I should be dead in a few weeks.

 

rocky-mountain-spotted-fever-bacteria-shapeNo joke…It’s true, I should be dead in a few weeks. Let me tell you how this all started.  My Initial symptoms included Fever then a spotty rash followed by Joint Pain and a headache that hurt even when I looked left or right. After 5 days of this my wife made me go to the Emergency Room.

Apparently I was bitten by a tick and I had contracted the wonderful rickettsia illness commonly known as Blue Disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It is the most common rickettsial illness reported in the United States. Medical history also states that if infected you have a 75% chance of death with the other 25% having an extremely reduced quality of life.

It causes seizures; inflammation of the heart and lungs, Kidney Failure and sometimes requires the amputation of fingers or toes where gangrene can develop. I could not believe it. This tiny little spec of a bug has taken down a 6’3” 195 pound man.  Ughh.   There is good news though, since the 1940’s, if treated early we can completely eradicate the disease from the body in as little as 10 days and the medicine only cost $5.00. Hoo Ray…I am very happy about this as is my family.  So while I should be dead from the disease, I can report that I am 100% healthy again and all is well, but what do I do with this extension of life?  First and foremost I’m thankful.

I am extremely thankful that I live in a country that allows us access to medical marvels that save lives daily from easily cured sickness.  There are police officers a phone call away to protect my community.  If we work hard we can earn a living and buy the things we need or want.  We have an education system that provides 13 years of training and knowledge. Best of all if I want to seek God I can do so freely.  There are Christ Centered Churches Nation Wide that I can be a part of.  We are blessed beyond belief or understanding and it has become our normal.

But what do we do with that?  We work hard, pray and provide good things to our families through the graces of God.  Is that the American Dream?  Are we to simply work hard and enjoy the fruits of the labor and medical advances of others?  Is this what we are called to do?  I believe with my extension on life I am called to be a good steward of the gifts I have been given.

1 Peter 4:10

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace

Matthew 25:14-30

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.

In our Christian lives we are stewards of so many different things at varying levels and we are called to use them to serve one another.  For some it is being a steward in your home leading your family in prayer and love.  For others your level of stewardship is to GO to work and be light for those around you, to be an example of a follower of Christ.  Yes it true, being the best Plumber, Doctor, CEO, Server, Salesperson or other occupation is what God Calls us to be. Others are prayer warriors on their knees daily making supplication for family, the church or the country. For others its involvement at church by simply cleaning the floors or helping in the children’s ministry TEACHING.   While others are gifted to help a local Mission to share the good news to those in need so they may be BAPTIZED by the Holy Spirit.  Of course there are those that go into to the world drawn by The Great Commission.

Matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirt”

This is one of the reasons Driven 11 has partnered with Food for the Hungry (FH).  Driven 11 is called to be a messenger to the great Stewards in our Christian Communities here in the United States, to inspire the world to put our Faith in Action. You see in the States we have access to medical advancements, churches, jobs and tons of resources if we really want them.  The realty though is in many other countries and cultures simple don’t.  A tick bite or drinking contaminated water means the end of a life from a very curable disease.

More importantly communities and children are starving for hope, to know they are loved by God.  We can make a difference together positively changing communities and the lives of children worldwide.   However most of us don’t feel like we can physically go to these locations to help be a part of the great commission.   We are busy being a steward of the things we have at home.  This is true, noble and understood…so what can you do?

Ephesians 6:18 

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints

First and foremost we can help by being a good steward in our prayer life.  Prayer and supplication for others and the saints is a powerful tool.  I’m asking that you pray continually for Food for the Hungry, the missionaries in those roles and that these communities are touched by God.

Acts 20:32-35

35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

Everyone is called to the Great Commission but there are other ways you can GO!  We are all a part of the Body of Christ and we have different roles and you can be a part of that by sponsoring a child.  Sponsorship through FH provides nutrition, education and the Gospel message to the child and the entire community because we know it takes more than just feeding a child to create impact.  The biggest impact though is through the letters you get to send and receive from your Sponsored Child. The letters are life changing and so important to spreading the Gospel to these communities that would otherwise not have access. What’s really wonderful …if you ever have the opportunity to physically GO…you are welcome to, encouraged and guided to visit your child.

I don’t know what level of Stewardship you are at today.  Maybe it is praying diligently daily.  You may be called to teach at Sunday school or to lead a small group?  It’s possible that today you are meant to be a light at your work for others.  All I ask is that you look at the blessings in your life and ask “What am I a steward of today Lord and where do you want me to be?”

Many ask why God allows such poverty and pain in the world.  Why won’t God do something?  He did, he made us.  

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Early Release of Perception Matters! Now available in all stores.

Tate Publishing was so excited to release Perception Matters that they pushed and released it 4 days early!   Originally intended for those in the customer service and sales fields, Perception Matters will also help you improve communication at home, church or any aspect in your life where people are involved.

Full article below. 

Perception Matters by Dominick Cox - Customer Loyalty Is Easier Than You Think

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Lewisburg author shows how to improve customer loyalty in new self-help book

LEWISBURG, Tenn. — Author Dominick R. Cox announces the nationwide release of his new self-help book, “Perception Matters: Customer Loyalty Is Easier Than You Think.”

Does one get more complaints than praise in his or her sales or service departments? Unknowingly, this can happen to anyone and can even destroy a great company. True sales and service start with proper communication, which are vital when building loyalty with customers. It is amazing how language, demeanor and habits can shape someone’s perspective of a person and his or her company. However, many are never equipped with the right tools to effectively communicate.

“Perception Matters” was created to provide a simple, systematic approach that produces a repeatable positive perception in a customer’s eye. When done properly, it will build customer loyalty and referrals, making one’s career and life much more rewarding.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.

Cox feels privileged to have served in many aspects of his life. He holds a vast background in leadership and coaching. He is a father, who happened to serve as CEO, director, U.S. Naval petty officer, deacon, speaker, financial coach, radio co-host and touring musician. Being a lover of telling stories, Cox understands that every interaction with his teams and clients is another chance to inspire people to be greater than what they see themselves, and to take hold of what amazing things God desires for their lives.

Looks like its the end of Driven 11… want to know why?

Hello Driven 11 family!  It looks like it’s the end of Driven 11 sitting around.  There’s so much going on that I can barely keep up.  This update will get right to the point…bullet point style of what has happened the past 2 weeks, what is coming and other exciting news.  No way could this blog contain everything on the burners.

– Last tour in IA, MN and MO went great.  One stop on the tour was at the Pierced Festival where I saw over 150 people dedicate their lives to Christ for the first time.  So glad I was part of that mission.

– Radio broadcast with 99.3 and http://livefromthepath.org/ went great.  All the hosts were funny and God Driven.  They even filled up my truck with gas and my belly with Gatorade.  Radio Broadcast is tomorrow Saturday on 99.3 The Truth Network.  If you missed it or want to hear/see it before tomorrow you can watch it now below.

– Editing has started for the music video for “Coming Home”.  This is expected to release in August 2015. For a teaser video check it out here.

– Melinda Ebert has joined the Driven 11 team with Booking and Tour management.  She has a huge heart, a professional approach and is a good friend.  She has a degree in Event Planning and Non Profit Business Management as well as booking several successful festivals and tours through “That One Place Entertainment” (TOP).  She is also a key member of the decades long festival Bash on the Farm.

RYFO, a group that provides housing for traveling artists with loving homes across the United States was a huge help on this trip.  Mark opened up his home and shared some of his music with Melinda and I.  Thanks again for giving us rest, food and a place to shower.

– Driven 11 was blessed to receive sponsorship from a loving church body.  This sponsorship will help allow Driven 11 to continue its mission to inspire Faith in Action through out the world utilizing Music, Speaking, Books and much more.   If you would like to support the mission you can.  Driven 11 is a 503(c) Non for Profit and you can support the vision by visiting https://actinternational.org/donate_to_ministry.aspx?min_id=330

–  Lots of show requests are coming in.   Watch for performances near you or if you want Driven 11 to stop in your city….just hit me up at https://driven11.com/booking/

There is so much more going on that I feel like I’m going to burst.  Keep watching and praying for what’s next.

ALTARWORK – Has selected Driven 11 as the featured artist this Month.

ALTARWORK selected Driven 11 as the featured artist this month.  Thank you ALTARWORK for such an uplifting review of my EP “Light of the Future”.  Check out the full article below and visit ALTARWORK to see other great featured artists.

DRIVING, CATCHY MODERN ROCK

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Light Of The Future
2015 / 4 Tracks / 14 minutes
I’ll never understand how certain bands get record deals and others don’t. So many Christian artists and bands rely on self-funding and crowdfunding efforts to be able to record even a single song, and if they are fortunate enough to eclipse the $5,000 mark, they can release an EP like “Light Of The Future” at a modest four tracks. It’s sad, really. The four tracks on “Light Of The Future” are so incredibly strong, so fresh, and so accessible that they only beg for more from founder Dominick Cox. To say this is – or should be – the beginning of a wildly successful career would be a gross understatement.
The four tracks on “Light Of The Future” highlight Driven 11’s diverse rock sound. The opener and title track is straight alternative in the vein of Audio Adrenaline, with a catchy choral chorus and punchy inflections. “Coming Home” is one of the best Christian rock songs of the year, hands down. It starts with acoustic guitars and keys, and builds into a crystal clear wall of sound. If Bob Seger were to release a new song for the open road, it would sound like “Coming Home”. “Passenger” is straight-up alt-rock about giving God control. The chorus is poppy and catchy with crunchy guitars: “I’m giving up my life/ I want You to drive / Oh, I’m just a passenger.” The album rounds out with “Glory To His Name”, a modern worship song meant for stadiums. It has just enough guitar punch to set it apart from the typical modern worship sound, but it doesn’t sacrifice lyrically: “We are made in His image so let’s fight to the finish bringing glory to His name”.
“Light Of The Future” highlights Dominick Cox’s strengths and leaves us wanting more. His vocals are deep and strong. His message clear. His energy contagious. He, like so many others, deserves a record deal so the masses can be influenced by his powerful ministry.
Review by Jason Ramsey

Shocking News from behind the scenes of so called “Christian Music” – Part Three – Final Chapter

2015-06-22 20.11.34All was normal until a loud Ka-Boom woke me. It was at this moment I realized tomorrow may not be what everyone was expecting or hoped for.  A tremendous thunderstorm was sweeping through and was pelting all the tents and my vehicle for hours. It was hard to sleep so I figured why not troll on social media if I’m up. It’s then I saw that I had received a text from the woman who prayed with me earlier. It said that she received her first phone call from her son since he has been gone and that he was doing great and all was well. I thought wow…that’s so cool. We don’t always get to have a confirmation of prayer but here it is again. First the man asking me to go to his church and now this woman.

While I was quite happy about this news it was quickly replaced with the realization that tomorrows event may be rained out.   I looked at the weather picture and the forecast was bleak at best. So I prayed for Sunny and 70 for the day. Come to find out later every band prayed that same prayer. The morning came and the rain gave way for a moment but the sky was still demonstrating signs of another thunderstorm as did the radar reports.

With high hopes I set up my table for the day but it was not looking good.   For sure no one was coming today based on the weather.  10AM came with bands and solo artists playing for a small group of people who braved the pending thunderstorms. After the 2nd band though, the sky’s began clearing up. Actually the day became quite warm and Sunny…boom! 3 answers to prayer in a 24 hour period and people began filling in. coincidence again, it could not be denied anymore. Actually rather than even continuing this story let me simply list out just a small portion of the answered prayers and Gods movement during this trip. I cannot list them all as this would fill many pages.

#1: Navy Mom received letter from her son after 8 weeks of no word from him. Letter stated he is having the worst experience of his life and is very disheartened. She prayed for his comfort and joy with me. In 8 hours she received a joyous phone call from her son saying all is well.

#2: Church prays for a man to be reached by someone to encourage his coming back to the church family.   Said man asks for a singer(me) to attend his church and is initially reconnected.

#3: Weather is forecasted to be Thunderstorms all day. Entire Bash on the Farm staff and bands pray for Sunny and 70 as well as setting up tables expecting an answer to prayer. Day turns sunny in 2 hours and forecast never happens.

#4: A man approached me in the evening and said this. “I don’t know why I’m telling you this, but I have a small body shop that I’m having some difficulty on and its tough right now”. Little did this man or anyone know that I was the director of a very large dealership in my recent past. We talked for 20 minutes about different area’s of struggle in the shop and some practical solutions to help advance his body shop in a way that would be a blessing to all.

#5: The happy vendor that was talking with me broke down at the end of the last band and ask me to pray for him. He felt worthless from a life of addictions, criminal back ground and over all unacceptance. In this moment though he felt more accepted and loved than ever and wanted more. We prayed for 15 minutes and he accepted Christ in his life. He had tears of sadness that turned to tears of joy. Never had a another man hugged me as hard as he did that night.

#6: Back stage I asked one of the stage hands to pray with me before my performance. We prayed that the event be one that lifts up Christs name and ultimately directs people to his love for them. I learned later that this was the first time he has ever prayed with another person. I also discovered that his father had been praying that his sons heart would open to the love of Christ for quite some time.

#7: Over 63 Reports of people giving their lives to the love of Christ during the entire event.

#8: The church I was asked to attend had a family that learned I was sleeping in a truck and offered their home to me. We spent the next night singing songs in their home and they even fed me an amazing breakfast. So much better than a hand full of cherio’s and sleep in the back seat. Thank you Olsen Family. This was not an answer to prayer so to speak but was an awesome blessing to receive when on the road.

#9: I had the opportunity to speak with teens for an hour sharing my testimony of faith. I received a report later from the pastor. A girl from that group who never talks or asks questions was inspired by this and would not stop talking and asking about what it really means to be loved by Christ. Another heart Softened for the lord!

#10: A booking agent asked to travel with me to Nashville on the way home. I agreed and they spent time with me at a Venue in Kansas City. The venue had just begun reviving the outreach back and was having trouble finding bands…needeless to say they now have a great contact to help out.

#11: Another person offered their home in Kansas City. Upon arrival a man their opened his heart about some of his struggles with his faith and we were able to engage in great fellowship on this topic.

#12: Talking with other bands they affirmed they had similar experiences and blessings the past few days including one band having a total vehicle break down and someone they had just met literally gave them a vehicle to use for the rest of the tour and beyond. That was a huge and immediate answer to prayer for them.

#13: The realization that this was just the start. To know that all the people’s lives that were touched will begin to make an impact in the lives they encounter daily. This is where real love, community and Gods working begins.

So what was the Shocking News from behind the scenes of so-called “Christian Music?” First let me say there is no such thing as Christian Music, actually it’s the only Genre of Music that is defined by its lyrical content rather than the style of Music.

Whats shocking is most of the “Christian” Musicians out there are not looking to become famous or make it big. While that would be fun and help the ministry grow, the ultimate goal of most Christian Artists is to see God move the way it did on this trip. To see an impact simply by being obedient to his calling, not by being perfect or great.   Christian Musicians see their lives as ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ cleverly disguised as artists.

The most shocking thing of all, this blog received more hits and views than any other post I have written to date and usually only “Christians” are reading it. Whats shocking is most of us want to learn the dirty little secrets of those around us rather than building each other up or learning how we can make our lives and the lives of those around us better. We are exposed to so much negative media that it has become normal to desire exposing the negatives in other people’s lives and forget that we are just as broken and need forgiveness as well. I’m guilty of this to, finding my self intrigued by the failures or mistakes of others in hopes of making my self feel better or less of a sinner. This is misguided thinking. So I encourage you… focus on the positive elements in other people’s lives and build each other up. Lets collectively stop searching for the bad in everyone and begin encouraging and lifting up the positive elements in our neighbors lives.

Imagine a community of people focusing on the positive encouragement of others and being thankful for the good things in their life.  Now that would be a shocking change I’m willing to be a part of.  Are you?

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Shocking News from behind the scenes of so called “Christian Music” – Part Two

2015-06-19 21.42.44Then it happened and it surprised me as much as anyone.

A women happened by my table and after talking for a bit she asked…could you pray for me and my son? Sure, what’s going on with your son I asked? She begins to tell me her son is in Navy Boot Camp and she just received a letter in the mail that he is having a horrible experience and just hates everything about it. That he feels like a failure and that he made a very big mistake. So we prayed…and during the prayer I revealed that I to went through Navy Boot camp and understood the challenges he may be going through. We prayed that he hear our prayers and that he was given comfort. That he would be filled with Joy as he serves a country and God that loves him. After the prayer she appeared encouraged. We hugged and that was the end of it. I thought what are the chances of the 100’s of people that are here that she would ask me to pray with her? Someone who would be able to relate completely with what was happening. Devine appointment? Maybe and I brushed it aside. but then it happened again.

A man approached me and said…I heard you talking earlier that you sing for churches. Could you come to my church this Sunday? With nothing else planned I agreed and told him to have your pastor contact me and we will see if we can do it. Within 30 minutes I received a phone call from a joyous pastor telling me, we have been praying for someone to connect with this man for years now. He has not been in church for a long time, we miss him and would love to have you. He said this is an answer to our prayers for this young man…ooh and…by the way, could you come early and speak with our teen group for an hour? Again… nothing was planned so I agreed, hung up the phone and thought…well that was pretty neat what are the chances that would happen?

So I’m back to my table speaking with a vendor and we hit it off pretty well. He was fun and happy from all outside appearances. It made the day go by nicely as well as the Rocking Music.   I met a few other people and the day came to a close. Afterwards I invested some time with the other bands, solo artists and stragglers hanging out.  Again everything seemed normal as I headed to the camp grounds, inflated an air mattress in the back of my SUV and dozed off to sleep. All was normal until a loud KABOOM woke me. It was at this moment I realized tomorrow may not be what everyone was expecting or hoped for. What was to transpire in the next few hours and days would demonstrate what really happens behind the scenes of the “Christian Music” world.  To most it will seem unbelievable or you may never look at the Christian Music Industry the same again.

Do you want to know what really happens behind the scenes – stay tuned for the revealing final chapter that you don’t want to miss.

Shocking News from behind the scenes of so called “Christian Music” – Part One

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Shocking News from behind the scenes of so called Christian Music – Part One

This week was another Eye Opening experience about so called “Christian Music”.   In this Blog you will hear all the behind the scene events that happen when no one is looking.  The things most of us don’t talk about.  All the crazy stuff most in the world don’t want you to know but should.  I feel it’s important to share this information so as to expose the shocking truth about this industry.

My week started out with a training conference named Immerse at Lifeway Resources in Nashville. I was greeted with smiles and very helpful people who gave me a colorful packet and shuffled me off to the main auditorium. Here we began the day with prayer, a very powerful worship experience and an inspired Speaker.  Then the classes began with everything from What is Worship, What the Bible Says About Worship Leading, Worship vs Performance, Etc.   All designed to help us understand and improve upon our lives and craft. For all purposes it was a very insight full and fabulous experience which continued for 3 days. I heard testiomony, music and teaching from people like Kari Jobe, Sanctus Real, Unspoken, Jimmy Needham, Tom Jackson, Colton Dixon, Chris August, CMG, BMI, Nik Ripken…the list goes on , and on. The Gospel Music Association really pulled out all the stops. I met exsiting friends and even made a few new ones.   Refreshed and chuck full of knowledge I was ready to hit the road with a revived sense of calling but nothing could prepare me for what would happen the days that followed.

I hit the road with my first stop being the largest Christian Festival in Iowa called Bash On The Farm in Forest City. When I arrived I was greated nicely, handed my packet and instructed on what the next two days will bring. 3 Stages and I would be performing on the Main Stage. The same stage that Cloverton, Loft Land and Seventh Day Slumber would be performing on. I thought this was pretty cool as I have never seen them perform live and my Merch Table would be right in line with the Stage. I was not going to miss a thing.   I set up my table and the day began. 100s of people came over to buy CD’s or just say hello. One girl asked me to draw a picture for her, another just wanted to tell me about his truck while other people would just smile, nod and go on there way.  Then it happened and it surprised me as much as anyone.

Stay tuned for part 2

Jesus sure, Grace….whats that?

Actions speak louder than words.

It’s been said that many have never heard of Jesus even in the United States.  I disagree with this completely.  I have yet to meet someone in this country that has not heard His name.  Even more, just the name creates an emotional response or silence from anyone.  It brings joy, anger or makes the room very uncomfortable at the least.  There is power in the name Jesus.

However what I find is that people have not heard about grace, love, forgiveness and acceptance through Jesus.  Most people hear Jesus and have a preconceived idea of stuffy church goers, unattainable perfection, condemnation and overall turned off by the idea because of Human actions.

Instead of telling someone they need Jesus (all be it true), instead love them and demonstrate Christ’s forgiveness and acceptance first.  Don’t shove the dove…be the dove, be the Gospel and demonstrate through your Actions who Jesus is.  This will always invoke the natural question…why are you so kind?   It’s then the name of Jesus will be seen as love and not condemnation.  It’s then that hearts open to the Gospel.

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