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These Days

These Days

Sometime last week, I was in my usual (these days, anyway) 3:00AM position and state of mind: buried underneath my covers in darkness snuggling with my best friend, (these days) Kindle. My second best friend (these days) is vodka, but more on that, perhaps, another time. The Kindle was loaned to me by my friend, Lindsey, who knew that I, like many others, was stuck home in quarantine and trying to not lose my ever-loving mind. Reading helps. The Kindle she loaned me was already loaded with book titles – I mean, like hundreds – so, I was going to be good for awhile.

One of my favorite things to do is judge a book by its cover. I know, I know. I can’t help it. If the cover has boats, trees, or an animal on it, or is drenched in natural, preferably nautical colors, I’m in! I don’t even need to know the storyline. I’m in. Well, Kindle doesn’t offer that, so I’ve actually learned that I love reading a book by going in completely blind – no preconceived notions, no warnings. It turns out that one thing I’ve believed my whole life has turned out to be untrue: I don’t hate mysteries and thrillers. Who knew? Who also knew that through this process I would find out that Jessica Simpson is one of my favorite people on Earth? Stay with me, now. Actually, let me back up for a minute.

I’ve been out of work for almost three months. I work in one of those big box retail stores – one that’s been frequented heavily these days, and with my history of severe asthma, my doctor recommended a leave of absence to stay away from the general public for awhile. Not knowing how long “for awhile” is going to go on, I’ve been working on trying to get my small home business off the ground, and it’s been stressful. I never thought myself to be a super social person, but it turns out, I need people around me. I was born under the sign of Cancer, and I guess that profile fits me because while I like people, I want to keep them at an emotionally safe distance. This physically safe distance, though, has caused a little bit of a panic that started as just a slow simmer inside of me, but has become too close to the boiling point for comfort. So what that I can’t spend a spa day relaxing alone but with the company of nearby people? So what that we can’t go to a MLB game? So what that the bars and nightclubs are closed? Right? So, what? So, we have become more and more isolated from each other, which has only enhanced the ridiculous political climate that surrounds us right now. So, we need the distraction of entertainment. So, we need to have the common grounds that have been taken from us. That’s so what. I do digress, but I just wanted to make the point, that I, like millions of people around the world, am feeling a little low.

Back to Miss Simpson. I’ve never been a Jessica Simpson fan, but nor have I ever been a hater. I actually liked her in Dukes of Hazzard, and, back in the day, enjoyed an episode or two of Newlyweds. The girl is funny. But, never being into pop, I’m not familiar with her music. That night last week, as I attempted to disappear (literally, if only I could) into my Kindle library where her newly released memoir, Open Book waited patiently for me, I met Jessica. I’m going to have to fight the desire here to make this a raving review for the book. It honestly was exceptional, but I’m hoping to drive a different point home. I found a kinship with Jessica through the story of her life. There were many similarities to our upbringings. We were both firstborn daughters, born in July, with younger sisters born the same amount of years later. We both were raised Baptist, and still to this day carry those traditions in our hearts, but more importantly, we both are passionate in our love for the Lord. We’ve both found ourselves, throughout our lives, struggling to find our places in the world – in a world that is so temporary and fleeting and fickle. Like me, she is a writer. So much of her music was born from entries in journals she kept throughout her life. I used to be a journal keeper. I stopped ten years ago, for reasons that are only now obvious to me, but I had always found it helpful, therapeutic. As I watched her beautiful and painful story unfold, it was clear to me the impact her writing had on actually saving her life. I’ve been feeling like I’m drowning recently. No, actually, I take that back. I’ve been feeling like I’m sinking in the muck and mire at the bottom of the sea – beyond drowning. Jessica struck a chord in me. It was as if she was saying, directly to me, “Girl. Pick up that pen, and write it down.” So, I did. Whether it was the actual words I was writing, or the act alone of writing, or if it was something else altogether, I really don’t know, but something began to happen. It was tiny, but I could feel it. The following morning, I was texting with a friend who was concerned about me. He advised me to write these words you are reading right now. “It might help someone else who’s feeling the same way,” he said. “Do it for me.”  

I’m not feeling 100% better today, but I’d honestly say 45%! And that’s something, right? My feelings of purposelessness and despair are only nagging thoughts in the background now instead of being everything to me. What is the answer, then? I think it’s that we have to almost force ourselves to do those things that we know can help us dig out. Oftentimes, I know, we have lost the desire to even free ourselves, but I made myself write when I really didn’t feel like it. What is it, for you, that can help break you out of your prison? Have you seen the video of the speech, “Make Your Bed” by Admiral William McRaven? It’s a beautiful and eloquent commencement address that boils down to a simple task: Make your bed. It sounds like an oversimplification, but truly, things are so much more simple than we want to believe.

You should watch the video of his speech here:

 

The other thing I hope you take away from this is the importance of people. I’ve always been a loner, so it’s hard for me to accept my need for others, but we all have that need. Look at the line of people it took to get me just 45% better. Lindsey loaned me the Kindle, and has since told me to keep it as a gift! Thank you, Lindsey! That led me to Jessica’s book – thank you, Jessica! My Brother from another mother urged me to write this story – thank you, Kenn! This little story may have made even one of you feel a tad bit better today, and that thought alone makes my heart sing. And just like that, I’m at about 60% – thank you, Lord.

Internet Pastor

Internet Pastor

Many may have wondered how a “reverend” can have a site like this.  It makes sense if you know me.  I am an advocate for peace, love, family and good citizenship.  I believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am a protector of life.  I enjoy shooting firearms recreationally.  I have been trained to use various weaponry as a vocation.  I use this site to reach those like me and those are not to support these things.  I am the founder of an internet ministry called Speak Life Church, Inc.  I have a different take on what it means to be an internet pastor.

Before COVID-19 changed the way churches were operating, the Speak Life Church was created to be a continuation of the ministry of the Apostle Paul using technology. Church and fellowship is not about the building you are in, it is about learning and growing closer to Jesus. It is about building friendships and a community. Through the website, podcasting, video, live streaming and social media, people can be reached that do not feel at home in a traditional church. However, Speak Life is not all about technology. Phone calls, personal visits and meet ups are also a huge part of fellowship and are an even larger part of the roadmap for the church.  

 

Online ministry is misunderstood.  It was a novelty prior to the 2020 pandemic. Prior to this most pastors were not interested to learn how to podcast, use Youtube and use the growing number of video teleconferencing programs to outreach.   It was sad but when this season of our lives hit.  I was ready.  

I know how Noah must have felt.

Today, all are interested in using their gifts in a time when social distancing is done for your own protection. The churches with audio visual and social media managers are hardly missing a beat now that everyone has to broadcast via the web.  The challenges now are which services to use.  The learning curve for some of  platforms are not easy.  Technology is not always user friendly.  Many of the senior and smaller churches are not having success finding where their members are.  Not everyone is on Facebook or Youtube.  And the audience they are trying to reach is unfamiliar with social media.  

 

Mission:  To restore and strengthen the family, provide hope for those in need and offer a non-traditional place of worship, using technology to be anywhere. All are welcome, including those souls still searching for what they believe in.

 

The title of internet pastor is relatively new but this outreach Gospel ministry is striving to be a continuation of the ministry of the Apostle Paul using technology. It still requires face to face ministry.  It still requires contact.  It is still church.  We need connectivity.

Fellowship is not about the building you are in, it is about learning and growing closer to Jesus. It is about building friendships and a community. Through the website, podcasting, video, live streaming and social media, people can be reached that do not feel at home in a traditional church. However, Speak Life is not all about technology. Phone calls, personal visits and meet ups are also a huge part of fellowship and are an even larger part of the roadmap for the church.  

Currently, Rev. Blanchard also officiates weddings, conducts funerals and provides pastoral service nationally to individuals, couples and families unaffiliated with local churches. The Lord has called him to provide a way to feed the Spirit, find the hurting, teach and reach people online.

Here are some of our successes:

  • Helped prevent five suicides
  • Saved several marriages
  • Organized charitable fundraisers for good causes
  • Saved the home of a terminally ill veteran
  • Provided fishing trip and ministry to a senior citizen in hospice care
  • Officiated at 8 weddings

 

Speak Life Church Inc, has partnered with St. Matthew Baptist Church, in District Heights, MD for baptisms, funerals and anything concerning the body of Christ. 

The weekly podcast can be found at SpeakLIfePodcast.com 

Speak Life Church is an IRS 501 (c)3 recognized religious charity, incorporated in the State of Maryland in 2018.   

This weeks episode can be found here:

Giving Links

https://giv.li/p2nj61

 

https://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/3587637

 

https://www.patreon.com/speaklifechurchpodcast

 

You can support the ministry by check or money order by sending it to Speak Life Church, PO BOX 2, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Why You Should Never Stop

Why You Should Never Stop

I was called into the Gospel ministry as child but didn’t want to be a minister.  I used to pretend to preach before a congregation when out in the woods alone.  As I grew up, I used to watch preachers for their technique and deliver.  The Message was secondary.  I got that through self-study.  As I approached my teen years, I still didn’t want to be a minister.  I tried to do everything I thought was tough.  I joined the Marines at 16 and had to wait till high school graduation to go in with my parents’ permission at 17.  In the military, I was often the one that my peers confided in, trusted, and shared personal struggles.  This continued while I was in while at the same time, doing as much as I could not to be holy.

I had some grand moments during my growth though.  I witnessed to a fellow Marine, and had him give his life to Christ while we were stationed overseas.  I forgot about the event until a few years ago he called me to share that he has traveled around the world with his family as a missionary.  Now as a working pastor, he has done amazing things for the Kingdom of God.  Only God can do that.

God can make a straight line with a crooked stick. – Rev. Kenn Blanchard

I asked the Lord to help me with communications and He gave me the ability to learn almost any language super quick.  The kid that stuttered, mumbled and hid in his artwork can pick up a language almost instantly.  Only God will do that.

I discovered podcasting in 2007 and started using it as a hobby to stay in touch with people in the gun community I had met from 1991 on as a gun rights activist and author of a book called Black Man With A Gun.  Being a part of the gun rights argument was a training ground for politics, sociology, faith and social media.

At one time I was the most famous person of color in the gun rights community.  It had many negatives.  I published a book talking about gun rights.  When I accepted my Call to ministry, it was after I was known internationally as the Black Man With A Gun, church elders were against it (to say it mildly).  In their closed conversations, I was a killer, a hired gun, not ministry material.  My pastor at the time had to fight for me.  On my day job at the time I was also a trainer of law enforcement, served on protective detail for the Intelligence Community and traveled the world during executive protection.

Ten days after my initial sermon, the world changed with 9/11.  Security was forefront on everyone’s minds.  I was not such an enigma.  As a podcaster, I tried many things over the years.  I have kept up with trends and learned best practices.  Today that podcast is almost at 2 million downloads.  It is international.  It has put me on television, radio and four documentaries.  I have learned that preaching and defending the Gospel is easier than defending the US Constitution.  It has been tough.  There have been many times when I asked God if I should quit being the Black Man With A Gun.  His answer has been not yet.

As a minister, I was called to Pastor and used my notoriety to reach men like me.  I appeal to men that believe in Christ but not traditional church.  Motorcyclist, law enforcement, military, gun owners are some of my target audience I have been able to reach.  Through the podcast I have helped four men now, that were contemplating suicide.

Because of that podcast, I created a ministry specifically for this group of “wilderness” dwellers like me called the Speak Life Church.  The podcast has become a nonprofit online church now.  I have established it so that I can travel and do pastoral things without the restrictions of a church board, etc.

With God All Things Are Possible.

The SpeakLifePodcast.com is amazing.  It is only a year old as of 2019.  It has given me the template along with my experience in podcasting that I wouldn’t have gained if the Lord had told me to stop to grow.  This website, apostle radio.net is being created to give ministers and pastors interested in podcast a coach, a producer and a platform to spread the Gospel as Jesus commanded in the Great Commission.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20

Rev. Kenn Blanchard is an ordained pastor and the founder of ApostleRadio.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.
Podcast Movement 2018

Podcast Movement 2018

I’m going to Podcast Movement in Philadelphia, PA. It’s a big deal if you are into podcasting, and creating content for others online. http://podcastmovement.com

Podcast movement 2018 is THE ultimate gathering spot for anyone interested in or involved with podcasting and the podcast industry.

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in historical Downtown Philly Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in their choice of over 80 breakout sessions and panels, including the Technical Track, Creations Track, Marketing Track, and an Industry Track.

The goal of Podcast Movement is to bring together and educate active and aspiring podcasters, and to grow the podcast community and industry as a whole. We do this through educational and informative breakout sessions and panels spread across six tracks, enlightening and encouraging keynote presentations, and fun networking events and parties. With over 3,000 attendees joining us over the last five years from nearly 30 different countries (and growing), we are excited to continue the mission of Podcast Movement for many years to come.

The Podcast Movement is for anyone currently involved with, or looking to get into, podcasting and the podcast industry. With over 300 speakers and panelists participating in over 100 different sessions for three full days’ worth of sessions and activities for active and aspiring podcasters.

They will be providing basic technical sessions regarding equipment, software, and editing, to learning the best way to craft a story. If you’re experienced, they know even the greats recognize things they need to improve on, so they’re bringing in the best podcasters and industry professionals to help you take things up a notch. And if you’re looking to refine your production, or looking for new ways to monetize, they’ll have dozens of sessions.

For those who have been doing this awhile like me, the Podcast Movement evolution will feature a large selection of sessions and panels geared towards “behind the scenes teams” with industry professionals. The most successful networks, ad sellers and buyers, statistic providers, and everything in between will be sharing what has been working (and what hasn’t) in the past year, and what they are doing for the future.

My goals are simple. I…

hope to gain (1) new friend.
hope to see old friends.
hope to learn (3) new things, including strategies, techniques and best practices of producing, editing, and sharing content.

hope to make a great first impression with someone who can help me go to the next level of my journey.

It’s going to be nice to be around people that understand what an RSS feed, wave file, royalty free music, downloads, uploads, Heil PR40, Mixer, blubrry, and libsyn are.

I hope to encourage someone else on their journey. If there is anything you want me to pick up, learn or share with you let me know.

I will be presenting a five minute briefing, Monday evening called Ignite with nine other folks chosen to “spark” ideas, enthusiasm, etc. Pray for me to succeed.

Twitter: blackmanwithgun
IG: kennblanchard

check out my other podcast and stuff at

http://MotorcycleTalk.us

http://speaklifechurch.net

Thanks and hope to talk to you soon.

Check out these podcast:  Black Man With A Gun Show ,  Speak Life church , and  Indian Motorcycle radio  The Books, Kenn has written.

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