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Me and my 88 Friends

Me and my 88 Friends

By Lawrence Chewning
Lawrence Chewning, writer of "The Anchor Holds," and other Christian songs, tells stories and sings songs from the piano every week. Lawrence's storytelling style is engaging, and his music has touched the hearts and souls of thousands. Hear the stories behind the songs, interviews with great Christian guests, and more great content. A new episode is available every week. You can purchase Lawrence's music from his website at lawrencechewning.com
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Meet Dale, from the California Jesus Movement
Lawrence interviews his friend of 50 years, Dale Yancy, who was active in the famous Jesus People movement of southern California which made the cover of major newsmagazines.  Lawrence and Dale reminisce regarding their time ministering together in Vermont in the early 1970's. Songs: Carry On A Simple Faith Jesus Saves
59:52
May 21, 2022
Atlantic Crossing
Lawrence interviews his English friend, Paul Dickens, via Zoom, as he talks about his journey of faith. Songs include: Living in the Shadow Baptism Song Phone Call Song to Sir Dickens Carry On
01:00:59
May 14, 2022
Songs from a Band with No Name
Lots of music in this episode with Lawrence's band which does not yet have a name. Lawrence also pays tribute to his mother on this Mother's Day weekend. Songs: If I Didn't Know Jesus I Can Do All Things From Glory to Glory There Goes a Real Christian Man In the Beginning I Don't Want to Keep You Hid Send the Rain The Night that Changed My Life At the Foot of the Cross
59:52
May 07, 2022
How Precious Did That Grace Appear
Lawrence has a conversation with Sue Stewart Davis, who was a member of his church in Massachusetts during his pastoring years in the 1980's and 1990's.  Sue shares a moving testimony of God's grace during the most broken time of her life. Songs: Worth the Wait What a Happy, Happy Day Send the Rain Not Too Late
01:00:00
April 30, 2022
A Surprise Visit from Grandson, Dalton
Lawrence’s grandson, Dalton Rhodes,  comes for a surprise visit from college. Dalton chooses the song list and converses with his Big Pa. Lawrence is also cajoled into giving his impersonation of Balaam’s talking donkey. Songs: The Road Back Home There Goes a Real Christian Man As Old As Me Kalamazoo Better Than That
59:27
April 23, 2022
Easter - Greatest Story Ever Told
Lawrence celebrates in song the events of the first Easter weekend and looks at the life of James, the brother of Jesus, who saw a risen Lord. Songs include: Me and My 88 Friends (full version) Springtime What is Truth? Tramp on the Street Just the Same, I Praise Your Name Stop the Music At the Foot of the Cross He is Not Here Behold, He is Coming
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April 16, 2022
Stan, the Guitar Man
Lawrence interviews Stan Kennedy, a pastor who is also highly respected by many people as an outstanding guitarist.  Great testimony.  Also Stan plays several songs on the guitar, and he and Lawrence collaborate on "Holy Fire". Songs: Taking It to the Streets (Instrumental by Stan Kennedy) What a Friend We Have in Jesus (Instrumental by Stan Kennedy) Farther Along (Instrumental and vocal by Stan Kennedy) Holy Fire (Duet with Stan Kennedy and Lawrence Chewning)
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April 09, 2022
My Friends from Wilkes County
Lawrence interviews old friends, Randy and Mickey McNeil, and their pastor, David Sparks, from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina.  Ordinary People with Extraordinary Stories. Songs: Living in the Shadow I Heard a Knock Life (by Randy McNeil) Love Song Just For You Not Ready Now is the Time
59:60
April 02, 2022
Healing of the Land
Lawrence takes a look at the Biblical prescription for  healing a nation.  Also testimonies from two Massachusetts friends and lots of songs. Songs Rise, Let Us Be Going I'll Get Through I Can Do All Things Longing to See You Again Fight! US Americans Send the Rain
59:60
March 26, 2022
What's So Good About It?
The word, "gospel", means "good news."  Lawrence explores the things that make following Christ a good choice.  Lots of music. Songs: A Simple Faith Unless the Lord Builds the House Jesus, You've Been So Real Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Wanda Vereen) Oldsmobile (Bryan Hoogenboom) In the Garden Forget About It Now Not Too Late Stand Up in Church
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March 19, 2022
Amazon Jungle Adventure
Meet Walter Mutti, who along with his wife, Jane, and four sons embarked on an adventure to a remote Indian village in the Amazon jungles of Venezuela, where they spent the better part of 20 years sharing Christ. Songs included: The One All or Nothing Leaning on the Word of God The Pearl
01:00:01
March 13, 2022
Famous Last Words
Lawrence takes a look at the final words of Jesus before he ascended to Heaven, and interviews Dr. Gary Wright, who has dedicated his life to fulfilling the instructions of those final words. Songs: The Road Back Home The Night That Changed My Life Better Than That Phone Call I Don't Want to Keep You Hid Carry On Holy Fire
59:60
March 06, 2022
The Man with the Smooth Radio Voice
Lawrence interviews Mike Dalka and Gary Wright from World Renewal, in Greenfield, Indiana. Mike has a stunning natural speaking voice, tailor-made for radio, and shares a moving testimony of God's intervention in his life. Songs: Stand up in Church Jesus, You've Been So Real When My Eyes Are On You If I Didn't Know Jesus God Will Take Care of You
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February 27, 2022
The Trip to Winternacht
Lawrence and his wife, Trish, attend a special winter family celebration with their long-time friends, Karl and Leslie Sempsrott and their large family.  They talk about passing a spiritual legacy from generation to generation.  Clips of music from family members.  Lawrence and Karl play on a brand new stuido version of an old Fishermen song from the early 1970's, "Jesus, You've Been So Real" Lawrence's Songs: Thank God for Friends As Old As Me Jesus, You've Been So Real
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February 20, 2022
Play It Again, Lorenzo
Lawrence's friend of 52 years, Larry Hughes, from St. Louis, Missouri, offers a playlist of his favorite songs written by Lawrence, several of which have never been recorded.  Lawrence and Larry chat about each song. Songs We Were Like Those Who Dreamed (Psalm 126) Pray for Betty Johnson The Treasure in the Field I Wouldn't Go Back Living in the Shadow Springtime The Marriage Supper of the Lamb Song of the Disciple As Old As Me
01:00:00
February 13, 2022
From Sea to Shining Sea
This episode is an interview with Lawrence's friends, Myles and Patty Toews. They left their life on a farm in Alberta, Canada, to be a part of an international ministry called OM Ships, which owns a large ship which visits ports all over the world with the gospel. Songs are: The Anchor Holds Hand on the Plow All the Empty People Never Escape the Father's Love
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February 07, 2022
Everybody Has a Story to Tell
Lawrence looks at the story of the Garasene demoniac's encounter with Jesus and of Jesus' command to go back to his people and tell them all the great things God has done for him. Also an interview with Lena Hughes, a wonderful singer with a great testimony. Songs: Kalamazoo From Glory to Glory Stop the Music Stand Up in Church I'd Be a Fool, sung by Lena Hughes The Healer
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February 07, 2022
Stories Behind the Songs
Lawrence and his 88 friends (the piano keys) sing various songs and he recounts the circumstances which inspired each song.  A couple of them go all the way way to 1970, fifty-two years ago. Songs: Me & My 88 Friends The Marriage Supper of the Lamb There Goes a Real Christian Man Why Did You Wander Away I Will Arise and Go Goodnight, My Friend I'm Not Afraid Anymore I Wish The Anchor Holds
01:00:08
February 07, 2022
First Glimpse
We re-air excerpts from Lawrence's earlier episode featuring his boyhood classmate and friend, Ronnie Grant, who recently passed on to Heaven.  Lots of laughs and reminiscing, but also a great testimony.  Lawrence also Lawrence looks in the Word regarding what happens to the believer immediately after death. Songs: Farther Along I'm Longing for Home First Glimpse Not Ready
01:00:00
February 07, 2022
Meet Larry from Saint Louie
Lawrence has a laugher-filled conversation with a long-time friend who he met when the early Fishermen made a stop in his home town of Kingsport, Tennessee.  Larry later graduated from seminary and was ordained in the Presbyterian church.  He eventually found his true calling and niche as a teacher of Christian Ethics, English, and the Bible at a large Christian high school in St. Louis, Missouri. Songs: Trying to Obey the Call At the Foot of the Cross Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music by Larry Norman Behold, He is Coming
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February 07, 2022