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Every time I hear Damaris, my heart is freshly inspired with a deeper love for my Lord. As a family, we have been blessed immensely by her demeanor and her gift from God. I pray she will continue to bless many even as she has blessed us. — Ravi Zacharias, President, RZIM

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Joe_Memorial_Flyer_1kDámaris’s father, Joseph Henry Cortese, Sr., passed into Glory last Friday, June 20, 2014 after over 18 months battling Leukemia.  He lived 88 years.

No one that knew him will ever forget him.

His immense musical talents in both piano and singing have been spread to his children and grandchildren, continuing to draw people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Joe Cortese did everything with all of his heart, or he didn’t do it at all.  He believed on the Lord with all his heart.  He loved Aimee with all his heart.  He loved his children with all his heart.  He loved music with all his heart.  He loved food with all his heart.  He even sold Volkswagens with all of his heart!  He told the truth with all of his heart.  If he was happy, you knew it, if he was sad, you knew that, too.

Joe Cortese will be remembered as someone who thought, spoke, and lived hiding nothing.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Aimee, his four children, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a fourth on the way.

His memorial service will be held Thursday, June 26th at 7:30pm at:
Crossroads Tabernacle
1320 Castle Hill Ave, Bronx, NY 10462
(718) 904-0202

Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements

IMG_7097 - Version 2Where Do You Live?

We know that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. We also know that we can dwell in the shelter of the Almighty. Jesus said, “My house shall be a house of prayer.” Listen as Dámaris combines these thoughts and offers a unique insight into where God invites us to live.

Listen Now

Listen to other messages online HERE!

Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements,Listen for Life
IMG_8281 - Version 2Dámaris is coming to Waverly, NY (near Elmira) for a concert THIS SATURDAY evening!  We hope that you can join us.  It starts at 6pm.

This concert is a special night for us because it is a bit of a reunion.  We have had a relationship with members of this church since 1995, when Henry and Stacia McGruder invited Dámaris to sing for their Prison Fellowship outreach at Elmira Correctional Facility.  They will forever be in our memories as the dearest of saints.  Since then, we have visited Elmira with them many times with our church choir.  Stacia is now with the Lord, but Henry is still going strong.

Stacia and Henry with us Nov 2007

Stacia and Henry with us Nov 2007


Christian Life Church also got behind Dámaris’s new CD project last year, and really helped us by generously giving toward Walk With Me.  Because of their generosity, we are GIVING AWAY a new CD to the first 30 people that arrive (one per household), so come early!

Plus, we would just love to have you join us!

There is no ticket charge or entrance fee for the concert.

Here’s the address.  It is right on the main street of Waverly, which is just north of Sayre, PA.

IMG_2168.JPGChristian Life Church
207 Broad St
Waverly, NY 14892

Remember:  Saturday 5/10/14 at 6 PM.

See you there!!!
Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements,Travel

Hey folks!  We just flew back from Costa Rica, and boy are our arms tired! (insert rimshot here..)

Among the events that Dámaris was able to be a part of in San Jose, CR was a women’s conference.  She spoke twice on Saturday… first, she gave her testimony in between some songs, then in the second session, she did a whirlwind tour of the book of Philippians.  It was a sweet, challenging day.  Of course, all her speaking was in Spanish.

You can listen to the messages HERE.

Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Announcements,Listen for Life,Travel
IMG_6543I have a joke about making sure that our number of take-offs and landings stay even.  Right now, they are not, we have one more take-offs than landings.  Dámaris and I are on a plane to NYC from Miami, the connecting flight home from our first trip to Costa Rica.  We have been out of the country for a week.
Last Monday, we landed in San Jose, Costa Rica.  The capitol, it is nested (more…)
Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Just Thinking...,Travel
Me with Reba Bowman

Me with Reba Bowman

We just returned from a sweet weekend with Reba Bowman in her annual Dare for More women’s conference in Gatlinburg, TN.  Wish you all could have been with us!

Reba challenged the women to be more than conquerors, from Romans 8.  At one point, she told of the 1916 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech football game where Tech smothered the Bulldogs 222 – 0!  Our Lord has  (more…)

Author: rcarbaugh - Categories: Just Thinking...,Travel
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