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That picture above is of me at an open mic I hosted in my home town. The local paper did a story on it and this pic was in the Culpeper Star-Exponent.

Part of my testimony of faith is growing up in a social environment with friends and family that listened to really good secular rock, bluegrass, blues, country, rap, and reggae music. The music is really good, but some of the messages are not good in certain songs. (Exp. "Cocaine" by Eric Clapton, "Gin and Juice" by Snoop Dogg, "99 Problems" by Jay-Z, "Family Tradition" by Hank Williams Jr., "The Pusher" Blind Melon version {The Steppenwolf version is different. He's talking about drug dealers and one line in the song is "I'd kill him with my Bible", so maybe he's talking to GOD instead of against Him?}) Some people in music that I really looked up to died of tragic circumstances from life decisions like Shannon Hoon from Blind Melon. (One of my favourite bands of the 90's, though I did not pay any attention to their song "The Pusher".) Many artists' decision making leading to their own destruction reveals itself as evidence of some sort of problematic thinking. Believing in "the world" from the philosophy of the music I listened to broke me because of my sins. Unfortunately I know from personal experience that there is a lot of pornography on the internet. I have even seen free hardcore porn that doesn't have age verification, which once conviction hit me I've contacted police departments, FBI, politicians, ect. about it via concerned citizen emails. I feel like Gospel music is a good distraction from that sort of thing also! I pray to GOD daily for conviction on sexual morality, and He is moving mountains in my life in that regard. I just pray to always trust in His faithfulness! I take GOD's word as truth that lusting after women is wrong and that sexual promiscuity with be harmful to their life and mine, even if my flesh tries to convince me otherwise sometimes. GOD is smarter than my flesh! GOD has used celibacy as a blessing for me in my walk with JESUS. 1 Corinthians 13 

 

I needed GOD to fix me by His Word, still do need the GOD of the Bible, and pray to know that I always will! (John 14:6) I have always believed in JESUS, but in my youth GOD had to fit in the box of my pop culture beliefs. I know that I love music and the arts, and I pray to GOD for obedience to Him so that my love of the arts brings Him glory and doesn't grieve the Holy Spirit on this earth because of my pride. (Ephesians 4:30) I know some people, like me, really connect with music and the arts and I strive to be a vessel used by GOD to reach those people for His Son JESUS Christ. "The world" is not the only place to find good music, and now there are many Christian people/artists proving this, praise GOD! I created this website more as an evangelism tool than a way to get famous. I do not feel called to fame. I have been friends with many local musicians throughout the years (including the lost) and even sang Christian music at open mics in bars many times. I hope to keep walking in Christian faith alongside those people as well as be accessible to people who I have had personal relationships with in life to be a witness for Christ. I feel more called to try and be available as a support and resource to the local churches in the broader area I'm in, though performing music in that role is one of my goals. Ephesians 5:19

Since my younger days I have learned that cool Christian music has always been around and that believing in the message makes all the difference in seeing how much good Christian music there really is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romans 8:31

31 "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

I am currently working by teaching ukulele and pencil drawing classes at a local tourist location where I live. I also work part time cooking and preparing foods at a local retirement community. As a third source of income I am offering my services as a private music teacher in Rockingham County, VA. I am charging $20 per 40 minute lesson. I am working on a teaching tab for this website as a resource for students of music and potential students of mine. 

 

F.Y.I. - The person in a wheel chair you see in some of my pictures is my friend Daniel. Daniel is a cool guy who believes in JESUS Christ, graduate of Eastern Mennonite University, and he is a poet and talented writer. 

I perform when I can. Mostly at church now with what is happening in the country. I consider Christian missions in all the arts as my calling in life. Some of my artwork is on this website also. I hope and pray to GOD to spend my life making Christian art and preforming the arts in thankfulness to GOD for what He has done in my life and for the world to His glory. 

I write music and am in the process of putting that material out to the public. Prayers are appreciated for me creating my first music albums. GOD willing at some point I hope to be able to work together in a Gospel music group with other serious committed Christian musicians. 

 

CONTACT ME! Submit an email to me here for music lessons in Rockingham County, VA. I am not on facebook any more and plan to live life facebook free from now on. So, I welcome friends past, present, and future to get in touch with me here. Musicians or people with music related information can also reach me via this form.

 

I have a sound system and am interested in being a musical performer, possibly helping/joining other bands if it is a good fit, or hosting an open mic(s) somewhere. If you are looking for the services of a musician feel free to contact me with whatever the request and I'll see if I can be of assistance to you. I am interested in being a worship leader of a church if it is GOD's will.

Psalm 150 

Art Made to Order: If you have a subject matter (person, place, or thing) you want made into a piece of visual art I can do that for you. We can negotiate a price based on what is involved since different situations may vary. Contact me using the form at the bottom of this page.
Contact Jeremiah N Raines

Thanks for reaching out!

Jesus Christ loves you! John 3:16 

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