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November 28th, 2011 · No Comments · faith

Doug Anderson - Dreaming Wide Away - Buy a ticket to heaven

Doug Anderson - Dreaming Wide Away - Buy a ticket to heaven

Evangelism Events provides the opportunity to actually buy a ticket to heaven….

Who are they?

EvangelismTickets, Inc. is a faith-based company located in Houston, Texas providing an on-line ticket solution for churches and faith-based organizations who want to utilize the Internet to sell tickets, process event registrations, and generate sponsorships.

I listen to Greg Laurie, Charles Stanley, Chuck Smith and Raul Reis as well as some others on WMCA. Joel Osteen is popular but takes a lot of heat. Other popular preachers include Joel Beeke, John Piper, Tim Keller and R.C. Sproul. Time’s list of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America include:

Rick Warren, Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, David Barton, Douglas Coe, Charles Colson, Luis Cortes, James Dobson (Focus on the Family), Stuart Epperson, Michael Gerson, Billy and Franklin Graham, Ted Haggard, Bill Hybels, T.D. Jakes, Diane Knippers, Tim and Beverly LaHaye, Richard Land, Brian McLaren, Joyce Meyer, Richard John Neuhaus, Mark Noll, J.I. Packer, Rick Santorum (who knew???), Jay Sekulow (American Center for Law and Justice), Stephen Strang and Ralph Winter.

I’m surprised John Hagee didn’t make the list. Note, I particularly love listening to James Dobson at Christmas Time as he brings that slice of hometown America to his audience.

While I won’t be able to get to Stone Mountain Georgia, I found this event of particular interest and urge anyone who can to go.

“Basketball fans who watched Doug Anderson play for Lapel High School in the late 1980s probably had no idea what his post high school ambition really was. Most probably assumed that the all-county, all-state player, longed to become a college and NBA star. Little did they know that this standout athlete, who went on to play for Purdue University, actually aspired to become a full-time Gospel singer.

Of course, those who knew Doug best knew he was a product of a singing family and that his first love, indeed, was music. No one knew this more than Doug, himself, who believed with all his heart that God would one day allow him to live his dream of becoming a full-time quartet member.

That dream became a reality when Doug joined a quartet known as Lighthouse. His membership with Lighthouse led to a meeting with Ernie Haase when Lighthouse sang with Doug’s favorite quartet, the Cathedrals . “Ernie was singing with the Cathedrals,” Doug recalls, “and we developed a pretty good friendship. We had a mutual love for quartet music and basketball. Knowing one day that the Cathedrals would retire, Ernie told me if he ever started a group, he would call me. A few years later he did.”

A small town boy at heart, Doug is thankful his career as a founding member of Ernie Haase & Signature Sound still allows him to live in his hometown of Lapel, IN. He and his wife, Michele, who were high school sweethearts, married in August of 1998. Michele shares Doug’s love for sports, often calling him with scores and play-by-play updates when Doug is unable to watch a game due to his travels.

The couple has two beautiful daughters, Isabel and Emma, who already show promise of having that same love for athletics as their parents. Both enjoy watching and playing a variety of sports with their parents. “Family time is so precious,” Doug says with a smile. “We spend every possible moment together.”

This is the 4th year of Gwinnett Masters Special Olympics (GMSO)bringing first class quality of artists and concerts to benefit their Special Olympics athletes and families. GMSO supports hundreds of adult aged athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This program provides uniforms, transportation, sports facilities and equipment for these athletes to compete in over a dozen different sports. For more information, please visit their website,

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