Revival in Sickles

Revival in Sickles


Julie and I recently were part of a revival at Sickles Community Church. As you listen to my podcast you’ll hear all about it.  I’ll also introduce you to Pastor Tom & Peggy Clifton, Freida Sinclair, Willie Joe and Larry Sinclair.







We had a great time. I led the music for 5 services. They were all so nice and appreciated what I did.
They were very gracious and generous. We even brought home some sweet potatoes!

I was even able to sell many CDs (oh, I’ll be offering them on this web page soon.)

So, enjoy this podcast. I’ll be heading back there in November.



Revival in Sickles

Freida Sinclair & Willie Joe

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Revival in Sickles

Larry Sinclair – Evangelist, Chalk Artist, Vocalist

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Sweet Comfort Band 1978

Sweet Comfort Band 1978

In the early months of 1978 I led the music for the Arkansas Youth Convention. I’m not sure where it was held. Perhaps Little Rock. But I remember traveling in a car back to Hot Springs so that I could sing during the evening service. I’ll never forget that trip because I ended up changing clothes in the car while a friend of ours was driving. Oh, and Julie was about 7 months pregnant at the time. I made it to the church on time and no one was hurt in the process!

Back to the Youth Convention. While I was there I was approached by a couple of people. They said I was doing great and was just what they were needing for a special concert in June in their hometown.

So, I gave them my number and said I would wait for their call.

Sweet Comfort Band 1978

Well, fast forward to May. Our son, Aaron, was born. And by this time the guys wanting to do the concert had contacted me and I was sending them a promo photo head shot for their poster.


Oh, they had told me that I would be the opening act for a band from California called Sweet Comfort Band. (that sounds a little like the whiskey Southern Comfort, but I assure you they are two different things!)

The promoters scheduled the concert for June 26, 1978 in their hometown of Harrison, Arkansas. Tickets were $3.00 and it was going to be held in the Town Hall Music Theater.

I knew that Aaron would be a month old by this time and Julie might be okay with me leaving town for 3 days.

They sent me airplane tickets.

I’m pretty sure since the concert was on a Monday night I flew up on Sunday afternoon. I remember flying in a puddle jumper, most likely from Little Rock. Anyway, I brought my guitar and a suitcase with me.

Sweet Comfort Band drove into town that night and we all had a cookout together. The guys in the band were nice, but I hit it off with Randy Thomas, the guitarist, better than the rest. The other guys were Bryan Duncan (keyboards and lead vocals), Kevin Thomson (bass/vocals/preaching) and Rick Thomson (drums/vocals).

One of the things I heard from the promoters is that Kevin (the one who booked the band) was a little nervous when he found out that only 77 tickets or so had been sold. The promoters told them they would guarantee their fee ($500.00 back then) no matter who showed up on Monday night.  Monday night, as I was staying in the home of one of the promoters,  he told me they couldn’t pay me.  I said, “Hey, just get me a plane ticket back to Houston and we’ll call it even!”  They did.

Sweet Comfort Band 1978


One of the highlights of meeting the band was visiting with Randy Thomas. He was funny, friendly, and he loved Dr. Pepper. He liked it so much that he wrote the President of the company and they sent him Dr. Pepper promo items like coupons, stickers, t-shirts, and more.

Randy also knew that I was nervous and had never been in a situation like this before, so he befriended me and tried to encourage me.

We got to the Music Theater early to set up their equipment and sound system. The kids started rolling in. But it was sad to look out into an event center that would easily hold 5-600 people and only see 70+ kids and parents in the folding metal chairs. I felt for the promoters.

I had never been the opening act.  I had no clue.  So, I had a list of about 7-10 songs that I was going to play and sing. I did a few on acoustic guitar and the rest on Bryan Duncan’s Fender Rhodes or whatever kind of keyboard it was. It was foreign to me.  I was really used to pounding out the chords on a real piano. I totally did not feel at ease playing his keyboard.  Even in the sound check I was nervous and unsettled.  My performance reflected that. Not much energy. The songs were probably a bit too slow. It was just not a good time for me.  I was glad to get off the stage and listen to the guys rock.

The band was awesome. Now, I had been in a Christian rock band in college called Theophilus. But, Sweet Comfort Band was at the next level and even had airplay with their songs, like “When I Was Alone” and “Somebody Loves You.”

So, my memories include Bryan Duncan’s amazing vocals; Randy’s great guitar playing; great vocals and drumming by Rick; and fantastic bass playing by Kevin, which also included a solo. Kevin played a bass that I had never heard of, but have not forgotten. It was an Alembic. Wow. Here he is playing a solo on it.

To hear some of SCB’s songs check them out on YouTube or go to Sweet Comfort Band.

Oh, by the way, I got home alright.  Little did I know that in 2 1/2 months Julie and I would be packing up a U-Haul and our 4 month old son and heading to Asheboro, NC.  But, that’s another story.  Hopefully part of a book I’m writing.

Thanks for reading.


When God Forgives He Forgets

When God Forgives He Forgets


L-R Chuck Whetstone, Chester Harkins, Cliff Donaldson, Paul Donaldson (hidden)

It was the summer of 1973. I had just made friends with Paul & Cliff Donaldson. We became a band and started singing/playing in area churches in south Texas.

After a few weeks they invited some friends of theirs, who lived in Houston, to come down and do some outdoor ministry with us. That’s when I met my future brother-in-law, Richard Watson, and his best friend, Chester Harkins.

We practiced about 10 songs or so, ate some lunch, and then packed up the equipment (and Mrs. Donaldson’s piano from her living room) and headed toward Parkdale Plaza Shopping Center.

That led to a friendship and musical partnership that has been wonderful these 43 years.


Theophilus, 1973. In the pic outside Richard’s van [taken outside of FBC Ingleside, TX]: backrow: Paul Donaldson, Chester Harkins, Jr, Chuck Whetstone frontrow: Cliff Donaldson, Richard Watson

Chester is a prolific song writer. One day he sent me a cassette tape of some songs and song ideas he was working on. Well, I loved them and we started using many of them in our band, Last Days Light Band, in North Carolina.

The song I’m sharing with you today was one of those songs. It reminded me of a great country ballad in 3/4 time. It can also sound like The Eagles song “Take it To the Limit.” I started singing this song in my own repertoire, but it was too short. So, I wrote the last verse as you see it here. I just wanted to complement what Chester had already done and said in his song. I hope you like it.

When God Forgives He Forgets

When God Forgives He Forgets
Chester Harkins, Jr/Chuck Whetstone

There’s a woman crying now
Somewhere in every town
The man she loves is chasing fallen dreams

He thinks to be a man he needs a drink in his hand
But all he needs is a touch of God’s love

When God forgives He forgets
The sin you’ve done no more exists
Your life is clean it’s been washed in Jesus blood

So trust him now don’t worry ’bout
How Jesus cleans your heart out
You can’t buy the grace of God with bags of gold

When the night time rolls around
Everywhere you hear this sound
Crying hearts, broken dreams and lost love

At the foot of the cross all your sins can be lost
When God forgives He forgets you’ve ever sinned

Well I once was bound by sin
Destined for hell I knew within
Till Jesus saved me now I’m one of God’s sons

Now you might not hear a thing
When the angels start to sing
But none the less your new life has just begun

When God Forgives He Forgets

This recording was made at Sickles Community Church at the revival that was held in September, 2016.



Deepwater Horizon A Review

Deepwater Horizon A Review

deepwater_horizon_filmI have a friend that works on oil rigs all around the world. I think he is away from home 30 days at a time. He does intricate work in oceans of deep water with every kind of weather you could imagine.

The Deepwater Horizon well was in the Gulf of Mexico and was a state of the art rig. Who could imagine anything going wrong?

Director Peter Berg takes a remarkable cast and tells a compelling story based on the terrible day of April 20, 2010.


Deepwater Horizon A Review

deepwater-horizon-tiffThe cast includes: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin, Gina Rodriguez,  John MalkovichEthan Suplee, Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner), Kate Hudson, Peter Berg and country music star Trace Adkins.

 Deepwater Horizon (2016) is a great film that will be best enjoyed on the big screen.  Julie and I enjoyed on the huge IMAX screen at the Warren Theater in Moore, OK.

Deepwater Horizon A Review

I was able to watch a “behind the scenes” short on HBO that showed the actors up close and talked about how the film was made. According to this interesting preview the filmmakers built the oil rig from scratch. They even had real oil field workers train the cast in how to work with the pipe and drill and the equipment.

This film portrays very recent history. It was the worst environmental disaster to date. Eleven crew members were killed. Execs with BP were prosecuted. Billions of dollars in fines have been paid. It was a terrible tragedy. Could it have been avoided? You can watch the film and decide for yourself.

I believe that Deepwater Horizon (2016) was a tribute to those who died. I think it was a fitting way to show what a working oil rig looks like and the interaction of the crew and officials.

I highly recommend this movie.



The Magnificent Seven a Review

The Magnificent Seven a Review


The Magnificent Seven (2016) was a pleasant surprise. I had no idea what to expect. I might have seen the original (1960), but I’m not sure. It seems like I played the theme music in high school band. But, back to the movie, I really enjoyed this version of the famous Western.

The original that starred Yul Brynner,  Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, and was directed by John Sturges was set in a small Mexican village. The 1960 film is an Old West-style remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai.


The more recent version features a motley crew of hired gun fighters who come together to help a small western town who has suffered under the cruel hand of the mine owner played by Peter Sarsgaard.

The Magnificent Seven a Review

Director Antoine Fuqua worked with some great actors, including:

Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Martin Sensmeier. The lead female role was by Haley Bennett.

The Magnificent Seven a Review


I really enjoyed the performances of Denzel, Chris, and Vincent. Hey, the others were good, too, or they would not have been cast in the movie. But, Denzel portrays Chisholm, a tough bounty hunter who decides to come to the aid of the widow (Bennett) who lost her husband and is in fear of losing her whole town.


What we lost in the fire, we found in the ashes.

This movie is a lot of fun, a lot of action, and a lot of killing. Oh, did I say there was a Gatling Gun involved?

If you have a chance please go see this movie on the large screen.



Christmas in Branson – A Holiday Review

Christmas in Branson – A Holiday Review

Julie and I are planning on going to Branson this holiday season. She loves to go to the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre and see The Lennon Sisters. I’m not sure what else we will do, but it will be fun.

Let me share with you some of the places and things we did last year in the month of December.

Restaurants visited include:

  • Florentina’s (Italian)
  • Shoney’s (breakfast)
  • Cakes-N-Creams (Diner food & Dessert)
  • Landry’s Seafood House
  • Billy Gail’s (we had breakfast)
  • Showboat Branson Belle (Dinner and show)

Shows we attended:

  • Andy Williams Christmas
  • Showboat Branson Belle
  • Rock N Roll Revival

Christmas in Branson – A Holiday Review


Julie relaxing at the Condo




Breakfast at Billy Gail’s


At the Jim Stafford Theater


Rock N Roll Revival


Darrel Croy as Jerry Lee Lewis



Christmas in Branson – A Holiday Review


Illusionist Rick Thomas


The Lennon Sisters


Ready for the Andy Williams Christmas Show


Onboard the Showboat Branson Belle


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Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me

In September Kenny Adams and I went down to Bossier City, LA for a weekend of ministry. We put together the Chuck Whetstone and Fusion Band. We did an outdoor concert before the weather shut us down. We led worship on Sunday morning at Harvest Fellowship on Airline Drive.

Chuck Whetstone – keys/lead vocal
George Dyess – elec guitar
Richard Watson – drums/vocals
Kenny Adams – bass guitar
Doyce Smith – vocals

Here is a video of the Chris Tomlin song Jesus Loves Me.

Jesus Loves Me

I was lost, I was in chains
The world had a hold of me

My heart was a stone, I was covered in shame
When He came for me

I couldn’t run, couldn’t run from His presence
I couldn’t run, couldn’t run from His arms

Jesus, He loves me, He loves me, He is for me
Jesus, how can it be, He loves me, He is for me

And it was a fire, Deep in my soul
I’ll never be the same

I stepped out of the dark And into the light
When He called my name

I couldn’t run, couldn’t run from His presence
I couldn’t run, couldn’t run from His arms

He holds the stars and He holds my heart
With healing hands that bear the scars
The rugged cross where He died for me
My only hope, my everything

Publishing: © 2014 Worship Together Music / sixsteps Songs / S.D.G. Publishing (BMI) / 9T One Songs / Ariose Music (ASCAP) / SHOUT! Music Publishing (APRA)
Writer(s): Chris Tomlin, Reuben Morgan, and Ben Glover

Jesus Loves Me



I’d Rather Have Jesus Soulful Sunday

I’d Rather Have Jesus Soulful Sunday

This song was made famous by George Beverly Shea on recordings and live performances at the Billy Graham Crusades.

This video is of Doyce Smith and Chuck Whetstone at Harvest Fellowhip, Bossier City, LA. 9.11.16

I’d Rather Have Jesus Soulful Sunday

  1. I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
    I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
    I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
    I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand

    • Refrain:
      Than to be the king of a vast domain
      Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
      I’d rather have Jesus than anything
      This world affords today.
  2. I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
    I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
    I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
    I’d rather be true to His holy name
  3. He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
    He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
    He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;
    I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead

Although American hymnals show Rhea Miller as the author of this song, Swedish sources attribute the original to Prince Oscar. In 1888 he relinquished his royal title and right to succession in order to marry a commoner who had influenced his religious beliefs. Afterward he was active in Christian service. (from Timeless Truths)

I’d Rather Have Jesus Soulful Sunday



Philippians – The Letter of Joy – Chapter Four

Philippians – The Letter of Joy – Chapter Four


Philippians 4 King James Version

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord.

And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.

15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.

17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.

22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Sunday Worship from Harvest Fellowship PT3

Sunday Worship from Harvest Fellowship PT3

What a joy I had being in Bossier City in September. We put together a band of friends. We practiced and learned new songs. We sang an outdoor community concert. And we led worship on Sunday, September 11, 2016.

This song that was written and recorded by Trevor Morgan is such an inspiration. We all fell in love with this song. I hope you enjoy it, too.

Richard Watson – drums/lead vocal
Doyce Smith – vocals
George Dyess – lead guitar
Kenny Adams – bass guitar
Chuck Whetstone – keys/vocals

The Invitation by Trevor Morgan and Mac Powell

Lay down your fears and your burdens
You don’t have to face them alone
Anyone tired or hurting inside
Love is leading you home

The blessed and the broken
The weak and the strong
Will all find rest at the Throne of God
There is no condemnation
His arms are open wide
This is the invitation to your life

Come as you are to his mercy
Find all that you were meant to be
Cling to the savior who has led you this far
And live with a soul set free


There is healing like you’ve never known before
Salvation’s right here at your door
This is your invitation
What are you waiting for?
What are you waiting for?

Sunday Worship from Harvest Fellowship PT3

Sunday Worship from Harvest Fellowship PT3