Episode 30: Back to My Roots
This is my 30th blog or blogcast since starting the Kingdom Hero website. With this new focus podcasting, I am actually going back to my roots in a sense – back to a familiar place of comfort for me. I started in radio when I was 19, and podcasting is today’s modern equivalent. So I am stoked!
As a radio broadcaster, I always used a pseudonym or fake-name. Off and on for the last 30-plus years, my radio persona has been Nick Sommers – a name I still use on a weekly music-based internet radio show. But while using that name, I was always really projecting a character or personality. Here, within my blogs, my recorded shows, even my old GC videos, and every aspect of the personal ministry known as GCM (Great Commission Ministries), here it’s the real me. This is who I am, and so, no fake names here. I AM STACE MASSENGILL.
That means these are MY real opinions and MY OWN personal beliefs. As I have said before, please don’t go from here and base your beliefs or build doctrine purely on my views. Do the work. Investigate on your own, search for truth yourself, and ALWAYS check out what the Bible has to say about a given topic rather than just taking my word for it.
That being said, I certainly do hope that you go on to enjoy these podcasts. Subscribe or follow them on your favorite provider – again, I highly recommend Spotify. And, of course, share the show with others.
Topic 1: Family Trials
Now indulge me for a bit as I update you on some personal stuff that has been going on and interfering with show production and everything else lately. And I share these things with you because I really want you to be in prayer for my family. As my father’s mental health has been declining due to the onset and rapid progression of dementia, we have naturally been having a rough time dealing with all the aspects of what that entails.
I really must say that my sisters have been amazing at helping our mother through the necessary steps, getting decisions made, and so on. It’s truly phenomenal, and my family is very blessed to have such great leaders within it during this time. However, like the old Navajo saying goes, “When troubles come, they come not as single spies, but in battalions.” In other words, when it rains, it pours.
During a recent trip to Tennessee, we visited with Dad at the facility he was in. They were allowing one of us at a time to go to his room, and we each took a couple of turns before leaving. The following day, we learned that he had just tested positive for CoViD-19. This meant that we were all exposed during our visit with him, and we would need to self-quarantine for 2 weeks. Awesome.
Now, I don’t know about you, but staying in the same house with my family is great for a few days – a couple of weeks, and we can start to really get on each other’s nerves. Besides that, I had not planned for a 2-week trip. I took just enough clothes and everything for a few days. Most importantly, Dad’s covid-status threw a wrench into our plans to bring him home to begin hospice. Everything was set up, and BOOM. It’s suddenly all on hold. To top it off, this is while simultaneously having the knowledge that he might not be around much longer, and the last thing any of us want is for him to pass while in quarantine and away from his family. So, yeah. Your prayers are definitely appreciated.
Topic 2: Continuing the Fight
Meanwhile, as we’re shifting the focus to podcasting, one thing has not changed – the fight against misinformation and defense of the truth goes on. The confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is still in the news. And it seems that, as expected, the democrats remain relentless in their attacks on her faith and her family. To those who have been paying attention, this comes as no surprise at all.
Attacks on Christianity certainly are nothing new, and attacks on the nuclear family and traditional values are increasingly common. So what should we do when these attacks take place? Same as always. Defend the innocent, repudiate the lies, and speak the truth. Political or not, that duty does not change.
While we will continue using this show to speak out and help make known what is true, I would also encourage you to take another important step in promoting truth over the enemy’s lies. That is, to pray. I’m talking about praying specifically for God to bring truth to light and expose deception so that people will not be fooled. The psalmist David prayed that way on a number of occasions…
1 Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people, from the deceitful and unjust man deliver me!
3 Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!Psalm 43 [ESV]
So we should pray that God will defend those who are under attack from the deceitful ones who spread lies, that He will shine His light of truth on those situations. Also, we need to pray that it will be God’s light that leads our country’s leaders. Yes, I do believe that the attacks we’ve seen on our president and on his pick for Supreme Court are orchestrated attacks of hell. So while I will speak the truth that I know, I will also pray fervently for President Trump, Judge Barrett, and anyone else I see being attacked with vicious lies, rumors, and other false information. I encourage you to do the same. Never ever discount or think lightly of the power of prayer. It is the most vital part of our fight against the spiritual forces at work.
Topic 3: Expanding the Format
Another thing we’ll be doing with the launch of this podcast-focused approach is, we want to actually expand the format ever-so-slightly to include more input from you, the listeners. I really want to be able to incorporate as much of your thoughts and ideas in this show as possible.
In addition to dropping us a line on our website’s contact page, you can also send me a voice message through our Anchor podcast page. Just go to in your web browser to anchor.fm/kingdomhero and click on the message button. You will be prompted to record your own voice message. This is one way you can have more input into the show, give us your feedback, AND influence the future of this podcast. Your voice message can even be featured in an upcoming show.
Sound cool? That web address again is anchor.fm/kingdomhero – that gets you to our official Anchor podcast page – click the message button and record your voice message. Opposing views are welcome, but please keep your comments respectful and PG (clean and free from profanity). Be advised that by leaving me a voice message, you are giving me permission to use it in a future podcast if I so choose.
There are many of you who are listening right now, and you’ve been following Great Commission Ministries since the beginning. But I dare say a lot of you never saw a GC episode or any of the other videos or blogs generated by GCM. I want to encourage you to, at the very least, check out the ministry videos on my YouTube channel. It will entertain you, hopefully minister to you, and definitely give you a great background of where this all started. There are 7 seasons of the GC web-series, totaling 77 episodes, plus some other short videos that you really should watch and share.
The web address for that channel is YouTube.com/The1Nixter – that’s the video home of GCM (Great Commission Ministries). Again, it’s YouTube.com/The1Nixter. Or you can simply navigate to my YouTube channel by going to my regular website, kingdomheroblog.com, and clicking on the YouTube icon in the right column under the heading “Social Media Sites.” However you get there, just get there. You’ll enjoy the content.
To simplify things, all of my web pages and content are now accessible from a single location. As of now, the main website of kingdomheroblog.com has links to everything else – my Facebook page, Twitter page, YouTube channel – they’re all accessible through the links in that righthand column under the heading “Social Media Sites” I mentioned a moment ago. Be sure to LIKE my Facebook page and FOLLOW me on Twitter for updates and other content. Get there through the links I just mentioned, or you can go to the web addresses facebook.com/KingdomHero67 and twitter.com/KingdomHero67. A link to the Anchor podcast page is also at the top of the kingdomheroblog.com main page – simply click where it says “Audio Blogs.”
Now I realize that I have thrown a lot of web addresses at you, but I just want to make sure you can continue to access all of our content and keep updated on any future changes as we move forward. I promise the next podcast won’t be so dry as was necessary to share all this information with you. The good news is that all of the web addresses I’ve shared with you in this podcast are available in the typed out (transcript) version located on kingdomheroblog.com. Again, my website – kingdomheroblog.com – is the main one you need to remember and bookmark.
I would like to close by asking again for your prayers. Please pray for my family as we go through this difficult time, as my Dad makes his final transitions from this life to a more glorious one. And also remember to pray for our nation, her leaders, and that God’s light will drive out the forces of darkness. His Word says, “if my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their sins, then I will hear from heaven, and I will heal their land.”