Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sharing Jesus In Our Community

       I was blessed this month not only to share Jesus through music at the 28th annual Jozenji Street Jazz Festival but also to use music to share Jesus among people in our community in Sendai, Japan. I was invited to share songs and words of encouragement to a group of people who were celebrating the Japanese holiday, "Aged Day". "Aged Day" is a day where the elderly (75 & older) are celebrated. I shared scripture and regional songs from the part of U.S where I was born & raised (Texas). I also sang some traditional Japanese songs so that everyone could sing along. Among the songs I sung was one that I wrote that had been translated into Japanese. It is a song called, "Come to Me".  In Japanese, the title is translated, "Koko ni Oide". It is a song I wrote after the disaster that hit northern Japan on March 11, 2011. It's from Matthew 11:28, where Jesus is calling people who have been weighed down emotionally and spiritually to come to Him to find rest. We were told to prepare for about 20 people to show but in fact, almost 50 people showed up for this event. What a blessing to share Jesus among so many of whom had never heard of Jesus.  They invited our family back again next month to join them for a party that celebrates the coming of Autumn. We will share a traditional soup and get to interact with many who came this month. Please pray that we will have further opportunity to share the Love of Christ with these new friends we have made. Blessings!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

28th Annual Jozenji Street Jazz Festival Performance - Kevin Qualls

Good Day!

Well, the Jozenji Street Jazz Festival was a success!
Praise God for my wonderful family, friends and many from our neighborhood who came out to see my performance. They are such an encouragement to me!
I had 30 minutes on stage and I was able to share the gospel in word & song to many who were congregated at Stage 40 on September 8, 2018 at 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
What a blessing to use the gifts that God has given me to glorify Him at such a large music event in Japan.
You can listen to one of the songs I sang by clicking the link below. The song I sing in that video is a song I wrote using Psalm 27:1 from the Japanese Bible for my lyrics. I Love you guys and thank you for listening!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September 8, 2018 Performance at the Jozenji Street Jazz Festival


I will be performing at this year's 28th annual Jozenji Street Jazz Festival on September 8, 2018. The theme for this year's music festival is "Running Together".
My performance will be at 2:30 pm on stage 40 which is located inside Sendai Station at
仙台駅東西自由通路 (Sendai Station East & West Free Pass)

Please pray for me as I will be sharing Jesus with those who will be there to listen or to those just walking by on their way to somewhere else. Also, my throat has been swelling again due to acid reflux. So, please pray that the swelling will go down and that I will be able to perform well. 

Below is one of the songs I have planned to perform at the festival. It is called "Hana Mo". It is about how nature gives glory to Jesus. Thank you!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How Should Christians think about Hillsong's "So Will I" (100 billion x)?

I wanted to speak on Joel Houston's (Hillsong)song "So Will I" (100 billion x). Many of you probably already know the controversy surrounding this song nad Joel Houston's theology of creation. I wanted to share a video from the Answers In Genesis ministry that might clarify some things that Joel tweeted. It will be at the bottom of this post. I just wanted to personally share one thing that has not been shared in any of the articles I've read or videos I've watched on the subject. While talking about the writing of the song, "So Will I", Joel is quoted as saying,

"aware of the implications 'evolving' would serve as a conflicting adjective for some" but said they still felt "it was worth it--if just a foolish desire to enlarge our thinking of a God who was-is-&-is to come, making all things new, 'from-Him, through-Him, To-Him.'"

I think this is very irresponsible for a worship pastor to purposely write lyrics that he knows will cause confusion and controversy. This is a song that is to be sung by congregations for worship. Worship is not a time to impose one's "foolish desires" that cause confusion but, worship should be a time of celebrating the clear promises and truths of scripture. this is my opinion but I would think it best to not sing "So Will I (100 billion x)"as a congregation.
Below are an article and a video that I think will help in explaining the theological problems surrounding this song and how to begin to think about them.
An article from the Christian Post:…/hillsongs-joel-houston-cla…/ 
Video from Answers In Genesis:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Jeremy Camp - "Never Stopped Loving" Review & Cover

 Jeremy Camp is a great singer! He has a very distinct and memorable voice. However, in spite of his many #1 singles, as a songwriter he is average if one looks at the CCM industry as a whole. I have been listening to his music since his major label (BEC) debut album, Stay. I have enjoyed his music tremendously but for a while I couldn't listen to it because his songs were becoming too predictable. His song structures and arrangements were driving me crazy. The intro., verse, chorus, verse, chorus, break, chorus, outro. structure just seemed monotonous. That is the pop song "formula" and he is a "Christian" pop artist but....every song! JC's new album, The Answer doesn't deviate very much from his previous work. Even so, it is a good pop album. And, if you are a Jeremy Camp fan, I would recommend you buying this new album

 The song, Never Stopped Loving is my favorite track on the album. It is the sixth song on the album which puts it in the middle with a mid-temp feel. Even though it follows Camp's normal pop song structure, I enjoy the melody. The lyric, When I have gone a astray/How you would chase me stuck out to me. There is nothing particularly new about this line but for some reason at the time I listened to the song it resonated with me. It brought back memories of when I had been away from the Lord and how He used circumstances and people to encourage me back on the right track. So, I decided to cover it. My version is guitar driven and I think it turned out alright. It will not get very many views on Youtube but that is not the real reason why I cover songs and upload them. Before I can cover a song, it must speak to me on a personal level and this one did. I hope you enjoy and are encouraged by my version.
As always thanks for listening,

Sharing Jesus In Our Community