Monday, July 11, 2022

The Summer Of 1982

 

The summer of 1982 was full of life changes for me. I made decisions that year that set the course for my life. The time-period from mid-May through mid-September was filled with God’s dealing with me, directing me, and transforming me. 

 

I sensed God’s calling on my life even as a young boy. I remember my Sunday School teacher, Faye St. John, asking each of us in her class what we wanted to be when we grew up. I am guessing I was about the age of ten or so. I also remember responding without hesitation, “I am going to be a preacher.” I lived the next nine years with that idea playing in the background of my mind. Wherever I went and whatever I did, regardless of how foolish or immature my choices, I knew God had a specific plan for me that involved being a preacher. 

 

In May of 1981, I went to a church camp with the youth from my church. The preacher at the camp that year spoke as if he was speaking directly to me. I left camp that year with the absolute certainty that God was calling me, but also with the determination that I would not give in or surrender to what I knew. So, for the next year I ran from God. I ran from His calling to be saved but also from His call to preach. I don’t understand it and can’t fully explain it. But I knew if I ever became a Christian, I would also become a preacher.

 

In the spring of 1982 around March, I had a serious conversation with my mother about the direction of my life. I had just turned nineteen…I hated my job…my girlfriend had broken up with me…many of my friends were either in college or had decent jobs…I was running from God…and I was miserable. I told my mother I was going to join the Navy. Mother stunned me with her response. Call it a mother’s intuition or the Holy Spirit’s leading, but what she said left me speechless. She said, “You can go wherever you want and do whatever you please, but you will never get away from the conviction of the Holy Spirit.” She was right.

 

Fast forward to May of 1982 I was back at that same youth camp I had attended twelve months earlier. Only this time I was listening, interested, and tired of running. I remember praying with the camp pastor that weekend about giving my life to Christ. But I am not sure that I was saved that weekend. But I made sure just a few days later. On my way home from night classes at the local junior college, I took a detour toward the Point Mallard Prayer Chapel at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, Al. Sitting alone, on a bench in that chapel at around ten at night I prayed something like this… “God is this is you and if this is real, I want all that you have for me. Save me. Forgive me. Come into my heart. I give my life to you…” It is a wonderful memory I have replayed in my mind over the years. I can tell you now, it was God, and it was real. And it still is.

 

The next three months or so, the summer of 1982, was filled with changes in me. Changes in my attitude, my language, the company I kept…Changes in where I went and what I did on the weekends, changes in the way I spoke to my parents. I bought a new Bible and began to read it every day. I began to pay attention in church. And unintentionally, as I listened to the preacher, I began to imagine how I would say that if I was preaching. It sounds kind of weird now, but I began to see myself preaching. And it all felt very normal.

In late summer I decided to visit a retired pastor in our church to confide in him about these thoughts of preaching I was having. His name was Coleman Whitten. I remember sitting in his home on a Wednesday night after church and telling him I felt like I was being called to preach. He responded, “I know.” I asked him, “What do you mean you know?” He said, “I’ve been watching you at church and I felt like God was calling you.” Wow. At that point I wondered who else knew. My mother knew. This retired pastor knew. And then a couple weeks later, as if God was making sure I was listening, my pastor asked me if I would be willing to share my testimony at church on a Sunday night. His name was Odie Gregg, and I pulled him aside and asked him if he had been talking with Bro. Coleman. He said he had not. I asked him what he wanted me to share? What was I supposed to say? He just kinda laughed and said, “Whatever the Lord leads you to say.” So, in that same conversation I confided in him that I felt like God might be leading me to become a preacher. He scheduled me to speak on an upcoming Sunday in the coming weeks. What a crazy summer. What a crazy yet wonderful summer.

 

I stood to preach for the first time on Sunday evening September 19, 1982. The church house was packed. I was as nervous. Scared. Trembling. But absolutely certain. And I was also brief. I spoke all of about five minutes. On that night I had some friends who arrived a few minutes late and missed my first sermon. I preached from 2 Corinthians 8:10-11 where Paul writes about finishing what was started a year ago. I told the congregation that night that I had sensed the calling of God to become a preacher. That I had been running. And that I was committing to do what God was calling me to. 

 

Several family members were in attendance. Many friends from high school and the community where I was raised were in attendance. The church family came out that night. It was wonderful…and again, I was finished in five minutes. Ha! But then something else wonderful happened. The pastor asked if anyone had something they’d like to say… And many people did, like for the next forty-five minutes or so. It was, as we used to say, a testimony meeting. Some folks stood and spoke encouraging words to me. Some stood to recall their own personal commitment to God. Some wept, some laughed. It was a night I will always remember. 

 

And so began the journey that I have been on for the last forty years. During that time I have pastored three churches for a total of thirteen years and I have traveled as an evangelist for the other twenty-seven years. It has been a wonderful journey so far. I look forward to all God has for me in the years to come. The summer of 1982 was wonderful. But I have to be honest, the summer of 2022 ain’t all that bad either. I am blessed.

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Michael & Dawn Newsletter January 2022

Friends,                                                                                                      

Thank you for your support through prayer, finances, and encouragement.  My books, One Hope and Faithful, are available for purchase on our website as well as Amazon. I have just submitted a re-write of Deep Dark Holes. It will be available soon.  Also, I have music available on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, and other music outlets…Search for Michael Mason: Dawned On Me.

Seasons…everybody is in the middle of one. Yet, while we may all be in the same season of the year, we’re all in a different season of life.  Some are in seasons we could have never predicted.  Some seasons are better than imagined, some are worse.  Some seasons make us better people, some can make us bitter.  Some are filled with hope, some with despair.  Regardless of your circumstances, this season will soon pass, and another will come. And then one day, the seasons will end.  May it be said that we believed and trusted God regardless of the season.

 

As you can tell from our schedule here in early 2022, Dawn and I are speaking together at several churches. We call these events, A Weekend With Michael and Dawn.  God has blessed in these meetings which consist of a Friday night Women’s Meeting, a Saturday morning Men’s Meeting, a Saturday night Couple’s Dinner, and a Sunday Revival Day. I am still preaching a number of Revival Meetings in 2022, but I am also thankful for the opportunities to do the weekends with Dawn.  We also appreciate the ministry opportunities God is providing for Dawn.  She will continue speaking to women’s ministries and leading a study at our home church.  I stand in awe that God continues to open doors for Revival for me, opportunities for Dawn to speak to women, and the invitations we receive to speak to couples. We continue to seek His blessing… Thanks for praying.  If you’d like to have me or Dawn speak at your church… We’re available for Revivals, Conferences, Retreats, and Special Events. Thanks.  

Michael’s Preaching Schedule

January

21-23 Wilsonville Bap, Wilsonville, Al. 

28 United Conference, Hartselle, Al. 

29-30 Walnut Grove Bap, Decatur, Al. 

February 

6 Pleasant Hill Bapt, Decatur, Al.

11-13 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, Miss. 

20 Eastside Baptist, Jasper, Al. 

25-27 Victory Baptist, Moulton, Al. 

March 

6 Open

13 Open

14-16 Milldale Baptist, Zachary, LA.

20-23 First Baptist, Camarillo, CA.

 

Dawn’s Speaking Schedule

January 

21-23 Wilsonville Bap, Wilsonville, Al.

28 United Conference, Hartselle, Al.

29-30 Walnut Grove Bap, Decatur, Al. 

February 

5- Women’s Encounter at Decatur Baptist, Decatur, Al.

11-13 Bovina Baptist, Vicksburg, Miss.

20 Eastside Baptist, Jasper, Al. 

25-27 Victory Bap, Moulton, Al. 


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Monday, December 13, 2021

Michael and Dawn December 2021 Newsletter

Friends,                                                                                                               

Thank you for your support through prayer, finances, and encouragement.  My books, One Hope and Faithful, are available for purchase on our website as well as Amazon. I have just completed a re-write of another book I published several years ago titled Deep Dark Holes. I’m hoping that will be available by early spring.  Also, I have music available on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, and other music outlets…Search for Michael Mason: Dawned On Me.

As you can tell from looking at our schedule for early 2022, Dawn and I are speaking together at several churches. We call these weekends simply, A Weekend With Michael and Dawn.  God has been blessing in these meetings which consist of a Friday night Women’s Meeting, a Saturday morning Men’s Meeting, a Saturday night Couple’s Dinner, and a Sunday Revival Day. I am still preaching a number of Revival Meetings in 2022, but I am also thankful for the opportunities to do the weekends with Dawn.  We appreciate the ministry opportunities God is providing for Dawn.  She has had a busy year and is looking forward to what’s ahead.  We stand in awe that God continues to open doors for Revival for me, opportunities for Dawn to speak to women, and the invitations we receive to speak to couples. These ministries to women and couples are extensions of the call to take the Gospel to the lost and hurting.  We continue to seek His blessing… Thanks for praying.

We’ve had a busy year.  I have preached in fifty-two churches in 2021 which is amazing considering the pandemic restrictions.  Dawn spoke in twelve churches…and that’s a busy considering she works a full-time job, leads a monthly women’s Bible study, and travels with me as much as possible.  We are blessed and moving forward….

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

Michael’s Preaching Schedule

January 9 open

16 Athens Church of God, Athens, Al.

21-23 Wilsonville Bap, Wilsonville, Al. 

28 United Conference, Hartselle, Al. 

29-30 Walnut Grove Bap, Decatur, Al. 

February 6 open

11-13 Bovina Bap, Vicksburg, Miss. 

20 Eastside Baptist, Jasper, Al. 

25-27 Victory Baptist, Moulton, Al. 

 

Dawn’s Speaking Schedule

January 21-23 Wilsonville Bap, Wilsonville, Al.

28 United Conference, Hartselle, Al.

29-30 Walnut Grove Bap, Decatur, Al. 

February 5- Dawn Women’s Encounter at Decatur Baptist Church, Decatur, Al.

11-13 Bovina Baptist, Vicksburg, Miss.

20 Eastside Baptist, Jasper, Al. 

25-27 Victory Bap, Moulton, Al. 


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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Michael and Dawn Mason November 2021 Newsletter

Thank you for your support through prayer, finances, and encouragement.   My newest book, One Hope, is available for purchase through Amazon and will soon be available through our website.  My book Faithful, is also available for purchase on our website as well as Amazon. I have just completed a re-write of another book from a few years back titled Deep Dark Holes. I’m hoping to have that available by early spring.   Also, I have music available on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, and other music outlets.  Search for Michael Mason: Dawned On Me.

Michael Mason Ministries was created some thirty years as a means of accountability for me as I travel and preach.  Back then I recognized the importance of a board of directors that would pray for me, encourage me, and seek the Lord on my behalf.  I also recognized the importance of having bylaws and a budget…all of which are a means of accountability.  All these years later I am still traveling and preaching, trusting the Lord to open the doors and provide the financial means to take care of my family.  God has proven Himself faithful again and again.  While I am convinced it is God that provides for me… I also know He uses people.  So, thank you to those who have helped by praying, giving, and encouraging.  I have no intention of slowing down or doing anything else.  I am called to travel and preach the Good News of Jesus.  I thank the Lord for calling me and sending me…and I thank you for being a part of this ministry.

We are thankful for the ministry opportunities God is providing for Dawn.  She has had a busy year and is looking forward to what’s ahead in 2022.  Also, the Lord has opened several doors for us to speak to couples.  These ministries to women and couples are extensions of the call to take the Gospel to the lost and hurting.  We continue to seek His blessing… Thanks for praying.

We’ve had a busy year.  I have preached in over fifty churches in 2021 which is amazing considering we are still coming out of the pandemic restrictions.  Dawn has spoken in twelve churches…and that’s a busy considering she works a full-time job, leads a monthly women’s Bible study, and travels with me as much as possible.  We are blessed and looking forward….

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


Michael’s Preaching Schedule

November

21 East Highland Baptist, Hartselle, Al.

28 Ryan Baptist, Joppa, Al. AM

December 

5 New Life Church, Falkville, Al. (am)

5 SBOM Evangelism/Encouragement night (pm)

12 Gum Springs Baptist, Hartselle, Al.


Dawn’s Speaking Schedule

December

2 Tunsel Road Baptist, Hartselle. Al.

 

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Michael and Dawn Newsletter October 2021

Friends...

Thank you for your support through prayer, finances, and encouragement.   My newest book, One Hope, is available for purchase through Amazon and will soon be available through our website.  My book Faithful, is also available for purchase on our website as well as Amazon. I have just completed a re-write of another book from a few years back titled Deep Dark Holes. I’m hoping to have that available by the end of this year.   Also, I have music available on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, and other music outlets.  Search for Michael Mason: Dawned On Me.

Michael Mason Ministries was created some thirty years ago as a means of accountability for me as I travel and preach.  Back then I recognized the importance of a board of directors that would pray for me, encourage me, and seek the Lord on my behalf.  I also recognized the importance of having bylaws and a budget…all of which are a means of accountability.  All these years later I am still traveling and preaching, trusting the Lord to open the doors and provide the financial means to take care of my family.  God has proven Himself faithful again and again.  While I am convinced it is God that provides for me… I also know He uses people.  So, thank you to those who have helped by praying, giving, and encouraging.  I have no intention of slowing down or doing anything else.  I am called to travel and preach the Good News of Jesus.  I thank the Lord for calling me and sending me…and I thank you for being a part of this ministry.

In these days, God is also using Dawn to minister to women.  And, the Lord has opened doors for us to speak to couples.  These ministries to women and couples are extensions of the call to take the Gospel to the lost and hurting.  We continue to seek His blessing… Thank you for praying.

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

Michael’s Preaching Schedule

24 Shoal Creek Baptist, Decatur, Al.

25-27 Providence Baptist, Gallion, Al.

November 7-10 19th Ave Bap, Hattiesburg, Miss

11-14 Chuculate baptist, Stilwell, OK

17 Liberty Baptist, Chelsea, Al.

21 East Highland Baptist, Hartselle, Al.

28 Ryan Baptist, Joppa, Al. AM


Dawn’s Speaking Schedule

November 7, Flint Baptist, Decatur Al. 

November 13 Chuculate Bap Ladies, Stilwell, Ok 

November 17 Liberty Baptist, Chelsea, Al.




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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Michael and Dawn Newsletter September 2021

Friends,                                                                                                     

Thank you for your support through prayer, finances, and encouragement.   My newest book, One Hope, is available for purchase through Amazon and will soon be available through our website.  My book Faithful, is also available for purchase on our website as well as Amazon.  Also, I have music available on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most other music outlets.  Search for Michael Mason: Dawned On Me.  

This month I am including an excerpt from a message I’ve been preaching lately. It is titled Almost Saved from Acts 26:27-29…In Acts 24:25 Felix resisted the Gospel because of Inconvenience. There is the inconvenience of time but the greater inconvenience of change.      In Acts 26:24 Festus mocked Paul’s testimony because of Insanity.  There is the insanity of the resurrection but the greater insanity of Festus’ unbelief.  In Acts 26:28 Agrippa rejected salvation because of Indifference.  There is the indifference toward Paul but the greater indifference toward the Gospel.                                                                                              Almost home isn’t home. Might be a few minutes, a few miles, or even in view. But it’s not home. Almost saved isn’t saved. It might be good, sincere, or even baptized – But it’s not saved.                …Agrippa was almost saved…He almost believed. He almost trusted.  Almost surrendered.  But he wasn’t saved…26:27,“Agrippa, do you believe the scriptures? I know you believe.”                                          …Someone said the greatest tragedy is to die lost.  But I disagree.  The greatest tragedy is to die almost saved.  Knowing how and why…believing in Jesus and the Cross…and believing God had a plan for your life – yet never being saved. Almost Is A Powerful Word… Almost passed – Almost failed.  Almost won – Almost lost.  Almost lived – Almost Died.  But the greatest and saddest of all the almosts is to be almost saved..

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

Michael’s Preaching Schedule

September 11-15 Tunsel Rd Bap, Hartselle, Al.

19-22 Victory Fellowship, Falkville, Al.

26 Center Springs Meth., Somerville Al. (AM)

October 3-5 Waverly Station Cowboy Ch, New Waverly, Tx.

10-13 Natures Trail Church, Decatur, Al.

17 Mt. Zion Baptist, Hartselle, Al.  (AM service)

17 Gum Springs Baptist, Hartselle, Al. (PM service)

24 Shoal Creek Baptist, Decatur, Al.

25-27 Providence Baptist, Gallion, Al.


Dawn’s Speaking Schedule

September 11 Tunsel Road Bap, Hartselle, Al.

October 15 Private Ladies mtg, Wilsonville, Al.

November 7, Flint Baptist, Decatur Al. 

November 17 Liberty Baptist, Chelsea, Al.




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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Michael and Dawn August 2021Newsletter

Friends....I am grateful to be preaching each week.  Thank you for your support through prayer, finances, and encouragement.   My newest book, One Hope, is available for purchase through Amazon and will soon be available through our website.  My book Faithful, is also available for purchase on our website as well as Amazon.  Also, I have music available on Pandora, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and most other music outlets.  Search for Michael Mason: Dawned On Me.  

This month I’m including a brief excerpt from a message I preached recently… Unbelieving Believers from James 2:14-26   I read that there are an estimated 3,500 Elvis impersonators worldwide.  Every day, worldwide approximately 3,500 people get up and pretend to be somebody they’re not. They dress like Elvis, sing his songs, and imitate his every move…but they are not Elvis…they’re simply impersonators.  I wonder how many people get up on Sunday morning and pretend to be somebody they’re not?  They dress the part, sing songs about the Lord, and agree with the sermon…but they’re still not saved. …James describes believers who have no evidence of a life changing encounter with Christ. These are possibly believers that once lived surrendered lives but something happened… These are also possibly folks who have never trusted Christ.  As a traveling preacher I have noticed four distinct categories of believers... 1) Believers who don’t really believe.  They are believers in name only.  2) Believers who don’t know what they believe.  Not grounded in God’s word and not growing in faith.  3) Believers who will believe anything. They believe in Jesus but they also believe in Buddha.  4) Believers who believe the Truth by faith - with the evidence of works. These are the born again, walking by faith, trusting in God, Spirit-led and prayerful.  God help us be believers who truly believe!!

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

Michael’s Preaching Schedule

August 1-4 Liberty Baptist, Crossville, Al.

8-11 Lebanon Baptist, Hartselle, Al.

15-18 Oak Bowery Baptist, Ohatchee, Al.

22-25 Serenity Baptist, Somerville, Al.

27-29 Taylorville Baptist, Tuscaloosa, Al.

30 ALSBOM Evangelism/Encouragement night, Carrollton Baptist, Carrollton, Al. 

September 11-15 Tunsel Rd Bap, Hartselle, Al.

19-22 Victory Fellowship, Falkville, Al.

26 Center Springs Meth., Somerville Al. (am)


Dawn’s Speaking Schedule

August 27-28 Taylorville Bap, Tuscaloosa, Al.

September 11 Tunsel Road bap, Hartselle, Al.






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