Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Michael and Dawn Newsletter February 2021

Friends, 

So far 2021 has been a year of unrest…political unrest.  Racial unrest.  Economic unrest.  And even personal unrest.  Because of my unusual and un-busy preaching schedule I have battled with some unrest as well. I have spent many mornings in the Word and prayer refocusing on God and my willingness to trust Him.  I have been reminded of Jesus’ words to Martha and Mary after Lazarus had died and just before he was raised back to life.  Jesus said to them, “Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die…” Then He added, “Do you believe?” Did they believe? Did they believe in Jesus? Did they believe anything was possible?  Well, I haven’t lost a brother named Lazarus, but I have felt like I was losing my ministry.  I have affirmed and reaffirmed over the past few weeks I do believe.  I don’t understand and I don’t know what the future holds…but I absolutely believe.  I believe Him and I trust Him.  Completely.                                                                               …….I have new music available on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most other music outlets.  Search for Michael Mason: Dawned On Me.  I hope you enjoy listening.  I wrote all ten songs through seasons of hurt and hope.  My new book, Faithful, is available.  You can purchase it at Amazon, or order a copy at: michaelmasonministries.com.  I have completed a re-write of a book I published several years ago, One Hope.  I have sent it to the publisher and should be released sometime this spring.  

Last month I shared some thoughts about being thankful IN all things…This month We think about being thankful FOR all things. In Ephesians 5:20…Paul says, “give thanks always for all things…” Paul is speaking from an eternal perspective.  This is bigger than the Big Picture.  This is looking at the big picture with a bigger perspective.  As if I might pray, “Lord I thank you for it all even though I don’t understand it all or how you will use it all…but I trust you with it all and I thank you for it all.” This is us agreeing with Paul when he said, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings…” I’m being formed by the potter’s hands into a vessel of honor – Jeremiah 18… I’m being transformed by the renewing of my mind Romans - 12:2… I’m being conformed to the image of Christ - Romans 8:29.  We have no choice in whether or not we face sickness and storms…but we do have a choice in how we respond.  We can thank Him for all things and trust Him to create “beauty from ashes”…Isaiah 61:3                                                                 ….If you’d like to have us speak at your church…We’re available for Revivals, Conferences, Retreats, and Special Events. Thanks.     

Michael’s Schedule 2020-21

February 21 Oak Ridge Bap, Hartselle, Al.

Feb. 28-March 3 Topeka Bap, Jayess, Miss.

March 14 First Baptist, Converse, La. 

March 15-17 Milldale Bap, Zachary, La.

Dawn’s Schedule 2021

March 6 Ladies Conf., New Beginning Church, Florence, Al. 


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Michael and Dawn News January 2021

Friends,                                                                                                  

Going forward into 2021 there is uncertainty as to what the days ahead hold.  The only thing we are certain of is God’s goodness and provision. My preaching schedule is far different than it was this time a year ago.  Discouraging?  Absolutely…But I am encouraged.  If the past is any prediction of the future I’ll be fine.  But I sure do miss preaching each week.  My new book, Faithful, is available.  You can purchase it at Amazon, or order a copy through my website: michaelmasonministries.com. My new music is completed.  CDs and digital downloads be available January 30. 

This month I’m including a brief excerpt from a message I preached recently.  It is titled, “In All Things…”  1 Thess. 5:16-18  Imagine giving thanks in all things - Paul is encouraging the extreme, above and beyond, more than typical faithfulness.  He says Rejoice Always.  Pray Without Ceasing.  Give Thanks In Everything Most of us rejoice in the good times but not bad timesMost of us pray sometimes but not all the timeMost of us give thanks in some things but not all things.

Paul says this is the Will Of God… What?  We tend to believe the will of God is only for big events, life events…but what if the small things were as much God’s will as the big things? What if the blessing at the table is as big as the invocation at church?

Giving Thanks IN everything will keep me from becoming arrogant.  Without practicing thanksgiving in seasons of pleasure and prosperity I might become arrogant believing I did it rather than giving God the credit. 

Giving Thanks IN everything will keep me from becoming bitter. Without practicing thanksgiving in seasons of pain and poverty I might become bitter blaming my pain on God.  And I might become envious of others simply because they’re not suffering like I am.  …Paul also said in Ephesians to give thanks for all things.  And he said in Romans we know all things work together for good…  And when we do, we can trust Him in the storm and trust Him for the answer.

….If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church…We are available for Revivals, Conferences, Retreats, and Special Events.  Thank You…     


Michael’s Preaching Schedule 2020-21

January 8-10 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, Miss.

31 Bellview Baptist, Decatur, Al.

February 7 Ryan Bap, Joppa, Al. (streaming)

21-24 Oak Ridge Baptist, Hartselle, Al.

28-March 3 Topeka Bap, Jayess, Miss.


Dawn’s Speaking Schedule 2021

March 6 Ladies Conference, New Beginning Church, Florence, Al. 



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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Michael & Dawn December 2020 Newsletter

Friends...

I trust you’re doing well.  Dawn and I have appreciated your prayers during 2020.  God has blessed us and many of you have prayed for us and supported us during these uncertain times. Going forward into 2021 there is still uncertainty as to what the days ahead hold.  The only thing we are certain of is God’s goodness.  I plan to continue preaching wherever there is an opportunity, and trusting the Lord when there is not.  

My new book, Faithful, is available.  You can purchase it at Amazon, or order a copy through my website: michaelmasonministries.com. New music is in the final stages of being completed.  I expect CDs and digital downloads be available in January. 

Several years ago my former pastor Steve Caudle wrote our church’s Christmas play, What Can We Learn From The Shepherds.  I thought it was also a great sermon idea….

Christmas is a time to Hear what you’ve never Heard - You may never hear a “heavenly host”… But you can hear God – His message has never changed.  Hear Him saying, “I so loved the world…”  “I’ll forgive all who call on my name.”  “I’ll save all who believe.”                                                        

Christmas is a time to See what you’ve never Seen - Most of us will never have an encounter like the shepherds.  But we are surrounded by God’s goodness, and His grace daily – and yet we never see it. May God open our eyes.                                        Christmas is a time to Go where you’ve never Gone - The shepherds went to Bethlehem.  They could have stayed where they were but they would have never seen Jesus.  Too many of us will never experience Bethlehem because we’re content to stay in the field. 

Christmas is a time to Do what you’ve never Done - I will never stand behind the Inn, in the stable, at the feeding trough – and see Jesus.  But I can come to Him in faith.  I can believe. I can know His love and forgiveness. I can come to Jesus.          

Christmas is a time to Tell what you’ve never Told - The shepherds returned praising God for all they had heard and seen.  They were telling what they had been told. May we go where we’ve been sent – and tell what we’ve been told.  

….If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church…We are available for Revivals, Conferences, Retreats, and Special Events.  Thank You…     


Michael’s Preaching Schedule 2020-21

December 6 New Life Ch, Falkville, Al.

13 Pine Ridge Baptist, Union Grove, Al.

20 Gum Springs Baptist, Hartselle, Al.

January 8-10 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, Miss.

17 Open

24 Open

31 Bellview Baptist, Decatur, Al.


Dawn’s Speaking Schedule 2021

January 8-10 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, Miss.

March 6 Ladies Conference, New Beginning Church, Florence, Al. 

April 9-10 Women United Conference, Life Church, Hartselle, Al. 

                                                            

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Monday, November 16, 2020

Michael and Dawn Newsletter November 2020

Friends...

I trust you’re doing well….  I appreciate your prayers during this crazy and unpredictable year.  My preaching schedule has changed often, but I am thankful for the opportunities the Lord continues to provide.  Special thanks to those who have supported my ministry financially during this time - You have blessed us and we appreciate it.  My new book, Faithful, is now available.  You can purchase it at Amazon, or order a copy through my website: michaelmasonministries.com, or you can email me, requesting your copy at michael-mason@charter.net.  Also, I will have new music available by the end of the year. 

I’ve been working on a message titled, “Surprised By God.”  I often hear prayers for God to move in people, churches, and in our nation.  Well, what does that look like?  I’m convinced God seldom works according to our plans or schedule.                                                When God moves, it often is a part of a bigger picture.  Look back over your life and you will see that He blessed your life in pieces and somehow it all fits together.                                 ….He allowed them to run out of wine at the wedding party so they would trust Him to turn water into wine.  ….He allowed them to need food on the hillside so they would trust Him for the miracle of 5 loaves and two fishes to feed 5000.  ….He allowed Lazarus to die while He was out of town so they would believe Him to raise Lazarus back to life.  ….He allowed the Prodigal to leave and almost starve to death so he could come home broken yet loved, forgiven, and welcomed.                                                                              When God Moves - We have a choice to either step up or step back.  Be a part of what God is doing or not.  Agree with God or argue.  When you say no to His leading, you miss the blessing and God will use someone else.  And, if you go home upset because there’s no wine - you’ll miss the miracle!

….If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church…We are available for Revivals, Conferences, Retreats, and Special Events.  Thank You…     

Michael’s Preaching Schedule 2020

November 1-4 First Bap, Jonesville, La.

6-11 19th Ave Bap, Hattiesburg, Miss.

15 Harmony Bapt, Moulton, Al. AM only

22 Circlewood Bap, Tuscaloosa, Al.

29 Trinity Baptist, Trinity, Al. AM only

29 Southern Cross Cowboy Ch, Arab, Al. PM only

December 6 New Life Ch, Falkville, Al.

13 Pine Ridge Baptist, Union Grove, Al.

20 Gum Springs Baptist, Hartselle, Al.


Dawn’s Speaking Schedule 2021

January 29-30 Women United Conf, Life Church, Hartselle, Al.

March 6 Ladies Conf, New Beginning Church, Florence, Al. 


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Monday, September 21, 2020

Michael and Dawn Newsletter September 2020

Friends.....

I trust you’re doing well….  Our world is filled with unrest and uncertainty.  But we can find rest in Christ…and certainty that whatever comes our way God knew all about it before it ever happened and He is God enough and His grace is more than enough to see us through - and beyond.  Big News!!  My new book, Faithful, is now available.  You can purchase it at Amazon, or order a copy through my website: michaelmasonministries.com, you can email me at michael-mason@charter.net                                       …Also, some time in the next six weeks I hope to have new music recorded.  It will be available in digital format and then on CD and flash drive.  The recording will be a collection of songs that point to hope in Christ.  More about that next month…

I’ve been working on a message out of Acts 19, which is filled with surprises.  Have you ever been surprised at the way God answered a prayer or the way He worked in your life?  May God help us stay open to His surprises.  We like to keep Him neatly packaged, in a box, a bag, a building.  Good luck with that. We like a neat package - a predictable God.  We like a  comfortable, convenient source of grace and goodness.  But when God steps out of bounds and surprises us we have to spin the story to Keep God in our Box…our bag…our building.  Why don’t we let Him out of the box and let ourselves believe in a God bigger than our ideas, presumptions, and theologies?  And rest in His consistent surprises. Andy Andrews says we need to see beyond the Box…  God is Love… And extends love to anyone breathing.  His love is boundless stretching beyond skin or sin.  But don’t confuse His love with license.  He so loves us and calls us to so love Him – with all out heart, mind, soul, and strength.  God is Holy… And just and righteous and serious about sin.  He is holy and he calls us to holiness.  And Jesus is the only way. God is Faithful… And steadfast, the same yesterday and today and forever.  He is faithful but he’s not a formula.  He’ll sit on a well with a Samaritan woman who’s been married 5 times.  He’ll touch a leper.  He’ll eat with a tax collector.  #beyondthebox                                   ….If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church…We are available for Revivals, Conferences, Retreats, and Special Events.  Thank You…     

Michael’s Preaching Schedule 2020

September

13-16 Bovina Baptist, Vicksburg, Miss

20-23 cancelled

27 Victory Baptist, Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

October 4-7 FBC Jonesville, La. 

11-14 FBC Brewton, Al.

18 Providence Bap, Hatton, Al.

25-28 Harmony Bap, Moulton, Al.

Dawn’s Speaking Schedule 2020

Sept 13 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, Miss

Sept 20 Flint Baptist, Decatur, Al.

Nov 6-7 19th Ave Bap, Hattiesburg, Miss


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Michael and Dawn August 2020 Newsletter

Friends.....I hope you’re doing well.  I’m having a blessed and productive season of ministry.  It seems my preaching calendar keeps changing, but I am still having opportunities to preach somewhere each week.  Also, my latest book, Faithful, is at the printers and I should be receiving copies within the next few days.  Also, this week I will begin recording vocals for a new music-ministry project.  I am looking forward to this since I have not recorded new music in over ten years.  Pray for me and I’ll pray for you that we remain faithful in these uncertain times.  

I’ve been working on a message from Romans 7:15-20.  It’s that passage where Paul describes his struggle with doing what he hated..and not doing what he desired.  Have you ever been surprised by your own sin?  I have been.  I thought I was stronger…further along…and then all of a sudden I am blindsided by some immoral thought, judgmental attitude, greedy desire.  I think Paul was surprised by his sin…His honesty leaves little to the imagination. Sin is no respecter of person.  Doesn’t matter if you’re Apostle Paul or Judas Iscariot – If sin can have its way with you it will.  He remembers being a slave to sin.  He had been owned by sin…a servant of sin…obeying the demands and desires of sin’s appetite.  Imagine this: Your life has been bought by Jesus…but the former owner keeps coming back trying to claim what’s no longer his.  Jesus bought the house…but the Devil thinks he can rent a room. Paul knows he has been saved from sin….Saved from sin’s power but not its presence.  Jesus said we must deny ourselves daily.  Bonhoeffer said “when God calls a man He bids him to come and die.”  Paul said we were to “reckon ourselves to be dead indeed to sin.”   Saved from sin means I am no longer a slave to sin – I have a new master – and I am called to do what He says.  

If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church…We are available for Revivals, Conferences, Retreats, and Special Events.  Thank You…     

Michael’s Preaching Schedule 2020

August

2 Central Baptist, Florence, Al.

9 Lebanon Baptist, Hartselle, Al.

16 Victory Baptist, Moulton, Al.

23-26 Serenity Baptist, Somerville, Al.

30-Sep 2 Bethel Baptist, Arley, Al.

September

13-16 Bovina Baptist, Vicksburg, Miss.

20-23 Topeka Baptist, Jayess, Miss.

27 Victory Baptist, Mt. Juliet, Tenn. 

Dawn’s Speaking Schedule 2020

Aug 16 Victory, Bap. Moulton, Al.

Sept 13 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, MS

Sept 25-26 Parkview Baptist, Decatur, Al. 

October 3 Lee Heights Bap Florence, AL

October 16-18 No Limits Retreat, Shocco Springs, Talledaga, Al.

Nov 6-7 19th Ave Bap, Hattiesburg, Miss


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Monday, July 13, 2020

Michael and Dawn July 2020 Newsletter


Friends,                                                                                              
I hope you’re doing well.  I really thought when I wrote last month’s newsletter that I was back on track and I’d be busy preaching again.  I was wrong.  I had several more cancellations in June and early July.  Beginning this coming Sunday, I am busy every Sunday through mid-November unless the Covid strikes again.  And I promise I have written a new book.  I had hoped to have it in hand by now…but I am believing I will have it by this time next month.  It’s titled Faithful.  I am grateful for God’s faithfulness to me.  If I am in any way faithful to God it is because He has been faithful to me. 
Here’s a brief devotion from Psalm 37:1-9  Notice, first of all, Don’t Fret.  37:1  The idea is that of not being worried and consumed with fear. How many of us have ever changed the outcome of a situation by worrying?  We should take our concerns to the Lord.  We should lay our burdens at His feet. ….Notice also, Don’t Quit. 37:3-5 The Psalmist writes about trusting. Delighting.  Committing.  Quitting is not an option.  Do you know anyone who quit?  They walked out on their marriage or family?  They quit church?  They quit doing the right thing? Don’t quit. Trust.  Delight. Commit.  ….Notice also, Don’t Cheat. 37:8  Life is full of short-cuts. Sometimes we choose to cheat, to get by with dishonesty.  You can choose to cheat on your spouse, cheat at work, or cheat in life. Be faithful friend. And He will turn your sorrow to joy.  ….Finally, notice, Don’t Forget. 37:9 Don’t forget God.  Wait on Him to work out the details of your life.  Don’t forget what your parents taught you.  Don’t forget what your grandparents said.  Don’t forget what your teachers said.  Most of all, don’t forget what God said.  Trust Him. Be faithful and wait on Him. 
If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church…We are available for Revivals, Conferences, Retreats, and Special Events.  Thank You…     

Michael’s Preaching Schedule 2020
July
19-22 New Life Church, Falkville, Al.
25 Revival Night, Falkville, Al. HS Auditorium
26 Old Brashiers Chapel, Arab, Al.
29 St Joseph Baptist, Mobile, Al. (zoom)
August
2-5 Liberty Baptist, Crossville, Al.
9-12 Lebanon Baptist, Hartselle, Al.
16 Victory Baptist, Moulton, Al.
23-26 Serenity Baptist, Somerville, Al.
30-Sep 2 Bethel Baptist, Arley, Al.

Dawn’s Speaking Schedule 2020
Aug 16 Victory, Bap. Moulton, Al.
Sept 13 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, MS
Sept 25-26 Parkview Baptist, Decatur, Al. 
October 3 Lee Heights Bap Florence, AL
October 16-18 No Limits Retreat, Shocco Springs, Talledaga, Al.
Nov 6-7 19th Ave Bap, Hattiesburg, Miss


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