Denny Hazen #2's BLOG
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Riding The Wave
Every Summer, our family would take a summer vacation. It was a tradition that dad wanted us to have and a chance to make good memories. One of dad's favorite things to do at the beach was to ride the waves in on a boogie board. Usually, dad would set a goal. For example, dad would say, I'm going to ride 100 waves on this vacation. Of course, dad wouldn't give up until he found 100 good waves to ride. Sometimes, the waves were too small to catch. Other times, they crested in the wrong spot. Still, dad was good at riding the waves, and he always achieved his goal. I can still see dad riding the waves in!
Denny #3 Following Footsteps
Hall of Fame
Back in 1979, I was excited to get to go to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game with my dad. Back then, he worked for Channel 17. I was only 8 years old at the time, but dad was teaching me about tv production. I carried batteries, extra videotapes, and whatever my dad needed help with. Dad gave me hands on experience with television production and running tv cameras. As I got older I learned more and more. I developed a skill from what my dad had taught me. Fast forward twenty years! In 1999, I was working for Channel 19. I was able to get press passed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. This time, I was able to get my dad a press pass! The circle of life can be amazing! Now, I'm teaching my son about television production. Who knows where we'll be in twenty years? One thing for sure, we remember Denny Hazen #1 every day, and as far as "Father Figures" go... my dad is in the Hall of Fame!
When I was a kid, my grandpa Hazen planted strawberries in his yard. He had several rows of plants. I enjoyed looking through them for the perfect strawberry. Sometimes, bugs or animals would nibble on the strawberries, and nobody wanted those ones. Some of the strawberries were not ripe yet. So, we continued to let them grow. Of course, the plants needed water and sunlight to grow. Eventually, the strawberries became ripe and were ready to be picked. Once we found the ripe strawberries, we would fill up our basket containers and then wash them. Eating strawberries on a hot summer day can be refreshing. We, as Christians, can be compared to that summer fruit. Some people are more mature than others when it comes to their faith in God. Some people are ready to meet God face to face while others are not. As we read the word, we can grow spiritually. God knows which people are ripe and which ones are rotten. He is omnicient. A strawberry can look ripe on the outside. Yet, it can be rotten on the inside. If the end was near, would you be ripe or rotten? Have you been cleansed of your sins by asking God for forgiveness? It's something to think about while eating your summer fruit.
The Holy Bible says
in Proverbs Chapter 10 Verse 7,
The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.
My dad was a righteous man. He was virtuous, upright, decent, and morally justifiable with his behavior. Dad liked to leave things better off than he found them. For sure, Dad's memory is blessed.
His Testimony Lives On
On May 6, 2015, Denny Hazen #1 was promoted to Glory. About a year or so before my dad passed away, he found a grave stone marker that he wanted for his grave. When dad saw the sculpture of Jesus kneeling and praying, he knew that this stone would be a testimony for many years to come. Dad wanted to share God with people... even after he was called home to be with The Lord. Through this beautiful memorial, dad's ministry lives on.
Proverbs 22 : 6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Waiting on the Lord!
Psalms 27:14 - Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
Wait, I say, on the LORD.
Even when my dad got sick, near the end of his life here on the earth, dad was obedient to God. Dad always tried to make sure that his actions lined up with the word of God. Being in one accord with God, gave my dad peace in his darkest hour! Dad was always willing to follow God's vision.
Habakkuk 2:3 - For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
There will be Signs.
Dad worked very hard on the building and property of the ministry... inside, outside, and even on top of the roof and tower. Dad was always fixing something at the studio. Also, he wanted to have a sign in front of the building. That way, when people would pass by the Christian Broadcast Center, they could see what we stood for. On a regular basis, dad kept a tally of how many salvations that the ministry would have an influence on. Even though dad has been promoted to glory, the sign is still standing. The Bible says that in the end times, there will be many signs.
Luke 21:25-26 - And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring.
To Be Continued...
Dad never gave up on the ministry of Plus or Minus 60. He worked long, hard days from the beginning of the ministry in 1983 until the day that he walked into the hospital. Even then, Dad still wanted to get out of the hospital bed and get to the studio. Through the 32 years that he ministered, dad would tell you that he was on a constant merry go round... going from project to project. After producing the daily tv shows and radio programs, dad would go on visitation to see and help his friends and partners. He was frequently at nursing homes and hospitals. Dad performed weddings and funerals. Dad decorated graves and fixed things for people. Even when he would get home from an exhausting day, my dad would still have papers to sign, letters to write to partners, and phone calls to anwswer. It really is hard to explain why people can have the money to do worldly things, but when it comes to supporting a Christian ministry, people can not only look the other way, but also ridicule or criticize them for doing the work of the Lord. Somehow, dad always found a way to make it to the next month. Was it easy? No. Were there obstacles? Yes, many. Often times, at the end of a program or concluding a telethon, my dad would say, "To Be Continued." Time always has a way telling the rest of the story. Thankfully, the ministry is still going on... thanks to all of the friends and partners who care about keeping the lights on, and the doors open for this ministry.
Being an Upright Citizen
My dad read from more than a dozen different Bibles. Dad read them from cover to cover. He underlined and highlighted the words from the beginning to the end. The Bible contains so much information. Also, there are many different translations. You can read the Bible several times over, and still continue to learn things each time. Dad provided me with several Bibles too. Dad distributed hundreds of Bibles to as many people as he could. Dad encouraged everybody to read the word of God. I found one of the Bibles that my dad was working on before he passed away. It had a book mark, and all of the words were highlighted up to that point where he was no longer able to continue. I decided that I would finish reading this Bible for dad. Reading the word gives you knowledge. I recommend that YOU read the Bible too. Not only is it being righteous, but it's also part of being an upright citizen.
Salvation is so Simple
If you took your last breath today, would you be ready? Do you know that Jesus saves, and that... He is the ONLY way to have salvation? I know that my dad would want you to know this simple plan of salvation. Romans 10:9-10 , Paul gives specific instructions for salvation. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." It's SOOOO Simple. Don't miss the boat.
Leading the Way
My dad was called to lead the ministry of Plus or Minus 60. God gave him a vision. Dad shared that message many times on the program. Dad could remember the details of the vision right down to the white lattice backround for the set. When God tells you to do something. Just do it. Don't ask "Why" because our understanding doesn't always know God's full plan. No, it wasn't easy for my Dad to change directions in his career, but he lead the way for the ministry to produce Live, Local, Christian Televsion programming in NE Ohio and eventually world wide via the internet and radio streaming. Dad had a leadership quality that would bring people together to help accomplish the work of the Lord. Even though Dad was performing the physical work, he still followed the plan that God gave him. Proverbs 16:9 says,
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
A New Season to Plant
As we start out 2017, another season is upon us. Only God truly knows what will transpire in the following 12 months of the year. We can work toward goals. We can chase our dreams. However, each day that we are given is a gift from God. We can pray to God for guidance. We can ask for His will to be done. Sometimes, God answers... Yes, No, or wait awhile. My friend Pastor Homer Burket would tell you, "Results turn out exactly the way God intends them to." I encourage you to seek the Lord in prayer and plant good seeds in 2017. Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 verses 1 and 2 says,
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
Before we would open presents, dad would read to our family the story of the birth of Christ from the Bible. He wanted us all to remember the reason for the season. Even though dad has been promoted to Glory, D3 and I have kept his tradition going. Merry Christmas, and we miss you, Denny #1.
A lot of Stockings
We always had a tradition of hanging stockings over our fireplace. Of course, the little kids believed that... if they were good, then Saint Nick would fill them with candy and gifts. The mantle at our home was covered in stockings. As the Hazen kids got older and had kids of our own, the amount of stockings would continue to grow. At Christmas, Dad would always love to see how his family was growing by the addition of... more stockings!
Time For Thanks
Thanksgiving Dinner was always my favorite meal. With the turkey cooking all morning, my appetite would grow greater as we could smell the aroma coming from the oven. Dad was always the one to carve the turkey. I would peek over his shoulder, and dad would share some of the turkey meat with me as he cut it up. Of course, we didn't eat the full meal until dad lead us in a prayer of thanksgiving. Even though, this is a special day of thanks, our family prays everyday. It's nice to have reminders to be thankful. For sure, the world could use some extra thanks giving. The time for giving thanks is... everyday.
Call Upon the Father
My dad spent a lot of time on the phone. He would talk to many of his friends, family, and partners in the ministry. I can't tell you how many times that he would receive a call from somebody asking for prayer or advice. I know, first hand, that I could count on my dad to listen and give me sound advice. My dad was my rock. Whether I had good news or bad news, I always called my dad. Now, that dad has been promoted to Glory. I can't pick up the phone and call him. Though, I can always call upon my heavenly Father through prayer. Psalm 50:15 says, Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.
Get out and VOTE!
The 2016 Presidential Election is here! My dad would want to encourage you to... GET OUT AND VOTE! As a Christian, it's our responsibility to make our voices heard. We have to know which candidates stand for what. My dad would tell you that you need to read the Bible to know what's in there! Often our enemies know the Bible better than some Christians. We need to support politicians who are willing to take a stand for us. Let's make the "Christian Voice" loud during this presidential election. Get out and Vote!!!
October 26, 1945
71 years ago, my father, Rev. Dr. Denny Hazen was born. It's hard to believe that 71 years can go in the blink of an eye. Only God knows how long that our life span will be on this earth. We have a finite set amount of time here. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. I have no doubt that my dad has sat in that judgment seat, and he was rewarded for dedicating his life to the ministry. When YOU face the judgement seat, will you be proud of the things that you have done with your time here on earth? I know that my dad would want to share God's message with you on this special day and everyday. No matter how many years that you get to spend on earth, only what is done for the Kingdom of God will last. Happy Birthday Dad!
Words of Knowledge
My dad had a lot of knowledge. He learned that knowledge by life experience. Certainly, I miss his advice. Anytime that I needed his wisdom and knowledge, Dad was always there to help guide me through my situation. I know that dad learned a lot of his knowledge through listenting to the instruction of other wise people and by reading The Holy Bible. It says in Proverbs 23:12, "Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge." I've always said that, it's the decisions you make which guide your life. Are you choosing to listen to the words of knowledge?
With the political division that we have in our country, you can ask the question... What would it take for both sides to be friendly? Why is there so much difference in opinions and outlook in our country? My dad would always trying to keep up to speed with politics and the candidates track records. Dad wanted to know what people stood for, and particularly, if they were Christians. You might be surprised to know that there are people in this country who not only don't believe in God, but also want to do away with Christianity. Whether you are a Republican or Democrat, Jesus Christ is the anwwer to "Reconciliation." We should be Ambassadors for Christ before being Ambassadors to the world.
2 Corinthians 5 : 18
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Another School Year
We are entering another school year. For students, it's the beginninng of a new adventure. They are meeting new teachers and new kids in their classes. By the end of the year, relationships develop as memories and friends are made. We can't see what the year ahead has in store for us, but for sure, life experience will give us an education. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. Whether you are in school or just on a journey through life, you should always let God lead your way. Here is a photo of my dad, Rev. Dr. Denny Hazen Sr., from his senior year of high school.
Remembering Dear Old Dad
My Grandpa, Raymond William Hazen, was born on August 2, 1918. Today would have been his 98th Birthday. He passed away on May 12, 1990 at the Age of 72. It's hard to believe that he's been in heaven for 26 years already. His grandchildren called him, Pap. The Plus or Minus 60 family knew him as, Dear Old Dad. Pap was an insurance agent for Western Southern. Also, he loved to play music. Pap could play the piano, organ, and vibraphone. He was the first person to appear on the Plus or Minus 60 TV show back in 1983. One of Pap's favorite songs was "Mansion Over the Hilltop." We have always been a middle class, modest family. However, I'm sure that Pap is enjoying his mansion in heaven with my Grandma and Dad by his side. John 14:2 Says, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." God has prepared a place for us. All we have to do is believe in him and his son, Jesus Christ. I look forward to a family reunion with Pap again someday.
Do you know HIM?
One of my favorite things to do on this earth... is to watch the sunset. It is such an awesome example of God's beauty and power. Though, it always marks the end of a day. I'm thankful for each day that God has given me. I'm not sure when my last sunset will come. However, I know... when it does come, I will be ready because I know Him. Do you know the Grace of God? Mark 1 : 32 - 34 says:
32 And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.
34 And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
On D3's fifth birthday, Grandpa Hazen planted a pine tree for him in his yard. Over dad's lifespan, he planted many trees. He loved to watch them grow. Of course, you have to nurture them. Trees need sunshine, water, and good soil. Dad also loved to watch his kids and grandchildren grow. For sure, he provided us with the things we needed to grow. Dad raised us the way we should go. He made sure that our roots were planted in good soil. Jeremiah 17:8 - For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
The ministry banquet is coming up on June 24th at The Hartville Kitchen. Dad always enjoyed the fellowship with all of the Plus or Minus 60 partners and family. This annual event is an opportunity for us to share a nice meal and have a chance to spend quality time together. We hope to see you there this year.
Denny Hazen Sr. always spent his Memorial Day weekend decorating graves. He would visit cemetaries all over NE Ohio and Pennsylvania. Dad was an Army Veteran himself. He always paid respect to our fallen heroes! Also, Dad wanted to honor and remember his family and friends who were Promoted to Glory! Many people forget or don't even want to pay their respects. Some people want to take pleasure trips or have parties over the Memorial Day Weekend. Dad never forgot what "Memorial Day" was all about. He would decorate graves with flowers or even clean them up when they were dirty. Dad would make sure that the final resting places of his loved ones were neat, tidy, and taken care of. What are you doing over Memorial Day? Are you doing something fun to satisfy your self serving wants, or are you remembering the loved ones who gave up their lives for our freedoms... so that we could have a better life!?!? Not just on Memorial Day, but everyday, I apprecaiate all of the sacrifices that were made for me. I hope you do too.
What Can Wash Away Your Sins?
My dad, Rev. Dr. Denny Hazen, spent his time here on earth telling people about the message of Jesus Christ. He wanted you to know that there's only one thing that can wash your sins away, and that is... nothing but the blood of Jesus.
1 John 1:7 "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
The Importance of a Name
I am proud to have been named after my dad,
Denny Hazen Sr. Also, I have been blessed with
a son, in which I have chosen to honor my dad,
by naming him Denny Hazen III.
When I hear somebody call me Denny Hazen,
the thought and image of my dad still comes
to my mind because he was the original...
Denny Hazen. When I was growing up,
I always tried to stay out of trouble.
I never wanted to tarnish my dad's name.
Having mulitple people in the same house
with the same name can be tricky sometimes.
When you hear somebody call for Denny,
we both might answer, or I would ask,
"Big Denny or Little Denny?"
As I started to grow, it became,
"Old Denny or Young Denny."
At Christmas, on a few occasions,
there were packages marked "Denny,"
and we weren't sure which Denny was
supposed to get the gift,
unless Santa brought it, of course.
Your name is like a distinction
or description of who you are.
When my dad started his TV Ministry,
Plus or Minus 60, he felt that God
had given him that name in a vision.
The ministry started at WJAN TV-17
in Canton, Ohio. After the tv station
changed ownership, the call letters
became WDLI. Then, WDLI was sold
to The Trinity Broadcasting Network.
As you can see, in business, names can
change quite frequently. The Trinity Network
was very aggressive with their acquisition
of the tv station. In fact, they wouldn't let
Plus or Minus 60 continue to run
on their station. Dad wasn't even allowed
to use the name, Plus or Minus 60,
the name that God had inspired to him.
So, dad changed the name of the tv show
to The Denny Hazen Show,
and he built his own tv studio after producing
a number of shows in make shift studios.
You know, the Trinity Network wouldn't even
sell my dad airtime on their tv station.
To them, it was competion and a chance
to lose contributions. All of their phone lines
were starting to get directed to California.
Dad had a burden for "Home Missions" which
meant that he wanted to minister in the community.
Dad felt that... if you were working for God,
then you should be able to work on the same team.
Anyway, once dad got settled into the new building,
he decided to start calling the program,
The All New Plus or Minus 60 Show.
The Live, Local, Christian Program has been airing
for 33 years. The ministry is non-denominational.
Dad wanted to include as many Christians
who wanted to be included. And, dad wanted
to win souls for the Kingdom of God. Dad started
posting a tally on the sign in front of the studio
which displayed the number of salvations
that the ministry recorded. On many programs,
my dad would ask the audience,
"What is the name of your church?"
You would hear many names being said outloud.
Then, my dad would ask,
"What is the name of your Saviour?"
The audience would shout out
one name, "Jesus."
So, my message in this blog posting is...
Yes, there is importantance in a name.
However, there is no other name
more important than, Jesus.
He Has Risen
Last year, around this time, dad started to get sick. On Easter Sunday, he wasn't feeling all that well, but dad wanted to go to church and have dinner. Of course, I did not know that it would be my last Easter with dad. Still, we enjoyed the time together and added another cherished memory. I know that dad is sitting at the right hand of the Father now. I'm thankful for God's Grace. The tomb where Jesus was buried is empty because... He has risen. I know that my dad has risen to be with Jesus, his parents, and our Heavenly Father. Mark 16:19 "So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat at the right hand of God."
Are You Accountable to God?
I was blessed enough to attend my dad’s last senior day at the ministry. Every month, on the second Friday, Plus or Minus 60 would honor Seniors. When my dad started the tv program, he was 38 years old. Yet, he had a burden to minister to seniors. Dad made it to the plus side of 60 after 32 years of ministry, having been promoted to Glory at age 69. On his last senior day, I took photos of dad and the partners at the studio. In one of the shots that I was taking of dad, he kept pointing right at the lens of the camera. I took the shot and told dad, ok, now let me get a photo without the the hand in it. Dad continued to point his finger at me. I told dad that I was trying to get a different shot. So, for the third shot, dad again was pointing at me. At the time, I didn’t get why he was pointing at me. After the show, the partners gathered around my dad to pray for him as he would be soon going through some medical tests. Within the matter of a few days, my dad passed away. Thankfully, I was holding his hand and looking into his eyes as he took his last breath. Many times, over the past few years, my dad had told me that he could find peace in knowing that my son and I would continue on… with where he left off. So, when I look at the photo of dad pointing his finger at me, I understand that he is counting on me. The same principal goes with our heavenly Father also. You might not be able to see his finger pointing at you, but God is counting on YOU to do the right thing.
The Worth of Doing
After my grandpa, Dear Ole’ Dad - Ray Hazen, passed away, my dad’s attorney became sort of a father figure to dad. The late George Tzangas was the founder of a successful law firm in the Canton, Ohio area. He was also a believer in God. When my dad needed legal advice, he would ask George. When George took the time to give you advice, then he expected you to follow through with his wisdom. George was also an author. One of the books that George wrote was called, “Secrets of Life.” It contains all kinds of observations and advice. One of the chapters is about, “The Worth of Doing.”
George said, “Why DO THINGS at all? What is the difference whether you do or don’t do any one certain thing? Isn’t it true that time passes over all things, done and undone? And, in a breath of time, nearly all things done or undone, make NO difference to living mortals; What then is the worth of doing? The secret of doing in Life is to do for Him, (God.) But, what does this mean? “Doing for Him.” It’s people that need things done. It’s YOU that needs things done. It’s your stream of life.” So, I ask you, what is your “Worth of doing?” Are you doing things for yourself or for Him? When you give to God, do you expect to get something back for yourself? Do you invest your worth and your time into His Kingdom? Do you give grudgingly, or out of necessity? Are you expecting a refund? What is the purpose in your heart?
(2 Corinthians 9:7) When you think about all of the things that God has blessed you with. Remember, everything belongs to HIM in the first place. So, what in your life is, “The Worth of Doing?”
Feeling Wanted, Needed, Important, and Appreciated.
Often dad would say that he wanted people in his life to feel wanted, needed, important, and appreciated. This wasn't just a saying or words. Dad was genuinely affectionate. Dad made it clear on a daily basis that we wanted more partners in the ministry. In fact, partners truly are needed to keep the work going. Dad had a special gift of making you feel important. Almost every conversation that I can remember with my dad, he would compliment me and encourage me. For sure, dad appreciated all of the help that was given to help sustain his calling in The Lord's work. I have always been and still am proud of what an amazing man that dad was. Our family shared dad with the ministry partners as he was always working hard in ways to make people feel wanted, needed, important, and appreciated. Dad enjoyed celebrating New Year's Eve with the ministry partners. In between segments at the studio on New Year's Eve, I took a selfie photo with my dad. I didn't know that it might be dad's last New Year's Eve. I don't know when my last New Year's Eve will be. Though, without a doubt, dad was always wanted, needed, important, and appreciated by me.
Finding Comfort with The Father
There's nothing like the security of climbing up into your father's or grandfather's chair. It's a comfort and safe feeling. My dad was always such a strong man... mentally, physically, and spirtually. Dad taught us that we could not only have comfort in him, but also comfort with our Heavenly Father. Psalms 55:22 Says: Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Every Christmas, before the family would open our gifts, Dad would read the story from the Bible about when Jesus was born. Dad wanted people to know that Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God. As for our family, we have faith in God and Jesus. Though, there are many lost souls in this world. You would be surprised how many athiests celebrate Christmas. However, they celebrate xmas. People can be selfish and greedy. Some athiests will tell you that they still put up a tree, decorate, and exchange gifts. They even want the days off from work. Yet, Jesus is the reason for the Season! Please don't say xmas. By putting an X where Christ's name goes, you are leaving Jesus out of His own birthday. Make sure that you tell people to say/write CHRISTmas! Many stores even write "xmas sale." Sometimes they just say, "Happy Holidays" to avoid saying Merry Christmas. Be sure to remind people that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
Recently, I was reading the Children's Bible to my son, Denny 3. We read the parable about how Jesus healed the 10 lepers which is in Luke Chapter 17 verses 11-19. Jesus healed all 10 of the lepers. However, ONLY 1 of the lepers returned to thank Jesus for the healing. 9 out of the 10 lepers failed to give the proper thanks to Jesus. I challenge you to be the type of Christian who thanks Jesus on a daily basis, not just in crisis or on holidays, but thank Jesus every day for all He does for you. I'm thankful for my heavenly father, as well as the Earthly father. Dad is in heaven now, but I'm still thankful for all of the things that he did for me.
Dad provided a good home, food, and shelter for our family. He made sure that we were always taken care of. Dad invited Christ into our home and trained us up in the way we should go. I am thankful for the grace that he taught me about Jesus because I have the faith that I will be with dad again someday in heaven. Thank you Dad!
Lord, Teach us to Pray!
When Denny Hazen #1 was a kid, his mom, poor ole' Ada Hazen, taught him to pray. Every night, when she tucked her son into bed, she would teach Denny how to pray... Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, If I shall die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take, Amen. My dad taught me the same prayer. Dad wanted people to pray! That's why he chose Luke 11:1 as a scripture on his gravestone with a sculpture of Jesus kneeling and praying. Dad wanted to his testimony to live on for many generations to come. Whenever anybody walks through Grandview Cemetary, they will see a life like sculpture of Jesus who is praying.
Don't Be Ashamed of Jesus!
Luke 9:26 says: For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
When there are problems with the sink, we call the plumber. When there are problems with the furnace, we call the furnace man. When there is a problem that nobody can solve, then... we call on Jesus because we have faith in Him! If you are ashamed of Jesus, then He will be ashamed of you in front of God. Don't fall short of His Glory!
Everything belongs to God. Sometimes He gives you things to see what you will do with it. You have the choice to do good things or bad things. Either way, God allows us to make decisions. My dad told a story about how he gave a car to my grandpa, Dear Ol' Dad, Ray Hazen. When my grandpa was elderly, and he had health issues, my dad felt God telling him to give his car to my grandpa. Even though my dad had a very modest income, dad obeyed God. It was the biggest gift that he ever gave, and it was very scary... while providing for 6 children. Dad made this sacrifice out of love. It was the right thing to do. When dad signed the car over to my Grandpa, his whole life changed. Dad got many blessings from that giving. God had done great and mighty things for our family. You don't have to understand it. You just have to TRUST GOD!
Better Than You Found Them
My dad had the honor of officiating many funeral services. When sharing about the lost loved one, Dad would always tell the family and friends who had gathered that "One day this will be me, and one day this will be each one of you." We all stand face to face before God at sometime, but while we are here on earth, God expects us to do something for Him! Dad's motto was, "I like to leave things better than I found them."
The Importance of Roots
Roots have great importance! Without them, trees and plants would just whither up and blow away. Roots can keep a tree from falling over. They can nourish the tree too. Whether it's for good or bad, the roots supply the rest of the parts of the trees and plants. The same can be said about your faith. Are you rooted in the word of God? Your soul can take good and bad things in. Make sure that you feed your soul with things that are Godly. Be sure to absorb the teachings of The Lord.
When we pray, sometimes God says... Yes, No, or Wait awhile. Ultimately, it is God's Choice to heal some people and not heal others. God's timing and plan is perfect. When it came down to my dad's last days, he knew that God is in control. Dad was at peace because of his faith in God. If you are facing a test or challenge in your life, then Pastor Homer Burket says, "I can tell you exactly how it's going to come out... Just the way God wants it to."
Pray For God's Direction
What "Direction" are you going in? Is it your direction or God's? Dad wanted this ministry to be unique. He didn't want to copy other ministries. Dad asked for God's direction through prayer. If you are lost or need direction, then get alone with God and ask for His direction. Pray for your daily bread. Pray that God will lead you not into temptation and deliver you from evil. Pray for God's Will to be done. Then, listen for His direction.
Preaching about 9 11
There are plenty of evil people in this world. Dad would say that... there are people out there who hate us so much that they'd rather be dead themselves than to see us living and happy as Christians. The Attacks of September 11th in America are a perfect example. Thousands of innocent people died at the hands of people who hated us. Psalms 91:1 says, He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. One of God's Commandments is, Thou shalt not kill. Those killers and people filled with hate will not be able to hide from the Almighty on Judgement Day.
Be Not Afraid... Only Believe!
About 16 years ago, dad took a group of partners down to visit Nashville, Tennessee. While there, dad wanted to share some sermons. In his teachings, dad would tell you to "Be not afraid... only believe." Dad knew that God is in control. He said, "Listen, God can do anything!" Dad liked to share the miraculous stories of Jesus.
Sitting at the table of The King!
My dad would tell you that... no doubt, there will be obstacles and difficult times in your life. The world might even hate you for taking a stand for The Lord. However, you have to remember Psalm 23. You shouldn't fear any evil because Jesus is with you. My dad walked through the valley of the shadow of death. I believe that dad even kept crawling when he couldn't walk any longer. Right to the end, dad had faith and kept his eyes on Jesus. Dad was comforted by Him. Now, dad is dwelling in the house of the Lord forever. I have no doubt that my dad is sitting at the table with The King!
Runs in the Family
After I became an adult and got my own home, I would talk on the phone each and every day with my dad, even if I had seen him during the day. Before bed, Denny 3 and I would always call Grandpa Hazen to see how he was doing and to tell him about our day. On my birthdays, dad would call up first thing in the morning and sing Happy Birthday to me. It's not the same having a Birthday without dad. Last year, before I took Denny 3 to school, dad called to sing Happy Birthday like he always did. I told dad that Denny 3 and I were going to get pancakes before school, and that I would see him later that evening. We ate dinner at Don Pablo's Mexican Restaurant. Of course, I didn't know that it would be my last birthday dinner with my dad. Still, we shared every special occasion together that would could. Ironically, that restaurant isn't around anymore. It was torn down recently. Here is a video clip of dad discussing our conversation on that morning...
Abide with Jesus in your Home
How could a cat teach you about abiding with Jesus? My parents have a cat named, Socks. As a kitten, Socks needed a home. My dad was reluctant to have a cat in the house, but Grandma Hazen talked him into it, ha ha. When they first got Socks, he tried all kinds of ways to escape. More than likely, Socks was trying to get back home to his family and farm. If the house door or fence gate was left open, Socks was sure to make a dash. After awhile, Socks realized that my parents would care for him and make him comfortable. Our house became a "Home" for Socks. He got so comfortable. In fact, Socks became territorial. Socks might not have been a watch dog, but surely, he could scare off any stranger with a hiss or glare. Pretty much anyone who came over to our house... could very quickly realize that you were entering the "Home of Socks!" My dad thought that your relationship with Jesus Christ should be similar. When you spend time in the Bible, Prayer, or in closeness with Jesus, you begin to be comfortable in your relationship with God. Dad made sure that everyone knew... as for him and his house, we were serving the Lord and abiding with Jesue there. Are you comfortable with your releationship with God? Make sure that you abide with Jesus Christ in your home.
Are you ready to meet God today? Do you Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord? God's plan is so simple to find your salvation and peace. Don't miss the boat when it's so easy to get on it! My dad was hungry to tell people about Jesus. He spoke it. He lived it. It was his testimony. My dad had no desire to retire his job in the ministry. The only thing that he wanted to do... was to serve The Lord. Dad had peace. He fought a good fight. He finished his course. For sure, dad kept his faith right to the end, and he felt peace.
Happy to be a Believer!
This year, dad would have turned 70 years old. He knew that there wouldn't be many years left in his life, but still dad was "Happy to be a Believer" in Jesus Christ. Dad shared God's message with anybody who would listen. He wanted unsaved people to know about the importance of having a releationship with God and his son, Jesus. If you are a Believer, then you should be happy too! Of course, dad didn't know that this would be the final year of his life. He didn't make it to 70 years on this Earth. However, I know that my dad will spend an Eternity in Heaven. I am so happy that dad was a Believer! I am a Believer too!
Back to School
Last year at this time, Grandpa's Name Sake, Denny III, was just starting Kindergarten. Little did we know that... a year later, Grandpa would be watching "3" go to his first day of 1st Grade from Heaven. While dad was still alive, we would call him every night at bedtime, even if we had spent the day with him. Grandpa would always ask 3, "What did you learn in school today?" Usually, 3 would tell Grandpa what letters or numbers that they worked on. Grandpa always had a funny story to tell us. For expample, if 3 said school was a loooong day, Grandpa would tell you that "Time" goes a lot faster when you are kissing a pretty girl than it does when you are sitting on a tack. We might not be able to call Grandpa at bedtime anymore, but we still read from the Children's Bible that he gave 3. Actually, we are on the 2nd time through that Bible. 3 was excited last year to tell Grandpa that we read the whole Children's Bible that he gave us. Each day 3 is learning more and more. Summer Break is over. Today, 3 will start the first grade. I'm sure that in the blink of an eye, he will be graduating.
There's a Hero in Every Heart
Besides being an amazing dad and my best friend, Denny Hazen Sr., was my Hero. He still is my hero even after his passing. I've watched and observed my dad my entire life. He has taught me so many things... like to never give up! It's a lot easier for people to sit around and whine, complain, judge, or do nothing than it is to actually work hard and make accomplishments. In my eyes, my dad could accomplish anything! Seriously though, he was a jack of all trades. My dad was a Bible Scholar, Handyman, Television Host, Business Man, a Son, Dad, Brother, Husband, Uncle, a Friend to many. I always looked up to my dad, and I still do. However, now, I am looking up to my dad towards Heaven. In this next video clip, my dad will tell you that "There is a hero in every heart."
Teaching that The Bible is... HOLY.
Anything that is "Holy" should be set apart, reverend, sacred, and worthy of veneration. The Holy Bible is your road map to Salvation. Do you treat it in a Holy manner? Denny Hazen Sr. taught people to consider this Book of God to be sacred because it is Holy. Don't use The Bible for a door stop or coaster for your coffee. Set it apart from other things in your life. We should all respect it's Holiness.
Remembering Denny Hazen #1
Denny Hazen #1 taught me many things including my Christian Faith, Family Priority, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Hard Work. By the time I was 7 years old, my dad had taught me how to operate tv cameras and video production equipment. Often, I rode the school bus to the tv station. Dad was my role model, and I had plenty of time to observe and learn from him. Thanks to his example, I was able to pursue a career in television broadasting. For the past 17 seasons, I have been blessed to be a Videographer for The Cleveland Browns. I got hired before the 1999 season when the team was be rebuilt after the original franchise was moved to Baltimore. My dad came to many games to see me work in action, but also, he recorded every televsion broadcast for every game that I worked. I have more than 160 videotapes recorded and labeled by my dad. Also, before I would get on camera for the pregame shooting, every single game, I called my dad to tell him that I was thinking about him and that I loved him. Yesterday, was my first game when I was not able to call my dad. Of course, I sent my thoughts and love to him in heaven. Also, I took this "Hazen #1" Browns Jersey to show my rememberance. I could never forget the sacrifices that my dad made for me and my son to get to where we are in life. Dad, you'll always be #1 in my heart.
The Logic of Living
Living things require a few things such as Sunlight, Water, Air, Food, and the proper Habitat. Without these necessities, a living thing might dry up, blow away, or die. Spiritually, we have needs too if we want to live a Christian life. Psalm 119:50 Says: My comfort in suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. This ministry believes in God's Promises. My dad did not want this great work to dry up, blow away, or ever quit broadcasting the Word of God!
Closure on The Ministry
My dad, Denny Hazen Sr., didn't have "Closure" with the ministry of Plus or Minus 60. That's because he did NOT want "Closure" for it. Dad didn't want to make cut backs or cut off the broadcasts. He said, "People have money to do the things that they want to do." Though, not everybody can see the value of Christian Television. My dad knew the worth because he witnessed and visited with so many people who needed to hear God's message. My dad gave preachers from many denominations a chance to minister God's word. Often, dad would air videotaped sermons from preachers who were already promoted to Glory. It was my dad's desire that the ministry of Plus or Minus 60 would continue without "Closure." Through videotapes and archive footage, my dad's message will continue… just like he kept the message going for so many others. Dad's preaching will continue without "Closure."
Dear Ol' Dad
My Grandpa, Ray Hazen, was the first person on the screen for the original Plus or Minus 60 Show on June 27, 1983. Today would have been his 97th Birthday. Dear Ol' Dad was born on August 2, 1918. He passed away on May 12, 1990 which was exactly 25 years to the day when my dad, Denny Sr., was buried next to him and Poor Ol' Mom, Ada Hazen. My Grandpa's last words to me were, "I'm so proud of you." I was always proud of him too! Happy Birthday, Pap! Make sure you give dad a hug and kiss for me!
Continuing The Tradition
My Dad, Denny Hazen Sr., besides being a Christian Television and Radio Minister, was the Head of our family. My dad was a modest man. He never had to "Toot his own Horn." Every summer, we would take a humble family vacation. With 6 kids, we always had a car or van full. There were suitcases and kids everywhere. Despite being swamped with work and struggling to keep the ministry operating, my Dad felt it was important to spend quality time with our family. Before we knew it, all of the kids grew up and started families of their own. Even when my son, Denny III, came along, Grandpa Hazen wanted to continue the tradition. Since Denny 3 was a baby, we would travel to Florida during the last week of June which was right after the Ministry's Anniversary Banquet. We have some irreplaceable memories that we shared with Dad from our vacations. In March of this year, Grandma and Grandpa Hazen bought t-shirts for us to wear for our vacation this summer. The t-shirts were "Thing 1, 2, and 3" for Denny 1, 2, and 3. As you know, my Dad didn't make it to our summer vacation this year. He was promoted to Glory on May 6, 2015. Still, we took Dad's "Thing 1" t-shirt with us to Florida, and we continued our family tradition. Of course, it wasn't the same without Dad. We had always enjoyed the simple things like tossing the football around, building sandcastles, or riding waves with boogie boards. Dad enjoyed resting under a beach umbrella and watching the ocean. He asked me to continue this family vacation tradition while spending the final few days of his life in his ICU room at the hospital. I told Dad that I didn't want to go on the trip without him, and Dad said, "It's important to continue the tradition for 3." We felt Dad's Presence on the trip. My son and I miss him, but we know that Denny Hazen No.1 is watching us from heaven. Someday, when 3 gets older, I will ask him to continue the tradition too. ---- Denny Hazen No.2