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As a pastor, teacher, author, actor and former singer in a gospel group  called "FourEver His!" - Lanny has been blessed to share thoughts and messages regarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ for much of his adult life. On occassion, some of those audio recordings will be posted on this page along with some of his other inspirational projects. Once again, everything shared on this page is for the glory of God Almighty.

The Magna Carta of Christian Liberty - Galatians 2

In Paul's letter to the Church in Galatia he shares the truth about the requirements for salvation as he confronts the legalistic practices of the Judaizers. Sadly, there are many in the church today who continue to blur the line between the Old Testament Laws and the grace of the Gospel. There is only one way to find salvation in this world, and it's not by your works. The forgiveness of sins, and the promise of eternal life in heaven can only be secured through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There is no other way. You can't buy your way, pray your way, or work your way into heaven. Only by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ is that possible. 

 

Yet, the reality of being a Christian is that you might believe that Jesus died for your sins, then rose from the grave and is the Son of God Almighty, but it doesn't mean that you're a true follower of Jesus. There are many believers out there today who turn the free gift of salvation through grace, into something legalistic,. They fall into the trap of being religious, rather than being transformed by God's amazing grace. It's been happening in people's lives and even within the church for nearly 2,000 years. 

 

The second chapter of Galatians is often referred to as the Magna Carta of Christian Liberty.  In this chapter the Apostle Paul defines the truth about grace and puts legalistic practices  into perspective. Listen to this lesson as Lanny shares on a topic that every Christian battles throughout their daily walk with Jesus. 

The Magna Carta of Christian Liberty
Galatians Chapter 2
GalatiansChapter2PastorLanny11082015.mp3
MP3 audio file [41.8 MB]

 

In August of 2015 I shared a message at a new church plant where I was serving as an associate pastor. The message was entitled “The Trust Factor!” Little did I know at the time, this message was a word of prophesy God was revealing for my own life in the not-so-distant future. In this message, I shared the reality of numerous experiences which had impacted my ability to trust people, as well as, my ability to trust the local “Church.” Two and a half years later everything that I shared in this message came back to visit in a profound way.

Fast forward to early 2018. The “Trust Factor” came to pay a visit with a vengeance. In a matter of just a few months during the early parts of 2018, my father became sick and after several months of hospital stays, he eventually died at the age of 84. Five weeks later my wife of eleven years filed for divorce, because I was just too unhappy. A short time later, my senior pastor informed me that if I allowed my wife to proceed with the divorce, I would no longer be allowed to serve in the church as a pastor. A few weeks later, our dog died. Within a few weeks the church board placed me on a paid leave of absence, stating that in four months my situation would be re-evaluated to see if I could continue my employment with the church. It was made clear at the onset of the leave that I was to stay away from the church, as well as the church family.

A few weeks later, the divorce was final and I was facing the darkest time of my life without a pastor, a church or a church family for support. Move forward a few more months when I met with the senior pastor to receive official notification of my termination. The pastor then proceeded to invite me to come back to the church as a part of the congregation so they could “help” in my healing process. Literally, his proposal of conditional grace was more than five months too late. In fact, within the very context of his suggestion, he made it clear I would be forced to face correction through this process. Therefore, I declined his offer. Needless to say just a few weeks later, I was informed that my ex-wife, (the one who instigated the divorce) was returning to the church that had terminated me because of the situation.

Within a six-month time period, I lost my father, my wife, my job, my ministry and my church family, along with my furry-little companion of eleven years. Imagine the emotional damage of being told by your wife, your pastor, your boss, and your church that you were no longer worth keeping around. My spirit had been severely crushed as my life had been completely turned upside down. In addition, many of the relationships I had invested years of time, energy and effort had thrown me out like a piece of useless trash. My “Trust Factor” had taken a devastating hit once again. I seriously struggled for months. But God's hand never left me and I felt His peace and healing touch throughout the entire experience. As time went on I was engulfed in His grace and wrapped in His healing love. Nearly a year after this whole ordeal began, I came across this message from August, 2015. The irony of God's timing is astounding!

Out of my own mouth from an earlier date, God delivered a message speaking directly about what I needed to do to realize the final piece of His merciful healing. In that message I stated, “I will not be defined by my reality in life. But rather, my reality is defined by my relationship with Christ!” I realized that my emotional healing was completely intertwined within my spiritual well-being. I was reminded once again that God will never let a hurt go to waste! I had a boat load of hurts God was preparing to use for His purpose and glory! Only through Christ can you find victory over the challenges of life. That is where all Hope lives!

If you’re dealing with any “Trust” or “Forgiveness” issues this is a message you need to hear because it gives God the glory and praise He so richly deserves. This message is less than thirty minutes in length, and I believe it is well worth the investment of your time. I’m amazed at God’s divine mercy, grace and timing. As well as, His divine sense of humor as He sent a message, through my own mouth, as to how I need to respond to the betrayal, rejection, devastation and malice I experienced at the hands of people whom I had trusted. God is good! All the time! I pray you enjoy these thoughts regarding “The Trust Factor!”     

The Trust Factor!
You can either be defined by your reality in life, or else, choose to have your reality defined by your relationship with Jesus Christ!
Aug 13 2015TrustFactor PastorLanny.mp3
MP3 audio file [45.7 MB]

"FourEver His!" was a Southern Gospel group that performed locally in the Denver Metro area during the 1990's. Pictured left to right is Lanny, Sandy, Kathy and Jodee. While our time together was limited to a mere decade, the joy we experienced sharing the Gospel of Jesus through music will last a life time. Here's one of the selections we loved to present called "Yes, Lord, Yes!" by Shirley Caesar. My son Dennis is playing the drums on this selection. He was 12 years old when we recorded this arrangement.

Yes, Lord, Yes!
FourEver His! Kathy Johnson, Sandra Gimer, Lanny Cook, Dennis Cook on Drums, Jodee Grady on Piano
12 Yes, Lord, Yes!.wma
Windows Media music file [2.3 MB]
The Sermon on the Mount - The Narrow Gate
Sometimes in this modern world it is difficult to relate to the stories contained in the Bible. In this message, Pastor Lanny relates the story from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount regarding the "Narrow Way" into modern technical terms.
SermonMountPastorLannySept242017.mp3
MP3 audio file [50.4 MB]
What Will Your Answer Be?
This poem was written by Lanny's mother Clarice in the 1970's. It has been recorded over the sound track of Jack Hayford's song, Majesty and is performed by Lanny back in the day when he was the bass singer in a Gospel Group called FourEverHis!
MajestyPoem.wma
Windows Media music file [3.3 MB]
What Will Your Answer Be? Video Presentation
Here's a video presentation of Clarice Cook's poem, What Will Your Answer Be? Performed by Lanny, recorded over the sound track of Jack Hayford's song Majesty.
AnswerBeSPMPerformnceTrackEmail.WMV
WMV File [8.3 MB]
Morning Has Broken - Goode Centennial United Methodist Choir
This is a recording from the Goode Centennial United Methodist Church Choir back in the 1990's. For a small church we had an amazing group of talented singers and musicians. One of my fondest memories of this recording was being able to sing with one of the greatest men I've ever had the pleasure of calling friend, Lester Arnold. He was an amazing mentor, colleague and friend. His influence in my life ranks right up there with that of my father. In fact, his wife Mary always referred to me as their #2 son. These were by far some of the most memorable times of my life. Our version of this 1930's classic is one of my favorites.
MorningHasBroken.mp3
MP3 audio file [5.3 MB]

Gilligan's Island Cast - Faith Bible Chapel International -

Drama Presentation Written and Directed by Lanny

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