DON'T LET COVID-19 STEAL YOUR DREAMS!!
The whole world has been changed by COVID-19. Dreams have been put on hold during this pandemic. Some will not walk with their classmates during graduation, while others will have their wedding in an empty chapel. Many will become ill. Some will recover, some may not. Some will be devastated while most will be only disappointed. What were your plans for this spring and summer? Maybe you had laser focused "2020 Vision' for what you hoped to accomplish this year.
Ray Hollis was headed to Nashville to record in March and April. Some of the amazing production team includes Steve Marcantonio, ACM nominated engineer of the year! Steve's Grammy winning skills can be heard in the mixes of artists including Alabama, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Dolly Parton, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Lionel Richey, Montgomery Gentry, Natalie Grant, Reba McEntire, Shirley Caesar, Taylor Swift, Terry Clark, The Band Perry, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and even John Lennon!
Another member of the team is guitarist Adam Shoenfeld, ACM nominted guitarist of the year! Adam is the guitarist on the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill tour. Hopefully it will resume soon. He has recorded with many well known artists including Big & Rich, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Steven Tyler and Thomas Rhett. Ray was also scheduled to sing in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee in March and April. COVID-19 changed the plans of literally every person on this planet.
So what do we do? 1) BE THANKFUL. 1 Thesalonians 5:18 BE THANKFUL in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you... If you are well enough to read this article, you are blessed with life and health. Give thanks before your feet hit the floor every morning! Research shows thankfulness will enrich every part of your life!!
2) ENCOURAGE OTHERS during this time. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 So ENCOURAGE OTHERS and build each other up... Using proper safety and health guidelines, use your gift(s) to help others. If you are musically inclined, post some songs online. Help others in need of food or other necessities. Be creative and generous. Don't forget to show love and encouragement to the people you are at home with during this time. Take time to have fun! Get to know them better! Break out the UNO cards, checkers, Monopoly, etc! You might even have a meal together! What a novel idea!!
3) KEEP DREAMING! Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do super abundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or DREAMS], according to His power that is at work within us... This unprecedented pandemic will end soon. We will get back to some form of normal life. Don't live in regret of unfulfilled dreams or plans. If your dreams are shattered beyond repair, dream NEW dreams!! While COVID-19 is serious and has taken precious lives, don't let it keep you from truly living and dreaming while you are alive! Joseph had a God-given dream (Genesis 37:5). It didn't happen overnight, but with his amazing attitude through all his challenges, delays, difficulty, disappointment, discouragement and setbacks - his dream came to pass!!
2 Timothy 1:6 I’m writing to encourage you to fan into a flame and rekindle the fire of the spiritual gift God imparted to you... Every person listed in the article has had to fight at some time to keep their dream alive. Your dreams may be delayed, but don't let them die. Your God-given gifts and dreams live inside you! Keep them alive!!
Check out Ray's new music video, "BRIGHTER DAY" in response to COVID-19.
Ray and Jan Hollis are Pastors of TheGathering.tv in Oklahoma City. The church meets at the beautiful new Cole Community Center located at 4400 NW Expressway. The acoustics in the room are amazing!! It is truly an amazing worship environment! The Gathering and "Night of Worship" will return soon after the Governor's shelter at home order is lifted.
The Gathering has plans of more 'Gatherings' during the week such as, a Gathering of Worship Leaders, Musicians, Sign Language Class, a Night of Worship and more! While music is an important part of The Gathering, another important facet is Deaf Ministry. The Gathering provides certified interpreters for each experience. Nothing is more beautiful than to see sign language used during worship! 405-720-8600
SINGING IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
Ray shared some of his new songs recently in Nashville at an NCS event (Nashville Christian Songwriters) at the Koinonia Coffee House. This iconic Music Row venue has hosted many notable artist such as far back as and including Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Kathy Troccoli, Second Chapter of Acts, Don Francisco, Honey Tree, Steve & Annie Chapman and Petra. Ray also sang at True Music Room, Nashville's newest downtown concert venue, at an NSAI event (Nashville Songwriters Association International).
"Mr. Ray, your heart and your song blew. Me. Away!" - Amanda
"Loved your song. Good stuff. Continued blessings on your life and ministry." - Cheri
"What an impact! Can't wait to see what the Lord does through your songs!" - Justin
"One of the most powerful moments was when God dropped in during your song." - Rebekah
"Possibly my biggest surprise of the Intensive!" - Tim
"Loved, loved, loved your songs and your heart for Jesus!' - Carolyn
RAY and JAN HOLLIS at YOUR CHURCH or EVENT
Ray has traveled coast to coast and in other countries with his music. He has sang in many kinds of venues - churches, youth camps and conferences, camp meetings, rodeo arenas, Country Music Opry's,.convention centers, amusement parks, business functions and various events. Both Ray and Jan Hollis are in the process of writing a book (each). Maybe you'll be story in one of their books.
Over the years, Ray has a had the privilege of being part of events that afforded him the opportunity to be on stage with the likes of Bob Bennett, Danny Chambers, Darrell Evans, DC Talk (Toby Mac), Jamie Page, Israel Houghton, Kim Boyce, Lincoln Brewster, Newsboys, Out of Eden, Skillet and more. His favorite big name that he loves to share is JESUS! If you want more information about having Ray or Jan at your event, simply go to the CONTACT PAGE. Jan Hollis is an amazing speaker at churches and women's events.
PRAISE & WORSHIP or COUNTRY MUSIC? Hallelujah or Yee-Haw?
Ray Hollis is known for writing Praise and Worship music. That genre is his heart and passion. He grew up playing rock music, learning to play the guitar at age seven. Later in life, while working on a music degree at the University of Arkansas, he took a voice class. His professor said' "you are a country singer". Ray wanted to say, but thought, "shut up"! A few years later, he's finding out he likes to write country too.
Ray has written several songs recently in the country genre. Country writers are wordsmiths and have a way of telling a story. Jesus told stories. Worship Music has become incredibly popular in our culture. Still, not everyone can relate. As you listen to Ray's CD's you will hear several styles behind the message... rock, R&B, dance, latin... yes and a little country. We never change the message, only the method.
Ray recently used some these new "country" songs during a message at church. Hearts were moved. Check back soon so you can hear the new songs with a message about "Love and Life".
SONGS ABOUT LOVE & LIFE
It's amazing to see that music is timeless. Music has always been around the throne of God. The stars sang and angels shouted as He created the universe. We find music from Genesis to Revelation. Psalms and the Song of Solomon were entire books of songs. Guess what we'll do for eternity when we get to heaven? Sing! Ask Jesus in your heart and you are automatically in the heavenly choir! No auditions!
Ray and Jan have a big extended family. Families aren't perfect, they just keep loving each other even when things get ugly. Life is beautiful and sometimes has ugly moments. We hope these new songs that will be released soon will help you sing during sunny times and to keep your praise on when storm clouds rise. If life gets tough, keep loving. Love never fails, even in the tough times. Just keep loving!
Once upon a time, Ray Hollis was a Music and Youth Pastor. The youth group had a band (ICU BAND), drama team and the Fire Choir that traveled and ministered. The band recorded a song entitled "ICU". It did not stand for intensive care unit! LOL! The message was God says "I See You". He knows everything about you and everything you are facing. He see's you and lavishly loves you just as you are.
Don't think of God with angry eyes. When Jesus looked over Jerusalem, His heart was moved with compassion with eyes of love. Imagine a father looking over his small child singing lullabies... "For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs." Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you (as He looks upon you) and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you (and see you) and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26