CCM Classic Focus on Bob Ayala

Blinded in his youth, Bob Ayala began performing in 1969 at The Salt Company, a Christian coffeehouse in Los Angeles, CA. He released his first album in 1976 and was also voted Best New Artist that year by CCM readers. He later became involved with Keith and Melody Green‘s Last Days Ministries and released an album on their record label in 1985. In December 1999 he released two independent albums and he continues to perform concerts.

 
 Bob Ayala has been a Performer/songwriter and a member of ASCAP for 3 decades. Blinded from his youth, He didn’t let this slow him down and began his CCM performer/songwriter career in the 1970s. By 1980 he recorded 3 albums with Myrrh Records, a division of Word.  In the mid 1980s he released his fourth recording project on Sparrow records.

Bob was a staff writer with Hosanna! Integrity music for 3 years. They recorded about 20 of Bob’s songs. After the contract ended, a mutual decision was made to not renew as most of what he was writing and wanted to write was not in the worship genre, which was their main emphasis at the time. Despite having been a performer since he was 14, his passion was songwriting, more than performing. Bob’s strong suit has always been as a lyricist.

Recently, he has set his sights on plying his talents to writing main stream country music, and finds himself coming full circle, as much of his early music had definite country influences.

“Pour Through Me”

Since he is one of my definite favorites, I can’t help myself.  This cassette was called “Rescued.” I listened to it, over and over, until the tape wore out.  This was way back in 1986, when I was doing high-visibility evangelism with a dozen other believers, out of a ratty old Victorian in the Mission District of San Francisco.  His music helped come through this challenging time of my life.

“Its My Dream”

Both of these are songs from YouTube. But this is a sad song. It gets shared because of the excellence of music and lyrics (I love the gentle sax.) I am really excited to share them, as Bob Ayala was a profound influence in my life.

Please go to the BB Classic Christian Music Index and see what else is listed.  We have dozens of great CCM artists from the 70s and 80s.  I know you’ll be blessed.  http://brokenbelievers.com/classic-christian-music-index/

A Walk in the Clouds

What Jesus intends for us is to learn to walk in the supernatural.  Each disciple must learn to walk out a life that is totally beyond him.  We need to learn how to walk in the clouds.  The things He has done for us are definitely and profoundly “out-of-this-world.”  He provides an exceptional power to us who have tasted a gentle grace.

We have not been elevated to this place without understanding the humility which this new life is rooted in.  He provides the power; we provide the humility.  Or at least that is what it seems.  But a “Jesus walk” will always take humility and perhaps even a brokenness of heart before it can work.  It’s like if I was to give you a new 2011 Jaguar.  It’s a beautiful car, no question.  But if I don’t give you the keys, the  car really isn’t yours.  It can sit in your driveway, but without the key all it is, is an exterior ornament to your success.  It goes nowhere, without the key in the ignition.

Humility is the key you need to power your Christian life.  If you don’t have humility you will never “walk in the clouds.”  And without it, you will undoubtedly end up traversing something, way less then what could be an amazing supernatural walk.

Your life was meant to be lived out on the margin of supernatural understanding.  We have never been walkers, but fliers.  We mount up with wings, just like the eagles.

“But the people who trust the Lord will become strong again.
They will rise up as an eagle in the sky;
they will run and not need rest;
they will walk and not become tired.”  Isa. 40:31

Will you walk, or will you fly?  What does your theology allow?  Will it permit soaring, and gliding?  Yet He approaches us.  He asks us, “Do you believe that I can make beauty out of ashes?”

“I will give them a crown to replace their ashes, and the oil of gladness to replace their sorrow, and clothes of praise to replace their spirit of sadness. Then they will be called Trees of Goodness, trees planted by the Lord to show his greatness.”   Isaiah 61:3

 

 

Getting Fixed

“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

Isaiah 43:25, ESV

We have a hard time forgiving ourselves from our sins; and ironically the Lord has a hard time remembering them.  Obviously, He is not becoming senile on us.  Yet He chooses to become “forgetful.”  Especially forgetting those dark evils, and twisted agendas.  Once we do enter into His covenant, we find this God who forgets all of our sins waiting for us, His arms wide open and running to us.

There is something noteworthy and special about a forgiven sinner.  In a deep sense we have been altered.  We have become a new creation,  (that word can easily be translated as “species.”)  Something tangible has happened, a definite alteration has taken place.  Something new and totally different– the forgiven believer now exists! “If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!” 2 Cor. 5:17

Our sin has been extracted from our hearts.  For the first time, we have the ability to say “no!”  We can now turn and go the other direction.  We can walk in such a freedom and awareness of being loved that it really easy to let Him change us from the inside out.

“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

Hebrews 8:12, ESV

800!

We just connected with a strategic point.  We have produced 800 posts!  This is an amazing thing, and it shows that this site is not going away.  We have come to this place by the Father’s watchfulness.

800 posts is a staggering place to be.  Yet I know, (beyond a doubt) that the Lord’s contact with BB has been very good and perhaps exceptional.  When He saturates a post, He supernaturally lifts it and brings to it a life that is tremendous.

Basically, I will respond to whatever He gives.  The Holy Spirit has decided to enrich the posts we put up.  I know He is good, and has so much to share with us.  There is an eagerness that He has, and He intends to bring His own to Himself.