A Milestone of Thanksgiving to God

MSK/Jerry Lenz/June 9 2016
Mighty Sound Kids - June 9 2016

Mighty Sound Kids – June 9 2016

The Old Testament practice of using stones of remembrance can be found in Joshua 4. Today we tend to use the term milestone as a progress marker on a journey. The bottom line is that is good to remember and retell to our children about the good things that the Lord has done in our lives. Today is a milestone day for Mighty Sound Kids that we want to share with you. Let it encourage you to remember and retell what God has done for you.

 

I was awaiting the latest YouTube video stats today (6/9/16) because I was confident that we would hit the 1,000 views milestone for Might Sound Kids. It wasn’t a stretch of faith because yesterday we were at 992. Well, imagine how it felt to see today’s total: 1,304

 

Late in 2014 I sensed a stirring to relaunch my children’s music digitally. I owned my masters from releasing a CD in 1998-99. Sold quite a few CDs and then left it alone. It was never about “making money.” When you sense God working through you to write children’s music it is far more about the mission rather than making a living.

 

Anyway I secured an independent digital distribution agreement and the Mighty Sound Kids started popping up in all sorts of places like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and several other sources all over the globe. iHeartRadio even picked it up and created a Mighty Sound Kids station.

 

Last fall I realized that it would be a good idea to create videos so churches and parents would have a resource to use in teaching the songs. I finished the first one around Thanksgiving 2015 and finished all ten by March of 2016. It started slow, but I could see that people were sharing the videos. In late April, Might Sound Kids had 500 views and the thing is snowballing now.

 

We like “likes,” and we like counting our numbers. However, at the end of the day it is about a mission to bring children’s music to a multitude for free. Our hope is that the songs would not only plant seeds, but change lives by pointing families to God. May His Peace and His presence take this mission forward for His Glory.

Honoring Pat and Len Royer

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Pat and Len Royer

Pat and Len Royer

My first encounter with Pat and Len Royer came in 1986. I was a member of Church On The Way in Van Nuys California and they put out a call for volunteers to help in Sunday School and I felt drawn to serve. By the way, in doing this it was a huge healing for me as I experienced a divorce and my children were living on the other side of the country (thankfully we live in the same state today–insert smiley face).

I elected to help in the preschool area, mainly out of my lack of knowledge of the Bible and figured that I could learn with them. I did. And, it was the perfect setting for me as I worked with Kindergarten children—what an amazing age, because they can do everything. After excellent training by Pat Royer and her staff, I was assigned on a teaching team with two other adults. By the way, Pat and Len Royer became my mentors and lifelong friends. The lead teacher on my team handed me a cassette of music as I had explained that I could help with that. I took the cassette home and played it…ugh! “This won’t do with today’s kids,” I said out loud (my exact language may have been more colorful).

I had a tiny, portable Casio keyboard (still have it) and I sat down and started writing songs. One or two to begin with…and the songs just kept coming. The small group in my class loved the songs and my ministry grew. I cannot begin to describe how excited I was working on songs for my “kids.” Pat Royer took interest in my music and decided to bring all the classes into a multipurpose room to have praise and worship for all the kids at one time. That grew and brought more songwriters into the mix and it continued to grow. By 1989 I was on staff at The Church On The Way serving as a ministry assistant in Children’s Ministry. It involved music at all levels, nursery, preschool and elementary.

Pat and Len Royer held monthly leadership gatherings for the department leaders to pray with and bless them team. The fellowship and true mentoring was beyond anything I could hope for. We saw and experienced miracles and healings. Additionally, for me, Len was my sounding board. I could go to him with anything. His wisdom of God’s ways, coupled with life experiences and love was healing for my heart. Young men working in children’s ministry were drawn to him and his gentle hand and mentoring heart would touch many lives for Christ.

I could share many testimonies of how the Lord used Pat and Len to be the hands and heart of Jesus for me. Pat and Len love the Lord, they love each other deeply and their ministry continues to travel the globe for Christ.

Parent-Teacher Resource for the song I Will Sing My Praise to The Lord

We’ve completed the parent and teacher resource for the song I Will Sing My Praise to The Lord! You can download a free printable Parent-Teacher Resource Guide copy on our website, MightySoundKidsDotCom

Key Point: When we grow in daily praise and worship to God, It changes us. And, as we grow in His Love we become who He created us to be.

 This is a fun song to sing with its island feel and kids enjoy the rhythmic Hal Le Lu Jah. Take the opportunity to explain the song and help the children to make life applications.

God Helped Me See a Blind Man

Jerry Lenz / Mighty Sound Kids / May 26, 2016

Our Heavenly Father delights in us in remarkable ways. He brings us to a deeper faith with some very simple experiences and this story is one of my favorite “little things that God has done for me,” accounts that are a vital part of my testimony.

One of the gifts I received at The Church On The Way (Van Nuys, CA) was learning the dynamics of prayer and having intimate conversations with God where we pour out our hearts in thanksgiving. I will never forget the day I had my face buried in the carpet as I was recounting things I was thankful for and now with a growing maturity in the Lord, I was retracing some of my life and was recalling experiences I had as a boy as our family attended Aldersgate Methodist church in St Louis Park, Minnesota. A lot of it was very mechanical. I learned about God from a distance but did not have a personal relationship with the Lord. However, there was one person that really touched me. I remembered his name, Bob Green and I thanked God for him and his ministry to the youth group.

Bob would bring his guitar and he sang folks songs for our youth group. I am certain that some of the songs were about the Lord, but I can’t give you a set list. The songs are not the important part anyway. This is about Bob and his heart. Love came from this man’s soul. He touched me and I was always happy when he was leading us. It is important to note that Bob was blind because as a young teen I was seeing how people overcome disabilities to give and minister to others. This was the truest sense of ministry that I can remember at Aldersgate and it was what I was thanking the Lord for in my time of prayer that day in Van Nuys.

I recall that as I was thanking God that I also prayed for Bob Green, hoping that he was in a good church where his gifts were being used and continuing his ministry. That is it. A simple time of prayer that God would use in my life.

Fast forward a handful of years to the fall of 1992. I was in Minnesota and dating Teresa. Our church,  Living Word, was having a carnival at their elementary school. Teresa and I were taking her son Anthony to the carnival and my niece, Megan Lenz, was joining us. Megan and Anthony had a good time together as did Teresa and I. There were lots of games and activities. We were going from room to room to discover all that the carnival had to offer.

Braille_closeupIn one of the rooms a man had set up a braille typewriter and was typing the kid’s names in braille as a memento. We entered the room and as we watched the man typing I was overwhelmed on the inside while trying to remain calm on the outside. I was silently talking to the Lord, asking, “could this possibly be Bob Green?” Adding a few years to his appearance, it sure seemed like it. Then he spoke and I knew that voice. I couldn’t contain myself asking, “excuse me, are you Bob Green?” “Yes,” he replied. Now I am pressing in for further verification. “Did you attend Aldersgate Methodist Church?” I asked. Bob smiled and said, “yes!” I was blown away alternating between thanking God, trying to remain calm and being absolutely delighted. I was able to thank Bob Green for his ministry and express my appreciation to him, now, many years later. He had his big loving smile and I had mine.

I can surely see how for some, that this is a nice coincidence. Not for me. The testimony of my life has big handprints of God all over it. God helped me see a blind man, Bob Green—again! Those are the facts and I am grateful to God. I am thankful that He uses little things to help us grow in faith. I share this story to encourage others to share the many little testimonies I believe we all experience.

YOU ARE A WONDERFUL BALL OF YARN

Jerry Lenz / Lenz Entertainment Group May 25, 2016

You and I are wonderfully made and we were “knitted together” in our mother’s wombs by the Creator of all creation. You can find accounts of His handiwork in several Bible verses and the most widely used is Psalm 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (NIV)*.

Over the course of my lifetime I have seen science advance in its never-ending quest to catch up with God, as revealed in His Word—science might not see it that way, but I sure do. I enjoy David’s worship in the Psalms and his thankfulness and gratefulness to God for personally knitting him together in his mother’s womb. Understanding that you are wonderfully made and can have a personal relationship with your Creator is amazingly awesome and real. The personal knowledge of Psalm 139:13 has ministered to me and encouraged me often over the years.

epcot-wonders_of_lifeThen one day in the late 1990s it hit me. It hit me like a thunderbolt. Although I was with my family at EPCOT, for whatever reason I was standing all by myself. I glanced over at the Wonders of Life pavilion (no longer open) and looked at the huge metal artwork in front of the pavilion. I took a long hard stare. The metal artwork was twisted to form a large strand of DNA. (Cue the thunderbolt here). When you “open” the strand of DNA is looks like you are opening a strand of yarn (thunderbolt at full power here). I looked at it all anew, “you knit me together in my mother’s womb…my DNA is knit together by the Creator of all creation!

knitting-dnaNice going science! DNA makes us each unique, 100% original and we can see our knitting. You really are a wonderful ball of yarn. Fearfully and wonderfully made. It sure beats being a slimeball created out of the goo.

 

 

 

Ready to see the DNA knitting process? Watch here: