A few days ago, there was a post on Facebook that mentioned a song that was recorded back in the 70s called “Redeye Blues” .. a song written about how someone had stolen a stash of drugs. .. The person posting it wasn’t sure I would be too happy about it because I was in the group that recorded it. .. In fact, I was the lead singer on the song. .. To the contrary, I answered the post by saying that I wasn’t at all bothered by it, simply because it told a true story about a moment in time in my life .. a moment I now want to share in a bit more detail. ..

We all know that the 1960s were a time of great revival in the music scene in America, & I found myself smack-dab in the middle of it. .. After getting out of the military in 1964, I stayed in Southern California & started playing in nightclubs. .. In early 1966, I was asked to join a group called the Sunshine Company. .. The group was filled with amazingly gifted people & was soon signed by Imperial Records. .. Four months later, we had our first hit record. .. Over the next three years we had several more national & regional hits & toured almost non-stop .. over 300 nights in 1968 alone & rarely in the same city two days in a row! .. Needless to say, it was a grueling existence plus I wanted to go in a different direction, so I left the group that year. ..

1969 saw me working big rock clubs, mostly in Orange County. .. It had its moments but I got to stay in one place for a bit ..  that didn’t last long. .. In early 1970, I helped form a group called “Redeye” & within a very short time, signed a recording contract with Pentagram Records, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers. .. Again, success wasn’t far behind. .. We released a song called “Games” that went top-10 nationally. .. And again, ‘the road’ became a reality. .. We toured the nation non-stop with a few breaks in between. .. During those breaks, we would record more music. .. That’s when the song “Redeye Blues” came about. .. It was, in fact, written about a ‘drug stash for the road’ being stolen. .. “Redeye Blues” became a quick success as our follow-up single & shot to # 39 on the Billboard Charts in just four weeks! .. But then, the FCC banned the song because it talked about drugs ( a bit ahead of its time in those days). .. In early 1973, I decided I was done with this life. .. I’d met my ‘soul-mate’ in 1969 who stood by me all through these crazy times. .. She had two beautiful young daughters & I had a son, so in May of that year, I quit it all, pulled up stakes & came ‘back’ to Oregon, never looking back. ..

As this brief overview shows, I spent a good part of 8 years living in that world. .. I witnessed up close what it was really like ‘back stage.’ .. All the legends we hear & read about, of which many are still ‘worshipped’ .. Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendricks, Jim Morrison, Eric Clapton .. the list goes on .. I met & played on the same venue with most everyone of these people! .. Let me tell you you flat out that not one would qualify as an object of worship. .. In fact, it was an incredibly dark world filled with drugs & depression! .. Simply, it was the darkest part of my life. .. And just look at the outcome of several of their lives .. Jimmy Hendricks .. Janis Joplin .. Jim Morrison .. all dead from drug overdoses! .. And they are still idolized by many as heroes of their time! .. The truth is that most everyone I worked with in those days have left this life. ..

Since fleeing the world of rock & roll, drugs & alcohol ( I am a recovered alcoholic, dry since Jan. 4, 1973), my life has gone from dark to light. .. After coming to Oregon, my wife & I soon moved to Colton, Oregon & started attending a small community Church there. .. The pastor, Dick Lindsey, was a prophecy ‘nut-job’ & soon became my mentor. .. Needless to say, I was very skeptical in the beginning, but soon became convinced that there really was something to this Bible ‘thing.’ .. To sum up. I am now fully committed to Jesus Christ as His servant. .. Also through years of study, I’ve become a ‘watchman’ of God’s prophetic Word. .. Hence, this website & its content. ..

To sum up, I’ve lived in the dark world & experienced it up close & personal. .. As I see so many today still attempting to glamorize or hail this period of time in our history as good & important, I say without hesitation that the opposite is true. .. It was a period of great moral & spiritual destruction for this nation & world. .. Simply, from an ‘up close & personal’ view, it was, & is one of the darkest of times! .. I’m also sad as to whatever microcosm of negativity I may have contributed. …

OK .. that’s it for now. .. There is no way I can tell the whole story in such a short version, but I pray that you can glean at least some of which I’m attempting to share. .. The simple truth is that since I’ve chosen ‘the light’ over the darkness, that being my total faith & commitment to Jesus Christ, I cannot begin to tell you the difference there is between these two ‘worlds!’ .. My hope & prayer is that as many as possible will have the opportunity to ‘see’ the truth before it is too late. .. That which draws people to this world of glamour & glitz is none other that Satan himself! .. And the end result will be death brought on by drugs & despair. .. Don’t believe me? .. Just look at its history! .. and then look at where we are today!

Love you all & am praying that you will find joy, peace, and happiness in the days to come. .. Yes, the world will continue to spiral out of control as Bible prophecy tells us, but just remember & say this in those dark times .. “I am the child of a King who is not moved by the world.  For my God is with me and goes before me.  I do not fear because I am His.” .. Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

As per usual, I was rummaging through a gaggle of worldwide news sites looking for any & all things related to Bible prophecy … and as per usual of late, there is so much that I just have to stop for a moment .. just take a break as it becomes almost overwhelming at times. .. Yesterday, during this one particular break, I decided to briefly scan Facebook just to see what folks were up to. .. As I scrolled down through a number of posts, I happened to stumble upon a picture of a young man who had just experienced what appeared to be a massive surgical procedure on his brain. .. Turns out that he is suffering from brain cancer. .. When looking closely at his face, one could see that one eye was bruised very badly, but the other was wide open, staring straight ahead. .. I paused for a moment to look into this wide-open eye, & it seemed that there was a myriad of mixed feelings coming from it. .. Certainly the reality of how fragile life is had to be one of them. ..

The lady that posted this photo obviously wanted many of us to see just how dire this young man’s condition is, and asked for prayer for him. .. It immediately became apparent that this is what I needed to do. .. So I went out on my back patio & prayed for this young man. .. After a bit, I began to realize that even though his condition appeared to make it look like he was much closer to his day of reckoning than the rest of us, was that really the case? .. So many people across this planet of ours are suffering all sorts of life-threatening situations every moment! .. war, crazy weather, persecution, execution .. the list goes on …..

When I reflected a bit on this, the look in this young man’s eye and all the other glimpses of a world coming apart at the seams, it made me realize that none of us know exactly when ‘our moment’ will be upon us. .. It can all change so quickly! …

So for now, I feel that God wants me to share with each of you some thoughts on all of this .. and then a call to salvation which is the ultimate path to the only real peace of mind in all of this madness. .. I pray that each of us would stop & take just a moment to read, & then reflect on what I am about to share with you .. a thought that says just how close we all really are …………

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“One heartbeat .. that’s it! .. that’s all! .. You are only one heartbeat away from eternity …

… Everything you have .. your life, your breath .. this moment .. it’s all borrowed …

… It’s all a gift .. and at any moment, it all ends with a heartbeat .. and there is NO MORE TIME …

… One heartbeat .. and the chance to be saved is gone .. there is no more
choosing …

… It is all sealed for eternal life, or eternal death …

… The only thing we can be sure of is that it will come .. and the only time we can be sure of is now

…… Right Now! ……

… Now is all you and I have .. now is the time of salvation …

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Remember this .. There is no sin so deep that His love isn’t deeper .. no life so hopeless .. no soul so far away .. and no darkness so deep that is love isn’t greater still ….

God is salvation .. God is deliverance .. protection .. rescue .. freedom .. refuge .. and safety. ..

It all begins with the receiving .. with the opening of one’s heart .. with the turning away from darkness and stepping into the light .. with the giving of one’s self .. the committing of one’s life .. a vow of love .. a prayer .. a decision .. a total and unconditional YES! .. and the time is NOW! ……

I will be continually praying for this young man .. his name is Larry .. as well as all of you as we move ever closer to our ‘moment in time’ .. and I will be praying for each & every one of you, and our Great God knows exactly who you are! … Hallelujah! …

Until next time,

Red

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