January 1, 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR!



Another Internet radio station now plays some of our music – www.gospelgemsradio.com





LORD, I have no idea what’s going to happen

In this yew year, but what I pray is that

You will guide me and help me.

Please help me to look to You always

And through everything that I do,

May I bring praise every day to Your Name.

Thank You for another year.


           by: Dee Ann Foley Doxsee
“Somehow, every day I’ll try
To improve myself this year;
  And, especially…keep my heart in tune…
To things I need to hear.
 To sense the needs of others
With compassion, every time…
  Seeking patient, understanding..
Will be a goal of mine.
 Where things seem grim and hopeless…
To bear; and carry on…
 Encouragement will be enforced
To firmly act upon.
While striving for the ultimate
 In betterment this year…
Convey…my light must shine!
      Of such…in these…I most endear.”


Sunday, January 29 – Kansas Day  Happy 156th Birthday

Frankie and Phyllis with Michael, Angie and Brianna, staff and servers at the Meridian Center in Newton, KS
For the Rotary Club’s Christmas party on December 6, 2016.

If you have a picture of you with us, e-mail it to us with the particulars, and we may use it in a future e-newsletter.



Sun, Jan. 8 – 11:00 a.m. – Friendship Baptist Church – Wichita, KS – Pastor Ray Melugin (R)
Sat/Sun, Jan. 21/22-7:00p/10:00a – Grace United Methodist Church – Emporia, KS – Pastor Gene McIntosh
Fri, Jan. 27 – 6:30 p.m. – Lamoni United Methodist Church – Lamoni, IA – Pastor Neil Montz (R)
Sat, Jan, 28 – 6:00 p.m. – New Covenant Fellowship Church w/Armouraires – Osage IA – Pastor Steven White
Sun, Jan. 29 – 9:15 a.m. – New Sharon United Methodist Ch w/Armouraires – New Sharon, IA – Pastor Terry Pollard
Sun, Jan. 29 – 6:00 p.m. – New Covenant Church w/Armouraires – Knoxville, IA
Sun, Feb. 12 – 6:00 p.m. – Valens-tine Concert/Haysville Christian Church – Haysville, KS – Pastor Kurt Hanson
Tue, Feb. 14 – 6:00 p.m. – Valens-tine Concert/First Christian Church – Onawa, IA – Pastor Mike Lewis (R)
Wed, Feb. 15 – p.m. – Valens-tine Concert/Good Shepherd Baptist Church – Lincoln, NE (R) – Pastor Gary Fuller
Fri, Feb. 17 – 7:00 p.m. – First Christian Church – Aurora, NE – Pastor Bruce Bradley
Sat, Feb. 18 – 7:00 p.m. – First Christian Church – Grand Island, NE – Pastor Bob Kippa
Sun, Feb. 19 – p.m. – Valens-tine Concert/UMC of Henderson/Comm Center – Henderson, IA – Virgil Paulsen
The month of December allowed us to share our Christmas music 5 different times.  That is our favorite music, and Christmas music has its own joy and celebration, which we gladly share.
Thursday, December 1st we were with the McPherson (KS) Rehab and Health Center with Activities Director Jami Snook.  This was a reunion of sorts for us, because we were with Jamie three years ago in Johnson, KS, so when she moved to McPherson, she called us.  We had a great time again with her and also her residents.
Sunday, December 4th was the place for a Christmas concert with Pastor Jim Wilburn and new friends at the Auburn (KS) Christian Church.  This was another “reunion” for the fact that Pastor Jim told us that he saw us when he was in Christian School in the early 90s, even remembering that Frankie sang “16 Candles” to one of the girls whose birthday was that day!  I’ve slept since then, so I didn’t remember the event, but it was great hearing it from him, and meeting him again in this new position as a pastor.  And the people there told us they LOVE him!  What a great tribute!
Tuesday, December 6th we were invited to present a Christmas program for the Newton, KS Rotary Club.  The picture at the beginning of the newsletter highlights this event.  The catered meal was fabulous and our program was well received.
Saturday, December 10th we sang for Pastor Eli Karst and the Community Christian Church in Council Grove, KS.  We had booked a room in a motel in that town, and when we arrived, we trusted our GPS to get us to the right place.  Not too much to ask, is it?  And yet, we ended up on a wild goose chase that took us to the opposite side of town.  After a phone call to the motel, we learned that the address to the motel is the one we had, but it is situated in such a place that the GPS doesn’t know how to handle it (?!), so we were re-directed to the right address in town.  For years we traveled without a GPS or cell phones, and I truly don’t know how we got to our destinations without the aid of a flaky GPS lady!!!  At any rate, we ended up in the right place, and our Christmas concert was a hit with the people who attended.
Sunday morning, December 11th we returned to the Wilsey (KS) United Methodist Church with Pastor Marc Frink.  Frankie does not do oldies in a Sunday morning concert, but after we finish the concert, he will do a few for those who want to reminisce with him.  That is always a hit with the people, and this concert was no different.  Following the “afterglow”, the church had a wonderful potluck dinner, and the pastor’s wife had made some of the best soup I have ever had!  That’s one of the perks of this business!!!
Christmas Eve Day we celebrated with our family at our grandson Grant’s house in Wichita.  Our oldest daughter Debbie and husband Mere’s 5 children were all here, which doesn’t happen very often.  Our oldest grandson Garrett and his wife and her cousin came in from Michigan, Grant shared the time with his girl friend Emily, Clarissa and husband Justin live in Wichita so were already here, grandson Spencer was home for a while from his Army duties where he is training to be a Green Beret, and grandson Wyatt who is in college in Lincoln, NE came down from Omaha with his parents.  We had a wonderful reunion time with everyone.  My daughter had told me that the kids were not wanting to do gift-giving this year, so we were not to worry about gift-giving either.  OK, so we didn’t.  However, they did have an opening-the-packages time, where there packages for us.  We said that wasn’t fair, but they all reiterated that we’ve given so much in the past, that this year was not to be that.  The highlight of all that for me was – the family knows I LOVE going to Red Robin, and we ended up receiving 3 – that’s THREE – gift cards to Red Robin!!  Guess where we’ll be eating soon!
New Year’s Eve found us at this annual party with Dave and Sharon Hohlfeld in Derby, KS.  We’ve been doing this with them for 11 years now, except for the two years we were in Syracuse, and we’ve pretty much established that tradition now.
Andrew Wells, with The Armouraires Quartet, has begun booking us occasionally with them, and this is an interesting scenario, as you can see by some of our January concerts, and there are more to come.  This is also expanding our ministry, and it seems we’ll be travelling more this coming year because of that, even to include a tour to Surprise (near Phoenix), AZ, come May.  We have done a couple of concerts with this award-winning quartet, and it has been a blessing to both groups.  Never underestimate the power of God in your life, if you are available and willing!
Frankie is headlining a 7-Day Alaskan Cruise through Global Connections and Princess Cruises from Sunday, July 23 through Sunday, July 30.  We will depart from Seattle, WA, and the cruise will head up to Juneau, AK.  Value Added Amenities include a Private Show starring Frankie Valens just for Global Connections Cruisers and complimentary dining in a Specialty Restaurant.  Start making plans for this experience, and for more details, call Nancy at 1-800-950-1110 X  7870.  Come join us for a great time of the year to visit our 49th state.
The bus trip that was scheduled for South Padre Island in February was canceled, due to lack of interest.
I had to get a new printer some months ago, and I got an Epson this time.  I have pretty much always had HP’s, but I was having some problems with the new ones, so changed over.  That being said, I have five 901XL cartridges just sitting here, unopened, so if anyone has an HP printer that uses that cartridge, I will be happy to mail them to you, at no cost to you.  Just email us.
As many of you know, Frankie has a collection of lions, from his song, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”  Adding to his collection are the following:
     We were at Precious Moments where this picture was taken, and although we didn’t purchase that lion, the picture fits him.


     Then he received this unique gift for Christmas: Add to that this collection 


   Which not only has one of my favorite pictures on it, with the saying, “What matters most is how you see yourself”, but the lion on the left in the picture is cheese from Wisconsin!!!  How fun!


Could likely prove to be one of the most interesting years ahead for all of us in this country, on several levels.  I think we’ll see MANY changes that could possibly affect most all of us, but we need to continue to pray for our country and our new president.  I had read that he thrives on controversy concerning him, but I’m sure there comes a time when he has to pull back and re-think things.  I read an article by the actor Tim Allen whose comment was that Hollywood has really been hypocritical by all their biases against President Trump, because his thoughts were that they supposedly come out against bullying, and yet that is what they are doing to people who want to support our President.  We all know God is in control, but there are times we can do our part to continue the favor He has shown our country in giving us this second chance, I think, to turn some things around.  The Psalmist tells us, in Psalm 33:12 – “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD…”  Let us pray diligently to keep our nation blessed.



Frankie’s Books



These  are books Frankie has written.  His autobiography is available as hard-cover, soft-cover, Kindle, e-book, etc.  You can visit www.amazon.com and do a book search for “Frankie Valens” where you can see all of his books.  His novels are all available as soft-cover books from Amazon for $14.99 plus postage or from us for $15.00 plus $5.00 for Priority shipping.  Autographs are FREE!  All but “Road To Mistwood“, “Thaddeus“, “Voices In the Wind” and “Voices In the Wind II: Twisted Twiggs” are available for Kindle for $3.99.
 Frankie has finished his latest book, his 9th novel, “Voices In the Wind III: Heaven Can’t Wait” and it is in process as we speak.  If you’d like to pre-order it, it is $15.00 plus $5.00 Priority shipping.  Some have already ordered it.


Valens Vignettes    

As we reflect back on 25 years of ministry, we’ll share with you some of those events: some funny, some not so funny.  Frankie and I have had fun reminiscing here.
From a small journal I recently found, from 2001:
 We were in Salem, Virginia and the pastor and his wife were going to take us out to dinner after the morning concert, so we followed them in our van so we could just go on to our evening concert when we finished our meal.  They mentioned where we would be going, but as we continued on, things didn’t seem to be matching up to what they told us.  When the car in front of us turned in to another area, we unfortunately discovered we had followed the wrong car!  And since this was before cell phones, we had no way to let the pastor know we wouldn’t be joining them for dinner (and us missing out on a good meal-and free!), nor even to figure out how to get to our next place.  But God always comes through for the bumbling ones, and we found our way, albeit without lunch!
We headed to Statesville, NC and were having a problem with oil leaking in our van.  As it turned out, it was a serious problem, and was going to cost quite a bit to fix it, it being an older van.  However, we called the pastor from Salem, VA and he said there was a woman in his church who had a 1997 Ford Taurus wagon for sale and it only had 33,000 miles.  So we prayed and felt the Lord was telling us to go with the newer vehicle, and called the lady who owned it.  We didn’t have the full amount, but could give her more than half, and we told her that when we got the insurance settlement on our van that had been stolen, we could pay her the balance.  She didn’t know us from Adam, but because of the pastor, she accepted our offer.  We were truly blessed.  Isn’t it cool, the people God puts in your path?
 And remember – I had just fallen on Saturday evening and totally messed up my right arm, but I could still play three piano numbers in our Tuesday evening concert!  God was at “awesome” again!
Leaving that church, we told the Statesville pastor that they could have our old van.  They would have to fix it up, but they said they could do that, and the pastor’s wife cried because she had been praying for God to give them another vehicle!


BLESSINGS-WISE          What they’re saying: Click Me!

Click Me!***This is beautiful – thank you!  We pray you had a wonderful Christmas and will have a blessed year ahead as you continue to serve our Lord so faithfully.  Love,

 Click Me!*** STUNNING!!!!!  I have been blessed “beyond measure!!!”  Thank you so much!  I laughed through the busless quartet but CRIED through the military extravaganza; it was absolutely breathtaking, heart-stopping in beauty, gratitude, pure joy; “our finest!!!”  I’m passing this on, for sure!

 BLESSED NEW YEAR, My Fair Lady!  Xo
 Click Me!***We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed your concert!  Thank you so much for thinking of us and sharing your wonderful talents!  May you have a Blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with Health and Happiness!  Thanks again.  God Bless
Click Me!***I really enjoyed the music.  There is so much on the Internet – I loved it that you made selections for me [!!].  I watched one right after the other and got teary – memories of Christmas in the past.  Thank you!
Click Me!***Fun newsletter, as always, Phyllis.  🙂  And that’s a cute picture of you in the poodle skirt! Love you much—glad Frankie’s feeling good.
Click Me!***How exciting was a service like this?
Click Me!***Thanks!  I know how much hard work goes into putting this [the e-newsletter] together!  God Bless,
Click Me!***How magnificently you have unveiled the JOY of the Season in this awesome December Newsletter! I embraced every word; Pictures and… Cartoons! (Maxine has such a Way with words!) It is wonderful …everything you cover and the details …We are well fed, through your devotion and the blessed recipients of your Brilliant mind and talents!   I am especially blessed of God through YOU, For the honor of being “Your Poet!”  “Thank You,” for including my Christmas Poem, 2016…”The Northern Winds.”   You take us back in time…The adorable Poodle Skirt in the skit!  The Opera House;  the “Meat and Potatoes” of Good Sense…to keep a Sense of Humor!  I could go on and on….Suffice it to say…Your Ministry Blesses! God Bless You!
Click Me!***Great Newsletter!   Thanks for all the effort you put into it.   I know it takes long hours to assimilate  all that info into a newsletter.
This column is a regular feature of our e-newsletters.  We maintain that the Authorized King James Version of the Bible is the only pure Word of God because all of the new versions are based on corrupted manuscripts.
    Am I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?”  Galatians 4:16 


Isaiah 14:12 – New International Version
    How have you fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn!…
  •     Lucifer is morning star.
Revelation 22:16 – New International Version
    I Jesus, have sent you my angel, to give you this testimony for the churches.  I am the Root and the Offspring of David
    And the bright Morning Star
  •     Jesus is the morning star.
In the NIV
    Lucifer is called morning star
    Jesus is called morning star
The distinction is clear in the King James Bible.
Isaiah 14:12 – King James Bible
    How are thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
  •     Lucifer is son of the morning
Revelation 22:16
    I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.
    I am the root and the Offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
  • Jesus is the … Morning star.
How can you TRUST a Bible that misses the distinction between your Savior and Lucifer?
Daniel 3:25 –
KJV:    …Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt;
            And the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
NIV:    Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed,
            And the fourth looks like a son of the gods.
And you don’t think this is a BIG DEAL?
NIV Insults Your Savior
Mark 1:41 –
KJV:    And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.
NIV (2011):     Jesus was indignant.  He reached out and touched the man.  “I am willing,” he said.  “Be clean!”
How could they change your gracious and kind Lord from someone who was moved with compassion into a creep who was “put out” because someone needed help?
Here’s the same verse in the 1984 edition of the NIV:
Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.  “I am willing,” he said.  “Be clean!”
In 1984 the NIV editors said Jesus was filled with compassion.”  27 years later He became indignant.
Does this make you sick or angry?
(More at “Yeah hath God said?” on Facebook-www.jackmcelroy.com)
HEALTH-WISE    Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest…be In health.”  III John 2

My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds. Nia Vardalos

Since probably the #1 New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight, I present the following ideas:
Recently some friends were talking about faith-based movies, and Frankie and I have quite a collection of movies, both videos and DVDs.  We had several of these movies, so shared them with our friends.  However, we wanted to have more of them, so we went online and were able to purchase several more, all of which we have been very pleased with.  In an effort to share our information, I will feature one every month, and we would encourage you to check them out.  If you care to purchase them, we found we could do so very reasonably on www.Amazon.com



           “Miracles happen when we need them most of all.”

This movie is the sequel to “Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors”, which came out last year.  That movie is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing. This once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Parton who she is today.
In the second chapter of Dolly Parton’s life story, the Parton family prevails over unexpected peril to share a joyous family Christmas holiday.
The title song, “Circle Of Love” is a pure salvation message.  Hear it here:



Frankie and I were out walking, and part of our route occasionally can be busy with cars buzzing by, which necessitates our having to walk off the main part of the street, “inconveniencing” us!  Unbeknownst to me, this time Frankie had asked the Lord to keep the cars away from us while we were on that street, and interestingly, He had done that.  However, just as we walked off that street onto our cul-de-sac, here came a car, and it was then Frankie told me about his “prayer request.”  Now isn’t that like our great God?




This was a Christmas gift.  It is a real, honest-to-goodness
Calculator that works fine.  It does not, however, play
 This is such a hoot!
Violins as they should be played.  Even the Russians have a sense of humor!


1.    My goal for 2016 was to lose 10 pounds.  Only 15 to go.
2.    Ate salad for dinner.  Mostly croutons and tomatoes.  Really just one big round crouton covered with tomato sauce.  And cheese.  FINE, it was a pizza.  I ate a pizza.
3.    How to prepare tofu:
        a.  Throw it in the trash
        b.  Grill some meat
4.    I just did a week’s worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.
5.    I I don’t mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food in 3 hours and 20 minutes.
6.    A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.
7.    Kids today don’t know how easy they have it.  When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.
8.    Senility has been a smooth transition for me.
9.    Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero outside they closed school?  Me neither.
10.    I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented.  I forgot where I was going with this.
11.    I love being over 70.  I learn something new every day and forget 5 others.
12.    A thief broke into my house last night.  He started searching for money so I woke up and searched with him.
13.    Just remember:  Once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.
14.    I think I’ll just put an “Out of Order” sticker on my forehead and call it a day.


Along the way I have had the opportunity to enjoy some scrumptious foods, so I am sharing some recipes with you.  And Frankie keeps finding great recipes on Facebook, so I’ll share some of them with you as well.

Beefy Burger Casserole
1 lb. Hamburger (I actually will make more than 1 pound, because my husband likes it with extra hamburger!)
1/4 onion, chopped
1 can buttermilk biscuits
1 can tomato sauce
1 can sliced mushrooms
1 can diced tomatoes
Pearl diced black olives
Shredded cheese
In large skillet, cook hamburger and onions until hamburger is no longer pink.  Set aside.
In a baking dish, press biscuits into bottom of dish, forming the bottom crust.
Spread tomato sauce over biscuits.  Spread hamburger, mushrooms, black olives and tomatoes over tomato sauce then sprinkle with cheese.
Bake at temperature shown on biscuit can.  Bake for 5-10 minutes longer than biscuit can says, or until biscuits are cooked through.  (Be careful not to burn bottom of biscuits!)
Note: Pepperoni, Canadian bacon or sausage can be substituted for the hamburger! 
Cowboy Casserole

1 ½ pounds of ground beef.
1 chopped medium onion.
3 chopped cloves of garlic.
1 can (15.25 oz) of drained whole kernel corn.
1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup.
2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.
½ cup of milk.
4 tbsps of sour cream.
1 (30 oz) bag of frozen tater tots.

Preheat the oven to 350° and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Cook the onion in a large skillet and mix in the chopped garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Stir in the beef and cook over medium heat until browned. Drain off the fat and transfer to a large bowl.

Mix together the soup, milk and sour cream in a small bowl until well combined then pour over the hamburger mixture and mix. Mix in the corn and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.

Layer half of the crispy crowns on the bottom of the dish and spread all the hamburger mixture on top. Add a second layer of the tater tots and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and Voila!



Caramel Apple Brownie Dessert

1 (20 ounce) package of brownie mix.
½ cup of oil.
¼ cup of water.
3 eggs.
1 (8 ounce) package of Philadelphia soft cream cheese.
½ cup of caramel ice cream topping, divided.
1 chopped with the skin on red apple.
1 chopped with the skin on green apple.
6 coarsely chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups.
¼ cup of chopped peanuts.

In a large bowl, mix together the brownie mix with oil, water and eggs.

In a greased 13×9 pan, pour the batter and bake for 25 to 35 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened cream cheese with ¼ cup of caramel dessert topping until well combined and spread over the cooled brownies.

Top with chopped apples, peanut butter cups and peanuts and drizzle the caramel dessert topping left over the top.










GUEST EDITORIAL-WISE –     Should We Still Dress Our Best for Church?

December 7, 2016 Ryan A. French

I’m a millennial and I still think it’s best to wear our best to church. Recently my brother (Jonathan) and his wife (Vera) launched an online tie store called French Thread (shameless plug). Their company is awesome and it’s a great conversation starter. In particular, the issue of the so-called church “dress wars” comes up from time to time. No, I don’t think a suit will save you or jeans will jinx you; I just think God’s house deserves our respect. I can hear the groans from latte sipping, skinny Jean, cashmere wearing liberals now… and yes, I know the Church is made up of people, not buildings. In fact, I’ll take you all the way down that road; our bodies are literally temples of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19). Meaning, it matters how we dress, speak, talk, eat, live, and on and on. And not just at church, but every day. Our bodies represent Jesus. His holiness, His majesty, and His royalty dwell within us. I want to represent the Holy Spirit to the best of my ability (whatever that may be).

Having said that, the church house is a building specifically designated and dedicated to worshipping a God that is awesome beyond our wildest imaginations. His presence is everywhere, but a church is dedicated to worship and the Word. When functioning properly, a church is a collection of unified, Spirit-filled, enthusiastic individuals who show up to lift up the name of Jesus. They come to learn, grow, praise, and experience the presence of God in a way that only collective worship allows. The singing is sacred, the preaching is powerful, the prayer is purposeful, and the atmosphere is faithful. A gathering of the Church in any place or building on the Lord’s Day (Acts 20:7, 1 Corinthians 16:1-2, Psalms 118:22-26) is a convocation of holy people worshipping a holy God (I.e. A holy convocation). Basically, church is a big deal, God is the biggest deal, and because worship is not a casual thing we should not dress informally. I dress up for church for the same reasons I dress up for weddings; it’s a sacred time and I want to honor it.

Psychologists know that how we dress impacts our Mindset greatly (here, here, here, and here). Schools have found that uniforms foster a focused classroom. Conversely, anything goes dress codes promote lazy, casual, and disrespectful demeanors (here, here). Studies of businesses show that productivity dramatically decreases on casual Fridays (here, here). We all instinctively know this to be true deep down. There’s a reason we buy special clothes for vacation; certain types of clothing make us feel more relaxed (you can always spot a tourist). It’s not a coincidence that people dress a certain way to go clubbing or hit the bars, they have a certain goal and a certain Mindset and they dress accordingly. There’s a reason why politicians, lawyers, business professionals, newsmen, doctors, pilots, military personnel, pastors (at least historically), and even late night comedians mostly wear dress clothes while representing their endeavors. They are showing respect for their profession, themselves, and others. They exude confidence, competence, focus, command, and elicit trust.

I know there’s a certain charm to feeling the liberty to wear jeans and T-shirts to church (or whatever). It’s easy, casual, convenient, and relaxing. And therein, lies the problem; church is not designed to be easy, casual, convenient, or relaxing. Yikes! I know how politically incorrect that statement sounds, but nevertheless it’s true.

Church is meant to be exciting, exhilarating, exalting, and life changing. If you think that sounds sillier than passing up a Krispy Kreme when the “hot” sign is on, it’s because you haven’t experienced the moving of the Spirit in a tangible way (at least not recently). Like it or not, preaching is not inherently designed by God to only be positive and encouraging K-Love radio, sometimes it’s for correction, conviction, instruction, and rebuke (1 Timothy 5:20, 2 Timothy 4:2, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Luke 17:3-4, Mark 16:14). I don’t want my pastor looking like he’s about go camping for the same reasons I don’t want my lawyer looking like he’s about to go play video games in his Mom’s basement; it reeks of immaturity, incompetence, indifference, and frivolity. None of those images inspire confidence, gravitas, or respect. Furthermore, church is a sacred time where we come into direct contact with Divine anointing, revelation, illumination, salvation, sanctification, and the list could go on for miles. Bottom line, it’s not casual.

Let me address objections that I often hear from the promoters of super casual church attire. It usually goes something like this “Isn’t it a waste of money to buy dress clothes?” It’s normally followed up with “Couldn’t that money be better spent another way?” Typically, a caustic accusation of vanity is leveled as well. First, those statements are eerily like the arguments that Judas employed against Mary for breaking her alabaster box over the feet of Jesus (John 12:3-8). An argument that Jesus promptly rejected (I wouldn’t call Judas a great role model). Second, dressing in a respectful, dignified way doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. Third, I recently performed a wedding alongside a pastor who was adamantly against wearing a suit and tie to church. Ironically, he spent a lot of time bragging about his $300 name brand jeans and his $400 distressed leather boots. I don’t necessarily care what he paid for what, but obviously hip “casual” clothes can be just as expensive and vain as a suit and tie.

If you walk away from this article assuming I think a tie has some salvific value you’d be dead wrong. Neither do I expect guests to change their wardrobe before they walk through the doors of the church house! Also, I fully acknowledge that if people aren’t careful, “dressing up” can devolve into vanity and showiness! I do think, however, that as we mature spiritually our level of reverence towards the things of God should grow exponentially (1 Timothy 3:14-15, 1 Peter 2:5). As that happens, we should begin to dress reverently for church (Hebrews 12:28).

This excerpt from an article by CNN writer John Blake offers a further perspective:

The reasons why people stopped dressing up could fill a book. Yet Fulwiler offers one explanation that’s seldom mentioned – lack of gratitude.

Fulwiler’s revelation came one day as she watched scruffily dressed people board a plane. She flashed back to a black-and-white photo she had seen of her grandparents boarding a plane in the 1940s. Most of the passengers were dressed in suits and ties and dresses because air travel was such a privilege at the time.

“We dress up for what we’re grateful for,” she says. “We’re such a wealthy, spoiled culture that we feel like we have a right to fly on airplanes,” says Fulwiler, author of “Something Other than God,” which details her journey from atheism to Christianity.

Church is like air travel now – it’s no longer a big deal because people have lost their sense of awe before God, Fulwiler says.

Yet some of these same people who say it doesn’t matter how you dress for church would change their tune if they were invited to another event, Fulwiler says.

“If you had the opportunity to meet the Queen of England, you wouldn’t show up in at Windsor Castle wearing jeans and a T-shirt,” she says.

Shouldn’t people have that same reverential attitude when they show up at church to meet God, some ask? After all, doesn’t your dress reveal the importance you attach to an occasion?”

The real underlying question here is “should you choose to approach church casually or reverently”? Before you decide, ask yourself if it would be disrespectful to show up to a wedding in flip-flops and a T-shirt? Take that thought a little further, if you were the bride how would you dress? Certainly, as the bride of Christ, we should be reverent in our dress code as we gather to worship our Groom.