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This week we are joined by Pastor Richard Wels from Texas. Richard Wells is the pastor of Simpsonville Baptist Church between Gilmer and Pittsburg Texas. Visit his website to read some of his thoughts, or follow him on Twitter. Focal Passage: (Mark 10:46-52) King James Version (KJV) 46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. 48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. 49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. Luke 9:51 King James Version (KJV) 51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, John 15:13King James Version (KJV) 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Exodus 8:9-10 King James Version (KJV) 9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? 10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God. Matthew 7:7-8 King James Version (KJV) 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Matthew 28:18-20 King James Version (KJV) 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

March 27, 2013 by Mike Calvo | Comments (0) | Blindness | Bartimaeus | Teaching | Mark

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“Why would you go to such trouble to plan your Suffering with such excruciating detail? It doesn’t make sense, begging Your pardon, of course. Isn’t it enough that You will cleanse them of their sins? Why must you plan out Your own torture to the most insignificant details?”

This story will change your life. It certainly changed all of us on the podcast. Many thanks to Lisa Salinger for sharing her testimony! We truly serve an amazing God that knows how to meet us at the most intimate place of need in our lives. To Him Be The Glory!! Please tell all your friends about us and feel free to follow us on Twitter or send us an email with any questions. Also feel free to leave a comment here and be sure to check us out weekly or better yet, add us to your favorite podcast software!

March 13, 2013 by Mike Calvo | Comments (0) | Podcast | Testimony | Blind

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This week Lisa, Jamie, and I are blessed to have Christian singer/songwriter Ginny Owens with us on the podcast. She tells us all about growing up and how God lead her to overcome a number of life obstacles. We sprinkle some of her tracks throughout the program but it's but a small sampling of the amazing music this artist has been inspired to create. For God's glory! make sure to check this podcast out and do purchase Ginny's music to support her ministry.

About Ginny Owens A three-time Dove Award winner, including the Gospel Music Association’s 2000 New Artist of the Year recipient, and multiple ASCAP Award winner, Ginny Owens has sold nearly one million albums. A top performer on the Christian radio charts with hits like “If You Want Me To,” “Free” and “I Wanna Be Moved,” among others, Owens’ music has impacted mainstream audiences at Lilith Fair, the Sundance Film Festival and the White House. Her music has received widespread film and television placement, including songs on the popular WB series’ “Roswell” and “Felicity.” Owens was featured on national television, including NBC’s “Today” and CNN, for her contribution to help rebuild New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Born and raised in Jackson, Miss., Owens was discovering melodies on the piano almost before she could complete a sentence. Songs began to emerge from her fingers as the vision began to leave her eyes and by the age of three. A degenerative eye condition left Owens completely blind. Despite her physical challenge, Owens pursued a music career. Songs provide a window into a world Owens can’t see and an outlet for her to express her thoughts and dreams. Owens’ unique musical style and inspirational lyrics continue to appeal to Christian and mainstream audiences alike. In 2005 Owens launched The Fingerprint Initiative, a hands-on, non-profit organization designed to “bring hope to the world, one project and one touch at a time.” The organization has partnered with and raised money for groups such as Compassion International, International Justice Mission and Habitat for Humanity. For More Information To learn more about Ginny Owens, visit her website or follow her on Twitter. Visit Amazon to purchase albums or tracks of Ginny’s music.

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February 28, 2013 by Mike Calvo | Comments (0) | Podcast | Interview | Blind | Ginny | Owens | singer | Christian | Music

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Welcome to the first Blind Jesus Freak Podcast! We’re glad you decided to check us out!

In this podcast we discuss if blindness is an affliction from God or are we blind by design?

You may follow along in your Bibles or read from the show notes.

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God’s Plan
Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Isaiah 25:1
O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness. ...
Psalm 40:5
You have done many miraculous things, O LORD my God. You
have made many wonderful plans for us. No one compares to you!
Jeremiah 1:12
Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am
watching over my word to perform it.” God Made Us Blind]
Isaiah 42:19
Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I
send? Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant
of the LORD?
Exodus 4:11
The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes
him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I,
the LORD?
Read various translations of this verse.
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
John 9:1-3
1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?”
3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

February 16, 2013 by Mike Calvo | Comments (1) | Blindness | Affliction | Podcast | Jesus | Freak | discussion

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The Mid Atlantic Regional ACB Convention 2010 was held in Baltimore November 5-7, 2010. I was honored to be chosen as this year's keynote speaker for the banquet. I hope you like it. Please feel free to post comments and hey, if you want the rantings of a blind man at your event, drop me a line. Enjoy!

November 09, 2010 by Mike Calvo | Comments (0) | ACB | keynote | blindness