Interview with Jeremy Ray Borders

Interview with Jeremy Ray Borders

Who do you write your music for?

I write my music for Jesus and myself. The goal is to influence the world for Jesus by way of music.

What inspires you?

Obviously Jesus is the answer, and it’s genuine, but the closer I get to God the more the overflow affects people; So much of my inspiration comes from seeing people fulfilled and full joyous. You realize how much we can affect lives for Jesus by helping people realize their dreams, passions, gifts, callings. We focus on Jesus, which causes us to love people enough to see them change.

Is there a central message in your music?

No. I sing about anything God speaks to me about, which is everything.

What is the most important message you are sharing in your music?

To ONLY live to please and obey Jesus regardless of our flesh – we cannot compromise.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since you began sharing your music?

Seeing people’s lives changed forever – that’s the goal. I would rather not make music if it doesn’t affect people’s lives.

Most musicians have a specific reason for writing songs or making a video – what is yours?

I thrive off the creative process – swimmers have to swim, doctor’s have their practice, musicians have to write and creative! It’s my gift, calling, to affect others, to have an outlet, to express what God’s put inside me…and the list goes on.

What do you hope to accomplish with your music?

I want people to fall in love with God and understand His presence. Often I think to myself, “if the world could just feel the presence of God the way I do, everyone would be changed in a second and given over to the Lord.” But of course we all have to make the choice to seek God ourselves with our own will, which allows us to determine just how much of Him we want. How much are you calling and asking for God to show up to you? It’s so important for your growth and faith walk!

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your music?

Yes. I’m incredibly blessed to have been brought up by parents who were deeply in love with God and very strong Christian leaders. My mom led me to the Lord at age 3 ½ and I started playing the piano in my church at age 10. She was a guitarist, singer and traveled to churches sharing her testimony. I went with her much of the time. My dad taught Sunday school and was the Awana Commander at our church. I was motivated as a child to get ALL my friends ‘saved’ at Awana – while giant candy bars for bringing them!

How would you describe your musical style?

Very eclectic because I play and perform every genre, Christian and secular. 50% of my job is touring on cruise ships where I have my own show and have to play 99% secular music, while the other 50% is ministering in churches when I’m on land. It’s very cool that God allows me to minister to all people groups at the same time. Cruise ship life brings folks that would never step foot in a church, or haven’t in a long time and my mission is to bring them to God. The favor He’s given me on sea is almost overwhelming, but it’s all for God’s glory and it’s changing lives!

Is there anything you’d like to share with your audience?

In heaven we will be doing what we’re most passionate about to ‘show’ the rest of heaven – literally for fun and to please God. Knowing this should to help motivate and free us to use our gifts and passion now for God because that’s His plan for us! Of course we have to guard our hearts from being prideful or having a ‘performance’ driven spirit, but God gave us talents to use and to present to the world – He wants to free us from holding our gifts in in fear of ‘anything.’ We are created to love Him and love others through our gifts.

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Interview With Greg J. Matthews, Author Of Wild Awakening

Interview With Greg J. Matthews, Author Of Wild Awakening

Wild Awakenting

Who did you write your book for?
I wrote it for me: To heal from the physical and emotional trauma and PTSD as a result of the grizzly attack. I wrote it for God: To tell how grateful I was to my Dad in Heaven for rescuing His son and for healing and restoring my heart through the physical scars I still carry today. I wrote it for all of my future readers: To establish the truth and dispel the lies of what it really looks like to fall deeply in love with and have a Dad son/daughter relationship with the Father we have always dreamed of having.

Is there a central message in the book?
Our identity in this world, and finding true purpose in life, is never found through our achievements. The foundation of lasting joy and purpose is only found when your heart is unleased to engage in deep intimate relationships with God, Family, and those closest to you. We were created to have the foundation of who we are, rooted in the relationships we invest in.

What is the most important idea you are sharing in your book?
To shatter the world’s performance based rules of having an intimate relationship with God. Wild Awakening reveals a path to complete heart restoration and literally changes the way we think as Gods kids. When that battle of the mind is won, we are free to draw near to the kindest, gentlest and most loving Dad in the universe. This book tears down the seemingly impenetrable barriers of shame, guilt and condemnation and draws us into His arms of love and most importantly arms of “Grace”

Tell us your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?
The most rewarding aspect of writing this book is the hundreds of emails and messages I have received communicating how their lives have been completely changed through the reading of Wild Awakening. People are shedding their shame and guilt and running for the arms of their Dad, Jesus. Simply Amazing!

Most authors have one specific reason for writing a book. What was yours?
What is the part of your book you personally like best? The laying out in detail of the seemingly unending miracles God performed to save my life and restore the heart of a broken hearted eight year old boy……..ME!

Other than selling your book, what do you hope to accomplish with it?
One person, one family, one city, one nation and one continent at a time; I want to remove the lie that says “because of my past God could never love me”. I want to replace that lie with “Daddy I know I have a lot of baggage I’m dragging behind me, but I know now that none of that matters to you. Can I just crawl up in your arms and let you hold me?”

Did your environment or upbringing play a major role in your writing?
My upbringing and my life environments played a huge role in my writing. God’s fingerprints are all over my life both the good and bad parts. The situations in my life gave me the story, but God wove my writing together to heal me, and I believe to heal others.

How would you describe your writing style?
I have been told that my writing style is geared more towards fiction. The reason for this perception, is because of the level of detail I write to. Working with my editor/writer in bringing together Wild Awakening, I found we were removing some descriptive details. His reasoning was that we needed to leave room for the reader to paint between the lines with their imagination. I love to write in a way that convinces the reader that they are the character in the story, experiencing every sight, sound, smell and action as if they were really there.

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INSIDE THE WORLD OF SEX TRAFFICKING

EXPLOITING CHILDREN SERIES

 

SPEAK OUT WITH MONICA

According to the Congressional Research Service Informing the legislative debate since 1914________________________
Kristin Finlea Specialist in Domestic Security
Adrienne L. Fernandez–Alcantara Specialist in Social Policy
Alison Siskin Specialist in Immigration Policy
January 28, 2015 Congressional Research Service www.crs.gov R41878

Federal law does not define sex trafficking per se. However, in the “severe forms of trafficking in persons,” as defined in the victims of Trafficking and Violence Act of 2000 (TVPA, P.L. 106-386) encompasses sex trafficking. “Severe forms of trafficking in persons” refers, in part, “(s)ex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform the such an act has not attained 18 years of age…. “Experts generally agree that the trafficking term applies to minors whether the child’s actions were forced or appear voluntary.

I had to say all that to say this: in the report is goes on to say that it has been suggested that minor victims of sex trafficking-while too young to consent to sexual activity with adults- may at times be labeled as prostitutes or juvenile delinquents and treated as criminals rather than being identified and treated as trafficking victims. These children who are arrested may be placed in juvenile detention facilities instead of environment where they can receive needed social and protective services.

My opinion, is that children used and abused by adults should never be treated as criminals but always be treated as the victim and be placed in safe, caring programs that will tend to their needs and walk them through their trauma with compassion until they become whole and triumphant.

Steven Wagner, President, The Renewal Forum writes this: America today harbors a vast and terrible criminal enterprise that victimizes a very large number of children each year. The enterprise is known alternatively as human trafficking, a modern-day slavery, or, more precisely, the commercial sexual exploitation of juveniles.

Who are the men who drive this industry, “johns”, but by calling them this minimizes the damage, the trauma they inflict on the child.
An article in the

Fair Observer – Girls Like Us: Johns – The Men Who Buy Sex
If men know that the sex industry is harmful to girls and women, why do they participate in it?
*(Note: The following is an excerpt from Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale, a memoir about Rachel Lloyd’s experiences as a survivor of commercial sexual exploitation and her work over the last 15 years running Girls Educational And Mentoring Services (GEMS)
“Johns”, who make up the millions of men in America who buy sex from children. Those who have been exploited by the sex industry know that Johns represent every walk of life, every age, every ethnicity, every social economic class. Judges, mailmen, truck drivers, firemen, janitors, artists, clergy, cops, drug dealers, teachers. Handsome and rich, poor and unattractive, married, single and widowed. Fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, uncles, and neighbors.

Calling these men “Johns” minimizes the harm they do. At the very least, they are statuary rapists and child abusers. I would encourage you to go to fairobserver.com to read the rest of the article.

Child Exploitation is a very real issue. It should spark an emotion in us that wants to get involved in some way. Empathy, compassion, passion, anger…. something rather than turn a blind eye and have our head in the sand like an ostrich.

Steven Wagner, President, The Renewal Forum writes in the same article that many children today are either throwaways or runaways. He writes, the situation must change. We cannot allow, either on moral or practical grounds, another cohort of children to be discarded by families, subjected to profound trauma and serial rape, and then when used up, thrown back on the street to fend for themselves. Such children are virtually assured of being incapable of achieving independent, fulfilling adult lives without help.

Where does this demand for children to serve as sexual objects come from? Who are the huge numbers of men willing to pay for sex with children? It is plausible, if unsubstantiated, that this demand derives in part from our national epidemic of pornography consumption. In particular, the United States is one of the largest producers and consumers of child pornography in the world.

It’s a conservative estimate that over a quarter million children are bought and sold for sex in the United States.
This horrific issue of human trafficking is a global one, some countries experiencing higher victims than others, I have only touched on the problem here in the United States but the theft of human life in exchange for money for a human, a real person, is prevalent and the need to bring this in the forefront of the public eye is essential to start making strides into finding a solution.

HUFFPOST.COM
A CHRISTIAN CALL to END HUMAN TRAFFICKING Nita Belles, Contributor Author, In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States’ (August 2011) Numbers and percentages are much higher now.

There are more slaves in the United States today than at any time in history.
There is nothing the criminals involved in modern day atrocities of human trafficking and slavery– the recruiters, the traffickers, the pimps, and others want more than for decent people to remain ignorant about what they do. All they ask is that we do nothing. Simple silence. If the myth that “it doesn’t happen here” can prevail, they have won.

This paragraph from Ms. Nita Belles book, In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States”, is part of the battle call to Christians to take up the fight against slavery as Christians did in the Underground Railroad.

Jesus was clear about Christians responsibility to do something regarding issues such as human trafficking when he told the parable of the Good Samaritan. When asked what it takes to inherit eternal life, Jesus immediately replied we must love God with all our heart and love our neighbor as ourselves. To clarify, he pointed to someone who sacrificially cared for a socially outcast stranger who had been stripped, beaten, and left for dead. Jesus said, “Go and do likewise”. In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus describes his mission. It includes evangelism, healing and proclaiming freedom for prisoners, and releasing the oppressed.

• There are more than 27 million slaves in the world
• Human Trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.
• About 80 percent of all US trafficked individuals are female, about 50 percent are children.
• In addition to the 100,000 youngsters trafficked annually, 244,000 to 325,000 American children are at risk for sexual exploitation and sex trafficking every year.
Read the rest of the article at huffpost.com and become well acquainted with this issue so you can do your part. If you have read this far then you can no longer turn a blind eye and stay silent because if you do you are aiding the traffickers with your silence… Instead become an effective weapon in the fight to end human trafficking. Don’t be too busy to save a life from torture and pain, the loss and the trauma.

Learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking and memorize the numbers to call to get help for the victims. As Christians and other caring people need to step up to do what we can to protect children and others from this horrific crime in our backyard.

I know, it is hard for us to fathom that people can be so evil, greedy and lustful as to put their own desires without compassion or empathy or value on a human life, especially that of a child. There is a growing, burning passion in me to bring Trauma To Triumph Family Ranches to fruition. The need to have a safe, nurturing, residence in a ranch setting with the quietness that, that provides, with the animals that are non-threatening to start the trust building process. Every 30 seconds someone is being stolen into slavery which increases the urgency.

We can pray, donate our time and resources, whatever it is…. we need to take action.