Friday 30 March 2018

This Easter, why not fill your house ,familiarising yourself with an UNKNOWN

Fill your house with this 28 song mix of Phil Keaggy on youtbe.
In America he is well known. Paul McCartney knows him. They have both played together at a wedding reception.
Over here in Britain and outside of the rather small Christian music world he is unknown.However, I tuned for a non Christian Brit once who told me he travelled miles to attend a Phil Keaggy concert, because he knew the secret. Phil is one of the most prolific songwriters, one of the most stylistically varied, and also world class accomplished guitarists on the planet.
And this makes me angry.

Here is what I wrote on Facebook today about the first track above.

Chris Welch
3 hrs ·
I HAAAAAAAAAATE the fact that through Britain's hidden Agendas we only experienced this as a tiny tiny subculture in Britain.
Thanks to Rothschild, the rest of Britain were forbidden from the exaltation that this track always brings.... never should have missed out....please accept my apologies on Rothschild's account.

Here is a film of Phil Keaggy returning to his first house which he left in 1958, the year I was born in Ghana.

This is Phil's entire lifestory as recorded on Wikipedia

Background information
Birth name Philip Tyler Keaggy
Born March 23, 1951 (age 67)
Youngstown, Ohio, United States
Genres Contemporary Christian, Jesus music, Christian rock, new-age, folk, jazz-funk
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1966–present
Associated acts Glass Harp, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Love Song, Paul Clark, Randy Stonehill
Philip Tyler "Phil" Keaggy (born March 23, 1951) is an American acoustic and electric guitarist and vocalist who has released more than 50 albums and contributed to many more recordings in both the contemporary Christian music and mainstream markets. He is a seven-time recipient of the GMA Dove Award for Instrumental Album of the Year, and was twice nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album. He has frequently been listed as one of the world's top-three "finger-style", as well as "finger-picking", guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers' polls.

Early life
Keaggy was raised in a small farmhouse in Hubbard, Ohio with nine brothers and sisters. Keaggy went to high school at nearby Austintown Fitch High School, graduating in 1970.[citation needed] He is missing half of the middle finger on his right hand due to a childhood accident at age four involving a water pump.[1][2] Reflecting on the incident, Keaggy says,

We lived on a farm in Hubbard, Ohio, which had a big water pump, and I was climbing up on it. As I was kneeling on top of the platform, it broke and the faucets came crashing down on my finger and cut it off. I can remember it very vividly—as if it happened yesterday, and I can see my dad running down the hill, rescuing me, and taking me to the hospital. I can recall having a white cast and bandage; it was gigantic! They tried to sew it on, but it didn't take, so I grew up with nine fingers. As a young kid, I was embarrassed about it a lot, especially when I was beginning to get into guitar. I used to be red when I'd play in front of people because I believed they were looking at my hand, which they probably weren't...Before my accident with my finger occurred, my oldest brother was killed in a car accident and two weeks afterward my younger sister had her big toe cut off. These were all really heavy things for my mom and dad to go through.[3]

Initially, it was not the guitar that attracted Keaggy to playing music. Keaggy explains:

I asked my dad for a set of drums for my tenth birthday but he came home with a Sears Silvertone guitar[4]...I had wanted a set of drums, but my folks couldn't afford them, so I got the guitar. I didn't know how to tune the guitar;. as it was when it came, that's how I thought it was supposed to be...So for about nine months I learned funny little melodies with my guitar tuned out. Finally, my brother Dave said "Here, let me show you how to tune this thing properly." I said, "Well, O.K., but I gotta learn all over again." I was disappointed[3]...My oldest brother Dave, showed me some chords...But if I were to pinpoint one turning point...when I was in sixth or seventh grade, I met a man named Nick who worked an electronics store in California, where my family lived for awhile. One day, Nick took me to a music store loaded with all these great guitars the British groups were using and he asked me "Which one is your favorite?" I pointed out a 1962 Stratocaster and he bought it for me. He got me my first professional gig at Artesia Hall—just me and my guitar and amp[4]...I paid him back by sweeping driveways and working in the electronics store. I had that guitar for quite a while and put a lot of time and effort into playing it.[3]

Keaggy was a member of a mid-1960s garage rock band called the Squires; one of their songs ("Batmobile"), which he co-wrote, appears on the compilation album Highs in the Mid-Sixties, Volume 9. In 1966 he joined Volume IV, which in 1967 became New Hudson Exit. The band appeared frequently in Youngstown clubs and also released a Keaggy composition, "Come With Me", as a single on the Date label. At one point, New Hudson Exit had considered Joe Walsh as its lead guitarist. Walsh would later establish himself as guitarist for the James Gang before embarking on a solo career and work with the Eagles.

In 1968, Keaggy and longtime friend drummer John Sferra, along with bassist Steve Markulin, formed the band Glass Harp. The band gigged in and around the Youngstown, Ohio, area and found work at school dances and clubs. This incarnation of the band recorded several demos, and released the single "Where Did My World Come From?" on the United Audio label in 1969.

Markulin left the group to join his cousin Joe in another successful Youngstown band, The Human Beinz. Keaggy and Sferra then recruited bass player Daniel Pecchio. Pecchio, formerly of the band The Poppy, was also a flute player, a talent that would later be showcased on several Glass Harp's songs. Having recorded a new set of demos and signing with new management, the band set out to polish their live act and shop for a recording deal.

A major turning point for the trio was their winning of an Ohio area's "Battle of the Bands", One of the event's judges happened to be an associate of producer Lewis Merenstein, whom he alerted to the threesome. Merenstein was persuaded to fly down from New York to listen to the band in concert. Upon hearing Glass Harp perform, Merenstein's enthusiastic report resulted in Decca Records signing Glass Harp to a multi-record deal.[5]

Reflecting on 1970, Keaggy recalls:

...the 18th year of my life was very dark; I was into drugs by now....back in '69 I was experimenting with LSD. I had done some trips and it was terrible, I thought it might enhance my creative ability in music, but it didn't. I once heard a tape of me playing when I was high and it was awful. I sang weird and I played badly. I thought I was doing such a great job, but it was a deception. People I was supposedly very close to, who were close to me, were turning on me. It seemed really strange...I was experiencing such was just...terrible...During these days I would take naps in the afternoon because I'd be so tired playing at night, staying up till 4 in the morning, getting up early and napping again in the afternoon. I'd wake up having nightmares...I had "Peace" written on my wall and I went around giving the peace sign, but I didn't experience peace in my life. I didn't know what peace really meant; it was just a cliché.[3]

On Valentines Day in 1970, Keaggy's mother was seriously injured in an auto accident. After her death a week later, and inspired by his sister, Keaggy became a Christian.[3]

In September, Glass Harp found itself in New York's Greenwich Village recording its first album Glass Harp at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios with Lewis Merenstein as producer. At the time of this recording, Keaggy and Sferra were nineteen years old. As for the album's content, all three members of Glass Harp were active in songwriting the band's material. Keaggy sang the majority of songs, but Pecchio and Sferra also sang lead on several numbers. One song of Keaggy's in particular, "Can You See Me", reflected his newfound Christian faith, with its reference to Jesus' death. Keaggy recalls, "It was recorded in New York City in about a week. Even though I had bronchitis and had to sing one verse at a time, it worked out. And I was even able to get in a witness for the Lord Jesus in "Can You See Me" and "Look in the Sky".[3]

As a Decca Records artist, the band began to open for such bands as The Kinks, Iron Butterfly, Yes, Traffic, Grand Funk Railroad and Chicago. Contrary to the tight production and song-oriented nature of Glass Harp's studio albums, their live performances demonstrated the band's ability to stretch out and expand the boundaries of their compositions. As a result, they are one of the pioneers of what would later be known as the jam rock genre, with songs many times reaching over 30 minutes in length with extended solo passages and group improvisation.

In 1971, Glass Harp released a follow up album, Synergy. Again Keaggy's Christian faith surfaced in some of the lyrics. The guitarist notes, "That album was a real experience because I was able to sing 'The Answer', a song I wrote right after my conversion to Christ. And with...producers and an engineer that didn't care about Jesus, I was surprised that out of 15 songs, one of the ten that got on the album was 'The Answer'. I praise Jesus for that work, because it's just a simple song of testimony."[3] The following year the band released its third album: It Makes Me Glad, which included a version of the old spiritual "Do Lord". "We all worked the best that we could. The group knew that it would be our last album together because I had given notice that I was going to leave. And on August 8, I did. It was a really heavy thing for everybody."[3]

Having recorded three albums with Glass Harp, Keaggy left the band in 1972. Keaggy says, "We enjoyed playing together and we really got tight musically. But spiritually we were going different directions."[3]

In 1973 Keaggy released What a Day, his first solo album. The songs were written while Keaggy was still with Glass Harp[6] Keaggy performed all the instruments on the album. The title track remains a staple of Keaggy's concerts up to the present day.

Keaggy married his wife Bernadette in the summer of 1973. He then took a brief hiatus from recording on his own and only toured in support of other artists like Love Song, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Paul Clark, and Nancy Honeytree. Years later, Amboy Dukes guitarist Ted Nugent was quoted as saying "I don't know what happened to that Phil Keaggy. He could have saved the world with his guitar."[7] Keaggy and his wife had migrated to rural Freeville, N.Y., to participate in, and become immersed in the discipleship program of Love Inn Community led by Scottish-American disc-jockey Scott Ross. Ross affiliated himself and Love Inn Community with the Shepherding Movement, which progressively took on many characteristics of an authoritarian cult.[8][9] It was not until Keaggy extracted himself from this group, and the menial labor to which they had largely confined him, that he once again began to record significant music.

In late 1974, Keaggy played guitar on Joe Vitale's debut solo album Roller Coaster Weekend produced by The Albert Brothers. The album featured guitarists Joe Walsh and Rick Derringer.[10]

Keaggy returned to the studio in 1976 with Love Broke Thru, an album which included his version of a song that would eventually be considered a classic in Christian Music: "Your Love Broke Through". Written by Keith Green, Todd Fishkind and Randy Stonehill, the song would later be closely identified with Green, yet it was at Green's insistence that Keaggy's rendition be the first released recording.[7] A longtime fan of C.S. Lewis, Keaggy also included an arranged version of the author's poem "As the Ruin Falls". The seven-minute "Time" is considered by some fans to be the first album-oriented rock extended-length "Free Bird" of contemporary Christian music. "Time" featured Keaggy's innovative guitar technique of violin-like swelling, found approximately 3:54 and 5:17 in the song. The effect requires picking the string, raising and then lowering the guitar volume knob for each note in a melody. Keaggy's album was listed as No. 64 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.[11]

During the summer of 1977 Keaggy went on an eighteen-city tour of the western United States with 2nd Chapter of Acts and "a Band called David". This tour was captured in the subsequent live triple-album How the West Was One, a collection that featured concert renditions of "What a Day" and "Your Love Broke Through". That same year also saw the formation of the Phil Keaggy Band. Comprising Keaggy, guitarist Lynn Nichols, keyboardist Phil Madeira, bassist Dan Cunningham and drummer Terry Andersen, the Phil Keaggy Band released their lone album in 1977, Emerging. This band was featured as Love Inn Company on an album of songs by Ted Sandquist titled Courts of the King, and as the backing band for Nedra Ross on her Full Circle album. The title track would be redone by Keaggy in 1981. 1977 also marked the release of the Glass Harp compilation album, Song in the Air.

In 1978, Keaggy released his first critically acclaimed instrumental album entitled The Master and the Musician. It would go on to become the best-selling album of his career.[12] A 1989 reissue of the album included a new track, "Epilogue: Amazing Grace".

The Keaggy family moved to Leawood, Kansas in August 1979, and their first daughter, Alicia, was born there in March 1980. They left Leawood in 1983 and settled in Costa Mesa, California. Their second daughter, Olivia, was born on February 14, 1984 and their son Ian was born on June 16, 1987.

Keaggy's record label during the early part of the decade was Sparrow Records. 1980's Ph'lip Side features "Sunday School" and the gentle "Little Ones", an early anthem for the pro-life movement. The following year saw the release of Town to Town, noted for what has become a concert staple "Let Everything Else Go". It also included Keaggy's arrangement of "Rise Up O Men of God". This would begin a trend in which Keaggy would frequently feature a hymn on his albums. In 1982, Keaggy released Play Thru Me, noted for its upbeat classic, "Morning Light" as well as the slide-guitar instrumental workout, "Happy".

In 1984, Keaggy and Randy Stonehill co-wrote and sang the duet "Who Will Save the Children?" for Stonehill's album Celebrate This Heartbeat. The duet would also serve as a theme song for Compassion International, a Christian child advocacy ministry. Both artists remain avid supporters of this ministry up to the present day.[citation needed]

The following year Nissi Records released Keaggy's next studio album, Getting Closer. Keaggy would later re-record two of the album's songs: a rearranged version of "I Will Be There" appears on 1993's Crimson and Blue while "Passport" received an update for the 2009 Christian Progressive Rock compilation album CPR 3.

1986 saw the release of Way Back Home. The album consisted of quieter acoustic numbers, including a new take on 1981's "Let Everything Else Go" and "Maker of the Universe", a ballad about the incarnation of Christ. The album also emphasized one of the prominent themes in Keaggy's music: family.

The next year Phil Keaggy released his second instrumental album, The Wind and the Wheat. The album reflects the "new-age" instrumental sounds of the day. The Wind and the Wheat won the guitarist his first Dove Award, an honor that he received in 1988. Also in 1988, Keaggy and Stonehill would team up with singer Margaret Becker, former Wings drummer Joe English and others as the Compassion All Star Band. The group released a subsequent live album One by One.

In 1989, Keaggy teamed up with Randy Stonehill, vocalist Russ Taff, bassist Rick Cua, Derri Daugherty, Mark Heard, Steve Taylor and other musicians to create Phil Keaggy and Sunday's Child. Lynn Nichols, guitarist for the 1977 Keaggy Band, produced the Sunday's Child project. The title track in particular recalled the sounds of the 1960s, and that, along with an album cover that resembled that of the classic image of With The Beatles, has sometimes seen the Sunday's Child album referred to as a tribute album of sorts to the 1960s.[citation needed] Referring to the Sunday's Child album cover, Keaggy says that the idea

was the producer's. I actually had a different cover in mind...It was...a black and white [photograph] of my daughter Olivia sitting on a guitar case, with this Gretsch anniversary model standing up behind her against this concrete wall, and she's got a little white flower wreath in her hair. She's about four years old, and...I just loved that cover. So when the album came out, I wasn't really knocked out by the Beatles thing, because it didn't look like the Beatles to me! It was my goofy face and then these three guys in the background, one of which was Lynn Nichols, the producer. And I thought, "Oh, I don't care for this." I wanted to have the other cover. I wanted it to say "Phil Keaggy and Sunday's Child," and to me, that was Olivia, being as she's my daughter. So my nephew works in a printing place, and I created this cover that had all the same photos and information inside the CD insert, but I had him make 500 of these new covers, and we took the shrink wrap off...500 CDs, and...inserted these covers that I wanted and took them on the road and sold them, and we mailed them out through the fan club, since we didn't have a website in those days."[13]

Reflecting on the music of the project, Keaggy says,

I feel the album, as a good collection of songs, is really listenable...I feel that folk who want to listen to an album are more interested in good songs than merely the guitar player. For Sunday's Child, not only did we resort to using vintage guitars and amps, but I resorted back to old ways of playing. The rock leads are shorter and more precise. More to the point, feisty, and a little bit more dangerous. What you get is more incisive work. It's something that fits the song rather than trying to create a song around a riff or guitar figure...What I think comes through this album is that sense of longing, of love, of suffering and in all of this there can be hope. Everyone has to find their way to God and I hope people will see Jesus in my life and this album as a guide along the way."[7]

One track, "I've Just Begun (Again)", was first written when Keaggy was 17, and was updated for this album. In addition to his own material, Keaggy recorded two Mark Heard songs for the album: "I Always Do" and "Everything is Alright". The recordings would appear again on subsequent tribute albums to Heard. One of the tribute albums, Orphans of God, was listed at No. 25 in the book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.

Also in 1989, Keaggy hit the road with Stonehill for a tour by The Keaggy/Stonehill Band, which included Swirling Eddie drummer David Raven and Daniel Amos bassist Tim Chandler. In the fall of that year, the Keaggys relocated once again, leaving southern California and moving to Nashville, Tennessee where they reside currently.[citation needed]

A few years later, Keaggy would perform at former Beatle Paul McCartney's sister-in-law's wedding. Keaggy had met Laura Eastman, sister of Linda McCartney, while the former worked at CBN. After the wedding, Keaggy fulfilled a lifelong dream by jamming with McCartney in a bedroom at the Eastman family estate, site of the wedding.[14][citation needed]

Keaggy followed Sunday's Child in 1990 with an all-out rock album Find Me in These Fields. The project was produced by Lynn Nichols and garnered a Grammy award nomination.

In 1992, Keaggy released what has become a landmark acoustic instrumental album, Beyond Nature. His third instrumental project reflected a Celtic-influence and earned the guitarist his second Dove Award in the "Instrumental Record" category. The album's title, Beyond Nature, was derived from a quote in C.S. Lewis' book Mere Christianity. A long-time fan of Lewis' work, Keaggy also referenced the author in several song titles ("Brother Jack", "Addison's Walk" and "County Down").

The following year saw Keaggy work with another group of talented musicians for his next project. These recording sessions reunited Keaggy with former Glass Harp bandmate John Sferra on drums. Keaggy says, "I started Crimson & Blue with a two-fold purpose: To record something more aggressive and to work with John again. We recorded all the basic tracks together and most of the leads were recorded live. It's just your basic four-piece group."[4] Comprising the rest of the group were Phil Madeira, the former keyboardist of the 1977 Phil Keaggy Band, bassist Rick Cua, and guitarist Jimmy Abegg. Lynn Nichols produced the sessions. Other guest musicians included Sam Bush on mandolin, John Mark Painter (of Fleming and John), and Ashley Cleveland on backing vocals. Charlie Peacock and Steve Taylor also played a prominent role in the project. The sessions resulted in the release of Crimson and Blue, a bluesy rock album geared to the Christian market that included a cover of Van Morrison's "When Will I Ever Learn to Live in God". "Love Divine", "I Will Be Here" and "Everywhere I Look" all received significant airplay. That album was released simultaneously in the mainstream market as Blue, with a modified track list and some reworked songs. The most significant differences are the inclusion of three different songs (a cover of Badfinger's "Baby Blue"; "All Our Wishes"; and "The Further Adventures of...") and the exclusion of five songs from Crimson and Blue ("Love Divine", "Reunion of Friends", "Stone Eyes", "I Will Be There", "Nothing But The Blood".) The song "All Our Wishes" is a story about Phil and Bernadette Keaggy losing a baby. The song was written, musically, in 1967 when Keaggy was in ninth grade.[15] The band that toured in support of the album featured Madeira on Hammond B-3 organ, Sferra on drums, and Wade Jaynes (of Chagall Guevara) on bass.

In June 1994, Phil released a heavily revised version of his 1986 album Way Back Home.[16] The 1994 edition featured new recordings of ten of the original album's eleven songs, including the moving classics "Maker of the Universe" and "Let Everything Else Go". The updated version also included four brand new tracks: "It Could Have Been Me". "She's a Dancer", "Father Daughter Harmony", and "The 50th". Keeping with the album's family motif, "Father Daughter Harmony" was a moving duet with daughter Alicia while "The 50th" features Keaggy's guitar playing over excerpts from a vinyl record of his grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary in 1948.

1995 saw the release of a two volume compilation project: Time: 1970-1995. The anthology featured selections from throughout Keaggy's career, including several classic instrumentals. Several unreleased tracks were featured, including a live version of "Do Lord" with Glass Harp, a live version of "Shouts of Joy" from the Crimson and Blue tour and "We'll Meet Again", a song Phil wrote and recorded as a teenager. An alternate version of "Time" was also included as was a new solo recording of the Glass Harp song "The Answer".

Also in 1995, Keaggy was voted by Guitar Player Magazine readers as the No. 2 Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist.

That same year, Phil released what has become one of his best-selling albums, True Believer. The title track was written by producer Alan Shacklock and reached number one on the Christian radio charts. It also won Shacklock the EMI Songwriter of the Year award. Shacklock's production work on the album was a departure in style and sound for Keaggy; this would prove to be Keaggy's lone work with Shacklock. Years later, in reflecting on the album, Keaggy would say that True Believer "is really the most unlike me of any album I've ever done, in my personal opinion. It was more of a manufactured concept: "We're gonna make a pop album for you that's going to launch you into the next ten years". I don't know if it did. It's an unusual album to listen to for me, but there are a couple of good songs on there, though."[13]

The following year Keaggy released another critically acclaimed instrumental album, Acoustic Sketches. Comprising mainly Keaggy originals, the album features a cover of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot", and would later win Keaggy another Dove Award. A second instrumental album, 220, was also released. The album, titled after the 220 volt electric standard, featured a diverse mix of musical styles, ranging from blues to Celtic. The album's final track, "Ian's Groove", marks the recording debut of Phil's son on drums. Despite its stellar performances, as a collection of original instrumentals, the album was largely overlooked. Keaggy says, "that was a very cool album that...Christians and Christian bookstores and...the marketplace ...couldn't make the connection, because it's electric guitar music. So it kind of fell by the wayside."[13] Also in 1996, Phil's wife Bernadette published A Deeper Shade of Grace, a moving account of the emotional and spiritual struggles she experienced in losing their first five children via early infant death, miscarriage and stillbirth. Phil wrote the foreword to the book.

In January 1997, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located in Cleveland, Ohio, opened an exhibit called "My Town". Because the exhibit focused on Cleveland's rock and roll history, Glass Harp was invited to perform at the Museum. The band is also currently represented in the Museum's Ohio Exhibit.[17]

The year also saw the release of Keaggy's On the Fly album, arguably his most ambitious instrumental project to date. Released through Canis Major Records, highlights includes the Spanish-flavored "Praise Dance", the hypnotic groove "Firewalker", and the six-part epic, "Way of the Pilgrim". Also in 1997, Phil teamed up with Wes King and Out of the Grey's Scott Dente for the mostly instrumental album Invention. The album would win a Dove Award the following year. Keaggy would then go on to sign with Word Records.

Phil Keaggy, Phil's last vocal album of the decade, came out in 1998. Lacking the slick production style of the previous vocal album, True Believer, Phil Keaggy was a strong return to form for Keaggy in terms of recapturing his usual organic, live sound. Several songs reflected a Beatles influence, including "Days Like You", his last single to receive considerable airplay as Christian radio has been moving towards a more youth-oriented format. Keaggy also appeared as a guest singer on the Ragamuffins' "All the Way to Kingdom Come", on his friend Rich Mullins' last original work, The Jesus Record (which contained demo tracks recorded by Mullins just before his 1997 death, and renditions of those songs by the Ragamuffins and other artists).

1999 saw a flurry of Keaggy instrumental releases. The double album Premium Jams is a stunning collection of previously unreleased electric instrumentals dating back to the recording sessions for Crimson and Blue and 220. Majesty and Wonder, a Christmas album featuring the London Festival Orchestra, includes Keaggy's take on standards such as "Oh Holy Night" as well as a three-part original, "Nativity Suite". Majesty and Wonder would also win Keaggy a Dove Award. Phil later released the four-disc collection Music to Paint By. The project was composed of Still Life, Electric Blue, Splash, and Brushstrokes.

Re-Emerging, Keaggy's first album of the new millennium, came out in April 2000.[16] The disc was a reunion of the Phil Keaggy Band in which they updated their classic 1977 album, Emerging. With the exception of "Gentle Eyes", Re-Emerging retained the material from the original album and also introduced four brand new tracks: "My Auburn Lady", "Mighty Lord", "You're My Hero", and "Amelia Earhart's Last Flight".

In September, Phil released the instrumental album Zion.[16] Recorded exclusively on a Zion Radicaster created by master guitarmaker Ken Hoover at Zion guitars, Zion features a mix of new songs such as "Z-Blues" and revamped versions of "Like an Island", "March of the Clouds" and the Glass Harp classic "Whatever Life Demands".

Having performed together occasionally since 1981, in October, Keaggy, John Sferra and Daniel Pecchio reunited as Glass Harp for a concert in their hometown of Youngstown, Ohio at a sold out Powers Auditorium. Joining the band for the occasion was conductor Isaiah Jackson and members of the Youngstown Symphony. The following year saw the commercial release of the reunion concert in the form of the live album Strings Attached. Although the album is largely devoted to the band's previous work, it also includes Glass Harp's take on several songs from Phil's solo career such as "Tender Love", "Chalice", "From the Beginning" and a solo acoustic version of "The True Believers".

October 2000 also marked the release of Inseparable, initially available in both single and double disc format,[16] with the single disc version eventually going out of print. The album featured "Chalice", a collaboration with Glass Harp drummer John Sferra as well as a cover of Paul McCartney's "Motor of Love". That same month, Phil released Lights of Madrid,[16] an album of Spanish-flavored instrumentals that included a re-recording of "Praise Dance" from 1996's On the Fly. Lights of Madrid also contains a PDF with guitar tabliature for the album's music. Lights of Madrid would go on to win Keaggy a Dove Award for best instrumental album.

In November, Phil released The Uncle Duke project, a collaboration with his uncle Dave "Duke" Keaggy, with Phil setting his uncle's eclectic poetry to music.[16]

In 2001 Keaggy released the albums In the Quiet Hours and Cinemascapes.[16] Both consisted of selections from the 1999 four-disc project Music to Paint By. In the Quiet Hours showcased a new composition "As It Is in Heaven", while Cinemascapes includes three previously unreleased songs: "The Road Home", "Lighthouse", and "For the Love". The song "Spring" was previously released on 2000's Uncle Duke as "Interlude". The year also saw the release of What Matters, a nine-song compilation drawing mostly from the albums Phil Keaggy and Crimson and Blue. "Tell Me How You Feel" from Sunday's Child is also included as is a brand new song "What Matters". The album was exclusively produced for and released through the International Bible Society.

2002 saw the release of Hymnsongs.[16] Primarily a collection of classic hymns, the album also includes a Keaggy original composition that is centered around the Lord's Prayer. This track, "Our Daily Bread", as well as the entire album, are dedicated to Todd Beamer, a Christian passenger of 9-11's Flight 93, and a fan of Keaggy's music.[18] Describing the concept of the project, Keaggy says, "I've always loved hymns. They're great melodies that still stand on their own, and are still sung, even after centuries have passed. And those melodies are even more appreciated when you know the lyrics. The writers of the hymns were great wordsmiths; they could be so concise and so eloquent in their expression of truth. And theirs is music that speaks to every generation".[19] Yet Keaggy's then label, Word Records, did not share his vision for the project and asked that it be an instrumental album: "it's the oddest me, hymns should be really sung. I had a conflict with it because, here I am, I can sing, and yet they didn't want me to sing...I offered--I went to management about it and it was pretty much, "No, don't do that. That's not want they want."[6] Hymnsongs would be Keaggy's last album with Word Records.

That same year, Phil also participated on Randy Stonehill's Edge of the World album, singing a duet "That's the Way It Goes" as well as appearing on "We Were All So Young" with other veteran musicians such as Larry Norman. Additionally, Keaggy's wife Bernadette published Losing You Too Soon, an updated version of A Deeper Shade of Grace, her 1996 book on losing her first five children through early infant death, miscarriage and stillbirth.

The next year Keaggy released It's Personal, an album in which he set poetry by Keith Moore to music.[16] Keaggy and Moore had previously collaborated on the song "A Little Bit of Light" that appeared on the guitarist's 1998 self-titled album. Also in 2003 Keaggy released Special Occasions, an eclectic collection of music focusing on birthdays, weddings and graduations.[16] The album consisted primarily of Keaggy originals and also featured a re-recording of "Here and Now" from 1986's Way Back Home, as well as covers of the Beatles tune "When I'm 64" and Elton John's "The Greatest Discovery". That same year, Sparrow Records, Phil's former record label (1980–1983, 1994–1997), released a 15-track compilation History Makers.[16] It features standards such as "Let Everything Else Go", "Morning Light", and "The True Believers". 2003 also saw the release of Hourglass, the first album of new material by Glass Harp since 1972. The album included a new recording of a rare Keaggy solo tune, "What Matters", the title track of a compilation album exclusively produced for and released through the International Bible Society in 2001.

Also in 2003, guitarist Muriel Anderson released an album with Keaggy entitled Uncut Gems. A collection primarily consisting of instrumental improvisations recorded in 2001 and 2003, the two also perform Keaggy's "Tennessee Morning" from his 1996 album 220. Guitarist Stanley Jordan appears on several songs. Portions of the album's earnings go towards Anderson's Music for Life Alliance fundraiser.

The following year, Glass Harp released Stark Raving Jams, a triple-disc 39-song collection of material spanning from 1970 to 2003. The collection focused primarily on live performances but also includes a few unreleased studio recordings. Like Strings Attached, this Glass Harp album includes live renditions of some Keaggy solo material.

In 2004 Keaggy guest performed with the indie band Dispatch for several songs during The Last Dispatch. Phil also released two live DVDS: Phil Keaggy in Concert: St. Charles IL, and Philly Live!

In 2005, after thirty years of being out of print, Glass Harp's first three studio albums were reissued on CD by Music Mill Entertainment. The albums were digitally remastered and include previously unreleased bonus tracks. In July, Keaggy also released an expanded edition of Uncle Duke.[16] First released in 2000, this new edition was entitled The Uncle Duke Project and included the original album plus a bonus disc of new songs, alternate versions and an interview with Phil and his uncle.

The following year, Keaggy released Freehand, the sequel to Acoustic Sketches. That same year Keaggy and long-time friend Randy Stonehill released Together Live! in both album and DVD format. In addition to including acoustic renditions of Keaggy and Stonehill's solo material, the project includes versions of their previous collaborations such as "Sunday's Child", "Who Will Save the Children?" and "That's the Way It Goes". Keaggy later guest performed on two songs of Rufus Tree's album Dying To Live.

2006 saw Keaggy release three additional instrumental albums: Jammed! was a one-disc collection of songs featured previously on 1999's double album Premium Jams.[16] The album also included a new rendering of "Ode to Joy" titled "Joyphil" and "Prehistrobie K-18", a previously unreleased song that Phil wrote and recorded as a teenager. The acoustic instrumental album Roundabout, is another instrumental collection. The songs are either improvisation or other riffs played over loops that were recorded as part of the performance. Keaggy explains that the songs "began with me messing around at my soundchecks before the audience came in. I'd typically just come from taking a nap at a hotel, so my mind would be fresh, and I'd improvise loops that would be recorded by my soundman, Brian Persall. The loops have rhythm, lead, bass, and even percussion parts along with textures created using an EBow and placing plastic between the strings, which creates koto, banjo, and steel drum-type sounds. After I returned home, I imported all of the loops into Pro Tools and edited some sections, but no overdubs were added either after the initial recording or while in the studio. If a song was too long, I might edit some measures or repeated sections to make it a little less repetitious, or maybe move some bits around."[20]

Phil Keaggy and guitarist Mike Pachelli released an acoustic instrumental project titled Two of Us. Also in 2006 Phil released a vocal album, Dream Again. It includes his son Ian, who co-wrote, sings and plays guitar on "Why" while his daughter Alicia sings a duet with her father on "Micah 6:8".[16] In 2006, Glass Harp reunited for a concert to celebrate the release of their first DVD, Circa 72. The DVD is the first official release of their 1972 PBS concert, and includes rare outtakes, home movie footage, and a commentary by the band. The year also saw the release of Happy Valentine's Day, a limited edition compilation of various love songs that Phil had recorded over the years as well as four new tracks.

In April 2006 Keaggy launched a free Podcast that is available through his website and iTunes. His last edition to date is from September 2008. The Podcasts feature music and commentary from Phil as well as music from some of his favorite artists.

On October 29, 2007 Keaggy was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby.[21] He also released Acoustic Cafe, an album, that with the exception of "You Have My Heart", is a collection of covers ranging from Bob Dylan ("If Not For You", "Make You Feel My Love") to Cyndi Lauper ("Time After Time"). Many of the songs are duets, such as the Beatles' "In My Life" with Randy Stonehill and the Everly Brothers "All I Have to Do is Dream" with Jeremy Casella. Later that year Keaggy released another acoustic instrumental album: The Song Within. Recorded using a McPherson acoustic guitar, the album revamped two Keaggy classics, with "What a Day" being transformed as "Water Day" and "Noah's Song" undergoing significant revision as "Noah's Shuffle".

2007 also marked the 30th anniversary of the landmark instrumental album, 1978's The Master and the Musician. The album was re-released with a bonus disc of outtakes, alternate versions and a recent interview. Keaggy also toured in support of the album's anniversary with a band that featured Glass Harp drummer John Sferra. The tour was chronicled on the subsequent live DVD: The Master & the Musician: 30 Years Later Tour. The next year Keaggy released the album Phantasmagorical: Master and Musician 2, the sequel to his 1978 masterpiece.

In 2008, Keaggy received the Gold Level Award as the "Best Spiritual / Worship Guitarist", as voted by readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine,[22] as well as appearing in the form of vocals and lead guitar on the Richard Cummins CD, Moments, which was nominated for "Best Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year" by the Canadian GMA's, Covenant award.

In June 2009, Keaggy and Randy Stonehill released a new studio album titled Mystery Highway.[23] In support of the album, the two musicians, along with guitarist Mike Pachelli and Glass Harp's Daniel Pecchio and John Sferra, played several concerts as "The Keaggy-Stonehill Band". The year also saw Keaggy contribute a soaring re-recorded version of "Passport" on the album CPR 3; a compilation of musicians from the Christian Progressive Rock (CPR) scene. The original version of "Passport" appeared on Keaggy's 1985 album Getting Closer. In October Keaggy released an instrumental album with pianist Jeff Johnson titled Frio Suite.[23] After meeting each other for the first time at the beginning of the year, the two musicians stayed in touch and created the album via email, with Johnson recording in Seattle while Keaggy recorded in Nashville.[24] December saw the release of the guitarist's third Christmas album, Welcome Inn.[25] Featuring mostly original compositions such as the title track, Welcome Inn also includes the classic "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and an acoustic instrumental version of "In the Bleak Midwinter". The project also includes a new recording of "On that Day", a song co-written with Glass Harp drummer John Sferra for Keaggy's True Believer album in 1995.

On March 27, 2010, Glass Harp released their fourth live album: Glass Harp Live at the Beachland Ballroom 11.01.08. The ten-song project included material from Phil's solo career: "Sign Came through a Window" and "John the Revelator". The album is a recording of a benefit concert that Glass Harp headlined for Roots of American Music (, "an organization dedicated to the preservation, performance and education about traditional American music in our schools."[26]

Also in late 2010, Keaggy did some session work with former Monkees member Micky Dolenz for Dolenz's solo album King for a Day.[23] and he played guitar on the song "Rushing Wind" on Steve Clark's album Save The Day.

In the fall of 2010, The Phil Keaggy Trio released their first album, Inter-Dimensional Traveler. The project is a collaboration with keyboardist Jack Giering and Glass Harp drummer John Sferra.[23] and is described as being a wonderful blend of ambient jazz and funk, as well as being accredited with creating some of the tastiest jazz-funk licks to come out of Music City in a long, long time.[27][28]

In addition to recording and touring regularly, Keaggy is currently working on a record with former Living Sacrifice and P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby.[29]

Rumored comments by Jimi Hendrix and others
For decades, rumors[30] have circulated which attribute comments regarding Phil Keaggy to a host of guitar icons. The most common rumored statements are attributed to Jimi Hendrix.

On March 19, 1970, an advertisement appeared in the Mansfield News Journal for an Iron Butterfly Concert at Ashland College the following evening, with Glass Harp listed as the opening band (erroneously printed as "The Grass Harp"). Underneath "The Grass Harp", a caption read "They Jam with Jimi Hendrix".[31] Glass Harp had not in fact appeared anywhere with Jimi Hendrix (they were at that time still a local band to Northeast Ohio with little or no following nationally). It is unknown whether or not the promoter or Glass Harp's then-management directed that the statement be placed in the advertisement, but it is believed to be the first instance of any rumor regarding Hendrix in relation to Keaggy/Glass Harp

In a February 5, 1971 feature on Glass Harp in Cleveland's The Plain Dealer, the paper's rock music critic Jane Scott cited unnamed "record people" who told a story of Hendrix saying (in 1970) "That guy (Phil Keaggy) is the upcoming guitar player in the Midwest".[32] With no sources ever named, and Jane Scott's death in 2011, the accuracy of the article is virtually impossible to verify.

In later years, rumors escalated into stories of Hendrix appearing on various television programs where he mentioned Phil Keaggy. A common variation says that during an episode of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson asked Hendrix, "Who is the best guitarist in the world?" Hendrix is said to have answered, "Phil Keaggy." This has since been proven to be untrue, as evidenced by the available audio from Hendrix's (only) appearance on The Tonight Show on July 10, 1969 with guest host Flip Wilson.[33] No mention of Keaggy or Glass Harp is made.

Another version of the story has Hendrix being asked, "Jimi, how does it feel to be the world's greatest guitar player?" To which Hendrix supposedly replied, "I don't know, you'll have to ask Phil Keaggy!" This account is sometimes attributed to a magazine interview in either Rolling Stone or Guitar Player. Occasionally the story has the setting for the question being a Hendrix appearance on The Dick Cavett Show, which is also untrue, as the clip from the show in question (in 1969) contains no mention of any other guitar players.[34]

Other examples have the question being posed to Eric Clapton. A more recent variant has Eddie Van Halen being asked the question by either David Letterman or Barbara Walters.

Keaggy has long insisted that such stories are completely unfounded, noting that "it was impossible that Jimi Hendrix could ever have heard me...We...recorded our first album at Electric Lady Studios two weeks after his unfortunate death, so I just can't imagine how he could've heard me. I think it's just a rumor that someone's kept alive, and it must be titillating enough to keep an interest there...So I don't think it was said…and that's it for that!"[13] Keaggy's recollection of the time frame during which Glass Harp's first album was recorded differs slightly from Glass Harp's officially-published history (which have the recording sessions ending on September 17, 1970, just hours before Hendrix's early-morning death in London, and not two weeks after).[35]

In a July 2010 interview, Glass Harp bassist Daniel Pecchio commented on the ongoing Hendrix rumors saying "It's a true urban legend. I still have people coming up to me claiming to have a Dick Cavett Show tape where Hendrix says that. We never pushed that rumor, you know, but it didn't hurt us."[36]

Personal life
His son Ian Keaggy was the bass player for the band Hot Chelle Rae, which had a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2011.[37] He left the band in 2013 to pursue his solo career.[38]

His nephew was married to contemporary Christian singer songwriter Cheri Keaggy.

His sister is retired American television and film actress Mary Ellen Kay.[39] Keaggy credits her for introducing him to the Christian faith

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Excerpt from Behold a Pale Horse 1991 by Bill Cooper

WC/Author's Note: All above emphases are mine as are those in the following
two sections and including bracketed additions throughout.
I do recognize this document, based upon the document's own admission, as a
formal Declaration of War by the Illuminati upon the Citizens of the United
States of America.
I acknowledge that a State of War exists and has existed
between the Citizens of the United States of America and the Illuminati
aggressor based upon this recognition. I present to you that the peaceful
Citizens of this nation are fully justified in taking whatever steps may be
neccessary, including violence, to identify, counterattack, and destroy the
enemy. I base this statement upon the God-given right of any peaceful people
to defend themselves against attack and destruction by any enemy waging
war against them. I cite the principles outlined in the Declaration of Independence,
the Constitution of the United States of America, and the fully
recognized and acknowledged historical precedents that have served as the
justification for destruction of tyrants.
Silent weapon technology has evolved from Operations Research
(O.R.), a strategic and tactical methodology developed under the MILITARY
MANAGEMENT [Eisenhower] in England during World War II.
The original purpose of Operations Research was to study the strategic and
tactical problems of air and land defense with the objective of effective use
of limited military resources against foreign enemies (i.e., logistics).
It was soon recognized by those in positions of power [THE COUNCIL
ON FOREIGN RELATIONS] that the same methods might be useful
for totally controlling a society. But better tools were necessary.
Social engineering (the analysis and automation of a society) requires
the correlation of great amounts of constantly changing economic informa-
tion (data), so a high-speed computerized data-processing system was
necessary which could race ahead of the society and predict when society
would arrive for capitulation.
Relay computers were too slow, but the electronic computer, invented
in 1946 by J. Presper Eckert and John W. Mauchly, filled the bill.
The next breakthrough was the development of the simplex method of
linear programing in 1947 by the mathematician George B. Dantzig.
Then in 1948, the transistor, invented by J. Bardeen, W. H. Brattain, and
W. Shockley, promised great expansion of the computer field by reducing
space and power requirements.
With these three inventions under their direction, those in positions of
power strongly suspected that it was possible for them to control the whole world with the push of a button .

those in positions of
power strongly suspected that it was possible for them to control the whole world with the push of a button.

Immediately, the ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION got in on the
ground floor by making a four-year grant to HARVARD COLLEGE, funding
structure of the American economy. One year later, in 1949, THE UNITED
In 1952 the original grant period terminated, and a high-level meeting
of the ELITE [Illuminati] was held to determine the next phase of social
operations research. The Harvard project had been very fruitful, as is
borne out by the publication of some of its results in 1953 suggesting the
feasibility of economic (social) engineering. (Studies in the Structure of the
American Economy — copyright 1953 by Wassily Leontief, International Sciences
Press Inc., White Plains, New York.)
Engineered in the last half of the decade of the 1940s, the new Quiet
War machine stood, so to speak, in sparkling gold-plated hardware on the
showroom floor by 1954.
With the creation of the maser in 1954, the promise of unlocking UN
HYDROGEN IN SEA WATER and the consequent availability of unlimited
social power was a possibility only decades away.
The combination was irresistible.
ELITE [THE BILDERBERG GROUP] at a meeting held in 1954.
Although the silent weapons system was nearly exposed 13 years
later, the evolution of the new weapon-system has never suffered any
major setbacks.
This volume marks the 25th anniversary of the beginning of the Quiet
War. Already this domestic war has had many victories on many fronts
throughout the world.
In 1954 it was well recognized by those in positions of authority that it
was only a matter of time, only a few decades, before the general public
would be able to grasp and upset the cradle of power, for the very elements
of the new silent-weapon technology were as accessible for a public Utopia
as they were for providing a private Utopia.
a round the subject of the energy sciences.
Energy is recognized as the key to all activity on earth. Natural
science is the study of the sources and control of natural energy, and social
science, theoretically expressed as economics, is the study of the sources
and control of social energy. Both are bookkeeping systems: mathematics.
Therefore, mathematics is the primary energy science. And the bookkeeper
can be king if the public can be kept ignorant of the methodology of
the bookkeeping.
All science is merely a means to an end. The means is knowledge. The
end is control. [THE END ALWAYS JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.] Beyond
this remains only one issue: Who will be the beneficiary?
In 1954 this was the issue of primary concern. Although the socalled
"moral issues" were raised, in view of the law of natural selection it
was agreed that a nation or world of people who will not use their intelligence
are no better than animals who do not have intelligence. Such
people are beasts of burden and steaks on the table by choice and consent.
CONSEQUENTLY, in the interest of future world order, peace, and
tranquility, it was decided to privately wage a quiet war against the American
public with an ultimate objective of permanently shifting the natural
and social energy (wealth) of the undisciplined and irresponsible many
into the hands of the self-disciplined, responsible, and worthy few.
In order to implement this objective, it was necessary to create, secure,
and apply new weapons which, as it turned out, were a class of weapons so
subtle and sophisticated in their principle of operation and public appearance
as to earn for themselves the name "silent weapons."
In conclusion, the objective of economic research, as conducted by the
magnates capital (banking) and the industries of commodities (goods)
and vices, is the establishment of an economy which is totally predictable
and manipulative.
In order to achieve a totally predictable economy, the low-class elements
of the society must be brought under total control, i.e., must be
housebroken, trained, and assigned a yoke and long-term social duties
from a very early age, before they have an opportunity to question the
propriety of the matter. In order to achieve such conformity, the lowerclass
family unit must be disintegrated by a process of increasing preoccupation
of the parents and the establishment of government-operated
day-care centers for the occupationally orphaned children.
The quality of education given to the lower class must be of the
poorest sort, so that the moat of ignorance isolating the inferior class from
the superior class is and remains incomprehensible to the inferior class.
With such an initial handicap, even bright lower class individuals have
little if any hope of extricating themselves from their assigned lot in life.
This form of slavery is essential to maintaining some measure of social
order, peace, and tranquility for the ruling upper class.

A full PDF copy of  Behold a Pale Horse can be downloaded here

Please be aware that such sites do require financial help because this information cost Bill Cooper his life. The story went out as it usually does that Bill Cooper died  of intoxication.  These are the reports and it clearly shows his body was shot with resistance.
Autopsy Report Excerpt . Full report PDF available above.

In no way did Bill Cooper die of intoxication.
An excerpt of The Toxicology Report is shown here .

Bill Cooper is one source of information about the "Third World War" or the "Silent War".

As well as downloading the whole PDF from the site above you can learn more here
Silent Weapons for Silent Wars

The Role of the Rockefeller Foundation 

The Start of the Briars Series

Islamic Agenda Versus your Civil Agenda and the Divine Agenda by Uwemedimo Ekaette

Without knowing a thing about this guy, I post this internationally, because although it is a direct piece of writing addressing a geography in a current period, it is packed with general principles for the rest of the Body to glean from.
I am heartened by the fact that Doug M Alexander is a mutual friend, but just as the BBC wholeheartedly accepted Jimmy Saville for some 40 years for peak time viewing, I could be wrong. I don't think so, and wholeheartedly recommend this:

‎Uwemedimo Ekaette‎ to KingdomConversations
26 January ·

My my political ideologies and membership in any political party is a social responsibility and that necessarily isn't the gospel nor is it the kingdom of God but the kingdom of man. We have the rights as a citizens to belong to any political party that we belive in its ideologies. But very importantly, we must understand that Politics however is not supposed in anyway to alter or make us compromise our testimony as believers in God and followers of Jesus Christ. God has a position that is fixed and eternal. There is a divine intent that is eternal and cannot be aborted. Politics, governance, economics and religion orbit around the divine intent but is not the divine intent. The divine intent is God's end. What was in God's mind when He created the heavens and earth and all that was in it? What was in God's mind when he created man and placed him in the habitable part of the earth? Then what was God's intend to send Jesus Christ into the world to die for our sins? What was in God's mind when He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell those who believe in the redemption that is by Christ Jesus? There was something in God's mind. It is just one thing. Every other thing revolves around that one thing. All of God's energies are released to achieve that one thing. We must know it and be fully apprehended by it. That which God seeks to accomplish, He will accomplish. The zeal of the Lord will perform it. We must align to that one thing and not allow politics and governance distract us. That one thing has been revealed in the scriptures and it runs of Genesis through revelation. Oh my! It is obviously not the secret rapture, neither is it the beast and the dragon. It is not the mark of the beast either nor is it heaven and hell. What then is it? If you lay hold of this one thing and never be distracted, you have laid hold of life, eternal life, the God-kind of life. That one thing is so important that God suffered Jesus Christ to be crucified on the cross as a thief. However, by God's tremendous power, after that sin was judged in Christ who was made to be sin, He Jesus Christ was raised from the dead according to the gospels for our justification. Now Paul in Romans 8 told us that "...those whom He justified, He also glorified." The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ therefore is intended to bring many SONS into GLORY.

That's all that God seeks to achieve. To have a glorified specie of humans upon the earth and not the Adamic specie that is bound to decay and corruption. So in Genesis, God said, "let Us make man in our own image and likeness..."

You would have done yourself a great disservice if at the end of these whole matter, you are not found in His Image and likeness or put in other words, you are not glorified. Don't get distracted with or by politics and governance. Play safe. Don't soil your garment. Fulfil your social responsibility to the state. Vote and be voted for but in all, be sure that you do not stand against the eternal purpose at any given time. Understanding the time is a prerequisite to responding to the divine intent. With patience and humility, it gets brighter and brighter and that's how we progressively come into it through revelation knowledge.

Now back to the current situation in the country. It is good to understand the divine intent and align ourselves thus. If God ever allowed Buhari to rule Nigeria at this time, let it be known to you, it is not and can never be because he is righteous or better than the rest. If he is a scourge it is because, we deserve God's corrective chastening. Nebuchadnezer of Babylon, the Medes and Persia, the Romans, Assyria and all the nations God used in punishing Israel did not become righteous because God used them to achieve a purpose. In fact, if you read the books of the prophets, especially Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Isaiah, you would have noticed the end of those kings and their kingdoms by God's judgment. Let us have understanding before we are too quick to say that PMB is the "will" of God. Yes God allowed him to come into power but we must understand WHY it was so. I think PMB is scourge in the hand of the Lord and like the emperors of old whom God used to punish Israel, except the Lord shows mercy to him, his end is already determined. Islam is judged already. When our obedience is perfect or complete in the matters in which God demands from His Church, it is evident that we shall see the fall of Islam. Islam shall be buried in Nigeria and the collapse of Islam in Nigeria will have a contagious and ripple effect to the eventual collapse of Islam in the world.

Rev 13:10 "He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."

Now in the book of Revelation 13, apart from being historic is also prophetic of the things that are and must shortly be. Therefore, let him that readeth, understand. The visioner saw two beasts. One came out from the sea and that is the political beast system of the Antichrist, otherwise known as "Political Babylon" then the second beast came out of the earth which the religious beast, otherwise known as "religious babylon." This is the mother of false religion. The first beast came out of the sea of humanity, of peoples, nations, tribes and tongues. The beast of human government who has recieved power from the Dragon, even that old serpent, Satan, the devil. That beast is in control of the governments of the world. But the time of her judgment has come. Every government that will not serve the interest of God, of course, they would not serve God's interest, therfore they will be judged in the "lake of fire." The lake of fire is company of people also known as the molten sea of glass, a people that no guile is found in them. They are transparent as it were. They are producing the fruits of the kingdom. They are trees of righteousness and the planting of God. This is the Revelation 22 company, these are the Sons of God. Together with God, they have become a "lake of fire" a river of fire of Judgment. God is a consuming fire and He has made His ministers to equally become flames of fire. God told the prophet Jeremiah, "is not my word FIRE and the people stubble?" Therefore, it has been given to the Sons of God to judge the beasts, the false prophets, the dragon, death and hades. All these, will be cast into this "lake of fire," And none shall escape. Well! That's a teaching for another time. Judgment is imminent as the kingdom of God is set to be tangibly established upon the earth within a people and by a people through the length and breadth under the heavens.

Of the second beast, we know by the Spirit of prophecy that this is religious babylon because from the figure of what was seen as "having two horns like a lamb but speaketh as the dragron." This is that which supposedly is to be like the Lamb of God, having spiritual authority as pictured in the horn of the Lamb. For the Lamb, even Yeshua, is the HORN of my salvation. So we are face to face with something that looks like Christ, like his church. Don't you ever forget that the church is the lamb's company. Revelation 14:1-5 shows the Lamb on Mount Zion and they that are with Him. Mount Zion is the church of the firstfruits, the principal barley and not the wheat. So, this beast has horns like the Lamb but speaks as the dragron. The dragon is the devil. The devil speaketh lies from the beginning. Lies is the devil's native language. He deceives, he beguiles. Lie is his weapon of deception. Falsehood is his craft. Any ministry or person who delibrately speaks, teach, promotes lies is speaking as the dragron. Such is an ally of the first beast and the dragron. Also, we can see that this beast out of the earth has power to perform miracles and even call down fire from heaven. A whole lot is locked up here but we will not dwell here. But a caution for miracle seekers. See to it that you are not swayed by miracles. He uses miracles to decieve the whole earth and that is already happening. We see false prophets with large followership because of miracles and lying wonders have decieved many. If it were possible, even the very elect would have been decieved. Thank God it is not possible. No matter how spectacular the miracles and the wonders they perform, the elect knows so well that this symbolically is THE BEAST HAVING TWO HORNS LIKE A LAMB BUT SPEAKING AS THE DRAGRON. Dont be decieved.

This beast is making people to worship the first beast (Political Babylon). The Roman Catholic Church fitted this allegory when the church came into marriage with the state and the emperors knew that their relevance will be drawn from the pontiff and his followers. Emperor Constantine was venerated as godly, godsent and the "faith" became the official religion of the state. You don't mix the two. Such mixtures is what babylon really is. It is confusion. Let's be careful not to fall into the same mistakes of saying a politician is godsent. I say this with caution. I read myriad of posts saying Trump of America is godsent, PMB of Nigeria is godsent. God has not sent anyone of them. God has only sent His son, even the corporate Son. What we are talking about is beyond the scope of politics. When the church refuses to take a stand for righteousness, God allows a wicked and the vilest of men to rule over them but when the "righteous" are in power, oh glory!
The righteous do not necessarily need a political seat because, by virtue of his connectedness to the THRONE IN HEAVEN, the Heavens bear rule over the earth. They shall decree a thing and it shall be established. This is where God wants the church to be.

The second beast forces you to recieve the mark of the first beast. The first beast is political Babylon. His mark is his nature and character. Many believers are already receiving the mark unknown to them. How do I know? Don't you see how political brethren have become? We even do politics in church. Oh this is sad. That is taking on the mark or identity of the beast.

The second beast, the religious beast that comes out of the earth of our soul, our will, our desires, our emotions and our mind is sensual and carnal. It says if you don't fight, you don't get. That's politics to say the least. Afterall, politics have been defined as, "who gets what, when and how." When it is our mind, our will, our desires that determines what we get, then know of a truth that we have recieved the mark of the beast.

The work of this religious beast is to force people to make an image of the beast. All you need to do is to make the image, the second beast or religion rightly put, has power to give life or essence to the image. Oh let every image of the beast fall! In Jesus name. Image speaks of resemblance. The image is in our mind. It's a figure a resemblance of things a statue of things that represents the beast and not Christ. It could be a religious form that is structured according to the mind of man and not according to God. It is religion and the religious spirits that pressurise and makes us make an image.

Nebuchadnezer made an image of himself and forced everyone in his kingdom and province to worship the image. Today we don't need to erect statute. The image which we erect is self. Our reputation like the political leaders do. Politicians have to maintain such reputation they have built for themselves and they want people to respect or "worship" it. Achievements, qualifications, just name it. These are things we want people to bow down to or bow down for. That is making an image in the resemblance of the beast.

Today we see the craze for religious titles. It's alarming. Some preachers will not answer you if you don't address them with all their titles an achievements. Where did we learnt this from? It is the image of the beast in us. Religion gives it life or expression. Be careful not to be found in such places where the system allows and teach the people to make images of resemblance of the beast that came out of the sea of humanity. Let us throw away all the things we are borrowing from the world which is Antichrist.

Lastly on the second beast, we see this beast ensures that people must recieve the mark of the first beast on their forehead and right hand. The forehead speaks of the mind. The right hand speaks of ministry. When the devil gets your mind to think like the beast, you will certainly without doubt begin to act like one. It will show in the work of your hands. It will show in your ministry, in your vocation.

We have seen brethren who want people to worship them because of their knowledge, achievements or gifts or position in church or the society. That is the mark of the beast on their forehead and evidently expressed in their calling and vocation.

The condition is, if you do not recieve the mark of the beast, you will not be allowed to buy and sell. A lot is also locked up here but we can't really go into that now. To give and and recieve ministry as it were may imply buying and selling. If you don't have this mark of having a high reputation among brethren, maybe rich, eloquent, having status in society, you will not be able to "buy and sell." Oh that God will help us not to be found in such gatherings where this is the order of things.

Let him that have understanding know that, the mark of the beast is the number of man. 666! It is the "trinity" of the Adamic man, the soul is man without an oita of the life of God. All that is God is gone and replaced with man's ideologies and philosophies and principles and activities. What a terrible and miserable state. The end is the "lake of fire." Because all those whose names were not found in the LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE, we're cast into the lake of fire and this is the second death. Selah!


To think that there's no Islamic agenda in place which this present administration has a hand in it is blindness. But the church too is not in a vantage position at the moment to avert the overrun of Islam except she repents. Don't ever think that Buhari is the solution to Nigerian's problem. No! That's error! That's blindness! But that God has allowed him to rule at this time is a correct perception of the divine intent, so that the church can sit up. Salvation is not in a political system. Every economic revolution in history has at its back, the spiritual undertone of the revival that took place at that time. Put in other words, the economic revolutions of nations are as the fruits of the revival that took place at that time. So the church holds the key and not political parties and political leaders. The church has powers to overthrow and enthroned governments. In the book of Daniel. It took the decrees of the watchers and holy ones to pull down Nebuchadnezer. But a church that is in rebellion and apostasy will make empty decrees which will never be established. Hence the need for repentance. When our obedience is complete then we shall be able to avenge all disobedience.

So, the church can pray for leaders to lead us peaceably and to establish laws that promotes the rights of its citizens and not that which favour a sect, (religious, political or ethnic) above the others. When that is done, it's a crack in the wall that may lead to an eventual collapse of that nation. So the church is to stand upon the watch tower day and night and pray and make decrees of what things should be. For He says, "whatever you decree upon the earth, shall be established in the heavens...and whatsoever two or three of you shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." The word bind in the Greek means "to agree" and loose means "to disallow." But the conditionalities is a people in right relationship with God and the divine intent as well as in right relationship of unity or agreement with each other. Scriptures cannot be controverted.

My dear, it's not about GEJ or PMB or any political aspirant, but about the Divine intent. God has a plan for Nigeria. There are a lot of prophecies to this effect and the church is the agency by which God will actualise this purpose upon our nation Nigeria, then Africa and the world at large. It was Pa Elton who observed in a vision which the Lord showed to him over 3 decades ago how Nigeria fits geographically as a "trigger" in the map of Africa, whose reflective image is like a gun when turned downwards. Look at it and you'll agree. But more than that, there are several prophecies pointing to Africa as the theatre or stage of the move of God at this close of the age and the spotlight is on Nigeria. It is therefore not surprising that all he'll is loosed against Nigeria to stop it. But it cannot work. The gates of hades cannot prevail over God's church, God's agenda. Hallelujah!

In every place, preach repentance. Repentance from dead works, idolatry and mammon, repentance from pride, iniquity and all the wickedness done in the church collectively as a people whom have caused the name of the Lord to be blasphemed among the nations. But God will yet stir Himself up and arise as a mighty man in battle. The name of the Lord shall be hallowed once again from the ends of the earth, even His name which was profaned by his people. The Lord said clearly to me by a very strong impression upon my Spirit that he will cause His great name to be feared in all the earth and that this will be as a result of the recovery of the Lord's testimony upon the earth. The Lord's testimony is not a doctrine or message. It is a people, it is the very life of the message that God seeks to recover upon the earth. Oh that we may be counted worthy to be a part of the Lord's recovery. Amen! Remain blessed!

Your own Brother,

Uwem Ekaette.

Sunday 25 March 2018

Drew Canole Makes things even simpler

For many years we have known Drew from Fitlife TV and and various other media outlets where he has been introducing the healthy lifestyle of juicing fresh veggies and fruit.

Rightly or wrongly for your average person , this is still way too much faff. So here is Drew's answer after hunting down some of the world's most powerful natural resources.

Voices Rising

Don't think everybody has fallen under a spell

Through Paul Bonin

This interesting prayer was given in Kansas, USA, at the opening session of their Senate. It
seems prayer still upsets some people.
When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities,
but this is what they heard:
"Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done.
* We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
* We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
* We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
* We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
* We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
* We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
* We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
* We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
* We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
* We have abused power and called it politics.
* We have embezzled public funds and called it essential expenses.
* We have insitutionalised bribery and called it sweets of office.
* We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
*We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
* We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.
In 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls
responding negatively.
The church is now receiving international requests for copies of
this prayer from India, Africa and Korea.
With the LORD'S help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and WHOLEHEARTEDLY become our desire so that we again can be

Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. How many people
on your list will not receive this prayer.
Do you have the boldness to pass it on?



You could be cynical and say this was just in the context of these new films, but i don't think that is all that is going on.

Saturday 24 March 2018

Online shop for homeless to ensure your money is spent wisely

Christine saw this one. It's an excellent resource. It will probably only work in BBC License areas but try!

Rape Victim

If you have been raped by the other sex it is unlikely that you will sail into marriage without first a lot of healing. Most probably you will run a mile from ever being in a relationship of commitment.

I use that as an analogy.
God is in all. God created all. He is living His life in you now. If you are an unbeliever you are calling that something else. If you are the Devil you are calling that something else.

God is the Sole Source of Life Buddhists depersonalise as a force.
He is instead a Person.

His goal and determined will is that everyone discover He is the All in All. His goal and gift to Christ is that His Son subject everything under Himself and hand the whole thing in to the Father to whom He Himself is subjected.

But here’s the problem. He can’t yet tell everybody that.

Why? Everybody. Everybody has been raped.
The god of this world has muscled in and blinded every single living soul.
He is a liar . Thief. Murderer.

Every single concept of the real Living God is seen through a raped warped distorted vision.
Not even the best thoughts about who God is are in any way accurate.

So He can’t even announce His End intentions without us screaming in terror. Without us ascribing oppression
a robbing of free will
A usurping
An extreme extreme will instead that Gods outcome never never never come true.

In Song of Solomon the phrase is
Stir not up love
Nor awaken love until it please

But in the New Testament simultaneously we have the command to
Preach the gospel to every man ( and woman)
Compel them to come in

And all this when 7 billion have been raped spiritually and can’t imagine they would ever want a god or deity.

2 billion are meant to be Catholic. Of these large numbers are not born again. They are still engaging their religion coming from a place of what the devil has done to them and still is doing to them. This is why religion without the Living Christ is so dangerous. It’s rehearsing those same hurts and poisons from that rape, but this time even worse, calling it Christ. But it’s not.

The real Christ maps out in Johns gospel what He brings to pass in a believer by His own grace working in someone, and the order that it takes place.

First JOHN chapter 3, spiritual rebirth.
Chapter 4 the water and baptism of the Spirit
Chapter 6 the substance and Bread of Christ who comes down from heaven to form His very Person in us
Until JOHN 15, we have such Christ consciousness we only DO what that Christ is doing in us. We live as a Christ branch in His vine.

Monday 19 March 2018

Jesus is the Melchizedek High Priest. Do we also move in that order?

Jacob’s Dream
Genesis 28:10 Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place. 12 He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.”

John 1.50 Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And He *said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see the heavens opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Ephesians 2.1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you formerly walked according to the . course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Ephesians 3.8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.

Ephesians1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might 20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Not only are we kings and priests, this is one humongous subject that even as Protestants has been lost on us.
The baptism in the Spirit has opened it up a lot. I mean, as evangelicals we rightly understood that the Catholic priest idea was a throwback to the Old Covenant lies of priesthood and laity. And we understood that each of us could be an ambassador to others in evangelism.
But running meetings in the Holy Spirit showed us how real this new priesthood is, with people given divine gifts to build the Body.

But that said, it’s only through ministries that have entered further like Ian Clayton, and people I refer to as thirdlevellers who now see that us being caught up experientially in the heavenlies is quite normal, the purpose for gathering, and where we experience being seated with Christ and part of His heavenly Court function.
No more do we pray up to heaven. We let the Holy Spirit bring us to the conviction that we are in Jesus Christ operating out of His Courts.

Whatsoever he bind will have been first bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose shall have been loosed in heaven.

Psalm 133 states clearly that unity is not an option. The 40,000 CHRISTIAN denominations are actually the reason nothing moves down here....
When we see Psalm 133, we can progress to our priestly role in psalm 134 to blessing the earth, and psalm 149 to casting down all illegitimate rule.

Acts 2 only happened because the 120 gathered together, confessed their faults and were brought into Psalm 133 unity, upon which the Holy Spirit anointing was sent.

At the first ever sermon it says and Peter began to preach and all the other 11 stood with him.

Our unity is in Christ and to the extent that we each individually know we have died in Him and He lives as us. Typically our divisions are rightbrain fears and bitternesses and leftbrain dry doctrine fragments that are not properly washed in the Blood and with His Revelation eyesalve.

King David's Ministry Statement

So and women
 who know how to access the strength,power and might of the Lord....

BUT NO....not Barnum style
whereby you make it known
 you are the GO BETWEEN, 
the Sheriff with the supersized Badge
 so that when you fire the gun it ricochets and kills you...
None of that....

Instead you impart an open Roadway to everything you say and do.



Wednesday 7 March 2018

Chris Returns from the TheoArtistry Presentation Event

First a few details from their own website.

TheoArtistry celebrates the practice, making, performance, curatorship, and reception of Christian art. It also seeks to inform the scholarly and public perception of the role of the arts in theology and church practice.

TheoArtistry is a new dimension in the work of ITIA, the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, based in the School of Divinity, University of St Andrews. TheoArtistry explores how ITIA’s world-leading research may impact the making and practice of the arts.

From arts festivals to art works, our collaborative projects bring together the expertise and interests of artists, theologians, and commissioners of art.


So I have just returned by plane from Edinburgh after attending the  TheoArtistry Event
Here are some of my immediate thoughts including a few suggestions for helping the problem identified by Sir James Macmillan regarding strengthening Catholic Boys Choirs voices.
I noticed in the off the cuff video I managed to call him James Stuart. That's my brain doing
Scottish pigeonholing of Scottish James's. My wife knows this stuff. I must apologise.

9.40 - "Reformation" should read "Enlightenment" ofcourse.

So What was being Presented
I was only able to attend one day of the poetry gathering which is on the heels of an event called Stanza. My real interest  for my own life was to get some more input musically.

The event was the pairing of theologians and musicians, and theologians and poetry, to tackle some serious Christian themes, and in particular portions of scripture.

Possibly the theologians saddled them with too much background information, but certainly it was thorough, and the scriptures given to each pairing concerned different Annunciations , supernatural impingements or invasions of our normal world, with Annunciations of God's Plan.

All the composers also benefitted from the wonderful mentorship of Sir James Macmillan, and the superb CD containing all 6 collaborations also contain works by Macmillan and  people who have influenced him: Britten, Leighton, and Taverner for example.

Here are a few notes as I remember.

 Each composer and each theologian shared their thinking behind each piece.
Genesis 3 is based around the three questions God asks, while ofcourse knowing the answers.
There are breathy wind sounds as the questions are being asked.

To me this definitely has echoes of Jesus asking Peter three times if Peter loved Him.
Cleverly these questions get turned and it is Jesus now on the Cross, being asked these questions.
He has all this junk put upon Him, and it is not His ofcourse. Powerful ideas and a powerful work.
Below I will leave a link to the sample and ordering page. I have the CD and think everything about it is stunning. All the new pieces are excellent and will grow on you a great deal. I bought mine early Monday and have been driving around with it for several hours in my hire car in Scotland.

 Genesis 32 is about the episode of the angel, or God or person wrestling with Jacob.
Readers of my blog will know how often I either refer to the scripture or  the songs that Suzanne Vega and I separately wrote.
In this track is an original use of whistling

 Exodus 3 refers to the Burning Bush Incident but the theologian is literally also somebody who has learned to be a fire spinner.  I went up to Kerensa to thank her personally for the superb organ writing which is done in tiers of flame images.

 This is about the call of Samuel and special mention of it being the third time the voice is heard.
This too is like my own message here on the blog.
What I am calling the thirdlevel message, is going to be the same message as it was the first time, but it's our capacity to hear God our cores

 Something of this depth of communication is the theme here in the still small voice, or silent Word sounds, that Elijah could begin to dicern after all the hullabaloo of the thunder storm and lightning had cleared away.

This passage is about the description of Solomon.
Whether the theologian thinks this was, but many of us now think there are three main protagonists in the Song of Solomon
The Shepherd or Jesus figure
The Shulammite
But also the Solomon figure who represents established religion.

Here is the Presto Classical Page where you can listen to 1 minute samples of all tracks and also purchase the CD

Finally here are my personal photos from the trip just for general interest, and yes I did treat myself to one incredible meal at The Old Golf Club Hotel

Sir James acknowledges the appreciation of his input and his compositions
The San Salvator Choir must of necessity refresh itself yearly with students newly arriving and final year students departing. This is not quite the same choir of last summer's recording.
Final applause and closer detail of the quality wood interior of the choir stalls

St Andrew's Cold North Sea

The Old Castle Ruins, St Andrews

St Andrews Old Streets by night