Update

Hello everyone!  It’s definitely been a while since I’ve last wrote or posted anything up here.  However, I’m still here and I’m very active in the ministry.  Today I want to give a you a few updates as to what’s been going on in my world and a few plans I have for the upcoming future.

To God be the glory!  Great things He has done and I know He will continue to do.  It has been a very busy last couple of months for me.  The preparation of this year’s Easter cantata for our Church was the biggest part of the load. My hours have also increased somewhat at work and so now I’m basically working an 8-4,5 shift Monday-Friday.  On Saturdays I usually work at Church and do things with the music program in preparation for upcoming services.  I also continue to teach piano currently on Mondays for two hours after work.

I’m currently in the process of moving.  I plan to give you updates in the near future about this.  I am also preparing to start recording my second CD this year.  I am so excited about this and can’t believe that I’m actually about to come out with a second CD already.  God is so good!  It’s my prayer that all who come under the sound of my music will see the love of Christ and that I can be a blessing to them.  My number one goal with anything I do is to point others to Jesus.  That is the ultimate goal of my ministry.

I’m not sure what my internet access will be like over the next couple of weeks due to the move, but until the next post you can keep up with me on instagram over at http://www.instagram.com/joshuaharrisonministries. As always, I appreciate your continued support and prayers.  God bless!

 

 

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A Little Bit About Me

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In today’s post, I wanted to give you a little bit of information about myself.  A little bit of my history in piano, and just a few personal things I thought you would like to know.  So, let’s get started!

I started taking piano lessons at the age of 6.  I was going to start when I was in Kindergarten but the teacher (my former Pastor’s wife) thought it would be best for me if I waited a little bit longer until the next year and then I would definitely be ready.  I am so glad that I did.  Every since I started taking lessons on day 1, (now 25 years old) I’ve never looked back with regret.  Now there was  a time when I wanted to stop so bad and my parents would not let me stop.  I am so glad they didn’t.  If it wasn’t for their encouragement and the support of others as well, I most likely would not be doing what I am doing now and be where I am at today.

Following the leading of the Holy Spirit, I left my home church, Berean Baptist Church and joined the Lexwin Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC, the first Sunday of December in 2014.  At the time when I first joined, I assisted in playing the piano and organ and sang in choir.  I now serve as the Church pianist and I teach piano there also.

Last of all, I like to read, read and  write poetry, take photos, try my hand at drawing, drink coffee and hang out with my friends.  God has given me such an amazing support group and for that I am thankful. It’s the support and encouraging words of friends and family that keep me going.

I thank God for giving me the ability to play the piano.  It is my hope and prayer that I will be a blessing and light to all those who come under the sound of my music.  If I could be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to let me know!

Much Love,

Joshua Harrison

Welcome 2017! New Year, New Goals

 

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Wow!  Where does the time go?  It almost seems as if just a few weeks ago we celebrated New Year’s Eve for 2016, and now, a few weeks later here we are.  It’s 2017.  As I continue to grow older, it seems as if time never slows down but speeds up.  I also realize the fact that I’m not getting any younger either.  I must be a wise steward of the time that God has given to me.  In light of this fact, I want to talk about goals I have set for this year concerning my music.  Some things will have to deal with my personal life, but today I want to mainly concentrate on goals I have for the ministry God has given to me.

Goal # 1 – Practice More… No matter how full my schedule will be I will make the time to practice.  As the saying goes, you will make time for what you love.  As a Church pianist, it’s my job to make that I am well-practiced and to make sure I have enough piano solos in my repertoire to drop and play at any given moment’s notice!  I also personally want to improve my skills at playing the piano.

Goal # 2 – Add 40-50 new songs to my repertoire… I really do not have these goals in any particular order, but in reference to my first goal, this will actually give me something to make sure that I am practicing more.  This is going to help me add both to my sacred and secular repertoire.

Goal # 3 – Record a video every week and upload it the web…This is going to be especially helpful to those who are considering hiring me for their event!  I would like to do this at least every other week if not every week.  This could be new music, or music I already have in my current repertoire.

# 4 – Network with other ministries

# 5 – Complete a 2nd CD

# 6 –  Get at least 15 student s in my studio

# 7 – Take piano lessons again

Some of these are going to take a considerably good amount of effort on my part, but, thank God I do not have to do it alone.   Jesus is going to be right there with me every single step of the way . I eagerly await 2017 to see what this year is going to hold.  I am more excited to share these adventures with you!

These are just a few of the many goals I have for both my music and personally, but, I just thought I would list a few of the main ones for you.

Happy New Years!  May God richly bless you this year, 2017

 

 

 

 

My First Semester At Bible College

This past August I enrolled at Calvary Baptist Bible College & Seminary in King, NC.  This was my first semester of college ever.  I graduated from high-school at Berean Christian School in 2011 and just wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do.  Sometimes I still wonder about it, but I’m just taking a step of faith.    Even though I had some struggles, my first semester was not a terrible one and I thought I would just share with you a few things about it.  Things I learned, things I would do differently and how I going to approach this upcoming spring semester.

Let’s first start with the decision to attend Bible College.  From kindergarten all the way through high-school, I attended the same Christian school. On top of that, I was a member at the Church of which the school was a ministry of.  I think sometimes we can take it for granted when having grown up it in all of our lives.  We take for granted the fact that we do have the opportunity to attend a Christian school or college.  Now looking back on my school years, there are things I wish I had not taken for granted.  Attending the same school from kindergarten, I was also familiar with “strict” rules.  So, following them in Bible College was not hard at all.  Still, since I had grown up in this kind of environment, I had almost become “tired” of rules like this.  I just wanted something that was different.  However, I began to pray about attending Bible college, and under the guidance of my Dad and Pastor, the two Godly men I trust, I enrolled in Bible College.  I still did not know what I wanted to do, but I knew that if God had led me this far, He would lead me the rest of the way.

One of the things that I found out about this semester was the fact that you have a lot of reading to do.  I mean a whole lot.  Most of the reading was almost half of our final semester grade.  We were told at the beginning of the semester to go ahead and get started with our reading and try to knock out most of it, so that when final projects were due, we would be stressed and pushed for time.  I told myself that I would not let myself fall into this situation.  However, I didn’t plan my time wisely like I should.  I will admit that I wasted a lot of time, and though I did not have all of the reading to complete at the end of the semester, I still had more than I needed to have considering I had a project for almost every class and the fact that I work almost full time and I am heavily involved in Church.  I almost had more than I could handle, but though I was pushed for time, I buckled down and I did finish it up.  However,  as much as I hate to admit it, when I sit back and think about it, I don’t think that I gave God my very best and that’s the most disappointing thing.  I have had to ask for God’s forgiveness concerning this.

Through it all, I learned a lot of things about how the school works, a lot of the teaching styles of the teachers and how most of the grading works.  One of the most important things I learned in relation to being a college student was how I needed to better plan and schedule out my time.  With the beginning of the new year, 2017 approaching us fast, and the start of this upcoming spring semester, I have lot of task that I will be taking on besides school.  I will most likely have a very full schedule.  I know that if I do not have a plan or schedule and  stick to it, things are going to be tougher than what they already are.   I ultimately will not be able to do the necessary task I have to complete this upcoming year.  I want to be able to do my best for Lord.  Not just an, “Ok…that will do” kind of job.

God has given me the opportunity to be able to attend Bible college, but not only to just attend but the ability to also pay for it, out of my own pocket and by myself.  God has been so good to me.  He’s done so much for me and I don’t even deserve it.  I can’t help but just want to do my best for Him.

I am looking forward to this upcoming semester.  In a way, I can’t wait to see what it holds.  Whatever situations that may arise, and no matter how heavy the load, I know God is going to be there to help me every single step of the way.  That’s going to be my attitude for this coming spring semester.  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”   – Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

My First CD, “Sounds Of Christmas”

Hello everyone!  I just wanted to let you know about my very cd that has just been released!  It’s called, “Sounds of Christmas.”  Piano 15585377_1619984494693732_8438459208041786883_oSolo Arrangements by Joshua Harrison.  I am so excited and thankful for this opportunity to be able to do this.  I had been wanting to do this for a long time.  Thanks to my producer, Israel Johnson for his amazing hard work.  We have already started to collaborate on my next one!  This CD for a limited time will be sold for $5.00.  If you would like to purchase one, send an email to joshuaharrisonministries@gmail.com.  Make sure to list your name, phone, email and address.  This information will not be shared with any third party.  Once you have sent the email I will send you an invoice via paypal.  If you prefer another method, let me know in the email.  I can deliver locally, (Winston Salem, Kernersville, High Point), most likely, any place outside these areas I will have to mail you your CD which will cost an additional $3.00 for shipping!  It is my prayer that you will receive a blessing and that you will enjoy it as much as I did putting it together!  Thank you for your interest!

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Missions Trip 2016 – Deming, New Mexico (Land Of Enchantment)

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With Christmas just around the corner, 2017 will be here before we know it.  Over the last couple of days I’ve been doing some reflecting on this past year and how God has worked in my life and shown me His faithfulness.  My mind keeps on going back to a particular time this past summer though which was our second trip to Deming, New Mexico.  God really did a work in my life this particular week in showing me His Will for my life.  I thought that I would share this post then, but I just didn’t feel at liberty from the Holy Spirit to do so.  In today’s post, I want to show you exactly what God did for me and how He spoke to my heart about His Will for my life and also how I saw that I can trust Him, no matter what the situation may be.

God really does work in mysterious ways.  Life seems to be an ever learning journey.   Little did I know that when I left with my church group on Friday, June 24, 2016, that I would learn more about God and His will for my life.  Up until this week I thought I knew what He wanted me to do. However, His ways are not our ways.

On June 24, 2016, I left with my church group to go to Deming, New Mexico for the second year to in a row to assist Pastor Steven Sykes of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.  Last year we helped Bro. Sykes prepare for His grand opening by passing out 5000 tracts in one week.  In addition to that we helped by doing different jobs around the church such as putting the steeple up, cleaning the property outside the church, and pretty much anything we could do that would help this Pastor.  This year we did not have as much to do though. However, we did have our hands busy and not only were we able to be a great help to this pastor but also to a couple of members of his Church by helping them do some yard work. That was a tough little job too.  I could tell I’m not used to that kind of work and it made me more appreciative of the privilege I have to work on the inside, however, I stuck in there, got my hands dirty and received the joy and blessing of being a help to someone in need.  Most importantly I was able to show the love of Christ to this man and his wife.

My main duty during this particular week was to help this Pastor record music on His digital piano and assist his oldest daughter with piano lessons.  This man does not have a pianist and so I was able to help him by recording close to 140 hymns for him.  I thought this task would be an easy one, but once I started I knew that wouldn’t be the case. However, I thoroughly enjoyed doing it.  This in combination with giving his daughter piano lessons was where I began to really see God’s will for my life.

Lately I’ve been praying about being a music missionary.  This past August, I enrolled in Bible College at Calvary Baptist Bible College in King, NC where I am studying missions.  My goal is to combine my mission training with my music and be a help to churches by assisting in helping them build Christ centered music programs,  teaching them music, train pianist and etc.  This in combination with writing music for church and church pianist. I have seen there is a great need for this, especially in smaller churches across the state and I’m sure across the country.  Assisting Pastor Sykes this past summer has really brought this to a greater light to my eyes.

Originally our church had planned to go to Pensacola Christian College in Florida for camp but things didn’t work out and God had other plans. Literally, about four days before we were scheduled to leave we found out that we would not be able to go. A bit confused, and left in bewilderment, we knew that we had to trust God.  We may never know why God allowed things to change.   Could He have been protecting us from something that could have done harm to us? Many times I find that is a general conclusion we like to jump to.   Maybe, maybe not.   However, I do know for myself that it was meant for me to go to New Mexico. I am so thankful to God for allowing things to change. I do not believe that I would have met with God in this way had I gone to Florida.   I do know that going to camp would have been a bit more “fun” but this fun for me might would have taken my focus from God and I may could have missed something very important.  By all means, please do not think I’m against Christian camps and having fun. In fact, I’m all for them.  I just don’t think it was meant for me to go to this camp this go-round. That’s all.

At the end of the week, we were able to go  to Arizona and see the Grand Canyon.  That was awesome! To see something that big and know that God created it made it an even more amazing.   To have the opportunity to travel through all the states was great too because I’ll never know of I’ll be able to make my way back West again.  I also collected a bunch of post cards too.  It’s a hobby I developed a few years ago.

On the way back we did have some vehicle trouble with the transmission in our church van.  We were delayed a day in Amarillo, Texas.  Through unfavorable conditions that day,  God blessed and a local church of that area helped provide a van and we were able to continue on our trip home.

I thank God for His undeserving grace and mercy!  I thank God for His faithfulness and protection.

Joshua Harrison Ministries

Hello and welcome to my ministry blog.  I’m so excited you are here with me today.  This is a new adventure for me.  Not blogging in general, but more so the content I will be posting here on this blog.  I am a Christian pianist and piano teacher and for the longest time I would use my blog as a means to hopefully help me earn more money.  But then I realized that the “money” issue was my problem.  I turned my trust from God and what He would do for me to the thought of what money could do for me.

I am so thankful the Lord showed me this.  I prayed and asked God to help me to live for Him and do what I do for His honor and glory.  Thus my ministry theme verse, “Do all to the glory of God.” I realize that without Him, I am nothing.

Now,I also understand that sometimes money does come along with being a pianist. Especially when I play for weddings and a variety of other events. I do have to live and it does cost to travel. However, I’ve decided not to let money be the I reason why I run my business. It’s not the main drive or focus anymore. I do what I do out of a pure love for Jesus Christ.

So, what will this blog be about?  I will be using this blog to feature and talk about any music projects I take on as well as any ministry opportunities that may arise.   Secondly, I will also be writing about different ministry activities I take part in.   This blog is sort of a journal too.  So, from time to time I will be writing and posting pictures from my personal life.  Why not get to know me as well!

It is my prayer that all who come under the sound of my music will receive a blessing and encouragement.