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But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:7-14 KJV

The Creation Story CD Front

"A Time That's Called The End" by Rick Shorter

From the album, “The Creation Story”

The first song Rick wrote after his show business career — 10 years later. (He said he had to get the show business & rock out of his mind first!)

16: Rick - After Christ

Ron Halvorsen Sr. Interview (Part 1)

Baptized Rick and Gwen in 1970

Ron Halvorsen Sr. is interviewed by C.A. Murray and Jim Gilley. Ron gives a brief mention about Rick and Gwen at 56:30.

Born May 1, 1934, the son of a layman who used to be a jazz guitarist, Rick Shorter came from a Christian background. By the time he was ten years old, he was singing professionally at gospel camps. He also had his own local radio show while still at junior high school. His cousin is jazz saxophonist, Wayne Shorter, founding member of the group Weather Report.

Rick Shorter was a song-writer, music producer, and author. During the 1960s when he was most active, he produced and arranged for a multitude of artists. They include Ciska Peters, Big Dee Irwin, and Galt MacDermot. His compositions have been covered by Ola & the Janglers, The Five Tornados, Johnny And The Hurricanes, The Liverbirds, The Esquires, Gene Pitney and Burl Ives. He also composed, arranged, and produced “If I Call You By Some Name” which was a hit for The Paupers.

By 1973, Shorter returned back to his childhood faith and left his career in popular music. Both he and his wife Gwen subsequently became very actively involved in evangelism, the health ministry, and publishing work until he suffered a Basilar Artery Stroke in August 2017, and passed away on September 1, 2017.

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What Was Once Will Be Again

Music by David Lewis | Words by Rick Shorter

Sung by David and Marian Lewis

Video produced by David Lewis | Living Water Productions

David Lewis was the lead singer/guitarist for the 1980s, and 1990s R&B, POP supergroup Atlantic Starr. He left the band in 1994 to return to his Christian roots. Wikipedia

Tributes

From: C B ROCK
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2017 18:26:50 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Condolence
To:
Cc: Gwen Shorter

To Gwen Shorter, Children And The Extended Family of The Late Rick Shorter,

Please accept the sincere love and condolence of my wife and myself upon the loss of your loved one and our friend, Rick Shorter. Rick was different from the common herd: different in vision, in talent, in courage, in perseverance, and most of all different in his faith and dedication to the principles of God’s word. The church and society, itself, need more like him. He left us much too soon by our human calculations, for that we sorrow. However, his life was in God’s hands and in that we trust-He knows best.

But we do more than sorrow and trust, we rejoice-rejoice, that is, in the creative and fruitful life he lived and we also hope-hope fervently for the return of Christ and the day of glad reunion.

Thank you for the opportunity to express our sympathy but more importantly our assurance in God’s genuine  love for you and our firm expectation of that soon-coming- “Better Day”  You hang in there – Our God is able!

Very Sincerely,

Calvin and Clara Rock

From: Schubert Palmer
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:33:23 -0700
Subject: “100%” Tribute to our Dear Friend and Brother, Rick
To: Gwen Shorter

*A TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIEND AND BROTHER IN CHRIST, RICK SHORTER*

*Sep 10, 2017*

*”100%”  *

*100 percent!  When I think of Rick– a dictionary full of superlatives come to mind, but the one that sticks out in my mind is this: Rick was and Rick is… 100%- as in, 100% authentic, genuine, the real deal, he is the “real McCoy.” I first met Rick and Gwen many years ago through my wife, Yolanda, and what a friendship God has blessed us to have with them and their lovely family. Thanks, Gwen, for the privilege to pay a tribute to Rick.*

*I said that Rick IS–present tense, the real deal. That’s because, ever since I’ve known him, Rick had this timeless quality about him– maybe it was from Gwen’s cooking, but Rick just didn’t grow old like people are supposed to. An 83 y/o man in a 60 y/o body!  We just knew he’d stick around till Jesus comes. We couldn’t imagine him falling “asleep.” Of course, we forget that many years ago, God preserved his life when Rick had a near death crisis needing major emergency heart surgery. He not only survived, but thrived, a walking miracle, thanks to God’s providence, the health laws which Rick practiced & preached–and Gwen’s cooking!  But when I speak of Rick in the present tense, it is also because I’m quoting from Rick’s Lord and Savior.  When it comes to God’s relationship to those who fall asleep in Christ, God never speaks of them in the past tense but always in the present– Even after their death, God said, I AM the God of Abraham, Lazarus IS asleep…Precious in the sight of the Lord IS the death of His saints.*

*Of Rick’s many accomplishments– publisher, producer, engineer, author, speaker, songwriter, sweet singer in Israel, entrepreneur, the list goes on and on–how could I forget “Sister Shorter’s vegan cookie” maker–of all his accolades, I will always remember this man of God, this humble giant, as Mr 100%. Before his conversion, he was 100% serving the devil, but when the Lord got a hold of him, Rick became a 100% Christian– 100% surrendered to Jesus Christ, 100% committed to obeying his Lord. The only thing he was not 100% on was when it came to following doctor’s orders and taking medicines, and I was afraid to ask Gwen, but I suspect that while she fared better than the doctors, it probably wasn’t 100%! For everything else, it was all or nothing with him. He never did anything halfway. You knew where he stood on issues. If he had run for public office, by today’s standards, he’d never make it as a politician because he’d never compromise on his core principles. That’s not to say that he never made a mistake or that his opinions/positions were always perfect– but he stood by his convictions, and practiced what he preached.*

*The Bible is filled with stories of heroes of faith who Rick endeavored to emulate. In my book, Rick is a modern hero of faith.  But if I were to pick the story that in my mind best encapsulates Rick and Gwen (have to include both because, by God’s grace, for forty plus years they have been one incredible duo)– they remind me of the three Hebrews facing down mighty King Nebuchadnezzar and the fiery furnace.  They knew when to kneel, and they knew when to stand!  And like the three Hebrew Faithfuls, Rick and Gwen’s stand against “Creeping Compromise” in church standards and doctrines have come at a cost, but they have been as true to duty as the needle to the pole–100% steadfast, 100% committed.*

*Somehow in God’s master plan, God permitted Rick to suffer a sudden stroke– a random freak accident, the kind that was not related to any lifestyle issues. The stroke left him “locked in,” able to hear and understand, but not able to speak. No opportunity to share a final thought. No chance to say a parting word. Perhaps God saw that it would be too much for him–Rick didn’t like folk fussing over him, and besides, he was too busy living to stress out about dying. But Family, rest assured that he heard your words of love and affection, and prayers. They brought him comfort in his final hours. But if he could have one last word to share with you– Gwen, Crystal, Promise, Hope, Christian, CFC family, friends, acquaintances, what might he say?  I know he’d tell you how much he loves you, how much each of you mean to him. And then I hear him saying, “Well, while I’ve been locked in, I’ve been working on a new song– let’s finish it together when I wake up! But you know there’s only one way I’ll get to see you again. And you know the Way!” Then, with his last breath, I can hear him pleading: “**Promise** me that you will drink with me from the river of life, clear as **Crystal**.  Put your **Hope** in Jesus Christ. He will make you into **Sterling Silver** and gold. Decide today, not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but today, that you will be a 100% **Christian**– yes, 100% on the Lord’s side, 100% surrendered to Jesus Christ, who is the only Way out.  Let Him be your Lighthouse.”*

*Well, Brother Rick, Dad, Grandpa, we know we could never repay How you’ve blessed our lives always*

*So this we pledge: when the roll’s called up yonder– with our lives committed, surrendered, 100%–    *

*When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.                                                         

**Schubert & Yolanda*

Someone is Praying for You!

by Donna Shurley & Jack Crosby

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of
our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 21 KJV

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you
faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, Jude 24 KJV

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty,
dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 25 KJV

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