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What do you believe
To my shattered and bleeding heart: I feel so lonely and Hopeless.
Have a great day
Love?
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What do you believe

Having a spirited conversation with someone the question was asked to me why are there so many denominations within the Protestant faith. I responded with, -that is a good question.- the person said the Catholic Church is one church, again my response was your right. With 42 years of experience in ministry, living in other countries for almost 25 years I have come up with this, a great deal of what people said the Lord told them to do really has not come from the Lord. The world looks at the church with confusion and unbelief because of what they see within the church. When someone says Baptist church my response is what type or from what branch of the Baptist Church. There must be at least if not more than 20 different varieties of Baptist churches. Some believing in the total opposite of the other. Now you and I both know that God does not split churches, he has never said take 50 people to start another church because the former church allows women to wear pants. When God truly is the center of the church there will be no division, no backstabbing, no malicious gossiping or just plain dislike for one another. I am often amazed at the number of people who go from church to church and have never been content enough to call it home. My question would be what exactly do we believe? Throughout the years I have been ripped apart by a number of people because of my doctrine and belief. I've had an old preacher woman from the Anderson Church of God branch point her finger in my face and say I was going to hell because I was not a member of that church. I have had Baptist people in my face stating that the gifts of the spirit have done more damage to the church and has nothing to do with the church of today. I must confess the early years of my ministry was to please everyone I quickly found out the impossibility of such a thing. As the years went on living in other countries all the baggage that I used to carry was slowly being stripped from me. I saw God's Spirit move in tremendous ways. I saw people being healed, I myself was told two times in my life I would make it through the night and here I am still plugging. I have seen people delivered from witchcraft in black magic, I have seen the hardest of hearts beautifully transformed by the power of the gospel. Can we get out of our small little boxes and allow God to do what he wants. I heard someone say it would be great to take the good from all of the churches and have just one church, the answer is simple it's called a Full Gospel Church. Let's not fall into the trap of allowing ourselves to say God doesn't do that anymore just because we don't believe it. Let's not stand in his way by pointing the finger and criticizing something or someone because we have not experienced what that person has experienced. We are not a mass of individual islands we are the body of Christ who holds up the light of the gospel to a crazy mixed up confused world. No, we don't need more churches we need the people in the church to make a full surrender to Jesus Christ to stand on his word and believe it from cover to cover.

To my shattered and bleeding heart: I feel so lonely and Hopeless.

"Lord, how long will You continually forget me? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day? How long will my enemy dominate me? Consider me and answer, Lord, my God. Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death, my enemy will say, 'I have triumphed over him,' and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken. But I have trusted in Your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in Your deliverance.

Have a great day

Are you surrounded by thick clouds of darkness? Jesus wants to blast through with the rays of his Holy light, He will destroy the darkness that surrounds you, You will be embraced by his strong arms of love. Have a great day.

Love?

My heart goes out to the man I talked to. He said he would never enter a church again for the rest of his life because of the attitudes of the people inside the church. I asked him what happened? He had no place to stay for days he was on the street and decided maybe he could get some help by going to church. As he entered the church no one spoke to him, piercing, staring looks as people seem to be in shock at the number of tattoos and a smell coming from him. When will we ever stop playing the church game? When will we be able to throw away the denominational rule book? And when will we finally understand we need to start loving people. Not enough to raise our hands, not enough to shout and sing, we are called to be witnesses for Jesus and we don't do that for you well. Yes, my heart goes out to all the people who have been hurt, judged and in many ways crucified by Christians.

hearing his voice

Many times the Christian musician has poured out music with intense emotion and overwhelming love for the Lord. At times this can be very draining on the musician. In the life of a Christian musician there comes a time where you hit dry spots. It seems that the creativity that has stopped the flow of music is not coming at a normal pace. We have all been through this many times in our musical careers. Many musicians have simply walked away for a few days or even weeks, others just keep on plugging at it until they find that creative spot once again. But for the Christian position they will take delight in God's word that will rejuvenate and refresh the soul. In the book of Zephaniah we read that the Lord is in our midst. His presence is filling our space, we read he will save us, he will rejoice over us with gladness, he will quiet you with his love. What a fantastic thought to hang onto that his love will bring over us peace and a sense of quietness that nothing else can do. The last part of this verse says he will rejoice over us with singing. Is it not time for us to put down the instruments, put down all the music and just let the Lord minister to us with his singing. There's nothing like enjoying the presence of the Lord and the joy of hearing his voice as he ministers to us.

Confused World

We are living in a hateful confused world I'm convinced with all my heart the answer to all this is Jesus. Over the course of more than 35 years of ministry, I have seen people transformed by the power of Christ love. But yet we are so comfortable in our denominational boxes week after week we preach to the choir that never seems to change we make little or no impact at all we don't want to get involved seems to be our favorite phrase our own comfort and reasoning determines our action. Somehow we are convinced everything is fine. A large church may think the solution is to plant sister churches but why would we plant a sister church within 5 min. of six other churches that have been there for decades. Do we think that will be the solution? But yet we cannot hear the cries of the hearts that break day after day, we don't want to talk to anybody who is perhaps sketchy looking or different. What will it take to awake a sleeping church? What will it take to bust out of our denominational thinking and present Jesus to the world as the Bible clearly lays out for us? There is no better time in our history than now. Someone who you will be in contact with his longing to hear about Jesus, do not let your attitudes or your personalities blow it. Christianity is not a club you join it's a lifestyle.

trust


For all of you who were going through a very difficult time this is for you. Isaiah 50:10 reads, “who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord”. You have dedicated yourself to the Lord, you love him, you worship him and you obey his his word, but you are in a very dark place right now it's hard to see any kind of a light shining through the darkness, but the Lord is saying to you right now trust in the name of the Lord and rely on the Lord. Some of you are facing issues with cancer, some of you are facing MS and other crippling diseases and it seems like there is no light shining on this problem. The Lord is saying trust me, trust me, I am in control, I will not leave you, I will not forget about you I love you with a love that is indescribable. You may say why doesn't God heal me? I can't answer that. I have seen people healed, I have had miracles performed in my life I should have been dead long time ago. But it is God who chooses what happens. In those times of darkness our focus must be on him and him alone. And yes in those times of darkness there is joy to be found in trusting a loving God.

what has happen

Something to think about. Have Christians become lazy? I am reminded of the days when people would carry their Bibles to church with such pride and honor. Now everything is provided on a PowerPoint software. Which makes it impossible for you to cross check another Scripture that the Lord may lead on your heart. Remembering the days of the hymn book where you physically had to pick it up and searched a number for the song. Yes the book contained a strange thing that seems to be missing in today's worship leading that is called notes. I discovered as a young boy that 4 lines of notes were called Harmony again something missing from today's worship. Somehow we think this will make it easy for people to enter the church but it does not. We have come up with all kinds of methods from free coffee to free food and still even a large church can't find 10 people to come out for a evening Sunday service, so we cancel evening services all together. It used to be good Holy Ghost preaching that would bring in people and later fill the altars. Brother or sister would poorly bang out something on the keyboards but still there was such a thing called the anointing. But somehow something has happened that does not make a happy future. I am the most techie, greeking, gadget loving person you can find, but something has to change in the church. There has to be a baptism of love for God's word and for his people, inner circles must be destroyed and yes they do exist in every church, worship leaders must have a heart changing experience with the Holy Spirit before they lead people into worship. I'm not saying we need to go back to the old days, but we have to learn from those days and figure out what wrong lane we have gone down.

What has happen

I fear we have become very casual with our approach to church. I had noticed the majority of people don't carry Bibles to church anymore. Now I know they may have a Bible app on their phone and that's okay the word of God still is the word of God whether it's digital or hard copy. But the question I have is this where or when did we make that radical turn into our nonchalant casual approach to church? I myself have not worn a tie in years in some circles I realize that is not accepted. But more importantly is our approach and our attitude to church. In Third World countries you walk into church and the altar is filled with people hours before the service even starts crying out to the Lord and asking his blessings and his miracles to come for that service. On the other hand we walk in church and the chatter is so loud, there is canned music playing in the background, the worship group is trying to get together. Have we lost the sense of holiness and awesomeness here in the United States? Is the world coming to us or are we drawing closer to the standards of the world? I remember growing up walking into church you could sense Majesty and glandular. Now in so many churches you're bombarded by an array of lights that put on a pretty good light show and a sound system par excellence. In most cases a pulpit does not exist any more. The question I have is where have we gone and where are we going?

Church at the Food Court

After having a mental and physical meltdown last Thursday shortly after that I lost everything in my computer, 10 years of work. Over 1000 video clips, pictures, interviews, CD artwork, all the pictures from my books that have been published and much more. Now you would say that you have it backed up? Yes I did just the music. But it would take multiple external hard drives to have backed up everything which I cannot afford. The following day on Friday my tablet received a virus destroying everything including the tablet itself. At this point I felt the lowest I have ever felt ready to quit and throw in the towel. So on Saturday after being shut down by a few people about the Jamaica project I headed off to the mall for my daughter's eye examination. While I was at the food court waiting at a table and for the family as they went to other stores, the enemy came to me strong. Out of nowhere this beautiful African American lady who looked just like Ethel Waters ( now I grew up listening to Ethel's music. She was the first African American to really hit it big on Broadway back in the the 20s and 30s. But in 1955 she rededicated her life to the Lord at a Billy Graham crusade and from then on sang only gospel songs). When I saw her I immediately reached out to her and said “You look exactly like Ethel Waters.” She said “You are the second person who has said that to me. I am a pastor from Toronto.” She knew my friend Bishop Williams in Jamaica. I said to her where are you from originally she replied “I'm from Jamaica”! I was totally blown away. She then said “ I need to pray for you.” In the middle of the food court she started to pray like she was in her church on Sunday morning. On the other table were 10 teenage girls observing what was going on. I don't know what happened but I started to sing - his eye is on the sparrow- and the dear sister joined in she stopped and I finished the whole song everybody in the food court heard, when I was done the table of teenage girls applauded and cheered. About 15 min. more of preaching from the sister her last words were “don't give Satan the victory, don't give up”!
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