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"If Larry Norman is to be called the father of Christian Rock, then Marsha Stevens certainly deserves to be known as the mother of contemporary Christian music, a title that Christian Century and others have bestowed upon her. She was the leader of what is considered to be the world's first contemporary Christian music group, Children of the Day, and she has continued as a solo artist to produce albums of worship-oriented and edifying adult contemporary pop. As such, she remains the progenitor of what, by 2002, would become the single most popular genre in the contemporary Christian music market." - Excerpt from "The Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music", Sept. 2002
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I'm so glad you came to visit us and pray that you see the hope that Jesus gives us when you read these pages. The
Bible tells us in 1 Peter to ALWAYS be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks, a reason for the hope that is
within us. It is in that spirit that we write on these pages, that we sing the songs and write the lyrics that tell about that
hope. If people leave their email addresses and names, I answer every email, too - praying always that you can receive
Christ in you, the hope of glory!
New: Please note that some accompaniment tracks are now available here on our sales page,
along with much of the first music and meditation recording.
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NEWS THIS SEASON:
Welcome to our home. We hope you feel the Holy Spirit at work here in the lives and stories that we share. (If you are on an aol-based link, you may have to go to another browser to read this all correctly!) Balm Ministries is an outreach to those who feel they have been somehow left out of the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I started out, I thought that would mean just the glbt community. But I've come to discover that there are people from all walks of life who feel that God somehow doesn't quite like them. Clearly Jesus knew we would feel this way because He went out of His way to include "the least, the last and the lost" and even told us that He didn't come for people who already had it all together, but for those who needed Him. Then in the book of Romans, the Holy Spirit speaking through Paul tried to shut all the loopholes by listing all the things that CANNOT separate us from God's love - not famine or nakedness or peril or sword, not life, nor death, nor height, nor depth, nor angels, nor principalites, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come...(let's see, have I covered everything? Well, just for good measure) nor ANYTHING ELSE IN ALL CREATION will ever separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus! We're just here to remind you
Be sure to go to the link on our store page (after the music) to see the new MCC Cross. If you purchase one and mention Balm Ministries, part of the profit will go to Balm.
Cindy and I are looking forward to getting back to concerts in October. Watch the Tour Schedule for updates.
New article online It's part of a new book about the evolution of Contemporary Christian Music. It's a different take!
Read it and post comments!!
The CD, I Am Home, is making rounds and getting some reviews. It was one of 8 albums nominated for the OUT music awards, but did not make the finals. For those of you who have moved into the 21st century, I will try to update the download page ;-) I knew everyone would like "Jesus to Me", since we have those people in our lives, but a surprise fave has been "The Wailing Wall". I was so impressed during our trip to Israel at how positive people were. When we talked about the trip here in the US, we got lots of, "Wow, are you sure you want to go to such a dangerous place?" kinds of questions. And, just for the record, there were more people killed in Pinellas County Florida during the 10 we were on our trip than were killed in all of Israel during that time! But, the focus there is on the good, the survivors, the heros, the safety, the blessings. So, that inspired the song. I'll post it now. Blessings, Marsha and Cindy Stevens-Pino
Marsha's son and his family: from left
Bri, Johnny, Cindy, Caleb, Rachael, Marsha and JJ
Marsha's daughter and son-in-law's family. From left
Chris, Marsha, little Hannah, Cindy, Naomi and Joanie
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