The history of what is called "the box"
Before I came to this place, ”The Jacksonville Assembly of the Body of Christ” in 1990, I had a record album library of over 300 albums.
I listened to every one of those albums over and over and over again.
I knew every sound and note in the music of those album.
When I went to a record store I would pick up something of an artist that I had never heard before, I would look at that album, the songs and whatever was printed on the cover, and the person's face, take a chance and get it.
9 times out of 10 I would succeed in picking the best thing I have ever heard!
I never stayed in just one genre.
Chicago blues, Memphis, New Orleans Blues and Jazz, Texas Swing, Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Santana, Dixie Jazz, Country and Country rock, southern rock, female blues and jazz stuff Suzanna McCorkle and Billie Holliday, English Artists like Wishbone Ash, Jeff Beck, Irish and Scottish Music....
When I found an artist I really like, I would try to find everything they ever recorded.
If I had the ability that I have now, thru my experience of learning how to appreciate "appreciate-able" things, that music would've sounded way better to my ears!
Of course on the Flip side of that, I have heard things recently that I used to listen to back then... I wonder why I ever listen to it in the first place.
Well I wasn't here but a few months, I started hearing these "body songs" and this music, the unique Dixieland jazz college band sound.
So I got rid of all those albums. And fell in love with our music!
"This" was not of any part of "the world" that I was any part of.
I was actually a member of 3 different churches at the same time then. Assembly of God, Baptist and Methodist. I was as a child Catholic... I "loathed" all that religious music.
I really did not like that contemporary Religious rock stuff like FM-88, Amy Grant, I knew way back then, that stuff was "religious worldlism" but there were a few that had some depth in the words, that was priming me to this place. 1988-90.
But this was not like any of that!
I would go to the brothers that were in charge of the tape department then Brother Dixon and Brother Kelly, asking if they had any "just" music tapes like Brother Minson and songs of the Body Of Christ.
And they made me a couple of tapes.
And then, I started hearing these messages! I started my new collection of recordings that I listened to over and over.
In late 1991 I moved into the single brother house with Brother Tab and Louie.
That is where I read and rewrote with my own hand all of Louie's excellently written notes from services from 1985 to 1991.
He also had many tapes of other ministers... he had the tapes of Brother Nick Gruick from the 9 day meeting in 1979 here in Jacksonville. I asked if I could listen to them, and was told, " sure, but you wont hear much, its very bad audio recording, volume too low and static"
But I heard every word! Because God put in me a ”Want to”
I have heard that the quality of our recordings "defile the ears" which I have heard said many times thru the years and and I have pondered that saying ever since.
In 1996 I was allowed to be over the media department, where I sold the recordings of services and meetings. It was all cassette tapes and vhs videos.
In 1999 I was given my first computer, it was a "Frankenstein" made from many different computers.
This became the beginning of the ability to transfer audio from cassettes to my computer, where it can be stored in formats such as WAV and MP3 or can be burned to CDs.
I found a complete set of tapes of the nine day meeting in February 1979 that Bro Gruick taught. They were in the trash can of one who had left the church in those days.
So I connected a cassette deck to my computer and thru software that Sister Melinda helped me get, recorded and saved it as mp3 audio files where I edited it, raised the volume and reduced some of the static noise then saved in a folder in 9 parts.
From this I set off to digitalize every tape I had and the ones I have accumulated, to where by 2008 I have hundreds of songs, individual singers, and testimonies. I have hundreds of teachings on nearly every subject mostly of Elder Dyal.
I have many meetings and dozens of Ministers of old and new. All stored on an external hard drive connected to my PC.
I have gleaned so much and my vision was strengthened in my early days of the restoration of the Body of Christ, thru the listening of every single recording in this library, I wanted so much to share this with everyone in the church, "this garner" that we are building, but not many seemed interested.
In 2008, I was asked if I would build a website for the church and school. With a homepage, calendar, school announcements, kids page, ladies page and media page. Here is where I have an avenue to share all of what I have accumulated for such a time as this!
Is the place where I have links to this thing called box.net A cloud storage service, That has the ability to play audio files, With a single click
The audio files that I store in it are my own personal collection of ministers and teachings, meetings, testimonies and songs and various other things like that including many PDF documents that I have scanned, of the Body of Christ.
In the 30 years I've been here, I have accumulated hundreds and hundreds of the files that I have archived in my collection.
So what we have in this thing called "TheBox" Is the sharing of what I have with those who want it.
It is not for those who don't want it.
Tho it is available anytime if they decide they do.
As I mentioned before.
There have been those who proclaim that it Defiles their ears.
This has never been about the quality of sound in the files.
But the precious jewels that are in the content of the files whether its teachings, testimonies or songs.
It really all depends on what you place value on.
I can see that if you value quality, polished and refined sound, then they could possibly defile your ears.
But I gave up long ago valuing earthily polished temporary things that can bring no life, and have exchanged it for a pearl of great price that is hidden in a field that adds to my vision of a thing that is eternal. Which is where I place my value.
Therefore I share with all of those who want what it is I have to share.
...for is it impossible to give to one who does not want - what you have to give...
For God so loved the world, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.