John R. Bowman

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Hi Everyone. I just wanted to take a few minutes to let you know how things are going with the new ministry endeavor. In a word, AMAZING!!!

Every church and/or singing, that I have been to, God has shown up. People are being saved, touched, healed, and renewed through the Power of the Spirit. I am so humbled that God could use me in even a small way, but very thankful.

The year is already scheduled in for the remainder of the year with the exception of a few weekends. Please feel free to contact me for scheduling. I’d love to come to sing and preach for you. Next year is already being scheduled with several exciting things going on, including a service in Floyd, VA with Jason Crabb and my favorite group, The Isaacs. Make your plans now for an unforgettable night of music and ministry.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. I have been blown away by the outpouring of love from Missouri to North Carolina, Wisconsin to Mississippi. I am looking forward to what the future holds, because I know who holds my future! Amen? AMEN!!!

God bless and I’ll see you on the road!

Hi Friends. If you’ve not heard by now, I am leaving the Boxcars. Let me say what a joy it was to pick with such great people. My last date with the Boxcars will be in Wenatchee, WA on June 21st.

Of course, when God closes one door, He always opens another. I am going into full-time ministry. Over the past year and a half, the Lord has given me unique opportunities to sing and preach all over the country. I know I have been called to do a work for God and I am ready to do it!

I ask that all of you pray for the ministry. Over the past few days, I have been very blessed to have so many kind folks asking how they can get me to their church or function. Just email me at johnbowman10@bellsouth.net. I will contact you as quickly as I can.

I am so excited at what God is doing and I look forward to coming to your area to minister. God bless and be with you.

 

John

Happy New Year everyone! 2013 was a break through year for me in so many ways. I pray it was for you. I couldn’t possibly explain it all to you. However, it is gone! It’s in the past. God has yours and my destiny just ahead of us. I am agreeing with you, as you read this, that 2014 will be the best year of your life thus far. I pray that you grow spiritually, emotionally, and financially this year. I pray you get closer to God than ever before. I’ll be praying for you, and I know you’ll be praying for me.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for prayer, appointments, etc… I would love to come and minister to you, your church, or community. God bless and be with you in 2014!!!!

I will have the Family Chain: A Tribute to Joe Isaacs Cd on sale through 12/15 for Christmas. Place your order today! Merry Christmas!

Friends, I wanted to tell you all about the wonderful revival we had at Slate Mountain. The Lord surely moved in a mighty way.

Sunday, I preached the morning and night service. I preached about the baptism of the Holy Ghost and being unified as a church during the revival. At the night service I preached about Cornelius and the promise given to the Gentiles as well. They not only heard the word, the accepted it! We had wonderful singing from the Comptons. Wow, they ministered! The Spirit of God was moving right off the bat.

Monday night, we had special singing from two young ladies, the Daltons, in the area. When I say young, I mean 10 and 12 years old! They were wonderful. They set the stage for another night of worship. Several people came to the altar to rededicate their lives to Jesus. God was just beginning to show these folks what HE was going to do!

Tuesday night, the Lord just showed off! I preached Lazarus and the rich man and heaven and hell. I felt the Holy Ghost move so sweetly during the service. Two people were saved at altar call, several rededicated, and healings had and were taking place. The pastor’s mother had a hip problem. We prayed and He answered. She testified the next day, “I’ve been running around the house like a 20 year old woman all day!”

The Spirit moved on me during altar call about someone who had contemplated suicide. She was the first to come to the altar! We rebuked that spirit in the name of Jesus. It had to leave!

Also, the music was great that night with Olin Garnder and his wonderful group. Junior Sisk, IBMA Male Vocalist of the YEar, sang too. He also got saved! Praise His name! The great banjo picker, Sammy Shelor, of the Lonesome River Band rededicated his life to the Lord. Things were going so well. We had to have another night! We had more news of healings of people that weren’t even at the church services, including one young lady who received healing of a hole in her eardrum!

Wednesday night was filled with more great music from Junior Sisk and Sammy. I preached about Job and taking back the things that the devil has stolen. The same Holy Ghost power came with great wonder. Two young ladies 10 and 12 were saved! Hallelujah!!!

It was hard to leave because God was doing such wonderful things. However, I had made a commitment to drive for the Isaacs that weekend. Nevertheless, more news of healing has been reported. One man with stage 4 cancer was completely healed! Jesus Christ is still in the healing business folks!

Thank you to all who attended and prayed for the revival, especially Pastor Jeff Dalton. You moved God and God moved us!!! I’m looking forward to the next revival at Slate Mountain. I have no doubt that God will show up. He always does!!! God bless you all.

God Still Performs Miracles

 

 

Hello friends. Any of you, who have read anything I’ve written, know that I am a Christian and I believe in miracles. A few weeks ago, God performed another miracle in my life that I must share with you.

 

Since moving to middle Tennessee last year, and I’m just being transparent, financially, things have been tight for me. I’m not complaining or poor mouthing. I knew and still know, that God is in control and He will provide. I sold all of my instruments, except for my fiddle that Jimmy Edmonds made for me, to pay my bills. So, as of a few weeks ago, I was playing a guitar that my good friend, Jimmy Edmonds, made and let me borrow. Now, don’t get me wrong. My wife has a couple of other guitars I could play, but I didn’t have one of my own.

 

We were scheduled to play in Bloomingdale, Georgia at Randy Wood’s guitar shop on the 17th of August. Keith Garrett and I rode down there together for the show. When I pulled into the parking lot at Randy’s, a man named Sam Skinner met me as I got out of my car. He said he had talked to me earlier in the year and he had something he wanted to show me.

 

We went inside Randy’s shop and he pulled out a beautiful guitar. He asked if I would play it. I was very excited to do so. It is made of curly Sapele wood. The top tight-grained is made of Sitka spruce. The comfortable and slim neck is made of mahogany. It is a beautiful instrument. Best of all, the guitar sounds like a vintage guitar. The tone is big and round, but clear. Overall, this guitar is a work of art.

 

As I sat there playing it, enjoying every note, Sam asked me if I liked it. Of course, I said, ”Yes! This is a great instrument.”

 

Sam smiled and said, “Good. It’s yours.”  I froze, because I didn’t know what he meant. I explained that I didn’t have the money to buy the guitar. He said, “I don’t want any money. I’m giving it to you.” I didn’t know whether to cry or jump for joy.

 

I said, “Sam, I don’t know what to say.”

 

He said, “You don’t have to say anything. Just play it and enjoy it.”

 

I have been waiting to write about this, because I wanted to say a special thanks to Sam and I wanted to brag on God. Folks, God is interested in your wants and your needs. I haven’t divulged what I’m going to tell you, not even my band mates. But a month or so before that day, I had considered leaving music again. My financial needs were worrying me. Any of you that know me, understand I don’t worry about much. However, when it comes to my family and their wellbeing, I will do whatever it takes to insure they’re taken care of. I asked God to direct me, not a sign. The Bible says a faithless generation seeks a sign. I’ve always tried to lean on His understanding, not my own. This is one of those times when God showed up with a sledgehammer! I’m supposed to be playing music. God knew I wanted a guitar of my own and he sent me one! Not a borrowed guitar, but my very own guitar was sent through Sam Skinner. Sam names the instruments he makes. Guess what the name of my instrument was? GRACE!!

 

Hallelujah!!

 

Sam, I hope this explains my speechlessness the night you gave me this instrument. Sometimes, God overwhelms me. This was one of those times. I’m so thankful to you for what you’ve done for me. I know the Lord will reward you for following your heart. I pray that the people who read this will consider one of your instruments as their own.

 

I love people with heart. Sam has heart and it shows in his instruments. Please consider a Skinner guitar when you are thinking of a custom instrument. You won’t be disappointed. Every detail is attended to with special care. I am going to include Sam’s information at the end of this writing.

 

Thank you, Lord. You never cease to amaze me. You have all power. You know, when we don’t. I trust and recognize You for who You are. Jehovah Jireh!!!

 

Sam Skinner Guitars

 

770-862-3529

 

samlskinner@gmail.com

 

Here’s a question for you:

 

Do you believe in miracles? I do, all different kinds. I think a miracle happened when I passed trigonometry as a senior in high school. I think a miracle occurred when my mom and dad didn’t go nuts, when I was learning to play the fiddle. I know a miracle happened when I got saved (my pastor said so). I believe a miracle happened when Doyle Lawson decided to hire a guy who had absolutely no experience, as a guitarist and tenor singer, to play in his band. I know a miracle occurred, when I met my wife. Another miracle happened, when she married me.

 

I’ve witnessed many miracles personally. The birth of my son and my daughter were nothing short of miracles. One night at the Stanfield Church of God, a dear preacher, who had suffered greatly during his life, couldn’t minister, because his vision had gotten so bad, he couldn’t read the Bible. He asked that believers would lay hands on him and pray. Many of us did. After our prayer, he asked that someone bring him a Bible with the smallest print, so he could read it. He knew God had touched him. Wouldn’t you know it? My Bible, that my friend, Shelton Feazell, had given me had tiny print in it. We handed it to Brother Larry Holcomb, and he read it without missing a word!

 

Once, during an Isaacs show in Lenoir City, North Carolina, a woman came asking for prayer. She was very thin, and her skin color, grey. The doctors had given her, not months, but weeks to live. She had cancer. I asked that those who really believed that God could do a miracle to pray. To those who didn’t believe, I asked them to stand silently and reverently. When the prayer was over, the woman told me she felt something. I hugged her wondering if I would ever see her again. Six months later, we were in the area again. This lady walked up to me and said, “Remember me?” Embarrassed, I said no. She said, “I am the woman you prayed for in Lenoir City. God healed me.” I was shocked. I couldn’t believe this was the same woman standing in front of me. She looked completely healthy. Then again, why was I shocked? I’ve seen God do it many times.

 

The reason I bring up all these instances is I have experienced several miracles, myself. A few years ago, I woke up with a nagging headache. I did the usual aspirin, Tylenol, and ibuprofen; nothing worked. The days turned into weeks. For three weeks I suffered with that aggravating headache. It was beginning to affect my personality. I was grumpy and tired. Becky wasn’t liking it too well either! On Wednesday we went to Church. I decided, when I walked through the door, I had to have some relief. I asked everyone to pray for me. As my Church family laid their hands on me, I felt a warm sensation run up the back of my head. Instantly, the headache left!!!

 

A few years earlier (this is where I’m going to lose some of you) I experienced another miracle. This happened just a few months before Becky and I were married. I had come in off the road with Alison Krauss. I was tired and didn’t feel like going to church. But, Becky insisted that I go to a revival that had been going on at the La Follette Church of God. A preacher was preaching on a subject that, quite frankly, I didn’t understand or was interested in: the baptism of the Holy Ghost. He talked about, when Jesus ascended back into Heaven, how He gave us a promise. Acts Chapter 1 says, “For John truly baptized with water: but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” He spoke about Acts Chapter 2 and the Upper Room experience. He explained it so well, but I began to think to myself, “That’s not for me.” Right at that moment, that preacher stretched his little bony finger, what seemed to be right at me, and said, “Don’t you doubt the Holy Ghost!” That got my attention. I listened intently the rest of the service. Now, you would think with the Spirit, moving the way it was in that service, that I would run to the altar. Nope! As soon as the altar call was made, I headed for the door. Just then, Becky grabbed my hand and said, “Let’s go pray.” We walked to the front of the church. There were many people praying and seeking God already. The preacher asked me if I had ever been filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking with other tongues. I said, “No.” He laid his hands on my forehead and began to pray. I was praying too. I have no other way to describe it other than to say God took over. People were dancing, shouting, and praising God. The Lord moved on me that night. I spoke in another tongue, as I had never done before. There were many others that were filled that night. Some gave interpretations. Mine experience was more like a prayer. There was no interpretation. The pastor of the church at that time thought it was important to make sure I understood what had happened. I knew, but I was grateful for the time he spent with Becky and I. I’ll never forget that night.

 

There are some people who would say that the experience I had wasn’t real. There are some who say that people cannot speak in other tongues, whether they are known or unknown. I say, bunk! If God could enable everyday human beings to speak with other tongues 2,000 years ago, He can do it today. And besides, isn’t this a miracle? Why is it so easy for people to believe in financial miracles? Healings? Wasn’t it God himself who said, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord?” If I remember correctly, this is when he told an 89 year old woman she was going to have a baby! Jesus raised people from the dead. No one who knows Him, as Savior, would deny those miracles happened.

 

Here’s what I think: I believe, when people don’t understand, it is easy to say it isn’t real. Those who have never experienced healing, have a hard time believing it. Some even go as far as to use the Bible to discredit miracles, saying that was only for the early Church. Again, I say, “Bunk!” I believe that God can do anything for His people. It is true that some falsely use these gifts from God for their own glory. God sees, and God knows.

 

There are many things that I don’t understand, but I want to. Remember the lady above who was healed in our service? Why did she get healed? I’ve seen some beautiful, faithful people suffer and die without their healing. I don’t know why they weren’t healed. But, I do know this: God is in control. God is on the Throne. I trust Him. I believe His Word. I will trust in it. There is no other way to Heaven. I am part of His Church. He blesses me every day. I thank Him for it. I thank Him for the gifts He gives. No, I don’t have all of them. I feel a lot like Paul, being the least among you. But, I am among you! I am a part. I praise God for it all.

 

I hope this is helpful to those of you who are looking for a deeper walk with God. We need to get closer to Him every day. I need and want to do more. I want ALL God has for me. Don’t you?

“WE ARE GOING TO THE OTHER SIDE!”

 

MARK 4: 35-41

 

 

HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE YOU WERE JUST EASING ALONG, ENJOYING LIFE? THEN, OUT OF NOWHERE, A STORM HITS! IT MAY BE SOMETHING WITH YOUR HUSBAND, WIFE, SON, DAUGHTER, OR YOUR JOB, TOTALLY, UNEXPECTED, RIGHT OUT OF THE BLUE. YOU DIDN’T HAVE ANY WARNING SIGNS. YOU WERE JUST SAILING ALONG WITH THE WIND AT YOUR BACK, WHEN THE BOTTOM FELL OUT.

 

IN 2000, I WAS PRIVILEGED TO TAKE A TRIP TO ISRAEL. ONE OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE ACTIVITIES WAS THE “JESUS BOAT” RIDE WE TOOK ON THE SEA OF GALILEE. WE LEFT FROM THE CITY OF TIBERIAS. WE TOOK THE NORTHERN ROUTE TOWARDS CAPERNAUM. WE HAD A WONDERFUL SERVICE. THE WEATHER WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. THE SUN WAS OUT AND IT WAS WARM, A SLIGHT BREEZE BLOWING. SUDDENLY THE WIND CHANGED DIRECTIONS AND THE BOAT BEGAN TO ROCK. WITHIN SECONDS, THE WAVES WERE NEARLY CRESTING OVER THE BOW OF THE BOAT. EVERYONE BECAME VERY FEARFUL. FORTUNATELY, WE WERE CLOSE ENOUGH TO SHORE THAT WE ONLY HAD TO ENDURE A FEW MINUTES OF THE WIND STORM. OH, BUT THAT DAY WAS A BLESSING. THE BIBLE CAME ALIVE RIGHT BEFORE OUR EYES!

 

  1. When Jesus speaks, we must listen

 

  1. verse 35 says, let us pass over to the other side
  2. purpose
  3. determination
  4. faith

 

  1. The Great Storm of Wind

 

  1. waves were so high, they filled the ships
  2. Jesus was asleep
  3. A question:

 

*Master, carest thou not that we perish? (Verse 38)

 

How many times have we asked this question in our hearts, when we are in the midst of a storm?

 

 

 

We need to stop and ask ourselves, is this a valid question? Do we really believe that Jesus doesn’t care if we die or going through pain? Of course, He does! This is a classic trick from the devil. Satan wants us to believe that Jesus takes us to the edge of a cliff and drops us off. But, it’s not true!!! The devil is a liar, and the father of lies. Don’t play his games.

 

  1. Jesus does 3 things

 

  1. he arose
  2. rebuked the wind
  3. spoke to the wind: “Peace, be still”

 

IV. Faith moves the storm

 

  1. we must arise from the storm
  2. commanded the wind and the storm
  3. your faith speaks. Speak aloud what you need!

 

Faith brings calmness in the midst of the storm. It brings peace.

 

*Jesus asks another question: “Why are ye so fearful: How is it that ye have no faith?”

 

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him”

 

Do you have the faith to believe that, if Jesus says you’re going to the other side, that you will? We must come to the place where we fully trust Jesus as Savior, and as King. Otherwise, we are going to have to ride out some storms, alone. The disciples had seen first hand what the Lord could do. They saw the miracles, one after another. But, when they thought they’d lose their lives, they questioned Him. God help us.

 

We have all done it. We have taken something someone said, something we’ve heard,
or something we, ourselves, want to believe, and taken it for truth without knowing
the facts. We will even go to extreme of believing our own untruths. During the last
presidential election, we heard a new term from the media to keep the candidates and
what they said honest: fact checkers. The word alone implies that people lie, and people
believe lies. The question is, why?

1. We have a sinful nature: The Garden of Eden

READ GENESIS 3: 1-5
the serpent lied to Eve
he contradicted God’s word
Eve made a choice. She could have believed God or the devil.

WE HAVE THE SAME CHOICE TODAY! WE CAN BELIEVE A LIE OR BELIEVE
GOD.

2. We believe our own lies

a. My own lie: I’M NOT FAT

READ 2ND SAMUEL 11 AND 12

b. David’s lie

David lied to himself when he stayed at home instead of going to battle, as he should
have. He lied to himself, when he saw Bathsheeba from his rooftop. He lied to himself
when he slept with her. He lied to himself when he sent Bathsheeba’s husband, Uriah, to
the front of the battle lines, so he would be killed. He lied when the prophet confronted
him.

When the prophet told the story about the selfish man who stole the sheep, David was so
angry. Nathan said, “Thou art the man!” In all this ugly tragedy the king not only lied to
himself, he lied to God.

FRIENDS, DON’T EVER THINK YOU ARE GETTING AWAY WITH YOUR
LIES. YOU MAY FOOL YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND MAYBE EVEN YOUR
ENEMIES. YOU CAN NEVER FOOL GOD!

c. Don’t think that lies won’t cost you

3. Let’s consider Judas Iscariot

a. Matthew 26: 14 talks about how Judas literally bought the life of Jesus for 30
pieces of silver (at the time my commentary was written, about $20). From that
time on, Judas looked for a way to deliver Jesus to the chief priests. As the Last
Supper was taking place, Jesus told the 12 what was going to happen. When Judas
asked, “Is it I?” knowing it was, Jesus said, “Thou hast said.”

b. In Matthew 27, Judas begins to realize what he has done. In desperation he takes
the money back to the priests. They won’t take it. Then he begins to be sorrowful.

IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO BE SORROWFUL! YOU MUST REPENT BEFORE
GOD.

Then, Judas goes out, not being able to live with what he did, and hung himself. Jesus
said earlier, that it would have been better that he hadn’t been born than to betray the
Son of God.

4. How do I keep from lying to myself and to others?

Get saved
Study God’s Word
Go to Church
Be honest with yourself and others

JOHN 4:23 AND 24 SAYS, “BUT THE HOUR COMETH, AND NOW IS, WHEN
TRUE WORSHIPPERS SHALL WORSHIP THE FATHER IN SPIRIT AND IN
TRUTH, FOR THE FATHER SEEKETH SUCH TO WORSHIP HIM. (God is looking
for you! He wants commune with you.) GOD IS A SPIRIT: AND THEY THAT
WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH.”

5. Jesus is our example: MATT. 4: 1-11

a. Jesus was led to be tempted

THE WAY TO OVERCOME TEMPTATION IS TO CONFRONT IT HEAD-ON!

b. he fasted for 40 days and nights
c. How did Jesus defend himself?

WITH THE WORD OF GOD!!

d. What did the devil do?

HE MADE PROMISES HE COULDN’T KEEP!

Verse 6 says he asked Jesus to commit suicide. Jesus fought with the Word.

In verse 9 he promised to give Jesus the kingdoms of the world and all their glory. Who
owns the earth and all it’s fullness?

In verse 10, Jesus said, “Get the hence, satan: for it is written, ‘Thou shalt worship the
Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.’”

THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO!! WE COMMAND THE DEVIL TO LEAVE US
USING GOD’S WORD AS OUR WEAPON.

READ EPHESIANS 6: 13-17

In closing, we saw how David’s lies entangled him in a messy web of sin. Judas may
have believed he was doing Jesus a favor. He was doing the devil’s work. In the end he
lost his life by his own hands. Both of these men believed their own lies. It cost them
dearly. You don’t have to suffer the same fate. You can truly repent and turn to the Lord,
who is Truth.

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