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      GLORY of the Lord Christmas Musical

      $15k goal

      THE GLORY OF THE LORD - Christmas Musical - With The Czech National Symphony Orchestra 

      Hello, my name is Mike Herron. I am a Composer, Pianist, Author and Minister of the Good News of Christ. I have incorporated music in the various facets of my life as a Pastor, with missions to over 70 nations. I am the former Vice President of Integrity Music (Latin America Division) and former Pastor in the Worship Ministry at Lakewood Church with Pastor Joel Osteen in Houston, Texas.

      Christmas is a special time of the year when the whole world opens their heart to the message of the coming of Jesus the Messiah. I have written a Christmas musical entitled ‘THE GLORY OF THE LORD’ Its 10 songs tell the story of Christ’s birth in a theatrical-lyrical style with soloists, a mixed vocal group, full orchestrations and compelling narrative. It has had several successful live performances and is a wonderful instrument to tell people about Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World!

      On May 30th of this year, I will be traveling to Prague, Czech Republic to record the orchestrations of ‘THE GLORY OF THE LORD’ with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. The CNSO is one of the finest recording orchestras in the world and is also comparatively inexpensive in cost to other studio orchestras. I will then record the vocals here in the USA following the orchestra recordings.

      When completed,  this project will present the good news of Christ to multitudes of people around the globe in various languages for years to come. It will be able to be presented by the smallest groups as well as large choirs, orchestras and performance groups. We are planning to record in many languages over the back-ground orchestra tracks once they are finished. [Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Japanese…] 

      Click here to watch the Christmas Musical without a professional orchestra backup. Imagine what we can do with a Professional Orchestra!

      Although much work has been completed the costs of finishing the project are:

      · Orchestra recording    $6000

      · Vocals, choir               $4000

      · Mixing, mastering        $5000

      You can help me complete this task by investing in the project before its done! I want to make the music and message available to as many people as possible.

      · For Contributions of ANY SIZE- you will be able to download the recording upon completion of the project.

      · For  Contributions of $50 or above - We will send you a CD & download upon completion.

      · For Contributions of $100 or above - We will send you a CD & download AND a copy of ‘Nativity’ A Devotional Commentary on the Birth of Christ,’ that are signed by J. Michael Herron!

      Enjoy the 17 chapter Christmas Season Devotional with your family - or give as a special gift to someone else! The Devotional is to be read from December 14-30th and it corresponds perfectly with the musical!   

      If after making a Donation of $100 or more you would like the NATIVITY book to be signed or dedicated to a specific person(s) by name - please type the name(s) in the LEAVE A COMMENT Box  in the Donations form you will fill out - J. Michael Herron will dedicate the book to them!!

      Special Church Performances- Churches and performance groups that would like to do the Christmas program can also purchase the musical in advance!

      · Choir with Orchestra Tracks-$200-  Performance with soloists and vocal group accompanied by the Orchestra Tracks. Individual parts and chord charts are in PDF download format.

      · Choir with Full Orchestra-$400- Performance with full live orchestra, soloists and vocal parts. Full scores and parts are in PDF download format. 

      You will be able to follow our progress in completing the project on our website: www.MikeHerron.org 

      10% of the proceeds of this project will go to help needy children in various parts of the world as do all Mike Herron Music products. 

      Thank you for your willingness to share in helping me see this vision accomplished! I know it will enrich your life as well as countless others in many nations. David said these words; “He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” (Ps 40:3) I am believing that many people will hear the songs and performances and put their trust in the Lord!

      Mike Herron, February 2017 

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      ‘NATIVITY’ is beginning of the most magnificent story of all; the love of God who gave His Son as a gift to the world. These 17 chapters, taken from passages in the gospels, reveal the life of the Jesus Christ from his pre-existence in heaven to the manger in Bethlehem and the amazing events following his birth.

      It is designed for daily readings during the Advent season from December 14th through December 30th. Written in a devotional-commentary style, it is an excellent source for individuals, families, preachers and churches. My hope is that the reader will experience a deepening of their faith and love for the God who became man and lived among us.

      Excerpt From Nativity Book:

      I am happy to present to you one of the chapters from my new book, 'Nativity: A Devotional Commentary On The Birth Of Christ'

      Mike Herron

      Chapter 13: SHEPHERDS AND ANGELS- Luke 2:8-20  (December 26th)

                  God’s pattern of visiting the humble and lowly is repeated in the story of the shepherds and angels. It signals to us that ‘the new world coming is of a radically different shape than the former one…’[1]

                  8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

                  Shepherds were at the bottom of the social and economic scale. ‘It is most likely that these shepherds were in charge of the flocks from which the Temple Offerings were chosen.’[2] As many as 30,000 lambs would have been raised in the fields around Bethlehem to be sacrificed during the Passover celebration in Jerusalem. Mary has just given birth to the ultimate Lamb of God who will give his life for the world. God chose to reveal his Son to the lowly shepherds as they were not encumbered with endless religious barriers like the scribes and priests in Jerusalem. We cannot be certain as to the exact month or day of Christ’s birth but this verse leads us to believe that Jesus was born at night.

                  9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”    

                   The angel, most likely Gabriel, appeared instantaneously in a flash of glory, ‘the radiant shining forth of any or of all the divine attributes of God.’[3] The shepherd’s great fear would be replaced by great joy. The use of the word good news, evangelaion, assures them that this is not a terrifying angelic judgment but a heavenly message of salvation to all the people of the earth. This announcement at his birth signaled the dismantling of racial and social barriers among all of humanity.

                  The angel identifies that the child will be found in the town of David. This was essential to fulfilling the prophecies about the Messiah’s birthplace. The angel does not tell the shepherds the baby’s name but reveals a trinity of titles. He is Savior; previously reserved for Yahweh alone but now transferred to His Son Jesus. He is Mashiach or Messiah, meaning Christ the Anointed One; and lastly He is Lord, in Greek Kurios for divine Lord. ‘This combination occurs nowhere else in the N. T…Luke is very fond of Kurios (Lord) where the other Gospels have Jesus.’[4] Jesus is truly Lord at His birth. The angel gives the shepherds the double sign of both the manger and the baby wrapped in strips of cloth to assure them of finding the exact child.

               13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

                  In a second, more spectacular instantaneous flash there was a great number of angel armies praising God in a doxology known as the ‘Gloria in Excelsis,’ ‘Glory in the Highest.’ These immaterial spirits of immense power and intelligence have accompanied the Son of God since their creation. Perhaps the mighty Cherubim, the four Seraphim of Isaiah, the four Living Creatures described in Revelation and Michael and his legions of angelic armies now burst upon the night sky with their song of celebration in homage to their Creator-King. As a baby he is in the humblest human condition but is further immobilized from any earthly strength by the strips of cloth.So great the babe, so lowly its condition.’[5]

                  His mission of peace, the presence of justice and universal healing, is announced in worshipful song. Those on whom his favor rests should not be thought of in an exclusive, Jewish national sense ‘but in an inclusive way: In the birth of this child, God’s mercy has fallen on the whole world.’[6]

                  15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

                  16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

                   These shepherds do not speak doubtfully, “Let us go see whether it be so or not;” but with assurance, Let us go see this thing which is come to pass.’[7] It is significant that Luke describes them as finding Mary and Joseph giving more importance to the mother than her husband. The shepherds become the first evangelists of the New Testament as they spread the word about the nameless child who has such high credentials. The Shepherd’s testimony must have spread quickly throughout the region. Amazing grace flowed from an amazing God.

               19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

                  Mary ponders (sunballousa) everything. This is an old Greek word for placing things together for comparison. Luke is most likely recording directly from Mary’s remembrances of these wondrous events. The shepherds, who had been stationary as they were guarding their flocks, were now glorifying and praising God, an important transformation for those who will lead God’s people.

      [1] Green, Luke 131

      [2] Barclay, Luke, 23.

      [3] Lenski; Luke, 134.

      [4] Robertson; Word Studies

      [5] Lenski, Luke, 133.

      [6] Green, Luke, 137

      [7] Henry, Luke’s Commentary

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