|Logan Pettis Ministries||
I will never understand how you can call yourself a "Minister" and refuse to do so unless there is money involved or "at a church". I realize that there are some costs associated with travel: Diesel, Food, Lodging, Employees if there is a group, ect. But I also know that we serve a God who promises to take care of us, especially when we're in HIS will and doing HIS service. What sense does it make to say "I'd be there if it were a church, for no cost, but since its not I need a zillion dollars". You will sing in a church, to the choir, and pass up an opportunity to sing to the world in an open venue? People who may never darken a church door will pass by and hear YOU singing the Good News of the Savior, but you won't come because of a little money and its not in a church setting. Where's the ministry in that?
When I woke up Saturday morning, April 26th 2014, and put the batteries in my neon tie and shirt combo, I had no idea the great honor that was to befall me.
I sang my songs, "I John" a crowd favorite, and coincidentally Elvis' favorite gospel number,and my one quartet song. Then Miss Jenna Oakley helped me perform "Sweetest Song I Know", then it was over, but I was told to stay on the stage, and I was presented this handsome silver and blue plaque which read 2014 Horizon Award...Logan Pettis.
I was told that this was an award decided upon by the board of directors for the new, up and coming artist, who is the biggest blessing to STGMA. I also heard it said by someone who is a beacon of light on the Horizon lighting the way for the future. That's a lot to take in for the kid from Missouri whose testimony is usually about being told nobody liked him, he's weird, and will NEVER amount to anything. Needless to say I was rendered speechless, by yet another example of God's grace and goodness. All kinds of things rushed through my head in that moment so if would have been able to collect my thoughts here's my acceptance speech.
WOW!! It took me 13 years and over 1,000 miles to be named new artist huh? Seriously though, I am truly grateful to be standing here receiving this award especially since there was a time, not all that long ago, that I wasn't sure If I was ever going to sing another song, I wasn't sure if I would ever see any of you again, but as he always does, God had a plan. Seeing God's plan unfold in my life has been truly remarkable, and this is no different.
Six short months ago, I was gonna' move down here, live in my car, and just trust in God's plan. I felt called to come back to Texas somewhere back in October, with no place to really go, no job, but I kept hearing this voice telling me it was all under control, that God would provide. He did. He sent me y'all. I had never really met Sue and Denny Fisher when they so graciously took me in, let me live in their travel trailer, in their driveway. They fed me, housed me, acted as surrogate parents while I tried to find gainful employment and a place to live and I am forever grateful.
Thats not without mentioning the rest of you. Fay Gassner is such a genuine, beautiful, spirit and has done her best to help me when I needed and is an inspiration. And the STGMA board, and general membership, from your words of encouragement, to prayers, its all been so much more than I ever could have imagined being a part of this family of singers and ministers who take care of one another as God has commanded us to to. Just the other day my car was dead and Lilly Hutton says call this person, they live in town, they'll help you, and I still haven't officially say thanks for the BBQ and cake. There are so many of you in this room who have been there for me in this great adventure and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
There are however a few people who aren't here I'd like to dedicate this award to the memory of, one is my Grandma Leeper, who would have loved to have seen my ministry, who would have loved this convention. Another one is my late friend and mentor, my teacher, Mr. Stephen Hill. Stephen would've love to have seen all of his students up here. There are at least three in the room. Young Jenna, My dear friend Megan, and Myself. Maybe even Jaxon Edwards over there. Without Stephen's words of wisdom and encouragement I think I might have folded this thing up a couple years ago but he taught me confidence, and how to own the stage. He taught me lots of stuff about loving people, loving God, and loving myself. Most important he taught me to "relax and breathe, lighten up, man live life have fun, yell, loudly, in public. People will think you're nuts, but no one ever argues with the Crazy Man". So Stephen this is for you buddy. Thank you all again.
I've always given Steve Ladd a lot of credit for being THE GUY I wanted to sound like, that I studied, and he was. I about wore out Anticipation, and Reflections of Life by The Anchormen, matter of fact those are STILL to this day two of my FAVORITE albums of all time. That said we had a WHOLE LOT of Anchormen cassettes and I sang along with those as well and I've never given Brian Routh or David Walker nearly enough credit. We also had numerous Gold City Tapes I played the heck out of with an awesome tenor I never knew until later was Brian Free. I knew Jay and sang the fire out of God's Building A Church. Great tenors. So here's a showcase of the guys I studied and some of my favorites by them.
Now this might be borderline negative, and someone I'm sure will take it wrong and get bent, but it seems that's just what the internet is these days. Someone says something and everyone riots, but I digress. This week, and throughout life, I've seen posted in many places and heard said "Well, Satan must not want this to happen because...(Sickness, Bus broke down, LIFE INTERRUPTED)". Makes since right? Satan tries to destroy us, its his purpose in life. When we're doing things to further the kingdom of his adversary why wouldn't he try to throw a wrench in the plans to try and stop something major from happening? But what if its not Satan at all giving the sickness, or interruptions? What if its God trying to halt something for some reason. Like the storm he threw at the boat when Jonah was on board?
I've heard the expression before that God is in the interruptions. I've found Jesus in some of the greatest interruptions of my life, I've found clarity. Nine months ago, I was in Texas following God's plan, coming off of one of the biggest singing dates of my life when God interrupted and I had to leave and come home to Missouri. I got angry and believed it was Satan out to destroy thins thing I was building, but realized it was God teaching me a lesson in humility, and who was REALLY in control, and gratitude for what things and for whom I had in my life. I thought I was in God's plan but inside I was a mess and God brought me to my knees in a BIG way.
I don't know. These are just my ramblings, but maybe in the interruptions whatever they are, the wheel fell off the bus, you have to sing with THAT person AGAIN, you get sick before the big concert, you run out of money and have to leave your best friend, whatever the case may be. Instead of blaming Satan, maybe you might look at your life and ask "Could God be trying to work on me?".
Again, not trying to be negative, just thinking out
The beautiful thing about FAITH is that even when it LOOKS like you're moving no where, GOD is still taking you somewhere. He specializes in REPAIRS. He can FIX that broken heart, He can FIX that broken dream, and He can fix that broken relationship. GIVE IT ALL TO HIM. He wants your mess, He wants your trails, He wants your tears, and He wants your sins. He wants you FLAWED and all, because through deliverance HE WILL BE THE ONLY ONE WHO GETS THE CREDIT. He has a plan for your life and your steps have been ordered. All you have to do is FOLLOW the path that has been paved for YOUR life! Go catch your dreams by following God!
Love you all
Thought this made for an interesting read...
Matthew 25:31-46New International Version (NIV)
The Sheep and the Goats31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fireprepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”