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Mike Bowling - The Hinsons: Remembered


Producer: Mike Bowling
Label: Riverhill Music Group
Website: http://www.bowlingfamilyonline.com

Mike Bowling has done it again! Eight years ago, Mike released a tremendous tribute to his musical hero entitled, Influenced and Inspired: Remembering Kenny Hinson, that was very well received. With this latest release, he presents a “Volume 2” of sorts with songs not only associated with the late, great Kenny Hinson, but the Hinsons in general.

The recording starts off with a very nice rendition of “Since You Gave Me a Song”, a tune the Hinsons had some good mileage out of in the mid 70s. This is one of the highlights of the recording and I love the musical bed on which the song rests (makes me thing of the lead off song from the Influenced & Inspired recording, “Ain’t That What It’s All About”).

The Hinson favorite, “By the Time They Find Me Missing” is a peppy song that many folks will enjoy before Mike slows things down rendering his own personal rendition of one of Kenny’s best known solos, “Look to Him”.

Mike is joined by his cousin, Karen Parker (who also was a part of the Mike Bowling Group back in the mid-2000s) as they sing the classic, “King Jesus Will Roll My Burden’s Away” before cutting loose on the Hinson convention classic, “Heaven is Mine”.

Several artists have recently recorded “God’s Gonna Do the Same for You and Me” including Gordon Mote and The Old Paths, and here Mike throws his hat in the rink with his own rendition, which doesn’t wander far from the original.

Another one of my favorite Hinson tunes is the uptempo “He Can” and I was quite happy to see Mike included this song in this collection of favorites.

The Hinsons were known for some well entrenched country sounding tunes and Mike revived such true country gospel favorites such as “This Joy is Mine” (one of my all-time favorite Hinson tunes), “Put Me Down”, “Desperation” and the final tune, “He’s Having the Time of my Life”.

Even though this was recorded 8 years after the first installment of Hinson favorites, it’s actually rather seamless as the recording follows a similar feel and texture as its predecessor. The only thing that stuck out to me was Mike seemed to try a little too hard to sing like Kenny. On the first recording, Mike sounded very natural to me, but here on this latest release, it sounds a little forced. Overall though, this is a great recording and I thoroughly enjoyed re-living some of these songs. Those who appreciate the original versions will enjoy this recording as Mike doesn’t stray too far off the original arrangements.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Since You Gave Me a Song**
2 – This Joy is Mine**
3 – By the Time They Find Me Missing
4 – Look to Him
5 – King Jesus Will Roll My Burden’s Away**
6 – Heaven is Mine
7 – Put Me Down**
8 – God’s Gonna Do the Same for You and Me
9 – Desperation**
10-He Can**
11-He’s Having the Time of my Life

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InsideOut - Light of a Brighter Day


Producer: David Wise, Shane McConnell, Jim Brady
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.insideoutvocals.com

InsideOut is a quartet made up of Rick Hunt on tenor, Tim Burnette singing lead, Steve Arnold as baritone and AJ Summers on bass. They recently released their newest recording, LIGHT OF A BRIGHTER DAY. The recording was executive produced by Booth Brother artist Jim Brady and produced by David Wise and Shane McConnell. The CD also features some well known instrumentalists including Ben Isaacs of The Isaacs and Kevin Williams from the Gaither Homecomings. Jim Brady is also found on several of the songwriting credits. There's Nothing God Can't Do, Why, First Day Home and the title track Light of a Brighter Day are all Brady tunes. There is also a Mark Lowry, Reba Rambo McGuire and Dony McGuire track entitled What's Not to Love. This is a very fun and catchy tune simply asking the question what's not to love about our Savior? Other songs included are an old Dottie Rambo tune I Won't Ask For More, Alone and Forsaken, Do Not Be Afraid, What Grace Is Mine, an a cappella number, and the classic The Sweetest Song I Know, which was arranged by Shane McConnell. The instrumental tracks on this recording are done very well. Of course with the above mentioned contributors it is expected. The vocals are all very consistent. You can check the group out for yourself at their website or follow them on Twitter @insideoutvocals or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/insideoutvocals.



Song List:

Why
I Won't Ask for More
Light of a Brighter Day
Alone & Forsaken
There's Nothing God Can't Do
First Day Home
Do Not Be Afraid
What's Not to Love?
The Sweetest Song I Know
What Grace Is Mine

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Written: 04/15/2014 | Category: | Comments:


Artists

Three Bridges

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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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News & Scoops


Brian Free and Assurance Brings The “Say Amen” Story To Life

(Hendersonville, TN – July 25, 2014) After the success of their first concept video, Brian Free and Assurance has recently been back behind the camera again, diligently working on the release of the group’s second such effort for the increasingly-popular song “Say Amen.”

“Say Amen” was penned by Kenna West, Jason Cox and Michael Farren, and it’s the first release on the group’s latest project, “Unashamed.” The song has rapidly risen to the No. 2 position on the Singing News Magazine Top 80 Chart in just its fourth month since the song’s release. It debuted at No. 32 before rising to the ninth position in its second month and then elevating to the No. 3 spot for August.

The male quartet previously comprised an award-winning concept video for the 2012 song, “I Want To Be That Man,” which was co-written by Ricky Free and Lee Black.

“Brian Free and Assurance keeps delivering amazing songs on every project,” Daywind Records vice president and A & R director Scott Godsey – who served as the producer and director of the video – explains. “We are thankful for the opportunity to work with these guys on the ‘Say Amen’ video production. Our hope is that this video will go beyond our normal borders and branch out to new media sources. This is without a doubt one of the best songs that I've heard in Southern Gospel Music.”

Brian Free and Assurance is a Daywind Records recording artist, and Daywind held a contest in April that encouraged fans to send in their testimonies, telling what God had done for them to make them “Say Amen.” The winner of the contest was Jim Hutson – a Columbus, Ind., resident – who has part of his story unfold in the video.

Filming for the video took place in the Gallatin and Hendersonville areas, which are suburbs of Nashville, Tenn.

“We had an amazing time recording the new video,” points out Brian Free, the group’s manager and tenor singer. When you watch the video or hear this song, just think about all of the things God has done in your life.”

Daywind Records is home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Greater Vision, Karen Peck and New River, Legacy Five and the Nelons. Daywind is distributed to retail through New Day Christian Distributors, Select-O-Hits, and all major digital outlets, including iTunes. For more information, visit daywindrecords.com or contact Amanda Martin at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information on Brian Free and Assurance, visit brianfreeandassurance.com.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 07/28/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


Popular Radio Promoter, Pauline Patterson, Signs Long-term Contract with EHA-Nashville for Managemen

(Corbin, KY) Pauline Patterson, owner of Patterson Promotions, announces this week her need to recruit Evie Hawkins, owner of EHA-Nashville, to manage her personal music ministry. Most Gospel Music fans may know Pauline from her many years of providing successful radio promotional services to hundreds of recording artists. Many who know Pauline as being a radio promoter may not realize she has had a solo ministry of her own that dates back before her radio promotions company was launched. She actually has been in the ministry for 35 years and has worn many hats in Southern Gospel Music. Some of her prior experience includes being a DJ host of her own Good Morning Gospel Show at WFSR in Harlan, Ky. for about two and a half years; a concert promoter; and now owns and operates the radio promotions company, Patterson Promotions. In addition, Pauline owns the Southern Gospel Times Magazine, which is the only fan-voted top 40 chart of its nature. Pauline notes, “I’m excited and relieved about getting Evie Hawkins to represent me with management. I want to be able to continue my calling to sing and to make sure I am still 100% on fire to handle my radio promotions for those I represent. Evie and I have been very good friends for quite a few years now, and I feel I’m in qualified hands with her taking the reigns of my music ministry.” Evie notes, “It’s simply an honor to manage Pauline’s ministry. She has phenomenal talent and a gift to nurture, embrace, and bless. I am so excited to be a part of Pauline’s team!”

The call to continue her personal music ministry has not been an overnight decision. She has never discontinued her ministry, but says she no longer has the time to manage it, as she wants to continue to focus on the artists she represents as a priority.

Pauline has never forgotten the call God has placed in her own life as a singer. She has recorded 8 projects and has released numerous songs to national radio with charting success in all major charts. Through her singing, speaking, radio releases, and promotions of her clients to national radio, she strives to “reach souls.”
Pauline is available for church ministry, concerts and Ladies Conferences. She states, "God has given me a song to sing, and if you are blessed by it - Praise Him!"

Some of her notable recordings are Her Roots Run Deep, The Journey Will Be Sweet, Heaven Will Be Worth The Journey, I Know The Man, Almost Home, and I Fell Down.

Contact Info: Pauline Patterson Ministries, Management: Evie Hawkins, EHA-Nashville, 615-856-0910 or 256-303-8354. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),
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Written: 07/28/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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One Breath At A Time

When I was a teenager, my Mama loved to sing the song, “One Day At A Time”. She sang it onstage and off. It became a kind of mantra for her, as she walked through each season of her life, trusting God was taking care of her every need. It was her reminder that she could do nothing for her circumstances except trust Him. She sang it after my Daddy died, leaving her a widow raising two children who still lived at home. She sang it as she walked through every lonely day until she remarried. She sang it as her husband battled cancer, and as her parents passed away 13 months apart. She sang it as she walked into the uncertainty of Parkinson’s disease.

I never understood her attachment to the song until I began walking through similar seasons. Some days are just too hard. Some fights are just not worth it. Some times you need to be reminded that God is taking care of your every need. Nevertheless, I think my mantra will be a little different, because some days I don’t have the strength to walk ‘one day at a time’, and not even one hour or one minute at a time. I think I’ll make a conscience effort to trust God one breath at a time!


1 Chronicles 16:11
King James Version (KJV)
11 Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.


Isaiah 41:10
King James Version (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.


Hebrews 11:1
King James Version (KJV)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Jeremiah 17:5
New International Version (NIV)
5 This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.

Job 33:4
New International Version (NIV)
4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.




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Written: 07/27/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


News & Scoops


Update On Libbi Perry Stuffle

In an update for Libbi Perry Stuffle the following is from her FaceBook Page:

Well, God is good again!!! Dr. Bennett did heart cath and found my main artery on the front side of my heart was 99% blocked with some damage to the heart from the heart attack. He was able to put a stent in to fix it. Also, they found that I'm severely anemic. I am in ICU and just received two units of blood.

They are hoping this will take care of the anemia . If not, they will be doing further testing. I have another 3 hours on my back before I can get out of bed. I feel great! I will probably be here another 3 to 4 days and then go home. I have been given strict orders no lifting, pulling, or anything other than rest for two to three weeks. Yes, I will listen because I want the damaged places of my heart to heal!!!

Tracy has handled this very well like a trooper! Please continue to pray for us!! I deeply appreciate every prayer that has been lifted for me and my family. The groups schedule will continue as planned.

I love you all and will see you in a couple of weeks!

Lib

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Written: 07/27/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

This Week on Gospel Music Today

Claude Hopper is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 27. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Pacesetters Quartet, and Jean reviews a new recording by The Nehrkorns. An article about Ben Speer is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show includes a music video by The Bowling Family, exclusive video of Jericho Junction, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Ozark Gospel Music Convention, in Branson, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Weatherfords, at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, an The Assembly, in Broken Arrow, OK.

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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Written: 07/27/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


Tim Riley Suffers Mild Stroke

Tim Riley, legendary Hall of Fame bass vocalist of Gold City, is resting comfortably after suffering a mild stroke.

Saturday afternoon, July 26, Tim began experiencing some abnormal symptoms while on tour and was taken to the hospital. After numerous tests Saturday evening and Sunday morning, including an MRI, a mild stroke was confirmed. There is no paralysis and at last update, he was fully alert and able to communicate. At this time, neurologist consultation is pending, and additional testing will be done to better determine proper treatment.

The Riley family and Gold City appreciate all the prayers that have gone up on behalf of Tim, and they appreciate your continued prayers for a speedy recovery. Thank you also for your patience as the family confirmed the most accurate information about Tim's condition before sharing official word. Gold City will report updates as they become available.



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Written: 07/27/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Do You Ever Feel Used?

Have you ever been USED? You know, it finally dawns on you that YOU’VE BEEN HAD! Well, you’ve just come to the realization that there are USERS in this world, who don’t care who they USE for their own benefit. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.
There’s an old saying that says, “I feel like I’ve been USED, ABUSED and PUT AWAY WET. Well, we’ve all been there and when we finally realize that you’ve been USED you feel betrayed. Especially if it was a FRIEND or FAMILY MEMBER who took advantage of you. In the flesh, the hurt is so deep that we want to either GET EVEN, or MAKE THEM PAY for what they’ve done, but Christians are required to handle these situations completely opposite.

In the SIXTH Chapter of LUKE Jesus is quoted as saying, 27 “But I say to you who hear: LOVE your enemies, DO GOOD to those who hate you, 28 BLESS those who curse you, and PRAY for those who spitefully USE you.” I know that goes against what we feel needs to happen, but if you’ve BEEN USED by someone whose hurt you deeply, try PRAYING FOR THAT PERSON and let the Lord deal with them.
Just remember, returning GOOD for GOOD is HUMAN, but returning GOOD for EVIL is DIVINE.

It’s Pastor Phil, “USING” this time to being you “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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Written: 07/26/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


News & Scoops


Libbi Perry Suffers Heart Attack - Prayer Requested

Please pray for the Perrys and the Stuffle family. Libbi has suffered a heart attack. The following is from her FaceBook page:

This is Brittany Libbis niece. She wanted me to tell y'all that she is fine and doing good! From test indicators it looks like she had a heart attack earlier today but she is In good spirits, laughing and trusting in God. Proverbs 3:5.

She wanted me to ask y'all to pray for Tracy Stuffle that he will not get stressed or worried about her! That is her main concern!

She will be back ASAP, this is just a minor bump in the road.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 07/26/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Author's Website:
http://www.mjdubbeld.com

Is That Really True?

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
I John 3:18(NKJV)

“What does that say?” My four year old questioned, pointing to some words painstakingly placed high above a doorway. “Let us love not in word or deed, but in word and action . . .” I read. “Is that really true?” he asked me next. I answered in the affirmative, and he was satisfied, running off to the next thing that would grab his attention.
At that moment, it dawned on me. He fully trusted whatever I told him. He couldn’t read a word of what that said, but the curves and color of the letters had fascinated him. Even after I read it to him, the maturity level of his age hindered his ability to understand, but he knew one thing. Mom wouldn’t lie. So, since he couldn’t understand, he simply turned to the one he could trust to find out if it was ok. He didn’t question me one second, didn’t even bat an eye, he asked, I answered, he believed.
Life continually places in our pathway inevitable happenings impossible for us to humanly understand. Our culture is full of things placed in places where our eyes will fall – and the enemy is quick to disguise himself as an angel of light. Cleverly he twists the truth just enough to make it seem plausible . . . where can we go to make sure we are not being deceived? To Truth. Jesus tells us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to the Father but through me.” We know the very Person of Truth can never lie. We can totally trust His Word. Whatever the situation, whatever the question, we can trust Him. We can depend on His Word.
Trust doesn’t mean we always know the end of a situation at the beginning. We simply keep walking in faith. Seek the next step . . . and keep walking. God Himself is the only One who sees the “end as the beginning.” He has the full picture in view! That’s another reason why we can place our complete trust in Him. He is all knowing.
His love for us is so deep, so broad, so wide, and so high – we can never understand it, all we can do is accept it! It is His pure, unfathomable love that gives us yet another reason to trust Him. His love is perfect – and his ways are “higher than our ways.” Even when circumstances change the complete structure of our lives, His love remains the same. Steady, safe, secure. He is forever working all things for our good when we love Him – we can trust Him.
And . . . we can rest in the glorious fact that He IS the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. His sovereignty is steadfast. He is our true Rock. The ages of existence haven’t worn Him down. The waves of living haven’t eroded one bit the unalterable Being of WHO HE IS!!!! Hallelujah! He remains “the same, yesterday, today, and forever!”
So, if far above the doorway you are walking through you find some curves and colors you are wondering about – ask Him, “Jesus, is this true?” Listen closely. If He answers in the affirmative . . . shows you through His Word . . . be content to believe Him – He’s TRUTH!
If your “faith walk” is taking you to places you’ve never been you may turn and ask, “Jesus, is this ok?” Listen closely . . . keep walking . . . keep trusting . . . He knows all.
If life has “gotten in the way” of everything you thought would be, change is inevitable – keep relying. His love is forever, His ways are above, and He is working His plan for those who love Him.
We can REST in the FACT that He is KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS . . . FOREVER, and EVER, Amen.

Written by: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG

The Mark Dubbeld Family would count it a privilege to sing at your church of venue.
To schedule the Mark Dubbeld Family contact:
Michael Davis – Mountain Top Talent: 828-454-5900
Michaeldavisandassociates.com

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Written: 07/25/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 28, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
20
For All He's Done Greater Vision
1(5)
2
5
12
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
2
3
3
13
Listening For the Shout Browders
3
4
6
13
The Greatest Love Story Triumphant Quartet
4
5
7
10
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
6
8
7
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
6
7
11
16
Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
7
8
4
16
He Is to Me Legacy Five
2
9
10
10
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
8
10
12
11
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
10
11
14
5
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
11
12
2
17
That's Why Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
2
13
13
9
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
14
9
20
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
15
22
12
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
15
16
17
9
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
16
17
15
9
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
8
18
19
14
House of Good News Three Bridges
18
19
20
4
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
19
20
16
18
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
21
24
3
Hidden Heroes Talleys
21
22
23
7
I Know Enough Bowling Family
22
23
18
20
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
3
24
21
9
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
17
25
25
6
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
24
26
29
13
The Sun's Coming Up Nelons
16
27
36
2
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
27
28
26
4
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
29
27
21
Rise Again Sisters
10
30
28
4
Talk About the Lord Allen Family
28
31
32
2
No Sin Greater Than God's Grace Beyond the Ashes
31
32
31
10
Through the Roof Crist Family
31
33
30
20
Stronger TaRanda Greene
13
34
38
2
Hey Now Adam Crabb
34
35
37
5
If There Was Any Other Way Zane & Donna King
35
36
**
9
God Is Big Hoskins Family
22
37
*
1
Jesus Is Living In Me James & Jeff Easter
37
38
35
2
He Built a Bridge Sharps
35
39
33
10
Happy Happy Happy Sunday Drive
16
40
34
12
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
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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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 07/25/2014 | Category: Weekly Chart Comments:


News & Scoops


Southern Sound Graces Stage Of The Madam Carroll Cruise Ship

Nashville, TN (July 25, 2014) Outstanding Gospel Artists, Southern Sound, recently performed on the The Madam Carroll Cruise Ship. Singing to a capacity crowd Southern Sound thrilled the ship's crew and passengers with their smooth harmonies.

Ben Harris, Lead singer and Manager of the group stated “There is something really special about singing along with the movement of the ship. It seems even the audience receives the music in a special way.”

Further commenting on the cruise, Tenor Will Shaw said “We were singing songs from our newest project “Pure Platinum”. The message of our songs didn't care if we were on Lake Freeman in Monticello, IN or on the Atlantic Ocean, hearts were touched and blessed by the songs we sang.”

Southern Sound also recently performed at the 2014 Absolutely Gospel Music Festival in Smyrna, TN. Well received by the crowd, their singing had the fans on their feet several times with standing ovations.



The Madam Carroll Cruise Ship has been around for 38 years. The total capacity is 500 passengers.

She was built from scratch by Captain Bill Luse, and in 2012 the Madam Carroll was purchased by Tom Heckard of Logansport. Heckard brought new ideas and amazing renovations and is proud to carry on this community’s tradition.



If the Madam were on salt water, she would be classified as a ship. She is 135 feet in length with a beam of 36 feet. She is powered by twin V-8 Detroit Diesel Engines and cruises at 10 knots. She carries 750 gallons of fresh water and 825 gallons of diesel fuel.

If you would like to learn more about Southern Sound go to http://southernsoundquartet.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Sound-Quartet .

To book Southern Sound for a concert or church service E-mail or call .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

or 615-481-9431 .

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Written: 07/25/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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MARK209 Releases New Single and Accompanying Music Video

NASHVILLE, TN - (July 25, 2014) - MARK209, one of Southern Gospel's most unpredictable groups, is releasing their brand new single and video. Following up the recent successes of "My Home in Heaven", "It Takes Faith" and "Tennessee Orange", this charismatic group is set to release "Bible Story" as their newest radio single as well as a fast paced video of the same.

Since MARK209 came on the scene, it has been impossible to put them inside a box. They have a wide appeal to Southern Gospel fans as well as Country Gospel and even Contemporary Christian fans. You never know what they'll do next. "Our manager refers to our music as 'Country Music with a Jesus Kick'", states Nathaniel Justice, the tenor singer for MARK209.

"Bible Story" was written by Christian writer Scott Krippayne and is a high energy song that takes a fresh approach to Bible stories that we are all familiar with . the story of David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion's Den, and Moses parting the sea are prime examples. The song challenges us as Christians to take a stand for our Christian beliefs and values and submit to God and let Him use us according to His will. If we do this, He will make a Bible Story out of each of us.

Musically this song was produced by Jamie Brantley, the music director for Ronnie Milsap. Several of Ronnie's band members played on the song as well as some of the top session players in Nashville.

The accompanying video was shot in many familiar locations in Nashville and produced by MCMG. The music video can be viewed on the group's YouTube channel (http://youtu.be/zHx5VxW6X3s).

The release of "Bible Story" to radio will be in late July. David Staton Music from Nashville will be handling radio promotions. "We chose David because of his integrity and knowledge of all facets of radio promotion as a music business executive as well as a gospel recording artist. He has been in the trenches for a long time and we are excited to have him on our team", said Billy Coren, manager of MARK209.

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Daily Devotion

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Writing My Prayers

Philippians 4:6 (CEV) “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.”
Close to the end of 2012, my nephew who is a pastor recommended a book to me called Everyday Prayer: 365 Days To A Gospel-Centered Faith, by Scotty Smith, the long-time pastor of a church right down the road from where I live when I am in Nashville. The book was filled with prayers the author had written over a period of a few years. The idea of writing my prayers took root in my heart, and once I got started, I didn’t want to stop. So for the past year and a half, I’ve been doing just that each night.

I’ve tried to be consistent in my prayer life over the years, but I’ve struggled with the things I think many people struggle with. Sometimes I would fall asleep or drift off in the middle of praying. Other times I had trouble keeping my mind focused. Sometimes I’d suddenly realize I was thinking about that lyric I needed to finish or things I needed to do as soon as my prayer time was over. Not cool. I wasn’t always faithful to pray for people I had committed to pray for. Really not cool!

I didn’t want my prayer time to turn into just a list of “God be with so and so.” “God bless this person and that person.” More than anything, I wanted to have meaningful conversations with God. I longed for fellowship, not just a mechanical habit.

Somehow, writing my prayers has been an answer to these struggles for me.

I sit at my laptop, open the password protected app I use, start with the date and time, and plunge in. Writing my prayers has helped me pour out my heart to God in a more authentic way than ever before. I don’t try to be eloquent. I’m just real about what’s going on with me. Of course God already knows everything I’m going to write before I write it. But somehow, I find that I tell Him everything that’s gone on in my day and how I feel about it and what I hope He’ll do. I thank Him for long lists of blessings as well as challenges. As I’m writing, I discover all kinds of great and small things I’m grateful for that I want to bring up. I praise Him for what He has done and what I’m trusting Him to do. I pray for my family, I pray for my friends, and I pray for people I’ve promised to pray for. I pray for God’s will to be done, and I put it all in His hands. I pray in Jesus’ name. Then I hit Save.

I don’t really have any rules about how I do my praying this way. Sometimes my prayers are long and meandering. They go on and on, just like some conversations do. Sometimes what I write is brief, and I get right to the point. I don’t try to find a pretty, articulate way of writing to God. I remember what I heard a wonderful pastor say about how the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. He said God doesn’t sit on His throne as we are struggling for the words to pray and say, “Come on, spit it out!” Instead, he said, all we have to say is, “Oh God, our country!” or “Father, my brother!” And the Holy Spirit knows how to interpret the cries of our hearts. I don’t worry about editing myself or correcting my mistakes as I type, and I say exactly what I am feeling because God already knows it and He still wants to hear it.

I don’t spend much time going back to re-read my prayers, but I do now and then. It’s encouraging to see how many prayers have been answered. Even the prayers that are yet to be answered are encouraging. When I can see in black and white that I have faithfully prayed for something or someone over and over and over, I know without a doubt that God has heard, and I am like the widow in the parable in Luke 18:2-5. The judge in the parable finally grants her request “lest by her continual coming she weary me.”

I doubt that I’ll ever show these prayers to anyone else. They are between me and the Father. But if you are a friend of mine or if you have asked me to pray or if you’ve asked for prayer on Facebook and I am one of the people who commented that I would pray, then you would find your name written in my prayers. I believe Psalm 145:18: “The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth.

—Sue C. Smith

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Channing Eleton Releases Hot New Video

Dalton, GA (July 23, 2014) Don't miss out on Channing Eleton's hot new video release in support of his fresh radio single “Big Top” which is on his new independent CD release, Fredericksburg. This song has been in the making for quite a few years. It gives a southern sound with Channing's Gospel piano playing and singing causing it to be a smooth listen. The video will remind you of the old days when a big top tent and metal chairs were a sure sign of a tent revival where many miracles were expected to happen.



Eleton said "As you can see, I had a pretty vivid imagination growing up. I was fascinated with all the details of those old tents and camp-meetings I attended as a kid." Channing continued stating "I actually began writing the song back in June of 2008. I had been invited to come play at a tent revival that was actually out 'on the county line' of where I live. It brought back all these great memories I remembered as a kid...the music, the preaching, playing in the sawdust, standing in line for cotton candy and ice cream... I could go on and on."



Channing also commented “The people in the video are friends and family of mine. The Preacher, David Cummings, is a close friend to my wife and I. He actually introduced me to my wife 17 years ago, of which we've been married 15. This is a fun song and video that will have some reminiscing. For others, I'll be introducing for the very first time this very unique slice of Americana."



This magnificent video was produced and directed by Kim White of ViewFinders, Inc.

Go to the YouTube link below to view the video:

http://youtu.be/bLsr-8LTY5E .

You can find more information about Channing Eleton by going to http://channingeleton.com or https://www.facebook.com/channingeleton.

To book Channing for a church service or concert go to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Written: 07/24/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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A Slave to Prosperity

Never become a slave to prosperity.

Prosperity is only the idea of success. It is wonderful and to be enjoyed by all, however, God has a way of shifting and moving you from victory to victory.

Don't become chained to your successes. Don't get stuck gloating in the mirror of your successes and not realize when God has left the building!

Move with the Lord! Remain free to flow! Sense His presence in all that you do. And when the cloud by day and fire by night begins to move, be already packed and ready for the trip! Stay Free!

Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans, I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".

Angie

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Chuck Wagon Gang Joins New Haven Records Roster

Legendary Group to Release New CD and Documentary DVD in October

Franklin, Tenn- July 21, 2014 - New Haven Records, home to such award-winning gospel artists as Gold City, Gordon Mote and Chicago Mass Choir, is proud to announce the signing of the legendary Chuck Wagon Gang.

New Haven Records president Ken Harding states, “The Chuck Wagon Gang holds the distinction of being the oldest mixed gospel recording group still performing with ties to its original founder. After 8 decades and 40 million in record sales, we couldn’t be more excited about their past, present and future.”

Meeting In Heaven: The Chuck Wagon Gang Sings the Songs of Marty Stuart is a brand new recording of twelve gospel songs written and produced by Marty Stuart in the spirit of “Dad” Carter who instructed them to “Sing the old songs, and sing them the way I taught you."

Accompanying the CD release will be America’s Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On, a full-length DVD documentary shot by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer which chronicles the 75-year history of the Chuck Wagon Gang through rare family photographs, poignant personal stories, old recordings and new live performances. In addition to Marty Stuart and the Chuck Wagon Gang, the DVD features special appearances by Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Eddie Stubbs, and the Oak Ridge Boys.

“The original group, which was started in 1936, could never have imagined their efforts would be so far reaching,” Shaye Smith, alto and owner of Chuck Wagon Gang reflects. “The journey down this current path is completed with New Haven Records. I have so much confidence in Ken and his staff at New Haven. Our upcoming projects could not have found a better home. So here we are, ready to embark on yet another path that will further perpetuate this heritage.”



About Chuck Wagon Gang:

In 1935, "Dad" Carter and his family, migrant cotton farmers, found themselves in Texas without money. Providentially, they landed a job singing on KFYO Radio in Lubbock as the Carter Quartet. They changed their name to the Chuck Wagon Gang and a phenomenon was born. After 8 decades and 40 million in record sales, their music lives on through great-granddaughter of Anna Carter, Shaye Smith. For additional information, go to http://www.thechuckwagongang.net.

About New Haven Records:

New Haven Records is a Nashville-based music corporation that includes label, publishing, and film companies. For almost three decades, they have focused on the uniquely American genres of Black Gospel, Southern Gospel, and Country & Bluegrass Gospel. New Haven’s product is distributed to the mainstream through SONY Distribution and to the Christian marketplace through Provident Music Distribution. For additional information, go to http://www.newhavenrecords.com.

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Written: 07/23/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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I Already Like It

Long before I ever visited Hawaii the first time, I just knew I would like it. I had seen pictures of the beautiful sun-kissed beaches, the lush rain forests, the flowers, the palm trees and, of course, the manicured golf courses. I had read about the mild climate as well as the breezes coming off the Pacific Ocean’s blue waters. I loved the place and had never seen it. My admiration for what I had not seen was surpassed only by the thrill I experienced when I finally touched the shores of this tropical paradise for myself.

Mere reputation is reason enough to want to go to some places. It's even more that way when I think about Heaven. I've never been, of course, but those who have seen it have told me enough that I just know it's my kind of place.

Oh, I've never actually met anybody who’s been there and came back with any pictures or brochures, but I did read what the apostle Paul said. Then there was also John, who wrote the book of Revelation. Both of these fellows got to see enough to give us all a firsthand view. Listen at what Paul said about his trip:

Whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third Heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter (2 Corinthians 12:2-4).

Paul was overwhelmed with all he saw and felt that he couldn't safely articulate his complete experience. Sometimes what a man doesn't say speaks louder than what he does. I know this much: Because Paul had already seen Heaven, he had absolutely no hesitancy about going when his time came.

John, however on the Isle of Patmos, held nothing back of his description of Heaven in Revelation 21. He called it the Holy City and described streets made of gold and walls of jasper. He wrote about multi-jeweled foundations that Heaven is built upon. He wrote about the brilliant and eternal day in Heaven and yet there is no sun or moon. So where does this great light come from? Where else? It's Jesus himself who lights the place. After all, He said "I am the light of the world." He most certainly can light up Heaven as well.

I can get excited about a place like that.

But here's the best part. Nobody dies, gets sick, or even has any pain. No place I've ever been can make that claim. No, that's not really the best part. This is: God himself shall wipe away all tears and Jesus will be in our midst forever.

One day Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you and I'll come again to take you there." Jesus prepared the place for you. Now the question is, are you prepared for the place?

Will you like it?

Well, if you like a place where hospitals and funeral homes aren't needed, you will.

If you like a place where children don't cry for a lack of food, you will

If you like a place where you never have to say goodbye, you will.

If you like a place where … well, you get the picture.

You know, it's a little funny. Why is it I'm homesick for somewhere I've never been?

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Husband of Chonda Pierce Passes Away

After a lengthy stay in the hospital due to a heart attack and other major complications, David Pierce, the husband of comedienne Chonda Pierce, passed away today.

We will post more details as we receive them. Please remember the entire Pierce family in your prayers during this time.

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Urgent Prayer Request From Chonda Pierce

Christian Comedienne Chonda Pierce is requesting urgent prayer for her husband, David. On July 7th, he suffered a mild heart attack, however after some complications he is is life threatening condition, so please fervently pray for David truly needs a miraclde.

The following are taken from Chonda's FaceBook page:

David has taken a very bad turn. He is not responding and they've called in the neurologist... Please say an added prayer for him.

David had a hemophragic stroke - he's bleeding in his brain. He had no chance without surgery. Minimal with surgery. So, he is headed for emergency brain surgery. This is his only hope to remove the portion of his brain and try and stop the bleeding. I have no other words.

You've walked this long dark road with me... Thank you for that. David is out of surgery and now we just wait and see. There was quite a bit of damage.. Removed a large portion of damaged area and there was a lot of bleeding. The surgeon said it is very serious and just not certain of anything... He is in God's hands completely now. I have loved him since I was 16 years old. He is one of the greatest men I've ever known... I have begged God to allow him to stay here - whole and healthy. Thank you for praying with me and believing for me even when my faith was tired and weak.


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Written: 07/22/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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A Writer’s Home Announces Signing Nathan Woodard To Exclusive Agreement

Wylie, TX (July 22, 2014) A Writer's Home is pleased to announce an Exclusive Writer Agreement with Nathan Woodard. Nathan writes various genres of music (Worship, CCM, and Country) and although he is a newer writer to the Southern Gospel industry he has quickly established himself as someone to watch with two of his songs already charting in the Singing News Top 80.

According to Chris Binion, co-owner and Vice President of A Writer's Home, "His country flattop feeling songs are not only well crafted but he has quickly been recognized by other writers as a strong lyricist. He is co-writing with some of the best writers in the industry and we are always excited to hear the work tapes that come from those sessions."

A Writer's Home is administered by Capital Christian Music Group and has multiple publishing companies one of which, Binion Music Group, just received its 1st BMI Award.

Chris continues by adding, "It has been a good year for us. We were honored with a BMI Citation of Achievement, a #1 song with "Long Live The King", and now we are signing our first Exclusive Writer's Agreement with Nathan... "Wow!... God has always been good to us but now he just showing off! LOL!"

For more information on songs written by Nathan Woodard, please email Chris Binion at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

You can learn more about Chris Binion and A Writer's Home at http://www.chrisbinion.com or https://www.facebook.com/chris.binion.1 .

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Written: 07/22/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Concert Alert

Don't miss this exciting concert!!!!!!!!

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Written: 07/21/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Tune-In Alert For The Music City Show Featuring The Hoppers

Nashville, TN (July 21, 2014) Don't miss this exciting new season of The Music City Show airing Thursday, July 24th at 7PM CST featuring the ever popular family group the Hoppers. Known for their appearances on the Gaither Homecoming videos and winning several Gospel Music awards they will be sharing the program along with Host Tim Lovelace and The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon. The Music City Show is viewed weekly on the RFD-TV channel.

The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, is one of the most popular regular features on the program. His hymns and patriotic songs uplift and inspire the audience. The humor and variety of host Tim Lovelace keeps the show interesting and entertaining.

The link below will give you a preview of this next exciting show:

http://youtu.be/aQbfh1kcN1o

The Music City Show is a series based in Nashville, TN – America’s favorite music city. The show has many elements of Nashville that people love, namely a live band, talented artists and comedic entertainment. It is likened unto The Tonight Show, with comedy segments, a guest host, and a beautiful cityscape backdrop.

RFD-TV's channel's name is a reference to Rural Free Delivering, the name for the United States Postal Service's system of delivering mail directly to rural patrons. Production and uplinking facilities for RFD-TV are located at Northstar Studios in Nashville, TN while the channel's corporate and national sales office are based in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Written: 07/21/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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This Week on Gospel Music Today

Royce Taylor is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 20. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Riders, and Jean reviews a new recording by Carla Bragg. An article entitled "We Have a Question " is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show includes a new music video by Noah Hinshaw, exclusive video of Abundance Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, at The Assembly, in Broken Arrow, OK,, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Booth Brothers at Gospel Singing Time, in Bixby, OK. In the News segment, Jean tells news about The Collingsworth Family, the Nelons, the McKameys and Ken wishes Chris Freeman a "Happy Birthday".

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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Written: 07/21/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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The Act Of Service

Life can be tough on any given day. When you go through struggles or hardships, one way to forget about your troubles is to remember to give service to others. The Bible has many verses encouraging us to serve one another.

We live in a day where few are willing to serve without knowing “what’s in it for me”. Service is about forgetting ‘you’ and thinking of others. We’ve been very blessed over these past few weeks by people who have forgotten their own troubles and remembered to pray for us. We’ve had friends act in servant hood by loaning us vehicles to make our dates. And we’ve continued to act in service to those around us because we know that it is what God expects of us.

Every day this week, do one act of service for someone. Volunteer to buy someone’s groceries for them, offer to mow someone’s lawn, take someone out for a meal or put gas in someone’s vehicle. Just do something to serve, and for a little while, forget about you!


Luke 22:27
King James Version (KJV)
27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.


Philippians 2:7
King James Version (KJV)
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:


2 Corinthians 4:5
King James Version (KJV)
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.


Galatians 5:13
King James Version (KJV)
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

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Daily Devotion

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Motormouth

Do you know what the name, “MOTORMOUTH” means? Well, it’s slang for a person who just can’t stop talking. I’m sure we’ve all been cornered by a person who is a constant or irrepressible talker. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

Some people haven’t mastered the skill of knowing when to SPEAK UP and when to SHUT UP. Words are very POWERFUL and they can bring a person, GOOD and BAD consequences. When Jesus was confronted by the High Priest Caiaphas, in Matthew 26, He chose to NOT SAY A WORD because He knew that the High Priest was NOT interested in the TRUTH. And Luke reports that they couldn’t catch Him in His words, because He KEPT SILENT.

Remember Solomon’s great wisdom in Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away WRATH, But a harsh word stirs up ANGER.” and he went on to say in Proverbs 17:28 that “Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent;” so it’s important to know when to say NOTHING.

Hey, did you know, once we get to Heaven the first thing on the agenda is THIRTY MINUTES OF SILENCE, won’t that be wonderful? So, I guess we all need God’s wisdom of when to SPEAK and when NOT TO SAY A WORD.

It’s Pastor Phil, hoping I didn’t say TOO MUCH with this “GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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Written: 07/19/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


Daily Devotion

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 Is That Really True?

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
I John 3:18(NKJV)

“What does that say?” My four year old questioned, pointing to some words painstakingly placed high above a doorway. “Let us love not in word or deed, but in word and action . . .” I read. “Is that really true?” he asked me next. I answered in the affirmative, and he was satisfied, running off to the next thing that would grab his attention.
At that moment, it dawned on me. He fully trusted whatever I told him. He couldn’t read a word of what that said, but the curves and color of the letters had fascinated him. Even after I read it to him, the maturity level of his age hindered his ability to understand, but he knew one thing. Mom wouldn’t lie. So, since he couldn’t understand, he simply turned to the one he could trust to find out if it was ok. He didn’t question me one second, didn’t even bat an eye, he asked, I answered, he believed.
Life continually places in our pathway inevitable happenings impossible for us to humanly understand. Our culture is full of things placed in places where our eyes will fall – and the enemy is quick to disguise himself as an angel of light. Cleverly he twists the truth just enough to make it seem plausible . . . where can we go to make sure we are not being deceived? To Truth. Jesus tells us, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to the Father but through me.” We know the very Person of Truth can never lie. We can totally trust His Word. Whatever the situation, whatever the question, we can trust Him. We can depend on His Word.
Trust doesn’t mean we always know the end of a situation at the beginning. We simply keep walking in faith. Seek the next step . . . and keep walking. God Himself is the only One who sees the “end as the beginning.” He has the full picture in view! That’s another reason why we can place our complete trust in Him. He is all knowing.
His love for us is so deep, so broad, so wide, and so high – we can never understand it, all we can do is accept it! It is His pure, unfathomable love that gives us yet another reason to trust Him. His love is perfect – and his ways are “higher than our ways.” Even when circumstances change the complete structure of our lives, His love remains the same. Steady, safe, secure. He is forever working all things for our good when we love Him – we can trust Him.
And . . . we can rest in the glorious fact that He IS the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. His sovereignty is steadfast. He is our true Rock. The ages of existence haven’t worn Him down. The waves of living haven’t eroded one bit the unalterable Being of WHO HE IS!!!! Hallelujah! He remains “the same, yesterday, today, and forever!”
So, if far above the doorway you are walking through you find some curves and colors you are wondering about – ask Him, “Jesus, is this true?” Listen closely. If He answers in the affirmative . . . shows you through His Word . . . be content to believe Him – He’s TRUTH!
If your “faith walk” is taking you to places you’ve never been you may turn and ask, “Jesus, is this ok?” Listen closely . . . keep walking . . . keep trusting . . . He knows all.
If life has “gotten in the way” of everything you thought would be, change is inevitable – keep relying. His love is forever, His ways are above, and He is working His plan for those who love Him.
We can REST in the FACT that He is KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS . . . FOREVER, and EVER, Amen.

Written by: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG

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To schedule the Mark Dubbeld Family contact:
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Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 21, 2014

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That's Why Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
2
3
4
12
Listening For the Shout Browders
3
4
2
15
He Is to Me Legacy Five
2
5
14
11
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
3
6
10
12
The Greatest Love Story Triumphant Quartet
4
7
5
9
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
8
7
6
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
7
9
1
19
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
10
9
9
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
8
11
11
15
Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
8
12
13
10
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
10
13
15
8
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
14
17
4
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
14
15
8
8
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
8
16
19
17
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
17
20
8
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
17
18
16
19
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
3
19
22
13
House of Good News Three Bridges
19
20
31
3
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
20
21
18
8
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
17
22
25
11
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
19
23
26
6
I Know Enough Bowling Family
23
24
37
2
Hidden Heroes Talleys
24
25
27
5
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
24
26
33
3
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
27
28
20
Rise Again Sisters
10
28
29
3
Talk About the Lord Allen Family
28
29
23
12
The Sun's Coming Up Nelons
16
30
21
19
Stronger TaRanda Greene
13
31
32
9
Through the Roof Crist Family
31
32
*
1
No Sin Greater Than God's Grace Beyond the Ashes
32
33
30
9
Happy Happy Happy Sunday Drive
16
34
12
11
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
35
*
1
He Built a Bridge Sharps
35
36
*
1
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
36
37
**
4
If There Was Any Other Way Zane & Donna King
35
38
*
1
Hey Now Adam Crabb
38
39
**
11
Makes Me Wanna Go Skyline Boys Quartet
28
40
*
1
I Am a Soldier Tribute Quartet
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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Get Past Your Regret And Make Better Choices

Submitted by Bryan Hutson

Wrong choices cause regret, and when we experience regret we need to deal with it and let it teach us how to make better choices in the future.

I understand firsthand that wrong choices lead to regret. I remember a time several years ago when I looked at myself and saw a noticeable difference between my husband, Dave, and me, because he has exercised all his life and is healthy, strong and in good physical shape.

Initially, I merely regretted that I wasn't as strong as Dave, but then I realized I could do something about it. I now exercise regularly and have been amazed by the positive difference.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)


The Bible says that with God, you are a "new creation." You don't have to live in your old ways, but you can now make new, better choices empowered by the Holy Spirit. If you find yourself regretting some of the unwise choices you have made in the past, don't be deceived into thinking it is too late to do anything about it. Just start doing what's right and then stick with it.

As you start making better choices, you will come to experience a life in which you enjoy God's blessings every day.

Prayer Starter: Holy Spirit, I know that I have been made a new creation. I don't want to live in regret about the past. Help me to make good choices so I can enjoy the future You have for me.

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News & Scoops


Beyond The Ashes Impacts Canadian Audiences

Nashville, TN (July 16th, 2014) – Beyond The Ashes made their very first Canadian concert appearance last month. The group, who has traveled and sang all across the United States, had yet to take their ministry across the border until now. The trip proved to be an amazing success and the guys look forward to many more opportunities to visit and sing in the Great White North.

Concert promoter, Richard Daniel, of the Henley Christian Music Festival expressed, "I have never seen a better first set by a Southern Gospel group. Their harmony was impeccable, their stage presence was welcoming, their instrumentation was spot-on, and their love for the Lord was truly sincere. They blessed us with 55 minutes of music during their first set alone."

But, the story gets more interesting. Daniel continues, "As the first set was wrapping up we experienced a power outage and the alarms went off! It’s never a dull moment at the Henley. With the safety of those in attendance at hand, we were forced to evacuate the building until we could determine the root cause of the electrical outage and the reason the fire alarm sounded. Turns out an electrical line had come down in the vicinity and affected quite a number of homes and buildings…one being ours."

However, that didn't stop Beyond The Ashes. Everyone came back in and the concert continued. Even with no power in the building, the group ministered with an intimate acoustic set around an antique piano.

Daniel concludes, "And the Lord was there. I had someone approach me and shared they felt the second set was better than the first. I didn’t think that was possible! Two sets, two completely different feels, one amazing God! Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to host Beyond The Ashes and for allowing us to continue to steward this ministry for your Glory and Praise."

Beyond The Ashes' tenor singer and ministry leader, Anthony Facello, shared, "We had an absolutely fantastic first tour to Canada. The scenery was beautiful and more than that the people greeted us with warm hearts and spirits of expectation. We are already scheduled to return in 2015 and we can't wait."

Baritone, Tyler Vestal, adds "I loved going to Canada for the first time. The people were so warm and friendly and loved the style music we did. I cannot wait to go back next year."

To learn more about Beyond The Ashes or to schedule them for your church or concert event, visit http://www.beyondtheashesonline.com. Like them on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/beyondtheashes and follow them on Twitter at @beyondtheashes1.

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Daily Devotion

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He Must Be in the House

As a child, I always found it easy to detect when the circus had come to town. All one had to do was walk down the street where the parade had been directed, and notice the confetti, balloons, and the leftover
sticks from the candied apples. Earlier, the music of the high school band had wafted its way through the air, announcing that something very special was going on in town that week. The signs of the circus were everywhere.

The signs of "presence" are telling, aren't they? When I come home and find my yard strewn with toys, I know my grandchildren have come over. When I walk in the door, and the fragrance of sweet perfume greets my senses, I know my bride is not far away.

Imagine walking the streets of Judea and seeing crutches, cots, and bandages lying carelessly on the ground with no one to claim them. Imagine that along the way you have come upon several interrupted funeral processions, and dancing mothers are embracing resurrected children, who only a day before had died in their arms.

What explains all of this commotion and excitement? It's simple. Jesus
has just walked through town. Look down the road a bit. "What in the world is going on at that house over there?" People are everywhere,
and no one else can get through the door. Even the windows are crowded with people looking inside. To beat it all, there are four men climbing to the rooftop with a buddy on a stretcher. I wonder what they are up to?

I know what it is. Jesus must be in the house. That explains everything – the crowd; the miracles; the laughter.

How can one man make such a difference? Simple, He is Lord and He is here.

What makes your house different than some others on your street?
What explains the peace of a night at home with the kids? What's the reason for the solitude in the middle of a chaotic world just outside your front door?

Surely you know by now. It's the presence of Jesus. It's written in the Bible, "In His presence there is complete joy," Psalm 16:11.

Don't forget, it was Jesus who said, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man will let me in, I will come in, and dine with him," Revelation 3:20.

The scriptures record that when it was made known Jesus was in the house, the crowd came and filled every space. Has He been in your house lately?

When He comes, get ready. Nothing will ever be the same again, because:

His presence brings the right perspective. Remember that things look different through His eyes. Jesus can see “the end from the beginning,” Isaiah 46:10.

His presence brings the right plan. I'm glad my future is in His hands.
I find comfort in the words from scripture found in Jeremiah 29:11,
"I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to do you good
and not evil, to give you a hope and a future."

Finally, His presence brings the right purpose. When Jesus is near, I suddenly understand what is meant in Romans 8:28 where Paul said, "We know that all things work together for good to them who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose."

The welcome mat is always out, and the porch light is always on for Him.



Tim Hill

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News & Scoops


Chris Freeman Sets Out On New Venture To Honor The Hinsons

Nashville, TN (July 15, 2014) Forty years ago this month of July, a young, virtually unknown Chris Hawkins, stepped into a Nashville recording studio to begin work on her very first professional gospel music project “Touch of Hinson, Glimpse of Glory.” As a newly arrived member of the already well established group known today as The Original Hinsons, her vocal talents combined on that recording with that of Kenny, Ronny and Larry Hinson, to help catapult The Hinsons into even greater popularity.

Within only 5 years of that initial recording, Chris’ exceptional vocal qualities made her a two time recipient of the award for “Queen of Gospel Music”, from the Singing News Fan Awards and helped to win The Hinsons the prestigious title of “Favorite Group of The Year” from the Singing News Fan Awards in 1979. Chris Hawkins Freeman was eventually inducted along with The Hinsons, into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2006.



Over the many years that followed her inception into the hearts and souls of gospel music fans, Chris Freeman has ultimately gained the respected notoriety she deserves as the legendary vocal prodigy who went on to inspire the careers and vocal styles of countless other female artists in the Southern Gospel Music industry and helped to create the sound of the award winning family group The Freemans.

On July 21st, 2014, Chris Hawkins Freeman, will once again step into the studio and begin the process of reliving her legendary past, as she begins the recording of her very first solo project in tribute to her beginnings with The Hinsons. She will not only recapture some of the songs she sang with The Hinsons in the seventies, but she will be sharing the story of the life changing experiences that helped to shape her into the gospel music icon she is today.

Forty years of legendary talent, yet her history is still in the making. Get ready for the new Chris Freeman solo project coming soon and be prepared to fall in love all over again with the female artist that changed the gospel music industry forever.

In other news The Freemans are announcing the addition of a staff member to their ministry team. After years of doing all the groups in-house business by themselves they have added some help to relieve them from the daily grind of business while on the road.

Chris Freeman, Lead singer for the group stated “We are excited to announce that effective July 1, 2014 Robert Rowland III has taken over as office manager for The Freemans and GoldenVine Productions. We feel very blessed to have Robert on our team.”

Darrell Freeman commented “Robert and his wife Lisa Rowland have been close friends of ours for many years. It is very hard to let someone come in and take care of your business and ministry, but Robert is a very loyal and Godly man who believes in what we do.”

“I am so honored and excited to be working with Darrell and Chris Freeman along with the rest of their family. There are no finer or talented people singing Gospel music today.” said Robert Rowland.

Robert Rowland can be contacted by the Freemans new email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by text at 501-284-1182.

The Freemans are still reeling with excitement over their new video “Where I've Been” available on YouTube.com .

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Artists

Cavaliers Quartet

Are You Ready

Over the past few months, the thought has crossed my mind when looking out at folks that come to our concerts, I meet here or there, and some friends and family members. Are You Ready. That is something we as Christians need to always be keenly aware of and not ever take for granted. There are many many good people out there that are not ready.

My oldest son just came back from a mission trip to Provo Utah. A group was there for two weeks sharing the gospel to Mormons. One thing everyone that went said is the people there were so nice and they seemed to not have major needs and had all they wanted. In other words good people. But the fact is they need Christ and to know who Christ really is. My son came back with a burden for folks and wants to find out: Are you ready.

The Cavaliers are working on our latest Song Garden project. We have been in studio laying down vocals. It is a long process but will be a great project. We will keep you up to date on the progress and a release date.

Coming up Friday Night August 8th, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound and The Cavaliers are going to be back in Tuscaloosa Alabama for our Summer concert. The concert is at Circlewood Baptist 2201 Loop Rd and starts at 7pm. For tickets go to http://www.cavaliersquartet.com or www.ErnieHaase.com. You do not want to miss this.

Until Next Month!

The Cavaliers

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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

The Browns and Scott Godsey are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 13. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Vessels of Praise, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Michael Frost Trio and Mark209. An article entitled "Looking Back " is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show includes the broadcast television premiere of a new music video by Darrell Freeman, exclusive video of Majesty III, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Ozark Gospel Music Convention, in Branson, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Florida Boys at the Owasso Gospel Opry, in Owasso, OK.

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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Jordan’s Bridge - All Who Call


Producer: Nick Bruno, Joe Lane
Label: Pathway Records
Website: http://www.jordansbridge.com

Jordan’s Bridge is a fairly new group; however, there are some familiar faces in the line-up. Many will remember tenor, Phil Barker from such great groups as Singing Americans, Dixie Melody Boys, and the Harvesters Quartet. Pianist, Joe Lane also got his start with the Singing Americans, and played with Dixie Melody Boys, Anchormen and Dove Brothers. Other members in the group include baritone, Rick Sheets and lead, Kirk Henry. These two names are not as well known but have been around gospel music for years.

"All Who Call” is a project comprised of mostly familiar songs but is a good project to introduce you to this great group. To get this project kicked off is a peppy, upbeat song “I’ll Be Ready To Go With Him.” This song has that old quartet style sound that was popular back in the 60s, and Jordan’s Bridge does a great job on it. The title cut “All Who Call” is a great song written by Rodney Griffin, and they do a good job on this one. Be listening for this one on your radio as it has been sent out as their single.

“How Beautiful Heaven Must Be” is a classic song and one of my all time favorites. Many groups have recorded this one many times over the years. Other familiar songs include “Just Over In The Glory Land,” “He’ll Hold My Hand,” “Sweet Beulah Land” (written and recorded by Squire Parsons), and “Far Above The Starry Sky.”

Other songs on this project that may not be as familiar are “He’s My Comfort,” “Great Day,” and “The Writer.” All of these are great songs and done well by Jordan’s Bridge.

This group is one that you will want to catch in concert. You will definitely enjoy them and want this project with some the classics of gospel music as part of your collection.



Song List:

(**denotes my favorite picks)
1 – I’ll Be Ready To Go With Him**
2 – All Who Call**
3 – How Beautiful Heaven Must Be**
4 – Just Over In The Glory Land
5 – He’s My Comfort
6 – Far Above The Starry Sky
7 – Sweet Beulah Land
8 – He’ll Hold My Hand
9 – Great Day**
10- The Writer*

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The Bilderbacks - Legacy


Producer: Tre' and Paul Corley
Label: Activate Records
Website: http://www.the-bilderbacks.com

I always love it when I am privileged to review a project by a group/artist that I am vaguely or non-familiar with. I love being able to sit down, listen to the heart of the artist and drink in the special musical gifts they are putting out for those listeners to hear and hopefully be ministered and encouraged with. I’m such a great fan of faith based progressive country Christian music, so when the first cut from the family group, THE BILDERBACKS release LEGACY, started out…I found myself toe-tapping and almost hand clapping along with the opening song “I Can See The Lights”.

This wonderful project was produced by the talented duo of Paul and Tre’ Corley, and it is excellent in so many ways.

The Bilderbacks have been traveling for 15 years from what I can find out, and they are a family group, comprised of Euel, Marsha, Blake and Cortni. A beautiful family with a really refreshing sound, offering some wonderful family harmonies. Each of the four members take part of singing the lead on many of the songs, so there is not a set pattern of “who” is the featured vocalist. Very talented vocalists.

The first two songs really start the project off with a strong drive, and then going back and forth throughout the rest of the project, there are some really nice moments with several top notch ballads, including “things Change”, “Vessel” and “Just Speak His Name” (which to me is a huge hit for radio). The group also does outstanding on the classic Carrol McGruder’s song “I’m Just Warmin’ Up”. The project ends with the old song that I just love “My God Is Real”.

I am anxious to find out more about this group and would love to see them in concert. Love their sound, their songs and their hearts!



Song List:

I Can See The Lights
Faith Looks Up
Vessel
Legacy
Warmin’ Up
Things Change
I’m Movin’
Just Speak His Name
Brand New Day
My God Is Real

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John Bowman - Worship Him


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Pisgah Ridge/Crossroads
Website: http://www.johnrbowman.net

John Bowman is certainly no stranger to gospel or bluegrass music. He has had tenures with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, with his wife's family The Isaacs and more recently renowned bluegrass group The Boxcars. John has also had well received solo albums. His latest effort WORSHIP HIM is indeed a worship recording, though not a typical one. There is a definite simplicity and understated tone. With just acoustic guitar and John's authentic vocals, WORSHIP HIM is the perfect CD for a reflective time. ABOVE ALL is a refreshing take on the worship classic while GOD'S NOT DEAD is a more upbeat tune that you'd be likely to hear in a little country church.

HAVE YOUR WAY is another great worship song with a simplistic touch that is perfect for a true worshipful experience. Other songs are a celebration of life, like I LOVE MY FRIENDS. IN MY FATHER'S EYES is a moving ballad type song referencing the love of an earthly father and the love of our heavenly father. I'M ON THE LAST MILE features only vocals and is beautifully done. Other songs include MIRACLE TODAY, SUMMERS GONE (MY GOD MADE IT ALL), ZION'S HILL and ZION'S SHORE. This is an album I would recommend, especially for a time of reflection, though it can most definitely be enjoyed anytime.



Song List:

ABOVE ALL
GOD'S NOT DEAD
HAVE YOUR WAY
I LOVE MY FRIENDS
I'M ON THE LAST MILE
IN MY FATHER'S EYES
MIRACLE TODAY
SUMMERS GONE (MY GOD MADE IT ALL)
ZION'S HILL
ZION'S SHORE

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Marty Stuart and His Famous Superlatives - The Gospel Music of Marty Stuart


Producer: Bill Gaither
Label: Gaither Music Group
Website: http://www.martystuart.net

The name Marty Stuart is not unfamiliar among country music fans. Marty is best known for his eclectic ability to merge country honky tonk music and rock-n-roll. Stuart has a string of hits he has written for other artists and also himself. "Cry, Cry, Cry," "Hillbilly Rock," and "Till I Found You," are just a small few that may seem familiar to listeners.

Stuart and his long-time band, The Famous Superlatives, have teamed up with Gaither Music for an all new collection of Gospel music. Some beloved bluegrass, country and gospel favorites are on this project featuring Stuart's unmistakably lead vocals as well as other special guests, including Stuart's wife, country super star, Connie Smith.

Some highlights include the opening song, "99 1/2 Won't Do," "There's A Rainbow at the End of Every Storm," "The Unseen Hand," "Pray the Power Down," and "Walking my Lord Up Calvary's Hill" which features Connie Smith.

If you're a fan of Stuarts, you'll love this project. If you're a fan of bluegrass, country, gospel music and like other artists such as Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Easter Brothers, or the Gatlin Brothers, you'll enjoy this project, too. Check it out and be amazed at the talent of Marty Stuart and His Famous Superlatives!



Song List:

99-1/2 Won't Do
There's A Rainbow At The End Of Every Storm
Don't Leave Home Without Jesus - featuring Cuz'n Kenny Vaughan
Just A Little Talk With Jesus
Greystone Chapel
The Master Is Waiting - featuring Handsome Harry Stinson
Walking In Jerusalem (Just Like John)
His Love Will Lead Us On
Walking My Lord Up Calvary's Hill - featuring Connie Smith
Pray The Power Down - featuring Apostle Paul Martin
He Turned The Water Into Wine
The Unseen Hand

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The Oak Ridge Boys - In Conversation

Deon sits down with the Oaks and talks about their new album!

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 14, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
18
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
2
3
14
He Is to Me Legacy Five
2
3
2
18
For All He's Done Greater Vision
1(3)
4
5
11
Listening For the Shout Browders
4
5
4
8
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
6
6
15
That's Why Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
5
7
8
5
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
7
8
11
7
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
8
9
10
8
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
8
10
12
11
The Greatest Love Story Triumphant Quartet
4
11
13
14
Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
8
12
14
10
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
13
15
9
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
10
14
7
10
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
3
15
16
7
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
15
16
9
18
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
3
17
19
3
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
17
18
17
7
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
17
19
20
16
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
20
21
7
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
20
21
23
18
Stronger TaRanda Greene
13
22
25
12
House of Good News Three Bridges
22
23
28
11
The Sun's Coming Up Nelons
16
24
22
8
God Is Big Hoskins Family
22
25
27
10
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
19
26
26
5
I Know Enough Bowling Family
26
27
24
4
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
24
28
30
19
Rise Again Sisters
10
29
34
2
Talk About the Lord Allen Family
29
30
18
8
Happy Happy Happy Sunday Drive
16
31
39
2
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
31
32
32
8
Through the Roof Crist Family
32
33
40
2
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
33
34
29
14
One Hundred Years From Now Dunaways
18
35
31
12
If I Know Him Down East Boys
31
36
33
5
The Captain's Got It Under Control Browns
28
37
*
1
Hidden Heroes Talleys
37
38
36
19
More Like Jesus, Less Like Me Mercy's Well
14
39
**
24
Meanwhile Back at the Cross Gordon Mote
9
40
*
1
Waste Another Day Watts, Rowsey & Bean
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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Praise God Anyway

After having a few tough weeks of travel, I’ve been thinking a lot about keeping my focus on God, instead of my circumstances. Many times that’s where we go wrong with our thinking patterns. We try to figure out how something is going to work out or what we can do to make something happen differently, when in truth, we should instead be thinking on things that are lovely, things that are pure, things that are of good report, trusting that God is more than able to meet all of our needs.

I came across this scripture in Habakkuk that summed up someone being very much in need, very close to hitting bottom, but reminding himself of praising God anyway and it reminded me to do the same. This week if you’re struggling, immediately stop and thank God for your blessings. If you’re hurting, thank God for healing, and if you’re feeling like giving up, keep going! Through all of the circumstances you face, praise God anyway!


Philippians 4:8
King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


Habakkuk 3:17-18
New International Version (NIV)
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

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Daily Devotion

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God Put Me In My Place…. Sorta

I'm a bit of a prude, a bit old fashioned, and possibly a smidgen self righteous....although I don't mean to be. I've never struggled with chasing men, alcohol or the "favorite" sins that most of us hammer...and I'm truly happy about that.

But, the Lord just reminded me how lost I was, how low I was, and how equal I was to the hard core sinner without GRACE. Yep, while I was slicing strawberries at my kitchen sink I heard the "my righteousness is as filthy rags" as sure as the world.

I proclaim that I'm nothing unless He is in me. Truly a big mouth....tell everyone what they do wrong personality. I think people should make good choices...that's all. But, God loudly reminded me that even with all my righteous opinions, I'm still not good enough.

Thankful that He died for big mouths like me.

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Taking Responsibility

When life or people disappoint us, we have a responsibility to remain stable and continue with God's purpose for our lives.
Consider Psalm 94:12-13.

Blessed is the one you discipline, Lord, the one you teach from your law; you grant them relief from days of trouble, till a pit is dug for the wicked. (Psalm 94:12, 13 NIV)

Notice that it does not say that God keeps us calm. It says He gives us power to keep ourselves calm. We are partners with God. His part is to give us ability and our part is to be responsible.

Responsibility means 'to respond to the ability we have.' An irresponsible person wants God to do everything while he does nothing except follow his feelings. But don't let your feelings run the show. Declare out loud right now, "I have attended my last pity party." I can promise you: in the end you will feel much better about yourself if you take responsibility than if you avoid it.

God cares for you, but He won't do your part. He enables you to do it, but let me emphasize that He won't do it for you! I dare you to stand firm, take responsibility and begin working with God to have the blessed life He's planned for you.

Prayer Starter: God, Your Word says that You've given me the ability to remain calm. I receive that today. I won't let my feelings run my life, and I will be responsible and respond the way You want me to.




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Written: 07/10/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


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Wedding Bells Still Ringing At StowTown Records

July 10, 2014 (Nashville, TN)... Wedding bells continue to ring in the StowTown Records family during its ongoing celebration this summer. Following the latest announcement of the marriage of Phillip Collingsworth, Jr. of The Collingsworth Family, to his wife Sharlenae, two other StowTown members have recently tied the knot.

Adam Brown, a member of The Browns, married Jennifer Bolkema on June 20 at Shalom Reformed Church in Sioux Falls, SD. The reception followed at the Historic Court House Museum.
The couple later honeymooned in Florida, both on Marco Island and at the Trump Doral Resort in Miami.
They plan to travel together with the family group. While at home, Jennifer is also a Registered Nurse at LeMars Family Clinic.
The Browns reside in LeMars, IA.



Just a day later, Andrew Goldman, lead singer of The Perrys, exchanged vows with longtime girlfriend Rebecca Helms on June 21 at Main Street Baptist Church in Boonville, IN.
During the vintage wedding ceremony with many friends and family in attendance, the couple performed "The Marriage Prayer" together and Andrew sang a special rendition of "You And I" to Rebecca.
"We met in 2010 at one of my concerts and I've been in love with her ever since." said Goldman. "She's so supportive in my ministry, and I'm so thankful God has blessed me with such a beautiful and wonderful wife."
The couple lives in Newburgh, IN.

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Jack Smith Former Steel Player For The Happy Goodmans Passes Away

Jack Smith, businessman and musician extraordinaire who was a former Steel Guitarist for the Happy Goodman Family, and former owner of Nashville's "Tape & Disc Factory" duplication services as well as Praise Hymn Sound Tracks, died this past Weekend as the results of an Automobile accident.

Jack developed complications at home where he passed away.

Smith's steel guitar playing was a large part of the very popular Happy Goodman Family Band sound.
After leaving the Goodman Band, Jack worked with Country Singing Star Bill Anderson.

He produced many albums while owning his studio for Praise Hymn tracks and showed great integrity and honesty in an industry that worked with artists who needed some guidance and direction.

Details of his final arrangements have not been released by his Family.

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The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon Supports WDFB Christian Radio Share-A-Thon

Danville, KY (July 10, 2014) Known for his role of the Positive Cowboy as the very popular Music City Show out of Nashville, TN, Jim Sheldon went back to his home town of Danville, KY to support the Christian Radio Station WDFB-FM.

It is not uncommon for Christian radio and television stations to broadcast Telethons/Share-A-Thons to raise fund to help keep the stations on the air. Jim Sheldon did his part to help his hometown station keep ministering to the regional area.

Performing several songs which included his number one hit “Mansion In the Sky” Jim was a huge attraction helping to raise finances needed by the station.

Jim stated “I considered it an honor to be a part of such a worthy cause. I believe there will be souls saved because of the efforts by all the artists who were a part of this Share-A-Thon.”

In other news for Jim Sheldon his hit song “Mansion In The Sky” is Number One on the Indie Gospel Charts for the month of July.

Also, Jim is featured in a Feature Article in the Power Source Magazine for the month of July.

http://www.ezflipmags.com/Magazines/View/PowerSource_Magazine/38/

Jim Sheldon is a regular on The Music City Show, shown weekly on RFD-TV as The Positive Cowboy where Jim performs popular Gospel and Patriotic songs.

You can learn more about Jim Sheldon at http://www.jimsheldonmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-Sheldon-The-Positive-Cowboy .

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To learn more about WDFB Christian Radio go to http://www.wdfb.com .

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Going Fishing

“Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” Matthew 4:19&20 (NKJV)

Grandpa had an orchard. Even after he and Grandma were no longer operating it, my parents and I would visit there. We usually visited in the fall of the year, and my cousin Tony and I had an absolute ball of fun together. He was around the same age as I, with the neatest ideas, and an awesome little laugh. We would throw green hedge apples, run around in the crisp fall air, and simply enjoy childhood.
One lovely day, we decided we were going fishing. Now, the “pond” was a rather large mud puddle in their gravel driveway, and our fishing poles were sticks, but we were having the time of our life – “fishing.” Somehow, I managed to get a stick bigger than Tony’s. He didn’t necessarily like this idea, especially at the ripe old age of six or seven, and was determined to “one up” me. So, he headed to the garage and brought back a regular fishing pole. Of all the nerve! My “six year old brain” wasn’t quite sure what to do about this situation, so I just “continued fishing.” Tony took a mighty swing over his head to cast out his line – and the next thing I remember was howls that surely must have awakened any sleeping cows for at least two county’s over! The “fantastic fishing pole” was even more “fantastic” than He knew! It really did have a hook on the end of it, which had gotten itself firmly imbedded in my cousin’s scalp. We began a “trudging retreat” to the house, his howls seemingly louder by the moment. Out the front door flew my Aunt Mat and my mom. “What on earth is wrong?” They wanted to know. One look at Tony and their questions were answered. He had “gone fishing” but certainly hadn’t caught the right thing!
When I picture Jesus walking by the Sea, his relaxed confidence is what strikes me. He saw Simon Peter, and Andrew – He knew they were fishermen. They weren’t “catching” what He desired them to “catch.” He didn’t see them as they were at the moment -- He knew what He could help them become. There is no hesitation in His tone when He calls them. He uses the trade they are familiar with in order to drive his point home – “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt. 4:19 He wanted to take them from fishing for earthly, temporal, fish, to fishing for people. What a calling!
Their ready obedience inspires my heart again – this day -- to respond the same way to His calling. They didn’t even take time to clean up the boat! “They immediately left their nets and followed him.” Matt. 4:20 (NKJV) Jesus had a plan – and they were ready to do their part when asked.
It wasn’t their obligation to make themselves into the kind of fishermen that Jesus needed. Jesus had that all under control! Their obligation was to obey, and allow HIM to MAKE them into the fishers of men He needed them to be. No amount of outward “clean up” can possibly take the place of the work Jesus Christ does in our lives from the INSIDE OUT!
Today, we are a part of His desire expressed in II Timothy 3:9. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (NIV) “A few here and there” isn’t His desire, He wants “everyone to come to repentance.” He has a place in His Kingdom work for us. Our obligation is to listen and obey what He wants us to do – and allow Him to make us into the “fisherman – or woman” He can make us to be. He wants to help us fish – and catch – for eternity.

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Sermons That Get in the Way of the Message

“If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto Me" (John 12:32).

Even with 15 pages of notes, all I needed was seven minutes to preach my first sermon. Now, after almost 38 years of preaching, I seldom use any notes and I have no problem clocking in at 45 minutes most of the time.

That first sermon was a rough start for a 16-year-old, but it certainly has a permanent place in my memory. Nervously, I stumbled through some lame opening remarks that had no significance and then said, "Let's stand for prayer." I'd seen my father do that before he began his sermons and I thought it was appropriate. Unfortunately, an old man in the crowd of 12 people thought I said, "I need some air." He then proceeded to walk behind me, stepped upon a metal folding chair, and reached for a chain attached to a ceiling fan. When the blades began spinning around, the resulting breeze blew my precious 15 pages across the stage.

Two little grandmas jumped up and helped collect them. In a jumbled discombobulation, they slapped them back on the pulpit for me. What they said next was classic. "That ought to help, Sonny."

It helped all right.  It helped mark my memory for the rest of my life.

The subject of the sermon?

It was called "The Real Thing," and it was about striving for authentic Christianity. And to think, I covered that subject in just seven minutes.

Years of experience helps one to hone a craft and develop a style. I hope I'm better at presentation and a little more in command of myself now.

Styles can be flexible depending on where you are speaking, but one thing must remain constant—the message must be clear.

Many preachers could be good thespians and could make a living in theater. A good public speaker understands the importance of reading a room and holding people's attention with voice inflections, gestures, and funny anecdotes. However, too many audiences walk away remembering the messenger rather than the message.

For me, I must remember that sermons should point people to Jesus. Otherwise, they become rambling speeches that can seem eternal in length, but have no eternal relevance to lost souls.

Jesus must not get lost in my gestures and His grace must never be dwarfed by my efforts at proper hermeneutics and homiletics. My expository preaching shouldn't be empty meanderings and my theological exegesis must not leave people in a fog.

Jesus said himself, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me."

So here's the bottom line: our sermons must never get in the way of the message.

Enough said.  



Tim Hill

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You’re Invited By The Dunaways

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In The Words of Chris

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A Walk Through - 11th Hour’s Picture This

This feature will be a play-by-play of my first listen through a new recording. This month I'll take a listen to 11th Hour's Picture This which released last month on Sonlite Records and was produced by Jeff Collins.

"No Death" - This song immediately brings to mind Hope's Call, one of the most progressive Southern Groups of the last decade. It definitely has a definitive country quality to it, but the vocals are arranged in a way that makes it cutting edge for SG. This is very catchy, and I would imagine it makes a great concert opener.

"Picture This" - This Dianne Wilkinson penned tune definitely has a more traditional, quartet sound to it that tenor Grant Gibson really shines on. It's always fun to hear a more progressive or country group take on a Dianne Wilkinson tune. 11th Hour doesn't disappoint.

"Jesus Is In the House" - Just from the title, you can tell that this is going to be a progressive sounding song. The canned synths immediately recall thoughts of the early 90s (i.e. the likes of someone like Karen Wheaton or Kim Boyce). This has a definite Black Gospel vibe to it that the group pulls off really well. 11th Hour recalls The Martins on this one. I dig it, but it definitely won't be found on the radio any time soon.

"This Changes Everything" - I'm not sure I would've chosen this song to cover on such a progressive recording. Don't get me wrong. Grant sounds great on the tune, but coming off of "Jesus In the House," it causes too much of a shock reaction to my ears. Nice song, but not my favorite.

"Wounds" - Ray Scarbrough is proving to be a force to be reckoned with in the songwriting field. This song helps prove that point even more. This is a beautiful ballad with a nice acoustic backdrop. This tender ballad is an album highlight for sure.

"Everlasting Arms" - I really do not like the guitar intro on this song. It doesn't match the stylistic approach of the group. It almost gives it an old-timey Gospel feel. I don't care for it. I'd love to hear this with more of a horn base as opposed to this "boom chick boom chick" feel. This song could have been a huge, radio friendly number that featured Amber. Unfortunately, the track really distracts from an otherwise very strong song.

"Waving On the Other Side" - This is another cover by the group, and Grant sounds amazing on it. This guy is one of our genre's hidden talents. This is a big ole ballad that will do exceptionally well in a live setting. The key change going in to the second verse was a nice touch. Though it is typical Southern Gospel at this point, it works well here. I wish this had featured live strings as opposed to these cheesy canned strings. It would have really taken this one to the next level.

"Step In" - This is another rousing progressive number. I'm not sure I'm a fan on the melody on the chorus. In our genre, we want more predictable melodies, and this one is all over the map. Grant is killing it on the verse. Again, the chord progression on this chorus just throws me for a loop here.

"How Will You Plead" - I'm shocked there's only one Amber Epinette-written song on here. It just so happens to be the best cut on the record thanks in part to the co-writing of Dianne Wilkinson. This one has a slight Hoskins Family feel to it with it's more country backdrop. This is a major highlight and probably the strongest cut on the record. Bravo 11th Hour!

"Saints Are Born" - The album ends with a big ballad written by Joseph Habedank and Lee Black. Amber Empinette definitely has Joyce Martin influence all in her vocals. This is a beautiful song that should find a place on radio. It's nice that the song doesn't feel "overstacked" with vocals. The inclusion of "Softly and Tenderly" in the bridge was a nice addition. I'm not one of the few who thinks this trend of including hymns as bridges is overdone. I like it, and it gives the song a real sense of familiarity. This is a tender song, and one that needs to be heard.

Overall, this is such a fun record that shows off just how great 11th Hour really is. They are filling the progressive niche' left open by LordSong and Hope's Call. Several of these songs will make my iTunes ("Saints Are Born," "No Death," "Wounds," "How Will You Plead," and "Waving On the Other Side" in particular).

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Daily Devotion

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Cages

I recently read a devotion that I want to pass along to you.

Marcy was a large black bear that had worked for the circus. She entertained children and adults for many years. When she was not working, she lived in an 8 by 8 metal cage. Several times, illness had found her. Marcy always came back to her rightful place under the big top.

Finally, she had grown too old to work and her trainer decided to retire her. Marcy was sold to an animal sanctuary. There she was allowed to roam free over 90 acres of land and live out her remaining days.

After about 2 months, the owner of the sanctuary noticed something strange. Marcy would pace back and forth as if in an 8 by 8 circle everyday. No matter how hard he tried, the bear would not wander away from that area.

See, her "metal" cage, had become her "mental" cage. She had grown accustomed to her captivity. Freedom, when offered was not accepted.

Many of us live in cages built of our own hands, and accept it as "life".

2 Peter 2:19-"They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you."

We need to learn from our sinful past, and not make those mistakes again. The past is a common cage that we live in. We allow our past to keep us from moving forward. We all have a past; good and bad.

2 Corinthians 5:17-"In Christ, we are a NEW CREATION, and former things have passed away, the new has come."

There are some who are still healing from the mistakes I have made in my past. Yes, I allowed the guilt to keep me from getting out of bed many days due to extreme depression. Do I regret my past? Of course. But "TRUE FREEDOM" came when I realized that Christ has forgiven me and restored me. He makes our mess, His message. I will pray for those who want me to linger and live in my past, that one day they will find peace.

Psalm 118:6-"The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

Philippians 4:13 says "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me."

I may upset some with this one. "Cages of Religion". There are so many doctrines saying "You can't do this, and you can't do that." When I was a kid, I was taught "this" was wrong, but "that" was ok. More often than not, they both were nearly the same thing. It was mainly someone's opinion. Sadly, I never read and explored God's word to see what HE had to say. Sin is sin and once you read God's word, it CLEARLY states what sin is. I believe there are so many unbelievers today because they "in their minds" cannot live up to what they were taught as a child. You know what? They can't. On our best day, WE ARE STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH! That's where God's gift of grace steps in. Grace is the key that opens cages. No, grace is not a license to live however we want. But, it's thru His grace, we are made worthy to be God's child.

Romans 6:14- "Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God's grace."

Ephesians 1:7-"He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins."

Living in bondage to sin, your past, your mistakes, your fears or anything else that can hinder your walk, is causing you to merely exist. Not live. We have a Father who wants the best for us, and He promises if we honor Him, nothing is impossible.

Luke 4:18- "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to RELEASE the oppressed,"



Psalm 119:45- "I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments."



1 Timothy 2:6-"He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time."



Living in Freedom is waiting each of us. No matter what has become your “cage”, ask God to guide you and He will show you the way out! He has given us the universal KEY to any cage that holds us.



Prayer starter: Father, I admit that I've allowed things to keep me captive. Help me to live in your freedom! In Jesus name. Amen.



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HIGHROADIII Featured Artist At LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 7, 2014) HIGHROADIII, award-winning Appalachian Gospel group, will be the featured worship leader guest at the EXTREME! Challenge 2.0 Conference at the LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina.

EXTREME! Challenge 2.0 brings together ministry leaders who understand how to teach the Bible for transformation and who have started thousands of new Bible study groups, and will share their expertise with attendees. The purpose of the conference is to discover how to engage more people in ministry and how to reach more people for Christ in an efficient manner. Leaders of all age groups will be in attendance, learning how to meet today’s Bible study group challenges. The conference will take place on July 18 through July 21, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, located on the 1,300-acre Ridgecrest Christian conference center.

HIGHROADIII was invited by the conference leaders to be the featured worship leader. The group feels honored to be asked to participate in leading the attendees into worship.

“This event is such a great time. I’m so looking forward to leading worship, as well as seeing some friends at the event.” stated Kiley Phillips.

Anna Grace Shideler said, “I have been looking forward to this event all summer. We are excited to see what God’s going to do!”

Keyboardist for the group, Sarah Davison commented “LifeWay is such a great organization and such an intricate part of so many churches in the Southeast. We couldn’t be more honored to be a part of leading the worship services in such an incredible event with such an outstanding group of people in the ministry. I have a feeling it’s going to be good.”

HIGHROADIII’s inventive instrumentation and beautiful harmonies and vocals are a perfect fit for the spirit of the conference.

For more information on HIGHROADIII, visit http://www.highroadmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/HIGHROAD3 .

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For more information on LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, visit http://ridgecrestconferencecenter.org.

For more information on the EXTREME! Challenge 2.0, visit http://www.lifeway.com/Event/leadership-training-extreme-ss-challenge-2-0-ridgecrest-nc.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - July 7, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
3
17
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(4)
2
1
17
For All He's Done Greater Vision
1(3)
3
2
13
He Is to Me Legacy Five
2
4
6
7
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
5
14
10
Listening For the Shout Browders
5
6
9
14
That's Why Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
5
7
5
9
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
3
8
15
4
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
8
9
4
17
I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
3
10
8
7
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
8
11
10
6
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
10
12
13
10
The Greatest Love Story Triumphant Quartet
4
13
11
13
Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
8
14
7
9
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
15
12
8
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
10
16
17
6
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
16
17
19
6
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
17
18
16
7
Happy Happy Happy Sunday Drive
16
19
36
2
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
19
20
20
15
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
21
21
6
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
21
22
25
7
God Is Big Hoskins Family
22
23
33
17
Stronger TaRanda Greene
13
24
31
3
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
24
25
23
11
House of Good News Three Bridges
23
26
26
4
I Know Enough Bowling Family
26
27
39
9
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
19
28
24
10
The Sun's Coming Up Nelons
16
29
22
13
One Hundred Years From Now Dunaways
18
30
27
18
Rise Again Sisters
10
31
35
11
If I Know Him Down East Boys
31
32
32
7
Through the Roof Crist Family
32
33
28
4
The Captain's Got It Under Control Browns
28
34
*
1
Talk About the Lord Allen Family
34
35
40
3
If There Was Any Other Way Zane & Donna King
35
36
18
18
More Like Jesus, Less Like Me Mercy's Well
14
37
29
21
A Hill Worth Dying On McKameys
5
38
*
1
I'm Going Home Ivan Parker
38
39
*
1
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
39
40
*
1
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
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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Music Previews


Tribute Quartet - I Am a Soldier

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Joseph Habedank - Never, No Never

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Amber Nelon Thompson - Falling

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Bowling Family - I Know Enough

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The Freemans - Where I’ve Been

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Jim Sheldon - Mansion In the Sky

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

Phil Collingsworth is the guest on Gospel Music Today for the week of July 6. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Simeon's Promise, and Jean reviews new recordings by The Pine Ridge Boys and Doug Anderson. An article entitled "Married to the Music" is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes and features Ricky and Karen Peck Gooch.. The show includes singing by 2-R-More, exclusive video of Woody Wright, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Blackwood Brothers at the Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK.

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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The Old Paths: BMI Awards and #1 Songs

With two BMI® awards and three #1 hits, the Old Paths have exploded on the scene as a leading presence in Christian radio.

At the 2014 BMI® Christian Music Awards this month, two Old Paths singles, “Battle Stand” (written by Rodney Birch) and “The I Of the Storm” (written by Kenny Kuykendall), received Citations of Achievement for being among the most-played songs on U.S. Christian radio.

In the last two years, three of their singles have reached the #1 position on the Singing News Radio Airplay Chart: “Battle Stand” (December 2012), “God’s Great” (June 2013), and “Long Live the King” (July 2014).

Their success is poised to continue with their new single, “Love Them To Jesus,” already the #1 top add on the August 2014 Singing News New Releases chart. The song was inspired by Old Paths baritone/manager Doug Roark’s testimony. “Over 20 years ago,” he shares, “I was a drug dealer/addict outside of Atlanta Georgia when an old preacher man loved me to Jesus. He didn't condemn me or judge me; he just took me in and showed me the love of Christ. The songwriter Rodney Birch came to hear us one night, and after hearing my testimony, came back to us with this great song.”

For more on The Old Paths, visit theoldpathsonline.com.

Old Paths and Crossroads

CAPTIONS: LEFT IMAGE: From left to right: Rich Crist (Crossroads), Jim Stover (Crossroads), Chris White (Crossroads), Josh Townsend (The Old Paths), Doug Roark (The Old Paths), Tim Rackley (The Old Paths). RIGHT IMAGE: BMI Citation of Achievement awarded to Asheville Music Publishing, a division of Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing, for the airplay success of "Battle Stand."

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Daily Devotion

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Just Too Much

Some days it’s just too much—too much confusion, too much stress, too much to handle, simply too much! We want to throw up our hands and surrender; we just don’t have any more fight left in us. So how do we find our fight again, how do we find a better attitude to keep going? I think we look at Peter, or maybe David, perhaps Job…

This week has been too much! At the risk of sounding like I’m complaining, we had 3 breakdowns in 4 days, traveled over 2000 miles in 4 different vehicles (each consecutively growing smaller), encountered slow-moving trains and fast-moving bees, and did twice the job with half of our work force. I’m tired, I haven’t slept more than 4 hours in the past 29 and it’s just too much. I need a little help from someone who’s been there, someone who knows how I feel.

If we look at Peter, David and Job, they knew where to turn when life became too much. They turned to God because He had the compassion they needed, the understanding they needed, the wisdom, the patience and love they needed…He had—just enough!


Matthew 14:28-31
New International Version (NIV)
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”


Psalm 142
King James Version (KJV)
142 I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication.
2 I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble.
3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
5 I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.
6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I.
7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.


Job 1:9-11
King James Version (KJV)
9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.


Job 1:20-22
King James Version (KJV)
20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.


Job 22:5
King James Version (KJV)
5 Is not thy wickedness great? and thine iniquities infinite?



Job 42:10-17
King James Version (KJV)
10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.
12 So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.
13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch.
15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations.
17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

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Dr. Donald M Frazier Writer For AbsolutelyGospel.com Tragically Killed

In the early morning hours of July 4th Gospel Music , AbsolutelyGospel.com and myself personally lost a good friend and caring minister when Dr. Donald Frazier was fatally shot in a home invasion. Details of the tragedy are found in the link below from the newspaper
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In addition to being a Christian Counselor, Dr Frazier was a talented musician and singer as well as a monthly contributor writing for AbsolutelyGospel.com . He was a man who loved God, his family and the family of God.

Please keep his wife, children, grandchildren, other family and friends in your prayers.

Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Donald M. Frazier -

The family will receive friends from 5:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in the chapel of Forest Park Westhiemer Funeral Home.
A Celebration Service honoring the life of Dr. Donald M. Frazier will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, also in the chapel of Forest Park Westhiemer Funeral Home. The interment will follow in the Forest Park Westhiemer Cemetery.

For information concerning floral arrangements contact Forest Park Westhiemer Funeral Home at 281-497-2330.

An additional Celebration Service will be held in Greenville, South Carolina at a later date. Details to follow.

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/katy/crime-courts/article/Houston-area-minister-shot-and-killed-5600063.php

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Ashley DeRamus To Make Appearance at National Down Syndrome Congress Convention

Hoover, AL. (July 3, 2014) Advocate for the awareness of Down syndrome and other special needs children and adults, Ashley DeRamus of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation is scheduled to make an honorary appearance at the National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Each year, thousands of people from around the world come together to attend the NDSC, National Down Syndrome Congress Convention. Founded in 1973, the NDSC is the country’s oldest national organization for those living with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals that help them and work with them. At the convention, information, advancement and support is shared with attendees, creating a national climate of recognition and valued sentiment for people with Down syndrome. This year, the 42nd Annual NDSC Convention will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the JW Marriott from July 11 through July 13.

Through the experience of living with Down syndrome, Ashley DeRamus’ advocacy proves that those born with Down syndrome have ability and not disability. Through her many years of work and dedication, Ashley has been featured as a speaker at the United Nations and was named one of the six most inspirational entrepreneurs with Down syndrome in the world by Disney. Ashley, along with her mother Connie DeRamus, launched a clothing line tailored to fit women with Down syndrome, Ashley by Design. Ashley is also featured in a music video with Grammy Award winning Gospel Music artist Jason Crabb, titled “Love is Stronger.”

At the NDSC on July 11 at 3:30 p.m., Ashley will be showcased and honored at the film festival. The short video showing the making of and the story behind-the-scenes of the “Love is Stronger” music video will be played to all the delegates from the United States and around the globe. Ashley’s clothing line, Ashley by Design, will also be on display for the entire convention. Ashley will surely impact this year’s NDSC, as the music video, clothing line, and her enthusiasm will educate and enlighten the hearts of many.

For more information on the Ashley DeRamus Foundation, visit http://www.ashleyderamusfoundation.org or https://www.facebook.com/ashley.deramus .

For more information on Ashley by Design or to shop, visit http://ashleybydesign.com .

For more information on the National Down Syndrome Congress and the Convention, visit http://www.ndsccenter.org .

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Isaacs And Wilburn & Wilburn Featured At Smith County Fair

Carthage, TN (July 3, 2014) Time is running out for your chance to purchase audience tickets for the Smith County Fair on July 25, 2014 at 7 P.M.
Music lovers and entertainment seekers alike will get a chance to be a part of a night of great inspirational Gospel music including artists such as the Isaacs, the father-son duo Wilburn & Wilburn and special guest Elaine Wilburn. Plenty of entertainment is to be had with plenty of competitions, rides, farm animals and great family fun.
The Smith County Mayor, Mr. Michael Nesbit, is a lover of Gospel music and frequently enjoys watching Gaither videos and listening to Wilburn & Wilburn.
“The Smith County community is so excited about Gospel music being added as a fair event” Mayor Nesbit said “I believe that these Gospel artist are some of the best and I believe we have one of the best Fairs in the state of Tennessee".
Mayor Nesbit has been a minister and a life long friend to Jonathan Wilburn and they are working closely together to make this a very special night for friends and family.
Jonathan Wilburn stated “Smith County is blessed to have a Mayor who takes a stand following his Christian faith.”
The multi-award winning Isaacs are a sure hit at the fair with their bluegrass sound and their lively performance. Wilburn & Wilburn are a high energy act that fair goers will enjoy. This combination will no doubt draw a large crowd for the fair supporters.
To learn more about the Isaacs go to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs .
You can learn more about Wilburn & Wilburn at http://www.wilburn2.com or https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn .
For more information about the Smith County Fair go to http://www.smithcountyfairtn.net .
The Isaacs are booked by the Harper Agency - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .
Wilburn & Wilburn are booked by the Beckie Simmons Agency - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Daily Devotion

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Seize The Moment

I work more than most people. Most vacations I take are only in my mind. This day, I brought my body too.

I pray you worship Him. I'm seizing a quiet moment to do just that. I'm thankful for each of you this day. I'm praying for your health needs, financial needs, and your broken hearts.

Lose the users, nurse the sick, and eat cake or ice cream to remind yourself that the little things are yours for the taking.

I'm thankful for the goodness of God today. He has brought a middle aged woman through the storms of a life and helped her battle satan and the powers of hell.

Jesus had my back. I'm still here. And if you're reading this, so are you! Let's rejoice this day!

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Allison Speer Releases New Single

Allison Speer has released a new single entitled “She’s Better Now.” Co-written with Dove award winner, Joel Lindsey, the song honors Allison’s grandmother, Alice Powell, and Joel’s mother, Reba Lindsey, both in now Heaven. Allison has been singing for 26 years and is a regular artist on the Gaither Homecoming videos and concerts.

Allison says, “Joel and I got together to write in 2013 at an office in Nashville. He was fondly speaking about his mother and how she had been gone seven years and how he missed her. He said he had recently seen a friend who had asked about her, and the first thing that came out of his mouth as an answer was, ‘she's better now.’ I gasped when he said that. I did not beg him to let me co-write the idea but it came pretty close. We spoke for most of the afternoon about his mom and my grandmother, and this song was born in that writing session.”
“She’s Better Now” was featured in the 2013 Gaither video release, “Women Of Homecoming.” Allison has released a video of the song that can be viewed at http://www.allisonspeer.com. For more information, contact Brian Speer at 615.331.0900 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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‘You Don’t Cry Out Loud’ by Lily Isaacs Now Available in Audio Book Format

Nashville, TN (July 2, 2014) In May of this year Lily Isaacs released her first book, her very personal life story titled, 'You Don’t Cry Out Loud'. A talented daughter of Holocaust survivors, Lily is a woman who has felt pain, loss, and the incomparable joy of a life with Jesus Christ.

Co-founder and current member of The Isaacs whose 35-year career includes performances at the Grand Ole Opry, Gaither Homecoming Concerts, and more - Lily has experienced incredible highs and very deep lows. Above all, Lily’s steady refrain has been one of God’s constant love, comfort, and strength.

'You Don't Cry Out Loud', audio book!!!!!!

Most recently she spent time reading her story aloud and personally narrating a very special audio edition of her book that is now available. Hear from Lily herself as she describes her family’s history, childhood, life as a performing family, sickness, healing, and more.

You can purchase her new audio book through these vendors: Amazon and iTunes Audible. New Leaf Publishing Group is honored to partner with such an influential Christian voice. Since 1975 New Leaf Publishing Group has been dedicated to ink on paper touching eternity.

You Don’t Cry Out Loud (audio edition) will be a beautiful addition to the company’s mission and goal- reaching the lost for Christ.

ORDER HERE! YOU DON'T CRY OUT LOUD AUDIO BOOK .

More information concerning Lily and the Isaacs at https://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs .

To book the Isaacs contact The Harper Agency at 615-851-4500 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

For more information concerning New Life Publishing contact Katie Gumm - 800-999-3777 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Winds Of Change For Sisters

“Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.”

Since 1975 we’ve had the awesome privilege and opportunity to travel together with our family ministry spreading the message of the gospel through song. While our roots will continue to be grounded in Southern Gospel music, God has been preparing our hearts, minds and ministry for a dramatic shift none of us were expecting.

We are excited to announce our new upcoming project “Atmosphere” scheduled to release later this summer.

We will be taking a sabbatical from touring to focus our time and efforts on this new endeavor and look forward to sharing this new record with you all!

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

tSISTERS
Kim, Heather & Valerie

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Daily Devotion

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I Can Rest When the Wind Blows

The ranch owner thought it was odd that this prospective hired hand answered his question the way he did.

"Why should I hire you?" he had asked.

The man looking for a job answered, "Because I can sleep when the wind blows."

The ranch owner wasn't sure why, but he liked that answer and hired him on the spot. His curiosity was satisfied late one night when a sudden storm began to rip through his spread. As usual, the rancher jumped out of bed and ran to check on everything. To his surprise, all the horses and cattle were secure in the stalls. The barn was locked tight and all the equipment was in its proper place. This had never happened before, because a storm had always disrupted everything. Then it came to him, "Where is my new help?" He was not running around checking on anything. Soon enough, he found him sound asleep in the bunkhouse. Somewhat irritated that he was not up worrying about things, the rancher shook him awake and said, "How can you sleep in such a storm?"

The answer was more than assuring.

The hired hand replied, "Being able to sleep when the wind blows means that I have done a good job securing all that is in my charge before I turn in. I leave nothing undone. I care for this place as if it were my very own. The doors are locked tight and the windows are shut firm. The cattle and horses are secure. There's nothing to worry about when I've done what I was hired to do." The rancher never worried anymore.

Have you ever read the Bible in Mark 4 and wondered how Jesus could sleep in the bottom of a ship on the stormy Sea of Galilee? It was because He did a good job of being the master of every situation. Why worry, when saying "Peace be still" is all you have to do to calm everything down? The disciples were afraid, but they should have taken comfort that the One in charge was resting through it all. Their attitude should have been, "If He's not bothered by it, then neither are we. Let's just ride it out."

How about you? Can you rest during your storms of life? Jesus is the master, you know. Go ahead, take a stress break. He is Lord of all. Resign from being master of your world and let Jesus do His job.

Here's what you'll discover:

He's the master over disaster. That's the whole point of Mark 4 and 5, for that matter. Here you can read of the disaster the disciples found themselves in as the waves of the sea fought them through the night. Yet, while they were in a panic wondering what to do, Jesus fluffed up his pillow and caught 40 winks. It wasn't that He didn't care; He was just simply in control. He finally stood and demanded calm, and it was over.

He's the master over devils. Jesus had no sooner landed on shore than He was met by a man possessed with demons, crying out in agony. Jesus immediately cast them out and left the man in his right mind.

He's the master over disease. What a busy day in the life of Christ. He calmed a storm and set a man free, and then a woman who had been sick for 12 years reached out and touched Him, and was healed.

He's the master over death. Jesus had no sooner healed this woman until He arrived at the home of Jairus and raised up a 12-year-old girl who was the light of her father's heart. Nothing is impossible for Jesus. What a wonderful Lord He is to give us rest in the midst of our storms.

You been having trouble getting to sleep? Who needs a glass of warm milk when a good dose of Jesus works every time?

My goodness, I'm a little sleepy.

Pardon me, but it’s bedtime, and as my dad used to say, "If you're sitting up with me, I’m feeling better."


Tim Hill

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John Bowman’s New Ministerial Look: A Year of Opportunities

Nashville, TN (July 1,2014) John Bowman has been around the bluegrass music scene for many years. With a vast array of ability, both vocal and instrumental, Bowman exhibits high levels of musical talent. Bowman has partnered with many of the music industry’s greats, including playing guitar with Alison Krauss and Union Station and Lawson and Quicksilver, fiddle with J.D. Crowe and the New South, and banjo and fiddle with The Isaacs. He is known for his work with The Boxcars, demonstrating his skill with banjo, fiddle and guitar.

Doing ministerial work since 1997, Bowman has had a passion for sharing the Gospel. Married to Becky Isaacs Bowman, The Isaacs being one of the family legends of Gospel music, Bowman has had great influences in the Gospel music genre. Preaching on his days off and working with the Boxcars, Bowman has had a year full of opportunities.

With rich experience in and around the music industry, John Bowman has recently released his newest album titled “Worship Him.” The album features just him and his guitar, showcasing his raw talent.

“I’ve been going out doing some preaching, and when I’ve been preaching and singing it was usually just me and a guitar. I’ve always wanted to do a record like that, so I decided to recreate on CD what I’ve been doing at these revivals and preaching dates. The theme is always about worshiping God, so I titled the album, “Worship Him.” There are some new songs that people haven’t heard, several of them are pretty obscure, and I’ll bet 90% will be new to bluegrass listeners,” Bowman told Bluegrass Today.

Since its release, Bowman’s album has debuted in the Singing News chart at number 17 and the Southern Gospel Chart at number 153.

“I’m very excited about this. I hope to see the song break into the top 80 and praying for the top 40! I know this seems vain in nature, but to me it is a sign that people are hearing the music God has put into my heart,” Bowman said.

Recently, John Bowman has decided to go into full-time ministry. His heart is to preach the word of God and use the gift of music for His will.

“Over the past year and a half, the Lord has given me unique opportunities to sing and preach all over the country. I know I have been called to do a work for God and I am ready to do it! I ask that all of you pray for the ministry. I have been blessed to have so many kind folks ask me how they can get me to their church or function. Just email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). I am so excited at what God is doing, and I look forward to coming to your area to minister. God bless and be with you,” Bowman said.

For more information on booking John Bowman to preach and sing, visit http://www.johnrbowman.net or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Love Stories

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It’s How You Play The Game

“It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game” is a phrase that’s often applied to life, as well as sports. Today, I want to look at that phrase through the lens of our relationships.

Think of that famous sports player who can’t seem to win championships, no matter how many individual records he breaks, simply because his teammates are continually making decisions for their own benefit, rather than the benefit of the team. Simply put, the team doesn’t play like a team.

In a team sport, it’s teamwork that wins games, so when a team works together, even the weakest players have a chance to win. On the other hand, when the team stops working together, it no longer matters how individually talented the players might be, because when the team loses focus of the end goal, games are lost.

We face the same scenario in our relationships. Too often, we forget one very important fact: Once you become more than one, you’re on a team, and once you’re part of a team, your individual needs are superseded by the needs of the team. So, whether it’s between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, friends, or couples, teamwork is a necessary for the success of the relationship.

When we look at our relationships through the lens of teamwork, we’re reminded that there’s more to life than our individual wants and we gain the perspective needed to have relationships that are meaningful.

It’s when we see only our needs and wants, that we have a breakdown in communication which, in turn, leads our relationships to places of loss.

When we turn away from focusing on our personal wins, and turn our eye to the needs of others, we’ll change the world for the better!

We have one chance at this game we call “LIFE” so let’s learn to play it well!

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Hoskins Family On Fast Track To Come Back

Waynesville, Ohio (July 1, 2014) The Hoskins Family known for their huge hits a few years earlier, such as “Safe Thus Far” and “When The Savior Wipes The Tears From Our Eyes” is on a fast track to regaining the immense popularity they had before taking a sabbatical from the road for a few years to take care of an ill family member.

Their brand new radio single “God Is Big” has debuted at Number 22 in the Singing News Top 80 Chart. This brought some real excitement in the Hoskins Family camp.

Very enthusiastically, Angie Hoskins stated “We are on cloud nine for several reasons right now. Our latest radio single 'God Is Big' has debuted on the charts at Number 22. That is the highest number the Hoskins Family has ever attained for the first month on the chart. That's enough to make me shout, but on top of that this song features my daughter and newest member of the Hoskins Family, Abigail, who is only 17 years old.” Angie continued saying “If that's not enough to make my day, we are joined on this song by my good friend and awesome singer Joyce Martin Sanders. We really are on cloud nine.”

This is a big year for the Hoskins Family. Not only are they debuting at number 22, they are also charting in the number 5 spot on the weekly chart. The song hit in the top 25 on the Absolutelygospel.com site for the first 4 weeks of charting.

Released by Daywind Records, “God is Big” is featured in the Hoskins’ newest album “A Gathering,” an album that showcases the true talent and ability of the Hoskins Family. Along with charting for the month of July, “God is Big” was among the DJ Picks Chart.

In other news, the Hoskins will be making an appearance at the 15th Annual Absolutely Gospel Music Festival. Scheduled to perform on Wednesday, July 16, the Hoskins Family will surely ignite the crowd with their creative vocal stylings and great family harmony.



To learn more about the Hoskins Family go to http://www.hoskinsworld.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheHoskinsFamily .

Information about Daywind Records is found at http://www.daywindrecords.com.

To book the Hoskins Family go to http://thedominionagency.com.

To book the Hoskins Family contact Michael Davis at (828) 454-5900 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Give Him Praise

I believe Philippians 4:19 is too often misunderstood and misinterpreted by well-meaning Christians. Paul wrote the assuring words that, “My God shall supply all you need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Most readers make the assumption that Paul is speaking of heaven when he refers to “glory.” Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The Greek word used here for glory is doxa. This word, or its derivative, is used 151 times in the New Testament and carries the definitions of “dignity, glory, honor, praise, or worship.” I’m sure most have heard of The Doxology…a brief song of “praise” used in many of our churches around the world. It is sung to ascribe “dignity, glory, honor, praise, and worship” to the Godhead. The other word used in the NT for glory means “to boast.” It is used 26 times. In the 177 times these two Greek words are used, neither is ever used in reference to heaven. To assume so would be a gross misinterpretation of the Scriptures.
There are 298 references in the Bible to the word “heaven or heavenly.” In every case the root word in Greek is ouranos which is used when referring to “heaven, sky, air, celestial, or the abode of God.” When the Holy Spirit wanted to convey a thought He knew the exact word to use in order to transmit that message to the readers of the Bible. He purposely chose NOT to use ouranos when inspiring Paul to write the Epistle to the Philippian Church.

I believe the Holy Spirit used Paul to is advise the Church that the riches he speaks of are what we ascribe to God by the degree of our praise (“glory”) of or in Jesus Christ. Your praise acknowledges, embraces and confesses the qualities and attributes of Christ’s Deity that will be used by God to supply your need. The “riches” (Greek: ploutos means wealth, fullness, abundance, valuable bestowment, accomplish, supply, or fill) of your praise create the riches of your storehouse of God’s blessings.
Let’s look at an example of this insight. If you hardly recognize or acknowledge Christ as your Healer, you will severely limit the amount of healing you will expect to receive from Him when you need healing. If He is a “little healer” you will only look for a “little help.” The wealth with which you worship and praise Him will expand the supply that will be accessible for your need. Poor praise reaps poor provisions: copious praise brings copious showers of blessing.

It is also true that, if you do not richly praise Him as your provider, you will diminish the financial capacity available to you when you have a need of finances. This principle of maximizing your praise will reap rewards by the “manifold grace (Greek: charis =s gift, benefit, favor, and LIBERALITY) of God.”
While it is very true, and precisely scriptural, that we can “lay up treasures in heaven,” Philippians 4:19 is NOT a verse that tells us WHERE the treasures are stored but HOW to get them to the storehouse. Paul says the way is through expansive, exuberant, and extravagant praise of God. His statement can become the catalyst to a lifestyle of powerful and purposeful praise which, in turn, will provide a lifeline of supplies in abundance.

If you worship a big God, you will see Him do BIG things for you. Hopefully, this insight will put you on a path of praise that will pave the way to your promised land of blessings…one that “flows (not drips) with milk and honey.” Selah…“pause and think about this.”

***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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Nobody Again

I had to chuckle really. It’s not like I hadn’t heard it before…. “Who are you?” That’s what somebody recently asked me in response to a Facebook friend request. That’s a question I asked myself for many, many years.
Back in the seventies I spent some time filling in with a group while one of their regular members was off the road temporarily. I had always dreamed of this, traveling and singing Southern Gospel, and in some ways it was a glorious taste of what life on the road would be. I quickly learned how tiring it was and also that there is no place better to sleep than over the left rear tire of a big rumbling Silver Eagle.
I loved seeing parts of the country to which I’d never been and meeting new friends around every corner, some of which are still dear to me today. But the joy of it all came to a screeching halt in a most abrupt manner.
I will always remember where I was and even what I was wearing that evening. The buses were parked side by side in a grassy field like you might expect for an outdoor venue. As I stepped off the bus, my heels sunk into the Arkansas sod and I lifted my skirt slightly to avoid getting grass stain on the hem before we could even take the stage. The air was thick with diesel fumes and cologne mingled strangely with the scent of cigarette smoke and popcorn.
It was all very surreal to me. “Imagine”, I thought, “these people get to do this every week…jump on their bus, hit the road and sing harmony to their heart’s content.” I stood there breathless for a few moments, hoping by the time I needed to sing that air would again fill my lungs. I was half nerves, half awe and completely grateful for the opportunity.
While I stood there processing the thousand jumbled thoughts running through my mind, I was soon joined by another member of the group. I’m sure I was boring the life out of them as I asked “what about this”, “what about that” regarding songs, parts, stage presence, etc. This was all old hat to them. To me it was pure happiness to be right smack dab in the middle of the gospel music world I loved so much.
Before long we were joined by others dressed for the occasion and waiting to take the stage that summer night as well. One particular girl that I had admired as a singer was obviously well acquainted with one of the girls in our group, so after a ceremonial hug, they struck up a conversation and chatted up a storm.
Now, had this been in the movies, one of them would have said, “I’m terribly sorry, I’m being completely rude. Have you met my friend Janice?”, to which the other would have replied, “Why no, but I’m very glad to make your acquaintance.” So much for movies and manners. I kept waiting to be acknowledged in some way. I mean, they were each a foot from me. Finally, the person I was anxious to meet said with all the snippy, arrogant tone of a high school cheerleader, “Who’s she?”, to which my friend responded coldly, “She’s nobody.” They continued to talk as if I were a doorstop or a head of lettuce. In an instant I went from being awed to embarrassed to crushed.
I’ve revisited the scene in my mind a thousand times and said to myself, “You know what you should’ve done? You should’ve walked off. You should’ve gotten on the first plane back home.” Some days I would think, “You should’ve said……something. You should have let them have it!” Why didn’t I take up for myself?
Of course, I always knew it. No one was more keenly aware than I that I was nobody, but to hear it verbalized by someone else, someone you considered a friend was just confirmation of the worst kind. I could no longer escape it. I was indeed a nobody masquerading, at least for a while, as somebody.
Who’s she….she’s nobody. Four words. I spent the next thirty years trying to prove that person wrong, exhausting myself…. working, trying, learning, doing, more and more until the calendar could barely contain my commitments and all it got me was frustrated and tired.
Then one day it occurred to me…..Jesus, the Bible said, made Himself of no reputation. He had no place to lay His head. He ate with sinners, His followers were lowly fishermen, and even one of His “friends” betrayed Him…..counted Him as “nobody”, so much so that he sold Him for thirty pieces of silver. Sold him!
Suddenly I realized I was in good company….that if the King of Glory was considered “nobody”, then who am I? I’ll tell you who I am: “I’m just nobody telling everybody about somebody who can save anybody.” And that’s okay.
Janice

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The Harvesters - Get Ready


Producer: G.W. Southard
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.harvestersquartet.com

The Harvesters Quartet is one that has deep roots in the history of gospel music. They were formed in 1954, and many great singers have been a part of this quartet over the years. The members featured on this project include Phillip Hughes, tenor; Danny Parker, lead; Allen Hunter, baritone; and Jim Collins, bass; and G.W. Southard on keyboards. G.W. did a great job producing and engineering this project as well as providing the keyboard, bass guitar and percussion parts.

This project kicks off with a peppy, upbeat song “I’ll Live For Him”, while the second song “Mountain Of Grace” slows it down a bit. Both of these songs do a great job of featuring Phillip and Jim.

“Standing on Holy Ground” features Allen and is another peppy number. G. W. does some fancy licks on the keys on this one too. “Jesus Is Coming Get Ready” features Phillip who wrote this song, and it has a banjo featured giving it that bluegrass-y sound. Gotta love Phillip’s little yell at the end of the song! “It’s My Desire” features Danny. This classic song is one of my all time favorites and has been recorded many times over the years by almost every group around. Danny does a nice job on it.

Other songs on this project “I Mean To Be There,” “I Love The Gospel,” “Sweet Heaven Awaits,” and “Somebody Left The Door Wide Open.” They are all good too. Finishing up this project is “Put Your Hand In The Hand” which features G.W. playing this classic old tune.

This is a 4 star recording. The song choices, vocal mixes and blends make it an easy listen. Each singer gets their fair share of features making it a nicely rounded project. You will definitely want this one to be a part of your gospel music collection.



Song List:

(**denotes my favorite picks)
1 – I’ll Live For Him**
2 – Mountain Of Grace**
3 – I Mean To Be There
4 – Standing On Holy Ground**
5 – Jesus Is Coming Get Ready**
6 – I Love The Gospel
7 – Sweet Heaven Awaits
8 – It’s My Desire**
9 – Somebody Left The Door Wide Open
10- Put Your Hand In The Hand

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Declaration of Dependence – Jesus is Lord!

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, ‘Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?’ So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.’ He said to Him, ‘Which ones?’ Jesus said, ‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, honor your father and your mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The young man said to Him, ‘All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.’ But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” Matthew 19:16-22
“So why do you keep calling me 'Lord, Lord!' when you don't do what I say?” Luke 6:46

The story of “the rich young ruler” is an interesting one. Not only is it found in Matthew 19:16-22, it is also found in Mark 10:17-22 and Luke 18:18-23. It’s interesting that the first thing Jesus said to him was, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.” It seems Jesus was dealing with the foundational issue by getting the man to either accept or reject Him as God! In essence He was saying, “Don’t come flattering me with pretty words about how good I am without recognizing Who I am?” Many people today still want to say that Jesus was good or that He taught wonderful things but they don’t want to recognize Him for Who He said He was, namely the Lord God Almighty. It is tempting for all of us to want Jesus without His Lordship. Jesus challenged this mindset many times throughout the Gospels and He was letting the young man know right off the bat that He could see the condition of this man’s heart.

Also notice that the man wanted to know what he could DO to inherit eternal life. It’s interesting that Jesus seemed to play along with his assumption that he could earn his way into eternal life. If that had been possible, Jesus would have been wasting His time coming to earth. The man may not have been aware of it, but this was an offensive question! Jesus laid aside His glory to come to this earth precisely because we couldn’t keep the law and earn our way to eternal life! Another way that we attempt to avoid Jesus’ Lordship is by trying to find a way around the Gospel. Both Christians and non-Christians find it hard to believe the simplicity of the Gospel. We Christians all know that we are saved only by believing and receiving what Jesus did, but many of us act as though we stay saved by what we do. Paul challenged this idea in Galatians 3:1-3.

Anyway, Jesus played along with him and went ahead and listed out a few of the commandments. Why didn’t He list them all – why just a few? Could it be that He wanted to show the man that there was no way he could earn eternal life by keeping the commandments. Even if He listed just a few of them, surely the man would see that he had failed – no need to list them all. But this man just kept tightening the noose around his own neck by saying, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” In essence he seems to be saying, “Is that the best you can do? Give me something difficult!” This revealed his self-righteousness and pride, which is in direct opposition to the Lordship of Jesus. How arrogant to say to Holiness and Righteousness Himself, “I’ve done it all right!” If centuries of Patriarchs and Jews had not been able to keep the law, what made this guy so arrogant as to think he could?! And yet we still do this today. How often do we come into God’s presence feeling good about ourselves, thinking that God must be extra happy with us because we’ve done everything right today or this week?! That is very offensive to God Who gave His Son’s life so that we could be acceptable in His sight. NOTHING else can make us acceptable! Our acceptance in His sight is based solely on the blood of Jesus!

Jesus knew that this man’s self-righteousness would hang him so He gave him one final “commandment” – “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor . . .” Finally, his bluff had been called. Jesus could have told him after his very first words (asking how he could earn eternal life) that his heart was wrong and he was way off base but instead, he let the man hang himself which was a much more powerful way to let the man see his true heart condition. Rather than just shutting the guy down before the conversation really got started (by saying, “You’re self righteous, arrogant and proud!”), Jesus lovingly allowed this man to see his true heart condition by going with his assumptions until they no longer worked. After the man left sorrowfully, Jesus explained to His disciples that anyone who is trusting in what they can do or what they have will find it impossible to gain eternal life. In fact, the disciples asked him, “Then who can be saved?” recognizing the impossibility. That was the whole point of this encounter – to show that there is no eternal life by keeping the law (or any other prescribed method of self preservation) but only through trusting in God by accepting His provision of salvation through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this month, let’s be sure that we also celebrate our independence from sin and self-righteousness by making a new DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE on Jesus as Lord of our life. What a joy to know that we can rest and live by faith in His finished work!

By the way…
Three Bridges’ newest recording, Jesus Saves, is finished and has an expected street date of July 15th. It is on the Mansion Entertainment label and is being distributed through SONY RED and Provident Distribution. We are extremely excited to share this new music with you!

In July we will be in Ohio; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Tennessee; Kentucky; Oklahoma; West Virginia; Pennsylvania; St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada; North Carolina; and Alabama. We are expecting a great month of God’s blessing! Be sure to check our schedule (http://threebridges.net/calendar-3b) to see when we’ll be in your area this year.

Be listening for our current radio single, House of Good News. We are grateful to all of the DJs for helping us get this joy-filled message out!

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 are drawing one name each month from our E-News list to receive some FREE Three Bridges’ merchandise (CD, T-shirt, DVD, etc.). We encourage you to be a “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!

Dependent on Jesus our LORD!

Elliott, Jeremie and Shannon

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HIGHROADIII - Angel at the Crossroads


Producer: Ben Isaacs, Bill Gaither
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.highroadmusic.com

I have followed HIGHROADIII for the last several years off and on, hearing great reports and seeing them a time or two live, doing a few songs here and there and I have always loved what I’ve seen and heard. Well their much anticipated sophomore release is here, and it is an absolutely incredible project. ANGELS AT THE CROSSROADS will certainly get others to stop and take a listen and notice them even more so. These multi-talented 3 ladies, Sarah Davidson, Anna Grace Kimbrough and Kiley Phillips, who all are graduates of famed music school, Belmont University in Nashville, have pulled out all stops to make this project one of the best I have heard this year. I am telling you right now, I love these girls beautiful melodic harmonies and the richness of each vocal, and then when they join together…something magical happens. Ben Isaacs truly has done an incredible job with producing along with some wonderful help from Mr. Bill Gaither. The ladies, all contributed to nearly all of the instrumentation of the project, and again I cannot say enough of what wonderful and refreshing it sounds.

The song selection is a mixture of old and new, and I am certain each person who listens to the project will have a different favorite. They have two wonderful acapella numbers on the project, opening with a short version of the old Sunday School/Church song many of us grew up and heard, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS and then they have covered the song acapella WHEN GOD DIPS HIS PEN OF LOVE. Both just so nice.

I love their versions of the two classic songs REDEEMER (CCM Artist Nicole C Mullen’s signature song) and Squire Parsons, BEULAH LAND…the ladies dress these songs up so elegantly and make them their own in such a beautiful way.

FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES, is a catch story song that is one of my new favorites.

This might be in my top 5 picks for 2014, for so many reasons. Mainly due to the fact, these girls share heart, hope, love, strength, peace for the journey with this recording. I highly recommend it and I give it a 4 stars out of 5!!!



Song List:

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
WORRY
MY SAVIORS LOVE
ANGEL AT THE CROSSROADS
WALK BESIDE ME
JESUS BUILT A BRIDGE
DON’T YOU WEEP FOR ME
FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES
BEULAH LAND
REDEEMER
WHEN GOD DIPS HIS PEN OF LOVE
PRAYER CHAIN

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11th Hour - Picture This


Producer: Jeff Collins
Label: Sonlite Records
Website: http://www.11thhourgospelgroup.com

It is encouraging to see month after month, young adults standing for the Lord. I’m seeing a positive peer pressure that is trying to affect our present society for the good and I’m encouraged by groups like 11th Hour. 11th Hour is a solid vocal group but more importantly, I’m able to see their heart for God and ministry that is produced through every note and every lyric. Today, I want to look at their June 17 release from Crossroads Music entitled, PICTURE THIS.

NO DEATH is an uptempo song that drives home the message that God is in control. He is in control of life, death and everything in between. The song has an outstanding arrangement blended tightly with three great vocalists. PICTURE THIS is the title cut on the recording. It tells the life of Jesus in a country themed arrangement accompanied by fiddles, steel guitars, and toe tapping piano playing. JESUS IN THE HOUSE has a different flavor as far as genre is concerned but the message is straight Bible and the harmonies and the arrangement are incredible. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is a ballad that features male vocalist, Grant Gibson and continues the strong message of the person and the power of Jesus. WOUNDS as well as HOW WILL YOU PLEAD had the influence of Amber Epinette’s pen who also sings in the group. As a matter of fact, HOW WILL YOU PLEAD is the group’s first radio song co-written by Amber with Dianne Wilkinson that is sure to be a favorite among Gospel music fans. Other songs on the recording include, EVERLASTING ARMS, STEP IN, SAINTS ARE BORN and others.

This is a strong effort by this uniquely talented trio that has an important theme that comes straight from the heart. I believe that this group is going to continue to put out encouraging lyrics, tight harmonies, and awesome melodic arrangements. I’m going to give PICTURE THIS 3.5 stars.



Song List:

1. No Death
2. Picture This
3. Jesus Is In The House
4. This Changes Everything
5. Wounds
6. Waving On The Other Side
7. Everlasting Arms
8. Step In
9. How Will You Plead
10. Saints Are Born

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Guy Penrod - In Conversation

Deon has an audio interview with Guy Penrod about his new album - Worship!

Guy Penrod - In Conversation from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.

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Everyday Amen

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Say Amen

"Anybody here found joy in the middle of sorrow,
Peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow,
And seen it time and time again?
Just say, 'Amen.'"


It's crazy how we became friends. Lisa and I met in January on the 2014 Country Music Cruise where my husband Kerry's employer of over twenty years—country music legend, Ronnie Milsap—was scheduled to perform along with artists such as Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, The Gatlin Brothers, and Restless Heart. After dinner on the first evening, Kerry and I were seated in the back of a small theater where I noticed a lady clinging to a nearby handrail while cradling her ankle in pain. When I ran over to help, she explained that her foot had somehow gotten twisted beneath a chair. I stayed there with her until the pain subsided, and though I never saw her face, she assured me that she would be fine and then carefully made her way toward her cabin.

The next day, when our ship arrived in the Grand Turks, I headed to the beach for a few hours of sunshine. Shortly after finding a lounge chair and making my nest for the afternoon, I noticed a daughter and her elderly mother slowly making their way from the boardwalk to the sea. They were so precious that I watched the entire journey, which stopped just short of the shore. It seemed as though the elderly lady was concerned that the rushing waves might cause her to fall. Without a thought, I jogged over and offered my assistance. To my surprise, the daughter recognized me as the one who had come to her aid the night before. As we chatted for a moment about how we were apparently destined to become friends, her mother—Liz—was surveying the sturdiness of my six-foot frame. After promising that neither Lisa nor I would let her fall, Liz offered me her hand and began to cautiously take baby steps toward the water. Soon, we were close enough for the waves to make their way to her toes for the first time in her life. We took another step, and then another, until the water was up to our ankles. We stood there together for a long while, allowing our feet to sink into the sand, watching the shells toss about in the current, and snapping several pictures to capture the moment. It was the highlight of my trip.

All these months later, Lisa and I have remained friends. A widow of several years and residing in Florida, Lisa is a world-traveler with an adventurous spirit. Just yesterday, I "liked" a photo she posted on Facebook from a recent trip to Europe. This morning, I received a heartfelt email from my friend. With beautiful transparency, my effervescent friend had me in tears by the first paragraph. With her permission, I am sharing it with you.

  • Hi, Kenna.
    I’m not even sure how to start this note. Maybe with a little back story…

    I just got off of a 28-day cruise to Europe & Scandinavia, and every night during the trip I struggled to stay focused on the beauty and wonder of what I’d seen that day and not get sucked into the fact that I was seeing all that wonder ALONE. Even though it’s been almost three years, Ned’s death is a wound that won’t completely heal. The Pity Pool turns into a rip current that nearly pulls me under, but I fight back the best I can. But I think maybe I have a new tool now to help me fight harder...

    Anyway, now that I’m home, I was sitting and scrolling through Facebook and I started seeing posts congratulating you on a number #1 hit song. Curious as always, I followed a link somebody posted to a YouTube video to hear Brian Free & Assurance singing “Say Amen.” 

    WOW! I just sat there stunned at what I was hearing. I’m not even sure I can explain the sense of profound peace that washed over me as I listened. It’s not that I ever felt abandoned or cheated by God, but I think I just forgot to lean on Him. I’ve been fighting my battle alone and I don’t need to do that because “the battle is the Lord’s.” It was the perfect reminder of hope and grace and the truth that I have, INDEED, been brought "through the fire." Ned & I were dealt a pretty rotten hand; it took us so long to find each other and then to have only a couple of years together…but they were AMAZING times and I know that I got more love and adventure in those few years than many people have in a lifetime. Say Amen is a good reminder of all that I have and it is my new tool to fight the darkness. Maybe I can just sing the darkness away.

    Anyway, this note has turned into a novel, but I just wanted to tell you that your song has touched a place in my heart that needed help to heal. I know "Say Amen" will provide me an easy way to remind myself how good my life is and how much God still has planned for me. 

    Thank you for writing such a beautiful anthem for those of us needing a little help holding on…

    Hugs and much love to you & your guys!

    Lisa


  • Some might call our meeting happenstance, but I call it a divine appointment. Some might consider my friend Joy's posting of the link to "Say Amen" on my Facebook wall random, but I call it Providence. However you choose to view it, I am undone by Lisa's tearful testimony of how the Lord is ministering to her heart through the song. A paraphrase of the prophet Jeremiah, who said in Lamentations 3, "This I recall to mind and therefore I have hope," the song reminds its listeners that when—in difficult days—we pause to recall all that the Lord has done in our lives and how we've seen Him move, hope is kindled. Faith is stirred. Strength is renewed. It is a loving reminder, even to its co-writers, to never forget to remember.


  • Say Amen
    Written by Kenna Turner West, Michael Farren, and Jason Cox

    Verse 1
    We’re all on a journey we’re called to walk by faith
    There’ll always be the mountains and valleys in our way
    But right here in this moment, may our strength be renewed
    As we recall what God has done and how we’ve seen Him move

    Chorus
    If there’s anybody here who's found Him faithful
    Anybody here who knows He’s able, say amen
    If there's anybody here who’s seen His power
    Anybody here brought through the fire, say amen
    Anybody here found joy in the midst of sorrow
    Peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow
    And you’ve seen it time and time again, just say amen

    Verse 2
    Sometimes through the darkness, it gets hard to see
    But be bold and courageous and follow where He leads
    Greater is the one who’s in us than He that's in the world
    So child of God remember, The battle is the Lord’s

    Chorus
    If there’s anybody here who found Him faithful
    Anybody here who knows He’s able, say amen
    Anybody here who’s seen His power
    Anybody here brought through the fire, say amen
    Anybody here found joy in the midst of sorrow
    Peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow
    And you’ve seen it time and time again, just say amen

    Bridge
    Church, stand and testify
    Of the greatness of God in our lives

    Chorus
    Has anybody here who found Him faithful
    Anybody here who knows He’s able, say amen
    Anybody here who’s seen His power
    Anybody here brought through the fire, say amen
    Anybody here found joy in the midst of sorrow
    Peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow
    And you’ve seen it time and time again, just say amen
    Just say amen
    Just say amen


  • ________________


    Kenna Turner West is a three-time SGM/AGM "Songwriter of the Year" and five-time Dove Award nominee. With six "Song of the Year" wins, nine #1's, and nearly thirty "Song of the Year" nominations to her credit, Kenna has co-written chart-topping songs such as "Say Amen," "Finish Well," "Calvary's Cry," and "Revival."

    For over 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 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, Finding Favour, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Gordon Mote, Legacy Five, Tribute Quartet, 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, The Kingsmen, Joseph Habedank, The Dixie Melody Boys, Three Bridges, and many more.

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

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    Soul’d Out Quartet - Hey Everybody

    It’s always exciting to catch up with an artist that I’ve interviewed in the past. Although, I didn’t talk with the whole group 3 years ago, I did catch up with lead vocalist Bryan Hutson of Soul’d Out Quartet and today, we are going to see what God has been doing in the lives of the members of this outstanding quartet as we sit down with baritone vocalist, Matt Rankin.

    Jamie Vaughan: First of all, give me a current roster of guys. 


    Matt Rankin: Dusty Barrett is our tenor, and he's been with us for six years. Bryan Hutson is our lead singer, and he's been with us for two and a half years. Ian Owens sings bass and he's been with us for a year and a half. Michael Howard plays the piano for Soul'd Out, and he's been doing that for six years now. I've been with the group for 13 years, and I sing baritone.

    

JV: For those who may be new to Soul'd Out, give us a brief history.  

    MR: We began in July 2001 as a mixed trio and became a male quartet in May of 2004. (Yes we've been a quartet for 10 years!) 



    JV: Tell me about the new recording, including the key songwriters, a specific theme, your favorite songs on the recording, etc.

    MR: All of the songs written on this recording were penned by me. We wanted them to be positive and to remind people that life is good and Jesus is still the answer! We’ve released “HEY EVERYBODY” as our first radio single. As for favorite songs, we all kinda migrate to the same favorites, "WHAT A GREAT LIFE," "HEY EVERYBODY," "LORD YOU’RE SO GOOD," and "HOLY SPIRIT COME."

    JV:  Has the mission and vision for the group remained the same or has it differed slightly from the group's inception?

    MR: It has been the same mission and vision from the get go. That is, to use music to preach the gospel. The music is the vehicle to get the message out. The methods have changed over the years, but we are doing this for the same reason we started. 



    JV:  On the road, what is one area that you see a common theme as far as temptations, fears, and doubts of the Christian?

    MR: I couldn't narrow that question to just one thing, but what I am seeing as I talk to people, give an invitation and answer emails, is that Gods people are not reading the Bible as much. They/We are reading a lot of publications "about" the Bible, all in the name of "a better you" and "serving God better," but truth is if we are not in God’s word. We are missing what God has for us personally. God's people know intricate details about sports but painfully muddle through the 10 commandments.....there are still 10, right? 



    JV: Anything else specifically that you'd like to talk about?

    

MR: I’d just like to say that we five in Soul’d Out leave our families every weekend in hopes that someone will come to know Christ as savior, give an encouraging word to someone who is broken, and bring glory to the Lord. Everything else is just icing on the cake! I ask the readers to pray for Soul’d Out as we strive to be men of integrity, the fathers and husbands we are called to be, and ministers of the gospel.

    To find out more about Soul'd Out Quartet and their new record, visit them online at http://www.souldoutquartet.com. 

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    Jim Sheldon

    Put God First

    That phrase was introduced to me by God 20 years ago. While seeking to serve Jesus again, I joined me first gospel quartet. It immediately felt good to be singing about and for Jesus! But, I didn’t want to go down another wrong path, no matter how good it felt. I prayed even harder to know this was God’s Will.

    Then, I flipped my daily calendar over one day. The scripture was a paraphrase of Proverbs 3:6. It said:”In everything you do Put God First and He will direct and crown your efforts with success.” Through this scripture God affirmed His Calling on my life and gave me peace in singing gospel music!

    More importantly, God helped me realize He wants the most intimate relationship possible with me! In order to accomplish that, He must be in complete control of my life. That means, I must totally surrender myself to Jesus Christ! As the verse says; “In everything you do Put God First”. That is what I have strived to do since then.

    I wrote the song “Put God First” in 2002, the 2nd song I ever wrote, and recorded it in 2004. That’s how “Putting God First Ministry” was born. It has helped to keep my focus on Jesus, through the years.

    Last year, I completed my current CD project with Godsey & Assoicates called: “Still Putting God First”. It includes “Put God First” updated in the Christian Country style. I wanted to reintroduce this much needed message from God’s Word!

    God is truly blessing my ‘Efforts’ with success in sharing the Love of Jesus Christ! I just want to pass it on and encourage others to; “Put God First” in everything they do! Then, God will bless their lives as well!!

    http://www.jimsheldonmusic.com

    Jim Sheldon/Putting God First Ministry

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    The Redback Hymnal

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    The CHURCH HYMNAL:  “Nothing Between”

    Summer is here and most anyone with a ‘green thumb’ can easily identify a weed as an enemy of a vegetable garden or flower garden. By definition, a weed is ‘plant life that tends to grow thickly where it is not wanted, and one known to choke out desirable plants’. In plain talk, we know a weed to be something that just doesn’t need to be there!

    Some weeds, such as the small sandbur I remember from my childhood, will seemingly ‘attack’ and cling to your ankles with their razor-sharp spikelets. It’s agonizing pain enough when sandburs snag your socks and stab deep into your ankles, but there’s even greater pain in your fingers and thumb when you’re attempting to remove the sandbur.

    Still, other weeds appear to be rather harmless. In fact, some flowering weeds are actually beautiful. But regardless of their ‘appearance,’ ALL weeds WILL interfere with the growth of grass or garden.

    When the pulling of weeds is neglected and they are allowed to mix with vegetables or with flowers, you can count on it – the weeds WILL take over.

    Then the same could also be said of the Christian life! When ‘worldly weeds’ – things that do not belong or things that can hinder – creep into and take root in the life of a Christian, the ‘weeds’ will undoubtedly prevail!

    But information on spiritual ‘weeds’ in one’s life was not found in any gardener’s handbook, nor even found in a ‘WEEDER’S DIGEST’.

    We know in the Bible that Jesus said: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in)” (Matthew 6:24 ~ Amplified Bible).

    The things that enter your life and hinder your spiritual growth may not all be sinful. Yet when ‘things’ of any kind are allowed to crowd JESUS out of your life, it’s something you will definitely need to ‘root’ out.

    I like what songwriter C. A. Tindley said when writing this verse of “NOTHING BETWEEN” (found in “the old Red Back book” Church Hymnal). Tindley’s heart cried: “Nothing between, like worldly pleasure, Habits of life, tho’ harmless they seem; Must not my heart from Him ever sever, He is my all, there’s nothing between.”

    Weeds in gardens – along with small trees that spring up there – can quickly grow tall and overshadow choice vegetables or flowers and deprive them of much needed Sunlight. So it is when ‘worldly weeds’ spring up and quickly deprive one’s life of the S-O-N.

    Weeds will always take deep root and steal valuable nutrition and water. The same could be said of ‘spiritual weeds’ that have taken deep root in a Christian. If allowed, ‘ungodly things’ springing up in your life will steal valuable spiritual food meant for your soul and will soon dry your strength of the Living Water.

    Then lawn and garden weeds will also thrive in an area where ground preparation has been poor. The solution? You must reduce the opportunity for weeds to take hold by following instructions from professionals in ground preparation. Time spent in daily maintenance of your vegetable or flower garden will be time saved in pulling a multitude of weeds.

    We as Christians are instructed to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). When one is totally committed to God, time spent in fervent prayer and the study of God’s Word each day will be time saved in dealing with the ‘worldly weeds’. And I like what a pastor friend of mine says: “PRAYER is a sin-killer!”

    When but a young girl on her family’s farm, my Mom learned a valuable lesson. Her Dad told her to plant corn that day. She and her sister planted much, but being tired later on, they sat on the ground to rest underneath a shade tree. As they rested, they decided to take the remainder of the seed and bury it ALL in a hole next to the tree.

    Weeks later, the mystery to Grandpa of why a portion of empty field was still without corn came to light when he discovered a mass of corn shooting forth from that one small, and thought to be undetectable, hole in the ground. That day Mom learned the spiritual application of “…be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23b).

    Apart from ‘weeds’ of habit or ‘weeds’ of hindrance, there is yet another. THIS kind of “we’d” is often offered as an excuse. It may say such things as “WE’D witness for You, Lord, but that just isn’t ‘us’.” Or “WE’D do that work in church, Pastor, if only we had the ability!” When these “we’d’s” of excuse begin to pop up, you can always count on more.

    I don’t know about you, but I want more of God in my life. I’m far too close to Home with my Lord than to allow ‘weeds’ of any kind to hinder and stand between me and God. As saints of old used to say, “I’d rather see how CLOSE I can get to Him rather than to see how far away I can get!”

    Regardless of the ‘weeds’ in our lives – whether those seemingly acceptable or those ready to destroy – it’s time to root them out and put JESUS first, because JESUS is coming soon! It’s time to ‘root out’ hidden ‘weeds’ NOW before more precious time is wasted – AND before they sap your life of victory in Jesus.

    In his quest to have “NOTHING BETWEEN my soul and the Savior,” songwriter Tindley also adds “…I have renounced ALL sinful pleasure…” Elsewhere in this song, he speaks of wanting “NOTHING BETWEEN like pride or station, self or friend shall NOT intervene…”

    He later tells of “…many hard trials…” and “…though the whole world against me convene…” (YET) “…watching with prayer and much self-denial, I’ll triumph at last, with NOTHING BETWEEN.”

    Jesus said, “BUT SEEK (aim at and strive after) FIRST of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides” (Matthew 6:33, Amplified Bible).

    Lastly, we must ‘weed things out’ NOW, because in addition to the obvious personal and spiritual hindrances in one’s life, there is also a harvest field to reap for the kingdom of God. And this harvest field is not just an unknown place on the distant side of the globe! It’s also found beginning in our homes!

    May the chorus of this featured song remain with you always: “NOTHING BETWEEN my soul and the Savior, So that His blessed face may be seen; NOTHING preventing the least of His favor, KEEP THE WAY CLEAR, let NOTHING BETWEEN.”

    –– Bill

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    Booth Brothers - Isaiah 12:2


    Producer: Ronnie Booth, Michael Booth, and Jim Brady
    Label: Independent
    Website: http://www.boothbrothers.com

    Jim Brady, Michael and Ronnie Booth are The Booth Brothers. It was a privilege to review this new project, Isaiah 12:2. It features tight harmony, creative arranging, and great songs that will minister and encourage. That truly is the best way to describe this new CD. I started listening and right from the first song, "If God Didn’t Care," my ears perked up. It is an awesome song with an awesome arrangement – think The Lettermen from the early 1960s with electric guitar and light drums. The harmonies are smooth and tight. This is my first favorite from the project". He Made A Wa"y is a song that will speak to all Christians as it declares, “He walked out of the grave, Jesus made a way”. There is an upbeat country style featured on "Oh It Is Jesus." I love songs about heaven, and this one is added to that long, LONG list of favorites.

    "A Wonderful Life" is a jazzy little number about, you guessed it, the wonderful life of walking with Jesus. "I Wouldn’t Change A Thing" has a little Mexican flair; the miles traveled, the tears shed, the pain and the struggles they’re all worth it if you live your life for Jesus. We learn to trust Him through all these struggles. "On My Way Home" is another great song about heaven that says, “I’m only passing through on my way home....” "Silent Prayer" focuses on how God hears all of our prayers. I would be shocked if "What Will You Do With Him On the Cross" doesn't speak to you. Just be prepared, that’s all I’m saying! The project wraps up with "Behold God." It is the perfect ending to this CD that is jam packed with style, arranging, great vocals and above all A MESSAGE.

    In my opinion, this is the best Booth Brother project yet. I HIGHLY recommend this one! As I said.....tight harmony, creative arranging, and great songs that will minister and encourage.



    Song List:

    (* denotes personal favorite)
    1. If God Didn’t Care *
    2. He Made A Way *
    3. Oh It Is Jesus *
    4. A Wonderful Life
    5. I Wouldn’t Change A Thing
    6. On My Way Home
    7. Silent Prayer *
    8. What Will You Do With Him On The Cross *
    9. Behold God

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    Woman to Woman

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    Kathy Crabb Hannah

    Pam sits down with industry veteran and respected business woman Kathy Crabb Hannah.

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    Still Going Strong

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    Tim Hill

    Deon talks with songwriter Tim Hill in this month's Still Going Strong feature!

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    Next Generation

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    http://www.theisaacs.com

    Red Roots

    Levi spends a few moments with new Christian country trio Red Roots!

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    Industry Insider - Ricky Free

    Editor-in-Chief Chris Unthank talks with Ricky Free in the first of our new series of articles - Industry Insider.

    Chris Unthank: So Ricky, most SG fans know you as the son of Brian Free and former drummer for Brian Free & Assurance. Tell us what you've been up to over the last few years since you came off the road?

    Ricky Free: Well, since I left BFA back in November of 2007, I've kept myself busy doing a lot of things. I didn't really come off the road so to speak, but just wasn't playing with my Dad's group anymore. I've still been touring playing for other artists, playing sessions, writing, and producing. I've kept myself busy the last several years touring and playing in the Country music world with many different artists. I've had the privilege of playing with artists like LeAnn Rimes, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Canaan Smith, High Valley, and a bunch of other really great folks. I'm currently on tour playing with CCM giant Matthew West. I'm also a writer for the best publisher in Gospel music, Daywind Publishing. In between all that, I try to keep myself busy producing records, which I really love to do.

    CU: The big news was recently announced that you just took the position as the new drummer for CCM hot shot Matthew West. First, Congrats! Second, what's it been like transitioning back to road life in a world outside of Southern Gospel?

    RF: Yes! I love being out here with Matthew. He's such a talented, wonderful guy, and I'm really thrilled to be out here with him. It's great to be a part of such a wonderful ministry, and to get to play these songs every night. He is truly a gifted songwriter and singer. The transition actually hasn't really been that difficult, seeing as how I've worked mostly in the Country genre the last several years, so I've been used to working in a different industry than southern gospel for a while now.

    CU: You've recently come in to your own as a producer - mainly producing for your dad's group. What about the role of producer do you love so much?

    RF: I love producing records. I love taking the work tapes and demos of the songs that the writers turn in, arranging them, putting the icing on the cake so to speak, and bringing them to life. There's just something about the process of producing a record that really fulfills me creatively. I've said this a million times and it's almost cliche by now, but it's the truth.... It all starts with the song. You can't take a poorly written song and magically produce it into a great one. The writers have to write something that really connects with people, and truly touches them. Then the singer has to be the vehicle to get the message across. I feel that the role of a producer is just to be the person directing traffic, and capturing the best performance from the players and the singer(s), and offering up ideas for ways to make the song better and most impactful. Little gets said sometimes about the role that studio musicians that play on records. As one myself, I realize how vital their role is in making a record sound great. As a producer, it's your job to hire the right guys depending on the type of record you want to make. The players, but most importantly the writers in my opinion, are often the unsung heroes of what makes a record have that "thing". It all has to come together in just the right way.

    CU: Rumor has it that you're working on Joseph Habedank's debut solo release. What can you tell us about that new album?

    RF: I am working on Joseph's debut solo release, and it's actually finished! It's called "Welcome Home". His first single "Never No Never" went out to radio this week. The record will release in mid-July. Joseph is such a talent. He is an amazing writer, and really blew my mind during the process of making the record. He and I have been friends for years and I was honored when he approached me about producing his first solo record. Most people know him from his work with The Perrys. Let me be the first to say that you've never heard Joseph like this. He is one of the best vocalists I've ever had the privilege of working with. I think people are going to be surprised in a good way when they hear this record. He's singing like he never has before, and I know he has some great things in store for him. I'm extremely proud of this record, and I can't wait for everyone to hear it.

    CU: In addition to producing, you've also become quite the busy songwriter as well. When did that process start for you?

    RF: I'm a writer for Daywind Publishing, and I'm so fortunate to get to write for them. Rick Shelton is the VP of Publishing there, and he is the best in the business, bar none. I owe my start as a songwriter to my dear friend and fellow writer Sue C. Smith. Several years ago, her and I wrote together for the first time, and she sort of took me under her wing. She was crucial in me getting my very first publishing deal, and she is still a mentor to me today. It's so great to me to see people like herself who are such amazing writers and have been doing it for so long, be willing to mold the younger generation and help them hone and better their craft. I owe that dear lady a lot!

    CU: How does the songwriting process work for you? Are you big in to cowriting? Lyric or melody first?

    RF: I'm absolutely into co-writing. I rarely ever write alone. Two or more heads are always better than one! As songwriters, part of our time writing together is to just enjoy being around each other. We become great friends during the process and sometimes great song ideas come from just sitting there in the morning talking about what's going on in our lives at the time. Songs can start different ways. I've always operated by the rule when I write that if you don't have the "hook" or the title for your song, then you don't need to start it yet. Maybe it's still an idea that's waiting to be born and isn't quite ready to hatch yet. If you just start in on that first verse with no direction, I've found that your song might not be as cohesive as it needs to be. Sometimes you might have this killer melody that's been rolling around in your head, and your co-writer has the perfect lyric idea for it and they're perfect together. That happens all the time!

    CU: So outside of touring with Matthew West, what is next down the pike for Ricky Free?

    RF: As of right now, I'm just focusing on what's in front of me at the moment. Playing with Matthew West, sessions, producing, and writing. Also enjoying my time at home with my wonderful family.

    CU: What has God been teaching you lately?

    RF: My wife, Kelly, stays at home with our two beautiful sons Jude and Graham. Jude is almost 3, and Graham is 2 months old. They don't stay little long, so I'm just trying to soak it all in, and be the best husband, father, and provider I can. I truly feel privileged to get to do what I love to do for a living. Not everyone can say that, and I try every single day not to take it for granted. God has been teaching me to just slow down, and trust that he's got everything taken care of. He's always been faithful to me, and he'll never stop as long as we lean on Him.

    Find out more about Ricky and his work by visiting him at https://www.facebook.com/RickyFreeProductions .

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    Christian Fiction Queen


    Christian Fiction Queen: In the Shadow of Jezebel

    By: Mesu Andrews
    Publisher: Revell
    ISBN: 978-0-8007-2170-1

    Review:
    The kingdoms of Israel and Judah stand on the precipice of destruction. To the north in Israel, the Giverah Jizebaal (Jezebel), the queen mother, rules with an iron hand, determined to see the Baal worship and corrupt government that she instituted with her husband Ahab grow and flourish under her son Joram's reign. And to the south, in Judah, Jehoram sits on the throne in Jerusalem with Athaliah, Jezebel's daughter at his side, a queen every inch her mother's equal in word and deed. Although not Athaliah's daughter by blood, Jehosheba strives to make her adopted mother happy, enduring the rigors of training as a Baal priestess, her future assured. Then a letter is delivered to the court, purporting to be from the prophet Elijah -- a foe Athaliah and Jezebel thought long dead --promising Yahweh's coming judgement on Jehoram and his family for their embrace of idolatry. In defiance Jehoram makes plans to cement their alliance with Israel, sending his youngest song Ahaziah, along with his queen and favorite daughter as political emissaries. But instead of being a fulfillment of the destiny she's dreamed of, instead of strengthening her relationship with her volatile mother, entering Jezebel's orbit rips the veil from Jehosheba's eyes, revealing the extent to which she's become a pawn in the dangerous scheme of two queens determined to claim the Israeli and Judean thrones for Baal. When Jehoram's prophesied day of reckoning arrives, Jehosheba finds herself traded in marriage to Yahweh's high priest and enters the most sacred dwelling of those she's been taught to regard with fear and disdain. Within the halls of Solomon's Temple, at the side of a husband she never wanted, she begins to wonder if the God of her fathers is the answer to her heart's cry for peace -- but is she brave enough to lay claim to a very different destiny than the one Athaliah long planned for her life, where Yahweh's grace covers all her fears?

    A new Mesu Andrews novel is always a highly anticipated event in my reading world, and In the Shadow of Jezebel is no exception. Andrews possesses an extraordinary gift for breathing fresh life into Old Testament texts, bringing the history and passion of the lives chronicled within the pages of scripture to life with a fresh intensity and relevancy. I was particularly intrigued by the subject matter she chose to tackle for this fourth novel, as this is the second novel I've read that explores the story of Jehosheba and Athaliah -- the first being Ginger Garrett's gorgeous Dark Hour. Taking as her basic scriptural basis 2 Kings 8-11 and 2 Chronicles 21-22, Andrews crafts a rich exploration of the history, customs, and intrigue surrounding this pivotal period in Jewish history. This is biblical fiction at its finest -- a story that takes a few slim pages of scripture and breathes life into the characters sketched upon its pages, so that once again they are more than characters, they are living and breathing individuals whose passions, mistakes, and triumphs leap from the annals of history with a stunning vibrancy. Fiction of this ilk is a powerful reminder that the Bible is more than a religious text or "life manual;" there is a history to this faith, a history peopled with individuals as gloriously unique and fallible and in need of a savior as those of us seeking to walk in their steps today.

    Andrews's flair for characterization positively shines with Jehosheba, who receives scant mention in the scriptures -- in 2 Kings 11, she is hailed for saving her young nephew Joash from his murderous grandmother, while 2 Chronicles 22 adds the detail that she was the wife of Jehoiada, the high priest, and as such able to conceal the child within the environs of the temple grounds. Since there is little known of her life prior to the moment she takes center stage during Athaliah's reign, serving as the vessel through which Yahweh preserves the Davidic line of kings, Andrews crafts a backstory that is wholly plausible, engrossing and heartbreaking by turns. Emotionally abused and manipulated her entire life, until she marries Jehoiada, Jehosheba has no concept of her value as an individual, or of how to build healthy relationships, or of a faith that speaks grace and forgiveness, rather than condemnation and abuse. Her journey toward faith and healing is painfully honest, as Andrews never glosses over the deep-seated effects of emotional and physical abuse. Though the road is rocky, she walks a path strewn with grace and provision, empowering her to become a woman of grace -- a heroine for the ages who overcame her past to play a critical role in seeing God's promises fulfilled.

    Similar to Love's Sacred Song, which explored the story of Solomon, In the Shadow of Jezebel is a fascinating study in the political, social, and religious aspects of Judean society. There is the faint air of a historical political thriller here, with Jezebel's pernicious influence crossing borders to wreak havoc, by planting her daughter in the Judean court and seeking to spread Baal worship and consolidate power, wealth, and influence via Baal's "queens of destiny." The sights and sounds of court life are vibrantly recreated on the page as Andrews's research and passion for the period shines, transporting readers to a world long since returned to dust. Even more fascinating is the insight she provides through Jehoiada and Jehosheba's lives and roles as regards the Jewish faith and Temple protocols. And speaking of Jehoiada, I loved how Andrews handled his developing relationship with Jehosheba with such delicacy, especially considering the multiple decades difference in their respective ages (Jehoiada lived to be 130 - 2 Chronicles 24:15).

    In the Shadow of Jezebel is a stunning re-creation of a pivotal, dangerous time in Judah's history, where for all the darkness of idolatry and corruption, the redemptive light of God's never-failing promises and provision shines all the brighter. Once again Andrews has delivered a masterful example of why I love biblical fiction -- it's powerful potential to illustrate timeless truths with freshness, vibrancy, and passion. And, to remember that there but for the grace of God go you or I -- as in the case of Jehosheba's beloved brother, Ahaziah, forever immortalized in scripture as one who "did what was evil in the sight of the Lord" (2 Kings 8:27). But was this godless king always so? Or, is it possible, as Andrews posits within the pages of her novel, that Ahaziah is a tragic example of one who chose to reject the faith of his fathers out of expediency, and so embarked on the slippery slope of compromise until, one day, the call he'd run from became the final judgement that could denied (2 Kings 9:27). Villains are not born thus -- choices are made. When the darkness seems overwhelming, may one remember, like Jehosheba, to listen for the still, small voice calling us to be brave, and then may we leap into the unknown, trusting in the provision of a God whose promises never fail.

    About the book:
    In a kingdom controlled by cruel and manipulative women, one princess will discover the power of truth and love.

    Trained as a priestess in the temple of Baal, Princess Jehosheba strives to please the demanding Queen Athaliah, daughter of Jezebel. But when a mysterious letter from the dead prophet Elijah predicts doom for the royal household, Jehosheba realizes that the dark arts she practices reach far beyond the realms of earthly governments.

    Forces to marry Yahweh's high priest in order to further Athaliah and Jezebel's power plays, Jehosheba enters the unfamiliar world of Yahweh's Temple. Can her new husband show her the truth and love she craves? And can Jehosheba overcome her fear and save the family -- and the nation -- she loves?

    With deft skill, Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life, revealing a fascinating story of the power of unconditional love.

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    Daily Devotion

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    Edward

    I felt the tap on my shoulder and I looked up to see a lady, motioning for me to follow her. I did and we walked out of the building and there I saw a young man sitting on the grass sobbing uncontrollably. She said "I'm not sure what he's going through, but can you talk to him?" I said "Yes."

    Soul'd Out had just finished singing at a Youth Camp and the Minister was finishing the Invitation to several hundred students. "Edward" (not his real name) ran outside and was under conviction.

    I'd like to say that I never gave it a second thought to go out to this young man. As I walked those few steps out to where he was, the Enemy whispered "What can YOU possibly say to him? He's young and you're so much older, how is he going to relate to you?"

    I knelt beside him and began to speak with him, I imagined one of my sons kneeling and that I would want someone to pray with them if they were in the same situation.

    In a few minutes, "Edward" invited Jesus Christ to be Lord of his life.

    What happened to me in those few steps before I reached "Edward"?

    Fear.

    So many of us can stand on a platform or stage or post on social media about "accepting Christ", (and those are a good thing) but when a PERSONAL ONE on ONE opportunity arises, we freeze up.

    So how do we overcome that fear? By praying specifically for God to give us His strength and for opportunities to witness for Him.

    If I were to spend a day with "Edward", I'm sure we wouldn't listen to the same music or have the same likes and dislikes..but the Message of the Gospel goes beyond ALL barriers. It is bigger than race, social status or religion. When we believe that we can't relate to someone, we can connect with the Gospel.

    The message that we have is the greatest message that the world has ever known. If some scientist or Doctor had the cure for Cancer, and didn't share it.. What would we think or say of them? The cry would be "Think of how many lives that you could've saved?"

    The same is true about salvation through Jesus Christ!

    Psa.119:46
    "I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings And shall not be ashamed."


    Mat.5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

    An old saint I knew years ago, Bill Craddock always said "If you don't personally lead someone to The Lord every year, then you're not doing your job."

    It's not about promoting a church, a singing group or a program...it's about sharing Jesus Christ and doing our best to keep someone out of Hell. There's nothing more important than that.

    Prayer starter: Father, thank you for giving me life through Jesus your Son. Give me the courage and boldness to share my faith with people you send my way. In Jesus name. Amen.

    Vbryanhutson2014

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    News & Scoops


    Triumphant Signs With StowTown Records

    June 30, 2014 (Nashville, TN) - StowTown Records is proud to announce the signing of GRAMMY-nominated and multi-award winning gospel quartet, Triumphant.

    The GMA/Dove-nominated powerhouse group is set for its premier release with StowTown in March 2015. Triumphant will once again partner with producer and StowTown co-founder Wayne Haun on the project.

    "I cannot wait to get back in the studio with these guys. They are so talented, and working with them is always a pleasure," said Haun. "They are genuine and downright fun. We make a great team."

    Classic, award-winning singles like "Every Day," "Love Came Calling," "Almost Home," "Saved By Grace," "When The Trumpet Sounds," and many more familiar songs help fill the group's seemingly unending list of standout hits. The longstanding fan-favorite quartet, based in Pigeon Forge, TN, consists of lead vocalist Clayton Inman, his son and baritone Scotty Inman, bass Eric Bennett, and tenor David Sutton.

    "Triumphant has had the opportunity of working with Wayne Haun and Landon Beene over the past several years. We have been friends with (StowTown co-founder) Ernie Haase throughout his career," added Sutton."We are so excited to join the incredible team that God has put together at StowTown Records. We look forward to being able to create wonderful music together that will touch audiences all across the country. We can't wait to see what God has in store."
    ABOUT STOWTOWN RECORDS:

    Founded in 2011 and expanded in 2014, StowTown Records reflects the musical vision of Ernie Haase and Wayne Haun, in partnership with Landon Beene and Nate Goble. The independent label is the creative home for top artists including Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Perrys, The Collingsworth Family, Beyond the Ashes, Doug Anderson, Devin McGlamery, Wayne Haun, The Taylors, The Browns, Triumphant and selected classic music from The Cathedrals, their legendary bass singer, George Younce, and The Cathedrals Family Reunion. Distributed worldwide through Provident/Sony Distribution, StowTown Records has quickly garnered industry attention with multiple GMA Dove Awards and chart-topping releases from their highly respected artist roster.

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

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    Written: 06/30/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


    News & Scoops


    This Week on Gospel Music Today

    Zane and Donna King are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of June 29. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Full Quiver Band, and Jean reviews a new recording by Adam's Call. An article about The Dixie Echoes is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show includes exclusive video of The Primitive Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at Gospel Singing Time in Oklahoma, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The McKameys at First Assembly of God, in Owasso, OK.

    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.

    About This Article - This Week on Gospel Music Today

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    Written: 06/30/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


    Daily Devotion

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    A Teachable Spirit

    I’ve always loved teachers. I am a teacher’s pet! I like to absorb every bit of knowledge that I can from teachers. I LOVE to learn…anything from history to current affairs, decorating to construction, or science to trivia. I’m like a sponge and whenever I have the opportunity to be with teachers, I listen.

    The Bible tells us that Jesus is a teacher. If we take time to listen to what His words are teaching, we can learn how to be our best. Maintain a teachable spirit throughout this week and learn what it is that God wants you to learn. He’s always present, always teaching, your only job is to listen.


    Matthew 5:2 King James Version (KJV)
    2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

    Mark 6:34 King James Version (KJV)
    34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

    Luke 5:3 King James Version (KJV)
    3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

    John 3:2 King James Version (KJV)
    2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

    John 8:2 King James Version (KJV)
    2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

    John 7:16 New International Version (NIV)
    16 Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.

    2 John 1:9 New International Version (NIV)
    9 Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

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    Written: 06/29/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


    Daily Devotion

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    Five Words Made My Day

    It was dark, very dark. However, I had suddenly become wide awake! Maybe it was six o clock already . . . no, the time on my phone was around 4:00 a.m. I began to pray about different situations and family members, searching in my spirit as to the reason I was awakened. My husband, no longer sleeping, began to pray as well. After praying together, he went back to sleep, but my mind wouldn’t stop working.
    Migrating from the bedroom to the living room recliner with my Bible and book light, I kept praying and seeking as to what God wanted me to know. It wasn’t long until the Holy Spirit let me to a verse of scripture in I Chronicles 12:18. “Then the Spirit came upon Amassai, chief of the captains, and he said: “We are yours, O David; We are on your side, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, and peace to your helpers! For your God helps you.”
    Right off the page and into my heart went those last five words. They began penetrating my spirit and saturating my mind. God not only KNEW of each situation and burden, HE IS our help for each circumstance.
    There is no human hand that equates with the Divine Hand of Providence. No human arm as strong as the Everlasting Father’s. No other but Jesus and His blood that makes a way for us to commune with the Holy, Heavenly Father. Only God’s Holy Spirit can guide us into all truth. This same God! The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This same God! The God of Hannah, Esther, Ruth, and David! This One and only God! This is the GOD who helps us! We are EXCLUSIVELY HIS!

    No other pathway to follow,
    No other journey to take,
    I choose the way of the Master
    I know He will never forsake!

    Exclusively His – in will, in thought, in deed, my heart his home – and HE IS our ever PRESENT help! “All day long the hand is outstretched to touch the invisible Christ, and at night the work done is brought to Him for His benediction.” Cowman/Springs in the Valley
    Eventually, I fell back to sleep – in the recliner! My prayer is, “O, God, awaken me WHENEVER you want to speak!” I loved those early morning hours when five words made my day, “For your God helps you.”

    Written by: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG

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    Written: 06/28/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


    Weekly Chart

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    Monday - June 30, 2014

    Top 40 Weekly Chart

    TW
    LW
    #WK
    TITLE
    ARTIST
    PEAK
    1
    1
    16
    For All He's Done Greater Vision
    1(3)
    2
    4
    12
    He Is to Me Legacy Five
    2
    3
    2
    16
    Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
    1(3)
    4
    3
    16
    I'll Know I'm Home Kingdom Heirs
    3
    5
    5
    8
    If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
    3
    6
    10
    6
    I Can Trust Him Perrys
    6
    7
    14
    8
    Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
    7
    8
    9
    6
    How Will You Plead 11th Hour
    8
    9
    6
    13
    That's Why Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
    5
    10
    13
    5
    Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
    10
    11
    12
    12
    Your Walk Talks Mark Trammell Quartet
    8
    12
    11
    7
    Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
    10
    13
    8
    9
    The Greatest Love Story Triumphant Quartet
    4
    14
    7
    9
    Listening For the Shout Browders
    7
    15
    19
    3
    Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
    15
    16
    16
    6
    Happy Happy Happy Sunday Drive
    16
    17
    18
    5
    How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
    17
    18
    17
    17
    More Like Jesus, Less Like Me Mercy's Well
    14
    19
    26
    5
    When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
    19
    20
    22
    14
    I'll Take You Home Hoppers
    4
    21
    30
    5
    Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
    21
    22
    20
    12
    One Hundred Years From Now Dunaways
    18
    23
    24
    10
    House of Good News Three Bridges
    23
    24
    23
    9
    The Sun's Coming Up Nelons
    16
    25
    28
    6
    God Is Big Hoskins Family
    24
    26
    36
    3
    I Know Enough Bowling Family
    26
    27
    21
    17
    Rise Again Sisters
    10
    28
    31
    3
    The Captain's Got It Under Control Browns
    28
    29
    15
    20
    A Hill Worth Dying On McKameys
    5
    30
    27
    33
    I Know How It Feels to Survive Jeff & Sheri Easter
    9
    31
    33
    2
    Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
    31
    32
    34
    6
    Through the Roof Crist Family
    32
    33
    35
    16
    Stronger TaRanda Greene
    13
    34
    29
    34
    Walk Together Children Isaacs
    9
    35
    32
    10
    If I Know Him Down East Boys
    32
    36
    *
    1
    Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
    36
    37
    25
    22
    When He Calls I'll Fly Away Talleys
    3
    38
    *
    1
    Empty Me Lord Primitive Quartet
    38
    39
    40
    8
    Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
    19
    40
    38
    2
    If There Was Any Other Way Zane & Donna King
    38
    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

    About This Article - Monday - June 30, 2014

    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 06/27/2014 | Category: Weekly Chart Comments:


    Daily Devotion

    Cross Shaped Heart

    “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”
    Psalm 51:10

    “As Saul turned and started to leave, God gave him a new heart…”
    I Samuel 10:9

    “I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called – His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance.” Ephesians 1:18


    Did you know that God can give you a new heart?! We receive a new heart when we accept Jesus as our Savior, but even after years of being a believer, we can still ask for a new heart daily! All things are possible through Him. I often ask the Lord to do “spiritual surgery” on my heart even as I sleep, correcting anything that is wrong that I might not be aware of.

    There’s a brand new song I just wrote with a friend of mine. We were talking about how important it is to have hearts that are turned toward God, hearts that see the world through the filter of the power of the cross. Out of that, came the song, “Cross Shaped Heart.”

    The song describes a little boy in Sunday school drawing a picture of Jesus. Instead of drawing a heart where the heart should be, he draws a red cross, a visual of the Savior’s purpose on earth, to love, forgive and draw all men to the Father through His blood shed on the cross.

    It is my prayer today that God would give me a “cross shaped heart”, a heart that guides my decision making in such a way that the Lord’s purposes are fulfilled instead of my own wants and wishes.



    Cross Shaped Heart
    (Sue Smith, Christy Sutherland)
    (Universal Music/Brentwood Benson Songs/Songs from Bobb Avenue/WillyDot Music/BMI, Mattmoosic (admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)/BMI)
    d.o.c. 5/13/14

    With crayons and paper
    He drew a picture
    Of what he thought Jesus might look like
    Arms that were open
    A face that was smiling
    Long hair and sandals
    And big blue eyes

    But it made the Sunday school teacher cry
    When she saw what he had drawn inside

    Chorus:
    He gave Him a cross shaped heart
    And colored it all in red
    You couldn’t miss what it was
    Beating there in the Savior’s chest
    A priceless work of art
    He gave Him a cross shaped heart

    The other children
    All tried to show him
    They said this is how a heart should be
    The teacher smiled and
    Hung up the picture
    There on the wall
    Where all could see

    How a little child somehow knew the way
    To put love and mercy on display

    Chorus

    Bridge:
    When the Father gave the world His only Son
    Grace designed the way that He would come

    Chorus

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    Written: 06/26/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


    News & Scoops


    Gold City Releases Highly Anticipated Hymn Treasury - Hymn Revival Debuts Early Fall

    Franklin, TN- June 24, 2014- New Haven Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Hymn Revival, Gold City’s first new hymn project since their immensely popular 1999 release, “Amazing Grace: A Hymn Collection.”
    Hymn Revival follows Somebody’s Coming, Gold City’s best-selling and highest charting album in years; and contains beloved hymns along with two new classics, “In Christ Alone” and “The Power of the Cross,” which are poised to pass the test of time. The record also contains older, more traditional hymns such as “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.”

    Co-produced by label-mate and Academy of Country Music Award-winning musician Gordon Mote, Hymn Revival is exactly that: a treasury of classic and current hymns refreshed and re-envisioned by the matchless voices of America’s premiere quartet, Gold City.

    Mote reflects, “I’m from Gadsden, Alabama, Gold City’s home town. I grew up admiring them and now I have the incredible honor of co-producing them. You can really feel their energy and personality coming through as they sing these classic songs of the church.”

    “I am excited about this project because many of the hymns that I grew up singing have all but disappeared,” says Danny Riley, Gold City’s lead singer. “I love a lot of the new songs, but the old songs of the church have ministered to me through the years and have a special place in my heart. We have also included some modern hymns that I know will become standards in the church.”

    Ken Harding, President of New Haven Records concludes, “Matching these timeless hymns with the award-winning vocals of Gold City created an album for the ages. We can’t wait for the world to hear these hymns in a fresh, revived way.”

    Hymn Revival releases on New Haven Records early this fall and will be available wherever great gospel music is sold and on iTunes.


    Pictured (L-R): Chip Pullen, Robert Fulton, Danny Riley (Gold City members), Gordon Mote (Co-producer), Ken Harding (New Haven Records, President) and Pete Greene (studio engineer) in the studio.

    About This Article - Gold City Releases Highly Anticipated Hymn Treasury - Hymn Revival Debuts Early Fall

    Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
    Written: 06/25/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:




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