Welcome to the home of Barry Rowland & Deliverance! We welcome you to browse around our new website to learn more about us and our burden to spread the Gospel through song.
NEW SINGLE FROM BR&D - Our latest single from our He’s Alive project has just been released to radio! Click the link on the right to listen to this powerful song, “God Has Been So Good To Me“.
We pray that this new release will be an encouragement and help to all those who hear this wonderful song from the pen of Kyla Rowland.
“THE BLESSINGS OF BEING ‘IN CHRIST JESUS’”
…A NEW STUDY BY RON MARTIN
CLICK HERE to read Part 1 of this wonderful new article written by Barry Rowland’s uncle, Ron Martin.
Our new CD, He’s Alive, is now available in our online store.
We truly believe that you will be blessed by this new music from Barry Rowland & Deliverance. CLICK HERE to order your copy today.
He’s Alive (Harvey Gene Smith)
Simply Because I Believe (Kyla Rowland)
Death Had to Let Him Go (Kyla Rowland)
Fear for Faith (Kyla Rowland)
No Place That Far (Kyla Rowland)
We’ll Go Down Standing Up (Kyla Rowland)
God Has Been Good to Me (Kyla Rowland)
He’s Still God (Harvey Gene Smith)
Sweet Things Out of Dark Places (Kyla Rowland)
What A Wonderful Time (To Be a Christian) (Kyla Rowland)
(This album was just reviewed by Brian Crout of Southern Gospel Critique. CLICK HERE to read the article.)
CD SPECIAL: We are now offering a Special Price for all 4 of our CDs. CLICK HERE to learn more
…a new study by Ron Martin
All mankind is searching for the truth about how to obtain a “blessing.” A “blessing” is defined as felicity, joy full and great happiness. In our search for how to obtain a “blessing,” we discover various philosophies on how to obtain great happiness. It is the premise of this article that there is only one unfeigned truth that leads to a “spiritual blessing.” Truth is immutable and unchangeable. Truth is true if what I believe “is so,” then it “is true in reality.” What is the truth about obtaining a “blessing” in reality? To us who are saved and born again, “blessed” is a description of our inner condition.
When Jesus preached His sermon on the mount, found in Matthew chapter 5, He began with His beatitudes. Beatitude means felicity, “blessed,” joy and happiness of the highest kind. The Beatitudes do not emphasize how to be saved, but describe the characteristics manifested by one who is born again; inwardly born anew; God the Holy Spirit abiding “in his spirit.” Jesus’ first beatitude was “blessed” are the poor in spirit; emptied of self, filled with the Holy Spirit, the presence of God – opposite of proud in spirit. Those who have recognized their poverty in spiritual things and being “in Christ Jesus,” are “blessed” by having access to the kingdom of heaven.
A “blessing” has two contrasting dimensions. If we perceive a “blessing” of great happiness to be the obtaining of things external, earthly, seen and temporal, then our diligence of effort, exertion and time will focus on earthly prosperity and success. But if we perceive a “blessing” of joy full to be the obtaining of those things internal, heavenly, unseen and eternal, then our diligence of effort, exertion and time will be the prayer of Jabez:
“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest “bless” me indeed (God’s presence), and thou wouldest enlarge my coast (God’s purpose), and that thine hand might be with me (God’s protection), and that thou wouldest keep me from evil (God’s power to resist secular humanistic imagination “in Adam”), that it may not grieve (curse) me! And God granted him that which he requested” (1 Chronicles 4:10).
Jabez is petitioning God to “bless” him with his presence, His purpose, His protection and His Sovereign power. Jabez confesses that only God (thou) can “bless” him. Our prayer should be, “Oh, that thou wouldest bless me.”
“Indeed” means that every “spiritual blessing” comes from God and is full of joy. John says, “…these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” (1 John 1:1-4).
Peter writes, “Blessed” be the God and Father of our “Lord Jesus Christ,” which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).
“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (1 Peter 1:8).
May we, as Christians, seek the “blessings” of His presence, His purpose, His protection, and His sovereign power.
A secular humanist would perceive a “blessing” from an “in Adam” sinful human nature viewpoint. The spirit filled man would sing the song “Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.” A spiritual man, with a spiritual nature, would proclaim that only “in Christ Jesus” do we have access to the Kingdom of Heaven and God’s “blessings.” “Blessed” are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3).
A man “in Adam” would deduce that the source and cause of his felicity, happiness, prosperity and success are a product of secular humanistic imagination. Secular humanism is a philosophy that either elevates man above God, or believes there is no God, and that natural laws can explain creation and reality. Secular humanists advocate that obtaining earthly “blessings” is the ultimate value in the universe, and that there is no sovereign God, Creator, who upholds and governs all things according to His will. They believe human beings are the pinnacle of evolution: that man is capable of determining truth. Man’s will is the human mind choosing truth he has conceived. All knowledge is within his ability to analyze all phenomena. With this power, “in Adam,” we control our destiny and our blessings. “In Adam” we formulate our moral values, and “in Adam” we walk according to the laws determined by the “in Adam” sinful human nature. “In Adam” we determine all social and cultural behavior, and man, not God, is the measure of all blessings.
This philosophy births truth and reality from observing phenomena seen thru the organs of sense. He would then formulate, assimilate, proposed truth from data seen. “In Adam” a secular mind will trade the truth that all real blessings are “in Christ Jesus” for a compromising deception and for a bias preference: For an imagined ideal he has made real in his mind.
Man cannot conceive truth, but receives truth from God the Holy Spirit. How can man conceive (birth) a truth that already exists? The Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He guides man into all truth (John 16:13).
“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
“Of sin, because they believe not on me;
“Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
“Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:8-11).
He speaks God’s thoughts and ways, which are as high above secular humanistic thoughts and ways as the heavens are above the earth.
The greatest “blessing” for a Christian is for God the Holy Spirit to speak God’s thoughts and ways to others thru our spiritual gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12:1-11; 13:1-2; 14:1-4). A spiritual blessing is not determined by which spiritual gift God has given to you, not by how many spiritual gifts you possess, nor by how impressive the gift is by earthly standards. A blessing is not determined by what social status or click you claim membership to. I’ve seen those who thought they were an eagle on a hummingbird’s nest. These are the feigned thoughts and ways of secular humanism.
Paul expresses his felicity, the source and cause of his joy full, “And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
“Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify (God’s thoughts and ways) the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:22-24).
“In Christ Jesus,” my spirit perceives “a blessing” from internal things unseen. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 tells us, we are troubled on every side, yet “in Christ Jesus,” I am not in despair; persecuted, but “in Christ Jesus,” not forsaken; cast down, but “in Christ Jesus,” not destroyed. “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:10).
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
“For our light affliction (external circumstances), which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (internal joy full);
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
“But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it” (Romans 8:24-25).
…end of Part 1
This is only the beginning! Ron Martin’s series on “The Blessings Of Being In Christ Jesus” promises to shine a light on difficult scriptures, making them more revealing, and in understanding them in more depth, we will discover new encouragement and new found strength for our daily life.
You don’t want to miss Part 2 of this exciting series, coming the last week in February!
Biography Of Ron Martin, MS, Eds
When we read the writings of someone, it’s vaguely interesting to know something about the author. Though we may never meet them personally, a brief biography will help us form a picture of just who is writing this book, song, commentary…
When you are raised to common, every day folks, in a small town in the south, there is not much to intrigue us about the author.
Ron was born in Lafollette, TN in 1942. His father, Brother Kyle, pastored country churches, his mother Eulalia, was a talented pianist, faithful to the cause of Christ, the daughter of a fine deacon of the church, Walter Goins, and a quiet little mother, Jenny.
The writer of this series, “The Blessings Of Being In Christ”, sounds very average, almost quaint. Nothing, however, could be farther from the truth. What makes most men extraordinary is their accomplishments; they have done something unusual, out of the ordinary, makes one intriguing, makes us want to know more about them and encourages us to read what they have to say.
With Ron Martin, just the opposite is true. He is not without credits, he has a fine education from the University of Tennessee. He is in the Basketball Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University, and was a successful basketball coach and a dedicated educator for thirty years. These credentials are not spine-tingling, but admirable.
What makes Ron worthy of your time is not his accomplishments, but what God has accomplished in him! If you had known this man as a boy and young adult, known him even up to his mid-thirties, your opinion would be one of hopelessness for even a reasonable expectation of him becoming a great man of God.
God, Omnipotent, Holy, Divine Deliverer, Rescuer of the hopeless; The God of sufficient grace and plenteous mercy accomplished the impossible in a man who, by all outward signs, was hopeless.
He was a rebel, inherently rebellious. Loving sin, loving his own will and way, became a servant… a slave and prisoner of Jesus Christ.
He could not have just suddenly rescued himself, just… on a whim, decided to dedicate himself to God, to offer himself sacrificially to no other purpose but “knowing Christ.” Not only knowing His name, but knowing Him as the Apostle Paul did.
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
“Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:7-8).
Something had to foster this change in a man committed to rebellion and self-will. God did it all! But what moved His hand to do so was a father who wouldn’t give up on his son, and a mother who labored on her knees, tirelessly and tenaciously.
When God came to her, and through the Holy Ghost, spoke these words, “I am going to use your boy,” her prayers for Ron’s deliverance turned to unwavering faith – “God will use my boy.” He was only fifteen years old when that promise came, and for the next twenty years it was, to her, an immutable Truth. And so it was.
A student of God’s Word, untiring in his pursuit, “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10). Ron’s commentaries shine a brilliant light on what it means to be a child of God, a prisoner of Christ.