My name is Alan Sanders and I was born in Atlanta GA. In 1948. Yep, that’s right, I’m getting old but I wouldn’t change a thing. Life is a journey and mine isn’t over quite yet.
I've had three wives and several girls friends, but not at the same time! I’m old, not crazy!!
I am an alcoholic, I drank from 16 years old until I turned 40 in 1988. I had times I didn’t drink but always seemed to slip back to the point of drinking a quart of scotch a day and withdrawing from family and friends. I was saved at age 24, at Floyd Road Baptist church in Mableton GA. I did good for about one year, then I slipped back into the world and music that I had loved. For 16 years I ran from God, knowing in my heart I was wrong. One Saturday in 1988 I awoke in a panic around 6:30 am. I had been playing in a bar the night before, and was shaking and crying and couldn’t even light a cigarette. I called my 8 year old daughter, Courtney. She ran to me and said what’s the matter? I told her I needed help. I had to stop drinking and asked her to go through the house and pour anything with alcohol down the drain. She asked if I was sure, and I told her yes. I couldn’t do it, but wouldn’t stop her. God was dealing with me. She called her mom, Theresa, who was at work. I told her what was happening. She told me God answers prayer!! Courtney did as I asked and that started a life long fight with the devil. I got back in church and rededicated my life to Christ, and I’m still trying to live for Him. I got away from the bars and night cubs and stopped playing music for several years. Harold Rainwater at the church found I played a little bass and asked me to call Ronnie Twilley (Journeyland). I did and played with them for about 2 years and then slipped again. I quit playing for awhile again until I got right. Then James Lollis called me and asked me to try out with the group he was trying to form (Faith Singers) and for the next 8 years played everywhere. All our spirits matched and we where a musical family in Christ. I played until a little after my wife Theresa was lost to cancer, and then slipped again. In late 1998 I married my 3rd wife Denise. She got me back in church and we attend New Beginnings Baptist Church in Summerville GA where I’m playing bass again. We have four grand children we are raising and all are active in church and cant wait to go to church and neither can I. I have slipped and fallen several times in my life, but my Lord is always there to forgive and pick me up and put me where I need to be. After all, we are only human. Our pastor, Ken Johnson, has a saying: “If we could fix our own troubles, we wouldn't have any.” We can’t, but our God can. All we have to do is ask and He will do as He has promised in the Bible. This may not sound like much of a life to you, but I wouldn't change anything now. And the next Life, is even better! Maybe God will let Beetle Fields and I take turns playing bass with the angels. I hope to see you all there. Pray for us and we’ll pray for you.
God Bless and keep you.
The old man from the mountain,
Bro Alan Sanders
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