This passage of scripture I have read time and time again, thanking God for sending His Son Jesus Christ to pay my debt. This passage of scripture became so real to me about 40 years ago. I was seventeen years old. Like any other teenager I grew up a rebellious teenager. However it was more so, because I was a very angry young man. I was not dumb like the scripture states, but I had a severe speech impediment. Not once could I open my mouth without stuttering. Teenage years always brings confusion, but my stuttering combined it with anger.
Even if there was God: which I couldn't understand how there was, He had a poor sense of humor. Church to me was a social club; God was something mankind made up because they were afraid of death.
In the summer of 1970 after a series of events, I found myself attending a Gospel Music conservatory in a small town in Texas. I hadn't plan on learning gospel music, but there was a man there teaching guitar who could really play jazz well. That is what I wanted to learn! One night a gospel quartet gave a concert at the school. Right before the group sang their last song one of the men said one verse from the Bible, then they began to sing. That verse was, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for us." There were 400 + young people in the audience that night. One by one they started to go to the stage. I can remember at first saying to myself, "what is going on?" As the time passed I began to cry. That verse kept repeating itself in my mind. I continued to cry. I knew that my heart was changing, the pain, hurt, and anger was leaving me. There wasn't thunder, lightning, and the earth didn't shake, but I was at peace with God and myself. There with hundreds of others who gave life to Jesus Christ that night.
That night my heart changed, but my stuttering was still the same; those times of hearing a phone ringing, and I wouldn't answer it. Times that I would walk around a store for hours looking for something not wanting to ask a clerk where it was. Times that I wanted to ask a girl out on a date, but was afraid she'd laugh when I open my mouth. As I started to read God's word, and allow Him to explain it to me it all became clear. At the end of Matthew Jesus gave the disciples the "Great Commission: "Go into all the world and preach the gospel." Well I knew then I couldn't preach, a fifteen-minute sermon would last three hours. I could sing though and people seem to enjoy my voice. So that's what I did. The world to me wasn't overseas, but the world around me.
Dan and Linda have been married for 42 years (2016) and have two adult children, and two grandchildren.
Dan Schall Ministries is a faith ministry. We are in our fifteen year full time ministry and depend on support from God's people. Through the offerings at concerts and support from our "Partners In Ministries." Some gifts are annual, some monthly, some one time gifts. We appreciate all the support. All gifts are tax deductible allowed by law. Dan Schall Ministries is a 501c3 non-profit ministry.
Dan Schall Ministries Mission Statement:
Dan Schall Ministries is to present the gospel of Jesus Christ through music. To help individuals make a commitment in receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives. To encourage individuals with the gifts that God has given them to live daily in the life that God has planned for them, and to encourage them in the struggles of their lives.
Key Scripture Verses:
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the earth."
"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being."