Walter Hawkins / “What Is This?”

What is this
That makes me want to run on in Jesus’ name

Folks, this is Walter Hawkins (1949 – 2010) using his gift of song oh so well.  He, Shontelle Norman, and Stefanie Bolton -with a great supporting choir- are able to fervently convey that God-pleasing, peace-driven mindset that abiding Christians are blessed to enjoy.

Hawkins, a Pastor and a singer, knew the word and sang the word!  Well-recorded, this video captures gospel at it’s best.  What is this . . . “that makes me do right when I would do wrong . . . when I’m down low, it gives me a song.”  To God be the glory!

It makes me love all my enemies
And it makes me love my friends
And it won’t let me be ashamed
To tell the world that I’ve been born again
Ooh! What is this!
What is this
That makes me do right when I would do wrong
What is this
When I’m down low, it gives me a song
Whatever it is
Whatever it is
Whatever it is
It won’t let me
Hold my peace

66 Assurance Way


He Rose, He Rose (Easter)

But early, I said early
Sunday morning He rose
He rose

I can’t forget the day
When I heard the preacher say:

Stayed there, Friday night
Stayed there, Saturday night
But early, I said early
Sunday morning He rose
He rose

(Altos) He didn’t stay too long
(Tenors) He rose, He rose, He rose, He rose, Yes He did!
(Sops) He got up, He got up!

But early, I said early
Sunday morning He rose
He rose


  • The Empty Tomb
  • Mary: The first person to realize that ‘He Rose’
  • Jesus and the Disciples

Happy Easter from 66 Assurance Way

“It’s All About the Love” / Lamar Campbell & Spirit of Praise


I’m in love, I’m in love,
I’m in love, with a man named Jesus

So good to know when you’re going through,
there is someone who really cares for you.
His love is precious,
more than the world to me,
and without it, I would be nothing.

Now I’ve got a feeling,
that I can’t explain,
It makes me happy
when I call His name.

When I’m in trouble,
no one’s around;
I call on Jesus,
He never let’s me down!

  • It’s All About the Love
  • Lamar Campbell & The Spirit Of Praise
  • I Need Your Spirit release (1999)

He set me free, on Calvary (Jesus)

I’d rather have Jesus

More than anything

“He brought me out, without a doubt

He saved my soul, He made me whole

He set me free, on Calvary

He paid the price, for you and I

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 
Romans 8:5 – 6 (NRS)

My End of the Year Testimonial

To say I discovered the true meaning of spiritual warfare in 2018 would be an understatement.


I am grateful, it’s important to say, that my triumphs served to dwarf my trials and tribulations!  Every time I made a major step in my spiritual journey I was faced soon thereafter with a storm.  To put this in proper context folks, when I (on God’s direction) was working to change churches, the Devil thought (falsely) that he could get me to honor him, not the Lord.  Fat chance!

Just six days after I joined my current church (which I love) I had to go to Urgent Care.  I had a strange pain in my lower back.  I knew in February that I was on the battlefield for the Lord . . . whether I liked it or not.  Smile.  I foolishly assumed this medical storm that lasted into the Summer was my last battle.  No such luck.  Less than three weeks after joining the Mass Choir of my Winston-Salem Missionary Baptist Church (August) I took on some more ‘enemy fire’.  I was unexpectedly fired from my job . . . just 11 days before Labor Day.  Guess what?  I had a comparable job (in pay) less than 3 business days after my last day of work!  In a potentially fiery financial furnace God showed up and showed out.  I had to smile, knowing my Real Boss hadn’t forsaken me.

My sub par health from February to mid-November (two different health storms btw) basically drained my energy to blog and express my spiritual thoughts.  However, many blog ideas and rough drafts for posts were written down.  They will bear fruit in the days and months ahead.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,but the Lord delivers him out of them all.  Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.  Psalm 34:19, 21 ESV

Hold on / Mississippi Mass Choir


  • The video above conveys well the essence of my year. BTW the lead singer for this choir was spotlighted in one of the top viewed posts this year.  She’s Got the Anointing, They Got the Word: Mosie Burks; the video in this popular post is a true gem, highlighting a truly anointed singer.
  • This article, Spiritual Warfare: Understanding the Battle.  , provides a good overview of this area of spiritual growth that many Christians, including myself this year, face.  To state the obvious, it’s only an issue for those who are ‘on the battlefield for the Lord’.  Are you marching in God’s army too?
  • Look for 2019 to be much more fruitful and prolific than this year. Putting on ‘the full armor of God’ worked wonders in 2018.
  • Look for a guest blogger in the new year. Early last Fall I, after meeting her in late September, realized that she had something really special that she could share on this blog.  Stay tuned!
  • To begin the new year on a strong note, I will be publishing a post, based on a Revival Sermon (Matthew 28:20, 8/29/18) I heard four months ago, in a few days.

To God be the Glory.  I hope you have a happy and blessed New Year.

Peace be with you,


66 Assurance Way

Jesus Christ Was Born: “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2: 6-14 NASB

Merry Christmas from 66 Assurance Way