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House of Good News

“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.” Psalm 34:1-10 (KJV). What a powerful Scripture this is, reminding us to continually praise the Lord and to call to remembrance His goodness! This is what Three Bridges desires to do whenever we get the opportunity to share our ministry with others. We encourage you to meditate on this great passage during this Thanksgiving month.

October was a great month for us as we traveled to TN, OH, TX and MS. What a great time we had worshipping the Lord with friends we’ve known for many years as well as with some wonderful new friends. November takes us to AL, IL, IN, MS, and WV. We look forward to a great month and we hope to see you at one of our events.

As we’ve mentioned the last couple of months, September marked the beginning of Three Bridges’ twelfth year of music and ministry! In honor of that, we have released our twelfth recording, appropriately titled, TWELVE. It has twelve great songs that will serve as reminders of God’s amazing love and faithfulness over these past twelve years. In keeping with our promise last month, here is a closer look at another of the songs on TWELVE.

“House of Good News” was written by James Payne and it features both baritone singer, Elliott McCoy, and lead singer, Shannon Smith. As the old saying goes, “If this song doesn’t light your fire, then your wood is wet!” The basic idea is that when we all come together to praise the Lord, it isn’t time to commiserate about our burdens and problems – it’s time to encourage one another with the goodness of God. It’s not that we don’t want to “bear one another’s burdens,” it’s just that we recognize that in His presence is fullness of joy and when we focus on Him and His work in our lives, our burdens seem much smaller and lighter. We are also reminded that in Christ, we have been given complete and total victory! Musically, this song is upbeat, exciting and powerful and will definitely make you want to “get out of your pew and put on your dancing shoes!” You don’t have to be in a church building for this song to be true – anywhere we are willing to praise the Lord becomes a “House of Good News.”

Be sure to connect with us on our website and/or on Facebook (the easiest way to interact with us). Also, don’t forget to sign up for our “Bridge-Builder” E-News list on our website: http://www.threebridges.net. Our E-News will keep you updated on when we will be coming to your area, as well as on other Three Bridges news. Don’t forget, we will be drawing one name each month from our E-News list to receive some FREE Three Bridges’ merchandise (CD, T-shirt, DVD, etc.). You can be a real “Bridge-Builder” by forwarding our E-News to your family and friends that would be interested in our music and ministry and, at the same time, give both yourself and them a chance to win some free merchandise!

By the way, “Forgive Myself” is our current radio single. Be listening for it and be sure to request it wherever you listen to Gospel music. Also, pray with us that many will hear this song and experience new freedom in Christ. Thanks to all of the DJs for helping us get this powerful message out!

Give THANKS and be BLESSED!

Elliott, Jeremie and Shannon

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Hope In Christ

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about our trip to Israel a few years ago. I remember so vividly when ‘the city set on a hill’ first came into view. I was enamored with it at first site—the streets where Jesus walked, the sacred ground I had read about since I was a child.

I remember sitting in the gardens in front of the tomb with Golgotha’s hill in view and trying to imagine the hopelessness the disciples must have felt. Maybe it compared to the hopelessness I have felt before…when my Daddy died, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, or when my Mama became bedridden with Parkinson’s? Maybe it compared to the hopelessness you have felt before…with the death of a spouse, or your child?

I do know this… hopelessness is big, it looms and it smothers! I’m sure if the disciples could have hoped through Calvary to the empty tomb, Christ’s death wouldn’t have felt so overwhelmingly final. This week, whatever you may be facing, remember that in three short days, the disciples and family of Christ went from hopelessness to hopeful, from devastation to celebration, from defeat to victory! Because of the cross and the tomb, you have a hope in Christ!


Matthew 27:45-46
New International Version (NIV)
The Death of Jesus
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

Mark 16:5-7
New International Version (NIV)
5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Luke 24:6-7
New International Version (NIV)
6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ”

1 Corinthians 15:55-57
New International Version (NIV)
55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Written: 04/20/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Scars

Hey, do you have any SCARS? Of course you do! Most all of us do, whether on our HAND, ARM, LEG, BODY or even those INVISIBLE ONES in our MEMORY and EMOTIONS! It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY".



Sometimes we seen a SCAR coming and say, OH, NO! THAT’S GONNA LEAVE A MARK!" And other times, we’ve been taken TOTALLY by surprise. But, SCARS are a part of LIFE. SCARS remind ous of events that caused us PAIN, but didn’t KILL us, we SURVIVED!



Remembering that fact that SCARS mean you’re "STILL ALIVE" is exactly what ONE DISCIPLE needed to see in the hands of Jesus, and he has since been dubbed, "DOUBTING THOMAS". John 20:25 quotes Thomas as saying, "Unless I see the SCARS in His hands I will NOT believe!" Well, you know, he saw the SCARS and BELIEVED.



So, when you look at your SCARS TODAY, just SMILE and say "I BELIEVE and I SURVIVED!"



It’s Pastor Phil, hoping I made a "MARK" with this "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY" God bless!

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The Pathfinders Release New Video

Nashville, TN (April 18, 2014) Godsey and Associates are proud to announce the release of the Pathfinders new video “Let My Light Shine”.

This well constructed video tells the story of how one can witness anywhere, even in the confines of your own home. The story line shows how a Grandmother can let her light shine even to her Grandson and the importance of living her life to show the love of Christ.

The quality of this video is superb, the message is strong and the singing is just plain good.

The Pathfinders are an excellent mixed trio who have had multiple single releases. This included several Top 80 songs on the Singing News charts and a single from their latest CD, “Mercy Answered” being named as one of the top 10 new releases. In addition, they have had several Top 40 songs on other industry charts.

Below is a link to view the video:

http://youtu.be/mMcI42otSww


You can learn more about The Pathfinders at http://thepathfinders.com .


You can learn more about Godsey and Associates at http://godseyandassociates.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Godsey-and-Associates/164948040274991 .

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Written: 04/18/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Still Going Strong

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SamCam Award

Watch Sam accept his SamCam award at the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards!

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Written: 04/18/2014 | Category: Still Going Strong Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Without Friday, There Is No Sunday

It seems that every time I have been alone this week, which hasn’t been often, I have had a lyric fest in my head…lyrics about the cross…I find myself singing in my imagination like Karen Harding, or Karen Peck….or some Karen that sings like Celine….the luring melody of the songs of the church.

“Then a stone moves, the Earth shakes….birds start singing,
the sun shines, the Earth warms…new life it’s bringing; a little boy stops crying, a mother is smiling, for death could not hold their King” rolling over and over in my busy brain.

“There was a cross made for the Son of God at Calvary.
Two pieces of rough timber on a hill.
Through His hands and through His feet,
He took the nails for you and me.
Angels watched as He died for the lost.
Though He could have walked away He chose the cross.”

I can hear the kids singing this in my head…without headphones, or a CD….just simply the recall of the memory, the staggering truth that is depicted here. For everything I claim to be, hope to be, every fiber of this ___ lbs. and 5 feet 2 inches is instantly “alive” when I hear these songs. Tears are automatic. It is honestly borderline embarrassing. Am I the only one? When the reality of my mortality is recognized I cry like a baby. It happens a lot….in restaurants, and the server always thinks that Steve and I are having a fight. smile

There is much that I could have discourse about that would address the atheistic movement in this country, the lack of attack that atheists have on Muslims, (they don’t want to be blown up and know that Christians will turn the other cheek)……the secularists movement…I could write all night and NOT begin to cover the major points of a bias against us, the Christian…the Christ follower, the believer, and ultimately they battle the cross, always our symbol, always their battle. For this is the week that we are mocked, told that our intelligence is low or we couldn’t believe this fiction, we are scoffed as hillbillies and a low class demographic. That’s okay. Let them say whatever they want to say. I know how this story ends, and I know that the end is near. 200 million people are suffering some sort of persecution world wide for their Christian stand as I write this. 200 million now….in 2014. I am not persecuted…not much anyway. Like most of you, my philosophy is entrenched in the DNA of my blood. I expect the return of Jesus. That is non-negotiable in my belief story line. He is coming, for us….the bride, the righteous. But let’s get back to Thursday, and Friday. I am operating under the assumption that we all know that this may or may not be the exact week of the crucifixion. However, I am operating under the assumption that this isn’t an argument.

This is the week that we are choosing to celebrate our Lord. The man that went to pray….as His sweat became as blood. He knew. He knew you, He knew me….He knew how rotten we are…He knew that we would be selfish, mean, spiteful, materialistic….He knew we would abandon our children, cheat on our wives/husbands, fall to perversion…He knew we would steal and murder…sometimes just for fun. He knew. He knew that we would beat our children, rape them, judge our neighbors, and yes….struggle with boundaries, judgement, and yes even food…and drink…and shopping…and JEALOUSY…and gossip and worshiping many things besides Him. He knew us intimately…..more intimately than our spouse knows us.

“He knew me…yet HE loved me….He whose glory makes the heaven shine…so unworthy…of such mercy….when He was on the cross, I was on His mind.”

He could have left the garden and snuck off to the country side…or the sea…He could have walked away. He could have refused to surrender those hands, the same hands that had created the heavens and earth…remember He told us that He could have called twelve legions of angels. He was not a hostage…he was willing. He could have left us empty and thirsty. He could have walked away….but, He didn’t. He provided us with the plan to live in His fullness, and die in His presence.

Truly, this is more than I can fathom, and I don’t claim to be a scholar. Actually, I make no claims to anything…except the “I know that I know” obvious. I am not positive what God will say to many of the difficult questions: Why do we have horrific heartbreak, why do babies die, why are good people sick and mean people well, why are the wicked prosperous and sometimes good people starve. Why, why, why?? Well I could handily quote a few scriptures right here….about how it “rains on the just and the unjust” and “it’s appointed to man once to die”….and on and on. But that is the small stuff. This trip to the cross is the big thing. That bloody body hanging on that cross provided the answers for our lives here, and there. Period. Done. He is the answer. Sick? Well? Rich? Poor? Eternity doesn’t give “get out of jail free” passes. Eternity knows no color, age, gender, income tax brackets, intelligence level….when the last breath is appointed, you’re finished. You will face the “forever” of your choices. Is he a Savior of all? You bet He is. Does He love all…you can bank on it. If you know Him, you are different…in a “hopeful” kind of way. If you don’t know Him, you’re eternally lost. That’s what the Bible says.

To quote my daughter Kelly, “When I was lying on a stretcher on I-85 and my middle child is being air lifted with massive blood loss, and a blood pressure of 60 over 30, and my husband who has a serious brain bleed and injury, is unrecognizable…and to the human eye, in that moment of carnage the odds look bad for his survival…when I was lying on my back, looking up into that North Carolina sky at two life flight helicopters with my baby and and the love of my life each in those helicopters, I know that something is SO wrong with my back, I don’t realize yet the severity of the break, but I am painfully aware that I can’t walk….the bus is destroyed, the sirens, ambulances and helicopters are deafening….to the ear….that Holy Ghost that has been my song for 20 years, that message of faith that we have spent countless hours talking about..suddenly became the comforter that assured me that “He” had this. If I never saw them living and breathing again….if this day changed my life forever, I would lean on the redemption of the cross….because that is our hope, our only hope.”

While the world is looking for answers, we know the road that leads to eternal life, while the world tells us we are insignificant, we know that we are royalty, while the weakest of us are sustained, the thirstiest are quenched, the wounded are healed, and the dirty are cleaned…..that Friday…that Friday when the earth shook, the darkness hovered….I am sure the hearts of those that loved Him wondered….would light ever return, would the world forever be black? But it wasn’t to be…the darkness turned to light, and then that curtain in the temple…torn, from top to bottom…forever to remind us that ALL of us are candidates, all of us.

When you truly comprehend the change “this” particular Friday brought to humanity, you may cry in a restaurant, or you may cry when you walk in the nursing home and hear that 89 year old, trembling…pushing out a whisper, that used to be a good low baritone, “On a hill, far away….stood an old rugged cross”……you may get those Holy Ghost bumps when you lower that friend into the ground after that long battle with lung cancer…….for the foundation of the Christian faith, this 2,000 year old story that can’t be muted or disputed, became our heritage, our DNA was birthed on that bloody cross, for there my soul found liberty. It was there that ALL hope was born. The cross is the birth place of hope. That dying man is actually just starting his life…when Jesus died, he paved the road for us…the road from here to there….from pain, disease, trauma, burns, abuse, cancer….that final road, that ALL of must walk, he paved it and made it easy….that Friday gave us eternity. Easy, simple, available, eternity. There are no pre-requisites. You don’t have to be “born” into it, or study for it. That Friday cemented John 11:26 “And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Yes, he made this my heritage, and my future. He made it the hope of generations that have been, and generations to come. For in fact on that Friday, Jesus changed the world forever. The enemies of the gospel have tried to get rid of the church for 2,000 years, and currently the enemy is raging…..but after that Friday, when the perfect lamb hang between heaven and earth, and was the sinless sacrifice for me, and you, we are here to stay. We will work until HE comes. We won’t die. We will believe, and go to church, and sing our songs, and worship HIM who loved us…we will read, study, and shape our lives for this gospel. We will let it breathe life into our hopeless mornings, speak encouragement to our sick bodies, reprove us when needed, and always guide us through a weary land that becomes less comfortable with “us” every day. We the radically saved, the “laying on of hands” crowd……the “pray for the lost in Wal-Mart” crowd….yea, we do that….but this “church” that tarries for now, will work until HE comes. We will work smarter, harder, and know that eternity is at stake for ALL that miss this message. Yes, that’s what we believe.



So as we celebrate Good Friday, let’s remember that our freedom is based on this day. It is like our spiritual 4th of July. Without Friday, there is no Sunday. So don’t despair, don’t despise the blood…don’t deny the truth of the work that was finished….and you non-believers, remember if you’re wrong and I am right…..if there is nothing to this cross story…..if we just die and that’s it. The end. I lose nothing. I lived a good moral life based on the principles of the Bible. However, if you are wrong…..if this story of a man that let them beat him to death, put spikes in him, spear his side…all the while with the ability to stop them…if this story that the atheists call “fairy tale” material is true….if you MUST believe to have eternal life and avoid a hell of torment, if this is true….this gospel that we STAND on and believe with every molecule in us……is true, you my friend….you will be sentenced to a devil’s torment in hell, forever if you reject Jesus. Time is short. He gave His life, no one took it, He redeemed us. WE are free!!! That hole in your soul can only be filled by Him. Let Him love you like only HE can. Let the cross be your new story, and your new glory!!!

Fridays are game changers, truly!!!!! HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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Karen Peck and New River Earn Three Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Nashville, TN (April 18, 2014) Karen Peck and New River have been hard at work earning three Absolutely Gospel Music Ovation Awards at the impressive AGM Awards Celebration last night in Smyrna, TN. In the 13 year history of this awards program Karen has an astounding 85 career nominations which is the most for any artist.

Not only was it a big night for Karen Peck and New River, but it was a big night for their number one hit song “Revival”. Proving to be a great song “Revival” won one of the biggest awards of the night as Song of the Year. Penned by Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress and Kenna West. In addition to Song of the Year, “Revival” also won Progressive Song of the Year.

Finally the album that is titled for the big winner and sure to have several number one hits from it, 'Revival' by Karen Peck and New River and produced by Wayne Haun won Album of the Year.

Not only were they excited about winning three awards, but their performance of “Revival” was a show stopper as people were on their feet in response to the message and energy of the song. The crowd thoroughly appreciated the enormity of this song.

It was a truly a night of celebration for Karen, Susan and Jeff. Karen stated “We are honored to be blessed with these awards, but one song on the 'Revival' album states our hearts at this time. 'Finish Well' tells us that our better days are ahead of us, not only in Heaven, but also here on earth. So, Finish Well”.

She dedicated the award to the late Norman Holland. Jeff talked about when they recorded the project it was soon after his pastor died and how much the songs meant to him because of that.

You can learn more about Karen Peck and New river at http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River .

You can book Karen Peck and New River through the Harper Agency at http://www.harperagency.com or

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Daily Devotion

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May The Force Be With YOu

Waking Up: Remember the power you have

One of Obi-Wan Kenobi’s most difficult tasks in training Luke Skywalker to be a true Jedi knight was to help him access all his resources. “Use the Force, Luke!” Obi-Wan would exhort him. We all know that this talk of “the Force” is just space mythology cooked up by George Lucas, right? You don’t have a Force within you.

Or do you? George Lucas was perhaps closer than he realized to a powerful truth of authentic Christianity: the third person of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit, comes to live within the hearts of all believers when they are baptized. Scripture promises that your baptism is a washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is power from God for thinking, saying, and doing things that are pleasing to God.

The Spirit brings you God’s wisdom from heaven through his wonderful Word. The Spirit also brings you God’s power to act on what you know. “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding . . . and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).

Use the Force.

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News & Scoops

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Harmony Road TV Features Songs of the Cross Easter Special Music from Sisters, Perrys, Kingsmen and

This week’s special Harmony Road program will feature songs of the Cross.. This inspirational program in includes “God Saw A Cross” from the Kingsmen, “I Rest My Case at the Cross’ from the The Perrys, a beautiful rendition of “He Looked Beyond my Fault” from Sisters and the classic hymn “At Calvary” from the Collingsworths.

During the program, host Les Butler reads scripture and provides an inspiring, challenging and heartfelt devotional where he reminds us of the relevance of the Cross today. There is also a call to action for people who may have heard the Easter message during the program, have questions and want to learn more. This special Harmony Road program is sure to inspire it’s viewers as it focuses on the Cross and the message of hope it represents to us today.

Harmony Road can be found throughout the weekend on several networks including The Heartland Network, The NRB Network (including Direct TV) and WalkTV. Viewers can also find the program on stations including WATC57 in Atlanta, TV24 in Anniston/Gadsden, WMJN29 in Decatur/Athens AL, Charter Cable in Jackson, Clarksville and Sevier County TN, Harmony Gospel in Greeneville SC and others. For information go to http://www.harmonyroadtv.com, www.watchheartlandtv.com or Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/harmonyroadtv .

Harmony Road is also streamed on http://www.wmjn29.com , www.watc.tv , http://www.thewalktv.com and www.nrbnetwork.tv where you will also find a mobile app. The program is also available on ROKU.

This week’s program originates from Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse in Monteagle, Tennessee. More information about the Smokehouse can be found at http://www.thesmokehouse.com.

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News & Scoops


The Woodsmen Quartet Announces New Members

One thing that seems to remain a constant in Southern Gospel Music is change and such is the case now with Batesville, Indiana based Woodsmen Quartet. Time has come for lead singer Josh Arnett and tenor, Scott Joss to move on. Josh and Scott are both great singers, both power singers and both will be greatly missed. I have had the privilege to have worked with The Woodsmen on several occasions in the past few years and count these men as friends. Josh and Scott are fine Christian men that follow God’s call for their lives.

As God leads two away, He brings two aboard, returning to The Woodsmen is Columbus, Indiana’s own, Jim Hutson; brother of Bryan Hutson formerly of The Kingsmen and now with Soul’d Out and filling the tenor slot is Daniel Rivera, also no stranger to Southern Gospel music having sung with The Toney Brothers, Blackwood Legacy, Promise and The Hallmark Quartet. I have worked with both of these men in the past and I can honestly say that both men truly love the Lord and live what they profess. Each one will be a solid fit for The Woodsmen Quartet.

“The Woodsmen Quartet would like to announce the new additions to the group!

As you may have already heard, Josh Arnett, our lead singer has announced his departure and has decided to pursue other things. Josh is one of the best lead singers in the business and we will definitely miss him a lot as he was a huge part of the Woodsmen and always will be! We are thankful for Josh’s time with us and wish him the best! Coming back to sing lead for the Woodsmen is our own Jim Hutson, as you may have heard. We’re very excited to have Jim back with us and look forward to see what will happen in 2014!

Some of you may have heard but our tenor, Scott Joss has also announced his departure from the Woodsmen. Scotty has been a great asset and we will miss him and wish him the best! Coming in to fill in the tenor shoes is 22 year old Daniel Rivera from Merrillville, IN. Daniel is no stranger to Southern g=Gospel music. Having sung with The Toney Brothers, Blackwood Legacy, Promise, and The Hallmark Quartet, Daniel brings to the stage a sound of a seasoned southern gospel veteran. We look forward to this brand new lineup and can’t wait to see what God has in store! They will start together in March!”

When asked, Jim Hutson had to say, “None of us like change, but God puts people places for a season, I pray the changes will do one thing and that is bring glory and honor to our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Daniel’s comments regarding this new stage of his life were “I’ve traveled full-time off and on for the past 4 years and have sung on stage with the best of the best in gospel music but this new journey with the Woodsmen excites me more than ever. I’m excited to get back on the road and sing with some great guys and I look forward to see God working in the lives of others through our music.”

This combination of The Woodsmen Quartet has the makings of a great sounding quartet! Watch for the guys to be in your area soon!

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The Isaacs Pick Up Five Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

Nashville, TN (April 16, 2014) The multi-award winning family group, the Isaacs were at it again. The first family of Gospel Music was honored at the Absolutely Gospel Music Ovation Awards last night in Smyrna, TN. Picking up four awards for the evening, the Isaacs were the most awarded group of the event.

As a group the Isaacs won Mixed Group of the Year, an award they have won several times before, and Best Live Performer.

On individual efforts Becky Isaacs Bowman walked away with the coveted Musician of the Year Award, while Ben Isaacs once again won the Producer of the Year Award which he has won several times in the past.

You could feel the excitement in the air as they performed “Walk Together Children” along with Gene McDonald, proving their worth of the Best Live Performer Award.

Lily Isaacs commented “We want to thank Absolutely Gospel for honoring us last night. We are truly honored by all the fan voted awards we won. Thanks for all the hard work you do to continue to promote Gospel Music.

We also want to say a big THANK YOU to all our fans who voted and come to our concerts. We love and appreciate you all.”

In the midst of all this, Becky and Sonya Isaacs Yeary in a combined effort won Songwriter of the Year.

In all, it was a great night for the Isaacs.

To learn more about the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs .

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2014 AGM Awards Handed Out - The Isaacs and Karen Peck & New River Named Big Winners

Nashville, Tennessee - (April 17, 2014) - The 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music (AGM) Awards were handed out this week at a special concert celebration in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Isaacs were the night’s big winners.

The Isaacs took home five awards during the program. The group was awarded their second consecutive Mixed Group of the Year title and first ever Best Live Performer. Ben Isaacs took home Producer of the Year (Artist) while songwriting sibling Becky & Sonya Isaacs won Songwriter of the Year (Artist). Becky Isaacs Bowman was also recognized as Musician of the Year for the first time in her career.

Perennial favorites Karen Peck & New River took home an outstanding three awards as well. The group won their third consecutive Song of the Year title (for the #1 hit “Revival”). The group also won the coveted Album of the Year ovation (for Revival) as well as Progressive Song of the Year (also for “Revival”).

Songwriter Kenna West was the most awarded individual of the night, winning Song of the Year and Progressive Song of the Year (for co-writing “Revival” with Karen Peck Gooch and Don Poythress) and Country Song of the Year (for co-writing “Voice In the Desert” with Lee Black and Jason Cox).

Additional artists and individuals who won multiple awards throughout the evening included the Bowling Family, Sisters, Don Poythress, Wayne Haun, Dianne Wilkinson, Karen Peck Gooch, and Jeff Easter.

One of the biggest awards of the evening – 2014 Pacesetter Award – was handed to the Write About Jesus Conference – a songwriting retreat hosted by celebrated songwriter Sue C. Smith.

The staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com and the Unthank family was proud to award the Susan Unthank Memorial Award to Kathy Crabb Hannah. This award honors women who have worked in this field of music and made a resounding impact on Southern Gospel music. In addition to the Susan Unthank Memorial Award, Kathy was awarded the 2005 Pacesetter Award for her work as manager of the Crabb Family.

The event was hosted by Karen Peck Gooch (of Karen Peck & New River) and Kelly Nelon Clark (of The Nelons). The evening featured show-shopping performances from the Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Tribute Quartet, The Nelons, Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Sneed Family, the Browders, the Bowling Family, Adam Crabb, Beyond the Ashes, Jim & Melissa Brady, the Freemans, and songwriters Kenna West, Sue C. Smith and Jason Cox. The evening concluded with a special multi-artist musical tribute to the Easter Brothers which was hosted by Jeff Easter and featured special guests Dailey & Vincent.

“We are just ecstatic with this year’s program,” mentioned Deon Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “Though we had to fight through some technical issues with sound and our live feed at the beginning of the show, we still had a record setting number of viewers online and in attendance at the live show. We already are making big plans for next year’s Celebration!”

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards are an annual award handed out each year by the staff at AbsolutelyGospel.com. Each January, the staff and select media representative decide upon the nominees in over twenty categories. In February of that year, the readers of the site are then allowed to vote for their favorites in 12 categories. This is the thirteenth year the awards have been in existence.

For more information, visit http://www.absolutelygospel.com

2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Award Winners

Song of the Year: "Revival" - Karen Peck and New River (written by Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress, and Kenna West)

Album of the Year: Revival - Karen Peck & New River (produced by Wayne Haun)

Pacesetter: Write About Jesus Conference

Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Sneed Family

Male Vocalist of the Year: Mike Bowling (Bowling Family)

Female Vocalist of the Year: Amber Nelon Thompson (The Nelons)

Male Group of the Year: Booth Brothers

Female Group of the Year: Sisters

Mixed Group of the Year: The Isaacs

Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Becky & Sonya Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Songwriter of the Year (Professional): Dianne Wilkinson

Producer of the Year (Artist): Ben Isaacs (The Isaacs)

Producer of the Year (Professional): Michael Sykes

Engineer of the Year: Kevin Ward

Musician of the Year: Becky Isaacs Bowman (The Isaacs)

Traditional Song of the Year: "Good News From Jerusalem" - Tribute Quartet (written by Jerry Salley & Dianne Wilkinson)

Traditional Album of the Year: The Greatest Story - Triumphant Quartet (produced by Wayne Haun & Jeff Stice)

Progressive Song of the Year: "Revival” - Karen Peck & New River (written by Karen Peck Gooch, Don Poythress, and Kenna West)

Progressive Album of the Year: Classics Collection - Sisters (produced by Tim Parton)

Country Song of the Year: "Voice In the Desert” - The Freemans (written by Lee Black, Jason Cox, and Kenna West)

Country Album of the Year: Safe...After the Storm - Bowling Family (produced by Mike Bowling and Troy Peach)

Special Event Project of the Year: Like Father, Like Son - James & Jeff Easter (produced by James Easter, Jeff Easter, and Tim Surrett)

Best Live Performer: The Isaacs

Fan Favorite Artist of the Year: Jeff & Sheri Easter

Susan Unthank Memorial Award: Kathy Crabb Hannah

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Written: 04/17/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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About This Music

The funny thing about music is this: Music will enhance and "be" whatever you choose for it to be.

"Take Me To The King" versus "The Whiskey Ain't Working Anymore" or
"The Blood Will Never Lose It's Power" versus that Robin Thicke song.....uhm...."Blurred Lines" (I actually had to google it) .....and Lord help us the video to this is AWFUL:( Don't go watch it...it isn't nice.

Anyway, my point is this. Our music feeds our spirit. Are you turning your spirit into a party animal that thirsts for borderline unacceptable behavior, or are you feeding your spirit anointed music that offers answers form the throne room?

It's just a question. I am not bashing secular music, really I am not. These are my thoughts this evening. Now...I am going to that dreaded treadmill to listen to some amazing "Jesus" music.

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Turbulence, Trust, and a Safe Landing

The story is told about an elderly man who had never traveled by plane. His family purchased a ticket so he could attend a reunion in a far-away place. He reluctantly boarded the plane, sat down, and buckled his seatbelt.

He held tightly to the armrest and nervously fidgeted in his seat, enduring the turbulence until the plane finally landed. As his family greeted him at the airport, they asked, "How was your flight, Pop?,"
to which he replied, "Oh, it was okay, I guess, but I never did put my whole weight on that thing the entire time it was in the air."

Well, that's what he thought.

Have you ever learned to "put your weight down" on the faithfulness of God? Or are you like the man I heard about who fell off a cliff and grabbed a branch growing out of the mountain on his way down? He yelled for help and a voice quickly responded saying, "Let go and take my hand; I'll pull you up."

He yelled back and said, "Who are you?" The voice replied, "This is God talking."

The man thought a second and said, "Is anybody else up there who can help me?"

How trusting are you when there just isn't much to hold on to?

How trusting are you when turbulent skies are knocking your plane around in the air?

Life can get bumpy. You've tightened your seatbelt, held on, and hoped for the best. But there are still those times when you wonder, "Will I land safely at my destination?"

Yes, you will and here's how I know.


The promises of God declare it.

In Hebrews 13:5, we are promised by the Father, "I will never leave thee."

In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said, "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world."

In John 14:26, we are promised that the Holy Spirit will abide with us, be our teacher, as well as our guide and Comforter.

The performance of the Savior will deliver it.

I can trust Him for the future, because of His faithfulness in the past.

It's a well-worn verse of Scripture, yet it remains new in my heart. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

Based on what He's brought me through already, I'm confident He will take me through the rest of the journey.

So, how can we not arrive safely at our destination?

Relax, enjoy the trip, and know you can indeed put your weight on Him.

"Casting all your care upon Him, because He cares for you" (I Peter 5:7).


Tim Hill

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Down Home - I Promise


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Label: Independent
Website: http://www.downhomefamily.com

Down Home is family group comprised of Mac, Sharon, AnnMarie and Michael McEwyn. This family hails from Nashville, Tennessee and enjoys singing Gospel Music. Their debut release, "I Promise," is chock full of familiar southern gospel favorites as well as classics.

Down Home has family harmony that typical southern gospel fans love. AnnMarie and Michale are only 16 and 14 years old, respectively, so it will be neat to hear them grow vocally over the next few years. Still, for being so young, they do a good job.

Some of the highlights include the acapella arrangement of "Beulah Land", "How Great Tho Art", "Settle on My Soul", "When I Get Where I'm Going" and "There is a Remedy"

If you like family harmony and mixed groups, Down Home is a group to watch. Check them out and get their newest project!



Song List:

1) Settle on My soul
2) Trail of tears
3) The Promise
4) What if Jesus Comes Back Like That
5) When I get to where I’m going
6) God is Good all the Time
7) The Anchor holds
8) Beulah Land
9) How Great thou Art
10) The Lighthouse
11) There is a Remedy

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The Talleys - In Conversation

I recently had the privilege to catch up with Lauren Talley Alvey of The Talleys. This family is busy and has a new project- sit, back, relax and let’s catch up with Lauren!

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JW: Tell our readers what The Talleys have been up to lately? Are you keeping busy?

LTA: We are always busy. We're very excited about our recent number one song, "Up Above." We just returned from our fifth trip to Norway, we're getting ready for Singing In The Sun in Myrtle Beach, SC at the end of this month, we have recently begun representing Compassion International, and of course, we've just released a new project, "The Test Of Time," which features our favorite classic gospel songs done in the Talley style.

JW: You have a new project, "Test of Time" that just released, tell us about that? What made you decide to go back and record these classic songs (and new ones, too), and who produced and arranged it?

LTA: My dad, Roger, and I produced the project together, and Jason Webb contributed some great ideas along with his unbelievable piano work. We have had so much response to our version of the Don Francisco classic, "He's Alive," that we thought folks would enjoy an entire album full of songs they may have not heard for a while. We tried to choose classic songs that were well-known but had not been widely or recently recorded. We wanted to honor the writers' original intent for these songs, while at the same time making them fresh and new with our signature. We hope people will hear these songs and say, "Man, I forgot what a great song that is!"

JW: What is your favorite song personally off the project and why?

LTA: Most artists can't choose just one favorite! Our current single, "When He Calls I'll Fly Away," is a song from the red-back Church Hymnal and one that my grandparents used to sing, so it's special to me because it honors our heritage. "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "Holy Ground" embody the spirit of the whole project in my opinion- songs that will last forever and that you can sing anywhere. The Voices of Lee graciously lent their talents to several cuts as well.

JW: How have fans responded to this project?

LTA: We sing in many churches where these songs are largely not sung anymore, so they are like new to many people. It makes us smile to see audiences respond to the more modern songs and the hymns all in the same concert. To us, what's important is the lyrical substance. When you sing a great lyric that contains truth, it unites everybody regardless of style.

JW: It's been a while since you've released a solo project, are there any plans for a new one? Or a new book?

LTA: I'm working on a new book now, which is specifically for young women! We'll talk about what it means to be a woman of God and how it affects every area of our lives, from our appearance to our relationships with others and The Lord. I'm contemplating a few ideas for a new solo record as well. No definite release dates for either yet, but I'll keep folks updated via my website, http://www.laurentalley.com.

JW: Are you doing much solo work singing and speaking wise?

LTA: I'm doing a lot of solo work this year! I'll be speaking and singing for the commencement of Laurel University in May, I'll be doing a special presentation for Melissa Brady's Something Beautiful conference in June, and I have several other solo concerts and women's conferences on my schedule as well. I'm also doing several events with Compassion. It's enjoyable for me to do lots of different types of events. You can find booking info for me on laurentalley.com or harperagency.com.

JW: What is next for The Talleys?

LTA: We are working on some possibilities for a Compassion concert tour. We'll be co-hosting Singing In The Sun, Gatlinburg Gathering and the Crystal Caribbean Cruise, and of course, we're always on the road!

JW: Do you think your husband, Brian, will sing with you guys again?

LTA: We don't have any plans at the moment. Brian has been involved in several different endeavors, including his education and preaching occasionally. He has recently filled in with Greater Vision, so he still stays involved with the music and ministry, and he's very supportive of me. Whatever God has in store, we know it will be great.

JW: How can fans get in touch with you, get the new project and find out when you'll be in concert?

LTA: Our website, http://www.thetalleys.com, is the place to order all Talley products, read our tour schedule, shoot us an email, and generally keep up with the family. We post fun pictures and videos of our travels, including a now-infamous video of me climbing out the bus window, and a picture of my dad onstage dressed in the Olympic attire of the Norwegian curling team, which the Norway crowd loved. smile if you want a good laugh go check it out!

JW: Anything else you'd like to share with everyone?

LTA: Thank you for your prayers and support! Gospel music is made possible by you who buy the music and come to the concerts, and we truly appreciate you. Come see us soon!

For more information on The Talleys, visit them online at http://www.thetalleys.com.

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Daily Devotion

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Dealing With Loss

Yvonne and I were talking the other day about how many friends and family that we have lost in the last couple years.

Many were followers of Christ and while that does make losing them a little easier, it's still difficult for our minds to comprehend and our hearts to accept.

We've all dealt with loss at sometime in our life and we just have to realize that these early vessels (our bodies) were not made to last forever. It's inevitable that unless Christ returns, we will all face death.

2 Corinthians 5:6-8 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

I have the promise that because I trusted Christ as my Savior that I WILL see my Dad again. My Grandpa Virgil Woods, my Grandmother Stella, my Great Grandma Alice, Ray Smith, Eldridge Fox, Jim Hamill, Jack Toney, my old friend Bill Craddock, Kelly Holder, Barbara Hall, Debbie Hall Bliss along with countless friends and family.

There, they will be free from breathing machines, no wheelchairs, no cancer and no more separation.

You can have that SAME promise.

John 14:1-4 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

Until that time, how do I deal with the loss?

There are 5 main stages of grief that almost everyone experiences. I have posted this before, but here they are again.

1. Denial — As the reality of loss is hard to face, one of the first reactions to follow the loss is Denial. What this means is that the person is trying to shut out the reality that their loved one is gone.

2. Anger — "Why me? It's not fair!"; "How could God let this happen?"

3. Bargaining — "I'd do anything for a few more years."; "I would give my life savings if…"

4. Depression — "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"; "I'm going never going to get through this."

5. Acceptance — "They are gone, but I choose to live on and through me, they will live on as well."

Bottom line, you CAN get through it. It is easy? No, but it is possible.

Asking God to help and give you the grace to face each day is the key. Leaning on Him and His promises CAN and will bring us through it.

He is our comforter and strength.

Here are some encouraging verses…

Psalm 27:13-14: "I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

John 16:33: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (NIV).

Hebrews 13:5: "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (NKJV).

Prayer starter: “Father, I am hurting. I need your grace and strength to help me through this. I believe you love me and want to strength me. In Jesus name. Amen,”

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - April 14, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
12
Finish Well Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
2
2
18
Long Live the King Old Paths
1(3)
3
6
11
When He Calls I'll Fly Away Talleys
3
4
4
14
Lead Me Home Freemans
4
5
7
11
Show a Little Bit of Love & Kindness Collingsworth Family
5
6
5
9
A Hill Worth Dying On McKameys
5
7
11
5
For All He's Done Greater Vision
7
8
14
5
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
8
9
8
27
He Can Move That Stone Whisnants
1
10
10
28
I See Grace Booth Brothers
1(4)
11
12
5
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
11
12
9
23
The Blood & Its Power Perrys
4
13
3
22
Lift Up His Name Browders
3
14
16
23
Walk Together Children Isaacs
14
15
17
5
Stronger TaRanda Greene
15
16
26
3
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
16
17
15
12
Sweeter As the Days Go By Canton Juntion
10
18
13
14
Shine Zane & Donna King
6
19
23
7
Sometimes He Whispers Adam Crabb
19
20
21
8
God Has Been Good to Me Barry Rowland & Deliverance
20
21
32
2
That's Why Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
21
22
27
6
More Like Jesus, Less Like Me Mercy's Well
22
23
18
22
I Know How It Feels to Survive Jeff & Sheri Easter
12
24
22
10
No Two Ways Inspirations
20
25
19
13
Meanwhile Back at the Cross Gordon Mote
9
26
24
18
We'll Work Cathedrals Family Reunion
14
27
25
17
So Good Charlotte Ritchie
17
28
33
3
Some Things I Know Anchormen
28
29
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1
Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
29
30
30
6
Rise Again Sisters
30
31
28
4
Makes Me Wanna Go Skyline Boys Quartet
28
32
31
11
Funeral Plans Wilburn & Wilburn
18
33
*
1
One Hundred Years From Now Dunaways
33
34
**
7
Jesus Can Change Your Life Mylon Hayes Family
16
35
37
6
That's What Heaven Will Be Blackwood Brothers Quartet
35
36
38
2
If I Know Him Down East Boys
36
37
36
10
Seven Days Red Roots
29
38
29
19
Whenever I Hear His Name Hoskins Family
7
39
35
13
In the Depths of the Sea Devin McGlamery
26
40
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1
He Is to Me Legacy Five
40
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
#1 For the Week
Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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Spring Cleaning

When I hear the very first bird chirp as winter is passing, my mind immediately goes to spring-cleaning! There is something so freeing about getting all of the clutter out of your life and giving your house a good scrubbing. I like to organize, in fact, I can’t prove this, but I’ll bet the teacher gave me stars when it came to putting like with like. My idea of life is that everything has a place and everything should be in it! For all of you judging, make certain you read my disclaimer!

The Bible has a few things to say about spring-cleaning, too! It tells us to keep our heart clean, renew our mind, be cleansed from a guilty conscience and wash with pure water! Spring-cleaning your home may only last a short while, but keeping your heart and mind clean will last an eternity.

The most wonderful thing about spring-cleaning, of the house and of the heart, is the attitude that comes with the results! When you remove all of the dirt, dust and clutter, you respond differently to everything in your life. It is as if the weight of the world has been lifted and your eyes have been opened to something new and fresh. With a renewing of your mind and spirit, you can begin to bring order to the tasks you face in life!


Psalm 51:10
King James Version (KJV)
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.


Hebrews 10:22
New International Version (NIV)
22 Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.


Ephesians 4:31-32
New International Version (NIV)
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


1 Corinthians 14:40
New International Version (NIV)
40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.

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Sorry I’m Late, I Lost Track Of Time…..

Ever hear someone say, "SORRY I’M LATE! I LOST TRACK OF TIME!" Well, I’ve been that person before and had to determine for that not to happen again. But, some people never learn AND they would be late for their own funeral if it were possible. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY".



There are all kinds of EXCUSES people give for being LATE, and I thought I had heard them all, BUT THIS ONE IS THE BEST, "You should have told me to be here on time." Well, God’s Word definately tells us to be ON TIME and it puts an emphasis on not being LATE. Hey, being ON TIME is everyone’s personal RESPONSIBILITY.

Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is a TIME for EVERYTHING under heaven." And Jesus said in John 4:23, "a TIME IS COMING and it’s HERE RIGHT NOW when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth," Well, let’s NOT be latge for that.



Well, you know what they say, "TIMING IS EVERYTHING and TODAY it will be more important than ever for you. The Lord is depending on YOU to be where He wants you to be, at the RIGHT PLACE and at the RIGHT TIME. So, let’s get ready and not be late for what God has in store for us TODAY.

It’s Pastor Phil with a TIMELY message and "A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY" God bless!

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Daily Devotion

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Why We Say Why!

Do you ever find yourself in a tragic situation and asked God, 'Why? Why is this happening to me?'

For one moment, let's imagine that God actually answered that question. Would His explanation change anything? The effects of the tragedy would still be with you, and the pain would be just as severe as it was before. What would you have learned?

When we ask God that question, I think the real questions we're asking are: 'God, do You love me? Will You take care of me in my sorrow and pain? You won't leave me alone, will You?' Is it possible that, because we're afraid God doesn't truly care about us, we ask for explanations?

Instead, we must learn to say: 'Lord, I believe. I don't understand, and I'll probably never grasp all the reasons bad things happen, but I know for certain that You love me and are with me, always.'

No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!” (Mark 9:24 MSG)

I believe it often takes more faith to go through something victoriously than to be delivered from it. Put your faith in God and you'll come out stronger on the other side.

Prayer Starter: God, I believe in You, even when circumstances try to fill my mind with doubt. Help me to remember Your love for me and to put my faith in You, no matter what happens.

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News & Scoops

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Memorial Service For Norman Holland

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News & Scoops

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This Weekend On Harmony Road

This weekend’s Harmony Road TV program features the hit song “Good News from Jerusalem” from the Tribute Quartet. Other music includes concept videos from “Southern Raised” with their fresh sound, and Brian Free and Assurance with their acclaimed video “I Want to be That Man”. Other music is from Karen Peck and New River as well as Reggie and Ladye Love Smith. The program features a mix of new and classic songs from a variety of top Southern Gospel artists. The program features the best in Southern Gospel music and video.

Harmony Road can be found each week on The Heartland Network Sunday mornings at 8:00 Eastern as well as Saturday afternoons on WATC57 in Atlanta. You can watch Harmony Road on the NRB Network each Saturday evening at 8:30 Eastern. The NRB Network is available over the air, on DirectTV, ROKU, online streaming and through their mobile app. Also find the program on the WALKtv network (including ROKU) and http://www.wmjn29.com.

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Daily Devotion

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Obedience Is Better Than Sacrifice

A wife in Florida is devastated this morning. A pastor of 7,000 resigned yesterday due to moral failure. The church says,”Don’t talk about it!” Well let me say this: CNN is talking about it, the man on the bar stool in Miami is talking about it, so this elephant in the room is in our face. The days of sweeping moral failure under the rug are long gone. Granted there are crisis managers that can help, in the old days they could bury info….but in these times of phones, cameras, video cameras, surveillance devices in every room and hallway, we the church need to sanitize and pray those “secrets” into the pits of hell. We need to relearn the word sanctification. ALL of us. Was it ego that he couldn’t handle? Was it a bad marriage? I don’t know. I know what it wasn’t. It wasn’t a man walking after God. It wasn’t a man that feared God. The beginning of wisdom is to fear God so the Bible says. This wasn’t that…wisdom. It was wreckless, irresponsible behavior, pure and simple. Not only is it sin, it’s downright stupid to think no one is watching.

This battle with the secularists is greatly hindered by headlines like this morning’s news. End times? Yes. Is the devil working over time? Yes. But that seems pretty lame for a man that has led tens of thousands to the Lord. “The devil made me do it” seems a tad bit comical for such a sad thing. How many will lose their fellowship with Christians, or possibly walk away from their life long commitment to their faith. These situations are fodder for the liberal media. And additionally, remember, this isn’t God’s fault. God didn’t do it. The word is still the word, and it’s still true. If there is any saving grace to this situation it’s this. At least he resigned. At least he came clean. Without repentance and confession there can’t be a true restoration. Maybe on this April Monday morning, this man who has planted, watered, loved, cried, spent his money and time to share Jesus,this intelligent, ambitious man who has helped thousands of foster care children….will start that long road that must be traveled to regain what can be hoped for. Will it ever be the same? No. But his soul is the concern, not his “brand.” His brand is forever tarnished. He can be forgiven in a millisecond…no problem. The problem is the black eye that will be a trophy to the atheists and secularists in this town. The erosion of confidence in our pulpits. That is what makes my heart cry.

Solution: Live right. If you are struggling, sit down. Take a break. We must remember that God sees our actions and our hearts. The world ONLY sees our actions. And sadly, most won’t remember much about the good deeds of the fallen….only that photo that ran over and over on the cable news outlets. I know most of you think I am harsh. Past failures are a testimony, they really are….the ex-drug addict that is clean and leading worship, the pastor that was in prison, found Jesus and now pastors a mega-church….but, a worship leader that’s “dealing” drugs and pretending to be clean? NO. A pastor that still murders? No. These scenarios are testimonies as long as they are stories about the past, not present. It’s not rocket science. These amazing stories build up our faith and show the lost what God can do…. as long as we are honest and don’t live in the hypocrisy. But if the failure is current, ongoing, and you are in ministry…..STOP. Don’t embarrass those that love you, don’t break God’s heart, and fix it before the PAIN of EXPOSURE is yours. Everyone is famous somewhere. You have no idea how famous a minister is until he falls. He becomes famous overnight!!!
If you are calling yourself a child of God, make HIM proud. And furthermore don’t start this “sin is sin” mess with me. Yes, sin is sin. But, a speeding ticket is NOT a moral sin unto God and your wife. An affair is. I rarely see a jail sentence for eating donuts. But I see them a lot for rape and murder. Have some common sense. All sin is wrong, but I’ve never seen a person miserable and unforgiving of their own sin when it was cheating on a test. A quick “God I am sorry”….zero from the teacher, a day of humiliation, and life moves on. However, I have seen suicidal actions from those that had embarrassed their family and those around them with reprehensible moral conduct. God is patient, but He wants honesty. God is love, but He wants sincerity. God is good, but hell is real.

Hey, I have made serious “lack of judgement” decisions in my life….everyone does when they’re young and misguided, or selfish, or whatever the case may be. If you work in a factory it’s not a headline to cheat on your spouse. If you pastor 7,000 people it is. When you place yourself in the seat of a spiritual leader, when God has TRUSTED you, when you weekly proclaim to thousands that you “have a word from God” you must wear your big boy underwear, say no to a little bit of that flesh and look the devil in the eye and say “No big boy”….”Greater is HE that’s in me”……is this difficult to understand? I suppose it is. I suppose most of you think this is too straightforward. But I firmly believe that when we tell ourselves the truth and those around us, we start the journey toward revival.

Let’s be accountable. Stop using the grace card. Grace is our most precious gift…it’s not a stomping ground. I am a sinner, saved by grace. So are you.
But Lord help us to ALL realize that God doesn’t play games. He knows the truth.
Dear Lord: I want to start with the broom in my own house. Let me make you proud not ashamed. For YOU have been so good to me!! I want to repay you with truth, and worship, and obedience. For I learned MANY years ago that obedience IS better than sacrifice.
Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

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Big Year For The Freemans

The dawning of 2014 has ushered in another big start for Christian Music's most loved Family, The Freemans. The mulit-award winning group's new release of 'Voice In The Desert' has once again put this family back where they love to be most, making the best music in the world, God's Music.

Starting with the title song from the album “Voice In The Desert”, this new music has introduced the group to many new fans and listeners, and also rekindled the flame of all who have loved their music through the years.

Chris Freeman stated “I am so excited about this new album. It has new music like our radio hit 'Voice In The Desert' and the successful video song 'Lead Me Home' as well as some great older material like 'Water Grave' and 'John The Revelator'. The reception of these songs in our performances has given us new inspiration to keep keeping on with the work God has called us to do.”

With six nominations for the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards, including Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Country Song of the Year, and Country Recording of the Year, this album is making waves, not to mention Chris' nomination for Favorite Female Singer and Darrell's nomination Producer of the Year. Their new Concept Video "Lead Me Home" from the album has been nominated for this year's Christian Voice Magazine favorite video at the Fan Fair awards. This is the first year that The Freemans have been nominated for the "Diamond Awards". They have 7 nods for this event.

When asking what's up next for this family, they all have so many things in the works. The best thing to do for now is keep listening and praying, for the BEST is yet to come.

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Jimmy Yeary – “I Drive Your Truck” Score Big Again

Multi-award winning Country songwriter Jimmy Yeary is celebrating again. He and his co-writers Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington have won another major award for their mega-hit “I Drive Your Truck” recorded by Lee Brice. The ACM honored this song with it's highest award on Sunday April 6th.

Lee Brice did take the stage, but the Song of the Year is awarded to the songwriters. He turned to the songwriters beside him on stage and stated, “This is not for me. This is for the writers.” He then turned the attention to Connie Harrington along with co-writers Jimmy Yeary and Jessi Alexander.

The Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music Awards are the two most prestigious awards a singer or songwriter can receive in their careers. “I Drive Your Truck” has captured the coveted Song of the Year category in both of these celebrated Awards. “I Drive Your Truck” is an emotionally moving song that has connected with the hearts and souls of people from all walks of life.

Jimmy Yeary stated “This song has done more to touch the lives of people than I ever dreamed. I feel I am a very fortunate man.”

Jimmy Yeary's number one accomplishments are numerous including "I Drive Your Truck" recorded by Lee Brice, "Anywhere With You" recorded by Jake Owen, "Why Wait" by Rascal Flats and "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" by Martina McBride. He was also a writer on the top ten Joe Diffie song "In Another World", which was his first radio success.

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The Old Paths Quartet Release New “Live” Music Video

In conjunction with Sagemont Church, Houston Texas, The Old Paths Quartet have released their first "Live" music video featuring their hit radio single, "Long Live The King". This video is part of a complete concert DVD and was produced by veteran producer Ron Ingram, best known for his involvement with previous Crabb Family video productions and the famous Cathedrals, Alive Deep in the Heart of Texas Video.


The song, "Long Live The King", written by Dianne Wilkinson and Chris Binion, tells of the crucifixion, the mockery of Jesus, the judgement of sinful man, and the return of Christ, to reign forever as King! The song currently sits at #2 on the Absolutely Gospel Music Charts, and is an amazing, timely song for this Easter season.

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Daily Devotion

He Cares and He is There

“…we went through fire and water, but You brought us to a place of abundance.”
Psalm 66:12

“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.”
Psalm 126:5

“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20


Life is hard. Life can be so full of pain at times that we wonder if we will make it through. We sometimes wonder if we will make it through the next hour, much less the next month or year. But when we’ve given our heart and life to Jesus Christ, He promises to be with us and never leave us.

He is in the fire and in the water, in the hurt and in the pain. He hurts with us. He bore all our sin, burdens, sickness and pain on the cross. With Easter coming up, we are reminded of how He took our sin and the punishment for our sin when He died on the cross. But He also took our pain. That means every tear you cry, every deep pang of grief you feel, He has felt it too when He was on the cross. (Isaiah 53:4-5) We have a Savior Who truly “gets us.” And the story’s not over! Jesus Christ rose from the dead so we could have eternal life with God the Father through our personal relationship with Jesus.

I absolutely love Psalm 66:12. It says, “…we went through fire and water, but You brought us to a place of abundance.” Wow! Know that whatever you are going through today will pass. It is only a season. God will bring you through! You will make it! Not by your own strength, but by His. He is our strength and peace. You don’t have to bring yourself out of the pain, God will lead you out in victory!

If you haven’t made Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life, there’s no better time to do it than today. He’s already waiting for you to turn to Him. Simply pray, “Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for me. Please forgive me of all I’ve done wrong. I want to live for You. I want a fresh start. I give You control of my life. Come into my heart and help me to follow You all the days of my life. In Your Name I pray, Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer today and surrendered your life and heart to Jesus Christ, please let us know! We will be glad to get you a Bible and answer any questions you may have. http://www.christysutherland.net

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Pat Barker Exits Mark Trammell Quartet

In a post on Facebook and several other news agencies, Mark Trammell has announced that Pat Barker will be exiting the Mark Trammell Quartet. He is quoted as saying:

"There are some things in life that you just can’t imagine ever having to do. What I’m about to say is one of them. After much prayer, fasting, and seeking the mind of God, our beloved bass singer Pat Barker has tendered his resignation. He is much in need of being at home with his precious family. While it grieves our hearts, we must honor his decision and begin the process of moving on with God.

We are once again reminded that the only thing that doesn’t change is Jesus. A new chapter in the life of MTQ. And, a new chapter in the life of the finest, most Christlike man to ever travel on a quartet bus. Pat has stated that he will be with us until early May and then will be going home. I would ask that you not only pray for us as we begin the process of looking forward, but also pray for Pat, Kesha, and their three sweet children. Pray that God will give them direction, peace, and spiritual strength. Auditions will begin as soon as possible. If interested, please email a brief resume, recent photo, and two songs to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We will schedule auditions after reviewing this information.

Thank you in advance for your prayer and support during these days ahead. God is STILL in control."

For more information, visit http://www.marktrammellministries.com

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Music Previews


Legacy Five - He Is to Me

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11th Hour - How Will You Plead

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TaRanda Greene - Stronger

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Hoskins Family - God Is Big

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Southern Sound - Holy Is Thy Name

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Mark Dubbeld Family - Higher Than I

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Daily Devotion

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It Will Rain Again

We've all been there. Everything we touched seemed to be marked with success. The blessings were flowing and creativity was so abundant that new songs couldn't be written fast enough, and great sermons leapt out of every verse of scripture you read in your devotional time. The kids were doing great in school. The job seemed to be working out fine for you, and you thought the "Mayberry" life would never go away.

Then it happened. Tomorrow came on suddenly and with it came the drought of inspiration, insight, and ideas. Motivation couldn't be found and depression was lurking around every corner—midnight-hour prayer sessions complete with pacing the floor, wringing your hands, and muffling your cries in a pillow became a nightly routine.

What happened?

Well, my friend, you just entered the city limits of "Can't take it anymore" located right in the heart of the state of "I give up." The truth is, everybody's journey takes them there and if by chance yours hasn't yet, then allow me to give you some helpful tips on how to navigate through it when you arrive, because it is indeed on the map, and you will eventually find it.

1. Sit down for a while and wait on the Lord.
2. Listen for the "still small voice" of reason and direction.
3. Look for the hand of God in even the smallest and most insignificant things.
4. Work on your patience factor.
5. Remember God allowed you to come to this place for a greater purpose that is somehow connected to your future.
6. Grasp tightly to God's promise that He knows exactly where you are.
7. Keep your bags packed, because you're not going to be there forever.


It was during one of these desert times in my life and early ministry that the Spirit of the Lord spoke the following words to me:

“The seed you planted deep has yet to grow.
You've wondered when you'll reap the things you sow,
And how long has it been since rain last touched your ground?
You've searched the sky, but then the rain just can't be found.

“But it will rain again, the fruit will fill the vine,
The stalk will bend with wheat, the grapes burst forth with wine,
So go into your field, your work is not in vain—
God promised harvest, and I know it will rain.”

The song, written almost 30 years ago, has sustained me more than once since then. Allow it to be branded into your soul today. It's the promise of the Lord to His faithful children ... it will rain again!


Tim Hill

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Love Stories

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I Would Walk 500 Miles

When we first fall in love with someone, we make declarations that are easy to say in the passion of the moment. We say things like “I’d do anything for you” and “I’d swim the ocean just to be with you.” Then we marry, and we promise “ to love and cherish, ’til death do us part.”

In the years following the wedding, some of the declarations that seemed to be so easy in the early days of falling in love start to fall apart at the seams. They begin to sound more like “I’d do anything for you, except turn off my cell phone” or “I’d swim the ocean just to be with you, but we’re too busy to go on a date this Friday night.”

Yes, it’s easy to make these declarations, but what about keeping them? Why is it that they’re too often hard to keep?

First of all, we get used to one another. When you’re in the thrill of the chase, hours are filled with daydreaming about the one you love, and you’re constantly looking for ways to woo that special someone. Once the flirting, the wooing, and the dates have landed us the ONE, and we’re blessed to be with the person we want to share our lives with, we begin to live out the new life we’ve created. That’s when reality sets in. This is hard work.

Jobs take up the biggest part of our days, there are bills to be paid, meals to be cooked, cleaning to be done and, obviously, the laundry won’t wash itself.

With the excitement of a new life together, comes the responsibilities of a new life together. So, while we find ourselves living out our greatest adventure, we’re also working harder then we’ve ever worked in our lives. It’s in this every day busy-ness that we can find ourselves too distracted or too overwhelmed to remember all those lovey-dovey promises we made so long ago.

We still love our partner in life, and we want to get back to the thrill of promise, but we’re working so hard at making a life together, we become too overwhelmed to enjoy it.

So, what can we do?

First of all, we can see the situation for what it is and make a conscious choice to change it. Then, we can start by looking back at the reasons we first began making those declarations of love. What do you love about your spouse? Tell them. Do you still want to be together? Tell them. Take them on a date. Would you still walk 500 miles, just to be with them? Show it, by being willing to walk out the back door to take out the trash.

It’s easy to make proclamations of love but, living out those proclamations on a daily basis, that’s what love it all about!

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Daily Devotion

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Saving Batman

Not long ago, I posted on Facebook about "Saving Batman" that caused quite a stir.

I had stopped at Kroger to grab a bottle of BBQ sauce. When I got out of my car, I heard a ladies voice yell "Wait on Grandma."

I saw a 5 year old boy donned in Batman cape and cowl run across the parking lot, ignoring any oncoming vehicles and ran into the Kroger Store. Grandma; who looked very feeble, hadn't even really shut the door on her vehicle.

By the time I walked into the Store, "Batman" had made it to the Produce Department! He was swooshing around as if he was flying! (Nerd alert- Batman can't fly!)

I had to walk in his general direction and his Grandma was STILL not in the Store.

I stopped about 15 feet from him and snapped my fingers and said "Hey Batman, Stop right there." He looked up at me and I said "Stay right there and wait for your Grandma. When she tells you NOT to run, you listen to her. Stop running away from her."

I looked around and saw the Grandma walking very slowly and pushing her cart. I pointed in the direction of her grandson as if it say; "Here he is."

Gotham is still safe. The Caped Crusader may have had to change his costume, but he was saved.

Sometimes people are in danger and they don't realize it.



Do you have a friend in your life that cares enough about you to say "Hey, stop. You're heading down the wrong path" or "You're a good friend, but you're wrong about that decision."



If not, you need one.



We don't need people that Yvonne and I call "Yes men/women". Those kinds of friends that simply tell you what YOU want to hear. They agree/support you even when you are clearly making poor decisions.



We need those friends who will not be afraid to "call us on the carpet" when we're clearly not thinking straight. We don't need enablers.

There are times when life gets frustrating that we need to vent, but do our friends enable us to speak negative about our spouse, job or even God?



I firmly believe we all need an accountability partner and have encouraged to that end for years, However, there MUST be guidelines.



1) Same sex. We CANNOT confide in a member of the opposite sex that is not your spouse. It will NEVER work. Don't go there. No exceptions.



2) Total honesty. You can only be truly accountable to someone until you are totally transparent. Another term- BRUTALLY honest, yet seasoned with love.



3) Total confidence. This person must be willing to guard your confidence, no matter what. If this person shares with YOU details about another friends life, good chances that they will betray your confidence as well.



Proverbs 11:13 A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.



4) Heart for God. This friend must be a true Christ follower. They must prove that they have your best interests at heart and offer godly advice and wisdom.



Proverbs 13:20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.


Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.



In order to HAVE that kind of friend, requires that YOU BE that kind of friend.

You never know, you might end up saving a “superhero” too….



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Artists

Bev McCann

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Note From Bev McCann

As I was getting dressed this morning I was listing to one of my Radio Stations and a song came on “ Amazing Love” I became overwhelmed with the Joy of the Lord and the thought of how busy I am at times and my heart just cried out “ Lord I love you with all my heart”!

It is amazing what Christ did for us. I was reading a devotional earlier before rolling out of bed  and it was talking about how Christ called God Abba, showing endearment to his father. Then as he was dying on the cross he called him “My God My God why has thou forsaken me”? …. Why because he took my sin and your sin upon himself so we could have a choice to serve him. When I think of how much Love that took… See God gave us his Son…. All the other gods of this world as you to give yours……. Who do you choose today ?

I serve a God that is a Healer, a provider and a protector and a best friend….. the spirit of my God is so real in my life, my desire is that everyone I sing to or minister too see Christ in me and that my family and children All come to know the joy of HIS Salvation, that I have known and that their grandparents knew and now see face to face…. One day I know I will see them again, when I step through those gates in to Heavens bliss…. What a Day that will be…. Isa: 53:5

Much Love to you….

Bev

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Crabb and Bowling Families Present Benefit Sing For Chancery Court Judge Campaign

Gallatin, TN (April 7, 2014) Join the two families in a night of family, faith, and fellowship for a special cause. They share their talents in a concert benefiting Patti B Garner's for her Chancery Court Judge campaign on April 16, 2014.

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April 2014

Deon talks about the upcoming Absolutely Gospel Music Awards and shows off our new trophy!

April Editorial from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.

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Mark Dubbeld Family

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Up and At ‘Em

Hmmm. Have you ever had one of those mornings? Physically you don't feel well, no sunshine shares its cheery rays to help you put your feet on the floor, and life in general would seem to be better shared with a soft pillow?
David has some wonderful words for those days -- sounds to me like this man knows what he's talking about. In Psalm 34 he says, ". . . let all who are discouraged take heart. Come, let us tell of the LORD's greatness; let us exalt his name together."
Our lasting encouragement doesn't find itself in our surroundings, doesn't take its cue from a certain kind of weather, and isn't bound by the circumstances of today. Our lasting encouragement roots inself firmly in our EVERLASTING GOD!
He IS . . . FOREVER! His Word IS . . . FOREVR! He watches over those who trust Him, reverence Him, love Him, serve Him. We are not alone -- He is with us.
Discouraged? Take Heart! Think about His love for you, His graciousness, His goodness. Speak out how wonderful and marvelous He is. He isn't shaken on His throne by what has happened today -- He is on the throne -- and He cares for us!

Take it With You
"The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help."

The Mark Dubbeld Family would count it a privilege to share with your church or venue. We look forward to seeing you on the Road!

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Tune-In Alert SGMG Harmony Honors On TBN Tonight

Southern Gospel Music will be front and center on TBN as Grammy Award winning Christian music artist Jason Crabb co-hosts the Southern Gospel Music Guild's 2014 Harmony Honors broadcast on TBN tonight Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10 PM EST / 9 PM EST.

The annual Harmony Honors recognize the best and brightest singers, songwriters, quartets, groups, and innovators in this unique American musical genre that has comforted, inspired, and entertained generations of fans.

This year the Harmony Honors will recognize two of Southern Gospel Music's most storied publishing resources: Pathway Press and Stamps-Baxter Music. Southern Gospel aficionados will recognize Pathway Press as publisher of the classic “Red Back”Church Hymnal, used by thousands of churches across the South for over sixty years. Generations of gospel groups have dipped into the depths of the old “Red Back” hymnal for classic quartet and convention songs by such legendary songwriters as Albert Brumley, Vep Ellis, Luther Presley, Lee Roy Abernathy, and many others.

As for Stamps-Baxter Music, its classic “shaped-note” song books — with titles like Super Specials, Crystal Rays, Silver Tones, and Pearls of Paradise — have been used and cherished by Southern Gospel artists for over 75 years.

“I'm excited to be a part of this evening honoring the musical heritage that is so closely tied to gospel music,” said Harmony Honors co-host Jason Crabb. “The songs in the 'Red Back' hymnal and the Stamps-Baxter songbooks are the foundation for this music that is so loved. This is a well-deserved honor for both publishers and it's going to be a great night!”

Among the musical guests for this year's Harmony Honors will be some of the most beloved and popular names in Southern Gospel Music, including the LeFevre Quartet, the Perrys, the Tribute Quartet, Legacy Five, Three Bridges, the Nelons, Gerald Wolfe from Greater Vision, Karen Peck and New River, Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Bowling Family, Gold City, the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Whisnants, Stan Whitmire and the Mylon Hayes Family.

Also scheduled for a special guest appearance is former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, himself an accomplished musician and long-time fan of Southern Gospel Music.

TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch noted that Southern Gospel Music has been a regular part of TBN's history over the past 40-plus years. “We've welcomed many Southern Gospel greats over the years,” he said. “The rich harmonies and inspirational message of this sacred music have been a blessing to generations of TBN viewers. We're privileged once again to host the Harmony Honors.”

For more information on where to view TBN in your area, visit http://www.TBN.org

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - April 7, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
2
11
Finish Well Karen Peck & New River
1(2)
2
1
17
Long Live the King Old Paths
1(3)
3
3
21
Lift Up His Name Browders
3
4
4
13
Lead Me Home Freemans
4
5
7
8
A Hill Worth Dying On McKameys
5
6
5
10
When He Calls I'll Fly Away Talleys
5
7
6
10
Show a Little Bit of Love & Kindness Collingsworth Family
6
8
9
26
He Can Move That Stone Whisnants
1
9
8
22
The Blood & Its Power Perrys
4
10
10
27
I See Grace Booth Brothers
1(4)
11
13
4
For All He's Done Greater Vision
11
12
15
4
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
12
13
11
13
Shine Zane & Donna King
6
14
20
4
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
14
15
14
11
Sweeter As the Days Go By Canton Junction
10
16
19
22
Walk Together Children Isaacs
16
17
21
4
Stronger TaRanda Greene
17
18
12
21
I Know How It Feels to Survive Jeff & Sheri Easter
12
19
18
12
Meanwhile Back at the Cross Gordon Mote
9
20
16
35
Because He Loved Me Triumphant Quartet
2
21
24
7
God Has Been Good to Me Barry Rowland & Deliverance
21
22
23
9
No Two Ways Inspirations
20
23
26
6
Sometimes He Whispers Adam Crabb
23
24
22
17
We'll Work Cathedrals Family Reunion
14
25
17
16
So Good Charlotte Ritchie
17
26
34
2
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
26
27
27
5
More Like Jesus, Less Like Me Mercy's Well
27
28
31
3
Makes Me Wanna Go Skyline Boys Quartet
28
29
25
18
Whenever I Hear His Name Hoskins Family
7
30
32
5
Rise Again Sisters
30
31
35
10
Funeral Plans Wilburn & Wilburn
18
32
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1
That's Why Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
32
33
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1
Some Things I Know Anchormen
33
34
29
23
Love Is Stronger Jason Crabb
16
35
28
12
In the Depths of the Sea Devin McGlamery
26
36
39
9
Seven Days Red Roots
29
37
40
5
That's What Heaven Will Be Blackwood Brothers Quartet
27
38
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1
If I Know Him Down East Boys
38
39
37
5
Jesus Saves Steve Ladd
27
40
38
12
If I'm Guilty Aaron & Amanda Crabb
26
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Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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Daily Devotion

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Getting To Business

The Bible offers so much nourishment to the spirit, but it’s also full of wisdom for practical, everyday matters in life. It offers parental advice, tips on human relations and even business. Being a business student, I thought I’d share a few Biblical business tips with you, just in case you hadn’t found them yet!


Ecclesiastes 11:4
Amplified Bible (AMP)
4 He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.


Proverbs 6:6-8
Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider her ways and be wise!

7 Which, having no chief, overseer, or ruler,

8 Provides her food in the summer and gathers her supplies in the harvest.


Proverbs 10:4-5
King James Version (KJV)
4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.


Proverbs 13:11
New King James Version (NKJV)
11Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.


Proverbs 3:9
Living Bible (TLB)
9-10 Honor the Lord by giving him the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns with wheat and barley and overflow your wine vats with the finest wines.


Romans 13:6-7
English Standard Version (ESV)
6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.
7Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Proverbs 31:13-27
King James Version (KJV)
13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.



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Daily Devotion

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So You Made It Through “April Fools Day”

Well, you made it! Yeah, "APRIL FOOL’S DAY" has come and gone and you escaped the wrath of someone trying to make a "FOOL" out of you. Well, if you’re like me, you don’t need any help in that department. I’ve done a lot of FOOLISH things in my life without any help. Of course you know, it’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY".

Psalms 14:1 and Psalms 53:1 say, "The FOOL has said in his heart, there is NO GOD." And, everytime I’ve read those verses I think of ATHEISTS that LOVE creation, but DENY the Creator. But, when I looked closer at those passages I noticed TWO WORDS that are italized. The two words are "THERE IS". Those words are italized because the translators INJECTED them in the text to help our understanding. So, when I run across an italized word, I often skip over it and see what it says without them. In this case, the two statements in Psalms change totally. Here’s how it reads, "The FOOL has said in his heart, NO GOD!" Well, now that isn’t just aimed at the Atheist, but at anyone to says, "NO TO GOD" is very foolish,

Hey look, we all make mistakes and those mistakes all have consequences, but there’s one decision I made years ago that was the BEST DECISION of my life. And that’s when I BELIEVED IN MY HEART and said "YES TO GOD" by RECEIVING JESUS as my Savior and Lord.

It’s "Smarter than He looks" Pastor Phil with "A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY" God bless!

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Daily Devotion

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Peaceful On Purpose

When Jesus left this earth, He said that He was leaving His peace with us. Now the decision we have to make is, are we going to choose to live in the peace He has given us?

Of course, the devil works overtime to try to get you upset. Why? Because he knows that if you don't remain peaceful, you can't hear from God.

If you watch your life, you'll be amazed at how many times a week Satan launches an attack against you for the sole purpose of stealing your peace. When I finally saw that, God said to me in my spirit, "If the devil wants your peace that badly, then there must be something pretty powerful about being peaceful."

It's true! So now when the devil tries to steal my peace, I enjoy holding on to it, knowing that I'm getting the better of him. That doesn't mean I don't feel upset, but I can do something positive about it, I can control myself and be peaceful on purpose.

Being peaceful on purpose is something we have to do for ourselves. Will you choose God's peace?

Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for providing me with Your peace. When the devil tries to steal my peace, reveal his plans to me. I won't let him take my peace. Instead, I'll remain rooted in You.

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News & Scoops


Christian Music Trailblazer Carman Launches New CD And US Tour

After a 10 year hiatus, Christian Music Trailblazer and Platinum-Selling Recording Artist Carman is set to release a new studio album, 'No Plan B,' on May 27 through his independent label Norway Avenue Records and Capital Christian Distribution. On May 13, the 'No Plan B' presale launches with an instant download track. In support of the new release, Carman hits the road May 29 on his 'Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour' making stops at venues across the country bringing new music to friends and fans nationwide.



"The main message of the whole album can be found in the title track, 'No Plan B,' which is how I've lived all these years," said Carman. "Even if I only have a few more on this earth, I'll still be preaching, giving altar calls, winning souls for the kingdom and singing the songs that have the power to bring deliverance into people's lives, whether it be in front of 20 people or 20,000 people. God doesn't call us to be popular. He calls us to be effective and that's always been my goal, effective right up to the end. Jesus is 'Plan A.' There is 'No Plan B.'"



'No Plan B' includes 12 tracks penned and performed by Carman, and produced by Carman and his production partners Ted T and Tre' Corely. The CD and tour were made possible through the unprecedented fan response to the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter campaign he launched after opening up on social media about a cancer diagnosis in 2013. The campaign was wildly successful - the second most funded Kickstarter music campaign ever - and set the tone for the momentum behind the release of 'No Plan B' and major national tour, 'Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour.' Carman found a renewed vision and purpose for his ministry when the fans spoke, and a Carman buzz was rekindled that inspired the artist to record a new CD and tour again.



"I was diagnosed in 2013 and was planning on having 2-3 good years left, but I didn't want to keep it a secret," confirmed Carman. "I posted the news on Facebook and wanted to be honest and upright about it with anyone who asked. So many people started sharing stories of what they went through and posted photos of their heads wrapped up because their hair was gone. When I hear a story like that, my instinct is to reach out and cheer them up."

Carman's collection of songs features the title track "No Plan B," and "God Made Man," the latest of Carman's many cheeky character songs featuring a "Sopranos"-styled mob cast, but with an Italian accented narrator who's wholeheartedly committed to Christ, the gripping patriotic ballad "The Flag," which sends a very well-timed reminder that we will always be "one nation under God" and our faith can never be silenced, and an updated version of "Jesus Heal Me" with new production, a true touchstone of the album that's bound to continue its role as a concert standard.

"I've always sought to minister to the best of my ability. I wanted to help win as many souls for the kingdom as I possibly could," sums up Carman. "Now I meet people who say 'my life was so messed up 20 years ago, but I went to your concert, got saved and now I'm a worship pastor.' Stories like that just go to show you how somebody's life can completely turn around. I'm like a soldier who serves their country. I just want to serve people, and if just one guy gets it, then it's all been worth it."



The first set of dates for Carman's 'Live Across America Presents: No Plan B Tour' are on sale at iTickets.com. For the latest on 'No Plan B' and the tour, visit Carman.org.

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News & Scoops

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Gospel Music FanFair

In 2005, Southern Gospel Music FanFair launched its inaugural event in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The event moved to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2009. The following year, Wilds & Associates launched the Country Gospel Music FanFest, adding even more variety for Gospel music fans.

As announced earlier this year, SGM FanFair and CGM FanFest have been combined into one event, beginning with the 2014 season. Gospel music fans can now enjoy a variety of traditional and progressive Southern, Country, Bluegrass, Inspirational and Urban Gospel music at the new Gospel Music FanFair.

Scheduled to take place May 12-17, the all new six-day mega event will premier at the state-of-the-art theatre of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky. The prestigious Center is located in the heart of the beautiful Lake Cumberland. The theatre is the “crown jewel and showpiece’ of The Center, where some of the top names in music have performed including the world-renowned National Symphony Orchestra.

On-site parking and plenty of nearby hotel accommodations will ensure convenience to artists, vendors, and fans. And in addition to all the outdoor fun of Lake Cumberland, Somerset offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants and attractions suitable for the entire family.

The week of Gospel Music FanFair will feature morning worship services, afternoon matinees, daily showcases, evening concerts, and talent search. Presented by Christian Voice Magazine, the Gospel Music Fan Awards program will be held on the final evening of the event.

With great anticipation of their 10th anniversary event, Wilds & Associates has announced yet another major change - no admission charge for general seating. While tickets are still required for artist circle seating, a recent vote among the Gospel Music FanFair Board of Directors resulted in a “no admission charge” policy for general seating. Instead, love offerings will be received each evening throughout the week.

Wilds & Associates president and CEO, Randall Wilds, states, “By choosing to operate on a love offering basis, we believe this will make it more economically feasible for families to attend. We also believe that Gospel music fans are loyal and will support the event with their generous financial contributions. We feel great about this decision, and we look forward to celebrating our tenth year with Gospel music fans and their favorite artists.”

Nearly 100 artists are scheduled to appear throughout the week, including The McKameys, The Dixie Melody Boys, The Freemans, The Greenes, Wilburn & Wilburn, The Hemphills, Phil Cross, The Roarks, Ann Downing, The Shepherds, John Lanier, Sunday Drive, Eternal Vision, and many more.

Everyone is cordially invited to join us for this special 10th anniversary event as we continue the tradition of Gospel music, fellowship and family fun - creating wonderful memories for years to come.

For more information, visit http://www.gospelmusicfanfair.com or call Wilds & Associates at 205-662-4826.

Dear Gospel Music Fan,

Christian Voice Magazine has merged their awards programs formerly known as the Southern Gospel Music Fan Awards and the Country Gospel Music Fan Awards. The change was made to coincide with the new six-day Gospel Music FanFair event being held this spring in Somerset, KY and to accommodate a broader spectrum of Gospel music sub-genres.

The name of the awards program was officially changed to the Christian Voice Magazine Gospel Music Fan Awards. The program remains 100% fan-based, but Gospel music fans can now vote for their favorites from multiple progressive and traditional conservative sub-genres including Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, Christian Country, Bluegrass Gospel, Inspirational, Urban Gospel, and Worship.

Voting began in early February with the open nomination ballot where fans listed their choices in 25 categories. As a result, Christian Voice Magazine has just announced the top ten finalists for the 2014 Gospel Music Fan Awards.

Jason Crabb leads with nominations in eight categories. In addition to ‘Favorite Male Vocalist’ and ‘Favorite Crossover Artist,’ Crabb’s “Love Is Stronger” CD has been nominated for ‘Favorite Album’ and his hit radio single, What The Blood Is For, is among the top ten for ‘Favorite Song.’

Following closely is Christian Country band Sunday Drive and rising male soloist, Michael Wayne Smith. These artists tie with six nominations each, including Sunday Drive’s nomination for ‘Favorite Group’ and Smith’s for ‘Favorite Soloist.’

The Roarks and Tim Livingston come in together with five nominations each while Marty Raybon, Brian Free & Assurance, Ava Kasich, and newcomers Ashley Repass and Jesse Reece each nab four nominations. Karen Peck & New River, Triumphant Quartet, The Dixie Melody Boys, and The Parish Family all have multiple nominations as well.

Gloria Gaither, Archie Watkins and Gerald Wolfe are among the top nominees for ‘Living Legend.’

Awards will be given as winners are announced at the 2014 Christian Voice Gospel Music Fan Awards program on May 17, 2014, during the 10th annual Gospel Music FanFair at the Center for Rural Development’s Performing Arts Theatre in Somerset, KY.

To view the full list of top ten finalists and access the online ballot, visit http://www.christianvoicemagazine.com.

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Does God Care?

Of course, God cares. I've known that for years. But until I totally understand that He most definitely cares about everything, I might as well just live like He cares about nothing.
I dragged Jeff in and out of department stores the last few days, trying to find THE coat. A coat for me, that is. I know it's the end of the season, but it's a great way to find a deal too. My old one is leaking duck down everywhere! I so want a black, full length down coat with a hood. The last one I bought was at Sear's back in 2000. And I got that one for about $23. A great bargain. A great deal. And this time (again), I'm on a hunt. An intense shopping journey. A mission of finding this coat.
How many stores do you think I've been to in the last three days? Oh, let's just say, hmm, probably at least ten. Macy's, JCPenney, Burlington Coat Factory, Nordstrom,Marshall's, TJMaxx, Dick's Sporting Goods, Target, Walmart, Peebles, Goodwill and Macy's again. I bet I tried on a hundred coats. Of course all the size 0's are available. I need an XL. Large and XL sizes are the first to go, I'm told. An arsenal of mediums abound. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
"So, what exactly are you looking for, Sue?" I don't want a wool coat. (I start to get spiritual here) I want a l-o-n-g winter down coat. And I know I should have bought one earlier in the season, but who has the $$$ to buy a full length down coat at regular retail? Not me.
So, I'm on a desperate mission. Jeff laughs, but he also knows when I get this twinkle and determination in my eyes (he's seen it before!), that something miraculous is going to happen. And. It. Did.

During my last stop of the night last night, walking around Christiana Mall in DE, something inside of me said, "Go to Macy's again." In the past, I would ignore that little voice. But I don't ignore it anymore. I go upstairs to the marked down section of coats, where I was the very day before. A sweet woman stares at me behind the counter, after I ask, "Any full length down coats?"



I expected her to laugh out loud. I got the response I wasn't anticipating. I was prepared for her to say with a snarl, "Are you kidding? With these 70% off prices?? We have nothing left."
But instead she points to my left in slow motion. And then she nods. Then she says, "I think that's your coat." (How did she know?)

It was indeed. A black XL London Fog, full length down coat, with a hood. Regular price: $450, marked down 70% off, plus my 15% coupon. You do the math. Jehovah Jireh! smile

It's a trite kind of story. It's an example of little things. But it's also an amazing spirit-walk for me, to totally depend on God for everything. And every time I wear this coat, you better believe me - I'll be sharing how God takes care of everything, if you'll let him.
In the mean time, we're going through challenges with Jeff's dad and some issues of water leakage in his home. We've watched in the last two days, how God has imparted great wisdom to my husband. I love watching how he takes care of his dad and his brother. I love how, like an investigative reporter, he also took care of my mom after my dad died. I watch how he takes care of his clients and his musician buddies, devoting long hours (which he doesn't always get paid) for counsel and direction.

But here's the kicker: You don't always have to be paid. You don't always have to be given remuneration for services rendered. In fact, we watch how God "opens doors that no man can lock, and locks doors that no man can open" (Rev. 3: 7,8) when we give out of lack and rejoice when stuff hits the fan.
So, thank you God for allowing me to find a coat (cheaply!) that I love so much. Jeff was patient with me, but he probably is the reason why I found this coat in the first place! I'm not surprised at how you take care of all of us.

SO, it's time for you to make a list. Make that little list today. How has God taken care of you? And better yet, how can YOU take care of someone else today?

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Lonesome River Band signs with Mountain Home

Carrying the tradition into 2014, Bluegrass powerhouse The Lonesome River Band has just signed an exclusive recording agreement with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company.

The band’s multi-award-winning banjo player Sammy Shelor comments: "Lonesome River Band is very excited about the opportunity to be a part of The Mountain Home/Crossroads Music Family. We look forward to recording this next project and having the support of such a great team. Thanks to Mickey Gamble and the rest of the team for making this a reality.”

The Lonesome River Band is a staple in Bluegrass and has remained a headlining act at major Bluegrass and Roots Music festivals for years. They continue their heavy presence as a sought-after live band as they begin work on this new album.

Mountain Home, based in Arden, NC, near Asheville, is home to some of the top bands in Bluegrass including Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Balsam Range, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Grascals, and more.

The group begins recording in April with the new release planned for this summer.

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Daily Devotion

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Yet Will I Trust the Lord!

The title of this devotion is the same as one of the first songs I had published. I don't know of anyone who ever recorded it. Can't blame them. It's not crafted well, but it does have a lot of spirit. I do appreciate my denomination including it in the annual songbook for the "y'all come on up"
choirs we used to have. (Sorry, you'd have to be raised "oldtime Pentecost" to appreciate that remark.)

I wrote it when I was 18. What do most kids even know about faith at that age? I should probably do a re-write on it now that I'm past 50. I think it would "sing" differently today.

Since then, I've met Pastor Solomon. I met him at his wife's funeral and couldn't help but notice 10 graves lined beside hers. All of them had been decorated that day with fresh flowers. I discovered the Solomons had parented 11 children, and all but one had died in an accidental or tragic way. In his late 70s, this elderly pastor would now say farewell to his wife of over 50 years.

Assisted by his only remaining daughter, he stepped from the limousine provided by the funeral home. After gaining his composure, he surveyed the graves for what seemed like an hour. Then I heard it. At first, he spoke in a quiet tone, but then he repeated it with volume. "Though God slay me, yet will I trust Him."

After that, he continued pastoring a church until just before his own homegoing. How I wish I had known him before attempting to write about trust.

My "trust" song would have been better if I had already been acquainted with David and Betty. I was their pastor when David lost his life. A man who took pride in always providing for his wife and aging parents had been brought to the depths of despair. I never knew how depression could cripple a man until I watched his scenario unfold. Lost job. Lost Hope. Lost Life. The funeral was over, and family and friends had returned to home and routine. Betty returned to her minimum wage job at the fabric store. Only a few weeks had passed when she stopped me as I entered the sanctuary one Sunday.

Placing an envelope in my hand, she said, "Put this in the plate today, Pastor." "What is it, Betty?" I asked. Her response stunned me. I asked her again. Her answer was the same. "It is my ‘praise offering!’"

I couldn't believe it. She had been through hell and back in the previous
30 days and came through with a "praise offering" as a souvenir. Astonished, I walked into the sanctuary, looked into the faces of some I knew would have quit over a flat tire. I lifted up her praise offering and commenced to use her story to build faith in others.

Yeah, I really need to re-write that song. I've helped raise three girls since then. I've stayed in the homes of faithful missionaries, stood by hundreds of hospital beds, and spoken at many funerals. Yep, it would be a lot better song now. I've had my own chronic illness to endure since then. Oh, don't worry. It's not threatening, just aggravating. Mostly a vision and fatigue issue, but it has taught me that nobody is immune to trouble and sickness, regardless of what others may tell you. Somewhere on this journey, trust kicked in, and I've learned God does not stop being who He is when I am weak and seeing double; or when an old preacher counts the graves of his family, and when husbands jump off the edge of depression. Grace is still sufficient, mercy is endless, and hope endures.

My song? Well, my intention was good and my theology was right. It just lacked one key ingredient—experience.


Tim Hill


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Artists

King's Heralds

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The Man In The Mirror

The other day we came across this poem that caused us to take stock in what we’re doing with our relationship with the Lord, family ,friends and ministry. We hope it will do the same for you.


The Man In The Mirror
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife
Whose judgement upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in life
Is the man staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest
For he’s with you clear to the end
And you’ve passed your most dangerous difficult test
If the man in that mirror is your friend.
You can fool the whole world
Down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But the final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.
--Dale Wimbrow--

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Janice Crow

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Life on the Jumbotron

Seems like yesterday, but it’s been more than twenty-five baseball seasons ago. It’s hard to believe that tassle-headed kid of mine with a sprinkling of freckles across his nose is a man now, but he is. Six o’clock in the morning is early enough on a weekday, but on a Saturday morning it seemed even earlier. I parked my car on the ante-lot adjacent to the Chevrolet dealer and we took our places in line to await the arrival of two St. Louis Cardinals promised to appear that morning at 10:00 a.m. It was only a four hour wait in line, right? And what ten year old wouldn’t want to get the autograph of a base-stealing genius and a legendary shortstop? I wasn’t exactly indifferent myself. Let’s just say, whoever thought I’d buy a pair of binoculars for any reason, much less baseball.

I guess rank does have its privilege, because they rolled in in their fancy cars closer to noon. No matter. The crowd went berserk. It’s finally time, right? Not quite. They have to find their way into the building, chat with their sponsor, get a drink of water, visit the restroom, and then finally take seats at a very unceremonious card table. Now we can begin. It was a relatively polite crowd, as I recall. Not much in the way of pushing and shoving. But honestly after six hours in line, I began to be more interested in finding my own restroom than waiting any longer.

Finally it was our turn. We approached the table and handed them whatever it was Jim had taken for them to sign. They grunted hello and scrawled their names as I snapped a hurried, unfocused picture. One word and zero eye contact…then it was over.

I’m not sure what my son expected, but I’m sure it had to be thrilling in one way and disappointing in another. We’ve talked about it many times over the years, and it’s funny, but the thing that seemed to impress him most about that day was the fact that I took him…..me…..his mom. Every once in a while now we’ll talk about our old baseball days and all the time we spent at the ballpark courtesy of my boss and his season tickets. It makes me smile.
I was thinking about it again the other day and it occurred to me….what if my life were played out on a field with spectators cheering the good plays and booing the bone-headed ones? Something tells me I would hear far more boos than yaaays. And what if every mistake I ever made was played and replayed again and again on the Jumbotron? It makes me shudder to think.

Really, isn’t that what the devil does? He takes those near misses, those times we drop the ball, those times when life looks like an easy play but we find a way to screw it up and plays them in our minds over and over and over again. Of course, he has to narrate so he can point out the really big failures. (The devil sounds a lot like Howard Cosell.)

Yes, my list of errors is long. Yes, I struck out…again. But guess what? I don’t have to keep watching the footage, and neither do you.

Janice

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A Song and A Sword

Amazingly, God has given to His children two weapons that seem to be totally incongruous with each other. As the title suggests, and has been dealt with in a previous article, one is the power of song. To cite two of the many biblical instances you find available, look first at the miracle of water provision. Moses and the Israelites sang over the dry well at Beer as recorded in Numbers 21:16-17. Later, we see God’s strategy employed by Jehoshaphat’s army in their victory detailed in 2 Chronicles 20. Against all odds, and in seemingly hopeless situations, God instructed His people to sing as their key to victory.

On a personal level I have discovered the potency of singing in my circumstances. Last year I realized I needed to address some weight issues. I sought God for His Wisdom and He gave me a song to sing. It uses the tune to “Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus.” The Holy Spirit inspired me to sing, “Slim down, slim down for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the Cross. You cannot win the battle without a big weight loss, From victory unto victory shed weight you do not need, Til fattening foods are conquered and Christ is Lord indeed.” I sing this song every day and have now lost 40 pounds!

Another implement of warfare for Christians is given by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:17. Here Paul declares that the weapon of choice used by The Holy Spirit in battle is the Sword, which is the Word of God. He did not imply that the Sword of the Spirit, or power of song were mutually exclusive. He would show that these weapons are best utilized when they are combined. In fact, in at least two of his epistles, Paul encouraged the Church to sing “Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” in their times of struggle which incorporates both song and sword.

Since the Power of Song was dealt with in an earlier article, this article will focus on the Power of the Sword. A wonderful aspect of our wielding the Sword of the Spirit is we can do it in several ways. The power of God’s Word is effective whether you speak it, sign it, sing it or shout it. The method of expression does not determine the “muscle in the message.”

When describing the power of the Word, the Holy Spirit tells us that it is a “twoedged sword.” Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” While most of us are familiar with the designation of the sword being twoedged, few of us have understood what God meant by that description. Let’s look at the Greek and see what insightful Nugget we can unearth from the Gospel Gold Mine.

The word “twoedged” comes from the Greek word, “distomos” which literally means, “TWO -MOUTHED.” God says His Sword is a two-mouthed sword. A very brief application of this Greek word means that for the Sword (God’s Word) to reach optimum efficiency it must proceed from two mouths, not just one. Since it is God’s Word, we know that it has already “proceeded out of the mouth of God.”

What other mouth is the Holy Spirit referring to here in Hebrews 4 that the Word must proceed from? The answer, of course, is your mouth. This means that, for the Word of God to have full impact, it cannot only come out of God’s mouth, it has to come out of yours. Until you are willing to give voice to God’s Word you are greatly reducing the power and effectiveness that it can have in your life and circumstance. This central truth of Scripture is validated and verified in many places in Scripture where we are implored to confess/profess God’s Word. While many believers have scoffed at, or rejected this principle, the proof of its orthodoxy is incontrovertible. Let us look at just one example, found in the Old Testament that should put to rest any resistance you have toward speaking the Word of God in your situation.

Beginning in Exodus and proceeding through Malachi, we find the expression, “Thus saith the Lord” used at least 414 times. From Moses to Malachi the people of God heard what He had to say and then repeated it to others. That is a prime example of confessing the Word. They knew that God’s Word was eternal and powerful and they were not ashamed to declare it. The men and women of God used the “TWO-MOUTHED SWORD” before they even knew it existed. By it they were able to defeat enemies and destroy alien kingdoms. Why would we, as New Testament Christians, be resistant to do the same?

If you are looking for a miracle, if you need a major victory in your life, if you have exhausted every weapon in your arsenal, why would you not put the “TWOEDGED SWORD” to work? Don’t try to defeat the devil with a butter knife; you have the SAME weapon the Holy Spirit uses in defeating Satan. He speaks the Word every time, and He wins every time.

The Holy Spirit knows that to be ultimately effective, God’s Word has to be spoken. God said it first, now it must come from your mouth. Only then, have you engaged the “two-mouthed” sword into the heat of the battle. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 4:4… “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.” He then proceeded to use His mouth to speak His Father’s Words, and Satan was summarily defeated by Jesus’ use of the TWO-MOUTHED SWORD!! If it worked for Him, it will work for you! You can go to the bank on God’s Word.

The great Apostle Paul discovered this transforming truth for himself. The epic event is recorded in Acts 27 showing how his repeating of God’s Word saved the day for 276 men. After 14 days of continuous tempests the ship was ready to go under and all aboard would be lost. However, God sent a Word to Paul that would change the course of events and spare the lives of all those sailing with him.

After receiving God’s Word about their situation Paul stood up before the men and declared, “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man's life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Paul utilized the TWO-MOUTHED SWORD to save the day, and save the lives of all those in his company. How many lives could we save if we would publicly declare “What thus saith the Lord?” The sword does no good until it is put into action. God’s Word will not be able to accomplish His Will until it is spoken into the storm of your life.

Transcendental Meditation boasted the power of speaking their Mantras, and other religions and philosophies have understood the place and power of using our speech. It was God who first gave the primal instructions in the Bible to use our speech to control our circumstances. It is no wonder that Christianity has been called, “The Great Confession.” Paul’s letter to the Roman Church assured us of this fact when he stated in Chapter 10 that we must “Believe in our heart and confess with our MOUTH” in order to be saved. God’s equation for victory has never been abrogated nor changed. So, get out your Sword and let the devil hear you say what God says about you and your life. Make your sword a TWOEDGED SWORD.

***A Personal Word to Our Readers from Dr. Frazier****
There are great insights to be derived from the study of the Greek New Testament. Each month I will endeavor to share a nugget of truth from the Book of Truth, God’s Eternal Word. These will be concise and should not intrude into your time or opportunity to explore the richness of the vein from which they were extracted. That is for you and the Holy Spirit to excavate together. These nuggets are just to let you know where to begin the digging, if you so desire. They are NOT designed to be an exhaustive commentary providing all the answers on the subject. The Spirit will guide you in how deep to dig. The Greek will be presented in a way that is easy to understand (transliterated) and easy to verify (“SC” refers to Strong’s Concordance). With a little help, you can check the assayers report for yourself. So, pull out this shiny, new nugget and see where it leads you. Please feel free to share your questions, observations or insights with our readers and me. Website: http://www.donfrazier.com

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Redeem The Time

“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the Will of The Lord is.”(Ephesians 5:16-17)
“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each other.”(Colossians 4:5-6)
The reason, I believe, my ministry has begun flourishing so fast is The Lord is doing a quick work in these last days, before Christ returns.

After my divorce, I wasted too many years. Finally, I am where I’m supposed to be, doing what God called me to do! I have more support than ever before – my wife, my family, my church, my pastor and friends. I am surrounded by encouragers!
Now, God is redeeming that time I lost. I must make the best of my remaining time here. I’m no spring chicken at 60! If The Lord tarries His return, I know my days are numbered on this earth. I don’t want to waste any more time.
So, now I am totally surrendered to Jesus!

My prayer: “Lord, send me where I can be effective, where I can help people and You can work the best through me,”
To All my fellow servants of Jesus Christ: Let’s be totally surrendered to Jesus! Let’s Redeem The Time!!

Jim Sheldon – “The Positive Cowboy”








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Keep This Message

I am changing personal email accounts, getting rid of the one I’ve used for 12 years. When business emails have come and gone, my reliable kmc_burton@.... has remained .

Lately, though, it’s been hacked three times, and it seems the harder I try to unsubscribe from all the junk I get, the more I receive. It’s too much to keep track of and it’s worn me out, so I give up trying to keep up.

I deleted all my contacts. I deleted the account from my phone. I let everyone I could think of who is a real live person who can’t otherwise find me on Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, my phone, or in person and let them now how to reach me via email… even though, honestly, that seems about as usual as giving them a fax number at this point in time.

Moving forward isn’t easy. It isn’t even simple. Sometimes I wonder if true closure is even possible, when there are always loose threads and fuzzy connections and long-ago opened profiles out there.

Which makes me more grateful than ever that God is just the opposite.

You see, lately, my soul has been stuck in an unpleasant place. My mind replays memories that would be better left unopened. Some of the thoughts whispered to me in quiet times belong in a spam folder, because they are misleading and detrimental. And sometimes, there is just so much noise and emotion that I can’t possibly process it all. I need to sign out of it for awhile, or just shut it down and move on.

And thankfully, my Father says…

Relax and don’t be afraid. (Daniel 10:12)
Wait on My renewing of your strength. (Isaiah 40:31)
Come to Me and rest. (Matthew 11:28)
You don’t have to do anything. You are seated at my table already. (Ephesians 2:6)

Those promises don’t change what has occurred around me. They don’t bring back what I have lost. But they give me strength and hope for what is here and now… and what is to come.

I invite you today, if you are struggling with too many messages and voices and memories, to turn to your heavenly Father. His voice is pure, His message is distinct, and His Word is life-giving.

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Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call - The Waiting Room


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Label: Independent
Website: http://www.jaidynscall.com

What do you get when you take 3 great vocalists who all have wonderful past resumes and histories in the Southern Gospel Music world? Let's take Debra Perry Reed, who being the original soprano with her award winning family The Perrys, Christopher Reed, who sang with the Blackwoods and others, and then combine those talented two with a solid lead vocalist, Zach Smith…add in 10 strong songs of faith, hope, love & assurance and you now have a mixed trio with a new project that offers a refreshing rich sound and is fairly certain to bring all of us music lovers something new and fresh to savor and enjoy.

A few of the “things” that I always look for when reviewing projects, are great vocals, relevant songs, the ministry aspect, musicianship and for me “goose bumps”. After carefully living with the latest project CIRCUMSTANCES from Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call, I assure you I have found all of those “things” and more.

I had met and gotten a little acquainted with Chris and Debra the past several years at different events, I had heard some of their music, even seen them perform live at NQC, doing a song or two…I’ve heard their story of the inspiration behind starting the group and the amazing miracle of their precious little Jaidyn. All in all I loved what I was seeing and hearing. Then I was asked to review their new project, and I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to it the last few weeks. It is a project they can certainly be proud of.

So many times we, who are in the music business, hear project after project, group after group, song after song, and we (ok, maybe just me) take the music and ministry of some of the “not so well known” groups for granted. I will admit I have done that a time or two. Well, I assure you Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call may not be a household name at this time, but this project and their ministry should certainly help take them to a new level. Their new CD CIRCUMSTANCES is chock full of marvelous songs that that cover a wide variety of feelings, emotions and subjects that we on the Christian journey are daily facing and walking in and thru. The CD kicks off with a grand ole gospel song, that simply states “COMING AFTER ME”, and that is a truth that hopefully all of us are anxiously awaiting. A few of my favorite “moments” on the project are the songs “CIRCUMSTANCES”, which is a gorgeous slow ballad with some harmonies that are so beautiful. “CHILD I KNOW THE PLAN” features Debra’s rich voice and you can feel the passion of what she believes when she sings this song. I’m fairly certain some of you have heard their powerful song, “THE WAITING ROOM” as it was a Singing News hit. Truly one of my favorite songs to come along in a while, since everyone of us have had to experience those “waiting room” moments. You can tell this group knows what they are singing about when they bring this song to life. “GONE, GONE, GONE” is another song of theirs that is garnerner great airplay as it should, it is Southern Gospel at its best. Another ballad, that I enjoyed, was “HE CAN”. Again, a promise of He can and He will, take care of it all for all of us. The project ends with a toe-tapping, hand-clapping fun song “ LIVING IN CANAAN LAND”. This is one of those projects you will play over and over and for me it made me want to see them LIVE, along with offering me some excellent music to enjoy along the journey.

I give this project a strong 3 ½ stars out of 5 and highly recommend it to you, my fellow music lovers. Remember go take a chance on some of the NEW music that is out there, you might be wonderfully and pleasantly surprised.



Song List:

COMING AFTER ME
HE TOOK MY CASE
CIRCUMSTANCES
CHILD I KNOW THE PLANS
GOD WILL GIVE YOU WHAT YOU NEED
THE WAITING ROOM
I’VE MADE IT HOME
GONE, GONE, GONE
HE CAN
LIVING IN CANAAN NOW

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The CHURCH HYMNAL:  “The Lily of the Valley”

For many unsaved individuals, Easter is simply that time of year in which they claim others expect them to observe something religious, even if it is nothing more than Easter egg hunts and the giving of gift baskets to children. In other words, many find Easter to be just another ‘fun time’ of the year.

Yet also included in these annual Easter observations, some may actually consider it to be an obligatory time, at best, to visit some local church for an hour or so on Easter morning.

BUT for the Christian, EASTER is a day like none other. Each year on Easter morn, Christians will joyfully celebrate the Resurrection of JESUS some 2,000 years ago –– and rejoice in the fact He’s NOT dead, but JESUS, our Redeemer, lives today.

Also in church that morning, we’ll probably find the platform to be decorated with an array of beautiful Easter lilies. One look at these trumpet-shaped floral creations of God will somehow let you know the sound of ‘Taps’ is not about to be played within the sanctuary, but the saints of God are about to sing aloud: “He LIVES, He LIVES, Christ Jesus LIVES today…”

I’ve never had much to do with growing of flowers, that is, until in recent years. But I have always appreciated the exceptional beauty of the Easter lilies, and now today, other flowers as well.

Twenty years ago my family and I traveled to another state to vacation and sightsee. After much travel throughout that state, we learned of a large flower garden nearby, and of course, my sisters and our Mom wanted to see the flowers.

When we arrived at the large flower garden, we were not prepared to see the flowers guarded so closely inside a gated area. Neither were we prepared to see such an expensive admission charge, at least for that time.

When we learned the price of admission to be $7.00 per person, it made little sense for a van of seven people to pay $49.00. While our vehicle was stopped at entrance of the garden, everyone inside the van began to debate the pros and cons of going inside, that is, until “someone” came up with THE ‘logical’ solution.

I happened to remember that earlier in the day we had picked up a handful of tourism brochures, and this particular garden was included. Upon finding the flower garden brochures, I quickly announced to all we did not need to spend $49.00. We actually had free pictures of flowers we could look at anytime. Problem solved! Everyone happy! We turned around and traveled to our next destination.

As we think on the coming of EASTER and of the lilies that will undoubtedly decorate our church sanctuaries, I’m reminded of the scripture where Jesus tells of flowers seen and accessible by all: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin” (Matthew 6:28).

Then speaking more of the lily, Song of Solomon 2:1 foretells of Christ: “I AM the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” It is through this inspiration in scripture that we can find in the Church Hymnal a much-loved Gospel song titled “The Lily of the Valley”.

We take note this song begins with: “I have found a Friend in JESUS, He’s ev’rything to me”. (JESUS is all you or I need, despite the ever persuading enticement this world holds for the Christian.)

As one little five-year-old Sunday School student put it when he could not recite Psalm 23 in its entirety, he began by saying, “The Lord is my Shepherd…” After a short pause, he added “…and that’s all I need to know.” JESUS is my All-in-All. He is my Everything! He’s all I need!

I’m also happy this song shares: “…In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay…”, [followed by] “…He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne…” Have you ever been in sorrow? In trouble? In need? (“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows… But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4, 5).

And then when we’re in temptation, this song and the Word of God tells of One to whom we can run: “…He’s my strong and mighty tow’r…” (see Proverbs 18:10) and “He keeps me by His pow’r”. As Bennie S. Triplett aptly put it in song, “He’ll keep me, He’ll keep me from all wrong, He’ll help me, I’m weak but He is strong; He’ll show me, the path that leads above, He’ll keep me, safe in His love.”

The writer of “The Lily of the Valley” adds yet another truth by sharing: “He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here, While I live by faith and do His blessed will…” In Psalm 37:25, it is stated: “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

And how about those who need to be satisfied spiritually? This song reminds us that: “…with His manna He my hungry soul shall fill…”

A Midnight raid on the refrigerator may take care of physical hunger at that late hour, but for deep ‘spiritual hunger’, I would recommend you ‘open’ Isaiah 26:9, where you’ll find: “With my soul have I desired Thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek Thee early…”

So, is JESUS –– this wonderful ‘Lily of the Valley’ –– accessible for all who desire to follow Him or to those Christians who wish to know more of Him? I should say He is! Quite unlike the flower garden our family found to be well-hidden behind gates and high walls, JESUS –– our wonderful “Lily of the Valley” –– is very accessible for all who truly long after and seek Him.

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with His own Blood, suffered without the gate. ~ Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach” (Hebrews 13:12, 13).

Throughout the Gospels you’ll read of those individuals who reached out to JESUS as He passed by. He lives, therefore you can do the same today when YOU pray.

And as the sweet aroma of the lilies will fill our church sanctuaries this Easter morning, I pray your life and mine will permeate the sweet fragrance of Jesus Christ so others will desire Him in their life as well!

The refrain ends this song by reading: “He’s the Lily of the Valley, the bright and Morning Star, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.” Is HE all these things to YOU?

Have a blessed Easter!
–– Bill

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Legacy Five - Having a Great Day

A natural part of the music industry is keeping the new music coming and in front of the listeners. While this may seem easy enough, the average person never really sees what all goes into releasing that new album. For Legacy Five it begins by sorting through hundreds, yes HUNDREDS of new songs. The difference between a "good" album and every other album is the ability to tie songs into a central theme. Paul Heil had this to say about L5's newest release, "Great Day." "It's a good album. What I like about it is every song in one way or another focuses on Christ, who he is, what he has done, and what he will do."

Songs like the Great Medley highlight the qualities of Christ with standards like "How Great Thou Art, Great Is Thy Faithfulness," and "How Big is God?". "He Is To Me" testifies of the many relationships Christ has with the believer. Then of course, the title song "Great Day" proclaims of the soon coming King. There is even one song co-written by the group's own Matt Fouch!

After narrowing down the selection, it is time to produce the music. For this album, Scott Fowler chose one of Gospel Music's living legends, Lari Goss. When it comes to "big numbers" and producing music that is the orchestrated main event, Lari is THE man. There is not one song on the project you are not likely to hear in one concert or another.

The part often overlooked is the initial invest it takes to provide you with that $15 masterpiece. Thousands of dollars are poured into musicians, studio time, royalties, and graphics. And when Legacy Five produces an album, anything less than excellent is unacceptable, as they champion gospel's finest and keep the heritage alive.

This time around, the guys extended a unique opportunity for each listener to invest in the project. In October, L5 launched a kickstarter campaign offering some very special incentives. Among the many listed, investors had the opportunity to receive a special copy of the CD with a bonus song not released anywhere else! Different levels of investment brought autographs, thank you cards, custom voicemail recordings, a pizza party on the bus, and even being part of the L5 mass choir on the project. If the donations did not reach the goal within 30 days, no money would be collected; but within 30 days, they exceeded their goal of $25,000.

Even though the Kickstarter campaign has come to an end, Legacy Five offers many creative ways for you to stay connected with their ministry. Check out their website, legacyfive.com for new episodes of the intriguing comedy talk show, "On The Couch With Fouch." Listeners can email their questions into the show's host, Matt Fouch, and ask industry favorites the questions you have always wanted to know, then sit back and wait for the anticipated Fouch Zone question!

Just like Legacy Five "kickstarted" their "Great Day" you can kick start your day with this incredible new album! Get your copy today!

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NQC Live 2013


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Label: Crossroads Music Group
Website: http://www.crossroadsmusic.com

The National Quartet Convention (NQC) is the biggest yearly event for southern gospel music groups and fans, and 2013 was the 56th year of this event. Another milestone for the 2013 convention was that it marked the final year for the NQC being held in Louisville, Kentucky. After twenty years in this city, the NQC is moving to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in 2014. Folks come from all over the United States, Canada and foreign countries to worship and uplift the good news in song for this week long event.

This live compilation CD has captured many of the favorite artists that perform throughout the week on the main stage at this event and rolled all of them up in this project. Trios, mixed groups, family groups and male quartets make up the various artists that are featured. They are singing their top hits for the past year and some from years past. These songs are ones that the fans love and they bring them to their feet when their favorites hit the stage.

For those who attended this event as I did, this project and collection of songs will help you relive the farewell performances in Freedom Hall. Each group and song on this project will definitely bless you many times over.

This is a 4 1/2 star recording. If you are looking for a compilation with lots of the top groups and songs, this project is for you.



Song List:

1– Just Preach Jesus – Kingdom Heirs
2– On The Banks Of The Promised Lane – Karen Peck & New River
3– I Want To Know – Mark Trammell Quartet
4– We Believe – Booth Brothers
5– Battle Stand – Old Paths
6– The Promise - Talleys
7– I Know A Man Who Can – Greater Vision
8– Show A Little Bit Of Love And Kindness – Collingsworth Family
9– Good News From Jerusalem – Tribute Quartet
10- I’ll Worship Only At The Feet Of Jesus – Hoppers
11– Saved By Grace – Triumphant Quartet
12- Ask Me Why – Legacy Five
13- Song Of A Lifetime – Phil Cross, Gerald Crabb, Mark Bishop
14- I Rest My Case – Perrys
15- Statement Of Faith – Various Artists

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Mark Trammell Quartet - Your Walk Talks

It's always great catching up with artists and industry professionals to inquire what has been going on since their latest recording or press release. I also enjoy listening to "road stories" from veterans! I'll never forget 15 years ago when I received a call from George Younce, or the time Hovie Lister called me back after returning from the supermarket. Although they're fond memories, I enjoy making new ones!

Today's conversation with Mark Trammell Quartet's Pat Barker will be forever etched in my mind as a memorable experience! I spent the last part of the morning talking to Pat, bass vocalist for the group via text! I used to think that email interviews were cool, but this was fun!

As you know, MTQ (Mark Trammell Quartet) recently released their long awaited and anticipated recording YOUR WALK TALKS. This recording features Dustin Black (tenor), Nick Trammell (lead), Mark Trammell (baritone), and Pat Barker (bass), and it carries eight original songs written by prolific songwriters like Rodney Griffin, Diane Wilkinson, Rebecca Peck, Babbie Mason, and MTQ's own Nick Trammell! Pat says, "YOU'RE WALK TALKS is our first radio release, and we've found out that it's been nominated for a Singing News Fan Award!"

A favorite song of Pat's was written by veteran songwriter Diane Wilkinson entitled I'LL TAKE IT TO THE GRAVE. Pat says, "This song is a great play on words. We are told 'you can't take it with you when you go.' He also said, "Dianne lets us know that you can take peace, joy, and assurance to the grave and beyond. This song is a lot of fun to sing and gets the crowd to their feet every time."

Something else that's exciting for the group is the birth of their new record company, Crimson Road Productions. Pat said, "It came about to give us a lot more freedom to do multi-artist recordings like the Cathedrals Family Reunion we were just a part of. It also gives us complete control in everything from song selection, distribution, graphics, advertising, etc. It's been an idea in the making for awhile, and Your Walk Talks was the perfect album to start it!"

According to Pat, the group is busier than ever! From a Christmas tour that is currently being booked to their appearance as a quartet in Red Deer, Alberta Canada for the annual convention, the guys of MTQ encourage all of us to WALK YOU'RE TALK.

For more information - visit the Mark Trammell Quartet online at http://www.marktrammellquartet.com

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The Horn Family - The Horn Family


Producer: Mark Collie & Bob Simpson
Label: RayLynn Records
Website: http://www.hornfamily.com

I love hearing new artists and better yet, new artists with a unique sound. The Horn Family is that group. With a sound that is somewhat reminiscent to the Crabb Family, Rambos and Hinsons, they definitely have a style that is completely their own. Consisting of brothers Joel and Jamie Horn and their wives, Tina and Tracy, the family boasts a strong country sound, mixed with a lot of Pentecostal flavor. At the heart of their sound is Joel Horn, who sings most of the songs on this recording.

The country sound of “Peace Everlasting” gives the listeners a great first impression of what is in store for them. This would be an excellent single release for the group and is one of the strongest songs on the recording, as is “Love Like Rain”. Both songs feature the unique vocals of lead singer, Joel Horn.

Next we come to the rollicking first single, “I’ve Got It”. Unashamed of who they are, it is very rare you hear an overtly Pentecostal song at radio, so it will be very interesting to hear how this song does. It’s definitely worth a listen and is one of the most exciting tunes that have come out this year. (I will admit, when I first saw the title, I was secretly hoping they revived the Andréa Crouch classic by the same title, but I digress…)

Another extremely strong song is the song of declaration, “Rise Above the Fall”, which would do very well at radio. With its adamant proclamation, “I’m down but I’m not out and I’m hurt but have no fear, I’ll get up from here…you may see my battle scars, wounds and a broken heart, it’s not the end at all, I’m gonna rise above the fall”, this is a tune that just about every Christian can gain strength from.

“Victory” and “He Called Me Brother” are medium tempo tunes that can be very encouraging tunes for those struggling in various areas of their Christian walk before the tempo picks back up for “Mary Magdalene (Why You Crying)”.

The pace slows back down for the reflective, “For the Life of Me” before picking back up for the rarely heard Dottie Rambo tune, “It’s All in Jesus”. It is songs like this that I think this group will be known for. Not everyone is able to tackle uptempo tunes like this, and the Horn Family pulls it off without a hitch. (By the way, Dottie would be proud of these guys rendition!)

The recording closes out with an acapella performance of the classic, “Lights of Home”, leaving the listener with a distinctive campmeeting feeling and you just see and hear the old saints a-shoutin’ on this one!

This recording leaves you wanting for more. Those who miss the days of the Hinsons, Paynes and the old sound of the Crabb Family, will absolutely drool over this recording. While a change out of a couple of songs for some stronger material would have made this recording all the more better, overall this is a great recording and is my favorite release for 2014 so far. So if you like your gospel country, and like a strong Pentecostal flavor, you have to pick up your copy of this release and get ready for a great ride!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Peace Everlasting**
2 – Love Like Rain**
3 – I’ve Got It**
4 – Rise Above the Fall**
5 – Victory**
6 – He Called Me Brother
7 – Mary Magdalene (Why You Crying)
8 – For the Life of Me
9 – It’s All in Jesus**
10-Lights of Home**

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Reel Talk


A Look at Disney’s Frozen

There have been numerous blog posts, and countless updates regarding Disney's latest success, Frozen. Christians from both sides of the fence have been at war throwing darts at the movie or selling it as a gospel derivative. Some have laid claim that the relationship between a man and his pet companion was pro-homosexual, and that this is Disney's attempt to directly promote the catholic church and universal values of "acceptance." Then there are those who have said Anna is a picture of Jesus Christ, and the storyline majorly follows a Christian theme.

Dear both sides, CAN WE PLEASE JUST ENJOY A MOVIE?! I get it, some people are paid to be critics. But when it comes to Frozen, I don't believe there was an agenda overtly righteous or evil. I believe the Disney machine was doing what it should, generating family-friendly entertainment. I'm a sucker for a good musical, and this definitely was. And for the Christian, there were a few valuable tips we can take from this storyline. Here are a few:

-Sometimes the most effective acts of love come from the person who has been wronged.
In a flood of rage, resulting from a sisterly squabble, Queen Elsa's suppressed powers break loose and bury the entire kingdom under snow and ice. In a self-righteous manner, Queen Elsa "lets it go," abandons her post, and sets out to live free from life's pressures. Though wronged and placed in great danger, Princess Anna sets out to restore her sister to their once tightly-knit relationship. Those who have sinned cannot restore themselves. Galatians 6:1 tells us that if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one... The reason most people will never see restoration, is because most Christians aren't spiritual.

-There is a major difference between attractional love and true, sacrificial love.
You have to hand it to Queen Elsa. I mean, she was right! How can you marry a man you just met? I find this to be a painfully accurate picture of today's society. People desperate for love are willing to jump at the first sign of acceptance. When those who should be loving shut people out, they will unwittingly cast themselves into the arms of evil. Anna finds out that real love is putting someone else's needs before your own. When she discovers the TRUE meaning of love, she is able to identify he who truly loves.

-"A frozen head can be persuaded, but a frozen heart only melts with an act of true love."
Princess Anna is initially placed in grave danger when she takes a blast of magical ice to the head. The elder troll is able to remove memories from the mind, but warns that a cold heart is not so easy. He foreshadows to when Anna will take a icy blast to the heart, which only an act of true love can restore. Unlike the typical Disney flick, we find that true love isn't defined by a kiss, but when the "cold heart" loves another with reckless abandon. The same is true for us! Memories can be suppressed, but a hardened heart can only be unfrozen when we choose to love Jesus and even our offenders more than we love ourselves. As Olaf said, "some people are worth melting for."

- Your greatest fear can be your greatest asset.
Elsa, the possessor of "the gift accursed" lives in fear of others discovering her secret. Wise counsel advises that this ability can bring both great joy or great destruction. Fear will be her enemy. Once Elsa realizes she does not have to live in fear, but rather own her gift, it becomes just that. A beautiful blessing to those around. The insecurity you hide will continue to haunt you and plague you until you identify with it. When you accept your "thorn in the flesh" God can use it to produce great beauty. But only when you turn it over to him. The haunting from hiding will hinder your healing.

- Even cold people need warm hugs.
OK, who didn't love Olaf the snowman? Should I ever come across a stuffed version of him, I will not resist the urge to purchase several. This snowman was peculiar, because cold as he was, he liked warm hugs. Never have I seen a snowman that yearned for the warmth of summer. Let this serve as a reminder that even the "coldest" of people will melt with a little warmth. In fact, like Olaf they yearn for the warmth of summer that would forever change the structure of their being. When the fire of God's love is kindled in our heart, our desire will always be to spread it.

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Christian Fiction Queen: The Hero’s Lot

By: Patrick W. Carr
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1044-0

Review:

Having helped oust the corrupt reader Sarin Valon from the Judica, the conclave of the church, Errol Stone desperately hopes that at long last his troubles have ended. For in a so short a span of time that his head has been left spinning, Errol's life has been left irrevocably changed by the church's call on his life. Raised from the Callowford ale barrel to an earldom by the king, honored as a captain of the watch, and hailed far and wide as a hero, Errol remains ill at ease in his new skin, still wary of association with the church that he holds responsible for many of his darkest memories. But Errol's respite is destined to be a short one, as with its king on his deathbed and the identity of Deas's (God) appointed heir shrouded in mystery, those who would seek to supplant Deas's direction and the power of the church marshal their forces, eager to strike a blow at the heart of the kingdom at its weakest and usurp the throne. As an omne -- one with the power to read a lot cast by any reader -- Errol's gift marks him as an ally of the church and a threat to be eliminated by those seeking to overthrow the kingdom. It is from the latter quarter where the latest threat to Errol manifests itself, as he is brought before the Judica on charges of consorting the spirits -- specifically, the herbwomen who claim Aurae is knowable -- and more seriously, of seeking to undermine the church's authority by participating in Martin and Luis's efforts to cast for the next king.

In a desperate bid to save Errol from the charge of treason, the Archbenefice arranges to have him convicted on the lesser charge of consorting with spirits -- but the gambit has unexpected consequences. The Judica's consensus is to place a compulsion on Errol, ordering him to follow the traitor Valon into the heart of Merakh and kill him. It's a death sentence in all but name; nevertheless, Errol is forced to obey the compulsion, and gathers an unlikely group of allies to aid him in his quest. Meanwhile, Martin and Luis have fled the capital to Errol's home village, seeking to uncover why Deas has so magnified Errol's importance to the kingdom, weaving the unlikely hero's future with the land's best hope of survival. As their journeys progress, the dangers mount, even as the compulsion Errol is under intensifies, driving him onward. Secrets are revealed and faith is tested, and Errol is forced to decide if Deas's call on his life, greater than any compulsion which the church could place on him, is worth the sacrifice of service, even unto the cost of his very life.

A Cast of Stones, the first installment chronicling Errol's journey and Carr's debut, was one of my favorite reads of last year. The Hero's Lot avoids the pitfall of the sophomore slump entirely -- every bit as good as its predecessor, here the characterizations and world-building that made Errol's first adventure such a captivating, enriching experience are deepened and expanded. Errol's kingdom is a fully-realized, gloriously imaginative world laced with deeply personal, thought-provoking spiritual truths. This is my favorite kind of storytelling -- absorbing, fast-paced, and breathtakingly original.

Carr is proving to be a master at bringing fresh life to the monomyth, Joseph Campbell's term that defines the universal nature of the heroic journey. That journey consists of three parts: the separation, initiation, and return, and both this and the previous installment of Errol's journey contain elements of this cycle. But as the middle installment of a trilogy, The Hero's Lot delves deeply into what it means for the hero to be initiated -- the process, the cost, and the risk. Having been called out of his former life as Callowford's resident ale barrel-dweller, Errol is no longer who he was, but not yet all he can be, all he shall be if he responds to the call upon his life. And this initiation that Errol endures over the course of this novel is the darkest, most intense test of his mettle yet. This journey is an exploration of the nature of heroism and sacrifice at its finest, richly imagined, and at its center a wonderfully, painfully relatable character whose weaknesses and doubts mirror our own -- but who, in still acting, paints a picture of the best we can be -- and that encapsulates, I think, why stories of this ilk have such enduring power.

I love the world-building in these novels. In the first installment Carr introduces a society peopled by nobles, priests, warriors and peasants, a world at once both instantly recognizable and tantalizingly foreign, enough of a fresh twist on the tropes of a medieval fantasy to fire the imagination and keep one turning pages at a rapid pace. In The Hero's Lot, Carr takes his world-building to new heights, diving deeply into the rich possibilities of the social and religious hierarchy he's created. At the heart of Errol and his companions' journey -- particularly Martin -- is an exploration of what it means to seek to know one's God, to hunger for a deeper relationship. Concurrently with that personal theme is a study of what it means to be part of the church, that glorious mix of human failings and potential. Through Errol, Carr offers an oft-times stark, wrenching exploration of the failings and fall-out of the human side of the church, but also explores that body at its best. It's a thought-provoking call to remember that while man may -- and indeed, will -- fail, the God of that most fragile of organizations, the church, is ever-ready to answer one's call.

That is one of the many reasons I adore fiction of this type, for its ability to illustrate eternal truths through the lens of a compelling story. The Hero's Lot is superb storytelling -- fast-paced, old-fashioned adventure laced with subtly-drawn spiritual truths and unforgettable characters that captivate your heart and stay in your imagination long after the final pages are turned. This is a world I've grown to love and characters so dear, so wonderfully-realized I consider them friends. Much like its predecessor, The Hero's Lot is an experience to savor, and like the best fantasy fiction, it entertains, enlightens, and challenges readers, hooking you with its compelling lead and breakneck pace, leaving you eager for the next installment and loathe to leave its world behind, even briefly. I LOVE this story and am so happy to experience this richly rewarding journey. The Hero's Lot is a hero's tale, worthily, magnificently told.

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With the king near death, will the kingdom fall?

When Sarin Valon, the corrupt and dangerous church leader, flees the city of Erinon and the kingdom, Errol Stone believes his troubles have at last ended. But he and his friends still have dangerous enemies working against them in secrets and whispers.

In a bid to keep them from the axe, Archbenefice Canon sends Martin and Luis to Errol's home village, Callowford, to discover what makes him so important to the kingdom, and in that journey they discover amazing new secrets about the workings of Aurae.

Back in Erinon, Errol is unjustly accused of consorting with spirits. Convicted, his punishment is a journey to the enemy kingdom of Merakh, where he must find Sarin Valon and kill him. To enforce their sentence, the church leaders place Errol under a compulsion -- he must complete his task, or die trying.

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Woman to Woman

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Libbi Stuffle

Pam finally got a few minutes to sit and talk with The Perrys' Libbi Stuffle for this month's Woman to Woman feature!

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Next Generation

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http://www.theisaacs.com

Landon Smith

This month, Levi talks with Jeff & Sheri Easter's drummer Landon Smith!

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Lee Black - In Conversation

Fifteen years ago when I began my journey as a commercial songwriter at the Spring Hill Music Group, the first word of advice that I remember receiving from my then-publisher, Phil Johnson, was to co-write. In all honesty, the thought of sharing my heart with a virtual stranger and having my words shot down like a skeet shoot didn't seem very appealing. It wasn't something that I embraced until I signed with Word Entertainment in 2007 where publisher Dave Clark reiterated the simple yet weighty advice that Phil had often offered me over the years: "Co-write."

I took his advice and wrote a song with Sue Smith, a friend with whom I had lost touch over the years, and—to my surprise—I enjoyed the creative process. So when I got a call from a guy who introduced himself to me as the other new writer at Word and asked if I'd like to write, I said yes. The following week, Lee Black and I wrote a song entitled "Even In The Sorrow." Since that first co-writing session, we have gone on to write well over a hundred and fifty songs, with over thirty being recorded last year alone.

Time has moved on, and I now call Daywind Music Publishing my home. But one thing that has remained the same over all these years is that nearly every week, I write a song with Lee Black, my brother in Christ and one of the most gifted songwriters that I have ever known. It is my great privilege to share a recent interview with my very talented friend.

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Kenna: Okay, this is my first time to interview a co-writer, and because you are one of my best friends, I know it's gonna be fun! Let's get a running start…tell us a little bit about your background. You actually have a degree in music.

Lee: I do! I graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in music education with an emphasis in choral conducting. We had to pick a primary and secondary instrument in that, too. Voice was my primary and piano was my secondary. I know it's been awhile but I used to be a serious singer and piano player. So, yeah, I know you were trying to get under my skin wearing that Florida Jersey a couple of weeks ago when we were writing with Tony Wood. There was a time when that would've been sand in my craw but they are so non-existent right now, that doesn't bother me. Wear an Auburn jersey and we might have words!

Kenna: How appropriate that our interview starts off with the word "football." It makes this feel like a co-writing session, doesn't it? All we need now is a cup of coffee and a quick peek at something funny on YouTube, which—by the way—makes me want to publicly thank you for introducing me to "Aint Nobody Got Time For That," screaming goats, and "Charlie Bit Me." We have started half of our co-writes with something funny like that. Maybe I should actually be thanking your teenagers. Hey, tell us about your family.

Lee: I LOVE my family. Melissa and I have been married a little over 21 years. She is amazing. I think God gives a special grace to the spouses of creative types. Our oldest, Maggie, just turned 16 and is driving and my prayer life has gone to a whole new level. She's doing great. I'm not worried about her. I'm just worried about the idiots on the road driving with her. Melissa says it's equal parts freedom and nausea and I completely agree. Maggie sings in show choir at school and has a beautiful alto voice. Twin boys, Reese and Elijah, are 14. Reese is turning into a great guitar player. He loves making videos, too. Elijah is turning into a great drummer. He's an excellent artist, too. He loves working in pen and ink. Anabel is our 11 year old baby girl. She and a friend just finished co-writing a novel. A NOVEL. At 11. I think Dad's writing bug has bitten her.

Kenna: Speaking of your writing bug, what was your first job in music the music business? Have you always been primarily a songwriter?

Lee: Melissa and I married in August of '92. I had made a few trips to Nashville before that already. Dave Clark had signed a few songs to his publishing company, First Verse Music. He really encouraged us to consider moving to Nashville. We were newlyweds with no commitments and nothing to tie us down, so we decided to go for it. Technically I wasn't writing for him—he was taking songs on a single song basis, but it was a foot in the door. We had been in the Nashville area for about seven years or so and a CD of mine wound up at Daywind. Marty Funderburk was actually working in a publishing role then and signed me there in the late 90's. I wrote there for a couple of years, then a college roommate called and told us about a church he was planting in Fairhope, AL and asked if we would pray about coming there to serve in a worship leading role. We ended up moving back to Alabama where I served on staff there in full and part time roles for about nine years. While I was there in the early days—to take some burden off the church financially—I took a job in publishing at a company called Integrity Music, across the bay from Fairhope, in Mobile, AL. I was there about five years. I did get some pretty cool cuts while I was there, but it was really clear that my role was as publisher, not writer. One day, out of the blue, I got an email from Joel Lindsey who had been a co-writer when I was in Nashville. He told me about a co-writing retreat he was putting together and invited me to come, and I decided to use some vacation time and go. It was really an epiphany for me. Because I had been working in publishing, I had to put songwriting on the back burner because of the whole "conflict of interest" thing. I came home from that retreat realizing that I wanted to be a writer a whole lot more than a publisher. Thankfully, I have an amazing wife who, I think, was waiting for me to get that point (probably already knew it better than I did) and was really willing to sacrifice to make it happen. I remember saying, "I don't care if I have to eat beanie-weanies, I want to write." We've definitely had some beanie-weanie moments, but it's been so worth it. About the time I left Integrity, Word was resurrecting Canaan Records and Dave was heading it up. Long story short, he signed me there. I guess he signed us both about the same time. I remember Twila Labar telling me that you and I should write and gave me your number. I was planning my first writing trip to Nashville after signing at Word/Canaan and thought I'd give you a call. Glad I did! We've written some of my favorite songs!

Kenna: Mine, too! So how did you actually get your first big break as a songwriter?

Lee: My first cut happened right after we moved to Nashville. Brian Free was leaving Gold City and starting Assurance, and I had written a song with Sue Smith and David Moffitt called "Flood The Altar." It was the first song I ever wrote with Sue, though David and I had been writing together for a couple of years. Sue and her husband, John, had a group at the time and were going to record it for their record, so we used their track, I sang the demo, we pitched it, and got the cut. I was thinking, "Well, this is pretty easy!" And then...nothing! For a long time. I got really discouraged. In fact, I had a meeting with another publisher after that cut that was probably the lowest point I've ever had in my writing career. It made me stop writing for a few years. That was really stupid to let something like a bad meeting get to me, but it really shook my confidence. I took three songs—on a cassette!—to a certain publisher one Monday morning, first appointment of the day. I played snippets of the three songs, then the publisher said, "If these are your best songs, you need to know that my writer's worst songs are better than these." OUCH! I tucked my tail, crawled out, and said I'd never write again. After a few years, I needed a song for the church where I was serving and just decided I'd write it. That kinda flipped a switch and I started writing again. Those were the songs that wound up getting me signed at Daywind. Interestingly, my first Singing News #1 was also a Brian Free and Assurance song nearly 20 years later called "I Want To Be That Man." So, obviously, BFA has a special place in my heart.

Kenna: That is a song that I wish I had written with you. No kidding, I still cry when I hear it. I know you wrote it with Ricky Free, a great friend and co-writer of ours. In regards to co-writers, what is some of the best advice you have ever been given as a songwriter?

Lee: Hhhhmmm...I can think of a couple from Dave Clark. 1. Focus the emotion, generalize the details. 'Know what I mean? Write a song in a way that one person hears it and thinks you're talking about the loved one they lost and another person hears it and thinks you're talking about the job they lost. 2. He’s also reminded me to love the process of writing enough to keep doing it even if the results don’t come. That's such a good lesson to learn. You definitely have to learn it to have any longevity, 'cause the "no's" outnumber the "yes's!"

I also love Tony Wood's quote by Ernest Newman: “The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working. Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.” Tony has that quote hanging on the back of his office door. He is the best example of this I know. A great reminder to write, write, write. Write through to inspiration. Treat it like a 9-5.

Sue Smith says that sometimes the co-write is just about a cup of coffee and a good “hang.” That one relieved me of the pressure of feeling like I had to leave a room with a finished song. The people I get to write songs with are some of my best friends. That’s more important than the songs we write.

Jerry Salley always says that if you’re not smart enough to have a great idea, you better be smart enough to recognize it when your co-writer does. That's why I go trolling on Facebook every morning. You and Dianne Wilkinson talk in hooks and sometimes you don't even hear it! Usually I have enough of a moral core to say, "Hey... you just said 'blah.' You realize that's a hook, right?"

Kenna: I can think of a bunch of times when we wound up setting aside the idea we were working on to chase the "hook" that suddenly dropped into the room. "We All Came To The Cross" by Sisters was that way. I was sharing my testimony with you and Tony [Wood] and didn't even know I said something profound until I saw you guys looking at each other. It was the same way with "Nothing Can Take You From me" that Wes Hampton recently recorded. I was catching you guys up on something that was going on in my life and never even noticed that I said something of weight until you and Michael [Farren] mentioned it. Both of those songs are in my top ten favorite songs that I have ever written with you. While we are on the subject, what are five of your favorite songs to have ever co-written? No pressure…since I am the one who is asking. Just kidding! I will go on record and say that I absolutely love a song by Adam Crabb called "Hey Now" (co-written with Jason Cox), and a song The Oak Ridge Boys recorded called "Getting Ready for A Baby" (co-written with Sue Smith and Jerry Salley).

Lee: Definitely "Getting Ready For A Baby." I just left the room on that one kinda feeling like we had stumbled onto something that would be around for awhile. Then when the Oaks cut it, that was just an amazing feeling. They were HUGE to me in my childhood, you know? Also, the two BFA songs we already talked about: "Flood The Altar," because it was the first song I ever had cut, and "I Want To Be That Man" because of what it says and it’s been my only Singing News monthly #1. I also love a song you, Sue, and I wrote called "I’ve Seen What He Can Do." I just remember a LOT of stuff going on in all of our lives at the time. I kinda feel like that one spilled out of that. Gosh, this is hard! I have a lot of favorites. There’s a modern hymn I wrote with Ross King called "Because He Loved Me First." Ross cut it on his last project and Brentwood Benson did a choral anthem on it. I’ve just always loved the language and melodies of hymns. That’s five. Ask me tomorrow and it’s bound to change.

Kenna: I think folks might think this is interesting…what is a typical co-writing session like for a commercial songwriter?

Lee: Wow…it’s different every time. Sometimes somebody walks in with a hook and we start from there with a lyric. Sometimes the hook comes from a conversation. Sometimes there’s just an idea, we take off on a verse, and see where that might land us. Tony Wood, Dianne Wilkinson, and I wrote this week. He came in with a finished lyric and just kinda coached Dianne and me through the writing of the melody. While we were working on that, Dianne, the hook-speaker, said something and Tony and I both went, “We’re writing that this afternoon!” That was the weirdest song I’ve been a part of in a while. We’d grab a line in the first verse, then somebody would say something and we’d say, “That feels like it needs to go in the bridge.” Then the bridge became a third verse. It was a piecemeal kind of day. But eventually we got it where we needed it to go. So it’s different every time, but it always starts with some conversation, coffee, and a lot of laughs, and somehow a song gets written.

Kenna: That makes me want to ask—name five songs you wish you had written, any genre.

Lee: That’s hard. OK…turning off my brain. The first ones that come to mind...I just heard "The Broken Ones" on the radio this morning. That song gets me every time. "What Sweeter Music," a John Rutter choral piece…most beautiful melody I’ve ever heard. "The House That Built Me." "The Song Remembers When." "Moon River." How eclectic was that? I guess I’m just a sucker for story songs and beautiful melodies. Ask me tomorrow and that list will probably be different.

Kenna: Many folks know your name primarily as a songwriter, but you also write musicals. Tell us a little bit about the process.

Lee: Yeah...Brentwood Benson did not pick up the last option on my publishing contract last year. At the time, I was so disappointed, but it has actually been a blessing in disguise. Having the flexibility to use publishing as a bargaining tool has worked to my advantage. Gina Boe and I wrote an Easter musical that we initially pitched to Dave Clark at Lillenas Publishing but heended up taking it to Word and they released it in September of last year. It's called "Glorious Day," and, yes, it uses the Casting Crowns song as the title song. Gina and I were finishing up a Christmas musical about the time that we were tracking "Glorious Day" last year, and Dave decided to take it on at Lillenas. I think it will release in the summer. The tentative title is "Sing The Glory." I'm really excited about that one, too. We just found out this week that our newest Easter musical is going to release with Word for next year. It's a pretty cool concept, I think. Gina and I were looking at the lyric of the great hymn, "Crown Him With Many Crowns" and started pulling out phrases from the lyric and writing songs based on that lyric. So we are basically telling the Easter story with songs written with titles from the lyric of "Crown Him With Many Crowns." I'm excited to hear that one come together.

I've also been co-pubbing songs with Rick Shelton at Daywind. It's been kinda cool to see my publishing name on some songs recently. You, John Darren Rowsey, and I had a Mike and Kelly Bowling cut called "Somebody's Believing." We also have a new Gordon Mote cut, and I got some co-pubbed things on the new Brian Free and Assurance Record. So that's pretty exciting.

Kenna: Alright, Lee. We have arrived at the Lightening Round. Johnny, put ten seconds on the board. Ready? Go! What artist is your dream cut?

Lee: Alison Kraus. That voice? Man...

Kenna: Who is your dream co-write?

Lee: Tom Douglas and/or Monty Criswell.

Kenna: Is the tomato a fruit of a vegetable?

Lee: Doesn’t matter. I’m a mater hater. Except for fried green tomatoes... especially with a good remoulade. Mmmmmmmm... OK…vegetable. But I know scientifically it’s a fruit. Dang! The pressure!

Kenna: And lastly, who is your favorite co-writer, ever, in the history of the world?

Lee: Well, duh… YOU! But don’t tell Sue and Gina and Jerry and Jason and Tony and Ricky and Dianne and...

Kenna: Good answer. wink


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Kenna Turner West is a three-time SGM/AGM Songwriter of the Year, five-time Dove Award nominee, and two-time "Song of the Year" winner, penning chart-topping songs such as "Calvary's Cry," "Revival," "A Little Bit of Sunshine," and "Voice In The Desert."

For thirty years, Kenna has blended music, devotional teaching, and humor into a ministry that has reached around the world, serving alongside Christian leaders such as Franklin Graham and Jerry Falwell at venues ranging from The Pentagon to NASCAR chapels to the local church.

These days, the author and certified counselor spends much of her time writing for Daywind Music Publishing. Her songs have been recorded by artists such as Jason Crabb, Karen Peck and New River, The Booth Brothers, Wes Hampton, Brian Free and Assurance, The Martins, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Gordon Mote, Legacy Five, The Talleys, The Collingsworth Family, The Hoppers, Gold City, Adam Crabb, The Bowling Family, Ivan Parker, Sisters, Aaron and Amanda Crabb, Marty Raybon, The Freemans, and many more.

For more information about Kenna and her ministry, visit her website: http://www.KennaTurnerWest.com.

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Brian Free & Assurance - Unashamed


Producer: Ricky Free
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.brianfreeandassurance.com

If you needed an example album that checked every box on the five star checklist, here it is. For a little over 20 years, Brian Free & Assurance has developed a reputation for pushing stylistic limits, impeccable arrangements, and content that moves. "Unashamed" is all meat, no fluff. Each song is a declaration of these men's personal beliefs. So naturally, each selection is sung with a special conviction only the Holy Spirit can give.

Each preceding album such as "Real Faith, Never Walk Alone, Worth It, and Nothing But Love" have been a step in the direction of "Unashamed." I do not believe Brian Free will ever be able to say they have found a landing place in their style and sound; each album adds another element that makes them better and better. This progression has been made more evident since Ricky Free took over the production of his father's group. No family favoritism, just uninhibited talent and undeniable skill.

You will love the chord progression "He Still Saves" introduces to Southern Gospel. "Where There's A Will, He Has A Way" features special guest, Lauren Talley Alvey who fits perfectly into this incredible song! "Say Amen" is sure to be one of the concert's most listener-engaging numbers. The album's title song "Unashamed" is a Christian anthem that will capture your heart and move your spirit. There is not one song on this album that does not present the message with both vocal clarity and excellence in the arranging to the highest degree.

Even more than the albums before, "Unashamed" maximizes every second of every song. No wasted space. The tight blend BFA's vocals deliver continue to be the hallmark of their ministry. Without question, Brian Free and Bill Shivers work flawlessly together. Mike Rogers and Jeremy Lile add inimitable texture to BFA's signature blend. And though the group's namesake is truly gospel's greatest tenor, he is anything but a "ball hog" when it comes to soloing their selections. Truly, each song will "Tell It Like It Was."



Song List:

(1) “God of Possibilities” - Lee Black, Ricky Free, Kenna Turner West
(2) “Unashamed” - Ricky Free, Sue C. Smith
(3) “Tell It Like It Was” - Ricky Free, Ronny Hinson
(4) “Say Amen” - Jason Cox, Michael Farren, Kenna Turner West (5) “He Still Saves” - Marty Funderburk, Steve Marshall
(6) “Evidence In You” - Dave Clark, Ricky Free
(7) “A Little Bit Of Me And You” - Dave Clark, Ricky Free
(8) “One” - Lee Black, Cliff Duren
(9) “Where There’s A Will, He Has A Way (featuring Lauren Talley Alvey)” - Lee Black, Kenna Turner West
(10) “Before The After” - Lee Black, Sue C. Smith, Tony Wood

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Daily Devotion

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Too Many Buttons

A couple weeks ago, I had made myself a cup of coffee and a piece of toast and thought I'd sit and watch a little TV.

I reached for the Remote Control and hit the Power Button. A couple little lights flickered on the TV and then it flashed "No Signal" across the TV screen. Huh? No signal? I was just watching TV last night.. No one has touched the TV or Remote since I did! There's not a neighborhood ninja sneaking into houses and purposely screwing up folks Remote Controls..(at least I don't think so!")

Since Yvonne was out of town, I had to get our youngest daughter; Bailey, to turn the TV on for me. She's 12.

Whatever happened to the days when "I" was the Remote for the TV? JC Hutson (My Dad) would say "Bryan, Change the channel to 5, Or turn it up, I can't hear it." Why, we even had an antenna outside the end of the house and Dad would send me or my brother out to "Turn The Antenna" so Channel 19 would come in!

Now, our TV's are as big as the front end of a 1976 Buick, there 6,834 channels to choose from and the Remote Control's look like the control panel for the Space Shuttle.

We've made watching TV (for technically challenged people like me) WAY too complicated!

That's ALSO how WE have made the Gospel. Notice, it said WE have made the Gospel.

We've brought in man made ideas, opinions and preferences and told the lost that they have to "do this, do that" and "jump through this hoop and that hoop" in order to have a relationship with God.

Now, let me say...where the Bible is black and white on issues we SHOULD be as well. What the Bible calls SIN- we should call SIN. I'm NOT condoning the justifying SIN and lifestyle choices cause "God loves everyone" mentality. However, we have made surrendering our heart to Christ WAY more complicated than it needs to be.

Romans 10:9-10, and 13
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved ... For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Doesn't seem that complicated to me. I admit it...I'm not too smart. I can't operate the Remote Control and can barely work my Phone, (unless Yvonne instructs me in great detail) so I for one, am thankful that the Plan of Salvation is NOT difficult to understand, yet we make it difficult.

Why is it that we want God to be our Doctor, Lawyer, provide everything for us, answer our prayers, deliver miracles when we WANT them, basically doing EVERYTHING FOR US, yet we feel WE can throw our opinions into the plan of Salvation?

Honestly, God DOESN'T NEED OUR HELP WITH HIS PLAN. (We also believe that we can judge who IS and ISN'T going to Heaven..but that's for another blog!)

God knew that we couldn't live holy enough under the Law. So, Christ died for us. He provided the way that we could have fellowship with God. Why? Because of LOVE.


Galatians 2:21: "I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die."


Have you asked Christ to be the Lord of YOUR life?

The following verses is what we call "The Romans Road of Salvation."

Everyone needs salvation because we have ALL sinned.

Romans 3:10-12, and 23:
As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.” ... For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.(NLT)

The price (or consequence or payment) of sin is death.

Romans 6:23:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)

Jesus Christ died for our sins. He paid the price that WE DESERVE to pay..

Romans 5:8
But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

We receive salvation and ETERNAL life through faith in Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:9-10, and 13
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved ... For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NLT)

Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into (fellowship) relationship of peace with God.

Romans 5:1
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (NLT)

Romans 8:1
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Romans 8:38-39
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)

How will YOU respond?

YOU can respond by receiving God's FREE gift of salvation today.

Admit you are a sinner.
Understand that as a sinner, you deserve death.
Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save YOU from sin and death.
Repent by turning from your old life of sin to a new life in Christ.
Receive, through faith in Jesus Christ, His free gift of salvation.

Now, if you've asked Christ to be YOUR Lord, let someone know.

God 's plan was never meant to be complicated..let's strive to make His plan known to everyone we meet.

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Matthew Hagee’s A New Season Is Top Southern Gospel Debut

A New Season, the latest solo offering from leading pastor, author and recording artist Matthew Hagee, debuted at #2 on Nielsen SoundScan’s Top Southern Gospel Albums chart for the week ending March 23. The chart’s only Top 30 debut, A New Season was produced by Michael Sykes (Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band) and features 11 Inspirationally-focused country selections.

Released March 18 from Difference Media/Capitol Christian Distribution, A New Season features the debut single, “I Don’t Want To Get Adjusted”; the Hagee co-penned songs “This Ain’t Nothin’” and “My Nomination”; “The Day He Wore My Crown,” featuring guest contributions from Larry Stewart and David Innis of legendary country group Restless Heart; and “That’s Jesus,” which was co-written by Hagee’s father, internationally-renowned evangelist Pastor John Hagee.

Executive pastor of the 20,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he preaches alongside his father, Matthew Hagee is the author of Shaken, Not Shattered (Charisma House). A husband and father of four, Hagee is a member of the Dove Award-winning Southern Gospel quartet Canton Junction and also records and tours with his family’s vocal group, The Hagees.

Difference Media is a division of Cornerstone Church, founded and pastored by John Hagee. The label features some of the leading names in Gospel music, including Aaron & Amanda Crabb, Canton Junction, Matthew Hagee, Tim Duncan, The Cornerstone Sanctuary Choir, John Hagee and The Hagees. A non-denominational evangelical church, Cornerstone Church is home to John Hagee Ministries, which telecasts Pastor Hagee’s radio and television teachings throughout America and in more than 190 countries around the globe. The ministry also operates GETV, a 24/7 online television and video on-demand broadcast of sermons and original programming, as well as music videos and performances by Difference Media artists.

For further information, visit differencemedia.org, matthewhagee.com or turningpointpr.com.

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

The members of The Freemans are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of March 30. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Erwins, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Porter Family. An article entitled "Where Are They Now" is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. Darrell Freeman and The Stamps Quartet sing, and the show includes exclusive video of The Kinsmen, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at The Mid Arkansas Southern Gospel Convention, in Plumerville, AR, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive television clip of The Blackwood Brothers.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, and on Roku on FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedule for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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Daily Devotion

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Morning

Last week, Jeff and I were watching an episode of the Andy Griffith Show. It was the one where Andy was a marriage counselor, trying to get a bickering couple to get along. He suggested that they begin each day being nicer to each other by saying, “Morning Dear” and “Morning Honey”. So, for a week after that episode, Jeff and I would all day long, in our best Andy voice, say “Morning Dear”, “Morning Honey”.

It reminded me of the importance of starting your day in the best way possible. It’s Biblical to begin your day with God, but too many of us begin our day with an obnoxious alarm clock, and all day long, we’re angry! Some of us start our day with the ‘mullygrubs’ and even though I’m not certain of the definition or the spelling, I do know what the mullygrubs are!

This week, start your mornings off with God. You may begin by saying Thank-you, when you open your eyes. God has given you another day! Look at the first person you see, whether it is your spouse, your children or your co-worker and see the beauty in them, thanking God for them being a part of your life. Memorize and quote to yourself, ‘morning’ scriptures, there are several from which to choose. And trying saying, “Morning Dear”…you never know, someone may reply with “Morning Honey”.


Psalm 5:3
King James Version (KJV)
3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.


Psalm 63:1
King James Version (KJV)
63 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;


Lamentations 3:22-23
King James Version (KJV)
22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.


Ezekiel 12:8
King James Version (KJV)
8 And in the morning came the word of the Lord unto me, saying,


Isaiah 50:4
King James Version (KJV)
4 The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - March 31, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
16
Long Live the King Old Paths
1(3)
2
2
10
Finish Well Karen Peck & New River
1
3
3
20
Lift Up His Name Browders
3
4
4
12
Lead Me Home Freemans
4
5
9
9
When He Calls I'll Fly Away Talleys
5
6
8
9
Show a Little Bit of Love & Kindness Collingsworth Family
6
7
12
7
A Hill Worth Dying On McKameys
7
8
5
21
The Blood & Its Power Perrys
4
9
6
25
He Can Move That Stone Whisnants
1
10
10
26
I See Grace Booth Brothers
1(4)
11
7
12
Shine Zane & Donna King
6
12
18
20
I Know How It Feels to Survive Jeff & Sheri Easter
12
13
22
3
For All He's Done Greater Vision
13
14
11
10
Sweeter As the Days Go By Canton Junction
10
15
19
3
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
15
16
13
34
Because He Loved Me Triumphant Quartet
2
17
17
15
So Good Charlotte Ritchie
17
18
16
11
Meanwhile Back at the Cross Gordon Mote
9
19
15
21
Walk Together Children Isaacs
15
20
29
3
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
20
21
28
3
Stronger TaRanda Greene
21
22
21
16
We'll Work Cathedrals Family Reunion
14
23
23
8
No Two Ways Inspirations
20
24
30
6
God Has Been Good to Me Barry Rowland & Deliverance
24
25
26
17
Whenever I Hear His Name Hoskins Family
7
26
36
5
Sometimes He Whispers Adam Crabb
26
27
33
4
More Like Jesus, Less Like Me Mercy's Well
27
28
27
11
In the Depths of the Sea Devin McGlamery
26
29
25
22
Love Is Stronger Jason Crabb
16
30
24
21
Walking With My Eyes On Jesus Beyond the Ashes
24
31
34
2
Makes Me Wanna Go Skyline Boys Quartet
31
32
37
4
Rise Again Sisters
32
33
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1
So Many Reasons Dixie Echoes
33
34
*
1
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
34
35
32
9
Funeral Plans Wilburn & Wilburn
18
36
20
20
Wonderful Time Up There Mark Trammell Quartet
11
37
35
4
Jesus Saves Steve Ladd
27
38
31
11
If I'm Guilty Aaron & Amanda Crabb
26
39
38
8
Seven Days Red Roots
29
40
40
4
That's What Heaven Will Be Blackwood Brothers Quartet
39
TW - This week on the chart
LW - Last week on the chart
#WK - Number of weeks
on the chart
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Indicates 1st Week on chart
Greatest Gain on Chart
On chart the longest
Highest on chart after dropping off

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News & Scoops

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Tune-in Alert - Southern Sound - NOW

It's happening NOW!!!!! The Southern Sound concert is streaming live now at 6:00PM EST.
Click the link below to catch their full concert:

http://lakegibsonchurch.com/?subpages/TELEVISION-PAGE.shtml

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Daily Devotion

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Peaceful on Purpose

When Jesus left this earth, He said that He was leaving His peace with us. Now the decision we have to make is, are we going to choose to live in the peace He has given us?

Of course, the devil works overtime to try to get you upset. Why? Because he knows that if you don't remain peaceful, you can't hear from God.

If you watch your life, you'll be amazed at how many times a week Satan launches an attack against you for the sole purpose of stealing your peace. When I finally saw that, God said to me in my spirit, "If the devil wants your peace that badly, then there must be something pretty powerful about being peaceful."

It's true! So now when the devil tries to steal my peace, I enjoy holding on to it, knowing that I'm getting the better of him. That doesn't mean I don't feel upset, but I can do something positive about it, I can control myself and be peaceful on purpose.

Being peaceful on purpose is something we have to do for ourselves. Will you choose God's peace?

Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for providing me with Your peace. When the devil tries to steal my peace, reveal his plans to me. I won't let him take my peace. Instead, I'll remain rooted in You.

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LaBreeska Hemphill Undergoes Brain Surgery

(Nashville, TN) March 27, 2014 – LaBreeska Hemphill, matriarch of the legendary gospel music family The Hemphills, is recovering well from a recent brain surgery. Several weeks ago, LaBreeska began suffering from frequent headaches. After finding no relief, she decided to see a doctor. Upon a seemingly routine checkup, the doctors discovered a large mass pushing against LaBreeska’s brain, and she was rushed immediately to Vanderbilt Hospital to see a specialist. The diagnosis of a brain mass was confirmed, and surgery was scheduled. On March 14, what was supposed to be a three to five hour intense surgery, successfully ended in just an hour and a half. The doctor stated, "We have a sea of good news, and a best-case scenario." The biopsy of the mass returned benign, and LaBreeska is now home and recovering very well.

LaBreeska Hemphill commented: "It was the prayers of my precious family and friends and my Father God that made all the difference."

LaBreeska and the entire Hemphill family are extremely thankful for the kind words, prayers, acts of kindness, cards, food, and donations she has received during this trying time. Candy Hemphill Christmas says, “On behalf of my brothers, Trent and Joey, and my father, Joel Hemphill, thank you so much for your continued prayers and support! My Mother is the glue that holds this family together and we thank God that she is making a full recovery!”

To send a get-well card or love gift, please direct all correspondence to:
LaBreeska Hemphill
c/o Candy Christmas / The Bridge Ministry
P.O. Box 463
Goodlettsville, TN 37070

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Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Gets New Look

Nashville, TN (March 28, 2014) When the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards were started 13 years ago a plaque was handed out, a few years later a contest was held to name the official award and the name Ovation was adopted. With that decision we wanted to keep things fresh, so the star shaped award was chosen. It was well received by most, although in some circles it was called a “doorstop”, nevertheless, the Ovation Award can be found in some prestigious curios and bookshelves, and who knows, maybe even behind a few doors.

Deon Unthank, President of AbsolutelyGospel.com stated “I really loved the look of the star shaped Ovation, however it was time to upgrade the award, but I couldn't find anything of the quality I was looking for and keep the star shape. I decided that if I was going to change the award now was the time to make it a complete change. My late wife, Susan, was always about change, so I am confident that she is smiling down from Heaven liking the new awards.”

The new AGM Awards are made of hand-blown glass and each one is unique so no two awards are alike, just as no two singers, songwriters, producers, engineers or songs are alike. Each person puts their own signature on any project they are involved in just as each of these awards are uniquely different. This feature makes the new awards more distinct than any other award given in Southern Gospel Music. The new award was shown to a few select artists and the reaction was all the same. The common phrase was 'Oh, that is beautiful, I love it.”

Editor in Chief of Absolutely Gospel, Chris Unthank stated “Keeping our high standards as the 'state of the art' in Gospel Music E-zines, change is inevitable and I like what we have done. The name of the award is still the Ovation.”

The new awards will be handed out at the 13th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Awards on April 15th in Smryna, TN, at the River of Life Church at 7PM. Known as the “classiest” awards program in the Southern Gospel Music genre, you can still get your reserved seating tickets at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information about the AGM Awards go to http://www.absolutelygospel.com .

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Daily Devotion

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Pray Anyway

On this March day, I want to ask all of you that need something from God to STOP where you are, and let’s chat. I want to lead an experiment, can I do that? If at all possible go to a quiet place. Turn the noise off…stuff socks in mouths, whatever is necessary. Leave the room. Now, let’s spend a couple of minutes thanking God for keeping us…..let’s start this day off right!!!!

Lord, I thank you for Your hand on my life for these 58 years. The touch that I first felt as a child….the anointing that I knew was there when I was too young to know the word. Lord through the close calls…when the devil meant to sift me as wheat, the times when a physical attack was imminent…the 43 stitches in my throat when I was 17…Lord how You stopped the blade from penetrating the jugular vein, a centimeter shy of penetration…the attacker that ran rather than finishing me off….and Lord the times when we first left Grace Chapel to go into the music…how You provided, how You opened doors that no man could shut…..I could go on and on….and on and on…..that open heart surgery that You took me through like it was nothing…only You could have done that. Doctors can do much, but Lord you are the difference maker!!! But on this day Lord, I want to tell You how much I love You. How thankful I am for my family, how blessed I am to be loved by You…how much I appreciate grace, and favor, and beauty, and love, and humor…and all aspects of the human spirit…and this thing called life that You have so abundantly given us. I thank You for my 14 grand babies…and I thank You for my entire family, I thank You for my friends…for all blessings. For Lord, we are a blessed people! How awesome it is to know that You knew us before we were! You knew us, You called us, You loved us….and that is a bit hard to wrap my brain around, but it is a fact!! Now Lord….I pray for healing for my brothers and sisters…mind, body and spirit. I pray for jobs, bonuses, favor and wisdom for those that need a financial miracle. Lord I am asking BECAUSE YOU told us to ask. I pray for safe travels to the traveler, peace to the troubled, love to the broken…and above all, truth to all. Let us know the truth about You and your plan for our lives. Let us STOP playing games, be honest with ourselves..and maybe a few other people too. Let the hypocrisy end within the walls of the church. Let us be a witness to the world. Let us forgive others, even when they don’t ask, and let us march toward a blood stained cross…..daily. Let us have a back bone when it comes to morals, defend the rights given by God and our country, let us be a people that doesn’t take the low road, but the high road. Let us not buckle to resistance but stand up to the enemy…and redeem our youth with Holiness teaching, not Hollywood garbage!! Lord we know that compromise is not applicable to the WORD of GOD…and we know that in the end the truth is all we have. The Word is our truth. And Lord let us, the church…learn to pray for healing. Let us remember that BY YOUR STRIPES. Lord help me to be bold and not weak when I ask!! For without asking, we WILL NOT receive. Lord let me be so prayed up that I can ask YOU for the impossible and rightfully expect!!

Lord forgive me for the stupid things I say, forgive me for being so busy that you struggle to get my attention to tell me what YOUR will is for a situation. I trust You more than I knew I could trust anyone, and I love YOU with everything I have. I am an imperfect, chubby, hyper active, middle aged, child…but yes, I AM still Your child. And I am thankful to be able to talk to my King, my Father, my best friend!!

And finally, Lord I pray for that one that has used me, thrown me away, and tried to destroy me! Lord, this is YOUR battle not mine. You said You would set a table for me in the presence of mine enemies. Well Lord, I am ASKING you to silence them also. Lord those that hate for no reason, want to destroy without cause, I pray the mighty BIG HAND of God hold the enemy back, and I rebuke that demonic spirit of jealousy and hate toward me, and all believers…brothers and sisters that bind with me daily to pray for the sick, lift up the broken. Lord I am asking for a season of rest!! You are able!

Lord, You know my heart and my intent! Help me to always show love with actions not “cheap” words. For the world doesn’t respond to our rhetoric, but they respond to action, a helping hand, a hot meal, an ear to listen, a mentor to guide them….let us be the feet and hands, not the annoying noise to them.

And Lord, I ask You to bless my family. These kids that proclaim the Gospel night after night, Lord anoint them with boldness and a NEW desire to see the lost brought to light. Lord grant wisdom for these “new” seasons and blessings in their faith walk, for I know that YOU own the cattle on a thousand hills, and I know that You are a provisional God!! YES I DO! I have seen YOU work miracles many, many times, and I am looking forward to seeing, up close and personal, many more!! Lord protect my babies in their travels and their health!! Direct their paths, choices, and order their every step. I pray for a FRESH anointing on their ministries, individually, and corporately!! Lord I pray for the spouses as they sacrifice and often spend time without their husband/wife, keep the home fires burning, and walk in ministry along side their wife/husband. Lord I pray all 6 of my children and their families never forget that God has provided EVERY need they have brought before You. You have been faithful in finances, health, even a miracle thrown in here and there. Lord I thank You for Your protection over Eva when she fell out of that second story window, and Lord I AM aware that by man’s account she should have been dead, but You stepped in and said NO, not this time!! Lord thank You for the BIG HAND of protection that came down and prevented Kelly, Mike, Terah, and kids from being in the funeral home the day after they hit that big old semi in the bus…for that was truly a miracle…..LORD I PRAISE You for the healing that slowly came for Kelly’s broken back, and Lord I praise you that Katelanne’s scar is minimal to that pretty heart shaped face, and thank You for giving Mike his life back after that horrible brain injury!! Lord I thank You for 14 safe deliveries of these grandchildren, for momma and baby!!

Lord I thank You for providing Krystal with a job when the Crabb Family quit and she had to “start over” in a new employment world. Lord I thank You for allowing me to have the health and ability to “start over” at 50. And Lord I thank You for Steve…..for when I felt I would never be loved again by a man,when I felt rejected and unworthy, You sent him. When I felt I could never be happy again, his gentle kind spirit nursed me back to trust and happiness!! And Lord, could You give him an extra blessings for being so good to my family!! You know he deserves it!! And Lord I thank You for a home that is filled with peace and contentment. I thank You for a beautiful life after the fact. When the devil told me I wasn’t good enough to succeed, You lifted me up, dusted me off, and placed favor on my life, once again. Lord I thank You for the Crabb Family story, the favor you poured on our faith, the blessing You paved the road with, the souls that You allow those kids to see delivered daily. Lord I thank You for allowing me to have a front row seat from day one, to have the stories to tell and videos to watch!

Lord I thank You for all of my family, all of them, my children that I birthed, and my children that I chose…..I pray for their safety and choices. I thank You for the Hannahs and ask You to bless them, for they have been so good to me!! And Lord, all of my friends and family scattered here and there, back in KY, and all over the country for that matter, blood family, love family, friends and prayer partners, I pray that YOU bless them this day. Wrap them and love them like only You can do.

And Lord I pray for my grand babies. From the oldest to the youngest. Lord YOU know every need they have. You know Edie’s heart, mind and soul…and how You love her. I rebuke the enemy of her soul!!! I speak life to her in Jesus name! She is beautiful, talented, and Lord we gave her to You as a baby. SHE is Your property. Lord I pray over Hope and Cameron, as they enter their teen years I pray protection over their gifts, for You have mighty work for them to do!! For these two are called and purposed. Ashleigh, Hannah, and Katelanne….as these 5th graders all approach this tween age, I pray they begin to desire to know You in a personal way, that they begin to feel Your touch like never before, I pray their little hearts stay innocent and hungry for You, for Lord, they too are Yours. Their gifts are Yours. They are the seed of the righteous!! We are borrowing them, but their gifts are Yours!! And Lord Logan and Eli, You and I both know how special these “twin cousins” are and that their place in our family is a “special” place. Being the first grandsons, and knowing God had a special plan, starting with the day they were born, making sure they both came early, and on the same day! The legacy of ministry rests on them, that is clear to see! God, YOU will use them, I am sure of that!! And Emma, Gracie, Eva, and Sophie….these four little girls are truly one of my greatest delights, and God how I pray a protective blessing over them. There is enough spunk and tenacity between them to run the country….God, how YOU can use this formula!! How awesome would it be if ALL Christians spunkily stood up for their faith? Well these girls will not disappoint YOU!! They could collectively evangelize the world. Lord help us to keep them grounded and in YOU! And Charlee, Lord I pray the world will be at his feet, but that You will always be his heart. Lord I pray protection over his gifts, for he is the called and chosen, and Lord he’s yours. Keep him in the palm of Your big hand. And then there’s baby Ean. And Lord when we were surprised with the news that Amanda would have another child, I knew in my heart that this was Your plan, and that this baby would be special, and would have a work that no one else would or could do. I anxiously await and want to live long enough to see what YOU have for this child.

Lord as I close this prayer that I have typed and cried while doing so, I ask that You let these words on a computer screen be a reminder to many to just give it up and stop the worrying….and just pray.





Folks: Pray anyway…when you’re broken inside….you don’t know how to fix that person, that financial mountain….that disease that is wrecking your body. Pray!! For truly it is the most powerful weapon we have. We wrestle not against flesh and blood…….spiritual battles must mean spiritual warfare.



As I close I want to thank you for having this time of prayer with me. Let’s walk in Him today. And truly, always know…always…that there is a 58 year old granny in TN that loves you and will pray with you anytime.

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2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration Rounds Out List of Performers By Featuring Prominent

Nashville, TN (March 27, 2014) The administrators and staff of AbsolutelyGospel.com are proud to announce the final performers for the upcoming Absolutely Gospel Music Awards Celebration. In keeping with the tradition of thinking outside of the box, this year’s AGM Awards will play host to performances from celebrated songwriters.

The Awards Celebration will feature reigning Songwriter of the Year (Artist) Jim Brady along with his wife, AGM Award winning songwriter Melissa Brady. Also, 2013’s Songwriter of the Year (Professional) Sue C. Smith, AGM Award winner Kenna West, and multiple nominee Jason Cox will perform their Song of the Year nominated hit “Calvary’s Cry” (originally recorded by Brian Free & Assurance) during the program.

“We are so excited about recognizing some of the best songwriters in the business in this capacity,” mentioned Deon Unthank, President of AbsolutelyGospel.com. “We were the first awards program in all of Gospel music to split up our Songwriter and Producer of the Year categories to make sure that those songwriters and producers who don’t normally promote themselves to the industry get the recognition they deserve. This was just a natural step in the progression of our awards program.”

Chris Unthank, Editor in Chief of AbsolutelyGospel.com stated, “This has been an idea that has been ruminating in my mind for many years, and I’m so excited that we finally get to see it come to pass. We have always championed the behind the scenes people in this industry, and we can’t wait to showcase them to the general Southern Gospel audience in this manner.”

The performances of Jim & Melissa Brady, and Smith, West and Cox join the already impressive list of performers which include The Isaacs, Tribute Quartet, the Bowling Family, Beyond the Ashes, The Freemans, the Gaither Vocal Band’s Adam Crabb, the Sneed Family, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Browders, Karen Peck & New River and The Nelons.

The hosts for this year’s Awards Celebration are two of the industry’s most respected and beloved women. Hosting the awards together this year are Karen Peck Gooch and Kelly Nelon Clark.

In addition, the program is returning the multi-artist tribute to a legend in the Gospel music community. This year, the AGM Awards will be honoring the Easter Brothers. The tribute will be hosted by Jeff Easter and feature a bevy of special guests including Bluegrass icons Dailey & Vincent, Jeff and Sheri Easter, The Isaacs, Kelly Nelon Clark, and The Freemans.

The Absolutely Gospel Music Awards will be held at River of Life Church in Smyrna, Tennessee on Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014. The event is free to the public, however the only way to guarantee seating is to reserve seats by making a $10 donation to AbsolutelyGospel.com. For more information on that, visit http://absolutelygospel.com/index.php/content/articles/2014-absolutely-gospel-music-awards-information

The Awards Celebration will stream live again this year. More information will be forthcoming.

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Gospel Music Today For The Week

Bob Jones, Jr., of The Songfellows Quartet, is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of March 23 and Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Horn Family, and Jean reviews a new recording by Mallory Ledford. An article about The Blackwood Brothers' anniversary is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound sing, and the show includes exclusive video of N Him Trio, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at The Mid Arkansas Southern Gospel Convention, in Plumerville, AR. There is also a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Gold City.

The show is on KWHB TV47 in Oklahoma every Sunday at 4:30 PM, on Roku FFE TV Monday at 8:00 PM and AllNations TV Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Check local TV schedules for Beaumont, TX, Tyler, TX. Atlanta, TX, and Morrilton, AR. The current edition of Gospel Music Today is online now at the Gospel Music Today website, http://www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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Steve Hess and Southern Salvation Release New Recording and Single

Steve Hess and Southern Salvation have announced that their newly anticipated recording and single are releasing today.



Living Proof, the new project showcases this trio in an all new dynamic. Since the inception of Steve Hess and Southern Salvation, the trio has released a number of first class recordings, but Living Proof places this trio in a whole new realm. Audiences everywhere are being blessed by the exciting new sound of Steve Hess & Southern Salvation with Tenor John McCall and Lead Jay Arview. The ministry of these outstanding men of vision and passion is touching the lives of listeners in a profound way.



Hess states “I have never been more excited about any recording or any group of men I have recorded with, in my musical career than this project, and these men. "Living Proof" is the type of recording that solidifies what our message has always been but speaks new light into it. I believe with all my heart that God gave all of the writers, the songs that He wanted us to convey through this project and at the same time we were inspired because they ministered to us as well.”



The first single shipped to radio stations across America is “Mountain of Grace” from the pen of award winning songwriter Dianne Wilkinson. Dianne is quoted as to state “I Am So Excited About Steve Hess And Southern Salvation Sending "Mountain Of Grace" To Radio. They Do A Fantastic Job On This Song Which Will Take God's Children Back To The Cross...To Reflect, And To Be Thankful.” The single is available with Jan Puryear Promotions



Eric Melton of Choice Promotions and Management says "Working with Steve is a real blessing, Since we began working together almost 5 years ago, we have developed a true friendship. It is exciting to see his passion for Music and the Gospel message that is communicated through the project Living Proof. I feel confident that they will continue to attract even more people to their music. With the addition of new vocalists Jay Arview and John McCall, you have three men that are moved upon by God’s Spirit to carry the gospel in a greater dimension. Already in places where they have been traveling and performing several of the selections from the recording, they are receiving overwhelming response from Gospel Music Fans and Radio Station personnel alike".



You can find more information including product orders and itineraries at http://www.southernsalvation.com.

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Daily Devotion

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In the Midst of It All

I admit it. I have a hard time with the book and the story of Job. Why? Because, at first glance, it seems to take God 38 chapters to show up. Thirty-eight chapters of satanic attack, false accusations, physical deterioration, marital stress; and Job wants to know, "Where is God?”

Have you ever felt that way? How many of life's chapters did you go through wondering where God was? The waiting rooms, the employment offices, and maybe even the funeral homes—where was He?

Job seemed to have lost everything he held dear. His children were suddenly killed. His livestock stolen or destroyed. Three friends sat silently for seven days and stared at this grief-stricken man. Then to top it off, Job's wife said, "Drop this integrity thing you have with God. Curse Him, die, and get it over."

"Hey, Lord, this sure would be a good time to come charging in on a white horse and save the day."

Yep. At first glance, there seems to be no sign of God.

Better watch that first glance. Don't believe it yet.

Like Job, it may take you a few chapters to realize it, but you will eventually see God is never absent from your side, nor is He blind to your need.

Some of the greatest affirmations of faith found in the entire Bible finally come from the lips of Job. Listen to his words.

"Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15).

"The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord" (Job 1:21).

"For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth: and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God" (Job 19:25-26).

In the midst of all he went through, Job came to this conclusion: "God exists, and He remains near even when my circumstances seem to contradict it."

What brought him to such a conclusion?

He looked.

In Job 38, God basically said, "Be reminded of who I am by taking a new look at all I've done."

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?" (Job 38:4).

"Where were you when I told the waters of the ocean that they could only go so far up the beach?" (Job 38:8, paraphrased).

A good look at all God has done is always a strength to my faith.

A fresh look at His creation is all I need to join in with Jeremiah and declare, "Ah, Lord God! You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing Is too hard for you" (Jeremiah 32:17).

He listened.

In Job 42:5, Job said, "I have heard you by the listening of the ear; and my eyes see you also."

Never forget, a listening ear leads to a vision of God's faithfulness. Can you hear God when He speaks, or is your mind cluttered by the many voices that compete for your attention?

Jesus said, "He that has ears to hear, let him hear" (Matthew 11:15).

Listen to the wisdom of His Word. Listen to the warnings of His Word, and don't forget to listen for the wonder (majesty) of His Word.

David said, "Your word I have hidden In my heart that I might not sin against You" (Psalm 119:11).

He leaned.

Job finally placed his weight of trust on the Lord. Have you learned to do that? Maybe you're like the man who took his first plane ride. Upon arrival, his family asked how he liked the experience. He said, "Oh, it was all right, I suppose, but you know, I never did put all my weight on that thing the whole time it was in the air."

Have you learned to totally lean on Jesus? His Word says, "Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you" (I Peter 5:7).

You can know this for sure: when you lean on Him, He won't sway or be shaken. He consistently stands firm in order to support you through your struggles.

You can trust His heart for you. He's there … always.



Tim Hill

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Daily Devotion

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From The Choir Loft

Recently Soul'd Out sang in Kissimmee, FL.

That morning, while our tenor Dusty Barrett was singing a solo, the rest of us sat in the choir loft. There in front of me was the church keyboard and opened up was a praise and worship songbook. The song that was showing was "Change My Heart, O God."

I began to reminisce about singing that song many times through my life. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and I realized that if there ever was a prayer that I should pray, it's "Change My Heart, O God."

I admit openly that over the last few weeks, I have found myself being frustrated over the least little things. I have spoke harshly to Yvonne and I've let my frustrations affect our marriage and friendship. It's even affected my job in ministry.

See, hard times are gonna come. Situations are going to arise that I'm not going to have control over. People will hurt me and quite simply, life is going to happen.

How I react is the most important part.

How is my heart during those times? Do I seek God and pray during those moments of frustration? Most times, sadly, I don't.

I am thankful that God is a God of second, third, fourth and thousandth chances... All I have to do is to ask His forgiveness and pray,

Change my heart oh God,

Make it ever true.
Change my heart oh God,
May I be like You.

You are the potter,
I am the clay,
Mold me and make me,
This is what I pray.

God wants to daily mold us into His Son's likeness. We must allow Him to form us and shape us into His plan for our life.

Do you need God to do a work in YOUR heart? Have you found yourself bitter and easily frustrated over the smallest things? Do you need Him to give you strength to overcome a secret sin?

Take a few moments and pray the lyrics to that simple yet profound song...

Thank you Lord for your forgiveness. Father, change my heart and make me new. In Jesus name, Amen.


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Channing Eleton Nominated For Singing News Fan Award

Dalton, GA (March 24, 2014) What a way to start spring as Multi-Award nominated Singer/Songwriter/Musician Channing Eleton receives a nomination from the Singing News Fan Awards for New Soloist.

Speaking of the Fan Award nomination Channing commented "For my friends to recognize and support what I'm doing these days is truly an amazing honor. Knowing that I took a huge step of faith to present this whole other side of my artistry and ministry, makes it even more special. Thank you, thank you, thank you for nominating me for NEW SOLOIST in The Singing News Fan Awards."

First getting noticed with Phil Cross, Channing propelled to prominence as the piano player for Gold City. Since then he has established himself as one of the most respectable solo ministries in the Gospel Music world.

The next round of voting for the Singing News Awards will be in the July edition of the magazine.

For more information about Channing Eleton go to http://channingeleton.com or https://www.facebook.com/channingeleton .

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Rick Campbell Of Campbell and Rowley Suffers Loss

Beckley, WV (March 24,2014) Campbell and Rowley's lead vocalist Rick Campbell is requesting prayer for his family as his one day old grandson passed away yesterday.

On his FaceBook page Rick commented “Yesterday, we were proudly celebrating baby Jaxon's entry into this world. Today, we celebrate his entry into another new, and this time perfect world, as Jaxon has gone on to his eternal home. We'll never know, at least in this lifetime, why God decided to take him so soon. But we do know that in the one day, three hours, and ten minutes that he was here, he gave and received immeasurable joy and love. We'll miss you Jaxon . . . see you on the other side. In the meantime, go rest high.”

Death is never easy, but grandbabies have a way of grabbing your heart the minute you hold them. Little Jaxon had trouble holding his oxygen level and then it was discovered that he had a heart problem. Please hold the Campbell family in your thoughts and prayers.

You can contact the Rick Campbell family with your statements of sympathy at https://www.facebook.com/rick.campbell.1238
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Campbell and Rowley are managed by Bev McCann and Friends.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - March 24, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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ARTIST
PEAK
1
2
15
Long Live the King Old Paths
1(2)
2
1
9
Finish Well Karen Peck & New River
1
3
3
19
Lift Up His Name Browders
3
4
4
11
Lead Me Home Freemans
4
5
5
20
The Blood & Its Power Perrys
4
6
7
24
He Can Move That Stone Whisnants
1
7
6
11
Shine Zane & Donna King
6
8
10
8
Show a Little Bit of Love & Kindness Collingsworth Family
8
9
8
8
When He Calls I'll Fly Away Talleys
8
10
9
25
I See Grace Booth Brothers
1(4)
11
12
9
Sweeter As the Days Go By Canton Junction
10
12
13
6
A Hill Worth Dying On McKameys
12
13
16
33
Because He Loved Me Triumphant Quartet
2
14
15
11
Thank You Lord Soul'd Out Quartet
14
15
17
20
Walk Together Children Isaacs
15
16
14
10
Meanwhile Back at the Cross Gordon Mote
9
17
19
14
So Good Charlotte Ritchie
17
18
18
19
I Know How It Feels to Survive Jeff & Sheri Easter
13
19
30
2
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
19
20
11
19
Wonderful Time Up There Mark Trammell Quartet
11
21
20
15
We'll Work Cathedrals Family Reunion
14
22
38
2
For All He's Done Greater Vision
22
23
23
7
No Two Ways Inspirations
20
24
25
20
Walking With My Eyes On Jesus Beyond the Ashes
24
25
22
21
Love Is Stronger Jason Crabb
16
26
21
16
Whenever I Hear His Name Hoskins Family
7
27
26
10
In the Depths of the Sea Devin McGlamery
26
28
32
2
Stronger TaRanda Greene
28
29
40
2
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
29
30
29
5
God Has Been Good to Me Barry Rowland & Deliverance
29
31
28
10
If I'm Guilty Aaron & Amanda Crabb
26
32
24
8
Funeral Plans Wilburn & Wilburn
18
33
33
3
More Like Jesus, Less Like Me Mercy's Well
33
34
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1
Makes Me Wanna Go Skyline Boys Quartet
34
35
27
3
Jesus Saves Steve Ladd
27
36
31
4
Sometimes He Whispers Adam Crabb
30
37
36
3
Rise Again Sisters
36
38
35
7
Seven Days Red Roots
29
39
37
20
It Wouldn't Bother Me to Be the Last Mark Bishop
18
40
39
3
That's What Heaven Will Be Blackwood Brothers Quartet
39
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Daily Devotion

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Fickle

I remember the first time I ever heard the word, ‘fickle’ used. It was in middle school and it was used to describe a little girl who liked one boy yesterday and another today. It means not constant, or dependable, or ever changing. We as Christians should never be fickle; we should be founded on a solid rock in our beliefs, our actions and our deeds.

Sometimes we are all guilty of changing our minds like the way the wind blows…whatever someone else believes is right, isn’t necessarily, but we will sway in our opinions if we hear a strong enough defense. The Bible says this shouldn’t be.

Often times, we make bold statements about someone else’s behavior, when in actuality our own behavior could use some improvement. First of all, it’s not our problem when someone else behaves inappropriately…that’s God’s job to be the parent, not ours. Secondly, how can you ‘fix’ someone else, if you haven’t figured out how to ‘fix’ yourself?

We need to love more, and trust that God is able to parent His own children, ourselves included. Blessings and curses shouldn’t come from the same mouth…guard your words, your actions and your deeds, stand on a firm foundation, with roots that run deep, and withstand the winds that come against you, without being fickle.


James 3:10
King James Version (KJV)
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.


Matthew 13:3-8
King James Version (KJV)
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.


Matthew 7:3-5
King James Version (KJV)
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

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It’s Hard To Be Humble

I was just remembering a song I heard years ago that said, "OH LORD IT’S HARD TO BE HUMBLE, WHEN YOU’RE PERFECT IN EVERY WAY". Oh, I know that was "Tongue & Cheek", but HUMILITY is a quality that God calls us to. So many don’t really know what HUMILITY is, but God certainly does. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a "GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY".

Websters Dictionary states that there are various interpretations of HUMILITY and it can’t definately be defined, But, HUMILITY is truly the freedom to be the person GOD created you to be. Hey, it’s no big deal to be humble when you’ve been brought down, but to be humble when you’re praised is what God is calling us to. God doesn’t ask you to represent yourself as LESS, or MORE than He created you to be. HUMILITY is the first virtue of a Christian and the foundation of all VIRTUES to follow. HUMILITY is knowing who you are in CHRIST and that’s an IDENTITY that God can bless. We are children of God and reminding myself of that simple truth, HUMBLES me. In Luke 14:11, Jesus said, "Whoever exalts HIMSELF will be HUMBLED, and he who HUMBLES himself will be exalted."

So, I think, TODAY is a GOOD DAY to remind oursleves to "Be CLOTHED in HUMILITY, as 1 Peter 5:5 says.

It’s your HUMBLE SERVANT, Pastor Phil with "A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY" God bless!

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Bev McCann and Friends Promote Concert Supporting Sunday Mornin’ Country

Nashville, TN (March 21, 2014) Long time Gospel music enthusiast Bev McCann and Friends will be promoting a Gospel concert on March 30th at 6PM at the Family Worship Center in Murfreesboro, TN.

The concert is to support and bring attention to the Annual Sunday Morning Country concert.

The Music City Christian Fellowship has been presenting this concert for years as an attempt to bring attention to the number of Christian artists in Country music. In June 1980, a group of Country Music artists and musicians wanted to honor God with the talents He had given them by sharing their songs and personal stories of faith. They came together in prayer and fellowship. They decided to have "A singin', prayin' get-together" for the Country Music fans during the annual Country Music Fan Fair Celebration (currently known as CMA Music Festival). Some 40-50 singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters, etc. were involved in the first "Sunday Mornin' Country”. The event was so well received that the group organized to do similar ministries all year long.

As a prelude to the Sunday Mornin', Bev McCann and Friends are giving you a sample of the talent that will be performing. Bev is bringing together some great country sounds with Special Guest Tim Lovelace (Host, singer, and comedian for the Music city Show) along with the Blue Jean Band backing such artists as the Positive Cowboy – Jim Sheldon, Country/Gospel duo Campbell and Rowley, Rachel Taylor, and of course host Bev McCann.

For information about the concert call 615-893-0968.

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Written: 03/21/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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The Erwins Featured on DayStar’s Gospel Music Showcase.

"2014 New Mixed Group" nominee, The Erwins, will be featured on DayStar's popular program, Gospel Music Showcase.
The Erwins join Gospel Music Showcase host, Guy Penrod, for exclusive interviews and live performances this Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Keith Erwin stated, "Our family is very honored for the opportunity to share our music and ministry with Daystar's audience of over 102 million households across this country. We pray that our message of hope will reach the masses."
For further details and promo spots please visit http://www.daystar.com/gms. For more information about the music and ministry of The Erwins, visit their official website at http://www.erwinministries.com.

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Cross Pointe’s Music Video to Broadcast Nationally Via Harmony Road Television

( Lancaster , OH ) The talented trio, Cross Pointe, is experiencing great success with their video, “All My Tears.” The Executive Producer of Harmony Road Television has made the announcement that the video will broadcast at the conclusion of their Saturday, 8:30pm (ET) program, this week. The show has over 30 affiliate stations across the U.S. and it will be broadcast on NRB following American Gospel Onstage on DIRECTV channel 378. There is a potential audience of over 40 million homes. Bill Pitts of Cross Pointe notes, “Never did we anticipate the overwhelming potential of the reach of this video on that cold Saturday morning when we were shooting this video. To God be the glory!” To see it on youtube, go to http://www.crosspointemusic.com It will also be streaming live at http://www.nrbnetwork.tv. For a Cross Pointe press kit, contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or contact The Lutz Agency at 740-409-1060 .

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Southern Gospel Music Guild To Present Harmony Honors At Trinity City

Southern Gospel Music will be front and center at the Trinity Broadcasting Network's famed Trinity Music City in Nashville March 25th as TBN and Grammy Award winning Christian music artist Jason Crabb host the Southern Gospel Music Guild's 2014 Harmony Honors.

The annual Harmony Honors recognize the best and brightest singers, songwriters, quartets, groups, and innovators in this unique American musical genre that has comforted, inspired, and entertained generations of fans.

This year the Harmony Honors will recognize two of Southern Gospel Music's most storied publishing resources: Pathway Press and Stamps-Baxter Music. Southern Gospel aficionados will recognize Pathway Press as publisher of the classic “Red Back”Church Hymnal, used by thousands of churches across the South for over sixty years. Generations of gospel groups have dipped into the depths of the old “Red Back” hymnal for classic quartet and convention songs by such legendary songwriters as Albert Brumley, Vep Ellis, Luther Presley, Lee Roy Abernathy, and many others.

As for Stamps-Baxter Music, its classic “shaped-note” song books — with titles like Super Specials, Crystal Rays, Silver Tones, and Pearls of Paradise — have been used and cherished by Southern Gospel artists for over 75 years.

“I'm excited to be a part of this evening honoring the musical heritage that is so closely tied to gospel music,” said Harmony Honors host Jason Crabb. “The songs in the 'Red Back' hymnal and the Stamps-Baxter songbooks are the foundation for this music that is so loved. This is a well-deserved honor for both publishers and it's going to be a great night!”

Among the musical guests for this year's Harmony Honors will be some of the most beloved and popular names in Southern Gospel Music, including Karen Peck and New River, Three Bridges, the Bowling Family, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Gold City, the LeFevre Quartet, the Nelons, the Perrys, the Tribute Quartet, Legacy Five, Gerald Wolfe from Greater Vision, the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Whisnants, Stan Whitmire and the Mylon Hayes Family.

Also scheduled for a special guest appearance is former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, himself an accomplished musician and long-time fan of Southern Gospel Music.

TBN Vice President Matthew Crouch noted that Southern Gospel Music has been a regular part of TBN's history over the past 40-plus years. “We've welcomed many Southern Gospel greats over the years,” he said. “The rich harmonies and inspirational message of this sacred music have been a blessing to generations of TBN viewers. We're privileged once again to host the Harmony Honors.”

Admission to the March 25th live TBN taping of the Harmony Honors at Nashville's Trinity Music City is free to the public, with 1,500 seats available. Doors open at 6 p.m. (Central Time) and the program begins at 7 p.m.

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Wilburn & Wilburn New Radio Show on King of Kings Radio

Jonathan and Jordan Wilburn have just been named host of a new radio show, “Singing Down South” on King of Kings Radio. The show is a 55 minute set that airs every Sunday night at 10pm EST and features music from the top Southern Gospel artists. The segment will air on four stations in three states.

WTHL 90.5 FM in Somerset, KY
WWOG 90.9 FM in Cookeville, TN
WSGP 88.3 FM in Glasgow, KY
WZWP 89.5 FM in West Union, OH

Fans can also listen in at http://www.kingofkingsradio.com.

David Carr, Program Director at King of Kings Radio, commented, “Jonathan and Jordan are very charismatic, inspirational and spiritual. These qualities truly shine through in their programming!”

For more information on Wilburn & Wilburn, visit their website http://www.wilburn2.com/.

Wilburn & Wilburn are on Daywind Records along with such artists as Greater Vision, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Karen Peck and New River, the Browders and more. Daywind is distributed to Christian retail by New Day Christian Distributors (http://www.newdaychristian.com) and to the general market by Select O Hits.

For more information on Daywind, visit http://www.daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at 1-800-635-9581.

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Old Paths Return To Houston, TX

Back by Demand - Wednesday 26th, 6:00 PM Sagemont Church. Houston, Texas-

The Old Paths return to Houston Texas for a special evening concert and live DVD recording at Sagemont Church. Doug Roark of the Old Paths says, “We, along with Phillips, Craig, and Dean were a part of the Texas Baptist Convention Conference held at Sagemont Church this past year. Upon returning home, I received a phone call from the Pastor of the church, John D. Morgan, wanting to bring The Old Paths Quartet back to Sagemont for a full concert and Live DVD recording. We are thrilled to bring the greatest music in the world to Sagemont Church!”

The concert/DVD recording is sponsored by Sagemont Church, and its FREE and open to the public.

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Claude Hopper’s New “Claude’s Choco Candy”

The Hoppers' Claude Hopper, Gospel Music Hall of Fame legend and industry icon, has announced the release of his new brand new line of chocolate candy – “Claude’s Choco Candy.”

As most gospel music fans know, Claude Hopper carried a candy called ClodHoppers for many years. The Hershey Corporation recently acquired that trademark and the candy is no longer available. Ever the entrepreneur, Claude began searching for a new candy and “Claude’s Choco Candy” was born.

Proceeds from candy sales go to benefit the Hopper Heritage Foundation. Claude Hopper has been a fierce advocate for education among the youth. Claude Hopper began the Hopper Heritage Foundation over fifty years ago to offer scholarships to the next generation of singers, ministers and business executives who desire to further their education and who share Christian values.

Claude Hopper says, “I believe that this great country needs our next generation to be as successful in their life as the last generation – not necessarily in wealth, but rich in value, ready to sow what they have learned into the ones that follow them.”

Through ongoing support, Claude Hopper and the Hopper Heritage Foundation continues to enrich the lives of countless individuals each year.

"Claude's Choco Candy" is available at all Hoppers' concerts and online at http://www.shopthehoppers.com.

For more information on the Hopper Heritage Foundation, visit http://www.HopperHeritageFoundation.org

For more information on The Hoppers, visit http://www.TheHoppers.com

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Three Bridges Perform At The Harmony Honors

Nashville, TN (March 20, 2014) Three Bridges will be part of a FREE event at TBN's Trinity Music City on Tuesday, March 25th at 7:00 PM. The 2014 Harmony Honors will be giving tribute to the stalwart of Southern Gospel Music, The Red Back Hymnal.

The Harmony Honors is a yearly presentation by the Southern Gospel Music Guild and Three Bridges has been favored to be a part of these honors for several years. Three Bridges manager and Baritone singer, Elliot McCoy commented “Performing at the Harmony Honors is a highlight every year as we travel across the nation sharing the Gospel of Christ. Not only are the songs of the Red Back Hymnal a vital part of our history, but these songs still reach the hearts of people today.”

Other featured performers on the Harmony Honors tribute to the Red Back Hymnal include Karen Peck & New River, Legacy Five, The Nelons, The Perrys, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Gold City, The Bowling Family, Lefevre Quartet, Tribute Quartet, Mark Trammell Quartet, Mylon Hayes Family, The Whisnants, and Stan Whitmire. Special Guest for the event will be Former US Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Two other Nashville area appearances for Three Bridges are coming up quickly:



Sunday, March 23rd at 10:15 AM and 6:00 PM

Tusculum Hills Baptist Church

4930 Nolensville Road

Nashville, TN 37211

http://www.thbc.com



Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30 PM

Cornerstone Church

726 West Old Hickory Blvd.

Madison, TN 37115

http://www.cornerstonenashville.org

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MARK209 Releases “Tennessee Orange” to Radio

MARK209 and MCMG are excited to announce the release of "Tennessee Orange" to radio.

Written by BMI and IBMA Award winning songwriter, Tom Botkin ("On The Other Side", "Bonfire", "Who Prayed For Me") . "Tennessee Orange" is a moving story about a young man's choice to forgo his dreams of playing football to instead serve God and country. Though not related, the story is similar to that of the Boston College football player who gained national media attention for passing up a chance of playing in the NFL to become a Navy Seal (http://www.ijreview.com/2014/02/118252-boston-college-football-star-passes-chance-play-nfl-become-navy-seal/).

"We have seen this song go over huge everywhere we perform. At first, people seem to misunderstand the meaning of the song because of its title. But once the song begins and they listen to the story, they quickly change their mind. It has become our most requested song and we are thrilled to send it to radio and we are excited to see how it is accepted", says Bryan James Hatton, baritone for the quartet and the feature singer of the song.

MARK209 has also announced that a portion of the sales of this song, whether from CD sales or online downloads, is being donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, a veteran service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of 9/11/2001. "This is just something that we feel is right to do", states Ray Woconish, MARK209 bass vocalist and former US Navy Serviceman.

MARK209 is quickly becoming a household name, synonymous with high-energy performances, a devout fan base, and songs that speak to the heart of the people. Their unique style of music is what today's southern gospel music fan (both young and old) has been longing for. "Tennessee Orange" is another hit release from MARK209's signature CD, "On A Roll" for MCMG and is available through the group's website and all major digital download sites, including iTunes.

For more information about MARK209, visit their website (http://www.MARK209.com) or you can follow them on their social pages like Facebook (http://www.Facebook.com/MARK209) and Twitter (@MARK209music). #Mark209TNOrange

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Hoskins Family Landing Two Singing News Fan Award Nominations

Waynesville, Ohio (March 20,2014) The Hoskins Family is a name recognized in Southern Gospel music for some great hits in the past. As a result of coming off the road several years ago and having some real group changes the family has decided it was time to return to what they are called to do, but this time with a revised, updated version.

As a result, Singing News fans saw it appropriate to nominate the Hoskins Family as one of the New Mixed Groups.

Radio seems to like this new blend of the Hoskins Family as their first radio single since reorganizing as “Whenever I Hear His Name” stayed in the Top Ten on the Radio Charts for several months. It's no wonder that the fans are taking note of this great family group being on the Gospel Music scene again.

Featured singer for the group, Angie Hoskins Aldridge, was also nominated as Favorite Soprano. Angie stated “I do not consider myself as worthy of any awards, but I am extremely honored that Gospel Music fans would consider me one of their favorite Sopranos.”

Voting for the Singing News Awards continues in the July edition of the magazine.

You can learn more about the Hoskins Family at http://www.hoskinsworld.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheHoskinsFamily .

The Hoskins Family is booked by The Dominion Agency at 828-454-5900 .

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The Weapon of a Song

“As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.”
2 Chronicles 20:22

“The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the Lord….Then the temple of the Lord was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.”
2 Chronicles 5:13-14

“The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation….”
Exodus 15:2

Songs are powerful. Music goes where often words alone cannot. Songs carry us back to another time, to feelings, to deep rooted memories we might not have otherwise accessed. Music is used in various forms of therapy, in recovery, and has been said to “soothe the savage beast.” Music industry professionals have literally made millions off of the power of a song.

But there is power beyond human comprehension when songs declare the Word of God. A battle in the heavenlies ensues, waged with the weapons of lyrics and chords. Music can often touch the soul of one who would not otherwise hear God’s voice. Music carries great influence and the one singing the Gospel has a great responsibility.

In the Old Testament we see battles literally won as the singers sang. We see the Presence of God come in like an avalanche as the singers sang. There was a reason the singers were placed at the front of the battle lines. They played a crucial role in the victory. Today, we place praise and worship at the beginning of church services because darkness has to flee in the Presence of God. And God inhabits the praises of His people. (Psalm 22:3)

I encourage you to sing, sing, sing His praises! It doesn’t matter if you “can sing” or not. As a child of the King, access the privilege that is yours in praise. When cleaning the house, driving to and from work, anytime at all, sing His praises! Sing your favorite scriptures. I promise you the atmosphere will turn around and you will be strengthened by the God of the universe. In Exodus 15:1-3 Moses declared God was his song of strength. He is your song of strength too!

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