Olio

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Band, Olio
Early Winter (December 2014) Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Olio
Photo by Beth Aranda-Hodzic

The Power Trio musically known as Olio certainly has crafted one of the best original sounds currently out in the Indie Music Scene. It is their Classic Rock style blended with a mixture of Funk and Pop that makes their music a hit with music lovers from around the world. We had the opportunity to speak to the members of the band about their fantastic music and this is what transpired from our magnificent online encounter.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Olio: Pop Rock in your face!

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Olio: Led Zeppelin, The Police, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Sly Stone, The Beatles…

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Olio: I think from the new album our favorite song lately has been Round & Round. It has really been hyped and the crowds have been really getting into it.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Olio: Well, we just finished up at the Sidepony Music Fest in Bisbee, AZ and really kool bands to look out for are RUCA, FAIRY BONES, MELISSA REAVES (just insane!) RADIO LA CHUSMA (Mexican/Reggae/Dance) & JERUSAFUNK these acts were the stand outs to us and they just brought it!

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Olio: We write in various ways, jams or someone brings in an idea and we finish it out. We draw on everyday life stuff…relationships, family, friends, social events, sporting events, politics, and sex. You know, all the good stuff!

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Olio: We would love to open for Lenny Kravitz right now; he’s got a great new album out and is going to bring the show to the states soon. That would be a great fit. We tried to get on a show with Dirty Loops but they weren’t having it. Oh well…

Isaac: :-( I am sorry to hear that….it would had been perfect for you guys.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Olio: Man, we’re pretty boring guys but we are busy. Busy with families and non-music projects. Do a little traveling and just hang out and relax.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Olio: Money, love, sex, music, family. Not necessarily in that order.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Olio: Well, we’re pretty calm katz, so not a lot of “trouble” is caused by us. Our biggest pet peeve on the road is just dealing with drunk people at the shows. It’s hard to be nice sometimes, when people are just being idiots. We are very open and relational, so it’s a drag when someone messes that up. Not only for us but other people trying to have a good time.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Olio: Yes, most definitely we would do it again. We would do it a lot sooner but we would do it again.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Olio: Well, if we couldn’t perform, the next best thing would be to be songwriters and producers. We would be in the game somehow someway.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Olio: When it comes to performing, we always give it 100% regardless of the size of the crowd. Whoever is there, is there to see you and they deserve a show!

Isaac: This is excellent advice.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Olio: 10 years from now we will be touring, recording, producing etc…/just on a larger scale with bigger budgets and better production. There’s no stopping this train.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Olio: I think might have been when we won the 2011 Emerging Artist competition in 2011. It gave us the confirmation we needed and some momentum even though our bass player quit right after that. But we got Kelley and literally everything started taking off. We ended up work with Eddie Kramer (twice) for two EP’s, one included recording in France. More successful touring and touring the U.S. becoming more focused and determined to do great things in this industry. And we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next!

Official Website for Olio:
http://www.oliomusic.com/

Rays of Son, week of Nov. 9, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Christian Business Corp. Plans Big Thanksgiving Community Dinner

By Greg Miller © 2014

Christian Business Corporation was known throughout the community for its desire to continually minister to area residents.

City Council members, along with the mayor, signed a letter of appreciation to Christian Business Corp. (CBC). The correspondence thanked the corporation’s CEO for making a positive difference in the lives of community members. “I wish all of our corporate citizens were as active in the community as you are,” wrote the mayor.

After receiving the letter, CEO called the newspapers, and radio and TV stations to schedule a news conference. In his opening statement, CDO observed, “The Sovereign Lord has blessed our corporation immensely. “And we are thankful our local tax revenue is being used in a responsible manner to build up this community.”

CEO continued, “Almighty God is leading us to expand our ministry. One of the ways we are doing this is by starting an annual Community Thanksgiving Day dinner. Everyone in the community is invited for a fantastic free meal in our gigantic auditorium.”

TV Reporter asked, “Who is providing the food for the event?”

“Several area churches are sharing their cooking and baking skills.”

One church, CEO said, would bake a variety of breads, cakes and pies. “A second  church will bring hundreds of gallons of ice cream,” he grinned. “A third church will provide mashed potatoes and potato salad.”

CEO said his wife, Mrs. CEO, would cook her delicious chicken-and-dumplings. He added, “City Treasurer will be baking a dozen ducks for the occasion.

“I even plan to bake some of my super-duper CEO Thanksgiving Cookies,” he said.

“What ingredients will you use?” asked Radio News Director.

“Oh, a little of this and a little of that,” chuckled CEO.

CEO told reporters the company was considering the possibility of hosting a Christmas dinner. “We will announce those plans at the Thanksgiving dinner,” said CEO.

CEO offered prayer for the success of the event, as well as the success of the community.  “Father, I ask that you bless our corporation and help us to continually lift up the name of Jesus. May our town always be a light that points the way to Him.”

Mrs. CEO, who served as her husband’s administrative assistant, was determined to play a vital role in the success of the community dinner. “I will be glad to serve as the Master of Ceremonies,” she told her husband. “In addition to my chicken-and-dumplings, I will also take another large container of food.”

“What will you take, a turkey?”

“No, it won’t be a turkey. It will be what you lovingly refer to as ‘mystery meat!’”

To contact the writer of this column about speaking engagements, including Christian Comedy Fundraising Outreaches, Christian Creativity Seminars and/or puppet ministry, please email raysofson@gmail.com.

Rays of Son, week of Nov. 2, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Church Attracts Visitors with Bottled Water Ministry

By Greg Miller © 2014

Calvin stood at the main intersection of his hometown, fulfilling his God-called ministry.

“This is an easy ministry assignment,” Calvin told Pastor Carlos, the minister of the local church.

“I enjoy standing at city’s the busiest corner, sharing free bottles of spring water. The people’s faces really light up when they are drinking the water.”

The bottles’ labels included a Scripture verse, John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“May I help you distribute the water next week?” asked Pastor Carlos.

“Certainly,” replied Calvin, who distributed the water a couple of hours prior to Wednesday’s evening service.

The following Wednesday, Pastor Carlos and Calvin met at their appointed destination and began sharing bottles of water.

Carl and his wife, Cynthia, asked for bottles of water.  “Do you mind if we also pray for you?” asked Calvin.

“We would appreciate that,” said Cynthia. “Our two-year-old daughter, Cassie, has been diagnosed with leukemia, and the doctors don’t have a very good prognosis.”

Calvin and Pastor Carlos prayed for Cassie, and Cynthia reported she believed God had already healed the toddler. She quoted First Peter 2:24, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.”

The Holy Spirit had been dealing with Carl for several months. “I asked the Lord to forgive my sins and come live in my heart many years ago,” Carl said. “But I feel I need to be closer to God.”

Once again, Pastor Carlos and Calvin prayed with Carl and Cynthia. “You have been a blessing to us,” Carl said. “Is it alright if we attend tonight’s worship service?”

“We always welcome visitors to our services,” Calvin said.

“That’s right,” Past or Carlos agreed. “I must warn you, however, you are only allowed to visit the church one time.”

“Do you mean we can never attend another service?” asked Cynthia.

“You may attend every service,” said Pastor Carlos. “After your first service, however, you’re no longer considered a visitor. You’re then part of our church family.”

Carl, Cynthia and Cassie were already at the church when Calvin arrived. Cynthia was smiling from ear to ear. “When we left you earlier today, we were on our way to get our SUV. My mom had told us we needed to get a smaller vehicle because we only have one child.

“I said, ‘Mom, we only have one child – so far. We believe God will give us at least four more children, and we’ll need a vehicle big enough for all of them to ride in at one time!”

To contact the writer of this column about speaking engagements, including Christian Comedy Fundraising Outreaches, Christian Creativity Seminars and/or puppet ministry, please email raysofson@gmail.com.

Rays of Son, week of Oct. 19, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Church Officials Meet to Discuss

Requirements for Salvation

 By Greg Miller © 2014

A group of church leaders gathered for a summit to discuss the requirements they felt were necessary to spend eternity with God.

“I believe we should practice the Gold Rule!” exclaimed Greta, who taught the Great Adult Sunday School Class.” She quoted Matthew 7:12, where Jesus said, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”

“I believe we must concentrate our efforts on evangelizing children,” said Giselle, who taught the Great Children’s Ministry.

“The Bible talks much about giving,” said Galileo, who taught the Great Christian Astronomy Course. “I think if we give a certain percentage of our income to God we are assured of salvation.”

“If we gather in church to worship five days a week, we are reserving great spots for our great mansions in God’s great heaven,” opined Grecia, leader of the Great Church Ladies Group.

“Reading the Bible completely through at least three times each year will guarantee eternal bliss,” stated Gina, known as the Great Giver. Gina served as the treasurer of the Great Giving Church.

“History is an important aspect of our Christian faith,” said George, Assistant Pastor of Great Church. “Based on that fact, we must read and learn biographical information of all Old Testament and New Testament characters. By the way, my favorite Old Testament character is the prophet Jonah. The Lord Jesus Christ is my favorite New Testament character.”

“We must be baptized in the Jordan River,” said Gerry, who taught the Great Women of the Bible Sunday School Class. “Jesus Himself was baptized there.”

“Becoming proficient in all the newest technological media is necessary,” opined Gershwin, who conducted the Great Church orchestra. “The Lord gave us all these new technologies. I’m sure He expects us to use them.”

Gabriel, who played the trumpet in the Great Church orchestra, chimed in, “A brand new and exciting requirement has been added to the list of qualifications for eternal life. Everyone who wants to be a Christian in good standing must now learn to play the trumpet.”

Gabriel added, “And be willing to practice a minimum of five hours each week!”

Grace, the Minister of Grace at the Great Grace Church of Grace, had the final word. “Grace quoted the Scripture, Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

“That will be the last word on the subject,” Grace said. “I knew all along I was right!”

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Rays of Son, week of Oct. 12, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Man Invents Special Evangelism Tool

By Greg Miller © 2014

Paul and Pauline were very active members of their local church.

Paul taught the adult Sunday school class, served as a deacon and filled in for Patrick, the youth church director, if Patrick was unable to lead the youth services.

Pauline taught a class for women who had recently become Christians. She also taught a cooking class for young women who were soon to be married.

Although the husband-and-wife team  were busy working for the Lord, they yearned for opportunities for further Christian service. Both Paul and Pauline faithfully witnessed to their co-workers. Five  days a week, Paul ate his two tuna fish sandwiches while he shared Bible verses with his co-workers.

“I enjoy fish sandwiches and, as a Christian, I am a fisher of men,” Paul quipped to Pauline.

“And I’m a fisher of women,” Pauline joked back.

A news buff, Paul monitored the daily televised newscasts for important world happenings. “I believe we’re nearing the end of time as we know it,” he told his co-workers.

“You’re just making a mountain out of a molehill, Paul,” said Patricia, Paul’s supervisor at the factory where they worked. “The world has been in its current condition for many years.”

“It’s getting progressively worse,” Paul observed. “I anticipate Jesus is coming back for His church very soon.”

“Well, I plan to have some more fun before I give my heart to God,” said Patricia. “You should loosen up a bit and enjoy things more yourself.”

“I don’t want that kind of fun anymore,” Paul said. “When Jesus died on Calvary’s cross for me, He gave His all. He gave His best. How can I do any less for Him?”

Pauline led several of her co-workers to faith in Jesus. “Thank you for telling me about Jesus’ love for me,” Pixie told her.

“Jesus’ love means more to me than anything,” Portia told Pauline.

Pixie and her husband, Peter, and Portia and her husband, Porter, began attending church with Pauline and Paul.

Paul enjoyed trying to invent new things. One day, Paul decided to invent a microphone so powerful it could reach every human on the planet.  Paul reasoned the microphone could complete the job of global evangelization.

“It’s such a unique idea,” said Paul. “I don’t know why no one else has thought about it before.”

Paul told Pauline, “The mic can simultaneously translate the words spoken through it into every language of the world.”

God spoke to Paul, “I’m very glad you are so eager to evangelize the world, but I don’t want you to do it all at one time and all by yourself. I want all my children to be busy telling their world about me!”

To contact the writer of this column about speaking engagements, including Christian Comedy Fundraising Outreaches, Christian Creativity Seminars, and/or puppet ministry, please email raysofson@gmail.com.

Rays of Son, week of Oct. 5, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Riders Enjoy Ministry of Mass Transit Bus

By Greg Miller © 2014

Mass Transit Bus faithfully rolled through her major metropolitan city every day.

A driver was not assigned to drive MTB, as she was affectionately called. “God has blessed me with the ability to drive myself,” she told her riders.

MTB  also could communicate with the commuters. In her own way, MTB shared her perceptions of God with her human friends. The friends, in turn, talked to her about their perceptions of God.

“God is awesome!,” MTB exclaimed. “He created humans in His image, and He gave them the wisdom and intelligence to invent me. Pretty cool, huh?”

“It certainly is!,” replied Matilda. “He calls each of us and endows us with the gifts and abilities He wants us to use for Him.”

“What kind of work do you do, Matilda,” asked MTB.

“I have two jobs, MTB. I work at a radio station. I do play-by-play reports for local high school baseball teams. ”

“What’s your second job?”

“I’m a breakfast cook at a local restaurant.”

“Are you a good cook?”

“Many people eat breakfast there every day, so I do think I’m a good cook. God gave me a good radio voice, and He gave me the ability to learn to become a good cook.”

“You had to learn how to cook?”

“Yes, I did, MTB. When I was younger, I couldn’t even boil  water.”

MTB addressed the woman sitting beside Matilda. MTB asked, “Where do you work?”

“I’m a secretary, and I work in a CPA’s office,” said Martha. “I really enjoy working with figures and counting money.”

“Was math your favorite subject in school?,” MTB asked.

“Yes, it was. I’ve always enjoyed working with numbers. I  started learning math when I was still in the womb, because I remember counting my fingers and toes!”

Mitch, who rode MTB every day, only slept about four hours each night. “You roll over all the bumps in the road so gently,” Mitch observed. “I can sleep for about 30 minutes, and I’m refreshed by the time I get to work. By the way, God gave me a dream while I was riding to work yesterday.”

“Please share the dream with us,” MTB requested.

“My dream was about you, MTB. God showed me how you faithfully take your riders to their destinations every day. He’s very proud of you.

“I do have one question for you, MTB. You are only one bus. You can only cover a few city streets, and you work almost 24 hours a day. Who provides the rest of the city’s mass transit needs?”

MTB replied, “I come from a big family.  I have a lot of brothers and sisters. God called all of us into the bus ministry. My siblings cover all the streets God has not assigned to me!”

To contact the writer of this column about speaking engagements, including Christian Comedy Fundraisers, Christian Creativity Seminars, and/or puppet ministry, please email raysofson@gmail.com.

Rays of Son, week of Sept. 28, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Crusade Evangelist Also Conducts Bible Studies

By Greg Miller © 2014

Preacher Adam conducted evangelism crusades throughout the world.

Preacher Adam loved seeing many people come to the Lord at the conclusion of each crusade service. Before each service, he hosted a Bible study for crusade attendees. Prior to one service, the Bible study focused on the characteristics of God. All attendees were given an opportunity to share one of God’s characteristics.

“God is awesome,” said Abraham. “In fact, I think the word ‘awesome’ should only be used to refer to the Lord. Not to a TV show, not to an entertainer or performer, not to a sports team, not to a delicious home-cooked meal, only God!”

“God is a provider of great blessing,” said Barbara. “Through the blessing of God, all good things come to us.”

Chuck took a more humorous approach. “I see God in sort of a comedic light,” he said. “Every time I look in the mirror, I’m sure God must have a sense of humor.”

“God is my deliverer,” said Dale. “No matter what I have to face or go through, God gives me the grace to see me through to the end. God’s deliverance may not always come when I expect it, or in the manner I anticipate, but it will always come in the right way and at the right time!”

“God is everlasting,” said Edwina. “He has no beginning and will have no end. I don’t really understand it, but that’s the way it is.”

“God is everything to me,” said Evan. “He is my life. He is my future.”

“Forgiving – that’s the best word I can think of to describe God,” said Frank.

“My word to describe God is ‘great,’” said Grace. “God’s greatness reminds me of my name. His grace, too, is a wonderful attribute.”

Honorable was the word Hannah chose to describe God. “God is honorable in all things,” said Hannah.

“God is invincible,” said Isaac.

“God is love,” said Lisa. “He is solid love through and through.”

“To me, the Lord is precious,” Priscilla shared.

“Jesus is my redeemer,” said Ralph.

“Jesus is sinless,” shared Sarah. “He never said, did or thought anything that was sinful.”

“My word for the Lord is terrific,” said Thomas.

“I think the word ‘wisdom’ best describes God,” said Wesley. “No human is nearly as wise as the Lord. He is full of wisdom. Wisdom constantly emanates from Him.”

“How wise is God?,” Adam asked Wesley.

“God is omniscient,” said Wesley. “He is all wise, and there is only one thing I can tell you for sure.”

“What’s that?,” Adam asked.

“When it comes to wisdom, God is much wiser than I am,” Wesley chuckled.

“Even I could have told you that,” observed Thomas. “All you had to do was ask!”

To contact the writer of this column about speaking opportunities, including Christian Comedy Fundraisers, Christian Creativity Seminars and/or puppet ministry, please email raysofson@gmail.com.

Rays of Son, week of Sept. 21, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Christian Woman Boldly Shares Her Faith

By Greg Miller © 2014

Teresa was a 50-year-old woman who enjoyed sharing her Christian faith with everyone.

Teresa, a nurse, took advantage of opportunities to talk about the Lord when new patients were admitted into the hospital where she was employed. “As a nurse, it’s my job to help bring healing to their bodies,” she told Thomas, her husband. “As a Christian, I must share how Jesus saved me from sin, healed my body and helps me with everything I face in life.”

“I’m very proud of you,” said Thomas. “Many Christians are timid when it comes to sharing their faith.”

On her way to work every morning, Teresa stopped at the local diner for breakfast. As Teresa entered the eatery, Terri, the waitress, asked, “The usual, Teresa?”

“Sure,” Teresa replied.

Teresa removed her jacket and sat down next to a woman who seemed depressed. “What’s the matter?,” Teresa asked.

“I’m a bit down this morning,” the woman sobbed. “My husband came home from work last night and said he wants a divorce. We’ve been married for 20 years. He’s my whole life. I don’t know what I’ll do without him. By the way, my name is Tabitha, but you can call me Tabby.”

“My name is Teresa, but my friends call me Ter.”

“Glad to meet you, Ter.”

“Tabby, has anyone ever told you about Jesus?”

“Oh, I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was about 10 years old. Jesus was everything to me until I met Thad. I feel head over heels in love with Thad, and we were married several months later.”

“So you sort of forgot about the Lord for the past few years?”

“That’s about the size of it,” Tabitha admitted.

“Why not renew your relationship with Jesus right now? His arms are open wide for you. In fact, I’ll be glad to pray with you now right now.”

“Thanks, Ter.  You’re a real friend. I know I just met you, but I feel as if I’ve known you all my life.”

“Father, I ask for your forgiveness,” Tabitha prayed. “I know I’ve sinned in drawing away from you. I confess my sin. Please forgive me.”

“Any time you sin, just come to me,” whispered the Lord. “I am always willing to forgive you.”

Terri returned with Teresa’s breakfast. “Thanks,” said Teresa.

“Your boldness is refreshing,” said Terri. “About a month ago, you told me how much Jesus loves me. Last night, I knelt beside my bed and asked Him to come into my heart.”

To Terri, the Lord whispered, “Thank you for inviting me into your heart. I will never leave or forsake you.”

“I know that, Lord,” said Terri. “That’s one of my favorite Bible verses.”

“I always honor my Word,” said the Lord. “It is impossible for me to lie!”

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Rays of Son, week of Sept. 7, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Man Fulfills Dream of Becoming

Professional Baseball Player

 By Greg Miller © 2014

David was thrilled with the inaugural season of a new pro baseball league.

One of the league’s teams played its home games in David’s home town. David faithfully attended all those games. A devout Christian, he took a couple of youngsters from a local orphanage to the games. Between innings, David shared with his guests the message of the Good News of the Lord Jesus.

God was pleased that David continually shared his faith. “You are doing a great job of telling the youngsters about me, so I have another assignment for you.” said the Lord.

“But, Lord,” David objected, “I’m content to continue taking the kids to the games and sharing my faith with them.”

“I know you are, David. I also know I can always count on you to do any job I give you.”

“What do you want me to do, Sir?,” asked David.

“You’re dream of becoming a professional baseball player is going to become reality,” said the Lord. I have given your name to the manager and instructed him to call you and let you try out for the team. You are going to be a pinch hitter and relief pitcher.”

“What about the kids?,” asked David.

“I did not forget about the kids. I’ve spoken to Doug, your younger brother. Once you’ve made the team, Doug will be escorting the youngsters to the games.”

The following afternoon, David’s cell phone rang. “Hello, David,” said the caller. “My name is Dale. I’m the manager of the local pro baseball team. While I was praying, the Lord told me to call you and invite you to try out for the team. Can you be at the stadium tomorrow at 3 p.m. for the tryout?

“Yippee!,” shouted David. “I’ll be there!”

Dale greeted David at the stadium. “Our number one southpaw starting pitcher, Drake, will throw a few fast balls and curves to you, so give it your best shot.”

David proceeded to crush every pitch into the outfield seats. “Wow!,” Drake exclaimed. “You’re terrific!”

“God gave me the ability, so He gets all the glory,” said David.

David showed his pitching ability by facing Drew, the team’s most feared hitter. A dozen pitches later, Drew was exhausted from swinging and missing.

“We want you on the team,” said Dale. “Now we just need to come to terms contract terms.”

“Whatever you offer is fine.”

“You will be our pinch hitter and ninth inning closer. You’ll be paid one million dollars for each inning you pitch and for every home run you hit.”

“Thanks,” said David. “I plan to live on 10 percent of my income and give the rest to God. Since He is giving me the talent and the opportunity, He should get the biggest part of my paycheck!”

To contact the writer of this column about speaking engagements, including Christian Comedy Fundraisers, Christian Creativity Seminars and/or puppet ministry, please email raysofson@gmail.com.

Rays of Son, week of Aug. 31, 2014

Rays of Son
with Greg Miller, Syndicated Christian Columnist

Couple Works Hard for God

By Greg Miller © 2014

Don was employed as a newspaper reporter, while his wife, Donna worked as a nurse in an assisted living facility.

Both felt a huge burden to use their income to further Christ’s work on the earth.  They gave 10 percent of their income to the local church and gave generously each week to various mission organizations and television ministries.

“It’s our responsibility to work hard for our employers, because we’re really working for the Lord,” Don told Donna.

“That’s right,” said Donna, who reminded Don of Colossians 3:22-25, “’Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”’

God blessed the couple with generous raises from their employers. The Lord told the couple to start their own businesses. Don began operating a mobile car washing service. Donna started a mobile beauty salon, taking her services into customers’ homes and offices.

When they first started their businesses, Don and Donna gave 10 percent of the income from those enterprises to God. Over a period of time, however, God blessed the businesses so much the couple began giving half of their profits to God.

Five years later, God told the couple to quit their jobs and run the businesses full time. “I’m going to bless you beyond your wildest dreams,” said the Lord.

“I thought you’d already done that,” Donna said.

“I thought so, too,” grinned Don. “We’re blessed beyond all measure. God has opened all of heaven’s windows and dumped His blessings right on top of us.”

“Sometimes I feel like God is blessing us as much as He blessed Abraham,” Don told Donna.

“You are as blessed as Abraham was blessed,” God said. “You may not have exactly the same stuff Abraham did but, trust me, you are blessed as much as he was blessed!”

“Sovereign Lord, you are so awesome,” Donna said. “Evidence of your grandeur and majesty abound throughout the universe!”

“I’m amazed by the fact that you created everything in six days,” said Don.

“That gives me an idea,” said Donna. “We have a holiday called Labor Day to honor our nation’s workers. We celebrate by taking that day off work. I think we should also designate the following day as a holiday. We could call it Back to Work Day, and we could celebrate by actually going back to work.’”

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