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Posted on: Feb 03, 2016 at 12:40 PM
When I read this morning about the incredibly difficult times Carolyn has had, with her husband's battle with Parkinson's disease, to her own battle with numerous health issues, and just when she thought perhaps she was getting a handle on these things, she finds out she has another cancer found in her breast. I was so heart broken, and went to just sit with Jesus for a while. During my time with Him I confessed that life just does not seem fair for some folks, especially right now for Carolyn... "Lord, I was such a 'hell raiser' and Carolyn was always full of kindness and love. I can still see her smile, and remember her precious family and going to a birthday party for her.. probably when she was 10 or so. She was so pretty that I thought then about asking her to be my girlfriend, but I couldn't. She was so nice that I thought of her more being the sister that I never had than being a girlfriend. Besides, Lord, whenever you get a girlfriend it lasts for usual a short while and you end up breaking up and then you never speak again. Awkward at 10, at 12, and then the teen years, it's damaging those crazy relationships. So, we remained friends. We graduated together and I remember how pretty she was in cap and gown when all the seniors sat together at Forest Hills Baptist Church and were honored that Sunday in 1963... and now, as I look at her photo from that year, all I can think is what a beautiful lady. What a child of God! And me such a jerk, yet you saved me, came into my life, redeemed me, made me new, and here I am now in a healthy body with a healthy family, and I sit and think, 'God, some things don't seem fair,' yes, but there's got to be more. Not looking for fairness, but Lord Jesus, I'm looking for you. I want somehow through this mysterious thing called prayer, to pray something, believe somehow in You, or perhaps just reach out to You, right now, for you to touch and heal my sister Carolyn. O God, meet her in the Spirit in such a way that she is comforted and lifted up from the terrible pit she's in right now. Send an angel. Send Holy Spirit. Do whatever for her to find this about you. And Lord, I believe this is more powerful than the attack of the enemy, that YOU, O God, as it is written in Your divine Word, You are the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom suffered for the whole world... "For just as the sufferings of Christ flow into our lives, so also though Christ our comfort overflows." II Corinthians 1:5 O God, for all of us who love Carolyn, let the comfort that we have found in You, supernaturally flow out of us to her now. Comfort her, Most High God. And Carolyn, this is the best that I can do in prayer for you right now. I am more sorry than I can express for the battle you are in and I will not let you leave my heart and prayers for you. Love you so much and send that Love of God from my own life to you. Blessings, Ken Helser
Posted on: Aug 27, 2015 at 7:59 AM
Perhaps Billy would not want me to tell this but what do I have to lose... Billy and Robert Howard formed a little duet group of themselves singing the old folk songs of the early 60's... Peter, Paul, and Mary, The Kingston Trio, and others. I loved to sing and actually learned to play guitar from Robert. But the day came that I wanted to play with them. I had an informal audition with Robert, sining the song, "Hand down your head, Tom Dooly hang down your head and cry..." And Robert really liked it. He came alive until the old black gospel sound that I learned from my nannie, "Aunt Coralee" came out. He stopped. He commended me in part but let me know quickly, "Ken, you just got too much black in you to be able to sing folk music. Go join a black band." Great advice though it broke my heart. REJECTION. But Robert was right, for a few years later I began playing horn with an all black band from Carlboro, "The Swinging Flamingos." I loved it. The only blue eyed member of the band, me, loved it and did well. As a freshman at NC State and playing in a black group on weekends, it was heaven on earth except for one thing: I wanted to sing. Finally that day came when Irven Hicks asked me to become the lead singer in a group called, "The Tassels." And from there it was history. We ended up forming with a few of the Swinging Medallion's "Double Shot of My Baby's Love" guys a new band called "The Pieces of Eight," and "Lonely Drifter" rose to into the top 40 all over the nation. Finally, after great success, just before touring with "The Alman Brother's Band," I gave my life, my heart, my everything, to Jesus and followed Him. God restored my broken marriage, my health, my all, and as I write this on my 27th trip to Norway, with my wife of 49 years beside me, I look back with no regrets and am so glad I got delivered out of rock and roll to be able to sing and write the greatest music ever, songs from heaven: Worship! And back to Billy Stinson, I once did a five minute radio show, over 1200 of them to be exact that went all over the country. I interviewed young people whose lives were radially changed from the Jesus Movement of the early 70's and followed each testimony with Christian music, which during that early era of a new sound in Gospel Music, contemporary was unheard of. Somehow, I can't remember exactly the circumstances, I came across an album the Billy and his wife, Sandra made. The cover was black and white and I knew Billy Stinson, the artist, and a great one at that, had drawn it, and I believe it was called "The Merchant Ship." I do know there was a song on it about a merchant ship that he equated to a virtuous woman, that described in the Proverbs 31, and the great line of the song was, "Who can find a virtuous woman... she is like a merchant ship carrying her goods from afar..." So, God Bless Billy and Sandra Stinson who love Jesus, love family, and as he wrote, "I am, thankfully, paddling downstream instead of up..."
Posted on: Dec 04, 2014 at 4:33 AM
Posted on: Aug 12, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Don't normally comment for lack of priorities and time… meaning, we just finished our 7th school at our ministry, A Place for the Heart. Our school is called "The 18 Inch Journey" –– the distance between your head and your heart. We had 32 students from 12 nations, along with interns, staff, etc, for a total of 64 folks living with us for all of June and July. But I respond simply because of where you state you are living: Lake Lure, NC. I was privileged to the camp pastor for 17 summers at a camp on Lake Lure called, "Camp Lurecrest." All of those summers with my family serving as a minister to 250 kids for 3 or more 10 day sessions was life changing. From the teen age girls I learned: "Girls look at girls more than guys look at girls." I learned that if girls bring 10 outfits to camp they have to have 10 pairs of shoes to match, plus I never met a teen age girl during those 17 summers who liked their hair. As for boys… I learned the the outward man is a whole lot more expressive than the inner man. They can be loud, crazy obnoxious, and full of ego, but when it came to accepting Jesus Christ as Lord of their life, they melted like crazy and became the real man that was always hidden on the inside. And that brings me to you…
As I read a few comments I put together that you are a widow, living alone, with your grandchildren, and for that I wish to express first my sadness of your having lost someone dear to your life. My wife, Linda, and I are about to celebrate our 70th birthdays, as well as 48 years of marriage, but best of all, 44 years of living in Christ and following His purposes for our lives. It is my heart for you that we both send our love, prayers, and desire for life to become more valuable and expressive than ever before. I pray the Lord Himself, become the "husband to the husbandless and a father to the fatherless." That is His nature!
We, my son, Jonathan David, and his wife Melissa, run the ministry together here, and we started this summer's session on "The Journey" with this thought from A W Tozer:
"What you think about God is the most important thing about you." I pray for Him to reveal Himself to you as the Loving Father that He really is and His peace keep your heart in such a place that your last years become your best years. Ken Helser