By Joseph Beggs, 2011-11-23
I will be bringing out a new Christmas single which will be available for free download to all called - Praise God for Christmas Day. If you know of any radio stations that would like a copy e-mailed to them drop me an e-mail address or if anyone has any contacts at any radio stations pass the song on to them. I believe in this time of recession it is a blessing to give especially at Christmas time when many souls in this world need to be encouraged and know that the Lord is there in their time of need .A time to remember that free gift of salvation that was given to us all with the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem, no locks on the door, accessible to all 24/7.
The song will be available for free download from
By Joseph Beggs, 2012-01-26
I would like to ask for your help and your vote in support for this wonderful cause. I know it would be a blessing to encourage the troops in song from the Lord as they serve their country in far of lands.
This is the first time I have ever asked for support or votes for any cause but I believe the troops that give so much in service to their country deserve the best that we can give also. As you read through this opportunity to witness to the troops you will see that there is a prize of $1000. Sorry but if you know the real me if chosen for this event that $1000 can go to the troops charities or their families, the opportunity to encourage souls is the real reward for me.
If you would like to support me in this just click on the link below and mention my name and help spread the word.
Artportunity Knocks Kuwait Spiritual Resiliency Tour
About This Opportunity
Will you be the ARTportunity Knocks 2012 ‘Opening Act’ who performs on the ARTportunity Knocks Kuwait Spiritual Resiliency Tour ? Artportunity Knocks and Reverbnation are searching for artists who have what it takes to open up on a two week tour of Camp Buehring, Camp Virginia, and Camp Arifjan in Kuwait to present various forms of gospel & inspirational music to over 20,000 troops . All genres of music are accepted however the songs being performed must be either gospel or inspirational in subject matter. The concert program is being filmed and will feature traditional gospel, pop, rock, neo-soul, rhythm & praise and hip-hop music, comedy, and short tributes by speakers representing the military, veteran’s groups, and the organizing committee.
***Travel, lodging, food and per diem will be given to the selected artist/band***
If you think you fit the bill, and are over the age of 18, all you have to do is submit your RPK today. The winner of the competition will not only have the opportunity share the stage with Mali Music, Papa San, Corey Red, Dj Sean Blu One Way Home, and Rae Ellis , but also will be awarded $1,000 .
This is a great chance for artists to take their career to the next level. We at Artportunity Knocks encourage everyone who has ever dreamed of making it big and joining a Major tour to enter the contest.
This will be a closed performance for the military troops only.
One (1) ReverbNation artist/band is guaranteed this gig.
- The top 25 finalist will be selected for a promotional compilation CD. The CD will be distributed to troops worldwide.
- The top 5 finalists will be invited to Atlanta to the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award Week to perform their composition before a live audience and a panel of judges on April 15, 2012, as part of the Special Dove Awards Week “A Night of Praise” event.
No fee to submit or play!
Event Date: May 1-15, 2012
Location: Kuwait (various military bases)
Genres Accepted: All Genres but songs must be either gospel or inspirational in subject matter.
Submissions Close: February 15, 2012
By Joseph Beggs, 2012-04-07
In Christianity the resurrection is a fundamental truth on which Christianity stands.
In Matthew 22:37 Christians are told to believe with all their heart soul and mind.
They are not told to committ intellectual suicide but to always be ready to give an answer 1st Peter 3:15.
When Police Officers are investigating any incident they take statements of evidence from all witness to find out the full circumstances of all that occurred and to give a full picture of the event.
We shall now examine 4 witness accounts in the same way of the resurrection itself.
W shall look at 4 witness perspectives which will give us a full picture of the event.
1/ The Angels witness- Truth Foretold
2/ The Womens witness- Truth Believed
3/ The Soldiers Witness- Truth Feared
4/ The Disciples Witness- Truth Revealed
1/ The Angels Witness- Truth Foretold
The angels role was to remove the stone from the tomb.The Lord of glory who healed the sick who quietened the storm could have easily removed the stone himself but it was tasked to the angel to do so as a sign to the world of God the father's acceptance of His sons gift of life upon the cross for our sin.
(a) God the Father had sent an angel down to earth to tell forth the Lords birth.
Luke 1:21 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth. Verse 30- Fear not Mary thou hast found favour with God . Verse 37- for with God nothing shall be impossible
(b) Angels told of His birth now they were to tell of His resurrection
Mark 16:4 The stone was rolled away it was very great.
The Bezae manuscript in Cambridge library states that the stone that sealed the tomb was one that 20 men could not roll away.2 engineering professors calculated that the stone used at the time of Jesus fitted against a 4-5ft doorway was one and a half to two tons in weight. The stone would have been moved into position on a slope with wedges and then once removed gravity would have set it in place. The tomb itself was hewn into a rock face,it could not be dug under.
The most 3 important words on which Christianity stands
HE IS RISEN!
Mark 16:6 He is risen- the angels voice truth foretold.
Mark 16:7 As He said unto you remember
Matthew 16:21 From that time forth began Jesus to show unto His disciples how that He must go unto Jerusalem and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed and be raised again the third day.
If the enemy had taken the body they would have shown it openly but they did not have it.
The disciples also did not have it as scripture tells us that they were dispirited and frightened.
Only one explanation fits the evidence
HE IS RISEN!
2/ The Womans Witness- truth believed
Here we shall look at the witness of 2 women Mary Magdalene and the other Mary.
Luke 24:1-12 Tells us the witness of both
In Luke 24:1 they are bringing spices to put on the Lords body
In biblical times 75 pounds of aromatic spices were used. In Herods death and burial 500 servants carried his spices.
White linen was sewed together - no knots were used
This was to represent the continuity of the soul through eternity
No fewer than 3 garments were used
The body was wrapped from head to feet to armpits then from feet to neck with arms down.
A separate piece of cloth was used to wrap the head.
Myrrh was used as an adherent which made sure grave clothes could not easily be removed.
Luke24:8 They remembered His words
He is not here!
Luke24:11 Their words seemed as idle tales the disciples believed them not
The disciples would have been quite jealous AS women were viewed as invalid witnesses.
In biblical times we are told that women did not have a right to give testimony in a court of law.
This proves to us that the resurrection accounts had not been manufactured or made up because women would never have been included in the story at least not as first witnesses .
In fact the unbelief of the apostles to the women is one of the strongest indirect evidences that Jesus rose from the dead.
HE IS RISEN!
3/ The Soldiers Witness- Truth Feared
Matt 28:2 The angel rolled back the stone.
The sign to them was that the angel descended from heaven and there was an earthquake
Matt 28:4 Soldiers who were hardened professionals in battle shook with fear.
Modern day drawings show us 1 or 2 guards at the tomb with spears. In reality the guard consisted of 16 men in a 4 man shift rotation. 4 guards would have stood in front of the tomb facing outwards towards the world. The 12 other guards would be sleeping in a semi circle with heads pointing inwards towards the awake guards. Shift changed every 4 hours.
Matt 28:11 Soldiers showed the chief priests- Soldiers left their post ,deserted it which shows that it was indeed empty
Matt 28:12 The priests gave money to the soldiers. Why was this when the romans were hated as cruel oppressors. Why did the priests not just accuse the guard of being asleep on duty.
In verse 14 the priests come to the defense of the guard stating- we will secure you, why?
Jew was protecting roman why?
To answer these questions let us examine the scene
The distance that the stone had moved proved that it was beyond human intervention.
Evidence to the priests that it had not been moved by man
Another sign to the priests was that the seal upon the tomb was still intact a seal that was one of great authority to prove the body had been placed inside in the first instance.
This evidence was enough for the priests to bribe the guard to keep quiet.
Matt 28:15 they took the money- the body was gone
Scripture tells us that the body had indeed been placed into the tomb, a tomb that could not be dug under.
Matt 27:63 Gave orders for the grave to be made secure
Matt 27:66 they made the grave secure and set a seal on the stone. The seal was a cord sealed at both ends with clay and stamped with the Governors signet ring.
The seal was an authentication mark that the body of Jesus was there
We have evidence the seal- the body was there
We have evidence soldiers left the scene- the body was gone
Before the burial of Christ if graves were robbed then the penalty was a large fine.
It is of interest to note that after the resurrection the penalty was changed to one of death by crucifixion upside down for interfering with or removing the dead.
HE IS RISEN!
4/ The Disciples witness- Truth revealed John 20:1-10
John 20:2 Mary ran to Peter and John
John 20:3 Peter and John ran to the sepulcure
John20:4 John outran Peter and arrived first
John 20:5 He stooped down and looked in and saw the linen but went not in
John had stood outside amazed at what he could see .With his own eyes he saw
the grave clothes in the form of a body, slightly caved in but nevertheless empty like a cocoon
John 20:6 Peter went in
John 20:8 John came in and believed
HE IS RISEN!
John may well have remembered the following
In Marks gospel Chap 15:42-46 we read how a centurion was sent to verify the death
4 executioners had certified Jesus dead before Pilate released the body to joseph of Arimathea
The removal of the nails would have shown if any life was left, there was none.
When the Lords side was pierced blood and water came forth, this was a sign that the heart had broken.
He had died now He had risen.
In John 11:25 Jesus said to Martha I am the resurrection and the life he that believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die believest thou this?
Martha believed Jesus was the Christ and now at the entrance to the empty tomb John believed also.
Soon all the disciples were to believe
No longer were they afraid trembling and remained hidden
No longer did they mourn
No longer were they disturbed
No longer were they frightened
They all may well have remembered the Lords final words upon that cross
It is finished
HE IS RISEN!
Because He is risen they were now bold in the faith they preached the resurrection with hope with great conviction.They preached not in far away places but in the very heart of Jerusalem itself were untruth could be easily disproved or challenged.
The Disciples died agonising deaths for their resurrection beliefs they died for the truth they personally had witnessed.
HE IS RISEN!
Christian Jew and Roman all agreed - the tomb was indeed empty.
It is a historical fact
Paul reminds us that 500 witnesses saw him at once and God showed Him openly.
Paul tells all that If they do not believe him then they can ask them 1st Cor 15:3-6
An impersonator could not fool family and friends.The disciples believed and Jesus also appeared after His resurrection unto James his brother - 1st Cor 15:7
HE IS RISEN!
1st Peter 1:3
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ which according to his abundant mercy hath begotton us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
My friends if you believe the empty tomb then Christ is risen
If you believe that Christ is risen then you believe he is who he proclaimed to be the Son of God.
If you believe that Christ is risen then you must believe his word, it says that on the third day he would rise it says that their is a heaven and that their is a hell.
It says that the choice is ours of a resurrection unto eternal life or a resurrection unto eternal damnation.
If Christ is risen he says blessed are those who believe who have not seen.
Yes my friends we must have faith but our faith is not a blind faith for their is also evidence to back up what we believe.
HE IS RISEN!
God bless you
By Joseph Beggs, 2012-09-18
By Joseph Beggs, 2013-02-01
Conference Dates Announced
March 15-17th The Old Chapel, Manor Park Grove, NORTHFIELD B31 5ER
IGNITE your passion for justice and mercy in a hurting world. Come expecting to be challenged and inspired to serve in your community.
Chris Mercer - Fearless and Fabulous ministers to women suffering oppression. Charitable work in Pakistan and with the biker community. And if that's not enough this lady is also an award winning artist who rocks!
Joseph Beggs - Mission work in Ukraine and Ireland feeding and clothing program's Joseph's conference talks are testimonies about raw front line mercy in the face of freezing temporatures and KGB oppression. Josephs music set always lights up the room and has everyone smiling and singing along.
Marion Kenyon - CEO of Newstarts a homeless resettlement charity helping folk get back into accomodation and society.
Andy Proctor winner of the 2010 New Christian Song Writing Competition
Pastor Stephen Merrick - Co founder of ELCM a man with a passion for social justice and mercy that he believes will spark true revival for the Church.
Oh finally, last but not least as they say there's me -Valma Merrick Co founder of ELCM, Worship leader and apparently Christian Rocker! ROFL
Check out my music if you have time I am donating 50% of all sales to the charity World Vision.
By Joseph Beggs, 2013-10-28
Special thanks to a wonderful sister in the Lord, Liz Clarke for her encouragement and providing the excellent backing vocals you will hear on this new song. Also special thanks to a great brother in the Lord Colin Owen without whom this song would not have been possible to produce , a master multi instrumentalist and contributor also for his backing vocals on this song.
If you like this song feel free to share it among family and friends wherever they may be this Christmas time and let us encourage one another in Jesus precious name.
Christmas is a time for family and I would like to dedicate this new song to a wonderful family that have been a blessed encouragement to me over the years.
Dedicated to Gin Rico and Angelo. Always in my prayers
Song can be downloaded for free here http://www.reverbnation.com/josephbeggs/song/19013432-christmas-day
God`s richest blessings and may you all have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Your servant in Christ