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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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Daily Devotion

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A Foot In The Door

I have always believed that I was a "magnet for mosquitoes". If there's a "skeeter" anywhere within 20 miles, he's gonna find me! In fact, if I see one, I will break my neck to kill it!

Years ago when Yvonne worked for Belk, she gave me a bottle of cologne that had a real strong citrus smell and I think when the skeeters smelled it was like "wow.. Go get him boys!" Needless to say, I stopped wearing that stuff!

If I'm on the road singing and there are "skeeters" around, I'll yell at the boys "Keep the bus door shut!"

If you have a door or window open.. Those pesky varmints will get in! They carry disease and CAN hurt you. In some places.. Kill their victims.

That's the same way with our adversary; the devil. He's looking for a way to get his foot in the door. He can slip in virtually undetected and when you least expect it.. Hurt and kill you and your witness.

Ephesians 4:27 "Neither give place to the devil."

We must learn to close those doors.

It's harder than it seems. We allow things to be said and done ....and pretty soon, a door opens. Our thoughts go to a place where our mind shouldn't go and it can be disastrous. If that door is LEFT open.. Our body will soon follow.

How do we close those doors? By being constantly aware that the enemy is lurking OUTSIDE the door. Like I've said before, he's not ugly. He's not dressed in a red suit with a pitch fork. He is the most beautiful thing you're EVER seen. But, he is out to kill you.
Your relationship with God.
Your marriage.
Your family.
Your witness.

When we see that door cracked.. Close it. Get out of the conversation. Leave the room. Shut off the computer. Stop the inappropriate relationship. Avoid situations and EVEN people that might open a door! Do what you HAVE to do to shut that door!

Next we must have God's word in our hearts. We must know and believe that WE ARE CONQUERERS through Christ. Pray and ask God for His wisdom and discernment so that you might see the enemy and his tactics.

Don't let the enemy get his foot in the door.

Prayer starter: "Father, I need you and your help. I know that you have given me victory over the enemy. Give me the strength to close those doors that he wants opened. In Jesus name. Amen."

Vbryanhutson2014

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Written: 09/23/2014 | Category: Daily Devotion Comments:


News & Scoops

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Jubilee Christmas Tour Announces Partnership With Socks For Seniors

(NASHVILLE, Tenn - September 22, 2014) The Jubilee Christmas Tour, featuring award-winning Christian artists The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision and Legacy Five, is bringing a heart-warming Christmas concert to twelve cities this December, and they want your socks! After hearing first-hand the needs of many shut-in seniors during colder months, the artists and promoters of this exciting musical Christmas tour decided to partner with the national organization, Socks for Seniors, in an effort to collect and distribute warm socks to area seniors.

Gerald Wolfe of Greater Vision states, “Many of the folks that come to our concerts either know people through church, their community or even people in their families that are shut-ins or in nursing homes. We’ve learned that as it gets colder, something as simple as warm socks for these precious people can make all the difference in their comfort. We talked with the guys and decided we want to help make this Christmas season a little warmer for others, and that’s what sparked the idea.”

Tour promoters, Landon Beene and Brian Hudson (IMC Concerts) are working with Socks for Seniors to coordinate collection, distribution and some special appearances by the artists to deliver socks. Tour updates, special video previews and exclusive behind-the-scenes looks will be documented on social media and at the brand new blog http://www.yourgospelnews.com.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring new, warm socks to the Jubilee Christmas Tour event in their area. Socks will be collected on-site at the concert and distributed to area seniors. For a complete listing of the Jubilee Christmas Tour dates – 12 Days of Christmas and ticket information, visit http://www.jubileechristmas.com.

Additional information is available via the following outlets:
Complete list of Jubilee Christmas Tour dates: jubileechristmas.com
Socks For Seniors: socksforseniors.com
IMC Concerts: imcconcerts.com
Greater Vision: greatervisionmusic.com
Booth Brothers: boothbrothers.com
Legacy Five: legacyfive.com

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 09/23/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


News & Scoops


The Guardians Help Kick Off Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel Festival

Pigeon Forge, TN (Sept. 22, 2014) – The Guardians helped Dollywood kick off the park's National Southern Gospel & Harvest Festival today, September 22, 2014. The talented group - consisting of Dean Hickman, Neil Uhrig and John Darin Rowswey - performed four shows at the Backporch Theatre..

The Guardians, who are celebrating 25 years of music ministry, are in town appearing during the 57th NQC event at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.

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Written: 09/23/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Weekly Chart

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Monday - September 22, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
1
11
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1(2)
2
3
15
I Know Enough Bowling Family
2
3
5
15
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
4
2
19
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
1
5
4
17
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
6
6
17
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
6
7
8
18
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
8
7
21
Listening For the Shout Browders
2
9
14
20
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
10
17
6
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
10
11
9
18
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
12
16
6
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
12
13
22
14
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
13
14
19
4
Watch & Pray Carolina Boys Quartet
14
15
12
8
That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
11
16
11
21
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
17
18
10
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
17
18
20
17
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
16
19
23
3
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
19
20
15
17
God is Big Hoskins Family
13
21
30
2
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
21
22
25
10
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
23
13
28
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
24
21
20
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
11
25
24
5
Great Big Yes Red Roots
23
26
29
12
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
27
26
4
Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap Ball Brothers
26
28
10
13
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
29
28
2
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
28
30
35
6
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
30
31
34
2
To Know He Knows Me Mark Trammell Quartet
31
32
37
2
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
32
33
*
1
The Joys of Heaven Kingdom Heirs
33
34
32
3
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
32
35
33
3
There Is Jesus McKameys
33
36
39
17
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
37
**
4
I Wanna Be There Isaacs
35
38
27
26
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
39
40
8
God Leads Us Along Gaither Vocal Band
29
40
36
7
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
19
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: 09/22/2014 | Category: Weekly Chart Comments:


Daily Devotion

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With Me, Always

It’s been an interesting morning! Today was our only day to sleep in this weekend and Maura who was trying to take care of our sick dog, by herself, woke us up at 7am. Bless his heart, he was so sick. Bless her heart, she was trying so hard to be a good ‘mother’ and clean up after him.

Jeff and I got up and found the nearest coin laundry, counted up our coins and headed in with sheets, comforter and pillows. We waited while it washed for 45 minutes, then went back in, loaded up the dryer and waited another 28 minutes until all was clean. We came back to the bus, made up the bunk and finally crawled back into our own bed, when suddenly a scripture came to me about how the Lord is always with me…it was kind of comical thinking that He would be with me, even at the coin laundry, but that’s what He promised, to be with me always!

Wherever you are today, at work, at home, in a hospital, or a cemetery, please remember that God is with you. You are never alone. I’m so grateful this morning to be reminded He is with me, always!


Psalm 139:8-10 King James Version (KJV) 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.


Genesis 28:15 English Standard Version (ESV) 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”


Matthew 28:20 King James Version (KJV) 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

The members of The Tacketts are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of September 21. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Friends by Grace.

Jean reviews a new recording by The Diplomats, and Ken and Jean visit The Dove Creek Cafe's gospel singing night in Roanoke, TX. An article about Bobby Clark is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes.

The show features singing by The Talleys, exclusive video of The Tacketts, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Reggie Saddler Family at First Assembly of God, in Owasso, OK. In the News this week: The Jay Stone Singers, Gold City, Jeff Stice, the Booth Brothers, the Lesters and Tommy Browder has a birthday.

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

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Author: AGM | Author's Website: http://absolutelygospel.com/
Written: 09/21/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Problems Of Exaggeration

When was the last time you heard this line, “Don’t make a MOUNTAIN out of a MOLE HILL!”. Or this one, “That’s gonna cost you an ARM and a LEG!”. And, here’s the best one, “If I’ve told you ONCE, I’ve told you a MILLION times, to never EXAGGERATE!” It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.
What I just mentioned, are statements of EXAGGERATION. And, I guess we all EXAGGERATE at times, especially when a PROBLEMS HITS. Because, that’s when, the old Devil MAGNIFYS it and promotes, PANIC and DOUBT. But the TRUTH of the MATTER is, through GOD’S EYES it’s no BIG DEAL.
In Romans11the Chapter, the Apostle Paul relates ELIJAH’S EXAGGERATION on Mt. Carmel. In frustration Elijah cried out, “God, I am the ONLY MAN of God LEFT and 450 prophets of BAAL are trying to kill me!!” Well, God shouted back, “You’re NOT the ONLY ONE left. I have 7,000 who haven’t kneelt to Baal.” So, Elijah, shook off his doubt, prayed a powerful 68 word pray, called FIRE out of heaven and it solved the PROBLEM.
So, remember, when the Devil blows your problem WAY OUT of proportion, YOU’RE NOT THE ONLY ONE, so see it through God’s Eyes.
It’s Pastor Phil, TELLING IT LIKE IT IS with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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News & Scoops


Jim Sheldon Grabs Another Number One

Nashville, TN (September 20, 2014) The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, known for his features on 'The Music City Show', broadcast weekly on RFD-TV, has wrangled another Number One on the Country Gospel Music chart.

“Mansion In The Sky” is #1 for November on the Country Gospel Chart in the Christian Voice Magazine.

Jim Sheldon stated “I am so humbled and blessed by my Savior. I am just overwhelmed by His blessings to me. My prayer is that “Mansion In the Sky” and all of my songs touch and encourage those who listen to them.”

You can learn more about Jim Sheldon at http://www.jimsheldonmusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/jim.sheldon .

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News & Scoops


Old Paths Announce New Pianist

The Old Paths Quartet are thrilled to officially announce Josh Townsend as their pianist. Josh previously had been flying from his home in Dallas Texas to play select dates, but after he and his mother made the move to Atlanta Georgia, he accepted the position on a full time basis. At the age of 16, Josh is not only a prodigy at his gift but is a testimony to the Lord's healing power and touch on his life. Shortly after birth, doctors informed his family that Josh had suffered a devastating stroke which would impact his ability to walk and speak correctly. The doctors said Josh would never be able to fully use his left hand, but today Josh is doing more than just proving the doctors wrong, he is using both hands to glorify God with the gift of music. Be sure to come by and visit us at our booth at NQC to meet Josh and see the rest of the guys!

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News & Scoops


New Update On Buck Rambo

Buck Rambo is recovering well from his recent back surgery. Buck is still in the hospital, and though awake and alert, he is in a lot of pain from the surgery.

His wife Mae said “He will probably begin Physical Rehabilitation early next week before being allowed to return home.”

Please continue to pray for healing and a speedy recovery.

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News & Scoops


The Dominion Agency Welcomes Music Duo, Zane and Donna King

Waynesville, NC (September 19, 2014) - Michael Davis & Associates is thrilled to welcome the highly acclaimed music duo, Zane And Donna King, to the Dominion Agency. The couple inked an exclusive booking agreement with the agency today.

Zane and Donna have been working in the music industry full-time, collectively, for 40 years. Between the two of them, they've produced upwards of 400 albums, launched countless careers for some of today's top Gospel music acts, and celebrated numerous hit songs as songwriters. Zane owned a record label, Journey Records, which was home to many accomplished artists. Donna toured for years with one of Christian music's top Gospel music trios, Hope's Call. It seems only fitting that the couple combine their musical gifts and share them, together, with audiences in churches and concert halls wherever God opens the doors.

Michael Davis, president and CEO of Michael Davis & Associates shares, "Two of the most talented people I know are Zane and Donna King. This dynamic duo will bless you to pieces. I am very excited they have chosen to take their music ministry on the road and look forward to representing them as their booking agent."

Their exclusive agreement with the Dominion Agency will be the vehicle by which churches, fans, and event goers can experience, not only the impeccable talent of the duo, but, most importantly, their heart for GOD and their deep love for people. Donna will also be available for limited solo appearances, including womens' events, both speaking and singing.

"Many folks know, in addition to making music with my precious wife, Donna, I am blessed to work fulltime for Compassion International," expresses Zane. He continues, "I have learned, first hand, that there are many forms of poverty on this mighty big planet. Those in extreme physical poverty are often the most grateful people you'll ever meet. One of the most devestating forms of poverty is to have a wealth of possessions while, at the same time, starving spiritually. My wife and I feel blessed to have an opportunity to offer the hope of Christ, through music, to a hurting world. We want to help make people smile, breathe, laugh a little, tap their toe, and, most of all, come to decisions that will make their lives richer." Zane concludes, "A rich life is not one that contains a large bank account. It's found in simply knowing the grace of God and walking closely with Him."

The duo has already experienced a remarkable response to their music. Recent radio hits "Hallelujah, Jesus Saves" and "SHINE" both landed in the Top 15 on the Singing News Top 80 charts over the past year. And, both songs were co-written by Donna.

Their newest single, heading to radio next week, is entitled "No One Like God." And that is the message they look forward to expressing to the world. Donna states, "Truly, there is "NO ONE LIKE GOD. What a privilege to point others to His love."

To find out more about hosting Zane and Donna King at your church, conference, or concert event, contact Michael Davis at the Dominion Agency. You can do so through the website, dominionagency.com, or by calling 828-454-5900.

To learn more about all of the artists who call the Dominion Agency and Michael Davis & Associates home, visit michaeldavisandassociates.com.

To learn more about Zane and Donna King visit zaneanddonnaking.com.
Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/zaneanddonnaking.
Follow Donna on Twitter @mrsdonnaking.

You can also visit Donna's website. (She is available for limited speaking and singing events, including women's events and music teaching events). That website is donnakingmusic.com.

If you would like to learn more about a ministry that is near and dear to Zane and Donna, Compassion International, visit compassion.com.

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Written: 09/20/2014 | Category: News & Scoops Comments:


Daily Devotion

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Radically Grateful

In the U.S., we celebrate a day of thanksgiving once a year. But God wants us to be intentional about our thankfulness every day. He wants us to develop this spiritual habit, one that is reflected in the life of a radical believer. The truth is, the more deeply you understand God’s love, the more grateful you’re going to be.

So what does it mean to be radically grateful?

The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (NIV). That’s radical gratitude. In all circumstances give thanks, because it’s God’s will for you.

You can thank God in every circumstance because God is in control. He can bring good out of evil. He can turn around the stupid mistakes you’ve made. No matter what happens, God isn’t going to stop loving you. There are a hundred things to be thankful for in any circumstance, even when the circumstance stinks.

Radical gratitude — being thankful in all circumstances — is God’s will because it creates fellowship.

What do I mean by that? Gratitude always builds deeper relationships between you and other people and between you and God.

Whoever you want to get closer to, start expressing gratitude to that person. If you’ve moved away from your husband or your wife, you need to start doing what you did when you were dating: Express gratitude. Write little notes of kindness and encouragement. Make calls or text during the day, just to tell him or her that you’re thankful. Do the things you did at first. The reason you’ve lost that lovin’ feeling is because you stopped doing the things that created that lovin’ feeling early on, and you take each other for granted.

Do you want to build your small group? Don’t just go to small group. During the week, text them, email them, call them, write them. Say, “I’m grateful for you, and here’s why.” You’ll find that the more grateful you are for your group, the more your group will bond.

The Bible tells us to “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). As you build others up, you’ll find that God builds into your life as well through your deep relationships with him and others.


This devotional © 2014 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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Update On Buck Rambo

Mae Kutz Rambo just stated "The doctor just came in and told me that Buck is out of surgery. He did well. They repaired a bone spur and two damaged discs."

Continued prayers are requested for a speedy recovery.

Buck and Mae wish to thank everyone for their prayers and support.

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Big News From The Booth Brothers and the Jim Brady Trio

This is the big news we've been waiting for about the new Booth Brothers singer and the Jim Brady Trio third singer.



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Darrell Freeman To Host Future Episodes of Nashville Country Revival

Franklin, TN (Mansion Entertainment) September 19th, 2014 - Due to the popularity of the TV show Nashville Country Revival, Mansion Entertainment has announced plans for a third year of production of the show and will add Gospel Music personality and performer, Darrel Freeman, as the host. Freeman got his start at the young age of 13 in his family band and has since garnered much success and popularity with his own family group, The Freemans. Over the years The Freemans have scored multiple chart topping songs and garnered industry nominations and awards. In addition to naming Freeman as the new face of NCR, Mansion has partnered with Big Merlin Productions to produce the future episodes.

Nashville Country Revival was initially launched on The Nashville Network (now Heartland TV) two years ago and since that time has gained popularity and a strong following with its appearances on major networks such as Daystar TV, TCT and other national platforms. The show found a niche with viewers by offering inspiring music with a Country and Bluegrass flavor from popular artists such as Danielle Peck, Brand & Dean, Marty Raybon, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Red Roots, Brad Davis, Jason Crabb while introducing a host of new talent to its viewers as well.

NCR recently entered new territory with nine episodes of NCR being launched on Hulu. Amazon Prime will come on board in the near future offering Nashville Country Revival episodes to its subscriber base as well. Future episodes with host Darrel Freeman will be launched by the end of 2014 on both Hulu and Amazon Prime.

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

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Tune-In Alert – Lily Isaacs On ‘Joni Table Talk’

Nashville, TN (September 19, 2014) Lily Isaacs is set to appear on Daystar TV on the ‘Joni Table Talk’ program September 22nd. Lily is interviewed by Marcus and Joni Lamb about her book titled “You Don’t Cry Out Loud” which encompasses her life and the Holocaust survival of her parents. She also discusses her conversion to Christianity and her Jewish parent’s reaction.

The show airs on Daystar TV at 2AM - 7AM - 8:30 PM EST

To learn more about Lily and all of the Isaacs got to http://www.theisaacs.com or https://www.facebook.com/TheIsaacs or Twitter at https://twitter.com/IsaacsMusic .

If you are interested in booking Lily or the Isaacs go to the Harper Agency at http://www.harperagency.com or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Mother of Donnie Sumner Passes Away

Nellie Mae Sumner, 97, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014 at a local hospital. She was a Minister’s wife in the Church of God for 72 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was a member of North Cleveland Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Reverend Russell H. Sumner; parents, John W. and Verdy A. Mathews; brothers, William R. Mathews, Olland “Jim” Mathews, John W. Mathews and sister, Edwina M. Ditchfield.

She is survived by her children, Donnie Sumner and wife, Martha of Hendersonville and L. Sharon Adkins and husband, Wilfred of Cleveland; four grandchildren, Jeffery D. Sumner and wife, Myra of Cleveland, Robin N. Sutton and husband, Michael of Lakeland, FL, Christopher R. Adkins and wife, Anita of Cleveland and Jessica L. Adkins of Cleveland; eight great-grandchildren, Ethan M. Sutton, Meghan N. Sutton, Holden J. Sutton, Elexus Sumner, L. Emmaline Adkins, Isabel M. Adkins, Julia M. Adkins and Coralyn R. Adkins; brother, Franklin D. Mathews and wife, Marsha of NC; sisters-in-law, Myrtis Mathews of TN and Pat Mathews of KY and several other family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at North Cleveland Church of God with Pastor Mitch Maloney officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the church prior to the service.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Sumner family guest book at http://www.grissomserenity.com . Arrangements are being handled by Grissom-Serenity Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Mark S. Grissom, Funeral Director.

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Adam Wagner Loses Father

Adam Wagner, Keyboard player for the Sneed Family lost his father. Below is his Obituary:


A. Keith Wagner

Feb. 3, 1953 - Sept. 15, 2014

A. Keith Wagner, 61, of Iaeger, WV, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014, in The Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division, in Charleston, WV.

Keith was born February 3, 1953, in Bristol, TN, a son of Betty Washington Robinson Wagner and the late William H. "Bill" Wagner. He was a graduate of Big Creek High School, and a graduate of Bluefield State College where he earned a BA Degree in Music Education. His diverse background included serving as Deputy Commissioner of the WV ABC Commission. Prior to this he served two terms representing the Sixth Senatorial District. He served as the director of the Pride of Iaeger High School's "Band of Gold". A band that was recognized throughout the south eastern United States. His latest educational endeavors were spent at River View High School at Bradshaw, WV, where he was known by his familiar voice as "The Voice of the Raiders." He was honored to direct the WVU Mountaineer Marching Band at their performance at his school. He was the Charter President of the Tau Kappa Epsilon at WV Tech. He had served as a Nationwide Insurance agent in Iaeger and Welch. He was a member of the War Kiwanis Club and the Berwind Masonic Lodge #141 where he severed as secretary. He was a long time member of the Calvary Baptist Church at War and a current member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Iaeger.

In addition to his father, William "Bill" Wagner he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Margurite Wagner.

Survivors include his wife Vickie L. Gilkerson Wagner of the home; one son, Adam Keith Wagner and wife Carmen Marie of Nashville, TN; one daughter, Afton Kelsea Wagner of Morgantown, WV; and his mother Betty Wagner of Caretta, WV.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 1 o'clock, with Reverend Daniel Dean, Reverend Randall Dority and Reverend Michael Tye officiating at the River View High School in Bradshaw, WV. Burial will follow in Grandview Memory Gardens on the Bluefield/Tazewell Road in Bluefield, VA, where Masonic Graveside Rites will be conducted by Berwind Lodge #141 A.F.&A.M. Serving as pallbearers will be Gary Blankenship, Gary Hall, Paul Hare, Stanley England, Allen Gaminde, Reggie Piercy, Charlie Walker, and Tim Riffe.

Friends may visit with the family at the River View High School in Bradshaw, WV, Saturday morning, September 20, 2014 from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m.

Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger is assisting the Wagner family.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.fanningfuneralhomes.com

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Urgent Prayer For Buck Rambo

Nashville, TN (September 18, 2014) Gospel singing legend Buck Rambo is in need of special prayer as he undergoes back surgery tomorrow morning. They are replacing and fusing some discs, but this is extremely dangerous for Buck because of some previous health conditions.

Buck said “I am at peace with this procedure, because I know God is in total control, but I would appreciate all the prayers that can reach Heaven in my behalf.”

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In The Words of Chris

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September 2014 Radio Review

It is about time I took the time to take a look at several of the new songs recently released to Southern Gospel radio. Let’s see what’s going on now.

“Falling" - Amber Nelon Thompson
SOUNDS LIKE: solo material from TaRanda Greene and Kim Hopper or the softer side of Nichole Nordeman or Francesca Battistelli
CHART PREDICTION: Top 20

This is a stunning ballad from The Nelons' soprano and reigning AGM Female Vocalist of the Year Amber Nelon Thompson. However, it's going to be an uphill battle for this song to really make its mark at Southern Gospel radio. This definitely has a definitive pop edge to it, so some stations may steer away from it. However, if you've had a lot of success with the likes of TaRanda Greene or Sisters, then this song will fit in your playlist seamlessly.

“This Blood" - Triumphant Quartet
SOUNDS LIKE: the more progressive side of acts like Gold City or LeFevre Quartet.
CHART PREDICTION: Top 5

This is a tune that was co-written by Rita Springer who, in my opinion, is a bit of a hidden gem in the modern worship movement. David Sutton has a nice feature here. This song translates really well in the Southern Gospel marketplace. It’s got a progressive edge, but still sits nicely in the traditional Southern Gospel arena. This should do very well for the quartet.

"Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap" - Ball Brothers
SOUNDS LIKE: progressive Southern Gospel like Brian Free & Assurance with hints of big band
CHART PREDICTION: Top 20

This song is just unique enough that it will do well for the group without being a huge breakout hit. It's fun and a bit sassy for Southern Gospel, and I dig it a lot. This could do well sandwiched between acts like Brian Free & Assurance and The Martins. Your listeners will really enjoy this one if you give it the chance it deserves.

"Christ Is Still the King" - Legacy Five
SOUNDS LIKE: traditional southern gospel from the likes of Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet or Gold City
CHART PREDICTION: Top 5

Now this is Legacy Five at their finest. Their latest recording, Great Day, actually had some slight hints at progressive, but the guys sound right at home on this song "Christ Is Still the King." Written by Rebecca Peck and Dianne Wilkinson, this should do well. The choir of supporters in the background really take this song to the next level. I'd love to see it go #1!

"He's Everything to Me" - Tribute Quartet
SOUNDS LIKE: traditional Southern Gospel barn burners similar like something The Kingsmen or Triumphant Quartet would take a stab at
CHART PREDICTION: #1

Tribute Quartet is well on their way to scoring their second #1 hit with "He's Everything to Me." This is a fantastic uptempo number from a group that is quickly establishing itself as one of the biggest quartets in the business. Radio is sorely lacking in good, up-tempo quartet numbers, and this song will easily fill that void. Bravo to Tribute for recording such a fine tune, and bravo to Daywind for choosing it as the first single!

"Church In the Kitchen" - The Dunaways
SOUNDS LIKE: the modern country twist of acts like The Martins, The Crabb Family, and Karen Peck & New River
CHART PREDICTION: Top 10

The Dunaways have been a staple at SG radio for a while. Their modern country feel sounds like something that The Rambos would be recording today if they were around in this era. This is a fan, blazing country song that will do well on any station. Your listeners will definitely relate to the concept of having church in the kitchen. Don't miss this one!

Until next time,

Chris

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Angela Primm Initiates Kickstarter For New Memorial Project

Nashville, TN (September 18, 2014) Angela Primm is no doubt known for being the most successful backup singer in the recording industry throughout all of Nashville. You have her melodious voice on such recordings as Reba McEntire, Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Andre' Crouch, Barbara Mandrell, Patti Austin, Bill Gaither, and even the late Vestal Goodman. This phenomenal singer who has sung as backup for some of the greatest singers in the world is poised to enter that same arena as a powerhouse Gospel singer in her own right.

After Bill Gaither tapped her on the shoulder and designated her as one of his featured soloists on his famous Gaither Homecoming Videos, it was evident that the time had come for Angela to stretch herself and produce a major recording of herself.

What better atmosphere to record in than the songs of one of her heroines, namely mega-star herself, Mahalia Jackson. Mahalia Jackson was known for being able to sing the simple songs of the Gospel and bring them to life with her spirited singing. No one can bring as much enthusiasm to Mahalia Jackson's songs than Angela Primm. Angela will be bringing the old standard hymns and spirituals with all the dignity they deserve, yet adding her own personal touch which is sure to rapture your soul to new heights of ecstasy.

Now for a couple of stark facts. Angela is not one of those artists born with a silver spoon in her mouth, nor does she have a big record label to finance this exciting project. The truth is recording such a monumental project as this requires money, and a good bit of it. Producers, engineers, musicians and studios all have to be paid at the time of the recording.

This is where you come in. Angela Primm needs your help and support to accomplish this enormous task. The total cost of this memorial project, which is sure to touch the lives of millions of souls, is $28,000.00. That sounds like a tremendous amount, but in actuality if Angela's friends and fans who believe in what she does will help just a little, this mountain can become a molehill.

The Kickstarter program allows you to be a vital part of the ministry of Angela and also allows you to get a much greater insight into who and what Angela is. There will be many surprises for you the supporters as well as some very nice benefits. How would you like to give a private concert for you and your close friends in the Nashville, TN area? How would you like to have Angela sing Happy Birthday to you or one of your loved ones on the phone, the day of that big birthday? How about on your anniversary? A lot of very exciting things will be happening as a result of this Kickstarter program, plus you will be helping Angela go on about doing the Father's business.

Your time to help is NOW!!!!!!

Click the link below to help Angela TODAY!!!!!

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$10 - MP3 download of a song from her current CD

$25 - A signed copy of one of Angela's previously recorded CD's (you choose which one) and a personalized hand-written Thank You note from Angela.

$50 - An ADVANCE copy of the NEW CD and a personalized hand-written Thank You note from Angela.

$100 - INCLUDES an ADVANCE copy of the NEW CD, an autographed picture and a personalized hand-written Thank You note from Angela.

$250 - Want Angela to personally call you on the phone and sing your favorite song to you? Here's your chance! INCLUDES an ADVANCE copy of the NEW CD and a - Includes personalized hand-written Thank You note from Angela.

$500 - Personalized video greeting from Angela and her singing a song of your choice! Includes an autographed Angela Primm picture, an autographed copy of the NEW CD as well as her current CD and a personalized hand-written Thank You note from Angela.

$1000 – (Limit 6) Be in the studio as Angie records the new project. A view from behind the scenes for one day. Includes an autographed copy of the NEW CD as well as her current CD and a personalized hand-written Thank You note from Angela.

$2500 – (Limit 4) Here's your chance to have Angela sing LIVE at your church! Angela will come to your church and perform a concert and/or perform as part of the worship service, whichever you desire. (within 250 mile radius of Nashville) Also includes a private meeting before the concert for you and a few close friends as well as an autographed copy of the new CD.

$5000 – (Limit 2) Not close to Nashville but still want Angela to sing at your church? Here's how! Angela will visit your church (anywhere in the continental US) and perform a concert and/or perform as part of the worship service, whichever you desire. (Travel and lodging accommodations INCLUDED) This also INCLUDES an autographed copy of the NEW CD.

$10,000 – (Limit 2) WOW!!! Come to Nashville and spend the day with Angela! She will show you around Music City and take you on a tour of one of Nashville's famous recording studios! INCLUDES an autographed copy of the NEW CD. (you must provide your own travel and lodging) Your name will be printed in a special thank you section inside the CD booklet of my new album.

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

If you would like to book Angela for you church or concert E-mail her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter her at https://twitter.com/AngelaPrimm .

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Idle Worship Is Idol Worship

Idle: not having any real purpose or value; not having much activity; not working, not active. Vain, or being used ; not occupied; lacking worth.

Idol: a representative or symbol of an object of worship; a false god; a form or appearance; visible without substance; a false conception.

Churches have embraced the art of worship and not the act of worshiping. The art is a perfect setup for an entertaining experience. Yelp, the moves are wonderful, our apparel is trendy, our voices are well trained to sing the #1 hit song of the year…but no power thereof! When you worship the Lord, no idleness or idol-ness is involved. The activity of worship is powered by the presence of the One and only true God, The Lord Jesus Christ! There is no substitute for His presence. I don’t care how learned or popular you are, God is either there or He isn’t. He knows the difference between the art and the act. The art of worship is merely the display of the act (showcasing – displaying Him). The act of worship is when you get the key to open that display box!!! When He becomes free to stretch and flex and do what He wants to do for His people! Whew! He steps out of the box and into an atmosphere our hearts have created, that allows Him to be God and do what He does. This activity destroys sin’s bondages and changes lives. This activity changes people’s hearts toward God. This activity ignites an idle relationship and changes it to active! This activity changes programs into historical events. This activity anticipates His will and negates your own.

Are you for the art or the act of worship?

Scripture: Zephaniah 1:5b-6 (They claim to follow the Lord…but no longer do!)

Song: “Consecrate me now to Thy service Lord, by Thou pow’r of grace divine; Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, and my will be lost in Thine. Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, to the cross where Thou hast died. Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, to Thy precious, bleeding side.”




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Mary Tom Speer-Reid Passes Away

Born in Double Springs, Alabama, on June 13, 1925, Mary Tom Speer-Reid is the youngest daughter of GT “Dad” Speer and Lena Darling Brock “Mom” Speer. Mary Tom spent many years performing with the Speer Family prior marrying the Reverend Robert “Bob” Reid in 1954. She left the group to support her husband’s ministry and raise her family of three children: Teresa Ann Reid Fontaine (1955), Cynthia Lee Reid (1958), and Timothy Scott Reid (1960). They moved to Ohio in 1961 where they lived and pastored until Bob’s death in December of 1968. After the untimely death of her husband, Mary Tom and children moved back to Nashville in 1969. She returned to the Speer Family on a limited basis for special concert appearances in the early 1980’s and continued to appear with the Speers until the retirement of the group. Mary Tom has also been a staff member of the Ben Speer’s Stamps-Baxter School of Music, secretary for Ben Speer Music, and quite active in the Gaither Homecoming Series.

Led by family patriarch George Thomas Speer (1891-1966), the Singing Speer Family was a well-known gospel group with its origins in Alabama. George Thomas "Dad" Speer, Lena Brock "Mom" Speer, and their children, Brock, Rosa Nell, Mary Tom, and Ben, were all part of the family group at some point. With the onset of the Great Depression in 1929, the G. T. Speer Family moved to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Speer made a living as an insurance salesman and a singing-school teacher. In 1934, Speer took a job with the James D. Vaughan Music Publishing Company of Lawrenceburg and blossomed as a music teacher and songwriter. He co-wrote many of his songs at that time with Adger Pace, who wrote the lyrics for Speer's compositions as well as for many other gospel writers who published songs for the Vaughan Company. G. T. Speer wrote or co-wrote more than 600 songs

The group was popular for much of the latter half of the twentieth century, appearing on radio and television shows in Alabama and Tennessee and making more than 60 recordings. The Speer Family was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame in 1998. Mary Tom Speer-Reid was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame in 2006.

Mrs. Speer-Reid is survived by sister, Rosa Nell Speer Powell; brother, Ben Lacy Speer; daughters Teri Reid Fontaine and her husband Shannon and Cynthia Lee Reid, son Timothy Scott Reid and wife Pamela; grandchildren Megan Louise Reid Layne, Meredith Lindsey Reid, Marissa Lee Reid, Allyson Rose Fontaine, John Robert Fontaine and Anna Lee Reid; great-grandsons Gavin Scott Layne and Liam Matthew Reid.

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The Flight of the Dove

The Holy Spirit is typified by several different things in Scripture. Among them are fire, water, and wind. One of the more descriptive emblems of the Holy Spirit is the dove. This is largely due to the nature of a dove being seen as gentle and pure.

Several years ago, the Gospel singing group, The Hoppers, recorded what, in my opinion, is one of Ronny Hinson's greatest songs. It is called “The Dove.” I don't think it ever gained the credit it deserved, because it was deeply theological and scripturally symbolic. Sad to say, we don't always "catch" the fullness of songs like that. As a preacher who loves the study of types and shadows, I devoured this song and listened to it repeatedly. I'd cry a while and then shout a while. A little embarrassing to do on airplanes, by the way, but, I did it more than once.

Ronnie's song traces the typology of the dove with the Holy Spirit, beginning with the story of Noah all the way to the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

Noah released the dove over and over, and yet the dove returned unable to find a resting place. Unlike the raven who seemed to be satisfied to rest on corruptible things, the dove seemed to refuse such an inadequate resting place. The Holy Spirit indeed is particular about what He gives His assent to. This corrupt flesh that we struggle with will never be a resting place for Him. Only a redeemed heart free from sin can host the Holy Spirit. Mind you, the Holy Spirit will plead with and urge a person in an attempt to draw one to Jesus, but He will refuse to permanently reside in a house preoccupied by sin.

On one of its return flights, the dove came to Noah with an olive branch in its beak. This symbolized our Heavenly Father, once again extending peace toward man following the flood of Noah's time. That's what God wants for you today—peace. And interestingly, He's the one who extends it by and through the Holy Spirit.

Why not accept that peace today? You'll find that it's a peace that surpasses all understanding.

More about the Flight of the Dove next time.



Tim Hill

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Horizon Records Renews Contract With The Kingsmen

ARDEN, NC (September 16, 2014): Horizon Records, a division of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, announces a new long-term recording contract with The Kingsmen. The upcoming release Battle Cry will continue a fruitful twenty-two year partnership that has brought countless awards and seven #1 radio hits.

“The Kingsmen have been a part of Horizon Records from day one,” said Mickey Gamble. “We’re honored to continue that relationship into the future.”

“The key is to never lose sight of what we are working towards," says Ray Dean Reese, Kingsmen owner and bass singer. "We tour year in and year out to spread our music to people across the country. Our music has a message, the message of Christ. Every night we work to bring His message to our audience. Our goal is to see people saved through Jesus Christ, wherever we're singing.” Today The Kingsmen consist of 2008 Southern Gospel Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Dean Reese, his son Brandon Reese, Randy Crawford, Bob Sellers, and Chris Jenkins.

The debut single from Battle Cry, “Oh Yes I Am,” has made a strong debut, appearing at the #21 position on the November 2014 Singing News Radio Airplay chart.

Battle Cry will be available at physical and digital retail outlets on October 14, 2014.

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Gospel Music’s First BluRay Disc To Be Released

"Gospel Music Hymn Sing" set for September 22 release.
MORRISTOWN, TN - September 11, 2014 - Gerald Wolfe has announced the upcoming release of Gospel Music's first-ever BluRay Disc. The "Gospel Music Hymn Sing" recording will be the first Gospel Music event to be released in the High-Definition, BluRay video format. The BluRay Disc will be released on Monday September 22, 2014 at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.


The "Gospel Music Hymn Sing" was recorded on July 7th, 2014 at First Baptist Church in Morristown, Tennessee, in full 1080p High-Definition and 5.1 Surround-Sound audio. The recording features 30 Hymns and Gospel Classics, sung by 1,400 voices, including 46 well-known Gospel Artists and a 100-voice Choir, accompanied by a live band.

Gerald Wolfe, Producer of the "Gospel Music Hymn Sing," said "We wanted to give the viewer the experience of being in the audience, when they watch the video. A BluRay Disc is currently the only way to see a video in full 1080p resolution. When you include 5.1 Surround-Sound, it becomes an almost-immersive experience, and it's the closest a person can get to "being there," without actually being at the event." Wolfe added, "Greater Vision was the first Gospel Artist to release a DVD, back in 1996, and we're really excited to be a part of moving the greatest music in the world into the BluRay format."

The video was recorded by ViewFinders, and Produced and Directed by Kim White. "When you watch the stunning, full HD video and listen to 1400 voices in 5.1 Surround Sound... I guarantee you will have to remind yourself over and over that you aren't actually in the 2nd row! All of us at ViewFinder's are thrilled to be a part of this Blu-Ray release!" White commented. The Live-Event was promoted by IMC Concerts, and the BluRay Disc manufacturing is being overseen by Tribute Media Source. Landon Beene, President of IMC Concerts and Tribute Media Source, said "We have the greatest musical genre in the world. I'm so honored we have the opportunity to bring the very best quality and cutting edge technology to the viewers and listeners by way of Gospel Music's first-ever Blue-Ray Disc." The 5.1 Surround-Sound audio was recorded and mixed by award-winning Engineer, Bob Williams.

The "Gospel Music Hymn Sing" recording will also be released on DVD and a Music CD.

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Distractions

As Fall draws closer upon us, I will get a break (for a few months) from mowing the lawn. I actually enjoy cutting the grass as it gives me lots of time..to THINK.

I wrote a devotion a couple years ago called “The Rock”- it was talking about a rock that I should’ve moved while cutting the grass, but I didn't. I ended up falling and almost cracking my tail bone.

This past week, I mowed the lawn and while pushing the mower, I received a text from my beautiful wife and I THOUGHT I could text her back and still push the mower in a straight line. I was wrong. I took my eyes off the row and mower for a moment and as my Granny Woods would say; “that line was as CROOKED as a dog’s hind leg! “

It only took a moment.

How easy is it for us to become distracted from our goal? Whether it’s in our ministry, our job, our marriage, raising our children, our dreams or in our walk with God.

The enemy will do his best to distract us from accomplishing the call that God has placed on our life. He’ll use stress, our past, our lack of ability, insecurities, our struggles or anything he can to “take our eyes off of the line.”

We won’t see it coming either.

It only took Peter a moment (with his eyes off of Christ) to begin to sink after Jesus said “Come out to me.” Peter began to be distracted by the storm (circumstance) and sank. He cried out to Jesus and He CAUGHT Peter and saved him.

Many of you remember back in November of 2009 when my brother Jim was nearly killed when a woman was “distracted” by texting on her cell phone and pulled out in front of Jim while riding his motorcycle.

It only took a moment.

There are times when we get so busy trying to “feed the flock” that WE ourselves don’t eat. Are you taking time out for daily bible study, devotions or hearing God’s word preached/teached? Don’t let your “doing”- distract you from YOUR relationship with God.

I am human and I have failed miserably in this area. I have allowed things to distract me from my time in The Word and I can notice a difference.

I’m thankful that God allows us to come back and if we make the time for Him, He will reward us for it. He will speak to our hearts and reveal Himself to us.

Prayer starter: "Father, forgive me for allowing distractions to take my focus off of you. Give me the strength to follow after YOU and be who you have created me to be. Amen."


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News & Scoops


2nd Annual Patterson Promotions Homecoming

Pigeon Forge, TN, noted for it's beautiful Smoky Mountains, family entertainment, and wholesome environment, is beginning to be known as the center of Southern Gospel Music so it's appropriate to be the home for the ANNUAL PATTERSON PROMOTIONS HOMECOMING!

This year's Homecoming included a Talent Search, Morning Devotions by Wanda Osborne, an Artist Seminar presented by Phil Cross, plus two days and nights of Gospel Music, Christian entertainment and fellowship featuring regional and nationally known Artists. The lineup included The Hoskins Family, Ann Downing, The Dunaways, Tim Livingston, The Pruitt Family, Sharron Kay King, Phil Cross, The Wilbanks, and many more. The emcees were the incredible and hilarious Tim Lovelace and Sue and Jeff Duffield.

Pauline Patterson, founder of the event, has a genuine love for people and a passion for spreading the Gospel through Southern Gospel music. In 2005, she ventured into the world of promoting Southern Gospel music to radio. Nine years later she is recognized as a leading promoter of the genre.

Pauline says, “What a time we had at our 2nd Annual Patterson Promotions Homecoming! The Spirit filled the auditorium! The artists that took part in this year's event added so much to its success. I'm proud to say that we work with some of the best men and women of God in the Southern Gospel Industry! They are the cream of the crop. God has truly blessed Patterson Promotions through the years to work with some awesome ministries. If you didn't make it this year, hopefully you can be with us next year. Lord willing, we will do it all over again!”

Make plans now to join us for the 3rd Annual Patterson Promotions Homecoming which will be held at the Music Road Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN on Thursday and Friday, May 14-15, 2015. An afternoon showcase of artists will be added for next year. There is no admission charge; it is supported by contributions of individuals and sponsors.

http://www.pattersonpromotions.com or www.southerngospeltimes.com

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News & Scoops


This Week on Gospel Music Today

The members of Beyond the Ashes and Adelaide Callaway are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of September 14. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Alversons, and Jean reviews recordings by The Missourians, the Diplomats, Revelation and Faith's Journey. An article about The Booth Brothers is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show features singing by Gold City Quartet from the 1980's, exclusive video of New Road, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at Crossway Baptist Church, in Springfield, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Williamsons at The Creekside Gospel Music Convention, in Pigeon Forge, TN. In the news are The Goulds, Three Bridges and Ray Stevens.

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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Woman to Woman

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Angela Primm

This month's Woman to Woman features Gaither Homecoming favorite Angela Primm!

Woman to Woman: Angela Primm from Absolutely Gospel on Vimeo.



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Mark Bishop - What It’s All About

Staff writer Jamie Vaughn sits down with Mark Bishop to talk about his latest record!

Jamie Vaughn: Mark, it’s always great to get the chance to sit down with you. Tell our readers what has been going on in Mark Bishop’s world?

Mark Bishop: It has been another busy year of traveling and telling folks the good news of Jesus. If ever there was a time that folks needed to hear some good news, it’s now. I have been enjoying singing a lot of new songs from the new CD that we just released entitled This Is What It’s All About. Anyone that knows my music knows that I am always trying to find new ways to be creative in my songwriting and recording; I’m always looking for new ways to tell that “old, old story”. I enjoyed having my daughters in the studio with me on this last album. It was the first time since I had recorded music with my dad and my brother that I have worked in the studio with family. It was a very emotional thing to do.

JV: Just in case someone just arrived on the planet yesterday, give a brief history including your ministry with your dad and Kenny.

MB: Well, for folks that don’t know, I traveled with my dad and my brother in a band for about 17 years in a Southern Gospel group that went by our family name The Bishops. We traveled all across the country in a big blue bus with talented musicians and singers, and the Lord blessed us in a number of ways. What a wonderful privilege it was to spend so much time making great music with great people. I am thankful that God blessed us in the way that He did.

JV: I know that you have a great new recording out as you’ve mentioned a moment ago. Tell us about This Is What It’s All About.

MB: I am very fortunate to be creatively partnered with a record company that sees merit in an artist exploring their talents to the fullest. I have recorded many albums with the folks over at Crossroads Music in Asheville, North Carolina, and they really have their finger on the pulse of what music lovers want to experience. My co-producer and friend, Jeff Collins, has been as big a part of this music ministry as anybody. Without him, folks would never have heard the songs Can I Pray For You, I Got Here As Fast As I Could or My Name is Jesus! Of course he would be the first to tell you about the talents of the other people on the team; the fellow musicians, the engineers, the executive producers, the marketing and radio departments, and he’d be right that they are invaluable. But I really have trouble taking too much credit for a new album when the contributions of so many talented people are all over the thing. But I can say this: we can make a great album!

Regarding the new song, Love’s Gonna Get You Yet, we had so much fun in the studio just figuring out how to approach this song. It was such a good message. It addresses someone who might be in a dark place and is wondering if Jesus can really help their situation. It is such a happy answer to that question. It’s like a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Musically, we just wanted to make it joyful and interesting. We knew the lyric was solid.

The Devil’s Playing Chess is one of those story songs that I love to write and sing. All of us know that old preacher who seems to take the most complex problem and put it in a vernacular that helps us understand it. That’s what this is.

JV: Has the mission and vision for your ministry remained the same or has it differed slightly since your solo ministry began ?

MB: This year, 2014, marks my 30th year in Gospel Music. We started back in 1984 recording albums and singing at concerts. I think that if you sing music about Jesus Christ and that He died upon a cross so that we could one day go to live with Him in heaven, well… your mission doesn’t really change. We are evangelists. We are circuit riders. We are preachers. We are teachers. Our songs and testimonies are our sermons. I suppose that the years and the miles might change, musical styles slightly as fads come and go, but the message always stays the same and so too does the Christian’s heart to see souls saved.

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

MB: Thank you for the good work that you do in helping us to spread the good news of Jesus to this lost and dying world. If folks would like to keep up with what God is doing in this ministry, they can visit us at http://www.markbishopmusic.com where they can sign up for our free email news-letter that comes out once a month. They can also keep up with us by liking our Facebook Page at Mark Bishop Music. Most of all, when they can, they can pray that Lord will continue to bless our meager work for the Kingdom.


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Steven D. Edmonds - Take God’s Hand


Producer: Steven D. Edmonds
Label: SDE Ministries
Website: http://www.stevendedmonds.com

Steven D. Edmonds, a Virginia native, has a love for music on multiple levels. He plays multiple instruments including guitar, keys, and drums. This independently produced project maintains tones best described as a mix of gospel and jazz. Steven's unique baritone/tenor vocal is featured on each track as both lead and overdubbed background vocal.

You'll hear choir-like background on the first track, "I'm So Glad My God Is Real." "Gonna Have A Good Time" is an appropriately styled throwback before "Take God's Hand" kicks off with a great scripture themed selection.

Steven back himself up in "Walk With Jesus" and if you love "He Keeps On Forgiving," hold on - Steven throws in an instrumental version of this number at the end of the album. "Reggae Praise" is appropriately named, and ascribes multiple characteristics and praise to God.

"I'm On My Way To Heaven" stays relatively mellow throughout the entire song of testimony. "Spiritual Wilderness" and "Put God Back in Charge" are medium tempo'd numbers with a little piano extra thrown in to spice things up. An up-beat "church style" instrumental called "The Procession" is thrown in with the help of some hand-clapping friends.

The album as a whole was definitely unique and very reflective of Steven's typical style. At times the electronic instrumentation would become recognizable though it never overpowered Steven's lead vocal. Each selection pointed to the Lord, and revealed the heart of the writer.

You can learn more about this artist by visiting stevendedmonds.com



Song List:

I'm So Glad (My God Is Real)
Gonna Have a Good Time
Take God's Hand
Walk With Jesus
He Keeps On Forgiving
Reggae Praise
I'm On My Way to Heaven
Spiritual Wilderness
Put God Back In Charge
The Procession (Instrumental)
He Keeps On Forgiving (Instrumental)

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Balsam Range - Five


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Mountain Home
Website: http://www.balsamrange.com

The Bluegrass group Balsam Range is back with a new album, FIVE. Comprised of Buddy Melton, Tim Surrett, Darren Nicholson, Caleb Smith and Mark Pruett, this is the groups fifth release. Like many other Bluegrass groups, Dailey and Vincent, Flatt Lonesome, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver to name a few, these guys have close gospel music ties. While you won't find every song to be a gospel tune, you will find faith interwoven between the lyrics. Most of the songs are songs about the common man. There is a prominent A Capella gospel cut that is both entertaining to hear and an interesting subject from the bible. It speaks about the Israelites stacking rocks along the Jordan River as memorials to God's power and reminders of where he brought them from. Included in this collection is an instrumental, a couple of love gone wrong tunes, a civil war ballad and some working man songs. It contains original numbers (Stacking Up the Rocks is one) and a few covers (John Denver's Matthew). All in all a great listen. Bluegrass fans will most likely agree. For those tech savvy, it is available on iTunes or via the groups website.



Song List:

MOON OVER MEMPHIS
CHASING SOMEONE ELSES DREAMS
FROM A GEORGIA BATTLEFIELD
STACKING UP THE ROCKS
MONDAY BLUES
SONGS I'VE SUNG
TOO HIGH A PRICE TO PAY
THE FUTURE'S NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE
DON'T WATCH THESE TEARS
I SPEND MY DAYS BELOW GROUND
BACKDRAFT
MATTHEW
EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS (IS NOT GOLD)

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Skyline Boys - Love Came Through


Producer: Jeff Collins
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.skylineboys.musiccitynetworks.com

The current line-up, Brian Alvey, Jodi Hosterman, Chris Little and owner/manager Dennis Powers comprise one of the best combinations of The Skyline Boys since their beginning.

Love Came Through is the debut recording with Brian Alvey and Jodi Hosterman, and in my opinion, one of their best projects with excellent song selection and fantastic musical arrangements. The project kicks off with “It Makes Me Wanna Go,” a song written by Brian Alvey. This, the first single from this album, is just a fun toe tapping upbeat song that features Brian on the second verse. They couldn’t have picked a better opening song for the CD, and it displays the group’s solid harmony quite well. Brian is again featured on the title cut “Love Came Through.” The combination of great lyrics and vocals by Brian make this a great ballad for the project. The Dianne Wilkinson penned cut, “I’m A New Man,” features the smooth baritone vocals of Chris Little on the verses. It is a wonderful song that simply says “I’m a new man because of an old rugged cross.”

Owner and bass singer Dennis Powers is featured on “I’m Not Saying Goodbye,” which is an encouraging song about heaven from the perspective of one whose loved one has passed on. This song is sure to be a blessing for you. The Boys put a uniquely modern twist on an old Stamps Baxter quartet favorite “It Won’t Be Long.” I love it! It sounds like a brand new song. This is how it should be done.

I love when a good quartet does an old time hymn, and such is the case with the next cut “He’s All I Need.” Jodi takes the lead on this old standard and does a bang up job. Jodi is one of gospel music’s better tenors, and his voice suits this song to a tee. The harmony on the chorus is tight and smooth. This is one of my all-time favorite hymns and even more so now! Baritone Chris Little is featured on a song that tells Christians exactly where they should be with “Back To The Altar.”

Dennis Powers is featured again on a great song that he wrote, “That’s Enough.” It’s a mid-tempo song about our Lord calling us home: “come on son, that’s enough.” The project wraps up with two great songs, both of which feature the very talented lead singer Brian Alvey. “Sing It Brother, Sing It” is a song that according to Dennis Powers is fast becoming a fan favorite. When you hear it, you will understand why! Alvey returns a smooth and solid performance on the great ballad “Above The Clouds.” This song features strong lyrics and arrangement the really showcases Brian’s strong lead vocals. This is probably my favorite cut from this CD. They’re all great songs, and I have a number of favorites but this one does it for me.

The Skyline Boys have what I consider to be the best line-up ever for the quartet. With this combination of talent, there isn’t anything this quartet can’t do. In my opinionm this is one of Southern Gospel’s strongest projects for 2014. I highly recommend adding this to your collection as I have.



Song List:

(* denotes personal favorite)
1. Makes Me Wanna Go *
2. Love Came Through
3. I’m A New Man
4. I’m Not Saying Goodbye
5. It Won’t Be Long *
6. He’s All I Need
7. Back To The Altar *
8. That’s Enough
9. Sing It Brother, Sing It *
10. Above The Clouds **

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Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - Open Carefully Message Inside


Producer: Doyle Lawson
Label: Mountain Home
Website: http://www.doylelawson.com

Doyle Lawson & QuickSilver have been making bluegrass gospel music for a long time. And they're good at it. They have nearly 40 albums to their credit and a host of awards and accolades behind their name. These make great music and have a great fan base who love them.

Their latest project, "Open Carefully Message Inside" is once again filled with some great bluegrass tunes that fans will love and that will sure to be a hit in concert and radio.

Some highlights include "Get On Board", "He's in Control", "Will You Go?" and " I Sailed Back"

Doyle Lawson & QuickSilver are a talented bunch of guys who have passion in their singing and playing that is a cut above! Check this group out in concert but head over to their website and pick up a copy of this project, You'll be glad you did!



Song List:

Coming Soon
It's Done
Thank You Dear God
Get on Board
He Made the Tree
Lead Me to that Fountain
He's in Control
Will You Go?
O Far Country
Climbing Upward
I Sailed Back

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Monthly Articles

Love Stories

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Money Matters

Money. It’s what makes the world go ‘round. While we need it for daily living, we want it for enjoying the finer things in life, and while we spend our days working hard to earn it, we turn around and it’s gone. Hopefully, we’re also saving some of it along the way.

Money can be a curse just as easily as it can be a blessing and when (not if) couples argue, the argument is likely to include issues about money.

So, money matters. How a couple handles their money is just as important as remembering to say “I love you.” It’s an issue that often goes unnoticed, until there’s a disagreement, then it’s the elephant in the room that’s stomping all over an otherwise loving relationship.

There’s one thing that Jim and I learned early in our marriage that has served us well in learning how to handle our finances together. We consider one another’s opinion and never make a big financial decision without discussing it together.

Sure, we could make those decisions on our own. We trust one another to make wise choices, and know we each have the other’s best interest at heart, but we’ve also found that having two perspectives gives us more clarity when considering our financial options.

Choosing to make the big decisions together also makes us feel safe with one another. It’s a good feeling, knowing that there will never be a time when one of us surprises the other with an unexpected debt!

What’s the financial situation in your home? Do you need to cut back a little, because finances are tight? Talk about it, work through it together. Do you have a little extra that can be invested into your future? Research your investment options and celebrate the blessings together.

Having open and honest communications about money is vital to the strength of a marriage. Not only does it keep everyone on the same page, it says to your spouse “When it comes to our finances, I trust you and I value your opinion.” and that goes a long way in strengthening the bond between husband and wife!

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Daily Devotion

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Brotherly Love

This week as we flew back in to Atlanta, we had a 2-hour layover in Philadelphia. I immediately thought of its name, The City of Brotherly Love. It made me remember the last time I saw a wonderful example of brotherly love. I hate to say this, but it’s not as often as I remember it once was.

I’ve been known to scroll through a Facebook feed and just cry at some of the hurtful things people are saying to each other. People calling out others’ sins or bad behavior forget that those of us who know THEM know the sins or bad behavior for which they have been forgiven. It’s as if we have forgotten how to really love each other and be kind. One of my favorite Mother Teresa quotes is “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”

Our little town is reeling after the death of one it’s 5000. A young, beautiful, 52 year old mother of two sons, with a smile that could light up a room slipped away two weeks ago after an 8-month battle with cancer. At Christmas last year, Mama was bedridden going on 2 years, while Laura was healthy as far as any of us knew. In less than a year, we were mourning her death, but remembering her heart. Please think today about the legacy you’re leaving behind for tomorrow. Love others, speak words of kindness, type words of edification, be slow to anger and celebrate each day, for none of us know what tomorrow holds and what folks will remember!


Hebrews 13:1 King James Version (KJV)
1Let brotherly love continue.

James 1:19 King James Version (KJV) 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Romans 12:9-13 English Standard Version (ESV) Marks of the True Christian 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

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Daily Devotion

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MATHMATICALLY Held Together

Hey, are you pretty good with MATH? Well, I hope you are, because things aren’t ADDING UP, in this DIVIDED world, we’re going to need every CALCULATION in God’s WORD to have TOTAL victory. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

Scientists have discovered that the universe is MATHMATICALLY held together. And we know, this DIGITAL world was created by the Almighty God and, you’ll discover, He certainly didn’t SUBTRACT YOU from His CREATION EQUASION. Proverbs 9:11 says, “For by Me your days will be MULTIPLIED, and years of life will be ADDED to you.” And, in Matthew Sixth Chapter, Jesus said, “Worrying won’t ADD one inch to your height, but seek God’s Righteousness first and everything you need will be ADDED to you.” And, we all know, “A house DIVIDED against itself can not stand”, so “ADD to your FAITH today and MULTIPLY God’s GRACE and PEACE in your home.” (2 Pet. 1:2 & 5)

Oh there’s so much more MATH in God’s Word that you can check out yourself, but Revelations 22:19 warns, “If anyone TAKES AWAY from God’s Word, He will TAKE AWAY his name out of the Book of Life.”
It’s Pastor Phil, SUMMING UP the ANSWERS with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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Daily Devotion

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Selective Memory: Focus on the Good Times

Developing an attitude of gratitude does not come naturally. We are not by nature grateful people. We are by nature discontented. We always want more or something different.

In the book of Philippians, Paul was writing to the church that he started in Philippi, where a woman named Lydia opened up her home and, along with others, welcomed Paul to the city. The Philippian church even helped fund Paul’s missionary journeys. In Philippians 1:5, Paul says, “I thank God for the help you gave me” (NCV).

The thing is, Paul didn’t have a good time in Philippi. In fact, it was one of his roughest churches to get started. When Paul went to this city to start a church, he was beaten, whipped, humiliated, falsely arrested, thrown into prison, and survived an earthquake. Then, he was politely asked by the city leaders to leave town.

Yet Paul told the believers, “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God” (Philippians 1:3 NLT).

What is Paul doing there? He is choosing selective memory. Philippi was not a happy place for Paul, and he endured a lot of persecution and suffering during his time in that city. But he chose not to dwell on painful memories and instead expressed his gratitude for the good things that had been done for him and through him.

The longer you know someone, the more likely you are to take that person for granted and to look for faults and remember the bad things instead of the good things.

Are you still living some painful memories with some people in your life? You’ve never let them off the hook, and you can’t enjoy the relationship because you’re still holding on to the past.

Your memories are a choice. If you want to hold on to your painful memories, go right ahead. But you’re not going to be happy! Paul had a lot of reasons to have painful memories of Philippi. Instead, he made the choice to be grateful for the people in his life and the work God was doing in and through them. When you do the same, God will bless your relationships far beyond your expectations.


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Weekly Chart

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Monday - September 15, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

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TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
5
10
Hidden Heroes Talleys
1
2
1
18
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
1
3
10
14
I Know Enough Bowling Family
3
4
4
16
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
5
3
14
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
6
6
16
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
6
7
2
20
Listening For the Shout Browders
2
8
7
17
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
9
8
17
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
10
20
12
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
10
11
9
20
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
12
11
7
That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
11
13
12
27
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
14
17
19
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
15
14
16
God Is Big Hoskins Family
13
16
15
5
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
15
17
21
5
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
17
18
19
9
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
18
19
27
3
Watch & Pray Carolina Boys Quartet
19
20
16
16
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
16
21
13
19
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
11
22
25
13
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
22
23
26
2
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
23
24
23
4
Great Big Yes Red Roots
23
25
18
9
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
26
31
3
Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap Ball Brothers
26
27
33
25
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
28
*
1
I'll Take It Jeff & Sheri Easter
28
29
32
11
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
30
*
1
Christ Is Still the King Legacy Five
30
31
22
21
House of Good News Three Bridges
17
32
38
2
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
32
33
37
2
There Is Jesus McKameys
33
34
*
1
To Know He Knows Me Mark Trammell Quartet
34
35
35
5
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
31
36
36
6
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
19
37
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1
Church In the Kitchen Dunaways
37
38
29
11
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
19
39
28
16
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
40
39
7
God Leads Us Along Gaither Vocal Band
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Daily Devotion

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Mind View

“Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.  
 
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:4-6

  Working in the living room, my attention was suddenly drawn to a conversation being held in the kitchen. “I could see what they were thinking,” said my then six year old. “See what they’re thinking?” responded grandma. “How do you do that?”

He wandered off into some six year old explanation — which made perfect sense to him whether it did to the rest of us or not. It made me smile — then, it really did get me thinking!

How DO our thought patterns evidence themselves to the world around us? Obviously our thoughts are our own in one sense — and yet, in another, not really! For one thing, God has an all seeing eye. He knows the thoughts and intents of our hearts when other human beings can’t see behind the curtain. It’s a comforting thought to those of us who know Him as our personal Savior — but not so comforting to those whose minds don’t accept Him as Lord.

Not only that, but eventually what we allow our minds to dwell on at length is shown through our very lives in what we say and how we act. Maybe my six year old had a clarity of vision sometimes withheld to we more complicated adults!

In Philippians 2, Paul exhorts us, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” The mind of Christ. What unsearchable riches and glorious depths in this concept! Yet, it’s more than concept, it can be reality! Jesus — living in us! His mind — thinking in us! The wonder is almost too glorious to fathom, but the intense, rising desire creates a ravishing hunger satisfied only by more of Him and His mind!

We can “see what He was thinking” by His humility, by His obedience to His Father’s will — even to death on a Cross. It came pouring out of Him — a love that encompasses all of humanity with a longing to redeem and restore.
 
“The mind of Christ — O, let it be alive and well in me
The very depths of me!
The mind of Christ — O, may my life exemplify that He’s in me.
 
The mind of Christ — renewed each day — washing earthly
Prints away—
Engraving scenes into my life — that bear the mind of Christ.
 
The mind of Christ — replace my own with His — and let me live
To glorify the One alone worthy and deserving.
Take all — my sacrifice? As nothing! To receive the mind of Christ.”
 

Written by: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG

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News & Scoops


Tune-In Alert - ‘The Music City Show’ Featuring Patriotic Program Tonight

Nashville, TN (September 11, 2014) Today is the anniversary of one of the most tragic days in our American history. Thirteen years ago today the U.S.A. was attacked and we have been at war ever since with Islamic Terrorist.

Showing their love of Country, The Music City Show is devoting tonight's show to all Patriot performances and featuring the Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon, for much of the music. Support The Music City Show tonight and at the same time support this great Nation we live in.



The Music City Show is experiencing phenomenal growth with each new season, so tune in to this program to see why. Remember, tune-in tonight.

This exciting program featured on RFDTV will be tonight at 8PM Eastern and 7PM Central times and on the FamilyNet on Saturday at 5:30PM Eastern time.

The Music City Show is produced by Godsey and Associates of Nashville, TN and more information about them can be found at http://godseyandassociates.com or http://www.themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccity .

You can learn more about RFDTV at http://www.rfdtv.com or https://www.facebook.com/OfficialRFDTV .

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News & Scoops


NQC Prepares For 2014 Convention

Annual Event Largest Single Event Ever Hosted by City of Pigeon Forge, TN!

The hills of the Great Smoky Mountains are filled with more than music these days! Sounds of phones ringing and emails sent back and forth is filling the air at the office of the NQC (National Quartet Convention) as Clarke Beasley, and everyone associated with the annual event, are busily preparing for thousands of Gospel music lovers to descend upon Pigeon Forge, TN for the 2014 NQC!

“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the response our move to Pigeon Forge has received,” Beasley stated. “We set high goals and high expectations when we decided to move to Pigeon Forge, but we would not have dared to project this kind of attendance. Not since the late 1990's have sales been this high and an all-time attendance record is a real possibility."

Especially exciting is the fact that 30% of the crowd for this year will be first-time attendees of the event.

“The NQC is the biggest prolonged group event in Pigeon Forge’s history, and everyone in the tourism and hospitality industry is geared up and ready,” said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. Beasley emphasized that city, county and state officials have all been tremendously supportive and many of them will be present at a special grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, September 22nd, at the main entrance of the LeConte Center.

The 2014 edition of NQC - the National Quartet Convention - will be held September 21-27, 2014 in the brand-new Leconte Center in gorgeous Pigeon Forge, TN!

If you're unable to attend this year's event in person, you can still catch all the excitement via the live webcast. For more information, click here.

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“WRITE ABOUT JESUS” - Take Your Songwriting To The Next Level

For the past 15 years, the Write About Jesus Workshop has been fulfilling its mission to “Inspire and Equip the Community of Christian Songwriters.” Each year, at its annual 3-day event in St. Charles, MO, songwriters from around the country gather for an intense and fun time of learning and motivation.


Sue C. Smith, the workshop’s founder and director says, “We like to say the workshop is part conference, part obstacle course, and part family reunion! Over the years, our registrants and faculty have developed a strong bond with each other. It’s always fun for me to see new registrants arrive on Thursday evening a little uncertain of what to expect, but by the time the first few classes are over, they have jumped in with both feet and are part of the WAJ family.”


Sue is a long-time staff writer with Capitol CMG and has written 9 #1 songs over the years, as well as over 50 musicals that are performed in churches around the world. Each year she brings other writers, publishers, and producers to Write About Jesus to devote 3 days to helping each registrants go to the next level in their writing. These include many Dove-Award winning songwriters who have over 100 #1 songs to their credit.


Over the years, dozens of registrants have used the workshop as a springboard to starting to land cuts on albums, publishing deals, and award nominations. One registrant says, “I came to learn about songwriting, which I did. But I took away so much more. The worship, teaching, songs, and all the people I met filled a drained soul with hope and a renewed realization of God’s amazing love.”


The weekend also includes a songwriting competition. The Grand Prize winner receives a prize package that is worth well over $1000, but the real prize is the chance to co-write with Christian music veteran writers and meet with major publishers. Previous Grand Prize winners are now writing musicals for top publishing houses as well as getting cuts with major label artists.


This year for the first time, a track for kids 9-14 years old is being launched. It’s called “Kids Write About Jesus” and is being hosted by WAJ veterans Nick and Allie Lapointe. Sue says the kids' track is nearly filled ,and she is incredibly excited about the chance to raise up the next generation of Christian songwriters.


Whether you are just beginning on your songwriting journey or you're a seasoned writer, you will be encouraged, inspired and motivated by attending the Write About Jesus Workshop.


Several discounts are available and are described on the Workshop link. For more information or to register on line and pay through the site’s secure shopping cart go to

http://www.writeabout.jesus.com.

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Music Legend Pat Boone, Mandisa, Dr. Bobby Jones, And Danny Gokey Added To The 45th Annual GMA Dove

Star-Studded Southern Gospel Medley of Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, Wayne Haun and Ernie Haase & Signiture Sound Added To Show Lineup
GMA Dove Awards to air on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Sunday, October 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 10, 2014) – The Gospel Music Association has announced the latest additions to the presenter and performer roster for the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards including: music icon and 2003 GMA Hall of Fame inductee Pat Boone; Dove and Grammy Award winner Mandisa; singer/songwriter and "American Idol" contestant Danny Gokey; BET's "Celebration of Gospel" host and Dove winner Dr. Bobby Jones; the Nashville Super Choir supporting Hezekiah Walker; a star-studded southern gospel medley featuring the talents of Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, Wayne Haun and Ernie Haase. The GMA Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 7 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.; and will be taped for broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on October 12, 2014.

These top artists will join the recently announced co-hosts Bart Millard of MercyMe and Lecrae, as well as Natalie Grant, Hezekiah Walker, Erica Campbell, Capital Kings, Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, author Karen Kingsbury, for KING & COUNTRY, 1 Girl Nation, Ellie Holcomb, David and Tamela Mann, Sandi Patty, Tedashii, Alan and Lisa Robertson of Duck Dynasty and Bill Gaither as participants on the show. The pre-show hosts include Dove Award nominees Jonathan McReynolds and Meredith Andrews.

Nominee luncheon will be held Monday, October 6th at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center sponsored by the Cantinas Foundation.

For Dove updates and breaking news, please visit the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards website, http://www.dovewards.com, as well as the GMA's various social network platforms.

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Daily Devotion

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The Heavy End Of The Cross

For a songwriter, a great idea is a precious treasure. Truly great ideas are rare. Sometimes writers will say of such an idea “It wrote itself.” That’s not really true of course, but there are definitely those ideas that are so wonderful and so insistent on being written that you can’t wait to dive into them. Some of them seem to arrive with directions of how they want to be structured and what they want to say, and others feel more like you’re wrestling a steer to the ground by its horns. (I’ve never done that, but I’ve been to enough rodeos to imagine what it’s like.)

Because ideas are so important, songwriters guard them carefully and choose thoughtfully who they will write certain ideas with. When it’s your co-writer who comes in with a great idea, you feel overwhelming gratitude that you get to be the one to share in it. When you find a steady source of ideas, you want to tell all your friends while at the same time protecting what you’ve discovered.

Years ago my son-in-law sent me a quote from Charles Spurgeon’s final sermon. I’m just going to announce right here that if you are a songwriter, you can’t go wrong looking to the “prince of preachers” for inspiration. Since his collected sermons fill 63 volumes, I think there’s enough material to keep all of us busy writing for a long time!

The sermon the quote was taken from was delivered to a group of young preachers to encourage them in their calling. As soon as I read it, the hair on the back of my neck prickled and I got that feeling that comes when I read or witness something powerful. I knew that the Lord had just gifted me with a wonderful song idea that I would have the opportunity to write.

In the sermon, Spurgeon spoke in the powerful, poetic way he had of the joy of serving Jesus. He said, “If you could see our Captain, you would get down on your knees and beg Him to let you enter the ranks of those who follow Him.”

Isn’t that beautiful? In a culture where people have to be persuaded of the truth of the Gospel and their need for a Savior, and where Christians have to be encouraged and prodded to come to church and be faithful to the Lord, what a striking picture this paints for us of the privilege we have to be in the His army. Spurgeon said:

“He is the most magnanimous of captains. There never was His like among the choicest of princes. He is always to be found in the thickest part of the battle. When the wind blows cold He always takes the bleak side of the hill. The heaviest end of the cross lies ever on His shoulders. These forty years and more have I served Him, blessed be His name! and I have had nothing but love from Him.”

Did you see the song idea? As soon as I read the sentence that mentioned “the heaviest end of the cross,” that word picture wouldn’t let go of me.

Not many days later, I was writing with Don Poythress. Don has written many songs you would know: “The Promise,” recorded by The Martins, “Revival” and “Everybody’s Going Through Something,” recorded by Karen Peck and New River, and “God Of New Beginnings,” recorded by Gordon Mote, to name just a few. Whenever Don and I write, we end up making each other cry over God’s grace and the wonder of His Word. So I knew the idea I was carrying around was perfect to share with Don.

What a time we had that day as we talked about all the times in our lives when Jesus had taken the “bleak side of the hill” on our behalf. We decided to be as true to what Spurgeon said as we could, and as simple and direct as we could in the way we wrote the lyric. The song was called, “The Heavy End Of The Cross.” It was recorded by Back Home a few years ago, and I love how they sang it!

Even now when I listen to the words, I’m reminded of all the ways Jesus goes before me, fights on my behalf, carries my burdens, and sometimes even allows me to share in “the fellowship of His sufferings.” (Philippians 3:10) As I write this article, I’m happy to give people who are interested a little peek into how the writing process works. I’m happy to share the story behind certain songs. Yet I am much more interested in reminding all of us of what a great Savior we have. If you are His follower, think of how magnanimous—generous, giving, forgiving, and unselfish—He is and has always been with you. He always gives so much more than He asks of us. Whatever burden you are carrying, He is shouldering the heavier part of the load.

If you would like to listen to the song, it is here: http://backhomesings.com/music_clips/s/heavy_end_of_the_cross. That’s where you can also download it and support the ministry of Down Home.

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Daily Devotion

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The Holy Ghost or the Holy Guest

The Word of God promises that the Holy Spirit will dwell and live within us as believers. He actually resides within the lives of the children of God. He never comes as an intruder without invitation, but He hastens to arrive where He is invited.

Upon arrival, He is accompanied with fruits and gifts that accentuate the Christian life making day-to-day living more joyous and fulfilling. Bringing love, gentleness, meekness, patience, and other spiritual fruits just as meaningful, the Holy Spirit imparts to us immeasurable grace and undeniable consistency.

As a welcomed guest, He begins to unpack gifts that help make our walk with Christ even more empowering. The gift of faith helps us believe for miracles. The gift of wisdom helps us make informed and prayerful decisions. The gift of discernment is especially helpful in this confused and complex world today, and helps us separate issues that deserve our attention from the ones that just drain our attention.

Once He has unpacked and taken up residence within our hearts, it becomes an easy matter to make our hearts the Holy Spirit's home and not merely a hotel. You won't want Him to leave, and you'll never want to treat Him in a way that will prompt Him to leave.

He's your heavenly guest who has come to make earthly living more complete. Put out the “Welcome” mat and turn the porch light on. Be sure to let Him know where you hide the key, so He can come in at any time. Oh yes, when He comes in, be sure to say, "Make yourself at home" ... and really mean it!



Tim Hill

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Music Previews


Steve Ladd - Heaven

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News & Scoops


Great News For RFD-TV And The Music City Show

Nashville, TN (September 9, 2014) A larger share of the viewing audience is always great news for a television network and spectacular news for a television program. RFD-TV has announced the merger with AT&T U-Verse for distribution of their programming. This takes RFD-TV to a new level of viewership and skyrockets 'The Music City Show' to a host of new homes to see the value and entertainment of Gospel music.

RFD-TV's Patrick Gottsch stated “This is one of the proudest moments in the history of RFD-TV. Today, I am so pleased to announce to you first that AT&T U-Verse has launched RFD-TV as a basic channel on their 200 package which adds over 5.4 million homes to our distribution, taking RFD-TV past the 46 million barrier. RFD-TV is now on channel 568 on U-Verse. FamilyNet continues to be on channel 566. RFD HD will be launched by U-Verse as soon as space can be cleared, but no later than the end of this year.”

This is a major accomplishment is this day and age with the challenges of mergers, limited bandwidth, and independent channels being dropped by cable systems all around the country. More than anything else, this is a tribute to RFD-TV's programmers and programming which combined with the passion of our audience for rural, family-oriented programming has proven to be an unbeatable force capable of doing the "impossible".

Programming like 'The Music City Show' are prime examples of how clean family and even Christian music entertainment is more attractive now than ever to mainstream television. Scott Godsey, 'The Music City Show' producer commented “We are proud to be a part of the RFD-TV network and are so grateful to them for allowing Gospel music to be a vital part of their programming.”

No other channel gets so much support from its audience. To have over 57,000 of the 75,000 public comments to the FCC in the Comcast/Time Warner merger, and to date over 95% of the AT&T/DIRECTV public comments to the FCC about the importance of rural programming is making the strongest possible statement at this most critical time. The national press that RFD-TV has been receiving because of these public comments is having such a positive effect on our unique, grassroots situation.



Patrick Gottsch continued “I also want to thank the executives at AT&T and U-Verse. Unlike Comcast, since the review hearings at both the House & Senate, AT&T has sincerely worked hard to first understand the concerns of rural America, and take those concerns seriously. AT&T did so in a most expeditious manner. To go from our first meetings just a few months ago to an actual launch today is a real testament to AT&T's commitment of being a partner with RFD-TV to better serve the needs and interests of rural America.”

This is a huge step forward, but only a step. We still have a lot of work to do. However, I firmly believe that this announcement with AT&T U-Verse will help our efforts to get RFD-TV's distribution expanded and secured with the other carriers throughout this great nation.

RFD-TV will continue to keep all updated as news develops on the mergers. But, in the meantime, please be sure to tell your friends and neighbors that RFD-TV is now on AT&T U-Verse channel 568.

To learn more about 'The Music City Show' go to http://themusiccityshow.com or https://www.facebook.com/themusiccityshow .

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Daily Devotion

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Mine!!! Mine!!!!

One of the most breathtaking moments a parent will experience is the first words that their baby will speak. Usually, their first words are "Da Da" and "Momma".

However, not long after that, The phrase "Mine, Mine!" is learned. The baby is usually protective over their favorite toy, pet and parent!

I think one of the first words I ever learned was "French Fry." Oops.. That's two words.

I believe that the reason "mine, mine" is so easily learned by little children is our natural tendency for self preservation and protection.

Sadly some of us never "Un-learn" it.

I'm not saying that we should not protect ourselves but we truly live in the "Age of Entitlement."

Yvonne sees it more than I do because she's in the work force. People want to do the LEAST amount of work and get the MOST pay. "I DESERVE more money and I DON'T HAVE TO earn it."

The mentality that "I know I'm at work, but if I want to text my friends or play on social media, I will" is causing many companies and bosses to set up cameras and WATCH their employees. Then, the employees feel VIOLATED and they sue their employer!

Entitlement.

People believe they DESERVE to do what they want to do.. And no one can tell them otherwise.

I'm so thankful that I don't get what I DESERVE.

If I did, it would be death and Hell.

Sound harsh?

If you have accepted Christ as Savior you have been eternally SAVED and kept from what you TRULY DESERVE.

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

Like I receive a paycheck for singing with Soul'd Out or you receive a monetary compensation for your job, if we got our DESERVED payment for sinning against God's Law and for being His ENEMY...

Romans 5:10 "For if, while we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!"

It would be death and eternal separation from Him!

For me.. I'm glad I don't get what I deserve. I know what I WAS, I know what I WANT to be.

I'm honored and amazed that God loves enough to seek after us and draw us closer to Him.

So today, take a few moments and thank God for saving YOU and giving you a new life here ..And eternity with Him.

Prayer starter: Father, it's so easy to forget what you TRULY SAVED us from. Forgive me. Thank you for saving me and making me new. In Jesus name. Amen.

Vbryanhutson2014

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The Redback Hymnal

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The CHURCH HYMNAL: “It Won’t Be Long”

“There we were! Me and Davy! Shoulder to shoulder and backs to the wall…” So began a quote often repeated to other soldiers by ‘Trooper Duffy,’ an older cavalryman played by actor Bob Steele in the 1965-1967 TV sitcom, “F Troop.”

In this comedy series – one that supposedly takes place at Fort Courage, a fictional Army outpost in the Old West – Trooper Duffy repeatedly makes claim to all the other soldiers of him being the lone survivor at the Alamo.

And in his constant times of recounting his alleged stand in the fierce 1836 battle alongside Davy Crockett, the other troopers are never convinced Duffy’s story is actually true.

“F Troop” was a clean slapstick-filled fictional TV comedy, but in REAL life, true soldiers of the Lord Jesus Christ ARE often found with their “backs to the wall.” You don’t need me to tell you of this same thought being true back in Bible days, for you have read many accounts of God delivering His people.

Without a doubt, each one of us today have had times when we’ve been in pressing situations and wondered if there was EVER going to be a way out. But don’t despair! There’s soon coming a glorious “way out” for all who are found in Christ.

For a glimpse at just one Old Testament account of God’s deliverance for His people, we remember reading the terrifying situation where the fleeing Israelites were sandwiched between the sea in front of them, and the Egyptians closing in hot pursuit from behind.

In such a fearful time of God’s people having their “backs to the wall,” only OUR God could have intervened, as He did for the Israelites, by parting the waters and allowing them to flee on dry ground.

I love to read this Exodus account, and how it is told, “And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, ~ And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians” (Exodus 14:24-25).

Fast forward now to this generation! If there was ever a time in recent history when Christians have had their “backs to the wall,” it is now. And if there was ever a time to be ready for our Lord’s soon return for His own, it is NOW!

Followers of Southern Gospel Music will undoubtedly remember R. E. Winsett’s song telling that “JESUS Is Coming Soon.” The first verse of this song begins by revealing: “Troublesome times are here, filling men’s hearts with fear, Freedom we all hold dear now is at stake…” This song was written in 1942, so you know how much more it applies to this day in which we live.

Then in more recent years, Gordon Jensen penned yet another soul-stirring Gospel song called “Redemption Draweth Nigh.” He wrote the second verse of this 1970 song to read: “Wars and strife on ev’ry hand, and violence fills the land, Still some people doubt He’ll come again; BUT the Word of God is true, He’ll redeem His chosen few, DON’T LOSE HOPE, soon Christ Jesus will descend.”

But in addition to the wealth of Southern Gospel songs that tell of JESUS returning for His own, we also find “the old Red Back book” Church Hymnal to contain many others. One such song is “IT WON’T BE LONG” (page 62) – and I totally agree with the songwriter, Charles W. Vaughan.

This 1937 song begins with: “I’m going to a better country, A land of bliss beyond compare; It won’t be long, oh, hallelujah, Till I shall anchor over there.”

Now, I love and am thankful for the good ole USA, but the saints of God who are ready to meet JESUS have a FAR better place in mind, and I join Vaughan in saying I mean to “anchor” over there. And as G. W. Lane once said in sermon, the saints of God are about to head there without even so much as “a stopover at the Moon on the way.”

Verse two of this song tells of those friends and loved ones we have waiting for us in Glory, and how one day we’ll “with them there, forever be.” Then verse three speaks of those of us who desire our friends to all go with us, followed by them joining us in singing “that glad new song…”

What Paul shared with the Thessalonians of Christ’s coming is still the blueprint for us all today. Paul detailed: “For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: ~ Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ~ Wherefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

Each day we live, we may easily recall past scenes when “our backs were [or even now are] to the wall,” and made so by our spiritual enemy.

OR perhaps we recall other thoughts through use of other idioms, such as when we were “up to our neck” in debt (just as deep as Peter sank into the water). But as we read in God’s Word of those who serve Him faithfully, “MANY are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).

Yes, Christians today ARE faced with great opposition by our spiritual enemy and by those who seek to destroy. But God’s Word is still true. We’re reminded “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

One day, and perhaps very soon, the Church WILL disappear “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye...” (1 Corinthians 15:52) ~ “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 24:44).

A well-known church leader of my denomination once prayed: “Heavenly Father, until Jesus comes or calls us home to Heaven, keep us from worldliness, from sinfulness, from selfishness, from human pride and presumption, from littleness, from lust, from lukewarmness, and from indifference. Make us red-hot in the Spirit and set us afire for souls, blazing constantly with the love of God, and ignited with the flame of truth in all of its purity and power, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen and Amen.”

For all those who are faithfully serving the Lord, our backs won’t be to the wall much longer. Though we’re in the midst of horrendous world situations, saints of God around the world who are ready to meet JESUS can joyfully proclaim the chorus of this featured song and know: “It won’t be long, no it won’t be long, Till I shall join, the ransomed throng; In Heav’n above, with the ones I love, Oh, praise the Lord, it won’t be long.”

…and I believe it!

–– Bill

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This Week on Gospel Music Today

Ben Harris and Alan Brewster of Southern Sound are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of September 7. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is Georgia, and Jean reviews new recordings by New Revival and Tribute Quartet. An article entitled "Married to the Music" about Riley and Megan Clark is this week's Singing News Notes. The show features singing by Conrad Cooke and The Calvary Echoes, exclusive video of Southern Sound, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras at the Absolutely Gospel Music Fest, in Smyrna, TN, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of The Dixie Echoes 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,www.gospelmusictoday.com.

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News & Scoops


Bev McCann Forms Management Company ‘Bev McCann and Friends’

Nashville, TN (September 8, 2014) A well-known personality in the southern gospel industry, Bev McCann is forming her own artist management company, Bev McCann and Friends. Known for her work with recording companies and extensive work in client relations with Godsey and Associates and the Music City Show, McCann showcases her passion for southern gospel music.

Not only is she a leader in the gospel music industry, she is also a singer, songwriter and ordained minister. McCann brings a lot of experience and creativity to the southern gospel music table, and she is excited about launching her new management company alongside a new website.

Deon Unthank of AG Publicity commented, “Bev has been a friend for a long time, and I have watched her grow in her talents and status in Gospel Music. I feel she has a lot to offer with her various ministries and she has the ambition to go forward with what God has called her to do.”

"I’m extremely excited about the doors that God is opening. The concerts and music that we’re doing and the new adventures that are taking us through this year are exciting. It is incredible to know that when you think doors are closing they are being opened. When you have your life in God’s hands, God is opening doors and giving you new directions. We’re going to be doing projects in California next year, so we are grateful for the things that are coming our way. We have lots of fun when we are all together. I am totally amazed of what God is doing for me and everybody else. I am thrilled to be a part of this ministry,” said McCann.

Her list of clients is impressive, including:

Jim Sheldon, known as the Positive Cowboy. Jim is regularly seen on the ever popular Television program 'The Music City Show'.

Gene McDonald is the phenomenal Bass singer seen on many of the Gaither Homecoming videos.

Cambell and Crowley is a Gospel Duet ministry based in Beckley, West Virginia. The group was founded in 1983 by Larry Rowley, the current tenor.

The Lori Jonathan Trio is a family trio with some of the sweetest harmony you will every hear. Coming from the New York, they are not a likely Southern gospel group, but their sound says otherwise.

Rachel Taylor is a fine young soloist who has recently recorded a duet with Jim Sheldon.

Sarah Collins was born and raised in Southern Indiana, the youngest of five children. She says that she doesn't ever remember a time that she didn't want to sing about Jesus. Accepting a call to minister in any way that she can for the Lord lead her, she started singing again and hasn't looked back.

Rod Truman is a man with a tremendous testimony. As a basketball coach, God got a hold of his life and changed him all together.

You can learn more about Bev McCann and Friends at http://bevmccannandfriends.com or https://www.facebook.com/BevMcCannMinistries .



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Daily Devotion

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No Charge

Today Jeff and I were sitting out at a beautiful seaside restaurant having a delicious lunch, when I looked at him and said, “Isn’t it amazing that God has allowed us to be a part of this wonderful cruise so faraway from home and someone else has paid the expense for us to be here?” One of the blessings of this incredible ‘job’ that I have is sometimes our expenses are covered ahead of time and this was one of those times.

All I could think of is how often God blesses us with far greater than what we really deserve, the greatest of these gifts being salvation. He allowed us to be a part of His wonderful family and paid the price for us. When the debts were added and all our sins accounted for, we heard the words, “No charge, the price has already been paid”.


John 3:16
King James Version (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


Romans 5:8
King James Version (KJV)
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

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Daily Devotion

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The Line In The Sand

Hey, you’re not going to believe this, but the other day I saw a LICENSE PLATE on a car with the NUMBER 666 on it. And, you know whose NUMBER it is. We’ve been warned and I want nothing to do with it, or even to get close to it with 665. It’s Pastor Phil of Harvest Chapel with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY”.

Do you remember studying the 1836 battle at THE ALAMO? Santa Anna’s army of 7,000 out numbered the Texans of only 189. Col. William Travis drew a LINE IN THE SAND and said, “I want every man who is determined to stand and fight, CROSS THIS LINE WITH ME!” All but ONE joined him. They knew they would lose the battle that day, but because of their sacrifice, the WAR was WON in the days to follow.

EIGHTEEN HUNDRED years before THE ALAMO, Jesus, in essense, drew a LINE IN THE SAND when He said in Luke 11:23, “He who is NOT with me!”
Today is a day, like never before, when the Lord is calling His people to choose which side of THE LINE we will be on. You’ll have an opportunity TODAY, to take a STAND FOR CHRIST. Make sure you are on HIS SIDE.

It’s Pastor Phil, drawing a LINE IN THE SAND with “A GOOD WORD FROM GOD’S WORD TODAY” God bless!

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Music Previews


Beyond the Ashes - No Sin Greater

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Music Previews


Gordon Mote - Ain’t It Just Like the Lord

Website - http://www.gordonmote.com

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Music Previews


Devin McGlamery - Up Above My Head

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Music Previews

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Angie Primm - Said I Wasn’t

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Music Previews

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The Goulds - I’m Ready to Fly

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Weekly Chart

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Monday - September 8, 2014

Top 40 Weekly Chart

TW
LW
#WK
TITLE
ARTIST
PEAK
1
3
17
Never Too Broken to Belong Gold City
1
2
4
19
Listening For the Shout Browders
2
3
1
13
Everybody's Going Through Something Karen Peck & New River
1(3)
4
2
15
Put It Right There LeFevre Quartet
2
5
5
9
Hidden Heroes Talleys
5
6
7
15
Hey Everybody Soul'd Out Quartet
6
7
8
16
I Can Trust Him Perrys
4
8
6
16
How Will You Plead 11th Hour
4
9
9
19
If God Didn't Care Booth Brothers
1(2)
10
18
13
I Know Enough Bowling Family
8
11
12
6
That Story Is Mine Dixie Melody Boys
11
12
15
26
Say Amen Brian Free & Assurance
1(5)
13
21
18
Not Afraid to Trust Him Whisnants
11
14
14
15
God is Big Hoskins Family
13
15
20
4
Ain't It Just Like the Lord Gordon Mote
15
16
17
15
When Justice Called, Mercy Answered Erwins
16
17
10
18
Love's Gonna Get You Mark Bishop
7
18
11
8
Hey Now Adam Crabb
11
19
22
8
Falling Amber Nelon Thompson
19
20
25
11
Love Them to Jesus Old Paths
11
21
39
4
Never, No Never Joseph Habedank
21
22
16
20
House of Good News Three Bridges
17
23
29
3
Great Big Yes Red Roots
23
24
13
26
For All He's Done Greater Vision
1(5)
25
28
12
Help Me Wilburn & Wilburn
24
26
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1
Oh Yes I Am Kingsmen
26
27
40
2
Watch & Pray Carolina Boys Quartet
27
28
32
15
How Great His Love/Love Found a Pardon Collingsworth Family
13
29
24
10
Prayer Meeting Mylon Hayes Family
19
30
23
4
I Am a Soldier Tribute Quartet
23
31
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2
Who's Gonna Stand In the Gap Ball Brothers
31
32
36
10
He's Still God Barry Rowland & Deliverance
26
33
27
24
I'll Take You Home Hoppers
4
34
30
7
Waste Another Day Watts, Rowsey & Bean
30
35
38
4
If We Ever Needed the Lord Martins
31
36
34
5
Water Walking God Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
19
37
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1
There Is Jesus McKameys
37
38
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1
The Last Time I Looked Freemans
38
39
35
6
God Leads Us Along Gaither Vocal Band
29
40
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1
We're All Human Steeles
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


‘Redeemed’ With Karen Peck Released On DVD

New movie 'Redeemed' will be released on DVD on September 9th. The film 'Redeemed' stars Ted McGinley. Karen Peck has a feature performance playing the part of Rose, the best friend of Beth, and is her rock when things are not going well in her marriage. She helps her to stay strong and fight for her marriage.

Pure Flix films stated, “Our hope with every film we produce is that it may challenge your faith and uplift the human spirit.”

Karen stated,” I can't wait for everyone to see it! Let me know what you think. We really need more films like this in the world.”

You can pre-order the DVD movie by calling Karen Peck’s office (706-864-2082), by email (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or you can purchase it at selected Christian Bookstores.

It's a redemptive story between a married couple with relatable pressing issues many marriages face today. It deals with a lot of the hard questions we sometimes don't talk enough about that creep on us when we're most vulnerable. How far is too far? Just what is adultery? We highly recommend this film for the newly to experienced married couples in our audience.

The Producer/Director, David A.R.White said of Karen Peck, "Working with Karen was such a pleasure, both personally and professionally. She may not have acted in many films, yet everyone could tell she was a consummate professional. Super natural and brought her southern charm to her acting. I loved working with Karen Peck. To me, she is America's Sweetheart. Thank you Karen."

To learn more about Karen Peck go to http://www.karenpeckandnewriver.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Karen-Peck-and-New-River . You can Twitter her at https://twitter.com/karenpeckgooch .

Karen Peck and New River are booked by The Harper Agency. Contact them at http://www.harperagency.com or by E-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

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Daily Devotion

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Sitting There

“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:7-16 NIV)
 
She was sitting there — that's what my friend told me — sitting there all alone in the dark. The problem was, no one could find her. Her mother went looking, and kept looking. She knew her daughter was heartbroken. Even if it was called “puppy love” it was her first break up and she was devastated.

After looking everywhere she could think of, her mother opened up her closet door — and there she was. Just sitting there, sobbing her heart out.

Now mom could have told her — “get up on your feet. It isn’t that bad. It wasn’t a lasting thing anyway. You are too young for that. Dry those tears and get up and on with it.” She didn’t. She ached because her daughter ached. With the heart of compassion she possessed — and a mother’s love she longed to help her — to give her what she needed.

However, this was a new situation — a road they hadn’t walked before. She wasn’t quite sure what her daughter really needed — so she gave her some options. She could go away and leave her alone, she could listen to her if she wanted to talk, or she could just sit beside her for awhile.

“Just sit by me,” was the daughter’s response. So, mom sat down, right in the closet beside her and let her cry. The comfort she needed was just her being there — right beside her in her pain. They could talk later — mom could share her “knowledge on the subject” at another time — right now she just needed her to sit beside her, acknowledging the pain, not leaving her alone in the dark closet.

Wherever you are sitting — you have a friend. His name is Jesus. Nothing is too small for Him to notice, or too big for Him to solve. The comforting Presence of His Spirit longs to come to where you are. He isn’t mocking your for how you are feeling, degrading you for what you’ve done.

He will come and sit beside you and understand. And, the beautiful part of it all is He brings His love — His forgiveness — His wisdom — His healing — whatever we need — whenever we’re ready.

He is the light for our darkness, the peace for our heart, the calm for our storm. His arm is full of mercy — and it’s reaching around us!

“Oh, how I love Him! How I adore Him!
My breath, my sunshine — my all in all.
The great Creator — became my Savior.
And all God’s fullness, dwelleth in Him.”
William E. Booth-Clibborn
 

Written by: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG

The Mark Dubbeld Family would count it a privilege to sing at your church of venue.
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Daily Devotion

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Spiritual Antivirus Software

Have you downloaded your spiritual software? Do you use the Holy Spirit's antivirus software to alert you of your soul's malware?

As protective as we are regarding our computers, we are instructed to likewise be regarding our souls. There are so many threats, unknowing to us, that lurk to attach themselves to our computer systems, that will compromise our ability to function safely. Just by merely connecting to the internet exposes you to threats such as malware, spyware, computer worms, just to name a few. Undetected computer viruses will slow your system down, or even crash it. These threats can only be detected by the learned eye of an antivirus software.

This is also true for your spirit man. We are exposed to threats, just by merely living, that will attach themselves to us that will slow our progress down, and even cause a complete crash. This is not the will of God. The Lord requires us to check ourselves daily , that's right, a system tune-up. God is always sending updates to your soul's antivirus software. When is the last time you've updated? When soulish spyware is revealed, such as jealously, envy, pride, selfishness, just to name a few, go to the root of the threat in your heart's control panel and uninstall the threatening programs! Delete them with the Lord's antivirus software through prayer and study of His Word. He is the only one who can detect such threats that are unbeknown to the human eye. When He reveals them to you, believe they are there and immediately begin the process of destroying them. This process takes time, but worth it to have a well-tuned system!

Scripture: Colossians 3:5-10
"So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you"

Song: "Search Me Lord"

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News & Scoops


Chuck Wagon Gang Releases New Album and Historic Documentary

Dual Release on October 7, 2014


Franklin, Tenn- September 3, 2014- New Haven Records is excited to announce two new releases by the legendary country gospel music group the Chuck Wagon Gang. These releases include a new album, Meeting in Heaven--The Chuck Wagon Gang Sing the Songs of Marty Stuart and historic documentary, titled America’s Gospel Singers, The Legacy Lives On.

Meeting in Heaven is a collection of new gospel songs written and produced by country music legend, Marty Stuart. Iconic musician and historian reflects, “After getting to know the group, I found myself writing an entire album for them--songs I hope will form a new legacy for the current Chuck Wagon Gang.” Stuart continues, “Although they live in the shadow of a titanic body of work created by their ancestors, there is no doubt in my mind the current group will make a mighty and long-lasting contribution to the storied history of the Chuck Wagon Gang.”

The full length DVD, America’s Gospel Singers, the Legacy Lives On chronicles the 75- year history of the Chuck Wagon Gang through rare family photos and videos, poignant personal stories, old recordings and new live performances. The DVD features special appearances by Connie Smith, Merle Haggard, Eddie Stubbs, the Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Daniels. The project was developed by Marty Stuart and filmed by world-renowned photographer Jack Spencer.

“The Chuck Wagon Gang has impacted so many souls throughout the years and we are honored to have the privilege of working with them on these projects,” Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records said. “We are excited to see how these new projects touch the hearts of their new and long-time fans.”

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Daily Devotion

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Gone With the Wind

"There came a sound from heaven as a rushing mighty wind" (Acts 2:2).

What a description of a most powerful occurrence. The Church was born in a day when the Holy Spirit came empowering Christ's followers to become witnesses throughout the world. Luke, the writer of the Book of Acts, could find no greater description than to liken the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to a strong, continuing wind with gusts of incredible, spiritual force.

The wind brought the affirmation of God's presence, the anointing of God's power, and got the appointment of God's purpose. The wind brought life with love, wonder with wisdom, signs with significance, and renewal with reason.

That's only some of what it brought. Have you ever considered what went away as the wind was blowing in the Upper Room?

Gathered in that room that day were 120 people who fully and completely loved their Lord. Yet, they were surrounded by the baggage and leftovers of confused, competitive, and contradictory living. The room was full of "stuff" that had to be dealt with, removed, and expunged from their lives, if the message and purpose of Jesus was to have half a chance of getting off the ground.

Let me list just a few things the wind blew away that day.

Division—Among the Lord's own disciples, there was a constant pulling in different and competing directions. On one occasion, the seating arrangements became an issue as James and John vied for proximity near Jesus. At one point, their mother had something to say about it.

Cowardice—Following the Lord's crucifixion, at least some of the disciples "ran for cover" and sought hiding in inconspicuous places. Can't blame them really. The logical mind would urge anyone to take flight under threatening circumstances. How could such fear be overcome by the faith and boldness necessary to take the stand they would eventually be called upon to take for the Gospel?

Denial—Who wants that on their resume? Nobody that I know. Yet, Peter had to own it. Against his strongest hopes not to, he had denied knowing Jesus not once, but three times. How can you be a leader with that blemish marking your demeanor? It weighed heavily upon Peter every time he went to speak. Who would listen to him now?

Doubt—Ask Thomas about doubt. He's so identified with doubt that his name has become synonymous with it. Thomas followed Jesus, but became so impaired by his circumstances that it became easier to give in to doubt than to resist it.

Aimlessness—After the crucifixion and just prior to the resurrection, some of the disciples scurried around to reclaim past occupations in an effort to hold to some significant place in life. Peter and others attempted to return to fishing, only to discover that a higher calling was on them now and life would never be the same. What could they do?

Failure—Add it all up and the dismal outcome was failure among each of them. No one in the Upper Room had bragging rights. Nobody could claim honorary status and especially not "sainthood." Their lives were spoiled by failure.
They failed at faith.
They failed at discipleship.
They failed at prayer.
They failed at loyalty.

Like a pile of dry leaves on an autumn day, all their shortcomings and weaknesses were strewn about and obliterated by the powerful gust and heavy breezes of the Holy Spirit.

Once the Spirit came, the Spoiler left.

Peter preached with boldness.
Thomas rebounded with faith.
James and John walked in unity.
Luke traveled with Paul.

The rest embarked upon their known world, and began to fulfill the commands of Jesus in launching the Great Commission.

What a difference the wind made.

What's in your life right now that could be transformed by the breezes of the Spirit?

The baggage you carry today could easily be gone with the wind tomorrow.

Tim Hill

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News & Scoops


Faith’s Journey Announces New Member

September 2, 2014 (Branson, MO) - Faith’s Journey is proud to announce the addition of Rich Watson to their ministry team.

Rich came to Branson, Missouri in 2004 after almost 20 years of Government Service. A combat Veteran while serving with the U.S. Army, Rich was honorably discharged after the first Desert Storm in 1991. He then spent 14 years as a Correctional Officer with both the State of Missouri and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

He came to Branson not knowing what God had in store for him but had the opportunity to sing in his church’s praise team. Soon after, Rich auditioned and was selected as a cast member in “The Promise” playing many roles but most notably “John the Baptist”. During this time he also had the opportunity to sing backup with Kenny Loggins, Miss Lilly Knauls, Ireland’s Female Entertainer Mary Duff, and Allen Asbury. For the last six years he has been a cast member of long time Branson Show, Smoke on the Mountain where he played 17-year-old twin Brother Dennis, and currently Burl, the father of the family. He also sings with Elvis Presley’s cousin, Jerry Presley, in the show Presley Sings Elvis.

“Branson has been so very amazing!” Watson exclaims. “I met my wife Anna in our church and we just celebrated our seventh anniversary together in June. We have had the opportunity to serve the Kingdom together on staff at churches and as Directors of Diamond Jym Ranch, a home for neglected, abused, and homeless children. Anna is quite an accomplished vocalist in her own right performing in two shows as well in Branson.”

Watson continues, “Singing with Faith’s Journey fulfills a lifelong dream for me. The first time that I had the opportunity to sing with Jonathan and Deana I knew that there was a great calling on this group. I knew that this is exactly where God wanted me. It makes it so easy to stand with such capable and anointed people. The tight harmonies and lyrics are unbelievable, yet the group has a way of explaining the Kingdom of God through song that paints a truly beautiful and believable picture. I am honored and humbled that Jonathan and Deana gave this South Carolina boy a home. I look forward to sharing the many miles that we have ahead of us as Faith’s Journey.”

Jonathan Edwards states: “We looked all over the country for a third part for our ministry team and God had the right one here in our home town. We are excited about what Rich will bring to the ministry with a great voice, joyous countenance and Godly wisdom. We look forward to having him on the road with us.”

For more information on Faith’s Journey, visit http://www.faithsjourneytrio.com/

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Artists

Cavaliers Quartet

God Has A Place For You

The more I am around church folks, the more I see a bunch of us not getting involved with God's work. It seems that we are satisfied with an hour here, a class there but not ready to go and tell someone about Jesus and His Saving Grace. In most cases, we don't even tell our family about Christ. This needs to change because without Christians out there spreading the Gospel, folks will die and spend eternity in Hell. Yes I said it. It is real. God's Love is a great thing but not knowing the cost of not accepting that Love is just as important. SO God has a place for you Christians. It is to GO and spread his GOspel.

The Cavaliers are in the last stages of our new Song Garden Music Group project. Man it is good. We spent more time on this CD than any other in the past and the songs chosen for this record are out of this world, God inspired songs. Writers like Diane Wilkinson, Rebecca Peck, Tony Wood, Lee Black, Kenna West, and Phil Cross lend their talents to this project. Stay tuned for more details on a release date.

Big Events coming up:

Song Garden Music Group DJ breakfast- NQC Thursday morning Sept 25th

Dollywood Southern Gospel and Harvest Fest. - Pines Theatre Wed. Oct 15th - 3 shows

Go to http://www.cavaliersquartet.com for more info and for other concert dates.

In His Arms!
The Cavaliers

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Artists

King's Heralds

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One Of those Trips

Not long ago we were on one of those long trips. We were riding along watching the sun cast beautiful colors on the horizon as it began to set. The clouds were being gently blown through he sky making interesting shapes as they passes overhead.

We noticed that some clouds looked like animals, others people etc. As we were enjoying the show, one of those large billowing clouds passed in front of the sun.

The colors produced by the rays of sunlight as they passed through the clouds was breathtaking! We were reminded of the story in the bible where Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and was told that he must be born again. Even though He didn't understand what Jesus was telling him, Jesus explained to him that he Holy Spirit is like the wind.

Even though you cannot see it, you can see and feel it's effects. If we will let the Holy Spirit mold and shape us and allow the Son to shine through us, we will be a beautiful picture of Gods love to our world.

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News & Scoops


Jeff Stice To Release New Christmas Project

Nashville, TN (September 2, 2014) Award winning pianist Jeff Stice is set to release a New Christmas Project based entirely on requests from friends and followers of his music.

Since the very first Christmas, music has been an intricate part of the celebration. In the 'Message' the Scripture reads; Luke 2:13-14 - “At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.”

It's only natural that Jeff would bring his musical talents to join the ages of celebrating Christmas with glorious music.

Jeff recently posted a poll on FaceBook asking his friends to pick the songs that they would most like to hear him play on a Christmas project. Jeff, commenting on the new project stated "The response has been OVERWHELMING to say the least. We've had to narrow down the list by seeing which ones were most requested and it's amazing how many of the songs are ones that you traditionally don't see on projects of this type yet, there are numerous requests for these songs. Doing it this way tells me what people want to hear! This project is truly being put together by my friends."

As an added feature of this new undertaking Jeff not only wants song requests but a "story' that may go along with the request as well. Why this song? What does it mean to you?

Stice said "I love reading why these songs are special to my friends. Christmas is such a unique time of the year that it makes those stories very significant."

If you'd like to request a song or send your story to Jeff you can do so by sending it to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Oh and hurry, Christmas is right around the corner!!!

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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The Dominion Agency Signs StowTown Records’ Break-Out Artist, The Erwins

Waynesville, NC (September 2, 2014) - Michael Davis & Associates' is pleased to announce the signing of StowTown Records' breakout artist, The Erwins, to their Dominion Agency roster.

The group is the fastest rising family ministry in Gospel music. They are comprised of three brothers and a little sister. They started singing with their parents as soon as the boys could talk. Now, siblings Keith, Kody, Kris, and Katie take center stage while their parents work behind the scenes encouraging them in their powerful music and ministry.

Their mom, Tiffany Erwin, shares, "We are thrilled to be working with Michael Davis and all of the great people at the Dominion Agency. Mr. Davis has been very sensitive and understanding about the center focus of our ministry and our family's needs regarding scheduling. We believe this will be a perfect fit for The Erwins and we look forward to a very successful partnership together."

President and CEO of Michael Davis & Associates, Michael Davis, expresses, "The Erwins are one of the most talented young family groups to come along in a long time. Their dedication to ministry and excellence in their musical presentation is superb. They are already booked on many major events for 2015. I am very excited to represent this Godly group of siblings."

The group's current single "When Justice Called, Mercy Answered" is in the Top 40 and rising on Gospel music charts. Their debut StowTown Records' album is in the works and will be available at retail and digitally in early 2015.

To learn more about The Erwins, visit erwinsministries.com.
Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/TheErwinFamily
Follow them on Twitter @erwinministries

To learn more about the entire Dominion Agency family of artists, visit dominionagency.com.


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Wilburn and Wilburn Releases Concept Video As They Also Issue A 30-Day Challenge

Nashville, TN (September 2, 2014) Dynamic vocal duo Wilburn and Wilburn have had their hands full as of late, in front of the camera and also in taking a stand.

Wilburn and Wilburn – a Daywind Records recording artist consisting of Jonathan Wilburn and his son Jordan Wilburn – have released a concept video for their song “Help Me Help Someone,” which is on Wilburn and Wilburn’s latest project, “Here Comes Sunday.” The song was a collaborative effort, penned by award-winning songwriter Jimmy Yeary, Country Music personality Cledus T. Judd and Gary LeVox, the lead vocalist of Country Music recording artist Rascal Flatts.

Wilburn and Wilburn has been singing powerful songs since they began touring in March of 2011. When “Help Me Help Someone” was released to radio, it grabbed the attention of Compassion International and film maker David Altizer.

“We knew we wanted people to hear the message of this song and for the audience to know that they can make a difference,” Jonathan Wilburn explains. “We want to help folks in need domestically and internationally, and we found a partner that is willing to help us achieve that goal. We challenge everyone who hears this message to evaluate whether they can help just one person today. Compassion has been gracious enough to help us with our vision and in helping us to release this music video.”

Filming for the video recently took place atop the Fifth Third building, a skyscraper in Nashville, Tenn.



“When this plan started unfolding, we wanted to have an impact with people watching the video at home and engage them enough to where they will want to take action,” Daywind Records vice president and A & R director Scott Godsey – who served as the producer of the video – shares. “There are a lot of hurting people in the world, and this song talks about the body of Christ helping those folks. The line in the song that says, ‘we can all make a difference, and it starts with me’ ... it is our hope that those words will passionately speak to all of us as we count our innumerable blessings today. It was thoroughly enjoyable working with Compassion and with director David Altizer.”

In addition to Compassion assisting Wilburn and Wilburn with the creation of the video, Wilburn and Wilburn have also become Compassion representatives.

However, Wilburn and Wilburn are not stopping there. They are also issuing a 30-day challenge to both themselves and everyone around them to go above and beyond, a mission to help one person each day for 30 consecutive days. The daily “help” can be as simple as assisting an elderly person with their groceries or a commitment to sponsor a child through an organization such as Compassion International.

Wilburn and Wilburn have been long-time supporters of various charities, and with there continuing to be both foreign and domestic needs, they believe that the Lord can use us all if we simply allow him to do so. The partnership that Wilburn and Wilburn has developed with Compassion will allow their audience to have an opportunity to help children who are much less fortunate. While meeting the tangible needs of those children, Compassion also shares the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The video for “Help Me Help Someone” can been viewed by visiting http://youtu.be/66ZDMpOF8Nc .

To learn more information about Wilburn and Wilburn go to http://www.wilburn2.com or https://www.facebook.com/WilburnandWilburn . You can Twitter them at https://twitter.com/wilburn1967 .

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



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Daily Devotion

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Distracted

As Fall draws closer upon us, I will get a break (for a few months) from mowing the lawn. I actually enjoy cutting the grass as it gives me lots of time..to THINK.

I wrote a devotion a couple years ago called “The Rock”- it was talking about a rock that I should’ve moved while cutting the grass, but I didn't. I ended up falling and almost cracking my tail bone.

This past week, I mowed the lawn and while pushing the mower, I received a text from my beautiful wife and I THOUGHT I could text her back and still push the mower in a straight line. I was wrong. I took my eyes off the row and mower for a moment and as my Granny Woods would say; “that line was as CROOKED as a dog’s hind leg! “

It only took a moment.

How easy is it for us to become distracted from our goal? Whether it’s in our ministry, our job, our marriage, raising our children, our dreams or in our walk with God.

The enemy will do his best to distract us from accomplishing the call that God has placed on our life. He’ll use stress, our past, our lack of ability, insecurities, our struggles or anything he can to “take our eyes off of the line.”

We won’t see it coming either.

It only took Peter a moment (with his eyes off of Christ) to begin to sink after Jesus said “Come out to me.” Peter began to be distracted by the storm (circumstance) and sank. He cried out to Jesus and He CAUGHT Peter and saved him.

Many of you remember back in November of 2009 when my brother Jim was nearly killed when a woman was “distracted” by texting on her cell phone and pulled out in front of Jim while riding his motorcycle.

It only took a moment.

There are times when we get so busy trying to “feed the flock” that WE ourselves don’t eat. Are you taking time out for daily bible study, devotions or hearing God’s word preached/teached? Don’t let your “doing”- distract you from YOUR relationship with God.

I am human and I have failed miserably in this area. I have allowed things to distract me from my time in The Word and I can notice a difference.

I’m thankful that God allows us to come back and if we make the time for Him, He will reward us for it. He will speak to our hearts and reveal Himself to us.

Prayer starter: "Father, forgive me for allowing distractions to take my focus off of you. Give me the strength to follow after YOU and be who you have created me to be. Amen."



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Update On Tim Riley

Gold City's legendary bass vocalist Tim Riley continues to make great improvement following a stroke that sideline him in late July. He was released from inpatient rehab in mid–August, nearly 2 weeks ahead of schedule and is now again speaking normally and walking independently with no assistive devices.

While still not up to the demands of a full-time touring schedule, Tim was able to attend his 50th high school reunion recently, the first class reunion he has ever been able to attend due to Gold City's schedule. Tim has felt every prayer and thanks you for all the cards and encouragement everyone has sent his way.

The entire Riley family and all the men of Gold City ask you for your continued prayers for Tim and the group and thank you for your support!


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This Week on Gospel Music Today

The Bowlings are the guests on Gospel Music Today for the week of August 31. Ken and Jean Grady host southern gospel news and concert updates, the Feature Group is The Carolina Boys, and Jean reviews a recording by Natalie Cromwell and a brand new recording by Jeff Stice. An article written by Roy Pauley is the subject of this week's Singing News Notes. The show features exclusive video of The Diplomats, recorded by Gospel Music Today's cameras in Joplin, MO, and a visit to the Gospel Music Today Archives for an exclusive concert video of McCray Dove and The Dove Brothers Band 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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The Song Hits a High Note on Love, Redemption and Forgiveness

This weekend, I had a unique opportunity to view a motion picture that is set to release on September 26, “The Song.” This is a family friendly feature that delves into a modern day look at King David and his son Solomon based out of Ecclesiastes which is found in the Old Testament of the Bible. I thoroughly enjoyed a fresh illustration from the Bible that included solid acting and stellar musical arrangements.

A determined, young singer, Jed King who was known solely on his father’s merit, country music legend, David King, went to a vineyard harvest festival as a last ditch effort to launch his career. While there, he met the vineyard owner’s daughter, Rose and romance quickly blossomed. Shortly after the marriage, Jed wrote, “The Song” for Rose which became a chart topper and the success that Jed was looking for was finally achieved. With success, comes the temptation of wanting more which caused major problems for Jed.

Alan Powell, (CCM band, Anthem Lights) carried the lead role in a unique way as Jed King. Although, Alan may not be a full time actor, his passion and heart for this movie were undeniable. Ali Faulkner, supporting actress who was Rose King, did a superb job in relating the pressures of everyday life topped with the absence of her husband due to his dream coming true. Caitlin Nicole Thomas, starred as Shelby Bale, another up and coming artist that proved to cause temptation for Jed that would cause his world to crumble around him.

I enjoyed the story behind “The Song” in that it was based on scripture and dealt with real issues that marriages are faced with on a daily basis. At the beginning of the movie, the focus on Jed’s father David was brief yet very informative. It set the stage in a short time of the similarities between David and Solomon in the Old Testament with David and Jed King. I liked the fact that although, the movie was very clean however, it didn’t shy away from dealing with everyday issues including suicide, abuse, and pain.

The age old adage, the grass looks greener on the other side perfectly describes this plot. Jed’s life was being blessed without the addition of a music career but it was his dream so he journeyed down that path. It’s easy to sit back and say these words, however, how many times have we been in a similar situation? We knew the right thing to do however, the wrong thing seemed more appealing and therefore we lay aside integrity, reputation, and our testimony to fulfill the flesh including the pride of life. I believe that viewers will be challenged in how they handle relationships.

I recommend this movie as a faith based family film for couples however, I encourage you to look at the rating in the following sentences of this paragraph. This film is rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some substance abuse, smoking and rude references according to the MPAA. Overall, I would have to say that I enjoyed the movie and am looking forward to hitting the theatre this weekend with my wife for a date night.

Based on the storyline, the actors/actresses, and the clever way the point was driven home, I have no other choice but to highly recommend this movie. It’s a solid movie that will challenge you in the way that you look at relationships.

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Janice Crow

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Proverbs 31 Woman - 2014

I'll have to admit that sometimes reading Proverbs 31 is a bit intimidating. It's kind of like reading that letter tucked inside a Christmas card from your "perfect" friend. You know the one I'm talking about....Bob got a promotion and a tremendous raise this year and it looks like we'll be able to buy that beachfront property after all....Timmy has been accepted to Johns Hopkins on a medical scholarship...Jenny got all A's again and the lead in Oklahoma....little Peggy is way ahead of the other twelve year olds in figure skating and should make the 2018 Olympics....and me, I've lost that last twenty pounds and can now wear the same designer dress you saw Jennifer Aniston wearing in People.

I'm always torn between being happy that her life is so great and wretching at the curb. Some days the latter seems more possible. That is NOT my life, and I doubt that it's yours. My life is NOT filled with great news and happy discoveries, but rather trash bags ripped open and strewn about by the neighbor's dog, clogged drains and sewer backups and just trying to squeak through till payday.

The Bible paints this awesome picture of a virtuous woman, so perfect, and so hard to relate to in today's world. I mean, when was the last time you gathered wool and flax for spinning, got up in the middle of the night to cook for anyone or bought a piece of real estate without consulting your husband? The Proverbs woman is a stylish dresser, wearing silk, fine linen and purple. Some days it's all I can do to find two matching socks.

The New Living Translation says, besides making sure everyone has warm clothes for the winter, she makes her own bedspreads. Seriously?? She donates to the poor because she has the money to do so. Her husband is a big shot sitting down at the city gates with the other big shots, while mine still stands on the corner waiting for a bus to take him yet again to the phone company.

The Proverbs 31 woman is energetic and works hard well into the night sewing and making garments for the poor. As for me, Goodwill gets what's been worn to a frazzled thread. Her business deals are profitable and I have to watch my checkbook like a hawk. She makes beautiful garments to be sold at the market place and I sell trinkets in a yard sale.

She doesn't fear the future while I find it hard to breathe after watching the news. She stands with strength and dignity while I collapse in a chair at the end of the day with no makeup on.

Who is this woman anyway? Strangely enough, I think there is still a semblance of her in all of us Christian ladies. Okay, maybe not quite so perfect, but she is just the pattern.

Most woman today have to work. It's been thrust upon us by an unforgiving economy and a society that does not respect the traditional family. We leave our homes with unmade beds and undone laundry to spend eight hours doing someone else's work. I've spent years feeling guilty that I can't be the person I feel I should be, but from now on I'm going to stop being so hard on myself.

When the Bible says she brings her family "food from afar", I'll try to remember that every time I make that ten mile run to Popeye's for chicken. When I put a roast in the crock pot, I'll equate that to Proverbs woman rising while it's still night to give food to her household. I'll consider clipping stacks of coupons and searching for the best bargain the same as Proverbs woman's successful business dealings. I'll think of Proverbs woman's wise words every time I keep my mouth shut to the person who just cut in front of me in the endless checkout line at Walmart.

It may not be a field, but I can buy a Christmas tree without permission or supervision and be quite happy to do so. I can do battle with an overflowing toilet, glue on my own rearview mirror when it falls off and recognize the sound the washing machine makes just before it goes off balance. I can make a decent turkey dinner, but I still know the number to Roma's Pizza by heart. I'd rather bake oatmeal cookies than bread for the family, but surely that counts as a Proverbs woman quality.

I will consider myself called blessed by my children when they show up on Mother's Day and remember my birthday, and I will consider it praise when my hubby still wants to kiss me hello at the front door.

Now, if you can't relate to this, please accept my apology, June Cleaver; but to all of you modern day Proverbs women, give yourselves a break.


Janice


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Tim’s Tales

Growing up we lived next to the high school football stadium. On the sidelines they had elevated coach’s boxes so they could video tape the game. These boxes were small metal stands with metal railings and were located about 30 feet in the air. Plus, the only way you could get up to them was to climb the small metal ladder to the top. I would look up at those boxes and wish I could see the view from up there. You must be able to see all the way across town from up there! For years I couldn’t find the courage to make the climb, I would start my way up but before the halfway point I would become afraid and head back down. Finally, one day I decided to overcome my fear and get to the top. Wow, what a view! I couldn’t see all the way across town but I did see things from a new perspective and I saw things that I had never seen before. I was so happy I had overcome my fear and made the climb. I returned to that perch many more times before we moved away.

Many times God presents us with an opportunity that will give us a new perspective and a chance to see something we have never seen before, if only we have the courage to follow Him. Too many times we find ourselves wanting to do what He is calling us to do but lacking the courage. Sometimes we start out with great determination only to become afraid when we get out of our comfort zone. Today is the day to climb the ladder. Trust in Him and never lose hope. The Apostle Paul said “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13, KJV). The same God who empowered Paul wants to empower you today! Put your trust in Him – you will see and do things you never thought possible. Happy climbing!

Scripture
“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ”. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

Wow, what a statement! We, as children of God are co-heirs with Christ. This verse gives us a look at how much God truly loves us. Even though we are adopted into His family, God treats us as true children of His. That’s because we are. When we accept Christ as our Savior, God accepts us as His very own. And, because of His great love we are heirs of unthinkable riches. Riches such as crowns, mansions and a city with streets of gold. Yet those will mean nothing to us because all that will matter is that we get to spend eternity with Him in a place where there are no tears or sorrow. We have a great Father! Let Him know today how thankful you are to be a child of His!

Make sure to drop us a line at http://www.gouldsmusic.com or visit our facebook page.
See ya on The Road!

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From the Pulpit to the Pew

Recently, I read an article written by a pastor that peaked my interest. He named 10 things that he would change about himself if he were to go back to being a church member, sitting in a pew every Sunday rather than a pastor. His article got me to thinking if I were not on the road singing in a full-time group and I was back in the position where I attended concerts as a Gospel music fan, what are five things I would like to see when I attend a concert and five ways I would conduct myself. This list is not in preferential order. Being on both sides of the fence has been a great benefit to me. Keep in mind, I'm a fan and always have been way before I ever started singing.

Five ways I would conduct myself:
1. I would show my joy and smile at the singers, and hopefully feel the freedom to express my joy, as well.
2. I would sit up closer to the front instead of crowding in on the back row.
3. I wouldn't hesitate to be generous when the offering plate comes by.
4. I would gladly purchase a ticket to attend.
5. I would gladly purchase a CD to help support the group.

Now....

Five things I would like to see as a fan:
1. I like to see a group that has taken the time to look and dress nice (I'm old school).
2. I like to hear well-blended harmony.
3. I'd prefer hearing a live band, but I understand economics.
4. I’d like to laugh.
5. I would always want to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit.

I am so thankful that God has allowed me to experience both sides of the fence, as a fan and a singer. Also, I’m very thankful that God has let me live out my dream of singing the Gospel on a full-time basis for most of my life. I am blessed!

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A Walk In Grace

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Seasons

I know many times in my life I have wondered why some things haven't worked out the way I thought they should, or why some people come and go.

It's hard when people you care about are no longer a part of your life and you don't understand why. The best place to find comfort is in the Word of God. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven".

Seasons come and go throughout the year. We go from summer to fall and then to winter until it becomes spring. That's how life works. People, things, jobs, etc. they are all seasons in our lives. They come and go and they are there to either help us or teach us. They all have a purpose in our lives and it's our job to figure out what they are there for.

So, next time you start to get down about why something is behind you, turn around and look forward because a new season is coming your way and it will be filled with purpose!

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Chapel Road - Who You Are


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.chapelroadtrio.com

Chapel Road is a trio that I am not very familiar with. I have heard their music but never had the privilege of seeing them in person. Their blend of vocal harmony is good and makes them easy to listen to. They are a trio, consisting of Kristen Conatser, Brian Norris and Jacqueline Ratliff. The trio was formed by Brian and Kristen while they were performing on various music shows in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. When a third person was needed, they called on Jacqueline, Brian’s cousin to fill the part. They have had the privilege of singing in lots of venues including Dollywood and at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY.

Their latest project entitled “Who You Are” contains ten songs. Much of their music is original, and all of the songs contain great messages. The mixture of slow and up tempo songs make it an easy listen. Songs on the project include “No Bones About It,” “How ‘Bout You,” “The Cross Is My Shield,” “Pray About It,” and “He Is.”

The ones that I consider personal favorites of mine include “I Almost Forgot Who You Are,” “Have You Been There,” “Rise, Take Up Thy Bed And Walk,” “Bread and Water,” and “The Lamb, The Shepherd.”

This is a 3 star recording. Although I am not that familiar with Chapel Road, I must say they are worth listening to. Watch to see and hear more from this trio. They are committed to keeping the message of Jesus Christ first and foremost in their music to encourage, uplift and lead others to Him.

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Freedom Quartet - It Made News


Producer: Gerald Wolfe & Arthur Rice
Label: Independent
Website: http://www.freedomquartet.com

Former Dove Brothers tenor, John Rulapaugh, has put together a tremendous sounding quartet. They have a full and robust sound, and can sing anyone off the platform! Along with John Rulapaugh, the group consists of Dale Shipley (of Perfect Heart fame) on lead, another Dove Brothers alumnus, Burman Porter on bass, and newcomer Preston Garner on baritone, these guys have a tough sound. If they sound this good on their first recording, imagine what they will sound like once they gel! Oh my!!
The recording starts off with the classic, “ONE WAY FLIGHT”. It features a rich quartet feel and sounds absolutely superb before picking up the pace as Dale Shipley revives, “SOMEBODY TOUCHED THE LORD”.

Baritone, Preston Garner, delivers a fine performance on one of my all-time favorite songs, “HE LOVES ME”. I know the writer, the late George Amon Webster, would have been pleased to hear it!

The tempo picks back up slightly for the Gordon Jensen classic, “IT MADE NEWS IN HEAVEN” and the Harold Lane classic, “WHAT SINS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT”. Both songs feature the stellar lead vocals of Dale Shipley.

John Rulapaugh steps up to sing the Hinson classic, “I WON’T WALK WITHOUT JESUS” and then delivers one of finest renditions of “LEARNING TO LEAN” since the late Pat Hoffmaster’s impassioned 1976 rendition.

The tempo picks back up for “ON A JOURNEY”, as Freedom Quartet delivers their rendition of Greater Vision’s first chart song from over 20 years ago. As a deviation from the expected, bass singer, Burman Porter delivers the lead vocals for the Goodman classic, “I BELIEVE HE’S COMING BACK”.

The recording closes with a seldom heard favorite from the late 1970s, “CLOSER TO YOU”, and John Rulapaugh delivers a flawless performance and a fitting closing.

One may call this recording “The Best of the 70s” as they all (with the exception of 2 songs) came out of the 70s and were hits during that time. I have an affinity for the music of the 70s, so this was right up my alley. The guys sounded great on the songs and the music tracks were very complimentary. With that said, it’s very hard to compare it to the standards and expectations of today’s music. My hunch is this was meant to be a table product, but it ended up being a mainline release for the group to introduce the new quartet. The overall quality is either at or above the average table project, but slightly below the quality of mainline releases. I conclude by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this recording and it will find its way to my ears many, many more times. But I look forward to hearing these guys tackle new tunes with their own unique arrangements.



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – One Way Flight**
2 – Somebody Touched the Lord**
3 – He Loves Me**
4 – It Made News in Heaven
5 – What Sins Are You Talking About
6 – I Won’t Walk Without Jesus**
7 – Learning to Lean**
8 – On a Journey
9 – I Believe He’s Coming Back
10-Closer to You**

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Only One Cover-Up

Matthew 10:26 Fear them not therefore, for there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, and hid, that shall not be known.

You may wonder what led me to that scripture. Well, have you noticed all of those political ads that are bombarding us everywhere we turn? You may not have noticed many where you live, but we have a heated election going on around our area and they are very noticeable. You know the election is heating up when you hear and see all the mud-slinging. The person you chose to get your vote has now become the country’s worst candidate for any job. It is sad that in order to make ourselves look better, we have to make another person look bad. I am sure most of us, no matter how pure we’ve tried to live, would ever want some of our private moments exposed in any type of media. We have all had moments that we prayed would remain silent throughout our lifetime. I can hear my Daddy telling me now, “If you don’t have something good to say about someone, don’t say anything.”

The above scripture verse is very sobering. Can you imagine all the courts of Heaven getting a look at the unimaginable thoughts and deeds you have said and done in your life? That’s what His Word says is going to happen. Someday we will be exposed for what we really are and there will be only one cover-up---the blood of Jesus.

If a spotlight was shown on any of us revealing our faults and failures, none would qualify. God’s Word says ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We will have to admit that some of us have failed more miserably than others, but always remember who we should measure ourselves against. We are not to measure ourselves with others, but with Christ. If we are saved, we are to be transformed and renewed every day into the image of His dear Son. Does that mean we will succeed? No, not in flesh; but we are to never quit trying, because in trying we will be testifying and demonstrating to others our sincere desire to be like Him.

Any of us, when exposed for wrong-doing, would like to know we have someone who would stand up for us and take our blame, someone who is willing to bear the shame, someone whose love transcends all boundaries, someone whose grace is called amazing.
That’s what Jesus did on Calvary and that is what He will do in Heaven when the Lamb’s Book of Life is open. He will say, “What sins are you talking about? I don’t remember them anymore.” He is our Redeemer, Our Lord, Our Savior, Our Soon Coming King and Our Cover-Up.
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Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son, whose blood is a covering for our sins-sins which have been cast into the deepest part of the sea never to be remembered again. Amen

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Ball Brothers - Pursuit


Producer: Information Not Provided
Label: Independent Release
Website: http://www.theballbrothers.com

Push play and the first seconds set the tone for the entire project. Filled with a blend of big-band, oldies "Beach Boys" tones, and some progressive/contemporary licks. "It's Gonna Be A Good Day" is one of those perfect songs to wake up to. It's big band accompaniment arranged in that special Ball Brothers way puts the perfect new spin on this once southern gospel selection.

"Someday" intros with what could have been a movie score, leading into a happy 50's musical selection. About one minute into the song, both styles meet and the vocals only crescendo as they deliver an encouraging message with a bright future.

Harry Connick Jr. fans will quickly identify with brass as they bring in "Who's Gonna Stand In The Gap." In a stroke of sheer genius, the Ball Brothers pull a contemporary hit and totally revamp it in the same style! "Beautiful One" is definitely a highlight of this project.

After you've been on your feet dancing, the pace slows to "Forgive Me." This orchestrated ballad climaxes at the heart of it's plea for the forgiveness and grace of Jesus. "Just As I Am" remains one of the most powerful testimony songs ever written.

Having presented their big band and oldies styles, the Ball Brothers deliver another harmonized progressive hit, just like the ones that put them on the map. "Lead Them To Jesus" has that drive appropriate for perfect delivery of lyric and music, but be careful; You will find yourself speeding down the highway to the tune of this number!

Stylistically, "Behold How He Loves Me" is something you might expect to find at the pivotal romantic point of a classic like "Holiday Inn" or "White Christmas." Tasteful and refreshing!

"You're Gona Need Him/If You Ever Needed The Lord Before" will have you snapping along and singing backup before you know it! Then, "Look To The Cross" completes the project with power and praise.

From the music to the arrangements of former pianist Cody McVey, each song is unmistakably Ball Brothers. To find a pacesetter group out doing what they do without trying to fit a genre or standard is refreshing and exciting. No, this album isn't southern gospel. It's not contemporary. It's really not completely any one thing at all. It's truly just "Ball Brothers." The only part about this project I did not like was when it ended!

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Jim Sheldon

Even After

“Her Witness still shares the Gospel, Even After!”

God is The Giver of Life. He determines when and where each person is born. Once a person is born, God allows that person to exercise their free morel will. In that free morel will, we make our own choices based on the influences around us. No matter where we are born or what influences, good or bad, we are raised with. God is always there trying to draw us to Him!

God will never violate our free will and force us to receive Him. But He will allow people, things, troubles, trials and situations to come against, all the while reaching out to us, if should call upon Him. God will save anyone willing to ask and will mightily use them.

May 3rd, my sister would have been 53. After our parents divorced, she got heavily into drugs & alcohol. The drugs & alcohol kept her bound for many years. Everyone in the family had given up on her, except Mom and me.

Finally, good influences came through new friends that got her and Mom involved in AA! She took to it very well. Eventually, she got saved through Bible teaching, which gave her new direction. God had been there throughout this whole process.

I got to see the wonderful change, back to her sweet self! She became one of the best influences in AA for others still struggling. I had gotten busy myself, serving Jesus in gospel music. Years went by, and then got a call. She had been found dead (age 40) in her condo, from a blood clot in her brain.

As I drove through the night, my grief soon moved, as I prayed, to joy! I knew she was saved and without a doubt she was home with Jesus. At her service, 300+ people came, one at a time. Each sharing how her walk with Jesus and her testimony she always shared; helped them from their own addictions to being saved by Jesus Christ!

In Memory of My Sister: Barbara Sheldon!

“Even After”
(Jim Sheldon & Scott Godsey)
Performed on “The Music City Show” Airing May 29, 2014 RFD TV (8pm/7c)
**New Release on Double E Promotions”
Christian Country Gospel Disc

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Selah - You Amaze Us


Producer: Jason Kyle/Todd Smith/Allan Hall/Jordan Mohilowski/Ed Cash
Label: Curb Records
Website: http://www.selahonline.com

Most people within Southern Gospel circles haven’t been privileged to be exposed to the music of Selah. Starting out about 16-17 years ago by singing hymns with their own unique arrangements, the group has been wildly successful by winning five Dove Awards. They have built their success largely because of their emphasis on the church and the lost through singing hymns, anthems and power ballads. The group sings a lot of songs with themes that those who listen to Southern Gospel music hold near and dear to their hearts such as the blood, the cross, salvation, heaven and the hymns that are at the foundation of our beliefs. I have been a huge fan of Selah for several years and love their arrangements as they appeal to the dramatic side of my brain and I love their songs, as they minister to me in so many ways.

Featuring the soaring vocals of Todd Smith and Amy Perry (two of the best vocalists in gospel music today) as well as the piano and vocal artistry of Allan Hall, Selah isn’t the average CCM/Inspirational group. I think many within our industry would truly enjoy their music, especially those who enjoy such groups as the Hoppers, Hoskins Family, Gaither Vocal Band, Brian Free & Assurance, Nelons, Talleys, Crabb Family and so forth. But I digress…back to the review…

The recording starts out with the powerful title song, “YOU AMAZE US” before picking up the tempo with the Praise & Worship, “OH, OUR LORD”, both songs feature the powerful vocals of Todd Smith.

The dramatic, power ballad, “AT THE CROSS” is next and features the amazing vocals of Amy Perry (I love the texture of her voice). Featuring a bridge of the classic hymn “At Calvary”, the song paints a mental picture of what Christ did for us…”At the cross, Your glory bore my shame…You suffered in my place…the Prince of Heaven died…death became alive…You gave everything for us…at the cross!”

Todd steps back up for the worshipful, “MORE AND MORE OF YOU” before moving on to the anthem, “BE (MY HEART, MY HANDS, MY VOICE)”. Featuring all three members of Selah, the song is a challenge to the church to “come, anyone who wants, deny yourself, take up your cross, follow me, no matter the cost, be My heart, My hands, My voice”.

Amy delivers what is quite possibly the most powerful rendition of the hymn, “JUST AS I AM” that I have ever heard. Giving it a fresh musical update, and adding a chorus, the song is the cry of any human being coming before God Himself…“I come to you wretched and blind, in need of healing in my mind, I come to you broken and poor, oh I am empty I have nothing more…O Lamb of God I come!” By the end of this song, you can’t help but find yourself bowed at the feet of Jesus.

The pace picks up with the Andrae Crouch classic, “SOON AND VERY SOON”. Because of Todd’s deep roots as a missionary’s kid from the Congo in Africa, the group always provides a song on each recording that features lyrics translated into the Congolese dialect and these moments are always highlights of each recording.

Amy once again delivers another powerhouse performance on the song, “O THE BLOOD”. Again, reminding us of the ultimate sacrifice paid on the cross, the song conveys the powerful message, “O the blood of Jesus washes me, o the blood of Jesus shed for me, what a sacrifice that saved my life, yes the blood it is my victory!”

After several power ballads and anthems, the group scales things back a bit to basic instrumentation on a couple of songs as Todd steps back up to deliver a very heartfelt performance on the classic, “I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS” before he and Amy delivers a “gospel” rendition of the hymn, “THE OLD RUGGED CROSS”. Both songs are more than ably accompanied by group member Allan Hall on piano and are highlights of the recording.

The group picks things up for a gritty, bluesy, grungy rendition of the hymn, “VICTORY IN JESUS”. Not everyone will like their rendition of this song, but I think it’s a highlight of the recording.

Allan Hall delivers an impassioned performance on “NEARING HOME”, which pays tribute to Evangelist Billy Graham before the group turns in another scaled back rendition of the classic hymn, “IN THE GARDEN”. Each member taking a verse, the song provides a tremendous moment of meditation before the recording closes out with the powerful, “WE MUST NOT”, which features Todd. Written from the perspective of persecuted believer, the song challenges us all, “Brother won’t you bear my burden, I need you to stand with me, there are souls to be won, and I may be a martyr starring at a gun, but we must not keep the Gospel from anyone.”

This is a massive recording and is quite possibly the best recording they’ve ever done. Filled with classic hymns and great new songs, dramatic arrangements and stellar vocals, Selah is at their best with this recording. I do believe I have found my favorite 2014 release with this recording. I find myself listening to it over and over again, and finding something new to like with each listen. If you’ve never given a second thought about Selah, now is the time and this is the recording!



Song List:

(stars denote personal favorites)
1 – You Amaze Us**
2 – Oh, Our Lord
3 – At the Cross**
4 – More and More Like You
5 – Be (My Heart, My Hands, My Voice) **
6 – Just As I Am**
7 – Soon and Very Soon
8 – O The Blood**
9 – I’d Rather Have Jesus
10-The Old Rugged Cross**
11-Victory in Jesus**
12-Nearing Home**
13-In the Garden
14-We Must Not (Bonus Track from “The Insanity of God”) **

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Mark Dubbeld Family

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Not Even A Hand-Shake

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)

To be known as a person who “keeps their word” is a treasure indeed! They say that a person’s hand-shake used to be all that was needed – along with their word. That was their contract – if it was “said,” it was as good as “done.” See, although popular opinion seems to declare, “Promises are made to be broken,” the real truth of the matter is, “promises are made to be KEPT!”

All of us have most likely known the joy of someone following through on a promise. Many of us have known the disappointment and heartbreak when someone has not followed through. However, there is One who makes promises He keeps. He is our God! The Almighty! Our Provision and our Provider!

Whatever He promises He does. It might not always be in just the time frame we think He ought to do it – but if we will not get in a hurry, we will SEE His promises fulfilled.

Remember when God promised Abraham a son? Not only Abraham, but his wife Sarah even fell prey to the tempting thought that they needed to “help God out” on making sure He kept His promise. The truth was, God was faithful – whether they humanly saw His faithfulness at that moment or not. He wasn’t “backing up” on keeping His Word. It just wasn’t His appointed time to bring fulfillment to the promise given. Even after their colossal sin – that still brings repercussions to the world to this day – God still kept His promise. He gave them Isaac – who is known as “the son of promise.”

In Numbers 22 & 23, there is another incredible account of God keeping His promise! Israel is God’s chosen people. As they travel to the plains of Moab, the King of Moab, Balak, and his people take a look at what God had enabled them to do to other enemies. Then, they take a look at how many of them there are. They are terrified! Balak is sure He can convince Balaam to bring a curse on these people. No matter what they tried, God would not allow it. God even made a donkey talk to get Balaam’s attention! Still, Balak was determined. Even after Balaam couldn’t do it the first time, Balak takes him to a place where he can see ALL the people. When Balaam consults with God, this is the message he receives to take back to Balak. “God is not a man, that he should lie. He is not a human, that he should change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? I received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot reverse it!” Numbers 23:19, 20 (NLT) Hallelujah! We serve the same God today! He doesn’t change His mind! He doesn’t promise and not fulfill! He keeps whatever promises He makes – we can STAND on that!

There is a wonderful, gospel song; we used to sing a lot in camp meeting. The chorus goes like this, “Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God my Savior. Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.” Recently, I heard a story of one of the older ladies I know that has served God for years. Whenever she was facing something extremely difficult, she would take a little card of scripture that was her promise from God, and as her reminder, she would place it in her shoe. That way, everywhere she went, she was literally standing on the promises of God!

The real affirmation of God’s promises to us is found in His Son, Jesus Christ. The NLT translation of II Cor.1:19b – 20 put it like this, “. . . and he is the Divine Yes – God’s affirmation. For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Him.” Jesus is the Way, The Truth, The Life. He is the One we can count on!
His Resurrection brings our eternal life. We can rely on His Promise. His Word – doesn’t even need a hand-shake!

Written by: Janene A. Dubbeld/FGG

The Mark Dubbeld Family would count it a privilege to sing at your church of venue.
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And Now For Something Different

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Never Too Late For The Real Party

I'm psychologically late to this party called The National Quartet Convention and Southern Gospel Music Industry. I go each year to Louisville kicking and screaming with my husband (this year it's in Pigeon Forge). I go mainly to see the people; to chuckle about hair styles, towering banners, buses they can't afford, and circus-like booths on the midway of trinkets. I LOVE these people though. I adore them, even in their quirkiness. (I probably wrote the book on quirky, but whatever).

I'm less of a fan of the whole stereo-typed music industry thingy. Yet, Jeff and I grow more each day in creating engaging friendships with the people we love so much. And now living in Nashville, not a day goes by that we aren't stirred by their influence, their human discourse, their ache for bookings, their financial turmoil, their strive to live, write and dream. I watch. I observe their huge hearts for survival in this fickle-demanding "entertain me" church world.

Jeff and I look like latecomers, or maybe we're actually retro newcomers to this party. Not sure. We were way too early to that crazy party back in the 70s. Our music was probably a bit too hip for the room. Singing with Sammy Hall and then later turning down offers to play and sing for other musicians' dreams, we decide to write and create our own space. From the inside world of this progressive gospel inspirational music bandwagon, Jeff is an influence. Me? Maybe not so much. But my prayer is: "God, help me to inspire others. Help me to encourage, build up and edify other musicians." That's what I love to do.

Holy Spirit-filled musicians and songwriters need to think and dream bigger, beyond their expected audience criteria or cultural demands. I ask God to "open doors", and He does. I ask God to open my ears, and He does. I even ask God to blow my socks off and knock me off my feet. And He does. And He did. Last night. Set your musical preferences aside for six minutes.

Meet new friends, The Wilbanks. This is another level. This is anointed Holy Spirit infused music, in my own opinion. It transcends genre, gets beyond the brick wall barren land and brings together the vast separation between the stage and seats. Musicianship. They've been around for years. I hadn't heard them until last night in Pigeon Forge at Patterson Productions Homecoming. I love when I'm speechless, moved to tears and forced to experience worship music that not only feeds my soul, but feeds my insatiable palette as a musician starved for musical worship experience.

And the best part of this particular Wilbanks video? Besides the fact that they aren't "young", it's the shock, awe and utter hush of the NQC center stage audience that are blown away. Pockets of praise and adoration went on for several minutes, even after the video is over. How incredible, that the very venue, which has had its preferences, its buy-out, its struggling narrow ways - now becomes a sanctuary. Music, filled with God's anointing does this.

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Joseph Habedank - Welcome Home


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

Highly favored is the adjective that I would use to describe Joseph Habedank and the ministry that he shares week in and week out. I can remember his first few years with the Perrys and how mature his vocal abilities improved over time while with the group. During that time, I remember his songwriting collaborations with Matthew Holt like ALMOST MORNING. I also remember when Joseph announced is departure from the Perrys to embark on a solo career. Up until this point, God used this young man in a tremendous way through his ability to communicate the Gospel through music as well as through his pen as he wrote songs that glorified the King! I’m excited to tell you that the story for Joseph Habedank doesn’t conclude there! His tenure with the Perrys and his God given ability to write songs prepared him for arguably one of the most important seasons of his ministry. WELCOME HOME is the debut recording from Daywind Records that features former
drummer of Brian Free & Assurance, Ricky Free as the arranger and producer.

The title track, WELCOME HOME, introduces the recording with an upbeat light hearted feel that perfectly describes freedom in Christ. There’s nothing like the feeling of being welcomed home! BEGGING FOR CHANGE is a guitar driven melody that keeps this country flavored song up tempo. These songs are fresh, encouraging, and different than anything that you’ve probably heard Joseph sing. BIG ENOUGH is a ballad that reminds me of a song that Rascal Flatts may record. The song is a story of regardless of the storm or the mountain, God is BIG ENOUGH to move in the situation. NEVER NO NEVER has a Gospel feel to it with the message that God’s people won’t be forsaken. EMPTY is another unique song with an unusual melody featuring Russ Taff. THE BEAUTY OF THE BLOOD, WONDERS WITH WATER, NOW I KNOW HIM and others are on this recording that can be downloaded on itunes as well as purchased from http://www.josephhabedank.com.

I am truly encouraged with a fresh recording by a young artist with substance! His heritage is thematic throughout the recording. No recording is perfect but with that being said, it’s the most well produced, well written, and well recorded project I have heard in a long time. I am going to give this recording 4.5 stars!



Song List:

• Welcome Home     
• Begging For Change     
• Big Enough     
• Never No Never     
• Empty (Featuring Russ Taff)
• The Beauty Of The Blood
• Wonders With Water
• Now I Know Him
• A Little Bit Of Thunder
• When The Lights Go Down

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The Hoppers - In Conversation

Deon sits down with the First Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers, this month!

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The Butler Did It

One of the earliest cliches I remember learning as a child, was "The Butler Did It". It became a well known phrase because so many murder mystery stories ended with the revelation that the Butler was indeed the killer.

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a mix of 1970's Pop and Country Songs. And because I was a teenager in the '70's, I knew most of these songs pretty well and sang along in the car as loud as I could. The people in the other cars around me didn't bother me at all. I was having a good time.

But after I had listened to a few Love Songs, and some old Disco numbers, I got to some "story" songs. Three of the songs were about someone being murdered. In one of the Country songs, the singer's Father has murdered the Mother, and the Man he found with her. I thought that was a pretty strong stand to take in a lyric, especially if you were wanting to get a professional recording artist to sing it. Who wants to sing about their Father killing their Mother? But what I heard next, really got me thinking. The next two songs were murder mysteries, and by the end of the song, we find out that the person singing the song is the one who committed the murder! Wow! I began to wonder how hard a sell it must have been to get these songs recorded. Who wants to take on the role of a murderer?

I heard one time that Tony Orlando originally turned down his signature song, Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree" because the first line has the singer returning home from prison. Thankfully, he saw past that and sang the song anyway.

I began to think about other popular songs through the years that painted the singer in a bad light, but became big hits anyway. Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" contains the line "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." And most of Merle Haggard's early hits had the singer still in prison or adjusting to life outside the jailhouse.

Then I began to think about the lyrics we write for so many of our Gospel songs. When we talk about sin, certainly we can all relate to that. Even the great Hymns of the church refer to the singer as a "wretch", a "worm" and "undone". But the good news is, that in Gospel music, we don't have to remain in that condition. Those vivid pictures should only be used to portray how far God had to go to make us "Redeemed".

Sometimes I've seen and heard writers of Gospel music take the idea of painting the "sin" picture too far, by writing about specific "sins". Addictions, such as drugs, alcohol, pornography, are all certainly things that can be put under the blood of Christ, but not every professional singer is going to relate to that particular sin. And even if they do, that may be a part of their testimony that they are not willing to share in detail. Also "lying", "cursing" and "cheating on your taxes, or your spouse" can also be put under the Blood of Christ. But again, do you really think you're going to get someone else to sing those details if you put them in your Gospel Lyric?

If you write about "sin", then you've covered it all, and any singer can relate to it, as well as anyone listening. The listener will fill in the details based on their own experiences. Gospel music has the greatest "Story" ever told. And it's a True Story. When you write "sin" into your lyric, remember that you are most often asking the recording artist to admit - THE SINGER DID IT!

Until next time, keep on writing . . .

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The McKameys - 50


Producer: Jeff Collins, Roger Fortner
Label: Horizon Records
Website: http://www.mckameysonline.com

The McKameys reached a monumental milestone with the release of 50 as this is their 50th recording. Appropriately, the first cut from this project was also the first cut on the very first album the McKameys ever recorded, "Don’t Forget The Family." Probably, in my opinion, one of the best songs on this CD is one penned by McKameys alto, Sheryl Farris, "Undeserved." Also written by Sheryl is "There Is Jesus," which is the first radio single from the project. The verses split up between Peg, Sheryl and Connie. I predict this will be a huge concert song for the McKameys. After garnering a #1 song with "Unspoken Request" from their CD Precious Seed, Roger has since provided vocals on one song each album following. Roger brings an excellent performance on another song written by Sheryl, "Pure Satisfaction. " Roger’s son, Eli, is also featured on" I Want To Be That Man," a song originally recorded by Ruben on a previous McKameys album, and Eli does a bang up job on this version. "The Coming Of The Lord" is a convention style song that the McKameys should be proud of.

For me, I would have to say the strongest songs from this project are: "The Coming Of The Lord," "I’m Gonna Die On The Battlefield," "I Want To Be That Man," "Undeserved," "There Is Jesus," and "Pure Satisfaction." The weakest songs were "If Salvation Had Not Been Free" and "It Sure Looks Like Home."

Very few artists get to see the release of their 50th recording, and the songs that the McKameys selected for this project are exactly why they are still one of the strongest driving groups in Southern Gospel Music today. This is one of the best projects that the McKameys have release in a while. I highly recommend this to any current McKameys fan, or to anyone that wants a taste of good, “mountain gospel” music.



Song List:

(* denotes personal favorite)
• Don’t Forget The Family (performed by ensemble) *
• I Want To Be That Man (performed by Eli) *
• Undeserved (performed by Sheryl) *
• If Salvation Had Not Been Free (performed by Peg)
• When I Thank Him For What He Has Done (performed by Ruben)
• It Sure Looks Like Home (performed by ensemble) *
• There Is Jesus (performed by Peg)
• I’ve Had An Introduction (performed by ensemble)
• Pure Satisfaction (performed by Roger)
• The Coming Of The Lord (performed by ensemble) *
• I’m Gonna Die On The Battlefield (performed by Sheryl) *

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Joseph Habedank - Welcome Home

No one can argue that this has been a big year for powerhouse vocalist Joseph Habedank. His sudden and abrupt departure from award winning mixed group The Perrys last year left a lot of fans wondering where he was and what his future plans were. After months of silence, Joseph is back. And he is back with a message and a story to tell. His new record, Welcome Home, is full of some amazing songs of God’s redemption, love and grace. His testimony is transparent, real and will hopefully impact those who are struggling with addiction. Joseph is very honest and upfront about his addiction to prescription drugs, but he is very quick to tell that God is bigger and that there is deliverance and freedom! I had a chance to chat with him, so take a minute and read more about this talented guy and the ministry he has.

Jennifer Wilkerson: Tell our readers how you got started in Gospel Music.

Joseph Habedank: I started singing at the age of 4 with my family, The Sandlins. I sang with them until I was about 16 and then joined the Perrys in 2003 when I was 17 years old. It’s been a great journey!

JW: What was it like to go from being the lead singer of one of the top SG groups of all time to being a soloist? What's been the hardest adjustment?

JH: It’s been an interesting and challenging ride, but not one I would change. The hardest adjustment was getting used to carrying the program by myself, but I absolutely love what I am doing now and I have such a peace in my life.

JW: Your wife, Lindsay, is a teacher in Nashville, correct? Is she traveling and singing with you? I know she is a great singer!

JH: Lindsay actually doesn’t teach anymore. The Lord has blessed our ministry, and she was able to quit her job back in May to come on the road with me on a full time basis. She sings almost every night that we are on the road and I love getting to watch the Lord work in our lives and marriage. We are having a blast!

JW: What is your favorite song you've written and why?

JH: Tony Wood once told me that choosing a favorite song you have written is like trying to pick your favorite child. I have so many that are special to me, but I am really enjoying “The Beauty of the Blood” at this point in my life.

JW: Tell us about your new project. Who produced? Favorite Songs off of it? Did you write or co-write all of the songs?

JH: Welcome Home is the name of the new record, and Ricky Free did a brilliant job producing the album. We have been friends since we were teenagers, but had never worked together until now. I just love his vision when it comes to music. I co-wrote all ten songs, but I had such amazing help from Sue Smith, Tony Wood, Joel Lindsey, Michael Farren, Kenna West, Lee Black, Benji Cowart, Matthew Holt, Chris Binion, and Keith Hill. My favorite songs would have to be "When the Lights Go Down" and "The Beauty of the Blood."

JW: What has God been teaching you lately?

JH: Humility and patience, which just so happen to be two of the hardest things to pray for. However, I’m grateful for the lessons that the Lord is teaching me, and I am learning to trust His sovereignty.

JW: What message do you want folks to leave away with from a Joseph Habedank concert?

JH: I want them to leave with hope. When I started this solo ministry, one of the main focuses was just simply to help people. Whether it be with a song I’ve written, something said during a concert, or maybe even some sort of encouragement while talking to people at the product table, because there was a time in my life when I needed help and I just didn’t know who to turn to, humanly speaking. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do know The One who does and if I can point them to Him, then all the miles traveled will be worth it.

JW: How can fans reach you or pastors reach you to schedule you for a concert or service?

JH: My booking agent just so happens to be one of the Godliest men I know. I love Michael Davis, and I’m so grateful for everyone at the Dominion Agency. You can contact them by visiting http://www.JosephHabedank.com and clicking on the CONTACT page.

JW: What is a typical Joseph Habedank concert like? What can fans expect?

JH: People will get to hear new songs that I have written, old songs that I grew up singing and I still sing several of the songs that I wrote/sang while I was with the Perrys. More importantly, I want our concerts to be more like a worship service and less like a show or even a concert for that matter. People seeing Jesus in our presentation is what matters most to me.

JW: Before we go, do you have a funny road story or most embarrassing moment you could share with our readers?

JH: Being late to stage at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY in front of thousands of people. (Whoops)

It’s clear Joseph has come home. God is up to something and using Joseph to impact many who are struggling. Check his solo release out and go see him in a concert. Welcome Home, Joseph! We’re glad you’re here.

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Tribute Quartet - Journey of Hope


Producer: Roger Talley
Label: Daywind Records
Website: http://www.tributeqt.com

It's hard to believe it's been 8 years or so that I was first introduced to the music and ministry of the then, newly formed Gary Castro's TRIBUTE QUARTET. I was so privileged to review that first project and I fondly remember stating that this was a group that would be around for many years, as well as a group that would help keep Southern Gospel music alive with class, dignity and strong songs that definitely show Christ and His hope to the many out there needing assurance and peace.

So now I've been listening to the newest recording by Tribute. Beautifully titled JOURNEY OF HOPE, and once again the group has called on the legendary Roger Talley to produce this project. The group consists of Gary Castro, Josh Singletary, Riley Harrison Clark and Anthony Davis. It truly is their finest recording that I have heard, and I'm fairly certain I've heard all of their CDs. Yup, I'm a fan. JOURNEY OF HOPE is a tremendous follow up to their last project, which was also a top notch recording as well, and had great success at radio.

I could say something great about every song from beginning to end and detail out everything I feel about the songs, performances, etc but I won't bore you. Starting off with a wonderful "barn burner", He Can Do It Again, Incredibly talented Riley gets things going and proves once again why he is one of the greatest tenors and dynamic performers to come along in years. My favorite songs on the project are, He Can Do It Again, All Made It Ashore, I Am A Soldier, I Remember The Day, Those Who Know Me, I Will Rise, Everything I Need, In The Valley He Can Hear My Voice, I Could Sing About Heaven & God of All My Days. Oh wait, that is the entire project. It just is a GREAT project that is a must have for all of those loyal southern gospel music lovers.

One thing that I absolutely love, applaud and admire about Gary, Josh, Riley and Anthony is watching them with other artists cheering them on and watching them with their fans and friends interacting and keeping up with them not only at concerts, but with social media and all.

A wise dearly loved mentor of mine Dottie Rambo, constantly told me while traveling and working alongside of her for countless years, "always take time to love on the fans and friends and then love them some more, after all they are the ones who will be helping you buy your clothes, your bus, your house and bills...be there for them".

I highly recommend this project and I am proud to give it a 5 star rating! I will be getting it for a few of my friends!

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