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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


Hoover, Alabama Proclaims Ashley DeRamus Day

Hoover, AL (December 19, 2014) Hoover Mayor, the honorable Gary Ivey, has proclaimed December 15th as Ashley DeRamus Day in the city in honor of the 32-year-old Hoover woman's exceptional efforts to raise awareness of Down syndrome and the contributions of those who have it.
Ashley has been a Hoover resident since 2006 and has founded her own organization dedicated to the education, advancement in the quality of life for young and old alike with Down syndrome.

Down syndrome is a congenital disorder universally present across racial, gender or socioeconomic lines. Down syndrome usually causes varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability and associated medical issues, including short stature and a broad facial profile.

Ashley, who has the disorder, has a motto: "Don't let anyone tell you what you can't do. Show them what you can do."

She has been before Congress as an active supporter of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, legislation under consideration in Congress that would allow people with disabilities to set up savings accounts to cover housing, transportation and other expenses associated with their disabilities, with no tax on earnings from the accounts.
DeRamus, who has her own fashion line, also often volunteers at Birmingham's Bell Center for Early Intervention, which provides treatment for children with special needs through therapy programs.

"Her love of people and children, specifically with Down syndrome or disabilities, is shown through all that she does," according to the proclamation declared by Ivey tonight.

You can learn more about Ashley DeRamus and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation by going http://ashleybydesign.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashley-DeRamus-Foundation .

To contact Ashley for a special appearance E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

Picture courtesy of The Birmingham News.

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Written: 12/19/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


Gold City Suffers Devastating Fire

Earlier this evening, Gold City suffered a devastating fire at their bus barn and warehouse in Gadsden, AL. Destroyed in the fire was their tour bus, a motor home used for alternate transportation at times, and the bus barn structure. The group's warehouse was also heavily damaged in the fire, but is not expected to be a total loss. All the group's product was housed either on the bus or in the warehouse, and the salvageability of the product in the warehouse is not known at this time. Cause of the fire is under investigation.



Gold City requests your prayers as they deal with this tragic loss and setback to their group and ministry. Additional specific details will be reported as they become available.

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Written: 12/18/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Wilburn and Wilburn Hold First Concert In Canada

Gadsden, AL (December 18, 2014) Father/Son Gospel singing duo, Wilburn And Wilburn will be hitting the road to perform in Canada for the first time in their career for a New Years Eve Concert.

The big event happens at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, 1355 Upper Wellington St, Hamilton Ontario, Canada. The concert will be from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A love offering will be received.

Jonathan Wilburn stated, "Jordan and I are excited to be headed up to Canada to sing in the new year. This venue has held host to The Jubilee Christmas Tour this year as well as many other great artist we admire. We are honored that they would have Wilburn and Wilburn to be a part of there New Years Eve Celebration!! So Hamilton Ontario , Canada here we come!!!”

The Church phone is 905-387-6530.

For more information about the church and the concert go to http://www.bgthamilton.com/index.cfm?i=3595&mid=5&id=237017 .

In other news about Wilburn and Wilburn, they are scheduled to start a new recording early next year.
Be looking for another exciting album from this award winning group.

To learn more about Wilburn and Wilburn go to http://www.wilburn2.com or on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn

To book Wilburn and Wilburn contact Beckie Simmons at the Beckie Simmons Agency at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-595-7500 .

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Written: 12/18/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Tune-in Alert For The Music City Show

Nashville, TN (December 18, 2014) Get ready to make your Christmas season a little brighter tonight as The Music City Show, presents a fabulous new Christmas show.

The Christmas Special features Restless Heart, Jim Sheldon, and Tim Lovelace.

RFD-TV will air this heartfelt and joyous program tonight, December 18th . Don't miss "Restless Heart Christmas Special” with Tim Lovelace and the Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon at 7:00PM CT and repeat airing at midnight and again at 6:30AM CT and FamilyNet the following Sunday at 12:00 PM CT.

Catch a preview glimpse of tonight’s program here: http://youtu.be/pSZ3bX3dckI

To learn more about the Music City show go to http://www.themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccityshow . Twitter them at https://twitter.com/MusicCityShow .

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Written: 12/18/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops

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Crossroads Entertainment Launches New Website

Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing has launched a new website, http://horizonsonliterecords.com/, to serve as an informational hub about its multi-award-winning Southern Gospel artists.

It is a one-stop destination for information about the rosters of Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, and Skyland Records. It includes details on newest albums, press releases, hi-res photos, media coverage, service to radio broadcasters, streaming audio and videos, social media links, links to artist websites, and purchase links.

The site is designed to be a resource to a variety of industry professionals including radio programmers, venue operators, print and digital media outlets, concert and festival promoters, taste-makers, and, of course, fans.

Visit the site today at http://horizonsonliterecords.com/

Crossroads’ store is still available at http://crossroadsmusic.com/

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Written: 12/17/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Don’t Give In To Fear

The Bible tells of a man named Abram who trusted God in spite of his own personal fear.

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (Genesis 12:1 NIV)

How would you feel if God told you to leave your home, your family and everything that is familiar and comfortable and head out to an unknown destination? Full of fear? That's precisely the challenge Abram faced, and it frightened him. But God's words to him were "Fear not."

Many times we think we should wait to do something until we are no longer afraid, but if we did that, we'd probably accomplish very little for God, for others, or even for ourselves. Abram had to step out in faith and obedience to God, despite his fear.

If Abram had bowed his knee to fear, he never would've fulfilled his destiny to become all God created him to be, the father of many nations.

Giving in to fear alters God's best plan for your life, so do what He wants you to do...even if you have to do it afraid! Like Abram, you'll find that the rewards are great.

Prayer Starter: God, You were faithful to Abram when he obeyed You in spite of fear, so I also decide to put my fear aside and do whatever You tell me to do.

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Daily Devotion

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Time is Too Short to Wait Too Long

Get five people in a room, and there will usually be five variations of thought concerning the "end-times" and the Lord's coming. Some believe in a "Pre-Tribulation" Rapture; others, a "Mid-Tribulation" Rapture," or even a "Post-Tribulation" Rapture. You may be like the man who said he was a "Pan-Millennialist" … he believed it would just all "pan out" in the end anyway.

I don't mean to make light of such an important subject. That's not my intent at all. I will make the point, however, that regardless of what school of thought you adhere to, surely you have to believe that time as we currently know it, is running out on this old world.

Jesus often referred to His return when talking to His disciples:
"I go to prepare a place for you … and I will come again and receive you unto myself" (John 14:2-3).

Then He said:
"For in such an hour as you think not, the Son of man cometh" (Matthew 24:44).

Jesus prophesied His coming when He said, "Learn the parable of the fig tree: When its branches are yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: Likewise, when you see these things come to pass, know that it is near, even at the door" (Mark 13:28 paraphrased).

Apostle Paul described the Lord's return using descriptive language when he said: “He will come as a thief in the night" (see 1 Thessalonians 5:2).

There are too many concurrent things happening. We are living in the middle of Matthew 24, which describes the "last days" as times of great deception, international conflicts, unusual disruptions of nature, and more.

Bottom line—Time is too short to wait too long ...

Don't wait too long to pray.
Don't wait too long to repair relationships.
Don't wait too long to mend fences with your family.
Don't wait too long to deal with hidden sin in your life.
Don't wait too long to use the words, "I love you," on someone who means the world to you.
Don't wait too long to witness to a neighbor.

Minutes are too precious to waste them. The moment you have right now will never come to you again.

That's why Scripture implores us to:
"Choose this day whom you will serve" (Joshua 24:15).

That's the reason Scripture states in Ephesians 5:16 that we are to:
"Redeem the time, because the days are evil."

A lyric from an old poem by C.T. Studd says it best ...
"Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last."

Make this moment count for the Lord.


Tim Hill

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Russ Taff - The Interview

Deon Unthank sits down and has a chat with the incomparable Russ Taff!

Russ Taff - The Interview from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday- December 15, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
14
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(5)
2
4
14
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
2
3
2
12
Everything I Need Tribute
2
4
8
8
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
4
5
3
10
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
6
6
15
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
6
7
7
16
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
8
19
4
He Took the Nails Browders
8
9
26
6
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
9
10
12
10
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
10
11
13
9
Do Unto Others Nelons
11
12
9
22
Falling Amber Thompson
2
13
17
17
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
13
14
14
15
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
10
15
16
4
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
15
16
22
4
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
16
17
5
18
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
1
18
18
6
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
18
19
15
18
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
7
20
11
8
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
21
35
4
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
21
22
25
6
Heaven Steve Ladd
22
23
10
30
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
24
23
8
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
14
25
31
8
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
23
26
24
23
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
27
21
5
Picture This 11th Hour
18
28
29
6
This Blood Triumphant
28
29
33
13
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
16
30
32
26
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
5
31
38
4
Big Top Channing Eleton
31
32
28
5
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
28
33
*
1
He Didn't Throw the Clay Away Jim Brady
33
34
40
9
Measure of Grace Taylors
26
35
37
32
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
36
27
25
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
37
36
29
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
4
38
*
1
It Was the Word Williamsons
38
39
34
15
There Is Jesus McKameys
26
40
*
1
Grace Will Be There Carolina Boys
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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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

Deon and Pamela Unthank of AbsolutelyGospel.com are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of December 14. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is Broken Vessels, and Jean reviews new recordings by Undivided and The Williamsons. An article from Southern Gospel Update is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features singing by Tim Livingston, exclusive video of The Pine Ridge Boys Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Pigeon Forge,TN, at the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 7 Mile Road at The Southern Gospel Worship Gathering, in Broken Arrow, OK. News Headlines include Aaron Crabb, the Blackwood Brothers plus exciting concert updates from Mark209 and the Crabb Family Revival.

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

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Daily Devotion

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Saying Goodbye

We buried Rudy, our 10-year-old Cocker Spaniel this week and our hearts were broken. He was a member of our family and each one of us grieved his death. We had a simple funeral, we held each other and we cried. We’re a very close family and we saw the hurt in each other’s eyes and offered comfort as best we could.

It made me think of all the other funerals I’ve attended, the family and friends I’ve mourned and the hurt and feelings of hopelessness that come with it all. I am grateful that my faith in God gives me hope for eternity.

Many studies have shown in grief, we all pass through five stages, denial, anger, bargaining (the “If only’s”), sadness/regret, and finally acceptance. And although there is no method, we all pass through our own personal process of these stages.

If you are dealing with losses and grief, visit the scriptures and take comfort in the promises of God. These promises help us when we are required to say goodbye.


John 14:1-4 King James Version (KJV) 1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 King James Version (KJV) 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
John 11:23-26 King James Version (KJV) 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Philippians 1:23-24 King James Version (KJV) 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.
Romans 8:38-39 King James Version (KJV) 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revelation 21:1-4 King James Version (KJV) 1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Russ Taff - Beginnings


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Label: Word/Curb Records
Website: http://www.russtaff.com

How does one even begin to put into words the voice and music of the living legend, Russ Taff. As the title hints, this album is a blast from the past featuring Russ's award winning vocal atop signature arrangements that pioneered the CCM industry in it's 70's birth. While you will hear musical flavorings from decades gone by, the "Beginnings" album is far from dated; it could be described as a modern vintage.

If you were privileged to have experienced the Imperials during their day, you will no doubt be transported to another time as Russ revives some old classics; But if you're being introduced to Russ for the very first time, hold on...this is going to get interesting!

The difference between the run-of-the-mill singer, and a world renowned artist like Russ is the ability to do more than just present the lyrics, but to communicate an emotional message as fluent as they breathe. Taff certainly does that in this flashback album!

You cannot fully appreciate each element of this album in one article; I believe it would take an entire book. But for the sake of the young listener, you have not lived until you have heard a song like "Trumpet of Jesus." In this particular number, the music and message are so perfectly coordinated it is almost hard to single out one particular element of the song. Yes it will have you dancing, excited, and praising Jesus, but its caliber will leave you wondering how some of today's music even qualifies as such.

"I'm Forgiven" and "Praise The Lord," while done by other artists, lack a particular power once you have heard Russ deliver them with conviction and emotion. Even if you have never met this artist face to face, you can visualize his earnest faith painted by the color in his voice.

Each song is equally as impressive. This album is a must-buy, 5 star recording.



Song List:

1. The Trumpet of Jesus
2. Finish What You Started
3. Any Good Time At All
4. Be Still My Soul
5. I'm Forgiven
6. Eagle Song
7. Higher Power
8. What I Can Do For You
9. Closer Than Ever
10. Let Jesus Do It For You
11. Overcomer
12. Praise the Lord.

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Focused - Walking By Faith


Producer: Information not provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.focuswithfaith.com

I absolutely love to hear the sounds and styles of new artists, and hear about their new projects that continually come out. Yes I really do and even after 42 years of listening and loving Gospel music of all styles, kinds and genres (well there might be a few that are not my favorites to listen to). I have said for years it’s always good to hear songs about Jesus and His faithfulness to us!

I have just finished listening to a new project from Pastor Samuel Wallace and his wife Rose, a duo from Florida, that also happen to Pastor a church in the Sarasota area. This couple bring their gospel roots and style to a southern gospel and at times even a slight contemporary gospel flavor, which is nice. A good project, that is filled with many of our favorites from the past. The project starts with the classic song that many of us have sang for years, “Oh, How I Love Jesus”, and it’s a sweet version of one of my favorite songs. From there the project dances through many familiar songs from the Southern Gospel world, and again spiced up with a touch of Gospel. Loved their versions of “Rejoice and Praise His Name”, “Oh, Happy Day” and “Through the Fire”. Samuel and Rose ended the project with a gospel standard, “Rough Side of the Mountain”.

Nice project…wish I knew more about the group and what all they are doing tour wise, radio, etc.



Song List:

Oh, How I Love Jesus
I Can’t Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand
Please Come Down To Me
Rejoice and Praise His Name
Through It All
Oh, Happy Day
Heaven On My Mind
Through The Fire
No Weapon
Rough Side of the Mountain

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Eamonn McCrystal - A Living Prayer


Producer: Eamonn McCrystal & Casey Wood
Label: Difference Media
Website: http://www.eamonn.net

Eamonn McCrystal is an irish born singer who resides in California. His clear tenor vocals have launched his career at an early age and now Eamonn is touring all over the U.S. in various venues including television. Recently, A LIVING PRAYER was released which was produced by Eammon and Casey Wood (Charlie Daniels Band, Producer) include Reflections of Meditation narrated by Pastor John Hagee of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas. Let’s take a look at this excellent vocal masterpiece.

IF YOU LISTEN introduces the recording with bag pipes and a full orchestra. His smooth tenor vocals help us understand that if we listen to the Father, He is there to save us from all harm. A LIVING PRAYER is the title cut of the project. The acoustic guitar ballad with Eammon’s dramatic interpretation of the song go hand in hand. HOW CAN I HEAL YOUR BROKEN HEART can be described as a piano ballad while Eamonn can be compared to the likes of Josh Groban. Although, we’ve looked at some songs that may be new to your ears, be sure to know that contemporary pieces like IN CHRIST ALONE and influential hymns such as HOW GREAT THOU ART are also on the recording.

This recording deserves 4.5 stars. The instrumetation, arrangements, and vocals are superb! Make sure you pick this recording up to make it part of your playlist!



Song List:

If You Listen, Reflection 1
A Living Prayer
How Can I Heal Your Broken Heart, Reflection 2
In Christ Alone
The Day God Called You Home
How Great Thou Art, Reflection 3
Be Not Afraid, Reflection 4
There is a Place
Nearer My God To Thee, Reflection 5
You Are Mine, Reflection 6
You Raise Me Up
Ephesians Prayer

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Editorials

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The Stain of the Blood

Well, I'm late again with my editorial, so first let me say Merry Christmas to everyone, and may you have a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

I know I should be writing something about Christmas or New Years, but I had an experience this week that got my mind to thinking. As dangerous as that is, I want to share what I feel the Lord has been speaking to me after this incident.

I was enjoying a nice evening with my wife on the couch watching a Hallmark Christmas movie when suddenly my nose started bleeding. I don't think much of that, because I have had nosebleeds since I was a young child.

This one though was pretty strong and a little messy. I got a little blood on the sink where I was treating myself, but in the midst of all that was happening, I missed cleaning up just a little mark.

I didn't pay any attention to the sink, until the next morning when I had another nosebleed. Again, no great concern, it's happened before, but this time is was again pretty strong and a little messy. I'm really not trying to be gross, but I have a point to make here.

I finally got everything settled down and decided I should probably clean the sink, since I had messed it up two days in a row. This is where the Lord taught me a new lesson. I guess I just hadn't really thought about it too much, but the stain caused by the blood covered every other stain on the sink. That in itself in pretty amazing, but what happened next got my attention. I was probably only about thirty minutes later when I started to clean up my mess. What I noticed was that the blood had already set, and I was having to rub it fairly hard to get it to clean up. That was all fine and good, after all, I'm not afraid of a little clean up work.

Then I saw that little area where I had forgotten to clean the night before. Just a little hard cleaning didn't phase this stain. The blood had really covered up whatever was there and was not letting go so I could not see what was there in the past. That was just setting there for less than twenty-four hours.

Here's the thing, this is just human blood, just like yours, it all flowed through someones veins. This thing we call blood is so good at covering whatever stain was there before, that you just cannot see that old again. Then a light came on in my head. The blood of Jesus doesn't wash your sin away, it covers it with a crimson red stain that can never be seen through again.

Try as he may, when Satan reminds God of what we have done, God had to tell him..... (Paraphrasing) “What you're saying may be true, but I can't see it. To prove your accusation, I must see what was done. All I can see it where my Son's blood stained this man's heart. He must be innocent of all the charges you have made against him.”

The blood of Jesus doesn't just cover our sins, it hides them so they can never be seen again. I have seen ugly old wood that had a stain put on it, and that stain brought out it's natural beauty once again. It goes from a piece of wood to be thrown away and trashed to the natural beauty God had intended it to be. So it is with us, our ugly old sinful state is covered by the blood of Christ and we are restored to the original creation that God had intended us to be.

I don't think it was the Hallmark Christmas movie that started my nosebleed, but after watching three a day since Thanksgiving...... who knows.

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The Lesters Set World Record

The Lesters, "St. Louis's First Family of Gospel Music", will celebrate 90 continuous years as a musical group in 2015. The legendary group has recently been verified as the oldest continually running musical group of any genre in the world. Started in 1925 by Harvey and Opal Lester, this musical family is now into their fourth generation with grandson Brian Lester and great-grandson Jon Lester proudly carrying on this rich heritage of ministry.

"If my grandparents would have been told that 90 years later their ministry would still be going strong, I don't know if they would have believed it." said Brian Lester.

As the group began preparations for their 90th anniversary celebration tour they learned that their run as a musical group was at the top of all genres of music. "We began to research it through several organizations and found that no other musical group as been continuously running for this long. Some started earlier such as the Speer Family but ended, some that started earlier or around the same time have taken breaks from time to time. The Lesters are incredible an example of faithfulness." stated tenor singer Matt Felts.

The Lesters are currently working with the Guinness Book of Worlds Records. An official verification and media tour will be announced soon. Next year's celebration will include many incredible events such as "Lesters Night" at Busch Stadium, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals and special concert events.

"This is an exciting time for The Lesters. Next year is going to be full of historic moments." said Jon Lester.

For more information you can visit the official website of The Lesters at The official website of The Lesters

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Written: 12/14/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Do You Remember?

Have you ever COOKED SOMETHING that turned out JUST PERFECT, but you couldn’t remember exactly how you made it? Have you ever forgotten a PASSWORD you created for your CELL PHONE or COMPUTER and for the life of you, you can’t remember it? Well, I guess “FORGETTING” is a human flaw we all have to contend with. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

Someone once said, “Of all the things I’ve FORGOTTEN, I can’t remember what they were!”. Well, our memory can BLESS US or TORMENT US everyday of our lives. My Dad used to jokingly say, “If I own you money, I can’t seem to remember that, but if YOU own ME money, I’ll never forget!”

The Bible address this MEMORY CHALLENGE we all have, many times, and Jesus often cautioned us to REMEMBER HIS WORDS” for they’re priceless memories. But, the Apostle Paul in Phil.3:13 said, “I may not have it all together, but ONE THING I DO. I FORGET the PAST and LOOK FORWARD so that I can reach the prize that Jesus is calling me to.

So, TODAY, let’s work at REMEMBERING what the will BLESS US and FORGET the MESS we made it the PAST.

It’s Pastor Phil, hoping you’ll NOT FORGET this “GOOD WORD, FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” . God bless.

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Daily Devotion

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Mistakes

I've made so many mistakes in my life and I've learned the hard way that without God's help- I'm gonna fall flat on my face.

On our own, we WILL NOT choose to be honest. We will NOT choose to honor our wife. We will not choose to stand up for our integrity. We DESPERATELY NEED GOD.

It's so easy to forget that we're in a battle. It's so easy to forget that the enemy wants to destroy our marriages, our families and our witness for God.

He wants "the world/unbelievers" to see that we are not trustworthy and that the God we serve is a fairylike or myth. He wants to tarnish the name of the Lord.

What is his plan? To use us. He wants us to be dishonest in business dealings. He wants us to forsake our integrity. He wants us to flirt with a member of the opposite sex. He wants us to lose our temper with the cashier at the gas station. He wants us to complain about our Pastor to another member of the church. He wants us to stop serving. He wants us to stop giving. He wants us to stop praying.
He wants us to fall.

However, we can resist his temptations and his schemes.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10-17 NIV)

We must DAILY be prepared for battle. We must put on the WHOLE Armor Of God. Stay in the Word, Stay on our knees. Fight for our integrity. Fight for our wife. Fight for our family. Be ALERT at all times.

The enemy is not gonna stop. Because he knows the outcome. He's defeated.

God has given us HIS POWER to overcome this defeated for. When we speak and LIVE the Word of God, He empowers us to live and walk in victory.

Before you start your day, ask God to give you the power to be the man that He created YOU to be.

I'm praying that. Lets be WARRIORS. MEN OF INTEGRITY. MEN OF GOD.

Love y'all. ~B

B Hutson

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Written: 12/11/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


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The Award-winning Martins Receive GRAMMY® Nomination

Family Trio’s A Cappella Harmonies Land Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 10th, 2014—The award-winning Martins were honored to receive a GRAMMY® nomination last Friday for A Cappella (Gaither Music Group) for Best Roots Gospel Album, which will be awarded at the 57th GRAMMY® Awards, to be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Produced by an all-star team of Michael English, Lari Goss, David Phelps and Matthew Holt, A Cappella marked the lauded trio’s first all-new, a cappella recording in more than a decade—a recording that debuted at #2 on the Southern Gospel chart and landed at #17 on the Contemporary Christian Music chart according to Nielsen Soundscan.

“We are thrilled!” exclaimed group member Joyce Martin Sanders. “This is a project near to our hearts, and it is so amazing that our peers love it and have honored us with this nomination.”

The project combines hymns the group has known since their childhoods (“Fairest Lord Jesus,” “Praise to the Lord”) and old “spirituals” (“When I Go Away”) with pop crossover songs (“You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “The Prayer”) and even a little “Bob Marley style” mixed into an arrangement (“Three Little Birds”). It showcases Joyce, Jonathan and Judy’s impeccable blends and heralded abilities to transcend musical styles, appease their fan base and weave in some of their personal favorites.

A Cappella has received prime placement in retail outlets and continues to air as part of a special TV offer on Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It will also air in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

In addition to their own concert appearances, the trio is currently hitting stages alongside singer/songwriter/comedian Mark Lowry on the Music and Madness Tour. Additionally, they are featured on select Gaither concerts including the Gaither Christmas HOMECOMING Tour.

A Cappella, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers worldwide including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.gaither.com and www.martinsonline.com.

Media interested in obtaining a complete digital press kit, including downloadable mp3 files of interview clips and songs included on the recording, may visit http://www.martinsonline.com.

To keep up with the latest happenings with The Martins, visit http://www.martinsonline.com, connect with them at facebook.com/martinsonline or follow them on Twitter: @martinsonline.



Song Listing:

He’s Everything to Me

When I Go Away

Fairest Lord Jesus

Praise to the Lord

Shut De Do/Three Little Birds

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing/Fill My Cup, Lord/Spirit of the Living God

The Prayer

If We Ever Needed the Lord Before We Sure Do Need Him Now

You’ll Never Walk Alone

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Written: 12/10/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Bowling Family Celebrates #1 With Party For “I Know Enough”

Nashville, TN (December 10, 2014) Almost a thing of the past, and maybe even a little retro, the Bowling Family celebrated their #1 hit song "I Know Enough” penned by Marcia Bloodworth Henry and Belinda Smith with a #1 Party, the likes of which hasn't been seen in several years.

Held at the home of Kathy Crabb Hannah, Kathy said, "We're bringing #1 Parties back.”



It was a "Who's Who” in Gospel music attending, including record company executives, producers, radio promoters, booking agents, publicists, and a host of artists. The industry turned out to show their support of this great family group.

Kelly Bowling stated, " The Bowlings haven't had a #1 song since our bus accident so this was a special accomplishment for the group. We appreciate all the hard work by the people that believe in us and who worked to assist us in getting this accomplished.”

Sharing in the experience was the youngest member of the group, Hope Bowling, who's father, Mike Bowling said, "At thirteen years old, Hope may be the youngest person in Southern Gospel music to be on a #1 song.”, to which Hope quickly chimed in "I was thirteen, now I'm fourteen” as the people erupted in laughter.

Their latest #1 song was a long time coming, but celebrated with style and class. Mike stated, "We had this song on hold for 4 1/2 years but after the accident it became our testimony and told the story of exactly how we felt in our faith that God would bring us through.”

The song is from their Safe After The Storm CD.

To learn more about The Bowlings go to http://www.bowlingsonline.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bowling-Family .

Book The Bowlings for your church, concert, ladies seminar or anywhere you want great Gospel Music by going to http://www.bsaworld.com or e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Butler Music Group and Tammy Jones Robinette Announce Management Agreement

Nashville, TN (December 7, 2014). Award winning gospel artist Tammy Jones Robinette and Southern Gospel music veteran Les Butler recently announced an exclusive management agreement between Robinette and Butler Music Group.

Regarding their management agreement, Les Butler, owner of Butler Music Group, said, "I have always been a fan of Tammy Jones Robinette. Her singing is anointed, and her songwriting is top notch. I look forward to helping her grow her Southern Gospel ministry, as well as open new doors of opportunity in the field of Bluegrass Gospel."

Tammy Jones Robinette added, “I am excited about all the doors God is opening in my singing career. I am thrilled to announce a management deal with Butler Music Group from Nashville, Tennessee. Les Butler is a man of integrity and is dedicated to seeing gospel music and our industry grow. I look forward to seeing what his influence and expertise can do for my music career,” she concluded.

Robinette is currently in the studio recording a new Southern Gospel release. Be watching tammyjonesrobinette.com for more updates.

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Special Prayer Request For Ed Hill

Please keep long time Gospel singer Ed Hill in your prayers. Ed is suffering from complications after surgery and needs a touch from the Lord.

Ed Hill founded the Prophets Quartet back in the 1950s and then went on the sing Baritone for JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet during their Elvis Presley days.
Ed was known for the voice that ended every Elvis Presley program with "Elvis has left the building"

Ed also was the Baritone singer and MC for the Singing Americans in the 1990s.

Ed has more recently been singing with the Songfellows Quartet.

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Written: 12/09/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Author's Website:
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Who Ya’ Worshiping?

When you worship your idols, can they heal you? Are they available for your financial miracles? Do they compel the hearts of your wayward loved ones to come home?

Ask them. Do they do what you need them to do for the time you invest in them?

The Lord does it all. Stay connected to the Lord of your soul, the Lord of your salvation. Make sure your connection is tried and true! Test your lines of communication through prayer, before the emergency comes! Test the lines daily through prayer. Hear His voice! Know that you have a clear and tested line, before the 911 call is needed, or you may only find out that your line needed servicing!

Don’t let it happen to you!!! Stay connected! Know who you are worshiping!

“Hello…Jesus are you there?...

Song: “Jesus is On the Mainline”

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Gospel Music Icons the Gaither Vocal Band Score GRAMMY® Awards Nomination

Quintet’s Hymns Release Receives Nod
for Best Roots Gospel Album


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—December 9th, 2014—GRAMMY® Award-winning quintet the Gaither Vocal Band was honored on Friday with a nomination for Hymns (Gaither Music Group) for Best Roots Gospel Album, which will be awarded at the 57th GRAMMY® Awards, to be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.

“I am extremely blessed to have sung with so many great artists throughout the Gaither Vocal Band’s history,” stated the group’s founder and bass singer Bill Gaither. “Now I’m doubly blessed to receive a GRAMMY® nomination for our Hymns album. For this recording to merit a nomination alongside the outstanding talent sharing the category with us is quite a privilege.”

Produced by Gaither, Ben Isaacs (The Oak Ridge Boys, The Isaacs) and David Phelps (The Martins), Hymns sheds new light on some of the most popular, timeless hymns of the church, combining the comfort of the familiar with new, moving vocal arrangements that are uniquely the Gaither Vocal Band.

The intimate collection features a signature rendition of the camp-meetin’-styled “I’ll Fly Away,” a triumphant arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” an easy-on-the-ear rendering of “Redeemed” and a vulnerable arrangement of “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior” that showcases the harmonies that have made the group a favorite among fans and industry representatives for decades.

The recording has been featured regularly on a TV campaign airing on PBS, Dish TV, DirecTV, AT&T Uverse, GaitherTV, TBN, RFD, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. It has been airing in Canada on Vision TV, CTS, The Miracle Channel and Hope TV.

One of the most lauded and award-winning groups in gospel music garnering five GRAMMY® nominations, two GRAMMY® Awards and 17 Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Awards, these Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame-honorees continue to headline one of the largest tours in the field of Christian music annually. They are currently performing on the annual Gaither Homecoming Christmas Tour. A list of tour dates can be found at http://www.gaither.com.

Hymns, exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution, is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and http://www.gaither.com.

For further information regarding the Gaither Vocal Band, visit http://www.gaither.com or connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gaithermusic or on Twitter: @gaithermusic.

Song List:

Amazing Grace

God Leads Us Along

‘Till the Storm Passes By

Lord, I’m Coming Home

Redeemed

Love Lifted Me

More of You

The Old Rugged Cross

My Faith Still Holds

I’ll Fly Away

Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior

At the Cross

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Written: 12/09/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Monthly Articles

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Christmas Time, My Favorite Time Of The Year

Christmas time is my favorite time of year. Mostly because I get to see all of my family under one roof.

One of my favorite memories was when I was seven years old. I woke up for Christmas and ran down stairs and of course just like always, Santa had came! I was so excited and opened every toy there and played with them all. I couldn't help but notice that there was one thing missing. My mom could tell that I was somewhat disappointed so she asked me what was wrong. I told her that when I went and saw Santa I told him everything I wanted but it seemed as though he forgot something. Mom asked me what all did I tell him? I went through my whole list and at the very end I said "but the most important thing he forgot". She asked what was it? I told her I asked for a baby sister!

My mom started giggling and said well Santa can't deliver a baby. Only Jesus can make that happen so you probably need to pray instead. And that is exactly what I did. That night my nanny and I were standing outside and we happened to see a shooting star. Nana told me to make a wish, you can imagine what I wished for of course, then I prayed to God and asked him to bring me a little sister. Two weeks later my parents took me to my favorite little Mexican restaurant and sat me down and told me that God had answered my prayer. Mom was going to have a baby. Later on we found out it was a girl. That next Christmas was my favorite of all because I got exactly what I wanted! A baby sister named Autumn!

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The Griffith Family Sign With Mansion Entertainment

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) December 8th, 2014 - The Griffith Family recently signed with Mansion Entertainment for the release of their new project in 2015.

While husband and wife Tony and Julie Griffith along with vocalist Amber Smith make up the current sound of The Griffith Family, long time Southern Gospel fans will remember The Griffith Family when Tony's parents formed the group several decades ago contributing songs such as "Home Up In The Sky" to the charts and traveling from the Southern US to the west coast singing and holding revivals. Tony has also been behind the scenes as a producer, musician and engineer to many Southern Gospel recordings along the way. Amber Smith is no stranger to full time ministry as she previously has traveled with Eddie James and her father is a long-time Church of God pastor.

The group is already performing dates as they head into the studio to record their new album for its release in 2015 with a debut radio single shipping to radio early in the new year.

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The Nelons & LeFevre Quartet Begin “An Evening In December” Christmas Tour With Special

Atlanta, GA – Popular recording artists, The Nelons and The LeFevre Quartet join forces this Holiday Season for the fourth year to present An Evening In December” Christmas Tour. The Tour will be featured in select cities throughout the month of December. This exciting Holiday event will include 12 stops in 8 states.

For three decades The Nelons have been bridging the traditional sounds of Southern Gospel with contemporary influences that inspires listeners of all ages. The group, who has enjoyed much success as a part of the prestigious Gaither Homecoming Tour and Video Series, continues to cross generational gaps, presenting rich harmonies that have been embraced by audiences from all walks of life. The musical ministry of The Nelons was born in the late 1970s from a name that has been synonomous with Gospel Music for nearly a century. In the 1920s, the original LeFevre Trio began traveling and singing. In the late 1950s, Rex Nelon joined the group and for the next 40 years, the Nelon/LeFevre combination proved to be a winning one.

This December, the rich Nelon/LeFevre combination will be recreated as second and third generation Nelon, unite with second and third generation LeFevre to create a Christmas music spectacular that is sure to warm hearts and bring Christmas cheer to audiences who will be a part of An Evening In December. This year’s Tour will also feature former Nelons member and multi-award winning musician, Jeff Stice. “Once again, we are so excited about the opportunity to be with the Lefevre Quartet, and this year we are absolutely thrilled to add Jeff to the evening,” states Kelly Nelon Clark. “We love all these guys so much. They are like family to us, and we can’t wait to have the opportunity to be with them.” Mike LeFevre shares the excitement of Nelon. “We have had such a great time in previous years, and we are sure this year’s concerts will be even more fun, especially adding Jeff into the mix. We can’t wait to kick this year’s Tour off, and we hope all our friends will join us for this special time, as we will make lots of new Christmas memories.”

“An Evening In December” Christmas Tour complete Tour schedule featuring is available online at http://www.thenelons.com.

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T. Graham Brown Receives Grammy Nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) December 8th, 2014 - T. Graham Brown has many things to be thankful for over the path of his career. Following the announcement of his latest album, “Forever Changed,” (produced by Mark Carman) it has been announced that he has received a Grammy Nomination for 2015. Brown is nominated for the Best Roots Gospel Album. This award is given to artists and any producers or engineers responsible for at least 51% playing time of an album containing at least 51% playing time of a newly recorded, vocal, traditional/roots gospel music, including country, Southern gospel, bluegrass, and Americana recordings.

This nomination is on the heels of Brown teaming up with Mansion/Sony RED for the release of his now GRAMMY nominated album. “Forever Changed,” is comprised of thirteen tracks that features guest vocal appearances by popular, award-winning artists Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, Leon Russell, Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Cropper, The Booth Brothers, Three Bridges, Sony Isaacs and Jimmy Fortune. A line up of talent that collectively boasts 26 Grammys and 37 Dove Awards. The album is set to be released January 27th, 2015.

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Butler Music Group and Eighth Day Announce Management Agreement

Nashville, TN (Dec.9, 2014). Eighth Day, one of Southern Gospel’s most recognizable trios, and Gospel music veteran Les Butler recently announced an exclusive management and consulting agreement between the group and Butler Music Group.

"Several years ago, when I first heard Eighth Day, I called Scott Robinson to introduce myself and tell them that I loved what I heard. In that same conversation I told Scott that I felt strongly that one day we would work together. Today is that day! I'm very excited to be a part of the team of the reinvigorated music ministry that is Eighth Day”, remarked Butler Music Group’s Les Butler.

Scott Robinson of Eighth Day added “We are so blessed to have been chosen as one of the artists to launch out into the deep waters with Butler Music Group. Les was the first person we met with over 10 years ago when we began this journey. Even though at that point we did not work together, he was so encouraging and helpful. He even predicted we will join forces down the road. Who knew it would be all these years later?” Robinson Continues “Aside from all the obvious ways he can help impact our music and message, we are most excited about the personal commitment Les feels to reach the lost. THAT is the tie that binds Butler Music Group and Eighth Day. This is going to be a blast!” he concluded.

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Daily Devotion

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Empty

It’s a descriptive word, indeed. Oddly enough, the word “empty” isn't at all empty of meaning or definition. It contains volumes of inherent implications.

Its use in Scripture is more than interesting.

It's used early in the Bible in the story of Joseph. His brothers threw him into a pit, and as is recorded in Genesis 37:24: "The pit was empty, there was no water in it" (KJV).

But, was it really empty?

For Joseph, the pit must have been filled with hopelessness and despair. He was separated from his father, his future, and his familiar surroundings. That pit was filled with every temptation and cause to become bitter and hateful. Joseph's family put the "dis" in disfunction. Jealousy, competing interests, and conflicting motives were just the beginning. As a result, when Joseph was thrown into the pit, every bad memory, every erratic mood, along with the familial madness of his lifetime, was pitched in with him. Empty? Not really.

As I travel this world it's not hard to spot "empty.” Empty has feet, but can't afford shoes. Empty has a stomach, but can't buy bread to feed it. Empty has eyes that quit crying long ago; didn't do any good, because of empty emotions. Empty is multi-lingual, multi-cultural, and multi-"painful." Empty describes a world without Jesus, a home without hope, and a heart without love.

The word "empty" is used in another place in Scripture, and its use and meaning in this location changes everything.

History is changed and the future is charged. Hell is repelled, and hope is restored. Death is conquered, and life is reclaimed.

You're way ahead of me, aren't you?

I'm talking about the empty tomb!

Jesus only occupied the empty tomb for three days, but in that short amount of time, He filled it with promise, and removed the fear accumulated from four millenniums that had ever been associated with it.

Jesus filled the empty tomb like any other room He ever entered.
The Bible states: "In Him there is fullness of joy, and at His right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (see Psalm 16:11).

Just think what His presence could bring to your heart today ...
To your home ...
To your marriage ...

He's the only one I know that can stand right in the middle of emptiness, fill it up with His glory, and permanently occupy every available space with the substance of hope eternal.
Tim Hill




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Harper Agency Reaches Scheduling Agreement With The Collingsworth Family

Goodlettsville, TN - One of Christian music’s leading booking agencies, The Harper Agency, has announced plans to add the 2014 Mixed Group of the Year, The Collingsworth Family (pictured in attached jpg) to their extensive list of talent. The Harper Agency will immediately begin scheduling this multi-talented musical family for concert events in 2015.

The ministry of The Collingsworth Family is one that first began in 1986 with the husband/wife team of Phil and Kim Collingsworth. In 2000, with the addition of their four children, Brooklyn, Courtney, Phil Jr, and Olivia, the couple embarked upon a full-time music ministry that has garnered much success. Throughout the past 15 years, collectively, the family has released more than three dozen audio and video recordings, spawning 18 Top 40 national radio releases and earning 22 Industry Awards from fans and peers alike. They are recognized for their rich vocal harmony, as well as anointed musical abilities and overwhelming desire to share the message of the Gospel in song with excellence.

The Harper Agency is pleased to add The Collingsworth Family to their roster of fine artists, and looks forward to playing a vital role in new ministry opportunities for the family. “Our desire is to continue to assist their ministry in creating new opportunities for touring,” Ed Harper, President of The Harper Agency, states. “Their potential is absolutely unlimited. We’ve watched their growth over the years and their commitment to ministry, and it is very impressive. They have consistently worked hard at improving their gifts and talents, vocally and musically. It is very evident that they are very committed to perfecting their God-given abilities, and I believe this commitment level has been a tremendous asset to their growth. We are very excited to have the opportunity to represent them and look forward to the future and what we believe God has in store.”

For The Collingsworth Family, joining the Harper Agency provides an opportunity to be a part of a rich heritage, while pursuing new endeavors. “Partnering together with The Harper Agency is an exciting chapter in the concert ministry of The Collingsworth Family,” Phil Collingsworth, Sr, shares. “After seeing the tradition of classic groups like The Cathedrals and The Speers, who were associated with The Harper Agency for many years; as well as seeing the mainline groups on their present day roster, which have been with them for many, many years, The Collingsworth Family is honored to be represented by an agency with such a long-standing tradition of great relationships and excellence.”

The Harper Agency may be reached by calling 615-851-4500 or visiting http://www.harperagency.com. The Agency is currently scheduling 2015 dates for The Collingsworth Family. Additional information regarding The Collingsworth Family is available online at http://www.TheCollingsworthFamily.com.

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - December 8, 2015

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
13
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(4)
2
2
11
Everything I Need Tribute
2
3
3
9
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
4
4
13
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
4
5
7
17
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
1
6
8
14
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
6
7
9
15
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
7
8
10
7
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
8
9
5
21
Falling Amber Thompson
2
10
14
29
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
11
19
7
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
11
12
15
9
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
12
13
13
8
Do Unto Others Nelons
13
14
11
14
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
10
15
17
17
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
7
16
22
3
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
16
17
16
16
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
16
18
21
5
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
18
19
23
3
He Took the Nails Browders
19
20
12
26
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
21
18
4
Picture This 11th Hour
18
22
26
3
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
22
23
20
7
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
14
24
6
22
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
25
24
5
Heaven Steve Ladd
24
26
27
5
Over for Good Beyond the Ashes
26
27
25
24
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
28
37
4
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
28
29
32
5
This Blood Triumphant Quartet
29
30
35
2
Glorybound Whisnants
30
31
28
7
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
7
32
29
25
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
5
33
30
12
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
16
34
33
14
There Is Jesus McKameys
26
35
34
3
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
34
36
31
28
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
4
37
**
31
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
38
39
3
Big Top Channing Eleton
38
39
38
3
Satisfied Three Bridges
38
40
36
8
Measure of Grace Taylors
26
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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Intentionally

This week, in the news and social media, I’ve noticed people complaining about EVERYTHING…even things completely out of their control like the weather. Yes, I’ve been guilty of the same, “It’s just so cold”, “Can you believe how cold it is?” and “I just can’t take anymore of this cold weather!” only to say 2 months later, “It’s so hot”, “I don’t think I can stand this heat another day!” We’re Israelites, grumbling in the wilderness because we don’t like manna!

On the surface, this seems so insignificant, unimportant, and we rationalize, “Everyone does it!” but that still doesn’t dismiss the fact that it’s negative and not a benefit to your attitude. I laughed this past spring and told my husband, “I’ve complained about the cold so much this winter, that I’m not going to complain about the heat when summer comes!” I actually did pretty good and only complained a couple of times, do you want to know why? Because I committed to do so, to NOT complain about the weather, I decided instead to embrace it as a gift that I get to enjoy a variety of seasons.

Weather is just one kind of ‘innocent’ complaint that we allow ourselves, so examine the words you speak this week and see if any of them are the root of negativity and an enemy of your attitude! Look for these ‘attackers’ and stop them in their tracks by changing your thoughts and your words, intentionally! You are in charge!


Exodus 16:8 New International Version (NIV) 8 Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.”

Philippians 2:14 English Standard Version (ESV) 14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing,

1 Thessalonians 5:18 King James Version (KJV) 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

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Daily Devotion

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Watch The Words That Come Out Of Your Mouth!

Many years ago, when parents, were parents, if their child said a BAD WORD it would be threaten to have it’s THEIR MOUTH CLEANED OUT WITH SOAP. Well, lately I’ve run across a few people who PROBABLY should have HAD THAT DONE. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with a GOOD WORD from GOD’S WORD today.

WORDS are formed in our THOUGHTS FIRST, then, we have a CHOICE: to either SAY THEM or REFUSE to let them OUT of our mouth! And a BAD WORD is not always a CURSE WORD, but it can also be a NEGATIVE WORD that shouldn’t be said at all.

I’ve often said, “THINK ANYTHING YOU WANT, BUT DON’T SAY EVERYTHING YOU THINK!” Matthew 12:25 let’s us know that Jesus has the ability to not only know our WORDS, but also to KNOW OUR THOUGHTS. And, in verse 37 He said, “By our WORDS we’re JUSTIFIED and by our WORDS we’re CONDEMNED.” And, here’s a TIP we all need to understand. Satan, CAN’T read our mind like Jesus can, so he LISTENS to WHAT WE SAY, to KNOW how to GET TO US.

So, GUARD YOUR WORDS today and you won’t let the Devil in on your thoughts. And, ONE other important TIP. The Devil HATES to hear you PRAISE THE LORD, so give him an EAR FILL TODAY and you won’t be sorry for what you say.

It’s Pastor Phil, with a TIP, a THOUGHT and “A GOOD WORD, FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” . God bless.

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News & Scoops


Andraé Crouch Hospitalized, All-Star Tribute Tour Postponed

(NASHVILLE, Tennessee) -- Legendary Gospel artist Andraé Crouch was admitted to the hospital on Monday, December 1st. As a result of Andraé’s sudden and unexpected hospitaliztion, Riverphlo Entertainment has decided to postpone this month’s “Let the Church Say Amen” Celebration Tour. Ticket holders can contact the venues for information on rescheduled dates.

“Andraé is talking and alert and resting comfortably,” reports his sister, Sandra Crouch. “On behalf of Andraé and the Crouch Family, we appreciate your prayers for a quick and speedy recovery.”

The all-star concert tour was scheduled to kick off in Philadelphia on December 6th, paying tribute to Andraé’s legendary career and featuring performances by some of today’s top Gospel artists including CeCe Winans, Marvin Sapp, Marvin Winans, Israel Houghton, Rance Allen, Gerald Albright, Marcus Cole, Keith Staten, Vonnie Lopez and Leon Timbo.

Tour dates are currently being rescheduled for March/April 2015. A revised tour schedule will be announced before the Christmas holiday.

Andraé’s accolades include 7 Grammy Awards, 6 GMA Dove Awards, an Academy Award nomination for "The Color Purple," induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His songs have been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Paul Simon, and he has worked as a producer and arranger with many of music’s top artists, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and many others. Andraé can also be heard on Michael Jackson's hit singles "Man in the Mirror," "Keep the Faith,” "Will You Be There" and “Earth Song.”

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

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Music Previews

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Guy Penrod - Breath of Heaven

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Music Previews

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Tribute - Sing Christmas

Website - http://www.tributequartet.com

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Music Previews

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Steve Ladd - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Website - http://www.steveladdmusic.com

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Music Previews

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Jeff Stice - Snow

Website - http://www.jeffsticemusic.com

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Music Previews

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HIGHROADIII - Christ Child’s Lullaby

Website - http://www.highroadmusic.com

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Music Previews

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Angela Primm - Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star

Website - http://www.angelaprimm.com

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News & Scoops


The Browders Release New Single to Radio “He Took the Nails”

Hiltons, VA (December 5, 2014) Award winning family group, The Browders, have released a new single to radio. "He Took The Nails” is storming up the charts as radio seems to love this song.

The song jumped fourteen spots on the AbsolutelyGospel.com weekly chart to #19 in just it's third week, while it is #1 on the Singing News New Releases Monthly Chart, as well as the DJ Pick for the month of January.

Featuring Sonya Browder, "He Took The Nails” is a strong ballad with a Country feel and a message that will grab your heart and your conscience. Penned by Matthew Browder and Mike Upright, look for this song to be another #1 hit on all the national charts for them.

The song is off their latest Daywind Records CD, Time Machine, which has already produce three #1s.




In other news about the Browders, tonight is the night for Christmas music and Gospel songs by The Browders. The first in their series of Christmas concerts will begin tonight at Browders Chapel Church, Hiltons, VA, 7 PM. http://ow.ly/Fi9tf .

You can find out more about the Browders by going to http://www.thebrowders.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Browders-Friends .
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Three Bridges On Christmas Tour

Nashville, TN (December 5, 2014) An exciting part of any artist's career is the festive time of Christmas Tours. That is where Three Bridges is today. For the next few weeks the Three Bridges
"Christmas Must Be Tonight" tour features songs from their award winning CD, "Christmas Must Be Tonight".

Their latest Christmas album "Christmas Must Be Tonight” is a great holiday project with lots of fun songs and a good share of songs with the message of how the Savior came to earth on Christmas Day. The CD won the Ovation for Special Event Project of the Year, 2012 at the AGM Music Awards.

The tour will go through seven states including West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, and Texas.

A Three Bridges Christmas concert includes classic Christmas carols, some lesser known Christmas songs, a lot of fun, and, most importantly, a celebration of Immanuel, God-With-Us!

Elliott McCoy says, "I just get excited about singing my favorite music - Christmas music! And I am excited about sharing the true meaning of Christmas once again . . . that God loves the world so much that He gave His very best to us, Jesus Christ!"

The Tour includes these:

Friday, December 5th @ 7:00 pm // Martinsburg, WV
West View Baptist Church, 301 Louisiana Avenue
http://wvbelievers.com/

Saturday, December 6th @ 7:00 pm // Amelia, VA
Amelia Baptist Church, 9101 Amelia Street
http://ameliabaptist.weebly.com/

Sunday, December 7th @ 8:30 & 10:30 am // Lumberton, NC
Kingdom Place, 2610 East 5th St., Hwy. 211 South
http://www.kingdomplace.net/

Sunday, December 14th @ 10:30 am // Monroe, GA
The Praise Center, 1857 HWY 78 NW

Tuesday, December 16th @ 7:00 pm // Fort Smith, AR
Larry's Living Room, 6400 Hwy 71 W

Wednesday, December 17th @ 7:00 pm // Gadsden, AL
Cathedral of Praise, 2703 Meighan Blvd

Sunday, December 21st @ 10:45 am & 11:30 am // Austin, TX
Jubilee Christian Center, 2909 West William Cannon Dr

For more information about these events, check out their calendar at:http://threebridges.net/calendar-3b.

You can learn more about Three Bridges at http://threebridgesgospel.com or https://www.facebook.com/3BridgesMusic .
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Three Bridges is booked by the Beckie Simmons Agency - 615.595.7500 or http://www.bsaworld.com .

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Behind the Songs

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Christmas Classics

I always know that Christmas is just around the corner when I start hearing the old familiar tunes played in the shopping centers, dentist offices, and gas stations. I'll have to admit, it does draw me into the mood of Christmas.

But I have been moved a few times to bypass all the traditional Christmas tunes and write a new one of my own. Glory To God In The Highest, recorded by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, was written while driving home from Oklahoma City to Nashville on Interstate 40 during December of 1992. I was in the Christmas Spirit, but just felt like singing something new. "Look Who Just Checked In", recorded by Gold City was written because I needed an up tempo song for my Choir to sing in our Christmas program, Smyrna TN. After thinking about why I wrote those songs, I began to wonder what caused some other writers to pen their most well know Christmas songs.

In 1818, a roving band of actors was performing in towns throughout the Austrian Alps. On December 23 they arrived at Oberndorf, a village near Salzburg where they were to re-enact the story of Christ's birth in the small Church of St. Nicholas. Unfortunately, the St. Nicholas' church organ wasn't working and would not be repaired before Christmas. Because the church organ was out of commission, the actors presented their Christmas drama in a private home. That Christmas presentation of the events in the first chapters of Matthew and Luke put assistant pastor Josef Mohr in a meditative mood. Instead of walking straight to his house that night, Mohr took a longer way home. The longer path took him up over a hill overlooking the village.

From that hilltop, Mohr looked down on the peaceful snow-covered village. Reveling in majestic silence of the wintry night, Mohr gazed down at the glowing Christmas-card like scene. His thoughts about the Christmas play he had just seen made him remember a poem he had written a couple of years before. That poem was about the night when angels announced the birth of the long-awaited Messiah to shepherds on a hillside. Those words became the lyric to Silent Night. Mohr decided it might make a good carol for his congregation the following evening at their Christmas eve service. The one problem was that he didn't have any music to which that poem could be sung. So, the next day Mohr went to see the church organist, Franz Xaver Gruber. Gruber only had a few hours to come up with a melody which could be sung with a guitar. However, by that evening, Gruber had managed to compose a musical setting for the poem. It no longer mattered to Mohr and Gruber that their church organ was inoperable. They now had a Christmas carol that could be sung without that organ. I'm sure you have probably already heard Silent Night performed at least once this year.

"Joy To The World" is another traditional favorite. I can't imagine a Christmas season without it. I wondered how it came to be written. Here's what I found.

Isaac Watts, its author, never intended it to be a Christmas carol at all. Rather, it was a part of his Psalms of David Imitated, published in 1719, which contained paraphrases of many of the Psalms in New Testament language.

For over one hundred years, congregational singing had been strictly limited to the Psalms of the Old Testament in poetic form. Many of these rhymed Psalms were so unnatural that Samuel Wesley, father of the famous brothers Charles and John, called them "scandalous doggerel," and his opinion was shared by many.

 Joy to the World is the "imitation" of the last half of Psalm 98. The author transformed the old Jewish psalm of praise for some historic deliverance into a Christian song of rejoicing for the salvation of God that began to be manifested when the Babe of Bethlehem came "to make his blessing flow far as the curse is found." This is one of the most joyous hymns in all Christendom because it makes so real what Christ’s birth means to all mankind.

The tune to which the hymn is sung is attributed to George Frederick Handel and bears resemblance to phrases of his great oratorio, Messiah. Notably the first four tones match the beginning of the chorus, "Lift Up Your Heads."

Maybe this year, an unforeseen circumstance may arise that will move you to create the next, "Mary Did You Know", "Away In A Manger" or even "White Christmas". Whatever it is, count it as another gift from the greatest Giver of all, and we'll all look forward to hearing it next Christmas.

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Jeff Stice Releases Christmas By Request

Nashville, TN (December 4, 2014) Award-winning musician, Jeff Stice, is releasing a very unique Christmas album. Jeff loves so much of the Christmas music that he just couldn't settle on 12 songs. In a brilliant move, Jeff decided to let his many fans have a part in deciding what he recorded, besides, it could be fun. So, the name of the album is Christmas By Request.

Stice commented, "I started to wonder if my idea was so brilliant after all. I had a hard time choosing from my favorites, but now I had to whittle done 1,500 songs to just twelve. It was all fun. Some of the songs I knew would be on the list, but others were fresh new ideas that I think make this album special.”

The first song on the CD is "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” which is so fitting, because the joy and spirit of this CD will help the season of Christmas be the most wonderful time of your year for a long time to come.

The project was produced by Jeff Stice and Shannon Newman at Under The Fan Studios. The "Whistler” on "White Christmas” is Kirk Talley and the "Singer” on "What Are You Doin' New Years Eve” is Kathy Karnes.

The song list includes:

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Mary Did You Know
Feliz Navidad
There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays
O Come All Ye Faithful
White Christmas
Appalachian Carol (I Wonder)
Snow
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
What Are You Doin' New Year's Eve
O Holy Night
The Hallelujah Chorus

You can learn more about Jeff Stice at http://www.jeffsticemusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/jeffsticemusic . He can be Twittered at https://twitter.com/JeffsBleedinBlu .
To book Jeff contact Beckie at the Beckie Simmons Agency .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-595-7500.

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News & Scoops


Abraham Productions, Inc. Announces New Major Event In Ohio

Abraham Productions, Inc. announces a new major event in Ohio for 2015. The event, "Harvest Homecoming," is a joint venture between Abraham Productions and Ohio Christian University to be held October 8-10, 2015 at The Maxwell Center located on the OCU campus in Circleville, OH. Harvest Homecoming will feature some of the biggest names in Southern Gospel Music, speakers, showcases and comedy.


Abraham Productions' President Ray Flynn said, "Abraham Productions has been looking to add a new event for some time. Ohio Christian University has already been doing a homecoming concert at their college, and by joining forces collaboratively, API and OCU can present a major first-class national Southern Gospel Event in the Fall that meets the needs of the Gospel Music Fans."


Tony McCrary, the OCU Director of Events, stated, "We are excited to welcome Abraham Productions to Ohio Christian University. This partnership ensures the continuation of a rich history of Southern Gospel Concerts here on our campus. However, this will bring an even greater concert experience to gospel music fans of Ohio and the Midwest. Welcome, Abraham Productions."



The new Harvest Homecoming event will be held at The Maxwell Center on the campus of Ohio Christian University in Circleville, OH, just a few miles from Columbus. It will feature a large host of talent to include The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, Brian Free & Assurance, Jason Crabb, The Talleys, Ivan Parker, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Mark Trammell Quartet, The Whisnants, The Pfeifers, The Stevens Family and The McCrary Family. As with all Abraham Productions' events, there will also be several major speakers to include Dennis Swanberg, Michael Booth of The Booth Brothers, and Dr. Jon Bowman. The Thursday evening event will honor long-time promoter Gil Conley. Tickets are scheduled to go on-sale to the public on February 26 at 10 am eastern time.


In addition to the incredible new event and talent, full hookup camping sites are available on the OCU campus and an incredible food court with excellent meals and snacks at reasonable prices, plus everything will focus on being senior citizen friendly with free parking, everything within a short walking distance and discounts for multiday tickets.

Abraham Productions is known for Singing In The Sun at Myrtle Beach, The Gatlinburg Gathering in Gatlinburg, TN, and several Southern Gospel Christian Cruises to various destinations.


For more information on tickets to the new Harvest Homecoming in Ohio, hotel information, camping sites, and discounts, contact Abraham Productions at 888-238-6858 or online at http://www.abrahamproductions.net.

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Daily Devotion

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The Rainbow

I was having devotion on the cruise ship that I was so blessed to be on. While worshiping on the balcony I was mesmerized by the white tops of the waves that were hitting the side of the ship. God is soooo awesome and beautiful. He is Magnificent!

As the waves topped with foam, I noticed little rainbows appearing just above the wave. They were beautiful. As I prayed, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the meaning of the rainbow. It was given to us as a covenant. A covenant is a formal and serious agreement, a promise.

He said “Angie, for each wave that hits your life, I will provide a rainbow to cover you.” Then I noticed the rainbow matched the size of each wave that was covered. The bigger the wave, the larger the rainbow!

He is able and promises to cover us! Hallelujah!

Song: “His Banner Over Us Is Love”
Scripture: Hebrews 13: 20-21

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John Darin Rowsey to remain firmly entrenched in the Daywind Music Publishing fold

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 3, 2014) – Daywind Music Publishing is excited to announce that John Darin Rowsey’s tenure with the organization is now 11 years and counting. Rowsey recently re-signed an exclusive agreement to remain as a part of the organization’s superb lineup of songwriters.

“It's an honor to partner with the premier publisher in our industry,” emphasizes Rowsey. “I can't wait to see what the future holds as we grow together thinking outside the box.”

Rowsey – who traveled with the award-winning trio Karen Peck and New River from 1999-2003 – has been nominated for multiple Dove Awards and has won one, for the 2008 Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year with “He’s In Control.” He has had numerous hit songs, with one of the earliest being the Gaither Vocal Band’s “Singing with the Saints.” Among his No. 1 songs are Karen Peck and New River’s “I Wanna Know How It Feels” and “Hey” and the Kingsmen’s “Joy’s Gonna Come in the Morning.”

Rowsey is also currently a member of the dynamic vocal trio Watts, Rowsey and Bean, which is part of the Daywind Records roster of artists.

“Consistency is a trait I highly value,” explains Daywind Vice President of Music Publishing Rick Shelton. “John Darin Rowsey consistently creates quality music that is far reaching, and it is his consistent Christian walk that is the wellspring of his impacting ministry. I couldn't be more delighted to continue the publishing relationship that started for the two of us nearly 12 years ago. John Darin is dear to me personally, and he is an important member of the exclusive Daywind roster of exceptional songwriters.”

Daywind Music Publishing is the premier source of new songs for the Southern Gospel and church print/choral markets. The organization is home to an award-winning roster of songwriters. For more information, visit http://www.daywindpublishing.com or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

For more information on John Darin Rowsey, visit the Daywind Music Publishing web site or visit http://www.wattsrowseyandbean.com.

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Bass Singer, Will Lane, Returns to the Anchormen

Nashville, TN (Dec. 3, 2014) - The Anchormen are thrilled to welcome bass singer, Will Lane, BACK to the quartet.

Lane was a part of the Anchormen in 2003, and then exited the group in 2006 to help launch another ministry. He is thrilled to return and the guys couldn't be happier to have him.

He, along with tenor, Derrick Boyd (who recently joined the group), Jamie Caldwell (lead singer extraordinaire), and long-time, solid baritone singer, Terry Carter, are excited about what's ahead for the Anchormen.

Will Lane's first official appearance as the returning, outstanding, low down, bass singer for the group will be on December 27, 2014, in Lithia Springs, GA.

Additionally, the quartet is preparing for a brand new recording in 2015. They're looking forward to the pre-production process, which includes searching for outstanding songs, along with their award-winning producer, Donna King.

Baritone singer and MC for the Anchormen, Terry Carter, shares, "We couldn't be happier about what's happening with this quartet right now. As with so many of the events that take place on this journey of life, we see the HAND of GOD in every aspect of the recent additions to this group. He is an ON TIME God and this is a SPECIAL time for the Anchormen. Even when we experience change, we still hold to the UNCHANGING hand of Him who knows the plans HE has for us; plans to prosper us in HIM and to see LIVES touched through music and ministry. I'm not sure when we've ever had a better group of guys with strong talent and tremendous hearts for ministry. We are all just plain delighted about this season for the Anchormen."

The group's radio success has been notable over the last few years with their biggest hit song, "Borrowed and Barely Used Tomb," written by Zane King and Charles Isbell, landing at #14 on the Singing News Top 80, #7 on the Singing News Weekly Chart, and, it also found a place on the Singing News Yearly Chart as one of the TOP songs for 2013.

Group manager, Tim Bullins expresses, "What can I say? This is a good day for the Anchormen. My guys are ready to carry the hope of Christ everywhere God opens a door, an ear, or a heart."

The quartet's current single is entitled "The Day Nobody Praised Him." That day, they say, is a day they want to make sure never happens. Request their new single at your area Christian radio station and join the PRAISE.

To learn more about the Anchormen or to schedule them for a concert or ministry event in your town, visit http://www.theanchormen.com.

Like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thanchormenquartet.

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Christmas Special Airing Announced For The Music City Show

Nashville, TN (December 3, 2014) The stores are all decorated, there are carol's sung in the malls, and people everywhere are singing "Jingle Bells”. Not wanting to miss any of the excitement The Music City Show is thrilled to announce they are celebrating the Christmas Season with multiple Christmas shows starting with the 'NRB Network'.

Nashville is the Country Music capital of the world and can be considered the Gospel Music capital as well. It has been the perfect location to produce The Music City Show and even more so during this festive Christmas Season. There is no Christmas like a "Tennessee” Christmas and all of that excitement comes through the cameras and into your home to allow you to share in the great joy spread by the carols and songs in these Christmas Specials.

Gospel and Country Artists alike were thrilled to participate in these Christmas Specials for The Music City Show . The beautiful Linda Davis, who will be touring with Kenny Rogers after The Music City Show airings, sang "The First Noel and "Snowed In Christmas”, while Restless Heart sang "Season Of Harmony” and "Tennessee Christmas” from their new Christmas CD 'A Restless Heart Christmas'. Regular on the program, the Positive Cowboy – Jim Sheldon performed "Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem”, "God Came Down” and "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”. The shows are hosted by Christian comedian Tim Lovelace.

The airing of their one hour Christmas Special will be on the 'NRB Network' December 6th , at 9:00PM and will feature classic Christmas songs by Restless Heart, Linda Davis, Jim Sheldon, and host Tim Lovelace. It will repeat on the 'NRB Network' on Christmas Day, December 25th at 2:00 PM and will showcase the same artists.

The Christmas Specials feature Linda Davis, Restless Heart, Jim Sheldon, and Tim Lovelace as well as programming of a Jubilee Christmas in some episodes which consist of Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, and Greater Vision.

RFD-TV will air the several other Christmas Specials 7:00PM CT, repeat airing at midnight and again at 6:30AM CT and FamilyNet the following Sunday of each airing date beginning December 7th,12:00 PM CT

December 4 "A Country Christmas” With The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon, Linda Davis and Tim Lovelace.

December 11 "Jubilee Christmas Special” featuring Booth Brothers, Legacy Five and Greater Vision Jubilee Christmas

December 18 "Restless Heart Christmas Special” with Tim Lovelace and the Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon

December 25 "A Country Christmas” With The Positive Cowboy Jim Sheldon, Linda Davis and Tim Lovelace


To learn more about the Music City show go to http://www.themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccityshow . Twitter them at https://twitter.com/MusicCityShow .

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Beyond The Ashes Releases New Song To Radio

Nashville, TN (December 3, 2014) One of the keys to radio success is selecting a great song. Beyond The Ashes has once again found a great song that radio DJs are bound to put in their "high rotation” list.

The Dove nominated and Award winning group Beyond The Ashes is not the typical Gospel Music male trio. Their love for the lost and hurting shine through not only the songs they sing but the lives they touch. Anthony Facello, owner of the group, along with members Tyler Vestal and Dustin Doyle go out of their way to show kindness and the love of Christ through their interactions with those that attend their concerts.

The group has a passion to reach the lost wherever they may be and are not afraid to go outside the Church walls with the message of hope that their music conveys. The choice of their latest single is another example of their heart for reaching those inside and outside the four walls of the Church.

Anthony stated, ”We picked ‘Over For Good’ because of the simple yet powerful message. So many are going through hard times and questioning life but if we are a child of God then we believe very soon our Lord is coming back and all of our bad days that we face are going to be ‘Over For Good’.”

"Over For Good” was penned by Karen Gillespie, Mark Each, and Kimberly Walling Ford. The groups last single ‘No Sin Greater’ had success in charting as well as telling the story of God’s grace over sin’s bondage.

To learn more about Beyond The Ashes go to http://www.beyondtheashesonline.com or https://www.facebook.com/beyondtheashes . Twitter them at https://twitter.com/www.twitter.com/beyondtheashes1 .

To book Beyond the Ashes contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 615-823-1557 .

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Inspired By TD Jakes

Yvonne and I completed a devotion book from TD Jakes a couple years ago that inspired this devotion and triggered a memory that I want to share with you.


Many years ago when I was growing up, a large tree fell down across "Woods' Lane." Woods Lane is the road that leads back to where I was born and raised. The road isn't very wide so a tree across the road, is a big deal. My Dad, brother and I drove the family car up to the tree and Dad got out to look things over. He got his chainsaw out of the trunk and my brother and I stood watching. Dad started the saw and the next thing I knew, he hit a hornet's nest with the blade that was in the fallen tree. The bees began to come out of their nest and Dad yelled for my brother and I to get in the car and put the windows up!

Dad ran in the opposite direction of the car, so the bees could not get to us. We watched as Dad was stung at least 30-40 times. Dad took the pain, in order to protect his boys.

That night, he was really sick and in a lot of pain. Mom gave him some medicine but she had to remove all those stingers from Dad's body in order for the healing to begin.

We have all been "stung" by the pain of past hurts. Until we allow God to "Pull those stingers out" we will live with the pain and will never really heal. We can disguise the pain, or even try to ignore it with alcohol, drugs, overeating, gambling or other vises, but if the "stinger" is still there, THE PAIN WILL NEVER GO AWAY.

Do you need to help someone who has a "stinger"? When we are "stung", we feel like we are the only one who has been hurt in that way. By allowing God to use us, we can show that healing does occur.

You can help someone in their healing process.

1 Corinthians 12:9- "The same Spirit {Holy Spirit} gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing."

Proverbs 12:18
"Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing."

Are you still walking around with a 'stinger'?
Realize that you will carry that pain as long as you are carrying that "stinger."
Allow God to remove that "stinger" and let His words (His Holy Word) and His love begin to heal your hurts.

Malachi 4:2- “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture."

God is our refuge, our strong tower, our deliverer an our HEALER.

Claim YOUR healing today thru Jesus Christ.

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LeFevre Qt

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Faith Or Stupidity?

This is a question that I live by.

I hate to tell you this but here goes... I've been known to make a mistake every now and then. There it is, I said it. But don't tell my wife. She thinks I'm perfect. I am kidding, of course! She knows me all to well, and through all of my trials and errors she has stood by my side.

In my fifty plus years, I have always had the urge to have my hand in some sort of business; bought and sold a car, traded a gun or two, owned a trucking company and worst of all tried a few of those multi-level marketing things, yuck!

The trucking company actually did pretty well for a few years, until I decided I needed to grow. This was a decision that was totally based on what I wanted, not from an urging or nudging of the Holy Spirit. God did not speak to my heart. This was totally a decision that I made and then tried to convince myself that I was stepping out in faith, when in all actuality, I was stepping out in stupidity. I even remember telling Kathy that I came up with a five-year plan, "make it or break it." I went out and bought three 18-wheelers. Guess what? Stupidity does not pay! My stepping out in stupidity broke me!

Now, let me share another "step" with you. When I came off of the road back in 1997, I had started the Trucking business and things were going pretty well. In 1999, I had the opportunity to go to work with the Fire Department in the county where I live. I was able to work at the fire department and maintain my trucking business at the same time. Little did I know when I took the job with the fire department, it would save me when my "make it or break it" trucking company plan went down the tube! In 2005, I felt God calling me to sing a little, so I started The LeFevre Quartet with no intentions of singing full time.

I had a secure county job with benefits and retirement. My plan was stay there and retire. Here is where things are so different from the first story. I started feeling the urging and nudging of the Holy Spirit to do more and more singing. By 2011, we were so busy with the group, I couldn't maintain my job with the fire department and the group at the same time. It was time to make a decision. Do I stay at my secure county job or do I step out in faith and see if God is going to supply my needs? Was this another make it or break it? Was this me or God? This time I started praying, seeking council, talking it over with my wife, actually listening for the voice of God!

You see how through a major trial, God prepared me to make wiser, prayerful decisions? Now, whenever I have to make big decisions, I always ask myself if I am stepping out in faith or stupidity. Did I feel God speaking to me about this or is this something that I want and I'm trying to spin it into what I want it to be?

Remember, being obedient can unleash a supernatural move of God in your life. Just make sure it's Him causing the move… not you!

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King's Heralds

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Merry Christmas From All Of Us

December is a busy month for most of us. This year is an especially busy time for the King’s Heralds. By the time we take off for the Christmas holidays, we will have sung several concerts in California, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

We are truly thankful that the good Lord has allowed us to spread His Gospel through music. For those who know the Lord this time of year should be a time of giving and reflection as well as rejoicing.

We give gifts to each other because the scripture says that “For God so loved the world that He gave.” It also be should be a time of reflection to think back upon that baby who was born in Bethlehem.

We can rejoice in the fact that the baby grew up and gave his life so we could have life eternal. What gifts the Father has given us! All we must do is accept it.

From all of us to all of your our dear friends have a very Merry Christmas!

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Official Press Release: A Statement From Steve French

“After being in full time Southern Gospel music for 30 years, I feel it’s time for me to close this chapter of my life, and begin the next chapter to see what God has in store. Gospel music has taken me places I would have otherwise not been able to go, and meet the wonderful people I’ve met over the years. It’s been an incredible journey and the Lord has really blessed me. I’d always dreamed of retiring at 55, and guess what.. I turned 55 in September! If it’s one thing I’ve learned through all of this, it’s that God will give you the desires of your heart – maybe not in the way you pictured it, but He will give them to you in the way that He sees fit. Thank you all for your support, and please continue to support the guys now more than ever. The Father is doing a great work in them, and I have a feeling it’s about to get even better! As for me, I plan to travel, and maybe look into building a new home somewhere out west. You never know what the next 55 will hold! Ah, the joys of retirement!”

The Kingdom Heirs would like to wish Steve well in his future endeavors.

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And Now For Something Different

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I’m In A Vacuum

I took my vacuum cleaner apart today. My intention was to clean it. Uh huh. Yeah. It's clean alright, but now I have no idea how to put all the pieces back together again. The cat dragged one piece into the laundry room and I have no idea where that is. Well, I know where the laundry room is, I just don't know where that piece is!

I need my son. Since David was about 4 years old (now 26), he could take things apart and put them back together like no one I have ever seen. Even his father would reluctantly hand over pieces of whatever (after reading "some assembly required") just to see what little David could do with it. He just has a knack.

So, here I sit with a dirty dusty rug but now spotlessly clean vacuum...pieces. The utensils and attachments are just as shiny and pretty too, spread out all over the floor. But they're unfortunately useless until I can find the manual. Humpty Dumpty comes to mind...



It occurred to me that in order for me to clean, you first should have a good clean "in working order" vacuum cleaner. But to clean the vacuum cleaner and filter before actually cleaning, seems a bit redundant. I need a clean vacuum cleaner to clean. (huh?)

I personally have been dissected and taken apart before, literally, piece by broken piece. Once I stood in a "not-so-pure-and-righteous" state before my heavenly Father. Dirty. Filthy. The dismantling of the vacuum cleaner today brought back some crazy memories for me, where if it wasn't for the "manual" I wouldn't be posting this. You probably already know what manual I'm referring to. It's the one that says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me..". My filter was dense with past particles of sin, distance and a bad spirit. I'm just glad that some how, some way, I allowed the Master Tech to put me back together.

In order now to clean or extend the hand of helps to others, you must first be clean. Call on the Savior. He can put you back together. It's amazing to see how He does this, every time.

As for mechanical objects that have been dismantled and need reassembling - call David.

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Cavaliers Quartet

What Child is This

The Cavaliers are at the beginning of our annual "Light of the World" Christmas tour as I write this article. One of the songs we sing is "What Child is This". It is an old Christmas Carol written by William Chatterton Dix, in 1865 after coming to Christ during a severe illness. He later penned other great songs that folks sing all over the world during Christmas. God used a man during his darkest time to pen a great song that answers the question in it's title. This is Christ the King. Make Jesus first in your life. He will make a difference.

The Cavaliers Christmas tour is at full steam. If you are in the Middle Tennessee area and want to hear great Christmas music go to http://www.cavaliersquartet.com to see where you can catch the "Light of the World" Christmas tour.

Saturday night JAN 24th 2015 - 6pm - That is the date and time for our annual Ernie Haase and Signature Sound / Cavaliers tour stop. As always it is at Grace Baptist Church in Tullahoma Tennessee. This is a rare Saturday night appearance in Middle Tennessee for EHSS. Make your plans now. Go to http://www.cavaliersquartet.com for details and to buy tickets.

Also January 2015, The Cavaliers will be releasing our latest project "Grand and Glorious". Stay tuned to Jan 2015 article for more details.

Have a Grand and Glorious month and a very Merry Christmas.

In His Arms!
The Cavaliers

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Mark Dubbeld Family

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Light Carriers

“I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16
 
 Carriers of light — that’s what we are called to be into a darkened, sinful world. Recently, a friend of mine told me about a time when he was in the army. He was serving the Lord — although many around him were not. One day, a comrade stopped him and wanted to know what was different about him. As my friend tried to understand just what he meant the young man said, “When you walk, light moves with you.” True story! From OUR century!

In the extreme darkness of his world, the LIGHT shone through him even clearer than he knew. Christ was with him — even in the dark. He was truly living in the world while not being of it.

Matthew Henry says, “The God of Israel, the Savior, is sometimes a God that hides Himself, but never a God that absences Himself; sometimes in the dark, but never at a distance.”

This is the assurance that inspires us to continue to step boldly. As we continue to step out, He will continue to open the path before us. His light moves with as we walk — dispelling the darkness and giving us just enough rays to take the next step. Would we have it any different — when this is how He keeps us close?

I have read that there are earthly trails that hikers take which only disclose a few feet ahead of them at a time. As they continue, the pathway becomes clearer, but they have to keep walking for the opening to come.
Faith walking takes us through many phases of our spiritual journey, but even when we FEEL like we are in the dark, we have the ASSURANCE that He will not leave us, He will not forsake us — and He is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD!

Tho’ the darkness is around us — we carry the LIGHT within us! Tho’ the trials press us — threaten to overwhelm us — that is when we can run to the Rock that is higher! It is in our weakness He shows Himself strong.

Carry the Light! Press forward in victory. Boldly step forward as He leads the way. Others see what you cannot — when you walk . . . LIGHT moves with you!

The Light of the World moves with me
Tho’ sometimes I cannot see
The far flung reach of the pathway
Where He is taking me.
 
By faith I walk through the darkness
Knowing His Light from within
Will open the pathway as needed
I simply need keep step with Him.

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 and Associates & Adoration Agency: Sophia Davis 615-590-7453
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Gaither Artist Angela Primm Releases Tribute To Mahalia Jackson

Nashville, TN (December 2, 2014) Super-talented vocalist, Angela Primm, has been chosen as a featured soloist on the Gaither Homecoming concerts and videos. Known for years as the most sought after studio singer in Nashville, Angela has come into her own as a phenomenal featured performer garnering ovations wherever she sings.

Stepping into the spotlight meant that Angela had to step up to the recording arena for herself. In doing so, she chose to pay tribute to one of her heroines, Mahalia Jackson. Known as the Queen of Gospel Music, Mahalia set the standard for many singers, both black and white. Many of the Gospel quartets of the 40s and 50s covered Mahalia's songs.

Angela said, "While studying the songs of Mahalia Jackson and embracing the heart of the Spirituals in my culture, I rejoice that my heritage is strong and my faith is sure! God has truly blessed His messengers of song and I simply aspire to be one of them. There are so many intricate details of Sis. Jackson's life that layered the rich sound she carried and if you listen to her voice carefully, you will hear them. You will hear her joy and sadness, her victories, her loves, her rejections and her steadfast determination. I only desire to continue this same message of passion with my life that undoubtedly says, 'God is able and I trust Him.' This is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why a gospel singer is born...to proclaim His Goodness. I pray though these songs may be familiar to your ears, they will enlighten your heart anew and rekindle or reinforce your first love in Him.”

Recording Mahalia's songs meant that the songs has to have something just a little different about them to get the attention of the music world. These are Mahalia's songs with an Angela twist. Angela put her special touch on each of these songs to make them her own, but keeping the honor due to Mahalia.

The recording sessions were so exciting that Mark Lowry put excerpts of the sessions on his FaceBook page.

Produced by Chip Davis with such artists as Gale Mayes, Chip Davis, Devonne Fowlkes, Gene McDonald, and Angela Primm herself, this project will stand alone as one of the greatest CDs of the year.

The song-list includes:

Walk In Jerusalem (Traditional)
I Found The Answer (Arrangement by Geron Davis, Chip Davis, and Angela Primm)
Sweet Little Jesus Boy (Traditional)
Just A Closer Walk With Thee (Arrangement by Angela Primm)
Precious Lord (Traditional)
Come On Children, Let's Sing (Traditional)
Is Your All On The Altar? (Traditional)
Elijah Rock (Arrangement by Angela Primm)
Evening Prayer (Arrangement by Chip Davis and Angela Primm)
Battle Hymn of the Republic (Arrangement Angela Primm and Chip Davis)

To learn more about Angela go to http://www.angelaprimm.com or https://www.facebook.com/angela.hewlettwrightprimm .
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Jim Sheldon

“Merry Christmas!” = “God Came Down!”

“In the beginning God” The first phrase of The Bible establishes God only existed. From there God reveals His eternal plan. The Almighty God of all creation who gave us the ability to choose to love & obey or sin & rebel.

Then at His appointed time “God Came Down” in the flesh. Jesus, the babe in the manger, the Son of God, God of Heaven came to earth. As beautiful & joyous the first Christmas was. The reason and meaning for Christmas is suddenly God came to earth on that Christmas morning. So Jesus would die on the cross for our sins and rise again. One day soon, suddenly He’ll come again, without warning.

Then all the redeemed will spend eternity around the throne of Jesus Christ, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

I pray all of my fellow servants of Jesus Christ experience the Real meaning of Christmas like never before.

Merry Christmas!!

“The Positive Cowboy”
Jim Sheldon
Putting God First Ministry



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Bev McCann Wins Coveted USAGEM Crown Jewel Award

Nashville, TN (December 1, 2014) Among the many talents of Christian Country singer, Bev McCann, is the ability to pour her heart into a song and capture the attention of the audience. This ability took Bev a long way in claiming the USAGEM's Crown Jewel Award for Christian Country.

Bev McCann stated, "I'm so excited to win this prestigious award. Since it is given by my peers it is extra special to me. I just want to do my best to ministering for the Lord.”

Bev also owns Bev McCann and Friends, a multidimensional service company leading artists to another level of their ministry. She is not only a singer herself, but she works tirelessly helping her clients with booking, recording, and promotions.

The Crown Jewel Award is given to an individual or group excels in their ministry. Bev McCann not only excels in church ministry, but also in reaching out to women who have special issues.




USAGEM was formed in the Summer of 2003 as a ministry-oriented cooperative association of Gospel/Christian artists. The organization has about 300 members from throughout the United States and Canada. Its mission is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music and entertainment and to perform and encourage acts of charity for those who are in need.

To learn more about Bev McCann you can go to http://bevmccannandfriends.com or https://www.facebook.com/BevMcCannMinistries .

To book Bev McCann contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Consistent at Being Inconsistent

A young man walked into my office one day and said, "Pastor, I need to confess something to you."

Well, I sat up, paid attention, and braced myself for the worst. I didn't know what he was about to tell me, but as a pastor, I had learned not to be surprised by much.

With all the seriousness he could muster, he announced, "I have finally determined what my problem is." He went on, "I am just really consistent at being inconsistent."

I was more stunned than amused. He had not only "nailed" his problem, but also the same problem of a few others in the church, as well. I didn't tell him, but after he left, I wondered if he had even indicted me. I spent some time asking myself, "Am I really as faithful as I should be?"

I suppose most of us have "ups and downs." But, how many people experience the "ins" and "outs" of Christian living? There is a huge difference between the two. Any child of God can have a difficult or a "down" day. However, faithfulness means that we stay "in" the race ... "in" the boat ... "in" the fight. God never gave us a "get out for a day" pass. We're "in" this for the duration.

God is looking for consistent saints today who value relationship and fellowship with Him, regardless of the challenges life brings to us.

Are you a consistent intercessor?
Are you a regular worshiper?
How about a faithful giver to the cause of missions?

Scripture teaches us that we are to be faithful unto death (see Revelation 2:10).

Faithful to the faith, our family, and friends.

I was at a cemetery one day, conducting a graveside service. As I walked away, I noticed someone had etched a most precious statement on someone's headstone. The inscription read: "I always knew that I could depend on Him."

May that be said of me someday by my family and friends, but most of all, by Jesus Himself.


Tim Hill


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A New Season of Nashville Country Revival to Debut on Heartland TV

When Nashville Country Revival was conceived and created by Mansion Entertainment over two years ago it had its debut on The Nashville Network (now known as Heartland TV). In 2014, Mansion Entertainment teamed up with Big Merlin Productions and added popular Gospel Music performer Darrell Freeman as host for a new season of NCR. The new Nashville Country Revival season will once again make its debut on Heartland TV, Sunday December 7th at 9:30am CST. The show is scheduled to air each Sunday in the 9:30am CST time slot.

Darrell Freeman stated "With the opportunity to host this show, I approached it like anything we've ever done, with the intent to bring the audience something of the highest quality. It's been an honor to work with Mansion Entertainment and Big Merlin Productions on this show. Nashville Country Revival now gives us the chance to broadcast to the world the amazing talent not only in the Gospel industry but all those with a positive message that is so greatly needed. "

The line-up for the first show includes some of the top talent in several genres. The Freemans, Jason Crabb, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Horn Family, and Channing Eleton are featured on the first show.

From its inception, Nashville Country Revival has featured inspiring concept videos from well known Gospel, Country and Bluegrass artists performing songs with a Country or Bluegrass flavor. The show has also been instrumental in introducing viewers to up and coming artists artists as well. Additional network airings are in the works with announcements to be made at a later date.

The new episodes of Nashville Country Revival will also be made available on the MUSIC Mansion Roku Channel for households with Roku devices. Roku has been one of the leading over-the-top platforms for television viewing with over 10 million devices sold.

For more information on Nashville Country Revival visit http://www.nashvillecountryrevival.com.

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Steve Ladd Returns To High School

Nashville,TN (December 1, 2014) Wouldn't we all like to go back to high school and change a few things. That's not exactly what Steve Ladd did, but he did go back to high school, not as a student, but as a musical guest teacher.

On Tuesday, November 25th,Ladd entered Stewarts Creek High School in Smyrna, TN to assist with a special music recording class that is being taught there. First Steve sang for a high school class and thoroughly impressed them with his singing abilities. After showing the class how a real professional hones their singing talent, Steve went into the subject of recording and demonstrated how to record a vocal with today's new technologies. Not all high schools have these types of classes so it was a huge honor for Steve to be chosen to assist in such an adventure.

Steve was asked by teacher Josh Hoevelmann to come and demonstrate recording vocals on 3 different microphones for the recording class.Steve stated, "I was very impressed that they have a full functional state of the art recording studio for a classroom. Whenever had anything like that when I attended school."



Thinking back on his experience Steve Ladd said, "They have a class that's all about recording. I thought it was pretty cool. When I got there I realized what an awesome opportunity I had been given to actually touch a young person’s life in a way that could be both spiritual and inspiring. All I could think was 'Wow, thank you God'.”Continuing Steve commented "I recorded 'The First Noel' from my Christmas Album. The kids were very kind and really seemed to be interested in the recording process. Mr. Hoevelmann was Gold City's sound man when I first joined the group in 2004. He's doing an incredible job with these students and has built a great platform for them to learn the basics of being in the recording field. I was blessed to be able to hopefully give back some of the knowledge that I have learned in my years of being a recording artist. It was a great experience!"

It's a fact that when school budget cuts come around it's usually the music and arts that get cut first, so Stewarts Creek High School should be commended for the special effort in reaching out to the young minds still searching for their place in life.

Tolearn more about Steve Ladd go to http://steveladdmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/SteveLaddMusic. You can Twitter Steve at https://twitter.com/SteveLaddMusic.

For booking Steve contact Daystar Promotions - Renee Barham- 918-838-3239

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Christian Fiction Queen


Christian Fiction Queen: Glittering Promises

By: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C Cook
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6428-7

Review:

As Wallace Kensington's rags-to-riches copper heiress, Cora has quite unwillingly captured the imagination of the newspaper-reading public. And as the latest celebrity du jour to take in the delights of the famed Grand Tour, she's become the target of fortune-hunting kidnappers, endangering both her and her siblings and traveling companions. Joined on the remainder of the tour by her estranged biological father, Cora is torn -- determined to use the opportunities afforded by her new birthright to become her own woman, yet struggling with resenting Wallace Kensington's powerful sway over her life and future.

Freshly committed to a romantic relationship with Will, the group's young tour guide, Cora struggles to shed the ever-persistant nobleman Pierre's hope that his adoration is the support she truly needs to successfully navigate her new life of privilege. When Wallace unexpectedly gifts Cora with a sizeable inheritance and controlling interest in the mine discovered on her parents' land, the now-tangible wealth and its attendant responsibilities threaten to upset the fragile balance of Cora's newfound familial and romantic relationships. As the tour continues despite the group's brush with danger and unwanted publicity, threats once thought escaped forever resurface, and tensions within the group threaten to destroy newly-formed bonds. At the center of this maelstrom, Cora must decide once and for all the type of woman she's called to be, but over the cacophony of wealth, danger, and fear, will she be able to hear the still small voice of the One who longs to establish her life and identity on a bedrock of eternal truths?

Glittering Promises, the third novel in Lisa Bergren's Grand Tour series, brings Cora's tour -- and search for a lasting spiritual identity -- full circle in a dramatic fashion. Through the first two installments I've grown to love Bergren's glimpse into a colorful, lush world and way of life lost to time. Both Glamorous Illusions and Grave Consequences are masterful chronicles of the time period and an engaging, in-depth character study of one woman's journey toward emotional and spiritual wholeness. But as a conclusion to Cora's ambitious storyline, Glittering Promises leaves me torn.

Glittering Promises is every bit as richly-told as as its predecessors. Bergren is a master wordsmith and her ability to bring a time and place to life on the page in vibrant color is unparalleled. Cora's journey is, in short, an immersive experience and over the course of these three novels I feel as though the privilege, wonder, and transformative intent of such a tour has been brought to life on the page in a near-tangible manner. For those in search of rich, meaty historicals replete with detail and related in technicolor-prose, this trilogy is a must-read. Bergren has brought to life the wealth, power, and social tensions of the turn-of-the-century upper class with aplomb. And for those craving Downton Abbey-esque fiction, Cora's story shines in a sea of pale copies who seek to glitter but whose tales all too often lack the spark that brings a world of this type to vibrant life.

However, as a conclusion to Cora's romantic -- and personal -- journey, I must confess to being much less satisfied. On balance Cora remains one of the most likeable and relatable heroines found in fiction of this ilk, but by this, the third act of her coming of age, my patience with her oft-times headstrong nature wore thin. I can certainly understand being rocked to the core by the revelation of her true parentage, but her insistence on always thinking the worst of Wallace, of being so sure she knew best, was frankly irksome -- and given his character arc, tragic. And while she would certainly be entitled to struggle with fear, uncertainty, and questions, especially given the nature of the dangers she's faced, her repeated, blatant disregard for others' feelings (SPOILER: i.e., abandoning her siblings following their father's death) or instructions (i.e., abandoning the safety of a tour group to sulk, thereby making herself vulnerable to attack) smacked of a spoiled, emotional immaturity at odds with everything I'd come to love about the character in the previous two books.

And then there is the matter of her two would-be suitors. While I can appreciate Will having some qualms about Cora's insta-wealth, especially given the social expectations of the time casting men as the breadwinners of their families, he goes from being relatively competent and supportive to a neurotic, overly-possessive "romantic" interest. His trust issues, his continued refusal to take Cora at her word that she was through with Pierre were grating, troubling character changes that soured some of the sweetness that characterized the early days of their romance (SPOILER: and honestly made me wish they'd waited two or three years to marry and hopefully GROW UP first instead of marrying aboard ship en route home). And Pierre...apparently everything I'd understood about the character in two full books was a lie, as here is disturbingly unbalanced. That is a bait-and-switch I'll never understand -- I understand the need to resolve a love triangle, but having Pierre step aside in a gentleman-like fashion (and thus pave the way for his own happily ever after) would've been much preferred to this new, and plainly unhinged version.

As the capstone to the story of a young woman's coming of age in extraordinary circumstances, Glittering Promises -- and indeed the Grand Tour series as a whole -- are a reading experience not to be missed. Using the time-honored Grand Tour as the vehicle for Cora's inner and outer transformation, Bergren has proven herself to be a master wordsmith, capable of crafting some of the most evocative and assured historical fiction I've ever had the pleasure of reading. The "travelogue" portion of this novel is something to savor, married to a well-meted spiritual thread that never overwhelms the narrative and feels wholly organic to the time and characters. While I have to wonder if I'd have been more satisfied with Cora and the resolution to her romance if it had only spanned two novels instead of three, I must applaud Bergren for her achievement here -- this is a gorgeously-rendered, thought-provoking trilogy, a classic coming-of-age tale with contemporary appeal and lasting spiritual truths couched in beautifully-realized, evocative snapshot of a compelling historical time. I cannot wait to see where she takes readers next!

About the book:

Wealth cannot buy peace...or direction.

For Cora Kensington, the Grand Tour was to be the trip of a lifetime. She discovered the family she never knew she had and may have even found the love she longs for in Will. Yet her life has just become infinitely more challenging...

Hounded by the stubborn pursuit of Pierre de Richelieu and journalists chasing the beguiling story of the newest American heiress, Cora fights to remain true to her past, reconcile her present, and still embrace her future. But as Will struggles with her newfound wealth, Cora begins to wonder if their love is strong enough to withstand all that threatens to pull them apart.

As she glimpses the end of the tour, Cora knows it's time to decide Who and what defines her...and who and what does not.

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Janice Crow

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The Great Returner

It’s not like I don’t try. I do. I think, I study, I stress over what to buy; yet there’s one on my Christmas list whose gifts are nearly always returned. If I’ve been ignorant enough to buy clothes, the color isn’t as portrayed online. The sleeves are too short. The fabric is substandard. The texture is nubby. The cut is for someone less slim and more portly. The coat is too baggy, shows lint too easily or looks like Nanook of the North.

Neck ties….every guy needs one, right? Except no polka dots, no stripes. Um, not really a fan of geometrics. Paisley’s not a favorite either. Floral is too fru-fru. Oh, wait, there was a tie he had in 1974 he loved. Great! Let me run right out and grab that.

Fragrances…cologne only, no after shave. Make that “spray” cologne. They are either too light or too strong. They’re too sweet, too citrusy, or too spicy instead of warm and woodsy with a hint of moss or musk. (Like I would know.)

Even books relating to his “research” about cholesterol, superfoods, “demon wheat”, and other topics he’s expressed an interest in, sit unread at the top of the closet only because I couldn’t find the receipt to return them.

Electronics….now there’s a possibility. But alas….I don’t know my analog from my digital, my woofer from my tweeter. I don’t understand the mysterious language of audiophiles who speak in frequency and cycles and look to the great spectrum analyzer to chart sound waves like fishermen chart ocean currents looking for seabass. White noise and pink noise are just noise, aren’t they? I’ve never known anyone so enamored with the sound of sound, yet CDs, even those of his beloved Ventures, collect dust.

Big screen TV! Bigger screen TV! Biggest screen TV! Too expensive and I don’t know the limit of off-axis angle viewing (whatever that is) that’s acceptable. (I miss my old Admiral. Black and white, three channels, boom…you’re done. Your choices were Howdy Doody, Father Knows Best or Queen for a Day. There’s just too much to think about today.)

Tools! What guy wouldn’t want Tim Taylor woh-ho-ho tools? Craftsman! Black and Decker! Poulan! Husqvarna! DeWalt! The possibilities are endless. But, no, tools are for work. It needs to feel like a toy. Sigh. Back to the drawing board.

Cash!! Who wouldn’t want cash? Go buy whatever you want, whatever you like! No, cash looks like you put no thought into the gift. You’re just looking to cross a name off your list and cash is an easy out. (Seriously? Hand me some cash and see if my eyes don’t light up!) How about a gift card? No, a gift card is just plastic cash. Ugh. You wanna know why people get you Hanes and Fruit of the Loom for Christmas? This is why.

It’s become a bit of a joke, really. We sing the melody of “The Great Pretender” and substitute the words “The Great Returner”. I tried once to order something by phone and the salesman in Wisconsin recognized the last name. He said, “Are you related to so and so”, to which I replied yes. He said, “Oh, yes, I know him well. I’ve returned many things for him.”

We are, by our very nature, dissatisfied people, always looking for the next big thing…that thing that will bring us joy and happiness…that thing we can point to and say, “There, that’s what I’ve worked for so hard and so long. That’s what I place value on. That’s what makes my heart sing.” And it does for a while….until the next great thing comes along, and then we need that, too. It’s a never-ending search for the ultimate.

Why, then, is it so difficult to get people to realize that if they’re looking for the ultimate, the end-all, be-all of joy, they should look to the Lord? He knows us so well…better than we know ourselves, and gave us the ultimate Gift one day when He sent His Son as a baby in a manger to be our Savior. God knew that no matter the hurt, the pain, the need, the desire, Jesus was the right Gift for all mankind. He always fits …..the smallest heart to the largest and brings a joy we never dreamed possible. He can even calm a restless, roving spirit.

Yes, I know there are voices out there that point to the failure of Christian people as an indictment against our Savior. We WILL fail from time to time because we are human, but HE never fails, and once you accept this Gift you will cherish Him like no other.

I’m wishing you the greatest Gift of all this year…..Jesus, and one day He will RETURN for us.

Janice

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The Wilbanks Release New Concept Video “Psalms 23”

(Nashville, TN) The Wilbanks, who have had much success with songs; such as, Teach Me to Wait, He Reigns, I'll Be Praisin' You, Fresh Anointing, Pressin' On, Matchless Name, Song of Thanksgiving, and more have released a new concept video produced by Phil Cross.

Their song, Psalms 23, is featured in the video and was made available on YouTube. It has had tremendous response.

The group has been featured on the main NQC stage for the past two years and their fan base has grown tremendously.

Concert promoters can receive a free press kit that includes information on the group by contacting: Evie Hawkins, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 256-303-8354, or 615-856-0910 or contact the group directly at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 713-444-8172 or visit them on the web: http://www.wilbankssingers.com

For additional radio info, contact: Pauline Patterson http://www.pattersonpromotions.com

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

Aaron and Amanda Crabb are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 30. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Page Trio, and Jean reviews new recordings by Keith Barkley and The Dunaways. A Singing News article by Adam Wagner is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features singing by Brian Free and Assurance, exclusive video of Aaron and Amanda Crabb, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Nashville,TN, at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of 11th Hour 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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Tim Menzies - His Way of Loving Me


Producer: Ben Isaacs
Label: By Grace Records
Website: http://www.timmenzies.com

Tim Menzies may not be a name that you associate with Gospel music however, he has been behind the scenes as a songwriter and artist in his own right in the Country Gospel Music genre. As a matter of fact, MAMA KNOWS, a song that Tim wrote and even recorded on his latest recording, was recorded by the country group Shenandoah where they took it to the top 5 of the country charts. Today, I want to take some time to look at Tim Menzies, the artist, his passion, his calling, and why he writes the way that he does.

HIS WAY OF LOVING ME, the title track of the recording introduces this effort with a solid acoustic track complete with guitars, fiddles, and mandolins but the story of the song is what drives the point home of how we can’t mistake the love that God has for each one of us. I WAS THERE shows the heart of Tim and his passion for the Gospel. Tim has a knack for writing “story” songs and HOW YOU MAKE A MAN is one of those songs on this recording. ONE FATHER TO ANOTHER is another excellent story song that Tim wrote that encourages dads and reminds us of our heavenly father! MAMA KNOWS was originally released by Shenandoah but was co-written by Tim. The song has a bluegrass flair with a strong message about the love and concern that mothers have for their children. Other songs include, LIES THE DEVIL TOLD ME, THE GRANDPA THAT I KNOW and others.

This recording is top notch! The vocals, the arrangements, the musicians, the songwriting, it’s excellent! I’ve got to give this recording 4.5 stars! I can’t wait to hear more from Tim Menzies!



Song List:

His Way Of Loving Me
I Was There
How You Make A Man,
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
One Father To Another
I’m Working On A Building
Mama Knows,
Lies The Devil Told Me
The Grandpa That I Know
I Surrender All

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Kyle Boreing - Brand New Day


Producer: Kyle Boreing
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.kyleboreing.com

An Ohio native, a worship director, a songwriter, a husband, a father. These are just some of the titles that Kyle Boreing is associated with these days! He has been singing since he was a young teenager, and his passion for worshipping Jesus has never been stronger! Kyle has recently released an EP recording of six songs entitled BRAND NEW DAY. Let’s take a listen.

I NEED YOU ALL THE TIME is an upbeat country flavored tune made popular by 90’s country recording artist Blackhawk. Kyle is sharing with the listener that we need Jesus at all times, not just when things are gloom and doom. WHEN WE PRAY is an encouraging song that shares with us in a real way the results of prayer. SANCTIFIED is another song with a country flavor combined with Kyle’s raw vocal abilities that will encourage you. ALL OF ME is a praise ballad that reminds us that God gave His best, so we need to give all of who we are. Other songs on the EP include SHOW YOUR POWER and MAKER OF THE ROAD.

One notable thing about this recording is Kyle's musicianship. He sang and played every note on the recording. That is especially impressive. Overall, the mix could have been a bit cleaner, and Kyle's vocals could have been a bit more polished. However, those are just a few minor gripes for an overall strong recording. I enjoyed Kyle’s songwriting abilities as well as his heart on this recording. I am going to give this 3 stars!



Song List:

1 I Need You All The Time
2 When We Pray
3 Sanctified
4 All Of Me
5 Show Your Power
6 The Maker Of The Road

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Southern Raised - Make a Difference


Producer: Kevin Williams
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.southernraisedband.com

Southern Raised is a family bluegrass group comprised of siblings; Lindsey, Sarah, Emily Grace and Matthew. These siblings hail from the Ozarks in the Branson, Missouri area. Their sixth album, produced by Gaither Homecoming artist Kevin Williams, is MAKE A DIFFERENCE. The album starts off with FLOW RIVER FLOW, including narrative of the woman at the well. DID I MAKE A DIFFERENCE is a song that begs the question of whether we've done all we can in people's lives and truly been Christ's hands and feet. GOOD NEWS FROM THE GRAVEYARD is an upbeat song showcasing more of this groups instrumental skills. One of the more sentimental and touching songs on the album is GRANDPA'S FIDDLE. A story song that will surely bring a touch of warm emotions to the listener. HE CAME UP A LION features Matthew and celebrates the resurrection story. THINGS I'VE NEVER SEEN is a song with a great hook. "the things I've never seen are things I love best. I've never seen God leave me or say you're on your own, forget he is my shepherd or let me fight alone, never seen his child forsaken or begging bread, yes the things I've never seen are the things that I love best". Next up instruments are laid aside in an acapella version of the old song I'LL HAVE A NEW LIFE. An original, RAVENS STILL FLY, incorporates the story of Elijah and is an encouraging song of hope. ANGELS SWING A LITTLE LOWER is another toe tapper followed by the instrumental RIVER OF REST. The album concludes with the classic WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE. These siblings have well blended harmonies and excellent playing skills. They have formed a unique bluegrass mix that most will enjoy. Be on the lookout for what this talented young group will accomplish.



Song List:

FLOW RIVER FLOW
DID I MAKE A DIFFERENCE
GOOD NEWS FROM THE GRAVEYARD
GRANDPA'S FIDDLE
HE CAME UP A LION
THINGS I'VE NEVER SEEN
I'LL HAVE A NEW LIFE
RAVENS STILL FLY
ANGELS SWING A LITTLE LOWER
RIVER OF REST
WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE

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Barry Rowland & Deliverance - Family Affair


Producer: Information not available
Label: Crossroads Music Group
Website: http://www.barryrowland.com

Barry Rowland and Deliverance are a mixed trio comprised of Barry and Tammy Rowland and Shawn Rupert. The last name Rowland may seem familiar to southern gospel fans, as Kyla Rowland, songwriter extraordinaaire is Barry's Mother. Kyla has penned some of the best loved southern gospel songs ever recorded and was also part of the original "Kyla Rowland and Deliverance."

For this new project, "Family Affair" the trio is joined by Kyla Rowland, her husband Bob Rowland and also soprano Robin Rogers- this lineup was the original Kyla Rowland and Deliverance. They also have a new generation of Rowland's featured on the project and that is 3 of Kyla's granddaughters who are featured on some songs.

The opening song, "Our Third Day" is a great barn burner song, penned by Kyla, that Barry and his group sing- they have a great, tight sound on this one and it's sure to be a favorite. Kyla is up next along with Bob and Robin for another Kyla penned song, "How Blessed." This some may seem familiar to many as The Bowling Family recorded this a few years ago and it's a fan favorite and a great song! "Tell me the Story of Jesus" features the New Deliverance and these girls have a sweet, family harmony sound that is so pretty.

All of the vocalists come together for the title track, "Family Affair." The lyrics say it best, "Loving Jesus is a family affair..."

If you're a fan of family groups, family harmony and a tight mixed sound, you'll enjoy this special project. Go check Barry Rowland and Deliverance out! You'll be glad you did.



Song List:

Our Third Day
How Blessed
I Think I’ll Just Go With God
A Family Affair
Somebody Go Get God
Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Glorious Night
Purpose
Telling the Story
Because
Heaven Is Waiting
This Jordan

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Channing Eleton - Fredericksburg


Producer: Jim Frazier & Channing Eleton
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.channingeleton.com

Channing’s last vocal recording was a pleasant surprise to me. This latest release features very similar sounds as his last release, but with a couple surprises. With a vocal style that reminds of James Taylor, most Southern Gospel fans will find a lot to enjoy in Channing’s music.

The peppy lead off song, “LAUNCHING OUT INTO THE DEEP” starts off the recording features nice accordion accents that are a hallmark of Channing’s sound and leads perfectly into the story-song, “FREDERICKSBURG”.

“BIG TOP” is a fun song and features some pretty cool music breaks before slowing down slightly for the Bruce Hornsby feel of “MODERN DAY PRODIGAL”.

Channing retells the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac in the song, “BRING TO ME ISAAC” before he sings an honest prayer in song, “POUR DOWN THE PEACE”. Maybe not verbatim, but how many times have we prayed, “pour down the peace that only You give, washing my mind clean again, scatter the fears that trouble me chase them away, remind me again Whose child I am, with peace that’s beyond all I understand, Jesus I need what only You give to cover me…pour down the peace”?

The tempo picks up with “KEEP MOVIN’ ON” before slowing back down some for the story-song, “BIGGER THAN THE SUN”, reminding us that “God’s love is bigger than the sun”.

“THE SILENCE OF GOD” closes out the recording reminding us that “the silence of God doesn’t mean you are forsaken…forgotten…left to walk alone…Jesus will be with you…the greatest test of your faith is the silence of God”.

This being Channing’s second vocal recording, he pretty much kept close to the musical formula as his first. Featuring more earthy tones, it kind of picks up where his first offering left off, but there does tend to be a bit more risk-taking here, as far as arrangements and such. One difference is Channing wrote all the songs on this recording, and Channing showcases some excellent writing skills. Like his first recording, there are only 9 songs, so in an age where many artists are putting 10-14 songs on a recording, the listener may feel somewhat cheated. Overall though, it’s an excellent recording that is put together extremely well and showcases Channing in an excellent light.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – Launching Out Into the Deep**
2 – Fredericksburg**
3 – Big Top
4 – Modern Day Prodigal**
5 – Bring to me Isaac
6 – Pour Down the Peace**
7 – Keep on Movin’
8 – Bigger than the Sun
9 – The Silence of God**

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The CHURCH HYMNAL: “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”

The CHURCH HYMNAL: “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”

Have you ever handcrafted or purchased a special Christmas gift for a loved one or friend, only to forget where you have hidden it for safekeeping until Christmas morning? How about eventually finding it sometime past Christmas? Or perhaps you can say, “I haven’t found the gift YET!”

While times of putting things in a “safe place” is something we all do, there are other times that certain ‘gifts’ are simply stored away without any hope of them being shared.

Case in point, I speak of the ‘gift of music’ and one particular song written by the American composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin.

Berlin is said to have written 1,500 songs, while untold numbers of his unpublished songs were stored away for “just the right time” – if at all.

Years ago I learned shoeboxes in Berlin’s closet happened to be where he stored such songs. The amazing thing is one of these songs would later become a ‘gift’ to all of America.

In 1938, Kate Smith – a popular singing star of radio at the time – needed a patriotic song for that year’s 20th anniversary Armistice Day radio broadcast. Knowing Irving Berlin to be a creative writer, she contacted him to inquire if he had any songs she might use.

Smith then went to Berlin’s house, where he pulled from his closet the shoeboxes containing these songs that never made it to print. Inside one of these boxes was a song she really liked.

This song – written by Berlin in 1918 for a lighthearted musical, but one he cut from that program – soon found its way to Smith’s radio program, and then to the hearts of Americans for generations to come.

Just think how deprived we would have been if the song “God Bless America” had remained hidden away inside a dusty shoebox!

This story could possibly be repeated by many songwriters – both in the secular music field, as well as in Gospel music. But there was also a Christmas song written and stored away some ninety-two years prior that eventually made its way to our lives.

In 1846, Edmund Hamilton Sears, minister of a small church in Massachusetts, penned the words of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.” This song is now found in numerous hymnals, including “the old Red Back book” Church Hymnal.

For some reason unknown to us all, Sears stored this song in a drawer for three years before ever sending it in for possible publication. Even more curious is the fact that the publisher also held onto the song for another year before printing it in the Boston-based church magazine, “The Christian Register.”

Just three years before Sears wrote this song, the gifted English writer, Charles Dickens, wrote the popular fictional account of “A Christmas Carol.” The first paragraph of Dickens’ book morbidly reads in part: “Marley was dead…dead as a door-nail.”

Yet in stark contrast to the dark and ghoulish setting found in Dickens’ entertaining book, the comforting Christmas song written by Sears soon after joyfully begins with: “It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old, From angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold; “Peace on the earth, goodwill to men, from Heav’n’s all-gracious King,” The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.”

In the Bible, the second chapter of Luke tells some of what took place the night JESUS was born. For one, when the angel of the Lord spoke to the shepherds on the Judean hillside, they were “sore afraid.”

Yet upon hearing the angel’s reassuring words of “fear not,” these lowly keepers of sheep became the first ones to hear the greatest birth announcement ever.

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:10-14).

When the angel of the Lord greeted these shepherds, that time was one when genuine peace was found nowhere on earth; that is, until this One – the promised ‘Prince of Peace’ – was born.

Someone has stated that at the time of Jesus’ birth, “the world was as black as a million midnights.” Look around you today! The world is rejecting JESUS as never before, so it’s no wonder many find this another time in which there’s darkness “as a million midnights,” and a time seemingly without hope.

For sixteen of the thirty-five years I was employed by a department store (part of national chain), I worked at their catalog desk. In that time that preceded use of computers and toll-free phone numbers, we relied heavily on the US Mail to submit the customer’s orders. Unfortunately, one week would pass before we would know the availability of any item.

Late one Christmastime, a man brought in his son to order a small kitchen appliance as a gift for the boy’s mother. Being just days before Christmas and not knowing the availability of the item, I told the man, “We’ll know in a week if the item is still available, but HOPEFULLY it will come!”

Just then the little boy – maybe 6 years of age – looked up at his father and asked, “Daddy, what does ‘hopefully’ mean?” With an obvious look of disappointment on his face, this young father looked down at his little boy and replied, “Son, it means it ain’t comin’!”

Seven centuries before JESUS was born, Isaiah prophesied: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

MANY years passed, but JESUS was born! Hope for mankind was finally realized with His birth in Bethlehem.

Yet more than just our Hope, JESUS is also OUR Hiding Place. It’s not that we hide ‘our gifts’ in Him, but we who trust in JESUS and serve Him daily can also hide OURSELVES in this wondrous ‘Gift’ to mankind.

While we may temporarily lose “things” we store in a ‘safe’ place, those constantly found in JESUS will always know Him to be that special ‘Hiding Place’ – a place where we may abide.

HE is our “SECRET” Hiding Place: “In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men; You keep them secretly in Your pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:20, AMP).

HE is our “STRONG” Hiding Place: “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5).

HE is our “SAFE” Hiding Place: “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).

HE is our “SURE” Hiding Place: “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy word” (Psalm 119:114).

The message of the angel of the Lord given to the shepherds that night was one that said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” This message, then and now, speaks of our peace with God, peace with others, and peace within ourselves.

We can still grasp the words Sears wrote 168 years ago when he told of current times to describe: “STILL thru the cloven skies they come, with peaceful wings unfurled, And STILL their Heav’nly music floats, o’er all the weary world; Above its sad and lonely plains, they bend on hov’ring wing, And ever o’er its Babel sounds, the blessed angels sing.”

Hope came long ago on that “midnight clear,” and He is still our only Hope today! His name is JESUS!

“The real Christmas is found not in a gaily wrapped package, but in a Christ-loving heart” (Wells).

“Merry CHRISTmas to all!”

–– Bill

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His Presence For Christmas

Psalm 16:11 In thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

Christmastime is here again and the hustle and bustle of the season is sometimes overwhelming to the faint of heart—like myself.

Our girls took off about 5:00 on Thanksgiving Day to welcome in Black Friday, although Carla remarked she did not know why they were going since there was nothing really needed. They came home the next morning with a full van and empty purses. They even recorded this event in pictures on their phones. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and the giving of gifts, but I stop short of the Black Friday event.

I am still so old-fashioned that I believe the best gifts in life are the ones on which you don’t spend money. Laughter, love, smiles, friends, peace, joy, kind words and the list is endless.

If we searched the Bible for the bountiful treasures of God like we search the newspaper and internet for our Christmas goodies, we would be blessed beyond measure.

If we pursued Christ like we pursue the temporal things in life, we would feel his presence in everything we do.

If we entered our prayer closet each day to thank Him for His goodness and mercy instead of complaining about life and its problems, He would give us unspeakable joy.

If we spent our time telling others about God’s greatest gift to earth on that first Christmas morning, we would find our Christmas full of good cheer and our hearts filled with peace.

If all the effort we spend on giving gifts that are only temporal and will soon fade away was spent on spreading the good news of the gospel which is eternal life, we would experience His presence in our hearts and homes this Christmas.

We are doing a new song for our Christmas programs this year that says, “Lord, I want Your presence for Christmas.” I cannot sing that song without feeling His presence and experiencing His peace, joy and love.

He comes into our presence when we invite Him to share our lives and our praise for Him. “Of all the gifts I may receive, there’s only one I really need and it’s Your presence, Your presence for Christmas.”

Father, thank you for your unspeakable gift of Jesus Christ to all of mankind so that we might have your presence with us. Amen



Merry Christmas to all!
Marlene “Momma” Childress

The Childress Family would like to invite you to join us for one of our Christmas concerts this season. Also, you are invited to a special New Year’s Eve concert when we will debut songs from our brand new project. Visit our website for more information.


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Gaither Vocal Band - Sometimes It Takes a Mountain

Deon talks with Gaither Vocal Band lead singer Adam Crabb about the group's newest release - Sometimes It Takes a Mountain.

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Ones-to-Watch 2015

Welcome to AbsolutelyGospel.com’s annual feature Ones-To-Watch: 10 Artists Poised to Take Over Your MP3 Player. Every time about this year, those in the music industry are inundated with “buzz” artists - those artists that look to take the music world by storm with their new (and sometimes no-so-new) approach to faith-based music. Here are 10 artists that we feel are going to win over the hearts of music fans in 2015 in one way or another. At this point - these are the artists that we feel are the “ones to watch” for next year.

Barry Rowland & Deliverance
From: Knoxville, Tennessee
Website: http://www.barryrowland.com

After Barry’s mother, hit songwriter Kyla Rowland, came off the road, Barry took over the family group and launched Barry Rowland & Deliverance a couple of years ago with his wife, Kyla, and family friend Shawn Rupert. The group is already signed with Crossroads Music Group, and thanks to Barry’s mother’s penchant for songwriting, the group has already snagged a couple of Top 20 singles including “We’ll Go Down Standing Up.”

Joseph Habedank
From: Nashville, Tennessee
Website: http://www.josephhabedank.com

Joseph Habedank is no stranger to Southern Gospel music having spent over 10 years as a vocalist and songwriter for The Perrys. Joseph is now embarking on his own solo career, and if his Daywind Records debut is any indication, it is going to be a good run for the talented vocalist. His testimony about his recent addiction to pain killers has made Joseph a must-have in churches today.

Jim Brady Trio
From: Nashville, Tennessee
Website: http://www.jimbradytrio.com

Jim Brady has become a staple in Southern Gospel music due to his tenure with the Booth Brothers where he has won numerous awards including multiple AGM Songwriter of the Year titles. He is rejoining his wife Melissa on the road starting in January of 2015 with good friend Tim Parton. The group has already received a ton of buzz and is surely set to take the Gospel music world by storm this coming year! Look for their Daywind Records debut release in the early part of the year.

Zach & Rodney
From: Trinity, North Carolina
Website: http://www.zachandrodneyministries.com

Though Zach & Rodney hasn’t been seen much in Southern Gospel circles, they are hit makers in the Christian Country scene. Their hit single and video “The Cookes & The Hinsons” struck a chord of nostalgia earlier this year at Southern Gospel radio. Look for the duo to make even further inroads in Southern Gospel this year due to their affiliation with Red Hen/Daywind Records.

The Guardians
From: Chillicothe, Ohio
Website: http://www.theguardiansmusic.com

The Guardians have been on the road singing Southern Gospel music for over 25 years now. After exiting Karen Peck & New River, John Darin Rowsey joined the group and has helped take several of the group’s songs into the Top 20 on the national radio charts. Thanks to songs like “Let the Healing Begin” and “He’ll Welcome Me,” The Guardians are poised to take Southern Gospel by storm in 2015.

Southern Raised
From: Branson, Missouri
Website: http://www.southernraisedbluegrass.com

Bluegrass band Southern Raised’s composition and delivery of their music has amazed audiences young and old alike with smooth refreshing harmony that reaches right into the soul.  They have the ability to wake up the spirit in their songs, keeping true to the quality and yet making it their own with a fresh sound, becoming a Southern Raised trademark.

Channing Eleton
From: Dalton, Georgia
Website: http://www.channingeleton.com

Most fans of Southern Gospel are familiar with Channing as a pianist for such influential groups as Gold City and Poet Voices. However, Channing has been honing his skills as a singer and songwriter over the last couple of years. He just released his second solo recording - Fredericksburg - earlier this year. His video “Big Top” has been making the rounds on social media as well.

The Hyssongs
From: Rockport, Maine
Website: http://www.thehyssongs.com

Dell, Susan and Richard Hyssong travel full-time as the award-winning Hyssongs. Their energetic family ministry combines family vocal harmony, humor and brass instruments (trumpet and trombone) to delight audiences with their Christ-centered message, shared through the powerful medium of music. The family's classical music background, along with the family's harmony and specific chord structures, lend them a unique sound that has made quite an impact on audiences.

The Goulds
From: Joplin, Missouri
Website: http://www.gouldsmusic.com

The Goulds are a family who enjoy spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through song.  They are based out of Joplin, Missouri and travel the country wherever God opens doors.  The Goulds have sung alongside many groups including The Lesters, The Mark Trammell Quartet, The Isaacs, Tribute Quartet, The Perrys, The Kingsmen and many others.  The Goulds are known for their tight family harmony and uplifting spirit that touches young and old alike.

Lindsey Graham
From: Piedmont, South Carolina
Website: http://www.lindseygrahamministries.com

Lindsey Graham is a full-time vocalist pursuing God's call on her life in ministry through music.  She is a graduate of Belmont University with a degree in Commercial Vocal Performance, has a Masters in Religion with an emphasis in Worship studies from Liberty University, and is a classically trained vocalist currently continuing her studies through Florida Gulf Coast University.  Lindsey loves the Lord, loves His people, and thrives on singing for His glory!

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The Kingsmen - Battle Cry


Producer: Jeff Collins
Label: Horizon Records
Website: http://www.kingsmenquartet.com

Battle Cry is the first release in three years by one of the best in Southern Gospel Music - the Kingsmen Quartet. The current line-up is Chris Jenkins (tenor), Bob Sellers (lead), Randy Crawford (baritone) and Ray Dean Reese (bass). Fans of The Kingsmen and good ol’ quartet singing will not be disappointed by this long awaited project by the boys from Candler, North Carolina. If you’ve followed The Kingsmen for any length of time, you’ll enjoy the classic Kingsmen sound on many of the cuts. My picks, in order of favorites, are the first radio release from Battle Cry, "Oh Yes I Am." This song features Chris Jenkins. My pick for the second single to hit the radio would be "I Know" featuring Ray Reese, "Faith" featuring Bob Sellers, or "I’ve Never Seen The Righteous Forsaken" featuring Bob Sellers and Chris Jenkins. The remaining songs from this album are just as strong. These are just my picks as personal favorites. Randy Crawford delivers a strong performance on the more progressive Southern Gospel track "It Should Have Rained."

When I get a new project to review, I always sit down and listen to the tracks once just to familiarize myself with the songs. I don't write down any notes or put down any thoughts one way or the other about what songs I like or don’t like. The second time through it is to put together a list of my preferred or favorite tracks, and a third time through gives me information to critique. I had a hard time the second time through Battle Cry. Every song on this album is a good song. My favorites are picked based on what I think are the strongest tracks. That’s not to say the other cuts aren’t strong. They are indeed. These are just my favorites. In all honesty, I couldn’t find any nit-picks about Battle Cry. In my humble opinion, The Kingsmen Quartet have released one of the top 5 strongest projects in Southern Gospel Music for this year. The vocals are strong and the harmonies are tight.

If you are looking for a strong project to add to your digital or CD collection, I highly recommend Battle Cry by the Kingsmen Quartet. You won’t be disappointed!



Song List:

(* denotes personal favorite)
1. Battle Cry
2. I’ve Never Seen The Righteous Forsaken *
3. He Took Away My Burden
4. Oh Yes I Am *
5. Cross Of Grace
6. Beautiful City
7. I Know *
8. It Should Have Rained
9. Faith *
10. Come And Dine
11. Here I Stand Amazed

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Christmas Music Guide 2014

We at AGM are true lovers of the holiday gift-buying season and the wonderful Christian holiday of Christmas. And being fans of the holiday - we are therefore required to love all things Christmas music. We're going to help you sift through all of this year's holiday offerings, and hopefully you can find that one (or more if you so please) seasonal recording to make your holiday the best it possibly can be! These aren't all Southern Gospel releases - but there may be a few here that you might find enjoyable as well!

Tribute - The Thought of Christmas
(Daywind Records)
For fans of: traditional Southern Gospel like Legacy Five, Greater Vision, or The Perrys
Great to have on while: traveling to church or other Christmas worship services.

This is the first holiday release from Tribute Quartet. This release is traditional Southern Gospel at its finest, and fans of quartet music will especially be happy with this release! This is another fine collection from one of Southern Gospel’s most beloved quartets.

Guy Penrod - Christmas (Gaither Music Group)
For fans of: the Gaither Vocal Band and the more traditional country sounds from Guy Penrod.
Great to have on while: driving around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights.

During his tenure with the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy was a part of one of the group’s most popular releases - their Christmas recording. This is a bit of a toned down recording that fans of Guy’s solo material should really come to enjoy.

Pentatonix - That’s Christmas to Me (RCA Records)
For fans of: a cappella music at its finest, such as groups like Take 6 or Committed.
Great to have on while: cooking the Christmas dinner!

Winners of the third season of The Sing Off on NBC, Pentatonix is releasing their first ever Christmas release. The video for the Mark Lowry classic “Mary, Did You Know?” has been making the rounds all over the internet already. Fans of a cappella will love this!

LeFevre Quartet - Christmas Time Is Here (Independent)
For fans of: the more progressive sounds of Southern Gospel like Brian Free & Assurance or the Booth Brothers
Great to have on while: wrapping those last minute gifts!

The LeFevre Quartet have a great way of straddling the fence between traditional and progressive, and this Christmas release is no different. The group’s Christmas song “Children Go Where I Send Thee” can even be heard currently spinning at Southern Gospel radio.

Steve Ladd - A Christmas Hymn (Independent)
For fans of: Christmas hymns from big voiced singers like David Phelps, Michael English, and Brian Free,
Great to have on while: relaxing with the family in front of a cozy fire!

Former Gold City tenor Steve Ladd has released one of the best Christmas recordings this year. All of the songs on the recording are traditional Christmas hymns, but Steve sings them with passion and integrity. It’s a beautiful release from one of Southern Gospel’s best vocalists.

Mark Trammell Quartet & The Whisnants - Home for Christmas (UIA)
For fans of: traditional favorites like Greater Vision, The Perrys, or the Jubilee series.
Great to have on while: opening presents on the big day!

Much like the Jubilee series before it, Mark Trammell Quartet and The Whisnants have teamed up to release one of the most memorable Christmas albums this season. The group tackles songs individually, but what really makes this special is the songs that the groups paired up on. This is a must own!

Wayne Haun - A Sentimental Season (StowTown Records)
For fans of: crooners of the past like Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole.
Great to have on while: driving around town with the family doing your Christmas shopping!

Wayne is known around the Southern Gospel industry as a go-to producer/songwriter as well as the pianist for Ernie Haase & Signature Sound. His first solo Christmas record finds Haun channeling the hit makers of the past like Frank Sinatra or Nat King Cole.

Idina Menzel - Holiday Wishes (Warner Brothers Records)
For fans of: big voiced Broadway divas like Barbara Streisand and Kristin Chenoweth.
Great to have on while: the kids are building the first snowman of the season.

The voice behind Disney’s Frozen character Elsa is releasing her first holiday recording and has already taken over sales charts. This is a classic styled recording that has a very timeless feel. Fans of big voices like Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand will love this one!

The Isaacs - An Isaacs Family Christmas (Independent)
For fans of: Christmas concerts with a country and bluegrass flair.
Great to have on while: baking cookies with the family!

The Isaacs recorded a Christmas special for TBN last holiday season, and they are now releasing it on DVD for fans to have year round. Highlighting music from their award-winning album Christmas, this is a DVD that you don’t want to miss out on!



Jeff Stice - Christmas By Request (Independent)
For fans of: instrumental Holiday favorites from the likes of Anthony Burger or Jim Brickman
Great to have on while: taking your sweetheart out on a Christmas date!

Jeff reached out to the fans and asked what songs they wanted Jeff to tackle on his new Christmas recording. The result was some interesting choices, but overall and extremely strong release from one of Southern Gospel’s most prized musicians.

Michael W. Smith - The Spirit of Christmas (Capitol Christian Music Group)
For fans of: Smith’s previous works and Country music superstars
Great to have on while: mingling at your annual Christmas get-together!

Michael W. Smith is releasing his fourth Christmas release. However, this release mostly highlights songs that Smith has done previously, but with special guests dueting on the songs like Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Bono, Amy Grant, and many more!

Darius Rucker - Home For the Holidays (Universal Nashville)
For fans of: modern country that folks like Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw have made popular
Great to have on while: driving around the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights!

Darius made his start in pop music as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish but has been conquering Country music over the last several years. This release has a classic Christmas country sound and should play well over the years.

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Daily Devotion

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Refuse The News

This week has been filled with bad news. Sometimes it feels like that’s all we hear, and when it’s all we hear, we become discouraged, fearful and ready to give up. I’ve decided to refuse the news!

First of all, turn off the television, turn off the radio, and turn off social media. Instead, look into the faces of the ones you love; or take a walk outside just to see and hear nature; open your favorite book, even if it’s one from your childhood; turn on some Christmas music or a good old gospel song. Do this long enough for your heart to carry your head where it needs to be.

Secondly, say thanks. If you can’t think of anything for which to be grateful, begin a list, starting with God’s love, family, a roof over your head, physical and emotional warmth, a job, a car to drive to your job, two hands or two feet…this list will grow and soon you will be overwhelmed with your blessings.

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 Living Bible (TLB) 24 In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets first prize. So run your race to win. 25 To win the contest you must deny yourselves many things that would keep you from doing your best. An athlete goes to all this trouble just to win a blue ribbon or a silver cup, but we do it for a heavenly reward that never disappears.

Romans 12:2 Living Bible (TLB) 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how his ways will really satisfy you.


Psalm 92:1-2 King James Version (KJV) 1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,

Psalm 103:2 King James Version (KJV) 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:


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Weekly Chart

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Monday - December 1, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
12
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(3)
2
3
10
Everything I Need Tribute
2
3
2
8
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
4
5
12
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
4
5
4
20
Falling Amber Thompson
2
6
6
21
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
7
7
16
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
1
8
8
13
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
8
9
9
14
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
9
10
14
6
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
10
11
11
13
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
10
12
10
25
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
13
20
7
Do Unto Others Nelons
13
14
15
28
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
15
12
8
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
12
16
16
15
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
16
17
17
16
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
7
18
21
3
Picture This 11th Hour
18
19
13
6
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
13
20
18
6
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
14
21
24
4
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
21
22
34
2
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
22
23
33
2
He Took the Nails Browders
23
24
26
4
Heaven Steve Ladd
24
25
19
23
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
26
39
2
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
26
27
27
4
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
27
28
23
6
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
23
29
25
24
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
5
30
28
12
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
16
31
22
27
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out
4
32
31
4
This Blood Triumphant
31
33
35
13
There Is Jesus McKameys
26
34
37
2
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's well
34
35
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1
Glorybound Whisnants
35
36
40
7
Measure of Grace Taylors
26
37
36
3
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
32
38
38
2
Satisfied Three Bridges
38
39
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2
Big Top Channing Eleton
39
40
32
20
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
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: 11/30/2014 | Category: Weekly Chart Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Anyone Ever Tell You A Whopper?

Have you ever had someone LIE to you? I mean, right to your FACE, they tell you a “WHOPPER”! Well, LIES come in all SIZES and COLORS, but even a “LITTLE WHITE LIE” is as much of a LIE as the BIGGEST TALL TALE you’ll ever hear. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

LYING is at an epidemic level in our world today and STRETCHING THE TRUTH has become an accepted social art. Ever notice that when a person is SWORN IN in a court of Law, they’re required to tell “the TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT the TRUTH”. The Bailiff doesn’t tell them NOT to LIE, because a TOTAL LIE, is obvious, but a LIE mixed with TRUTH can TOTALLY DECIEVE. It’s like a little bit of YEAST blended into BREAD DOUGH. Once it’s “COOKED UP”, it effects the WHOLE LOAF.
Jesus addressed this issue very carefully, when He said, “I tell you the TRUTH.” and “If it were NOT TRUE I would have told you”. The Devil is the Father of LIES, but Jesus said, “You will know the TRUTH and the TRUTH will set you FREE”. We know He is “the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE, so be very careful today to SPEAK THE TRUTH and you’ll never MISLEAD anyone.

It’s “HONEST” Pastor Phil, “RIGHTLY DIVIDING” this “GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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Daily Devotion

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Spectator or Participator?

I am not a sports guy. I admit that openly.

Oh, I enjoy going to a game and watching it in the stadium or arena, but to watch the game on TV..I'd rather not.

I have traveled with lots of guys that were "sport nuts." They yell, jump and down and even danced when their team won! (They were even Baptist!) I've seen those guys yell at the TV screen, call the players ugly names, shake their head and cry when their team lost.

Some of those fellas that I traveled with actually played sports in High School or College. They know the rules, what it feels like to be "in the game" and the pressure that goes behind "winning at all costs." At one time, they were "Participators"-However, now they are "spectators".

I believe many Christians have moved from being "Participators to Spectators" in what God has called us to do.

We surrendered our lives to Christ, were GUNG HO about serving God and maybe helped with VBS one summer and sung on the Praiseteam and now..we're still secure in OUR salvation, but the FIRE that burned in us to actively Participate in SERVICE has almost burned out.

We believe that we should reach the world for Christ, rescue the perishing, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the widows..we just want SOMEONE ELSE to do it.

We want someone else to go and spread the Good News of the Gospel..but then we sit back, criticize and nit pik their methods of spreading the Good News.

We think that if someone challenges us into giving to a missionary or a godly cause that they are "pushing their agenda on us."

God didn't just call the Preacher, Missionary or Gospel Singer to win the Lost to Christ. He called us ALL.

We've all heard the joke about the Preacher shaking the hand of the fella who only came to Church on Easter and Sunday and asking "Bill- we need ya here. Ya know we're all in the Lord's Army." Then the man says "Yeah Preacher- but I'm in the Secret Service."

When I was young, I thought that a "lost person" looked a certain way. I pictured a dirty, poorly dressed, unkept person. Ya know what? Maybe they DO look like that, but more than likely, they look and dress JUST LIKE us.

It's the lady at the convenient store, the young man at the gas station, the girl who made your coffee, your boss, your cousin, your waitress, the soccer Mom, the Coach of the T Ball Team, the greeter at Church..ordinary people.. who are lost without Christ.

So how do we "make the team"?

First, we have to realize that for THIS TEAM, we don't have to qualify. We don't have to be educated or from a specific background. We just have to get "Off the bench" of being a Spectator and BECOME a Participator.

Witnessing to someone is NOT a spiritual gift that "Only certain people" have. We ALL in some way can share what God has done in our lives.

Begin by learning how to share YOUR story. How has God changed you? How has serving Him changed your heart?

People are looking for REALNESS. Be real and with LOVE share Jesus.

Some WILL not listen. Some will. You do YOUR PART (Play your position) and God will handle THE REST.

Time is winding down...It's time that WE ALL GET off the SIDELINES and GET IN THE GAME.

Do More..Give More..Love More. All for His glory.



VBryanHutson2014

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Written: 11/27/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


Daily Devotion

Thank You, Lord

“…the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
Isaiah 53:5

“…Many followed Him, and He healed all their sick…”
Matthew 12:15

“One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him – and he was a Samaritan.”
Luke 17:15-16

My husband Matt was having severe pain in his left knee. Blood work, an MRI and a fluid sample all revealed no reason for the pain. The weekend before last, we were in North Carolina for the AMG Heritage Awards. A precious lady we had never met was riding in her car on her way to a party we were attending. On the way, she began to have terrible pain in her left leg. The Lord revealed to her she was to pray for somebody at the party with a knee condition.

When she and her husband arrived at the party, they saw Matt hobbling around the kitchen with a huge ice pack on his knee. She asked him if they could pray for him. She and her husband laid hands on his knee and asked Jesus to touch him.

The very next morning as we were lying in bed, Matt said, "I just keep thanking Jesus. Something's different with my knee!" He then proceeded to bend his knee a small degree with no pain!! Every single day the pain has lessened and he is now nearly 100% better!! God is continually healing him!

How awesome that God saw Matt’s pain and then worked through a complete stranger to heal him! I am thankful this year for a God Who sees us, a God Who cares, and a God Who heals! I am also thankful for a husband who is no longer in pain.

Whatever is hurting you today, emotionally or physically, ask Jesus to touch you. He loves you and He is faithful!

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Written: 11/26/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


Daily Devotion

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

“How Does Your Life Read”

It’s not our talent that will change lives, but our ability to compel (to urge) men to come unto the Lord. Our talent entices the ear, but our lives entices the heart.

Men will look to you for an example as to how good the God you serve, really is.
Does your life say “He is good”; "He is trustworthy”; “He takes care of me”; “I’m free”; “I Love Him”; “I’m a child of a King”?

We may hear your talent, but how is reading your life? Does your life lead men to Christ? Does your life compel men to love Him?

Song: “I Want To Be A Follower Of Christ”
Scripture: Luke 14:23

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Written: 11/25/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


News & Scoops


Pine Ridge Boys Announce Partnership With Classic Artists Records

Classic Artists Records, LLC and the PINE RIDGE BOYS announce an exclusive partnership that covers recording, promotion and artist development. This partnership is an extension of friendships that have spanned over 30 years.



In the 1963, the Pine Ridge Boys began a journey that is still going strong today. Jim Stewart, Wayne Shuford, Charles Burke and Miles Cooper made it their mission to sing quartet gospel music and to do it right. 51 years later their mission is still the same, if not more so.



Today, bass singer Larry Stewart (Jim Stewart’s son) now carries on the tradition with Wayne Shuford (original member) singing baritone. While Ivory Luke sings the tenor with Duane Rizzo handling the lead vocals.



The Pine Ridge Boys are known for a rich quartet sound that captivates an audience. Quartet arrangements that share the true heritage of southern gospel music are complimented by harmony that is considered a lost musical art-form. From an old convention song to a heart stirring gospel ballad, the Pine Ridge Boys stage gospel music with excitement, passion and a mission to reach people with a positive message in every song and appearance.



A full-time touring music ministry, the Pine Ridge Boys is experiencing a renewed interest in their music. Once you attend a concert, you will truly know why the Pine Ridge Boys are STILL ENJOYING THE JOURNEY!



Pine Ridge Boys owner, Larry Stewart shares, “This is one relationship that I know is good for the Pine Ridge Boys, Classic Artists and gospel music. We are a true quartet that loves the classic quartet sound. Singing the old and new songs just makes for a great Pine Ridge Boys experience for gospel music fans. We have been friends with Charlie for over 30 years and are excited at the potential we have together to expand our music, the message and create a positive gospel music experience.”



Charlie Griffin says, “I am really excited at the opportunities we have together. The Pine Ridge Boys are truly a rare gem in southern gospel music. Pure class on stage and off, they are the real deal. The Pine Ridge has repackaged their STILL ENJOYING THE JOURNEY cd under the Classic Artists label. But, more importantly they are in the studio now with the talented producer and arranger Art Bain working on a new project for release in early 2015. It is going to be a great addition to gospel music enthusiasts everywhere.”



With Classic Artists Records, The Pine Ridge Boys will be more focused on building lasting relationships with gospel music fans, promoters, pastors and being available for media. There will be an increased emphasis on conventional, internet and pay on demand radio and TV. The Pine Ridge has an interactive website and look to be engaged with gospel music fans with various internet promotions and projects. The future is indeed bright for the Pine Ridge Boys and Classic Artists Records.



Classic Artists Records is a recording network of artists who are friends and share a common bond in music, attitude, entertainment and faith. Friendships that have lasted over 30 years or more mould this network of co-operation. Life is a journey and yes, “We are in this thing together!”



Today Classic Artists Records shares one mission- a quality recording with real message music. Our artists seek to provide a real life affirming, positive messages in churches, auditoriums, concert halls, festivals, fairs and any number of concert venues. On a recording or in person, the mission is constant.



It is gospel music! There will be lots of singing, laughs, sharing and even some teaching in the personal appearances of the Classic Artists Records talents. Gospel music is message music that is encouraging and fun anytime. On the radio? It is pure listening enjoyment!



It is entertainment! Yes, we want you to enjoy the music and stories. We want you to allow the blessings of life to provide “joy for the journey.” We want you to take a song and sing it long after the concert ends.



Whether you schedule one or more artists for your next time of worship, singspiration or night of gospel music, you will enjoy the professionalism and quality of music that is shared with your friends at Classic Artists Records!



As the Pine Ridge Boys are experiencing a renewed appeal in gospel music, you can enjoy them in your church, concert venue or special event. Contact the Pine Ridge Boys, Larry Stewart, 305 Water Oak St, Inman, SC 29349 or phone 770-315-3001. You can email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . You can visit their website http://www.thePineRidgeBoys.com for more information on the music and news.


Classic Artists Records music downloads are available now from MusicToRadio.com. Access the following links for the current releases for conventional, internet and pay-on-demand radio programming for current Classic Artists Records talent.

http://musictoradio.com/Pine_Ridge_Boys/audio.php

http://musictoradio.com/Charlie_Griffin/audio.php



For more information concerning Classic Artists Records, LLC call 704-552-9060 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow on Facebook as well, https://www.facebook.com/ClassicArtistsRecords.

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Written: 11/25/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

Tim Hill's photo

Thanksgiving Travel

Most of us have it in common. There is some place we call home, and it doesn't matter where we find ourselves; somehow, all roads lead there, if only in our thoughts and dreams.

I had just landed in Chattanooga, and sitting near me was a young soldier returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday. He was the only soldier on the little commuter flight and was warmly applauded by the rest of us. I'm sure he appreciated it, but his greatest pleasure came when nine of his relatives, led by his mother, welcomed him with homemade signs and banners. It’s a long way from Iraq back to Chattanooga. The looks on their faces as he approached them brought a leap in my own heart, and I didn't even know them.

Whether geographically, spiritually, or emotionally, we all travel far from home at times. Distance has way too many drawbacks to make it appealing for long. Too far away to embrace and too far to catch a glimpse of a familiar face. Who needs another souvenir anyway? I've bought too many cheap trinkets that hold no long-term memory and certainly no long-term meaning. What I really love collecting are the memories of friendships and experiences that seem to never die. My fondest collection consists of the smiles and laughter of my children, the circling dance of my terrier, and the warm embrace of a faithful wife when I return home.

Someday, I'll find another welcome. Familiar faces will greet me, and this time, I'll never leave again. No more security lines to go through or luggage to haul. A few who have gone before me will be waiting, and the cheering of friends will greet me.

I don't suppose there will be any handmade banners with my name on them or streamers and balloons; but I have read about a crown, and I expect to find my name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Home is sounding better all the time.


Tim Hill


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Written: 11/24/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

The members of The Cavaliers Quartet are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of November 23. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates. The Feature Group is The Kramers, and Jean reviews new recordings by 4 His Love and Revelation. An SGN Scoops article about Willy Wynn is the subject of this week's News Notes. The show features singing by The Alabama Spirituals, The Ascension Quartet, and The Cavaliers Quartet, exclusive video of Gold City Quartet, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Nashville,TN, at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of Woody Wright 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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Written: 11/24/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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The Voice Of God

I think one of the most asked questions regarding a relationship with Christ is, “How do I know what God is saying to me?” The Bible tells us that He speaks in a ‘still, small voice’. It also says that some will ‘have ears to hear’, and that the ‘sheep know the shepherd’s voice’.

Although, I can’t offer a definitive answer, I can tell you what I have done that gives me a greater confidence trusting that I am hearing the voice of God:

· I read His Word. Several years ago, I was given about 20 sample Bibles to review. When I asked about returning them, the clerk said to keep them or give them away to people who might need them. I gave away most of them, but kept 3-4 that were my favorites. I put them by my bed at home, in the bus, in the kitchen, and the office, that way wherever I was; there was a Bible within reach. Now I even have an app on my phone. This way, I have constant access whenever there is a free moment to read.
· I pray constantly and I begin by saying thank-you! There’s nothing like starting a conversation with gratitude for what you have, rather than asking for what you don’t.
· I trust that He hears me and that He is leading and guiding me. The same way that I have to trust my husband when he says he loves me and has my best interests at heart, I also have to trust my relationship with God.

This week, pick up your Bible, read a few scriptures, then pause and thank God for His word. Ask Him to help you understand them and hear His voice more clearly.


1 Kings 19:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.


Ezekiel 12:2 King James Version (KJV)
2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.


John 10:14 King James Version (KJV) 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
Romans 10:17 King James Version (KJV) 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16 King James Version (KJV) 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

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Weekly Chart

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Monday- November 24, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
11
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
1(2)
2
3
7
Unashamed Brian Free & Assurance
2
3
4
9
Everything I Need Tribute Quartet
3
4
2
19
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
2
5
5
11
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
4
6
7
20
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(4)
7
6
15
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
1
8
10
12
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
8
9
15
13
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
9
10
8
24
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
11
11
12
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
10
12
13
7
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
12
13
17
5
Sometimes It Takes a Mountain Gaither Vocal Band
13
14
19
5
No One Like God Zane & Donna King
14
15
18
27
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
16
20
14
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
16
17
9
15
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
7
18
14
5
Part the Waters/I Need Thee Every Hour Gold City
14
19
16
22
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
20
21
6
Do Unto Others Nelons
20
21
26
2
Picture This 11th Hour
21
22
22
26
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
4
23
28
5
Don't Stop Running Mark Trammell Quartet
23
24
29
3
Pray On the Little Days Mark Bishop
24
25
24
23
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
5
26
31
3
Heaven Steve Ladd
26
27
34
3
Over For Good Beyond the Ashes
27
28
25
11
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
16
29
30
30
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
30
27
13
Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap Ball Brothers
22
31
35
3
This Blood Triumphant Quartet
31
32
23
19
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
33
*
1
He Took the Nails Browders
33
34
*
1
That's What I Miss the Most Bowling Family
34
35
37
12
There Is Jesus McKameys
26
36
32
2
The Blood Hasn't Ever Changed Greater Vision
32
37
*
1
I Wanna Hear the Gospel Mercy's Well
37
38
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1
Satisfied Three Bridges
38
39
*
1
Land of Endless Tomorrows Hoskins Family
39
40
33
6
Measure of Grace Taylors
26
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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Written: 11/21/2014 | Category: Weekly Chart Comments:


News & Scoops


Oak Ridge Boys Celebrating 25th Year Holiday Tradition with Christmas Night Out Tour


Oak Ridge Boys Celebrating 25th Year Holiday Tradition
with Christmas Night Out Tour

Legendary Group Launching Concert Series
Wrapped with True Meaning of Christmas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 20, 2014) – The legendary Oak Ridge Boys are kicking off the holiday season with the Christmas Night Out Tour, and marking 25 years of one of the longest running Christmas tours in the music industry. This year’s series of concerts will journey across the U.S. with an unforgettable show featuring yuletide classics blended with some of the group’s greatest hits. The creative force and signature sound of the Oaks have become synonymous with Christmas music as the country legends continue to captivate multi-generational audiences around the globe.

Lead singer Duane Allen describes it as tradition that offers something for everyone, “It’s that time of year again…time for the jingle bells to be ringing around the world, and on the stage of The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas show. There’ll be songs you already know, the traditional songs, Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas hits, and some new songs. And I’ve heard that Santa Claus may be arriving on a Peterbilt Sleigh. We begin our show with some major Oak Ridge Boys hits, then we take a break and when the snow starts falling, it’s a flow-blown Christmas show….fireplace, rocking chairs (thank you, Cracker Barrel) and all of the exciting, fun, and spiritual songs that reflect the true meaning of Christmas.”

Tenor Joe Bonsall adds, “The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas tour has become a solid tradition all across America. This year’s tour will play 28 shows in 23 cities across 11 states. It features 40 minutes of hits followed by a full production, 75 minute Christmas show that covers every aspect of this annual celebration from romance to presents, cookies and trees to Santa Claus, and the rocking chair conversations that are loved by all. We proudly end our show with 5 songs that reflect the true meaning of Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

The Oak Ridge Boys are also currently working on a new album that’s expected to be released in 2015. For the latest updates, including information on a concert near you, visit: oakridgeboys.com.

Christmas Night Out Tour Dates:

Nov. 21 – Golden Nugget, Biloxi, MS
Nov. 23 – The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre, Branson, MO
Nov. 24 – Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY
Nov. 28 – Des Moines Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
Nov. 29 – Five Flags Center, Dubuque, IA
Nov. 30 – Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN
Dec. 01 – Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, OH
Dec. 03 – Peoria Civic Center Theatre, Peoria, IL
Dec. 04 – Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Ctr., Bowling Green, KY
Dec. 05 – Carson Center, Paducah, KY
Dec. 06 – Blue Gate Theatre, Shipshewana, IN
Dec. 07 – The Palace Theatre, Greensburg, PA
Dec. 08 – Meridian Centre, St. Catharines, Canada
Dec. 09 - Meridian Centre, St. Catharines, Canada
Dec. 10 – Vern Riffe Center, Portsmouth, OH
Dec. 11 – Luhrs Performing Arts Center, Shippensburg, PA
Dec. 12 – Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield, OH
Dec. 13 – Meramec Music Theatre, Steeleville, MO
Dec. 14 – St Croix Casino, Turtle Lake, WI
Dec. 16 – Chester Fitz Auditorium, Grand Forks, ND
Dec .17 – DeVent Center, Norfolk, NE
Dec. 18 – Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD
Dec. 19 – Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel, Tama, IA
Dec. 20 – Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Dec. 21 – Weidner Center for Performing Arts, Green Bay, WI

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News & Scoops


The Chuck Wagon Gang Releases New Video On YouTube

Current radio single/video also included in upcoming documentary


Franklin, TN (November 20, 2014) The Chuck Wagon Gang’s new video of their current radio single, ‘His Love Will Lead Us On,’ is now available on YouTube. This is the first single from their New Haven Records CD, ‘Meeting In Heaven: The Chuck Wagon Gang Sings the Songs of Marty Stuart’ which is now available at retail.

"This is a timely song, and the lyrics are relatable to the current events in our world. Our prayer is that this song and video will bring hope to thousands and thousands of people” said Shaye Smith, alto singer and manager of The Chuck Wagon Gang.

Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records comments, "For three quarters of a century, The Chuck Wagon Gang has touched countless lives through their timeless lyrics and matchless harmonies. We believe in their legacy and are proud of their new CD and DVD and honored to have them as an artist at New Haven Records.”

This video was shot by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer and features one of many songs on their upcoming DVD documentary, America’s Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On.



The DVD chronicles the history of the group, sharing their stories 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, Dan Rather, Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Daniels.

Click the link below to view the video:

http://youtu.be/rHXpyfdDPKI

You can find more information about the Chuck Wagon Gang by going to http://www.thechuckwagongang.net/ .

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News & Scoops


‘Music City Show’ Launches Third Season With Crabb Family Reunion On RFD-TV

Nashville, TN (November 19, 2014) Crabb Family Reunion is helping to kick off the new season of RFD-TV's 'Music City Show'. The family group deliver a live performance of their hit, "Through The Fire," on Thursday night's season three premiere. The Music City Show season three airs this Thursday, November 20 at 7 pm. Central on RFD-TV.

The 'Music City Show' season three will have some of the best artists from Gospel, Country and Bluegrass as well as comedy and interviews. The shows for the upcoming season include musical guests The Crabb Family, Legacy Five, The Talleys, Tribute Quartet, Joseph Habedank, the Jim Brady Trio, Ray Stevens, The Blackwood Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Erwins, Restless Hearts, Linda Davis. James Payne, and Chuck Day, as well host Tim Lovelace and the Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon.

The musical performances by the guests are part of the 'Music City Show' format along with interviews of the artists by host Tim Lovelace. Tim keeps the show fun and lively using his comedic skills and genuine love for the music and guests.

Jim Sheldon is a fixture of the weekly show bringing a message of hope through his songs that always carry a positive message to those watching. Jim stamps his own style of delivering the Gospel on the 'Music City Show' as the Positive Cowboy.

Producer Scott Godsey commented, "It's hard to believe that we are in our third season. We are thankful for the support of the fans and industry.”

View the YouTube promo video at http://youtu.be/BAW3M7Ie5hA .

To learn more about the Music City show go to http://www.themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccityshow . Twitter them at https://twitter.com/MusicCityShow .

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Written: 11/19/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


The Guardians Make Appearance at Gaither Homecoming Concert

The Guardians - comprised of John Darin Rowsey, Dean Hickman and Neil Uhrig - made a guest appearance during the Gaither Homecoming concert in Huntington, QV at Big Sandy Arena on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The talented trio performed selections from their upcoming project, Let My Heart Sing.

"It was an honor to share the stage with Mr. Bill Gaither and his homecoming friends," stated Dean Hickman. "We are grateful for the opportunity to share our music with their audience."

The moment was a special one for group member John Darin Rowsey, a native of the city. Rowsey has written many of the popular songs that have been recorded through the years, including the now-classic, "Singing With The Saints."

The Guardians are celebrating 25 years of music ministry. Their latest project, Let My Heart Sing, is produced by arranger extraordinaire, Lari Goss.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 11/19/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Steps Of Paul

There is a tour I’d love to take one day called the Steps Of Paul. It cruises the Mediterranean and tours the missionary stops of Paul. I would love to be able to do this one day! I believe it to be life-changing as Jerusalem.

We know the Scriptures and read them in Biblical order, and this is wonderful. But CeCe Winans once said “We read the Scriptures too fast. It says Paul was whipped with many stripes, this means he was not having a good day!”. I pondered this while she continued to minister and wanted to know more about this Apostle who risked his life to bring the New Testament.

We read Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, etc. We turn to these pages so quickly and easily. Some can even quote their contents at a moment's notice and feel well accomplished in the ability to be able to do so. Please allow me to slow you down for thought…

Paul painstakingly provided letters to God’s people! He took beatings which would often cause infections due to open wounds in unsanitary surroundings. He traveled by foot in treacherous weather, often flooding conditions. He was shipwrecked many times, bitten by insects and serpents, starved, cold and homeless. Paul even had enemies determined to destroy his work, because people did not believe that Christ, whom Paul preached about was the Messiah and wanted to stop his message. People were out to take Paul's life!

But Paul...he was the messenger of Jesus Christ who wanted us to know that there is a Savior. He was willing to die for the message. He lived as though tomorrow was not promised and took full advantage of the day given to work for the Kingdom of God. His steps were ordered, and he listened intently to move strategically to get us this message. His letters were written by candlelight, tired and worn from the day's work (making tents), he insisted on encouraging those he had met with letters to tell them to march on! Sometimes hungry he would feed his followers first and he would be left with nothing to eat, but he pressed to get to the next point of mission.

That's right, Paul didn't frequent a mall of Corinth, Galatia, Antioch, Ephesus, and Philippi. No sir, these were individual places distanced apart. Even though they are wrapped so neatly in our book called the Bible, understand the sweat and blood it took to get this wonderful Book to us.

Research the work behind the letters, research the apostles, research the disciples, research all things that surround your wonderful salvation and your Magnificent God! Google it!!! God was awesome in the beginning and is yet Awesome today!!! Hallelujah! Search out God's attributes and His characteristics. Find out what He wants to do through you and how He did what through others. Know your God! He is worth knowing!

Paul found Him and dedicated his entire being to His cause. If we say His truth marches on, how are we making sure it does? How much are we willing to give to the cause of God? Where do we begin with God and where do we draw the line? When is not enough, not enough and too much is too much when it comes to our Savior? Think about it...How much do we really love Him?

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Lindsey Graham Completes Sweden Tour

Estero, FL (November 18, 2014) Multi-talented singer/musician Lindsey Graham has just completed her fall tour schedule which included eight concerts in seven different cities in Sweden all during a 10 day period. Once in Sweden she traveled, along with her family, over 2,050 miles. She was mainly in the southern region of Sweden where most of the Swedish population resides. The last venue was 5 hours north of Stockholm in Hudiksvall.

"We saw the Baltic Sea on the West and Southern coast, and then the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast. Just across the Atlantic Ocean is our home in sunny southwest Estero, FL. This was my fourth concert ministry trip to Sweden in 3 years. However, this was a unique opportunity as I was paired with Sweden’s most high-profile pastor, Tommy Dahlman.” stated Lindsey.

Mr. Dahlman has been described as "Sweden’s Billy Graham”. Pastor Tommy spoke at seven of the eight events for 12-15 minutes each night. He is a published author as well as a motivational speaker. His is the "Christian opinion” that is sought after by secular media in Sweden. He has been given an incredible gift of speaking that inevitably leads the audience to great laughter. Scandinavians are by nature a reserved people but we experienced God teaching His people freedom in worship and praise. We observed a change in the audience from when they first came in the door to when they left.

In a country where less than 1% profess Christianity, Sweden is regarded as the most secular nation in the world. While the Church as the bride of Christ has a presence in Sweden, it desperately needs encouragement to persevere.

Lindsey said, "I felt God allowed me and my family to encourage His people in Sweden to just dig in their heels and press on in boldness and confidence as God’s kingdom for His glory. No matter how dark the spiritual climate may seem we learned firsthand through this trip that God is still at work in the lives of His people. He truly never leaves them alone, and He is faithful to send a word of hope and encouragement at just the perfect time. We truly serve a universal God, Who is the same wherever His people may gather to welcome His presence with their praise. He is good and will always wage war against the darkness by allowing His children to shine bright like stars. Philippians 2:15 May God’s people continue to shine brightly for Him in Sweden, America, and around the world!”



Lindsey even celebrated Christmas early in Kumla, Sweden with "Away in A Manger" featuring the piccolo.

Graham is already looking forward to the next Sweden Tour Fall 2015.

Learn more about Pastor Tommy Dahlman at http://www.tommydahlman.se or Facebook.com/tommy.dahlman.9.

Learn more about Lindsey Graham by going to her website at http://www.lindseygrahamministries.com or https://www.facebook.com/LindseyGrahamMinistries .
To book Lindsey for you church, concert or event contact Dominion Agency 828- 454-5900.

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 11/18/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


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Ashley Farmer, Wife of Daren Farmer Passes Away

Ashley Farmer, wife of Gospel singer Darin Farmer, passed away yesterday after a brave fight against cancer.More information will be available as soon as it is available.

About This Article - Ashley Farmer, Wife of Daren Farmer Passes Away

Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
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