else!-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Here are some of Mr. Nicholson's comments)...I know that many of the homosexual groups, who call themselves Christians bash us "fundamentalists" as ignorant, mean, the list goes on and on. They also say that this is what "we believe." Well, it does not matter what you believe. God did not ask my nor your opinion when the bible was penned. On the highway there are speed limit signs, now you can say you do not believe in the speed limit all you want to, but you will still get a ticket because the law does not care what you think. Just because you believe and promote this does not make it so. In all my years I have not to this date found anyone who can prove, by using the bible, that homosexuality is in any way acceptable to God. List for me the passages if you can.... I made a challenge many years ago for anyone to prove me wrong, using the bible, and so far in 20 years not a single person has been able to do it. I will make you the same promise, if you can prove me wrong using the bible, I will publicly recant, apologize to you and all your cohorts and place this apology on my website and I will resign my Ordination immediately. So far nobody has taken me up on this, perhaps you will be the first. I know who I serve, I have read the back of the book and guess what, I win. All of you are in my prayers daily. I do not hate you, I do not even dislike you, I do not know you, but I do know the roar when I hear it. Oh also, I am not ashamed to put my name on this, my full name for I am not ashamed of God or my stand for Him.

    Hey, it's Marsha. Most of you know that I do answer all my mail, but when people don't leave their email addresses on the guest book, I have to do it here. This is a post made by Paul Nicholson on Sept 5th, 2011. You can read parts of it below. The gist of it is that he is positive that he has the right understanding of the Bible. He feels sorry for me and for all of you whom I have "led astray" and that he challenges anyone (and has made this same challenge for 20 years) to prove to him by the Bible that homosexuality is right. He says he's read the end of the book and he wins.

    SO let me start by where I agree with Mr.Nicholson. I agree that many of us use the term "fundamentalist" to belittle others' beliefs. This isn't loving or helpful and we shouldn't do it. In addition, most of the time I think that I am a "fundamentalist." I believe the Bible and even agree with most conservative Christians in the way a lot of it is interpreted. Of course, even conservative Christians disagree on interpretations. They disagreed on slavery. After all, it was the way that most people in the southern states grew successful crops to feed the country. Now, hardly any of them would say they agreed with slavery. Some of them still "do not suffer a woman to teach," and so on. Some say that only applies to teaching men and allow women to teach children and other women. Some even watch Joyce Meyers on TV. There's a fair amount of disagreement on divorce and some other issues.

    The thing about "proving by the Bible that homosexuality is okay with God," is that it's like proving by the Bible that flying in an airplane is okay or using a computer is okay or surfing, riding a bike, driving a car, using a typewriter, drinking a coke and on and on. Since there's no way that those things are mentioned in the Bible directly, we have to look, like Jesus said to do, at the SPIRIT of the law. Loving, committed, monogamous homosexual relationships are never mentioned in the Bible - not even close. In fact, monogamy is only mentioned by interpretation. People say that Jesus confirmed monogamy by saying "a man shall leave his family and cling to his wife" (depending on what translation you're reading). The problem with THAT is Jesus was quoting Genesis. Clearly, with all the study that rabbi's did of that scripture for over 4000 years, none of them got "monogamy" out of that Scripture.

    So, we only have a couple of examples that even come close. Jonathan and David, whether you think it was sexual or not, surely had a driven passion for one another - sneaking out, sneaking around, lying to their parents and having others set up their get togethers - and then when it was safe, running into each others' arms. But then, David already had a bunch of wives and concubines and he went on to add more after that (and he was "a man after God's own heart"!!) And we have Naomi and Ruth. They may or may not have had a physical relationship. Half the straight weddings I go to use their words..."wherever you go, I will go"...and so on. (I always want to stop the wedding and say, "Hey, get your own Scripture - that one's ours!") They both breast fed Ruth's baby and stuck together after Ruth married a guy - who's already married to other women too. The Bible says we shouldn't have sex with temple prostitutes, shouldn't abuse ourselves with one another, shouldn't lust - esp shouldn't lust after someone else's wife. But Jesus went on, even with that, to say that the SPIRIT of the law was that we shouldn't lust at all.

    So that's what we really have - the SPIRIT of the law. Because, as Jesus said, the WHOLE law hangs on these two things - loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself. That's the only "proof" we can offer to someone like Mr. Nicholson. Are we putting God first in our lives. Are we being loving, gentle, kind and compassionate with our spouses and everyone else? Now THAT challenge I think is important. I think we need to take that one on. I know I do.

    And I agree with Mr. Nicholson on one more point. I've read the end of the book, too. And winning has nothing to do with any of our works "lest anyone should boast." We all win because Jesus died for us. Nuthin' else!--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (Here are some of Mr. Nicholson's comments)...I know that many of the homosexual groups, who call themselves Christians bash us "fundamentalists" as ignorant, mean, the list goes on and on. They also say that this is what "we believe." Well, it does not matter what you believe. God did not ask my nor your opinion when the bible was penned. On the highway there are speed limit signs, now you can say you do not believe in the speed limit all you want to, but you will still get a ticket because the law does not care what you think. Just because you believe and promote this does not make it so. In all my years I have not to this date found anyone who can prove, by using the bible, that homosexuality is in any way acceptable to God. List for me the passages if you can.... I made a challenge many years ago for anyone to prove me wrong, using the bible, and so far in 20 years not a single person has been able to do it. I will make you the same promise, if you can prove me wrong using the bible, I will publicly recant, apologize to you and all your cohorts and place this apology on my website and I will resign my Ordination immediately. So far nobody has taken me up on this, perhaps you will be the first. I know who I serve, I have read the back of the book and guess what, I win.

    All of you are in my prayers daily. I do not hate you, I do not even dislike you, I do not know you, but I do know the roar when I hear it.

    Oh also, I am not ashamed to put my name on this, my full name for I am not ashamed of God or my stand for Him.

  • Rev. Zee

    Rev. Zee Phoenix, Az

    Hello Marsha and Cindy. Just a quick note to say hello, and that I am thinking of and praying for you. Love in Christ.

    Hello Marsha and Cindy. Just a quick note to say hello, and that I am thinking of and praying for you. Love in Christ.

  • anonymous

    anonymous California

    A very happy, happy birthday to you Marsha! I was so *so* glad to read on your fb page and in the chronicles that you're doing some better! Sorry to hear that there will be 8 more weeks of chemo- but hopefully none after that, right?Since I'm thinking about you this morning, though, there was also something in this month's chronicles that I just can't get out of my mind and wanted to tell you. You wrote: "I SO wish I could just divvy up my own faith & hand it out. I realize it is a gift because I certainly have no illusion that I did something to deserve it, but I do have it. I have a faith in Jesus & a trust in God that I try to explain & to share, but I can’t really impart it." Believe it or not- I was actually rather stunned to read that. Of course it didn't surprise me at all to learn that you'd like all of us who come to you for help or inspiration to be able have the kind of faith you've got- that's kind of a "duh." But it really *did* surprise me to hear that you believe you can't -that you don't- impart it. Because it seems to me that's just *exactly* what you do- or at least that's how I experience it. When I listen to your songs, it's like a little piece of what you've got is right there, in a form where it can send faith and love and trust and hope my way, and keep on doing that time after time. I often find myself listening again and again and again- and it's certainly not because of how well you're discussing or explaining or even testifying about your faith and experiences. Moving though that is, what keeps me coming back is that certain "something" in the listening that goes beyond just what's in the words and the stories and imparts faith. I can't explain it, but it's there. I get blessed and built up in places where there's doubt and darkness and hurt. It's real and consistent and life changing and it's so much more than "evangelizing." I suppose I could just say, "It's the way the Holy Spirit inhabits your music," but somehow that seems inadequate if you don't *know* that faith is getting passed along by what you're doing. Not just celebrated, or rejoiced in, or shared, or talked about, or explained, or whatever. Flat out capital G - Given. Imparted. Sent and received. Supernaturally. Can I really be the only one who feels that way? I'd be just astonished if others didn't feel something similar. Hope it's a wonderful birthday and a year of many blessings and much, much health! With love and thanks again, for all you do for all of us-

    A very happy, happy birthday to you Marsha! I was so *so* glad to read on
    your fb page and in the chronicles that you're doing some better! Sorry to
    hear that there will be 8 more weeks of chemo- but hopefully none after
    that, right?Since I'm thinking about you this morning, though, there was also
    something in this month's chronicles that I just can't get out of my mind
    and wanted to tell you. You wrote:

    "I SO wish I could just divvy up my own faith & hand it out. I realize it
    is a gift because I certainly have no illusion that I did something to
    deserve it, but I do have it. I have a faith in Jesus & a trust in God
    that I try to explain & to share, but I can’t really impart it."

    Believe it or not- I was actually rather stunned to read that. Of course
    it didn't surprise me at all to learn that you'd like all of us who come
    to you for help or inspiration to be able have the kind of faith you've
    got- that's kind of a "duh." But it really *did* surprise me to hear that
    you believe you can't -that you don't- impart it. Because it seems to me
    that's just *exactly* what you do- or at least that's how I experience it.
    When I listen to your songs, it's like a little piece of what you've got
    is right there, in a form where it can send faith and love and trust and
    hope my way, and keep on doing that time after time. I often find myself
    listening again and again and again- and it's certainly not because of how
    well you're discussing or explaining or even testifying about your faith
    and experiences. Moving though that is, what keeps me coming back is that
    certain "something" in the listening that goes beyond just what's in the
    words and the stories and imparts faith. I can't explain it, but it's
    there. I get blessed and built up in places where there's doubt and
    darkness and hurt. It's real and consistent and life changing and it's so
    much more than "evangelizing." I suppose I could just say, "It's the way
    the Holy Spirit inhabits your music," but somehow that seems inadequate if
    you don't *know* that faith is getting passed along by what you're doing.
    Not just celebrated, or rejoiced in, or shared, or talked about, or
    explained, or whatever. Flat out capital G - Given. Imparted. Sent and
    received. Supernaturally.

    Can I really be the only one who feels that way? I'd be just astonished if
    others didn't feel something similar.

    Hope it's a wonderful birthday and a year of many blessings and much, much health!

    With love and thanks again, for all you do for all of us-

  • Wes and Kent Quesenberry-Poteete

    Wes and Kent Quesenberry-Poteete Norcross, GA

    Marsha Thank you for being such a great voice in Contempoary Christian music. My partner Kent and I are a happy OUT GAY and PROUD Christian couple. We met thru Facebook and thru 12 step (both have multiple years of soberity). But, we serve a great God who sustains and keeps us going strong. Thank you for your ministry, for your music, and more. God bless you and yours for years to come :love: in HIM Wes and Kent

    Marsha

    Thank you for being such a great voice in Contempoary Christian music. My partner Kent and I are a happy OUT GAY and PROUD Christian couple. We met thru Facebook and thru 12 step (both have multiple years of soberity). But, we serve a great God who sustains and keeps us going strong.

    Thank you for your ministry, for your music, and more.

    God bless you and yours for years to come

    love in HIM

    Wes and Kent

  • Ana T.

    Ana T. Houston Tx

    Marsha, I enjoyed meeting you and Cindy when you came and performed at the opening house of MCC Of Greater Dallas back in Sept 17th 2010 and you sang a few songs that Sunday morning. I enjoyed your music. I hope you get to come perform at Resurrection MCC in Houston Tx someday. That's where I go to church-been going there 3 yrs as a former southern baptist and thanks to MCC I can be who I truly am and be happy. I have a calling to go into the ministy and hope to be a Reverend someday. God loves us no matter what and you stand strong on your faith and belief. Keep spreading God love to others. God Bless You!

    Marsha,

    I enjoyed meeting you and Cindy when you came and performed at the opening house of MCC Of Greater Dallas back in Sept 17th 2010 and you sang a few songs that Sunday morning. I enjoyed your music. I hope you get to come perform at Resurrection MCC in Houston Tx someday. That's where I go to church-been going there 3 yrs as a former southern baptist and thanks to MCC I can be who I truly am and be happy. I have a calling to go into the ministy and hope to be a Reverend someday. God loves us no matter what and you stand strong on your faith and belief. Keep spreading God love to others.

    God Bless You!

  • Duane

    Duane Ohio

    Hi Marsha, After many years I just heard a recording of "For Those Tears", and the song me whisked me right back to my college days. I loved 'Children of the Day' back then, and the words and the music of your songs helped me to keep my sanity as a person and as a Christian in those crazy early 70's. By the 80's I had lost track of Children of the Day and recently stumbled across your bio of what has been going in your life over the years. It's great to hear you are still creating music! I will need to add your new music to my music library. After all these years I too am still a Christian (now on faculty in a college trying to keep my sanity!), and i just want you to know (and being a fan from the 70's), I truly support your efforts in your present ministry and wish you all the best.

    Hi Marsha, After many years I just heard a recording of "For Those Tears", and the song me whisked me right back to my college days. I loved 'Children of the Day' back then, and the words and the music of your songs helped me to keep my sanity as a person and as a Christian in those crazy early 70's. By the 80's I had lost track of Children of the Day and recently stumbled across your bio of what has been going in your life over the years. It's great to hear you are still creating music! I will need to add your new music to my music library. After all these years I too am still a Christian (now on faculty in a college trying to keep my sanity!), and i just want you to know (and being a fan from the 70's), I truly support your efforts in your present ministry and wish you all the best.

  • Laine & Rain

    Laine & Rain Lake Worth Florida

    Marsha, I had the privilege of meeting you and seeing your perform in Atlanta Georgia a few years back. I am so glad to see that you are still preaching and spreading the word of God as you do. My partner had never heard your song for these Tears I died and I had to share it with her, she can't wait as I can't to see you in person in Delray on the 20th. I also have you in my prayers as the trial and tribulation you are facing now and no that God will place his hands on you and make you stronger and better as he never puts anything in our path we can not handle without the faith in him. My Partner was so blown away by your music and all that you are doing. Until we meet again in Florida. Laine & Rain:D

    Marsha,

    I had the privilege of meeting you and seeing your perform in Atlanta Georgia a few years back. I am so glad to see that you are still preaching and spreading the word of God as you do. My partner had never heard your song for these Tears I died and I had to share it with her, she can't wait as I can't to see you in person in Delray on the 20th. I also have you in my prayers as the trial and tribulation you are facing now and no that God will place his hands on you and make you stronger and better as he never puts anything in our path we can not handle without the faith in him. My Partner was so blown away by your music and all that you are doing. Until we meet again in Florida. Laine & Rainbiggrin