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  • John Comfort
    John Comfort
    Romans 15: 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 1 CORINTHIANS 2: 14-16 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 16"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ. Perhaps the plainest thing we can say about Here to Praise is that we’re trying to communicate Hope by the Holy Spirit. The world desperately needs this message and it comes through so vividly through the African-American experience and the power of Black Gospel music. We believe that the Holy Spirit Itself can exist within that musical moment, breaking down barriers within people and between peoples, sustaining them and growing them, even in spite of themselves. Even people who do not understand the language they are singing. This leads to a sense of release, which is what God is looking for. Surrendering to Him, placing your burdens on Him, putting your faith into Him and not into yourself or the ways of this world. It’s about truly giving Him control and not stubbornly insisting on keeping it for yourself. This sense of release is then about hope, knowing that God is in control and wants good things for you and He’ll take care of it, you don’t have to worry about it. Black Gospel music conveys this so well, being rooted in the Spirituals, when the Holy Spirit alone sustained a people through slavery and 100 years of intense discrimination, only to see real change come. The world is a very different place now than it was 50 years ago…and even more different than it was 150 years ago. God did all the heavy lifting here and it is praiseworthy, to say the least. Our ministry seeks to convey some of this, not in heavy history lessons – though we are happy to share of that – but moreso in song. The message is layered into so many of these songs, singing about O Happy Day and something Amazing called Grace, singing about how nobody but Jesus can do this. Our belief, too, is that this message is made even more vivid when one sees how universal it is. Japanese people with very little awareness of what the African-American experience is in history, are powerfully moved by the music – again some without even knowing the language. It is an example of how the Holy Spirit is driving this bus. And it applies to everyone, not just Japanese people. Sharing this message gives Glory to God and it is our responsibility as Christians to share it. Please join us.

    Romans 15: 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    1 CORINTHIANS 2: 14-16
    14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 16"For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

    Perhaps the plainest thing we can say about Here to Praise is that we’re trying to communicate Hope by the Holy Spirit. The world desperately needs this message and it comes through so vividly through the African-American experience and the power of Black Gospel music.

    We believe that the Holy Spirit Itself can exist within that musical moment, breaking down barriers within people and between peoples, sustaining them and growing them, even in spite of themselves. Even people who do not understand the language they are singing.

    This leads to a sense of release, which is what God is looking for. Surrendering to Him, placing your burdens on Him, putting your faith into Him and not into yourself or the ways of this world. It’s about truly giving Him control and not stubbornly insisting on keeping it for yourself. This sense of release is then about hope, knowing that God is in control and wants good things for you and He’ll take care of it, you don’t have to worry about it.

    Black Gospel music conveys this so well, being rooted in the Spirituals, when the Holy Spirit alone sustained a people through slavery and 100 years of intense discrimination, only to see real change come. The world is a very different place now than it was 50 years ago…and even more different than it was 150 years ago. God did all the heavy lifting here and it is praiseworthy, to say the least.

    Our ministry seeks to convey some of this, not in heavy history lessons – though we are happy to share of that – but moreso in song. The message is layered into so many of these songs, singing about O Happy Day and something Amazing called Grace, singing about how nobody but Jesus can do this.

    Our belief, too, is that this message is made even more vivid when one sees how universal it is. Japanese people with very little awareness of what the African-American experience is in history, are powerfully moved by the music – again some without even knowing the language. It is an example of how the Holy Spirit is driving this bus. And it applies to everyone, not just Japanese people.

    Sharing this message gives Glory to God and it is our responsibility as Christians to share it. Please join us.

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